<< Week of March 20 >>

Sunday, March 18, 2018

SOLD OUT - Papermaking with Plants

Workshop | March 18 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Learn to make beautiful handmade paper from plants in your own garden! No experience necessary. This class will discuss the basics of harvesting, cooking, and processing plants and forming into sheets of handmade paper. Participants are welcome to bring in contributions from their home gardens. You’ll never look at your garden the same way again!

$85/ $80 Garden members

 SOLD OUT.

Exploration of Forms: Afro-Cuban with José Francisco Barroso: Public Movement Workshop Series

Workshop | March 18 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

TDPS presents a series of three spring workshops with Cuban dancer and choreographer José Francisco Barroso on January 28, February 18, and March 18, 2018. 10:30am-12pm. Free and open to the public. Live drumming.

Monday, March 19, 2018

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | March 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Davud Rostam-Afschar; Zarek Brot-Goldberg

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

  RSVP online by March 13.

Seeing where we’re going: a retinal code for self-motion

Seminar | March 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. David Berson, Professor of Medical Science, Chair of NeuroScience, Brown University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Self-motion triggers complementary visual and vestibular reflexes supporting image-stabilization and balance. Translation through space produces one global pattern of retinal image motion (optic flow), rotation another. We show that each subtype of direction-selective ganglion cell (DSGC) adjusts its direction preference topographically to align with specific translatory optic flow...   More >

Developmental Psychology Colloquium

Colloquium | March 19 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Yuan Meng, Department of Psychology; Ruthee Foushee, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Yuan Meng



Children’s Causal Interventions Combine Discrimination and Confirmation

Like scientists, children can design "experiments" to distinguish between causal structures, but their performance often falls short of information-theoretic metrics such as the expected information gain (EIG). Such deviation may have resulted from mixing normative discriminatory strategies such as...   More >

Machine Learning by the People, for the People

Seminar | March 19 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Nika Haghtalab, PhD. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will explore three lines of research from my work on the theoretical aspects of machine learning and algorithmic economics that account for these interactions.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free and bi-free extremes.

Seminar | March 19 | 2-3:50 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The talk will be about extreme values in free probability and the beginning of an extension to bi-free probability, that is to free probability with left and right variables.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Estimates of constant scalar curvature Kahler metrics with applications to existence

Seminar | March 19 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jingrui Cheng, University of Wisconsin–Madison

 Department of Mathematics

We develop new apriori estimates for scalar curvature type equations on a compact Kahler manifold. As applications, we show that properness of K-energy with respect to the \(L^1\) geodesic distance implies the existence of constant scalar curvature Kahler metrics. This is joint work with Xiuxiong Chen.

Nature Village Indoor Garden

Workshop | March 19 | 3 p.m. |  University Village Community Center

 1125 Jackson Street, Albany, CA 94706

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come learn with Nature Village how to create an indoor garden for your apartment!

Bring an empty plastic bottle, which we'll reuse to create an indoor herb garden. Soil and seeds will be provided.

BLISS Seminar: Queues, Balls and Bins, and Association

Seminar | March 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 R Srikant, UIUC

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider a problem motivated by file retrieval in cloud computing systems where storage coding is used. In such problems, each file-retrieval job consists of multiple tasks (each corresponding to the retrieval of a coded chunk of a file), and the job is completed only when all of its tasks are completed. The goal is to compute the tail probability of the job completion time. However, this is a...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Arithmetic finiteness results for Fano varieties and hypersurfaces

Seminar | March 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ariyan Javanpeykar, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

 Department of Mathematics

Faltings proved that there are only finitely many abelian schemes of dimension $g$ over a fixed “arithmetic curve”. Similar finiteness results hold (for instance) for K3 surfaces (Andre + Y. She), smooth curves of fixed genus $g >1$ (Faltings), and cubic surfaces (Scholl). In this talk, we will investigate similar finiteness results for Fano varieties and hypersurfaces, and explain the...   More >

The SAGA of histone ubiquitination in transcription regulation

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Cynthia Wolberger, John Hopkins School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

World Literature as Travelling Genre: Paris, St. Petersburg, Tiflis

Colloquium | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

This is the third lecture of the Spring 2018 Slavic Graduate Colloquium lecture series.

Authoring Joy :) Multimodal artifacts as tools for broadening definitions of STEM participation

Colloquium | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Déana Scipio, School of Education at University of California, Davis

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Scipio explores the ways that joyful learning opportunities for authoring artifacts and activities shaped the broadening participation experiences of youth in the SoundCitizen Science Apprenticeship (SCSA) program. SCSA was a National Science Foundation funded, design-based research out of school time program for middle and high school youth. Within SCSA, youth...   More >

Spike inference for genetically encoded calcium indicators with models of multistep binding kinetics

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

 Dr. David Greenberg, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research, Bonn, Germany

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract:
Multiphoton imaging of genetically encoded calcium indicators can detect action potential (AP) evoked fluorescence changes from populations of spatially resolved neurons, but the nonlinear dependence of fluorescence on AP counts and variable indicator expression across neurons make quantitative inference problematic. We developed a biophysical model of GCaMP6s in neurons based on the...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Calderon problem for Yang-Mills connections

Seminar | March 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mihajlo Cekic, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (Bonn)

 Department of Mathematics

In the classical Calderon conjecture we want to recover a metric on a compact manifold, up to diffeomorphism fixing the boundary, from the Dirichlet-to-Neumann (DN) map of the metric Laplacian. This problem is routinely motivated by applications and is open in dimension 3 and higher. In this talk, we fix the metric and consider the DN map of the connection Laplacian for Yang-Mills connections. We...   More >

A Conversation with Marion Nestle and Alice Waters

Panel Discussion | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, New York University; Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse

 Public Health, School of, Berkeley Food Institute

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with renowned local restaurateur and activist Alice Waters and influential alumna and author Marion Nestle, who will talk about the current state of our food system and why they think the food movement is a beacon of light at the intersection of agriculture, food, nutrition, and public health.

  Register online

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

International Alumni Career Chats (Arts, Media and Communication)

Career Fair | March 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

International students with majors in humanity and social science areas may face more challenging job market and hurdles with work authorization and visa requirements. Come and talk to the international alumni who graduated with the same majors as you and are working in the Bay Area.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | March 20 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Veggies in Disguise (BEUHS641): Nutrition Events at Tang

Workshop | March 20 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Wellness Program Dietitian, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Vegetables can replace less healthy ingredients in a huge variety of dishes. Learn how to incorporate more vegetables into your meals by turning them into noodles, rice, mash, and more! Lecture, brief cooking demonstration, and a sample will be provided.

When Attachments Fail: Psychiatry, Space, and History in South Africa

Colloquium | March 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Stephen McIsaac, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Center for African Studies

A constitutive part of both colonialism and apartheid in South Africa was the forced spatial extension of black families. A crucial concern was how to ensure black, exploitative labor for resource extraction and infrastructural labor. Today, this spatial legacy of apartheid remains a solidified part of kinship structure, with families largely spit between the space of the urban township and the...   More >

Development Lunch: "The labor market impacts of agricultural technology"

Seminar | March 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ceren Baysan

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Location as an Asset

Seminar | March 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Princeton

 Department of Economics

New Views on Tibet's Linguistic Diversity

Colloquium | March 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date and time

 Gerald Roche, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

 Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Research on Tibet’s linguistic diversity in the West dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century. However, a surge in descriptive and documentary linguistics in the twenty-first century has radically altered our understanding of Tibet’s rich and complex linguistic ecology. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging picture of Tibet as a cradle of linguistic diversity in the...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Fonema Consort

Colloquium | March 20 | 3 p.m. | 135 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Fonema Consort was founded in 2011 by singer Nina Dante and composers Pablo Santiago Chin and Edward Hamel. Named “Best New Vocal-Oriented Contemporary Classical Ensemble of 2014” by the Chicago Reader, the ensemble has quickly earned a place in Chicago’s new music community, and is building a national and international audience with performances across the US as well as in Europe and Latin...   More >

Chiron Lecture: From energy input to signal output I: A glimpse of glucose uptake through GLUTs

Seminar | March 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Nieng Yan, Princeton University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Chiron Lectures

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Chronic ambulatory brain recording in Parkison's disease using a totally implantable neural interface.

Colloquium | March 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Philip Starr, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, UCSF

 Department of Psychology

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Decomposing Tensor Products

Seminar | March 20 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 103 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Note change in location

 Persi Diaconis, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Building new representations out of old ones by tensoring is a basic construction; indeed, an old theorem of Burnside and Brauer says that all representations of a finite group can be built this way, starting from one faithful representation. Of course, decomposing tensor products can be a nightmare (the Kronecker problem). Its even worse over general rings. Surprisingly, there is a useful...   More >

Next-generation devices from classical and quantum nanomaterials

Seminar | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall

 Arthur Barnard, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this seminar, I will discuss two kinds of novel devices we build from classical and quantum nanomaterials: (1) nanoscale optoelectromechanical sensors and (2) ballistic graphene transistors. In both cases, we use these new devices to uncover emergent physical phenomena, paving the way for next-generation functional devices.

Design Field Notes: Ethan Eismann

Seminar | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Ethan Eismann, Design Director for Homes at Airbnb, will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Design Field Notes series.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Grothendieck Riemann-Roch Theorem

Seminar | March 20 | 5-6 p.m. | 103 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Anningzhe Gao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will introduce the Chern character and Todd class, then use these definitions to give a statement of the Grothendieck Riemann-Roch theorem. Also we will discuss the Mumford relation and consider some examples.

A Conversation Across the Political Divide: The Role of Government in Trade, Taxes, and Inequality

Panel Discussion | March 20 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Office of Chancellor, Goldman School of Public Policy’s Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement

In the first iteration of a new event series that brings together prominent individuals from both sides of the political spectrum, Professor Robert Reich will be joined on the stage by the Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore to discuss inequality in the US.

Beyond Veganism: Recognizing Access, Farm Worker Rights, and the Colonization of Food

Workshop | March 20 | 6-8 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Part of the decolonizing the environment workshops hosted by the Environmental Justice program.

CPT/OPT Workshop

Workshop | March 20 | 6-7 p.m. | 155 Barrows Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), ASUC Senator Lynn Shiung

This workshop will provide you with information on how international visitors can obtain work authorization off campus via CPT (Curricular Practical Training) and OPT (Optional Practical Training).
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/RG3qC7GKjihPugQu1

Gary Wasserman | “The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teacher”

Reading - Nonfiction | March 20 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Graduate School of Journalism

Gary Wasserman’s decision to head to Qatar to teach at Georgetown sounds questionable, at best. “In the beginning,” he writes, “this sounds like a politically incorrect joke. A Jewish guy walks into a fundamentalist Arab country to teach American politics at a Catholic college.” But he quickly discovers that he has entered a world that gives him a unique perspective on the Middle East and on...   More >

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | March 21 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "The critical roles of (p)ppGpp in Gram positive bacteria"

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Jade Wang, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our research focuses on how living systems accurately duplicate and process their genetic information by regulating the central dogma processes of replication, transcription, and translation. Conserved from bacteria to humans, the central dogma lies at the heart of all cellular activities and its regulation is essential for survival and genome stability.

How to Make Causal Inferences Using Texts: Brandon Stewart, Department of Sociology, Princeton

Colloquium | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Brandon Stewart, Professor, Department of Sociology. Princeton

 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.

Data Science Discovery Projects: Social Impact

Workshop | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117)

 Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Psychology, UC Berkeley; Joanna Reed, Sociology, UC Berkeley; Victoria Robinson, American Cultures Center and Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley; Philip Pierini, American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program; Chris Hench, Department of German, and ata Science Education Program, UC Berkeley

 American Cultures

Data Science Discovery Projects helps to train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. This past semester four AC instructors incorporated Data Science Discovery Projects into their courses. The Data Science tools and the content of the AC courses was a powerful combination. A combination which it is hoped will be...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Cara Brook: Between- and within-host mechanisms of viral hosting in bat reservoirs for emerging infectious disease

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Cara Brook

 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 >

Synergy of Electrified Transportation and Renewable Energy Systems: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Zechun Hu, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

With the help of government policies and technology improvements, the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have experienced an explosive growth in recent years around the world. The transition of vehicles’ refueling from gas stations to charging stations will have remarkable impact on energy systems.

“Molecular Recording: Capture and Storage of Data within the Genome of a Cell”

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Seth Shipman, Harvard Medical School

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Experimental cell biology is limited by the requirement for direct observation or destructive analysis of the cells being studied. This is particularly problematic when studying a complex, developing system such as the brain. To circumvent this limitation, I have pursued a new approach: the logging of biological events as coded nucleotides, written into the genome of a living cell. These...   More >

Finding Health Statistics and Data

Workshop | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab Convening Room, Rm. 356

 Michael Sholinbeck, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

 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 >

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Game Changers: The Canadian Sport Industry as a Microcosm of Economic and Political Change in Canada

Colloquium | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Neil Longley, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

The lecture is based on research conducted for my forthcoming book, entitled Game Changers: Economics, Politics, and the Transformation of the Canadian Spectator Sport Business (University of British Columbia (UBC) Press, 2019).

The book examines the profound transformation that has occurred in the Canadian spectator sport business over the past half-century. It argues that this...   More >

The Poetics and Politics of Transnational Queer Feminist of Color Film: a dialogue between globally renowned filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and Berkeley Professor Paola Bacchetta

Colloquium | March 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Pratibha Parmar, Associate Professor in Film, California College of the Arts; Paola Bacchetta, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Vice Chair for Pedagogy, UC Berkeley

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender

This event consists of a dialogue between globally renowned film-maker Pratibha Parmar and Berkeley Professor Paola Bacchetta, about what filmic creation and reception can open up for feminist and queer of color life world making.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Intersection homology and perverse sheaves

Seminar | March 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ciprian Manolescu, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will sketch several different constructions of intersection homology, a version of homology for singular spaces developed by Goresky and MacPherson. One construction involves the theory of perverse sheaves, which I will also introduce. Perverse sheaves arise naturally from vanishing cycles, in the study of complex singularities.

Formation of large-scale random structure by competitive erosion

Seminar | March 21 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sourav Sarkar, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Competitive erosion models a random interface sustained in equilibrium by equal and opposite
pressures on each side of the interface. Here we study the following one dimensional
version. Begin with all sites of Z uncolored. A blue particle performs simple random walk
from 0 until it reaches a nonzero red or uncolored site, and turns that site blue; then, a red
particle performs simple random...   More >

The Food of our Food: Medicated Feed and the Industrialization of Metabolism

Colloquium | March 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Hannah Landecker, University of California Los Angeles

 Department of Geography

This paper explores the history of medicated feed for agricultural animals in the twentieth century as a large-scale remaking of the chemical landscape of the United States. While there has been some appreciation of the addition of antibiotics and hormones to feed as growth promoters, given worries about these as adulterations of the end-product that is milk and meat for human consumption, the...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): A sheaf-theoretic model for $SL(2,\mathbb C)$ Floer homology

Seminar | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Ciprian Manolescu, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain the construction of a new homology theory for three-manifolds, defined using perverse sheaves on the $SL(2,\mathbb C)$ character variety. Our invariant is a model for an $SL(2,\mathbb C)$ version of Floer's instanton homology. I will present a few explicit computations for Brieskorn spheres, and discuss the connection to the Kapustin-Witten equations and Khovanov homology. This is...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Gwen Ottinger: Infrastructures for Engineer-Allies: The Invisible Conditions of Successful Collaboration with Social Justice Activists

Colloquium | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Gwen Ottinger, Associate Professor, Drexel University, Department of Politics

 Energy and Resources Group

Social and environmental justice activists are increasingly asking how technology can help them achieve their goals, and a growing number of engineers, computer scientists, and other technical experts are eager to help. But successful collaborations depend in no small part on taken-for-granted infrastructural elements...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: A high-order discontinuous Galerkin method for variable-coefficient advection-diffusion problems

Seminar | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Raunak Borker, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

A high-order discontinuous Galerkin method with Lagrange multipliers (DGLM) is presented for the solution of the steady advection-diffusion equation with a variable advection field in the high Peclet number regime. In this regime, the standard finite element method (FEM) might produce non-physical oscillations in the solution at practical mesh resolutions. Like a Discontinuous Enrichment Method...   More >

Invisible No More: A Symposium on Resisting Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color

Conference/Symposium | March 21 | 4-7:45 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute of Governmental Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, American Cultures, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

The Center for Race & Gender presents…

INVISIBLE NO MORE:
A SYMPOSIUM ON RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR

Experiences of women of color – often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence – must fuel our research & resistance.

March 21-22, 2018
Multicultural Community Center, MLK Student...   More >

A Unified Theory of Regression Adjustment for Design-based Inference

Seminar | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Joel Middleton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Under the Neyman causal model, a well-known result is that OLS with treatment-by-covariate interactions cannot harm asymptotic precision of estimated treatment effects in completely randomized experiments. But do such guarantees extend to experiments with more complex designs? This paper proposes a general framework for addressing this question and defines a class of generalized regression...   More >

Molecular and Neural Mechanisms of Leptin Action

Seminar | March 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Martin Myers |, University of Michigan

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Ultrafast Lasers and their Applications in Spectroscopy and Microscopy

Seminar | March 21 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540AB DOP Center

 Dr. Patrick Kolsch, Sales Manager, Spectra-Physics

 Dr. Aram Zeytunyan, Senior Scientist, Newport

 Photobears

Lasers are used in a variety of research applications ranging from bioimaging to materials processing. In this seminar, new product developments in the area of ultrafast lasers and their applications in multiphoton imaging and molecular spectroscopy will be discussed.

The Berkeley Forum Presents a Forum on Police and Community

Panel Discussion | March 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N500

 Kriss Worthington; Brandon Anderson; Rashidah Grinage

 The Berkeley Forum

The discussion over police and use of force, a constant refrain in Berkeley’s community discourse, was revitalized over UC Berkeley’s Free Speech Week last September. Nationally, protests against brutality have drawn to attention the relationship between police and the community. Large scale social movements have been critical of the nation’s police presence, concerning issues of accountability...   More >

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: (Log-)epiperimetric inequality and regularity at isolated singularities for almost Area-Minimizing currents

Seminar | March 22 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Luca Spolaor, MIT and Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

The uniqueness of blow-up and regularity of multiplicity-one minimal surfaces at isolated singularities has been successfully investigated by Allard-Almgren [Ann. of Math. '81], in the integrable case, and by L. Simon [Ann. of Math. '83], in its full generality. In this talk I will present a simple and completely variational approach to this problem, achieved by proving a new logarithmic...   More >

Invisible No More: A Symposium on Resisting Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color

Conference/Symposium | March 22 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute of Governmental Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Townsend Center for the Humanities, American Cultures, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

The Center for Race & Gender presents…

INVISIBLE NO MORE:
A SYMPOSIUM ON RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR

Experiences of women of color – often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence – must fuel our research & resistance.

March 21-22, 2018
Multicultural Community Center, MLK Student...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | March 22 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Sabrina Howell, NYU

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Josh Bloomenstock, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Paper: Migration and the Value of Social Networks

2018 ESPM Seminar Series - Jonathan Baillie

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

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

Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior VP of the National Geographic Society presents, "The New Scientific Vision of the National Geographic Society"

Coffee will be served at 11:30 in 139 Mulford Hall.

This event is open to the public.

Mistaking Minds and Machines: How Speech Affects Dehumanization and Anthropomorphism

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Juliana Schroeder, Assistant Professor, Haas Management of Organizations Group

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Please join us on Thursday, March 22 at 12pm as Juliana Schroeder, Assistant Professor in the Haas Management of Organizations Group, will discuss her recent research, which focuses on how the voice can affect the likelihood of mistaking a person for a machine, or a machine for a person.

  RSVP online by March 20.

Juliana Schroeder

Planning Your Pregnancy Leave (BEUHS315)

Workshop | March 22 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Nicole Roses, UCB HR Employee Relations Consultant; Sheila Taliafero, UCB Disability Counselor; Gabe Schmidt, UCB Health Care Facilitator; Ann Gilbert, UCB Academic Personnel

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees. Enroll online.

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: The Financing Rate Implied by Equity Futures

Seminar | March 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Nick Gunther, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

This talk will explore the cost of implicit leverage associated with an S&P 500 Index futures contract and derive an implied financing rate. While this implicit financing rate was often attractive relative to market rates on explicit financings, the relationship between the implicit and explicit financing rates was volatile and varied considerably based on legal and economic regimes. Among other...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Gym Usage and Cost Salience

Seminar | March 22 | 1-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Andy Schwartz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Future of Free Speech and Campus Debate

Panel Discussion | March 22 | 1-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 George Thomas, Claremont McKenna College

 Shep Melnick, Boston College; Lindsay Shepherd, Laurier University; Larry Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law; Joshua Dunn, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; April Kelly-Woessner, Elizabethtown College; Steve Teles, Johns Hopkins University

 UC Berkeley School of Law

March 22, 2018
310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Panel 1 (1 – 2:50 pm): The Blurred Lines Over Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Academic Freedom

Panel 2 (3:10 – 5:00 pm): Is Intellectual Diversity Essential to Academic Excellence?

Total Station Training

Workshop | March 22 | 1-4 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Meet in Atrium and move outside building | Canceled

 Archaeological Research Facility

We’ll meet in the ARF Atrium and, weather permitting, we’ll go outside with the units. The total stations are our Sokkia SET 5 series that are typically used for precision mapping during excavation.

  Register online

Sokkia SET 5

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Interactive systems for code and data demography

Seminar | March 22 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall - HP Auditorium

 Elena Glassman, Postdoctoral Scholar, EECS; UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I will focus this talk on systems that use program analysis, program synthesis, and visualization to power active data-driven teaching in large programming classrooms and passive knowledge sharing within developer communities.

Beyond Identity: Building Collective Struggles for Racial and Health Justice

Colloquium | March 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Room 221

 George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara; Rupa Marya, Associate Professor of Medicine and Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition, UC San Francisco; Carlos Martinez, PhD student, UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco Joint Program in Medical Anthropology

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

Since the 2016 presidential elections, “identity politics” have come under acute fire by a number of liberal and left commentators who fault its proponents with dividing civil society and social movements, while creating a backlash that brought Trump to power. Yet, extensive scholarship in social science and public health has made it clear that race has been and continues to be a foundational...   More >

Celebration of the Contributions of Bob and Becky Tracy to Irish Studies at Berkeley and in the Bay Area

Panel Discussion | March 22 | 6-8:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English, Irish Studies, Celtic Studies

We hope that you will join us on Thursday, March 22nd, to celebrate the long and crucial presence of Robert and Rebecca Tracy in the Irish Studies scene in the Bay Area. From 6-7 p.m. we’ll gather in the Maude Fife Room (315 Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus) for a program of brief remarks by members of the Celtic Studies Program and the English Department at Berkeley as well as the Irish...   More >

Friday, March 23, 2018

Gender Equity in the Swedish Film Industry: Anna Serner on "50-50 by 2020"

Seminar | March 23 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm, will conduct a seminar for UC Berkeley students and faculty on “Quality and Equality” as it relates to gender equity in the Swedish film industry and the goal of meeting a 50-50-percent representation in leadership positions by 2020. Anna has given talks on this topic at the Cannes Film Festival and will speak at the Sonoma Film...   More >

Deadline to submit applications for the Undergraduate Research Symposium on South Asia

Deadline | March 23 | -5 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

 Various, https://southasia.berkeley.edu/

 Institute for South Asia Studies

About the Undergraduate Research Symposium
Reaching across disciplines, this symposium serves as a space to showcase the research of UC Berkeley undergraduate students focusing on South Asia. The third annual symposium will take place at the Institute for South Asia Studies on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 4-7 PM. Selected students will present their original thesis work to UC Berkeley faculty, ISAS...   More >

What can science explain? Folk epistemic judgments in adults

Colloquium | March 23 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Sara Gottlieb

 Department of Psychology

Ph.D Exit Talk

The interaction of wetland hydraulics and land subsidence reversal in a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta wetland: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | March 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Cristina Poindexter, Assistant Professor, Sacramento State University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | March 23 | 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 on 9/8 and 12/1, Samba will be on 10/6 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 11/3. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Establishment and Maintenance of Specialized Chromatin Domains

Seminar | March 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Robin Allshire, Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Curious Minds and Materials Discoveries: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Jiaxing Huang, Northwestern, Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Curiosity-driven discoveries can often inspire new hypotheses in scientific research and solutions for problems. I will share a few such discoveries from my research group and my classrooms.

For example, crumpled paper balls in a wastebasket inspired a new form of ultrafine particles that becomes aggregation-resistant and can disperse in arbitrary solvents. This represents a new strategy to...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Metastability of the Zero Range Process on a Finite Set Without Capacity Estimates

Seminar | March 23 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Chanwoo Oh, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I'll prove metastability of the zero range process on a finite set without using capacity estimates. The proof is based on the existence of certain auxiliary functions. One such function is inspired by Evans and Tabrizian's article, "Asymptotics for the Kramers-Smouchowski equations". This function is the solution of a certain equation involving the infinitesimal generator of the...   More >

Gender Equity in the Swedish Film Industry:: Anna Serner on “50-50 by 2020”

Seminar | March 23 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Anna Serner, Swedish Film Institute

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm, will conduct a seminar for UC Berkeley students and faculty on “Quality and Equality” as it relates to gender equity in the Swedish film industry and the goal of meeting a 50-50% representation in leadership positions by 2020.

FREE for UC Berkeley students and faculty

  Registration opens March 5. Register online by March 22.

MENA Salon: The Fate of the Iran Deal

Workshop | March 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's removal from the Trump administration on March 13 has raised serious doubts about the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Tillerson's likely replacement is CIA director Mike Pompeo, a staunch opponent of the agreement. In this week's MENA Salon we will build upon last week's discussion of nuclear non-proliferation in the Middle East with a focus on the fate of the...   More >

Strait Talk Berkeley Symposium: Presenting the "Consensus Document" Panel Discussion

Conference/Symposium | March 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

The delegates from Mainland China, Taiwan, and the US

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Berkeley community is cordially invited to the Public Presentation and Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Strait Talk Berkeley Symposium (海峽尋新柏克萊論壇/海峡寻新伯克利论坛). This year's symposium takes place from March 19 to March 23, 2018. Eleven delegates from Mainland China,...   More >

Grounds for Science-The deceptiveness of perception

Presentation | March 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Dylan Paiton, Vision Science Graduate Group

 Science@Cal

Optical illusions and visual hallucinations are highly unusual. How is it that we are able to see something that is not really there? Dylan will outline standard methods that neuroscientists use to better understand how our brains process light, and introduce a theory for conscious vision that has guided decades of computational and experimental neuroscience.

Visual illusions - the deception of perception

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday Seminar 2017/2018: Converging and Emerging towards Equity

Workshop | March 24 | 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Longfellow Middle School

 1500 Derby Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

 Dr. Tomás Galguera

 Graduate School of Education

Successful use of language in academic settings requires that students make decisions about what they say or write, how they do this, and for what purposes. This requires that teachers understand discourse-level features of language, which are not always apparent. It is necessary to design pedagogy and curricula that teach and reinforce successful uses or language. Participant Structures offer a...   More >

Saturday Seminar Series 2017-18: Converging and Emerging towards Equity

Workshop | March 24 | 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Longfellow Middle School

 1500 Derby St., Berkeley, CA 94703

 Dr. Tomás Galguera

 Bay Area Science Project, Bay Area Math Project, Bay Area Writing Project

Successful use of language in academic settings requires that students make decisions about what they say or write, how they do this, and for what purposes. This requires that teachers understand discourse-level features of language, which are not always apparent. It is necessary to design pedagogy and curricula that teach and reinforce successful uses or language.

  RSVP online or by calling 510-642-7154 by September 15.

Caminos de la Ciencia - Explosiones y Sismos Solares

Presentation | March 24 | 1:45-3:30 p.m. |  Kapor Center for Social Impact

 2148 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

 Juan Carlos Martínez Oliveros, Space Sciences Lab

 Science@Cal

Nuestra impresión cotidiana del Sol es la del astro apacible, inmutable y de cierta forma aburrido. Sin embargo, el Sol es una estrella vibrante y dinámica que presenta ciclos, que en cuyos máximos, manifiestan una gran actividad magnética. Uno de los fenómenos solares que más llaman la atención de los astrónomos son las explosiones solares. En esta charla hablaremos sobre estos fenómenos, sus...   More >

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  Registration opens March 15. Register online by March 24.

Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) image: NASA