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Thursday, February 16, 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 >

Traffic Signal Diagnostics and Maintenance

Workshop | February 16 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Holiday Inn

 11269 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

 Rafat Raie, Technology Transfer Program; Leonard Gilliana, City of Walnut Creek

 Technology Transfer Program

This course covers the essential operational functions of traffic signals, starting with basic design principals and specifications writing techniques. Participants will see and touch each component inside a traffic signal cabinet, a thorough explanation of each component and how they work inside the cabinet. This critical knowledge of each component will provide the skillset necessary for proper...   More >

 The class is for traffic engineers, electrical contractors, and technicians who are new to traffic signal timing. Experienced practitioners who desire a "refresher" course also benefit.

RAPDP - Foundational - F4 Fund Accounting

Course | February 16 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory accounting workshop that covers general accounting concepts, the types of campus funds that RA's manage, the UC chartstring structure, and an introduction to expense transfers.

  Register online

Vernacular Theologies

Conference/Symposium | February 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The notion of “vernacular theology” has developed in reference to a body of Christian texts in vernacular languages that emerged during the late middle ages in lay or semi-lay circles. These texts and artifacts (music, images) address questions and practices of devotion, as well as theological issues and problems. They articulate positions outside of, and often in competition with, more official...   More >

Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 16 – 17, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.
A Supply List will be given to you once you register for the class or you can sign up in advance to use...   More >

$190/ $175 Garden Members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Research Data Publishing and Licensing 101

Workshop | February 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (190)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library; Anna Sackmann, Science Data & Engineering Librarian, Library


Your article’s been accepted, but where does your research data end up? Where should it be published, and who can reuse it for their own studies? This workshop covers why and how to publish and license your research data.

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 >

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 >

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - John Harte

Seminar | February 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 John Harte, Professor, ESPM

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

"Pattern, Process, and Prediction in Ecology: Where Do We Stand?"

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | February 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

IB Postdocs on Parade

Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Alejandro Rico-Guevara (Dudley Lab): "Hummingbird drinking and prospects on its integration with respiration and hovering"; Robert Skelton (Ackerly Lab): "Diversity of drought responses within plant communities"

 Department of Integrative Biology

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Sascha Von Meier: Electric Grid 2.0: Getting Ready for the next Generation

Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory

 Sascha Von Meier, EECS Adjunct Professor

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

The electric grid has been called a system that works in practice, not in theory. While large, interconnected a.c. networks based on 19th century technology have served us remarkably well, new challenges await: a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources is now imperative. This introduces the problem of coordinating heterogeneous, temporally intermittent and spatially distributed resources at...   More >

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Ind-coherent sheaves on (affine) dg schemes (part 2)

Seminar | February 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk. We will briefly review, and then talk about t-structures on categories of dg $A$-modules, the left completeness property for quasi-coherent complexes and convergence property for ind-coherent complexes.

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

ESPM Freshwater Ecology Seminar Series - Sara Jackrel

Seminar | February 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Sara Jackrel, Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow

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

"Drivers and Consequences of Intraspecific Trait Variation in River Ecosystems"

Dynamic regulation of movement drive by distinct neuromodulator systems in the striatum

Seminar | February 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Mark Howe**, Northwestern University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

A Conversation with Writer Kyung-uk Kim

Colloquium | February 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kyung-uk Kim, Writer

 Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia

 Laura Nelson, Chair, Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Kyung-uk Kim is a novelist and short story writer whose work follows what is called the 1990s generation of South Korea and the culture that dominated that time.

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Up from Poverty? The 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery and the Long-Run Distribution of Wealth"

Seminar | February 16 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Joseph Ferrie - Northwestern, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Operator scaling - theory and applications

Colloquium | February 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, IAS

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will explain the “singularity problem” for symbolic matrices over non commuting variables, and describe its myriad origins and incarnations in commutative and non-commutative algebra, computational complexity, optimization, quantum information theory, Brascamp-Lieb inequalities and other areas. I will describe the “Operator scaling” algorithm, which efficiently solves all...   More >

Applied Algebra Seminar: Commutative and non-commutative rank of symbolic matrices

Seminar | February 16 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Our objects of study are matrices whose entries are linear forms in a given set of variables. We will be interested in their rank, both when variables commute and when they do not. I will discuss the importance of understanding these, and some structural and computational problems and results regarding them.

This talk will directly follow the departmental colloquium on a related topic. Attending...   More >