<< Week of October 27 >>

Monday, October 28, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Design and Applications of Portable Field Emission Devices

Seminar | October 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Nishita Deka

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Vacuum tubes were integral to the rise of electronics in the 20th century, enabling the development of many core technologies. Although vacuum tubes have since been superseded by solid-state technology, devices based on electron transport in vacuum offer some unique technical advantages over their solid-state counterparts. An interest in leveraging these performance advantages has led to the...   More >

Beyond photons: mechanosensing in the healthy and diseased eye

Seminar | October 28 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 David Krizaj, School of Medicine, University of Utah

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The vertebrate eye is a biomechanically privileged environment in which intrinsically generated pressure modulates the development, organization and function of ocular tissues. Historically, molecular mechanisms that sense and transduce pressure in the eye tended to be overlooked despite the critical roles their dysregulation might play in visual dysfunctions such as myopia, papilledema and...   More >

High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Fluid and Solid Mechanics: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | October 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Per-Olof Persson, Department of Mathematics; University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: It is widely believed that high-order accurate numerical methods, for example discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods, will eventually replace the traditional low-order methods in the solution of many problems, including fluid flow, solid dynamics, and wave propagation. The talk will give an overview of this field, including the theoretical background of the numerical schemes, the efficient...   More >

Meeting Conservation: Public Engagement at the California Academy of Sciences

Seminar | October 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Elizabeth Babcock, California Academy of Sciences

 Society for Conservation Biology- Berkeley Chapter

Learn about the powerful impact of museums, planetariums, and aquaria on science and conservation engagement. Network with a leader in the field and White House "Champion of Change" to see if a museum career might be the path for you.

Costume Building Open House

Workshop | October 28 – 31, 2019 every day | 12-4 p.m. | 141 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The CITRIS Invention Lab is hosting a week of costume building to get you ready for Halloween. The event is open to all; waivers just need to be signed by non-Maker Pass holders.

We’ll be kicking the open house off with a noontime “Cosplay Strategies” session (informal, no lunch provided) on Monday, October 28th, hosted by last year’s contest winner (Dan Chapman) and focusing on cheap and fast...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Kazhdan-Lusztig immanants and k-positive matrices

Seminar | October 28 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Melissa Sherman-Bennett, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

Immanants are functions on square matrices which generalize the determinant and permanent. This talk will focus on positivity properties of Kazhdan-Lusztig (K-L) immanants, which are immanants defined using q=1 specializations of Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials. Rhoades and Skandera (2006) showed, using work of Haiman (1993) and Stembridge (1991), that K-L immanants are nonnegative on matrices whose...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | October 28 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Amy Lerman, UC Berkeley

 Alyssa Mooney, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

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

Political Economy Seminar: “Populism, Stigma, and Political Correctness”

Seminar | October 28 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Mattias Polborn, Professor, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Self-Assembly of Nanoscale Architectures with DNA

Seminar | October 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Grigory Tikhomirov, California Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Nature has evolved to self-assemble complex functional architectures in a sustainable bottom-up way. Is it possible to develop a new approach to building complex devices that combines the strengths of biomolecular self-assembly and systematic engineering?

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Asymptotic $\varepsilon $-independence

Seminar | October 28 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will speak about $\varepsilon $-independence, which an interpolation of classical and free independence originally studied by M$ł{}$otkowski and later by Speicher and Wysoczanski. To be $\varepsilon $-independent, a family of algebras in particular must satisfy pairwise classical or free independence relations prescribed by a {0,1}-matrix $\varepsilon $, as well as more complicated higher...   More >

Manager Mastermind Group

Workshop | October 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Shirley Giraldo

 Human Resources

This is a solution-oriented social learning development opportunity where we share strategies on pressing topics of the day, and build community. Please RSVP and submit questions you'd like to ask other managers about in the link provided.

Spontaneous Brain Oscillations and Perceptual Decision Making

Colloquium | October 28 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

 Jason Samaha, Department of Psychology, UC Santa Cruz

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Special Analysis Seminar: Local bound on the number of nodal domains

Seminar | October 28 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 959 Evans Hall

 Aleksandr Logunov, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Courant's theorem states that the $k$-th eigenfunction of the Laplace operator on a closed Riemannian manifold has at most $k$ nodal domains. Given a ball of radius $r$, we will discuss how many nodal domains can intersect this ball (depending on $r$ and $k$). Based on a joint work (in progress) with S. Chanillo and E. Malinnikova.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Diophantine analysis on moduli of local systems

Seminar | October 28 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Peter Whang, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

Moduli spaces for special linear rank two local systems (with prescribed boundary traces) on topological surfaces are basic objects in geometry. After motivating their Diophantine study, we use mapping class group dynamics and differential geometric tools to establish a structure theorem for the integral points of these varieties, showing that they are finitely generated in a suitable sense and...   More >

New models of language dynamics: The role of cross-linguistic data

Colloquium | October 28 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Damian Blasi, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (US) Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Germany)

 Department of Linguistics

The status of cross-linguistic data in theories of language change and evolution has varied substantially over the course of the history of the discipline. The comparative study of languages and language histories has been a classic testing ground for hypotheses on the subject, but in an influential recent line of work it has been systematically sidelined in favor of highly controllable...   More >

Mitotic checkpoint regulators in genome stability and insulin signaling

Seminar | October 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hongtao Yu, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

 College of Chemistry

The spindle checkpoint ensures the fidelity of chromosome segregation during mitosis and guards against aneuploidy. Several checkpoint proteins have a moonlighting function to control insulin signaling in interphase. Recent studies on the crosstalk between the cell division module and insulin signaling will be discussed.

POSTPONED - Measuring the Impact of Dual Enrollment on Postsecondary Outcomes in NYC Public Schools 

Colloquium | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Tolani Britton, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Tolani Britton uses quasi-experimental methods to explore the impact of policies on students’ transition from secondary school to higher education, as well as access and retention in higher education. Recent work explores whether the disproportionate increase in incarceration of Black males for drug possessions and manufacture increased gaps in college enrollment rates by race and gender over two...   More >

Tolani Britton

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Panel Discussion | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall | Canceled

 Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of History; Bryan Wagner, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research in Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

 Social Science Matrix

DUE TO WEATHER AND POWER OUTAGES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES.

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A People's Weapon: Law and Propaganda in the Early People's Republic of China

Colloquium | October 28 | 4-6 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room 510

 Jennifer Altehenger, Associate Professor in Chinese History, University of Oxford

 Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

 Li Ka Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History, Center for the Study of Law & Society

Throughout the history of modern China, people have been taught about their country's laws. Even as polities and regimes changed, they shared in common the conviction that to learn, know, and abide by laws should be an elementary civic duty. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, the new government invested even more energy than its predecessors into devising methods to...   More >

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Panel Discussion | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of History; Bryan Wagner, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research in Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on October 28, 2019 from 4-5:30 pm for an engaging discussion about They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History at UC Berkeley.

  RSVP online by October 26.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Adapting analysis/synthesis pairs to pseudodifferential operators

Seminar | October 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Melissa Tacy, University of Otago

 Department of Mathematics

Many problems in harmonic analysis are resolved by producing an analysis/synthesis of function spaces. For example the Fourier or wavelet decompositions. In this talk I will discuss how to use Fourier integral operators to adapt analysis/synthesis pairs (developed for the constant coefficient PDE case) to the pseudodifferential setting. I will demonstrate how adapting a wavelet decomposition can...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "The Use and Misuse of Coordinated Punishments"

Seminar | October 28 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Daniel Barron, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Communication facilitates cooperation by ensuring that deviators are collectively punished. We explore how players might misuse messages to threaten one another, and we identify ways in which organizations can deter these threats and restore cooperation. In our model, a principal plays trust games with a sequence of short-run agents who communicate with each other. A shirking agent can extort pay...   More >

Relationship Among People - CANCELED

Colloquium | October 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall | Canceled

 Daisuke Sakai, Co-Founder, teamLab

 Dana Buntrock, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Dept. of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning

Daisuke Sakai, a co-founder of teamLab, speaks about the theme of 'Relationships Among People', one of teamLab’s concepts which aims to explore a new relationship among people, and to make the presence of others a positive experience through digital art. Sakai will introduce such concept along with teamLab’s works.
teamLab was founded in 2001 as an...   More >

Free

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Heart Chan Meditation

Course | September 23 – November 11, 2019 every Monday | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

Heart Chan, Heart Chan at Berkeley

 Heart Chan

Start the journey for Heart Chan Meditation
seeking harmony of mind, body, spirit
gain true wisdom and joy from your inner self
make meditation part of your modern daily life.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Centennial Event - "Winning the Vote": The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement

Presentation | October 29 | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Robert P.J. Cooney, National Women's History Project

 Women's Faculty Club

CANCELLED For TODAY - Will Be rescheduled and reposted.
elebrated author Robert P.J. Cooney discusses his book "Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement." Three generations of suffragists fought, sacrificed and suffered to win the vote for half the American population. Cooney captures their heroic struggle through images and stories of their intensity, indignation,...   More >

 EVENT CANCELLED FOR TODAY - WILL RESCHEDULE PROBLEMS DUE TO AREA WIDE POWER OUTAGES AND SPEAKER'S TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Qualtrics Survey Design

Course | October 29 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  Virtual Classroom

 Human Resources

This course details the process of designing and distributing surveys using the UC Berkeley instance of Qualtrics. Emphasis is placed on question design, data validation, survey distribution methods, response statistics, and security permissions. Learning Objectives * Identify the steps for Qualtrics account access at UC Berkeley. * Design new survey projects using the Survey module. * Integrate...   More >

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Seminar 217, Risk Management: CANCELLED

Seminar | October 29 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Brillouin Microscopy and Endoscopy

Seminar | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 293 Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Brillouin imaging can extract viscoelastic properties with micron-level resolution in a label-free, non-invasive way. The conventional bulk-optics based Brillouin system has already been applied to various biological samples. While the utility of Brillouin imaging has been demonstrated, the intrinsically weak scattering process means that recent work in instrumentation has aimed to maximize the...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "General equilibrium effects of cash transfers: experimental evidence from Kenya"

Presentation | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Dennis Egger, UCB; Michael Walker

 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 November 1.

Costume Building Open House

Workshop | October 28 – 31, 2019 every day | 12-4 p.m. | 141 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The CITRIS Invention Lab is hosting a week of costume building to get you ready for Halloween. The event is open to all; waivers just need to be signed by non-Maker Pass holders.

We’ll be kicking the open house off with a noontime “Cosplay Strategies” session (informal, no lunch provided) on Monday, October 28th, hosted by last year’s contest winner (Dan Chapman) and focusing on cheap and fast...   More >

Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: The tamely ramified Fundamental Local Equivalence

Seminar | October 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Gurbir Dhillon, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Let G be an almost simple algebraic group with Langlands dual G'. Gaitsgory conjectured that affine Category O for G at a noncritical level should be equivalent to Whittaker D-modules on the affine flag variety of G' at the dual level. After reviewing in detail some background and motivation for the conjecture in quantum Langlands, we describe some aspects of its proof, which is joint work with...   More >

Protecting Land Rights in the Face of Large-Scale Development Projects: Creative Strategies Communities are Using to Protect Their Rights

Panel Discussion | October 29 | 12:45-1:50 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Alfred Brownell, Founder, Green Advocates International; Sarah Singh, Communities Co-Director, Accountability Counsel; Emily Jacobi, Executive Director and Founder, Digital Democracy

 Katherine McDonnell, Director of Legal Advocacy, Corporate Accountability Lab

 Law, Boalt School of

Communities around the world are organizing and standing up to protect their rights in the face of large scale development projects that threaten their livelihood and basic human rights. Indigenous and other communities are forcibly evicted or displaced every year to make way for development projects. Communities are fighting back. They are devising creative strategies to protect their...   More >

Space Physics Seminar

Seminar | September 17 – December 3, 2019 every Tuesday | 1-2 p.m. | 325 LeConte Hall

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: A Theory of Chosen Preferences

Seminar | October 29 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Douglas Bernheim, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Clinical Science Colloquium

Colloquium | October 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Aric A. Prather, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Psychology

Title: Sleep, Stress, & Immunity: A Bedtime Story

Sleep plays a critical role in promoting optimal physical health; however, the biological mechanisms linking insufficient sleep and poor health remain to be fully elucidated. In this talk, I will discuss research that highlights the role of the immune system as a key pathway through which poor sleep, particularly short sleep duration, affects...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Mirror symmetry and 4d gauge theories

Seminar | October 29 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Benjamin Gammage, Harvard & University of Miami

 Department of Mathematics

2d mirror symmetry relates the algebraic and symplectic geometry of a pair of Kahler manifolds obtained by dualizing a Lagrangian torus fibration. We will discuss some known and expected results in the case when the spaces involved are actually hyperkahler, arising as moduli spaces of 4-dimensional supersymmetric gauge theories (for instance, by a K-theoretic version of the...   More >

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Semiclassical defect measures and observability estimate for Schrödinger operators with homogeneous potentials of order zero

Seminar | October 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Keita Mikami, RIKEN

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will consider asymptotic behavior as $x\to \infty$ of Schrödinger operators with homogeneous potentials of order zero. Localization in direction was known as a property of Schrödinger operators with homogeneous potentials of order zero or corresponding Hamiltonian flow. We will introduce this known localization in direction first. We then introduce the localization of defect...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: An introduction to Standard Monomial Theory

Seminar | October 29 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Venkatraman Lakshmibai, Northeastern University

 Department of Mathematics

I shall first introduce the celebrated Grassmannian variety and its canonical projective variety structure under the Plùcker embedding. Then I shall describe a basis for the homogeneous co-ordinate ring of the Grassmannian for the Plùcker embedding in terms of certain monomials in the Plùcker co-ordinates, the so called “Standard Monomials”. I shall then introduce the SCHUBERT subvarities...   More >

Turning Trash into Cash: Wecylers of Lagos, Nigeria

Seminar | October 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Founder, Wecyclers; Olawale Adebiyi, Chief Executive Officer, Wecyclers

 Center for African Studies

A seminar in our Africa Matters series.

Empowering people through their waste management start-up, Wecyclers of Lagos, Nigeria, have won the 2018-2019 King Baudouin African Development Prize.

Gilbert Newton Lewis Memorial Lecture: Repurposing the Blue Print of Life for Materials Design

Seminar | October 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Chad Mirkin, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

The materials-by-design approach to the development of functional materials requires new synthetic strategies that allow for material composition and structure to be independently controlled and tuned on demand. Although it is exceedingly difficult to control the complex interactions between atomic and molecular species in such a manner, interactions between nanoscale components can be encoded,...   More >

Creating Undergraduate Discovery Projects: Strategies for Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Years

Workshop | October 29 | 4 p.m. | Durant Hall, Room 9

 Office of Undergraduate Research

At UC Berkeley, undergraduates develop their passions through discovery projects that deepen their learning, better the world, and launch their futures. In this workshop, you gain strategies for creating powerful learning experiences, seeking funding for your projects, and building community at UC Berkeley in a way that will support your life goals.

Surviving the Sidewalk: Latino Street Vendors in Los Angeles

Colloquium | October 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Rocío Rosales, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Department of Sociology, Latinx Research Center

In this talk, I examine fruteros’ social and economic lives, as well as their day-to-day struggles, as they labor under the most restrictive anti-vending ordinances in the country while also being undocumented. In this talk, I will also address several methodological issues I encountered throughout my time in the field.

Centennial Event - "Winning the Vote": The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement

Presentation | October 29 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Robert P. J. Cooney, National Women's History Project

 Women's Faculty Club

Celebrated author Robert P.J. Cooney speaks on his book "Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement" - Three generations of suffragists fought, sacrificed and suffered to wing the vote for half the American population. Cooney captures their heroic struggle through images and stories of their intensity, indignation, strategies and humor. Come to learn and celebrate their...   More >

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by October 28.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: McKay correspondence and walls for G-Hilb

Seminar | October 29 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ben Wormleighton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The McKay correspondence studies how the representation theory of subgroups G of SL(n) interacts with the geometry of minimal resolutions of the quotient singularity \(\mathbb C^n / G\). I will outline the classical story for SL(2) and some of its extensions to three dimensions through quivers, CM-modules, and derived categories. One of the outcomes of this is that all minimal resolutions (at...   More >

H-1B Information Session with Immigration Attorney from Ware Immigration

Workshop | October 29 | 6-8 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue & Gold Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

H-1B is the principal immigration status available for persons temporarily working in professional level jobs in the U.S. As an international student, you should be familiar with the H-1B regulations early in your career so you can stay informed and plan ahead!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fundamentals of Banking Law

Course | October 30 – November 1, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Charles Schwab

 211 Main St., San Francisco, CA 94105

 Berkeley Law Executive Education

Fundamentals of Banking Law addresses the key policies, concepts and regulations surrounding the financial markets, Dodd-Frank, and the rise of FinTech. Designed as a workshop and lecture-based program, rather than a seminar or conference, Fundamentals of Banking Law is taught by experienced practitioners, from leading institutions including Berkeley Law, Boston University, Charles Schwab, the...   More >

Identifying and Addressing Workplace Bullying

Course | October 30 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Staff Ombuds Office

Bullying can take many forms, some of which are obvious and others of which, though more indirect, can be equally destructive to working relationships. Participants will learn about how to recognize bullying behavior; how to distinguish bullying from incivility; what climates encourage bullying; the impact of workplace bullying; options for how bystanders can effectively respond; and constructive...   More >

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GGPlot2 Data Visualizations for Environment and Natural Resources

Workshop | October 30 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Evan Muzall, D-Lab

 Society of Conservation Biology

This 2-hour training session will be led by professionals from the D-Lab to explore GGPlot2 data visualization functionality. The training will be broken into two sections. The first hour will focus on R fundamentals including a review of syntax and basics in R. The second hour will focus on using GGplot2 for (1) histograms, boxplots, and scatterplots and (2) Coordinate systems and maps....   More >

  RSVP online by October 29.

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Limit shapes for the 6 vertex model

Seminar | October 30 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Meredith Shea, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the behavior of the six vertex model in the thermodynamic limit, following the work done by A. Shridhar and N. Reshetikhin (arXiv: 1510.01053, 1609.01756). Our first goal will be to state a variational problem that describes the limiting height function, which we will then compute explicitly for the case of a stochastic six vertex model on the cylinder.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Dan Blumstein: The Sound of Fear

Seminar | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Dan Blumstein

 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 >

Costume Building Open House

Workshop | October 28 – 31, 2019 every day | 12-4 p.m. | 141 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The CITRIS Invention Lab is hosting a week of costume building to get you ready for Halloween. The event is open to all; waivers just need to be signed by non-Maker Pass holders.

We’ll be kicking the open house off with a noontime “Cosplay Strategies” session (informal, no lunch provided) on Monday, October 28th, hosted by last year’s contest winner (Dan Chapman) and focusing on cheap and fast...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Y degenerate? The population genomics of degenerative genome evolution"

Seminar | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Stephen Wright, University of Toronto

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Stephen Wright is a professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto in Canada. He received his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2003, working with Deborah Charlesworth, and did a postdoc at the University of California, Irvine, with Brandon Gaut. His primary research interests concern understanding the forces driving patterns of nucleotide polymorphism and genome...   More >

Economics of Fertility: Evidence from the Minimum Wage: Anna Godøy: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Anna Godøy, Labor economist; postdoctoral scholar, UC Berkeley Institute on Research for Labor and Employment

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

CITRIS Research Exchange - Yana Feldman

Seminar | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

CITRIS Research Exchange is free and open to the public. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12 pm and is hosted at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus unless otherwise noted. Register by the Monday prior to the event to receive lunch.

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CANCELLED -BioE Seminar - Eric Betzig: Bioengineering Department Seminar

Seminar | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Eric Betzig, Professor, MCB, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

CANCELLED DUE TO POWER OUTAGES. TO BE RESCHEDULED.

Eric Betzig, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

"The Physics and Engineering of Advanced Microscopes for Biological Discovery"

I will discuss the physical motivations and design decisions behind a suite of microscopes developed in my lab.

Berkeley Writers at Work

Reading - Nonfiction | October 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library, 101 Main Library

 Professor Nikki Jones, College Writing Programs

 College Writing Programs

Nikki Jones to be Featured Wednesday, October 30,
In Berkeley Writers at Work Series

Nikki Jones, Associate Professor of African American Studies, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2019 Berkeley Writers at Work Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 30, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.

Professor Jones is the...   More >

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Qualtrics Survey Design

Course | October 30 | 1:30-3 p.m. |  Virtual Classroom

 Human Resources

This course details the process of designing and distributing surveys using the UC Berkeley instance of Qualtrics. Emphasis is placed on question design, data validation, survey distribution methods, response statistics, and security permissions. Learning Objectives * Identify the steps for Qualtrics account access at UC Berkeley. * Design new survey projects using the Survey module. * Integrate...   More >

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Lifting Lower Bounds, Communication, and Proofs

Seminar | October 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Toniann Pitassi, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto and Institute for Advanced Study

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Ever since Yao introduced the communication complexity model in 1979, it has played a pivotal role in our understanding of limitations for a wide variety of problems in Computer Science. In this talk, I will present the lifting method, whereby communication lower bounds are obtained by lifting much simpler lower bounds. I will show how lifting theorems have been used to solve many open problems...   More >

Trello Team Project Boards

Course | October 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. |  Virtual Classroom

 Human Resources

This course details the process of leveraging Trello Boards for team or individual project management. Emphasis is placed on the highly-extensible Trello platform interface for defining, assigning, and tracking project elements. Learning Objectives * Understand the conceptual hierarchy of Boards, Lists, Cards, Checklists, and Items. * Create new Boards and define Lists to categorize tasks and...   More >

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BLISS Seminar: One-shot Information Theory via Poisson Processes

Seminar | October 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Cheuk Ting Li, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In information theory, coding theorems are usually proved in the asymptotic regime where the blocklength tends to infinity. While there are techniques for finite blocklength analysis, they are often more complex than their asymptotic counterparts. In this talk, we study the use of Poisson processes in proving coding theorems, which not only gives sharp one-shot and finite blocklength results, but...   More >

OPT Document Check Workshop

Workshop | October 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 187 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office as you prepare to put together your documents for your OPT application. This workshop will cover required documents, how to fill out the forms, and most common mistakes in the application. In addition, there will be a Q&A portion during which you can ask specific questions about your own application.

Please note that this workshop is specifically for OPT...   More >

Maximum height of low-temperature 3D Ising interfaces

Seminar | October 30 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Reza Gheissari, Miller Fellow, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Consider the random surface given by the interface separating the plus and minus phases in a low-temperature Ising model in dimensions $d\geq 3$. Dobrushin (1972) famously showed that in cubes of side-length n the horizontal interface is rigid, exhibiting order one height fluctuations above a fixed point.
We study the large deviations of this interface and obtain a shape theorem for its pillar,...   More >

Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture: New Insights into the Transcriptional Organization and Cellular Economy of Bacteria

Seminar | October 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Carol Gross, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Algebraic lifting invariants II

Seminar | October 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Libby Taylor, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Non-linear feature selection in high-dimensional genomic data sets: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Chloé-Agathe Azencott, Mines ParisTech

 Department of Statistics

Many problems in genomics require the ability to identify relevant
features in data sets containing many more orders of magnitude than
samples. One such example is genome-wide association studies (GWAS), in
which hundreds of thousands of single nucleotide polymorphisms are
measured for orders of magnitude fewer samples.

This setup poses statistical and computational challenges, and for...   More >

RTMP Seminar: The Quantum DELL System

Seminar | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Peter Koroteev, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose quantum Hamiltonians of the double elliptic many-body integrable system (DELL) and study its spectrum. These Hamiltonians are certain elliptic functions of coordinates and momenta. Our results provide quantization of the classical DELL system which was previously found in the string theory literature. The eigenfunction for the N-body model is conjectured to be a properly normalized...   More >

Development of Protein Nanosensors with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes / Proximity Effects, Mechanistic Insights, and the Nature of Molecular Shuttles in Catalytic Hydrogenations Involving Bifunctional Cascades

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Linda Chio, PhD student in the Landry Group; Ari Fischer, PhD student in the Iglesia Group

 College of Chemistry

Book Talk: Gender and Class in Contemporary Korea

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Laura C. Nelson, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Gender and Class in Contemporary Korea brings together a variety of recent studies utilizing transnational and intersectional analyses to understand the current configurations of social relations in South Korea.

EECS Colloquium: Machine Learning for Fluid Mechanics

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Petros Koumoutsakos, ETH-Zürich

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The field of fluid mechanics experiences today a shift from first principles to data driven approaches. While fluid mechanics has always involved massive volumes of data from experiments, field measurements, and large-scale simulations and despite early connections dating back to Kolmogorov, the link between Fluid Mechanics and Machine Learning (ML) has been weak. The situation is rapidly...   More >

Topology Seminar: Harmonic surfaces and simple loops

Seminar | October 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Vladimir Markovic, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Fix an incompressible map f from a closed surface S into a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold M, and consider the moduli space of harmonic maps homotopic to f and with respect to varying metrics on S and M (the metrics on M are assumed to be negatively curved). We show that the set of such metrics for which the corresponding harmonic map is in Whitney's general position is an open, dense, and connected...   More >

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fundamentals of Banking Law

Course | October 30 – November 1, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Charles Schwab

 211 Main St., San Francisco, CA 94105

 Berkeley Law Executive Education

Fundamentals of Banking Law addresses the key policies, concepts and regulations surrounding the financial markets, Dodd-Frank, and the rise of FinTech. Designed as a workshop and lecture-based program, rather than a seminar or conference, Fundamentals of Banking Law is taught by experienced practitioners, from leading institutions including Berkeley Law, Boston University, Charles Schwab, the...   More >

BPM 108 Recruiting and Hiring Staff

Workshop | October 31 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers how to effectively recruit and hire staff based on federal and state regulations and UC policies to conduct consistent, legal, and fair hiring processes through all stages of the full-cycle recruitment process.

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Collision Free Navigation with Interacting, Non-Communicating Obstacles

Seminar | October 31 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall | Note change in date

 Dr. Mrdjan Jankovic, Senior Technical Leader, Ford Research

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: The talk addresses navigation in an environment occupied by other interacting agents (e.g. vehicles, robots, pedestrians) with no direct communication to one another. In contrast to the path planning problem, the difficulty here is that agents cooperate and compete, creating feedback loops each only partially controls. The talk starts with a very high level overview of two control...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Algebraic flux correction for finite element discretizations of hyperbolic conservation laws

Seminar | October 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Dmitri Kuzmin, TU Dortmund University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we review some recent advances in the analysis and design of algebraic flux correction (AFC) schemes for hyperbolic problems. In contrast to most variational stabilization techniques, AFC approaches modify the standard Galerkin discretization in a way which provably guarantees the validity of discrete maximum principles for scalar conservation laws and invariant domain preservation...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: SW invariants for manifolds with contact boundary and an application to taut foliations

Seminar | October 31 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chi Cheuk Tsang, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

Following a paper by Kronheimer and Mrowka, we will define Seiberg-Witten invariants for 4-manifolds with contact boundary, then we will use them to prove that there are only finitely many homotopy classes of plane fields which can be realized as taut foliations on a 3-manifold. If time permits, we will also explore some connections of this with Monopole Floer theory.

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: “The Gender Gap in Housing Returns”

Seminar | October 31 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Paul Goldsmith Pinkham, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Costume Building Open House

Workshop | October 28 – 31, 2019 every day | 12-4 p.m. | 141 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The CITRIS Invention Lab is hosting a week of costume building to get you ready for Halloween. The event is open to all; waivers just need to be signed by non-Maker Pass holders.

We’ll be kicking the open house off with a noontime “Cosplay Strategies” session (informal, no lunch provided) on Monday, October 28th, hosted by last year’s contest winner (Dan Chapman) and focusing on cheap and fast...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Heather Sarsons, Chicago Booth

 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 >

IB Seminar: Evolution of endocrine traits in an urbanizing world

Seminar | October 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Jenny Ouyang, University of Nevada, Reno

 Department of Integrative Biology

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar

Seminar | October 31 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Farzad Pourbabaee; Simon Xu; Maris Jensen

 Department of Economics

Interpreting Deep Neural Networks

Seminar | October 31 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Aude Oliva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Brian Eyler

Seminar | October 31 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Brian Eyler

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Brian Eyler, Senior Fellow and Director of the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia program, will present: "Last Days of the Mighty Mekong." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group Meeting

Seminar | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

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 strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Recent advances on `hearing the shape of a drum'

Colloquium | October 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Steve Zelditch, Northwestern University

 Department of Mathematics

In 1966, M. Kac posed the problem, `Can one hear the shape of a drum', i.e. can one determine a bounded plane domain from its Dirichlet (or, Neumann) eigenvalues? He proved that indeed one can determine a disk from its spectrum. Disks remained the only domains known to be determined by their eigenvalues until recently. My talk concerns a recent result due to Hamid Hezari and myself, showing that...   More >

Oyin-i geyigülügči [The Illumination of the Mind]: Science of Salvation in a Sa skya Soteriological Treatise in Pre-Classical Mongolian Verse

Colloquium | October 31 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Brian Baumann, UC Berkeley

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Mongolia Initiative

With a promise of salvation from this mortal coil and the threat of infernal perdition for heretics, religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam expound a doctrine of faith in the possibility of achieving a catholic state of enduring peace and justice irrespective of any one individual. With this faith these religions gained supremacy over their respective worlds by winning unto their...   More >

Friday, November 1, 2019

Fundamentals of Banking Law

Course | October 30 – November 1, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Charles Schwab

 211 Main St., San Francisco, CA 94105

 Berkeley Law Executive Education

Fundamentals of Banking Law addresses the key policies, concepts and regulations surrounding the financial markets, Dodd-Frank, and the rise of FinTech. Designed as a workshop and lecture-based program, rather than a seminar or conference, Fundamentals of Banking Law is taught by experienced practitioners, from leading institutions including Berkeley Law, Boston University, Charles Schwab, the...   More >

RAPDP - Intermediate - Closeouts

Workshop | November 1 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop the breaks down the process for closing a sponsored award, including the roles and responsibilities of the RA and the CGA analyst, how to complete an accrual journal as part of a Closeout, and how a Closeout is submitted in BFS. Learning Objectives: • Identify the steps and timeline to closeout an award • Identify the steps to complete the financial...   More >

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Berkeley Construction Innovation Day

Conference/Symposium | November 1 | 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | B110 Blum Hall

 David Trejo, Professor, OSU "Concrete Innovations"; Jim Lindeman, Loqust "Time-space scheduling"; Alan Pumklin, Catepillar "Autonomous Vehicles in Construction"; Iris Tommelein and John Gambatese, UC Berkeley and OSU "Mistake-proofing and Prevention through Design"; Sabrina Odah,, Suffolk Construction " Leveraging Technology for Innovation in Commercial Construction"; Phil Lorenzo, StructionSite "Reality Capture and Applied AI in Construction"; Bill Ibbs, Professor, UC Berkeley "Loss of Productivity Standards"

 Panel Discussion, "Implementing Innovation in a Company or Agency"

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The Berkeley Construction Innovation Day is to bring together Cal alums and contractors, designers, owners, and other construction-related parties, to identify and reflect on innovations shaping our industry. See details of the agenda and registration at https://lnkd.in/gUiiTc6

Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

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 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Quantum Many-Body Seminar: Classical and quantum walks: analogies and differences and a bouquet of surprises

Seminar | November 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alberto Grunbaum, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is the second part of the talk. I will give an ab-initio description of "Quantum walks" comparing them to classical walks. Both similarities and differences will be stressed.

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

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

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/6, Samba will be 10/4, Hula / Polynesian will be 11/1, and Zumba / Samba will be 12/6. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

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Fellowship Conference + Housewarming Party

Conference/Symposium | November 1 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room

 Human Rights Center

Join us for Ted-style talks from our 2019 Human Rights Center Fellows on human rights in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and California. Keynote at 4pm from Dr. Liz Barnert on El Salvador. Come for all or part of the day.

RSVP:Tinyurl.com/HRCFELLOWSHIP2019
With special thanks to Dr. Thomas J. White for making the fellowships possible and to the Full Circle Fund for
supporting two...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Integrated Optical Phased Arrays: LiDAR, Augmented Reality, and Beyond

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

 Jelena Notaros, Ph.D. Student and Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will present recent advances in integrated optical phased array architectures, results, and applications.

FinTech Legal Workshop

Workshop | November 1 | 1-6 p.m. |  Charles Schwab

 211 Main St, San Francisco, CA 94105

 Law, Boalt School of

FinTech Legal is a half-day workshop designed to provide FinTech entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and other professionals with a general introduction to the unique and sometimes counter-intuitive ways that finance innovation is regulated in the United States. In addition to an overview of the basic structure of U.S. bank regulation and the key government regulators, the program will examine...   More >

Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy

Workshop | November 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 12 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility) | Note change in date and time

 Venicia Slotten, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

A Scanning Electron Microscope is a form of microscopy that uses focused beams of electrons to reveal the surface topography of a specimen.

 Registration Info: Workshops cost $50 for non-ARF affiliated researchers. It is free for ARF researchers.

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Hitachi TM 1000 SEM

Imaging the Brain at High Spatiotemporal Resolution: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Na Ji, UC Berkeley, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Physics has long employed optical methods to probe and manipulate matter on scales from the infinitesimal to the immense. To understand the brain, we need to monitor physiological processes of single synapses as well as neural activity of a large number of networked neurons.

Optical microscopy has emerged as an ideal tool in this quest, as it is capable of imaging neurons distributed over...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation II

Seminar | November 1 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

Composition Colloquium: Cygnus Ensemble

Colloquium | November 1 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

https://www.cygnusensemble.com/

MENA Salon: Religious Freedom in the Middle East and Beyond

Workshop | November 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On 23 September, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Ahmed Shaheed released a report on the “Elimination of All Forms of Religious Intolerance.” The report notes the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide, pointing to the fatal attacks on synagogues in...   More >

ABCs of Information: Content, Context, Relevance, and other Challenges

Seminar | November 1 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

How could we evolve a more satisfactory tool-kit of concepts and terms as a stronger basis for information studies?

The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China: From Dreamscapes to Theatricality

Colloquium | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ling Hon Lam, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 David Marno, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Emotion takes place. Rather than an interior state of mind in response to the outside world, emotion per se is spatial, at turns embedding us from without, transporting us somewhere else, or putting us ahead of ourselves. In his book The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China, Ling Hon Lam gives an original account of the history of emotions in Chinese literature and culture centered on the...   More >

Learning for Robust Control and Optimization: Efficiency and Safety of Autonomous Transportation Systems

Seminar | November 1 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Fei Mao, University of Connecticut

 Institute of Transportation Studies

University of Connecticut's Fei Miao will present Learning for Robust Control and Optimization: Efficiency and Safety of Autonomous Transportation Systems at 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Fei Mao

Heavy Metal Chelation: Applications in Industry and Medicine

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Justin Wilson, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Heavy metal ions are typically considered to be detrimental to human health and are therefore considered to be a nuisance in both industrial and medicinal settings. The proper control of these ions via chelation, however, can engender them with beneficial applications in both regards. In this talk, I will discuss our group’s efforts to design chelators for heavy metal ions spanning the s-, d-,...   More >

Logic Colloquium: The Connes Embedding Problem and Model Theory

Colloquium | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Isaac Goldbring, UC Irvine

 Department of Mathematics

The Connes Embedding Problem is the following problem in von Neumann algebras:  does every tracial von Neumann algebra embed into an ultrapower of a particular von Neumann algebra, the so-called hyperfinite $II_1$ factor $R$.  After the work of many mathematicians, this problem has been shown to have equivalent reformulations in C*-algebras, operator systems, quantum information theory, free...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Hochschild-Kostant-Rosenberg Theorem in Characteristic p

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Joseph Stahl, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The celebrated theorem of Hochschild-Kostant-Rosenberg says that for a smooth algebra $R$ over a ring $k$, the Hochschild homology algebra $HH_*(R/k)$ is isomorphic to the algebra of differential forms $\Omega _{R/k}^*$. Moreover, if $k$ is a $Q$-algebra, then there is a quasi-isomorphism at the level of complexes $HH(R/k)\simeq \bigoplus _i\Omega ^i_{R/k}[i]$, where the right hand side is viewed...   More >