<< Tuesday, March 14, 2017 >>

## Tuesday, March 14, 2017

### Forest Products and Woody Biomass Job Talk - Daniel L. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Seminar | March 14 | 338 Koshland Hall

Daniel L. Sanchez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University

"Commercialization of Carbon-Negative Bioenergy Systems"

Refreshments to follow in 139 Mulford Hall

### Geometric Design for California

Workshop | March 14 – 16, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hilton Garden Inn

11481 Mission Vista Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Robert Himes, Mark Thomas & Company, Inc.; Adrian Engel, Echelon Transportation Group

Technology Transfer Program

This 3-day course covers the principles and best practices of roadway geometric design for various functional classes of roadways, including local streets, arterials and freeways, intersections and interchanges. This course focuses on practical, real world applications of geometric design methods. Developed with professionals in California in mind, the course will use design standards and...   More >

This class is intended for roadway design engineers and technicians who have some basic prior knowledge of or experience with geometric design, as well as for those more experienced who seek a refresher course.

### So Many Birds, So Little Time...: Interview with Luke Bloch, Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar | March 14 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

Luke Bloch, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

KALX 90.7FM

In this episode of The Graduates, Luke Bloch, ornithologist and conservation biologist, talks about his work studying birds in Indonesia, and at other field sites around the globe.

The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web.   More >

Radio broadcast, ON-AIR only, 90.7 FM

### Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 14 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 28 University Hall

Lydia Jenkins

Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

### UCMP Fossil Coffee: Current paleontological research and opportunities at Petrified Forest National Park

Seminar | March 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

Adam Marsh, Petrified Forest National Park

Museum of Paleontology

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Dynamics for the Top Eigenvalue and Eigenvector of Empirical Correlation Matrices of Financial Data

Seminar | March 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Speaker: Carl-Fredrik Arndt, Two Sigma

Abstract:
In this talk we will discuss how the top eigenvalue/eigenvector pair evolves through time for estimators of covariance and correlation matrices of equity return type data. By this we mean that the matrices have a top eigenvalue which is well separated from the others. Our main results are that both the eigenvalue and eigenvector of a correlation matrix has an extra stability effect,...   More >

### Organic Syntheses Seminar: Exploring New Methodologies to Enhance Synthetic Efficiency

Seminar | March 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

College of Chemistry

Discovery of new synthetic methodologies not only prompts diverse synthesis of natural and designed functional molecules, but also leads to more efficient synthesis (step-economical and cost-effective) of known compounds with important functions. In this lecture I will summarize our recent results on methodology development, which include preparation of spiro-fused indolines via intramolecular...   More >

### Programs for "Under-Prepared" College Students: A Tale of Unintended Consequences

Seminar | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio Dwinelle 117

Katie Hern, English Instructor, Chabot College and Co-Founder of the California Acceleration Project (CAP); Myra Snell, Professor, Mathematics, Los Medanos College and Co-Founder of the California Acceleration Project (CAP)

Traditionally, about 80% of California community college students have been classified “unprepared” upon entry and required to enroll in remedial courses in English, reading, math, and/or English as a second language. These courses are intended to help students be more successful, but the more remedial courses students are required to take, the less likely they are to ever reach their college...   More >

### Development Lunch:"The effect of ambient light on criminal activity: Evidence from Chile"

Seminar | March 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Patricio Dominguez

Department of Economics, CEGA

### The psychology of political risk in autocracy: Evidence from Zimbabwe

Colloquium | March 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Lauren Young, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Stanford

Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

### Understanding Person Recognition: Psychological, Computational, and Neural Perspectives

Seminar | March 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Alice O’Toole, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas

Department of Psychology

The study of person recognition over the last decade has concentrated almost entirely on recognition from the faces. In the real world, recognition of others often begins at a distance, where identity-specific information in the face is poorly resolved. At this distance, identity information in the shape of the body can support and constrain recognition. Remarkably little is known about how we...   More >

### 3-Manifold Seminar: Reshetikhin-Turaev for the Drinfeld Double of a Finite Group

Seminar | March 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Kevin Donoghue, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Reshetikhin and Turaev built a machine which takes as input a certain kind of Hopf algebra and outputs a link invariant. This talk will reverse the process: if you start with a particular link invariant, namely the number of homomorphisms of the link group to a finite group, the corresponding Hopf algebra and its tensor diagrammatics appear after some simple topological considerations.

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: A new approach to contact problems in geometry

Seminar | March 14 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in time

Joe Harris, Harvard University

Department of Mathematics

Geometric problems involving order of contact—for example, how many flexes does a plane curve of degree $d$ have?---can often be solving by considering the relevant {\it bundle of principle parts}. When we're dealing with a family of varieties, though—for example, in a pencil of plane curves of degree $d$, how many have hyperflexes?---difficulties arise: some members of the family will have...   More >

### Data Tidying in R and Python: The Hacker Within

Workshop | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Data Tidying in R and Python

http://thehackerwithin.github.io/berkeley/

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

### The lifetime of atmospheric nitrogen oxides

Seminar | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Ronald Cohen, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

College of Chemistry

### Violence, Stigma, and Health Disparities of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Conference/Symposium | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 150 University Hall

Paul R. Sterzing, PhD., Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley; Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD, Associate Professor, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Florida

This two hour symposium presents research from the three leading scholars working at the intersection of social welfare and public health. Examining stigma and violence exposure among sexual and gender minority youth and associated impacts on mental and behavioral health, the panel of scholars will discuss recommendations for future research and the development of prevention, intervention, and...   More >

### Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Ownership of the Means of Production"

Seminar | March 14 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C110 Cheit Hall

Glen Weyl, Microsoft Research

Department of Economics

(joint with Economic Analysis and Policy Group Seminar)

### The Present Political Divide: What To Do Now

Colloquium | March 14 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Institute

George Lakoff, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, UC Berkeley

How does Trump think, how does he control public discourse, and why does he have the appeal that he has? What do the Democrats fail to understand about Trump and his followers? And what can those in the American majority that oppose Trump do now, and what should the majority and the media not do that would only help Trump?

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The implicitization problem for rational normal scrolls

Seminar | March 14 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Alessio Sammartano, Purdue University

Department of Mathematics

We study the defining ideals of the Rees algebra and of the special fiber ring for ideals of a rational normal scroll in $P^n$. In particular, we show that these rings are Koszul algebras.

### EPMS Weekly Seminar

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

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 >

### Sonja D. Williams: "Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom"

Reading - Nonfiction | March 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

Graduate School of Journalism

The life of an inventive African American media writer and tireless champion of freedom, equality, and justice.

Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham creatively chronicled and brought to life the significant events of his times. Durham's trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of...   More >

### Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

### Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud

Reading - Nonfiction | March 14 | 7 p.m. | D37 Hearst Field Annex

Elizabeth Greenwood, Author

Department of English

"Ms. Greenwood leaps into an anecdote-filled history of — and rough primer for — erasing yourself. She shrewdly notes that our fascination with vanishing is only heightened by the ‘hypervisibility of our age.’… The fun in Greenwood’s book — much of it admittedly grim fun — is in learning the details."
New York Times