<< Week of October 13 >>

Monday, October 14, 2019

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | October 14 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

CDB Special Seminar: The life of an mRNA is controlled by DEAD-box ATPases

Seminar | October 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Karsten Weis, ETH Zürich

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Stephen A. Burns

Seminar | October 14 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Stephen A. Burns, PhD, School of Optometry, Indiana University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Charlotta Johnsson — Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Seminar | October 14 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Charlotta Johnsson, Lund University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

bstract: “The pace of change has never been this fast .. yet it will never again be this slow” (source unknown). This implies that there will be major shifts in our society, including industry and manufacturing. Some even speak about a fourth industrial revolution. We find many names for those we love, hence commonly used terms for this shift include: Smart industry, Smart manufacturing,...   More >

Gauri Mahulikar | On Manuscriptology

Workshop | October 14 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Gauri Mahulikar, Sanskrit Scholar and Officiating Vice Chancellor & Dean of Faculty, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies, Townsend Working Group “South Asia Studies: Theories and Methods

A workshop for UC Berkeley graduate students led by eminent Sanskritist and Officiating Vice Chancellor & Dean of Faculty at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Prof. Gauri Mahulikar.

Job Search Effectiveness

Workshop | October 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

We all know the importance of writing a good resume and responding to interview questions. But these tasks don’t stand alone. This workshop explores the structure of an effective job search in the UC Berkeley context

Combinatorics Seminar: Permutation tableaux and two models in statistical mechanics

Seminar | October 14 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Einar Steingrimsson, University of Strathclyde

 Department of Mathematics

Various pattern-avoiding 0/1-fillings of Ferrers diagrams are in bijection with permutations, where several statistics on the permutations translate into statistics on the filled diagrams (or tableaux). Two such bijections from permutations are to the Le-tableaux arising from Postnikov's work on the nonnegative Grassmannian and the EW-tableaux originally defined in Ehrenborg and van...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | October 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Pamela Herd, Georgetown McCourt School

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
Mondays 12:10-1:30
Pizza Served

Political Economy Seminar: “Identity and Information in Organizations"

Seminar | October 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Maggie Penn, Professor, Emory

 Department of Economics

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

Phononic Frequency Combs – A New Addition to Photonics and MEMS

Seminar | October 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Adarsh Ganesan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher; US National Institute of Standards and Technology

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Phononic frequency combs (PFC) are the mechanical analogs of celebrated photonic frequency combs. These represent a newly documented physical phenomenon in the well researched physical domain of MEMS resonators [1].

The emergence of PFC is mediated by nonlinear modal coupling. Through a series of experiments with MEMS resonators, various features of PFC have now been identified....   More >

john a. powell in conversation with Lawrence Lanahan on race and segregation

Presentation | October 14 | 3-5 p.m. | The Law Building, Booth Auditorium | 175 Boalt Hall | UC Berkeley Law School

 john a. powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lawrence Lanahan

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Join us on Monday, October 14 for a talk by Lawrence Lanahan, author of The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore's Racial Divide who will be in conversation with Haas Institute director john a. powell.

Growing out of his public radio series of the same name, this new book looks at segregation and inequality in the Baltimore region from the Fair Housing Act to the...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Scalable spaces

Seminar | October 14 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Fedor Manin, UCSB

 Department of Mathematics

Given a Riemannian manifold $M$, harmonic forms induce a map $H^*(M;\mathbb R) \to \Omega ^*(M)$ which is in general not multiplicative. Manifolds for which it is are called geometrically formal and besides compact symmetric spaces few examples are known. A different picture emerges when we ask about the existence of some multiplicative map $H^*(M;\mathbb R) \to \Omega ^*(M)$. For example, such a...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Irreducible components of Affine Deligne-Lusztig varieties.

Seminar | October 14 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yihang Zhu, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

The set of irreducible components of an affine Deligne-Lusztig variety is interesting for many applications related to Shimura varieties. A natural symmetry group J acts on this set, and it is desirable to determine the orbits and the stabilizers of this action. In joint work with Rong Zhou, we prove a formula for the number of orbits, earlier conjectured by Miaofen Chen and Xinwen Zhu. In joint...   More >

Ziv Scully – SOAP: One Clean Analysis of All Age-Based Scheduling Policies

Seminar | October 14 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Ziv Scully, Carnegie Mellon University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Scheduling policies are at the heart of computer systems. The right scheduling policy can dramatically reduce response times, ensure fairness, provide class-based priority, etc., without requiring additional resources. While stochastic response time analysis (e.g. in the M/G/1 queueing model) of different scheduling policies has been the focus of many theoretical papers, results are...   More >

Embodiment and Multisensorialty during Interactions of Teaching and Care within US Families

Colloquium | October 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Marjorie (Candy) Goodwin, UCLA, Anthropology

 Graduate School of Education

This presentation investigates multi-sensory embodied practices entailed during moments of enskillment and care. I examine the embodied work entailed in orchestrating teaching in activities, such as baking cookies or shopping for fruit, and how intimate, affiliative, co-operative haptic human sociality is accomplished through the intertwining of interacting bodies.

Marjorie (Candy) Goodwin

Switches, sensors, and new shapes: from design of new functions to cellular consequences of allostery

Seminar | October 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tanja Kortemme, University of California, San Francisco

 College of Chemistry

I plan to discuss our most recent work in computational protein design (we have designed new, modular small-molecule sensors that function in living cells, and new protein shapes with atom-level control). I will then focus on a more biological problem: How do protein switches control diverse protein functions in the cell, given the interconnectedness of biological processes? We have focused on a...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Coordination on Networks"

Seminar | October 14 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Matthew Leister, Monash University

 Department of Economics

Heart Chan Meditation

Course | September 23 – November 11, 2019 every Monday | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

Heart Chan, Heart Chan at Berkeley

 Heart Chan

Start the journey for Heart Chan Meditation
seeking harmony of mind, body, spirit
gain true wisdom and joy from your inner self
make meditation part of your modern daily life.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

BPM DiSC Assessment

Workshop | October 15 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers the DiSC® model, providing a common language for people to use to better understand themselves and adapt their behaviors with others.

  Register online

Fossil Coffee Presents: Rowan Lockwood: Oysters past and present, and the future of the Chesapeake Bay

Seminar | October 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rowan Lockwood, William & Mary


Seminar 217, Risk Management: Testing for strategic interaction in social and economic network formation

Seminar | October 15 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Bryan Graham, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Biocatalysis and complex molecule synthesis

Seminar | October 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Alison Narayan, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan

 College of Chemistry

Natural sources, such as plants, fungi and microbes, have historically provided compounds with potent pharmaceutical properties. While it can be challenging to build complex natural products in a lab using existing chemistry methods, Nature has perfected these biosynthetic pathways. The work described leverages the power of Nature’s tools for building complex molecules to synthesize novel...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - “Saving-Constrained Households”

Presentation | October 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Dan Murphy, University of Virginia

 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 October 11.

Investing in the UC Retirement Savings (BEUHS346)

Workshop | October 15 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Laura Crymble, Fidelity

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Basics of investing, overview of funds available through the Retirement Savings Program, and investment approaches based on risk tolerance, investing horizon and involvement level.

Space Physics Seminar

Seminar | September 17 – December 3, 2019 every Tuesday | 1-2 p.m. | 325 LeConte Hall

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Creating Undergraduate Discovery Projects: Strategies for Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Years

Workshop | October 15 | 3 p.m. | Durant Hall, Room 9

 Office of Undergraduate Research

At UC Berkeley, undergraduates develop their passions through discovery projects that deepen their learning, better the world, and launch their futures. In this workshop, you gain strategies for creating powerful learning experiences, seeking funding for your projects, and building community at UC Berkeley in a way that will support your life goals.

C. H. Li Memorial Lecture: The Evolution of Olfactory Systems in Flies, Mice and Machines

Seminar | October 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Richard Axel, Columbia University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

C. H. Li Memorial Lectures

Exploring Fast Chemistries "On-Water": Emulsions, Sprays, and the Air-Water Interface

Seminar | October 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Himanshu Mishra, Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Engineering

 College of Chemistry

Recent reports on dramatically accelerated organic reactions at water-hydrophobe interfaces, viz. oil-water emulsions, the air-water interface, and sprays comprising water microdroplets, have sparked much interest. While the causative role of “interfaces” has been invoked in all of these scenarios, detailed mechanistic insights remain elusive. Towards understanding the real meaning of various...   More >

Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance: Sorting, Endogenous Amenities and Spatial Inequality in Cities

Seminar | October 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Matthias hoelsztein, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Abstract: In this paper, I characterize and quantify a new economic force underlying observed spatial inequality in cities that is based on simultaneous sorting of skill groups and firms across space. In contrast to recent theoretical and empirical work emphasizing the role of reduced form spillovers to the local skill composition, spatial sorting in my model is driven by variation in localized,...   More >

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Ice Models for Type A

Seminar | October 16 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yulia Alexandr, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will focus on combinatorial objects called ice models, which arise in statistical mechanics. We will start by exploring the relationship between semi-standard Young tableaux and Gelfand-Tsetlin patterns, and see how the Shur polynomial can be defined in terms of those objects. In general, given rules for a tableaux representing a branching rule for GL(n, C), we define a bijection...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Probing Photosynthesis in C3 Plants"

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Maureen Hanson, Cornell University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Maureen R. Hanson is the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics. She received a B.S. degree at Duke University and a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University. Her lab aims to understand the mechanism of RNA editing in chloroplasts and mitochondria of plants, which results in modification of specifics Cs to Us in transcripts, altering...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Eva K. Fischer: Title TBA

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Eva K. Fischer

 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 >

CITRIS Research Exchange - Lisa Yeo

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

CITRIS Research Exchange is free and open to the public. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12 pm and is hosted at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus unless otherwise noted. Register by the Monday prior to the event to receive lunch.

  RSVP online

600 Million and Counting: How Demographers Missed the Astonishing Population Reduction Caused by China's Birth Planning Program: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Daniel Goodkind, Independent Researcher

 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.

Decreasing an Elder's Isolation and Loneliness (BEUHS185)

Workshop | October 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Joy Zhang, Mon Ami; Amber Carroll, Covia Community Services

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

With the loss of family, friends, and community, an elder may be more alone now than at any other time in their lives, leaving them vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness. In addition, they may be at increased risk for related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression and heart disease. This class will provide education around social isolation, loneliness and associated risk...   More >

The Sense of Fairness in Chimpanzees and Children

Colloquium | October 16 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jan Engelmann, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley Psychology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

It is often argued that the sense of fairness consists in an aversion to unequal resource distributions. Standard accounts claim that chimpanzees react negatively to allocations in which they receive less than others, while children, from around 8 years onwards, also react negatively to allocations in which they receive more than others. I will review recent evidence suggesting two modifications...   More >

Fireside Chat with Paul Butler

Presentation | October 16 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 297 The Law Building

 Paul Butler; Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

 UC Berkeley School of Law

Fireside Chat with Paul Butler
This conversation will be led by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
12:15pm to 1:30pm at Goldberg room 297
RSVP by 10/7/2019 for a complimentary lunch:

Informal Student Gathering
1:35pm to 2:30pm at Goldberg room 297
(all students welcome!)

Jefferson Memorial Lecture
Prison Abolition,...   More >

Faculty Research Seminar: Consumer-Lending Discrimination in the Era of FinTech with Adair Morse

Seminar | October 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, N440-444

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

The Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership is ​pleased​ to announce a new ​research seminar promoting the work of Haas professor Adair Morse on Wednesday, October 16 from 12:30-1:30pm in N440/N444.​ Lunch will be provided for the first 20 attendees.

Abstract: ​

Ethnic discrimination in lending can materialize in face-to-face decisions or in algorithmic...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): ECH=HM, their Q-grading and the eta invariant

Seminar | October 16 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Savale, Universität zu Köln

 Department of Mathematics

This pre-talk explains some of the background behind the asymptotics of ECH capacities and its subleading estimate. Firstly this includes an outline of Taubes's isomorphism between embedded contact homology (ECH) and monopole Floer homology (HM). Next we describe the eta invariant of Atiyah-Patodi-Singer, some of its analytic properties and its relationship with the rational Q-grading on HM.

Karthik Natarajan — Exploiting Partial Correlations in Distributionally Robust Optimization

Seminar | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Karthik Natarajan, Singapore University of Technology and Design

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: In this work, we identify partial correlation information structures that allow for simpler reformulations in evaluating the maximum expected value of mixed integer linear programs with random objective coefficients. To this end, assuming only the knowledge of the mean and the covariance matrix entries restricted to block-diagonal patterns, we develop a reduced semidefinite programming...   More >

OPT Document Check Workshop

Workshop | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 103 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office as you prepare to put together your documents for your OPT application. This workshop will cover required documents, how to fill out the forms, and most common mistakes in the application. In addition, there will be a Q&A portion during which you can ask specific questions about your own application.

Please note that this workshop is specifically for OPT...   More >

Concentration of measure phenomenon in sub-critical exponential random graphs

Seminar | October 16 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics

 Department of Statistics

The exponential random graph model (ERGM) is a central object in the study of clustering properties in social networks as well as canonical ensembles in statistical physics. It is a version of the well known Erd˝os-R´enyi graphs, obtained by tilting according to the subgraph counting Hamiltonian. Despite its importance in the theory of random graphs, lots of fundamental questions have...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Algebraic lifting invariants I and components of Hurwitz spaces over the complex numbers

Seminar | October 16 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Zixin Jiang, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Flexibility, Interpretability, and Scalability in Time Series Modeling: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Emily Fox, University of Washington

 Department of Statistics

We are increasingly faced with the need to analyze complex data streams; for example, sensor measurements from wearable devices have the potential to transform healthcare. Machine learning—and moreover deep learning—has brought many recent success stories to the analysis of complex sequential data sources, including speech, text, and video. However, these success stories involve a clear...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Provably Beneficial Artificial Intelligence

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Stuart Russell, Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is reasonable to expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested?...   More >

Near-infrared Optical Probes for Imaging Neuromodulators with High Spatiotemporal Resolution/ Biosynthesis of Triacsins

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Abraham Beyene, PhD student in the Landry Group; Frederick Twigg, PhD student in the Zhang Group

 College of Chemistry

Near-infrared Optical Probes for Imaging Neuromodulators with High Spatiotemporal Resolution/Biosynthesis of Triacsins

Renarrating the Past: Conflict and Negotiation of Narratives along the Borders of India, Vietnam, and Japan

Panel Discussion | October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hisashi Shimojo, University of Shizuoka; Kana Tomizawa, University of Shizuoka

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Global Studies (CEGLOS), University of Shizuoka

- Keiko Yamanaka, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
- Dana Buntrock, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley

- Kana Tomizawa, University of Shizuoka
How to Narrate Oppressed Grief: from Yasukuni to Calcutta
- Hisashi Shimojo, University of Shizuoka
Belonging and Religion in a Multi-Ethnic Society: Cross-Border Migration...   More >

Topology Seminar: Sub-leading asymptotics of ECH capacities

Seminar | October 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Savale, Universität zu Köln

 Department of Mathematics

On a closed, contact three manifold the asymptotics of its ECH spectrum are known to recover the contact volume. This has applications to the existence of at least two, and in some cases two or infinitely many, Reeb orbits as well as the density of the union of periodic Reeb orbits for generic contact forms. In this talk, we improve the asymptotic formula for ECH spectrum with a subleading...   More >

Medicine Stories: Indigenous Perspectives on Mind-Altering Substances

Conference/Symposium | October 16 | 5-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Anthropology

This gathering will center indigenous perspectives in dialogue on the complex issues surrounding globalization of mind-altering substances.

About this Event:
Since the beginning of human existence, people of the world have altered their minds with countless practices and substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and...   More >

  RSVP online

The Belt and Road Initiative: The Future of Energy + Water in Asia and Beyond

Panel Discussion | October 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N440+N444

 BERC and the Institute of East Asian Studies

Join BERC and IEAS/CCS as we discuss the implications of large-scale infrastructure development on natural resources through the lens of China's BRI.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

RAPDP - Intermediate - Fund Management

Workshop | October 17 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop the covers the monthly reporting and reconciliation process (using PI Portfolio), including updating projections, fulfilling the SAS-115 requirements, and processing corrective transactions such as expense transfers. Learning Objectives: • Understand the importance of implementing key financial controls throughout the life of an award • Perform the day-to-day...   More >

  Register online

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | October 17 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Will Gornall, Sauder School of Business; University of British Columbia

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: The classification of noncompact surfaces

Seminar | October 17 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ethan Dlugie, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

Much of what we know about mapping class groups of compact surfaces stems from their well known classification. In recent years, much effort has been directed towards understanding "big" mapping class groups, i.e. the mapping class groups of surfaces of infinite type. In this talk, we'll walk through Ian Richards' proof that such surfaces are completely classified by their space of ends. We'll...   More >

Align Yourself for Better Health (BEUHS411)

Workshop | October 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Improve your posture through awareness, exercise and ergonomics. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance.

  Register online

BPM 204 Building Teams

Workshop | October 17 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers the characteristics of and the tools necessary for building an effective team.

  Register online

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar

Seminar | October 17 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Maria Kurakina

 Department of Economics

Microsoft Word Mail Merge Automation

Course | October 17 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 239 Campus Shared Services (1608 4th Street, Berkeley)

 Human Resources

This course details the process of performing automated electronic mail merges. Emphasis is placed on data source connections, integration and formatting of static and dynamic content, document layout types, and mail merge feature differences with Microsoft Publisher. Learning Objectives * Create calculated fields for use in merge documents. * Prepare and format static document content for...   More >

  Register online

RTMP Seminar: Derived actions of groupoids of 2-Calabi-Yau categories

Seminar | October 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Milen Yakimov, Louisiana State University

 Department of Mathematics

Starting with work of Seidel and Thomas, there has been a great interest in the construction of faithful actions of various classes of groups on derived categories (braid groups, fundamental groups of hyperplane arrangements, mapping class groups). We will describe a general construction of this sort in the setting of algebraic 2-Calabi-Yau triangulated categories. It is applicable to categories...   More >

Greg Duncan, UC Irvine School of Education Child Poverty: Next Steps for Research and Policy: IHD/Developmental Colloquium Fall 2019

Colloquium | October 17 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Greg Duncan, UC Irvine School of Education

 Institute for Human Development

Abstract: Although child poverty rates have fallen by half in the past 50 years, 13% of U.S. children (9.7 million in all) live in families with incomes below the poverty line. Drawing from a recently released National Academy report on child poverty, I briefly summarize causal evidence on the consequences of poverty for children’s development as well as research on the impacts of anti-poverty...   More >

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Robin Snyder

Seminar | October 17 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Robin Snyder

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

Robin Snyder, Associate Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University, will present: "The role of luck in individual success." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Inference based on Kotlarski's Identity"

Seminar | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Takuya Ura, University of California, Davis

 Department of Economics

CRG Thursday Forum Series: Amplifying Memory through Many Minds: Performance and Cultural Belongings

Panel Discussion | October 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alutiiq choreographer and performer

 Bélgica del Río; Jeni(f)fer Tamayo

 Center for Race and Gender

Alutiiq choreographer and performer Tanya Lukin Linklater shares her work and discusses the museum as performance space with
TDPS scholars Bélgica del Río and Jeni(f)fer Tamayo.

  RSVP online

“Some Live in Darkness, Some Live in Light”: China and Elsewhere in 1900

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Peter Perdue, Professor of History, Yale University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a brilliant spectacle, the Western powers and Japan demonstrated their imperial prowess at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Several months later, the same powers invaded China to lift the siege of the foreign legations by the Boxers and the Qing government. The Qing government fell to its nadir, but China’s inextricable links to global trends soon brought...   More >

Taste Matters: Cosmopolitan Aspiration and Cultural Belonging in South Korean Culinary Dramas

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jenny Wang Medina, Emory University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Food-related cultural content exploded in South Korea in the 2000s, becoming fodder for everything from literary fiction to video games, and turning the country and the world into a map of tasty eateries (matjip). Scholarship on food media in Korea has focused on nationalist formulations of Korean cuisine, the rise of celebrity chefs, and vicarious visual consumption through reality programming...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Atoms of free convolutions and their relevance to random matrices

Colloquium | October 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Hari Bercovici, Indiana University Bloomington

 Department of Mathematics

It has been known for some time that the free convolution of two nontrivial probability measures on the real line has few point masses. In fact, every point mass of the convolution is uniquely written as the sum of two point masses of the original measures, and the two points in question are obtained as boundary values of the analytic subordination functions that arise in this context. This is...   More >

Friday, October 18, 2019

Access and Equity—Science for All Students with FOSS (CSTA San Jose)

Workshop | October 18 | 8-9:30 a.m. | San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Room 210E

 150 W Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

 FOSS Project Staff

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Equitable learning opportunities require knowing the curriculum and responding to the diverse needs of students. Explore how FOSS provides universal access and targeted instruction for vulnerable students. Discuss assets and supports students need to be successful in science and engineering.

  Register online

Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Seminar with PhD Student Adji Bousso Dieng: Prescribed Generative Adversarial Networks

Seminar | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 250

 Adji Bousso Dieng, Columbia University

 College of Engineering

GANs are a powerful approach to unsupervised learning. They have achieved state-of-the-art performance in the image domain. However, GANs are limited in two ways. They often learn distributions with low support---a phenomenon known as mode collapse---and they do not guarantee the existence of a probability density, which makes...   More >

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | October 18 | 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

What if we succeed?

Colloquium | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1102

 Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

It is reasonable to expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested? While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss the issue, I will argue instead that a fundamental reorientation of the field is required. The "standard model"...   More >

Insights into Why and How Cities are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

Presentation | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Daniel Chatman, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This webinar is the first in a series being organized by the UC Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) to highlight and discuss the results from research projects funded by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1). Established in 1947 by the California Legislature, the UC ITS has four...   More >


  Register online

Green Chemistry: Using Health and Environmental Impacts as Design Criteria for Safer Materials: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Megan Schwarzman, Associate Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Design Conversations: Claire Evans

Colloquium | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. |  Jacobs Hall

 Claire Evans

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

This fall, we continue our series For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging launched in Spring 2019.

Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design's perceived innocence - admitting historical and contemporary cases where design accidentally or purposefully...   More >

Cybersecurity in Financial Services: Threats and Solutions (BEUHS376)

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

 Jason Mayor, Senior Manager of IT Governance, Risk & Compliance, Raymond James

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Cybersecurity concerns are a by-product of the technology boom we've experienced over the last 20+ years, but who are the threat actors behind the hacks, data breaches, and fraud activity, and how can we protect ourselves moving forward? This presentation will address these questions, while providing best practices and recommendations for individuals to apply to their everyday life in order to...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: A Framework for Information Processing: Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Seminar | October 18 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Sadasivan Shankar, Ph.D, Associate in Applied Physics, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As part of this talk, we will also briefly illustrate a new class that we have developed in which students are taught hands-on about using extreme computing to address real applications. With a focus on real applications, we anticipate co-design will shift the way computing is evaluated and enable many possibilities in applying computing to solve societal problems.

BLISS Seminar: Spectral graph matching and regularized quadratic relaxations

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Jiaming Xu, Duke University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Given two unlabeled, edge-correlated graphs on the same set of vertices, we study the “graph matching” problem of identifying the unknown mapping from vertices of the first graph to those of the second. This amounts to solving a computationally intractable quadratic assignment problem. We propose a new spectral method, which computes the eigendecomposition of the two graph adjacency matrices and...   More >

Extraordinary Optics from Structured Nanoparticles: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Danqing Wang, Miller Instititute / Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Miniaturized and rationally assembled nanostructures exhibit extraordinarily distinct physical and chemical properties beyond their individual units. This talk will focus on structured metal nanoparticle lattices that show unique diffractive coupling with lattice spacings engineered close to the wavelength of light.

Collectively coupled plasmonic nanoparticles induce sharp, intense lattice...   More >

Photogrammetry for archaeologists: Hands on training with AGISoft Photoscan/Metashape

Workshop | October 18 | 2-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Felicia De Pena, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this introduction to AGISoft Metashape (formerly known as "Photoscan") we will cover the basics of photography, photo editing, and processing to create 3D models. Proper photography is essential for producing the geometry necessary for Metashape to stitch photos and will be covered in the first part of the workshop. We will cover basic photo editing, pre-processing, and organization for...   More >

 Registration Info: Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff.

  Register online

Art as Research: Excavando al Rostro de la Memoria

Panel Discussion | October 18 | 3-5 p.m. |  Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Celia Herrera Rodriguez

 Latinx Research Center

A panel featuring scholars of arts research in conversation with artist Celia Herrera Rodríguez’s current exhibition Sabidurías Callejeras.

Simplifying and Accelerating Data Exploration

Seminar | October 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Aditya Parameswaran

 Information, School of

How could interactive data exploration tools be redesigned to give deeper insights more easily and quickly?

Strategic Initiatives for Inland Movement of Containerized Imports at San Pedro Bay

Seminar | October 18 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Rob Leachman, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Berkeley's Rob Leachman will present Strategic Initiatives for Inland Movement of Containerized Imports at San Pedro Bay at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Rob Leachman

Organometallic Molecular Design Strategies for Luminescence, Sensing, and Photoredox Catalysis

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Thomas Teets, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston

 College of Chemistry

This talk describes complementary synthetic strategies to enhance the photoluminescence and photoredox properties of organometallic complexes. We have addressed the long-standing challenge of designing efficient and stable blue-phosphorescent molecules, currently the most significant technological hurdle in OLED technology. Our efforts have resulted in new designs for blue-emitting iridium...   More >

Getting to Know the Gods of Taiwan: Children’s Literature and Identity Formation

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Natasha Heller, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions, University of Virginia

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In secular children’s books, gods are often part of history and culture—but what roles are they expected to play in the lives of contemporary children? Focusing on picture books and early readers about the goddess Mazu 媽祖 and the earth god (tudi gong 土地公), I will argue that they represent different strategies of incorporating religion in the creation of...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Categoricity of Shimura Varieties

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The question of categoricity of the universal cover of certain algebraic varieties begun with Zilber’s study of the complex exponential function, and his methods have allowed people to study the question on other arithmetic varieties. In this talk we will consider the case of Shimura varieties, and we will see how some ideas from model theory and the classification of abstract elementary...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Hodge Bundles and Faltings Height

Seminar | October 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Roy Zhao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will give a brief overview of the Hodge bundle and Faltings height. We will do some explicit computations and also motivate their research by stating some important results and conjectures in Diophantine geometry.

Music Studies Colloquium: Kyle Devine (University of Oslo)

Colloquium | October 18 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

"Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music"

Saturday, October 19, 2019

BAWP Forum: The Question's the Thing: Leveraging Curiosity Across the Disciplines

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

 Bay Area Writing Project

Learning driven by curiosity is a key factor in academic success across disciplines. Join other interested K-16 educators in examining how to validate and capitalize on curiosity, enriching classroom instruction to make learning more engaging and meaningful.

How to Read an Object: focus on Ancient Peru

Workshop | October 19 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

  , Berkeley, CA

 Christine Hastorf, UC Berkeley, Anthropology

 ORIAS, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

What can physical artifacts teach us about past human interactions, activities, and beliefs? How can you teach your students to analyze and infer meanings from objects?

Teachers are invited to come explore a selection of museum objects associated with the ancient Andean region.

free for teachers

  Register online

Innovating Democracy: Key Issues for the 2020 Election and Beyond

Panel Discussion | October 19 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 145 Dwinelle Hall

 Goldman School of Public Policy


Aimee Allison is the founder of She the People, a national network elevating the political voice and power of women of color. By bringing together the most promising women candidates of color, strategists, and movement leaders, Allison was one of the primary architects of the electoral successes that made 2018 the “year of women of color in politics.” She is also the president of...   More >

Engineering Alumni and Faculty Panel discussing the issues African Americans face in STEM: Presented by BSAC

Panel Discussion | October 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 UC Berkeley Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club

What issues are African Americans facing today within the science and engineering fields? What can be done and how should we proceed? You are invited to take part in the discussion. Come to the panel where both alumni and faculty collaborate on these topics and how they can be addressed.

1. What are the issues within Engineering/STEM careers that African Americans are facing and how...   More >

An Alumni and Faculty Panel: Presented by BSAC

Panel Discussion | October 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Cal Alumni Association, BESAC

What issues are African Americans facing today within the science and engineering fields? What can be done and how should we proceed? You are invited to take part in the discussion. Come to the panel where both alumni and faculty collaborate on these topics and how they can be addressed.

1. What are the issues within Engineering/STEM careers that African Americans are facing and how...   More >

Making Sense of Phenomena Using FOSS Waves Course (CSTA San Jose)

Workshop | October 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Room LL20A

 150 W Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

 FOSS Project Staff

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Students should experience and make sense of relevant science phenomena that connect to and define standards. Learn strategies for providing direct experience with lasers and optical fibers to guide students in figuring things out using models to explain phenomena.

  Register online

Colloquium: The San Quentin Project: Narratives of Incarceration

Colloquium | October 19 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Contextualizing The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison, this colloquium brings together leading UC Berkeley faculty from the fields of law, social welfare, and literature, along with artist Nigel Poor, to discuss the power of personal narrative and how narratives of incarceration have taken shape across disciplines. Faculty presenters are Genaro Padilla, Tina...   More >

Science-Centered Language Development for English Learners (CSTA San Jose)

Workshop | October 19 | 3-4:30 p.m. | San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Room LL21F

 150 W Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

 FOSS Project Staff

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Engage with firsthand experiences that provide a context for interacting in meaningful ways to develop science understandings. Discover the FOSS ELD chapters that support teachers in planning for integrated and designated ELD. Receive tools for providing ELD opportunities in FOSS.

  Register online