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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

The Evolution of New Species: Interview with Katya Mack, Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar | February 14 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Katya Mack, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

The Graduates is back with new episodes for the spring semester! Join us as we speak with Katya Mack about her research on the molecular processes that lead to the evolution of new mammal species. The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web.

Katya Mack at Cal Day (photo by C. Conroy)

Artificial photosynthesis: from nano to microbes

Seminar | February 14 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Chong Liu, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Impact Investing

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Adair Morse, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

We study investments in impact funds, defined as venture capital or growth equity funds with dual objectives of generating financial returns and positive externalities. Being an impact fund elevates a fund’s marginal investment rate by 14.1% relative to a traditional VC fund, even more for funds focused on environmental, poverty, and minority/women issues.

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Novartis Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Design and Evolution of New Biocatalysts for Enantioselective Synthesis

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Nick Turner, Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester

 College of Chemistry

This lecture will describe recent work from our laboratory aimed at developing new biocatalysts for enantioselective organic synthesis, with a particular emphasis on the design of in vitro and in vivo cascade processes for generating chiral pharmaceutical building blocks. By applying the principles of ‘biocatalytic retrosynthesis’ we have shown that is now increasingly possible to design new...   More >

UCMP Fossil Coffee

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Daniel Stolper, EPS, Berkeley

 Museum of Paleontology

Securing Research Data

Workshop | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (rm. 190)

 Chris Hoffman, Research Data Management

 Research Data Management

Across campus, researchers face an increasingly complex set of requirements to protect their research data. While many researchers have developed innovative approaches to accomplish their research, others encounter significant obstacles. Campus support and guidance for research on these kinds of data sets is uneven at best.

Join us in this Love Your Data week discussion, in which researchers...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Institutional trust, identity, and compliance in post-Ebola Guinea

Colloquium | February 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Allison Grossman, PhD Student, Political Science

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Allison Grossman

Development Lunch:"Topic Forthcoming"

Seminar | February 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Adina Rom

 Department of Economics, CEGA

From Resource to Price: The Case of the Italian Electricity Network and Market

Seminar | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 (Banatao Auditorium)

 Anna Creti, Université Paris Dauphine

 Siebel Energy Institute

This talk investigates the impact of renewable production on congestion using a unique database on the Italian Power Market, where zonal pricing is in place. As part of her involvement with the Siebel Energy Institute, Professor Anna Creti will present research that estimates two econometric models.

Anna Creti

Ambivalent Kinship and the Production of Wellbeing: the Social Dynamics of Health Among Women in Indian Slums

Colloquium | February 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Claire Snell-Rood, Assistant Professor, Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

This ethnographic approach re-appraises the social scientific and health literature on patron-client relationships, social support, and family exchange, while introducing a new social lens to approach wellness.


Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Entangled multilinear forms and applications

Seminar | February 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Polona Durcik, University of Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss $L^p$ estimates for some multilinear singular integral forms and their applications to sharp quantitative norm convergence of ergodic averages with respect to two commuting transformations, quantitative cancellation estimates for the simplex Hilbert transform, and a question on side lengths of corners in dense subsets of the Euclidean space.

3-Manifold Seminar: Chromatic and Temperley-Lieb algebras

Seminar | February 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the chromatic algebra introduced by Fendley-Krushkal and its relation with the Temperley-Lieb algebra. We'll use this relation to understand the behavior of the chromatic algebra at special values, the Beraha numbers, leading to Tutte's golden identity.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Isotonian Algebras

Seminar | February 14 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mina Bigdeli, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

To a pair P and Q of finite posets we attach the toric ring K[P, Q] whose generators are in bijection to the isotone maps from P to Q. This class of algebras, called isotonian, are natural generalizations of the so-called Hibi rings.

In this talk we introduce isotonian algebras and then state their Krull dimension. We discuss particular classes of posets P and Q for which the toric ring K[P,...   More >

Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io: The Hacker Within

Workshop | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io


This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

Introduction to LaTeX using Collaboration Tools

Workshop | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library 110 MD

 Anna Sackmann, Kresge Engineering Library


This workshop is an introduction to the LaTeX typesetting language. Document structure, templates, and commonly used syntax will be introduced and practiced during this hands-on workshop. Additionally, attendees will learn about the benefits of Overleaf and ShareLaTeX, two online LaTeX collaboration tools that the Library is piloting. This is a hands-on workshop - please bring a laptop (the...   More >

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Light, Electrons, Protons: Lessons from Model Systems and Potentials for Photocatalysis

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jahan Dawlaty, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

 College of Chemistry

The inspiration for this talk comes from the photoelectrochemical
interface, which is a place rich with unknowns and unrealized
potentials. Electrons are excited by light either in the electrode or in the adsorbed molecules, charges traverse the electrode-electrolyte interface, protons flow from the bulk to complete redox reactions, and interfacial electric fields develop to balance chemical...   More >

Design Field Notes: Aaron Marcus

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Aaron Marcus

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Aaron Marcus, a pioneer in computer-based graphic design, will share insights at the Jacobs Institute.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Real Rank Two Geometry

Seminar | February 14 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anna Seigal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A tensor is real rank two if it can be written as a sum of two real outer products of vectors. Similarly, the real rank two locus of an algebraic variety is the union of all secant lines spanned by real points. We seek a semi-algebraic description of this set and its boundary. Our study of Segre and Veronese varieties yields a characterization of tensors of real rank two. We also examine the real...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.