<< January 2017 >>

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | January 24 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


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

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Estimating Latent Asset-Pricing Factors

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Markus Pelger (joint with Martin Lettau), Stanford

 Center for Risk Management Research

We develop an estimator for latent factors in a large-dimensional panel of financial data that can explain expected excess returns. Statistical factor analysis based on Principal Component Analysis (PCA) has problems identifying factors with a small variance that are important for asset pricing.

PMB Seminar : "Gating the immunity and cell death at the nuclear pore complex"

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, First Floor Conference Room

 Yangnan Gu, Duke University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Next-generation block polymers from renewable feedstocks

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Marc Hillmyer, Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Material Sciences, University of Minnesota

 College of Chemistry

Sustainable block polymers hold much promise as tomorrow’s advanced macromolecular materials. In this presentation I will describe our work aimed at the development of next-generation sustainable polymers that (i) can be produced from renewable resources on large scale, (ii) can be incorporated in block polymers with precision control over molar mass and composition, and (iii) exhibit properties...   More >

Investigating the structural basis of glutamate receptor gating using cryo-EM

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Joel Meyerson**, Brandeis University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning and Professional Program in College Admission Counseling Online Information Session

Information Session | January 24 | 12:15-1 p.m. |  Online

 Ramu Nagappan, UC Berkeley Extension director

 UC Berkeley Extension

Instructors and staff present information about directing others in their quest for higher education and career fulfillment. Learn about career opportunities, curriculum requirements and specific course content for both programs.

  Register online

Development Lunch:"How Many Babies Did Nestle Really Kill? An Empirical Investigation into the Infant Formula Controversy"

Seminar | January 24 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jesse Anttila-Hughes

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Subprime Babies: The Foreclosure Crisis and Initial Health Endowments

Lecture | January 24 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Janelle Downing, MS, PhD, Professor of Medicine in Residence, UCSF School of Medicine

 Health Policy and Management

This presentation introduces preliminary results from research on the influence of in-utero exposure to household mortgage default and subsequent foreclosure on birth outcomes and fetal death in California by linking birth certificate data from 2.2 million neonates born from 2005 to 2010 with foreclosure records.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | January 24 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Strategic Inattention, Inflation Dynamics and the Non-Neutrality of Money"

Seminar | January 24 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Hassan Afrouzi, The University of Texas at Austin - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Macroeconomics, Theory

Benjamin, Kafka, and Theology

Panel Discussion | January 24 | 2:30-6 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp; Gilad Sharvit, UC Berkeley; Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Robert Alter, UC Berkeley; Chana Kronfield, UC Berkeley; Karen Feldman, UC Berkeley

 Department of German, Center for Jewish Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

SURF Summer Research Scholarships (4k-6k) Info Session: Benefits, eligibility, application tips for these summer undergraduate research programs (surf.berkeley.edu)

Information Session | January 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Sean Burns, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, will discuss eligibility criteria for these two programs, benefits of the programs and tips for a successful application.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Monodromy and Log Geometry

Seminar | January 24 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Arthur Ogus, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A proper semistable family over a disc gives rise to a smooth proper and saturated morphism $X/S$ of log analytic spaces over the log disc. We will explain how the underlying map of topological spaces $X_{top}/S_{top}$ can be recovered from the restriction $X_0/S_0$ of $X/S$ to the log point. We will also give simple formulas for the action of the monodromy and the differentials on the $E_2$...   More >

Design Field Notes: Neil Goldberg

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Neil Goldberg

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Neil Goldberg will give a talk, "Design Matters: From Design Consciousness to Design Thinking," at the Jacobs Institute.

Happy Americans, Unhappy Japanese: How Software Engineers work; how they feel about it; and how they are rewarded. A cross-national survey.

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 Prof. Yoshifumi Nakata, Doshisha University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Prof. Nakata holds a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley and has a long distinguished career researching the relationship between technology and employment related factors. He founded the Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiv​e​ne​ss a​t​ Doshisha and recently stepped down as its long-term Director.​ His bio information can be found


Metallomembranes: Exploring the Interactions of Metal Ions with Lipid Bilayers

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Paul Cremer, Department of Chemistry and BMB, Penn State University

 College of Chemistry

Phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) are major components of numerous cellular membranes. Both these lipids contain amine moieties in their head groups that can strongly interact with first row transition metal ions such as Cu2+. This is significant because copper is a redox active metal ion and causes lipid oxidation in the presence of an oxidant such as hydrogen peroxide....   More >

Functional Analysis Seminar: Amenability of discrete groups

Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kate Juschenko, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

The subject of amenability essentially begins in 1900's with Lebesgue. He asked whether the properties of his integral are really fundamental and follow from more familiar integral axioms. This led to the study of positive, finitely additive and translation invariant measure on reals as well as on other spaces. In particular the study of isometry-invariant measure led to the Banach-Tarski...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Degree of SO(n)

Seminar | January 24 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Madeline Brandt, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will give a closed formula for the degree of the projective closure of SO(n) over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero, and outline the proof of this result. I will also describe some symbolic and numerical techniques used for computing this degree for small values of n.

Towards a Romantic Anthropology: River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh

Lecture | January 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Naveeda Khan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

 The Program in Critical Theory, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

There is a quality of the chimerical to the silt islands that form and dissolve within the Jamuna River. Life on the islands never quite settles; the ground is constantly turned up, shifting, moving, and reforming elsewhere, a condition which inevitably grounds a particularly striking relationship with Nature. In this talk, I want think with this quality, through its manifestations in the...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Protecting Creative Professionals in the Age of the “Gig Economy”: SAG AFTRA National Executive Director David White at the Forum

Lecture | January 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 David White, The Berkeley Forum

 The Berkeley Forum

In this tech-savvy age, newer types of media have made creative expression more accessible, a convenience that has contributed to the rise of the gig economy, an environment in which temporary positions and short-term contracts are exceedingly common. This issue has since been the focus of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA), one of the largest...   More >

GM Info-Session and Tech Talk

Information Session | January 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please join us for a Tech Talk and Q&A with team members from GM on Technology in the Chevy Bolt!

Food and drinks will be provided. Resumes will also be accepted. All majors welcome!

GM is super excited about the new Chevrolet BOLT EV with 238 miles of range. The first production vehicle was delivered to a family in Fremont, California in December 2016. The BOLT EV has already been named...   More >

Jon Else | "TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize,' the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement"

Reading - Nonfiction | January 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Julie Hirano

 Graduate School of Journalism

You are cordially invited to the Bay Area book launch of "TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize,' the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement" by award-winning documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Professor Jon Else.

“No one is better suited to write this moving account of perhaps the greatest American...   More >

  RSVP online by January 24.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  Register online

Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition Search

Lecture | January 25 | 3 a.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Douglas Markant, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

 Department of Psychology

"On choosing your own adventure: The cognitive foundations of active, uncertainty-driven learning"

Spring Career Fair, Day 1 (Engineering-Tech)

Career Fair | January 25 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, Kleeberger Field House

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Sponsored by the Career Center, come join us for one of the largest UC Berkeley career fairs --the Spring Career Fair! This fair will kick off the Spring on-campus recruiting season. Recruiters from diverse industries will bring information about their entry-level career and internship positions. (Please note that the fair spans two days, with different industries represented each day) Recruiting...   More >

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sketched Ridge Regression

Seminar | January 25 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Shusen Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Previous work has applied matrix sketching to speed up the least squares regression (LSR) on the n >> d data. Theoretical analysis of the sketched LSR is has been well established and refined. How the results extend to the sketched ridge regression is yet unclear. In our recent work, we study two types of the sketched ridge regression—the classical sketch and the Hessian sketch--- from two...   More >

Noon Concert: Art of the Song: Min Xia, soprano; Jonathan Lin, tenor; Henry Grace, singer/guitarist/songwriter

Performing Arts - Music | January 25 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Min Xia, soprano
Songs by Quilter, Vaughan Williams, Hahn and Dingxian Jiang
Jonathan Lin, tenor
Songs by Andrew Lloyd Weber
“Tell Me On a Sunday"
"It's Not the End of the World (If He's Younger)"
"Second Letter Home"
"Unexpected Song"
Henry Grace, singer/guitarist/songwriter
“Crash the Moon”
“Ichabod Crane”
“I’m Alright”
“Bring Back my Baby/Dreaming”



Many Ways of Working: Oral History, Archives, and Archaeology of the Arboretum Chinese Quarters, Stanford

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Christopher Lowman, University of California, Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Farmers, gardeners, builders, cooks, janitors, launderers, restaurant-owners: the Chinese diaspora community in nineteenth century Palo Alto, California, was made up of men, and a few women, who took on many ways of working to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Their integral role in the development of the Bay Area’s infrastructure is sometimes obscured because of...   More >

Transforming High School Computer Science: The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Dan Garcia, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Please join us for the first CITRIS Research Exchange of the spring semester.

Our Beauty and Joy of Computing course was chosen as one of the national pilots for the new Advanced Placement (AP): Computer Science Principles (CSP) course to broaden participation in computing to traditionally underrepresented groups. Locally offered as a non-majors computing course, BJC was the first...   More >


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Jeremy Crawford "Elucidating the genomic consequences of sociality, from population structure to immune evolution.": Finishing Seminar

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Jeremy Crawford, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

 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 >

Spatialized ethno-racial inequality and labor market outcomes in Los Angeles: IRLE Spring 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE Director's Room

 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Paul Ong, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Asian American Studies, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

How does spatialized ethno-racial inequality contribute to labor market outcomes? Professor Ong will discuss his conceptual and empirical approach to modeling the relationship between ethnic and racial stratification and labor market outcomes, primarily in the city of Los Angeles.

  RSVP by emailing Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu

Reframing Violence through a Public Health Lens: How We See, Communicate, and Treat it: Health Communication Matters Webinar Series

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  MeetingBurner

 Shannon Cosgrove, Director of Health Policy, Cure Violence; Michael Bakal, Strategic Communications Specialist, Berkeley Media Studies Group; Anne Marks, Executive Director, Youth ALIVE!

 Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

Join us in the next event in the Health Communications Matters Webinar Series from the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership, as experts in the field discuss their approaches to communicating gun violence. In the first presentation, Shannon Cosgrove from Cure Violence will share the state of the health approach to violence, the centerpiece of a 2015 meeting of local and national health...   More >

Big Ideas: Beat Notes: From the Rat Bastards to the Mission School with Natasha Boas

Lecture | January 25 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This opening lecture offers background to this year’s Big Ideas lectures by exploring the modernist avant-gardes that influenced the artistic and political language of California countercultures in the “long 1960s.” Looking closely at earlier twentieth-century movements such as Dada, Surrealism, Lettrism, and Situationism, Boas will discuss how artistic manifestos and practices such as collage,...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

BioE Seminar: “Ice-binding-proteins and their interaction with ice crystals”

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ido Braslavsky

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, January 25
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Ido Braslavsky
Visiting Scholar at Stanford University
Associate Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mitochondrial Calcium Transport in Signaling and Metabolism

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Yasemin Sancak**, Havard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Introduction to Career Development (BECAR001)

Workshop | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Start here to clarify your career planning needs and learn about campus resources that can help you achieve your career goals at Berkeley.

The Intergeneration Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from the Golden Era of Upward Mobility: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | January 25 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Lowell Taylor, Carnegie Mellon University

 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.

The effects of intranasal oxytocin on mentalization in individuals with and without schizophrenia

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

 Joshua Woolley, Assistant Professor, UC San Francisco

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

There is growing interest in the use of intranasal oxytocin administration to alter social behavior and functioning in healthy and patient populations. In particular, there is growing excitement that oxytocin may be a novel approach for treatment of social cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, which are important causes of worse clinical, functional, and occupational outcomes. However, there is...   More >

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts Online Information Session

Information Session | January 25 | 12:30-1:15 p.m. |  Online | Note change in date

 Anastasia Meadors, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts can help you take your creative skills to the next level. Studio practice and critique seminars enable you to develop a cohesive portfolio of work for application to M.F.A. programs.

  Register online

The Future of Reproductive Justice under Trump

Panel Discussion | January 25 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law, Boalt School of

Following the Trump inauguration and 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, join If/When/How's Berkeley chapter for a panel discussion on the future of reproductive justice under the Trump administration. Lunch provided. Co-sponsored by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall Women's Association.

Panelists:...   More >

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Information Session | January 25 – May 3, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 1-3 p.m. | 100 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Dunfield and Thurston’s stable description of certain finite $\text{Mod}(\Sigma_g)$ actions

Seminar | January 25 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Eric Samperton, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Let $X_g : = \{ \pi _1(\Sigma _g) \to G\}$. The mapping class group $\text {Mod}(\Sigma _g)$ acts on $X_g/Aut(G)$. Using the classification of finite simple groups, Dunfield and Thurston gave a complete description of this action when $G$ is nonabelian simple, and $g$ is large enough. I will review their theorem.

Coffee Break!

Social Event | August 31, 2016 – April 26, 2017 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way.

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join the Coffee Break every Wednesday afternoon! Boost your global network and meetup with friends.

Coffee break, hosted by Berkeley International Office, is an informal weekly event where Cal students can connect, share stories, or learn about different culture and language. Free coffee for UCB students! Both international students and domestic students are welcome.

Job Market Seminar: "Revealed Preference Analysis of Characteristics in Discrete Choice"

Seminar | January 25 | 3:10-4:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 John Rehbeck, University of California, San Diego - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Behavioral Economics, Econometrics, Operations Research

The Big Sleep Howard Hawks | United States, 1946

Film - Feature | January 25 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture from David Thomson

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Elisha Cook Jr.,

Howard Hawks’s classic thriller captures the tough and darkly humorous world of Raymond Chandler’s most complicated novel, with Humphrey Bogart at his best as Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as the fast-talking rich kid who invites him into an impossibly intricate web of blackmail...   More >

$13.50. BAMPFA members: $9.50. UC Berkeley students: $7.50 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50 Special admission applies

  Tickets go on sale December 15. Buy tickets online

Self-avoiding walks on graphs and groups

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

 Geoffrey Grimmett, Cambridge University

 Department of Statistics

The problem of self-avoiding walks (SAWs) arose in statistical mechanics in the 1940s, and has connections to probability, combinatorics, and the geometry of groups. The basic question is to count SAWs. The so-called 'connective constant' is the exponential growth rate of the number of n-step SAWs. We summarise joint work with Zhongyang Li concerned with the question of how the connective...   More >

Illuminating the Dark Corners of the Genome

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Noah Spies**, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Applied Math Seminar: Sparse Factorizations and Scalable Algorithms for Differential and Integral Operators

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yingzhou Li, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

This talk focus on the Distributed-memory hierarchical interpolative factorization (DHIF) which offers an efficient way for solving or preconditioning elliptic partial differential equations. By exploiting locality and low-rank properties of the operators, the DHIF achieves quasi-linear complexity for factorizing the discrete positive definite elliptic operator and linear complexity for solving...   More >

Seminar: Dr. Noah Spies, Stanford University

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Illuminating the Dark Corners of the Genome

Number Theory Seminar: Tropical geometry and uniformity of rational points on curves

Seminar | January 25 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Zureick-Brown, Emory University

 Department of Mathematics

Let X be a curve of genus g over a number field F of degree d = [F:Q]. The conjectural existence of a uniform bound N(g,d) on the number #X(F) of F-rational points of X is an outstanding open problem in arithmetic geometry, known to follow from the Bomberi-Lang conjecture. ...   More >

From Laboratory Research to a Startup: a 3D Printed Microreactor for Chemical Analysis

Colloquium | January 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 155 Donner Lab

 Dr. Andrew Jones, Activated Research Company

 Department of Chemical Engineering

A Bayesian Multivariate Functional Dynamic Linear Model

Seminar | January 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Daniel Kowal, Cornell University

 Department of Statistics

I will present a Bayesian approach for modeling multivariate, dependent functional data. To account for the three dominant structural features in the data--functional, time dependent, and multivariate components--we extend hierarchical dynamic linear models for multivariate time series to the functional data setting. We also develop Bayesian spline theory in a more general constrained...   More >

EECS Colloquium: How the New US National Institute for Photonics Will Change Information Technology

Colloquium | January 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 John Bowers, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We review recent advances in heterogeneous silicon photonic integration technology and components and describe progress in silicon photonic integrated circuits. Techniques for laser integration and the impact of active silicon photonic integrated circuits could have on interconnects, telecommunications and silicon electronics are reviewed. A variety of materials are being heterogeneously...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Computational complexity and 3-manifolds and zombies

Seminar | January 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Eric Samperton, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the computational complexity of counting homomorphisms from 3-manifold groups to fixed finite groups $G$. Let $G$ either be non-abelian simple or $S_m$, where $m \geq 5$. Then counting homomorphisms from fundamental groups of 3-manifolds to $G$ is $\mathsf { P}$-complete. In particular, for fixed $m \geq 5$, it is $\mathsf {NP}$-complete to decide when a 3-manifold admits a connected...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Pseudorandomness in graph theory and additive combinatorics

Seminar | January 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yufei Zhao, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

(Please note the unusual time and place of this talk.)

I will highlight some connections between graph theory and additive combinatorics. I will explain how to prove the celebrated Green-Tao theorem, that the primes contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. Following a graph theoretic viewpoint, we will see an answer to the question: what kinds of pseudorandomness are used in the proof...   More >

Quantcast Info-Session: Women in Tech: Talk.

Information Session | January 25 | 5-6 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come learn and meet our thought-leading Women in Tech. You will get the opportunity to hear first-hand from the senior female tech leaders of Quantcast! The event kicks off with a 20-minute tech talk. After the tech talk, there will be a 40-minute Q/A with the panel where you can ask questions and learn more about their experiences working as a woman in tech at Quantcast.

Panel Speakers:...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad- European Innovation Academy Info Session

Information Session | January 25 | 5-6 p.m. |  Sutardja Center

 2227 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Join students from around the world at the European Innovation Academy in Northwestern Italy and create a startup in four weeks! For more information, please visit: http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/eia.

Khojaly Tragedy: Beyond State Ideologies

Lecture | January 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Nona R. Shahnazarian, Social Anthropologist, Institute of Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

Dr. Shahnazarian's research focuses on the recent history of ultra-nationalism and ethnic violence in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and its consequences for the local populations. It gives attention to the case of Khojaly. Khojaly was a settlement in Nagorno Karabakh situated on a major road and near the only airport in Karabakh, being the second largest town in Nagorno-Karabakh populated mainly by...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

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RAPDP - Foundational - F2 Research in a Regulatory Environment

Course | January 26 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory workshop that presents key concepts in compliance and cost policy, including an overview of the regulatory hierarchy, the delegation of authority, and the types of research agreements managed by RA's.

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Brand Training Workshop 3: Social media guidelines and tips

Workshop | January 26 | 9-11:30 a.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Public Affairs

This workshop will give you tips and tricks on how best to approach and manage your social media presence. We will review our campus social media guidelines, talk about strategy and goal setting, and get some hands on practice analyzing metrics. Bring your questions! Participants: Anyone who manages a social media channel for their unit or department or is considering starting one.

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Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Morse-Sard type results for Sobolev mappings

Seminar | January 26 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jan Kristensen, Oxford University

 Department of Mathematics

The Morse-Sard theorem, and the generalizations by Dubovitskii and Federer, have numerous applications and belong to the core results of multivariate calculus for smooth mappings. In this talk we discuss extensions of these results to suitable classes of Sobolev mappings. The quest for optimal versions of the results leads one to consider possibly nondifferentiable mappings that in turn warrants...   More >

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: On a uniqueness result for minimizers of quasiconvex integrals

Seminar | January 26 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall | Canceled

 Jan Kristensen, Oxford University

 Department of Mathematics

It is known that minimizers of strongly polyconvex (and hence strongly quasiconvex integrals) need not be unique. In this talk we present uniqueness results for minimizers of strongly quasiconvex integrals under suitable smallness conditions. The talk is based on joint work with Judith Campos Cordero.

UCDC Info Session

Information Session | January 26 | 10-11 a.m. | 236 Evans Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

UCDC is a program which sends UC juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. to intern, do research, and take classes for a semester. UCDC students come from all majors, intern three to four days a week, and take two classes which each meet once a week. Students from UC campuses live and take classes at the UC Washington Center, an eleven-story building about six blocks from the White House....   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | January 26 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

PMB Seminar : "Genotype by environment interaction and the genomic basis of environmental response"

Seminar | January 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Koshland Hall, 338 Koshland Hall

 David Des Marais, Harvard University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Spring Career Fair, Day 2

Career Fair | January 26 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, Kleeberger Field House

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Sponsored by the Career Center, come join us for one of the largest UC Berkeley career fairs --the Spring Career Fair! This fair will kick off the Spring on-campus recruiting season. Recruiters from diverse industries will bring information about their entry-level career and internship positions. (Please note that the fair spans two days, with different industries represented each day) Recruiting...   More >

Transforming SF: THE FUTURE OF WORK: Ken Goldberg and John Zysman in conversation

Panel Discussion | January 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Mechanics' Institute, 4th Floor Meeting Room

 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

 Ken Goldberg, Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; John Zysman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science

 Mechanics Institute

What are the social and economic impacts of technology, robotics and AI on work and employment? Will human beings be completely replaced in the work force? What new jobs will be created and which industries most effected? What will we do with time on our hands and how will we "earn a living"? Two experts in this field will sort out these complicated dynamics, dispel misconceptions, and offer both...   More >

$0 Free for UC Berkeley Affiliates

  Registration opens January 10. Register online or by calling Pam Troy at 415-393-0102

Datavisor Info-Session

Information Session | January 26 | 12-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Speakers: Fang Yu (CTO, Berkeley PhD '06), Julian Wong (Architect, Berkeley BSE '99)

Traditional fraud solutions are in a constant cat-and-mouse game with attackers. Supervised machine learning models, the best fraud approach before DataVisor, quickly become outdated when attackers evolve their attack techniques. DataVisor's patent pending unsupervised approach catches new attacks without...   More >

Research Colloquium: Anu Gomez

Colloquium | January 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Co-Parenting with Resiliency (BEUHS361)

Workshop | January 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Jeanette Harround, MFT and Marlies Rosmark, MFT

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This workshop is intended to help adults develop and utilize the skills needed to cooperatively parent their children following separation and divorce. Using a combination of discussion, role play and small group exercises we will explore children’s perspectives and experiences of divorce and identify different co-parenting styles, the skills needed to be better single parents and what parents...   More >

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IB SEMINAR: Neural mechanisms of social behavior

Seminar | January 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Gül Dölen, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

 Department of Integrative Biology

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Moh Haghighat: Accelerating the Path to the Ambient Computing Era

Seminar | January 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory

 Moh Haghighat, Intel Senior Principal Engineer

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

We are at the early stages of the next major era of computing, the era when digital technology will become an integral part of our everyday environment, the Ambient Computing Era. Powerful pervasive computing will enable “AI first” user experiences, promoting speech and visual recognition and real-time learning over traditional input devices and screens. This talk will review the key requirements...   More >

How to Write a Social Science and Humanities Research Proposal

Workshop | January 26 | 1-2 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This work shop is primarily designed for social science and humanities undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

Neural circuits for making predictions

Seminar | January 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **David Schneider**, Duke University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

echanical Instability-driven Architecturing of –Atomically-thin Materials – Where Shape Enables New Functions

Seminar | January 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor SungWoo Nam, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Mechanical deformations, such as buckling, crumpling, wrinkling, collapsing, and delamination, are usually considered threats to mechanical integrity which are to be avoided or reduced in the design of materials and structures. However, if materials systems and applied stresses are carefully controlled, such mechanical instabilities can be tailored to deterministically create functional...   More >

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Social Media and Protest Participation: Evidence from Russia"

Seminar | January 26 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Ruben Enikolopov, UPF, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Period maps, complex and p-adic

Colloquium | January 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Xinwen Zhu, Caltech

 Department of Mathematics

Hodge structures appear as abstractions of certain linear algebra structure on the cohomology of smooth projective algebraic varieties (more generally compact Kahler manifolds). The classifying spaces of Hodge structures are called period domains. While it is not known in general which Hodge structures come from cohomology of algebraic varieties, it is believed that those parameterized by...   More >

Optimal Combining Outcomes to Improve Prediction: Candidate's seminar for the Assistant Professor in Biostatistics position (JPF01102)

Seminar | January 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Dr. David Benkeser, Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Biostatistics

 Public Health, School of

Please join us! The Division of Biostatistics is delighted to host guest speaker and candidate for the Assistant Professor in Biostatistics position (JPF01102),
Dr. David Benkeser.

ABSTRACT: In many studies, multiple instruments are used to measure different facets of an unmeasured outcome of interest. For example, in studies of childhood development, children are administered tests in...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Density Forecasts in Panel Data Models: A Semiparametric Bayesian Perspective"

Seminar | January 26 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Laura Liu, University of Penn - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Financial

The End of Life Option Act: Legal and Clinical Implications

Lecture | January 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 609 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Sarah Hooper, J.D., executive director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy; Lael Duncan, M.D., medical director of consulting services, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

 UC Berkeley Extension

Understand the basics of the End of Life Option Act. At this event, our speakers dispel some common myths about the act's implementation, address the status of institutional policy development around California and discuss research data from the Oregon/Washington experience. These policy leaders also address some of the challenges encountered by health and mental health professionals in...   More >

 Free. Register online

Applied Algebra Seminar: Using algebraic geometry for computer vision

Seminar | January 26 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Joe Kileel, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In computer vision, 3D reconstruction is a fundamental task: starting from photographs of a world scene, taken by cameras with unknown positions and orientations, how can we best create a 3D model of that world scene? Algorithms that do this built Street View (Google) and are instrumental in autonomous robotics. In 2004, David Nister (Tesla) used Grobner bases to build a solver for robust...   More >

Yelp Info-Session

Information Session | January 26 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program

Information Session | January 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain academic preparation in the sciences along with personalized advising to enhance your application to medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as to advanced degree programs in medical- and health-related fields.


 UNEX 1057. Enroll online or by calling 510-642-4111

The U.S. Chamber's role in helping to shape an environment conducive to economic growth: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior VP Rob Engstrom at the Forum

Lecture | January 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Rob Engstrom, The Berkeley Forum

 The Berkeley Forum

With 2016 being a year marked by extraordinary economic events—from the U.S. presidential elections in the domestic economy to the ongoing Eurozone situation impacting the global economy—there has been a renewed urgency to revisit the current economic situation facing our nation. As the world's largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all...   More >

Crafter Dark: Free drop-in arts and crafts workshop

Workshop | January 26 – May 26, 2017 every month | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Living Room

 Berkeley Art Studio

Get crafty with us! We’re hosting free, drop-in arts & crafts workshops in the MLK Jr. Student Union campus living room every 2nd Thursday of the month. Hope to see you there!
January 26th: Printing on Fabric
February 9: Zinelette Mini-Magazines
March 9th: Hand Lettering
April 20th: Macrame Plant Holders
May 11th: Clay Mobiles