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Friday, March 10, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

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Essig Brunch: Tue Jorgensen, Stillman Lab

Seminar | March 10 | 10 a.m.-11 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!


Presentation | March 10 | 10-11:45 a.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design


The nature of visual working memory: objects, scenes, and the role of semantic knowledge

Seminar | March 10 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Tim Brady, University of California, San Diego

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In this talk, I’ll suggest a rethinking of the nature of visual working memory: first, I’ll argue that we have a separate object working memory and scene working memory system, which show themselves in a wide variety of tasks (ranging from developmental psychology to cognitive neuroscience) and each contribute to nearly all working memory tasks. Second, I’ll argue that working memory, like...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Fire Performance of Simple (Shear) Connections in Steel-Frame Buildings

Seminar | March 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Erica Fischer

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation will focus on the thermal and structural behavior of simple (shear) connections used in steel-frame buildings through experimental and numerical investigations.

Resistance Band Exercises for Small Spaces (BEUHS657)

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

 Cori Evans, MA, NSCA-CPT Wellness Program Specialist, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Limited on time, space and equipment? Fitting physical activity into your workday can make a difference in your cardiovascular health, muscular strength and endurance and joint mobility. Learn how to maximize your office space and get the most out of a 10 minute exercise break with body weight and resistance band exercises. Resistance bands will be provided. Comfortable clothing and athletic...   More >

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ARE Seminar: piggy-back exporting, intermediation, trade in agricultural markets

Seminar | March 10 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 201 Giannini Hall

 Swati Dhingra, London School of Economics

 College of Natural Resources

Dr. Swati Dhingra from the London School of Economics discusses topics in international economics.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Electrons that conduct electricity but (almost) not heat in metal

Seminar | March 10 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 A/B Cory Hall

 Professor Junqiao Wu, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In conventional metals, itinerant electrons carry both charge and heat. As a consequence, electrical conductivity and the electronic contribution to thermal conductivity are typically proportional to each other, known as the Wiedemann-Franz law that is robust in all conventional metals. We found a large violation of this law near the insulator-metal phase transition in metallic vanadium dioxide...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Unirationality of Supersingular K3 surfaces.

Seminar | March 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ben Lim, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

The goal of this talk is to discuss a result of Liedtke (2014) that supersingular K3 surfaces over an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p \geq 5$ are unirational. We define what a supersingular K3 is and the formal Brauer group. We show that the Kummer construction applied to a product of supersingular elliptic curves is unirational. Finally, we sketch how the general case follows...   More >

Atom-by-Atom Characterization of Nanomaterials with Atomic Electron Tomography: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Mary Scott, UC Berkeley, Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Measuring 3D atomic coordinates in materials has been a driving force behind many scientific and technological advances. Techniques such as X-ray crystallography are powerful tools to measure average atomic positions, but cannot identify individual, atomic scale defects which can strongly influence a material’s behavior, particularly in the case of nanomaterials.

A single image from a high...   More >

Simulating thermal transport and dissipation: from 2D materials to hydrogen-bonded liquids

Seminar | March 10 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Davide Donadio

 College of Chemistry

The analytical theory of heat dates back to the Fourier in the 1800s, but thermal transport in nanoscale and molecular systems still poses major fundamental challenges. For example the very nature of heat transport in low-dimensional systems is matter of intense debate, as it is even unclear whether in nanostructures transport is properly described by Fourier law.
In this talk I will address...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Tunneling Behavior of Random Processes II

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

 Insuk Seo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We consider a class of stochastic processes in a potential field. These processes exhibit a phenomenon known as tunneling behavior if the potential field has several global minima. Then, the scaling limit of the process can be regarded as a Markov chain on the set of global minima. We discuss the general theory and some of its applications.

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | March 10 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Gopal Penny, PhD candidate, CEE

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Composition Colloquium: Jean-François Laporte

Colloquium | March 10 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

Jean-François Laporte is a Quebecois artist, active on the contemporary art scene since the middle of the 1990s. He pursues an hybrid approach integrating sonic arts, musical composition, performance, interpretation, installation and digital art. Trained initially at the Université de Montréal (Québec), then at the IRCAM (Paris, France), he builds his compositional approach on active listening...   More >

New Developments in Research IT Services

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

 Patrick Schmitz and Chris Hoffman

 Information, School of

Patrick Schmitz and Chris Hoffman will present recent work across the programs supported by Research IT, including Berkeley Research Computing, Research Data Management, and Museum Informatics. They'll describe projects and collaborations that are advancing research across the campus.

Projects of Berkeleyâs Reasearch IT include;

Poetic Justice/Justicia Poética: A Presentation and Conversation with Juana Alicia

Presentation | March 10 | 4-7 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Center for Latino Policy Research

Muralist Juana Alicia continues to be an important voice in our community, and we are proud to be hosting her for a presentation and discussion on her artwork and activism. Join us after the talk for some light refreshments.

RTGC Seminar: Integrable dispersionless systems via the geometry of solutions and the solutions spaces.

Seminar | March 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Boris Kruglikov, University of Tromso

 Department of Mathematics

Recently, in a series of joint works with E.Ferapontov (Loughborough), M.Dunajski (Cambridge), D.Calderbank (Bath) and others, we studied relations between integrable (via Lax pair) dispersionless equations in 3D and 4D and the differential geometry on their solutions. This allows to rigorously demonstrate that Einstein-Weyl equations in 3D and self-duality equations in 4D are master-equations...   More >

Music Studies Colloquia: Nicholas Mathew (University of California, Berkeley), "Haydn's Sympathetic Commerce"

Colloquium | March 10 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Nicholas Mathew (University of California, Berkeley),
"Haydn's Sympathetic Commerce"

128 Morrison Hall

Friday 10 March

4:30 PM

Celebrating International Women's Day: With talks by Former Executive Director of Acid Survivor's Foundation in Bangladesh, Monira Rahman and Former President and CEO of Ms. Foundation for Women, Anika Rahman

Panel Discussion | March 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in location

 Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Monira Rahman, Founder & Executive Director, Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation; Former Executive Director, Acid Survivors Foundation

 Anika Rahman, Lawyer and Human Rights Activist

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Bangladeshi Women's Empowerment Network of CA, Human Rights Center

A panel presentation on women's issues in Bangladesh

Contents Tourism: Fictional narratives and locations that beckon us to travel

Conference/Symposium | March 10 | 6:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221

 Takayoshi Yamamura, Hokkaido University

 Millie Creighton, University of British Columbia; Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Yokohama National University; Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis; Margaret B. Swain, University of California, Davis; Rongling Ge, Xiamen University; Deirdre Clyde, City College of San Francisco, and University of Hawaii, Manoa; Min Joo Lee, University of California, Los Angeles; Kyungjae Jang, Hokkaido University

 Daniel Fischer, University of California, Berkeley; Nelson Graburn, University of California, Berkeley

 Shinobu Myoki, Tohoku University; Ryoko Nishijima, University of California, Los Angeles

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Cambria Press

Schedule and Participants:

Friday March 10th

5.00pm - Opening Reception, Sponsored by Cambria Press

(P A Hearst Museum, Main Gallery, 102 Kroeber Hall)

6.30pm - Opening Address
Prof. Takayoshi Yamamura (Center for Advanced Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University)
“Who Creates ‘Contents Tourism’? A new tourism model induced by pop culture in the age...   More >