Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Understanding Secondary Organic Aerosol Thermodynamics, Mixing State and Phase with Models, Mimics, and Microfluidics
Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall
Cari Dutcher, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Atmospheric aerosols are one of the major contributing factors to our climate, yet are a leading source of uncertainty in climate modeling. This uncertainty arises from the intricate nature of aerosol particles: these particles are complex microenvironments, which can contain multiple interfaces due to internal liquid liquid phase partitioning and the external vapor liquid surface. Aerosol... More >
MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Mohamed Noor "Recombination rate influences adaptation and speciation: Studies in the Drosophila pseudoobscura species group"
Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library
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 >
Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall
My lab is interested in utilizing a combination of cell, molecular, biochemical and genetic approaches to understand how cells communicate during plant growth and development.
Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
Liana Lareau, University of California, Berkeley
A single genome produces the huge diversity of cells and tissues needed to make a human by regulating gene expression to turn on and off the right genes at the right times. The final, post-transcriptional steps of gene expression RNA processing and translation are essential to the proper outcome. My goal is to understand what the cell achieves by adding extra layers of regulation at these... More >
Drivers of infectious disease dynamics: Quantifying the impact of demography and climate: Ayesha Mahmud PhD
Colloquium | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room
Ayesha Mahmud PhD, Rockefeller Foundation Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.
Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall
Miguel Lázaro-Gredilla, Vicarious, Inc.
Abstract: Compositionality, generalization, and learning from a few examples are among the hallmarks of human intelligence. In this talk I will describe how Vicarious combines these ideas to create approaches to CAPTCHA breaking and Atari game playing that improve on the state of the art. Both of these tasks have indeed been tackled before, using respectively Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs)... More >
Workshop | January 24 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club
Beth Greivel, LMFT, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance
Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want.
In this workshop we will explore how habits... More >
Colloquium | January 24 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Michelle "Mikki" Hebl, Professor, Rice University
In this talk, Mikki will discuss the role of gatekeepers in preventing indviduals, often women and members of underrepresented groups, from attaining their potential. Mikki will review some of her programmatic research on subtle discrimination and will then provide some of her most recent studies and data on gender and race gatekeeping.
Workshop | January 24 | 1-2 p.m. | International House, Auditorium
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn practical tools for improving your American-English pronunciation. This workshop will be taught by a professional ESL instructor from the English Studies Institute. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/yakfjz8d
Seminar | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Michael Landry, Yale University
We will introduce Thurston's norm on the second homology of a 3-manifold, and some associated constructions including branched surfaces and Agol’s veering triangulation.
ERG Colloquium: Diego Ponce De Leon Barido: Demand-side, User-centered, Sustainable Decarbonization in Resource Constrained Environments
Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall
Future growth in urbanization will mainly occur in cities of the rising south. UN Habitat reports that in the past decade, the urban population in emerging economies grew on average 1.2 million people per week. By 2050, it is expected that seven out of ten people will be living in cities. Accompanying urbanization, information and communication technologies have also seen... More >
Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Jay Gopalakrishnan, Portland State University
(Note the special location) A spacetime simulation region can be subdivided into tent-shaped subregions. Tents appear to be natural for solving hyperbolic equations. Indeed, one can ensure causality by constraining the height of the tent pole. More precisely, the domain of dependence of all points within the tent can be guaranteed to be contained within the tent, by constraining the tent pole... More >
Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Michael Landry, Yale University
Let \(M\) be a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold with a fibered face \(\sigma\) of the unit ball of the Thurston norm on \(H_2(M)\). If \(M\) satisfies a certain condition related to Agol’s veering triangulation, we can construct a taut branched surface in \(M\) spanning \(\sigma\). This partially answers a 1986 question of Oertel, and extends an earlier partial answer due to Mosher.
Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)
Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI
In the first part, I will talk about meta learning, which is the problem of training a system that quickly learns to solve a wide variety of tasks. I will present several meta learning algorithms that can quickly solve simulated robotics tasks, and show how a simple meta learning approach can address the sim2real problem in robotics.
The second part will be on self play. Self play systems come... More >
Colloquium | January 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall
Frank Bates, University of Minnesota
Block polymers have captured the interest of scientists and engineers for more than half a century. In general, the phase behavior of diblock copolymers, the simplest category of such self-assembling macromolecules, has been accepted as thoroughly understood. Recent experiments with low molecular weight diblock copolymers have revealed remarkable phase complexity in the limit of asymmetric... More >
Thematic Seminar: Partial Differential Equations: On the Strong Cosmic Censorship Conjecture in General Relativity
Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Sung-Jin Oh, Korea Institute for Advanced Study
An intriguing feature of the explicit charged (Reissner-Nordstrom) or spinning (Kerr) black hole spacetimes is the existence of a regular Cauchy horizon, beyond which the Einstein equation loses its predictive power. The strong cosmic censorship conjecture of Penrose is a bold claim that, nevertheless, such a pathological behavior is nongeneric.
In this lecture, I will give a short introduction... More >
Panel Discussion | January 24 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall
Vincanne Adams, Professor, Joint UCSF/UC Berkeley Program in Medical Anthropology; Cathy Kennedy, Registered Nurse and Vice President, National Nurses United; Javier Arbona, Professor, American Studies and Design, UC Davis
Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
The ongoing catastrophe following Hurricane Marias landfall on Puerto Rico in September reminds us that disasters are never merely natural. The enduring colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico and the market-driven nature of governmental relief efforts are both critical to understanding the current crisis.
Workshop | January 24 | 8-10 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall
Are you interested in learning what's the machinery behind the Deep Learning hype? Come to the ML@B Deep Learning Workshop! We will teach you how neural networks work and how to use them through hands on demos. The workshop is structured so that you have enough knowledge to get the most out of our future workshops. You can find the full list at ml.berkeley.edu/workshops. Although not strict... More >