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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Respect in Action: Listening, Expression and Dialogue

Course | September 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Staff Ombuds Office

Learn practical steps for promoting respectful conduct at work, including current research on workplace incivility and guidelines for considerate conduct. Participants will also learn how to increase understanding of preferences around respectful communication, and effective ways to respond to rudeness.

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Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | September 25 | 9-10 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

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Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | September 25 | 10:10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

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Law and Graduate School Fair

Career Fair | September 25 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Lower Sproul Plaza

 Career Center

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 30 Law Schools and more than 60 Graduate / Professional Schools. See below for sample lists of participating schools.

• Gain a real advantage in the application process by getting to know admissions representatives
• Learn about application procedures, prerequisites and what makes an applicant successful
• Find out where...   More >

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Workshop | September 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 356B: D-Lab Convening Room

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer

 Library

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related...   More >

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Law and Graduate School Fair

Career Fair | September 25 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Lower Sproul Plaza

 Career Center

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 30 Law Schools and 60 Graduate / Professional Schools...there is something for everyone at the Graduate School Fair!
• Law schools
• Graduate and professional schools
• MBA and finance programs
• Education programs
• Engineering programs
• Public policy programs
• Health professions, medical schools, public health, and...   More >

image of past fair with text about fair

Regulation of mRNA trafficking by RNA binding proteins in Neurons

Seminar | September 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Robert Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Asymptotics of the longest increasing subsequence of a permutation

Seminar | September 25 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The main goal of this talk is to show that the longest increasing subsequence of a random permutation, when normalized by square root of n, converges in probability to the constant 2. We will begin the talk by briefly discussing previous results that address the simpler problem of finding the limit of the normalized expectation of the longest increasing subsequence. Then we will proceed to...   More >

BioE Seminar - David Camarillo: Bioengineering Department Seminar

Seminar | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 David Camarillo, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

“Precision measurement and prevention of mild brain trauma”
David Camarillo -- Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering and Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Receptor networks underpin plant immunity"

Seminar | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Sophien Kamoun, Senior Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Sophien Kamoun is a senior scientist at the Sainsbury Laboratory and a professor at the University of East Anglia. His group studies how filamentous plant pathogens, such as the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans, infect plants, and the plant processes that are modulated by these pathogens.

Genetics and Education: Recent Developments in the Context of an Ugly History and an Uncertain Future: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Benjamin Domingue, Professor, Sociology, Stanford University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

Ben Domingue is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He is interested in how student outcomes are leveraged to inform our understanding of student learning, teacher performance, and the efficacy of other programs.

CITRIS Research Exchange - Jiang Lin

Seminar | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

CITRIS Research Exchange delivers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry, and civic leaders. CITRIS Research Exchange is free and open to the public. Register by the Monday prior to the event to receive lunch.

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MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Andrew Whitehead: Title TBA

Seminar | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Andrew Whitehead

 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 >

Rebooting AI

Seminar | September 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 545 Li Ka Shing Center

 Gary Marcus, NYU

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Relaxing Sound Meditation (BEUHS066)

Workshop | September 25 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Melissa Felsenstein, Inner Sounds Meditation

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Unplug and feel an empty mind as you are immersed in tone and vibration of quartz crystal bowls and other instruments during this free Sound Bath. Learn how live calming sounds can be help reduce stress, release tension, balance the nervous system, and encourage healthier sleep.

Meditate without effort and unlock new creative insight, sharpened instincts, and a doorway into a calm mind. Many...   More >

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Creating Undergraduate Discovery Projects: Strategies for Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Years

Workshop | September 25 | 1 p.m. | Durant Hall, Room 9

 Office of Undergraduate Research

At UC Berkeley, undergraduates develop their passions through discovery projects that deepen their learning, better the world, and launch their futures. In this workshop, you gain strategies for creating powerful learning experiences, seeking funding for your projects, and building community at UC Berkeley in a way that will support your life goals.

The TDPS Speaker Series presents Vince Medina and Louis Trevino of mak-'amham | Ohlone Foods Teach-In and Lunch

Presentation | September 25 | 1-3 p.m. |  Café Ohlone, University Press Books

 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Vince Medina; Louis Trevino, co-founders, mak-'amham

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Vince Medina and Louis Trevino, co-founders of mak-'amham, will lead the preparation of traditional Ohlone foods from fruits, spices, nuts, herbs, teas, and other selected items gathered in their indigenous homelands of the East Bay and the Carmel Valley.

 The event and meal are free, but advanced registration is required as seating is limited. Register online

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | September 25 | 2-4 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Ideal pants block manifolds and Dehn filling

Seminar | September 25 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 William Worden, Rice University

 Department of Mathematics

We will cover some standard hyperbolic 3-manifold background, and describe Agol’s construction of a certain class of hyperbolic 3-manifolds, which we call ideal pants block manifolds. These manifolds decompose along thrice-punctured spheres into pieces that consist of either one or two regular ideal octahedra.

Reading by Author: Sproutlands. Tending the endless gift of trees

Reading - Nonfiction | September 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 William Bryant Logan, Arborist, NYC

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

In his educational and reassuring volume on ecology and sustainability, New York City arborist Logan (Air: The Restless Shaper of the World) sets out to explain processes of regeneration and ways in which trees feed off one another. He observes that though “a tree is in a forest... there is also a forest in each tree,” in that “every new branch arises on its parent’s stem in exactly the same way...   More >

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | September 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Searching for Interactions in Linear Time

Seminar | September 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Feng Ruan, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We tackle the problem of variable selection with a focus on discovering interactions between variables. With p variables, there are O(p^k) possible interactions of order k making exhaustive search infeasible. We show that it is nonetheless possible to identify the variables involved in interactions (of any order) with only linear computation cost, O(p), and in a nonparametric fashion. Our...   More >

Localization of Gaussian disordered systems at low temperature

Seminar | September 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Erik Bates, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The fundamental premise of statistical mechanics is that a physical system's state is random according to some probability measure, which is determined by the various forces of interaction between the system's constituent particles. In the ``disordered" setting, these interactions are also random (meant to capture the effect of a random medium), meaning the probability measure is itself a random...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Introduction to Hurwitz spaces

Seminar | September 25 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Michael Seaman, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Developing advanced scattering techniques for thin film characterization / Interaction Parameters Governing Self-Assembly of Block Copolymer Electrolytes and the Isotaksis Point

Colloquium | September 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Peter Dudenas, PhD student in the McCloskey Group and Weber Group; Whitney Loo, PhD student in the Balsara Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Developing advanced scattering techniques for thin film characterization / Interaction Parameters Governing Self-Assembly of Block Copolymer Electrolytes and the Isotaksis Point

EECS Colloquium: Steps Toward Super Intelligence and the Search for a New Path

Colloquium | September 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Rodney Brooks, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In his 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" Alan Turing estimated that sixty people working for fifty years should be able to program a computer (running at 1950 speed) to have human level intelligence. AI researchers have spent orders of magnitude more effort than that and are still not close. Why has AI been so hard and what are the problems...   More >

RTMP Seminar: Noncommutative Pentagram map

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Michael Shapiro, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

A pentagram map is a discrete integrable transformation on the space of projective classes of (twisted) $n$-gons in projective plane. We will discuss a classical and non-commutative version of pentagram map and its integrability properties.

Overlapping Clustering Models, and One (class) SVM to Bind Them All: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Purnamrita Sarkar, UT Austin

 Department of Statistics

People belong to multiple communities, words belong to multiple topics, and books cover multiple genres; overlapping clusters are commonplace. Many existing overlapping clustering methods model each person (or word, or book) as a non-negative weighted combination of “exemplars” who belong solely to one community, with some small noise. Geometrically, each person is a point on a cone whose corners...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (Departmental Seminar): "Research Transparency and Reproducibility in Economics and Beyond"

Seminar | September 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Edward Miguel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Topology Seminar: Small knots of large Heegaard genus

Seminar | September 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 William Worden, Rice University

 Department of Mathematics

Building off ideas developed by Agol, we construct a family of hyperbolic knots $K_n$ whose complements contain no closed incompressible surfaces (i.e., they are small) and have Heegaard genus exactly $n$. These are the first known examples of small knots having large Heegaard genus. In the first part of the talk we will describe a beautiful construction due to Agol for building hyperbolic...   More >

Tears and Smoke: Voices from Hong Kong to America

Panel Discussion | September 25 | 7-8:15 p.m. |  Moe's Books

 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

 National Lawyers Guild, Berkeley Law Chapter

Organized by the Bauhinia Project, this event aims to dispel misinformation and clarify the protests still ongoing in Hong Kong, by offering a perspective in Hong Kong's own voices. Hongkongers now in Berkeley have been invited to speak -- including poets, protesters, former student leader of the Umbrella Movement, and advocates now working at local Bay Area nonprofits.