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Monday, October 2, 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.

Anil Chopra Symposium

Conference/Symposium | October 2 |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

We are pleased to announce a Retirement Symposium and Celebration honoring the Career of Professor Anil K. Chopra. In 2015, Professor Chopra retired after 46 years of service on the faculty of UC Berkeley. Professor Chopra has an impressive list of contributions in earthquake engineering including fundamental technical knowledge, teaching and instruction, and consulting.

  Buy tickets by emailing clairejohnson@berkeley.edu

  Register by emailing clairejohnson@berkeley.edu

Crypto Economics Security Conference (CESC): Day 1

Conference/Symposium | October 2 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Hosted by Blockchain@Berkeley.

Public, permissionless blockchains are dependent for their security and reliability on their economic incentives and mechanism design. Some private, permissioned ones may be as well.

This conference will explore the economic security aspects of blockchains protocols, including game theory, incentive design, mechanism design and market design along with other...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | October 2 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Combinatorics Seminar: Refinement of partition identities

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jehanne Dousse, Universität Zürich

 Department of Mathematics

A partition of a positive integer n is a non-increasing sequence of positive integers whose sum is n. A Rogers-Ramanujan type partition identity is a theorem stating that for all n, the number of partitions of n satisfying some difference conditions equals the number of partitions of n satisfying some congruence conditions. In 1993 Alladi and Gordon introduced the method of weighted words to find...   More >

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Cecile Fortune, Flannery Lab; Kelly Byrne, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Kelly Byrne (Michael Silver Lab)

Title: The relationship between cholinergic enhancement and visuospatial perception

Abstract: Acetylcholine (ACh) is synthesized in the basal forebrain and diffused widely throughout the brain, exerting diverse neuromodulatory effects. Animal physiology studies indicate that in visual cortex, ACh modulates spatial integration by changing neuronal receptive...   More >

Executive Functioning in Children and Their Caregivers: Implications for Adaptation and Resilience

Colloquium | October 2 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Jelena Obradović, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Children who know how to control their impulses, ignore distracting stimuli, manipulate information in the mind, and shift between competing rules tend to thrive in life. Professor Obradović will discuss how good self-regulation skills help children succeed in the school context and review her new research linking executive functioning, stress physiology, and parenting practices. She will...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Uniqueness of mean curvature flow through (some) singularities

Seminar | October 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Or Hershkovits, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Given a smooth compact hypersurface in Euclidean space, one can show that there exists a unique smooth evolution starting from it, existing for some maximal time. But what happens after the flow becomes singular? There are several notions through which one can describe weak evolutions past singularities, with various relationship between them. One such notion is that of the level set flow. While...   More >

White Supremacy and the Academy: an Ethnographic Retrospective

Colloquium | October 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anthropology Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Anthropology

In a timely presentation,

Professor Nancy Scheper-
Hughes discusses the "The

Professor Watch List" an alt-
right watch list of Professors -

4 of them at UC Berkeley -
and other forms of academic
censorship. She will include
the story of "Berkeley’s
Raging Bull."

Did the late Anthropology
Professor, Vincent Sarich have the
right to teach blatant racist, sexist,
and homophobic...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Quantum K-theory of hypertoric varieties

Seminar | October 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Zijun Zhou, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Okounkov's quantum K-theory is defined via virtual counting of parameterized quasimaps. In this talk I will consider explicit computations in the case of hypertoric varieties, where the quantum K-theory relation will arise from analysis of the bare vertex function.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Symplectic Cohomology and Lagrangian Enumerative Geometry

Seminar | October 2 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Dmitry Tonkonog, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain a connection between the symplectic topology of Liouville domains and the Lagrangian enumerative geometry inside their compactifications. The enumerative invariants in question are the Landau-Ginzburg potentials and their higher Maslov index versions which I will introduce. I will explain the mirror context of the story as well as some applications, including a relationship between...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free Fisher information and non-microstates free entropy

Seminar | October 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Brent Nelson, NSF postdoctoral fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the non-commutative analogue of Fisher information, how it motivates the definition of a "non-microstates" free entropy and the various properties and applications of these two quantities.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Tamagawa Numbers of Linear Algebraic Groups

Seminar | October 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Zev Rosengarten, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

In 1981, Sansuc obtained a formula for Tamagawa numbers of reductive groups over number fields, modulo some then unknown results on the arithmetic of simply-connected groups which have since been proven, particularly Weil's conjecture on Tamagawa numbers over number fields. One easily deduces that this same formula holds for all linear algebraic groups over number fields. Sansuc's method still...   More >

Nick Sahinidis — ALAMO: Machine learning from data and first principles

Seminar | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Nick Sahinidis, Carnegie Mellon University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

We have developed the ALAMO methodology with the aim of producing a tool capable of using data to learn algebraic models that are accurate and as simple as possible. ALAMO relies on (a) integer nonlinear optimization to build low-complexity models from input-output data, (b) derivative-free optimization to collect additional data points
that can be used to improve tentative models, and (c)...   More >

Science in politics; politics in science

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Daniel Kammen, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group; Michael Eisen, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology

 Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor, Integrative Biology

 Berkeley Faculty Association

Science is under threat: its credibility as a research endeavor is being challenged by politicians; its funding has been cut; its messages are being discredited. The defense of science calls for a new politics. What should that look like? Resign in protest, run for office, march on the streets?

Design Field Notes: Liat Berdugo

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Artist, writer, and curator Liat Berdugo will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

The World Turned Upside Down: American Theater After Hamilton

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 T. Carlis Roberts, Professor, Music, UCB; Scott Saul, Professor, English, UCB; Meiyin Wang, Director and Producer, Director of La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival, La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival

 Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Professor, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB

 College of Letters & Science

An On the Same Page event.
Hamilton is becoming a generation-defining musical, like Rent, Hair, and others before it. This panel brings together experts in cultural criticism, ethnomusicology, theater practice, and arts administration to discuss the current and likely future impact of Hamilton's success upon American theater.

 Free and open to all on a first-come, first seated basis

Seminar 271, Development: "Community Development in the Long Run"

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kate Casey, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Floer Memorial Lecture: Constructing Relative Fundamental Classes

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Eleny Ionel, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Families of moduli spaces in symplectic Gromov-Witten theory and gauge theory are often manifolds that have "thin" compactifications, in the sense that the boundary of the generic fiber has codimension at least two. In this talk I will discuss a notion of a relative fundamental class for such thinly compactified families. It associates to each fiber, regardless whether it is regular or not, an...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Convergence of phase-field models and thresholding schemes for multi-phase mean curvature flow

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The thresholding scheme is a time discretization for mean curvature flow. Recently, Esedoglu and Otto showed that thresholding can be interpreted as minimizing movements for an energy that Gamma-converges to the total interfacial area. In this talk I'll present new convergence results, in particular in the multi-phase case with arbitrary surface tensions. The main result establishes convergence...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Time Lotteries

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Pietro Ortoleva, Princeton University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory seminar

* Please note change in time and location due to a joint event

Research/Funding Opportunities Workshop (Open Hours)

Workshop | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Alexa Aburto (Humanities), Ilexis Chu-Jacoby (STEM), Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop will introduce and expose students to various research programs and funding opportunities on campus. It will cover various program applications (such as the McNair Scholars Application), reaching out to mentors, getting solid letters of recommendations, and writing strong research proposals and personal statements. Presenters will also discuss their experiences with their research...   More >

Salil Tripathi | The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy

Reading - Nonfiction | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Salil Tripathi, Writer and Journalist

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Author Salil Tripathi discusses his new book, a beautifully wrought tale of the difficult birth and conflict-ridden politics of Bangladesh.

SLAM: Funding your research: From startup to independence

Seminar | October 2 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Aaron Fields, UCSF

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Ever wonder how to effectively raise money to pay for a new lab, especially without a track record of success? How much does one graduate student cost anyways? Join us for a discussion with Aaron Fields, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF, to learn about his journey to fund his lab.