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Monday, March 19, 2018

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | March 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Davud Rostam-Afschar; Zarek Brot-Goldberg

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

  RSVP online by March 13.

Seeing where we’re going: a retinal code for self-motion

Seminar | March 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. David Berson, Professor of Medical Science, Chair of NeuroScience, Brown University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Self-motion triggers complementary visual and vestibular reflexes supporting image-stabilization and balance. Translation through space produces one global pattern of retinal image motion (optic flow), rotation another. We show that each subtype of direction-selective ganglion cell (DSGC) adjusts its direction preference topographically to align with specific translatory optic flow...   More >

Developmental Psychology Colloquium

Colloquium | March 19 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Yuan Meng, Department of Psychology; Ruthee Foushee, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Yuan Meng

Children’s Causal Interventions Combine Discrimination and Confirmation

Like scientists, children can design "experiments" to distinguish between causal structures, but their performance often falls short of information-theoretic metrics such as the expected information gain (EIG). Such deviation may have resulted from mixing normative discriminatory strategies such as...   More >

Machine Learning by the People, for the People

Seminar | March 19 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Nika Haghtalab, PhD. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will explore three lines of research from my work on the theoretical aspects of machine learning and algorithmic economics that account for these interactions.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free and bi-free extremes.

Seminar | March 19 | 2-3:50 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The talk will be about extreme values in free probability and the beginning of an extension to bi-free probability, that is to free probability with left and right variables.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Estimates of constant scalar curvature Kahler metrics with applications to existence

Seminar | March 19 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jingrui Cheng, University of Wisconsin–Madison

 Department of Mathematics

We develop new apriori estimates for scalar curvature type equations on a compact Kahler manifold. As applications, we show that properness of K-energy with respect to the \(L^1\) geodesic distance implies the existence of constant scalar curvature Kahler metrics. This is joint work with Xiuxiong Chen.

Nature Village Indoor Garden

Workshop | March 19 | 3 p.m. |  University Village Community Center

 1125 Jackson Street, Albany, CA 94706

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come learn with Nature Village how to create an indoor garden for your apartment!

Bring an empty plastic bottle, which we'll reuse to create an indoor herb garden. Soil and seeds will be provided.

BLISS Seminar: Queues, Balls and Bins, and Association

Seminar | March 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 R Srikant, UIUC

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider a problem motivated by file retrieval in cloud computing systems where storage coding is used. In such problems, each file-retrieval job consists of multiple tasks (each corresponding to the retrieval of a coded chunk of a file), and the job is completed only when all of its tasks are completed. The goal is to compute the tail probability of the job completion time. However, this is a...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Arithmetic finiteness results for Fano varieties and hypersurfaces

Seminar | March 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ariyan Javanpeykar, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

 Department of Mathematics

Faltings proved that there are only finitely many abelian schemes of dimension $g$ over a fixed “arithmetic curve”. Similar finiteness results hold (for instance) for K3 surfaces (Andre + Y. She), smooth curves of fixed genus $g >1$ (Faltings), and cubic surfaces (Scholl). In this talk, we will investigate similar finiteness results for Fano varieties and hypersurfaces, and explain the...   More >

The SAGA of histone ubiquitination in transcription regulation

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Cynthia Wolberger, John Hopkins School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

World Literature as Travelling Genre: Paris, St. Petersburg, Tiflis

Colloquium | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

This is the third lecture of the Spring 2018 Slavic Graduate Colloquium lecture series.

Authoring Joy :) Multimodal artifacts as tools for broadening definitions of STEM participation

Colloquium | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Déana Scipio, School of Education at University of California, Davis

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Scipio explores the ways that joyful learning opportunities for authoring artifacts and activities shaped the broadening participation experiences of youth in the SoundCitizen Science Apprenticeship (SCSA) program. SCSA was a National Science Foundation funded, design-based research out of school time program for middle and high school youth. Within SCSA, youth...   More >

Spike inference for genetically encoded calcium indicators with models of multistep binding kinetics

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

 Dr. David Greenberg, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research, Bonn, Germany

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Multiphoton imaging of genetically encoded calcium indicators can detect action potential (AP) evoked fluorescence changes from populations of spatially resolved neurons, but the nonlinear dependence of fluorescence on AP counts and variable indicator expression across neurons make quantitative inference problematic. We developed a biophysical model of GCaMP6s in neurons based on the...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Calderon problem for Yang-Mills connections

Seminar | March 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mihajlo Cekic, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (Bonn)

 Department of Mathematics

In the classical Calderon conjecture we want to recover a metric on a compact manifold, up to diffeomorphism fixing the boundary, from the Dirichlet-to-Neumann (DN) map of the metric Laplacian. This problem is routinely motivated by applications and is open in dimension 3 and higher. In this talk, we fix the metric and consider the DN map of the connection Laplacian for Yang-Mills connections. We...   More >

A Conversation with Marion Nestle and Alice Waters

Panel Discussion | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, New York University; Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse

 Public Health, School of, Berkeley Food Institute

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with renowned local restaurateur and activist Alice Waters and influential alumna and author Marion Nestle, who will talk about the current state of our food system and why they think the food movement is a beacon of light at the intersection of agriculture, food, nutrition, and public health.

  Register online

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 >

International Alumni Career Chats (Arts, Media and Communication)

Career Fair | March 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

International students with majors in humanity and social science areas may face more challenging job market and hurdles with work authorization and visa requirements. Come and talk to the international alumni who graduated with the same majors as you and are working in the Bay Area.