<< Week of March 03 >>

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 1 – 3, 2019 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

New Directions in Himalayan Studies: A Joint UC Berkeley-CNRS Workshop

Conference/Symposium | March 3 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

 Stéphane Gros, ISAS Visiting Scholar, 2017; Researcher, Centre d'Études Himalayennes, CNRS - Villejuif

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Himalayan Studies Program, France Berkeley Fund, Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes (CEH) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

A three-day workshop at UC Berkeley that will bring together experts working on the Himalayan region in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prompts for Inclusion Workshop

Workshop | March 3 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join independent writer, curator, and public scholar Christian L. Frock and friends for a reading and informal dialogue about how we can foster greater inclusion in public life—as a means of resistance in a political atmosphere focused on exclusion, and as a matter of building community and personal integrity. Free limited-edition Risograph posters featuring Frock’s essay “Prompts for Inclusion:...   More >

Monday, March 4, 2019

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Data-assisted high-fidelity modeling for systems design and monitoring

Seminar | March 4 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Audrey Olivier

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Increased availability of measured data has recently generated tremendous interest in the development of methods to learn from data. In parallel, engineers have a long history of building high-fidelity physics- based models that allow us to model the behavior of highly complex systems. This talk aims at presenting some of the exciting research opportunities that arise.

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | March 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Katharina Foote, Roorda Lab; Liz Lawler, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Katharina Foote's Abstract
Structure and function in retinitis pigmentosa patients with mutations in RHO vs. RPGR

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) causes slow, progressive, relentless death of photoreceptors. In order to gain insight on how cone survival differs between different mutations affecting rods vs. affecting rods and cones, we measured cone structure and function in patients with mutations...   More >

Instabilities and Phase Transitions in Multiphase Flow Through Porous Media: Fluids Seminar

Seminar | March 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Xiaojing (Ruby) Fu, Miller Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Flow and transport through porous media is ubiquitous in nature. They are key processes behind subsurface resources such as oil and gas, geothermal energy, and groundwater. They also mediate corrosion and ageing of porous engineering materials as well as geohazards such as landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Central to many of these processes is the strong coupling between porous...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: On statistic of irreducible components

Seminar | March 4 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Nicolai Reshetikhin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

For finite dimensional representations $V_1, \dots , V_m$ of a simple finite dimensional Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$ consider the tensor product $W=\otimes _{I=1}^m V_i^{\otimes N_i}$. The first result, which will be presented in the talk, is the asymptotic of the multiplicity of an irreducible representation $V_\lambda $ with the highest weight λ in this tensor product when $N_i=\tau _i/\epsilon...   More >

Maladaptive responding to the distress of others: Insights from developmental neuroscience

Colloquium | March 4 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Kalina Michalska, University of California, Riverside

 Department of Psychology

A fundamental question in developmental affective science is how children come to understand the emotions of others when deciding how to behave towards them. One consequential domain of such an ability is responding to others’ distress with empathy and kindness. In this talk, I will explore the neurobiological and social factors that lead some children to respond maladaptively to the distress of...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | March 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Santiago Oliveros, University of Essex

 Department of Economics

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

Carbopalladation Cascades – Not only syn, but also anti

Seminar | March 4 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Prof. Daniel Werz, Technical University Braunschweig

 College of Chemistry

A characteristic feature of carbopalladation reactions is the syn-attack of the organopalladium species LnX[Pd]-R on the reacting π-system. Such a step results in compounds bearing Pd and R on the same side of the originating alkene moiety. Embedded into longer domino sequences complex structures are efficiently obtained by
a repetition of this syn-carbopalladation step. In this way, linear...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Arithmetic Siegel-Weil formula for orthogonal Shimura varieties

Seminar | March 4 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Tonghai Yang, University of Wisconsin

 Department of Mathematics

After reviewing Siegel-Weil formula and progress on arithmetic Siegel-Weil formula, I will talk about my new work with Jan Bruinier on this subject. Let $L$ be an integral lattice of signature $(n, 2)$ over $\mathbb Q$, and let $T$ be a non-singular symmetric integral matrix. Associated to it are two objects. One is the $T$-th Fourier coefficient $a(T)$ of the derivative of some `incoherent’...   More >

Reproducing AlphaZero: what we learn: BLISS Seminar

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

 Yuandong Tian, Facebook AI Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We reproduce and open source AlphaGoZero/AlphaZero framework using 2000 GPUs and 9 days, achieving super-human performance of Go AI that beats 4 top-30 professional players with 20-0, provide extensive ablation studies and perform basic analysis.

Seminar 271, Development, Joint with Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Misperceived Social Norms: Female Labor Force Participation in Saudi Arabia"

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

 Leo Bursztyn, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Psychology and Economics seminar

Perceiving Humans in the 3D World

Seminar | March 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Angjoo Kanazawa, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will discuss my work in reconstructing 3D non-rigid, deformable objects such as humans and animals from everyday photographs and video, and show how such systems can be used to train a simulated character to learn to act by watching YouTube videos.

Remaking Urban Landscape in China’s Large Cities: State-Society Nexus and the Reproduction of Space amidst Accelerate Urbanization

Colloquium | March 4 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Phenomenal transformation of the landscape in Chinese cities has been conventionally understood as the spatial outcome of the reformation of state-market relations. The current urban landscape observable today is described as a juxtaposition of two elements, namely the legacy of the socialist city and the newly emerged space of marketization. This research identifies a new wave of urbanization in...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Misperceived Social Norms: Female Labor Force Participation in Saudi Arabia

Seminar | March 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Leonardo Bursztyn, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

*Joint with Development and Planning Seminar. Please note change from regularly scheduled Psychology and Economics time.

Link to NBER Working Paper

ABSTRACT: Through the custom of guardianship, husbands typically have the final word on their wives’ labor supply decisions in Saudi Arabia, a country with very low female labor force participation...   More >

Science in the Schoolyards of Detroit, Cairo, and Philadelphia: What are the seven Ss of success?

Colloquium | March 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Nancy Butler Songer, Drexel University, School of Education

 Graduate School of Education

This talk will present three stories and empirical research results associated with middle and high school-based systemic reform with investigation and design projects as the focus of the reform. Where was systemic change realized, and where did it falter? Drawing from these research-based stories, what are the seven Ss of secondary science success?

PHYSICS/SQB Colloquia: "Exploring Embryonic Patterning With Colonies Of Human Embryonic Stem Cells"

Seminar | March 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1 LeConte Hall

 Eric Siggia, The Rockefeller University

 College of Chemistry, Department of Physics

Embryology at the beginning of the 21st century finds itself in a situation similar to neurobiology; the behavior of the component pieces is understood in some detail, but how they self-assemble to become life is still very hazy. There are 100’s of molecules that enable cell communication and genetics defines their function by classifying aberrant embryos at a suitable intermediate stage of...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Dispersive decay of small data solutions for the KdV equation

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

 Mihaela Ifrim, UW Madison

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation, and prove that small localized data yields solutions which have dispersive decay on a quartic time-scale. This result is optimal, in view of the emergence of solitons at quartic time, as predicted by inverse scattering theory. Joint work with Herbert Koch and Daniel Tataru.

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: Complementary Information and Learning Traps

Seminar | March 4 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Field

 Annie Liang, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Economics

We develop a model of social learning from complementary information: Shortlived agents sequentially choose from a large set of (flexibly correlated) information sources for prediction of an unknown state, and information is passed down across periods. Will the community collectively acquire the best kinds of information? Longrun outcomes fall into one of two cases: (1) efficient information...   More >

Nnedi Okorafor in Conversation with Donna Jones

Presentation | March 4 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Nature is the greatest artist and scientist,” writes Nnedi Okorafor, an award-winning author of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for both children and adults. “If we human beings, with our rather brilliant, often flawed, sometimes evil creativity, joined forces with our creator (nature), as opposed to trying to control it and treat it like our slave, imagine the...   More >

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | March 5 | 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 legal permanent 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 >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: How elementary is diversification?

Seminar | March 5 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Speakers: Ola Mahmoud, University of Zurich

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Diversification is a fundamental concept in financial economics, risk management, and decision theory. From a broad perspective, it conveys the idea of introducing variety to a set of objects. Today, there is general consensus that some form of diversification is beneficial in asset allocation, however its definition is context-dependent and there is no consensus on a widely accepted,...   More >

Career Series: Environmental Planning, Designing Your Future

Panel Discussion | March 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, BNorth Conference Room

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center, Association of Environmental Professionals- Berkeley Student Chapter

Come and learn more about employers and organizations who hire environmentally minded students. This panel will be focusing on environmental planning careers. Employer: TBA

Webnet: Wrap your head around Drupal 8 for developers

Workshop | March 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Jesse Loesberg, Web Designer, Library Communications Office

 Director of Staff Learning and Development

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Art + Feminism and Race + Justice

Workshop | March 5 | 12-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Library

Wikimedia’s race and gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of participation by women and underrepresented groups. This adds up to an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us in 405 Moffitt Library on Tuesday, March 5...   More >

 A Cal ID card is required to enter Moffitt. The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor -- ideally at least two weeks pri

UCOP Virtual Career Series: Unique ways to use your degree in the Humanities

Workshop | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. |  Virtual

 University of California Office of the President

Learn how to market and position your degree by gaining insights and advice from UC alumni who’ve found career success as a result of their Humanities education.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Fireside Chats: Communication and Consumers' Expectations in the Great Depression"

Presentation | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Mathieu Pedemonte, Postdoctoral Associate, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

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

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by March 1.

Solitary Confinement as Torture in U.S. Prisons

Panel Discussion | March 5 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 240 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Danny Murillo, Solitary Survivor

 Terry A. Kupers, M.D., M.S.P., Institue Professor Emeritus, The Wright Institute

 Human Rights Law Student Association, National Lawyers Guild - Berkeley Law Chapter

Solitary confinement is routinely used to further confine and punish those in prison, despite that the U.N. has found extended periods of solitary to constitute torture. A panel of survivors and experts will explore the legal implications and human cost of this practice. Lunch will be served.

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Too Much of a Good Thing? Exporters, Multiproduct Firms And Labor Market Imperfections"

Seminar | March 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Stephen Yeaple, Professor of Economics, Penn State University

 Department of Economics

Ex-post firm heterogeneity can result from different strategies to overcome labor market imperfections by ex-ante identical firms—with far-reaching consequences for the welfare effects of trade. With asymmetric information about workers’ abilities and costly screening, in equilibrium some firms screen and pay wages based on the true productivity of their workers, and some firms do not screen and...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Weaving Together the Inca Empire: Inca Tunics in the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Workshop | March 5 | 3-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Dr. Andrew Hamilton

 Archaeological Research Facility

Inca art featured a corpus of motifs called tocapus that are highly contested in scholarship. Were they a long-lost form of Inca writing? Were they part of an Inca calendar? Current readings of tocapus suggest that they were badges of the Inca state, worn to define identities within the empire and even the sprawling landscape of the empire as a whole. This workshop will examine a number of...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Special cube complexes and quasiconvexity

Seminar | March 5 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss quasiconvex subgroups of fundamental groups of special cube complexes. These give rise to isometrically immersed complexes with separable fundamental group, proving that quasiconvex subgroups are separable.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: The nef cone of a Coxeter complex: Φ-submodular functions and deformations of Φ-permutahedra

Seminar | March 5 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Federico Ardila, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

We describe the nef cone of the toric variety corresponding to a Coxeter complex. Equivalently, this is the cone of deformations of a Coxeter permutahedron. This family contains polyhedral models for the Coxeter-theoretic analogs of compositions, graphs, matroids, posets, and associahedra. Our description extends the known correspondence between generalized permutahedra and submodular functions...   More >

Efficient Computational Methods for Complex Societal Systems

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Somayeh Sojoudi, Assistant Professor in Residence, University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Computation plays a crucial role in the design, analysis and operation of intelligent societal systems appearing in smart cities, such as modernized power grids. We motivate the talk by discussing how advances in computation can revolutionize energy systems and then study two problems.

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

If you missed the workshop given by the staff of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects, or even if you were there, you may want to attend one of these workshops given by me -- Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager and Advisor. Note that they are timed to be very shortly after SURF and Haas Scholars human subjects selection, respectively.

I will go through, step by step, the...   More >

Biological heterogeneity, a phenotypic trait that we harvested to investigate membranes and membrane proteins

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dimitrios Stamou, Center for Geometrically Engineered Cellular Systems, University of Copenhagen

 College of Chemistry

Membranes serve multiple crucial roles in cell biology: they act as hosts to membrane proteins, as templates for the nucleation of signalling domains, and as boundaries that define cells and their organelles. We are broadly interested at elucidating molecular mechanisms that regulate the structure, function and organization of membranes and membrane proteins. In this talk I will discuss the role...   More >

Workspace for Working on Your Human Subjects Protocol

Workshop | March 5 | 5-6 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Come work on your human subjects protocol in a space where others are doing the same, and one representative of the Haas Scholars or SURF program will be present to answer questions and guide you.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Venture Summit | West

Conference/Symposium | March 6 – 7, 2019 every day |  Hyatt Regency

  Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West presented by youngStartup Ventures - is the event of the year you won't want to miss.

A highly productive venture conference, Venture Summit | West is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage...   More >

  Register online

Biophysics of cell adhesion: how cells sense and respond to force

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Sanjeevi Sivasankar, Univerisity of California, Davis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Cells in tissues exert forces as they squeeze, stretch, flex and pull on each other. These
forces are incredibly small - on the scale of piconewtons, but they are essential in mediating cell
survival, proliferation, and differentiation. A key protein responsible for sensing mechanical forces,
are the classical cadherin family of cell-cell adhesion proteins. Cadherins are essential for...   More >

The Lost Generation? Scarring After the Great Recession: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Jesse Rothstein, Professor, Public Policy & Economics, 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.

CMOS Technology Enabled Physically Flexible-Stretchable-Reconfigurable-Spherical Electronic System: From Mechanics Driven Design to Enhanced Reliability Aided Diverse Applications

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

CMOS technology and electronics are rigid and bulky. Their applications are focused on computation-communication-infotainment. Scaling down their dimensions has been enabling their triumph. However, what about larger area applications? How about a singular gadget whose size can be reconfigured without any compromise in their functionality? How about spherical solar cell or imaging system? Is it...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Joana Meier: Hybridization fuels cichlid fish adaptive radiations

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Joana Meier

 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 >

ARNON ENDOWED LECTURE : "The chloroplast: a site of post-endosymbiotic innovations in gene expression and protein assembly"

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Francis-André Wollman, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Wollman is the Director of the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique in Paris, France. His work is dedicated to the study of the biogenesis and the function of the photosynthetic apparatus, which is present in the network of internal membranes of the chloroplast, the thylacoids.

CITRIS Research Exchange with Kathy Yelick

Conference/Symposium | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:

Katherine Yelick is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley and the Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research is in programming languages, compilers, parallel algorithms, and automatic performance tuning. She is well known for her work in...   More >

The Power of Play: How to Reduce Conflict and Build a Close Connection with Your Child through Play (BEUHS371)

Workshop | March 6 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Julie Johnson, The Parent Child Connection

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Rarely do we feel like playing when our children have been whiny, uncooperative, or are headed for a meltdown. But play is often what children need to get their behavior back on track. In this workshop you’ll learn how play can be used to release tension, work through difficult behaviors, and bring you closer to your child. You’ll also learn what you can do on the days that you don’t have the...   More >

  Enroll online

The Development of Reasoning about Religious Norms: Insights from Hindu and Muslim children in India

Colloquium | March 6 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Mahesh Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley Psychology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Children who live in pluralistic societies often encounter members of other religious and secular groups who hold radically different beliefs and norms. Under these circumstances, developing religious tolerance––respecting that each group has its own beliefs and norms––is both challenging and crucial. When individuals in pluralistic societies fail to develop religious tolerance, the consequences...   More >

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

If you missed the workshop given by the staff of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects, or even if you were there, you may want to attend one of these workshops given by me -- Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager and Advisor. Note that they are timed to be very shortly after SURF and Haas Scholars human subjects selection, respectively.

I will go through, step by step, the...   More >

Evaluating the Credibility Revolution in African Development

Colloquium | March 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Kweku Opoku-Agyemang, www.kwekuopokuagyemang.com

 Center for African Studies

Randomized controlled trials in African development - inspired by the scientific method - have remade what economic development means not only for the fields of comparative politics and development economics - but in the lived experiences of many Africans in ways that academic scholarship and even policy making could not have possibly anticipated. In my talk, I bring analyze these evaluations...   More >

Kweku Opuku-Agyeang, CEGA Research Fellow

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: On the Fourier restriction inequality in $\mathbb R^3$

Seminar | March 6 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This seminar is an ongoing discussion of Guth's Fourier restriction inequality based on the method of polynomial partitioning. This week's talk continues discussion of the core part of the proof. The structure of the induction — on the radius and on the $L^2$ norm of $f$, applied to the cellular term — will be presented. Insofar as time allows, the tranverse and tangential terms will be...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Topological and Geometric Complexity for Hyperbolic 3-Manifolds

Seminar | March 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Diane Hoffoss, University of San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

We will introduce Scharlemann-Thompson handle decompositions of a 3-manifold, and a generalization of this which we call a graph decomposition. Using these, we define topological measures of complexity for the manifold. In the case where the manifold has additional metric structure, we use Morse and Morse-like functions to give geometric definitions of complexity as well. We then show that some...   More >

Deformation Theory Seminar: Curved deformations and categories of singularities

Seminar | March 6 | 2:40-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will construct deformations of categories for Hochschild Maurer-Cartan cochains with non-trivial curving components. These will be related to fixed point categories for Lie algebra actions and, in the special case of matrix factorizations, to the category of singularities

Triangular" Dvoretzky matrices and online coding

Seminar | March 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Piyush Srivastava, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

 Department of Statistics

A special case of the classical Dvoretzky theorem states that the space of n-dimensional real vectors equipped with the l1 norm admits a large "Euclidean section", i.e. a subspace of dimension Θ(n) on which a scaled l1 norm essentially agrees with the Euclidean norm. In particular, such a subspace can be realized as the column space of a "tall" n × (n/k) random matrix A with identically...   More >

“Linking Epigenetics, metabolism and Cancer: lessons from SIRT6”

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Raul Mostoslavsky, Harvard Medical School

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Towards honest inference from real-world healthcare data

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 David Madigan, Columbia University

 Department of Statistics

In practice, our learning healthcare system relies primarily on observational studies generating
one effect estimate at a time using customized study designs with unknown operating
characteristics and publishing – or not – one estimate at a time. When we investigate
the distribution of estimates that this process has produced, we see clear evidence
of its shortcomings, including an apparent...   More >

ERG Colloquium: David Anthoff

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 David Anthoff, Energy and Resources Group

 Energy and Resources Group

THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES GROUP SPRING 2019 COLLOQUIUM SERIES PRESENTS:

SPEAKER:
David Anthoff
Assistant Professor
Energy and Resources Group
University of California, Berkeley

DATE: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
TIME: 4:00-5:30pm
PLACE: 126 Barrows

TITLE: Inequality and the Social Cost of Carbon

DESCRIPTION:
We present a novel way to disentangle inequality aversion over time from...   More >

Eavesdropping on Neurochemical Signaling in Vivo

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Anne Andrews, Professor, UC Los Angeles

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Measurements of neurotransmitters in the extracellular space are limited by combinations of poor chemical, spatial, and temporal resolution. Brain chemistries, therefore, are unable to be investigated dynamically, particularly at the level of neural circuits and across numerous signaling molecules.1 To understand neurochemical signaling at scales pertinent to encoded information, micro- to...   More >

Systems to Improve Online Discussion

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Amy Zhang, Graduate Student, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

My research in human-computer interaction is on reimagining outdated designs towards designing novel online discussion systems that fix what's broken about online discussion.

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: “The Impacts of Hospital Delivery Practices on Infant Health”

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Card, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Co-authored with Alessandra Fenizia and David Silver

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Topological and Geometric Complexity for Hyperbolic 3-Manifolds

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Diane Hoffoss, University of San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

We will introduce Scharlemann-Thompson handle decompositions of a 3-manifold, and a generalization of this which we call a graph decomposition. Using these, we define topological measures of complexity for the manifold. In the case where the manifold has additional metric structure, we use Morse and Morse-like functions to give geometric definitions of complexity as well. We then show that some...   More >

Stamped From the Beginning: How the Ideology of Race Shapes Education and Society

Panel Discussion | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History and International Relations; Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, American University

 john a. powell, Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lisa García Bedolla, Professor, Graduate School of Education; and Director, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley; Dan Perlstein, Professor, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

 Prudence L. Carter, Dean, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education, Department of African American Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Come join in the discussion with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of History and International Relations at American University, who speaks with great expertise and compassion about the findings of his book and how they can fit into the national conversation surrounding movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and social justice.

  RSVP online

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Shamil Sunyaev, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

Seminar | March 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Large-scale genomic data reveal mechanisms of mutagenesis and help predict complex phenotypes

Abstract:
Statistical analysis of large genomic datasets has recently emerged as a discovery tool in many areas of genetics. Two examples include studies of mutagenesis and of the relationship between genotype and phenotype. We developed a statistical model of regional variation of human mutation...   More >

Women in Intellectual Life: The "Erotics" of Intellectual Life

Colloquium | March 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

The (open-ended and thus intentionally ill-defined here) theme we hope to explore is that of the "erotics" of intellectual life. Why and how do we love intellectual work? How and where does it get charged with eros, welcome or, alas, unwelcome--and why does it get so charged? What kinds of intellectual work do we love, and what kinds are unloveable, and what kinds are done without anyone loving...   More >

Refugee Crises - Past and Present: A book reading and discussion with author-activists Lauren Markham and Thi Bui

Reading - Nonfiction | March 6 | 6-8 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room

 Lauren Markham; Thi Bui

 Human Rights Center

A book reading and discussion with author-activists Lauren Markham (The Faraway Brothers) and Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), moderated by Kim Thuy Seelinger.

OPT Workshop

Workshop | March 6 | 6-7 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, 5th floor

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

If you are graduating soon and have questions about applying for F-1 employment eligibility after you graduate, then join BIO and the ASUC on March 6th at 6 PM for this in-person OPT workshop at the ASUC Senate Chambers. We'll do a brief overview of the OPT application process and timelines, followed by a Question and Answer session to clarify any questions you might have! Prior to attending this...   More >

Demystifying the Blackbox

Panel Discussion | March 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 120 Kroeber Hall

 Purin Phanichphant, Artist and Lecturer, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation; Lydia Majure, Science policy advocate, Gallant Lab for Cognitive, Computational & Systems Neuroscience; Albert Lai, Data Scientist

 Science@Cal

What can neuroscience of human perception can learn from the design of artificial intelligence, and vice versa? Join a panel of scientists and artists for a discussion of how our brains work, how we design computer networks to think, and how we explore and illuminate the intangible concept of thought.

Scanning an Artificial Brain - installation by Purin Phanichphant

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Venture Summit | West

Conference/Symposium | March 6 – 7, 2019 every day |  Hyatt Regency

  Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West presented by youngStartup Ventures - is the event of the year you won't want to miss.

A highly productive venture conference, Venture Summit | West is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage...   More >

  Register online

AI for Social Impact: 2019 Conference on Business, Technology, and Human Rights

Conference/Symposium | March 7 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th Floor)

 Center for Responsible Business, Human Rights Center

When talking about artificial intelligence, or AI, positive social impact is often not the first thing that comes to mind. Some think about AI as an amorphous, hard-to-understand, futuristic technology that will bring about more harm than good. These fears may stem from the complex and opaque nature of AI—and key actors across society must come together to discuss, debate, and solve the...   More >

The Financial Fair

Workshop | March 7 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

The Financial Fair for Personal Finance is an opportunity for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees to attend workshops, learn about campus resources, and visit with campus financial vendors.

Sponsored by Work/Life Program (UHS), Human Resources, The Retirement Center, and CITRIS.

Make The Most Of The UC Retirement Savings Program

Workshop | March 7 | 9-9:45 a.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Determine how much savings you will need to retire the way you want, understand how much you can save through the UC Retirement Savings Program, discover additional ways to save, and learn strategies to help you protect and grow your savings.

UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) – The Pension Plan

Workshop | March 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

 Donald Goldberg, UC Retirement Administration Center

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

The session addresses the many areas one needs to consider for a successful and satisfying retirement and the benefits available through the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP). Content includes information about monthly retirement income and how it is calculated, cost of living adjustments, and lump sum cash out. The Retirement Savings Program and retiree health and welfare benefits will be discussed....   More >

MOOCs and Film Studies: Teaching Hong Kong Cinema Online: Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar/Workshop

Seminar | March 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Gina Marchetti, University of Hong Kong

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Media Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Race and Gender, Film & Media Studies, Center for New Media

Gina Marchetti will be leading a workshop/seminar for faculty and graduate students on teaching Hong Kong cinema in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Seating is limited. To register, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kzwUKL4L0TJk0jL44OXF4gYkuQgppCLzSI3urPJkUyE/edit?ts=5c48aec9

Gina Marchetti teaches courses in film, gender and sexuality, critical theory and cultural studies and...   More >

 Registration Required. To register go to https://www.edx.org/course/hong-kong-cinema-through-global-lens-hkux-hku06-1x

$0

  Registration opens February 1. Register online by March 6.

#MeToo Hong Kong

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | March 7 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 331 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.

Applied Math Seminar: Intrinsic complexity and its scaling law: from approximation of random vectors and rand fields to high frequency waves

Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Hongkai Zhao, UC Irvine

 Department of Mathematics

We characterize the intrinsic complexity of a set in a metric space by the least dimension of a linear space that can approximate the set to a given tolerance. This is dual to the characterization using Kolmogorov n-width, the distance from the set to the best n-dimensional linear space. We study the approximation of random vectors (via principal component analysis a.k.a. singular value...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Marketing Mutual Funds

Seminar | March 7 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Nikolai Roussanov, Wharton

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Using Digital Learning Platforms for Data Science Education for All

Workshop | March 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Data Sciences

A brief review of the elements of teaching using Jupyter notebooks and deployment of classes via Jupyterhub.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Buyer Signaling Improves Matching:Evidence from a Field Experiment"

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 John Horton, NYU Stern

 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 >

Create a Budget, Ditch Your Debt, and Start Building for the Future

Workshop | March 7 | 12:15-1 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

What you need to know about budgeting, debt and making room for saving.

Why does it cost so much to build in the Bay Area?

Panel Discussion | March 7 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 250 Goldman School of Public Policy

 Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans, Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Join us for a discussion about why it costs so much to build in the Bay Area. We'll have Andrew Cussen from RAD Urban along with Elizabeth Kuwada from Eden Housing discuss this topic. Elizabeth Kneebone from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation will moderate.

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar: Insurance Underwriting as Funding

Seminar | March 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Knox

 Department of Economics

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Workshop | March 7 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Library

 Library

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related...   More >

  RSVP online

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Foundations of Design-based Inference under Interference"

Seminar | March 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Peter Aronow, Yale

 Department of Economics

Hegemonies of Language and Their Discontents: The Southwest North American Region Since 1540

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, ASU Regents' Professor; Presidential Motorola Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization; Founding Director Emeritus, School of Transborder Studies; Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change; Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of the University, University of Arizona

 Center for Native American Issues Research on

Spanish and English have fought a centuries-long battle for dominance in the Southwest North American Region, commonly known as the U.S.-Mexico transborder region. Covering the time period of 1540 to the present, the book provides a deep and broad understanding of the contradictory methods of establishing language supremacy and details the linguistic and cultural processes used by penetrating...   More >

Close-Kin Genetic Methods to Infer Demography and Dispersal Patterns of Mosquitoes

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Professor John Marshall, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Malaria, dengue, Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases continue to pose a major global health burden through much of the world, despite the widespread distribution of insecticide-based tools and antimalarial drugs. Consequently, there is interest in novel strategies to control these diseases, including the release of mosquitoes transfected with Wolbachia and engineered with CRISPR-based gene...   More >

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

If you missed the workshop given by the staff of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects, or even if you were there, you may want to attend one of these workshops given by me -- Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager and Advisor. Note that they are timed to be very shortly after SURF and Haas Scholars human subjects selection, respectively.

I will go through, step by step, the...   More >

From local neighborhoods to global embeddings: unveiling structure in high-dimensional data

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Gal Mishne, Gibbs Assistant Professor, Yale University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I present new unsupervised geometric approaches for extracting structure from large-scale high-dimensional data.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Iwahori Kazhdan-Lusztig equivalence and other animals

Colloquium | March 7 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Dennis Gaitsgory, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

In their influential series of papers in the 90's, Kazhdan and Lusztig established an equivalence between the category of G(O)-integrable representations of the Kac-Moody Lie algebra and the category of modules over the "big" (i.e., Lusztig's) quantum group. In this talk we will explain what happens if we try to describe in terms of the quantum group the full affine category O. We will also...   More >

Workspace for Working on Your Human Subjects Protocol

Workshop | March 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Come work on your human subjects protocol in a space where others are doing the same, and one representative of the Haas Scholars or SURF program will be present to answer questions and guide you.

EECS Women's History Month: Research Talks

Presentation | March 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Gireeja Ranade, Assistant Teaching Professor, UC Berkeley EECS; Ruzena Bajcsy, Professor, UC Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come listen to Professor Ruzena Bajcsy and Professor Gireeja Ranade talk about the interesting research that they do. Join HKN in celebrating the impactful research contributions of female faculty in the Berkeley EECS Department.

Theoretically Speaking Series — The Predictive Brain

Panel Discussion | March 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Celeste Kidd, UC Berkeley; Bruno Olshausen, UC Berkeley; Christos Papadimitriou, Columbia University; Michael Pollan, UC Berkeley

 Anil Ananthaswamy, Fall 2018 Simons Institute Journalist in Residence

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

How does the brain perceive? Does it use the information coming in through the various senses, such as our eyes and ears, and build up a perception of the world outside from the bottom up? Or is it doing something quite different? New thinking in neuroscience suggests that the brain builds models of what’s out there and uses these models to interpret the incoming sensory data—an idea that goes...   More >

Friday, March 8, 2019

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | March 8 – 10, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

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

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

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

Introducción a R y Git (Introduction to R and Git): Spanish-language workshop on programming, data analysis, and version control

Seminar | March 8 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 190B Doe Library

 Juan Pablo Carvallo, Modelador de Sistemas Energéticas, UC Berkeley; Hector Miguel Sanchez Castellanos, Ingeniero Informático, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This workshop will be presented in Spanish, and will cover programming in R and the use of Git for version control and collaborative research. Example-driven, practical exercises will be alternated with short tutorials covering basic to intermediate computing skills. Participants will also be encouraged to apply what they have learned to their own research.

Global Reception of the Classic Zhuangzi: Han to Tang (Day 1)

Conference/Symposium | March 8 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Eliaser Chair in International Studies

The classic Zhuangzi 莊子, a collection of sayings and anecdotes traditionally attributed to Zhuang Zhou 莊周 (trad. 369-286 BCE), has deeply influenced cultural life in East Asia and beyond. A key text in East Asian religious and literary history, it is still routinely cited in diverse discussions of ethics and philosophy, and informs practices from calligraphy to...   More >

Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition

Conference/Symposium | March 8 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

The Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) is excited to present our second annual Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition! The competition will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Spieker Forum on the 6th floor of Chou Hall at Berkeley Haas. Coffee, snacks, and light refreshments will be available.

The Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition debuted in Spring 2018 creating a...   More >

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | March 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

RefWorks: Save and Cite Your Sources

Workshop | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Library

 Library

RefWorks is an essential research tool. This hands-on workshop will give you practice in saving and organizing your citations and automatically creating bibliographies using RefWorks.

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | March 8 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation. Optional: Join the Passport Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a yoga prize! Please bring...   More >

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy: From Bulk Films to Atomically Thin Layers

Seminar | March 8 | 1-2 p.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Professor Zakaria Al Balushi, MS&E Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The development of wide bandgap group-III nitrides (AlN, GaN, and InN) thin films and device structures by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy, is an area of continuing research that is aided by the extensive use of in situ optical characterization techniques. These compound semiconductors were key to the realization of efficient light emitters (visible and UV), robust high-frequency power...   More >

Molecular Perspective on Nanoscale Transport: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. David Limmer, UC Berkeley, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Understanding how mass, energy, or charge are transported on small scales is challenging, as standard hydrodynamic descriptions developed for macroscopic phenomena need not remain valid. On small scales, matter is discrete, thermal fluctuations render currents stochastic quantities, and nonlinear response is ubiquitous.

In this talk, I will discuss some recent efforts to develop a molecular...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Crystal-free wireless communication with relaxation oscillators and its applications

Seminar | March 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 490H Cory Hall

 David Burnett

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk pertains to extreme miniaturization of wireless systems by eliminating all off-chip components and all on-chip inductors leading to a chip-scale wireless system, the size of which is a strong function of transistor process. Current complete wireless systems, usually referred to as "modules," have been stuck at approximately 1cm x 1cm in both industry and academia because they require...   More >

Astrocytes Accumulate Evidence that Actions are Futile and Trigger Behavioral State Switches in Zebrafish

Seminar | March 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Misha Ahrens, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

When a behavior repeatedly fails to achieve its goal, animals often give up and become passive, which can be strategic for preserving energy or regrouping between attempts. It is unknown how the brain identifies behavioral failures and mediates this behavioral state switch. In larval zebrafish swimming in virtual reality, visual feedback can be withheld so that swim attempts fail to trigger...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Markovian Solutions of Scalar Conservation Laws

Seminar | March 8 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Thinking about Composition: Creative Work, Scholarship, and the Art of Putting Things Together: Sivan Eldar, Myra Melford, Geoffrey O'Brien

Panel Discussion | March 8 | 3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Three master practitioners — award-winning composer Sivan Eldar, noted jazz musician and composer Myra Melford, and celebrated poet Geoffrey O'Brien — explore the practice and problem of composition across different artistic media, scholarship, and thought.

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emily Remirez, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

If you missed the workshop given by the staff of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects, or even if you were there, you may want to attend one of these workshops given by me -- Emily Remirez, Social Sciences and Humanities SURF Advisor. Note that they are timed to be very shortly after SURF and Haas Scholars human subjects selection, respectively.

I will go through, step by step, the...   More >

The Specter of Communism: Imperial Security and Anti-Colonial Activism in the Gold Coast, 1948 - 1951

Workshop | March 8 | 3-5 p.m. | 3205 Dwinelle Hall

 Chase Arnold, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of History, African History Working Group

Each session the Working Group provides feedback to the author of a precirculated paper. Contact Dr. Bruce Hall to receive a copy of that paper.

MENA Salon: Protest and Demands for Change in Algeria

Workshop | March 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Last week, thousands of Algerians took to the streets in response to the announcement made by the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) party that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 81, would be seeking a fifth term in office after ruling the country uninterruptedly for...   More >

The Accuracy, Fairness, and Limits of Predicting Recidivism

Seminar | March 8 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Hany Farid

 Information, School of

When algorithms are used for predicting recidivism, do they make the criminal justice system more fair and accurate, or do they perpetuate racial bias?

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: JSJ Decompositions (cont'd)

Seminar | March 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk. We will discuss Seifert-fibered spaces and the existence of JSJ decompositions.

Workspace for Working on Your Human Subjects Protocol

Workshop | March 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emily Remirez, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Come work on your human subjects protocol in a space where others are doing the same, and one representative of the Haas Scholars or SURF program will be present to answer questions and guide you.

Music Studies Colloquium: Will Straw (McGill U): Night, Noise and the Urbanization of Musical Politics

Colloquium | March 8 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Will Straw is James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies. He has been Visiting Professor at the Open University (Budapest), the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Belgrade. He is also Adjunct Research Professor in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University.

Professor Straw has a Bachelor degree in Film Studies, and...   More >