<< Week of March 31 >>

## Sunday, March 31, 2019

### North American Indigo Colloquium co-presented with Slow Fiber Studios: INDIGO from PLANTS, or PETROLEUM? : Transparency, Traceability, and Farm-to-Trade

Colloquium | March 31 | 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Slow Fiber Studios and UC Botanical Garden will collaborate in presenting the North American Indigo Projects with guest speakers, including world-renowned natural dye expert Michel Garcia of Brittany, France, Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed, and Rowland Ricketts.

$145 /$135 UCBG Members

or by calling 510-664-7606

## Monday, April 1, 2019

### An eye for detail: Attention and eye movements at the foveal scale

Seminar | April 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Dr. Martina Poletti

### Spectral Representation and Approximation of Solenoidal Fields: Fluids Seminar

Seminar | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

Siavash Ameli, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Abstract: Wide range of fluid flow applications are incompressible. Noise in flow measurements is the main source that violates the divergence free condition for such flows. Variety of approaches has been proposed to filter noise and reconstruct data. Proper Orthogonal Decomposition, Dynamics Mode Decomposition, radial basis functions and smoothing kernels, spectral filtering by Fourier...   More >

### Combinatorics Seminar: Cluster algebras and factorization

Seminar | April 1 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Ana Garcia Elsener, University of Graz

Department of Mathematics

Cluster algebras were introduced and studied in a series of articles by Fomin and Zelevinsky in [FZ02,FZ03,FZ07] and by Berenstein–Fomin–Zelevinsky in [BFZ05]. They admit connections to several branches of mathematics such as representation theory, geometry, and combinatorics. These algebras are defined by generators obtained recursively form an initial data (a quiver or a matrix). During...   More >

### The Role of Early School Experiences in the Development of Executive Function

Colloquium | April 1 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

Jennie Grammer, UCLA, Department of Education and Information Studies

Department of Psychology

Children’s Executive Function (EF) skills develop rapidly during early elementary school and play an important role in student success during the school transition period. Although these associations have been well documented, questions remain regarding the ways in which school shapes EF development, as well as the mechanisms underlying the associations between EF and academic performance. In...   More >

### PERL Seminar: “Appointed public officials and local favoritism: Evidence from the German States”

Seminar | April 1 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Mariana Lopes, Max Planck Institute- Visiting Researcher Haas BPP

BCEP

Political Economy Research Lunch:PERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

### Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | April 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Youssef Benzarti; Alisa Tazhitdinova

Youssef Benzarti - "Do Payroll Taxes Turn Workers Into Machines?"
Alisa Tazhitdinova - "Increasing Hours Worked: Moonlighting Responses to a Large Tax Reform"

### String-Math Seminar: Quantum Toroidal Algebras, Screenings and 3D Theories

Seminar | April 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

Yegor Zenkevich, University of Milano-Bicocca

Department of Mathematics

Based on the representation theory of quantum toroidal algebras we propose a generalization of the refined topological vertex formalism incorporating additional "Higgsed" vertices and lines apparently corresponding to refined Lagrangian branes. We find rich algebraic structure associated to brane diagrams incorporating the new vertices and lines. In particular, we build the screening charges...   More >

### Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Symplectic structures in derived algebraic geometry

Seminar | April 1 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Gabriele Vezzosi, University of Florence

Department of Mathematics

After sketching the basics of derived algebraic geometry, I will explain how to define symplectic and lagrangian structures in this setting. A derived symplectic structure has a “shift” (or degree) that is zero for usual symplectic structures. This degree allows us a greater freedom, e.g. it leads to the fact that the derived intersection of two usual lagrangians is symplectic with a $-1$...   More >

### Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Dwork Crystals and Related Congruences

Seminar | April 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in location

Masha Vlasenko, IMPAN Warsaw

Department of Mathematics

I will show a new, simple construction of crystals associated with toric hypersurfaces and exploit it to prove p-adic congruences for expansion coefficients of rational functions. This is joint work with Frits Beukers.

The exposition will be self-contained, but I shall explain that our ideas evolve from those of Bernard Dwork. Since he constructed an explicit Frobenius operator which does point...   More >

### Differential Geometry Seminar: Collapsed Manifolds With Ricci Curvature and Local Rewinding Volume Bounded Below

Seminar | April 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Xiaochun Rong, Rutgers University

Department of Mathematics

We will give a brief review of the study of collapsed Riemannian manifolds with sectional curvature bounds, and we will report some recent progress on collapsed manifolds with Ricci curvature and local rewinding volume bounded below.

### Zeyu Zheng - Non-stationary Markov processes: Approximations, simulation, and decision-making

Seminar | April 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

Zeyu Zheng, University of California, Berkeley

In many Markov modeling contexts, the system under consideration exhibits strong time-of-day effects, day-of-week effects, or seasonality effects. In fact, most real-world systems that are modeled as Markov processes exhibit such non-stationarities. Nevertheless, the great majority of the academic literature focuses on modeling and theory for Markov processes with stationary transition...   More >

### Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It.: A Talk By Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliott

Panel Discussion | April 1 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, The Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge

Berkeley Food Institute

Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliot will discuss their new book, Pressure Cooker. Organized around the stories of nine families and based on extensive ethnographic research, Pressure Cooker takes on 7 foodie myths, showing how encouraging people to "get back into the kitchen" does not address the deeper problems in our food system.

### Targeted Antisense Therapeutics for Modulation of Splicing or NMD

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

College of Chemistry

### Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: “Countering the Winner’s Curse: Optimal Auction Design in a Common Value Model”

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Dirk Bergemann, Yale University

Department of Economics

Co-authored with Benjamin Brooks and Stephen Morris. Joint with Economic Theory seminar.

### Learning Spaces for Experiential Learning

Colloquium | April 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

Dr. David Ernesto Salinas Navarro, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico City Region), Organizational Systems and Industrial Engineering Department

Dr. Salinas Navarro expands the conceptualization of learning spaces for higher education by integrating Experiential Learning (EL) and Challenge Based Learning (CbL). He offers a framework for shifting attention to domains of interaction in which students actively develop their specific learning outcomes. In these learning spaces, students learn-by-doing in real-world types of situations.

### Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Subleading asymptotics of ECH capacities

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Dan Cristofaro-Gardiner, UC Santa Cruz

Department of Mathematics

In previous work, Hutchings, Ramos and I studied the embedded contact homology (ECH) spectrum for any closed three-manifold with a contact form, and proved a “volume identity” showing that the leading order asymptotics recover the contact volume. I will explain recent joint work that sharpens this asymptotic formula by estimating the subleading term. The main technical point needed in our...   More >

### Population Diversity in Aging and Metabolic Stress: Using Systems Biology to Connect Molecular Networks and Phenotypic Outcomes: Dr. Evan Williams, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zurich

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

Abstract:
Interactions between individuals' genetic backgrounds and their environments over a lifetime drive variation in the incidence and severity of metabolic disorders and age-related co-morbidities. We have followed a highly diverse set...   More >

### Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (Departmental Seminar): Countering the Winner’s Curse: Optimal Auction Design in a Common Value Model

Seminar | April 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Dirk Bergemann, Yale

Department of Economics

### Analysis and PDE Seminar: The pointwise convergence problem for the free Schrödinger equation

Seminar | April 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Department of Mathematics

Carleson proposed a problem on a.e. convergence for free Schrödinger solutions as time goes to zero. Recently it got a sharp answer (up to the endpoint) in all dimensions. We will talk about the new result in dimensions $n+1$ for all $n >2$ and ideas behind it (joint work with Xiumin Du).

## Tuesday, April 2, 2019

### Employee Engagement: BPM201

Workshop | April 2 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

James Dudek; Terrie Moore

Human Resources

This 3.5 hour in-person workshop is part of the BPM Grow Your Team series. In this interactive workshop, each participant’s experience is drawn upon for the learning. Ideally, to contribute to and enhance understanding, participants will come with current and/or previous people management experience.

The content covers an overview of employee engagement, new employee onboarding, the use of...   More >

### Exploring ligand binding space to discover new lipid biology

Seminar | April 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

College of Chemistry

Lipids represent a rich model system for understanding how nature maintains cellular architecture (membrane building blocks), bioenergetics (energy stores), and communication (secondary messengers) through fine adjustments in enzyme metabolism. Embedded within lipid structures is chemical information that define their metabolic fate and function. Elucidating structure-function relationships of...   More >

### UCB Startup Fair

Conference/Symposium | April 2 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/ucberkeleystartupfairsp19

The UCB Startup Fair is back again!
Run by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA, students are introduced to small tech companies that typically rely on personal connections for hiring. It's a great way for students to find full-time and internship positions! Attendance is free for all UCB students, so please bring your student ID.

You must...   More >

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Robust Experimentation in the Continuous Time Bandit Problem

Seminar | April 2 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

We consider the experimentation dynamics of a decision maker (DM) in a two-armed bandit setup, where the agent holds ambiguous beliefs regarding the distribution of the return process of one arm and is certain about the other one. The DM entertains Multiplier preferences a la Hansen and Sargent [2001], thus we frame the decision making environment as a two-player differential game against nature...   More >

### Restaurants and Reconciliation: The Representation of Indigenous Foodways in Canada

Colloquium | April 2 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

L. Sasha Gora

Why are there so few Indigenous restaurants in Canada? Toronto has over 8,000 restaurants, but until October 2016 only one offered Indigenous cuisine. Since then, three more have opened, and others across the country. By narrowing in on restaurants, L. Sasha Gora’s talk will survey the relationship between food and land in Canada and emphasize the historic role of food as both a weapon of...   More >

Workshop | April 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

Jesse Loesberg, Web Designer, Library Communications Office

Director of Staff Learning and Development

### Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Understanding Employment Effects of Sectoral Shocks"

Presentation | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Andres Rodriguez-Clare, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.
** MUST RSVP**

RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by March 15.

### Career Lab: Cover Letters

Workshop | April 2 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

Interactive career labs will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview and discussion, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials in peer-to-peer pairs, with career advisor assistance. Career Lab group size is capped at 20 participants, so please sign up early to ensure a spot! You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop....   More >

### H-1B Workshop

Workshop | April 2 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

The main focus of this workshop are general H-1B eligibility requirements, eligible professional occupations, application process, and timing concerns.

Topics covered:
H-1B eligibility criteria
Types of jobs appropriate for H-1B
Minimum salary requirements
Employer's role
Application timing challenges
Options for F/J students/scholars

### Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Sleepless in Chennai: The Consequences of Improving Sleep among the Urban Poor

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

Frank Schilbach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Economics

### Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Lumpy Durable Consumption Demand and the State-Dependent Effects of Monetary and Fiscal Policy"

Seminar | April 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Alisdair McKay, Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Department of Economics

TBA

RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

### Seminar 271, Development, Joint with Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Sleepless in Chennai: The Consequences of Improving Sleep among the Urban Poor"

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

Frank Schilbach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Economics

*Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

### Brexit and Beyond - Agriculture and Ecosystem Services in the UK

Seminar | April 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall

Kate Hind, Exeter University

College of Natural Resources

Join us for a Kate Hind's seminar providing insight into agriculture in the UK, the repercussions of Brexit, and the farmers' relationship with ecosystem services. After the presentation, there will be time for questions - so come curious!

Kate Hind from Exeter University is an impact fellow who has a wide experience of working with farmers and land managers on sustainable land use and...   More >

### Corrupted We Fall? Corruption in University Admissions in Eastern Europe

Panel Discussion | April 2 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Bechtel Conference Room 630

Universities worldwide are charged with a mission of promoting meritocracy and honesty. Multiple cases of corruption in admissions and examinations undermine this important mission. In countries with weak social institutions and a high level of corruption in society, policymakers especially struggle to combat corruption in higher education. The discussion will provide insights into the dynamics...   More >

### 3-Manifold Seminar: Hyperbolic 4-manifolds with trivial Seiberg-Witten invariants

Seminar | April 2 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We'll describe subgroup separability for arithmetic hyperbolic manifolds of simplest type and apply it to describe embedding results due to Kolpakov-Reid-Slavich. With this we can address a conjecture of Claude LeBrun that the Seiberg-Witten invariants of hyperbolic 4-manifolds vanish, by showing the existence of examples for which it is true. Joint with Francesco Lin.

### Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Real polynomials and the Fourier extension operator

Seminar | April 2 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Department of Mathematics

The Fourier extension operator is a very interesting and difficult object to study in harmonic analysis. Stein conjectured that it is a bounded linear operator between some $L^p$ spaces. Recently people have found that auxiliary real polynomials can help one study Stein's above Restriction Conjecture. We will talk about a few interesting facts about zero sets of real polynomials, and why they can...   More >

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Quadratic Gorenstein rings and the Koszul property

Seminar | April 2 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Michael Stillman, Cornell University

Department of Mathematics

An artinian local ring $(R,m)$ is called Gorenstein if it has a unique minimal ideal. If $R$ is graded, then it is called Koszul if $R/m$ has a linear $R$-free resolution. Any Koszul algebra is defined by quadratic relations, but the converse is false, and no one knows a finitely computable criterion. Both types of rings occur in many situations in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, and...   More >

### Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Matrix Orthogonal Polynomials and Representation Theory

Seminar | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

William Casper, Louisiana State University

Department of Mathematics

We present a solution of the matrix Bochner problem, a long-standing open problem in the theory of orthogonal polynomials, with applications to diverse areas of research including representation theory, random matrices, spectral theory, and integrable systems. Our solution is based on ideas applied by Krichever, Mumford, Wilson and others, wherein the algebraic structure of an algebra of...   More >

### Inside the Black Box of Organizational Life: The Gendered Language of Performance Assessment

Presentation | April 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

Shelley Correll, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Trond Peterson, Professor of Sociology, and Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley

Do formal evaluation procedures really reduce bias? As an organizational practice, are they a smokescreen concealing bias or a great leveler that bolsters meritocracy?

While organizations formalize evaluation procedures to help achieve meritocratic outcomes, they often fail to eliminate bias in practice. Managers play a key role in applying such procedures, but researchers have been unable to...   More >

RSVP by calling Christina McKay at 510-643-8140, or by emailing Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu

### Tajima coalescent

Seminar | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 141 McCone Hall

Julia Palacios, Stanford University

Department of Statistics

In this talk I will present the Tajima coalescent, a model on the ancestral relationships of molecular samples. This model is then used as a prior model on unlabeled genealogies to infer evolutionary parameters with a Bayesian nonparametric method. I will then show that conditionally on observed data and a particular mutation model, the cardinality of the hidden state space of Tajima’s...   More >

### Cultural Capital, Systemic Exclusion and Bias in the Lives of Black Middle-Class Women: A Conversation

Colloquium | April 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

Dawn Marie Dow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park; Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

Amani Allen, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Community Health Sciences, UC Berkeley

At this interactive event, Dawn Dow and Tina Sacks will discuss their new books on African American women: "Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood" by Dow and "Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System" by Sacks.

### Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Bidding frictions in ascending auctions"

Seminar | April 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Bob Miller, Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Economics

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Equivariant completions for degenerations of toric varieties

Seminar | April 2 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Netanel Friedenberg, Yale University

Department of Mathematics

After reviewing classical results about existence of completions of varieties, I will talk about a class of degenerations of toric varieties which have a combinatorial classification - normal toric varieties over rank one valuation rings. I will then discuss recent results about the existence of equivariant completions of such degenerations. In particular, I will show a new result about the...   More >

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Equivariant completions of toric varieties and their degenerations

Seminar | April 2 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Canceled

Netanel Friedenberg, Yale University

Department of Mathematics

I will tell the story of equivariant completion of toric varieties and their degenerations from the perspectives of algebraic geometry and combinatorics. We will start on the algebraic geometry side with results of Nagata and Sumihiro on completions of varieties. We will then move on to later combinatorial proofs that normal toric varieties admit completions. Finally, we will discuss recent...   More >

### California State Taxes Workshop

Workshop | April 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

A representative from the California Tax Franchise Board will present on how to determine your California state tax residency and complete your nonresident alien tax forms. Collect your tax report forms (W-2 and/or 1042-S forms and/or 1099) and follow along as they take you through a step-by-step example for filing your state tax return.

*Complete your federal tax return via GTP before...   More >

## Wednesday, April 3, 2019

### Imaging correlates of early pathology in Parkinson’s disease

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

Johannes Klein, Nuffield Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, Oxford University

Parkinson’s disease affects around 1% of the population over 60, and the number of patients is rising with an aging population. To develop neurodegenerative therapies aiming to prevent conversion to or slow down progression of Parkinson’s, reliable biomarkers are needed to identify those at risk of PD, and to track disease progression. Detecting early pathology would allow for intervention before...   More >

### Diverging destinies? Changing family structures and inequality of opportunity in the United States: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

Diederik Boertien, Researcher, Centre for Demographic Studies, University of Barcelona

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.

### Cyrus Farivar on "50 years of surveillance law in America"

Conference/Symposium | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Cyrus [suh-ROOS] is a Senior Tech Policy Reporter at Ars Technica, and is also an author and radio producer.

His second book, Habeas Data, about the legal cases over the last 50 years that have had an outsized impact on surveillance and privacy law in America, is due out May 8, 2018 from Melville House.

In 2017, Cyrus Farivar and Joe Mullin won the Technology...   More >

### Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Differentiating plant genetic from environmental drivers of plant microbiome structure and function"

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Posy Busby, Oregon State University

Posy Busby is an assistant professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. Research in the Busby lab focuses on plant-fungal interactions, plant disease, and community ecology. Their current research seeks to characterize communities of non-pathogenic fungi that live in plants, “endophytes,” and to test how endophytes influence plant disease severity.

### Noninvasive monitoring of chronic kidney disease using MR based pH and perfusion

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Michael McMahon, John Hopkins University

Bioengineering (BioE)

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a cardinal feature of methylmalonic acidemia (MMA), a prototypic organic acidemia. Impaired growth, low activity, and protein restriction affect muscle mass and lower serum creatinine concentrations, which can delay the diagnosis and management of renal disease in this patient population. We have designed a general alternative strategy for monitoring renal function...   More >

### MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Allison Shultz: Evolution across timescales: comparative and population genomics studies of host-pathogen co-evolution in birds

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

Allison Shultz

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 >

### Memcomputing: a brain-inspired computing paradigm

Seminar | April 3 | 12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Massimiliano Di Ventra, Dept of Physics, UC San Diego

Which features make the brain such a powerful and energy-efficient computing machine? Can we reproduce them in the solid state, and if so, what type of computing paradigm would we obtain? I will show that a machine that uses memory (time non-locality) to both process and store information, like our brain, and is endowed with intrinsic parallelism and information overhead – namely takes advantage,...   More >

### Your Credit Score and More – Borrowing Basics (BEUHS352)

Workshop | April 3 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

Richard Ruiz, Bank of the West; Chris Lane, Bank of the West

Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of critical information related to consumer lending options. The session topics include a review of different credit types, costs associated with obtaining credit, your rights as a borrower, what creditors review when making a credit decision and ideas on how to manage your credit.

### What can computers teach us about creativity?

Colloquium | April 3 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

Since the 1950s, psychology and computer science have been stimulated and transformed by the mutual exchange of ideas about cognition. During this time, another aspect of the mind has occupied each field mostly in isolation: creativity. This talk surveys creative uses of computers in the arts and presents recent works using artifacts from studies at the Institute of Personality and Social...   More >

### Multidisciplinary Mapping: Human-Carnivore Conflict and Landscape Use by Carnivores and People in the Rift Valley, Kenya

Colloquium | April 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Christine Wilkinson, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Center for African Studies

Human-wildlife conflict is a global issue, which has complex causes and dynamics. The communities experiencing conflict are those most able to describe their experiences and most likely to present adequate solutions. In the Kenyan Rift Valley, rapid development and subdivision has isolated many protected areas, restricting corridors and resulting in a dramatic increase in human-carnivore...   More >

### EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | April 3 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

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 >

### Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Compactification of moduli spaces and point collision

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

Xuwen Zhu, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Part of the Deligne–Mumford compactification of the moduli space of marked Riemann surfaces comes from the collision of marked points ("bubbling"). I will explain this kind of degeneration and then talk about a real analogue of such compactification in the study of constant curvature conical metrics, where a similar bubbling behavior appears.

### Deformation Theory Seminar: The LG/CY correspondence

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

Benjamin Gammage, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We will review Orlov’s construction of an equivalence of categories between certain Calabi-You complete intersection in weighted protective spaces and the equivariant matrix factorization of associated quasihomogeneois singularities

### Grace-like polynomials and related questions

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

David Ruelle, IHES

Department of Statistics

We say that the multi-affine polynomial P(z1, . . . , zm, w1, . . . , wn) is Grace-like if it does not vanish when {z1, . . . , zm is separated from {w1, . . . , wn) by a circle in the complex plane. Such polynomials have many unexpected probabilistic properties related to the work of Borcea-Brändén.

### Number Theory Seminar: Absolute Hodge cycles on abelian varieties of CM-type III

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

Dong Gyu Lim, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Constant curvature conical metrics

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

Xuwen Zhu, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

The problem of finding and classifying constant curvature metrics with conical singularities has a long history bringing together several different areas of mathematics. This talk will focus on the particularly difficult spherical case where many new phenomena appear. When some of the cone angles are bigger than $2\pi$, uniqueness fails and existence is not guaranteed; smooth deformation is not...   More >

### EECS Colloquium: The Neural Code of Speech

Colloquium | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

Edward Chang, Professor of Neurological Surgery, UC San Francisco

Speaking is a defining behavior of our species. Our research seeks to understand the neural computations that govern our ability to speak and hear words. Advances in direct neurophysiological recordings from the human brain have led to a completely new view on the neural code that translates between sound and meaning. I will focus on our discoveries on the cortical representation of speech sounds...   More >

### Academic Freedom: Past, Present and Future

Panel Discussion | April 3 | 5-7 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

Joan Scott, Professor Emerita, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton; Henry Reichman, Former Vice President, AAUP

Wendy Brown, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Khalid Kadir, Lecturer, UC Berkeley; I-Wei Wang, Librarian, UC Berkeley School of Law

Berkeley Faculty Association

Academic freedom, the collective condition necessary for the flourishing of scholarship and teaching, is under assault – both from within and without the university. From within the university by pressures towards privatization and risk management; from without by both mobilized citizens and wealthy sponsors. These threats to academic freedom affect all involved in the academic project:...   More >

### Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 6: Politics

Conference/Symposium | April 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago; Jackie Urla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tristram Wolff, Northwestern University; Judith Irvine, University of Michigan; Sarah Kessler, University of Southern California

This is the sixth of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

## Thursday, April 4, 2019

### Traditions and Technologies: Ethical Engagements and New Directions in the Study of South Asian Medicines

Conference/Symposium | April 4 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 470 (morning) and 10 (afternoon)

Anthony Cerulli, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Vincanne Adams, UCSF; Shree Padma Holt, Bowdoin College; Lawrence Cohen, UC Berkeley

Robert P. Goldman, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

This day-long symposium aims to create a space for scholars of traditional South Asian Medicines working across disciplines to forge connections and discuss priorities for research directions in the field.

### Hungary as a European Hub for Autonomous Vehicle Design and Validation

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

Dr. László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology of Hungary

Abstract: Hungary, having a remarkable performance in the field of automotive industry production capacities, is becoming one of the key European hubs of developing autonomous driving systems with currently more than 10,000 development engineers working on these innovative technologies at various organizations in the country. Hungary also has a leading role in implementing and developing...   More >

### Applied Math Seminar: Surveillance-evasion games under uncertainty

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Department of Mathematics

Adversarial path planning problems are important in robotics applications and in modeling the behavior of humans in dangerous environments. Surveillance-Evasion (SE) games form an important subset of such problems and require a blend of numerical techniques from multiobjective dynamic programming, game theory, numerics for Hamilton-Jacobi PDEs, and convex optimization. We model the basic SE...   More >

### Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Higher Moment Risk

Seminar | April 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

Christian Jensen, Bocconi

Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

### Replication Seminar, "Numerical Methods for Solving Heterogeneous Agents Models""

Presentation | April 4 | 12-2 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Alisdair McKay, Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Clausen Center

I will cover two building blocks o fsolution methods for heterogenous agent macroeconomics: the endogenous grid method and non-stochastic simulation. I will describe how these two tools can be combined to solve for the stationary equilibrium, perfect foresight transitions, and fluctuations under uncertainty (Reiter method). I will focus on simple settings (e.g. Aiyagari 1994, Krusell-Smith 1998),...   More >

RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

### Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "The Effects of Parental and Sibling Incarceration: Evidence from Ohio" (joint with Sam Norris and Matt Pecenco)

Seminar | April 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

Jeff Weaver, USC

Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

### Environmental Sustainability and Housing in California

Panel Discussion | April 4 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 250 Goldman School of Public Policy

Please join us for a discussion with leading experts about enviornmental sustainability and housing in California. We will host Srinidhi Kumar from the California Housing Partnership; Steve Weissman, a lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and founder and former director of the Energy Program at Berkeley Law; and Seva Rodnyansky, postdoctoral scholar at the Berkeley Institute for the...   More >

### IB Seminar: Evolutionary History of Prey: 600 million Years of Predator-Prey Interactions in Earth’s Oceans

Seminar | April 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Michal Kowalewski, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

### Power, Agency and Representation: Filipino Americans in the Visual Arts

Panel Discussion | April 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Stephanie Syjuco, Assistant Professor, Art Practice, UC Berkeley; Lordy Rodriguez, Artist; PJ Gubatina Policarpio, Arts Educator

This discussion will look at themes of agency and representation - what kinds of power one can exercise as a Filipino American working in the art world today, how a history of colonialism and dispossession might actually serve as a source of empowerment, and how this peripheral vantage point could lead to new, innovative forms of "seeing".   More >

### Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar: Causal Effects of Capital Inflows

Seminar | April 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Nick Sander, UC Berkeley

Department of Economics

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

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

Tina Benitez, 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 251, Labor Seminar: "Motherhood and the Gender Productivity Gap"

Seminar | April 4 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Yana Gallen, Harris Public Policy

Center for Labor Economics

### Dads, Daughters and Early Marriage in Migori County, Kenya

Presentation | April 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 5401 Berkeley Way West

Paula Tavrow, UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health

Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Please join us for a new speaker series on child marriage and youth empowerment hosted by Innovations for Youth (i4Y)'s Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Working Group!

Paula Tavrow​, PhD, is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health. She is also the Director of UCLA's Bixby Program in Population and...   More >

### ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | April 4 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

Daniel Sanchez

Daniel Sanchez, Assistant Extension Specialist at UC Berkeley, will present: "Near-term opportunities for carbon dioxide removal technology." Hosted by Matteo Garbelotto. Meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

### Statistical and Computational Challenges in Conformational Biology

Seminar | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Professor Mark Segal, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UC San Francisco

Department of Statistics

Chromatin architecture is critical to numerous cellular processes including gene regulation, while conformational disruption can be oncogenic. Accordingly, discerning chromatin configuration is of basic importance, however, this task is complicated by a number of factors including scale, compaction, dynamics, and inter-cellular variation.

The recent emergence of a suite of proximity...   More >

### New approaches for uncovering the role of energy metabolism in health and disease: Dr. Denis Titov, Molecular and Cell Biology Department, UC Berkeley

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

Abstract:
Over the last century, many studies have demonstrated that calorie restriction (i.e. decreased food intake) and exercise cause lifespan extension in model organisms and decrease human mortality from age-associated diseases. Many physiological changes...   More >

### Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 6: Politics

Conference/Symposium | April 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago; Jackie Urla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tristram Wolff, Northwestern University; Judith Irvine, University of Michigan; Sarah Kessler, University of Southern California

This is the sixth of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

### Finding the Right Postdoc

Panel Discussion | April 4 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

What makes for a GREAT postdoc experience, and how can you ensure that this next step in your training will prepare you for a successful career? Panelists will discuss the process of identifying and pursuing postdoctoral opportunities. Why do a postdoc? What factors are important to consider, such as opportunities for publishing, relationships with colleagues/supervisors, funding? What are the...   More >

## Friday, April 5, 2019

### 2019 Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference In Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in pre-modern Chinese studies.This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to...   More >

### Future of Social Ventures Conference and GSVC Global Finals: Celebrating 20 Years of the Global Social Venture Competition

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

Join us on Friday, April 5th at the Haas School of Business for the Future of Social Ventures Conference and GSVC Global Finals with members of the social impact community to advance and accelerate burgeoning social ventures from around the world.

$15 Students, Faculty and Staff$40 Alumni and General Public

### IEEE Full-stack Blockchain Development Tutorial: This tutorial is co-located with five other IEEE conferences (IEEE DAPPCON, IEEE SOSE, IEEE MobileCloud, IEEE BigDataService, IEEE AITest) in 2019

Workshop | April 5 | 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. |  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark - Fremont

Dr. Lennart Frantzell, Developer Advocate, IBM; Dr. Divyesh Jadav, Manager in Cloud, IoT & Systems Lifecycle Analytics department, IBM Almaden Research Center; Dr. Chang-Wu Chen, Adjunct assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, National Chengchi University; HU Yao-Chieh, Research scholar, UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab; LEE Ting-Ting, Research scholar, UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab

Ethereum Foundation, IBM

### Deformation Theory Seminar: Superpotentials in Mirror Symmetry

Seminar | April 5 | 3-4:20 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Baker Room

Christopher Kuo, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the appearance of superpotentials for matrix factorizations from the symplectic side of Mirror Symmetry in the SYZ construction, with the monomial terms corresponding to components of the canonical boundary divisor.

### Composition Colloquium: Aviya Kopelman

Colloquium | April 5 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

Department of Music

Aviya Kopelman is a leading Israeli composer, born in Moscow, raised in Jerusalem and living in Tel-Aviv. Since 2014 she serves as the Composer-in-Residence of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Right upon her graduation recital, Aviya grabbed the attention of all of Israel’s major newspapers, that described her music as “distinct, radical, pure, expressive, dramatic, and personal”.

One of the...   More >

### MENA Salon: The Christchurch Massacre and responses from MENA

Workshop | April 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.
On March 15th 2019, a self-claimed white nationalist walked into a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand killing and wounding scores of worshippers during the Friday prayer. As the massacre sent shockwaves around the world, leaders responded with condolences and grief,...   More >

### Basic Needs, Access, and Marketplace Structures

Seminar | April 5 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

Michael Buckland & Clifford Lynch

Information, School of

Connecting Needs, Documentation, and Evidence
Michael Buckland
A hermeneutic approach suggests a possible conceptual bridge between the most basic need for information and designs for the organization of access to recorded evidence. A brief continuation of our discussion on February 8.

New Marketplace Structures for Cultural Products and Implications for Stewardship
...   More >

### Logic Colloquium: Uniform bounds in Number Theory via Model Theory

Colloquium | April 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

François Loeser, Sorbonne Université

Department of Mathematics

I will present some recent applications of Model Theory to uniform bounds in questions arising from Number Theory.

### Student 3-Manifold Seminar: Haken hierarchies

Seminar | April 5 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Michael Klug, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Compact surfaces with non-positive Euler characteristic can be inductively decomposed by cutting along finitely many properly embedded loops and arcs until one is left with a collection of disks; such a decomposition is called a hierarchy. An analogue up a dimension is called a Haken manifold, which can be inductively decomposed by cutting along two-sided incompressible surfaces until one is left...   More >

### Music Studies Colloquium: Travis Jackson (Chicago): Children of the New World, circa 1953: Inequality and the Twinned Histories of Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies

Colloquium | April 5 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

Department of Music

Jackson interested, above all, in two intertwined processes: the ones through which musical sounds come into being and those that occur when groups and individuals engage with sounds—through listening, dancing, writing, etc. Much of his work, then, sits at the place where ideas about composition, recording and distribution meet those about reception and its embeddedness in culture, society, race,...   More >