<< Monday, October 21, 2019 >>

Monday, October 21, 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Joel Bowen, O'Brein Lab; Justin Theiss, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Joel Bowen's Talk
Feature interference within dynamic receptive field pooling arrays: Implications for visual crowding

Abstract: Visual crowding imposes severe perceptual limitations on object recognition in peripheral vision: target objects that are easily identified in isolation are much more difficult to identify when flanked by similar nearby objects. Most models of crowding postulate...   More >

5th Annual UC Berkeley Disability Employment Fair and Open House: Sponsored by Staff Alliance for Disability Access

Career Fair | October 21 | 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24 (in basement)

 Staff Alliance for Disability Access

Are you or anyone you know interested in joining an inclusive workplace? Interested in professional level jobs? Interested in learning about what a career at UC Berkeley has to offer? Join us to learn about available UC Berkeley jobs and accomodations for the disabled community!

  RSVP online

Getting an Archaeology Article Published

Workshop | October 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mitch Allen, Scholarly Roadside Service, Founder of AltaMira Press and Left Coast Press

 Archaeological Research Facility

Getting an article published is about more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. There are strategies for presenting your work to the journal editor-- and ways to craft your message to them-- that greatly improve your chances of success, strategies that most academics don't know or don't follow.

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

  Register online

Semm Seminar: From Performance-Based Engineering to Urban Resilience

Seminar | October 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Gregory Deierlein, Stanford University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Performance-based earthquake engineering has matured over the past twenty years from a con-ceptual framework into a formal methodology that can enable quantitative assessment of the seismic risks to buildings and infrastructure. Enabled by advanced computational technologies, performance-based methods provide for more transparent design and decision making that takes advantage of the latest...   More >

Prof. Gregory Deierlein

The Sense of Fairness in Chimpanzees and Children

Colloquium | October 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jan Engelmann, UC Berkeley Psychology

 Department of Psychology

It is often argued that the sense of fairness consists in an aversion to unequal resource distributions. Standard accounts claim that chimpanzees react negatively to allocations in which they receive less than others, while children, from around 8 years onwards, also react negatively to allocations in which they receive more than others. I will review recent evidence suggesting two modifications...   More >

Trade Lunch: "Beyond nightlights: The use of daytime high resolution satellite images in economics"

Seminar | October 21 | 12:05-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Luna Huang, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Seminar: Matroids arising from electrical networks

Seminar | October 21 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bob Lutz, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce Dirichlet matroids, a generalization of graphic matroids defined by electrical networks. First, I will describe an interaction between duals of Dirichlet matroids and duals of circular electrical networks. Second, I will characterize the Bergman fans of Dirichlet matroids as explicit subcomplexes of graphic Bergman fans. For "complete" networks, we obtain a...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | October 21 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Krista Ruffini, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
Mondays 12:10-1:30
Pizza Served

PERL Seminar: “Does Symbolic- Breed Substantive-Representation? Evidence from Women’s Police Stations in India”

Seminar | October 21 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Nirvikar Jassal

 Department of Economics

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

On the Fringe of Minitel: Alternative Uses of a State-Sponsored Communications Network A Participatory Masterclass

Seminar | October 21 | 1-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340

 Julien Mailland, University of Indiana, Bloomington

 Center for New Media

1980s France was peculiar: most of the populace was online, checking the news, buying, chatting, and having virtual intercourse, via a plugged-in little computer box called "Minitel." Handed out for free by the PTT, the phone company, Minitel made France the most connected country in the world until the introduction of the commercial Internet in the mid-nineties, which dwarfed it. In Silicon...   More >

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String-Math Seminar: 3d Mirror Symmetry and HOMFLY-PT homology

Seminar | October 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Tudor Dimofte, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

3d N=4 gauge theories admit two distinct topological twists, ‘A’ and ‘B’, analogous to the well-studied A and B twists of 2d N=(2,2) theories, and exchanged by 3d mirror symmetry. Unlike their 2d analogues, much of the categorical structure of the 3d twists is still being worked out. I will discuss some aspects of the category of line operators in the A and B of gauge theories, and an...   More >

Probabilistic operator Algebra Seminar: Atoms of operator-valued free convolutions

Seminar | October 21 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Hari Bercovici, Indiana University

 Department of Mathematics

We describe a recent result about atoms of sums of freely independent operator-valued random variables. Possible consequences for the kernels of polynomials in freely independent variables (relative to a trace) are also discussed.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The K-theory of truncated polynomial algebras and coordinate axes.

Seminar | October 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Martin Speirs, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Algebraic K-theory is a fundamental invariant of rings and schemes and is connected with several areas of number theory such as p-adic cohomology theories and special values of zeta functions. Unfortunately, explicit computations of K-theory are rare and typically hard. However, certain trace maps from K-theory to more computable invariants have led to computations.

In this talk I will revisit...   More >

Two Paths to Habituality: Imperfective Mode vs. Habitual Mode in Tlingit (and Simple Present in English)

Colloquium | October 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Seth Cable, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Department of Linguistics

Despite its morpho-syntactic simplicity, the English sentence in (1) expresses an especially complex and still deeply puzzling meaning, one having to do with the subject’s habits, propensities, dispositions, duties, etc.

(1) My father eats salmon.

Interestingly, in the Tlingit language (Na-Dene; Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon), there seem to be two means for expressing the general meaning...   More >

Allostery and genetic information integration

Seminar | October 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jeremy Gunawardena, Harvard Medical School

 College of Chemistry

I will describe recent results which show that allosteric conformational ensembles of sufficient
complexity can implement any form of information integration that is achievable without energy
expenditure. I will discuss to what extent this mechanism may account for the information processing which occurs during eukaryotic gene regulation, in which many small packets of information must be...   More >

Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works

Colloquium | October 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102 Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Rucker C. Johnson, University of California, Berkeley (Goldman School of Public Policy) & National Bureau of Economic Research

 Graduate School of Education

Inequality in schools leads to many of our most intractable social ills: the mass incarceration of young men of color, disparities in income, life expectancy and related public health metrics.

Children of the Dream argues for public education as the primary engine of upward mobility. Specifically, I examine the success of our three most significant equal-opportunity initiatives: 1)...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Pollicott-Ruelle resonances and Betti numbers

Seminar | October 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Küster, Paris 11

 Department of Mathematics

In joint work with Tobias Weich, we study the multiplicity of the Pollicott-Ruelle resonance 0 of the Lie derivative along the geodesic vector field on the cosphere bundle of a closed negatively curved Riemannian manifold, acting on flow-transversal one-forms. We prove that if the manifold admits a metric of constant negative curvature and the Riemannian metric is close to such a constant...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Mislearning from Censored Data: The Gambler’s Fallacy in Optimal-Stopping Problems"

Seminar | October 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Kevin He, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

Reading - Nonfiction | October 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | NYU Stern School of Business, Kaufman Management Center, Room 55, 3rd floor, MC building

  44 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

 Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Dina M. Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU; Chaumtoli Huq, Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and the founder/Editor of Law@theMargin; Shikha Silman Bhattacharjee, Ph.D. Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law and the 2019 Subir Chowdhury Fellow on Quality of Life in Bangladesh

 Paula Chakravarty, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication (MCC), and the Gallatin School, at New York University

 David Ludden, Director of the Center for Global Asia in New York and Professor and Chair of the Department of History at New York University

 New York Center for Global Asia, Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley, Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU, CUNY School of Law, NYU | South Asia

Book launch: Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

ATC Lecture — Leonel Moura, "Non-Human Art"

Colloquium | October 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Leonel Moura

 Center for New Media, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Can a machine create its own art? This question, raised around the year 2000 by Leonel Moura, is at the core of his work with robotics and artificial intelligence. With the development of artificial intelligence of recent years, the possibility for machines to be intelligent but also creative is at the center of a debate on the future of humanity. Will machines take over? Or, is there an...   More >

Heart Chan Meditation

Course | September 23 – November 11, 2019 every Monday | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

Heart Chan, Heart Chan at Berkeley

 Heart Chan

Start the journey for Heart Chan Meditation
seeking harmony of mind, body, spirit
gain true wisdom and joy from your inner self
make meditation part of your modern daily life.