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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 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.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

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Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | January 24 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

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Next-generation block polymers from renewable feedstocks

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Marc Hillmyer, Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Material Sciences, University of Minnesota

 College of Chemistry

Sustainable block polymers hold much promise as tomorrow’s advanced macromolecular materials. In this presentation I will describe our work aimed at the development of next-generation sustainable polymers that (i) can be produced from renewable resources on large scale, (ii) can be incorporated in block polymers with precision control over molar mass and composition, and (iii) exhibit properties...   More >

PMB Seminar : "Gating the immunity and cell death at the nuclear pore complex"

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, First Floor Conference Room

 Yangnan Gu, Duke University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Investigating the structural basis of glutamate receptor gating using cryo-EM

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Joel Meyerson**, Brandeis University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Estimating Latent Asset-Pricing Factors

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Markus Pelger (joint with Martin Lettau), Stanford

 Center for Risk Management Research

We develop an estimator for latent factors in a large-dimensional panel of financial data that can explain expected excess returns. Statistical factor analysis based on Principal Component Analysis (PCA) has problems identifying factors with a small variance that are important for asset pricing.

Development Lunch:"How Many Babies Did Nestle Really Kill? An Empirical Investigation into the Infant Formula Controversy"

Seminar | January 24 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jesse Anttila-Hughes

 Department of Economics, CEGA

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | January 24 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Strategic Inattention, Inflation Dynamics and the Non-Neutrality of Money"

Seminar | January 24 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Hassan Afrouzi, The University of Texas at Austin - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Macroeconomics, Theory

Benjamin, Kafka, and Theology

Panel Discussion | January 24 | 2:30-6 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp; Gilad Sharvit, UC Berkeley; Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Robert Alter, UC Berkeley; Chana Kronfield, UC Berkeley; Karen Feldman, UC Berkeley

 Department of German, Center for Jewish Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Monodromy and Log Geometry

Seminar | January 24 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Arthur Ogus, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A proper semistable family over a disc gives rise to a smooth proper and saturated morphism $X/S$ of log analytic spaces over the log disc. We will explain how the underlying map of topological spaces $X_{top}/S_{top}$ can be recovered from the restriction $X_0/S_0$ of $X/S$ to the log point. We will also give simple formulas for the action of the monodromy and the differentials on the $E_2$...   More >

Design Field Notes: Neil Goldberg

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Neil Goldberg

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Neil Goldberg will give a talk, "Design Matters: From Design Consciousness to Design Thinking," at the Jacobs Institute.

Metallomembranes: Exploring the Interactions of Metal Ions with Lipid Bilayers

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Paul Cremer, Department of Chemistry and BMB, Penn State University

 College of Chemistry

Phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) are major components of numerous cellular membranes. Both these lipids contain amine moieties in their head groups that can strongly interact with first row transition metal ions such as Cu2+. This is significant because copper is a redox active metal ion and causes lipid oxidation in the presence of an oxidant such as hydrogen peroxide....   More >

Happy Americans, Unhappy Japanese: How Software Engineers work; how they feel about it; and how they are rewarded. A cross-national survey.

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 Prof. Yoshifumi Nakata, Doshisha University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Prof. Nakata holds a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley and has a long distinguished career researching the relationship between technology and employment related factors. He founded the Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiv​e​ne​ss a​t​ Doshisha and recently stepped down as its long-term Director.​ His bio information can be found


Functional Analysis Seminar: Amenability of discrete groups

Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kate Juschenko, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

The subject of amenability essentially begins in 1900's with Lebesgue. He asked whether the properties of his integral are really fundamental and follow from more familiar integral axioms. This led to the study of positive, finitely additive and translation invariant measure on reals as well as on other spaces. In particular the study of isometry-invariant measure led to the Banach-Tarski...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Degree of SO(n)

Seminar | January 24 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Madeline Brandt, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will give a closed formula for the degree of the projective closure of SO(n) over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero, and outline the proof of this result. I will also describe some symbolic and numerical techniques used for computing this degree for small values of n.

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Jon Else | "TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize,' the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement"

Reading - Nonfiction | January 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Julie Hirano

 Graduate School of Journalism

You are cordially invited to the Bay Area book launch of "TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize,' the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement" by award-winning documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Professor Jon Else.

“No one is better suited to write this moving account of perhaps the greatest American...   More >

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