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Monday, April 10, 2017

Structure vs. Randomness

Workshop | April 10 – 14, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on a phenomenon observed in harmonic analysis, ergodic theory, analytic number theory, graph theory, complexity theory, additive combinatorics and cryptography, according to which arbitrary objects can be well approximated by a combination of a small number of pseudorandom objects. In the study of higher-order Fourier analysis, this corresponds to approximating every...   More >

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Archivophilia: A Symposium

Conference/Symposium | April 10 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Brenda Child, Professor, History and American Studies, University of Minnesota; Catherine Ceniza Choy, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Daniel Fisher, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor, English and American Studies, Amherst College; Lisbeth Haas, Professor, History, University of California, Santa Cruz; Stephen Best, Associate Professor, English, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Ethnic Studies

Archivophilia: A Symposium
... And a love story.

Yes, it's true. The allure of the archive (whether hand-written letters, detailed ledgers, maps, inventories, diaries and journals, brittle clippings, faded photographs or audio recordings--just for a start) pulls us in every time.

But what do we make of what we find?

Join us for a day of presentations and reflections by scholars from...   More >

Getting an Archaeology Article Published

Workshop | April 10 | 12-3 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mitch Allen, President, Scholarly Roadside Service

 Archaeological Research Facility

Getting an article published is about more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. There are strategies for presenting your work to the journal editor-- and ways to craft your message to them-- that greatly improve your chances of success, strategies that most academics don't know or don't follow.

Combinatorics Seminar: Additive structure of sets of Fourier coefficients

Seminar | April 10 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Thomas Bloom, University of Bristol

 Department of Mathematics

The collection of large Fourier coefficients of a function, whether they be called `major arcs' or the `large spectrum', are one way of representing the linearly structured component of a function, and as such plays an important role in many problems in additive combinatorics, analytic number theory, theoretical computer science, and beyond. In this talk I will discuss some results concerning...   More >


Presentation | April 10 | 1-2 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design


String-Math Seminar: Dualities in Topological Field Theory

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Constantin Teleman, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Kramers-Wannier duality is a symmetry relating the high-and low-temperature phases of the 2-dimensional lattice Ising model. Electric-Magnetic duality is a 3-dimensional duality between abelian (flat) gauge theories for Pontryagin dual abelian groups. Both dualities generalize to higher-dimensional manifolds. We describe the relation between them using the notion of relative field theory. The...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Analytic subordination for bi-free convolution

Seminar | April 10 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Yinzheng Gu, Queens University, Canada

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss some analytic properties of the additive bi-free convolution, both scalar-valued and operator-valued. We show that using the one-variable subordination functions associated with the additive free convolution, simple formulas for additive bi-free convolutions can be derived. As an application, we prove a result about atoms of the additive bi-free convolution.

Mariana Olvera-Cravioto - Directed Complex Networks And Ranking Algorithms

Seminar | April 10 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Mariana Olvera-Cravioto, Visiting Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In the first part of this talk I will discuss a family of inhomogeneous directed random graphs for modeling complex networks such as the web graph, Twitter, ResearchGate, and other social networks.

In the second part of the talk I will explain how ranking algorithms such as Google’s PageRank can be used to identify highly influential nodes in a network.

Making sense of intrinsically disordered proteins

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Rohit Pappu, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Biomedical Engineering

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Dostoevsky and the Riddle of the Self

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature, Boston University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Comparative Literature

The seventh lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: An example of homological mirror symmetry

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Catherine Cannizzo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe homological mirror symmetry via the example of \( T^2 \) by Zaslow-Polishchuk. Mirror symmetry has several formulations in math and the main idea is that there are pairs of manifolds, a symplectic manifold (called the A-model) and a complex manifold (called the B-model) and complex invariants on the B-model, where more is known, tell us about symplectic invariants on the A-model....   More >

Adding Study Abroad to Your Resume Workshop

Workshop | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Skills to Pay the Bills: How studying abroad can help in your career.

Are you planning to or have you already studied abroad? Are you wondering how study abroad is relevant to your future? Come by our workshop to learn how to stand out to employers by utilizing your study abroad experiences in your resume, cover letter, and interviews.

The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rebecca Karl, Department of History, New York University; Lydia Liu, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

 Colleen Lye, English, UC Berkeley; Raka Ray, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Film and Media, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of International Studies Faculty Interdisciplinary Program on Gender and the Transpacific World

Panel discussion on writings by possibly the first Chinese feminist author, He-Yin Zhen. Zhen presents an alternative conception of feminism that draws upon anarchism and other radical trends. Ahead of her time, He-Yin Zhen complicates conventional accounts of feminism and China's history, offering original perspectives on sex, gender, labor, and power that remain relevant today.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: The Helicoidal Method II

Seminar | April 10 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Camil Muscalu, Cornell

 Department of Mathematics

The helicoidal method is a new, extremely efficient way, of proving multiple vector valued inequalities in harmonic analysis. About a month ago, we gave a talk at MSRI, in which we explained some consequences of this method, such as the proof of sparse domination results for various multilinear operators, and their multiple vector valued extensions.

The main task of the current talk will be...   More >