<< Week of August 24 >>

Sunday, August 20, 2017

R bootcamp

Workshop | August 19 – 20, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Christopher Paciorek, Department of Statistics, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The Statistics Department and D-Lab are offering an
introductory short course on the statistical/data science
software R on Saturday-Sunday, August 19-20. The short
course will be a thorough introduction to working with
data, statistical analysis, and programming in R,
with no prior knowledge assumed. Please see
http://dlab.berkeley.edu/training/r-bootcamp-2017 for
more details.

$0

  Register online

Monday, August 21, 2017

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Integrable systems and quantum geometry

Seminar | August 21 | 1:15-2:45 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In my talk I will overview new classes of integrable systems associated with Nakajima quiver varieties. I will explain the geometric construction of quantum Rmatrices, commuting families of Hamiltonians and corresponding Bethe equations. I will discuss relations of these systems with quantum cohomology and quantum K-theory of Nakajima varieties.

Writing and Citing Tools: What are your options?

Workshop | August 21 | 2-2:30 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Engineering Library Training Room

 Lisa Ngo, UC Berkeley Library

 Library

Mendeley. Zotero. EndNote. RefWorks. LaTeX. There are a lot of tools out there to help you organize your literature and create and manage citations and bibliographies, but which one is right for you? Join us for this introduction to citation management tools where we'll provide an overview of the options and offer a demonstration of how they can make the writing process easier.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | August 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 50 Birge Hall

 Alicia Hayes, Prestigious Scholarships Office 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 >

GIS and Mapping Resources on Campus

Workshop | August 21 | 2:30-3 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room

 Susan Powell, UC Berkeley Library

 Library

This short drop-in workshop will give an overview of GIS and mapping resources available on campus, including tools, data, and training. No registration required!

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free Stein discrepancy as a regularity condition

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

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Given an n-tuple of non-commutative random variables, its free Stein discrepancy relative to the semicircle law measures how close the distribution is to the semicircle law. By considering free Stein discrepancies relative to a broader class of laws, one can define a quantity called the free Stein information. In this talk, we will discuss this and its relation to other free probabilistic...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | August 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 50 Birge Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, 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 >

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Affine branching laws and tensor categories

Seminar | August 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Viktor Ostrik, University of Oregon

 Department of Mathematics

In these talks we will describe an approach to branching laws for highest weight integrable representations of affine Lie algebras based on fusion product and modular tensor categories. Our main emphasis will be on branching laws related with level rank duality

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | August 22 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | 106 Stanley 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 >

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Affine branching laws and tensor categories II

Seminar | August 22 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Viktor Ostrik, University of Oregon

 Department of Mathematics

In these talks we will describe an approach to branching laws for highest weight integrable representations of affine Lie algebras based on fusion product and modular tensor categories. Our main emphasis will be on branching laws related with level rank duality

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | August 22 | 1-2 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, 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 >

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Dimer models and homological mirror symmetry I

Seminar | August 22 | 1:15-2:45 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kazushi Ueda, University of Tokyo

 Department of Mathematics

A dimer model is a bicolored graph on a real 2-torus encoding the information of a quiver with potential. It originates from statistical mechanics, and is related to various branches of mathematics. In the talk, we will give an introduction to the theory of dimer models and its application to homological mirror symmetry.

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Dimer models and homological mirror symmetry II

Seminar | August 22 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kazushi Ueda, University of Tokyo

 Department of Mathematics

A dimer model is a bicolored graph on a real 2-torus encoding the information of a quiver with potential. It originates from statistical mechanics, and is related to various branches of mathematics. In the talk, we will give an introduction to the theory of dimer models and its application to homological mirror symmetry.

EPMS Weekly Seminar

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

 Engineering and Project Management Society

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

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Spaces of stability conditions on the Calabi-Yau categories associated with quivers I

Seminar | August 23 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Akishi Ikeda, UC Tokyo

 Department of Mathematics

The aim of this lecture is to introduce the spaces of Bridgeland stability conditions on the Calabi-Yau categories associated with quivers. In the first part, we introduce the space of Bridgeland stability conditions on a triangulated category and review its basic properties. We also see examples of stability conditions. In the second part, we see known results about the spaces of stability...   More >

Writing and Citing Tools: What are your options?

Workshop | August 23 | 10-10:30 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Lisa Ngo, UC Berkeley Library

 Library

Mendeley. Zotero. EndNote. RefWorks. LaTeX. There are a lot of tools out there to help you organize your literature and create and manage citations and bibliographies, but which one is right for you? Join us for this introduction to citation management tools where we'll provide an overview of the options and offer a demonstration of how they can make the writing process easier.

GIS and Mapping Resources on Campus

Workshop | August 23 | 10:30-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Biosciences Library Training Room

 Susan Powell, UC Berkeley Library

 Library

This short drop-in workshop will give an overview of GIS and mapping resources available on campus, including tools, data, and training. No registration required!

Taking Action and Moving Forward in Your Career

Workshop | August 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  University Hall

 Terrie Moore, Staff Career Development

 Human Resources

Clarify specific career related goals and explore ways of coping with potential obstacles to career development - important aspects of making your career development efforts effective.

REGISTRATION required at the UC Learning Center through the Blu portal. Course code - BECAR201

  Register online

The neural substrates of anxious temperament in non-human primates

Colloquium | August 23 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Andrew Fox, Assistant Professor, UC Davis

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

An extremely anxious temperament early in life is a risk factor for the later development of anxiety, depressive, and substance abuse disorders. Children with an extremely anxious temperament (AT), react to novelty with increased behavioral inhibition and increased levels of physiological arousal. Using a well-validated non-human primate model of AT, our group has been investigating the...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | August 23 | 2-3 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 >

Phase Transitions in Activated Random Walk

Seminar | August 23 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Riddhipratim Basu, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

On a locally finite graph, consider the following interacting particle system, known as Activated Random Walk (ARW). Start with a mass density µ of initially active particles, each of which performs a continuous time nearest neighbour symmetric random walk at rate one and falls asleep at rate λ > 0. Sleepy particles become active on coming in contact with active particles...   More >

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Fukaya cosheaves

Seminar | August 23 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Vivek Shende, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Kontsevich conjectured that the wrapped Fukaya category of a Weinstein manifold should be computable as the global sections of some cosheaf of categories over its Lagrangian skeleton. I will describe how to make this precise, and how to prove it. This is joint work with Sheel Ganatra and John Pardon.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Mirror symmetry for very affine varieties

Seminar | August 24 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Vivek Shende, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Using tropical methods, I will describe the skeleton for the general hyper surface cut out by a Laurent polynomial with only one term in the interior of its newton polytope. This turns out to agree with the skeleton introduced by Fang, Liu, Treumann, and Zaslow. Using the work of Kuwakagi, a new functoriality statement for the coherent-constructible correspondence, and the cosheafification result...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Non-von Neumann computing using networks of optical parametric oscillators

Seminar | August 24 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 A/B DOP Center

 Professor Peter McMahon, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Abstract: Combinatorial optimization problems are central in numerous important application areas, including operations and scheduling, drug discovery, finance, circuit design, sensing, and manufacturing. There is a long history of attempts to find alternatives to current von Neumann-computer-based methods for solving such problems, including neural networks, DNA computing, and most recently...   More >

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Spaces of stability conditions on the Calabi-Yau categories associated with quivers II

Seminar | August 24 | 1:15-2:45 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Akishi Ikeda, UC Tokyo

 Department of Mathematics

The aim of this lecture is to introduce the spaces of Bridgeland stability conditions on the Calabi-Yau categories associated with quivers. In the first part, we introduce the space of Bridgeland stability conditions on a triangulated category and review its basic properties. We also see examples of stability conditions. In the second part, we see known results about the spaces of stability...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | August 24 | 3-4 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 >

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Integrability lattice models from four-dimensional gauge theory

Seminar | August 24 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Masahito Yamazaki, IPMU, University of Tokyo

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe my recent work with Kevin Costello and Edward Witten, on explaining integrable models from a four-dimensional gauge theory.

Nonparametric network comparison

Seminar | August 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 332 Evans Hall

 Patrick Wolfe, Purdue University

 Department of Statistics

Understanding how two networks differ, or quantifying the degree to which a single network departs from a given model, is a challenging question in modern mathematical statistics. Here we show how subgraph densities, which for large graphs play a role analogous to moments in the context of random variables, enable a natural means of nonparametric network comparison. Coupled with a partial order...   More >

Introduction to LaTeX using Collaboration Tools

Workshop | August 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110MD

 Anna Sackmann, Science Data and Engineering Librarian, Kresge Engineering Library; Lisa Ngo, Engineering Librarian, Kresge Engineering Library

 Library

This workshop is an introduction to the LaTeX typesetting language. Document structure, templates, and commonly used syntax will be introduced and practiced during this hands-on workshop.

  Registration opens August 4. Register online or by calling Anna Sackmann at 510-642-9478, or by emailing Anna Sackmann at asackmann@berkeley.edu

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Semi-algebraic sets of integer points

Colloquium | August 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Günter M. Ziegler, Freie Universität Berlin

 Department of Mathematics

We look at sets of integer points in the plane, and discuss possible definitions of when such a set is "complicated"—this might be the case if it is not the set of integer solutions to some system of polynomial equations and inequalities. Let’s together work out lots of examples, and on the way let’s try to develop criteria and proof techniques$\ldots$.

The examples that motivated our...   More >

Friday, August 25, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Integrability lattice models from four-dimensional gauge theory II

Seminar | August 25 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Masahito Yamazaki, IPMU, University of Tokyo

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe my recent work with Kevin Costello and Edward Witten, on explaining integrable models from a four-dimensional gauge theory.

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel- SOLD OUT!

Workshop | August 25 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Qigong (pronounced cheegong) is a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness. We will practice some standing meditation intended to help you feel and circulate qi (the Chinese word that describes life force), a set of exercises called “silk reeling” and some specific walking techniques that build balance, flexibility, and...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

  Register by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | August 25 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | August 25 | 11 a.m.-12 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 >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Before Central Bank Cooperation: Containing the Panic of 1825

Seminar | August 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Trevor Jackson, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

*Please note change in time/location. Joint with the Economic History Lunch.

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": On the Riemann-Hilbert correspondence

Seminar | August 25 | 1:15-2:45 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Andrea D'Agnolo, University of Padova

 Department of Mathematics

The classical Riemann-Hilbert correspondence establishes an equivalence between the triangulated categories of regular holonomic D-modules and of constructible sheaves. In a joint work with Masaki Kashiwara, we proved a Riemann-Hilbert correspondence for holonomic D-modules which are not necessarily regular. The construction of our target category is based on the theory of ind-sheaves by...   More >

Nanoscale Design of Materials for the Capture and Storage of Renewable Energy: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | August 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Ted Sargent, Univ. of Toronto, ECE

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Tremendous progress in the cost-effective conversion of solar and wind energy into electrical power brings about a new challenge: the massive (seasonal-scale) storage of energy.

We focus on using computational materials science, spectroscopies including ultrafast and synchrotron, and advances in materials chemistry, to create new catalysts for CO2 reduction and oxygen evolution.

I will...   More >

MENA Salon: Summer in Review

Workshop | August 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic. Join the CMES this Friday for the first MENA Salon of the semester, as we revisit the events and themes that shaped this summer.

Berkeley-Tokyo Summer School "Geometry, Representation Theory, and Mathematical Physics": Quantum cohomology and 3D mirror symmetry

Seminar | August 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Michael Viscardi, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give an introduction to 3D mirror symmetry/symplectic duality, with an emphasis on the recent construction of the Coulomb branch by Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima. In examples where a symplectic resolution of the Coulomb branch exists, we explain how to compute its equivariant quantum connection.

Tetrahedral Transition Metal Chalcogenides as Functional Inorganic Materials

Seminar | August 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Efrain Rodriguez, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Maryland

 College of Chemistry

Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have resurfaced as functional inorganic materials for their diverse applications including transistor-type devices, sensors, and hydrogen evolution catalysis. We present a more recent category of layered materials we term tetrahedral transition metal chalcogenides (TTMCs) that display different functional behavior from TMDs. These layered TTMCs are built of...   More >

Logic Colloquium: A constructive solution to Tarski's circle squaring problem

Colloquium | August 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Andrew Marks, U.C. Los Angeles

 Department of Mathematics

In 1925, Tarski posed the problem of whether a disc in $R^2$ can be partitioned into finitely many pieces which can be rearranged by isometries to form a square of the same area. Unlike the Banach-Tarski paradox in $R^3$, it can be shown that two Lebesgue measurable sets in $R^2$ cannot be equidecomposed by isometries unless they have the same measure. Hence, the disk and square must necessarily...   More >

Grounds for Science: Mummies, whiskey and capturing CO2

Presentation | August 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 Tom Osborn Popp, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley; Jeremy Nowak, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

 Science@Cal

Come learn about cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed, sci-fi-themed cafe setting. This month features short talks by two chemists.

Whiskey profiles and capturing CO2

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.