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Friday, February 3, 2017

43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

Conference/Symposium | February 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

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Essig Brunch: Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Lawrence Berkeley Lab: Arthropod-microbiome interactions and their role in the host’s environmental adaptation

Seminar | February 3 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

 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!

Complementary Semantic Systems

Seminar | February 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Dan Mirman, University of Alabama at Birmingham

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Representing concepts in terms of semantic features, like < has 4 legs > or < is yellow >, has driven major advances in understanding semantic cognition, integrating behavioral, neural, and computational research. Feature-based approaches are very good at capturing taxonomic relations such as DOG -- BEAR, but it is less clear how they could capture thematic relations such as DOG -- LEASH, which...   More >

Social Networking for Power Users (BECAR306)

Workshop | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: “Phonon Lasing” as a Mechanism for Velocity Saturation in GaN HEMT

Seminar | February 3 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 - The Hogan Room

 Jacob B Khurgin, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Velocity saturation plays the most important role in determining operational characteristics of field effect transistors. While the causes of velocity saturation in GaAs and InP high electron mobility transistors (HEMT’s) are well known, the cause of saturation has not been indisputably determined for the GaN –based HEMT’s. Moreover, the saturation velocity in GaN HEMT has been shown...   More >

Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds

Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

Urbanization, globalization, and climate change have had a powerful effect on the ways Mongolians and Inner Mongolians relate to their environment, and this is transforming many of their cultural forms. This conference seeks to increase awareness of the relationships been musical expression and the ecological, economic and political issues impacting residents in different ethnic groups in both...   More >

Biye Dance, photo by Peter Marsh

Data, Science, and the Future of Democracy

Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Trust in basic democratic institutions is dropping and has been for years. Trust in facts, data, and science also seem to be eroding in what is being called a “post-fact” world.

What is going on? And what can be done about it?

Please join us for a mini unconference to discuss ways academics and data scientists might constructively improve our democratic infrastructure. This will be an open...   More >

Dark Matter Detection with Precision Instrumentation: Nano Seminar Series

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

 Prof. Surjeet Rajendran, UC Berkeley, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We know that there is five times more dark matter in the universe than the normal (baryonic) matter that we are made out of. But, other than its existence we know very little about its properties.

What is its mass? How does it interact with baryonic matter? One way to identify these properties is to make guesses about what the dark matter could be. We can then build a sensitive instrument...   More >

Entropic Effects on Dislocation Nucleation

Seminar | February 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Dr. Wei Cai, Stanford University

 Department of Chemistry

Dislocation nucleation is essential to our understanding of plastic deformation, ductility and mechanical strength of crystalline materials. Molecular dynamics simulation has played an important role in uncovering the fundamental mechanisms of dislocation nucleation, but its limited time scale remains a significant challenge for studying nucleation at experimentally relevant conditions. Here we...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Flows for Hamiltonian ODE with Randomness

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

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I show how a random translation of a Hamiltonian vector field improves the regularity of its flow.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Alexander Lawson, Principal Engineer, Bechtel, SF

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Where Does the Study of Information Lead?

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

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

What if we take the central concept of information science and see where it leads?

Music Studies Colloquia: Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), "Primordial Microphonics"

Colloquium | February 3 | 4:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), "Primordial Microphonics"

Carolyn Abbate’s work centers on opera history, music and philosophy, ephemeral art, and on film and sound studies. Her writings have been translated into several languages, and she herself is a translator (most recently, of Vladimir Jankélévitch’s La musique et l’ineffable). Current research projects include: operetta and ethical...   More >