<< January 2017 >>

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Social Justice Symposium: Healing Through Resistance: 11th Annual

Conference/Symposium | January 28 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  MLK Middle School

 1781 Rose St., Berkeley, CA 94703

 Bobby Seale, http://www.dellumsinstitute.org/

 Social Welfare, School of

The Social Justice Symposium is an annual event organized by students in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. This year’s symposium will be held on January 28, 2017 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1781 Rose Street in Berkeley with the theme of Healing through Resistance. The Social Justice Symposium aims to integrate critical analysis and academic...   More >

Global History Series: Power and Authority: Understanding Genocide: The Khmer Rouge

Workshop | January 28 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join us for the second of three sessions exploring the theme of Power and Authority. This program is designed to help educators prepare students to understand cross-regional and thematic elements in global history. The workshop includes a scholar lecture, model lesson, and collaborative planning time.

  RSVP online by January 15.

Critter Corner

Workshop | December 31, 2016 – May 27, 2017 every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science, Niche Classroom

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

What is it like to live underwater? How does it feel to warm yourself on a rock? Get an introduction to the living world by meeting small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods. In the Critter Corner, which is perfect for ages 8 and under, you can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories and role-play with toy animals and habitats so that you can better understand animal life.

Animal Discovery Room at the Lawrence Hall of Science

SERC Community Retreat

Workshop | January 28 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | TBA International House

 Student Environmental Resource Center

SERC will be hosting an on-campus community-wide retreat on Saturday, January 28th to gather community input on SERC's Strategic Plan, new space, and SERC vision. Food will be provided. Please share this invitation with any interested students and student organizations. Hope to see you there! ***RSVP at tinyurl.com/serccommunityretreat

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The Films of Ana Mendieta: Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | January 28 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Learn more about Ana Mendieta’s compelling filmworks with film critic/historian B. Ruby Rich, writer/curator Karen Fiss, expert in Latina/o visual and performing arts Laura Pérez (UC Berkeley), and independent filmmaker Raquel Cecilia.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Monday, January 30, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

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Simons Institute Workshop: Expanders and Extractors

Seminar | January 30 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2017

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorial Physics: you only live twice

Seminar | January 30 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Emmanuel Tsukerman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

(Please note the unusual time of this talk.)

A sneak preview into the beauty and wonder of Combinatorial Physics. I will talk about Random Matrix Theory, heavy nuclei, Dyson's Threefold way, Macdonald polynomials, Heisenberg XX spin chain, localization and dualities.

The Effect of Cumulative Advantages on the Stability and Dynamics of Collaborations in US Physics, Chemistry and Sociology from 1980 to 2015

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, 355 GSPP, 3rd floor,1893 LeRoy Ave

 Oliver Wieczorek, Visiting Scholar, Sociology, Bamberg, Germany; Heiko Heiberger, Postdoctoral Researcher,Department for Micro-Sociology at University of Bremen, Germany

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

In academia, effects of “cumulative advantage” are well studied in regards to different types of resources. Those resources are money, influence, number of collaborations, number of publications and the impact of the findings. In other words: the rich and famous departments and researchers get richer and more famous over time while the poor get (relatively) poorer. This effect is visible on both...   More >

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Brian Cheung, Olshausen Lab; Dylan Paiton, Olshausen Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Graduate student Brian Cheung will be speaking on:
Emergence of foveal image sampling from learning to attend in visual scenes

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Graduate student Dylan Paiton will be speaking on:
Towards understanding how extrastriate feedback shapes a V1 neuron's visual response characteristics

Combinatorics Seminar: Dyck paths and positroids from unit interval orders

Seminar | January 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anastasia Chavez and Felix Gotti, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well known that the number of non-isomorphic unit interval orders on $[n]$ equals the $n$-th Catalan number. Using work of Skandera and Reed and work of Postnikov, we show that each unit interval order on $[n]$ naturally induces a rank $n$ positroid on $[2n]$. We call the positroids produced in this fashion unit interval positroids. We characterize the unit interval positroids by describing...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Cluster Theory of the Coherent Satake Category

Seminar | January 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Harold Williams, University of Texas

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss recent work showing that in type A_n the category of equivariant perverse coherent sheaves on the affine Grassmannian categorifies the cluster algebra associated to the BPS quiver of pure N=2 gauge theory. Physically, this can be understood as a statement about line operators in this theory, following ideas of Gaiotto-Moore-Neitzke, Costello, and Kapustin-Saulina – in short, coherent...   More >

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI: The life of a memory: post-encoding reactivation and reorganization of episodic memory

Colloquium | January 30 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall | Canceled

 Lila Davachi, PhD, New York University

 Department of Psychology

BLISS Seminar: Network Analysis Problems Motivated by the Smart Grid

Seminar | January 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Vincent Poor, Princeton University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Smart grid involves the imposition of an advanced cyber layer atop the physical layer of the electricity grid, in order to improve the efficiency, security and cost of electricity use and distribution, and to allow for greater decentralization of power generation and management. This cyber-physical setting motivates a number of problems in network analysis, and this talk will briefly describe...   More >

CryoEM structure of Tetrahymena telomerase: insights into functions and interactions of the subunits

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 **Jiansen Jiang**, University of California, Los Angeles

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Leningrad Underground Poets and the Russian Poetic Tradition: How to Write Yourself Into the Canon

Colloquium | January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Josephine von Zitzewitz, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge

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

The second lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Delineating Protein Transportation Processes: Hierarchical Models for Single-Molecule Data

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yang Chen, Department of Statistics, Harvard University

 Department of Statistics

Single-molecule experiments investigate the kinetics of individual molecules and thus can substantially enhance our understandings of various organisms. Analyzing data from single-molecule experiments poses a number of challenges: (a) the inherent stochasticity of molecules is usually buried in random experimental noise; (b) single-molecule behavior can be highly volatile. For both of these...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Eisenbud-Goto Regularity Conjecture

Seminar | January 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irena Peeva, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

Regularity is a numerical invariant that measures the complexity of the structure of homogeneous ideals in a polynomial ring. Papers of Bayer-Mumford and others give examples of families of ideals attaining doubly exponential regularity. In contrast, Bertram-Ein-Lazarsfeld, Chardin-Ulrich, and Mumford have proven that there are nice bounds on the regularity of the ideals of smooth (or nearly...   More >

Algebra Seminar: The Eisenbud-Goto Regularity Conjecture

Seminar | January 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irena Peeva, Cornell

 Department of Mathematics

Regularity is a numerical invariant that measures the complexity of the structure of homogeneous ideals in a polynomial ring. Papers of Bayer-Mumford and others give examples of families of ideals attaining doubly exponential regularity. In contrast, Bertram-Ein-Lazarsfeld, Chardin-Ulrich, and Mumford have proven that there are nice bounds on the regularity of the ideals of smooth (or nearly...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Estimating Hospital Quality with Quasi-experimental Data"

Seminar | January 30 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Peter Hull, MIT - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor (education, health), Applied econometrics

[Physics Colloquium] Solving Big Problems with Small Accelerators: From Colliders to Medical Devices Based on Laser Plasma Accelerators

Seminar | January 30 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Wim Leemans, Director, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, LBNL

 Department of Physics

We will discuss the progress on building laser powered, plasma based particle accelerators where electrons surf on waves and can reach energy levels in a few inches that, if one relies on conventional methods, would require machines multiple football fields long. Although many challenges remain, this new technology is at the brink of offering a profoundly different way in which we may build...   More >

A+D Mondays: Gender, Identity, Memoir: Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson in Conversation

Panel Discussion | January 30 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her work has been influential in a variety of disciplines including critical theory and gender studies. She has received many of the highest honors in the humanities, including the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award.

Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission Admission for this lecture is free

MATTERS: Topics in Contemporary Architecture

Panel Discussion | January 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 7PM -- A quarterly panel discussion featuring a rotating board of faculty members that focuses on contemporary issues in the field. Dana Buntrock, Neyran Turan, Andrew Atwood and Mark Anderson will discuss The Next Four Years.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

Manipulating charge and ion movement in energy storage systems

Seminar | January 31 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Kwabena Bediako, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

PMB Seminar : "What flat leaves can teach us about developmental reproducibility"

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Aman Husbands, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Leveraging Herd Behavior in Foreign Exchange Markets

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Arnav Sheth, Saint Mary's College of California

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract: We examine the relationship between equity and foreign exchange markets at, and around, the WM/Reuters benchmark exchange rate known as the the `Fix'. Execution at the Fix is a service offered by brokers (normally banks) provided they obtain the trade order until a certain time prior to 4pm GMT (11 am Eastern Time).

Diazo Compounds: Versatile Tools for Chemical Biology

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Ronald Raines, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 College of Chemistry

The Huisgen azide−alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azides and alkynes has had a profound impact on chemical biology. The diazo group shares this reactivity with the azido group while conferring additional versatility. A diazo compound can be accessed readily from its parent azide by simple deimidogenation, that is, loss of “NH”, using a phosphine reagent. Cycloaddition with a diazo...   More >

Caring for Dying: The Art of Being Present (BEUHS167)

Workshop | January 31 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Michelle Peticolas, PhD

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

In the face of impending death, the caregiver’s needs are often overlooked. Participants will view Dr. Peticolas’ film, Caring for Dying: the art of being present, about the experiences of three individuals who accompanied their dying loved ones. Workshop participants will be invited to share their own stories if they wish. Goals of the workshop include:

• Learning strategies for staying...   More >

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Brown Bag Lunch: Kimberly Seals Allers: Author of The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 256 University Hall

 Kimberly Seals Allers

 Public Health, School of

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized media commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is widely considered a leading voice in the counterculture movement in infant feeding. Last year, her online commentaries on the social, structural and...   More >

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Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Ring spectra for commutative algebraists

Seminar | January 31 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a new category to do commutative algebra in - the stable homotopy category. The talk starts by its construction and properties, with highlights on the comparison with the derived category of abelian groups. We then proceed to examine ring spectra, and generalize (derived) commutative algebra in this new context. Key examples of the talk will be regular ring spectra, gorenstein ring...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Families of ideals of the same size

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irena Peeva, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert function is an invariant that measures the size of a homogeneous ideal. It encodes important information (for example, dimension and degree). Grothendieck introduced the Hilbert scheme that parametrizes subschemes of $P^r$ with a fixed Hilbert polynomial. The main general result about the structure of Hilbert schemes is Hartshorne’s Theorem that the Hilbert scheme is connected. The...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Colorings of graphs

Seminar | January 31 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Ian Agol, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the question of whether a map on a compact surface has a finite-sheeted covering which is 4 colorable? We can deduce this from a question about automorphism group-invariant probability measures on the space of c-colorings of a graph of chromatic number c. Some related results will be discussed.

Polarons, Polaritons, and the Lead Halide Perovskite Puzzle

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Xiaoyang Zhu, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

 College of Chemistry

The feverish research activity on lead halide perovskites has been fueled by their exceptional optoelectronic properties, e.g., in solar cells and light-emitting devices. Hybrid lead halide perovskites exhibit carrier properties that resemble those of pristine nonpolar semiconductors despite static and dynamic disorder, but how carriers are protected from efficient scattering with charged defects...   More >

Design Field Notes: Danielle Applestone

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Danielle Applestone, Other Machine Company

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Company, will speak at Jacobs Hall. Other Machine Company strives to empower nontraditional makers.

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Civic Dialogue Series: Old Plays, New Faces: Representation in Classic Theater

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Rm. 370

 Melissa Hillman; Desdemona Chiang

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Cal Shakes

This dialogue will explore representation on stage and ways in which traditional casting practices can act as a barrier to specific communities. We'll discuss how performing arts organizations are creating more inclusive practices to engage a more diverse range of performing artists, and we’ll consider questions of authentic experience and the actor’s craft.

Why is a more inclusive theater a...   More >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.