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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CASA Professional Growth Conference

Conference/Symposium | November 7 |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

Cal Alumni Student Association is hosting a conference of different workshops, including LinkedIn, resume review, mock interview, and recruiting.

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | November 7 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

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Computational protein circuits in mammalian cells — natural and synthetic

Seminar | November 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Michael Elowitz, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Alejandro Rico-Guevara: Natural vs. sexual selection tug-of-war: Nectarivory energetics and intrasexually selected weapons

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Alejandro Rico-Guevara

 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 >

TSUJIMOTO LECTURE: "Searching for simplicity amidst the complexity of the soil microbiome"

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Fierer Lab explores the distribution and roles of microscopic organisms in diverse environments and the relevance of microbes to the health and function of ecosystems, plants, and animals (including humans).

Adversarial Examples that Fool both Computer Vision and Time-Limited Humans

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Gamaleldin Elsayed, Google Brain

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Machine learning models are vulnerable to adversarial examples: small changes to images can cause computer vision models to make mistakes such as identifying a school bus as an ostrich. However, it is still an open question whether humans are prone to similar mistakes. Here, we address this question by leveraging recent techniques that transfer adversarial examples from computer vision models...   More >

Demographic Dividend or Disaster? Population, Food Security and Stability in the Sahel

Panel Discussion | November 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Prof. Malcolm Potts, The OASIS Initiative; Bob Walker, Population Institute; Alisha Graves, The OASIS Initiative

 Public Health, School of

The Sahel region of Africa is home to the fastest growing population in all of human history. Join Professor Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves of UC Berkeley, along with special guest, Bob Walker, President of the Population Institute, for a presentation and discussion on the demographic implications for food security, stability in the region and unprecedented levels of migration.

Extracellular matrix viscoelasticity and its impact on cells

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ovi Chaudhuri, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a complex assembly of structural proteins that provides physical support and biochemical signaling to cells in tissues. Over the last two decades, studies have revealed the important role that ECM elasticity plays in regulating a variety of biological processes in cells, including stem cell differentiation and cancer progression. However, tissues and ECM are...   More >

Ethnic Neighborhood Segregation and Residential Mobility Dynamics in Norway, 1993–2013

Colloquium | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Torkild Lyngstad, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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.

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Fall/Winter Seasonal Veggies (BEUHS641)

Workshop | November 7 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Temptations are everywhere during the holiday season. In this class, you will learn to cook vegetable dishes so flavorful that they may outshine your favorite holiday dessert! These clever and creative recipes will have your whole family asking for seconds. Presentation, demonstration, sample and recipes provided.

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Their pain, our pleasure

Colloquium | November 7 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Mina Cikara, Assistant Professor, Harvard University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

If humans are innately good, cooperative, fair, and averse to harming one another, why does widespread intergroup conflict persist? Several factors contribute to fomenting hostility between groups; in my talk I will focus on the role of pleasure in response to out-group pain. People who identify strongly with their social groups frequently experience pleasure when they observe threatening...   More >

Urban Informal Settlements in East Africa: Community-led Upgrading for Health Equity

Colloquium | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jason Corburn, Professor, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley; Jack Makau, Director, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

 Center for African Studies

Professor Jason Corburn will describe a ten-year partnership between his UC Berkeley team and the NGO Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) focused on improving the lives and living conditions in the urban slums of East African Cities.

Urban Informal Settlement in East Africa

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Quilts, operads, and the Fukaya category

Seminar | November 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Nate Bottman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

In my first talk, I will introduce the Fukaya category of a compact symplectic manifold. This is an invariant that keeps track of the Lagrangian submanifolds, as well as an intersection theory of these submanifolds that is enhanced by counts of pseudoholomorphic polygons. The algebraic structure of the Fukaya category is controlled by a collection (in fact, an operad) of polytopes called...   More >

Averaging principle and shape theorem for growth with memory.

Seminar | November 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Amir Dembo, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

We consider a family of random growth models in n-dimensional space. These models capture certain features expected to manifest at the mesoscopic level for certain self-interacting microscopic dynamics (such as once-reinforced random walk with strong reinforcement and origin-excited random walk). In a joint work with Pablo Groisman, Ruojun Huang and Vladas Sidoravicius, we establish for such...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: The Nygaard filtration

Seminar | November 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 TBD, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the Nygaard filtration.

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Premodular categories and 4-dimensional topological field theories

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alexander Kirillov Jr., Stony Brook University

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of topological field theory was formalized by Michael Atiyah; it is a purely mathematical notion inspired by physics. In particular, such a theory gives invariants of closed \(d\)-manifolds.

Examples of 3-dimensional topological field theories have been well studied, most notably Reshetikhin–Turaev and Turaev–Viro theories. However, in dimension 4, situation is much less...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Itay Fischhendler: The Political Economy of Shifting Renewable Energy Targets: A Global Perspective

Colloquium | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Itay Fischhendler, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Hebrew University

 Energy and Resources Group

This talk will focus on discussing policy-set renewable energy targets around the globe and using quantitative analysis to determine how and why they may change with time.

Transposable elements and epigenome evolution

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Ting Wang, Washington University in St. Louis

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: A Numerical Analyst Thinks about Deep Learning with William Kahan

Colloquium | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium) | Note change in location

 William Kahan, U. C. Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

William "Velvel" Kahan, professor emeritus of EECS and Mathematics, received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Toronto. Kahan is widely known as "The Father of Floating Point."

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): The symplectic \((A_\infty ,2)\)-category

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Nate Bottman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

In my second talk, I will describe a framework for building maps between Fukaya categories of different symplectic manifolds. This is a 2-category-like structure called Symp, where the objects are symplectic manifolds, the 1-morphisms are Lagrangians in products, and the 2-morphisms are intersections of these Lagrangians. Just as the structure of the Fukaya category comes from an operad of...   More >

Why Deep Learning Works: Traditional and Heavy-Tailed Implicit Self-Regularization in Deep Neural Networks

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Michael W. Mahoney, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Random Matrix Theory (RMT) is applied to analyze the weight matrices of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), including both production quality, pre-trained models and smaller models trained from scratch. Empirical and theoretical results clearly indicate that the DNN training process itself implicitly implements a form of self-regularization, implicitly sculpting a more regularized energy or penalty...   More >

Professor Michael Silver Psychology Colloquium Lecture: Effects of acetylcholine on visual cortex, attention, and learning

Colloquium | November 7 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Department of Psychology

The neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) has been extensively studied at the level of synapses and neural circuits, but comparatively little is known about its effects on perception and cognition in humans. We augmented the effects of ACh in the brains of healthy human participants by administering the cholinesterase inhibitor donepezil (trade name: Aricept). I will describe the effects of...   More >

LAGSES/GWE Career Panel

Panel Discussion | November 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 293 Cory Hall

 Graduate Assembly

Interested in learning more about life after grad school? Latinx Association of Graduate Students in Engineering and Sciences and Graduate Women of Engineering will be hosting a panel on successful career paths after grad school. The panelists represent a variety of career options including industry, start-ups, national labs, and academia. We're looking forward to seeing you there!