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Monday, April 3, 2017

Ten Years of Global Metropolitan Studies at Berkeley

Seminar | April 3 – 4, 2017 every day |  Barrows Hall

 College of Environmental Design

APRIL 3 &amp; 4, Two Day Symposium exploring issues from the last ten years of research in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Mongolian Archaeology: New Discoveries, New Concerns

Conference/Symposium | April 3 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Smithsonian Institution, Archaeological Research Facility

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The ancient cultural interactions of Northeast Asia have left a now-imperiled record in stone across the steppes and forests of Mongolia. The historical implications of the archaeological record, and the race not only to study but to preserve this record in the face of growing threats...   More >

Archaeology in Mongolia

Seminar 251, Labor: "Direct and Indirect Consequences of a Welfare Reform on Individuals and their Families"

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment) | Note change in time and location

 Christian Dustmann, UCL

 Department of Economics

with Lars Højsgaard Andersen and Rasmus Landersø

  RSVP online by March 29.

Islamic Texts Circle: Alcohol

Workshop | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

What does the Qur'an say about alcohol? What is the legal status of its consumption? Join our guest facilitator Amin Ehteshami (Near Eastern Studies) in a conversation about alcohol and Islam. To RSVP and receive the texts (in translation), please contact us at cmes@berkeley.edu.

Combinatorics Seminar: Finite reflection groups and graph norms

Seminar | April 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Conlon, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

For any given graph $H$, we may define a natural corresponding functional $\|\cdot \|_H$. We then say that $H$ is norming if $\|\cdot \|_H$ is a semi-norm. A similar notion $\|\cdot \|_{r(H)}$ is defined by $\| f \|_{r(H)} := \| | f | \|_H$ and $H$ is said to be weakly norming if $\|\cdot \|_{r(H)}$ is a norm. Classical results show that weakly norming graphs are necessarily bipartite. In the...   More >

Innovations in Hiring Practices: Encouraging Social Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace

Panel Discussion | April 3 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room (C420)

 Liz Lowe, Innovation Lead, Sustainability and Social Impact, Adobe; Virginia Martinez-Martin, Recruiting Lead, IDEO; Devan Vaughn, Program Manager, Global Talent Acquisition, Microsoft

 Don Moore, Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication, Berkeley-Haas School of Business

 Center for Responsible Business

Join us for a lunch-time panel which will discuss better alternatives to traditional hiring practices to create work forces that are not only productive but also socially inclusive and diverse.
Companies sometimes do a poor job of predicting future job performance and often discriminate against underrepresented minorities. How can companies avoid these pitfalls and implement better hiring...   More >


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Differential Geometry Seminar: Appearance of stable spheres along the Ricci flow in positive scalar curvature

Seminar | April 3 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Antoine Song, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

For a 3-manifold M not isometric to the round sphere, with scalar curvature at least 6 and positive Ricci curvature, Marques and Neves proved a 3-dimensional version of the Toponogov theorem: there exists an embedded minimal surface S of area less than $4\pi $. Their proof uses a combination of min-max theory for minimal surfaces and the Ricci flow. While the general case (no assumption on the...   More >

String-Math Seminar: A new look at quantum knot invariants

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall | Canceled

 Aaron Lauda, UCS

 Department of Mathematics

The Reshetikhin-Turaev construction associated knot invariants to the data of a simple Lie algebra and a choice of irreducible representation. The Jones polynomial is the most famous example coming from the Lie algebra sl(2) and its two-dimensional representation. In this talk we will explain Cautis-Kamnitzer-Morrison's novel new approach to studying RT invariants associated to the Lie algebra...   More >

PF student presentation:

Seminar | April 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Schönholzer, UCB; Jan Luksic, Goethe University Frankfurt

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

David Schönholzer - "The Value of School Facilities for Student Outcomes in Los Angeles Unified" (joint with Julien Lafortune)

Jan Luksic - "The Macro Labor Supply Elasticity Revisited: Integrating Taxes and Expenditures" (joint with Henrik Kleven)

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Orientations of moduli spaces for Legendrian contact homology/Real Gromov-Witten theory in all genera

Seminar | April 3 | 2:30-5:10 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Cecilia Karlsson/Penka Georgieva, Stanford/Pierre et Marie Curie

 Department of Mathematics

2:30 PM Karlsson) : I will give an introduction to Legendrian contact homology, which is an invariant of Legendrian submanifolds that is defined by using pseudo-holomorphic disk techniques. In particular, I will explain how one can define this homology with integer coefficients by orienting the moduli space of the pseudo-holomorphic disks. I will also discuss how one can make this invariant...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Spectral theory of normal unbounded operators and applications

Seminar | April 3 | 3-5 p.m. | Evans Hall, 736 Evans

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this introductory talk we start by recapitulating basic properties of unbounded operators. Proceeding with the functional calculus for normal operators, we then discuss applications thereof such as Stone's theorem and operators affiliated to von Neumann algebras.

Irad Ben-Gal - Smart City Modeling of Personal Mobility Behavioral Patterns

Seminar | April 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Irad Ben-Gal, Tel Aviv University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In this talk, we will address a real ‘smart city’ use-case and cover some of its associated opportunities and challenges.

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: “Molecular Machines that Build Membranes”

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dan Kahne, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Mixed Hodge structures

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss how to define mixed Hodge structures (via Deligne) on the cohomology of non-smooth and non-proper varieties, with examples. We will then apply these results to a cohomological vanishing problem in representation theory.

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: Molecular Machines that Build Membranes

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dan Kahne, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture

Software-Hardware Systems for the Internet of Things

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Omid Abari, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Although interest in connected devices has surged in recent years, barriers still remain to realizing the dream of the Internet of Things (IoT). My work addresses these challenges by developing custom software-hardware systems for the Internet of Things.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Models for Rayleigh-Taylor mixing and interface turnover

Seminar | April 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Steve Shkoller, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The instability of a heavy fluid layer supported by a light one is generally known as Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability. It can occur under gravity and, equivalently, under an acceleration of the fluid system in the direction toward the denser fluid. Whenever the pressure is higher in the lighter fluid, the differential acceleration causes the two fluids to mix.

The Euler equations serve as the...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: The Welfare Effects of Encouraging Rural-Urban Migration

Seminar | April 3 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Lagakos, UCSD

 Department of Economics