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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Navigating Unconscious Bias

Seminar | April 24 | 105 Stanley Hall

 Cat Adams and Linet Mera, Unconscious Bias Project

 Thriving in Science

Most people don’t want to be racist, sexist, or prejudiced in general. Yet simply living in the world exposes everyone to negative stereotypes about various groups of people, which can lead anyone to internalize harmful “unconscious bias” and accidentally discriminate against people they consciously respect. We’ll review how to recognize unconscious bias, give you tips to reduce bias in your...   More >

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | April 24 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Creating an Inclusive Work Environment: BPM103

Workshop | April 24 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia (Sid) Reel; Angela Stopper

 Human Resources

The content explores the importance of creating inclusive work environments and effective teams. It examines the principles of equity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, and managing a multi-generational workforce.

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | April 24 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Engineering of Biological Devices

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Assaf Gilad, Michigan State University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

We are interested in exploring the possibility of using biological tissues and cells to replace electronic devices. We are developing biological parts (“bio-parts”) for better design of diagnostic tools, controlled release of biological agents, metabolites, neurotropic factors, cytokines and drugs as well as for controlling cell fate and differentiation. The countless variations of protein...   More >

Complexity of linear regions in deep networks

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 David Rolnick, University of Pennsylvania

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

It is well-known that the expressivity of a neural network depends on its architecture, with deeper networks expressing more complex functions. For ReLU networks, which are piecewise linear, the number of distinct linear regions is a natural measure of expressivity. It is possible to construct networks for which the number of linear regions grows exponentially with depth. However, we show that...   More >

Are we over-testing? Using machine learning to understand physician decisions: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ziad Obermeyer, Professor, Health Policy Management, UC Berkeley

 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.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Analysis of NLR immunity signaling across plant species"

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Jane Parker, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Jane Parker studies resistance pathway dynamics in plant immunity at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. She is also an associate professor at the Institute of Genetics University of Cologne. Current Projects in the lab are host intracellular pathogen recognition and mobilization of resistance pathways, steering the plant stress hormone network in effector-triggered immunity. and plant immunity...   More >

Health, Healing, and Death: Contestations and Interventions

Colloquium | April 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Duster Room, ISSI

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Katie Savin, Ph.D Student, Social Welfare

"A Death by Any Other Name: When Are Health Disparities Calls for Assimilaion to a Medicalized Norm?"

Angela Aguilar, Ph.D Student, Ethnic Studies, and ISSI Graduate Fellow

"Envisioning 'Loving Care' in Impermanent Healing Spaces: Sacred and Political Organizing Toward Decolonial Health/Care in Oakland, California"

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Leeann Louis: How the shapes of bird bones change with hovering flight, migratory behavior, and egg-laying

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Leeann Louis

 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 >

Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (BEUHS052)

Workshop | April 24 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Leslie Bell, Ph.D. LCSW, Be Well at Work – Employee Assistance

 Employee Assistance Program

Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want.

In this workshop, we will explore how habits...   More >

Pan African Feminism: From Freedom Fighters to Feminists

Colloquium | April 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Amina Mama

 Center for African Studies

Whether hailed for transitioning to the ballot box, or condemned for failing to hold elections, African regimes continue to exhibit profound contradictions with regard to gender and sexual politics. Patriarchal state practices range from the paternalistic inclusion associated with ballot box democracy, to more coercive, politically authoritarian modes of control. The widespread formal acceptance...   More >

Guest Lecturer Amina Mama

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: A Decoupling Inequality

Seminar | April 24 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Decoupling inequalities express a form of orthogonality, in certain $L^p$ norms, for functions whose Fourier transforms are supported in small neighborhoods of curved submanifolds of Euclidean space. This talk will be an introduction (building on last week's pre-introduction) to the decoupling inequality of Bourgain and Demeter for paraboloids in $R^d$, for $d\ge 2$.

A Convex Duality Framework for GANs: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | April 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Farzan Farnia, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Generative adversarial network (GAN) is a minimax game between a generator mimicking the true model and a discriminator distinguishing the samples produced by the generator from the real training samples. Given a discriminator trained over the entire space of functions, this game reduces to finding the generative model which minimizes a divergence score, e.g. the Jensen-Shannon (JS) divergence,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Khovanov homology

Seminar | April 24 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sucharit Sarkar, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe Khovanov's categorification of the Jones polynomial. We will talk about some applications of Khovanov homology to low-dimensional topology, such as Rasmussen's proof that the four-ball genus of the \((p,q)\) torus knot is \((p-1)(q-1)/2\). We will also talk about some directions in which the theory has been generalized.

Deformation Theory Seminar: Geometry of superpotentials in massive $1+1$ dimensional Landau-Ginzburg theories

Seminar | April 24 | 2:30-3:50 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Baker Room

 Raeez Lorgat, Perimeter Institute

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss some of the structures related to superpotentials appearing in the work of Gaiotto, Moore and Witten

The topologies of random real algebraic hypersufaces

Seminar | April 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Peter Sarnak, Princeton University and IAS

 Department of Statistics

The topology of a hyper-surface in P^n(R)
of high degree can be very complicated .However
if we choose the surface at random there is a universal
law . Little is known about this law and it appears
to be dramatically different for n=2 and n>2 .
There is a similar theory for zero sets of monochromatic
waves which model nodal sets .
Joint work with Y.Canzani and I.Wigman

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Globalization of Split AKSZ Sigma Models in the BV-BFV Formalism

Seminar | April 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Nima Moshayedi, University of Zurich

 Department of Mathematics

I give an introduction to the BV-BFV formalism and discuss the setting of certain AKSZ theories. Moreover, I describe a globalization procedure using concepts of formal geometry, which extends the Quantum Master Equation for manifolds with boundary.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Khovanov homotopy type

Seminar | April 24 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in time and location

 Sucharit Sarkar, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a construction of a stable homotopy type which is a knot invariant, and whose (ordinary) homology is Khovanov homology. We will state some applications of this spatial refinement. Time permitting, we will describe further spatial refinements of other variants of Khovanov homology, such as invariants for tangles. This is joint with Robert Lipshitz and Tyler Lawson.

Number Theory Seminar: Algebraicity of values of the Gamma function I

Seminar | April 24 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Zixin Jiang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

“Hormone discovery - new functional molecules and biomarkers for metabolic disease”

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Katrin Svensson, Stanford University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

EECS Colloquium: Memcomputing: leveraging memory and physics to compute efficiently

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Massimiliano Di Ventra, University of California, San Diego

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is well known that physical phenomena may be of great help in computing some difficult problems efficiently. A typical example is prime factorization that may be solved in polynomial time by exploiting quantum entanglement on a quantum computer. There are, however, other types of (non-quantum) physical properties that one may leverage to compute efficiently a wide range of hard problems. In...   More >

Designing Catalytic Materials on the Atomic Level for Sustainable Biomass Conversion

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Nicholas Burnelli, Professor, Ohio State University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Rapid consumption of energy and material resources demands that we identify more sustainable manufacturing processes. Sustainable processes inherently involve minimizing waste. Indeed, the key challenge is
achieving highly active and selective catalytic materials for converting resources such as biomass. Our group develops precise synthetic methods to produce uniform and well-defined catalytic...   More >

“Land Grabbing or Land to Investors?”: A conversation on Land Grabbing at the UC Berkeley

Panel Discussion | April 24 | 4:15-5:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Alfredo Bini, Visiting Scholar, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Claudia J Carr, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Paolo D’Odorico, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Jampel Dell’Angelo, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS)

Photojournalist Alfredo Bini, visiting scholar in the ESPM at UC Berkeley, will present his documentary: “Land Grabbing or Land to Investors?”

The documentary connects the dots between agribusiness corporations and large scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia and documents the disagreement between the way government officials and local communities view this phenomenon.

Ethiopia, Gambella. Burning forest around the Karuturi Global facility to allow access for the bulldozers that will prepare the ground for oil palm and sugar cane plantations.

Navigating Unconscious Bias

Seminar | April 24 | 6-7 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Cat Adams and Linet Mera

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Most people don’t want to be racist, sexist, or prejudiced in general. Yet simply living in the world exposes everyone to negative stereotypes about various groups of people, which can lead anyone to internalize harmful “unconscious bias” and accidentally discriminate against people they consciously respect. We’ll review how to recognize unconscious bias, give you tips to reduce bias in your...   More >

Making Bitters with California Natives

Workshop | April 24 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come to the UC Botanical Garden to learn all about how to make bitters from California native plants with Katie Shea of Golden Bear Bitters. In this hands on workshop you'll create your own bitter, learn about suitable plant species and learn to prepare a cocktail and mocktail as well.

Golden Bear Bitters was founded in 2016 by Katie Shea, who also operates Bar Cart Cocktail Co.

$50 / $45 UCBG Members

  Register online

Cybersecurity and Defense: Trends, Challenges, and Careers

Panel Discussion | April 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium

 Chris Jay Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley School of Law and School of Information; Nicholas Weaver, UC Berkeley International Computer Science Institute; Lt. Col. Kevin Childs, Hoover Institution, US Air Force; Dorothy Ngutter, US Department of State

 Delta Phi Epsilon, UC Berkeley Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Policy Review at Berkeley, Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, Review of International Conflict and Security

Join us for a discussion with four distinguished panelists about trends, challenges, and career opportunities for students interested in cybersecurity and defense. Historically, industry knowledge and career paths for students interested in tech and tech-policy have been most pronounced in the private sector, in spite of emerging public sector needs for national security roles in tech. Our panel...   More >