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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

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SP2017 Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition

Presentation | February 1 | 7 Evans Hall

 Chrystal Chang, Professor of International & Area Studies Academic Program, Political Science Department and Sociology Department; Daniel Baker, PhD student of Goldman School of Public Policy; Philip Rogers, Political Science PhD

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

The Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition, open to all undergraduate and graduate students across UC Berkeley, is a biannual event held by Project Pengyou, Berkeley Chapter. It is intended to foster discussion and collaborative research and to encourage creative and feasible policy-making, in a non-partisan environment, on key topics in the U.S.-China space.The winning team will receive a $20...   More >

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: The Latest Research on Sit-Stand Workstations with Dr. Carisa Harris-Adamson

Seminar | February 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series

 Carisa Harris-Adamson, Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education Program

In this ergonomics webinar Carisa Harris-Adamson PhD, CPE, PT provides a review of the latest research on outcomes for sit-stand workstations.

On completion of this webinar participants will be able to:
∙∙ Describe the research evidence from both short- and long-term studies for common health risks that result from prolonged static sitting and standing work...   More >

$0 Free to view the webinar, $30 For CE credit

  Registration opens January 13. Register online or by calling info@coehce.org at 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org at info@coehce.org by February 1.

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Finite precision stability analysis of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting

Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Jianwei Xiao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is follow-up work of "On reliability of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting" from last semester's seminar talk. We investigate different updating formulas used in randomized QR factorization with column pivoting (RQRCP) and discuss the efficiency differences. We also analyze numerical stability of different RQRCP algorithms.

From body to brain: control of autonomic physiology by the sensory vagus nerve

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Rui Chang**, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

BioE Seminar: “Engineering of MRI to address evolving needs in cardiovascular research and clinical practice”

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

 Moriel Vandsburger, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 1
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Moriel Vandsburger
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
UC Berkeley

Exploring Career Interests with the Strong Interest Inventory (BECAR101)

Workshop | February 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Strong Interest Inventory is used to clarify prominent career and work interests.

 Search for BECAR101 in the Blu Portal under UCB Learning Center (left column). Enroll online

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Miriam Zelditch and Don Swiderski "Adaptive and nonadaptive radiations of squirrels"

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Miriam Zelditch & Don Swiderski, Museum of Paleontology and Museum of Zoology, Univ. of Michigan

 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 >

Introducing UCNets, Wave 1: Drawing on Family and Being Drawn on by Family: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Claude Fischer, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

The Future of the Public University: Christopher Newfield, in Conversation with Carol Christ

Panel Discussion | February 1 | 2-4 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Christopher Newfield, Professor, UC Santa Barbara

 Carol Christ, Interim EVCP, Interim Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

 Wendy Brown, Professor

 Berkeley Faculty Association

The public university is facing unprecedented challenges: mounting budgetary pressures and a more hostile political climate. Two distinguished commentators will discuss the path the public university has taken so far, and possible roads ahead.

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 1 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Baldassano, PhD, Princeton University

 Department of Psychology

Segmenting, Connecting, and Recalling Events

Seminar | February 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Baldassano, Princeton University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Up-down Markov chains on partitions and their diffusion analogs

Seminar | February 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Soumik Pal, Univ. of Washington

 Department of Statistics

A popular family of models of random partitions is called the Chinese Restaurant Process. We imagine n customers being seated randomly and sequentially at tables of a restaurant according to a fixed stochastic rule. Counting customers by the tables gives us a composition of n. Consider a Markov chain on such compositions where we remove a randomly chosen customer and reseat her. How can one...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Coarse grained density functional theory for the study of defects in crystalline materials

Seminar | February 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kaushik Bhattacharya, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

Defects determine critical properties of crystalline materials even though they occur at relatively low concentrations. They can interact over long distances through slowly decaying fields whose strength depends on the electronic structure of the core. Thus the study of defects requires electronic resolutions with continuum range. This talk will describe some of the mathematical and computational...   More >

Developing new microfluidic technologies to probe how proteins find their biophysical soul mates

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Polly Fordcy, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. David Baker, Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Post-Evolutionary Biology: Design of novel protein structures, functions and assemblies

Abstract: Proteins mediate the critical processes of life and beautifully solve the challenges faced during the evolution of modern organisms. Our goal is to design a new generation of proteins that address current day problems not faced during evolution. In contrast to traditional protein engineering...   More >

Large, Sparse Optimal Matching in an Observational Study of Surgical Outcomes

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sam Pimentel, Department of Statistics, Wharton School, UPenn

 Department of Statistics

Every newly trained surgeon performs a first unsupervised operation. How do her patients' health outcomes compare with the patients of experienced surgeons? A credible comparison must (1) occur within hospitals, since health outcomes vary widely by hospital; (2) compare outcomes of patients undergoing the same operative procedures, since the risks differ in a knee replacement and an appendectomy;...   More >

EECS Colloquium: The Mechanical Side of AI

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Rob Wood, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Artificial Intelligence typically focuses on perception, learning, and control methods to enable autonomous robots to make and act on decisions in real environments. On the contrary, our research is focused on the design, mechanics, materials, and manufacturing of novel robot platforms that make the perception, control, or action easier or more robust for natural, unstructured, and often...   More >

Theorizing Black Europe; Strident Imperialists, Peripheral Colonial Beneficiaries and the contemporary politics of immigration and citizenship

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Stephen A. Small, Associate Professor, African American Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Professor Small frames today’s presentation from the perspective of the second group of analysts. Small defines Black Europe as being constituted by four overlapping, non-linear components, that have unfolded historically and are manifest today, each of which is irrepressibly gendered.

Michaelangelo Tabone

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Michaelangelo Tabone, Alumnus, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

GSAC Seminar: "A Few Things Cognitive Science Tells Us About Effective Teaching”

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Professor Richard Felder, North Carolina State University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

East Bay Science Cafe: Mass Extinctions: Learning from the fossil record

Presentation | February 1 | 7 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

 Seth Finnegan, UC Museum of Paleontology


Paleontologist Seth Finnegan takes us on a journey through the fossil record for a deeper understanding of mass extinctions and shares some of the current debates surrounding them.

Ordovician sea life courtesy of William B.S. Berry