Friday, December 6, 2019
Conference/Symposium | December 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall
Irene Bloemraad, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at UC Berkeley
The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) is proud to announce a symposium on immigrant services policy and the service barriers immigrants face in the Bay Area on Friday morning, December 6. This event brings together service providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about immigrant integration resources in the Bay Area, followed by a discussion about strategies... More >
Essig Museum of Entomology
Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.
Workshop | December 5 – 6, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.
$190, $175 members
Register online or by calling 510-664-7606
Workshop | December 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong.
Free with Garden Admission
Workshop | December 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium
Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/6, Samba will be 10/4, Hula / Polynesian will be 11/1, and Zumba / Samba will be 12/6. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.
Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Electronic, Thermal, and (Some) Unusual Applications of 2D Materials
Seminar | December 6 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521
Eric Pop, Professor, Stanford, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and SystemX Alliance
This talk will present recent highlights from our research on two-dimensional (2D) materials including
graphene, boron nitride (h-BN), and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs).
Workshop | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | Online Webinar
Learn about what to expect when traveling abroad and re-entering the U.S. Topics include: When a visa stamp is needed (and when it is not), documents you need to apply for a visa, the visa application process and timelines, security clearances, and travel to Canada and Mexico. A Question and Answer period will follow the presentation.
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Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall
Dong Yin, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Dissertation talk - Dong Yin, PhD student, EECS Department
Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall
We introduce systems of liquids trapped in non-equilibrium configurations by interfacial assemblies of nanoparticle surfactants (NPSs). These constructs consist of aqueous threads, length ~10-100 cm and diameter ~100 m whose mechanical properties are determined by an interfacial NPS assembly 20 nm thick. The interfacial layer consists of nanoparticles and polymers with complementary... More >
Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 212 Cory Hall
Jingbo Liu, MIT
Distribution limits in large systems are often the key to understanding the fundamental limits or designing inference algorithms, though sometimes not immediately recognized. I would like to discuss two pieces of my recent work with this flavor.
One piece of work concerns inference on trees. Evans, Kenyon, Peres, and Schulman (2000) and Mossel (2004) conjectured that the Kesten-Stigum (KS)... More >
Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation VI
Seminar | December 6 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley
We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf
Seminar | December 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall
David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract: We consider the classical stochastic multi-armed bandit problem with constraints on the total switching cost and total inventory consumption. We prove matching upper and lower bounds on regret and provide near-optimal algorithms for this problem. Surprisingly, we discover phase transitions and cyclic phenomena of the optimal regret. That is, we show that associated with the inventory... More >
Workshop | December 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.
Since 1 October, protests have erupted across southern and central Iraq. Calling for an end of the political system that was established after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, demonstrators are fed up with political corruption, high... More >
Seminar | December 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall
This is the now-traditional extended preview of parts of the plenary talk that Iâll give at the CNI fall member meeting in the week of December 9. It will cover recent developments that Iâm tracking, and discuss near-term prospects and opportunities. Since we have more time than I will at the CNI plenary and the scope of this talk is more constrained, Iâll be able to go into more depth on some... More >
Colloquium | December 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall
Dana Bartošová, University of Florida
By a flow, we mean a continuous action of a topological groups $G$ on a compact Hausdorff space $X$. We refer to $X$ as the phase space of the flow. We are primarily interested in minimal flows, that is flows that have no non-trivial proper closed invariant subset. Among minimal flows, there exists a maximal one called the universal minimal flow, $M(G),$ which admits a continuous homomorphism... More >
Seminar | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center
Ignas Cerniauskas, Lammel Lab; Katarina Slama, Knight Lab; Daniel Toker, D’Esposito Lab
Ignas Cerniauskas (Lammel Lab): Chronic stress induces activity, synaptic and transcriptional remodeling of the lateral habenula associated with deficits in motivated behaviors.
Kata Slama (Knight Lab): "Electrophysiological mechanisms of visual search in humans"
Colloquium | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Roy Chan, Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature, University of Oregon
Edward Tyerman, Assistant Professor, Russian and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
This talks aims to examine the various ways in which Russian ideas about realism circulated in China, with particular emphasis on the People's Republic of China's deep engagement with Russian and Soviet literature. As the "the people" (renmin) constituted a normative pillar that was central to the PRC's political legitimacy, aesthetic practices designed to provide representational articulation of... More >
Seminar | December 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Arthur Ogus, UC Berkeley
Let $X/k$ be a smooth scheme over a perfect field of characteristic $p$. The de Rham-Witt complex, constructed by Illusie (with roots in work by Bloch, Lubkin, and Deligne) is a canonical sheaf of differential graded algebras on the Zariski site which computes the crystalline cohomology of $X/W$ and which reveals a great deal of information about the action of the Frobenius endomorphism of $X$.... More >
Colloquium | December 6 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall
Stoic Remedies: Music as Psychotherapy in Early Modern France
Deadline | December 6 | 5 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Online Nomination
Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged... More >
Presentation | December 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Hip Hop Juice Box
3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608
Thomas Mittiga, Department of Physics
Rap is the language of the youth. Science is a way to expand truth. As the Genius of the Wu Tang Clan, GZAs plan is to band his two muses through his new music. Enter Dark Matter: mad-sure to shatter the chatter that science-songs couldnt be sadder. In this talk youll find the science behind the brilliant mind that writes the rhymes.