Monday, February 6, 2017
Seminar 271, Development: Mobile-izing Savings with Automatic Contributions: Experimental Evidence on Present Bias and Default Effects in Afghanistan
Seminar | February 6 | 648 Evans Hall
Michael Callen, UCSD
Course | February 6 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building | Note change in location
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 >
Course | February 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall
Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety
This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work. In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.
Colloquium | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall
Mariel Goddu, Department of Psychology
My recent work challenges some previous assumptions about young childrens analogical reasoning abilities. Although much of the literature suggests that three- and four-year-olds are poor at reasoning about abstract relations, here I report results from 4 studies demonstrating that context may be critical. When children are presented with relational reasoning tasks in a traditional,... More >
Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall
Steven Tipping, SE, President, Tipping Structural Engineers, Berkeley
The talk will explore the thinking process that went into the development of eight different seismic design concepts including propped shear walls, story isolation, friction dampers, corrugated metal wall sheathing, post-tensioned concrete shear walls, mast frames, isolation bearings, and corrugated metal wall sheathing (round two).
The Pink Tide and Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America: With Jeffrey R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco
Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th Floor
Jeffery Webber, Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London; Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor of Modern Latin America at the Gallatin School and the Department of History at New York University
The Pink Tide & Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America. Featuring Jeffery R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco. Event co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Center for Race and Gender.
Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center
**Leifu Chang**, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Optical Tools for Unraveling Whole-brain Neuronal Circuit Dynamics Underlying Behavior: From Retina to the Cortex
Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall
Alipasha Vaziri, The Rockefeller University
Optical technologies have been transformative for our current understanding of structure and function of neuronal circuits underlying behavior and are in many cases the limiting factors for pushing our understanding of the brain forward. I will discuss two different areas of research in our lab in this context.
In vision science despite of investigations for over seventy years, the absolute... More >
Workshop | February 6 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club
Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant
This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.
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Seminar | February 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall
Eugene Gorsky, Davis
Khovanov and Rozansky introduced a knot homology theory generalizing the HOMFLY polynomial. I will describe a conjectural relation between the Khovanov-Rozansky homology and the homology of sheaves on the flag Hilbert scheme of points on the plane. The talk is based on the joint work with Andrei Negut and Jacob Rasmussen.
Colloquium | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall
Justin Grimmer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Text as data methods are increasingly used in the social sciences to explore large scale collections of text. This talk draws on my recent papers to show the distinct social science tasks that test as data methods can accomplish and provides a framework for evaluating those methods. Using an example from the study of Congressional communication I show how text as data methods can help us to... More >
Seminar | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall
Emmanuel Comte, UC Berkeley Department of History
Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Strong cosmic censorship in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data
Seminar | February 6 | 2:40-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Jonathan Luk, Stanford
I will present a recent work (joint with Sung-Jin Oh) on the strong cosmic censorship conjecture for the Einstein-Maxwell-(real)-scalar-field system in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data. For this model, it was previously proved (by M. Dafermos and I. Rodnianski) that a certain formulation of the strong cosmic censorship conjecture is false, namely, the maximal globally... More >
Seminar | February 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall
Victoria Kostina, Caltech
Consider a distributed control problem with a communication channel connecting the observer of a linear stochastic system to the controller. The goal of the controller is to minimize a quadratic cost function in the state variables and control signal. We study the fundamental tradeoff between the communication rate and expected cost.
Seminar | February 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall
Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics & Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF, Italy)
The SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) https://iaaweb.org/content/view/396/554/ was created over 50 years ago and is the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists. This talk describes its activities since 2012, when the speaker was elected Chair. In particular:
1) Protection of the central part of the Moon Farside as the only place near Earth still free... More >
Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Marcel Nutz, Columbia University
Abstract: We study the formation of prices in equilibrium. In our model, risk-neutral agents interact in continuous time, giving rise to a tractable equilibrium that reveals the influence of speculation, short-selling restrictions, and exogenous supply. Based on joint works with Johannes Muhle-Karbe and Jose Scheinkman.
Bio: Marcel obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich and joined Columbia in 2011.... More >
Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall
Felix Wichmann, University of Tübingen
Early visual processing has been studied extensively over the last decades. From these studies a relatively standard model emerged of the first steps in visual processing. However, most implementations of the standard model cannot take arbitrary images as input, but only the typical grating stimuli used in many of the early vision experiments.
I will present an image based early vision model... More >
From Mass Science to Participatory Action Research: Maoist Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Knowledge Production
Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Andrew F. Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Sigrid Schmalzer, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
One of the signature elements of Mao-era science was the insistence on mobilizing the masses. Today, propaganda accounts of such activities ring hollowor at best perhaps chime quaint. Yet some Chinese social scientists are eagerly adopting the theory and language of "participatory action research," an academic field that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s global radicalism in which Maoist... More >
Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building
Anthony Leonardo, Janelia Research Campus / HHMI
Seminar | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall
Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall
The third lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.
Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Rahul Dalal, UC Berkeley
A common slogan is that the understanding the category of representations of a group is the same as understanding the group. This talk will attempt to explain a few theorems in Tannakian theory which give a rigorous justification in the case of algebraic groups. It will follow Milne's notes on the subject.
Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Alexander Franks, University of Washington
Understanding the function of biological molecules requires statistical methods for assessing covariability across multiple dimensions as well as accounting for complex measurement error and missing data. In this talk, I will discuss two models for covariance estimation which have applications in molecular biology. In the first half of the talk, I will describe the role of covariance estimation... More >
Seminar | February 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Jeff Galkowski, Stanford and McGill
Let $(\Omega ,g)$ be a compact, real-analytic Riemannian manifold with real-analytic boundary $\partial \Omega $. The harmonic extensions of the boundary Dirchlet-to-Neumann eigenfunctions are called Steklov eigenfunctions. We show that the Steklov eigenfuntions decay exponentially into the interior in terms of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann eigenvalues and give a sharp rate of decay to first order at... More >
Seminar | February 6 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1
Steven Koonin, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University
For the first time in history, more than half of the worlds population lives in urban areas; in just a few more decades, the world's population will exceed 9 billion, 70 percent of whom will live in cities. Enabling those cities to deliver services effectively, efficiently, and sustainably while keeping their citizens safe, healthy, prosperous, and well-informed will be among the most important... More >
Colloquium | February 6 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room
Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
A conversation with author about his book, Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation.