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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

RDM Tools and Tips: Box and Drive

Workshop | February 15 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (rm. 190)

 Anna Sackmann, Library; Rick Jaffe, Research IT

 Library

Learn the best practices for using Box and bDrive to manage documents, files and other digital assets. The presenters will address:

The personal use of both tools.
The collaborative use of both tools (including control permissions, special purpose accounts, pushing and retrieving files).
How to utilize the various desktop applications that accompany Box and Drive.
Refreshments provided by...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Acorn Magic: How linear algebra solves optimization problems nonlinearly and why do it?

Seminar | February 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Martin Lee, MediaX, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Recently, the speaker discovered a way to use matrix algebra to solve a set of nonlinear equations by first transforming them into an equivalent matrix equation and then finding the solutions analytically in terms of the elements of the inverse matrix of this equation. With the newly developed ACORN (an adaptive constrained optimal robust nonlinear) algorithm, it is possible to minimize an...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Underground signaling networks"

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Philip Benfey, Duke University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Lidstrom is a Professor of Microbiology and holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering, in the Department of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Washington, Seattle. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University. After receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Lidstrom conducted work as a Leverhulme postdoctoral Fellow in...   More >

Philip Benfey

Quality Assurance Program for Higher Education Pedagogy

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117

 Michael O'Hare, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Join us for a presentation from Michael O'Hare, Professor of Public Policy, on a Quality Assurance Program for Higher Education Pedagogy. Modern quality assurance for manufacturing and service industries, for academic research, and for affectively-dense and craft-skill- dependent professions like the arts and medicine, share a few core principles:

-Measure everything, and learn from...   More >

 No RSVP required

Michael O'Hare

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Walt Koenig "The California Acorn Report: The Behavioral Ecology of California Oaks"

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Walt Koenig

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

BioE Seminar: “Endless forms most beautiful: How physics shapes life - starfish larvae, swimming parasites and other musings in science”

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Manu Prakash, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 15
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Manu Prakash
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Stanford University

Taking A Pass: How Jobs Stay Gender-Segregated: IRLE Spring Seminar Series

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Ming Leung, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Jobs are notoriously gender-segregated. But examinations of companies’ hiring data often don’t show a female disadvantage, even for male-dominated jobs. Many audit studies, on the other hand, do. This discrepancy can be partially explained by accounting for “failed searches” – cases when employers decide not to hire anyone from the applicant pool they receive. Professor Leung presents research...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Charlotte Rutty at charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

Cellular and circuit mechanisms of neuropeptide signaling

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Jennifer Garrison**, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Local context and the effectiveness of health systems decentralization in rural Honduras: Evidence for improved child health?: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 15 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Elisabeth Root, Associate Professor, Geography, Ohio State University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Polluting Black Space

Colloquium | February 15 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Courtney Bonam, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Physical space has been and remains a tool for maintaining racial hierarchy, resulting in a range of different kinds of physical spaces being imbued with racial meaning (e.g., Black inner-cities, White suburbs). Accordingly, racial stereotype content extends beyond personal attributes to physical space characteristics (e.g., Black areas are impoverished, White areas are wealthy). The mere...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 15 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Expanding maps on manifolds

Seminar | February 15 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Wouter van Limbeek, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Suppose M is a manifold that covers itself nontrivially. What can we say about M? In general this is a difficult question. In this talk we will consider this problem with the further dynamical assumption that the map is expanding (with respect to some auxiliary metric). These maps have been completely classified (by combined work of Shub, Franks, and Gromov): Any closed manifold that admits an...   More >

Thresholds for contagious sets in random graphs

Seminar | February 15 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Brett Kolesnik, Univ of British Columbia

 Department of Statistics

Bootstrap percolation with threshold r on a graph G evolves as follows: initially some of its vertices are infected, and then any vertex with at least r infected neighbors becomes infected. On the Erdos–Renyi graph G(n,p) we identify the sharp threshold for p above which there is with high probability a set of size r whose infection results in the entire infection of the graph. Joint work with...   More >

Virtual water 'flows' in space and time

Colloquium | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Dr. Paolo D'odorico, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

 Department of Geography

Number Theory Seminar: Rational comparisons between p-adic cohomology theories

Seminar | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alex Carney, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Presentation | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

The Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop will review scholarship and eligibility requirements,...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Adding “Human-Like” Sensing and Intelligence to Devices and Machines

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Achin Bhowmik, VP/General Manager, Perceptual Computing Group, Intel

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

With recent advances in natural sensing and perceptual computing technologies, devices and machines are increasingly being endowed with the abilities to “sense”, “understand”, and “interact” with us and the physical world. This seminar will present the Intel® RealSenseTM Technology, and demonstrate a new class of applications based on real-time 3D-sensing and visual intelligence, including...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Paul Baer Retrospective: The Global Climate Equity Challenge, as Refracted Through the Work of Paul Baer

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Tom Athanasiou, Director, EcoEquity

 Energy and Resources Group

This special ERG colloquium will celebrate the work of ERG alumnus Paul Baer who passed away on September 6, 2016. Paul was a strong force as an activist scholar and interdisciplinary researcher. He was a leading thinker on how to determine the fair and equitable obligation of each country under UN climate agreements, and a compelling voice bringing this work into the UN climate negotiations....   More >

Efficient subsampling for linear regression under label budget

Seminar | February 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Aarti Singh, Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Statistics

We investigate statistical aspects of subsampling for large-scale linear regression under label budget constraints. In many applications, we have access to large datasets (such as healthcare records, database of building profiles, and visual stimuli), but the corresponding labels (such as customer satisfaction, energy usage, and brain response, respectively) are hard to obtain. We derive...   More >

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: "High Frequency Identification of Monetary Non-Neutrality: The Information Effect"

Seminar | February 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Emi Nakamura, Columbia Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with Macro/International Seminar

Resilience and Stress Management Workshop

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dr. Yu Bi

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Towers of regular self-covers and linear endomorphisms of tori

Seminar | February 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Wouter van Limbeek, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Let M be a closed manifold that admits a nontrivial cover diffeomorphic to itself. What can we then say about M? Examples are provided by tori, in which case the covering is a linear endomorphism. Under the assumption that all iterates of the covering of M are regular, we show that any self-cover is closely related to a linear endomorphism on a torus, namely the covering is induced by a such a...   More >

Food Industry Networking Event

Career Fair | February 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue & Gold Room

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center

Opportunities in the food industry are plentiful and diverse –from food justice to food business consulting to food engineering. Start by attending the Food Industry Networking Event on February 15th from 6-8 PM in the Career Center. This event is sponsored by the Career Center, the Student Environmental Resource Center, and food-related student organizations at UC Berkeley. Attendees will have a...   More >

History Homecoming

Panel Discussion | February 15 | 6:30 p.m. |  Alumni House | Note change in date and time

 Department of History

History Homecoming is a gathering of alumni and friends of the Department of History for fellowship, food, wine, and a special history panel.