<< Monday, October 30, 2017 >>

Monday, October 30, 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.

Food, Water, and Labor in Central Valley: Farmworkers and the Westlands

Seminar | October 30 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems, Berkeley Food Institute

This talk will focus on the history of water insecurity in the farm worker communities of western Fresno County and the exploitative practices of growers and their allies during drought conditions. Despite claims that water provides jobs for farmworkers there is little evidence to suggest that when growers get their allotment of water that improving conditions for farm workers followed. On the...   More >


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​Graduate Student Seminar

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

 Thao Yeh; Natalie Stepien

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Title: Exploring the impact of technology and mode of presentation on reading comprehension in sighted and blind individuals

Presenter: Natalie Stepien-Bernabe (Dr. Deborah Orel-Bixler’s Lab)

Abstract: Technology is growing rapidly, facilitating the electronic distribution of information. Electronic methods of acquiring information are especially prevalent in educational settings. For...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Triangulations of even-dimensional cyclic apeirotopes and representations of partially ordered sets

Seminar | October 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Gustavo Jasso, University of Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

Steffen Oppermann and Hugh Thomas discovered a beautiful connection between triangulations of even-dimensional cyclic polytopes and representations of certain partially ordered sets (satisfying some additional relations). In this talk I will review part of their work and then present an extension of their results to triangulations of even-dimensional cyclic apeirotopes. This is a report on joint...   More >

Developing a Life History Theory of Mind: Awareness that the Mind Learns from the Past to Imagine the Future

Colloquium | October 30 | 12:10-1:20 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Kristin H. Lagattuta, Department of Psychology and the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis

 Department of Psychology

Professor Lagattuta will provide an overview of her research on 4- to 10-year-olds' and adults’ beliefs about whether people generalize from their past social interactions when engaging in episodic future thinking; that is, their awareness that people’s minds draw from prior experiences when imagining what will happen next. Across multiple studies, results reveal significant age-related increases...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | October 30 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Bill Easterly, Professor, Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Locally volume collapsed 4-manifolds with respect to a lower sectional curvature bound

Seminar | October 30 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Thunwa Theerakarn, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Perelman stated without proof that a 3-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold which is locally collapsed, with respect to a lower curvature bound, is a graph manifold. The statement was used to complete his proof of the geometrization conjecture. Kleiner-Lott gave a proof of this theorem as a part of their presentation of Perelman's proof of the geometrization conjecture.

In this talk, I will...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | October 30 | 1:30-2:30 p.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.

String-Math Seminar: Vertex operator algebras via topological vertex like construction

Seminar | October 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Miroslav Rapcak, Perimeter

 Department of Mathematics

Y-algebras form a four parameter family of vertex operator algebras associated to Y-shaped junctions of interfaces in N=4 super Yang-Mills theory. One can glue such Y-shaped junctions into the more complicated webs of interfaces. Corresponding vertex operator algebras can be identified with conformal extensions of tensor products of Y-algebras associated to the trivalent junctions of the web by...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: How Much Does Your Boss Make? The Incentive Effects of Horizontal and Vertical Inequality

Seminar | October 30 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ricardo Perez Truglia, UCLA Anderson School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Public Finance Seminar

* Please note change in time due to joint event

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Topological free entropy

Seminar | October 30 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will take a look back at the topological version of free entropy based on norm-microstates. This will include a discussion of the associated topological free entropy dimension, some connections with potential theory, random matrices and some problems.

R Graphics with ggplot2

Workshop | October 30 | 3-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Josh Quan, Library Data Lab


This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of graphics in R, including base graphics and ggplot2. Participants will learn how to construct, customize, and export a variety of plot types in order to visualize relationships in data.

 Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library


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Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On the Gross-Stark conjecture

Seminar | October 30 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Samit Dasgupta, UCSC

 Department of Mathematics

$Seminar\, Format$:

The seminar consists of two 50-minute talks, a pre-talk (3:10-4:00) and an advanced talk (4:10-5:00), with a 10-minute break (4:00-4:10) between them. The advanced talk is a regular formal presentation about recent research results to general audiences in arithmetic geometry and number theory; the pre-talk (3:10-4:00) is to introduce some prerequisites or background for the...   More >

‘Outsiders at the Table’ – Diversity Lessons from UC Berkeley’s Biology Scholars Program (BSP)

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 John Matsui, Biology Scholars Program (BSP) at the University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Since 1992, 3500 Berkeley undergraduates have participated in BSP – 80% first-to-college/low-income, 70% women, and 60% from ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic, and Native American) underrepresented in science. Dr. Matsui’s focus has been to recruit ‘under-valued’ STEM talent into BSP, students who enter Berkeley with lower SAT scores and high school GPAs and are less well-prepared to...   More >

Romantic Heresies: Lermontov's Demon in Dialogue with Cain

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Kathryn Pribble, Graduate Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The fourth lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

Design Field Notes: Hisham Ibrahim

Seminar | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Hisham Ibrahim, whose background brings together software engineering, product management, and innovation, will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Design Field Notes series of pop-up talks.

Tick-tock of a Circadian Clock

Seminar | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Andy LiWang, University of California, Merced

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 271, Development: "Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Indian Road Construction"

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

 Anjali Adukia, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Inverse scattering and the Davey-Stewartson II equation

Seminar | October 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Daniel Tataru, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The aim of this talk is to describe a complete implementation of the inverse scattering approach to the study of the defocusing Davey-Stewartson equation. This will involve dispersive quations, dbar pde's, microlocal analysis and other fun stuff. This is joint work with Adrian Nachman and Idan Regev.

Towards an Integrated Biomanufacturing System for Deep Space Missions

Seminar | October 30 | 5-6 p.m. | Silver Space Sciences Lab, Silver Conference Room, Room 105

 Professor Adam Arkin, Professor, Center for Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL), Botanical Garden

Space synthetic biology is a branch of biotechnology dedicated to engineering biological systems for space exploration, industry and science. There is strong public and private interest in designing robust and reliable organisms and the systems that support them that can assist on long-duration astronaut missions. Recently, we have launched a new center from NASA called the Center for Utilization...   More >

SLAM: Life Sciences at Google: Leaning into the Newest Silicon Valley Bug

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

 Dr. Jane Wang, Verily

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Dr. Jane Wang earned her B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 2007 before moving to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemistry, as a Hertz Fellow, at UC Berkeley in the lab of Prof. Dean Toste. In the Toste lab her research focused on developing new catalytic and enantioselective methods for the addition of nitrogen and oxygen nucleophiles to olefins. She continued her career as a post-doctoral...   More >

The Future of Fukushima: A New Generation Rises to the Challenge

Colloquium | October 30 | 6-8 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, CA, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Berkeley Lab’s Earth & Environmental Sciences Area

How did high school students – using innovative sensors – promote the recovery from an environmental disaster?

Fukushima Prefecture has achieved a remarkable recovery after the nuclear accident in 2011. Thanks to extensive clean-up, more than 97% of the region is at natural background levels; the area as large as the State of Connecticut. However, negative perception still persists...   More >


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