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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Small-scale Gold Mining and Biocontamination

Seminar | April 10 | Barrows Hall, Radio Broadcast, ON AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Jimena Diaz, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Mattina Alonge, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in to The Graduates next Tuesday for a rocking interview with Jimena Diaz from the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. Jimena is an interdisciplinary scientist who combines insights from political ecology and ecology to better understand the complexities of society-nature interactions. In the interview, Jimena tells us all about the ways in which small...   More >

Seeing and Listening in the Garden: a Painting and Drawing Workshop

Workshop | April 10 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to enhance your senses through looking and listening. Listen to a line of music, draw the bending gesture of a tree. We will walk in the garden to explore color and focused listening in the soundscape of the garden.

$100, $90 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

New insights into acetylation and oncometabolism from chemoproteomics

Seminar | April 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jordan Meier, National Cancer Institute

 College of Chemistry

A paradox of modern biology is that while metabolism is known to influence epigenetic signals (including, but not limited to histone acetylation), the specific proteins that sense these metabolic cues remain uncharacterized. Here we describe the utility of chemical methods to discover novel epigenetic mechanisms and characterize their metabolic regulation. Our initial studies have led to the...   More >

C. Judson King: Building Research Eminence in the Physical Sciences at Berkeley

Seminar | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall (Level D)

 C. Judson King, Former director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (2004 - 2014) and Provost and Senior Vice President - Academic Affairs of the University of California system (1995-2004)., University of California

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The physical sciences at Berkeley were built to the highest stature in the first half of the twentieth century through an ad-hoc process driven by several key intellectual leaders among the faculty. Some of the most important factors were the strong institutional interests of these
faculty leaders, enablement by the administration, the establishment of the Board of Research, chartering of formal...   More >

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Development Lunch: "Determinants of the Cost of Electricity Supply in India"

Seminar | April 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Louis Preonas

 Department of Economics

Regime Type and Minister Tenure in Africa’s Authoritarian Regimes

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Alex Kroeger, Lecturer, UC Merced Department of Political Science

 Center for African Studies

What explains the wide variation in the tenure of cabinet ministers in authoritarian regimes? While existing research has focused on differences in the tenure of ministers in democracies and dictatorships, I examine the influence of regime type on minister tenure in authoritarian regimes. I argue that authoritarian regime type determines both the level of dismissal risk that ministers face as...   More >

Alex Kroeger

Do Medical Marijuana Laws Harm Youth and Young Adults?

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Joanne Spetz, PhD, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, Institute for Health Policy Studies

 Public Health, School of

Medical marijuana laws have been enacted in more than half of U.S. states, and studies have found that they increase the use of illicit marijuana among adults but reduce traffic fatality rates, suggesting there may be both positive and negative consequences. Using repeated-cross section data from the restricted-use version of the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, we delve more deeply into...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | April 10 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss Kronheimer-Mrowka's twisted instanton invariant of webs and foam cobordisms. The rank of this invariant for planar webs gives the number of Tait colorings, but the torsion can contain more information (in particular, admits a spectral sequence to their previous untwisted invariant).

Race and "Othering: Making torture possible

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

Torture involves a fundamental act of "othering" in order for it to be possible. Who do we torture and why do we torture them? How has torture been mobilized by "benign" states and who do we conceptualize as the architects of torture beyond those in the room with the detainee? What are the ramifications of this legacy for the disparate impact torture has on people of color today?

Joined by...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Blum Hall, Plaza Level

 Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles, Niskanen Center

 Department of Economics

*Note change in time and location. Joint with Political Economy Seminar

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Wenxin Du

 Department of Economics

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Computational dysfunctions in anxiety: Failure to differentiate signal from noise

Colloquium | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Martin Paulus, Scientific Director and President, Laureate Institute for Brain Research

 Department of Psychology

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Fourier transforms of measures and distance sets

Seminar | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 James Rowan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Falconer distance problem asks what the smallest Hausdorff dimension of a compact set E in $R^d$ can be such that its distance set D(E) has positive Lebesgue measure. It is conjectured that if dim E is greater than d/2, then dim D(E) is at least 1. We will discuss the relationship between this problem and spherical averages of Fourier transforms of measures and present a result of Wolff that...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Random monomial ideals and their homological properties

Seminar | April 10 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Lily Silverstein, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Randomness is an important tool in algebra, especially from an algorithmic perspective. I will discuss our recent work looking at the random behavior of monomial ideals. We describe several random models, inspired by earlier models for random graphs and random simplicial complexes, and give results on properties such as Hilbert function and Krull dimension. We also prove "threshold behavior" in...   More >

Design Field Notes: Melissa Cefkin

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Melissa Cefkin, a design anthropologist who works as principal scientist for Nissan Research, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "What Do Consumers Consider Before They Choose?"

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jason Abaluck, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Industrial Organization Seminar. Please note change in time due to joint event.

The Security of the Korean Peninsula after the Olympics: Perspectives on South Korea, North Korea, China Trilateral Relations

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soojin Park, Wilson Center; Yun Sun, Stimson Center; Mark Tokola, Korea Economic Institute of America

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Korea Economic Institute of America, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The 2018 Winter Olympics presented an opportunity for reduced tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but can it help lead to a better outcome for the North Korea nuclear crisis or is it just a one-off event? At this time of heightened uncertainty in Northeast Asia, please join us for a panel co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America to discuss the increasingly complex relations among...   More >

Symmetry, degeneracy, and strong correlation

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Gustavo Scuseria, Department of Chemistry, Rice University

 College of Chemistry

Schrodinger's equation has been known for more than 90 years, yet many pressing questions in electronic structure theory remain unanswered. Quantum Chemistry is a successful field: the weak correlation problem has been solved; we can get "the right answer for the right reason" at reasonably low polynomial computational cost instead of the combinatorial expense of brute force approaches. Despite...   More >

Popular Neoliberalism: Readers' and Viewers' Reactions to Milton Friedman

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Dr. Maurice Cottier, Visiting Fellow, History Department, Harvard University

 Center for Right-Wing Studies

Milton Friedman was not only a leading neoliberal economist in the second half of the 20th century but, due to his popular books and appearances on TV, also a well-known public intellectual. Focusing on the reactions by viewers and readers of his book Capitalism and Freedom (1962) and book and TV series Free to Choose (1980), Maurice Cottier’s paper discusses how the broader public received...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"What Do Consumers Consider Before They Choose?" (Joint with 218)

Seminar | April 10 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jason Abaluck, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar. Please note change in location due to joint event.

Sarah Baker (Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion): How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora

Colloquium | April 10 | 5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Music, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Sarah Baker (Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion)

"How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora"

FinTech For Good Panel: Digital Financial Inclusion, the business opportunity of serving the underserved in a digital world

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 5-8 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Haas Fin Tech Club

FinTech is disrupting the financial services industry, delivering improved customer experience, faster transactions, and cheaper products to a wider audience. With the application of AI, Big Data, mobile, blockchain, and other technologies; unbanked and underserved customers who previously could not be served profitably can now be valuable new customers in a big emerging market that only in the...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Liaison among curves in $ \mathbf P^3 $

Seminar | April 10 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will study the equivalence relation generated by linked curves in $ \mathbf P^3 $. In particular we will define the Rao module and show that (up to shifts and duals) it determines the equivalence class. Time permitting we will study curves that are cut out by three surfaces.

How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora

Colloquium | April 10 | 5-7 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sarah Bakker Kellogg, Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

To the extent that Middle Eastern Christians register in Euro-American public discourse at all, they are usually invoked either to justify military intervention in the Middle East for the sake of their “religious freedom,” or they are cited as potential exemptions to policies intended to restrict asylum-seekers from Muslim-majority countries. This binary frame rests on a wide-spread assumption...   More >

Change Without a Footprint: A Student's Role in Global Health

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 109 Dwinelle Hall

 Sangeeta Tripathi, HEAL Initiative

 GlobeMed at Berkeley

Change Without a Footprint: A Student's Role in Global Health is a facilitated discussion on the implications of undergraduates working in global health led by the Director of Operations and Strategy at the HEAL Initiative, Sangeeta Tripathi. All students are welcome!

Sangeeta brings more than a decade of work in global health to the conversation. She has worked on the rapid acceleration of...   More >