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Monday, February 5, 2018

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 5 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Symposium of Fuzzy Logic and Fuzzy Sets: A Tribute to Lotfi Zadeh

Conference/Symposium | February 5 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A symposium that honors of the life and research of pioneer Lotfi Zadeh, widely recognized as the "Father of Fuzzy Logic." Speakers will discuss Zadeh's wide-ranging influence and lasting contributions to computer science, statistical analysis, and the foundations of mathematics.

“Our People Are Worth The Risk”: Race, Identification, and the Formation of Political Community

Colloquium | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Lisa Beard, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the University of California, Riverside

 Department of Ethnic Studies

When civil rights organizer Ella Baker asked the question, “Who are your people?,” she was issuing not only the geographic question “where do you come from?” but also the political question “with whom do you identify?” (Ransby, 2003). This question of identification as a political act is likewise registered by anticolonial feminist philosopher María Lugones, who insists that, “we must constantly...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | February 5 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Yotam Shem-Tov; Johannes Hermle

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Johannes Hermle - "Gender Norms and the Relative Income Distribution within Married Couples: Evidence from German Tax Data”

Yotam Shem-Tov - "New Estimates of the Incapacitation and Criminogenic Effects of Prison"

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Combinatorics Seminar: Singular loci of Schur hypersurfaces

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Elizabeth Ferme, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Schur polynomials are important objects in algebraic combinatorics, as they form an orthonormal basis for the vector space of symmetric polynomials. We study Schur hypersurfaces, the zero set of Schur polynomials in projective space. In particular, we focus on the points where these hypersurfaces are singular. I will present results regarding when this structure is simple, walk through an example...   More >

What is Stereo Good For?

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Suzanne McKee, PhD, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Lab Director

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: All primates, including, of course, humans, have evolved to have forward-facing eyes; each eye sees almost the same view of the world. By giving up the view of possible predators approaching from behind, our species gained highly precise stereopsis. The median stereoacuity for college students is 12” (Coutant & Westheimer,1992); it is roughly half this value for practiced subjects...   More >

“Our People Are Worth The Risk”: Race, Identification, and the Formation of Political Community

Colloquium | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Lisa Beard

 Department of Ethnic Studies

When civil rights organizer Ella Baker asked the question, “Who are your people?,” she was issuing not only the geographic question “where do you come from?” but also the political question “with whom do you identify?” (Ransby, 2003). This question of identification as a political act is likewise registered by anticolonial feminist philosopher María Lugones, who insists that, “we must constantly...   More >

How adolescents navigate uncertainty, with a little help from their friends

Colloquium | February 5 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Wouter van den Bos, Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

 Institute of Human Development

Despite the increased prevalence of adolescent risk-taking behavior in the real world, laboratory evidence of adolescent specific risk taking propensity remains scarce. In contrast with the lab, adolescents in the real world often have only incomplete information about risks. There is currently very little known about how adolescents make decisions under these uncertain conditions. To address...   More >

Anthropology 290 Speaker Series:: Critical Perspectives on Free Speech

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Nicholas Dirks, Anthropology and Histroy; Rosemary Joyce, Anthropology; Christopher Kutz,, Law School

 Charles L. Briggs, Anthropology

 Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to invite you to an
Anthropology 290 panel discussion. The goal is to bring a range of
perspectives to bear on the task of rethinking the analytic and political

underpinnings of debates centering on “free speech.”

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Bi-Boolean Independence for Pairs of Algebras (after Gu and Skoufranis)

Seminar | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will introduce some of the basic ideas related to bi-Boolean independence. After establishing a combinatorial characterization of bi-Boolean independence, we will consider the associated convolutions and transforms of this independence. Time permitting, we will also establish some additive bi-Boolean limit theorems.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Chain level loop bracket and pseudo-holomorphic disks

Seminar | February 5 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kei Irie, Kyoto

 Department of Mathematics

Let $L$ be a Lagrangian submanifold in a symplectic vector space which is closed, oriented and spin. Using virtual fundamental chains of moduli spaces of nonconstant pseudo-holomorphic disks with boundaries on $L$, one can define a Maurer-Cartan element of a Lie bracket operation in string topology (the loop bracket) defined at chain level. This observation is due to Fukaya, who also pointed out...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Automorphy of mod 3 representations over CM fields

Seminar | February 5 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Patrick Allen, UIUC

 Department of Mathematics

Wiles's proof of the modularity of semistable elliptic curves over the rationals uses, as a starting point, the Langlands-Tunnell theorem, which implies that the mod 3 Galois representation attached to an elliptic curve over the rationals arises from a modular form of weight one. In order to feed this into modularity lifting theorems, one needs to use congruences between modular forms of weight...   More >

Wenpin Tang - Optimal Surviving Strategy For The Up The River Problem

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

 Wenpin Tang, UCLA

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Nowadays there are more and more people living on the planet, but the available resources are very limited. So an interesting question is how to allocate the limited resources to maximize our welfare.

Farmer perceptions and preferences for achieving groundwater sustainability in California

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Dr. Meredith Niles, University of Vermont

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In 2014 California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which aims to achieve groundwater sustainability across California by 2040. This sweeping policy, largely being administered and implemented at the local level, could have significant impacts on how California manages water. This is especially true for agriculture, which is the largest human use of water. This work...   More >


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The Influence of Kindness and Community in Broadening Participation in STEM Careers

Colloquium | February 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Mica Estrada, University of California, San Francisco

 Graduate School of Education

African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are historically underrepresented (HU) among Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degree earners and career pathways. Why do we stay and why do we go? Viewed from a perspective of social influence, the pattern suggests that HU people do not become part of STEM communities at the same rate as non-HU students. Building on Kelman’s...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Open Gromov-Witten invariants and the HOMFLY skein relation

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Tobias Ekholm, Uppsala

 Department of Mathematics

Results of Witten and Ooguri-Vafa relate the HOMFLY polynomial of a link in the 3-sphere to the open topological string partition function of the Lagrangian conormal of the link, moved from the cotangent bundle of the 3-sphere to the resolved conifold. The mathematical counterpart of open topological string is open Gromov-Witten theory. We construct open Gromov-Witten invariants of conormal...   More >

IB Seminar: Biodiversity Genomics: Genome Structure, Sex, and Recombination

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Matthew Fujita, University of Texas at Arlington

 Department of Integrative Biology

Dr. David Knowles, Departments of Genetics and Radiology, Stanford University: Probabilistic models of transcriptomic dysregulation in human disease

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Transcription, the fundamental cellular process by which DNA is copied to RNA, is tightly regulated in healthy human development but frequently dysregulated in disease. During or shortly after transcription, regions known as “introns” are spliced out of the RNA to produce mature “messenger” RNA. Massively parallel sequencing of RNA (RNA-seq) has become a ubiquitous technology in...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Dynamic Information Acquisition from Multiple Sources"

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Xiaosheng Mu, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

This is a job market seminar. Note the change in location.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Fredholm theory and the resolvent of the Laplacian near zero energy on asymptotically conic spaces

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 András Vasy, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

We consider geometric generalizations of Euclidean low energy resolvent estimates, such as estimates for the resolvent of the Euclidean Laplacian plus a decaying potential, in a Fredholm framework. More precisely, the setting is that of perturbations \(P(\sigma )\) of the spectral family of the Laplacian \(\Delta _g-\sigma ^2\) on asymptotically conic spaces \((X,g)\) of dimension at least \(3\),...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Dynamic Information Acquisition from Multiple Sources"

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

 Xiaosheng Mu, Harvard Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Game Theory, Decision Theory, Behavioral Economics

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >