<< Week of January 26 >>

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Family Program: Kids and Spices

Workshop | January 26 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Awaken your senses in this wonderful exploration of spices! We will journey into the Tropical House to see some of the plants that give us our favorite spices-- such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, black pepper, nutmeg, turmeric, and more. (We'll check in on our "chocolate tree" too!)
Learn about where these plants grow, the different ways you can use them, do some taste-testing, and create...   More >

$18 Adult $18 Child, $12 Member Adult $12 Member Child (must have family membership level or above)

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Monday, January 27, 2020

Disparity and motion-in-depth processing in human visual cortex

Seminar | January 27 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Anthony Norcia, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The lateral separation of the two eyes creates slight retinal image differences that provide binocular disparity and binocular motion cues that can be used to extract information about depth in the world. To gain insight about the neural mechanisms involved in processing these cues, we use cue-isolating stimulation techniques to study the dynamics of brain responses to changing disparity cues,...   More >

SEMM Seminar: Building a More Resilient San Francisco

Seminar | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Danielle Hutchings Mieler, Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, City and County of San Francisco

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities face a myriad challenges from rising seas, aging infrastructure, increasingly extreme weather, housing shortages and chronic homelessness. As we look to the future we ask, how will these challenges be exacerbated by a large earthquake? What will San Francisco be like with 160,000 new residents? How will climate change impact vulnerable populations? San Francisco is working to address the...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Pseudospectral Shattering, the Sign Function, and Diagonalization in Nearly Matrix Multiplication Time I

Seminar | January 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a recent joint work with J. Banks, A. Kulkarni and N. Srivastava, we have shown that on a high level, any efficient numerically stable matrix-multiplication algorithm can be turned into a diagonalization algorithm with the same properties. Quantitatively, our result significantly improves the best previously known provable running times of diagonalization algorithms. In this talk, which...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Mean convex mean curvature flow with free boundary

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Zhu, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

In the class of mean convex surfaces, the mean curvature flow provides a useful geometric tool, owing its power to the regularity and structure theory established by White and with subsequent developments by Haslhofer, Kleiner and Hershkovits. In joint work with Edelen, Haslhofer and Ivaki, we generalise this theory to the free boundary setting. There are significant analytic and geometric issues...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Supersingular main conjectures, Sylvester's conjecture and Goldfeld's conjecture

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Daniel Kriz, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I formulate and prove a new Rubin-type Iwasawa main conjecture for imaginary quadratic fields in which $p$ is inert or ramified, as well as a Perrin-Riou type Heegner point main conjecture for certain supersingular CM elliptic curves. These main conjectures and their proofs are related to $p$-adic L-functions that I have previously constructed, and have applications to two classical...   More >

Compact accelerators and photon sources using laser-driven plasma acceleration

Colloquium | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 3105 Etcheverry Hall

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Abstract: Plasma waves can support extremely large accelerating fields, several orders of magnitude greater than conventional accelerators, and, hence, provide a compact method of generating energetic charged particle beams. Plasma waves suitable for particle acceleration may be resonantly excited using the radiation pressure from intense, high-power, ultrashort laser pulses. Laser-driven plasma...   More >

A Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color

Panel Discussion | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Social Welfare, School of

This presentation provides a holistic analytic framework and a strategic canvas for improving the life outcomes for males of color.

Illuminating the biochemistry of zinc and RNA in live cells

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Amy Palmer, University of Colorado Boulder

 College of Chemistry

There are over two thousand proteins encoded by the human genome that are predicted to bind zinc, where zinc binding is predicted to be essential for function. At the cellular level zinc is important for DNA synthesis, cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Given the importance of Zn2+ in cell biology and human health, it is astounding that we still don’t understand the mechanisms of...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Selling Consumer Data for Profit: Optimal Market-Segmentation Design and its Consequences"

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kai Hao Yang, Chicago Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Political Economy, Industry Organization

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Box condition versus Chang–Fefferman condition for weighted multi-parameter paraproducts.

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

Paraproducts are building blocks of many singular integral operators and the main instrument in proving “Leibniz rule” for fractional derivatives (Kato–Ponce). Also multi-parameter paraproducts appear naturally in questions of embedding of spaces of analytic functions in polydisc into Lebesgues spaces with respect to a measure in the polydisc. The latter problem (without loss of...   More >

Thematic Seminar: K-stability and moduli spaces of Fano varieties

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yuchen Liu, Yale

 Department of Mathematics

Fano varieties are positively curved algebraic varieties which form one of the three building blocks in the classification. Unlike the case of negatively curved varieties, moduli spaces of Fano varieties (even smooth ones) can fail to be Hausdorff. K-stability was originally invented as an algebro-geometric notion characterizing the existence of Kähler-Einstein metrics on Fano varieties....   More >

Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor

Colloquium | January 27 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 John Martinis, UC Santa Barbara / Google

 Department of Physics

The promise of quantum computers is that certain computational tasks might be executed exponentially faster on a quantum processor than on a classical processor. A fundamental challenge is to build a high-fidelity processor capable of running quantum algorithms in an exponentially large computational space. Here we report the use of a processor with programmable superconducting qubits to create...   More >

ATC Lecture — Amy LaViers, "Dancing with Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems"

Colloquium | January 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Amy LaViers, Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design

Movement seems to encode information. How does this work? We know that animals, including humans, use the motion of counterparts to produce coordinated, social behaviors. But how do we resolve the discrete measures of communication and information theory with the continuous laws of motion and mechanics? Answering these questions is critical to developing expressive robotic systems that integrate...   More >

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Imported" Feminism and "Indigenous" Queerness: From Backlash to Transphobic Feminism in Transnational Japanese Context (Seminar)

Seminar | January 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

 The Program in Critical Theory

As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.” Curiously enough, “Japan” has also...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: A two-player price impact game

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Moritz Voss, UCSB

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: We study the competition of two strategic agents for liquidity in
the benchmark portfolio tracking setup of Bank, Soner, Voss (2017),
both facing common aggregated temporary and permanent price impact
à la Almgren and Chriss (2001). The resulting stochastic linear quadratic
differential game with terminal state constraints allows for an
explicitly available open-loop Nash...   More >

William G. Dauben Lectureship: Integrated Platforms for Predictable Organic Synthesis

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jeffrey Bode, ETH Zuerich

 College of Chemistry

Synthetic chemists excel at devising spectacular new reaction pathways and powerful catalytic processes, but few of these advances have been integrated into platforms for the predictable and programable production of complex molecules. Successful examples, such as Fmoc-Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis (SPPS) and DNA synthesis, require not only highly efficient bond forming reactions but also a...   More >

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Isolating the “Tech” from EdTech: Experimental Evidence"

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Rob Fairlie, UCSC

 Center for Labor Economics

Microsoft Excel Linking and Referencing Calculations

Workshop | January 28 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This course details the process of establishing links between data sources using manual and automated methods. Emphasis is placed on supplemental referencing syntax to establish and manage calculation links. Learning Objectives * Leverage Structured Reference syntax for Table objects. * Utilize Relative and Absolute referencing syntax to effectively replicate calculations. * Link cell values at...   More >

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Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: No Meeting Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: P-adic Gaussians and their tropicalization

Seminar | January 28 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yassine El Mazzouz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We study multivariate Gaussian distributions on local fields such as the field of p-adic numbers. We introduce the Bruhat-Tits building as a parameter space for Gaussian distributions and study some classic statistical problems in this setting. Finally we study geometric and probabilistic structures of the tropicalization of such distributions.

Spin-selective Energy Transfer from Quantum Dots to Molecules: An Application in Stereoselective Organic Synthesis

Seminar | January 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Emily Weiss, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Tetrasubstituted cyclobutyl structures are precursors to, or core components of, many important bioactive molecules, including prospective drugs. Light-driven [2+2] cycloaddition is the most direct strategy for construction of these structures. [2+2] photocycloadditions that proceed through the triplet excited state can be triggered with visible light through excitation of a triplet sensitizer...   More >

Thematic Seminar: The ubiquity of Fourier restriction

Seminar | January 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ruixiang Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

In Fourier analysis, there is a class of questions known as Fourier restriction type problems. A lot of people have tried to answer this kind of questions, partly because they naturally show up in the study of many problems in PDE, spectral theory, number theory, geometric measure theory and combinatorics. I will talk about three examples of Fourier restriction type problems I recently worked on...   More >

Development through Action: A Panel Discussion with 3 Social Activists from South Asia

Panel Discussion | January 28 | 5-7 p.m. | 100 Blum Hall

 Ayesha Chundrigar, Founder, ACF Animal Rescue; Karishma Ali, Founder, Chitral Women's Sports Club; Bharti Singh Chauhan, Founder, PraveenLata Sansthan

 Clare Talwalker, Lecturer: International & Area Studies Teaching Program; Global Poverty and Practice Minor

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Facebook, Zareen's, Folio3, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Center for Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Race and Gender, Master of Development Practice

A panel discussion with three development activists from India and Pakistan.

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Symmetry adapted Gram spectrahedra

Seminar | January 28 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Sum of squares (SOS) relaxations are often used to certify nonnegativity of polynomials and are equivalent to solving a semidefinite program (SDP). The feasible region of the SDP for a given polynomial is the Gram spectrahedron. For symmetric polynomials, there are reductions to the problem size that can be done using tools from representation theory. In joint work with Alex Heaton, we used this...   More >

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Symmetry adapted Gram spectrahedron

Seminar | January 28 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Sum of squares (SOS) relaxations are often used to certify nonnegativity of polynomials and are equivalent to solving a semidefinite program (SDP). The feasible region of the SDP for a given polynomial is called the Gram spectrahedron. For symmetric polynomials, there are reductions to the problem size that can be done using tools from representation theory. In joint work with Alex Heaton from...   More >

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

RAPDP - Specialty - Developing Large and Complex Proposals

Workshop | January 29 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A specialty workshop that integrates topics from other workshops to explore developing larger, more complex proposals, including working with the Berkeley Research Development Office. Learning Objectives: • Identify different types of complex projects and their characteristics • Locate the applicable funding announcement and sponsor guidelines for proposal submission • Identify common...   More >

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Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | January 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Tod Hamilton--Immigration and the Remaking of Black America: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Tod Hamilton, Professor, Sociology, Princeton University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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

Visual Cortical Processing: Image to Object Representation

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Rudiger von der Heydt, Johns Hopkins University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Image understanding is often conceived as a hierarchical process with many levels where complexity and invariance of object selectivity gradually increase with level in the hierarchy. In contrast, neurophysiological studies have shown that figure-ground organization and border ownership coding, which imply understanding of the object structure of an image, occur at levels as low as V1 and V2 of...   More >

They Were Her Property: An "Authors Meet Critics" Book Talk

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 12-1:30 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, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on January 29, 2020 from 12-1:30 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.

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Probability Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Statistics

Title: Improving constant in L1 Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube and related subjects

Abstract: We improve the constant &pi; in L1-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in L1 inequality is known, and it is the square root of &pi;/2 (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and...   More >

Human Cognition Colloquium: Human communication as a functional window into human cognition

Colloquium | January 29 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Kyle Mahowald, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Language is an ideal test bed for exploring many core questions about the origins and structure of human cognition, learning, and culture. Whereas many cognitive tools are similar across cultures, there is wide diversity among human languages. To state that observation statistically: humans languages have some fixed parameters (universals) but also a large number of degrees of freedom. Thus, the...   More >

Probability Seminar: Improving constant in $L^1$-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube and related subjects

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: We improve the constant $\frac{\pi}2$ in $L^1$-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in $L^1$ inequality is known, and it is the square root of $\frac{\pi}2$ (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and the square root of $\frac{\pi}2$ gives an estimate from below for this sharp constant. On the other hand, Ben Efraim...   More >

Improving the constant in the $L^1$ Poincar\'e inequality on the Hamming cube, and related subjects

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Statistics

We improve the constant $\frac{\pi}{2}$ in $L^1$-Poincar\'e inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in $L^1$ inequality is known, and it is the square root of
$\frac{\pi}{2}$ (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and the square root of $\frac{\pi}{2}$ gives an estimate from below for this sharp constant. On the other hand, Ben Efraim and...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Susan Shaheen: Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Early Understanding

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Susan Shaheen, Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

This presentation focuses on Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). This includes key definitions, concepts of operation, a census of MOD public-private partnerships in the U.S., analysis of business models and use cases, and key takeaways from this analysis. The presentation also focuses on the critical role of the built environment and its effects on shared mobility...   More >

Electrons Dynamics Control in Femtosecond Laser Micro/Nanofabrication: Russell Severance Springer Colloquium

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Lan Jiang, Changjiang Distinguished Professor; Beijing Institute of Technology

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: During femtosecond laser fabrication, photons are mainly absorbed by electrons, and the subsequent energy transfer from electrons to ions is of picosecond order. Hence, lattice motion is negligible within the femtosecond pulse duration, whereas femtosecond photon-electron interactions dominate the entire fabrication process. Therefore, femtosecond laser fabrication must be improved by...   More >

Accelerating the computational discovery of catalyst design rules and exceptions with machine learning

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Heather Kulik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Over the past decade, first-principles computation has emerged as a powerful complement to experiment in the discovery of new catalysts and materials. In many cases, computation has excelled most in distilling rules for catalyst structure-property relationships in well defined spaces such as bulk metals into descriptors or linear free energy relationships. More development is needed of...   More >

Bayesian Probabilistic Numerical Methods: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tim Sullivan, Freie Universität Berlin and Zuse Institute Berlin

 Department of Statistics

Numerical computation --- such as numerical solution of a PDE, or quadrature --- can modelled as a statistical inverse problem in its own right. In particular, we can apply the Bayesian approach to inversion, so that a posterior distribution is induced over the object of interest (e.g. the PDE's solution) by conditioning a prior distribution on the same finite information that would be used in a...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Robot Adoption and Labor Market Dynamics"

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anders Humlum, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, International Trade

Thematic Seminar: Deep neural networks: structure and function

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 David Rolnick, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Mathematics

Deep neural networks have revolutionized artificial intelligence in recent years but remain poorly understood. Even as algorithms based on neural networks are used to drive cars and diagnose diseases, their design continues to rely more on trial and error than mathematics. In this talk, we provide rigorous grounding for the relationship between structure and function in neural networks. A neural...   More >

Special SEMM Seminar: Rocking, Chaos and Seismic Testing of 3D Printed Small Scale Models

Seminar | January 29 | 5-6 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Michalis Vassiliou, PhD, ETH Zurich

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Shake table blind prediction contests of Masonry and RC structures show that even the most sophisticated models using the “as built” material properties fail to predict the test results with a reasonable accuracy. This fact directly questions the scientific value of our analysis and design methods. Unexpectedly, the above weakness is used against rocking structures (i.e. structures designed to...   More >

Table Talks: Your Plate and the Planet

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Senate Chambers

 Timothy Bowles, Professor, UC Berkeley; minkah taharkah, Local Farmer; Fahim Shafi, Neighborhood Harvest Leaver, The Urban Farmers

 Student Environmental Resource Center

"Table Talks: Your Plate and the Planet” will be a trans-disciplinary look at how food is produced and what that means for our world. Featuring three experts from the world of food justice, this panel will address climate change through the lenses of sustainable agriculture, local food production, and social justice. Come by and learn how we can support alternative practices that more equitably...   More >

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Journalism and Politics in the Corn Belt: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen in conversation with Michael Pollan

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Graduate School of Journalism

Art Cullen is editor of The Storm Lake Times, a family-run newspaper published in Storm Lake, Iowa (population 10, 076). In 2017, Cullen won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting on polluted water, fertilizer runoff, and powerful corporate agricultural interests. Just a few days before the Iowa Caucuses, Cullen and Pollan will sit down together to discuss Trump and the farm vote; trade wars;...   More >

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Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Learning in Neocortex-Cerebellum Circuits

Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Mark Wagner**, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 325 Cheit Hall

 Melanie Morton, Assistant Professor, Stanford

 Haas School of Business

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 >

BPM 102 People Management in a Union Environment

Workshop | January 30 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content addresses how to manage represented employees within the constraints of the laws and the labor contracts.

IB Seminar: Molecular and cellular dissection of social behavior circuits in mice

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

 Dhananjay Bambah-Mukku, Harvard University

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 251: NO SEMINAR

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

 Center for Labor Economics

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2020: Dr. Matteo Garbelotto (ESPM): “Around the world in 80 years: understanding plant pandemics through the study of Cypress Canker”.

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

 Dr. Matteo Garbelotto

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

Dr. Matteo Garbelotto, CE Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management will present: “Around the world in 80 years: understanding plant pandemics through the study of Cypress Canker”. Coffee will be available before the talk at 3:00PM in 139 Mulford. Open to the public.

What is Kim Jong Un’s Grand Strategy? Opportunities and Constraints in North Korea Today

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

 Chung Min Lee, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Defying earlier expectations, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has consolidated power since his father’s death in December 2011. While it was under Kim Jong Il that North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, it was Kim Jong Un that accelerated Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program including the first hydrogen bomb test in 2017. Having achieved this goal, Kim now wants to...   More >

Systems-Level Control of Structural Hierarchy

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Robert Macfarlane, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Structural hierarchy is a powerful design concept where specific geometric motifs are used to influence material structure across multiple size regimes. These complex levels of organization are typically achieved in the laboratory by manipulating the thermodynamics of chemical bonding between small-scale components to control how they build up into larger length scale patterns. Conversely,...   More >

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Two applications of topology to condensed matter physics

Colloquium | January 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Daniel S. Freed, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Mathematics

In recent years there have been novel uses of topological ideas and methods to problems in condensed matter physics. For example, phases of matter are path components of a moduli space of quantum systems, and since the set of path components is homotopy invariant one can approach the classification of phases with "soft methods".

In joint work with Mike Hopkins we compute the homotopy type of...   More >

Chiasmus in Bodhisattva Literature: Two Examples and Theorizing a Meta-Structure

Colloquium | January 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew Orsborn, Visiting Associate Professor, National Taiwan University

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures

The discovery of chiasmus or ring composition in Western religious and classical literature in the 20th century had a paradigm-changing effect upon our understanding of these texts. Recent application of this theory to two important Indian Buddhist texts, the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā and the Vessantara Jātaka, also indicates the presence of such...   More >

Seuss. 1960. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. New York: Beginner Books.

Making Elderberry Syrup for the Winter

Workshop | January 30 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Winter is one of the coziest and challenging times for many of us. This season is a wonderful time to hunker down. It is important to take time to slowly prepare herbs and food. Come learn about the herbs that make elderberry syrup powerful. We will take a walk in the Garden to connect with the plants. You will go home with your very own herbal concoction. This class is such a sweet way to...   More >

$60 Adult , $50 Member Adult

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Roundtable on Legal Remedies for Racial Trauma

Conference/Symposium | January 31 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Law Building, 295 Simon Hall, Warren Room

 Various panelists

 Civil Justice Research Institute

This all day roundtable will feature discussions with leading legal and
public health scholars and practitioners on how to devise legal remedies to address injuries from racial trauma.

Social Controls and Social Trust in Chinese History, Past and Present

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Michael Nylan, Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Trenton Wilson, EALC, UC Berkeley; Thomas Hahn, Heidelberg Ph.D; Joe Esherick, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, San Diego

 Department of History

Michael Nylan and Trenton Wilson will be speaking to early empires in China, Joseph Esherick on late imperial China, and Thomas H. Hahn will highlight topics such as artificial intelligence in modern China.

Thriving in Science: Six Strategies for Success

Workshop | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Are you interested in pursuing science at Cal? The SLC Science Program invites you to join us in this interactive workshop, where we will explore the realities of science at Cal and strategies for success. Come learn what it takes to thrive in a science major, strengthen your learning toolkit, and discover the scientist in you.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Hacking CMOS: Electronics, Photonics, Ionics, Fluidics

Seminar | January 31 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Rajeev Ram, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Here, we show that CMOS manufacturing infrastructure and design rules support a host of functions and applications beyond electronics - to include nanoscale photonics, ionics, and fluidics.

German 204-Compact Seminar taught by Prof. Hinrich Seeba(only for 5 weeks): Aesthetics of History: Lessing, Schiller, Novalis, Kleist

Seminar | January 31 – February 28, 2020 every Friday | 1-4 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

 Department of German

In the age of fake news, the disparity of historical and poetic truth, as it emerged in the 18th century, gains new significance. When the study of history became an academic discipline, the role of historical writing between factual report and literary representation was intensely discussed – by historians, philosophers of history and writers, from Chladenius, Wegelin and Gatterer in history, by...   More >

Exciting X-rays: Carrier and Spin Dynamics Monitored and Controlled by Attosecond X-ray Pulses: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Michael W. Zuerch, UC Berkeley / Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Novel materials with by-design properties that can be grown down to the two-dimensional limit are considered important candidates for addressing computation and energy challenges of the twenty-first century. For instance, band gaps by design and enhanced transport properties give prospects for highly efficient solar energy conversion and low-loss optoelectronics and memories. The complexity of...   More >

The Skills You Bring

Workshop | January 31 | 2-4 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

The skills you enjoy and feel confident about contribute to strong performance and high satisfaction. Explore your transferable skills – the ones that support your career mobility and adaptability.

  Register online

UC Berkeley Staff Career Development Workshop: The Skills You Bring (BECAR153)

Workshop | January 31 | 2-4:30 p.m. | University Hall, Room 198

 Human Resources

The skills you enjoy and feel confident about contribute to strong performance and high satisfaction. Explore your transferable skills – the ones that support your career mobility and adaptability.

This workshop is open to all UC Berkeley staff. Use the link below to register through the Learning Management System (LMS).

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Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Multiclass and Multiline Processes

Seminar | January 31 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

For some planar stochastic growth models such as Hammersely-Aldous-Diaconis and Exclusion Processes, multiline and multiclass processes are studied to explore the monotonicity of the underlying growth mechanism. In this talk I compare these two processes, and give an overview of some recent results about them.

Job Market Seminar: "Location Sorting and Endogenous Amenities: Evidence from Amsterdam"

Seminar | January 31 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Milena Almagro, New York University Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Industrial Organization, Urban Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Applied Theory

MENA Salon: What is happening in Libya?

Workshop | January 31 | 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.

Since roughly 2014, Libya has been locked in a civil war between two governments: The Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, is based in Tripoli, while the eastern part of the country is controlled by General Khalifa Haftar, who...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Derived categories and birationality

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss some aspects of a recent preprint, joint with Lieblich, with the same title as the talk. The subject is various questions, results, and conjectures concerning the question of when two derived equivalent varieties are birational.

Note the non-standard time and room; we will return to the regular time and place next week.

Genres of Library Service: Economics, Ideology, Technology, etc.

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Each library is unique, of course, but there are different types and, historically, there have been large differences between countries, as well as major changes over time. Historical studies have suggested some causal influences but not their relative importance. International comparative studies, popular in the 1970s and 1980s were heavily descriptive with little explanatory analysis. I will...   More >

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome for Students of Color: UROC event (Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | January 31 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emma Yataco, UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Impostor syndrome is commonly understood as a false and sometimes crippling belief that one's successes are the produce of luck or fraud rather than skill. Impostor syndrome affects everyone, but it is especially difficult for students of color who are underrepresented in the university and in their fields. Join us for a discussion about the steps we can take to support and empower one another...   More >

Dalton Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: Conversion of Oxygenated C1 Feedstocks to C2 Products: Mechanism and Electrochemistry with Molecular and Heterogeneous Systems

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Theodor Agapie, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech

 College of Chemistry

Toward utilizing CO2 as a carbon source for the generation of liquid fuels and other value-added chemicals using renewable energy, the development of chemical transformations for the preparation of multicarbon products is desirable. From the perspective of organometallic complexes, CO reductive coupling chemistry has been demonstrated with Mo supported by multidentate terphenyl diphosphine...   More >

“Assets of a Bankrupt Country”: Fiscal Effects of the Boxer Indemnity, 1901-1911

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dong Yan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Boxer Indemnity has long marked the nadir in the history of nineteenth century Chinese relations with Western powers, but buried beneath nationalist narratives of humiliation was the indemnity’s origin as public debt, one that the Chinese repaid over three decades. Assessing the fiscal and financial impact of the indemnity in the first ten years of debt service (1901-1911), the talk looks at...   More >

Multiscale Measurement of Electron Dynamics in High-Speed, High-Quality, High-Aspect Ratio Femtosecond Laser Drilling: Russell Severance Springer Colloquium

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: By spatially/temporally shaping femtosecond laser pulses, localized transient electron dynamics can be actively controlled during ultrafast laser-material interactions. Based on this mechanism, high-quality microholes with a diameter of 1.6 μm and an aspect ratio of 1000:1 are fabricated by a shaped single femtosecond laser pulse. It takes 42 min to fabricate 251,000 holes in a 1...   More >

Publish or Perish Reframed: Navigating the New Landscape of Scholarly Publishing

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Morrison Library

 Benjamin Hermalin, Vice Provost for the Faculty; Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics UC Berkeley; Philip B. Stark, Professor of Statistics, Associate Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Regional Associate Dean (Interim), College of Chemistry and Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley; Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, UC Berkeley Library; Timothy Vollmer, Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian, UC Berkeley Library


University of California authors published about 50,000 scholarly articles last year alone—comprising nearly 10% of all research in the United States. Despite this tremendous productivity, UC scholars continue to experience a tension between publishing their research in ways that ensure readership or access, and perceptions about the effect of certain outlets and publishing choices on research...   More >

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Thematic Seminar: Flag varieties and representations of p-adic groups

Seminar | January 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Charlotte Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Geometry has had a remarkable influence on representation theory over the last century. In the 1950s, Borel, Weil, and Bott constructed the irreducible representations of complex semisimple Lie groups in the cohomology of line bundles on flag varieties. In the 1970s, Deligne and Lusztig defined a family of subvarieties of flag varieties whose cohomology realizes the irreducible representations of...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Emily Richmond Pollock (MIT)

Colloquium | January 31 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall | Note change in date

 Department of Music

“Bayside, Turkey Farm, Mountain Peaks: The Space of American Opera Festivals”

Emily Richmond Pollock is an Associate Professor of Music. A native Oregonian, Pollock was first trained as an oboist and composer and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Harvard College in 2006. She subsequently earned her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in music history and literature from the University of...   More >

Saturday, February 1, 2020

interGeneration400: Breathe. Remember. Live.

Conference/Symposium | February 1 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. |  César E. Chávez Student Center

 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff & Students; Community Leaders

 Student Learning Center

interGeneration400 is the UC Berkeley Student Learning Center's commemorative celebration of Black history and recognition of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act. Through this endeavor, the SLC seeks to re-examine the global legacy of American slavery; honor Black ingenuity and...   More >

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Arguing for Social Justice: Saturday Seminar

Workshop | February 1 | 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Longfellow Middle School

 1500 Derby St., Berkeley, CA 94703


The convergence among science, math, and language provides the foundation for making viable social justice arguments. This year we will focus on how environmental literacy can be developed by using this convergence.

Video Preservation Petting Zoo

Presentation | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Your tapes are dying! Join the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Preservation Department for hands-on analog preservation demos and DIY tips. See good tapes go bad before your eyes, scope some far-out video art, and learn about BAVC’s program to subsidize tape digitization for artists and community groups.