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Monday, November 4, 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | November 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Sanam Mozaffari, Roorda Lab; Vincent Nieto, Fleiszig-Evans Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Kabir in Song: Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipanya and the Kabir Ensemble singing religious poetry from North India

Lecture | November 4 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Prahlad Singh Tipanya

 Nora Melnikova, Lecturer – Hindi, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Linda Hess, Kabir scholar and former professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

Please join us for an afternoon of North India devotional music by Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his folk ensemble as they sing the poetry of the famous nirgun-bhakti poet Kabir, the great iconoclastic mystic of 15th-century North India, in the vigorous and joyful folk style of Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa region.

Eduardo R. Miranda: Artificial Intelligence Music with Biocomputing

Performing Arts - Music | November 4 | 12-1 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music & Audio Technologies

Professor Eduardo R. Miranda

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)
The University of Plymouth, UK

Artificial Intelligence Music with Biocomputing

Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Seminar: Optimization Under Uncertainty for Design, Materials, and Large-Scale Computing

Seminar | November 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 James R. Stewart, Computational Sciences & Math Sandia National Laboratories

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation highlights the many ways that optimization is used to support multiscale, multiphysics modeling and simulation. Examples include design and topology optimization, as well as PDE-constrained optimization and Bayesian inference for estimating material properties or input model parameters. In the context of additive manufacturing, the materials themselves become part of the design...   More >


Trade Lunch: "The Welfare Consequences of Urban Renewal: Evidence from the Mumbai Mills Redevelopment"

Seminar | November 4 | 12:05-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Nick Tsivanidis, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Seminar: Partition identities of Capparelli and Primc

Seminar | November 4 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jehanne Dousse, CNRS et Universite Lyon I

 Department of Mathematics

A partition of a positive integer n is a non-increasing sequence of positive integers whose sum is n. A Rogers-Ramanujan type identity is a theorem stating that for all n, the number of partitions of n satisfying some difference conditions equals the number of partitions of n satisfying some congruence conditions. In the 1980's, Lepowsky and Wilson established a connection between the...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | November 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Marco Tabellini, Professor, Harvard

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | November 4 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

War in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

Andreas Floer Memorial Lecture: From pseudo-rotations to holomorphic curves

Lecture | November 4 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Viktor Ginzburg, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Mathematics

On the conceptual level, the roots of a big part of modern symplectic topology can be easily traced back to the original work of Floer, and this talk is no exception. The main theme of the talk is the dynamics of Hamiltonian pseudo-rotations, i.e., Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms with minimal number of periodic points. This is an interesting and important class of maps and there is a strong relation,...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: A Survey of Bi-free Extremes

Seminar | November 4 | 3-5 p.m. | Evans Hall, 736 Evans

 Jun-Chau Wang, University of Saskatchewan

 Department of Mathematics

We will review the recent results from the paper "Bi-free extreme values" (arXiv:1811.10007), and discuss further some open problems in bi-free harmonic analysis.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Minimal surfaces via Allen-Cahn

Seminar | November 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christos Mantoulidis, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We will survey the construction of minimal surfaces (critical points of the area functional) as limits of solutions of the Allen-Cahn equation, $\epsilon ^2 \Delta u = u^3 - u$, with $\epsilon \to 0$. We will focus on Allen-Cahn solutions that arise from min-max constructions, and we'll discuss properties of the corresponding minimal surfaces. Part of this talk is joint work with Otis Chodosh.

Fall Division meeting of the Academic Senate

Meeting | November 4 | 3-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Oliver O'Reilly, Academic Senate

 Academic Senate

A regular business meeting of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate. The notice will be posted on the webpage prior to the meeting.

 Non-Senate seating is limited.

Global Internships Info Session

Information Session | November 4 | 3-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

If you've ever wanted to intern abroad, now is your chance! Come to a Global Internships info session to learn more about the professional opportunities available in 13 global cities.

At the info sessions, we'll be answering your questions about where you can go, how the internship placements works, and the application deadline.

Hope to see you there!

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On the Kudla-Rapoport conjecture

Seminar | November 4 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Chao Li, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

The Kudla-Rapoport conjecture predicts a precise identity between the arithmetic intersection numbers of special cycles on unitary Rapoport-Zink spaces and the derivatives of local representation densities of hermitian forms. It is a key local ingredient to establish the arithmetic Siegel-Weil formula, relating the height of generating series of special cycles on Shimura varieties to the...   More >

Anil Aswani — Optimization Hierarchy for Fair Statistical Decision Problems

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

 Anil Aswani, University of California, Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Data-driven decision-making has drawn scrutiny from policy makers due to fears of potential discrimination, and a growing literature has begun to develop fair statistical techniques. However, these techniques are often specialized to one model context and based on ad-hoc arguments, which makes it difficult to perform theoretical analysis. This paper develops an optimization hierarchy...   More >

Winners and Losers?: The Effect of Gaining and Losing Access to Selective Colleges on Education and Labor Market Outcomes

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

 Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley; Department of Economics and Goldman School of Public Policy

 Graduate School of Education

(Joint with Sandra Black and Jeffrey Denning)

College admissions processes are fundamentally a question of tradeoffs: given capacity, admitting one student means rejecting another. Research to date has generally estimated average effects of college selectivity, and has been unable to distinguish between the gains to students gaining access and the losses to students losing access. We use the...   More >

Redesigning CMOS Electronics: What, Why and How?

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Cory Hall, Wang Room (531 Cory Hall)

 Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We have devised an effective heterogeneous integration strategy based on mature and reliable CMOS technology only to integrate hybrid materials and diverse set of devices for multi-disciplinary applications.

The Lord of the Rings: structural mechanism of a DNA polymerase sliding clamp loader

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Brian Kelch, University of Massachusetts Medical School

 College of Chemistry

The sliding clamp Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA) is a central regulator of genomic integrity and cell proliferation pathways in all eukaryotes. PCNA is a ring-shaped complex that encircles and slides along DNA, serving as an essential cofactor of DNA polymerases and scores of other proteins to coordinate DNA replication with numerous cellular processes. PCNA is installed on DNA by a...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Systoles, Special Lagrangians, and Bridgeland stability conditions

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yu-Wei Fan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose a question that naturally generalizes Loewner’s torus systolic inequality from the perspective of Calabi-Yau geometry: Is the square of the minimum volume of special Lagrangians in a Calabi-Yau manifold bounded above by the total vol- ume of the Calabi-Yau? We introduce the categorical analogues of systole and volume in terms of Bridgeland stability conditions, which enables us to...   More >

The Order I Live In: An Indoor Urban Symphony With Co-Director Francisco Cruces: Film Screening and Live Q&A

Film - Documentary | November 4 | 4-6 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Center for Latin American Studies

Cities have been narrated from manifold perspectives, but rarely from the inside. This ethnographic documentary on contemporary urban life highlights the voices of 20 people in Madrid, Mexico City, and Montevideo.

Promotional image for "The Order I Live In." (Image courtesy of Francisco Cruces.)

The Technology Politics of Mechanizing Crops: Insights from California Agriculture, 1945-1985

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Patrick Baur, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley; Alastair Iles, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

This is the age of agricultural robots. Media outlets from the Los Angeles Times to The New Yorker are publishing articles on new robotic advances. The contemporary fascination with robots, artificial intelligence, ‘big data’, and other Silicon-Valley-inspired technology is rooted in a long history of framing automation as natural and inevitable. For the past century, the...   More >

On Lyric Erring: The Weak Position in Arkadii Dragomoshchenko

Lecture | November 4 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ivan Sokolov, Graduate Student, Slavic, UC Berkeley

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

The fourth lecture in the Fall 2019 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: A tale of two resolvent estimates

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

 Jared Wunsch, Northwestern University

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss two new results concerning the best of resolvent estimates and the worst of resolvent estimates. In the former, case, that of nontrapping obstacles or metrics, we have obtained (in joint work with Galkowski and Spence) optimal, dynamically determined, constants in the standard non-trapping estimate for the (chopped off) resolvent. In the latter case, that of obstacles or metrics...   More >

Commercializing Advanced Materials: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | November 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ajay Virkar, Co-Founder, Chief Technological Officer, C3Nano

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

In this talk, C3Nano’s progression from a university spin-out into a fully operational advanced materials company with the industry’s leading technology, a global foot-print, and a successful track record for commercialization of various products, will be discussed.

Ajay completed BS in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois and his PhD under the guidance of...   More >

Worker's Rights and the Promise of Medicare for All

Panel Discussion | November 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Laurel Lucia, Healthcare Program Director, UC Berkeley Labor Center; Dr. Uma Tadepalli, MD, Member, Physicians for a National Health Plan; Michelle Segretario, Member, United Auto Workers 2865 & Department of Italian Studies; Jasmine Ruddy, Medicare for All Team Lead, California Nurses Association; Melvin Mackay, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10

 Perrie Briskin, Head Steward, United Auto Workers 2865 & Haas School of Business & School of Public Health

 United Auto Workers 2865

Join UAW 2865 for an exciting panel with healthcare experts, healthcare workers, and workers in other industries on what healthcare reform would mean for workers!

"For Sama" Screening

Film - Documentary | November 4 | 6:15 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

 Human Rights Center

For Sama is an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film documents Waad Al-Kateab's life through the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, as she falls in love, gets married, and gives birth. The screening will be
followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers—currently touring with Frontline's international release of this...   More >

Transience, Replication, and the Paradox of Social Robotics

Lecture | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Guy Hoffman

 Arts + Design

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

Guy Hoffman, Robotics Researcher, Cornell University

As we continue to develop social robots designed for connectedness, we struggle with paradoxes related to authenticity, transience, and replication. In this talk, Cornell University robotics researcher Guy Hoffman links his fifteen years of experience designing social robots with...   More >

Unraveling the Dark Matter Mystery: In Theory and Experiment

Lecture | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 3 LeConte Hall

 Matt Pyle, Professor, Department of Physics; Sinéad Griffin, Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Join us for a conversation between a Theorist and an Experimentalist, both pursuing the search for Dark Matter.

What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the...   More >

Gravitational lensing studies of the Bullet Cluster are claimed to provide the best evidence to date for the existence of dark matter.

ATC Lecture — Guy Hoffman, "Transience, Replication, and the Paradox of Social Robotics"

Colloquium | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Guy Hoffman, Robotics Researcher, Cornell University

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), Arts + Design

As we continue to develop social robots designed for connectedness, we struggle with paradoxes related to authenticity, transience, and replication. In this talk, I will attempt to link together 15 years of experience designing social robots with 100-year-old texts on transience, replication, and the fear of dying. Can there be meaningful relationships with robots who do not suffer natural decay?...   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.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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