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Wednesday, April 12, 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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Funding and Programming Transportation Projects in California

Workshop | April 12 – 13, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Ayres Suites Ontario at Mills Mall

 4370 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA 91764

 Norma Ortega, California Department of Transportation; Andre Boutros, California Transportation Commission

 Technology Transfer Program

Funding state and local transportation projects in California is a complex process involving multiple inter-related federal, state, regional, and local planning and operating agencies, as well as an alphabet soup of documents and funding programs. Changing requirements and shifting political priorities can further complicate the process. Without a map and a strategy for developing fundable...   More >

 This course is for transportation planners and project managers in state and local agencies or governments, regional planning agencies, and transit operators. It will also benefit board members, managers, and others involved with developing fundable plans

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Space–time least-squares Petrov–Galerkin projection for nonlinear model reduction

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

 Youngsoo Choi, LLNL

 Department of Mathematics

Reduced-order models (ROMs) of nonlinear dynamical systems are essential for enabling high-fidelity computational models to be used in many-query and real-time applications such as uncertainty quantification and design optimization. Such ROMs reduce the dimensionality of the dynamical system by executing a projection process on the governing system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations....   More >

BioE Seminar: “Developing new microfluidic technologies for high-throughput biophysical measurements of molecular interactions”

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

 Polly Fordyce, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

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

Polly Fordyce
Assistant Professor of Genetics and Bioengineering
Fellow, ChEM-H Institute
Stanford University

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: José Javier Cuervo, “The function of red coloration in the spiny-footed lizard”

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

 José Javier Cuervo, Visiting Scholar, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

 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 >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Probing Hidden Genetics in Dynamic Signaling Networks"

Seminar | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Jen Sheen, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

We are probing plant life by developing simple and powerful tools and strategies to unravel plant signal transduction pathways extending from sensors/receptors to signaling cascades and target genes and proteins that are central to energy and metabolic homeostasis, innate immunity, stress adaptation, cell fate specification, plant shape and architecture determination. Our investigations are...   More >

Jen Sheen

IRLE Spring Seminar: The Changing World of Work, Societal Linkages, and Political Parties in Latin America

Seminar | April 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE Director's Room

 2521 Channing Way

 Mathias Poertner, IRLE Dissertation Fellow, UC Berkeley Political Science

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

In the golden age of Latin America’s labor movement, unions were the main representatives of popular interests and, for many citizens, formed the main tie to the political arena. But the neoliberal reforms of the 1980s sent many workers into the informal sector – work that is untaxed, unregulated and, historically, underrepresented politically. Recently, however, new types of popular class...   More >

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Nonlinear ICA using temporal structure: a principled framework for unsupervised deep learning

Seminar | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Aapo Hyvarinen, University College London

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Unsupervised learning, in particular learning general nonlinear representations, is one of the deepest problems in machine learning. Estimating latent quantities in a generative model provides a principled framework, and has been successfully used in the linear case, e.g. with independent component analysis (ICA) and sparse coding. However, extending ICA to the nonlinear case has proven to be...   More >

Advanced PubMed

Workshop | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Interim Chemistry Librarian, UC Berkeley Library Life and Health Sciences Division


A hands-on workshop introducing advanced features of PubMed that can help your searching to be more effective and efficient.

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Spiralize This! Healthy Noodle Alternatives (BEUHS641)

Workshop | April 12 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

“Spiralized” vegetable recipes are exploding in popularity. Learn to make some fun dishes using this healthy alternative to pasta and noodles. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

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Supporting Students From China at UC Berkeley

Workshop | April 12 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Jason Patent, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

 International House

Students from China continue to come to UC Berkeley in ever-greater numbers. By participating in this staff workshop, attendees will understand the unique cultural challenges faced by students from China, improve their understanding of the challenges faced by students from China, and help Chinese student better adapt to academic life on a U.S. campus.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Random walks on groups with negative curvature

Seminar | April 12 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Joseph Maher, CUNY

 Department of Mathematics

We will give a gentle introduction to random walks on groups satisfying various types of negative curvature conditions. A simple example is the nearest neighbour random walk on the 4-valent tree, also known as the Cayley graph of the free group on two generators. A typical random walk moves away from the origin at linear speed, and converges to one of the ends of the tree. We will discuss how to...   More >

Kingman-type description of exchangeable hierarchies

Seminar | April 12 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Noah Forman, Univ. of Washington

 Department of Statistics

A hierarchy on a finite set is a partition of the set in which each block is then iteratively sub-partitioned until only singletons remain. We can generate an exchangeable random hierarchy on the natural numbers based on a rooted, weighted real tree (a continuum analogue of a discrete tree) as follows. Let (t_i, i>0) be an i.i.d. sequence of points in the tree, sampled from the weight measure....   More >

Attachments to War: Biomedical Logics and Violence in Twenty-First-Century America.

Colloquium | April 12 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Jenny Terry, University of California Irvine

 Department of Geography

Attachments to War: Biomedical Logics and Violence in Twenty-First-Century America.

Colloquium | April 12 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Jenny Terry, University of California Irvine

 Department of Geography

Applied Math Seminar: Data-driven discovery of dynamical systems in the engineering, physical and biological sciences

Seminar | April 12 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 J. Nathan Kutz, University of Washington

 Department of Mathematics

We demonstrate that the integration of data-driven dynamical systems and machine learning strategies with adaptive control are capable of producing efficient and optimal self-tuning algorithms for many complex systems arising in the engineering, physical and biological sciences. We demonstrate that we can use emerging, large-scale time-series data from modern sensors to directly construct, in an...   More >

Chiron Lecture

Seminar | April 12 | 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

Cover Girls: The Evolution of the Image of Female Stars in Chinese Movie Magazines from the 1920s to the Early Years of the People's Republic

Colloquium | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Paul Fonoroff, Independent film scholar

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

This talk will cover the evolution of the image of female stars from the 1920s to the early 1950s as reflected in their representation as "cover girls" from the 1920s (and the birth of Chinese movie "goddesses") to their makeover after the Communist victory in 1949. The talk will include many slides of images from the Fonoroff Collection, now held at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

ERG Colloquium: Giorgos Kallis

Colloquium | April 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Giorgos Kallis, ICREA Research Professor, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies

 Energy and Resources Group

From Bench to Bedside with Selective Thyroid Hormone Receptor Agonists

Seminar | April 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Tom Scanlan, Oregon Health & Science University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Toward Real-Space Atomic-Resolution Imaging of Polymers/Engineering the Shell Proteins of a Bacterial Microcompartment to Control Small Molecule Transport

Colloquium | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Douglas Greer, Ph.D. student in the Balsara Group; Marilyn Slininger, Ph.D. student in the Tullman-Ercek Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Does Poverty Lower Productivity? Evidence on the Cognitive Effects of Financial Constraints

Colloquium | April 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Recent work at the intersection of psychology and economics posits that the condition of being financially constrained induces cognitive load, leading to potentially lower cognitive function among the poor. If true, this has the potential to lower labor productivity among the poor—providing a channel through which poverty could directly reinforce itself.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Random subgroups of acylindrical groups

Seminar | April 12 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Joseph Maher, CUNY

 Department of Mathematics

We will recall some useful properties of random walks on groups, and introduce acylindrical groups and their hyperbolically embedded subgroups. We will give some motivating examples, show that a random subgroup of an acylindrical group is hyperbolically embedded, and then discuss some applications. This is joint work with Alessandro Sisto.

Project Pengyou U.S.-China Career Panel

Panel Discussion | April 12 | 7-9 p.m. | 106 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Chris Cooper, Global CFO and CCO, Sequoia Capital; Keyan Li, General Partner, NewDo Venture; Jeanny Wang, President and Senior Engineer, Ecowang, Inc.; Helen Thomas, CEO, Touchjet

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Project Pengyou Berkeley Chapter is holding our semi-annual U.S.-China Career Panel. We have invited professionals and scholars who have working experience in China or have worked in the U.S.-China space in the fields of business and environment.