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Friday, January 20, 2017

Pseudorandomness Boot Camp

Workshop | January 17 – 20, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Organizers:
Jacob Fox (Stanford University), Ben Green (University of Oxford), Russell Impagliazzo (UC San Diego), Luca Trevisan (Simons Institute, UC Berkeley), Julia Wolf (University of Bristol), David Zuckerman (University of Texas, Austin).

  Register online

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 20 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 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 suggestions on how to find them.

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

Essig Brunch: Dr. Carolina Reisenman, MCB Dept.: Kissing bugs and risk of Chagas Disease transmission in southwestern USA, and tools for monitoring and control

Seminar | January 20 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dr. Carolina Reisenman, Associate Researcher, Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!

Conversation with Dr. Fatima Alleyne about Equity and Justice in Education: Motivation to be a Changemaker

Seminar | January 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 240 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Dr. Fatima Alleyne will speak at UC Berkeley on Jan. 20, addressing her experiences running a grass roots effort for office. With a message to push for equity and justice, Dr. Fatima Alleyne was elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Education, Area 1 in the last election. She won over 46% of the vote. She received many endorsements, including the East Bay Times. She was also recognized as a...   More >

Cognition Colloquium: Can science explain the human mind? Intuitive judgments about the limits of science.

Colloquium | January 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Department of Psychology

Can science ever fully explain romantic love, morality, and religious belief? What about motor skills or perception? In this talk, I will present research documenting intuitive beliefs about the limits of science in explaining the human mind.

How Chemistry Can Revolutionize Electronics and Opto-Electronics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley, EECS

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Since the beginning of Solid State Electronics, with the invention of the transistor, chemical bonding structures have actually played the key enabling role. This lecture will outline how chemical bonds were critical for the computing revolution, the internet revolution, and are of great importance for the forthcoming energy revolution. I will try to answer the following question: What does...   More >

Academic Engagement for Our Changing Times

Panel Discussion | January 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Equity & Inclusion, and American Cultures Center

Academic Engagement for Our Changing Times is a faculty panel planned for Inauguration Day to discuss the ways in which our academic lives and work might be affected in these changing political times. Moderated by Na’ilah Nasir, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion and co-chair of the HIFIS Race, Diversity and Educational Policy cluster, this session is designed to...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Organizational Meeting

Seminar | January 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

This semester we will again have a paper seminar. I will hand out the list of papers at the meeting, and we will organize the schedule of talks.

Job Market Seminar: "The Unequal Gains from Product Innovations: Evidence from the US Retail Sector"

Seminar | January 20 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Xavier Jaravel, Harvard University - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Innovation, Macroeconomics

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 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 suggestions on how to find them.

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

Mechanistic and Electronic Structural Insights into the Metallobiochemistry of Nitrification

Seminar | January 20 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Kyle Lancaster, Department of Chemistry, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Nitrification, the oxidation of ammonia to nitrite and nitrate, is a key entry point for fixed nitrogen to return to the atmosphere as dinitrogen. Nitrification is the root of tremendous economic loss in agriculture as well as a major ecological hazard via nitrogenous eutrophication. Molecular details concerning the elementary, multi-electron chemical steps whereby ammonia is oxidized to...   More >

RTGC Seminar: Mirror symmetry for minuscule flag varieties

Seminar | January 20 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Templier, Cornell

 Department of Mathematics

We prove cases of Rietsch mirror conjecture that the Dubrovin-Givental quantum connection for projective homogeneous varieties is isomorphic to the pushforward D-module attached to Berenstein-Kazhdan geometric crystals. The idea is to recognize the quantum connection as Galois and the geometric crystal as automorphic. The isomorphism then comes from global rigidity results where a Hecke eigenform...   More >

Analysis Seminar: Spectral gap without the pressure condition

Seminar | January 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Semyon Dyatlov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

We show that every convex co-compact hyperbolic surface has an essential spectral gap. This means there exists some $\beta >0$, depending on the surface, such that the Selberg zeta function has only finitely many zeroes with $\Re s > 1/2 - \beta $. This is the first result of this kind that makes no restrictions on the dimension $ \delta $ of the corresponding limit set. Previously gaps were...   More >