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Monday, September 9, 2019

Graduate Student Conference: Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World

Conference/Symposium | September 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

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

The Brexit referendum of June 2016, the United States presidential election of November of that same year and the recent gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) movement in France have brought unprecedented international attention to rural areas in the Western world. While some scholars have argued that the urban-rural dichotomy is a mistaken and misleading construct, others are questioning the reasons...   More >

Monitoring and Treatment of Trabecular Meshwork in Glaucoma: Novel Engineering Approaches

Seminar | September 9 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 C. Ross Ethier, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Trabecular meshwork dysfunction underlies most cases of ocular hypertension, the main risk factor for development of glaucomatous optic neuropathy. Here I describe two engineering approaches to treat and monitor trabecular meshwork function. In the first, we seek to improve the efficiency of stem cell delivery to the trabecular meshwork (TM), known to be deficient in cell numbers in primary...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | September 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Sol Hsiang, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
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Combinatorics Seminar: Characterizing quotients of positroids

Seminar | September 9 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anastasia Chavez, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We characterize quotients of specific families of positroids. Positroids are a special class of representable matroids introduced by Postnikov in the study of the nonnegative part of the Grassmannian. Postnikov defined several combinatorial objects that index positroids. In this talk, we make use of two of these objects to combinatorially characterize when certain positroids are quotients....   More >

PERL Seminar: “Judges, Lenders, and the Bottom Line: Court-ing Economic Growth in India”

Seminar | September 9 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Manaswini Rao

 Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

String-Math Seminar: Integrable systems via shifted quantum groups

Seminar | September 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

In the recent papers by Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima a mathematical construction of the Coulomb branches of \(3d\) \(N=4\) quiver gauge theories was proposed, whose quantization is conjecturally described via the so-called shifted Yangians and shifted quantum affine algebras.

The goal of this talk is to explain how both of these shifted algebras provide a new insight towards integrable systems...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The Free Nonlinear Levy-Khintchine Formula

Seminar | September 9 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will speak on recent work of Philippe Biane related to Levy processes in free probability. After recalling the necessary background, I will discuss how free Levy processes with homogeneous transition probabilities are related to Nevanlinna functions which can be explicitly parametrised, and how this gives a nonlinear free Levy-Khintchine formula. Time permitting, I will also explain how these...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Pointwise lower scalar curvature bounds for $C^0$ metrics via regularizing Ricci flow

Seminar | September 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Paula Burkhardt-Guim, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose a class of local definitions of weak lower scalar curvature bounds that is well defined for $C^0$ metrics. We show the following: that our definitions are stable under greater-than-second-order perturbation of the metric, that there exists a reasonable notion of a Ricci flow starting from $C^0$ initial data which is smooth for positive times, and that the weak lower scalar curvature...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Solutions of Equations Involving the Modular $j$ Function

Seminar | September 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Inspired by work done for systems of polynomial exponential equations, I will talk about systems of equations involving the modular $j$-function, and in particular I will show general cases in which these systems have solutions. Then we will look at certain situations in which the modular Schanuel conjecture implies that these systems have generic solutions. This is joint work with Sebastián...   More >

Amit Garg — Matters of “Survival” and Clicks – Applications of AI in Sales Operations

Seminar | September 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Amit Garg, CRMantra

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: This talk will focus on two applications of BigData and AI techniques in Sales Operations.  Revenue projections drive capital and operational expense budgeting decisions for companies.  Impacts of this process include head counts allocated to each functional area, amount of capital for different corporate projects, etc.  Revenue projections are driven by different deals sales people are...   More >

Visualizing molecular structure and dynamics in the regulation of gene expression

Seminar | September 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Epigenetic silencing and transcription initiation are two major molecular processes contributing to the regulation of gene expression. We are using cryo-EM to visualize critical complexes in these two processes with the aim of defining their structure and dynamics and thus contribute to a mechanistic understanding of their regulatory functions. TFIID is a molecular hub that recognizes and binds...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Diabatic Surface Hopping, Marcus Rate and Ehrenfest dynamics

Seminar | September 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Di Fang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Surface hopping algorithms are popular tools to study dynamics of the quantum-classical mixed systems. In this talk, we will present a surface hopping algorithm in diabatic representations, in the view point of time dependent perturbation theory and semiclassical analysis. The algorithm is validated numerically in both weak coupling and avoided crossing regimes. We then discuss some recent...   More >

Exploiting the Malleability of Disorder to Design Biologically-Inspired Function

Colloquium | September 9 | 4:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 Andrea J. Liu, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Physics

The complexity of living systems poses a formidable challenge to physical scientists interested in biology. I will discuss one theoretical approach towards gaining possible insight into biological phenomena: to design systems to exhibit similar phenomena. To do so, we start with systems with complex energy/cost landscapes, which have far more variation in their properties than those with simple...   More >

Radically Reimagining a Less Toxic World: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | September 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Joe Charbonnet, Green Science Policy Institute

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Graduate school is a great place to gain scientific and research expertise – but that’s hardly the only thing you’ll need in your future as a Ph.D. Are you ready to lead a group? Manage your coworkers? Mentor budding scientists?

To address the many interpersonal issues that arise in a scientific workplace, graduate students from Chemistry, Physics, and Molecular & Cell Biology founded SLAM:...   More >

ATC Lecture — Madeline Gannon, "Robots Are Creatures, Not Things."

Colloquium | September 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Madeline Gannon, Artist / Roboticist, Pittsburgh, PA

 Center for New Media, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Arts + Design

After 50 years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, Dr. Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were never intended to do:...   More >

Madeline Gannon: Robots Are Creatures, Not Things

Presentation | September 9 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After fifty years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, multidisciplinary designer Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were...   More >