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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sparse Recovery via Differential Inclusions

Seminar | March 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Yuan Yao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Estimate or recovery of sparse parameters from their noisy measurements is a fundamental problem in compressed sensing and high dimensional statistics, etc. In the past two decades, convex regularization approach such as LASSO or BPDN has been made popular for its algorithmic tractability. However, a well-known shortcoming of LASSO and any convex regularizations lies in the bias of estimators,...   More >

BioE Seminar: “Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ashleigh Theberge, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 1
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Ashleigh Theberge
Assistant Professor of Chemistry - University of Washington
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urology - University of Washington School of Medicine

Small molecule and protein signals provide a rich...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Carlos Daniel Cadena "Tropical mountains: Biodiversity hotspots and hotbeds for studying evolutionary diversification"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Carlos Daniel Cadena

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "From the Evolution of an Organelle to Photosynthetic Function"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Arthur Grossman, Stanford University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our activities over the last five years have been extremely diverse, crossing over various disciplines. We have explored areas ranging from identifying new functions associated with photosynthetic processes, the mechanism(s) of coral bleaching and the impact of temperature and light on the bleaching process, metagenomic and genomic diversity among primary producers in hot spring mats, metabolic...   More >

Arthur Grossman

Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Strategies for Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

Colloquium | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 117 (Level D) - Academic Innovation Studio

 Beverly Crawford, Political Science / Economy; Leslea Hlusko, Integrative Biology; Jean Retzinger, Media Studies; Edward Wasserman, Journalism

 Cody Hennesy, Doe Library

 Michael Larkin, College Writing Program

 Academic Innovation Studio, Library, Center for Teaching and Learning

How do we help students understand, navigate, and engage with a rapidly changing and increasingly complex online information landscape--in an era of echo chambers, filter bubbles, and misinformation? Faculty from political science, journalism, media studies, biology and college writing will share teaching examples and lead a discussion about what we can and should do to help students.

 This event is intended for Berkeley faculty, graduate students, and academic support staff.

Real-Time and Adaptive Auditory Neural Processing

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Sahar Akram, Starkey Hearing Research Center

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Decoding the dynamics of brain activity underlying conscious behavior is one of the key questions in systems neuroscience. Sensory neurons, such as those in the auditory system, can undergo rapid and task-dependent changes in their response characteristics during attentive behavior, and thereby result in functional changes in the system over time. In order to quantify human’s conscious...   More >

Family Wealth as Intergenerational Insurance: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | March 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Demography Seminar Room

 Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion series, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to the population sciences broadly defined.

A connectionist approach to value based decision making

Colloquium | March 1 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Gaurav Suri, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Connectionist approaches involving neural network modeling have been broadly and successfully applied in many areas of cognitive psychology including language, memory, learning and perception. However they have been infrequently applied in 'hot' psychological processes that feature affect and motivation. In this talk I will propose an Interactive Activation and Competition (IAC) neural network...   More >

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield: a part of COMMONS CONVERSATIONS: TECHNOLOGY and PUBLIC LIFE IN CHANGING TIMES

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library | Note change in date

 Adam Greenfield, University College London

 Center for New Media

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Urban and Regional Development

Everywhere we turn, our everyday experience of the world is being transfigured by the advent of startling new technologies. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory...   More >

Oral History and Research Methods Workshop

Workshop | March 1 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join CMES Visiting Scholar Dr. Ozlem Ezer (Bogazici University) for a hands-on, interactive, interdisciplinary workshop that will benefit graduate students new to fieldwork or seasoned interviewers. In addition to some key works/readings of oral history, participants will tackle a variety of provocative scenarios inspired by real-life situations and questions.

Discussion will mainly focus on...   More >

 Open to current students and academic affiliates only. RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

Gilman Scholarship Essay Review

Workshop | March 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 160 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you applying to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship?

Come to the Gilman Scholarship Essay Review and get feedback on your application essays from recent Gilman Scholars from UC Berkeley.

The Gilman Scholarship deadline for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Year 17-18 study abroad programs and internships is 9:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

For more information or to apply,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introdution to fully extended topological field theories and the Cobordism Hypothesis

Seminar | March 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

 Department of Mathematics

Atiyah and Segal's axiomatic approach to topological and conformal quantum field theories provided a beautiful link between the geometry of "spacetimes" (cobordisms) and algebraic structures. Combining this with the physical notion of "locality" led to the introduction of the language of higher categories into the topic. In this talk I will give an introduction to topological field theories and...   More >

Study Abroad in Japan

Presentation | March 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn about study abroad opportunities in Japan and a variety of financial resources, including scholarships from the Japanese government. During this event, students will have the opportunity to hear from past study abroad students and representatives from the Japanese Consulate, partner universities in Japan, and Berkeley Study Abroad. Students are invited to stay for refreshments after the...   More >

Optimal Surviving Strategy for the “Up the River” Problem

Seminar | March 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Wenpin Tang, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The "Up the River" problem was formulated by Aldous (2002), where a unit drift is distributed among a finite collection of Brownian particles on R+, which are annihilated once they reach the origin. Starting K particles at x = 1, we prove Aldous’ conjecture that the push-the-laggard strategy of distributing the drift asymptotically (as K → ∞) maximizes the total number of surviving...   More >

The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology Part 2. Systems Level Puzzles in Protocell Design

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Jack Szostak, Simches Research Center Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Molecular Biology, and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 7215

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

The Remittance Forest and Other New Frontiers.

Colloquium | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Nancy Peluso, University of California Berkeley

 Department of Geography

Number Theory Seminar: The functor $L_\eta $

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Joe Stahl, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Oh, God! The Religious Right to Sexual Pleasure on Christian Sexuality Websites

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Kelsy Burke, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This talk examines how some conservative evangelical Christians justify a wide range of sexual practices and pleasures within the confines of religious orthodoxy and heterosexuality.

ERG Colloquium: Andrew McAllister: ZNet Energy Buildings and the Art of Energy Policy

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

 Energy and Resources Group

In the mid-2000's, California began to establish policy goals for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. Commissioner McAllister will discuss progress toward these goals in terms of energy-related building codes, trends in buildings-related technologies and markets, local government authority and overall energy systems planning. ZNE buildings serve as a jumping-off point for a broader...   More >

Convex cost closure and Markov Random Fields problems: Applications and fastest-possible algorithms

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Dorit S. Hochbaum, IEOR dept UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Many problems in fitting observations while satisfying rank order constraints, occur in contexts of learning, Lipschitz regularization and Isotonic regression (with or without fused Lasso). All these problems can be abstracted as a convex cost closure problem which is to minimize the cost of deviating from the observations while satisfying rank order constraints. Any feasible solution that...   More >

Novel Methods for Classical Polarizable Molecular Dynamics Simulations/Molecular Simulations of Amyloid-β Peptide

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Alex Albaugh, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group; Sukanya Sasmal, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. |  International House

 Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Better understanding of non-convex methods in machine learning

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Tengyu Ma, Princeton University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We show that matrix completion — a famous problem in machine learning — can be solved by stochastic gradient descent on the straightforward non-convex objective function in polynomial time.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Fully extended twisted field theories

Seminar | March 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

 Department of Mathematics

After recalling functorial field theories I will explain a natural generalization thereof, called "twisted" field theories by Stolz-Teichner and closely related to Freed-Teleman's "relative" boundary field theories. A natural target for such a twisted field theory is the higher Morita category of algebras, bimodules, and intertwiners, and generalizations. Using the Cobordism Hypothesis, we will...   More >

MIT Broad Professor Feng Zhang at the Berkeley Forum: Harnessing Nature's Diversity for Biotechnology

Seminar | March 1 | 6-7:15 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 The Berkeley Forum

Recent advances in genome editing technology have made it possible to modify organisms, including humans, at the genetic level with relative ease. While such developments bode well for the treatment of many previously incurable conditions, they also open the door for the creation of arbitrary modifications to the genome for aesthetic and other non-medical purposes. Such possibilities are the...   More >

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Science Cafe - Searching for dark matter: with Matt Pyle

Presentation | March 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Matt Pyle, Department of Physics


What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the objects that we can see. This is how the term “dark matter” was coined…But how do we search for something we can’t...   More >

Searching for dark matter