<< October 2018 >>

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Robust Learning: Information Theory and Algorithms

Seminar | October 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Jacob Steinhardt, Stanford

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

This talk will provide an overview of recent results in high-dimensional robust estimation. The key question is the following: given a dataset, some fraction of which consists of arbitrary outliers, what can be learned about the non-outlying points? This is a classical question going back at least to Tukey (1960). However, this question has recently received renewed interest for a combination of...   More >

Total synthesis of polycyclic natural products

Seminar | October 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ang Li, State Key Laboratory of Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Syntheses of some polycyclic alkaloids and terpenoids by our group will be presented in this lecture. Daphniphyllum alkaloids are a class of structurally intriguing natural products. We develop a series of strategies, such as electrocyclization, [3 + 2] cycloaddition, electrocyclic ring opening, and late-stage Diels−Alder cycloaddition, to achieve the syntheses of a dozen of them. Inspired...   More >

Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria"
Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning
Ivy Mills, Lecturer in History of Art
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
170 Wurster

Charisma Acey is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her background includes work, research and travel to countries...   More >


Presentation | October 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by October 4.

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | October 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Symplectic Working Group: Punctured holomorphic curves and Lagrangian embeddings

Seminar | October 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yuan Yao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Liquidity Constraints and the Value of Insurance

Seminar | October 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Keith Marzilli Ericson, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, Human Frictions to the Transmission of Economic Policy

Seminar | October 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 587 Evans Hall

 Michael Weber, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

Intertemporal substitution is at the heart of modern macroeconomics and finance as well as economic policymaking, but a large fraction of a representative population -- those below the top of the distribution by cognitive abilities (IQ) -- do not change their consumption propensities with their inflation expectations. Low-IQ men are also less than half as sensitive to interest-rate changes when...   More >

Farming, agrobiodiversity, and food in the Andes: first in the series “Hidden Living Landscapes – Conversations on nature, culture, knowledge, resilience and loss in the Andes of South America”.

Workshop | October 9 | 3-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Stef de Haan, CIAT Viet Nam

 Institute of International Studies

Agronomist Stef de Haan will present and discuss his research with Andean farmers and how they manage their biodiversity.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Type B Free Probability

Seminar | October 9 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The lattice of non-crossing partitions plays a crucial role in free probability, giving rise to the free cumulants introduced by Roland Speicher. In addition to their combinatorial description, the non-crossing partitions can be realized as arising from the Coxeter groups of Type A. Reiner used this analogy to introduce the non-crossing partitions of Type B, which raises the question: what do...   More >

Approaching Challenges in Physics with Inorganic Chemistry

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Danna Freedman, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

The Freedman research group's overarching theme is harnessing chemical intuition to approach fundamental challenges in physics. Within this framework, we are focused on three vital areas of contemporary physics: advancing quantum information science, probing magnetism, and creating new emergent materials.

The Biopolitics of Beauty: Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil

Colloquium | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Alvaro Jarrín, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Center for Latin American Studies

Beauty is considered a basic health right in Brazil, and plastic surgery is offered to working-class patients in public hospitals in exchange for becoming experimental subjects. This talk will trace the biopolitical concern with beauty to Brazilian eugenics and will explore the raciology of beauty that allowed plastic surgeons to gain the backing of the State. For patients, beauty has become...   More >

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance - "Supply, Demand, Institutions, and Firms: A Theory of Sorting and the Wage Distribution"

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Daniel Haanwinckel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper develops and tests a theory of how the supply of skills, labor demand shocks, and minimum wages affect the wage distribution in the presence of firm heterogeneity and imperfectly competitive labor markets. The model features four components: (i) a task-based production function with imperfect substitution across educational groups; (ii) final goods with distinct task...   More >

Week to Week: Planning a Successful Semester: L&S Workshop Series Shoot for the Stars

Workshop | October 9 | 4:15-6:15 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on weekly planning and time management.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

Let's Talk: Engaging in Cross-Cultural Communication: Beeqi004-181010

Workshop | October 10 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia Reel

 Human Resources

This workshop engages participants in conversations regarding “what gets in the way” when communicating across difference. This workshop reviews interactive communication theory and U.S. domestic dynamics of Human Diversity. Participants will work with each other in discussing and applying this information in varied situations. By the end of this workshop participants will: •Increase awareness of...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Teresa Feo: Shining new light on historic collections: How museum specimens and bright X-rays revealed one of the darkest materials known to man

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Teresa Feo

 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 >

Cell-cycle entry and exit: A tale of phosphorylation, transcription and degradation

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tobias Meyer, Ph.D., Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mammals must regulate the proliferation of stem, progenitor and differentiated cells to build, maintain, and repair tissues. Control of cell-cycle entry has been conceptualized by the restriction point, a time when cells escape the need for mitogens to complete the cell cycle. Our recent single-cell microscopy studies revealed sequential decisions to activate cyclin-dependent protein kinases...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "A novel mechanism for viral host-range expansion revealed through experimental evolution"

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Justin Meyer, UC San Diego

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

What changes to viral genomes would allow them to infect new species? And, what are the natural processes – mutation, recombination, and natural selection – that permit their evolution?

The Meyer Lab uses experimental evolution of viruses to find answers to these questions using a combination of methods from many fields of biology.

For a complete explanation of Meyer's research and a...   More >

Household Composition and Child Outcomes in Peru: A Longitudinal Study: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Sarah Reynolds, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

An Analysis: Implementation of youth centers in Musanze, Rwanda: Presentation by Bixby Center Summer Award Recipient

Presentation | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | University Hall, Room 440/Bixby Center

 Kalee Singh, DrPH Student, SPH

 Bixby Center at UC Berkeley

Kalee will present her analysis on the implementation of
the Bixby Center’s youth center, based in the district of
Musanze, Rwanda. The youth center model aims to
utilize a multi-pronged approach–addressing both
structural and social determinants–to improve the health

and wellbeing of youth in Rwanda. The model, co-
designed and managed by youth, strives to empower

adolescents through...   More >

Sleepless and alone: How does sleep loss affect our social life?

Colloquium | October 10 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Eti Ben Simon, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Human Sleep Science

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Loneliness is a growing public health epidemic, reliably increasing mortality and morbidity risks in socially isolated individuals. A potential factor linking loneliness to poor health is disturbed sleep. Both lonely individuals as well as socially isolated animals suffer from worse sleep quality compared to socially connected controls. Focusing on the importance of sleep in modulating social...   More >

Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body (BEUHS178)

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

 Dori Sproul, Alzheimer's Association

 Elder Care Program

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for...   More >

Gender and Candidacy: Female Legislative Nominations in Zambia

Colloquium | October 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Melanie L. Phillips, PhD Candidate, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Melanie Phillips’ research agenda focuses on the progress of equity in politics. Specifically, her dissertation looks at the barriers to candidacy in sub-Saharan Africa. She has conducted multiple rounds of fieldwork in Zambia.

Ms. Phillips holds a Masters in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; Political Science with distinction from the...   More >

2018 Fall Colloquium

AmpEquity Speaker Series with Gloria Allred

Seminar | October 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, 6th Floor

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Gloria Allred (Founding Partner, AM&G) and Kellie McElhaney (Founding Executive Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership) will discuss Ms. Allred's lifelong career of fighting for women's rights, her proudest and most difficult moments, change she is seeing with the #metoo movement, and advice for the audience. Registration required.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Hamiltonian Floer theory and symplectic cohomology

Seminar | October 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Sara Venkatesh, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Starting with closed symplectic manifolds, we introduce Hamiltonian Floer homology and discuss the dynamical information it encodes. We then translate this story to open symplectic manifolds, on which symplectic cohomology is defined.

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Trapping in perturbations of Kerr spacetimes

Seminar | October 10 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 383N Stanford

  Building 380, Stanford, CA 94305

 Peter Hintz, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We study the trapped set of spacetimes whose metric decays to a stationary Kerr metric at an inverse polynomial rate. In the first part of the talk, I will focus on the dynamical aspects of this problem and show that the trapped set is a smooth submanifold which converges to that of the stationary metric at the same rate. In the second part, I will explain how to use this to prove microlocal...   More >

Large deviations of subgraph counts for sparse Erd\H{o}s--R\'enyi graphs

Seminar | October 10 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Cook, UCLA

 Department of Statistics

For each fixed integer $\ell\ge 3$ we establish the leading order of the exponential rate function for the probability that the number of cycles of length $\ell$ in the Erd\H{o}s--R\'enyi graph $G(N,p)$ exceeds its expectation by a constant factor, assuming $N^{-1/2}\ll p\ll 1$ (up to log corrections) when $\ell\ge 4$, and $N^{-1/3}\ll p\ll 1$ in the case of triangles. We additionally obtain the...   More >

Seeing and Sounding Rural Citizenship

Colloquium | October 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Sheryl-Ann Simpson, University of California, Davis

 Department of Geography

Studies of urban citizenship practices – of active membership in decision making processes in place – have tended to focus on the role of encounters in defining citizenship. On the ways in which people bustle and clamour up against one another in dense urban environments. Limited studies in rural settings, however, suggest an important role for narrative, memories, and affective experiences in...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: The classical de Rham Witt complex and Zariski localization

Seminar | October 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Gleason, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the classical de Rham Witt complex and Zariski localization.

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: A new Golden Age for Computer Architecture with David Patterson

Colloquium | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 David Patterson, UC Berkeley and Google AI

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the 1980s, Mead and Conway democratized chip design and high-level language programming surpassed assembly language programming, which made instruction set advances viable. Innovations like Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC), superscalar, and speculation ushered in a Golden Age of computer architecture, when performance doubled every 18 months. The ending of Dennard Scaling and Moore’s...   More >

The Distributional Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data

Presentation | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 John Voorheis, U.S. Census Bureau

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

John Voorheis will discuss the implications of his research finding that minimum wage policies increase long-term earnings of low-wage workers, and possibly reasons for the persistence of those effects. Rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility have prompted state and local governments to focus on higher minimum wages. As these policies expand, an understanding of how minimum wage...   More >

Book Talk: In Defense of Troublemakers

Reading - Nonfiction | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, 227 (Social Research Library)

 Charlan Nemeth


Author Charlan Nemeth, Professor of Psychology (UC Berkeley), will discuss her book In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business (Basic Books, 2018). She will explain why dissent should be cherished, not feared, because it leads to more creative and better decision-making. Lone objectors — from Twelve Angry Men to Edward Snowden — force people to question their...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Long time propagation and fractal uncertainty principle

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 383N Stanford

  Building 380, Stanford, CA 94305

 Semyon Dyatlov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will show a frequency-independent lower bound on mass of eigenfunctions on surfaces of variable negative curvature. This was previously done in the case of constant curvature in joint work with Jin, relying on the fractal uncertainty principle proved in joint work with Bourgain. I will focus on the new components needed to handle the case of variable curvature, in particular propagation of...   More >

To persist or not to persist?

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Schreiber, UC Davis

 Department of Statistics

Two long standing, fundamental questions in biology are "Under what conditions do populations persist or go extinct? When do interacting species coexist?" The answers to these questions are essential for guiding conservation efforts and identifying mechanisms that maintain biodiversity. Mathematical models play an important role in identifying these mechanisms and, when coupled with empirical...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Symplectic cohomology of subdomains

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Sara Venkatesh, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Mirror symmetry predicts the existence of Floer invariants that yield “local” information. Guided by this, we construct a quantitative symplectic cohomology theory that detects Floer-essential Lagrangians within subdomains. We illustrate the quantitative behavior of this theory by examining negative line bundles over toric symplectic manifolds.

Extracting Material Properties from Relaxation Experiments

Colloquium | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sossina Haile, Northwestern University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Redox active oxides, with mixed ionic and electronic conductivity, are critical components in a wide range of energy technologies, serving as electrodes in fuel cells and batteries, and as reactive substrates in solar-driven thermochemical reactors. Accurate knowledge of the surface reaction rate constant, is essential for both optimal design of components using existing materials and rational...   More >

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 2: Sound

Conference/Symposium | October 10 – 11, 2018 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Miyako Inoue, Stanford University; Tom McEnaney, UC Berkeley; Amanda Weidman, Bryn Mawr College; Paja Faudree, Brown University; Dan Fisher, UC Berkeley

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the second of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar that will take place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Fronto-thalamic interaction in cognitive control and flexibility: Michael Halassa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Colloquium | October 10 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael Halassa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Psychology

Fronto-thalamic interaction in cognitive control and flexibility

Seminar | October 10 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael Halassa, Assistant Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Anthony Marra in Conversation with Shannon Pufahl

Panel Discussion | October 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Anthony Marra; Shannon Pufahl, Lecturer, Stanford English

 Department of English

The Berkeley English Department is pleased to present a reading and conversation with Anthony Marra, author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and Constellation of Vital Phenomena, and recipient of the second annual Simpson Family Literary Prize.

The Simpson Family Literary Prize recognizes annually a mid-career writer who has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of...   More >

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Applied Math Seminar: Reduced order modeling of multiscale problems using the Mori-Zwanzig formalism

Seminar | October 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Karthik Duraisamy, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will address the issue of closure in reduced order models (ROMs) and large eddy simulations (LES), leveraging ideas from non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. The approach is based on the Variational Multi-Scale method (VMS) and the Mori-Zwanzig (M-Z) formalism, which provides a framework to perform formal scale separation and re-cast a high-dimensional dynamical system into an...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | October 11 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Michaela Pagel, Columbia Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "How Does Competition Affect Innovation?Evidence from U.S. Antitrust Cases"

Seminar | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Hyo Kang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Finding Health Statistics and Data: A Hands-on workshop at the D-Lab

Workshop | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 356: D-Lab Convening Room

 Michael Sholinbeck, Public Health Librarian, Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

 Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on U.S. statistics, but sources...   More >

  Register online

IB Seminar: Elucidating the evolution and effects of the distinctive gut microbiome of bees

Seminar | October 11 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Nancy Moran, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Integrative Biology

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | October 11 | 1-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Dayin Zhang, Jun Aoyagi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Disability Insurance: Gender Differences and Incentive Costs"

Seminar | October 11 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Luigi Pistaferri, Stanford

 Center for Labor Economics

with Hamish Low

i4y Speaker Series: Anita Raj

Presentation | October 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 5422 Berkeley Way West

 Anita Raj

 Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Dr. Anita Raj - International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC)

This presentation will offer findings from qualitative and quantitative research on the effects of parent-child relationship, family violence and girls’ voice and choice on early marriage of girls across national settings. Implications for local to national policies and programs will be discussed

RefWorks: Save and Cite Your Sources

Workshop | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Susan Koskinen, Head, Life & Health Sciences Division, Library


This hands-on workshop will give you practice in importing citations and creating bibliographies using the citation manager RefWorks. You can bring your own laptop or use our PCs.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: o-minimal GAGA and applications to Hodge theory

Colloquium | October 11 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Jacob Tsimerman, University of Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

(joint with B.Bakker and Y.Brunebarbe) One very fruitful way of studying complex algebraic varieties is by forgetting the underlying algebraic structure, and just thinking of them as complex analytic spaces. To this end, it is a natural and fruitful question to ask how much the complex analytic structure remembers. One very prominent result is Chows theorem, stating that any closed analytic...   More >

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 2: Sound

Conference/Symposium | October 10 – 11, 2018 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Miyako Inoue, Stanford University; Tom McEnaney, UC Berkeley; Amanda Weidman, Bryn Mawr College; Paja Faudree, Brown University; Dan Fisher, UC Berkeley

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the second of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar that will take place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color): Research opportunities for who? FOR YOU!!

Workshop | October 11 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about the different research opportunities on campus from students and how to best prepare for applying to them. Food will be provided!

Human Rights and International Gender Justice: A conversation with Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and international judge

Presentation | October 11 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Navi Pillay

 Law, Boalt School of

In less than a generation, world opinion has shifted from viewing wartime rape as a crime of passion to a weapon of war and social control. As an international criminal court judge, Pillay authored the landmark case that recognized rape as a crime of genocide. On the 20th anniversary of the creation of the International Criminal Court, Pillay will help us reflect on the international achievements...   More >

  RSVP online by October 10.

Playtime: An Introduction to BDSM as a Feminist Practice

Workshop | October 11 | 6-8 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, 202 (Gender Equity Resource Center)

 Gender Equity Resource Center

Come and enjoy the closing event for National Coming Out Day with some sex positive conversations! Wonder Womxn Weekly and The Exiles (https://theexiles.org/) team up to provide an introductory workshop about Feminist BDSM practice and a conversation of about power dynamics within sexual pleasure.

This class will also introduce you to the basics of getting started:
*How to get...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - How to make a topological quantum fluid

Presentation | October 11 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Kayleigh Cassella, Department of Physics


Since the mid-90s, scientists have been cooling atoms to temperatures lower than that of any other system in the known Universe. These quantum fluids are new materials in which questions from many realms of science, like quantum information and superconductivity, can be studied experimentally. Faced with the short-comings of atoms that have already been made into such a quantum fluid, we have set...   More >

Titanium Crystals

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sustainability Colloquium: Shruit Kasarekar & Eric Hoffman

Colloquium | October 12 | 10-11 a.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRI, OCT 12, 10am. This shared presentation will focus on the new Uber Headquarters, enabling Uber to operate in a transparent and open fashion, while providing a distinctive architectural element to the dynamic Mission Bay neighborhood. Open to all!

Labor Lunch: "The Effects of Parental and Sibling Incarceration: Evidence from Ohio": with Samuel Norris (U Chicago) and Jeffrey Weaver (USC)

Seminar | October 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Matt Pecenco, Berkeley ARE

 Center for Labor Economics

You are welcome to bring your lunch ~ food will not be provided

The intersection of sustainability, social justice and higher education: Environmental Engineering Seminar

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

 Dr. Khalid Kadir, Lecturer, Political Economy and Global Poverty & Practice program, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | October 12 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris, Yoga Instructor, Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice, and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Yoga mats are provided, or you can bring your own. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

  Register online

Deterring Illegal Entry: Migrant Sanctions and Recidivism in Border Apprehensions

Seminar | October 12 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Gordon Hanson, UC San Diego

 Agricultural & Resource Economics


Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Microassembler Printer

Seminar | October 12 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Eugene Chow, PARC

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We are developing a process to assemble and orient micro-objects, and then transfer them to a final substrate to be used for electronics, sensors, metamaterials and other applications. The process uses directed electrostatic assembly to enable micrometer scale registration and parallel assembly with open and closed loop control. We transfer the assemblies to final substrates with parallel or roll...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Some Non-Uniqueness Results for PDEs from Hamiltonian Systems

Seminar | October 12 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Stamatis Dostoglou, University of Missouri

 Department of Mathematics

We shall first recall how to obtain macroscopic PDEs by taking limits of Hamiltonian dynamics as the number of molecules increases to infinity. We shall then construct along these lines explicit examples of spontaneous energy generation (and therefore establish non-uniqueness) for the compressible Euler system, with and without pressure. The examples come from rescalings of well-posed...   More >

MENA Salon: Yemen's Continuing War

Workshop | October 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Council, overriding the objections of Saudi Arabia and its allies, voted to continue an investigation by a panel of international experts into the war in Yemen. This comes in the wake of a recent cholera outbreak, with roughly 10,000 new cases each week, and increasing civilian casualties. The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been aided by the United States'...   More >

“I don't want to be a publisher!” Regulating liability for the sticky parts: An exploration of CDA Section 230, sex work, and user content

Seminar | October 12 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Peter Brantley

 Information, School of

Threats to information sharing, users, and free speech

Why Canadians Love Immigration and Americans Aren't So Sure

Colloquium | October 12 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Irene Bloemraad, Sociology

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Americans are deeply divided about migration policy and have limited appetite for increasing immigration. In contrast, Canada’s government has increased its immigration targets; the ruling party won in part due to a campaign promise to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees; and citizens largely support these policies. Why do Canadians seem to love immigration while Americans aren’t so...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Combinatorial principles from proof complexity

Colloquium | October 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Pavel Pudlak, Czech Academy of Sciences

 Department of Mathematics

One of the goals of proof theory is to find combinatorial characterization of sentences provable in particular theories, i.e., to present these sentences as mathematical principles, rather than mere syntactical statements. While for strong theories these sentences tend to be incomprehensible, for weak theories we expect to find something familiar, or at least similar to well-known principles. In...   More >

Assembly 15 Candidate Forum

Panel Discussion | October 12 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306, HP Auditorium

 Buffy Wicks, Assembly 15 Candidate; Jovanka Beckles, Assembly 15 Candidate

 Society of Women Engineers

Would you like to meet Berkeley’s assembly candidates? Introducing Buffy Wicks and Jovanka Beckles, California's 15th State Assembly candidates! Come to our forum on October 12th at 4-5pm in Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, to listen to candidate perspectives on issues relevant to the student body and the Berkeley community. The forum will start off as a moderated Q&A and then will open up to the...   More >

Bergman Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: High-Valent Chromium with Multiple Bonds to Oxygen, Nitrogen, and Carbon

Seminar | October 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Klaus Theopold, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Delaware

 College of Chemistry

Our longstanding interest in the coordination chemistry of chromium has recently taken a turn to the highest formal oxidation states of that metal.
One thread of that story is the ‘peractivation’ - aka oxidative addition - of the small molecules O2 and N2. We are interested in the mechanisms of these reactions and the origins of their activation barriers. For example, does spin state play a...   More >

Barry Jenkins in conversation with Stephen Best

Panel Discussion | October 12 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Nourse Theater

 275 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117

 Barry Jenkins

 Stephen Best, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 City Arts and Lectures, KQED

Stephen Best will be interviewing Barry Jenkins for the City Arts & Lectures program at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Please consider attending the interview. You can purchase tickets by calling 415-393-4400 or by visiting the City Arts and Lectures website. KQED will also rebroadcast the interview on March 18, 2018.
Director, producer, and writer...   More >

$29.00 Single admission

  Buy tickets online or by calling 415-392-4400

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Family Workshop: Hand Puppets

Workshop | October 14 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join in on this month's Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum! Create colorful characters and put on a puppet show of your own creation. Make use of the symbolism found in the colors of Taiwanese puppets on exhibit. This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity included free with museum admission.

Find out more about events at the Hearst Museum by going to...   More >

Monday, October 15, 2018

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | October 15 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Allen Ferrell, Harvard Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 15 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Jazzi Junge, Orel-Bixler Lab; Patrick Carney, Wildsoet Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)


Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Combinatorics Seminar: Walks, Groups and Difference Equations

Seminar | October 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Michael Singer, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

Many questions in combinatorics, probability and statistical mechanics can be reduced to counting lattice paths (walks) in regions of the plane. A standard approach to counting problems is to consider properties of the associated generating function. These functions have long been well understood for walks in the full plane and in a half plane. Recently much attention has focused on walks in the...   More >

Crop Disease Management: Natural Products as Inspiration

Seminar | October 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Jessica Herrick, Research Scientist, Crop Protection Discovery Chemistry, Corteva Agriscience

 College of Chemistry

Synthetic chemists have long been inspired by the ability of nature to design and engineer complex natural products. Nature builds small molecules for a plethora of reasons including the protection of plants from fungal infections, insect damage, and the invasion of competitive species. These critical components of plant protection have inspired research at CortevaTM Agriscience and as a result,...   More >

School-Based Interventions to Improve Developmental Trajectories in Very Young Adolescents

Colloquium | October 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Erin Murphy Graham, Graduate School of Education; Megan Cherewick, Institute of Human Development; Lucia Magis Weinberg, Institute of Human Development

 Ron Dahl, Institute of Human Development

 Institute of Human Development

Background: In recognition of our broader multi-disciplinary community in BWW (Psychology, Education, Public Health, IHD and IPSR) some of the slots in the 2018-2019 IHD/Developmental Psychology Colloquium will be used for a series of cross-cutting interdisciplinary panel discussions. These panels serve two goals. First, to bring together several disciplinary perspectives to promote a more...   More >

Contemplating Desire: Photography Workshop

Workshop | October 15 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Ours is a sexy planet. In this contemplative photography workshop, we will wander the Garden of Eden as voyeurs to Nature’s inherent sensuality. Pollinators welcome.

$80 / $75 UCBG members. Full series $300 / $290 UCBG members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Seminar 211, Economic History: Can you move to opportunity? Evidence from the Great Migration

Seminar | October 15 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ellora Derenoncourt, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Seminar 271, Development joint with 231, Public Finance: "Taxation, Information and Withholding: Evidence from Costa Rica"

Seminar | October 15 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anne Brockmeyer, World Bank

 Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: Monodromic deformation of Khovanov-Rozansky homology and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | October 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Matthew Hogancamp, University of Southern California

 Department of Mathematics

A conjecture of Gorsky-Negut-Rasmussen asserts the existence of a pair of adjoint functors relating the Hecke category for symmetric groups and the Hilbert scheme of points in the plane. One topological consequence of this conjecture is the prediction of a deformation of the triply graded Khovanov-Rozansky link homology which restores the missing \(q\rightarrow tq^{-1}\) symmetry of KR homology...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: A splitting theorem for scalar curvature

Seminar | October 15 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Otis Chodosh, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

This is joint work with M. Eichmair and V. Moraru. We prove that if a 3-manifold with non-negative scalar curvature contains an absolutely area-minimizing cylinder then the ambient manifold is flat. This can be seen as a scalar curvature analogue of the Cheeger–Gromoll splitting theorem for Ricci curvature.

Ivy Sichel, "Demonstrative Pronouns and Competition"

Colloquium | October 15 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ivy Sichel, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Linguistics

Personal pronouns appear to compete with a variety of other elements and to lose: to anaphors, at least on some accounts (Hellan 1988, Burzio 1991, 1998, Williams 1997, Hornstein 2000, Safir 2004), to pro (Montalbetti 1984, Larson and Lujan 1989) to simple anaphors such as sig, and to gaps in Wh-chains. What do these competitions have in common, if anything, and what does their potential...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The Langlands-Kottwitz-Scholze method for Shimura varieties of abelian type

Seminar | October 15 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Alex Youcis, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The local (and global) Langlands conjectures attempt to bridge the major areas of harmonic analysis and number theory by forming a correspondence between representations which naturally appear in both areas. A key insight due to Langlands and Kottwitz is that one could attempt to understand such a conjectural correspondence by comparing the traces of natural operators on both sides of the bridge....   More >

A Paradigm Shift: A Possible North Korean State and Reverse Kissinger Strategy

Colloquium | October 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Professor Youngjun Kim, Korea National Defense University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco

The situation of the Korean Peninsula has rapidly changed over the last few months. U.S. President Trump, ROK President Moon and Chairman Kim of North Korea agreed on peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Not surprisingly, many people and experts all over the world still have skeptical views on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Professor Youngjun Kim will provide a new...   More >

Hackers, Computers, and Cooperation: A Critical History of Logo and Constructionist Learning

Colloquium | October 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

 Morgan Ames, School of Information and Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, UC Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Tracing the tumultuous history of the learning theory "constructionism" and the Logo programming language, Morgan Ames discusses the origins of some present-day assumptions regarding the universal appeal of learning to program computers and the individualistic process of doing so that are behind many more recent educational technology initiatives including Scratch, FabLabs, the Hour of Code, and...   More >

Design Field Notes: Chrissy Meyer

Seminar | October 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

About this talk:
Chrissy Meyer has spent the past decade taking hardware products from early concept through high-volume production. After getting her MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, she led several projects at...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: The effect of threshold energy obstructions on the $L^1 \to L^\infty$ dispersive estimates for some Schrödinger type equations

Seminar | October 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ebru Toprak, UIUC and MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will discuss the differential equation $iu_t = Hu, H := H_0 + V$ , where $V$ is a decaying potential and $H_0$ is a Laplacian related operator. In particular, I will focus on when $H_0$ is Laplacian, Bilaplacian and Dirac operators. I will discuss how the threshold energy obstructions, eigenvalues and resonances, effect the $L^1 \to L^\infty $ behavior of $e^{itH} P_{ac} (H)$. The...   More >

Deformation Theory Seminar: Koszul duality for algebras

Seminar | October 15 | 5:10-6:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Christopher Kuo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Let $A$ be an algebra. The Koszul duality is a type of derived equivalence between modules over $A$ and modules over its Koszul dual $A^!$. In this talk, we will talk about the general framework and then focus on the classical cases as well as examples.

Green Chemistry for Agriculture and Industry

Seminar | October 15 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Billy Hart-Cooper, US Dept. of Agricultrure

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Dr. William Hart-Cooper is a research chemist for the Bioproducts Research Unit at the Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California. He received his B.A. in Chemistry with honors from Grinnell College (2010) and Ph.D in Synthetic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (Raymond and Bergman groups, 2015)

De-Stress your Grad Experience: Sufi Meditation Series

Workshop | October 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project

oin us for a free Tamarkoz (Sufi meditation) workshop for graduate students and post-docs. Students will be guided through mind relaxation exercises, deep breathing exercises, slow movement meditations, deep relaxation, visualization, and heart concentration and meditation. Tamarkoz (Sufi meditation) is a powerful tool used to relieve and manage stress, and cultivate the balance and stability...   More >

De-Stress your Grad Experience: Sufi Meditation Series

Workshop | October 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Graduate Student Wellness Project

oin us for a free Tamarkoz (Sufi meditation) workshop for graduate students and post-docs. Students will be guided through mind relaxation exercises, deep breathing exercises, slow movement meditations, deep relaxation, visualization, and heart concentration and meditation. Tamarkoz (Sufi meditation) is a powerful tool used to relieve and manage stress, and cultivate the balance and stability...   More >