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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | March 22 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Ergonomics@Work, University Health Services

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Transit-Oriented Development: Putting it all Together

Workshop | March 20 – 29, 2017 every Monday, Wednesday & Friday with exceptions | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Joseph Kott, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities; Michael Kodama, Eco-Rapid Transit

 Technology Transfer Program

Transit-oriented development (TOD) has emerged as a powerful, effective way to integrate land use and public transit. TOD done right links smart growth and sustainability with higher capacity rail or bus transit services. This linkage takes place in the environs of the rail passenger station or the bus rapid transit stop. TOD concentrates workplaces, residences, and supporting retail services...   More >

 The course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies as well as consultants. Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will al

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | March 22 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Specialist, Ergonomics@Work

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Differential GPS Mapping

Workshop | March 22 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nico Tripcevich, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

 Archaeological Research Facility

This workshop will provide an introduction to the ARF's Trimble GPS units and will introduce the use of Terrasync GPS software.

Trimble Geo7

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Scalable optimization algorithms for large-scale subspace clustering

Seminar | March 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Daniel Robinson, Johns Hopkins University

 Department of Mathematics

I present recent work on the design of scalable optimization algorithms for aiding in the big data task of subspace clustering. In particular, I will describe three approaches that we recently developed to solve optimization problems constructed from the so-called self-expressiveness property of data that lies in the union of low-dimensional subspaces. Sources of such data include multi-class...   More >

Millennials In Crisis: Myth Busting Millennial Debt Narratives

Colloquium | March 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Stephanie Ben-Ishai, Berkeley Law/ Canadian Studies / York University Osgoode Hall Law School

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Intense pop-cultural commentary on millennial finances and indebtedness perpetuate two common media narratives. One narrative suggests “millennials are doomed” and that millennials face higher debt levels compounded by rising tuition costs, a lack of affordable housing, high costs of living, and an increasingly competitive job market. Counter to this narrative, the “millennial bootstrapping”...   More >

Indigenous Mexican Farmworker Youth: Research in Development

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Seth Holmes, Professor of Medical Anthropology and Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Dr. Holmes will present new research in development on indigenous Mexican farmworker youth in California, Washington State, and the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. This mixed-method qualitative research will explore hierarchies of race, class, gender, and language, as well as sources of strength and resilience among Triqui and Mixtec farmworker youth. In addition, the project will focus on workers'...   More >

BioE Seminar: “Investigating B cell diversity -- Using Nanopore Technology to Improve Single Cell RNAseq.”

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Chris Vollmers, UC Santa Cruz

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 22
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Investigating B cell diversity -- Using Nanopore Technology to Improve Single Cell RNAseq.”

Chris Vollmers
Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering
UC Santa Cruz

Recent advances in molecular biology protocols and sequencing technology have made it possible to analyze the entire...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "When is a fungus not a fungus?"

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Thomas Richards, University of Exeter

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The primary focus of my research is to determine the evolutionary relationships of the eukaryotes and the cellular and genomic innovations associated with the emergence and diversification of the eukaryotic cell.

Thomas Richards

The Future of the Multi-core Platform Task-Superscalar Extensions to Von-Neumann Architecture and Optimization for Neural Networks

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Michael Frank, Magicore Systems

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

560 Evans
Technology scaling had been carrying computer science thru the second half of the 20th century until single CPU performance started leveling off, after which multi- and many-core processors, including GPUs, emerged as the substrate for high performance computing. Mobile market implementations followed this trend and today you might be carrying a phone with more than 16 different...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Gil Rosenthal “Mate choice and its consequences in natural hybrid zones”

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Gil Rosenthal, Dept. of Biology, Texas A&M University and CICHAZ

 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 >

Look Who's Watching: Understanding the Audience of Police on Social Media: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | March 22 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Demography Seminar Room

 Emma Spiro, Professor, Sociology, University of Washington

 Population Science, Department of Demography

The Neuroscience of Social Emotions and Cognition: From Ontogeny to Plasticity

Colloquium | March 22 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Tania Singer, Professor and Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The social neurosciences have focused on the question of how people relate to and understand each other. Researchers have distinguished between at least two different routes on the understanding of others: one affective-motivational route referring to our ability to feel with (empathy) and for (compassion) another person, and a cognitive route allowing to infer other people's intentions, beliefs,...   More >

Beyond Academia Careers Networking Event

Conference/Symposium | March 22 | 2 p.m. |  International House

 Graduate Assembly

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Classification of surface homeomorphisms and dilatations of pseudo-Anosov maps

Seminar | March 22 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ahmad Rafiqi, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

Thurston classified self-homeomorphisms of a topological surface up to isotopy as periodic, reducible, and pseudo-Anosov. pseudo-Anosov maps are the most interesting case in many respects and have a real invariant associated to them called the `dilatation'. I will describe the classification theorem and give a few properties of dilatations. Time permitting, I would like to talk about the somewhat...   More >

The strange geometry of high-dimensional random spanning forests

Seminar | March 22 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yuval Peres, Microsoft Research

 Department of Statistics

The uniform spanning forest (USF) in the lattice Z^d, first studied by Pemantle (Ann. Prob. 1991) following a suggestion of R. Lyons, is defined as a limit of uniform spanning trees in growing finite boxes. Although the USF is a limit of trees, it might not be connected- Indeed, Pemantle proved that the USF in Z^d is connected if and only if d8 the USF geometry undergoes a qualitative change...   More >

The Red Dot: Abstraction and Uncertainty in Explosives Clearance .

Colloquium | March 22 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Dr. Leah Zani, University of California Berkeley

 Department of Geography

Number Theory Seminar: The cotangent complex and its derived p-adic completion

Seminar | March 22 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alexander Bertoloni Meli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, from mechanism to therapy

Seminar | March 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Jacob Corn, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Applied Mathematics Seminar: No equations, no variables, no parameters, no space, no time: Data and the computational modeling of complex/multiscale systems

Seminar | March 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ioannis Kevrekidis, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

Obtaining predictive dynamical equations from data lies at the heart of science and engineering modeling, and is the linchpin of our technology. In mathematical modeling one typically progresses from observations of the world (and some serious thinking!) first to equations for a model, and then to the analysis of the model to make predictions. Good mathematical models give good predictions (and...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Terry Deacon: A Critical Transition: from Runaway Self-organization to Self-regulation

Colloquium | March 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Terry Deacon, Professor of Biological Anthropology, UC Berkeley Anthropology Department

 Energy and Resources Group

The dynamics contributing to human ecosystem degradation and human-influenced run-away climate change exhibit properties common to all so-called self-organized processes. These properties characterize both organic and inorganic far-from-equilibrium systems. Principal among these properties is accelerated entropy production—not merely entropy increase, but an increase in the rate of...   More >

Targeting Brown Adipose Tissue to Improve Metabolic Health

Seminar | March 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Perry Bickel, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Everyday Ironies: Mao Badges as the Biggest Consumer Fad in History

Colloquium | March 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Karl Gerth, History, UC San Diego

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Today’s bought, sold, collected, and inspected Mao badges seem to be at odds with their history as icons of loyalty to Mao Zedong during the early Cultural Revolution. I argue that the postsocialist era is not the antithesis of the socialist era. And that the current market craze for Mao badge collecting is a resurgence of badge market value. The irony was present all along and, indeed, the...   More >

The Role of Signaling Small Molecules in Clostridial ABE Fermentation/TBA

Colloquium | March 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Nicolaus Herman, Ph.D. student in the Zhang Group; Alex Wang, Ph.D. student in the Balsara Group and the Bell Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The Implications of Sampling-based and Design-based Uncertainty in Regression Analysis

Seminar | March 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Guido Imbens, Stanford Business School

 Department of Statistics

When a researcher estimates the parameters of a regression function, using information on all 50 states in the United States, or information on all visits to a website, what is being estimated, and what is the interpretation of the standard errors? Researchers typically assume the sample is a random sample from a large population of interest, and report standard errors that are designed to...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Constructing pseudo-Anosov maps and typical properties of biPerron numbers

Seminar | March 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Ahmad Rafiqi, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

A homeomorphism of a surface has a real invariant associated to it, called the 'dilatation', or the 'stretch factor'. These dilatations are algebraic units whose Galois conjugates lie in a specific annulus in the plane. Algebraic units that satisfy this property are called 'biPerron', but it is not known whether all biPerron numbers are dilatations of homeomorphisms. For a subset of the set of...   More >

Eye on South Asia: Challenges to Development and Democracy in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal

Panel Discussion | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Seaborg Room

 Sanchita Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

 Abdullah Ahmadzai, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Afghanistan

 Hasan Mazumdar, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Bangladesh

 Sagar Prasai, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, India

 Sofia Shakil, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Pakistan

 Dinesha de Silva, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Sri Lanka

 George Varughese, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Nepal

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Asia Foundation, The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Ethnic Studies Library, Berkeley Master of Development Practice, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A panel discussion by panelists from The Asia Foundation on development and democracy in Asia.

Social Impact Job Fair

Career Fair | March 22 | 5-8 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Decisions are made by those who show up. You have the ability to bring about real change. So as you search for job and internship opportunities, why not work on things that matter?

From healthcare and education to national security and economic opportunity, technology now touches all areas of society. Organizations in the public, private, and civil sectors need thoughtful tech and policy...   More >

Five Stages of Master Schedule Building - Session 1

Workshop | March 22 | 6-9 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Patricia Clark, College and Career Academy Support Network

 Professional Development for Educators

Session 1 will include an overview of the five stages of master schedule construction. will further understanding of the relationship between the master schedule and an equity-centered school culture. This session is presented by members of the CCASN staff.

The Othello Project: TDPS Workshop

Workshop | March 22 – 23, 2017 every day | 8-9 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Z170 (basement of Zellerbach Hall)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Othello Project is a TDPS workshop (work-in-progress) written and directed by undergraduate Madison Wackerman.

The Othello Project is a devised piece consisting of student experiences, references to the text, and character investigation to examine harmful societal tropes in the white patriarchy in Shakespeare’s Othello that persist today. This piece uses personal accounts and contemporary...   More >