<< Week of September 11 >>

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Improvisational Quilt-Print Making Workshop

Workshop | September 8 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join us in the Art Lab for an afternoon of improvisational quilt making through the lens of collage and risograph printing. In this workshop led by artist Matt Katsaros, explore pattern, repetition, and color as we make paper-based “quilts,” then manipulate and combine them through the risograph printing process.

Meditation with Movement

Workshop | September 8 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Experience the exhibition Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection in a new way, entering into deep contemplation of an individual artwork through slow physical movement. Led by Stephen Holtzman, the workshop offers exercises that can enhance awareness of art and our capacity to bodily express that awareness.

A lifelong meditator, Holzman retired in 2013 from an...   More >

Monday, September 9, 2019

Graduate Student Conference: Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World

Conference/Symposium | September 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

The Brexit referendum of June 2016, the United States presidential election of November of that same year and the recent gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) movement in France have brought unprecedented international attention to rural areas in the Western world. While some scholars have argued that the urban-rural dichotomy is a mistaken and misleading construct, others are questioning the reasons...   More >

Monitoring and Treatment of Trabecular Meshwork in Glaucoma: Novel Engineering Approaches

Seminar | September 9 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

C. Ross Ethier, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

Trabecular meshwork dysfunction underlies most cases of ocular hypertension, the main risk factor for development of glaucomatous optic neuropathy. Here I describe two engineering approaches to treat and monitor trabecular meshwork function. In the first, we seek to improve the efficiency of stem cell delivery to the trabecular meshwork (TM), known to be deficient in cell numbers in primary...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | September 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

Sol Hsiang, UC Berkeley

Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
Mondays 12:10-1:30
Pizza Served

Combinatorics Seminar: Characterizing quotients of positroids

Seminar | September 9 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Anastasia Chavez, UC Davis

Department of Mathematics

We characterize quotients of specific families of positroids. Positroids are a special class of representable matroids introduced by Postnikov in the study of the nonnegative part of the Grassmannian. Postnikov defined several combinatorial objects that index positroids. In this talk, we make use of two of these objects to combinatorially characterize when certain positroids are quotients....   More >

PERL Seminar: “Judges, Lenders, and the Bottom Line: Court-ing Economic Growth in India”

Seminar | September 9 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Manaswini Rao

Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

Seminar 211, Economic History: Beyond Imagination: Parliament, Property Rights, and Britain’s Industrial Revolution

Seminar | September 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Gary Richardson, UC Irvine

Department of Economics

Seminar 231, Public Finance: "Unequal Use of Social Insurance Benefits: The Role of Employers"

Seminar | September 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

String-Math Seminar: Integrable systems via shifted quantum groups

Seminar | September 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk, Yale University

Department of Mathematics

In the recent papers by Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima a mathematical construction of the Coulomb branches of $$3d$$ $$N=4$$ quiver gauge theories was proposed, whose quantization is conjecturally described via the so-called shifted Yangians and shifted quantum affine algebras.

The goal of this talk is to explain how both of these shifted algebras provide a new insight towards integrable systems...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Pointwise lower scalar curvature bounds for $C^0$ metrics via regularizing Ricci flow

Seminar | September 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Paula Burkhardt-Guim, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We propose a class of local definitions of weak lower scalar curvature bounds that is well defined for $C^0$ metrics. We show the following: that our definitions are stable under greater-than-second-order perturbation of the metric, that there exists a reasonable notion of a Ricci flow starting from $C^0$ initial data which is smooth for positive times, and that the weak lower scalar curvature...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The Free Nonlinear Levy-Khintchine Formula

Seminar | September 9 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

I will speak on recent work of Philippe Biane related to Levy processes in free probability. After recalling the necessary background, I will discuss how free Levy processes with homogeneous transition probabilities are related to Nevanlinna functions which can be explicitly parametrised, and how this gives a nonlinear free Levy-Khintchine formula. Time permitting, I will also explain how these...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Solutions of Equations Involving the Modular $j$ Function

Seminar | September 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Inspired by work done for systems of polynomial exponential equations, I will talk about systems of equations involving the modular $j$-function, and in particular I will show general cases in which these systems have solutions. Then we will look at certain situations in which the modular Schanuel conjecture implies that these systems have generic solutions. This is joint work with Sebastián...   More >

Amit Garg — Matters of “Survival” and Clicks – Applications of AI in Sales Operations

Seminar | September 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

Amit Garg, CRMantra

Abstract: This talk will focus on two applications of BigData and AI techniques in Sales Operations.  Revenue projections drive capital and operational expense budgeting decisions for companies.  Impacts of this process include head counts allocated to each functional area, amount of capital for different corporate projects, etc.  Revenue projections are driven by different deals sales people are...   More >

Visualizing molecular structure and dynamics in the regulation of gene expression

Seminar | September 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley

College of Chemistry

Epigenetic silencing and transcription initiation are two major molecular processes contributing to the regulation of gene expression. We are using cryo-EM to visualize critical complexes in these two processes with the aim of defining their structure and dynamics and thus contribute to a mechanistic understanding of their regulatory functions. TFIID is a molecular hub that recognizes and binds...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Diabatic Surface Hopping, Marcus Rate and Ehrenfest dynamics

Seminar | September 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Di Fang, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Surface hopping algorithms are popular tools to study dynamics of the quantum-classical mixed systems. In this talk, we will present a surface hopping algorithm in diabatic representations, in the view point of time dependent perturbation theory and semiclassical analysis. The algorithm is validated numerically in both weak coupling and avoided crossing regimes. We then discuss some recent...   More >

Exploiting the Malleability of Disorder to Design Biologically-Inspired Function

Colloquium | September 9 | 4:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

Andrea J. Liu, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Physics

The complexity of living systems poses a formidable challenge to physical scientists interested in biology. I will discuss one theoretical approach towards gaining possible insight into biological phenomena: to design systems to exhibit similar phenomena. To do so, we start with systems with complex energy/cost landscapes, which have far more variation in their properties than those with simple...   More >

Radically Reimagining a Less Toxic World: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | September 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Joe Charbonnet, Green Science Policy Institute

Graduate school is a great place to gain scientific and research expertise – but that’s hardly the only thing you’ll need in your future as a Ph.D. Are you ready to lead a group? Manage your coworkers? Mentor budding scientists?

To address the many interpersonal issues that arise in a scientific workplace, graduate students from Chemistry, Physics, and Molecular & Cell Biology founded SLAM:...   More >

Madeline Gannon: Robots Are Creatures, Not Things

Presentation | September 9 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After fifty years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, multidisciplinary designer Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were...   More >

ATC Lecture — Madeline Gannon, "Robots Are Creatures, Not Things."

Colloquium | September 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

Madeline Gannon, Artist / Roboticist, Pittsburgh, PA

After 50 years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, Dr. Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were never intended to do:...   More >

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Disability Management: Understanding the Process (BEUHS550)

Workshop | September 10 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Ed Center

Mary Kelly, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Disability Specialist, Be Well at Work - Disability Management

Come and join us for an Interactive and Informative look into the process of Disability Management.

This workshop uses Scenario-based instruction to teach and reinforce subjects such as the Interactive Process; Essential Job Functions; Reading and analyzing Work Status notes; the Transition back-to-work and Effectiveness of Accommodation(s) and its documentation; Applicable State and Federal...   More >

September Open Berkeley Site Builder Training

Workshop | September 10 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 104A Banway Building

2111 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Open Berkeley Site Builder Training sessions cover the fundamentals of the Open Berkeley turnkey website solution.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Towards theoretical understanding of large batch training in stochastic gradient descent

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Speaker: Xiaowu Dai, UC Berkeley

ABSTRACT: Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) is almost ubiquitously used in training non-convex optimization tasks. Recently, a hypothesis by Keskar et al. (2017) that large batch SGD tends to converge to sharp minima has received increasing attention. We justify this hypothesis by providing new properties of SGD in both finite-time and asymptotic regimes, using tools from Partial Differential...   More >

Fossil Coffee Seminar

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

Sterling Nesbitt, Virginia Tech

UCMP

Sterling Nesbitt, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, will present "Becoming a dinosaur during the rise of reptiles".

Nanomaterials Enable Delivery of Genetic Material Without Transgene Integration in Mature Plants

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Markita Landry, UC Berkeley Dept. of Chemistry

College of Chemistry

Genetic engineering of plants is at the core of sustainability efforts, natural product synthesis, and agricultural crop engineering. The plant cell wall is a barrier that limits the ease and throughput with which exogenous biomolecules can be delivered to plants. Current delivery methods either suffer from host range limitations, low transformation efficiencies, tissue regenerability, tissue...   More >

SPH Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series: Human-Centered Design for Innovations in Domestic Violence Prevention

Seminar | September 10 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

Jaspal Sandhu, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Public Health, School of

Jaspal S. Sandhu is an Assistant Adjunct Professor (Professor of Practice) in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health at the UCB SPH. He will discuss his recent work on human-centered design for innovations in domestic violence prevention.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Rational Inattention: A Disciplined Behavioral Model"

Presentation | September 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

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**

by September 6.

Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law

Colloquium | September 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center

Angela S. García, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

This book talk analyzes the ways federal, state, and local immigration laws shape the lives of undocumented Mexicans in the US. Comparing restrictive and accommodating immigration measures in various cities and states, it shows that place-based inclusion and exclusion unfold for immigrants in seemingly contradictory ways.

Social Media + Global Justice: could that tweet be evidence?

Panel Discussion | September 10 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Human Rights Center

Join us for lunch and a provocative conversation about using photos, videos, and social media posts to document and investigate war crimes, plus a discussion of Berkeley's international protocol on open source investigations. Featuring Sam Dubberly (Amnesty International Digital Verification Corps), Alexa Koenig and Lindsay Freeman (Berkeley Law Human Rights Center), and Raquel Vasquez-Llorente...   More >

Microsoft Project Fundamentals

Course | September 10 | 1:30-4 p.m. | S300T Haas School of Business

Human Resources

This foundation course combines industry-standard project management theory with practical application using Microsoft Project to plan, execute, and track progression throughout the project lifecycle. Learning Objectives * Define key project management concepts. * Identify the elements and views of the Microsoft Project interface. * Set the scheduling direction of new projects. * Create tasks and...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: How Are Preferences for Commitment Revealed?

Seminar | September 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Justin Sydnor, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Department of Economics

A large literature treats take-up of commitment contracts, in the form of choice-set restrictions or penalties, as a smoking gun for (awareness of) self-control problems. This paper provides new techniques for examining the validity of this assumption, as well as a new approach for detecting (awareness of) self-control...   More >

H-1B Workshop

Workshop | September 10 | 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 281: International Trade and Finance: SEM 237/281: "Causal Effects of Capital Inflows (JMP)", Joint with Macroeconomics

Seminar | September 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Nick Sander, UC Berkeley

Department of Economics

ABSTRACT: In this paper I estimate the average country's business cycle response to capital inflows from abroad -- in particular equity and debt (portfolio) inflows. Capital flows have been argued by Rey(2015) to be a key factor synchronizing international business cycles, and large outflows of capital -- sudden stops -- are often associated with considerable subsequent economic distress. To...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Random perturbations of nonselfadjoint operators, and the Gaussian Analytic Function

Seminar | September 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Stephane Nonnenmacher, Univ. Paris-Sud & MSRI

Department of Mathematics

The spectrum of a nonselfadjoint linear operator can be very unstable, that is sensitive to perturbations, an phenomenon usually referred to as the "pseudospectral effect". In order to quantify this phenomenon, we investigate a simple class of nonselfadjoint 1-dimensional semiclassical (pseudo-)differential operators, submitted to small random perturbations. The spectrum of this randomly...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Syzygies of K3 carpets and Green's conjecture

Seminar | September 10 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Steven Sam, UC San Diego

Department of Mathematics

K3 carpets are double structures on rational normal scrolls. We prove a vanishing statement for their graded Betti numbers which confirms a conjecture of Bayer and Eisenbud for the Betti numbers of ribbon curves. This gives a new proof that Green's conjecture on Betti numbers of canonical curves holds for a generic curve in each gonality stratum of the moduli of curves. This is joint work with...   More >

Find a path through trajectory space

Seminar | September 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

David Limmer, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

College of Chemistry

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Vector bundles on $P^1$ bundles

Seminar | September 10 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Hannah Larson, Stanford University

Department of Mathematics

Every vector bundle on $P^1$ splits as a direct sum of line bundles. Given a vector bundle $E$ on a $P^1$ bundle $PW \to B$, the base $B$ is stratified by subvarieties defined by the condition that the restriction of $E$ to the fibers has a certain splitting type. It is natural to ask how to find the classes of the closures of these strata in the Chow ring of $B$. I will answer this question with...   More >

Quantitative Street Smarts: Excelling in Your First Math or Stat Course at Cal

Workshop | September 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Atrium

Student Learning Center

This workshop will make explicit the hidden expectations of the mathematics and statistics courses at UC Berkeley, and how the SLC can partner in student success.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period

Workshop | September 11 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Room 117 (Level D)

Ryo Akama, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumekan University

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: 2019 Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley
Instructor (speaker): Ryo Akama

10:00am -12:00pm: Workshop "Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period" [registration required]

CLOSED Required for morning workshop

Register  by September 6.

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Longest Increasing Subsequences and Oscillating Tableaux II

Seminar | September 11 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Jeremy Meza, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We will start with a quick primer on the RSK correspondence and Berele insertion. This will lead us into longest increasing subsequences of permutations and analogous statistics on oscillating tableaux. We will discuss computational methods, explicit formulas, and if time permits, asymptotics. This is meant to be an introductory talk to set ourselves up for future topics. (Part II of the talk)

A General Mortality Model and Moving Verbal Autopsy from Research to Routine Use: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

Samuel J. Clark, Professor, Sociology, Ohio State

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.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Speaker TBA: Title TBA

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

TBA

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 >

EECS Career Fair

Career Fair | September 11 | 12-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, RSF Field House Gym

This event is co-sponsored by HKN & UPE and organized in collaboration with the EECS department.

If you're an EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related positions, this is the fair for you! Recruiters will talk with you about full-time and summer job opportunities. Employers range from large household-name companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Tapping cyanobacterial potential as an alternative carbohydrate feedstock: design of modular, light-driven microbial consortia"

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Daniel Ducat, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Daniel Ducat is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His lab is interested in using engineering and synthetic approaches to examine the biology and biotechnological application of these intriguing bacteria. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University.

Mutualism and machines: theory and software for genome analysis: Bioengineering Department Seminar, Professor Ian Holmes

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Ian Holmes, Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

Bioengineering (BioE)

My lab develops software for genome informatics, from basic algorithms to user-friendly web tools. I’ll talk about how our genome browser design is influenced by Engeström's social object theory, a virtual sense of place, and prototyping ideas from the game industry.

CITRIS Research Exchange - Jutta Williams

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

"Why are there brakes on a car?"

Drawing from examples from a career in regulated industries like operational healthcare, finance and government, this talk will focus on how controls, discipline, and boundaries in tech aren't just good for privacy and security - they can actually help us move fast.

Ms. Williams is a Senior technical program manager...   More >

Residential Segregation and its Effects on Intergroup Cognition

Colloquium | September 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

Arianne Eason, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, Psychology

In the U.S. today, racial segregation remains rampant in neighborhoods, schools, and even the workplace. Given the persistent inequity in terms of both race and social class in the U.S., my research utilizes perspectives from developmental, social, and cultural psychology to examine how features of our social and cultural contexts (e.g., racially segregated neighborhoods and classrooms) influence...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Percent Plans and the Return to Postsecondary Selectivity"

Seminar | September 11 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

Zachary Bleemer, UCB

Center for Labor Economics

Model Theory Seminar: An approach to the decidability of mixed characteristic valued fields

Seminar | September 11 | 2:20-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in time

Konstantinos Kartas, University of Oxford

Department of Mathematics

After quickly reviewing the basics of valued fields, I will focus on a particular technique. This technique roughly reduces the decidability of a henselian mixed characteristic valued field to the decidability of its residue rings. A proof of this result will be presented, some applications and possible future directions.

Gambler's ruin in three dimensions.

Seminar | September 11 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Persi Diaconis, Stanford University

Department of Statistics

Picture three gamblers with initial capital x(A), x(B), x(C) summing to N. Each time a pair of gamblers is chosen uniformly and they flip a fair coin. Consider the first time one of them hits zero.
How are the fortunes of the other two distributed and how does this depend on how they start?
Approximations (upper and lower bounds with reasonable constants) are derived for parallel problems on...   More >

Peter Frazier — Grey-box Bayesian Optimization

Seminar | September 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

Peter Frazier, Cornell University

Abstract: Bayesian optimization is a powerful tool for optimizing time-consuming-to-evaluate non-convex derivative-free objective functions.  While BayesOpt has historically been deployed as a black-box optimizer, recent advances show considerable gains by "peeking inside the box".  For example, when tuning hyperparameters in deep neural networks to minimize validation error, state-of-the-art...   More >

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Workshop | September 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

Curator’s Talk: Elaine Yau on Dennis Feldman

Presentation | September 13 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Elaine Yau, who organized the exhibition Dennis Feldman: Photographs, places Feldman’s work in the context of the social documentary practices of his mentors Walker Evans and Robert Frank, and focuses on Feldman’s distinctive approach to mass media images of the 1970s.

Yau is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at BAMPFA. She specializes in modern art in the United States with an...   More >

A Conversation with José Manuel Barroso, Former President of the EU Commission and Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on Behalf of the EU

Panel Discussion | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

José Manuel Barroso, Former Prime Minister of Portugal, current Chairman of Goldman Sachs International; Maurice Obstfeld, Professor of Economics, Berkeley Economics; Jeroen Dewulf, Director, Institute of European Studies

José Manuel Barroso, former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-04), President of the EU Commission (2004-14), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the EU (2012), and current Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, will visit the UC Berkeley campus. In conversation with Maurice Obstfeld (Class of 1958 Professor of Economics) and Jeroen Dewulf (Director of the Institute of European...   More >

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | September 13 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

Laurie Ferris

Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation.

Optional: Join the Passport Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a yoga prize! Please...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Symmetry and Topology of Nano Structures

Seminar | September 13 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

Boubacar Kanté, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Departement, UC Berkeley

I will discuss how the control of the symmetries and interactions between multipoles enables the construction unique electromagnetic composites.

Designing Exoskeletons and Prosthetic Limbs That Enhance Human Locomotor Performance

Seminar | September 13 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

Associate Professor Steve Collins, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Abstract: Exoskeletons and active prosthetic limbs could improve mobility for tens of millions of people, but two serious challenges must first be overcome: we need ways of identifying what a device should do to benefit an individual user, and we need cheap, efficient hardware that can do it. In this talk, we will describe an approach to the design of wearable robots based on versatile emulator...   More >

Revitalizing Supercapacitors with Hierarchical Porous Electrodes: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Yat Li, UC Santa Cruz, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Supercapacitors (SCs) are rapidly emerging as a new class of energy storage devices that can be used in a broad range of applications. SCs distinguish from lithium ion batteries by their ability to be charged and discharged at ultrafast rates.

Carbon materials, owing to their excellent electrical conductivity, tailorability, inexpensiveness, and versatility, have been extensively studied as...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: KPZ Universality and Determinantal Processes III

Seminar | September 13 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality has been rigorously verified for a number of exactly solvable models such as Hammersley-Aldous-Diaconis and exclusion processes. A key ingredient for this verification is a determinantal type representation for the correlation function. In these lectures I give an overview of the existing results and present a direct and simple proof of the determinantal...   More >

New Research Directions in Archaeology and Linguistic History of Hokkaido Ainu

Colloquium | September 13 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Gary Crawford, University of Toronto

Talk abstract coming soon.

Prof. Gary Crawford is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in archaeological botany and environmental archaeology. The field is known as palaeoethnobotany or archaeobotany. His current focus is East Asia where he is investigating the origins and intensification of agriculture. Actually, he’s never strayed far from...   More >

MENA Salon: Iran, Israel and the US

Workshop | September 13 | 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.

In recent months, tensions between the US and Iran have escalated. The US has imposed new economic sanctions, while Iran has announced that it will deliberately violate aspects of the previously agreed upon nuclear deal. These tensions are linked, as recent news reports...   More >

Public Policy Initiatives That Might Improve Digital Stewardship

Seminar | September 13 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

Clifford Lynch

Information, School of

Alternate policy approaches for stewardship of some classes of cultural materials in the current world.

Rethinking America's Highway Institutions

Seminar | September 13 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Robert Poole, Reason Foundation

Reason Foundation's Robert Poole will present Rethinking America's Highway Institutions on Sept. 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Abstract:
In this talk, Robert Poole will suggest that the 20th century institutions that govern how we design, construct, maintain, and fund major highways are broken and in need of major revision. The...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Essential dimension of algebraic stacks

Seminar | September 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Anningzhe Gao, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will give an introduction of the essential dimension of functors, in particular I will concentrate on the essential dimension of algebraic stacks. We will start by the basic facts of stacks (if necessary), then give the statement of the genericity theorem proved by Brosnan, Reichstein and Vistoli. As an application, we will calculate the essential dimension of the moduli stack of...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: Organizational meeting

Seminar | September 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

This will be an organizational meeting for a student learning seminar about 3-manifolds.

For the first meeting, we will talk about Tait's conjecture that reduced alternating link diagrams have minimal crossing number, which was resolved in 1987 by Kauffman, Murasugi, and Thistlethwaite using the Jones polynomial.

Music Studies Colloquium - Anna Morcom (UCLA): “Music, Exchange, and the Production of Value: A Case Study of Hindustani Music”

Colloquium | September 13 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

Department of Music

The Drama of Celebrity with Sharon Marcus

Colloquium | September 13 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature

On September 13th, there will be a discussion of pre-circulated chapters from The Drama of Celebrity with author Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (formerly of Berkeley!).

Sponsored by the 19th Century Colloquium and the 19th Century and Beyond Townsend working group.

For a copy of the PDF, please email...   More >