<< Week of November 03 >>

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Pine Needle Basketry with Judith Thomas

Workshop | November 3 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Judith Thomas, weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher will instruct students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. A perfect activity for the fall. Pack a lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Garden setting during the break! All levels welcome.

$85 / $75 Garden Members

  Register online

Monday, November 4, 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

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

 Sanam Mozaffari, Roorda Lab; Vincent Nieto, Fleiszig-Evans Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Seminar: Optimization Under Uncertainty for Design, Materials, and Large-Scale Computing

Seminar | November 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 James R. Stewart, Computational Sciences & Math Sandia National Laboratories

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation highlights the many ways that optimization is used to support multiscale, multiphysics modeling and simulation. Examples include design and topology optimization, as well as PDE-constrained optimization and Bayesian inference for estimating material properties or input model parameters. In the context of additive manufacturing, the materials themselves become part of the design...   More >


Trade Lunch: "The Welfare Consequences of Urban Renewal: Evidence from the Mumbai Mills Redevelopment"

Seminar | November 4 | 12:05-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Nick Tsivanidis, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Seminar: Partition identities of Capparelli and Primc

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

 Jehanne Dousse, CNRS et Universite Lyon I

 Department of Mathematics

A partition of a positive integer n is a non-increasing sequence of positive integers whose sum is n. A Rogers-Ramanujan type identity is a theorem stating that for all n, the number of partitions of n satisfying some difference conditions equals the number of partitions of n satisfying some congruence conditions. In the 1980's, Lepowsky and Wilson established a connection between the...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

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

 Marco Tabellini, Professor, Harvard

 Department of Economics

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

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: A Survey of Bi-free Extremes

Seminar | November 4 | 3-5 p.m. | Evans Hall, 736 Evans

 Jun-Chau Wang, University of Saskatchewan

 Department of Mathematics

We will review the recent results from the paper "Bi-free extreme values" (arXiv:1811.10007), and discuss further some open problems in bi-free harmonic analysis.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Minimal surfaces via Allen-Cahn

Seminar | November 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christos Mantoulidis, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We will survey the construction of minimal surfaces (critical points of the area functional) as limits of solutions of the Allen-Cahn equation, $\epsilon ^2 \Delta u = u^3 - u$, with $\epsilon \to 0$. We will focus on Allen-Cahn solutions that arise from min-max constructions, and we'll discuss properties of the corresponding minimal surfaces. Part of this talk is joint work with Otis Chodosh.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On the Kudla-Rapoport conjecture

Seminar | November 4 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Chao Li, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

The Kudla-Rapoport conjecture predicts a precise identity between the arithmetic intersection numbers of special cycles on unitary Rapoport-Zink spaces and the derivatives of local representation densities of hermitian forms. It is a key local ingredient to establish the arithmetic Siegel-Weil formula, relating the height of generating series of special cycles on Shimura varieties to the...   More >

Anil Aswani — Optimization Hierarchy for Fair Statistical Decision Problems

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

 Anil Aswani, University of California, Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Data-driven decision-making has drawn scrutiny from policy makers due to fears of potential discrimination, and a growing literature has begun to develop fair statistical techniques. However, these techniques are often specialized to one model context and based on ad-hoc arguments, which makes it difficult to perform theoretical analysis. This paper develops an optimization hierarchy...   More >

The Lord of the Rings: structural mechanism of a DNA polymerase sliding clamp loader

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Brian Kelch, University of Massachusetts Medical School

 College of Chemistry

The sliding clamp Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA) is a central regulator of genomic integrity and cell proliferation pathways in all eukaryotes. PCNA is a ring-shaped complex that encircles and slides along DNA, serving as an essential cofactor of DNA polymerases and scores of other proteins to coordinate DNA replication with numerous cellular processes. PCNA is installed on DNA by a...   More >

Winners and Losers?: The Effect of Gaining and Losing Access to Selective Colleges on Education and Labor Market Outcomes

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

 Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley; Department of Economics and Goldman School of Public Policy

 Graduate School of Education

(Joint with Sandra Black and Jeffrey Denning)

College admissions processes are fundamentally a question of tradeoffs: given capacity, admitting one student means rejecting another. Research to date has generally estimated average effects of college selectivity, and has been unable to distinguish between the gains to students gaining access and the losses to students losing access. We use the...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Systoles, Special Lagrangians, and Bridgeland stability conditions

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yu-Wei Fan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose a question that naturally generalizes Loewner’s torus systolic inequality from the perspective of Calabi-Yau geometry: Is the square of the minimum volume of special Lagrangians in a Calabi-Yau manifold bounded above by the total vol- ume of the Calabi-Yau? We introduce the categorical analogues of systole and volume in terms of Bridgeland stability conditions, which enables us to...   More >

Redesigning CMOS Electronics: What, Why and How?

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Cory Hall, Wang Room (531 Cory Hall)

 Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We have devised an effective heterogeneous integration strategy based on mature and reliable CMOS technology only to integrate hybrid materials and diverse set of devices for multi-disciplinary applications.

The Technology Politics of Mechanizing Crops: Insights from California Agriculture, 1945-1985

Seminar | November 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Patrick Baur, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley; Alastair Iles, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

This is the age of agricultural robots. Media outlets from the Los Angeles Times to The New Yorker are publishing articles on new robotic advances. The contemporary fascination with robots, artificial intelligence, ‘big data’, and other Silicon-Valley-inspired technology is rooted in a long history of framing automation as natural and inevitable. For the past century, the...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: A tale of two resolvent estimates

Seminar | November 4 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jared Wunsch, Northwestern University

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss two new results concerning the best of resolvent estimates and the worst of resolvent estimates. In the former, case, that of nontrapping obstacles or metrics, we have obtained (in joint work with Galkowski and Spence) optimal, dynamically determined, constants in the standard non-trapping estimate for the (chopped off) resolvent. In the latter case, that of obstacles or metrics...   More >

Commercializing Advanced Materials: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | November 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ajay Virkar, Co-Founder, Chief Technological Officer, C3Nano

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

In this talk, C3Nano’s progression from a university spin-out into a fully operational advanced materials company with the industry’s leading technology, a global foot-print, and a successful track record for commercialization of various products, will be discussed.

Ajay completed BS in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois and his PhD under the guidance of...   More >

Worker's Rights and the Promise of Medicare for All

Panel Discussion | November 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Laurel Lucia, Healthcare Program Director, UC Berkeley Labor Center; Dr. Uma Tadepalli, MD, Member, Physicians for a National Health Plan; Michelle Segretario, Member, United Auto Workers 2865 & Department of Italian Studies; Jasmine Ruddy, Medicare for All Team Lead, California Nurses Association; Melvin Mackay, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10

 Perrie Briskin, Head Steward, United Auto Workers 2865 & Haas School of Business & School of Public Health

 United Auto Workers 2865

Join UAW 2865 for an exciting panel with healthcare experts, healthcare workers, and workers in other industries on what healthcare reform would mean for workers!

ATC Lecture — Guy Hoffman, "Transience, Replication, and the Paradox of Social Robotics"

Colloquium | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Guy Hoffman, Robotics Researcher, Cornell University

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), Arts + Design

As we continue to develop social robots designed for connectedness, we struggle with paradoxes related to authenticity, transience, and replication. In this talk, I will attempt to link together 15 years of experience designing social robots with 100-year-old texts on transience, replication, and the fear of dying. Can there be meaningful relationships with robots who do not suffer natural decay?...   More >

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, November 5, 2019

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | November 5 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Making the Complex Simple: Exploring New Amine Chemical Space via Unusual Reactive Intermediates

Seminar | November 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jen Schomaker, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Madison

 College of Chemistry

The need for efficient access to molecules of importance to human health drives the development of innovative synthetic methods. Our group has had a long-standing interest in exploring stereochemically complex molecular space not well-represented in typical drug screening libraries. This had led to new methods to transform simple precursors into densely functionalized amines, azetidines,...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: CANCELLED

Seminar | November 5 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: CANCELED, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Molecular and epigenetic programs defining tumors-specific T cell differentiation and dysfunction

Seminar | November 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Andrea Schietinger, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "The Aggregate Labor Supply Curve at the Extensive Margin: A Reservation Wedge Approach"

Presentation | November 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Schoefer, UCB

 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 November 1.

LinkedIN II: Maximize Your Online Professional Presence

Workshop | November 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

Make sure your LinkedIN profile is serving you by understanding what your readers look for. This hands-on workshop is a chance to incorporate tips from a UC Berkeley recruiter. We encourage you to bring a tablet, laptop or smart phone.

Matrix On Point: The Trump Impeachment

Panel Discussion | November 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law; Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Social Science Matrix

With the 2020 general elections looming, the nominee for the Democratic Party undetermined, and a defiant and volatile president at the helm, the impeachment inquiry is sure to heat up in the weeks ahead. Join us on November 5 for a discussion about the Trump impeachment featuring Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law, and Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy.

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Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Robert Reich

Grief, Loss and the Healing Process During the Holidays (BEUHS186)

Workshop | November 5 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Cheryl Krauter, MFT

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This can be a tough time of year for those who are dealing with aging and illness ... not only for them but for their partners, families, friends and communities. The pressure to celebrate, to be happy and full of joy can be exhausting. How do we meet grief and loss with authenticity and compassion so that the...   More >

Narrow Path to a New NAFTA: Will USMCA Pass in 2019, 2020, or Never?

Colloquium | November 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Christopher Sands, Johns Hopkins University

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Public Law and Policy Program

The United States Mexico Canada Agreement was negotiated before the 2018 Mexican elections, then approved by the Mexican Congress. In 2019 Canadians went to the polls and re-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau whose Liberals are credited with managing relations with Washington and salvaging Canada's market aceess to the United States and Mexico. Now, as the US Congress considers when to start...   More >

Space Physics Seminar

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

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Family Formation and Crime

Seminar | November 5 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Maxim Massenkoff, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

H-1B Workshop

Workshop | November 5 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

The main focus of this workshop are general H-1B eligibility requirements, eligible professional occupations, application process, and timing concerns.

Topics covered:
H-1B eligibility criteria
Types of jobs appropriate for H-1B
Minimum salary requirements
Employer's role
Application timing challenges
Options for F/J students/scholars

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | November 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

New Directions in Bangladesh Studies: Recent Scholarship and New Publications

Panel Discussion | November 5 | 3-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

 Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley; Nusrat S. Chowdhury, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College; Tariq Omar Ali, Associate Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

 Charles Hirschkind, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Art History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Department of English, Masters of Development Practice, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Economics, Department of History

A panel discussion on recent scholarship on Bangladesh-related studies with Nusrat S. Chowdhury, Tariq Omar Ali, and Poulomi Saha.

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Semiclassical resolvent bound for compactly supported Hölder continuous potentials

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

 Jacob Shapiro, ANU

 Department of Mathematics

We prove a weighted resolvent estimate for the semiclassical Schrödinger operator $-h^2 \Delta + V : L^2(\mathbb { R }^n) \to L^2(\mathbb { R }^n)$, $n \ge 3$. We assume the potential $V$ is compactly supported and α-Hölder continuous, $0< \alpha < 1$. The logarithm of the resolvent norm grows like $h^{-1-\frac {1-\alpha }{3 + \alpha }}\log (h^{-1})$ as the semiclassical parameter $h \to 0^+$....   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Finiteness conditions for local cohomology modules

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

 Robin Hartshorne, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The local cohomology modules of a module M over a commutative noetherian ring A with supports in an ideal I are rarely finitely generated. I will describe two recent theories, that of D-modules in char. 0, and F-modules in char. p >0, where the additional structure allows one to factor a module into a composition series with simple quotients. This has applications, for example, in studying the...   More >

Mathematics of deep learning?: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | November 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Roman Vershynin, University of California, Irvine

 Department of Statistics

Deep learning is a rapidly developing area of machine learning, which uses artificial neural networks to perform learning tasks. Although mathematical description of neural networks is simple, theoretical explanation of spectacular performance of deep learning remains elusive. Even the most basic questions about remain open. For example, how many different functions can a neural network compute?...   More >

Revisiting dry deposition of trace gases and particles in the atmosphere

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

 Delphine Farmer, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University

 College of Chemistry

Dry deposition is a key process that removes trace gases and particles from the atmosphere, and thus one factor that controls the atmospheric lifetime of pollutants and short-lived climate forcers. In fact, dry deposition is the single largest component of uncertainty in our understanding of aerosol effects on climate. Despite its importance, dry deposition of trace gases and particles is poorly...   More >

What Drives Native American Poverty?

Colloquium | November 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center | Canceled

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Beth Redbird, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Fellow, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Northwestern University

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, Native American Studies, Native American Student Development, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Studies Library, American Indian Graduate Student Association

Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance: "Accounting for Cross-Country Income Differences: New Evidence from Multinational Firms”

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

 Vanessa Alviarez, Assistant Professor, Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia

 Department of Economics

We use data on the cross-border operations of multinational enterprises (MNE) to decompose cross-country differences in output-per worker into differences in ‘country embedded factors’ vs. differences in ‘aggregate firm know-how’. By ‘country-embedded factors’ we refer to the components of productivity that are internationally immobile and impact all firms inside a country, such as institutions,...   More >

Physics and AI: Achieving transferability in deep learning from minimal observations

Seminar | November 5 | 5-6 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Isaac Tamblyn

 Computational Materials at Berkeley

Computational Materials at Berkeley is hosting a seminar by Isaac Tamblyn tomorrow, November 5th, at 5pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Dr. Tamblyn is a Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada and his group works at the cutting edge of machine learning for materials discovery. There will be free food and refreshments available.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: The reach of an algebraic variety

Seminar | November 5 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Madeleine Weinstein, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The reach of a real algebraic variety is its distance to its medial axis, the locus of points in Euclidean space that have more than one nearest point on the variety. The reach is important in topological data analysis because it determines the density of sample points needed to compute the persistent homology of a variety. We discuss algebraic properties of bottlenecks and curvature, which...   More >

Global Macroeconomic Trends: Catalysts and Implications Expert Panel

Panel Discussion | November 5 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | 505 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Mohsin Hafeez, MBA, CFP®, Adjunct Faculty, Finance and Macroeconomics, UC Berkeley Extension; Tushar Yadava, BS, MA, Director and Strategist, Blackrock, Director and Strategist, Blackrock; Gary Schlossberg, BS, MSc, Vice President & Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Asset Management; Brian Leach, Senior Vice President, Fixed Income Strategies, PIMCO; John Savarese, MD, MBA, Managing Partner, BAIATEQ, LLC

 Brett Yokom, Instructor, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Countdown 2020: Is the economic recovery facing a bump in the road, or hitting a wall?

A year before a historic Presidential election, our nation looks askance. It’s been the longest, albeit tepid, recovery in several decades,...   More >

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Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Storytelling for Innovation

Workshop | November 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 The Big Ideas Contest

Receive guidance and feedback on how to effectively craft your Big Ideas pre-proposal. Big Ideas advisors will walk you through every element that is required in your 3-page pre-proposal submission and any answer questions you have.

2019 Innovators@Cal: Fostering Innovation Across UC Berkeley

Conference/Symposium | November 5 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Hosted by Big Ideas, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, CITRIS Tech for Social Good, Fung Institute, Women in Tech Initiative (WITI), BHEP (Haas), and The Foundry, Innovators@Cal is an exciting event which fosters collaboration across the UC Berkeley campus. If you have an idea or startup, are looking to form or join a team, or are interested in the entrepreneurship resources available -...   More >

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

RAPDP - Intermediate - HR for the RA

Workshop | November 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that explores the types of research appointments used on sponsored awards, as well as the compliance issues associated with PI effort and how the Effort Reporting System is used to track and report effort. Learning Objectives: • Define Effort and explain the appointment types that are used with research funds • Distinguish between the most common types of...   More >

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Microtubule dynamics: not only at the tips

Seminar | November 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Antonina Roll-Mecak, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health USA

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Introduction to Macdonald polynomials

Seminar | November 6 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Freddie Huang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Macdonald polynomials generalize many important bases of the ring of symmetric functions, including Schur polynomials. We will define Macdonald polynomials using Macdonald's original construction, and state some basic results about them.

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | November 6 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | TBA Haas School of Business

 Johannes Stroebel, Stern School of Business; New York University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar


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


 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 >

Inequality and Health across the Life Course: Gradual Change or Punctuated Equilibrium?: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

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

 Michal Engelman, Professor, Sociology, University of Wisconsin

 Population Science, Department of Demography

As an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Research Affiliate at the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA), Michal Engelman studies the dynamics of population aging and health across the life course, with particular emphasis on early and mid-life factors that influence health disparities at older ages.

TSUJIMOTO ENDOWED LECTURE: "Essential Roles of Plant Lipids in Photosynthesis and Plant Resilience"

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

 Christoph Benning, Michigan State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Christoph Benning is the Director of the Michigan State University Plant Research Laboratory and a University Distinguished Professor. He received his Masters at Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet in Germany and his Ph.D. at Michigan State. Research in the Benning laboratory focuses on lipid metabolism in photosynthetic organisms. One area of particular interest is the assembly and maintenance of the...   More >

Neural Circuit Mechanisms of Rapid Associative Learning: Redwood Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Aaron Milstein, Stanford University School of Medicine, Dept. of Neurosurgery

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How do neural circuits in the brain accomplish rapid learning? When foraging for food in a previously unexplored environment, animals store memories of landmarks based on as few as one single view. Also, animals remember landmarks and navigation decisions that eventually lead to food, which requires that the brain associate events with delayed outcomes. I will present evidence that a particular...   More >

Jennifer Davis, “Uncovering Mechanisms of Cardiac Fibrosis: From Molecular to Microenvironmental Signals”: Bioengineering Department Seminar

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

 Jennifer Davis, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Jennifer Davis, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bioengineering, University of Washington

...Our lab seeks to understand how cell and tissue forces are sensed and transduced into changes in cell geometry, differentiation, and proliferation...we anticipate this work will pioneer new mechanics-based therapeutics that reverse maladaptive cardiac architecture back to normal.   More >

Neural control of affective spillover

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

 Regina Lapate, Postdoctoral Fellow, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

A hallmark of human social experience is the frequent exposure to continuously varying emotional events. Optimal functioning in everyday life therefore requires the ability to efficiently override reflexive emotional responses and prevent the spillover of affect to people or situations unrelated to the source of emotion. How does our brain maintain context-sensitive emotional responses? In this...   More >

Transitioning Back After Baby Bonding Leave (BEUHS374)

Workshop | November 6 | 12:10-2 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Ed Center

 Leslie Bell, Ph.D., Employee Assistance; Mary Kelly, Disability Management; Craig Mielcarski, LCSW, Be Well at Work; Cori Evans, Wellness and Breastfeeding Support Program; Gabe Schmidt, Healthcare Facilitator

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

The transition for parent’s returning to work after baby bonding leave ends can feel overwhelming as we contend with a vast array of emotions, concerns, and limitations while simultaneously juggling a new work/life balance. Join us for this panel workshop which will focus on understanding both positive and negative emotions related to this transition, how to establish boundaries at work, what...   More >

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BLISS Seminar: Distributed Stochastic Optimization with Variance Reduction and Gradient Tracking

Seminar | November 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Yuejie Chi, CMU

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

There is an increasing need to perform large-scale machine learning and optimization over distributed networks, e.g. in the context of multi-agent learning and federated optimization. It is well recognized that, a careful balance of local computation and global communication is necessary in the distributed setting for empirical risk minimization. In this talk, we first consider a natural...   More >

Microbial and Geophysical Insights into the Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon

Colloquium | November 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Mark Waldrop, United States Geological Survey (USGS)

 Department of Geography

Northern latitude soils play a critical role in regulating the Earth’s climate through the production and consumption of greenhouse gases. Climate change is predicted to cause widespread permafrost thaw, with a potential release of greenhouse gases that results in a large positive feedback to the climate system. Because these systems are below zero for most of the year, the functioning of...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Example: the 5-part of real quadratic fields for large $q$, and Implications of Homological Stability

Seminar | November 6 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Sander Mack-Crane and Roy Zhao, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Implications of Homological Stability

Seminar | November 6 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Roy Zhao, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

RTMP Seminar: The Quantum DELL System

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Peter Koroteev, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose quantum Hamiltonians of the double elliptic many-body integrable system (DELL) and study its spectrum. These Hamiltonians are certain elliptic functions of coordinates and momenta. Our results provide quantization of the classical DELL system which was previously found in the string theory literature. The eigenfunction for the N-body model is conjectured to be a properly normalized...   More >

Biological Control Systems: The Future of Engineering In Medicine

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

 Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The mammalian organism maintains stable, efficient and “near-optimal” performance and homeostasis.

Exploring Plantation Worlds: Towards Ethnographic Collaboration

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Tania Murray Li, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

In this talk Tania Li describes the rewards and challenges of team-based ethnographic research drawing on work she carried out in Indonesia’s oil palm plantations together with her collaborator Pujo Semedi and around 100 students from their two universities (Toronto, Gadjah Mada).

EECS Colloquium: Machine Learning: a New Approach to Drug Discovery

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Daphne Koller, insitro

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modern medicine has given us effective tools to treat some of the most significant and burdensome diseases. At the same time, it is becoming consistently more challenging to develop new therapeutics: clinical trial success rates hover around the mid-single-digit range; the pre-tax R&D cost to develop a new drug (once failures are incorporated) is estimated to be greater than $2.5B; and the rate...   More >

Rethinking Nikkô and the Tokugawa Culture of Light

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Timon Screech, University of London SOAS

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

It is well known that Tokugawa Ieyasu died in 1616 and was deified. It was determined that he should be a kami (Shinto god) that existed as an avatar of a Buddha, the Medicine Buddha being selected. There were geomantic reasons for these steps.
Ieyasu’s body was then disinterred and relocated to Nikkô, a geomantically important site.

The modest Shinto-Buddhist precincts demolished and rebuilt...   More >

Metabolic limitations of cancer cell proliferation

Seminar | November 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 Kivanc Birsoy, Rockefeller University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar: Integral-affine spheres

Seminar | November 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Philip Engel, University of Georgia

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss joint work with S. Filip on the structure of the moduli space of integral-affine structures on the two-sphere, and with V. Alexeev on the relationship of this moduli space to K3 surfaces.

2019 Fall Teacher Leadership Invitational: Session 3 - Action Research Showcase

Workshop | November 6 | 4:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 California Reading & Literature Project

CRLP's Fall 2019 Teacher Leadership Series will focus on previewing one of CRLP's latest PD options: Learning How English Works. Topics will include Protocols for Analyzing Student Work Samples, Grammar Mini-Lessons in Designated ELD, and Exploring the Consultancy Protocol for Improving Team Meetings

Wellness Wednesday: Bystander Intervention

Workshop | November 6 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall

 College of Natural Resources

Wellness Wednesday: Community Wellness
Bystander Intervention Training

A Peer Educator from the Bears that Care Initiative sponsored by the Center for Support and Intervention will be leading a bystander intervention training. Following the CARE model this training will teach you to identify potentially harmful situations and intervene effectively and safely.

Bystander intervention is...   More >

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Occupational Noise, Measurement, and Control

Workshop | November 7 – 9, 2019 every day | 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. |  Richmond Field Station

 1301 S 46th St, Richmond, CA 94804

 Michael Cooper CIH, CSP, MPH, Industrial Hygienist Consultant; Stephen Hemperly MS, CIH, CSP, CLSO, FAIHA, Advisory Industrial Hygienist, Western Digital Corporation; David Michael Moore CIH, Industrial Hygienist, Entrinzic Global Solutions

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

This hands-on workshop is designed as an introduction to the basic concepts of occupational noise, noise measurement, and noise control. It will provide an overview of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), identification of hazardous noise exposure, and strategies to reduce and mitigate noise exposure risk. Learners will also explore noise standards, the components of a quality Hearing Conservation...   More >

BPM 208 Accomplishing More for Managers

Workshop | November 7 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content provides knowledge and skills to create accountability, manage competing priorities, and enhance team communication and productivity.

  Register online

Seasonal Tea Blending Workshop for Fall

Workshop | November 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

No matter what phase of life we are in, the varying weather temperatures of the Bay Area and typical patterns of the season can challenge our immune systems. Learn how to connect with the plants around you in order to support the seasonal transition.

In this class you will learn -
Great herbs for Fall in the UCB garden
10 herbs that are great for Fall + the Lungs
How to pick the herbs best...   More >

$40 / $35 UCBG Members

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3-Manifold Seminar: Algorithms in 3-Manifold Theory

Seminar | November 7 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

Following a survey paper of Lackenby, we explore the complexity classes of various problems in 3-manifold theory. Examples include unknot detection being in NP and co-NP, link genus being NP-hard, and the homeomorphism problem being computable. We reference conjectures in computer science about various complexity classes to suggest which questions may have more efficient algorithms and which ones...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Nick Ryan, Professor, Yale University

 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 >

Personal Investments and Your Financial Future (BEUHS369)

Workshop | November 7 | 12:10-2:10 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 John Cleary, Financial Advisor, West Investment Services; Linda Moran, V.P. Sr. Private Client Advisor, Wealth Management Group

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Join us to learn about the many tools and strategies available that can help you achieve your financial goals.

  Enroll online

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar

Seminar | November 7 | 12:45-2:05 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Troup Howard

 Department of Economics

Microsoft Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts

Course | November 7 | 1:30-4 p.m. | S300T Haas School of Business

 Human Resources

This course details the process by which large data sets are organized, formatted, summarized, and interactively manipulated using Tables, PivotTables, and PivotCharts. Learning Objectives * Convert data ranges into Tables to organize and analyze values using single and multi-field sorts, filters, and totals. * Create Structured Reference Calculations using formulas and functions within...   More >

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ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Peter Moyle

Seminar | November 7 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Peter Moyle

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

Peter Moyle, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and Associate Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, will present: "Reconciling California's Delta: Water for Fish and People." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Information routing in the hippocampus

Seminar | November 7 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Tom McHugh, Riken Institute, Tokyo, Japan

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

TDPS Speaker Series | An Invitation to Kabuki: A History and Demonstration of Kabuki with Kyozo Nakamura

Presentation | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Kyozo Nakamura, Kabuki Actor & Japan Cultural Envoy

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Join us for a dynamic lecture and demonstration with veteran onnagata (actor specializing in female roles), Kyozo ​Nakamura. Mr. Nakamura​ will introduce the basics of male and female acting in kabuki and talk about his own path to becoming a seasoned actor.


  Register online

Self-Assembly of Nanoscale Architectures with DNA

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Cory Hall, Wang Room (531 Cory Hall)

 Grigory Tikhomirov, Senior Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Is it possible to develop a new approach to building complex devices that combines the strengths of biomolecular self-assembly and systematic engineering? In this talk I will discuss recent work towards this goal using DNA as a nanoscale, programmable building block.

CRG Thursday Forum Series: Water and War: Environmental Justice in Flint, Detroit, and Northern California

Panel Discussion | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Beth Rose Middleton Manning; Michael Mascarenhas

 Center for Race and Gender

Beth Rose Middleton Manning of UC Davis presents “Currents of Resistance: Water Quality/Quantity Struggles in Indigenous Northern California Homelands,” and Michael Mascarenhas of ESPM offers “Thirsty for Environmental Justice: Flint, Detroit, and the War over Michigan’s Water.”

  RSVP online

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Hidden Algebraic Structures in Topology

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

 Sergei Gukov, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Which 4-manifold invariants can detect the Gluck twist? And, which 3-manifold invariants can detect the difference between surgeries on mutant knots? What is the most powerful topological quantum field theory (TQFT)? Guided by questions like these, we will look for new invariants of 3-manifolds and smooth 4-manifolds. Traditionally, a construction of many such invariants and TQFTs involves a...   More >

Christina Marsden Gillis Academic Lives Program: Love, Anarchy and Emma Goldman

Presentation | November 7 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Dr. Candace Falk, Emma Goldman Papers

 Women's Faculty Club

Author Dr. Candace Falk has spent years researching and editing books on Emma Goldman, training hundreds of students in the art of historical research and collaborating with them to create the largest curated collection of Emma Goldman’s papers in the world.

Goldman was deported in 1919 after almost two years of prison for speaking out against the laws that mandated military service. She was...   More >

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 5106424175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by November 6.

Book Talk - On the Outside: Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration: David Harding and Underground Scholars

Reading - Nonfiction | November 7 | 5:10-6 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library


David Harding, professor of Sociology (UC Berkeley), will discuss his recent book exploring what happens to formerly incarcerated people as they seek work, housing and community. Mac Hoang and Michael Cerda-Jara, Berkeley Underground Scholars, will join Professor Harding, sharing their research on this crucial topic.

 The Social Research Library is ADA accessible, if you might require any other disability-related accommodations, please contact us as soon as possible.

Image of book jacket, On the Outside.

Innovation Management Panel event - November 7th, 2019

Panel Discussion | November 7 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. |  Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange

 425 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

 Joe Boggio, Vice President, Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange; Sandy Carter, Vice President - Public Sector Partners and Programs, AWS; Diego Dugatkin, Vice President - Product Management, Adobe; Michael Spiegelman, Vice President - Global Product Innovation, Netflix

 Darek DeFreece, Managing Director, UC Berkeley New Ventures

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension is thrilled to welcome four thought leaders for a unique Innovation Management panel event at Capgemini - San Francisco!

Join us on November 7 at 6:30pm and meet with fantastic panelists who will share their experience in managing creative teams and leading innovation initiatives in their organizations...   More >


  Register online

Friday, November 8, 2019

Occupational Noise, Measurement, and Control

Workshop | November 7 – 9, 2019 every day | 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. |  Richmond Field Station

 1301 S 46th St, Richmond, CA 94804

 Michael Cooper CIH, CSP, MPH, Industrial Hygienist Consultant; Stephen Hemperly MS, CIH, CSP, CLSO, FAIHA, Advisory Industrial Hygienist, Western Digital Corporation; David Michael Moore CIH, Industrial Hygienist, Entrinzic Global Solutions

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

This hands-on workshop is designed as an introduction to the basic concepts of occupational noise, noise measurement, and noise control. It will provide an overview of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), identification of hazardous noise exposure, and strategies to reduce and mitigate noise exposure risk. Learners will also explore noise standards, the components of a quality Hearing Conservation...   More >

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.

Persimmon: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault

Workshop | November 8 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join artist, Karen LeGault, for a brush painting workshop celebrating seasonal plants in the Garden. Each month will focus on a different subject: grape vines, sunflowers, persimmon, and the pine tree.

$75, $65 members

  Register online

String-Math Seminar: Logarithmic VOAs from 3d boundary chiral algebras

Seminar | November 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Sergei Gukov, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an overview and some of the highlights of a research program initiated in 2013 with Gadde and Putrov, the main subject of which is the study of 2d-3d combined systems that involve 3d N=2 theories with 2d N=(0,2) boundary conditions. We will see how holomorphic-topological twists of such systems lead to boundary chiral algebras, somewhat similar to Beem-Rastelli chiral algebras of 4d...   More >

Seminar with INZONE.AI Entrepreneur Sandeep Srinivasan

Seminar | November 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 242

 Sandeep Srinivasan, INZONE.AI


Sandeep Srinivasan Founder & CEO @INZONE.AI Bio:

Sandeep is a serial Entrepreneur has founded 4 startups, including INZONE.AI

His previous 2 startups (Mskribe Inc and Synchronous Design Automation) have been in the space of algorithms to reduce power consumption on complex IC’s.

Sandeep also founded a consumer facing location based messaging startup, that used machine learning to keep...   More >

Neural Circuits of Cognition in Artificial and Biological Neural Networks

Seminar | November 8 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1102

 David Freedman, The University of Chicago

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Humans and other advanced animals have a remarkable ability to interpret incoming sensory stimuli and plan task-appropriate behavioral responses. This talk will present parallel experimental and computational approaches aimed at understanding how visual feature encoding in upstream sensory cortical areas is transformed across the cortical hierarchy into more flexible task-related encoding in the...   More >

Emerging Semiconductor Nanoscale Devices and Systems for Classical and Quantum Information Processing

Seminar | November 8 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 293 Cory Hall

 Prof. Philip Feng, University of Florida

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

Emerging semiconductors, ranging from atomic layer semiconducting crystals (such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) and black phosphorus) to wide and ultrawide bandgap materials (such as SiC, Ga2O3, and h-BN), along with their heterostructures, offer compelling platforms for engineering new electronic, photonic devices and transducers, where the unconventional and unique properties of...   More >

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

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

 Laurie Ferris

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

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

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: A Perspective on Future Logic Technologies Essential Constituents

Seminar | November 8 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Carlos Diaz, Senior Director in Research and Development, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

CMOS technology continues to scale despite challenges whose solutions, including design and system considerations, increase complexity. Going forward, the exploratory landscape to power, performance, density, and complexity challenges remains rich in options. Timely and conclusive research on new transistors, interconnects, memories, and 3DIC structures and materials is key to long term...   More >

Color Centers and Quantum Nanophotonics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Marina Radulaski, UC Davis, Electrical and Computer Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Light and matter interaction at the nanoscale has been explored for a variety of quantum technologies pertaining to information processing, communication and sensing. The color centers, atomic defects in wide band gap semiconductor lattices, have had a prominent role in this research. The favorable combination of optical and spin properties qualifies color centers as fast indistinguishable...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation III

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

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

A Yeast Biologist Takes a Swim: Studies of Cytokinesis in Algae and Symbiosis in Corals

Seminar | November 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Note change in time and location

 John Pringle, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Composition Colloquium: Jean Geoffroy

Colloquium | November 8 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

MENA Salon: The Lebanese Uprising

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

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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

Since the Lebanese government announced a tax on WhatsApp on 17 October, protesters have taken to the streets in Beirut and across the country to express their discontent with political corruption and the economic crisis. On 29 October, Prime Minister Saad Hariri...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Design and Fabrication of VCSELs for 3D Sensing

Presentation | November 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Kevin Cook

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The demand for low-cost laser sources for 3D imaging in industrial, medical, and consumer applications has created a rapidly growing market for vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). These devices can be configured as widely tunable laser sources using a MEMS actuated mirror, or into high density arrays for powerful, spatially structured light.

In the first half of this talk, I...   More >

Two Talks: Incorporating Sense-making Into Descriptions of Information Systems and Scenarios and Issues in “Send Computation to the Data” Repository Models

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

 Michael Buckland & Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Incorporating Sense-making Into Descriptions of Information Systems
Michael Buckland
Both the theorizing of information systems and representations of information systems and services give prominent attention to information technology and logical flows. But human sensing, sense-making, and becoming informed, although obviously important, get less attention. I will propose how this...   More >

Copper Catalyzed C-H Functionalization: Method Development via Enabling Intermediates

Seminar | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Timothy Warren, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University

 College of Chemistry

Catalytic C-H functionalization offers the promise of atom economical introduction of molecular diversity into organic molecules by direct transformation of C-H bonds to C-C, C-N, or C-O bonds. Compared to more traditional approaches that involve functional group manipulations, the direct utilization of C-H bonds in synthesis can minimize chemical steps, economic cost, and environmental...   More >

Abandoning the City: Studying Chinese Landscape in the Age of Climate Change

Colloquium | November 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 De-nin D. Lee, Associate Professor, Visual & Media Arts, Emerson College

 Gregory Levine, Professor, Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In a 1999 lecture (published in 2005 in Archives of Asian Art), Prof. James Cahill offered thoughts on the history and post-history of Chinese painting. Not solely about landscape, nevertheless, his remarks were inextricable from his lifetime’s study of that genre. The field of Chinese landscape, he observed, produced on the basis of internal, stylistic developments a coherent canon. This canon...   More >

Shitao (Zhu Ruoji, 1642-1707), “Man in the Mountain,”from Album for Daoist Yu, late 1690s. Leaf L in an album of twelve leaves, ink and color on paper, 9 ½ x 11 in. The C. C. Wang Family Collection, New York

Food, Wine Culture: A Conversation on EU and California Foodways

Panel Discussion | November 8 | 5-7 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 Elaine Chukan Brown, Award-winning wine journalist; Fabrizia Lanza, Director, Anna Tasca Lanza School, Sicily

 Institute of European Studies, European Union Center, Department of Italian Studies

As a rare nexus where public policy, politics and pleasure all meet, food has become a focus of today’s professional and scholarly world. This event will focus on the economic viability of food systems through a comparative lens in a conversation that joins voices from the EU and California. In particular it will explore how culture and identity dialogue with food systems and the positioning of...   More >

  RSVP online by November 5.