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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Regulated protein degradation in bacterial growth and stress response"

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Peter Chien, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

We are an interdisciplinary lab focused on understanding regulated protein degradation and quality control using biochemistry, structural biology and cell biology. Our primary approach is to use both molecular and cellular techniques to understand the mechanisms that lead to specific substrate processing during basic cellular events.

Safety Net Investments in Children: The Evidence on SNAP/Cal-Fresh

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Center Sacramento, Room LL3

 1130 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

 Hillary Hoynes, Department of Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Food Institute

SNAP is the second largest anti-poverty program for children in the U.S. The research consistently shows that SNAP leads to reductions in food insecurity, satisfying a core goal of the program. Recent research shows that the benefits of SNAP are much broader and further reaching than the reduction in food insecurity. Professor Hoynes summarizes the evidence from current research that quantifies...   More >

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“Design Principles of Living Membranes”

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ilya Levental, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Recent discoveries have elucidated the crucial role for liquid-liquid phase separation phenomena in cellular biology. I will briefly introduce recent discoveries in three-dimensional phase partitioning of the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm, followed by our recent observations on phase separation in mammalian plasma membranes. The plasma membrane is the physical and functional interface between a cell...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Jesyka Melendez: The immunogenetics of mating behavior in Peromyscus: A genomic approach

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Jesyka Melendez (Finishing Talk)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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 >

Message Intended is Not Message Received: Shame, Stigma, and Disengagement in the Academic Probation Notification Process

Colloquium | April 25 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Shannon Brady, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

An important institutional and societal dilemma is how to notify people when they are not meeting performance or community standards without undermining their motivation and efforts to do so. Focusing on the context of college students being placed on academic probation, I find that college administrators overwhelmingly intend probation to be helpful to and motivating for students but that...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Avoiding Communication in First-Order Methods for Optimization

Presentation | April 25 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Aditya Devarakonda

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Iterative ML methods are particularly sensitive to communication cost since they often require communication every iteration. We derive communication-avoiding variants of BCD methods that solve popular regression, classification, and related kernel problems. We show that these variants are numerically stable and can attain large speedups of up to 6.1x on a Cray XC30 supercomputer.

Building a Successful Bio Startup: Keynote by Sam Altman

Panel Discussion | April 25 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Sam Altman, Y Combinator

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

On April 25th, we welcome Y Combinator President Sam Altman to campus in conversation with bio entrepreneurs from the University of California. Gain insights about building a successful bio venture and learn about the launch of YC Bio.

RSVP is required and space is limited. Overflow seating and waitlist will be available.


  Registration opens April 10. Register  by April 25.


Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): The Polyfold Gromov-Witten Invariants

Seminar | April 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Wolfgang Schmaltz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Polyfold theory, as developed by Hofer, Wysocki, and Zehnder, is a relatively new approach to resolving transversality issues that arise in the study of J-holomorphic curves in symplectic geometry. In this talk I explain the polyfold theoretic approach to defining the Gromov-Witten invariants for all closed symplectic manifolds.

Introduction to Differential GPS: GPS and Realtime Correction signals

Workshop | April 25 | 2-4 p.m. | 110 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicholas Tripcevich, Lab Manager, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Learn Terrasync, Range Finder, post-processing, and realtime correction

15th Annual Sustainability Summit: Sponsored by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability

Conference/Symposium | April 25 | 2:30-4:45 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Speiker Room-Chou Hall

 Vien Truong, CEO, Dream Corp

 Chancellor Carol Christ; Vice Chancellor Marc Fisher

 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s Summit is celebrating Berkeley's environmental achievements. Join for a poster session and reception, remarks and award ceremony with Chancellor Christ, and a keynote address by Vien Truong, CEO of Dream Corp (#GreenForAll).

The weak Pinsker property

Seminar | April 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tim Austin, UCLA

 Department of Statistics

This talk is about the structure theory of measure-preserving systems: transformations of a finite measure space that preserve the measure. Many important examples arise from stationary processes in probability, and simplest among these are the i.i.d. processes. In ergodic theory, i.i.d. processes are called Bernoulli shifts. Some of the main results of ergodic theory concern an invariant of...   More >

Situated modeling: applying a modeler's manifesto to collaborative data science in rural Zimbabwe

Colloquium | April 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 M.V. Eitzel Solera, University of California Santa Cruz

 Department of Geography

As a practicing modeler by training and experience, I have encountered many issues concerning the way data are handled, how models are made, and, in particular, how truth claims emerge from modeling. "Big data" are increasingly discussed in academic venues and elsewhere as an unquestioned good. However, there is dangerous potential for models to marginalize people based on biased or inappropriate...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Gromov-Witten Axioms for Symplectic Manifolds via Polyfold Theory

Seminar | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Wolfgang Schmaltz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In 1994 Kontsevich and Manin stated the Gromov-Witten axioms, given as a list of formal relations between the Gromov-Witten invariants. In this talk I prove several of the Gromov-Witten axioms for curves of arbitrary genus for all closed symplectic manifolds.

ERG Colloquium: Riley Duren: Measuring and Mitigating California’s Methane Emissions

Colloquium | April 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Riley Duren, Chief Systems Engineer & Engineering Fellow, Earth Science Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at NASA

 Energy and Resources Group

I will present progress, challenges and opportunities for measuring and mitigating methane emissions in California including case studies at the intersection of natural science, engineering, big data, public policy and private enterprise. I will also discuss the future prospects for applying these capabilities globally.

Applied Math Seminar: High-order, linearly stable, partitioned solvers for general multiphysics problems based on implicit-explicit Runge-Kutta schemes

Seminar | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Zhengyu Huang, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

The numerical simulation of multiphysics problems is significant in many engineering and scientific applications, e.g., aircraft flutter in transonic flows, biomedical flows in heart and blood vessels, mixing and chemically reacting flows, reactor fuel performance, turbomachinery and so on. These problems are generally highly nonlinear, feature multiple scales and strong coupling effects, and...   More >

Microbial and Mineral Mechanisms Controlling Soil Carbon Cycling and Storage/Understanding Factors Impacting Ionomer Thin-film Gas Transport

Colloquium | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Katerina Georgiou, Ph.D. student in the Thorn Group; Meron Tesfaye, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group and Weber Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Human Thermogenic Adipose Tissue Development and Metabolic Disease

Seminar | April 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Silvia Corvera, University of Massachusetts Medical School

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Tech Profiling, Policing, and Disruption of our 'Sanctuary Cities': A conversation and strategy session with speakers from Arab Resource Organizing Center, Asian Law Caucus, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Anti-Police Terror Project

Seminar | April 25 | 5-8 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (117)

 Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource Organizing Center; Christina Sinha, National Security and Civil Rights Program Co-Leader, Asian Law Caucus; Cat Brooks, Executive Director, Justice Teams Network & Co-Founder Anti-Police Terror Project; Stephanie Lacambra, Attorney and Legal Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation

 Juan Prieto, Immigrant Rights Organizer / Statewide Communications Strategist, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance; Leslie Dreyer, ACES Artist in Residence and Organizer, ACES Program and Housing Rights Committee

 American Cultures, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Arts + Design

Technologies coming out of the Bay Area are being used to surveil, profile, police and even deport vulnerable residents in our so-called Sanctuary Cities. Platforms claiming to promote democracy have corrupted it – often privileging white supremacy and recentralizing power while silencing dissent of targeted communities. Combining analysis by legal experts and on-the-ground organizers, we'll...   More >

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