<< October 2018 >>

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Representation theory seminar: Link homology and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | October 16 | 10-11 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Tina Kanstrup, Aarhus

 Department of Mathematics

Khovanov and Rozansky defined a link invariant called triply graded homology. It is conjectured by Gorsky, Negut and Rasmussen that this invariant can be expressed geometrically by a functor from complexes of Soergel bimodules to the derived category of coherent sheaves on the dg flag Hilbert scheme followed by taking cohomology. A functor with similar properties has been constructed by Oblomkov...   More >

Corteva Agriscience Seminar: New Bond Connections by C–H Functionalization for the Convergent Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules

Seminar | October 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jon Ellman, Department of Chemistry, Yale University

 College of Chemistry

Versatile and highly functional group compatible transition metal-catalyzed annulations will be described for the rapid assembly of drug relevant nitrogen heterocycles, including Rh- and Co-catalyzed C−H bond additions to a variety of coupling partners for cascade syntheses of diverse heterocycles of particular importance to the pharmaceutical industry. The general feasibility of...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Asymptotic Spectral Analysis of Markov Chains with Rare Transitions: A Graph-Algorithmic Approach

Seminar | October 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Tingyue Gan, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Parameter-dependent Markov chains with exponentially small transition rates arise in modeling complex systems in physics, chemistry, and biology. Such processes often manifest metastability, and the spectral properties of the generators largely govern their long-term dynamics. In this work, we propose a constructive graph-algorithmic approach to computing the asymptotic estimates of eigenvalues...   More >

BSAC Technology Seminar - Optical Biomimetics: Harnessing Nature's Solutions Toward Multifunctional Nanophotonic Devices

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Dr. Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Dept. of Medical Engineering

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Nanoscopic photonic structures are often superior to synthetic analogs. Biophotonic nanostructures in butterfly wings show unique optical properties. Biomimetic nanophotonic devices can provide novel solutions in energy and health care. Optically outstanding biophotonic structures fulfill various functions: mechanical integrity and protection against external contaminants such as microbes.

  RSVP online by October 15.

GUH Lecture: Impossible Exiles: Palestinians in Arab Cities

Colloquium | October 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

This talk will analyze representations of Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad in the second half of the 20th Century as they appear in fictional and non-fictional texts written by Palestinian authors...   More >

Impossible Exiles: Palestinians in Arab Cities

Colloquium | October 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Sarah Hwang

 Global Urban Humanities

"Impossible Exiles: Palestinians in Arab Cities"
Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
170 Wurster

Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2

This talk will analyze representations of Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad in the second half of the 20th Century...   More >

Budgeting and Debt Management (BEUHS366)

Workshop | October 16 | 12:10-2:10 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Richard Ruiz, Bank of the West

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Ever wondered if a budget can really work for you?

This seminar covers the importance of creating a household budget while giving you interactive tools to track and control your money usage.

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The limitations of Democratic Representation in India - The case of Muslims, Women and the Scheduled Castes: ISAS Faculty Workshop led by Prof. Jennifer Bussell

Workshop | October 16 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Gilles Verniers, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University; Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute, and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

 Jennifer Bussell, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A half-day workshop on the status of political representation in India's democracy.

Diabetes Prevention within an Integrated Delivery System: Strategies for Screening, Identification, and Treatment

Colloquium | October 16 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Julie Schmittdiel

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Schmittdiel’s talk will present evidence on strategies for screening, identification, and treatment of prediabetes from her research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and discuss innovative ways to engage patients, providers, and families in diabetes prevention.

Exploring Careers: Ph.D. Transferable Skills

Workshop | October 16 | 1-2:15 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Rosanne Lurie, QB3-Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

The key to effective career planning is knowing your strengths and skills both inside and outside the lab. Whether you are clear on your next career goal or are exploring your options, recognizing and articulating your abilities can help you find professional fulfillment and even improve the kinds of opportunities available to you. In this workshop, presented by the Rosanne Lurie, Director of...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Bass-Serre theory

Seminar | October 16 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

Bass-Serre theory studies groups acting on trees. The action of a group on a tree determines a quotient "graph of groups", from which one can reconstruct the original group via amalgamated free products and HNN extensions. We will study the tree associated to $PSL(2,{\mathbb Q}_p)$ in detail, discuss various higher-dimensional generalizations, and describe some applications to the study of...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Meromorphic continuations of the resolvent of Laplacians on asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds: Vasy's method

Seminar | October 16 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jian Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will present the method introduced by András Vasy to prove meromorphic continuations of resolvents of Laplacians on asymptotically hyperbolic spaces in a simple model case. In particular, I will show the proof of Melrose's radial estimates indicating the idea behind the general case.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: An introduction to Boolean independence

Seminar | October 16 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

With the introduction of free independence by D.V. Voiculescu, it became clear that in the framework of non-commutative probability there are other notions of independence than that of classical independence. The Boolean convolution between measures was formally introduced by Speicher and R. Woroudi in 1993, although it had previously appeared in the literature in different contexts, for example,...   More >

Ultracold Molecules for Chemistry and Physics

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Kang-Kuen Ni, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

The role of molecular spectroscopy in physics has evolved over the years. It was traditionally used to study molecular structure and its underlying quantum mechanics. Later, it led to various applications, including the first “atomic clock” that was actually based on molecular vibrations. More recent advances in techniques for quantum manipulation of molecules bring new directions including the...   More >

International Student Career Success Series: Learn the art of “networking” step by step [Part 2]

Workshop | October 16 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue Room

 Career Center

In this session we will cover the following three steps for networking: Step 5: Put your network into action - how to prepare and conduct information gathering to build rapport and be connected with potential job opportunities; Step 6: How to manage the outreach activities and connections you made; Step 7: How to follow up.

RSVP here: https://berkeley.joinhandshake.com/events/180806

Botanical Perfume Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Workshop | October 16 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for this two hour beginners natural perfume workshop. You'll learn about the history and art of natural perfumes. You will create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more.

Beginner Natural Perfume Workshop Includes:
15 natural essential oils and absolutes to sample
Your formula blended into a .25 oz...   More >

$85 / $75 UCBG Members

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | October 17 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | October 17 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

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​The generation of neural diversity​

Seminar | October 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Claude Desplan, New York University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Mobility, Expulsion and Claims to Home: Migrant Organizing in an Era of Deportation and Dispossession

Colloquium | October 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Monisha Das Gupta, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

The virulence and pervasiveness of immigration enforcement have fueled migrants to organize in heterogeneous ways. My research about and activism in the movement during the last eight years have evolved into an engagement with a strain of anti-deportation organizing which takes up the cause of the most indefensible of immigrants and refugees -- those labeled criminal aliens. Non-citizens, who are...   More >

Immigrants live longer, but why also do their children? New results from the CenSoc project

Colloquium | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Josh Goldstein, Professor, Department of Demography, 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.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Telma Laurentino: Observing evolution: Adaptation stories told by the genomes of lizards and sticklebacks

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Telma Laurentino

 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 >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "On How Symbiotic Fungi Rewire Plant Cells"

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Natalia Requena, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Requena group is interested in unraveling how
arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are perceived by their host plants and discriminated from pathogenic fungi.

No Seminar due to BMES Meeting

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. |  Stanley Hall

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Peter Meyers on "Speak to Inspire: Demystifying the art of leadership presence": CITRIS Research Exchange

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the Speaker:
Peter James Meyers, Founder and President of Stand & Deliver Group, is a communication consultant who has worked with leaders in politics, business, sports and performing arts to achieve greater influence through the spoken word.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Peter lived and studied at the Zen Yoga Arts Institute in New York, and trained as a performer...   More >

Emotionally Unpredictable Leaders Harm Team Performance Because They Create Intra-team Power Struggles

Colloquium | October 17 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Lindred Greer, Associate Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Prior research demonstrates that the discrete emotional displays of leaders, such as anger and happiness, send social information to followers that helps to direct team members’ focus, understanding of the situation, and motivation, boosting team performance. We argue that a key assumption underlying this research is that leaders’ emotions are informative to followers, sending consistent social...   More >

Daring to Dream: Reflections of a young African scientist on the state of scientific research in Africa and why there is cause for optimism

Colloquium | October 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Yaw Bediako, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Francis Crick Institute

 Center for African Studies

This is one session in the Fall 2018 African Studies Colloquium series.

Dr. Yaw Bediako

Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences: A human rights-based approach to combatting online violence against women as human rights violations

Panel Discussion | October 17 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Alexa Koenig, Human Rights Center; Dubravka Simonovic, United Nations

 Danielle Cass, Amnesty International

 Human Rights Center

Special Rapporteur Simonovic, the Human Rights Center's Alexa Koenig and Amnesty International's Danielle Cass will address the need for tech companies to more effectively prevent and respond to rampant online violence against women and girls, and to establish transparent, more effective complaint mechanisms to better protect them from online abuse.

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Creative Placemaking and the Public Commons: Community Building through Art in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and San Francisco

Presentation | October 17 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Katherine Bruhn, Dissertation Fellow, South & Southeast Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Global Urban Humanities

A presentation by artists from San Francisco and Yogyakarta, Indonesia - part of “Bangkit/Arise”, an arts exchange and residency. Participating artists: Shaghayegh Cyrous, Keyvan Shovir, Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Jose Guerra Awe, Christopher Statton, Megan Wilson, Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Hari Ndarvati, Muhammad Yusuf, Wedhar Riyadi, Eko Didyk Sukowati, and Vina Puspita.

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | October 17 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Please...   More >

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Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Random Knots

Seminar | October 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Chaim Even Zohar, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Random curves in space and how they are knotted give an insight into the behavior of "typical" knots and links. They have been studied by biologists and physicists in the context of the structure of random polymers. Several randomized models have been suggested and investigated both by theoretical methods and computational experiments. We will review some known and new models of random knotting,...   More >

The Lovász theta function for random regular graphs

Seminar | October 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jess Banks, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The Lovász theta function is a classic semidefinite relaxation of graph coloring. In this talk I'll discuss the power of this relaxation for refuting colorability of uniformly random degree-regular graphs, as well as for distinguishing this distribution from one with a `planted' disassoratative community structure. We will see that the behavior of this refutation scheme is consistent with the...   More >

Thinking about climate risk in an era of extremes: California’s increasingly wide swings between drought and flood

Colloquium | October 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Daniel Swain, UCLA & University of Colorado, Boulder

 Department of Geography

A frustrating reality of modern climate science is that quantifying and modeling regional changes in the frequency/intensity of extremes due to global warming remains subject to considerable uncertainty. Events such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, and storms are precisely those with the greatest potential to inflict harm upon human and natural systems—making process-based understanding of...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Étale localization

Seminar | October 17 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ravi Fernando, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss étale localization in the theory of the de Rham Witt complex.

Dutch Studies book presentation: Jaap Robben

Presentation | October 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 5303 Dwinelle Hall

 Jaap Robben

 Dutch Studies

Dutch author, poet and playwright Jaap Robben will present his latest novel in English translation, You Have Me To Love

Developing a Robust, High-Titer Platform for Protein Secretion in Bacteria/Understanding and Controlling Metal-Organic Framework Crystallization

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Lisa Burdette, Ph.D. student in the Tullman-Ercek Group; Kristen Colwell, Ph.D. student in the Long Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Learning in Google Ads, Machines and People

Seminar | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Niall Cardin, Google

 Department of Statistics

This talk is in two parts, both of which discuss interesting uses of experiments in Google search ads. In part 1 I discuss how we can inject randomness into our system to get causal inference in a machine learning setting. In part 2. I talk about experiment designs to measure how users learn in response to ads on Google.com.

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: Towards a Conscious AI: A Computer Architecture Inspired by Neuroscience with Manuel Blum

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Manuel Blum, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a novel computer architecture that it inspires. The Model gives insight for the design of machines that truly...   More >


Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Random Knots from Petal Diagrams

Seminar | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Chaim Even Zohar, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The study of knots and links from a probabilistic viewpoint provides insight into the behavior of "typical" knots, and arises also in applications to the natural sciences. We will discuss knots that arise from random permutations using petal projections (Adams et al. 2012). We will explain why the probability of obtaining any given knot type in this model is positive if the number of petals is at...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Grace Wu: Land Use in Renewable Energy Planning

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Grace Wu, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis

 Energy and Resources Group

Ambitious low-carbon transitions are underway in many jurisdictions, requiring the large-scale expansion of renewable energy. Simultaneously, growing energy demand in emerging economies is being met with rapid energy development, with the declining costs of wind and solar technologies making them among the most competitive options...   More >

Self Defense for Self Determination: Intro to Self Defense and De-Escalation Strategies

Workshop | October 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Main Lounge

 Mamie Chow

 Gender Equity Resource Center

This workshop will be led by Mamie Chow, who holds a 3rd degree black belt from Wild Crane Rising Martial Arts, a community-based school that trains in a contemporary style of Tae Kwon Do. Mamie's approach to self defense values social justice, preventing verbal and physical violence, and creating an encouraging space to practice self and community defense skills. In the last couple of years, we...   More >

DISENFRANCHISED: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

Colloquium | October 17 | 5-7:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Joel Andreas, Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

 Cihan Tuğal, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Yan Long, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Marc Blecher, James Monroe Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College

 Department of Sociology

Turning Andrew Walder’s 1986 classic, Communist Neo-Traditionalism, on its head, Andreas studies the socialist enterprise from the standpoint of the expansion and contraction of industrial democracy. His account begins with the revolutionary seizure of power in 1949 and the installation of the “iron rice bowl” that organized every realm of worker life.

From Academia to Airbnb: a high dimensional anecdote: Jason Vytlacil

Colloquium | October 17 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jason Vytlacil

 Department of Psychology

You can find Jason Vytlacil's LinkedIn page here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-vytlacil/

Horizons in Quantum Computing: A conversation with industry and academia experts

Panel Discussion | October 17 | 6-10 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Pete Shadbolt, CSO, PsiQ; Barbara Jones, Head of Theoretical Physics Research Group, IBM; Birgitta Whaley, Professor, UC Berkeley Chemistry Dept.; Joshua Combes, Postdoctoral fellow, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

 Department of Physics

Quantum computing has seen enormous advancements in recent years, and lots of talent has been flowing into the field. With large companies like @IBM and secretive startups such as PsiQuantum disrupting the field, it is only a matter of time until we reach quantum supremacy.

But what will happen when quantum computers are powerful enough to break encryption or help reduce greenhouse gas...   More >

 No children under 18

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Dynamical mean-field theory to strongly correlated electronic systems

Seminar | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Jianxin Zhu, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 Department of Mathematics

Electronic correlation effects play an import role in emergent phenomena such as Mott-insulator-metal transition and unconventional superconductivity. Understanding these effects present a theoretical challenge. In this talk, we will give an overview of dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) and its combination with the local density approximation in density functional theory. Representative quantum...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | October 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Haoxiang Zhu, MIT

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Norms in Bargaining: Evidence from Government Formation"

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Thomas Fujiwara, Princeton

 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 >

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: One Pot Meals (BEUHS641)

Workshop | October 18 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Making an entire meal in just one pot (or pan) can save you time not only in prep, but also in clean up! These recipes are not your mother’s casserole – you will learn exciting and healthy new meal ideas. Presentation, demonstration, sample and recipes provided.

  Register online

Research Colloquium: Dr. Uri Aviram: Mental Health Reform: Lessons from the Israeli Experience

Colloquium | October 18 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons/116

 Social Welfare, School of

In July 2015, a major mental health reform in Israel went into effect. It transferred responsibility for hospital and ambulatory mental health services from government to the health maintenance organizations (HMO), integrating mental health services into the general health care system. This study examined the opportunities and challenges associated with implementation of this reform and comments...   More >

IB Seminar: Title to be announced

Seminar | October 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Canceled

 Dan Costa, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "How workplace consolidation affects workers: Evidence from Germany"

Seminar | October 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Kevin Todd, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

IB Seminar: HIV drug resistance evolution: why it was rampant, and how it became rare

Seminar | October 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Pleuni Pennings, San Francisco State University

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Housing Market Channels of Segregation"

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Li, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | October 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

A cortical reinforcement prediction error encoded by VIP interneurons

Seminar | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Adam Kepecs, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Majors, Minors, Declaring, Oh My! How to Find the Major That’s Right For You: L&S Workshop Series Ursa Major

Workshop | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on the different ways to research majors and interdisciplinary majors.

Computing Elastic Parameters to Discover High Strength, Ductile Structural Alloys

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dr. Ian Stewart Winter, Postdoc, Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

The computer-aided discovery of structural alloys is a burgeoning area of research. A primary challenge in the field is to identify computable screening parameters that embody key structural alloy properties, such as strength and ductility. In this talk two parameters are introduced that attempt to deal with these two properties. First, an elastic anisotropy parameter that captures a material’s...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Singularities of solutions of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation. A toy model: distance to a closed subset.

Colloquium | October 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Albert Fathi, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

This is a joint work with Piermarco Cannarsa and Wei Cheng.

If A is a closed subset of the Euclidean space $R^k$, the Euclidean distance function $d_A : R^k \to [0, + \infty[$ is defined by

$$d_A(x) = \mathrm{min}_{a \in A} ||x − a||.$$

This function is Lipschitz, therefore differentiable almost everywhere. We will give topological properties of the set Sing(F) of points in $R^k \setminus...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Reasonable Doubt: When are Callbacks a Crime?"

Seminar | October 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Christopher Walters, UCB

 Department of Economics

BODY MUSIC: The Oldest Music on the Planet

Colloquium | October 18 | 5 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Body Music, also known as Body Percussion and Body Drumming, is the oldest music on the planet. Before people were hollowing logs and slapping rocks, they were using their bodies to stomp, clap, sing, snap and grunt their musical ideas. There are many traditional Body Musics in the world, from African-American Hambone and Flamenco Palmas to Sumatran Saman and Ethiopian Armpit music. Join our...   More >

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color): Proposal/Personal Statement Writing

Workshop | October 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Thinking about research, but don't have experience writing a proposal? Come talk to us! We'll be giving a presentation on how to approach each step that goes along with putting together a proposal.

Online Fact-Finding and the Future of Journalism

Panel Discussion | October 18 | 6-7 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Graduate School of Journalism, Human Rights Center

*** LIVESTREAM the event at 6:00PM (PST): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf0BavI1bB8 ***

Journalism, law, and human rights advocacy in the 21st century are ever-more dependent on online fact-finding and analysis—each upended by fundamental changes in technology that have hastened the flow of information and misinformation. And yet the craft and practice of accessing, parsing, and analyzing...   More >

  RSVP online

Friday, October 19, 2018

4th Annual CDAR Symposium 2018

Conference/Symposium | October 19 | 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, University Club

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Our conference will feature new developments in data science, highlighting applications to finance and risk management. Confirmed speakers include Jeff Bohn, Olivier Ledoit, Ulrike Malmendier, Steven Kou, Ezra Nahum, Roy Henriksson, and Ken Kroner.

  RSVP online or or by emailing Sang Oum at soum@berkeley.edu by October 12.

Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare...   More >

Hacking Politics

Conference/Symposium | October 19 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Center for New Media

We often describe asymmetrical and unanticipated actions in a technological context as “hacking,” yet what is being hacked in our current moment is not just infrastructure, but the structure of civil society. From our political structures and infrastructures, through the political process, to the larger framework of civil society, we live in an era when the intersection of media, technology, and...   More >

  Register online

ESPM Seminar: Community-based Conservation and Working-lands Connectivity

Seminar | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Gary Burnett, Executive director, Heart of the Rockies

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Gary Burnett, Executive director, Heart of the Rockies will share a talk on Community-based conservation and working-lands connectivity: how turning to those affected by changing conditions builds durable solutions

Labor Lunch: "Labor market changes and earnings dynamics in Germany: 1960 -2015“

Seminar | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Matthias Giesecke, RWI & IZA

 Center for Labor Economics

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

Modeling vegetation carbon uptake responses to extreme weather: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Lauren Lowman, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, Wake Forest University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Special Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: " Surface-Surfing with a Few Million Friends: How Identity Information Modulates the Emergent Behaviors of a Bacterial Swarm"

Seminar | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Karine Gibbs, Harvard University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

"The goal of our research is to understand how cells and organisms distinguish between self and other. Specifically, we are investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the ability of cells to discriminate self from non-self in the uropathogen Proteus mirabilis" - Karin Gibbs

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | October 19 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/7, Salsa will be 10/19, Hula / Polynesian will be11/2, and Zumba / Salsa will be 12/7. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Modeling (Human) Bias in Artificial Intelligence

Seminar | October 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Margaret Mitchell, Google

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Human data brings with it human biases. Algorithms trained on that data can effectively perpetuate and amplify these biases,
creating feedback loops that deepen social division. In this talk, I walk through how human bias is at play in the end-to-end machine learning cycle,
and the effects this can have within society.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: EUV Lithography: the Road to HVM and Beyond

Seminar | October 19 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Dr. Anthony Yen, ASML Lithography

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Development of EUV lithography for high-volume manufacturing started in early 2000s. In 2018, 250W of source power became available in the field, giving EUV exposure systems a throughput of >140 wph at an exposure dose of 20 mJ/cm2. Concurrently, the rate of power degradation due to collector contamination has been driven down so that high system throughput can be maintained. Based on this and...   More >

How to Network Panel

Panel Discussion | October 19 | 1-3 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Career Center and AEP

You know that networking is important but you have no idea where to begin or what to say… This workshop will give you tips on how to get started. Alums and employers will also give their advice so that you can feel confident in reaching out and making connections.

Toward Perfect 1D Conduction in Magnetic Topological Insulators: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. David Goldhaber-Gordon, Stanford University, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

I will explain what is "perfect" 1D conduction and describe several strategies for achieving it. Some require high magnetic fields and/or cryogenic temperatures, but there's now hope of achieving perfect 1D conduction at room temperature with no external magnetic field, through a phenomenon known as the quantum anomalous Hall effect.

This effect was recently realized in thin films of Cr-doped...   More >

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

Seminar | October 19 | 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: Death, Disappearance, Jail, and Exile: Dissidence and Journalism

Workshop | October 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

International news media has focused on the recent disappearance and alleged execution of a dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi, also known as Cemal Kasikci, did not have a long track record as a "dissident" journalist, but was known as of late to be in an inevitable exile as he had grown increasingly critical of the...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Didem Coskunseven and Selim Goncu

Colloquium | October 19 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

Didem Coskunseven contemporary music composer who lives and works in Istanbul.

Selim Göncü finished his bachelor studies in composition at the University Mozarteum of Salzburg, graduating in 2012. He also served as assistant to the department for composition in Mozarteum for two years.
He attended workshops by distinguished composers like Philippe Leroux, Georg Friedrich Haas, Francesco...   More >

Digital Privacy for Librarians (and Others)

Seminar | October 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Howard Besser

 Information, School of

How librarians can support digital privacy practices in their communities.

Molecular Complexity and Inorganic Chemistry: Utilizing Non-Covalent Interactions to Control Function

Seminar | October 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Andrew Borovik, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Location matters…no compound operates in isolation without interacting with its local environment. Metalloproteins are example systems whose active sites contain intricate structures that aid the performance of specific functions with high selectivities and efficiencies. The complexity of these systems complicates the study of their function and the understanding of the properties that give rise...   More >

Colloquium: Louise Meintjes, Duke University: Ululation

Colloquium | October 19 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Free and open to the public

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Carve your own Butter Knife with Hannah Beatrice Quinn

Workshop | October 21 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

 Botanical Garden

Join designer Hannah Quinn & learn some basic whittling skills that you can use to carve a classic butter knife or other simple wooden kitchen tool. Take your new whittling knife home & continue making unique wooden objects on your own. Extra sticks and the whittling knife included in the price.

$75 / $70 UCBG Members

Monday, October 22, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 22 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Sarah Kochik, Wildsoet Lab; Nevin El-Nimri, Wildsoet Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Nevin El-Nimri's Talk
Manipulating Intraocular Pressure as a Novel Avenue for Controlling Myopia Progression

Myopia (near-sightedness) results from progressive, excessive eye enlargement and is associated with blinding complications. It has become a significant public health concern, reaching epidemic levels in some parts of the world. The eye is like a balloon, with pressure inside the eye...   More >

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: The Hopf monoid of orbit polytopes and its character group

Seminar | October 22 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mariel Supina, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A Hopf monoid is an algebraic structure that many families of combinatorial objects share. The collection of multiplicative functions defined on a Hopf monoid forms a group, called the character group. Aguiar and Ardila (2017) proved that the character groups for the Hopf monoids of permutahedra and associahedra are exponential power series under multiplication and composition, respectively. In...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: "The Long-lasting Effects of Living Under Communism on Financial Risk-Taking"

Seminar | October 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Ulrike Malmendier, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

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

String-Math Seminar: 3D TQFTs from Argyres-Douglas theories

Seminar | October 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Mykola Dedushenko, Caltech

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a construction which, for a given \(4d\), \(N=2\) Argyres-Douglas SCFT, seems to produce a three-dimensional TQFT, whose underlying modular tensor category coincides with that of a \(2d\) chiral algebra of the parent \(4d\), \(N=2\) theory.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On Shimura varieties for unitary groups

Seminar | October 22 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Brian Smithling, Johns Hopkins

 Department of Mathematics

Shimura varieties attached to unitary similitude groups are a well-studied class of PEL Shimura varieties (i.e., varieties admitting a moduli description in terms of abelian varieties endowed with a polarization, endomorphisms, and a level structure). There are also natural Shimura varieties attached to (honest) unitary groups; these lack a moduli interpretation, but they have other advantages...   More >

Ashwini Deo, "Marathi tense marking: A window into the lexical encoding of tense meanings"

Colloquium | October 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University

 Department of Linguistics

Partee (1973) first observed that natural language tense expressions are analogous to pronouns in that they can be interpreted indexically, anaphorically, and like bound variables. These referential (i.e. indexical+anaphoric) and non-referential interpretations of tense marking have not been yet shown to have distinct reflexes in natural language temporal expressions – i.e. no language has been...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Harmonic Z/2 spinors and wall-crossing in Seiberg-Witten theory

Seminar | October 22 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Aleksander Doan, Stony Brook

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of a harmonic Z/2 spinor was introduced by Taubes as an abstraction of various limiting objects appearing in compactifications of gauge-theoretic moduli spaces. I will explain this notion and discuss an existence result for harmonic Z/2 spinors on three-manifolds. The proof uses a wall-crossing formula for solutions of generalized Seiberg-Witten equations in dimension three, a result...   More >

Global warming: What you need to know, what people actually know, and how to bridge the gap

Colloquium | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

 David Romps, Physical Sciences and the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center, UC Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract. Global warming is the most urgent issue of our time: coal, oil, and gas are being burned at an all-time record rate; as a result, the air that we breathe is filling up with carbon dioxide faster than ever before; in response, the Earth is heating rapidly; and both the carbon-dioxide pollution and the associated heating are permanent on any timescale of human interest. How well have...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Ambiguous Persuasion"

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Jian Li, McGill

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Dorian Beauchene and Ming Li

Design Field Notes: Diane Wang

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Diane Wang is a Lead UX Designer at Google’s Daydream Labs, leading rapid prototyping efforts for AR/VR.

Seminar 271, Development: "Credit Lines as Insurance: Evidence from Bangladesh"

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Greg Lane, UC Berkeley, ARE

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Wave maps on (1+2)-dimensional curved spacetimes

Seminar | October 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Casey Jao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss joint work with Cristian Gavrus and Daniel Tataru in which we study wave maps on a (1+2)-dimensional nonsmooth background. Our main result asserts that in this context, the wave maps system is locally wellposed at almost critical regularity.

Deformation Theory Seminar: Operads and Koszul duality

Seminar | October 22 | 5:10-6:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yixuan Li, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we'll introduce operads and the interaction with sheaf theory. Parallel to the notion of Koszul algebras, we'll define Koszul operads and duality between them. In particular, connections with sheaves and Verdier duality will be explained in an example arising from the moduli spaces of genus zero stable curves with marked points.

SLAM: Perspectives from Biotech Industry: Science, Business and People

Seminar | October 22 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Janet Gunzner, Nektar Therapeutics

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Let's Talk About Sex!: A Graduate Student Sexual Education Series

Workshop | October 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 183 Dwinelle Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project, Sexual Health Education Program

The Graduate Student Wellness Group and the Sexual Health Education Program are partnering up for three sextastic events this October! Topics include (but are not limited to) consent, healthy relationships, safer sex, STIs/HIV, and accessing birth control! Specifically, we will be addressing what healthy relationships look/don't look like, why STIs are on the rise, how to practice safer sex, and...   More >