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Friday, October 18, 2019

Access and Equity—Science for All Students with FOSS (CSTA San Jose)

Workshop | October 18 | 8-9:30 a.m. | San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Room 210E

 150 W Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

 FOSS Project Staff

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Equitable learning opportunities require knowing the curriculum and responding to the diverse needs of students. Explore how FOSS provides universal access and targeted instruction for vulnerable students. Discuss assets and supports students need to be successful in science and engineering.

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Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

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 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Seminar with PhD Student Adji Bousso Dieng: Prescribed Generative Adversarial Networks

Seminar | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 250

 Adji Bousso Dieng, Columbia University

 College of Engineering

GANs are a powerful approach to unsupervised learning. They have achieved state-of-the-art performance in the image domain. However, GANs are limited in two ways. They often learn distributions with low support---a phenomenon known as mode collapse---and they do not guarantee the existence of a probability density, which makes...   More >

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong.

Free with Garden Admission

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What if we succeed?

Colloquium | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1102

 Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

It is reasonable to expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested? While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss the issue, I will argue instead that a fundamental reorientation of the field is required. The "standard model"...   More >

Insights into Why and How Cities are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

Presentation | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Daniel Chatman, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This webinar is the first in a series being organized by the UC Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) to highlight and discuss the results from research projects funded by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1). Established in 1947 by the California Legislature, the UC ITS has four...   More >


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Green Chemistry: Using Health and Environmental Impacts as Design Criteria for Safer Materials: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Megan Schwarzman, Associate Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Design Conversations: Claire Evans

Colloquium | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. |  Jacobs Hall

 Claire Evans

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

This fall, we continue our series For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging launched in Spring 2019.

Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design's perceived innocence - admitting historical and contemporary cases where design accidentally or purposefully...   More >

Cybersecurity in Financial Services: Threats and Solutions (BEUHS376)

Workshop | October 18 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Jason Mayor, Senior Manager of IT Governance, Risk & Compliance, Raymond James

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Cybersecurity concerns are a by-product of the technology boom we've experienced over the last 20+ years, but who are the threat actors behind the hacks, data breaches, and fraud activity, and how can we protect ourselves moving forward? This presentation will address these questions, while providing best practices and recommendations for individuals to apply to their everyday life in order to...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: A Framework for Information Processing: Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Seminar | October 18 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Sadasivan Shankar, Ph.D, Associate in Applied Physics, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As part of this talk, we will also briefly illustrate a new class that we have developed in which students are taught hands-on about using extreme computing to address real applications. With a focus on real applications, we anticipate co-design will shift the way computing is evaluated and enable many possibilities in applying computing to solve societal problems.

BLISS Seminar: Spectral graph matching and regularized quadratic relaxations

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Jiaming Xu, Duke University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Given two unlabeled, edge-correlated graphs on the same set of vertices, we study the “graph matching” problem of identifying the unknown mapping from vertices of the first graph to those of the second. This amounts to solving a computationally intractable quadratic assignment problem. We propose a new spectral method, which computes the eigendecomposition of the two graph adjacency matrices and...   More >

Extraordinary Optics from Structured Nanoparticles: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Danqing Wang, Miller Instititute / Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Miniaturized and rationally assembled nanostructures exhibit extraordinarily distinct physical and chemical properties beyond their individual units. This talk will focus on structured metal nanoparticle lattices that show unique diffractive coupling with lattice spacings engineered close to the wavelength of light.

Collectively coupled plasmonic nanoparticles induce sharp, intense lattice...   More >

Photogrammetry for archaeologists: Hands on training with AGISoft Photoscan/Metashape

Workshop | October 18 | 2-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Felicia De Pena, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this introduction to AGISoft Metashape (formerly known as "Photoscan") we will cover the basics of photography, photo editing, and processing to create 3D models. Proper photography is essential for producing the geometry necessary for Metashape to stitch photos and will be covered in the first part of the workshop. We will cover basic photo editing, pre-processing, and organization for...   More >

 Registration Info: Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff.

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Art as Research: Excavando al Rostro de la Memoria

Panel Discussion | October 18 | 3-5 p.m. |  Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Celia Herrera Rodriguez

 Latinx Research Center

A panel featuring scholars of arts research in conversation with artist Celia Herrera Rodríguez’s current exhibition Sabidurías Callejeras.

Simplifying and Accelerating Data Exploration

Seminar | October 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Aditya Parameswaran

 Information, School of

How could interactive data exploration tools be redesigned to give deeper insights more easily and quickly?

Strategic Initiatives for Inland Movement of Containerized Imports at San Pedro Bay

Seminar | October 18 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Rob Leachman, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Berkeley's Rob Leachman will present Strategic Initiatives for Inland Movement of Containerized Imports at San Pedro Bay at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Rob Leachman

Organometallic Molecular Design Strategies for Luminescence, Sensing, and Photoredox Catalysis

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Thomas Teets, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston

 College of Chemistry

This talk describes complementary synthetic strategies to enhance the photoluminescence and photoredox properties of organometallic complexes. We have addressed the long-standing challenge of designing efficient and stable blue-phosphorescent molecules, currently the most significant technological hurdle in OLED technology. Our efforts have resulted in new designs for blue-emitting iridium...   More >

Getting to Know the Gods of Taiwan: Children’s Literature and Identity Formation

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Natasha Heller, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions, University of Virginia

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In secular children’s books, gods are often part of history and culture—but what roles are they expected to play in the lives of contemporary children? Focusing on picture books and early readers about the goddess Mazu 媽祖 and the earth god (tudi gong 土地公), I will argue that they represent different strategies of incorporating religion in the creation of...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Categoricity of Shimura Varieties

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The question of categoricity of the universal cover of certain algebraic varieties begun with Zilber’s study of the complex exponential function, and his methods have allowed people to study the question on other arithmetic varieties. In this talk we will consider the case of Shimura varieties, and we will see how some ideas from model theory and the classification of abstract elementary...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Hodge Bundles and Faltings Height

Seminar | October 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Roy Zhao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will give a brief overview of the Hodge bundle and Faltings height. We will do some explicit computations and also motivate their research by stating some important results and conjectures in Diophantine geometry.

Music Studies Colloquium: Kyle Devine (University of Oslo)

Colloquium | October 18 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

"Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music"