<< Wednesday, October 10, 2018 >>

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

Let's Talk: Engaging in Cross-Cultural Communication: Beeqi004-181010

Workshop | October 10 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia Reel

 Human Resources

This workshop engages participants in conversations regarding “what gets in the way” when communicating across difference. This workshop reviews interactive communication theory and U.S. domestic dynamics of Human Diversity. Participants will work with each other in discussing and applying this information in varied situations. By the end of this workshop participants will: •Increase awareness of...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Teresa Feo: Shining new light on historic collections: How museum specimens and bright X-rays revealed one of the darkest materials known to man

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Teresa Feo

 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 >

Cell-cycle entry and exit: A tale of phosphorylation, transcription and degradation

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tobias Meyer, Ph.D., Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mammals must regulate the proliferation of stem, progenitor and differentiated cells to build, maintain, and repair tissues. Control of cell-cycle entry has been conceptualized by the restriction point, a time when cells escape the need for mitogens to complete the cell cycle. Our recent single-cell microscopy studies revealed sequential decisions to activate cyclin-dependent protein kinases...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "A novel mechanism for viral host-range expansion revealed through experimental evolution"

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Justin Meyer, UC San Diego

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

What changes to viral genomes would allow them to infect new species? And, what are the natural processes – mutation, recombination, and natural selection – that permit their evolution?

The Meyer Lab uses experimental evolution of viruses to find answers to these questions using a combination of methods from many fields of biology.

For a complete explanation of Meyer's research and a...   More >

An Analysis: Implementation of youth centers in Musanze, Rwanda: Presentation by Bixby Center Summer Award Recipient

Presentation | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | University Hall, Room 440/Bixby Center

 Kalee Singh, DrPH Student, SPH

 Bixby Center at UC Berkeley

Kalee will present her analysis on the implementation of
the Bixby Center’s youth center, based in the district of
Musanze, Rwanda. The youth center model aims to
utilize a multi-pronged approach–addressing both
structural and social determinants–to improve the health

and wellbeing of youth in Rwanda. The model, co-
designed and managed by youth, strives to empower

adolescents through...   More >

Household Composition and Child Outcomes in Peru: A Longitudinal Study: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Sarah Reynolds, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Sleepless and alone: How does sleep loss affect our social life?

Colloquium | October 10 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Eti Ben Simon, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Human Sleep Science

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Loneliness is a growing public health epidemic, reliably increasing mortality and morbidity risks in socially isolated individuals. A potential factor linking loneliness to poor health is disturbed sleep. Both lonely individuals as well as socially isolated animals suffer from worse sleep quality compared to socially connected controls. Focusing on the importance of sleep in modulating social...   More >

Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body (BEUHS178)

Workshop | October 10 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Dori Sproul, Alzheimer's Association

 Elder Care Program

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for...   More >

Gender and Candidacy: Female Legislative Nominations in Zambia

Colloquium | October 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Melanie L. Phillips, PhD Candidate, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Melanie Phillips’ research agenda focuses on the progress of equity in politics. Specifically, her dissertation looks at the barriers to candidacy in sub-Saharan Africa. She has conducted multiple rounds of fieldwork in Zambia.

Ms. Phillips holds a Masters in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; Political Science with distinction from the...   More >

2018 Fall Colloquium

AmpEquity Speaker Series with Gloria Allred

Seminar | October 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, 6th Floor

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Gloria Allred (Founding Partner, AM&G) and Kellie McElhaney (Founding Executive Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership) will discuss Ms. Allred's lifelong career of fighting for women's rights, her proudest and most difficult moments, change she is seeing with the #metoo movement, and advice for the audience. Registration required.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Hamiltonian Floer theory and symplectic cohomology

Seminar | October 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Sara Venkatesh, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Starting with closed symplectic manifolds, we introduce Hamiltonian Floer homology and discuss the dynamical information it encodes. We then translate this story to open symplectic manifolds, on which symplectic cohomology is defined.

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Trapping in perturbations of Kerr spacetimes

Seminar | October 10 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 383N Stanford

  Building 380, Stanford, CA 94305

 Peter Hintz, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We study the trapped set of spacetimes whose metric decays to a stationary Kerr metric at an inverse polynomial rate. In the first part of the talk, I will focus on the dynamical aspects of this problem and show that the trapped set is a smooth submanifold which converges to that of the stationary metric at the same rate. In the second part, I will explain how to use this to prove microlocal...   More >

Large deviations of subgraph counts for sparse Erd\H{o}s--R\'enyi graphs

Seminar | October 10 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Cook, UCLA

 Department of Statistics

For each fixed integer $\ell\ge 3$ we establish the leading order of the exponential rate function for the probability that the number of cycles of length $\ell$ in the Erd\H{o}s--R\'enyi graph $G(N,p)$ exceeds its expectation by a constant factor, assuming $N^{-1/2}\ll p\ll 1$ (up to log corrections) when $\ell\ge 4$, and $N^{-1/3}\ll p\ll 1$ in the case of triangles. We additionally obtain the...   More >

Seeing and Sounding Rural Citizenship

Colloquium | October 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Sheryl-Ann Simpson, University of California, Davis

 Department of Geography

Studies of urban citizenship practices – of active membership in decision making processes in place – have tended to focus on the role of encounters in defining citizenship. On the ways in which people bustle and clamour up against one another in dense urban environments. Limited studies in rural settings, however, suggest an important role for narrative, memories, and affective experiences in...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: The classical de Rham Witt complex and Zariski localization

Seminar | October 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Gleason, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the classical de Rham Witt complex and Zariski localization.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Symplectic cohomology of subdomains

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Sara Venkatesh, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Mirror symmetry predicts the existence of Floer invariants that yield “local” information. Guided by this, we construct a quantitative symplectic cohomology theory that detects Floer-essential Lagrangians within subdomains. We illustrate the quantitative behavior of this theory by examining negative line bundles over toric symplectic manifolds.

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: A new Golden Age for Computer Architecture with David Patterson

Colloquium | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 David Patterson, UC Berkeley and Google AI

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the 1980s, Mead and Conway democratized chip design and high-level language programming surpassed assembly language programming, which made instruction set advances viable. Innovations like Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC), superscalar, and speculation ushered in a Golden Age of computer architecture, when performance doubled every 18 months. The ending of Dennard Scaling and Moore’s...   More >

Extracting Material Properties from Relaxation Experiments

Colloquium | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sossina Haile, Northwestern University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Redox active oxides, with mixed ionic and electronic conductivity, are critical components in a wide range of energy technologies, serving as electrodes in fuel cells and batteries, and as reactive substrates in solar-driven thermochemical reactors. Accurate knowledge of the surface reaction rate constant, is essential for both optimal design of components using existing materials and rational...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Long time propagation and fractal uncertainty principle

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 383N Stanford

  Building 380, Stanford, CA 94305

 Semyon Dyatlov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will show a frequency-independent lower bound on mass of eigenfunctions on surfaces of variable negative curvature. This was previously done in the case of constant curvature in joint work with Jin, relying on the fractal uncertainty principle proved in joint work with Bourgain. I will focus on the new components needed to handle the case of variable curvature, in particular propagation of...   More >

The Distributional Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data

Presentation | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 John Voorheis, U.S. Census Bureau

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

John Voorheis will discuss the implications of his research finding that minimum wage policies increase long-term earnings of low-wage workers, and possibly reasons for the persistence of those effects. Rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility have prompted state and local governments to focus on higher minimum wages. As these policies expand, an understanding of how minimum wage...   More >

To persist or not to persist?

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Schreiber, UC Davis

 Department of Statistics

Two long standing, fundamental questions in biology are "Under what conditions do populations persist or go extinct? When do interacting species coexist?" The answers to these questions are essential for guiding conservation efforts and identifying mechanisms that maintain biodiversity. Mathematical models play an important role in identifying these mechanisms and, when coupled with empirical...   More >

Book Talk: In Defense of Troublemakers

Reading - Nonfiction | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, 227 (Social Research Library)

 Charlan Nemeth


Author Charlan Nemeth, Professor of Psychology (UC Berkeley), will discuss her book In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business (Basic Books, 2018). She will explain why dissent should be cherished, not feared, because it leads to more creative and better decision-making. Lone objectors — from Twelve Angry Men to Edward Snowden — force people to question their...   More >

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 2: Sound

Conference/Symposium | October 10 – 11, 2018 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Miyako Inoue, Stanford University; Tom McEnaney, UC Berkeley; Amanda Weidman, Bryn Mawr College; Paja Faudree, Brown University; Dan Fisher, UC Berkeley

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the second of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar that will take place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Fronto-thalamic interaction in cognitive control and flexibility

Seminar | October 10 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael Halassa, Assistant Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Fronto-thalamic interaction in cognitive control and flexibility: Michael Halassa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Colloquium | October 10 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael Halassa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Psychology

Anthony Marra in Conversation with Shannon Pufahl

Panel Discussion | October 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Anthony Marra; Shannon Pufahl, Lecturer, Stanford English

 Department of English

The Berkeley English Department is pleased to present a reading and conversation with Anthony Marra, author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and Constellation of Vital Phenomena, and recipient of the second annual Simpson Family Literary Prize.

The Simpson Family Literary Prize recognizes annually a mid-career writer who has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of...   More >