<< Week of April 14 >>

Sunday, April 14, 2019

SOLD OUT: Twined Sweetgrass Basket with Charlie Kennard

Workshop | April 14 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

We will begin small twined baskets made with a diminutive relative of tule (Schoenoplectus americanus) known as “sweetgrass” among native weavers in the Pacific northwest. As well as being fragrant, it is strong and soft, and lends itself to a variety of weaving strokes.


Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional...   More >

$130 / UCBG Members $120

 SOLD OUT - email gardenprograms@berkeley.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Monday, April 15, 2019

The third dimension of eye movements: torsion and visual-vestibular integration

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

 Dr. Jorge Otero-Millan, Johns Hopkins University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Whenever we tilt our head towards the shoulder our eyes partially compensate by rotating around the line of sight in the opposite direction. This combination of head tilt and torsional eye movements results in a tilted retinal image, while we nevertheless perceive the world as still and upright. I will present the development of a new method to measure torsional eye movements reliably, which has...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: Project Management for Scientists: Project Planning

Seminar | April 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 403 Latimer Hall

 Drs. Nico Hernández Charpak and Ellen Keister

 College of Chemistry

Being a successful scientist requires planning and managing complex team projects that span multiple years. This two-part, interactive workshop will give you the tools and insights necessary for you to navigate this type of project management. By structuring the workshop around an example research project, attendees will directly see how specific tools and strategies can be applied to their...   More >

Project Management for Scientists: Project Planning: STROBE Seminar

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

 Dr. Nico Hernández Charpak, Associate Director of Education, STROBE; Dr. Ellen Keister, Associate Director of Education, STROBE


itle: Project Management for Scientists: Project Planning

Presenters: Drs. Nico Hernández Charpak and Ellen Keister, STROBE leadership, JILA, CU Boulder


Being a successful scientist requires planning and managing complex team projects that span multiple years. This two-part, interactive workshop will give you the tools and insights necessary for you to navigate this type...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Dehn-Sommerville Equations for Eulerian Cubical Complexes

Seminar | April 15 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Max Hlavacek, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical Dehn–Sommerville equations, relating the face numbers of simplicial polytopes, have an analogue for cubical polytopes. These relations can be generalized to apply to simplicial and cubical Eulerian complexes. In this talk, we will introduce a few different known proofs of the classical Dehn–Sommerville relations for simplicial complexes, relating this result to concepts such as...   More >

Developmental Psychology Colloquium

Colloquium | April 15 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Katie Kimura, Department of Psychology; Yuan Meng, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Graduate students in the Department of Psychology, Katie Kimura and Yuan Meng, will each present their current research projects.

Political Economy Seminar; "Business Cycle during Structural Change: Arthur Lewis' Theory from a Neoclassical Perspective"

Seminar | April 15 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Fabrizio Zillibotti, Yale

 Department of Economics

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

Seminar 211, Economic History: Fireside Chats: Communication and consumer's expectations in the Great Depression

Seminar | April 15 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Mathieu Pedemonte, University of California - Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

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

 Felipe Lobel Araujo Castro; Clara Martinez-Toledano

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Felipe Lobel Araujo Castro - "The Cost of Informality: an Optimal Taxation Approach"
Clara Martinez-Toledano - "Behavioral Responses to Housing Wealth Tax Incentives. Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Spain"

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free products of finite-dimensional von Neumann algebras in terms of free Araki-Woods factors

Seminar | April 15 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Michael Hartglass, Santa Clara University

 Department of Mathematics

A landmark result of Dykema in 1993 classified free products of tracial finite dimensional von Neumann algebras in terms of interpolated free group factors. In 1997, Shlyakhtenko constructed the free Araki-Woods factors, a natural type III analogue of the free group factors. He asked whether arbitrary free products of non-tracial finite-dimensional von Neumann algebras can always be expressed in...   More >

International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: The Soviet Legacy in China and Russia [Book Presentation and Discussion]

Presentation | April 15 | 3-4 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

This book investigates how the political underpinnings of global power shifts, caused by hierarchically concerned knowledge makers, have evolved on the post-Soviet periphery of higher education and have been anxious to move to the top of the global knowledge hierarchy. This volume engages distant and recent histories of two global superpowers – the People’s Republic of China (hereafter, China)...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Serre-Tate theory for Calabi-Yau varieties

Seminar | April 15 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Piotr Achinger, IMPAN Warsaw and MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

Classical Serre-Tate theory concerns the deformation theory of ordinary abelian varieties. It implies that their deformation spaces can be equipped with a group structure and a lifting of the Frobenius morphism, and consequently such varieties admit a canonical lifting to characteristic zero. In the first half of the talk, aimed at graduate students and people with no prior exposure to the topic,...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: The Anomaly flow

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

 Xiangwen Zhang, UC Irvine

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss the development on geometric and analytic aspects of the Anomaly flow. Such flow naturally arises in the study of a system of equations for supersymmetric vacua of superstrings proposed independently by C. Hull and A. Strominger in 1980s. The system allows non-vanishing torsion and they incorporate terms which are quadratic in the curvature tensor. As such they are also particularly...   More >

Integration and segregation in bilingual sound structure processing

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

 Matthew Goldrick, Northwestern University

 Department of Linguistics

Integration and segregation in bilingual sound structure processing

Seminar 271, Development: "Healthcare Delivery During Crises: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone's Ebola Outbreak"

Seminar | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Oeindrila Dube, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy

 Department of Economics

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for: Reimagining Education in the ‘Developing World’ through an Indigenous Epistemology

Colloquium | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Uttam Teron, Parijat Academy, Assam, India

 Graduate School of Education

Uttam Teron will discuss his vision for the relationship between education, poverty, and social change. He is the founder of Parijat Academy in Assam, India, one of the first community schools to offer a holistic education completely free of charge. The school's guiding principle is that true education encompasses all aspects of a person's being and actively engages their entire community.

MSW Panel: What to expect in graduate school

Panel Discussion | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Social Welfare, School of

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Global existence of small amplitude solutions for a model quadratic quasilinear wave-Klein-Gordon system in 2D

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

 Annalaura Stingo, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we discuss the problem of global existence of solutions to a coupled wave-Klein-Gordon system in space dimension two when initial data are small, smooth and mildly decaying at infinity. Several physical models related to general relativity have shown the importance of studying such systems but very few results are known at present in low space dimension, where linear solutions slowly...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: What matters in school choice tie-breaking? How competition guides design

Seminar | April 15 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Afshin Nikzad, USC

 Department of Economics

Virtual Internment Islamophobia, Social Technologies of Surveillance and Unequal Citizenship: 10th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Conference/Symposium | April 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

Conference Agenda, Professor and Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

 Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU, ReOrient Journal, Islamophobia Studies Journal, Our Three Winners Foundation, Northern California Islamic Council

The 10th annual International Islamophobia Conference is the largest academic gathering that focuses on the subject. The yearly gathering brings together scholars, community researchers and civil rights organizations to discuss most recent findings and explore gaps in the research. This year, the conference included an exhibit hosted at the Ethnic Studies Library.

 Full Name Address Email and phone number


Self Defense for Self Determination

Workshop | April 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Main Lounge

 Mamie Chow

 Gender Equity Resource Center

This workshop will be led by Mamie Chow, whose approach to self defense values social justice, preventing verbal and physical violence, and creating an encouraging space to practice self and community defense skills.

 Space is limited so please register!. Register online

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Unstitching Third World Girls and Education: A one-day symposium exploring the relationships between Gender Equity, Economy, and Empowerment in the Global South

Conference/Symposium | April 16 | 10:45 a.m.-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Dr. Sunita Agarwalla, Dept. of Education, Dispur College, Assam, India; Dr. Rani Mudiar Deka, Dept. of Economics, Dispur College, Assam, India; Uttam Teron, Founder, Parijat Academy, Assam, India; Aimoni Tumung, Principal, Parijat Academy, Assam, India

 Derrika Hunt, Ph.D. student, School of Education, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Graduate School of Education, Graduate Assembly, The Multicultural Community Center, Derrika Hunt

A day long conference exploring the relationships between economy, education, and empowerment for third world girls.

Melvin Calvin Lecture: Understanding and Improving Platinum Anticancer Drugs

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

 Stephen Lippard, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

Platinum compounds are a mainstay of cancer therapy. Barnett Rosenberg’s group at Michigan State University discovered the biological action of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II), or cisplatin, in the late 1960’s. Our laboratory subsequently established the chemical nature of events leading up to the binding of platinum anticancer drugs to DNA, their principal target in the nucleus of cancer cells....   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Linking 10-K and the GICS - through Experiments of Text Classification and Clustering

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

 Speakers: Tingyue Gan, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

A 10-K is an annual report filed by a publicly traded company about its financial performance and is required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 10-Ks are fairly long and tend to be complicated. But this is one of the most comprehensive and most important documents a public company can publish on a yearly basis. The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) is an industry...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Minimum wages and racial inequality"

Presentation | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Claire Montialoux, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

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

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by April 12.

Career Lab: Interviewing Basics: Foundational advice and practice for all types of jobs

Workshop | April 16 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Interactive career labs will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview and discussion, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials in peer-to-peer pairs, with career advisor assistance. Career Lab group size is capped at 20 participants, so please sign up early to ensure a spot! You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop....   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The Waring and Other Problems for Noncommutative Polynomials

Seminar | April 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Bill Helton, UC San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

A homogeneous noncommutative degree $d$ polynomial $p$ has a $t$-term real Waring (resp. complex Waring) decomposition provided that $p(x)$ can be written as the sum of $t$ terms of the $d^{th}$-power of linear functions of $x$, i.e. \[ p(x)=\sum _{s=1}^t [ A^s_1x_1 + A^s_2x_2 + ... A^s_gx_g]^d \] with real (resp. complex) numbers $A_j^s$. The talk will analyze this, some consequences and...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Heterogeneity of Loss Aversion and Expectations-Based Reference Points

Seminar | April 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Charles Sprenger, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Economics

ABSTRACT: This project examines the role of heterogeneity in gain-loss attitudes for identifying models of expectations-based reference dependence (Koszegi and Rabin, 2006, 2007) (KR). Different gain-loss attitudes lead to different signs for KR comparative statics. Failure to account for the known heterogeneity in gain-loss attitudes is a central confounding factor challenging prior tests of the...   More >

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "On Money as a Medium of Exchange in Near-Cashless Credit Economies"

Seminar | April 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ricardo Lagos, Professor of Economics, NYU

 Department of Economics

Abstract: We study the transmission of monetary policy in credit economies where money serves as a medium of exchange. We find that --in contrast to current conventional wisdom in policy-oriented research in monetary economics-- the role of money in transactions can be a powerful conduit to asset prices and ultimately, aggregate consumption, investment, output, and welfare. Theoretically, we show...   More >

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

Parallel Processing and Distributed Data Structures Using the Dask Package for Python

Presentation | April 16 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (117 Dwinelle)

 Data Sciences

Dask allows you to set up parallel computations on one or more machines (or Savio nodes), including working with large datasets distributed across multiple Savio nodes. Berkeley Research Computing and Research IT will cover the different ways to set up and run parallel computations using Dask.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Bases in Banach Lattices

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

 Mitchell Taylor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will discuss bases in Banach lattices, and how they can be used to measure (non)-embeddability of a Banach space into a lattice. We will give several characterizations of basic sequences that "respect the lattice structure", and discuss some of the more unexpected corollaries. Time permitting, I will comment on existence of non-negative bases in Hilbert space.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Regularity, singularities and h-vector of graded algebras

Seminar | April 16 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Hai Long Dao, University of Kansas

 Department of Mathematics

Let $R$ be a standard graded algebra over a field. We investigate how the singularities of $\operatorname {Spec} R$ or $\operatorname {Proj} R$ affect the $h$-vector of $R$, which is the coefficients of the numerator of its Hilbert series. The most concrete consequence of our work asserts that if $R$ satisfies Serre's condition $(S_r)$ and have reasonable singularities (Du Bois on the punctured...   More >

Developing high-throughput MS methods for characterizing structural transitions and stabilities of proteins in solution: From peptides to complexes

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

 David Clemmer, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University Bloomington

 College of Chemistry

One of the most challenging problems in biochemistry involves understanding how proteins fold. After more than 50 years of work, experimental characterization of protein folding usually leads to results which are described as a cooperative, two phase, transition between the folded and unfolded states – i.e., the protein appears to melt. Here we present new data from an IMS-MS analysis of simple...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Field Equations, Homotopy Gerstenhaber Algebras and Courant Algebroids

Seminar | April 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Anton Zeitlin, Louisiana State University

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about the underlying homotopical structures within field equations, which emerge in string theory as conformal invariance conditions for sigma models. I will show how these, often hidden, structures emerge from the homotopy Gerstenhaber algebra associated to vertex and Courant algebroids, thus making all such equations the natural objects within vertex algebra theory.

Christina Marsden Gillis Academic Lives Program: Making A Difference at Berkeley: The 1970s Generation of Women Faculty

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Women's Faculty Club

A Women's Faculty Club Centennial Event - Panel Discussion with Moderator Professor Chirstina Maslach features five outstanding and outspoken women who broke new ground and joined the ranks of Berkeley faculty in the 70s. How did these women's experiences change depending on departments and fields. Speakers - Janet Broughton (Philosophy), Susan Graham (EECS), Catherine Gallagher (English), Judith...   More >

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by April 16.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Exclusionary Conduct by Dominant Platforms"

Seminar | April 16 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Baker, American University Washington College of Law

 Department of Economics

Vicki Spencer | Toleration in Comparative Perspective: After Christchurch

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Vicki A. Spencer, Assoc. Professor of Political Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand

 Christopher Ocker, Professor of Church History, GTU; Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and Director of the Group in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley; Aaron Grizzell, Executive Director, Nor Cal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation; Munis D. Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Dan Blanton, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Purushottama Bilimoria, Distinguished Teaching & Research Fellow, GTU

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Program in Critical Theory, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, GTU

A conversation with Professor Vicki Spencer, Assoc. Professor of Political Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: On the tangent space to the Hilbert scheme of points in $P^3$

Seminar | April 16 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert scheme of n points in $P^2$ is smooth of dimension 2n and the tangent space to any (monomial) ideal admits a nice combinatorial description. On the other hand the Hilbert scheme of n points in $P^3$ is singular and there is a conjecture on what the monomial ideal with the largest tangent space dimension should be. By extending the combinatorial methods used in $P^2$, we give a proof...   More >

Food For Thought

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Few challenges seem more daunting than feeding a global population projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 – at a time when our changing climate is already making it more difficult to successfully grow crops. As initiatives to double food production pour large investments into industrial agriculture, the authors of two new books suggest that “feeding the world” is the wrong approach to take. In...   More >

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

GUH Symposium: “Techniques of Memory: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power”

Conference/Symposium | April 17 – 18, 2019 every day |  David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

 College of Environmental Design

Before World War II, Robert Musil famously claimed that there was nothing in this world as invisible as a monument. Yet, recent events in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere signal Musil might have been mistaken: monuments and memorials can be...   More >

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | April 17 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

  Register online

Accomplishing More for Managers: BPM 208

Workshop | April 17 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Pierre Khawand

 Human Resources

This 6 hour in-person workshop is part of the BPM Grow Your Team series and is an elective option for the UC Systemwide People Management Certificate. The content is designed to help participants develop and practice the management skills that are crucial for leading people successfully in today’s information overload and diverse work environment. This workshop is ideal for managers, supervisors,...   More >

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | April 17 | 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 >

Over-generalization in humans learning a complex skill

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Gautam Agarwal, Champalimaud Institute of the Unknown, Lisboa

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Learning a complex skill requires traversing a potentially enormous search space. While reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms can approach human levels of performance in complex tasks, they require much more training to do so. This may be because humans constrain search problems with prior knowledge, allowing them to more rapidly discover solutions. Importantly, the statistics that underlie this...   More >

Diversity in Post-Separation Living Arrangements and Educational Outcomes in Adolescence: A Brown Bag Talk

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

 Anne Solaz, Researcher, Institute for Demographic Research

 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.


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

 Luke Bloch

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Nutrient regulation of fungal virulence"

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

 Jim Kronstad, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Jim Kronstad is a professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and is a member of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and now studies several aspects of fungal biology including pathogenesis, morphogenesis, infection-specific gene expression and self versus nonself recognition (mating).

Ultrasound Molecular Imaging

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, Oregon Health & Science University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Non-invasive in vivo molecular imaging technologies are uniquely poised to be able to spatially and temporally evaluate vascular adaptations to disease and the impact of new therapies. For ultrasound molecular imaging, nanoscale or microbubble ultrasound contrast agents have been developed that are targeted to disease by virtue of either surface conjugation of ligands or changes in their shell...   More >

Feeling similar to others and superior at the same time

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

 Joachim Krueger, Professor, Brown University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

As members of a social species, individual humans depend on the goodwill, cooperation, and love of others. At the same time, individuals who command respect and resources fare better than those who don’t. These two structural realities give rise to two conflicted psychological needs and behavioral repertoires. The first need is to be similar to others and to be included in cooperating groups. The...   More >

Spring Seasonal Vegetables (BEUHS641)

Workshop | April 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

It’s easy to eat enough veggies when they are delicious and quick to prepare! Eating vegetables that are in season means they will likely taste better, be more nutritious, and cost less. This class is offered yearly due to popular demand. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

Islamic Texts Circle: Moses and Jesus in the Qur'an

Workshop | April 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

  RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu by April 16.

Order and the Underground: Shaded Governance in the Goldfields of Madagascar

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

 Brian Klein, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Over the past several decades—and, especially, following a price spike after the 2009 financial crisis—artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) has dramatically expanded across the Global South, with more than 20 million people now producing 20-30 percent of global output. Despite the sector’s economic significance, popular and conservationist accounts have settled on a narrative casting ASGM...   More >

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: An oscillatory integral inequality (concluded) and Decoupling (initiated)

Seminar | April 17 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Michael Christ, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the first part of the talk, I will outline the proof of the multilinear oscillatory integral inequality that was introduced last week. In the second part we will begin a series of lectures on a new topic, decoupling inequalities, following Bourgain-Demeter and Bourgain-Demeter-Guth.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Surface dynamics via three-dimensional contact geometry

Seminar | April 17 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Morgan Weiler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

As context for the main talk, we will describe results of Franks and Franks-Handel in surface dynamics and state the ergodic theorem. Two- and three-dimensional dynamics are related via the notions of a global surface of section and open book decomposition, which we will introduce. To close we will discuss the ECH spectral numbers, a three-dimensional construction which can be used to study...   More >

Deformation Theory Seminar: Framed Formal Curves

Seminar | April 17 | 2:30-3:50 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Baker Room

 Dmitry Vaintrob, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about a new moduli-theoretic interpretation of the spaces of framed little disks, as well as their higher-genus generalization of complex curves with parametrized boundary, as geometric objects over the rational field Q. Applications of this formalism give geometric "explainations" for several results previously proven using transcendental or analytic methods, namely formality of...   More >

Conformal embedding and percolation on the uniform triangulation

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

 Xin Sun, Columbia University

 Department of Statistics

Following Smirnov’s proof of Cardy’s formula and Schramm’s discovery of SLE, a thorough understanding of the scaling limit of critical percolation on the regular triangular lattice has been achieved. Smirnorv’s proof in fact gives a discrete approximation of the conformal embedding which we call the Cardy embedding. In this talk I will present a joint project with Nina Holden where we show that...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Absolute Hodge cycles on general abelian varieties

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

 Alex Youcis, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

CBE Colloquium: Colloquium

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

 Leslie Chan, Ph.D. student in the Maboudian Group; Julie Rorrer, Ph. D. student in the Bell Group and Toste Group

 College of Chemistry

Low-Defect, High-Uniformity Transfer-Free Graphene on SiO2 by Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition/Mechanism and Kinetics of Ethanol and Acetone Conversion to Isobutene over Zinc-Zirconia Mixed Oxides

EECS Colloquium: Building Dynamic Robots

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in location

 Marc Raibert, Founder and CEO, Boston Dynamics

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dynamics opens a world of opportunity for robotics. Robots that move dynamically can go where other robots can't go, handle larger payloads with smaller footprint and smaller robot mass, and move faster to get work done more quickly. This talk will give a status report on Boston Dynamics' work in this area, both its long-term effort to develop robots of the future and shorter-term efforts to...   More >

From correlation to causation — measuring ad effectiveness at scale

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

 Tamara Greasby, The Trade Desk

 Department of Statistics

Everyone has had that one ad for that one pair of shoes seem to follow them everywhere they go on the internet. Why does that happen? Especially if you already bought the shoes? To make sense of this, it's worth understanding how marketers have historically measured ad effectiveness -- and why the problem is harder than it seems. Beyond improvements in measuring ad effectiveness, this talk with...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Mean action of periodic orbits of area-preserving annulus diffeomorphisms

Seminar | April 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Morgan Weiler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

An area-preserving diffeomorphism of an annulus has an "action function" which measures how the diffeomorphism distorts curves. The average value of the action function over the annulus is known as the Calabi invariant of the diffeomorphism, while the average value of the action function over a periodic orbit of the diffeomorphism is the mean action of the orbit. If an area-preserving annulus...   More >

David Russell on his book Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Colloquium | April 17 | 5 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 David Russell, Fellow and Tutor, Associate Professor (CUF) in English, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

 Department of English

Please join us for a colloquium with David Russell, Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford, on his book Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Princeton University Press, 2018)

Thursday, April 18, 2019

GUH Symposium: “Techniques of Memory: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power”

Conference/Symposium | April 17 – 18, 2019 every day |  David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

 College of Environmental Design

Before World War II, Robert Musil famously claimed that there was nothing in this world as invisible as a monument. Yet, recent events in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere signal Musil might have been mistaken: monuments and memorials can be...   More >

[Peterson Speaker Series] Leading the Pack: How Companies are Collaborating to Tackle Plastic Packaging Waste

Panel Discussion | April 18 | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall

 Institute for Business and Social Impact

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peterson-speaker-series-leading-the-pack-how-companies-are-collaborating-to-tackle-plastic-tickets-59140852883

According to the EPA, “containers and packaging make up a major portion of municipal solid waste (MSW), amounting to 77.9 million tons of generation in 2015.” The issue of plastic packaging waste is a complex, universal issue. Our culture of “...   More >

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: On the stability of black holes

Seminar | April 18 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jérémie Szeftel, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss a joint work with Sergiu Klainerman on the stability of Schwarzschild as a solution to the Einstein vacuum equations with initial data subject to a certain symmetry class.

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 18 | 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.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Formal and Informal Firm Dynamics"

Seminar | April 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Gabriel Ulyssea, Oxford

 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 >

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | April 18 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

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

  Register online

Innovative Approaches to Accountability in Yemen

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 12 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Tara Vassefi, Truepic; Rawan Shaif, Bellingcat; Dearbhla Minogue, Global Legal Action Network; Félim McMahon, Human Rights Center

 Human Rights Center

Join us for a discussion on how innovative, multi-disciplinary investigative and legal approaches are being brought to bear on the situation in Yemen—including the use of user-generated content and online open-source investigation to measure civilian harm, investigate potential war crimes, and examine the role of the arms trade.

  RSVP online

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 18 | 1-5:30 p.m. |  Stanford GSB

 Department of Economics

Joint Seminar with Stanford

Disputing an inheritance in Hellenistic Egypt: An Egyptian family goes to the Greek courts

Seminar | April 18 | 2-4 p.m. | 479 Bancroft Library

 Katelijn Vandorpe, KU Leuven

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

The Erbstreit papyri are a bilingual (Demotic-Greek) dossier that was assembled, as their name indicates, as a result of inheritance disputes. They were once part of a family archive kept in the Upper Egyptian town of Pathyris (modern Gebelein). The disputes started after the death of a woman called Tamenos, when her sister and her nieces claimed the large plots of land that she had...   More >

A Generation Under Pressure: Talking mental health at UC Berkeley

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 2:30-4 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Richard Scheffler, Professor, School of Public Health & Public Policy

 Chancellor Carol Christ, UC Berkeley; Guy Nicolette, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Health Services; Sam Ku, Internal Director, ASUC Mental Health Commission

 Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans

Join us for a conversation about mental health at UC Berkeley featuring:

- A panel discussion with Chancellor Carol Christ

- Results from a new study documenting the rise of anxiety disorders on college campuses

- A reception with the Berkeley student mental health community, student leaders, mental health professionals, and campus administrators

  RSVP online

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Causal Panel Data Models and the Role of the Assignment Mechanism"

Seminar | April 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Guido Imbens, Stanford

 Department of Economics

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | April 18 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Pablo Rodriguez Lozano

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

Pablo Rodriguez Lozano, Postdoctoral Fellow in ESPM, will present: "Advancing knowledge on non-perennial streams: from fish ecology to environmental perception." Hosted by Stephanie Carlson. Meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

The Extreme Gone Mainstream

Colloquium | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Center

 Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Education and Sociology, American University

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Center for German and European Studies

Miller-Idriss explores how extremist ideologies have entered mainstream German culture through commercialized products and clothing laced with extremist, anti-Semitic, racist, and nationalist coded symbols and references. Drawing on a unique digital archive of thousands of historical and contemporary images, as well as scores of interviews with young people and their teachers in two German...   More >

The Invention of Style: A conversation with Maura Nolan

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 4:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Maura Nolan, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium.

To request pre-circulated materials, please email marianhomansturnbull@berkeley.edu or ripplinger@berkeley.edu.

What Can I Do With International Relations and Policy?: International Relations and Policy Career Panel

Career Fair | April 18 | 6-8 p.m. | 104 Barrows Hall

 International Relations Council of Berkeley

Join the International Relations Council of Berkeley for our second career panel and networking night!

We will be featuring speakers and professionals from various IR/policy organizations including: Peace Corps, Refugee Transitions, American Foreign Service Association, Kiva, and the World Trade Center Northern California! Speakers will present themselves and answer questions preceding an...   More >

How To Be an Effective Female Founder

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 6-8:05 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

SWE Startup Spring at Berkeley presents the first of a two-part series on Women Entrepreneurs: How To Be an Effective Female Founder on April 18th, 6-8pm at 290 HMMB.

Do you want to know how to become an effective female founder? Come listen to panelists Caroline Winnett, Executive Director at SkyDeck, Maria Artunduaga, CEO of Respira Labs, Paola Santana, Founder of Matternet and now Social...   More >

Genetically Modify Food!: The business of fear and a distorted reality from the perspective of Daniel Westcott

Seminar | April 18 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. |  The Octopus Literary Salon

 2101 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612

 Daniel Westcott, PhD Candidate

 The CLEAR Project

Vegan, omnivore, keto… what we eat is essential to our culture, health, environment and identity. It should be no surprise that we care deeply about our food choices. But in today’s grocery, those choices can be overwhelming and we use shorthand to make decisions. Daniel Westcott, a former organic farmer and a current PhD student at UC Berkeley will try to unpack the labels and offer some insight...   More >

Friday, April 19, 2019

China's Growing Sharp Power: Western, Asian, and African Perspectives

Conference/Symposium | April 19 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of European Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

A group of leading experts on China and American foreign policy recently released “Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” a report documenting Chinese efforts to influence American society. The report examines China's efforts to influence American institutions, including state and local governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and the...   More >

2019 Patagonia Case Competition

Presentation | April 19 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Speiker Forum, Chou Hall

 Center for Responsible Business

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-patagonia-case-competition-finals-tickets-57037657168

Patagonia Case Competition

Patagonia and the University of California, Berkeley have joined forces once again to host a case competition open to graduate students across the world seeking to redefine the relationship between business and a healthy planet.

2019 Competition Overview

On...   More >

College of Education Research Day

Conference/Symposium | April 19 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 Travis Bristol, College of Education; Dor Abrahamson, College of Education

 Graduate School of Education

$0 for UC Berkeley Students

 https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~rdoc/submissions/. Registration opens February 4. Register online or or by emailing gseresearchdayweb@gmail.com by March 8.

  RSVP by emailing gseresearchdayweb@gmail.com by April 12.

Imaging a Black Hole with the Event Horizon Telescope

Seminar | April 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Dr. Katie Bouman

 Data Sciences

In this talk, Dr. Katie Bouman will present the methods and procedures used to produce the first black hole image results from the Event Horizon Telescope.

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | April 19 | 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

Seminar: A scattering diagram for semistable sheaves on the projective plane

Seminar | April 19 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Pierrick Bousseau, ETH

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a tropical looking algorithm computing Betti numbers (for intersection cohomology) of moduli spaces of semistable sheaves on the projective plane. This algorithm is an explicit realization of the naive idea of moving in a space of stability conditions and applying a wall-crossing formula. I will also discuss some application to some a priori unrelated question in relative...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Materials for Spin-Charge Interconversion: A New Perspective

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

 Shehrin Sayed, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present a physics-based model to describe such effects in diverse classes of materials including topological insulators, Kondo insulators, transition metals, semimetals, oxide interfaces, and narrow band-gap semiconductors.

Metabolite-based Diagnostics Enabled by MEMS Devices: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall | Note change in date and location

 Prof. Cristina Davis, UC Davis, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Human “breath analysis” provides a wide range of opportunities for diagnosis of pathophysiological conditions in a non-invasive and potentially inexpensive way.
Ultimately these devices will be fully utilized in medical point-of-care locations in clinical offices.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Rate of Convergence of Stochastic Homogenization of Hamilton-Jacobi Equations via Metric Problem II

Seminar | April 19 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Hong Suh, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present the work of Armstrong, Cardaliaguet, and Souganidis, who prove convergence rates for stochastic homogenization using a mixture of probability techniques and PDE techniques. We discuss the metric problem, its rate of convergence, its relation to approximate correctors, and the reduction of the full problem to that of approximate correctors.

Exact Model Reduction and Forced Response in High-Degree-of-Freedom Nonlinear Mechanical Systems: E201 Ocean Engineering Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | April 19 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor George Haller, Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at ETH Zurich

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Despite major advances in computational power, mapping out the forced response of large, nonlinear mechanical systems for different forcing frequencies has remained a major challenge. One reason is the small damping in most engineered systems, which leads to exceedingly slow-decaying transients in direct numerical integration. Another reason is that computing periodic response is not a...   More >

Moving Towards Open Scholarship: UC, Elsevier and All the Rest

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

 Jeff MacKie-Mason

 Information, School of

Jeff MacKie-Mason is the university librarian and co-chair of UCâs publisher negotiations team, which carried out the recent negotiations with Elsevier.

Bio-Inspired Coordination Complexes and Polymers for Energy Applications

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

 Smaranda Marinescu, Department of Chemistry, USC Dornsife

 College of Chemistry

Research in the Marinescu group focuses on fundamental research to understand, design, and synthesize novel catalytic systems essential to the development of efficient solar-to-fuel technologies. Inspired by biological systems, we innovate molecular catalysts that involve hydrogen bonding networks capable of small molecule activation, and multiple proton and electron transfers. We have shown that...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: Knot and link complements

Seminar | April 19 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will talk about some of the basic theory of knots and links in $S^3$ with a special focus on the geometry of the complementary space.

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Neron-Severi groups under specialization

Seminar | April 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Minseon Shin, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss a paper of Maulik and Poonen on the ranks of Neron-Severi groups of geometric fibers of a smooth proper morphism of varieties over an algebraically closed field of characteristic $0$.

Music Studies Colloquium: Tamara Levitz (UCLA): The Quest for Variants: Settler Colonial Listening Strategies in the Foundation of U.S. Musicology

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

 Department of Music

Tamara Levitz is a musicologist from Montréal, Canada who currently holds a position as Professor of Musicology at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. She has published widely on musical modernism in Germany, Cuba, Senegal, and France in the 1920s and 30s. Combining extensive archival research with acute critical interpretation, Levitz explores in her work the artistic intentions, complex...   More >

QB3 Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | April 19 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Adam Perez | Thorner Lab
Assembly of a septin-associated protein complex in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

During progression through each division cycle, Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells erect septin-based cytoskeletal structures with stereotypical states of organization at specific sub-cellular sites. Each higher-order septin ensemble serves a role in coordinating processes required for normal cell...   More >