<< Week of May 12 >>

Monday, May 13, 2019

Renovating Democracy: Book Talk with Nathan Gardels and Nicolas Berggruen

Presentation | May 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Nicolas Berggruen, Chairman and Founder, Berggruen Institute; Nathan Gardels, Editor-in-Chief, The WorldPost

 Laura Tyson, Faculty Director, Berkeley Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact

 Social Science Matrix

Join us Monday, May 13th at 12pm as Nathan Gardels and Nicolas Berggruen, co-founders of the Berggruen Institute, will discuss their book, Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism, with Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business & Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact.

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String-Math Seminar: Wilson Lines, Instantons, and Deformed W-algebras

Seminar | May 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall | Note change in date

 Nathan Haouzi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Wilson loops are important observables in gauge theory. In this talk, we study half-BPS Wilson loops of a large class of five dimensional supersymmetric quiver gauge theories with 8 supercharges, in a nontrivial instanton background. The Wilson loops are codimension 4 defects of the quiver gauge theory, and their interaction with self-dual instantons is captured by a 1d ADHM quantum mechanics. We...   More >

Dissertation Talk: A Hierarchical Approach to the Design and Optimization of Silicon Photonics

Seminar | May 13 | 3-4 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540A/B

 Andrew Michaels

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Silicon photonics is a rapidly maturing platform for optical communication and sensing. As systems leveraging silicon photonics have grown in size and complexity, so too has the demand for high performance silicon photonics components. In order to meet these demands, we propose a hierarchical approach to design and optimization of silicon photonics components. Our approach applies simple physical...   More >

Enhancing Computational Mechanics with Deep Learning

Seminar | May 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Sam Raymond, Doctoral Candidate, Center for Computational Engineering, MIT

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Machine Learning and numerical simulation represent two distinct approaches to researchers and engineers wanting to predict and understand the behavior of complex systems. Machine Learning trusts entirely in the data to hold the key and numerical simulation relies solely on the fundamental laws of nature. While each approach has been wildly successful in solving problems in science and...   More >

How Do Communities Heal After an Incident of Sexual Violence?

Panel Discussion | May 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Kendra Fox-Davis, Complaint Resolution Officer, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination; Tobirus Newby, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, University Health Services Social Services Counseling; Julie Shackford-Bradley, Coordinator and Co-founder, Restorative Justice Center; Liat Wexler, Prevention Manager for Staff and Faculty, PATH to Care Center, UC Berkeley

 Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Psychology

 Social Science Matrix

How do we move forward after an incident of sexual violence or harassment involving members of our community? Please join us for a panel discussion and Q&A with representatives from the UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, PATH to Care Center, Restorative Justice Center, and other campus organizations.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Worldwide #MeToo Movement: A Conference on Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence

Conference/Symposium | May 14 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Last year, women across the globe were tweeting #MeToo. This year, we’re organizing for solutions.

On May 14, 2019, legal scholars and practitioner-experts from around the world will gather at Berkeley Law with lawyers and other specialists. The goal of this conference is to examine the systemic issues that permit sexual harassment and explore creative solutions developed across the globe to...   More >

Compensation and Benefits: BPM109

Workshop | May 14 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Scott Dinkelspiel; Janet Suko

 Human Resources

The content covers the basics of managing employee compensation and understanding the benefits structure at UC Berkeley.

The Benefits section covers benefits eligibility, related benefits packages, and the employment/life events that impact benefits.

BIO Express Travel Signature Day

Workshop | May 14 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | International House, Great Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office has set aside this special day for *express* travel signatures just for you! Stop by any time during the hours below to get your documents signed on the spot (please read below—""Do You Really Need a Travel Signature?"").

Come to the I-House Great Hall during the following days and times for your Express Travel Signature.
Tuesday, May 7, 10am -...   More >

May Open Berkeley Site Builder Training

Workshop | May 14 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 104A Banway Building

 2111 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Information Services and Technology (IST)

Open Berkeley Site Builder Training sessions cover the fundamentals of the Open Berkeley turnkey website solution.

Career Lab: Negotiating Offers –Preparation and Practice

Workshop | May 14 | 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 >

Dissertation Talk: Design and Physics of VCSELs for Emerging Applications

Seminar | May 14 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room

 Jonas Kapraun, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have been widely employed in short distance optical interconnects. Recently however a series of emerging applications are creating a rapidly growing demand for compact, low cost and high-performance light sources...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide NanoLEDs: Towards High Speed and High Efficiency

Seminar | May 14 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Kevin Han

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are a class of 2D semiconductors with attractive properties for future nanoscale optoelectronics such as light sources and detectors. However, due to their single molecule thickness, they are sensitive to environmental factors such as moisture, limiting operation of most light-emitting devices to high vacuum conditions. In this talk, I will...   More >

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Informational Appetites + (un)Natural Statistics = “Screen Addiction”

Seminar | May 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 William Softky, Visiting scholar, Bioengineering Department, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

It is a truth not yet universally acknowledged that a self-regulating system which is stable in one environment can become unstable when the environment changes. This truth is called homeostatic fragility. Mathematically, the key mechanism is sign-reversal, which converts a negative-feedback loop into a positive-feedback loop. Sign-reversal explains all sorts of self-regulatory malfunctions in...   More >

FDA Division of Applied Regulatory Science: Bridging the gap between scientific innovation and drug regulation

Seminar | May 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Alexandre Ribeiro, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The US Food and drug Administration (FDA) established a strategic plan in 2011 for developing regulatory science dedicated to new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of FDA-regulated products. Following this goal, the Division of Applied Regulatory Science was formed in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) with the mission of...   More >

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | May 15 | 2-4 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 >

Dissertation Talk: Context and Interaction in the Internet of Things

Seminar | May 15 | 3-4 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Matt Weber, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Future IoT killer apps leveraging ubiquitous sensors and actuators will create value in emergent properties of composition and contextual awareness. This talk focuses on two key aspects of principled IoT design: (1) using contextual information from the physical world, and (2) enabling interaction and composition across distributed cyber physical systems. These challenges are mutually...   More >

Authors Alliance 5th Birthday Party with special guests: Beyond the Bookshelf: Empowering Authors and Reaching Readers in the Digital Age

Panel Discussion | May 15 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and founder, Internet Archive; Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian, University of California Berkeley; Randy Schekman, 2013 Nobel Laureate and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California Berkeley

 Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, Professor of Patent Law and Intellectual Property, University of California Berkeley

 Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

 Abby Smith Rumsey

 Library, Law, Boalt School of, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Join us for Beyond the Bookshelf: Empowering Authors and Reaching Readers in the Digital Age, an evening of conversation and ideas celebrating five years of Authors Alliance. We'll kick off the party with a wine and appetizer reception, followed by a panel discussion on how authors create, share, and preserve knowledge in an ever-changing media landscape.

free This event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.

  Registration opens April 10. Register online by May 15.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Scalable Systems for Large-Scale Dynamic Connected Data Processing

Presentation | May 16 | 9-10 a.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Anand Padmanabha Iyer

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

BIO Express Travel Signature Day

Workshop | May 16 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | International House, Great Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office has set aside this special day for *express* travel signatures just for you! Stop by any time during the hours below to get your documents signed on the spot (please read below—""Do You Really Need a Travel Signature?"").

Come to the I-House Great Hall during the following days and times for your Express Travel Signature.
Tuesday, May 7, 10am -...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Poisson sigma models, abelianization and extended monodromy

Seminar | May 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ivan Contreras, Amherst College

 Department of Mathematics

The reduced phase space of the Poisson Sigma Model (PSM) comes equipped with a symplectic groupoid structure, when the worldsheet is a disk and the target Poisson structure is integrable. In this talk we describe an extension of this construction when we consider surfaces with arbitrary genus, obtaining the abelianization of the original groupoid. We will also describe the obstructions for...   More >

Friday, May 17, 2019

Phoenissae workshop

Conference/Symposium | May 17 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 mario telo

 Department of Classics

A one-day symposium on Euripides' Phoenissae.
Speakers: Johanna Hanink, Sarah Olson, Lauri Reitzammer, Mario Telo', Anna Uhlig

Dissertation Talk: Generalization via Self-Directed Learning

Presentation | May 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Soda Hall, 510 (VCL)

 Deepak Pathak, Computer Science, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Generalization, i.e., the ability to adapt to novel scenarios, is the hallmark of human intelligence. While we have systems that excel at recognizing objects, cleaning floors, playing complex games and occasionally beating humans, they are incredibly specific in that they only perform the tasks they are trained for and are miserable at generalization. Could actually optimizing towards...   More >

Machine Learning for the Developing World using Mobile Communication Metadata

Seminar | May 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Muhammad Raza Khan

 Information, School of

A report on Ph.D. dissertation research

Researchers working on the problems associated with the developed world generally have access to rich and diverse datasets like social media activity, sensors data, etc. However, the same is not correct about the developing world where access to comprehensive datasets is one of the most significant issues in the research. Social networks and...   More >