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Friday, January 27, 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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Essig Brunch: Dr. Daniel Thompson, UNLV: Endemic butterflies of the Spring Mountains, Nevada: habitat selection, phylogeography, and responses to the 2013 Carpenter 1 fire

Seminar | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dr. Daniel Thompson, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 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!

Inorganic Molecular Precursors: The Quest for Function through Structure

Seminar | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Alexandra Velian, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

 College of Chemistry

How to Write a Stem Research Proposal

Workshop | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This work shop is primarily designed for STEM undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.

Cognition Colloquium: "Discovering simple heuristics from mental simulations." and "Do people know what they think they know about math? Self-assessment in an online math tutor."

Colloquium | January 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Rachel Jansen; Fred Callaway

 Department of Psychology

Grad student Rachel Jansen will present her work, "Do people know what they think they know about math? Self-assessment in an online math tutor," and grad student Fred Callaway will present his work, "Discovering simple heuristics from mental simulations."

Activatable Fluorophores: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Françisco M. Raymo, Univ. of Miami, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The goal of our research program is the development of operating principles to activate the fluorescence of organic chromophores under either chemical or optical control.

In particular, we design molecules capable of switching from a nonemissive to an emissive state, upon either acidification or illumination at an appropriate activation wavelength, and then produce fluorescence, after...   More >

Models in Science: The renormalization group and information geometry

Seminar | January 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Mr. Archishman Raju, Cornell University

 Department of Chemistry

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Local models for stacks

Seminar | January 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss background on local models for stacks, both Deligne-Mumford and Artin stacks, and discuss some applications to the study of vector bundles on moduli spaces.

BOOK LAUNCH: The Practice of Reproducible Research

Conference/Symposium | January 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The scientific community has long recognized the importance of making research findings reproducible by independent investigators. The increasing complexity of modern scientific research, however, has made it more difficult than ever to gather data, conduct analyses, and share findings in a way that allows others to fully understand and repeat a scientific experiment. To date, there has been...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Integral Estimates for Approximations by Volume Preserving Maps

Seminar | January 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Christopher Policastro, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Brenier decomposition is a nonlinear version of the polar decomposition. It determines the nearest approximation by a volume preserving map. Following work of Kohn and Friesecke-James-Muller, I will discuss a quantitative Brenier decomposition bounding the deviation of a map from volume preserving by the deviation of its derivative from volume preserving.

Job Market Seminar: "Blood Rubber: The Effects of Labor Coercion on Institutions and Culture in the DRC"

Seminar | January 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Sara Lowes, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Development Economics, Political Economy, Economic History

Model Theory Seminar: Groups with definable generics

Seminar | January 27 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Silvain Rideau, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A result of Pillay's state that a group definable in a differentially closed field can be embedded in an algebraic group. Similar theorems have also been proved in various structures of enriched fields: separably closed fields, fields with a generic automorphism, real closed fields... Moreover, the proofs of all these results use similar tools developed to study groups in stable, and then simple,...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Steve Reich

Colloquium | January 27 | 3:10 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall | Note change in time

 Department of Music

supported by Cal Performances and in conjunction with the concert on Sunday evening at 7pm in Hertz Hall, which will feature a premiere by Ensemble Signal.

Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Reading analytics are a relatively new development but are being deployed in many contexts and at a variety of scales.

Why Library Catalog Design is Obsolete

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Library and bibliographical practices for discovery and access are based on now-obsolete assumptions that pre-date digital networks. So we need to go back to basics and build more useful designs based on contemporary assumptions.

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant propopsal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC-Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Inorganic Chemistry seminar

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Prof. Mir Wais Hosseini

 College of Chemistry

Staging Courtesans: Liang Chenyu’s (1519-1591) Washing Gauze (Huansha ji) and the Performance Culture of Late Sixteenth-Century China

Colloquium | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

 Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2017;

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This paper seeks to read Liang Chenyu’s dramatic masterpiece, Washing Gauze (Huansha ji), with reference to the rise of courtesans as “theater women” and the subsequent changes in the performance culture in the late sixteenth century. It argues that the play explodes the literary tradition to which it belong by staging female chorus, dance forms and their training sessions, and outdoors music...   More >

RTGC Seminar: Ideals in derived algebra and boundary conditions in AKSZ-type field theories

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Theo Johnson-Freyd, Perimeter Institute

 Department of Mathematics

For each dg operad P, I will present a homotopically-coherent version of "P-ideal". This presentation extends without change to a many-to-many generalization of operads with tree-level compositions called "dioperads". Whereas operads describe algebras, dioperads describe bialgebras, and "P-ideals" for a dioperad P are simultaneously ideals and coideals. In the case where P describes Frobenius...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Model theory of operator algebras

Colloquium | January 27 | 4:10-5:15 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Ilijas Farah, Professor of Mathematics, York University

 Department of Mathematics

Unexpected and deep connections between the theory of operator algebras and logic have been discovered in the past fifteen years. Even more remarkably, diverse areas of logic that are generally (and arguably) thought to have little connection to one another have found natural - and sometimes necessary - applications to operator algebras. In this talk I will emphasize applications of model theory...   More >