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Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

​Two forms of perceptual learning generalization: Immediate transfer and learning to learn

Seminar | September 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 C. Shawn Green, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

​While it is clear that, with appropriate practice, people will improve on most perceptual tasks, the improvements seen from such practice commonly fail generalize to new tasks. However, while this type of learning specificity is undoubtedly the most frequently described outcome of perceptual training, over the past few decades, numerous examples have been described in the literature...   More >

Understanding Human Rights Laws and Policies in Pakistan

Presentation | September 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Evans Hall, CSHE Conference Room (766/768)

 Dr. Munir Moosa Sewani, Sindh Madressatul Islam University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

CSHE Visiting Scholar, Dr. Sewani, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of human rights laws and policies in Pakistan and highlight how elements of human rights are portrayed by higher education policies.

Dr. Munir Moosa Sewani

Combinatorics Seminar: Pattern Posets and Poset Fibrations

Seminar | September 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jason Smith, University of Strathclyde

 Department of Mathematics

A pattern poset is a poset of combinatorial objects, with a partial order s< t if s occurs in t for some notion of occurrence. For example, the poset of words where s< t if s occurs as a subword of t. A variety of such pattern posets have been studied independently on words, permutations, graphs, Dyck paths, etc. Moreover, many of these posets have similar results relating to their Möbius...   More >

Remembering in the Toddler Years

Colloquium | September 25 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Simona Ghetti, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain

 Department of Psychology

The ability to subjectively re-experience our past requires processes that develop substantially during the course of childhood. Children ought to be able form, retain and retrieve detailed memory representations. In addition, they ought to be able to reflect on the quality of these memory representations (e.g., whether they are certain versus uncertain; whether the memories include vivid detail)...   More >

Use of PEER Tall Buildings Initiative Guidelines for Peer Review of Tall and Unique Structures

Seminar | September 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 James O. Malley, S.E. Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, Degenkolb Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

Engineers designing tall and otherwise unique structures are challenged in strictly meeting all
seismic design provisions of the building code. Prior to 2010, there were no guidelines in
place to allow engineers to perform a performance-based seismic design to validate that their
designs were consistent with the performance goals of the code.

String-Math Seminar: Double-elliptic Macdonald Polynomials

Seminar | September 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a new geometric way to think about symmetric polynomials. We will consider some special classes in the equivariant elliptic cohomology of Hilbert scheme of points on the complex plane (elliptic stable envelopes). It is natural to think about these classes as two parametric elliptic generalization of Macdonald polynomials. All other important symmetric polynomials such as...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Semiclassical resolvent estimates away from trapping

Seminar | September 25 | 2:40-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kiril Datchev, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

Semiclassical resolvent estimates relate dynamics of a particle scattering problem to regularity and decay of waves in a corresponding wave scattering problem. Roughly speaking, more trapping of particles corresponds to a larger resolvent near the trapping. If the trapping is mild, then propagation estimates imply that the larger norm occurs only there. However, in this talk I will show how the...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Microstates free entropy: definition, examples and applications.

Seminar | September 25 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will primarily discuss the work of Voiculescu in the paper " The analogues of entropy and of Fisher information in free probability II". We will motivate and define a free analogue of entropy via approximating matricial microstates, as inspired by the classical Boltzmann definition. Then we will discuss an attempt to resolve the free group factors isomorphism problem using...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Rational motivic path spaces

Seminar | September 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ishai Dan-Cohen, Ben-Gurion University

 Department of Mathematics

A central ingredient in Kim's work on integral points of hyperbolic curves is the “unipotent Kummer map” which goes from integral points to certain torsors for the prounipotent completion of the fundamental group, and which, roughly speaking, sends an integral point to the torsor of homotopy classes of paths connecting it to a fixed base-point. In joint work with Tomer Schlank, we introduce a...   More >

Adam Elmachtoub - The value of opaque products

Seminar | September 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Adam Elmachtoub, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: A product is said to be opaque if one or more of its attributes are not revealed until after the product has been sold. Opaque products have historically been used in the travel industry where airline and hotel brands might be hidden to the customer, in exchange for a discount. More recently, online retailers have also used opaque products, where customers can sacrifice their choice of...   More >

Design Field Notes: Jazmyn Latimer

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Jazmyn Latimer, Code for America's lead designer for Safety and Justice, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Seminar 271, Development: "The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Public Finance: Experimental Evidence from Kenya"

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michael Walker, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Resonances on asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds; the ambient metric approach

Seminar | September 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Charles Hadfield, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

On an asymptotically hyperbolic manifold, the Laplacian has essential spectrum. Since work of Mazzeo and Melrose, this essential spectrum has been studied via the theory of resonances; poles of the meromorphic continuation of the resolvent of the Laplacian (with modified spectral parameter). A recent technique of Vasy provides an alternative construction of this meromorphic continuation which...   More >

SLAM: Starting a Career at a Top-Tier Institution

Seminar | September 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Insights from Professor Michelle Chang (Chemistry) and Professor Reza Alam (Mechanical Engineering) and Phil Geissler (Chemistry)!

Join us for an insightful discussion with our own UC Berkeley faculty members about what it’s really like to start a career at a top-tier institution. Learn about how to navigate the career change from post-doc to professor and how to position yourself for success.

AFL-CIO Solidarity Center Delegation on Illicit Financial Flows out of Africa: Transnational Cooperation on Illicit Financial Flows

Panel Discussion | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Joel Odigie, Coordinator of Human and Trade Union Rights, International Trade Union Confederation-Africa; Luckystar Miyandazi, Policy Officer in the African Institutions Program, The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); Cloudine Bwesigye, Program Officer, East Africa Trade Union Confederation (EATUC)

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, AFL-CIO Solidarity Center

In 2015, Thabo Mbeki commissioned a high level report on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Africa. The report indicated that over $50 billion in IFFs leaves Africa annually, an amount nearly equal to the official development assistance sent to the continent each year. IFFs are of particular concern amidst current changes in development funding trends and increasing environmental degradation....   More >