<< February 2017 >>

## Wednesday, February 1, 2017

### Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

### SP2017 Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition

Presentation | February 1 | 7 Evans Hall

Chrystal Chang, Professor of International & Area Studies Academic Program, Political Science Department and Sociology Department; Daniel Baker, PhD student of Goldman School of Public Policy; Philip Rogers, Political Science PhD

The Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition, open to all undergraduate and graduate students across UC Berkeley, is a biannual event held by Project Pengyou, Berkeley Chapter. It is intended to foster discussion and collaborative research and to encourage creative and feasible policy-making, in a non-partisan environment, on key topics in the U.S.-China space.The winning team will receive a $20... More > ### 2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: The Latest Research on Sit-Stand Workstations with Dr. Carisa Harris-Adamson Seminar | February 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series Carisa Harris-Adamson, Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley In this ergonomics webinar Carisa Harris-Adamson PhD, CPE, PT provides a review of the latest research on outcomes for sit-stand workstations. Objectives On completion of this webinar participants will be able to: ∙∙ Describe the research evidence from both short- and long-term studies for common health risks that result from prolonged static sitting and standing work... More >$0 Free to view the webinar, $30 For CE credit Registration opens January 13. or by calling info@coehce.org at 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org at info@coehce.org by February 1. ### Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Finite precision stability analysis of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall Jianwei Xiao, UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics This is follow-up work of "On reliability of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting" from last semester's seminar talk. We investigate different updating formulas used in randomized QR factorization with column pivoting (RQRCP) and discuss the efficiency differences. We also analyze numerical stability of different RQRCP algorithms. ### From body to brain: control of autonomic physiology by the sensory vagus nerve Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center **Rui Chang**, Harvard Medical School ### BioE Seminar: “Engineering of MRI to address evolving needs in cardiovascular research and clinical practice” Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building Moriel Vandsburger, UC Berkeley Bioengineering (BioE) Spring 2017 Seminar Series Wednesday, February 1 12noon - 1:00pm 290 Hearst Mining Building Moriel Vandsburger Assistant Professor of Bioengineering UC Berkeley ### Exploring Career Interests with the Strong Interest Inventory (BECAR101) Workshop | February 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services TBA, University Health Services The Strong Interest Inventory is used to clarify prominent career and work interests. Search for BECAR101 in the Blu Portal under UCB Learning Center (left column). ### MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Miriam Zelditch and Don Swiderski "Adaptive and nonadaptive radiations of squirrels" Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building Miriam Zelditch & Don Swiderski, Museum of Paleontology and Museum of Zoology, Univ. of Michigan 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 > ### Introducing UCNets, Wave 1: Drawing on Family and Being Drawn on by Family: Demography Brown Bag Talk Colloquium | February 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room Claude Fischer, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley 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 Future of the Public University: Christopher Newfield, in Conversation with Carol Christ Panel Discussion | February 1 | 2-4 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center Christopher Newfield, Professor, UC Santa Barbara Carol Christ, Interim EVCP, Interim Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley Wendy Brown, Professor Berkeley Faculty Association The public university is facing unprecedented challenges: mounting budgetary pressures and a more hostile political climate. Two distinguished commentators will discuss the path the public university has taken so far, and possible roads ahead. ### Human Brain Imaging with fMRI Colloquium | February 1 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall Christopher Baldassano, PhD, Princeton University Department of Psychology ### Segmenting, Connecting, and Recalling Events Seminar | February 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall Christopher Baldassano, Princeton University ### Up-down Markov chains on partitions and their diffusion analogs Seminar | February 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall Soumik Pal, Univ. of Washington Department of Statistics A popular family of models of random partitions is called the Chinese Restaurant Process. We imagine n customers being seated randomly and sequentially at tables of a restaurant according to a fixed stochastic rule. Counting customers by the tables gives us a composition of n. Consider a Markov chain on such compositions where we remove a randomly chosen customer and reseat her. How can one... More > ### Applied Math Seminar: Coarse grained density functional theory for the study of defects in crystalline materials Seminar | February 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall Kaushik Bhattacharya, CalTech Department of Mathematics Defects determine critical properties of crystalline materials even though they occur at relatively low concentrations. They can interact over long distances through slowly decaying fields whose strength depends on the electronic structure of the core. Thus the study of defects requires electronic resolutions with continuum range. This talk will describe some of the mathematical and computational... More > ### Developing new microfluidic technologies to probe how proteins find their biophysical soul mates Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall Polly Fordcy, Stanford ### Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. David Baker, Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center Center for Computational Biology Post-Evolutionary Biology: Design of novel protein structures, functions and assemblies Abstract: Proteins mediate the critical processes of life and beautifully solve the challenges faced during the evolution of modern organisms. Our goal is to design a new generation of proteins that address current day problems not faced during evolution. In contrast to traditional protein engineering... More > ### Large, Sparse Optimal Matching in an Observational Study of Surgical Outcomes Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall Sam Pimentel, Department of Statistics, Wharton School, UPenn Department of Statistics Every newly trained surgeon performs a first unsupervised operation. How do her patients' health outcomes compare with the patients of experienced surgeons? A credible comparison must (1) occur within hospitals, since health outcomes vary widely by hospital; (2) compare outcomes of patients undergoing the same operative procedures, since the risks differ in a knee replacement and an appendectomy;... More > ### EECS Colloquium: The Mechanical Side of AI Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium) Rob Wood, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Artificial Intelligence typically focuses on perception, learning, and control methods to enable autonomous robots to make and act on decisions in real environments. On the contrary, our research is focused on the design, mechanics, materials, and manufacturing of novel robot platforms that make the perception, control, or action easier or more robust for natural, unstructured, and often... More > ### Theorizing Black Europe; Strident Imperialists, Peripheral Colonial Beneficiaries and the contemporary politics of immigration and citizenship Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room Stephen A. Small, Associate Professor, African American Studies, UC Berkeley Professor Small frames today’s presentation from the perspective of the second group of analysts. Small defines Black Europe as being constituted by four overlapping, non-linear components, that have unfolded historically and are manifest today, each of which is irrepressibly gendered. ### Michaelangelo Tabone Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall Michaelangelo Tabone, Alumnus, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group ### GSAC Seminar: "A Few Things Cognitive Science Tells Us About Effective Teaching” Colloquium | February 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall Professor Richard Felder, North Carolina State University ### East Bay Science Cafe: Mass Extinctions: Learning from the fossil record Presentation | February 1 | 7 p.m. | Restaurant Valparaiso 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA Seth Finnegan, UC Museum of Paleontology Science@Cal Paleontologist Seth Finnegan takes us on a journey through the fossil record for a deeper understanding of mass extinctions and shares some of the current debates surrounding them. ### Ordovician sea life courtesy of William B.S. Berry ## Thursday, February 2, 2017 ### Expanders and Extractors Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing) This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders... More > ### Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) School District Leadership Seminar Workshop | February 2 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science This event is for school district science leadership teams (comprised of district administrators, principals, and teacher leaders). This event will be held October 13, 2016; February 2, 2017; and April 24, 2017. Contact our BaySci Program Director, Vanessa Lujan, at vlujan@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-0311 if you have any questions or are interested in joining our district network. RSVP by calling Vanessa Lujan at 510-643-0311, or by emailing Vanessa Lujan at vlujan@berkeley.edu ### RADPD - Foundational - F3 Customer Service for the RA Course | February 2 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24 Human Resources Synopsis: A soft skills workshop that covers essential customer service and workplace communication techniques, with a special emphasis on setting up, preparing for, facilitating, and debriefing an RA’s initial meeting with their PI's. ### PMB Seminar : "Dare to be different- regulators and mechanisms for asymmetric cell division in plants" Seminar | February 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room Juan Dong, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University ### Fireside Chat with Vincent Stanley, Patagonia Chief Storyteller: Peterson/Dean's Speaker Series Panel Discussion | February 2 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room (C420) Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy, Patagonia Sara Beckman, Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business Vincent Stanley will be joined by Dr Sara Beck (Haas School of Business) to discuss the responsible company, what Patagonia is doing to be that company and how you can make a difference. ### Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Rick McGeer: The Matrix: A Field Guide to the Next Internet Seminar | February 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory Rick McGeer, US Ignite Swarm Lab/Terraswarm The past 15 years has seen the emergence of a large number of distributed infrastructures: PlanetLab and GENI in the United States, GLab, NorNet and FED4FIRE in the EU, SAVI in Canada, VNode in Japan, and many others. These infrastructures can be viewed as a new kind of network or a new kind of cloud. As a network, one that is defined by computational services rather than protocols or hardware;... More > ### IB SEMINAR: Animal speciation from the microbe’s vantage point Seminar | February 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building Seth Bordenstein, Vanderbilt University ### DAG seminar: DG categories Seminar | February 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall Benjamin Gammage, UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics Following works of Drinfeld, Keller, Toën, Lurie, and others, we will tour the homotopical context in which dg categories reside. ### Seminar 251, Labor: Seminar | February 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall Jen Kwok, UCB; Raffaele Saggio, UCB Department of Economics Jen Kwok - "Influence of Provider Continuity on Healthcare Utilization" Raffaele Saggio - "The Effects of Temporary Contracts on the Wage and Productive Structure: Evidence from Italy" ### Functional Nanomaterials from Self-Assembly Seminar | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building Professor Uli Wiesner, Cornell University Global problems including energy conversion and storage, clean water and human health require increasingly complex, multi-component and functional materials with unprecedented control over composition, structure, and order down to the nanoscale. This talk will give examples for the rational design of novel functional hybrid nanomaterials inspired by biological examples. Discussion will include... More > ### Wired for touch: the neurons and circuits of the somatosensory system Seminar | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center **Victoria Abraira**, Harvard University ### The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory Colloquium | February 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, International Studies Program at New America Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, al-Adl’s plan has... More > ### The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory by Brian Fishman ### Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "TBA" Seminar | February 2 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall Haas School of Business Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis ### QB3 Postdoc Seminar: Role of phosphoinositides and individual subunits in the assembly state, and localization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae TORC2 complex Seminar | February 2 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 621 Stanley Hall Nieves Martinez Marshall (Thorner lab) The ability to maintain homeostasis of the cell surface area in response to environmental insults and intracellular changes in lipid metabolism is essential for eukaryotic cell survival. A key regulator of membrane homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is TORC2, a multiprotein complex that contains the evolutionarily conserved protein kinase Target of Rapamycin (TOR). The localization of TORC2... More > ### Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance: The Graduate Speaker Series Panel Discussion | February 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall) Sharon Hayes; Mimi Thi Nguyen Our current political moment demands that we think carefully and closely about the legacies of protest in the United States. Such reflection is crucial for the cultivation of future activist imaginaries. To this end, Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance, brings together feminist artist Sharon Hayes with feminist theorist and punk lifer Mimi Thi Nguyen... More > ### Applied Algebra Seminar: Bivariate Real Stability Testing Seminar | February 2 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall Nicholas Ryder, University of California, Berkeley Department of Mathematics We give a strongly polynomial time algorithm which determines whether or not a bivariate polynomial is real stable. As a corollary, this implies an algorithm for testing whether a given linear transformation on univariate polynomials preserves real-rootedness. The proof exploits properties of hyperbolic polynomials to reduce real stability testing to testing nonnegativity of a finite number of... More > ## Friday, February 3, 2017 ### 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society Conference/Symposium | February 3 – 5, 2017 every day | Dwinelle Hall Department of Linguistics ### Expanders and Extractors Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing) This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders... More > ### Essig Brunch: Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Lawrence Berkeley Lab: Arthropod-microbiome interactions and their role in the host’s environmental adaptation Seminar | February 3 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley Lab The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome! ### Complementary Semantic Systems Seminar | February 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall Dan Mirman, University of Alabama at Birmingham Representing concepts in terms of semantic features, like < has 4 legs > or < is yellow >, has driven major advances in understanding semantic cognition, integrating behavioral, neural, and computational research. Feature-based approaches are very good at capturing taxonomic relations such as DOG -- BEAR, but it is less clear how they could capture thematic relations such as DOG -- LEASH, which... More > ### Social Networking for Power Users (BECAR306) Workshop | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services TBA, University Health Services ### Labor Lunch Seminar: "Firms and the Racial Wage Gap: Evidence from Brazil" Seminar | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall Francois Gerard, Columbia Department of Economics ### Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: “Phonon Lasing” as a Mechanism for Velocity Saturation in GaN HEMT Seminar | February 3 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 - The Hogan Room Jacob B Khurgin, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States Velocity saturation plays the most important role in determining operational characteristics of field effect transistors. While the causes of velocity saturation in GaAs and InP high electron mobility transistors (HEMT’s) are well known, the cause of saturation has not been indisputably determined for the GaN –based HEMT’s. Moreover, the saturation velocity in GaN HEMT has been shown... More > ### Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music Urbanization, globalization, and climate change have had a powerful effect on the ways Mongolians and Inner Mongolians relate to their environment, and this is transforming many of their cultural forms. This conference seeks to increase awareness of the relationships been musical expression and the ecological, economic and political issues impacting residents in different ethnic groups in both... More > ### Biye Dance, photo by Peter Marsh ### Data, Science, and the Future of Democracy Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library Trust in basic democratic institutions is dropping and has been for years. Trust in facts, data, and science also seem to be eroding in what is being called a “post-fact” world. What is going on? And what can be done about it? Please join us for a mini unconference to discuss ways academics and data scientists might constructively improve our democratic infrastructure. This will be an open... More > ### Dark Matter Detection with Precision Instrumentation: Nano Seminar Series Seminar | February 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building Prof. Surjeet Rajendran, UC Berkeley, Physics We know that there is five times more dark matter in the universe than the normal (baryonic) matter that we are made out of. But, other than its existence we know very little about its properties. What is its mass? How does it interact with baryonic matter? One way to identify these properties is to make guesses about what the dark matter could be. We can then build a sensitive instrument... More > ### Entropic Effects on Dislocation Nucleation Seminar | February 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall Dr. Wei Cai, Stanford University Department of Chemistry Dislocation nucleation is essential to our understanding of plastic deformation, ductility and mechanical strength of crystalline materials. Molecular dynamics simulation has played an important role in uncovering the fundamental mechanisms of dislocation nucleation, but its limited time scale remains a significant challenge for studying nucleation at experimentally relevant conditions. Here we... More > ### Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Flows for Hamiltonian ODE with Randomness Seminar | February 3 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics In this talk I show how a random translation of a Hamiltonian vector field improves the regularity of its flow. ### Environmental Engineering Seminar Seminar | February 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall Alexander Lawson, Principal Engineer, Bechtel, SF ### MENA Salon Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. ### Where Does the Study of Information Lead? Seminar | February 3 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall Michael Buckland Information, School of What if we take the central concept of information science and see where it leads? ### Approaching Challenges in Physics with Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry Seminar | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall Prof. Danna Freedman, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University College of Chemistry ### Music Studies Colloquia: Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), "Primordial Microphonics" Colloquium | February 3 | 4:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall Department of Music Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), "Primordial Microphonics" Carolyn Abbate’s work centers on opera history, music and philosophy, ephemeral art, and on film and sound studies. Her writings have been translated into several languages, and she herself is a translator (most recently, of Vladimir Jankélévitch’s La musique et l’ineffable). Current research projects include: operetta and ethical... More > ## Saturday, February 4, 2017 ### 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society Conference/Symposium | February 3 – 5, 2017 every day | Dwinelle Hall Department of Linguistics ### Foundations 1: World Languages and Common Core Literacy: Speaking and Listening Workshop | February 4 | 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 33 (C level) Nancy Salsig, BWLP: Berkeley World Language Project Discover how World Languages contribute to Common Core success. Enhance the use of the target language in your daily lessons. Build a toolbox of strategies to engage all students. Explore how the latest research is transforming World Language teaching. Collaborate with your World Language colleagues. We will do all this and more in our 6 day professional development series. Come learn and... More >$350 for 6 Saturday workshop series

Registration opens June 1. Register by calling Victoria Williams at 510-877-4002 ext.19, or by emailing Victoria Williams at victoria@berkeley.edu by October 20.

### Mongolian Throat-Singing (Khöömii)Workshop

Workshop | February 4 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

, Berkeley, CA 94704

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Music Department, Cal State East Bay

An opportunity to learn the Inner Asian vocal technique of throat-singing, through which one can produce multiple vocal lines simultaneously, from expert practitioners in an intimate learning environment. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the February 3 symposium "Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds."

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To apply, please send an email with...   More >

### Critter Corner

Workshop | December 31, 2016 – May 27, 2017 every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science, Niche Classroom

Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

What is it like to live underwater? How does it feel to warm yourself on a rock? Get an introduction to the living world by meeting small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods. In the Critter Corner, which is perfect for ages 8 and under, you can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories and role-play with toy animals and habitats so that you can better understand animal life.

## Sunday, February 5, 2017

### 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

Conference/Symposium | February 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Dwinelle Hall

Department of Linguistics

## Monday, February 6, 2017

### Seminar 271, Development: Mobile-izing Savings with Automatic Contributions: Experimental Evidence on Present Bias and Default Effects in Afghanistan

Seminar | February 6 | 648 Evans Hall

Michael Callen, UCSD

Department of Economics

### EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 6 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building | Note change in location

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 >

### EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

Jason Smith, UC Berkeley 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.

### Causal framing supports young children’s analogical reasoning

Colloquium | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Mariel Goddu, Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

​My recent work challenges some previous assumptions about young children’s analogical reasoning abilities. Although much of the literature suggests that three- and four-year-olds are poor at reasoning about abstract relations, here I report results from 4 studies demonstrating that context may be critical. When children are presented with relational reasoning tasks in a traditional,...   More >

### Innovative Thinking in the Development of Seismic Design Concepts: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

Steven Tipping, SE, President, Tipping Structural Engineers, Berkeley

The talk will explore the thinking process that went into the development of eight different seismic design concepts including propped shear walls, story isolation, friction dampers, corrugated metal wall sheathing, post-tensioned concrete shear walls, mast frames, isolation bearings, and corrugated metal wall sheathing (round two).

### The Pink Tide and Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America: With Jeffrey R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco

Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th Floor

Jeffery Webber, Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London; Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor of Modern Latin America at the Gallatin School and the Department of History at New York University

The Pink Tide & Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America. Featuring Jeffery R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco. Event co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Center for Race and Gender.

### Cryo-EM structures of the APC/C and mechanisms of its regulation in the cell cycle

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

**Leifu Chang**, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

### Optical Tools for Unraveling Whole-brain Neuronal Circuit Dynamics Underlying Behavior: From Retina to the Cortex

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Alipasha Vaziri, The Rockefeller University

Optical technologies have been transformative for our current understanding of structure and function of neuronal circuits underlying behavior and are in many cases the limiting factors for pushing our understanding of the brain forward. I will discuss two different areas of research in our lab in this context.

In vision science despite of investigations for over seventy years, the absolute...   More >

### Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | February 6 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

### Seminar 231, Public Finance: "Taxing Hidden Wealth: The Consequences of U.S. Enforcement Initiatives on Evasive Foreign Accounts.

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Daniel Reck, London School of Economics (visiting CEG)

### String-Math Seminar: Khovanov-Rozansky homology and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

Eugene Gorsky, Davis

Department of Mathematics

Khovanov and Rozansky introduced a knot homology theory generalizing the HOMFLY polynomial. I will describe a conjectural relation between the Khovanov-Rozansky homology and the homology of sheaves on the flag Hilbert scheme of points on the plane. The talk is based on the joint work with Andrei Negut and Jacob Rasmussen.

### Using Text as Data Methods to Discover, Measure, and Explain

Colloquium | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

Justin Grimmer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Department of Sociology

Text as data methods are increasingly used in the social sciences to explore large scale collections of text. This talk draws on my recent papers to show the distinct social science tasks that test as data methods can accomplish and provides a framework for evaluating those methods. Using an example from the study of Congressional communication I show how text as data methods can help us to...   More >

### Seminar 211, Economic History: “France and European Monetary Integration 1968-1984”

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Emmanuel Comte, UC Berkeley Department of History

Department of Economics

### Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Strong cosmic censorship in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data

Seminar | February 6 | 2:40-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Jonathan Luk, Stanford

Department of Mathematics

I will present a recent work (joint with Sung-Jin Oh) on the strong cosmic censorship conjecture for the Einstein-Maxwell-(real)-scalar-field system in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data. For this model, it was previously proved (by M. Dafermos and I. Rodnianski) that a certain formulation of the strong cosmic censorship conjecture is false, namely, the maximal globally...   More >

### Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Russel Epstein

Department of Psychology

### BLISS Seminar: Information-theoretic tradeoffs in control

Seminar | February 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

Victoria Kostina, Caltech

Consider a distributed control problem with a communication channel connecting the observer of a linear stochastic system to the controller. The goal of the controller is to minimize a quadratic cost function in the state variables and control signal. We study the fundamental tradeoff between the communication rate and expected cost.

### Claudio Maccone (INAF): SETI Prospects Worldwide

Seminar | February 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics & Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF, Italy)

The SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) https://iaaweb.org/content/view/396/554/ was created over 50 years ago and is the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists. This talk describes its activities since 2012, when the speaker was elected Chair. In particular:
1) Protection of the central part of the Moon Farside as the only place near Earth still free...   More >

### Marcel Nutz - Bubbles, Shorting and Supply in Speculative Markets

Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

Marcel Nutz, Columbia University

Abstract: We study the formation of prices in equilibrium. In our model, risk-neutral agents interact in continuous time, giving rise to a tractable equilibrium that reveals the influence of speculation, short-selling restrictions, and exogenous supply. Based on joint works with Johannes Muhle-Karbe and Jose Scheinkman.

Bio: Marcel obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich and joined Columbia in 2011....   More >

### Computational models of vision: From early vision to deep convolutional neural networks

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Felix Wichmann, University of Tübingen

Early visual processing has been studied extensively over the last decades. From these studies a relatively standard model emerged of the first steps in visual processing. However, most implementations of the standard model cannot take arbitrary images as input, but only the typical grating stimuli used in many of the early vision experiments.

I will present an image based early vision model...   More >

### From Mass Science to Participatory Action Research: Maoist Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Knowledge Production

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Andrew F. Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Sigrid Schmalzer, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the signature elements of Mao-era science was the insistence on mobilizing the masses. Today, propaganda accounts of such activities ring hollow—or at best perhaps chime quaint. Yet some Chinese social scientists are eagerly adopting the theory and language of "participatory action research," an academic field that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s global radicalism in which Maoist...   More >

### RNA methylation in gene expression regulation

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Chuan He, University of Chicago

### IB SEMINAR: Algorithms and implementation of predictive control in behavior

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Anthony Leonardo, Janelia Research Campus / HHMI

### Seminar 208, Microeconomics Theory: "Reasonable Doubt Revisited"

Seminar | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Elias Tsakas, Maastricht University

Department of Economics

### Literary Success and the Russian Internet: How Online Publics Shape Contemporary Poetics

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

Bradley Gorski, PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University

The third lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

### Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Tannakian reconstruction

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Rahul Dalal, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

A common slogan is that the understanding the category of representations of a group is the same as understanding the group. This talk will attempt to explain a few theorems in Tannakian theory which give a rigorous justification in the case of algebraic groups. It will follow Milne's notes on the subject.

### Bayesian Covariance Estimation with Applications in High-throughput Biology

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Alexander Franks, University of Washington

Department of Statistics

Understanding the function of biological molecules requires statistical methods for assessing covariability across multiple dimensions as well as accounting for complex measurement error and missing data. In this talk, I will discuss two models for covariance estimation which have applications in molecular biology. In the first half of the talk, I will describe the role of covariance estimation...   More >

### Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Pointwise Bounds for Steklov Eigenfunctions

Seminar | February 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Jeff Galkowski, Stanford and McGill

Department of Mathematics

Let $(\Omega ,g)$ be a compact, real-analytic Riemannian manifold with real-analytic boundary $\partial \Omega$. The harmonic extensions of the boundary Dirchlet-to-Neumann eigenfunctions are called Steklov eigenfunctions. We show that the Steklov eigenfuntions decay exponentially into the interior in terms of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann eigenvalues and give a sharp rate of decay to first order at...   More >

### [Physics Colloquium] Adventures in Urban Informatics

Seminar | February 6 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

Steven Koonin, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University

Department of Physics

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas; in just a few more decades, the world's population will exceed 9 billion, 70 percent of whom will live in cities. Enabling those cities to deliver services effectively, efficiently, and sustainably while keeping their citizens safe, healthy, prosperous, and well-informed will be among the most important...   More >

### Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation

Colloquium | February 6 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

A conversation with author about his book, Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation.

### Cities in the Age of Trump—A Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | February 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

College of Environmental Design

MON, FEB 6, 7:00pm. Join a timely and important discussion about the changing nature of cities under the incoming administration

## Tuesday, February 7, 2017

### Asphalt Pavement Materials, Design, Construction and Maintenance

Workshop | February 7 – 9, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Courtyard Marriott Monrovia, Monterey Room

700 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016

James Sigore, American Society of Civil Engineers; Irwin Guada, UC Pavement Research Center; Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

Technology Transfer Program

This three-day course is aimed at covering the full range of topics related to asphalt concrete pavements from materials and mix design to construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. Asphalt concrete pavements are a vital part of an agency's assets and constitute about 90% of the local streets in California. The numerous topics in this class will be presented in sufficient detail to assist the...   More >

This course is particularly designed for junior-level engineers in state and local agencies and those new to the pavement field who would benefit from a strong introduction to asphalt pavements. More senior level agency engineers, consultants, contractors

### Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 7 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 241 CSS

1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Lydia Jenkins

Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

### Targeting redox dependencies in pancreatic cancer

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

**Christine Chio**, Cold Spring Harbor

### UCMP Fossil Coffee: Lisa Maher - Anthropology, Berkeley: Risk, Reliability and Resilience: Late Quaternary Refugia, Aggregations and Palaeoenvironments in the Prehistory of the Azraq Basin, Eastern Jordan

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

Museum of Paleontology

### PMB Seminar : "Plant plasmodesmata at the intersection of bacterial pathogenesis and plant immunity"

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

Joe Aung, Michigan State University

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Simple Random Sampling: Not So Simple

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Speaker: Kellie Ottoboni, UC Berkeley

Abstract:
The theory of inference from simple random samples (SRSs) is fundamental in statistics; many statistical techniques and formulae assume that the data are an SRS. True random samples are rare; in practice, people tend to draw samples by using pseudo-random number generators (PRNGs) and algorithms that map a set of pseudo-random numbers into a subset of the population.

### The Melvin Calvin Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Bioinspired Asymmetric Catalysis with Peptides and Other Small Molecules

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Helma Wennemers, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, ETH Zurich

College of Chemistry

In nature, proteins fulfill manifold different functions and are crucial as, for example, enzymes or templates for the controlled formation of structural components such as bones. The Wennemers group is intrigued by the question whether also peptides with significantly lower molecular weights compared to proteins can fulfill functions for which nature evolved large macromolecules. Specifically we...   More >

### The Berkeley Network Webinar Series: How to Land Your Dream Job

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

Scott Swedberg, Founder and CEO, The Job Sauce

Cal Alumni Association

Want a better job? Learn Scott's proven system of hacking the hiring process that has resulted in clients landing dream jobs in as little as 2 weeks, with an average salary increase of over 30%. By properly leveraging your network, you can access the 80% of jobs that aren't posted online and start the interview process with a recommendation from a company VIP. Register below to learn how to...   More >

### BSAC Technology Seminar - A Novel Approach for High Efficient Electrostatic Micro/Nano Transducers

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 490 Cory Hall

Prof. Dr. Harald Schenk, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems

Electrostatic forces provide excellent scaling behavior that makes them first choice for micro and nano actuation. However, large stroke is at cost of large electrode gaps preventing use of this advantage. A new electrostatic actuator has been developed profiting from high forces at electrode separations of a few 100 nm only and providing several hundreds of nanometer up to 100 µm of deflection.

by February 6.

### Democracy-Promotion in Côte d'Ivoire: Citizen Perceptions of Local NGOs

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

Justine M. Davis, PhD Student, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

### Development Lunch:"Quantifying the Crisis of Cooking: Sensors and Analytics to Measure Cookstoves' Impacts"

Seminar | February 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Danny Wilson

Department of Economics, CEGA

### Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 7 | 1-4 p.m. | 241 CSS

1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Lydia Jenkins

Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

### The Educational Backgrounds of American Business and Government Leaders: Inter-Industry Variation in the Recruitment of Executives

Colloquium | February 7 | 3-4 p.m. | Evans Hall, 768 Library Evans Hall (newly renovated)

Steven G. Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside

Join the conversation, as Steven G. Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside will discuss, "The Educational Backgrounds of American Business and Government Leaders: Inter-Industry Variation in the Recruitment of Executives". Sociological work in the tradition of C. Wright Mills and E. Digby Baltzell has assumed that recruitment into corporate and government...   More >

### How to Write a Social Science and Humanities Research Proposal

Workshop | February 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Sean Burns, OURS

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.

### Psychology Colloquium

Colloquium | February 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105 Tolman

Claude Steele

Department of Psychology

Stereotype and Identity Threat. Toward a Science of Diverse Community
The Why, What and How of making diverse learning communities effective for all.

### Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): A bilinear Strichartz estimate on irrational tori.

Seminar | February 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Hong Wang, MIT

Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will show a bilinear decoupling estimate, which implies a bilinear Strichartz estimate on irrational tori. These estimates are near optimal. This is joint work with Fan, Staffilani and Wilson.

### 3-Manifold Seminar: Colorings of graphs

Seminar | February 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the question of whether a map on a compact surface has a finite-sheeted covering which is 4 colorable? We can deduce this from a question about automorphism group-invariant probability measures on the space of c-colorings of a graph of chromatic number c. Some related results will be discussed.

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Double ramification cycles and tautological relations

Seminar | February 7 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Emily Clader, San Francisco State University

Department of Mathematics

Tautological relations are certain equations in the Chow ring of the moduli space of curves. I will discuss a family of such relations, first conjectured by A. Pixton, that arises by studying moduli spaces of ramified covers of the projective line. These relations can be used to recover a number of well-known facts about the moduli space of curves, as well as to generate very special equations...   More >

### Design Field Notes: Per Selvaag

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

Per Selvaag, Montaag

Per Selvaag, principal at Montaag design studio, will share insights at Jacobs Hall.

### An outsized climate effect for organic peroxy radical chemistry

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Joel Thornton, College of the Environment, University of Washington

College of Chemistry

The nucleation and growth of atmospheric particles from a few nanometers up to many tens of nanometers is a crucial source of cloud seeds, impacting cloud reflectivity and even lifetime and precipitation. As a result, this fundamental process gas to particle conversion plays a significant role in the climate system. In many regions, the critical growth rate is determined by condensation of...   More >

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Hodge Theory on Matroids

Seminar | February 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We discuss recent developments by June Huh and others on the application of Hodge techniques to matroids. We introduce the Chow ring of a matroid and explore its relationship to the usual Chow rings in toric geometry. We then discuss its role in the solution of the two major conjectures concerning the unimodality of the Whitney numbers—the Rota-Welsh Conjecture and the Dowling-Wilson Conjecture.

### Rejuvenation Biotechnology: Why Age Will No Longer Mean Aging

Seminar | February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

Aubrey de Grey, SENS Research Foundation

The Berkeley Forum

Have you ever contemplated a time when humans will cease to age? Dr. Aubrey de Grey believes that medical technology can bring about the end of aging as we know it. A renowned author and researcher, Dr. de Grey believes that regenerative medicine can put a stop to age-related disease, and that it could happen soon enough to benefit those alive today. Come hear about a scientific field with the...   More >

### EPMS Weekly Seminar

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

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 >

### Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.