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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Norse Myths and How to Tell Them

Seminar | August 28 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Adam Carl, Scandinavian Department; Andrew Saintsing, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in to The Graduates next Tuesday for an interview with Adam Carl from the Scandinavian Department at UC Berkeley. In the interview, Adam explains how he became interested in Scandinavian studies through his passion for Norse mythology.

Adam Carl

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Is motor insurance ratemaking going to change with telematics and semi-autonomous vehicles?

Seminar | August 28 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Montserrat Guillen, University of Barcelona

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Many automobile insurance companies offer the possibility to monitor driving habits and distance driven by means of telematics devices installed in the vehicles. This provides a novel source of data that can be analysed to calculate personalised tariffs. For instance, drivers who accumulate a lot of miles should be charged more for their insurance coverage than those who make little use of their...   More >

International Student Resume Week

Workshop | August 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 12-1 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Career Center

The Fall recruiting is on campus now and many career fairs, including the Cal career fair, are coming! For those of you who are still worried about your resumes, we are here to help! Come and join this lab-based resume session tailored for int'l students. We will focus on the following topics:

1. Understand what employers are looking for on a resume,
2. What resume format can help employers...   More >

U.S.-English Pronunciation Tips for International Students and Scholars

Workshop | August 28 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Learn practical tools for improving your U.S.-English pronunciation. This workshop will be taught by a professional ESL instructor from the English Studies Institute. Register here: http://bit.ly/PronunciationTipsFA18

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Are We Over-Testing? Using Machine Learning to Understand Doctors’ Decisions

Seminar | August 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ziad Obermeyer, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, Going Negative at the Zero Lower Bound: The Effects of Negative Rates on Bank Profitability.

Seminar | August 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Mauricio Ulate, University of California - Berkeley

 Department of Economics

In the aftermath of the Great Recession several central banks started paying negative nominal interest rates on reserves in an expansionary attempt, but the effectiveness of this measure remains unclear. Negative rates can stimulate the economy by lowering the interest rates that commercial banks charge on loans, but they can also hurt bank profitability by squeezing deposit spreads. This paper...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: A perfect Morse function on the SU(2) representation variety of a surface

Seminar | August 28 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

Jeffrey and Weitsman showed that the space of (projective) representations of a surface group into $SU(2)$ admits a perfect Morse function. We'll discuss a direct proof of this by Michael Thaddeus, and an extension to representations of a punctured surface with prescribed holonomy about the punctures.

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | August 28 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Semiclassical diffraction by conormal potential singularities

Seminar | August 28 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Oran Gannot, Northwestern University

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe joint work with Jared Wunsch on propagation of singularities for some semiclassical Schrodinger equations where the potential is conormal to a hypersurface, with applications to logarithmic resonance-free regions. Semiclassical singularities of a given strength propagate across the hypersurface up to a threshold depending on the regularity of the potential and the singularities...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Schauder bases in Banach lattices

Seminar | August 28 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Mitchell Taylor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The order structure of a Banach lattice gives rise to several natural convergences. In this talk we begin by reviewing the essential results on Banach lattices, and then discuss recent research on basic sequences in such spaces. The basic sequences we are interested in are those whose partial sums converge not only in norm, but also in order. We show that this class of bases can be characterized...   More >

Probing Complex Interfaces

Seminar | August 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Rich Saykally, Dept. of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"The Effects of Mandatory Disclosure of Supermarket Prices"

Seminar | August 28 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Itai Ater, Tel Aviv University

 Department of Economics

Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Presentation | August 28 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room


The best way to appreciate art is to live with it!

See and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year. Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists - from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.

Event takes place in the historic Morrison Room. A brief presentation will be followed by...   More >

 Note: borrowing from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection is limited to UCB students, faculty and staff and is free