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Monday, March 13, 2017

Fighting for Health Equity in 2017 and Beyond

Presentation | March 13 | 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Congresswoman Barbara Lee

 Professional Development for Educators

Affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare is a fundamental human right. Congresswoman Lee served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the drafting of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and worked to ensure strong provisions that expand health care access, address health disparities and create incentives for people to live healthy lives. As a psychiatric social...   More >

Linking Structure And Function In The Human Visual System With Adaptive Optics

Seminar | March 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 ​Will S. Tuten, OD, PhD

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In humans, fine-scale spatio-chromatic vision is the result of neural processes initiated in cone photoreceptors. The overarching goal of my research is to understand how the cellular architecture of the cone mosaic shapes vision, both in healthy subjects and in patients with retinal disease. Adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) enables high-resolution imaging of retinal...   More >

Introduction to Antiterrorism Design Consulting: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Eve Hinman, Eng.Sc.D., P.E., President, Hinman Consulting Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation will provide the background needed to intelligently think through the key issues related to bombings targeting buildings and provide effective practical solutions for likely threat scenarios.

Differential Geometry Seminar: The Kähler-Ricci flow and optimal degenerations

Seminar | March 13 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Gabor Szekelyhidi, Notre Dame

 Department of Mathematics

Chen-Sun-Wang showed that the Kähler-Ricci flow on a Fano manifold gives rise to a certain algebraic degeneration of the manifold. I will discuss in what sense this degeneration is optimal, or "most-destabilizing". An application of this result is a general convergence result for the Kähler-Ricci flow on Fano manifolds admitting a Kähler-Ricci soliton, generalizing works of Tian-Zhu and...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Some recent advances in the mathematical construction of Coulomb branches of 3 and 4-dimensional gauge theories

Seminar | March 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Alexander Braverman, Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

I will start the talk by reviewing our recent work with M.Finkelberg and H.Nakajima on the mathematical construction of Coulomb branches of 3-dimensional N=4 super-symmetric gauge theories as affine complex (possibly singular) symplectic algebraic varieties admitting a canonical quantization (no physics background will be assumed). I will then proceed to the discussion of the generalization of...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Planar Lagrangian graphs/The dimension problem in CR geometry

Seminar | March 13 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Stanford University Mathematics Department, 384H/383N

 Peter Lambert Cole/Boris Kruglikov, University of Indiana/UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

 Department of Mathematics

Peter Lambert-Cole: A foundational result in the study of contact geometry and Legendrian knots is Eliashberg and Fraser's classification of Legendrian unknots They showed that two homotopy-theoretic invariants -- the Thurston-Bennequin number and rotation number -- completely determine a Legendrian unknot up to isotopy. Legendrian spatial graphs are a natural generalization of Legendrian knots....   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Pinsker algebras for 1-bounded entropy

Seminar | March 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Benjamin R. Hayes, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss joint work in progress with Thomas Sinclair. The Pinsker algebra for a probability measure-preserving action of a group G is a classical object of study in ergodic theory — it is the largest quotient of this action with entropy zero. There is a natural analogue of a Pinsker algebra in free probability corresponding to 1-bounded entropy (a quantity related to the notion of being...   More >

Dario Colombo (MPIfR): Building a (fully resolved) molecular cloud catalog of the Milky Way

Seminar | March 13 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Dario Colombo, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

 Radio Astronomy Lab

Modern high resolution, molecular gas surveys of the Galactic Plane are unveiling an astonishing picture of the three-dimensional gas organization of the Milky Way. This provides the opportunity to investigate the building blocks of the molecular medium, the Giant Molecular Clouds (GMCs), in an unprecedented level of detail. So far, however, such kind of study has been restricted to a handful of...   More >

Ken Goldberg - The New Wave in Robot Grasping

Seminar | March 13 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Ken Goldberg, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Despite 50 years of research, robots remain remarkably clumsy, limiting their applications in home decluttering, warehouse order fulfillment, and robot-assisted surgery. I conjecture that the next wave will be based on hybrid methods that combine analytic models to bootstrap empirical models, where data and code is exchanged via the Cloud using emerging advances in cloud computing and big data.

Novel chemistry of Ubiquitination

Seminar | March 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ivan Dikic, University of Frankfurt

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Department of Chemistry

The role of auditory feedback in speech production: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | March 13 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

 John Houde, Speech & Nuroscience Lab Otolaryngology UC San Francisco

 Department of Psychology

An important part of understanding the neural control of speech is determining how auditory feedback is processed during speaking. The behavioral phenomena associated with auditory feedback suggest a paradox about its role: it need not be present for intelligible speech production, but if it is present, it needs to be correct or speech output will be affected. For this reason, current models of...   More >

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Local Langlands in the complex case

Seminar | March 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Eric Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical local Langlands correspondence is roughly an identification of Galois representations with representations of a reductive group \( G(F) \) where \( F \) is a local field. In particular, we may think of representations of \( G(F) \) as "fibering" over the space of Galois representations, where each fiber consists of "L-packets." In this talk I will outline a similar picture in the...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Measuring Poverty and Vulnerability in Real-Time

Seminar | March 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Josh Blumenstock, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Future of Our Planet: A Panel on Climate Change at the Berkeley Forum

Seminar | March 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 The Berkeley Forum

It is widely accepted amongst the scientific community that climate change has had harmful effects on the planet. Multiple treaties and agreements including the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the recent Paris Agreement have been made in the past few decades in order to encourage countries to limit atmospheric emissions. However, the direction of climate change policy, in the US and abroad, still...   More >

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