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Monday, February 26, 2018

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Final Abstracts Due

Deadline | February 26 | -5 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Brian Gialketsis, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Implementing the CA History-Social Science Framework

Workshop | February 26 | 8:30 a.m. |  Contra Costa County Office of Education

 77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, CA, CA 94523

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP) will introduce participants to the new History-Social Science framework, which was adopted in July 2016. A central aspect of both efforts is to support teaches in developing inquiry-driven courses that integrate the H-SS Standards (content and historical analysis) and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History while integrating ELD...   More >

PMB Special Seminar: "Gating Plant Immunity and Death at the Nuclear Boundary"

Seminar | February 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, First Floor Conference Room

 Yangnan Gu, Tsinghua University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Gu lab uses a combined molecular, cellular, genetic, biochemical, biostatistical and bioinformatic approach to study the intriguing mechanism behind host-pathogen interactions. They focus on the role of targeted membrane trafficking and coordinated nucleocytoplasmic transport in activation, regulation and termination of the innate immunity. They are also interested in the immune regulatory...   More >

Yangnan Gu

Scalable Imaging of Molecular Order

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Shalin Mehta, PhD, Platform Leader, Advanced Optical Microscopy, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Nanoscale alignment of molecules, or molecular order, underpins the directed functions of cells. Cells have the fascinating capacity of creating and sustaining molecular order at the expense of chemical energy, as illustrated by the planar organization of the lipid membrane and the three-dimensional organization of chromatin, cytoskeleton, and extracellular matrix. The molecular order...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of the 2-ASEP on a ring

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Olya Mandelshtam, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

The two-species asymmetric simple exclusion process (2-ASEP) on a ring is a Markov chain on Zn/Z with each site either vacant or occupied by one of two classes of particles, and whose dynamics are dictated by parameter q: particles can hop right at rate 1 or left at rate q. At q=0, the stationary probabilities of the states of the 2-ASEP can be described by multiline queues of Ferarri and Martin....   More >

Attachment, Religion, and Spirituality: A Wider View

Colloquium | February 26 | 12:10-1:20 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Pehr Granqvist, Visiting scholar from Stockholm University

 Department of Psychology

I will outline a book on the attachment-religion connection that I am currently composing as a visiting scholar. The book has been contracted with Guilford and has Dist. Prof. Em. Phillip R. Shaver from UC Davis as editor. I will focus the talk on four reasons for choosing “A Wider View” as subtitle. First, I argue that Bowlby restricted attachment theory unnecessarily by insisting that...   More >

The Role of Attachment in Perceived Relationships with Deities

Colloquium | February 26 | 12:10-1:20 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Frances Nkara, Psychology Department

 Department of Psychology

Religious believers’ perceived relationships with deities likely promote the pervasiveness of theistic religions, especially if these relationships engender or promise attachment-related “felt security”. Specific expectations and behavior within these perceived relationships might be derived from individual differences in implicit, internal working models or states of mind regarding attachment...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | February 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Jorg Spenkuch, Northwestern

 Department of Economics

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

Ultra High-Field MRI - Open questions in engineering and multiphysics

Seminar | February 26 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430 Soda Hall)

 Simone Angela Winkler, Staff Research Associate, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has emerged as one of the most powerful and informative diagnostic tools in modern medicine. While most clinical MR studies use magnetic field strengths of 1.5T or 3T, leading research is pushing these magnetic field strengths to 7T and beyond.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: On maximally amenable subalgebras in free products

Seminar | February 26 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a paper of 2014, Cyril Houdayer proved that any diffuse amenable von Neumann algebra can be concretely realized as a maximal amenable subalgebra with expectation inside a full nonamenable III1 factor. Only a year later, Narutaka Ozawa produced a very short proof of this realization (under less general circumstances). In this talk, we shall visit Ozawa's proof.

STROBE Seminar Series: Hands-on Python Workshop: Image Analysis in the Jupyter Notebook

Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 Antonino Ingargiola

 College of Chemistry

This hands-on workshop will give students a taste of modern scientific computing in python using the Jupyter Notebook environment. Jupyter notebooks are executable documents that interleave narrative (rich text, math equations, figures, links) with code.

Panel on Innovative Uses of Media in Language Teaching

Panel Discussion | February 26 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies; Margot Szarke, Lecturer, French; Lihua Zhang, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

 Berkeley Language Center

Media in Swahili Teaching: Hegemonic Tendencies of the Internet
David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies
Using examples from Swahili, this paper will show how the internet is slowly taking over to be the most popular form of media that instructors of Swahili are using for teaching Swahili.

Critical Thinking, Comprehension and Creativity: Multimedia in the L2 classroom
Margot Szarke,...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Towards the global Gross-Prasad conjecture for orthogonal groups

Seminar | February 26 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Rahul Krishna, Northwestern University

 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 >

Barna Saha - Efficient Fine-Grained Algorithms

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Barna Saha, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: One of the greatest successes of computational complexity theory is the classification of countless fundamental computational problems into polynomial-time and NP-hard ones, two classes that are often referred to as tractable and intractable, respectively. However, this crude distinction of algorithmic efficiency is clearly insufficient when handling today's large scale of data. We need...   More >

IB Seminar: Rats! Systematics of an emerging adaptive radiation model

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kevin Rowe, Museums Victoria

 Department of Integrative Biology

Rty Year Perspective on Medical Robotics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Russ Taylor, Johns Hopkins University

Conference/Symposium | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Russ Taylor, Russ Taylor,

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

This talk will discuss insights gathered over nearly thirty years of research on medical robotics and computer-integrated interventional medicine (CIIM), both at IBM and at Johns Hopkins University. The goal of this research has been the creation of a three-way partnership between physicians, technology, and information to improve treatment processes. CIIM systems combine innovative algorithms,...   More >

From using artifacts to mathematical meanings: The teacher’s role in the semiotic mediation process

Colloquium | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Maria Alessandra Mariotti, Università di Siena, Italy

 Graduate School of Education

The potential of artifacts for learning have been extensively studied, with a main focus on their possible use by students and the subsequent benefits for them. However, there has been the tendency to underestimate the complexity of exploiting this potential, and specifically the complexity of the teacher’s role orchestrating the teaching and learning process. Following Vygotsky’s seminal idea of...   More >

Dr. Mingfu Shao, Department of Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University: Efficient algorithms for large-scale transcriptomics and genomics

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)



I will present modeling and algorithmic designs for two challenging problems in biology and argue that efficient computational methods enable significant advances in our understanding of cell machinery and genome evolution. The first problem is the assembly of full-length transcripts -- the collection of expressed gene products in cells -- from noisy and highly...   More >

GraphXD Seminar: Vector Representations of Graphs and the Maximum Cut Problem

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 David P. Williamson, Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

In this talk, I will look at a classical problem from graph theory of finding a large cut in a graph. We’ll start with a 1967 result of Erdős that showed that picking a random partition of the graph finds a cut that is at least half the largest possible cut. We’ll then describe a result due to Goemans and myself from 1995 that shows that by representing the graph as a set of vectors, one per...   More >

Measuring activity of cortical layers in human brain with CBV-fMRI: method and first applications

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Laurentius Huber, Postdoc Fellow at Section on Functional Imaging Methods, NIMH, NIH

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Layer-dependent fMRI allows measurements of information flow in cortical circuits, as afferent and efferent connections terminate in different cortical layers.
However, conventional high-resolution fMRI is challenged by its reactively high noise level and limited localization specificity of large draining veins.
In this presentation, I will discuss some recent methodological advancements of...   More >

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Research Ethics and Library Database Workshop (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Workshop | February 26 | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Sine Hwang Jensen, librarian, Ethnic Studies Library

 Under-represented Researchers of Color (UROC): student group sponsored by Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

In this workshop, we will explore library resources that can support you in your research like article databases, how to access archives, and more. We will also explore concepts around research justice and questions of knowledge production and power.