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Tuesday, April 11, 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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Using Isotopes to Reconstruct the Past: Interview with Elizabeth Niespolo, Department of Earth and Planetary Science

Seminar | April 11 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Elizabeth Niespolo, PhD Candidate, Department of Earth and Planetary Science; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

 KALX 90.7 FM

This week on The Graduates, tune in to hear from geologist Elizabeth Niespolo as she discusses her work on the timing and tempo of human evolution using isotope geochemistry. The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7 FM and on the web

Elizabeth in the lab

Simons Institute Workshop: Structure vs. Randomness Apr. 10 – Apr. 14

Seminar | April 11 | 9:05 a.m.-1:05 p.m. | Simons Institute, Auditorium | Note change in date and location

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

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 >

Undergrads and DH: Collaborations with the Library: Digital Humanities Faire 2017

Conference/Symposium | April 11 | 9:30-11 a.m. | 180 Doe Library


The DH Faire is an annual event that brings together digital humanists to share their work and reflect on the field more broadly. Including a series of panels, a poster session, and an evening reception, the faire offers the Berkeley community the opportunity to share projects at various stages of development, and to receive invaluable feedback from peers.

Local Color: A Watercolor Workshop with Mimi Robinson

Workshop | April 11 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Have you ever noticed that each place has its own distinct set of colors? This hands-on watercolor workshop helps us explore the colors of the unique flora and fauna that make up The UC Botanical
Garden. Through classroom and field studies we will develop personal and collective color palettes that reflect this remarkable place. You may also discover what is surprising and unexpected along...   More >

$100, $90 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Student Hosted Colloquium: Stereocontrol in Photochemical Synthesis

Seminar | April 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Tehshik Yoon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 College of Chemistry

Control over the stereochemistry of photochemical reactions, particularly using enantioselective catalysts, has been a long-standing challenging synthetic problem with few general solutions. It has commonly been argued that the high-energy intermediates involved in photochemical transformations limit the opportunities for effective stereocontrol. We disagree with this assessment, and recently...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Minimum Conditional Expected Drawdown Portfolios

Seminar | April 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Alex Papanicolaou, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

Drawdown, and in particular maximum drawdown, is a widely used indicator of risk in the fund management industry. It is a vital metric for a levered investor who can get caught in a liquidity trap and forced to sell valuable positions if unable to secure funding after an abrupt market decline. Moreover, it is a pathwise risk measure in contrast to end-horizon risk diagnostics like volatility,...   More >

EndNote Essentials:: Citation Management for Busy People

Workshop | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 356: D-Lab Convening Room

 Karen Andrews, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

 Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

EndNote is a citation management program that helps you organize the citations you find when doing research. It also lets you quickly insert these citations into your paper or report, converts them into any of thousands of different styles with a click or two, and creates a bibliography for you, saving hours of time when writing papers.

Bring your own laptop since you will practice some of the...   More >

The Berkeley Network Webinar Series: How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Valerie Alexander, Founder and CEO of Goalkeeper Media, Goalkeeper Media

 Cal Alumni Association

As a result of two million years of evolution, men’s brains and women’s brains function differently, and those differences are reflected in how we behave, react and are perceived in the workplace. In this provocative talk, Valerie Alexander speaks candidly about how the value placed on instinctively female behavior can limit women’s success, particularly in male-driven fields, and what we can do...   More >

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BSAC Technology Seminar - Dynamic Characterization of MEMS Using Laser Doppler Vibrometry

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Eric Lawrence, MEMS Business Development Manager, Polytec Inc.

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Laser Doppler Vibrometry is used by researchers for dynamic characterization of MEMS. It features microscope-based velocity measurements using the Doppler effect and offers picometer level resolution, bandwidth to 1.2 GHz, high accuracy, and wide dynamic range. Recent developments in this technology extend the usage to 3-axis response and frequency bandwidth to 1.2 GHz.

  RSVP online by April 10.

Development Lunch:"Migration: A Missing Link Between Weather and Violence?"

Seminar | April 11 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Florian Grosset, Paris School of Economics

 Department of Economics, CEGA

The Imperative for Slowing Population Growth in the Sahel

Colloquium | April 11 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Alisha Graves, Co-Founder, The OASIS Initiative

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Information or Compensation: The Impacts of Financial Incentives and IT on Physician Productivity

Colloquium | April 11 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Benjamin Handel, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Public Health, School of

Physician financial incentives and utilization of information technology are two key levers policymakers have considered to “bend the cost curve” and reduce health care cost growth in the United States. Preliminary analysis reveals that financial incentives and IT are complementary, in the sense that use of IT improves physician responses to existing financial incentives.

Resilience and Interdependencies Of Civil Infrastructures During Emergencies

Seminar | April 11 | 1-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Gian Paolo Cimellaro, Politecnico di Torino

 Siebel Energy Institute

Resilience is a broad and multidisciplinary subject and measuring it is one of the most challenging tasks due to the complexity of the process. This talk analyzes fundamental concepts of “community resilience” and presents a common reference framework, including several applications of the framework to strategic facilities (e.g., hospitals and schools) and infrastructure networks (e.g., gas,...   More >

Gian Paolo Cimellaro, Associate Professor in Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Torino

New Technologies and Archaeology

Conference/Symposium | April 11 | 2-5 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Department of History of Art

An event bringing together technology innovators, cultural heritage workers, and scholars in a conversation about scanning, visualization, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and other digital tools that are changing the field of Archaeology. Followed by a round-table discussion and a visit to the newly re-opened Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquia

Colloquium | April 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Vincent P. Clark, University of New Mexico

 Department of Psychology

Chiron Lecture

Seminar | April 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Note change in date

 Pietro De Camilli, Yale University School of Medicine

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Chiron Lectures

3-Manifold Seminar: Quasi-Fuchsian surface subgroups

Seminar | April 11 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alvin Kerber, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Given a geometrically finite Kleinian group, we can ask whether it contains any quasi-Fuchsian surface subgroups. The answer is yes for closed hyperbolic 3-manifolds (Kahn-Markovic) and more generally for finite volume hyperbolic 3-manifolds (Masters-Zhang, Baker-Cooper). We'll discuss some background on this problem and outline a strategy for the case of infinite volume. We'll then present new...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry through Macaulay2: Crash Course on Characteristic Classes

Seminar | April 11 | 3:45-4:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Design Field Notes: Tyler Mincey and Jorge Fino

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Pearl Automation's Tyler Mincey (VP of Product) and Jorge Fino (Director of Design) will speak at Jacobs Hall. Pearl Automation makes technology tools for cars, aiming to enable anyone to upgrade their car's capabilities.

The Lasso: 22 years later: (Tuesday; Berkeley-Stanford joint colloquium)

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 277 Cory Hall

 Rob Tibshirani, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

In April 1995 I gave the Stanford-Berkeley seminar entitled "Regression Shrinkage and Selection via the Lasso". I will recount that day and review what has happened in this area of research since that time. I will also discuss some new developments (by others) in the computation of best subsets regression, a main competitor to the lasso, and present the results of a large scale numerical study...   More >

Charge Transfer Dynamics, Excited State Energetics, and Organic Photovoltaics

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Nandini Ananth, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Designing molecular materials for use as organic photovoltaics, molecular electronics, and photocata-lysts is a multifaceted challenge requiring a detailed understanding of both the excited state energetics and the dynamics of charge and energy transfer. We address the dynamic challenge by developing new methods based on the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics that are uniquely suited...   More >

Full Duplex Wireless: From Impossibility to Practice

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Dinesh Bharadia, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A long held assumption in wireless is that radios cannot transmit and receive at the same time on the same frequency. This assumption has informed several aspects of wireless network design: from radio design to PHY, MAC and network layers. In this talk, I will describe my research on invalidating this fundamental assumption.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"An Empirical Framework for Sequential Assignment: The Allocation of Deceased Donor Kidneys"

Seminar | April 11 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Agarwal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

When Police Kill, a book talk with Prof. Zimring

Reading - Nonfiction | April 11 | 5:10-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library


Professor Franklin Zimring (Berkeley Law) compiles data from federal records, crowdsourced research, and investigative journalism to provide a comprehensive, fact-based picture of how, when, where, and why police resort to deadly force. Of the 1,100 killings by police in the United States in 2015, he shows, 85 percent were fatal shootings and 95 percent of victims were male. The death rates for...   More >

Book jacket, When Police Kill

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.