Monday, October 2, 2017
Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall
FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.
Conference/Symposium | October 2 | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
We are pleased to announce a Retirement Symposium and Celebration honoring the Career of Professor Anil K. Chopra. In 2015, Professor Chopra retired after 46 years of service on the faculty of UC Berkeley. Professor Chopra has an impressive list of contributions in earthquake engineering including fundamental technical knowledge, teaching and instruction, and consulting.
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Conference/Symposium | October 2 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom
Hosted by Blockchain@Berkeley.
Public, permissionless blockchains are dependent for their security and reliability on their economic incentives and mechanism design. Some private, permissioned ones may be as well.
This conference will explore the economic security aspects of blockchains protocols, including game theory, incentive design, mechanism design and market design along with other... More >
Course | October 2 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall
Jason Smith, UC Berkeley 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.
Seminar | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Jehanne Dousse, Universität Zürich
A partition of a positive integer n is a non-increasing sequence of positive integers whose sum is n. A Rogers-Ramanujan type partition identity is a theorem stating that for all n, the number of partitions of n satisfying some difference conditions equals the number of partitions of n satisfying some congruence conditions. In 1993 Alladi and Gordon introduced the method of weighted words to find... More >
Seminar | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall
Kelly Byrne (Michael Silver Lab)
Title: The relationship between cholinergic enhancement and visuospatial perception
Abstract: Acetylcholine (ACh) is synthesized in the basal forebrain and diffused widely throughout the brain, exerting diverse neuromodulatory effects. Animal physiology studies indicate that in visual cortex, ACh modulates spatial integration by changing neuronal receptive... More >
Colloquium | October 2 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall
Jelena Obradović, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
Children who know how to control their impulses, ignore distracting stimuli, manipulate information in the mind, and shift between competing rules tend to thrive in life. Professor Obradović will discuss how good self-regulation skills help children succeed in the school context and review her new research linking executive functioning, stress physiology, and parenting practices. She will... More >
Seminar | October 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Or Hershkovits, Stanford
Given a smooth compact hypersurface in Euclidean space, one can show that there exists a unique smooth evolution starting from it, existing for some maximal time. But what happens after the flow becomes singular? There are several notions through which one can describe weak evolutions past singularities, with various relationship between them. One such notion is that of the level set flow. While... More >
Colloquium | October 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anthropology Professor, University of California, Berkeley
In a timely presentation,
Professor Nancy Scheper-
Hughes discusses the "The
Professor Watch List" an alt-
right watch list of Professors -
4 of them at UC Berkeley -
and other forms of academic
censorship. She will include
the story of "Berkeleys
Did the late Anthropology
Professor, Vincent Sarich have the
right to teach blatant racist, sexist,
and homophobic... More >
Seminar | October 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall
Zijun Zhou, Stanford
Okounkov's quantum K-theory is defined via virtual counting of parameterized quasimaps. In this talk I will consider explicit computations in the case of hypertoric varieties, where the quantum K-theory relation will arise from analysis of the bare vertex function.
Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Symplectic Cohomology and Lagrangian Enumerative Geometry
Seminar | October 2 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall
Dmitry Tonkonog, UC Berkeley
I will explain a connection between the symplectic topology of Liouville domains and the Lagrangian enumerative geometry inside their compactifications. The enumerative invariants in question are the Landau-Ginzburg potentials and their higher Maslov index versions which I will introduce. I will explain the mirror context of the story as well as some applications, including a relationship between... More >
Seminar | October 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Brent Nelson, NSF postdoctoral fellow UC Berkeley
We will discuss the non-commutative analogue of Fisher information, how it motivates the definition of a "non-microstates" free entropy and the various properties and applications of these two quantities.
Seminar | October 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Zev Rosengarten, Stanford University
In 1981, Sansuc obtained a formula for Tamagawa numbers of reductive groups over number fields, modulo some then unknown results on the arithmetic of simply-connected groups which have since been proven, particularly Weil's conjecture on Tamagawa numbers over number fields. One easily deduces that this same formula holds for all linear algebraic groups over number fields. Sansuc's method still... More >
Seminar | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Nick Sahinidis, Carnegie Mellon University
We have developed the ALAMO methodology with the aim of producing a tool capable of using data to learn algebraic models that are accurate and as simple as possible. ALAMO relies on (a) integer nonlinear optimization to build low-complexity models from input-output data, (b) derivative-free optimization to collect additional data points
that can be used to improve tentative models, and (c)... More >
Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building
Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor, Integrative Biology
Science is under threat: its credibility as a research endeavor is being challenged by politicians; its funding has been cut; its messages are being discredited. The defense of science calls for a new politics. What should that look like? Resign in protest, run for office, march on the streets?
Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Artist, writer, and curator Liat Berdugo will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.
Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)
An On the Same Page event.
Hamilton is becoming a generation-defining musical, like Rent, Hair, and others before it. This panel brings together experts in cultural criticism, ethnomusicology, theater practice, and arts administration to discuss the current and likely future impact of Hamilton's success upon American theater.
Free and open to all on a first-come, first seated basis
Seminar | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Kate Casey, Stanford
Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Floer Memorial Lecture: Constructing Relative Fundamental Classes
Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall
Eleny Ionel, Stanford
Families of moduli spaces in symplectic Gromov-Witten theory and gauge theory are often manifolds that have "thin" compactifications, in the sense that the boundary of the generic fiber has codimension at least two. In this talk I will discuss a notion of a relative fundamental class for such thinly compactified families. It associates to each fiber, regardless whether it is regular or not, an... More >
Analysis and PDE Seminar: Convergence of phase-field models and thresholding schemes for multi-phase mean curvature flow
Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Tim Laux, UC Berkeley
The thresholding scheme is a time discretization for mean curvature flow. Recently, Esedoglu and Otto showed that thresholding can be interpreted as minimizing movements for an energy that Gamma-converges to the total interfacial area. In this talk I'll present new convergence results, in particular in the multi-phase case with arbitrary surface tensions. The main result establishes convergence... More >
Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall
Pietro Ortoleva, Princeton University
Joint with Theory seminar
* Please note change in time and location due to a joint event
Workshop | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall
Alexa Aburto (Humanities), Ilexis Chu-Jacoby (STEM), Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science)
This workshop will introduce and expose students to various research programs and funding opportunities on campus. It will cover various program applications (such as the McNair Scholars Application), reaching out to mentors, getting solid letters of recommendations, and writing strong research proposals and personal statements. Presenters will also discuss their experiences with their research... More >
Reading - Nonfiction | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Salil Tripathi, Writer and Journalist
Author Salil Tripathi discusses his new book, a beautifully wrought tale of the difficult birth and conflict-ridden politics of Bangladesh.
Seminar | October 2 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
Professor Aaron Fields, UCSF
Ever wonder how to effectively raise money to pay for a new lab, especially without a track record of success? How much does one graduate student cost anyways? Join us for a discussion with Aaron Fields, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF, to learn about his journey to fund his lab.