<< Monday, April 24, 2017 >>

Monday, April 24, 2017

CARA Anniversary Symposium: The California Research Alliance by BASF celebrates 3 years

Conference/Symposium | April 24 – 25, 2017 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatap Conference Room

 College of Chemistry

Charles-Albert Lehalle - Closing The Loop of Optimal Trading: a Mean Field Game of Controls

Seminar | April 24 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 4193 Etcheverry Hall

 Charles-Albert Lehalle, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

This talk explains how to formulate the now classical problem of optimal liquidation (or optimal trading) inside a Mean Field Game (MFG). This is a noticeable change since usually mathematical frameworks focus on one large trader in front of a " background noise " (or " mean field "). In standard frameworks, the interactions between the large trader and the price are a temporary and a permanent...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorial evaluation of Hecke algebra traces

Seminar | April 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mark Skandera, Lehigh University

 Department of Mathematics

(Please note the unusual time of this talk.)

The (type A) Hecke algebra $H_n(q)$ is a certain module over $\mathbb Z[q^{1/2},q^{-1/2}]$ which is a deformation of the group algebra of the symmetric group. The $\mathbb Z[q^{1/2},q^{-1/2}]$-module of its trace functions has rank equal to the number of integer partitions of $n$, and has bases which are natural deformations of those of the symmetric...   More >

Dimensional Reduction and Hyper Reduction of Parametric Nonlinear Structural Dynamics Models for Real-Time Computing: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Charbel Farhat, Professor, Department of Aeronatics and Astronautics, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Model reduction is a tool in applied mathematics that is rapidly becoming indispensable for computational-based design and optimization, stochastic analysis for uncertainty quantification, embedded computing, and online optimal control. It is also essential for “what-if” engineering scenarios and other parametric studies where dramatically faster if not real-time simulation responses are desired.

Cultural and Technological Evolution on the Metopes of the Hephaisteion - AHMA Noon Colloquium

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Andrew Stewart, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Noon Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented at noon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall.

Combinatorics Seminar: Counting monochromatic structures in finite abelian groups

Seminar | April 24 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Julia Wolf, University of Bristol

 Department of Mathematics

It is well known (and a result of Goodman) that a random 2-colouring of the edges of the complete graph $K_n$ contains asymptotically the minimum number of monochromatic triangles ($K_3$s). Erdős conjectured that this was also true of monochromatic copies of $K_4$, but his conjecture was disproved by Thomason in 1989. The question of determining for which small graphs Goodman's result holds true...   More >

Archaeological Databases with Filemaker

Workshop | April 24 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Rus Sheptak, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

 Archaeological Research Facility

This workshop will present the organization and logic behind a prototype database for excavation data that answers questions of when, where, and duration of events and artifacts within the site.

PROSPECTIVE FRESHMAN INFORMATION SESSION

Presentation | April 24 | 1-2 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

PROSPECTIVE FRESHMAN INFORMATION SESSION

Differential Geometry Seminar: Some almost theorems about four-dimensional curvature

Seminar | April 24 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 John Lott, UC-Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe some topological conditions to ensure that a noncollapsed Riemannian 4-manifold, which is almost Ricci-flat, in fact admits a Ricci-flat metric. This is joint work with Vitali Kapovitch.

String-Math Seminar: Wild Hitchin system and Argyres-Douglas theory

Seminar | April 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Dan Xie, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss the connection between Hitchin's system with irregular singularity and four dimensional N=2 Argyres-Douglas theories.

Seminar 231, Public Finance: “Quantifying the Welfare Gains of Variety: A Sufficient Statistics Approach”

Seminar | April 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kory Kroft, University of Toronto

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

(joint with Jean-William Laliberté, René Leal-Vizcaino, and Matthew Notowidigdo)

Reading Technopoetic Japan

Colloquium | April 24 | 2:30 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Earl Jackson Jr., National Chiao Tung University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Comparative Literature, Film & Media Studies

What is often dismissed as “otaku culture” actually names a complex network of creative industries and equally creative engaged participants. The media that emerge and sustain these subcultural formations include anime, manga, novels, etc.. In studying these media I focus on relations among technology, representation, and subjectivity as well as the politics that inform and circumscribe those...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Clemens Gadenstätter

Colloquium | April 24 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Clemens Gadenstätter (born 1966, Zell am See/Salzburg) studied Composition with Erich Urbanner (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) and Helmut Lachenmann (1992-1995, University of Music and Perfroming Arts Stuttgart) as well as he studied the flute (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) with Wolfgang Schulz.

During his student years, he was active as a flautist in...   More >

Campus Visitor Library Tour: Doe and Moffitt Libraries and their Main Stacks

Tour/Open House | April 3 – 24, 2017 every Monday | 3-4 p.m. | Doe Library, meets at north entrance

 Library

April is a month when students and families visit campus, trying to decide if Cal will be their future home. If you are are visiting campus, you are encouraged to come see the the Library.

Tours of the historic Doe Library, underground Main stacks, and newly renovated Moffitt Undergraduate Library are given every Monday and Friday in April. They start on the north steps of the Doe Library. You...   More >

Preventing Gun Violence: What Works and What Stands in the Way: the keynote event in the Gun Violence in America series

Panel Discussion | April 24 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix, 8th floor

 Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

 Peter Aldhous, Buzzfeed, UC Berkeley

 Human Rights Center

featuring Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in conversation with Peter Aldhous, Science reporter, Buzzfeed and Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

  RSVP online

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Trace formulas in perturbation theory

Seminar | April 24 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Anna Skripka, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will present trace formulas arising in perturbation theory that substantially extend the celebrated Krein's result of the 50s. These formulas provide representations for remainders of approximations of operator functions that "split up" the involved noncommutativity. Proofs of the results rely on a fascinating theory of multiple operator integration that has been developing for...   More >

Siqian Shen - Ambiguous Chance-Constrained Bin Packing under Mean-Covariance Information

Seminar | April 24 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Siqian Shen, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Professor Siqian Shen research is in integer programming, stochastic programming, and network optimization. The models she considers usually feature stochastic parameters and discrete decision variables.

Stigmata as Object of Rivalry and Target of Doubt from St. Francis to Padre Pio

Lecture | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Gábor Klaniczay, Central European University

 Department of History, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Gábor Klaniczay is Professor of Medieval History at the Central European University in Budapest and works on heresy, sainthood, visions, stigmatics, magic, and witchcraft in medieval and early modern Europe. He was awarded the 2016 International Prize for History by the Comité international des sciences historique. More recently he has become a spokesperson in defense of the CEU against attacks...   More >

China’s Economic Statecraft Toward Myanmar and North Korea

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 James Reilly, Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies

Tempted by their expansive authority over China’s economy, Chinese leaders are increasingly deploying economic resources such as foreign aid and overseas investments to influence policy decisions in other countries. To implement economic statecraft, China’s leaders rely upon state-owned companies, bureaucratic agencies, and local Chinese officials, even though they may be unreliable...   More >

Stigmata as Object of Rivalry and Target of Doubt from St. Francis to Padre Pio

Lecture | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Professor Gábor Klaniczay

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of History, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Talk by Professor Gábor Klaniczay. Gábor Klaniczay is Professor of Medieval History at the Central European University in Budapest and works on heresy, sainthood, visions, stigmatics, magic, and witchcraft in medieval and early modern Europe. He was awarded the 2016 International Prize for History by the Comite International des Sciences Historique.

Inside and Out: The Architectural Frame of Old Norse Poetry

Lecture | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Guðrún Nordal, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies

 Department of Scandinavian

Join the Scandinavian Department for a talk by Guðrún Nordal.

Guðrún Nordal is Director of the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies and Professor of Icelandic Literature.

Health, Race, and Housing: Three Perspectives on Urban Inequality

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Duster Conference Room

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Melody Tulier, DrPH Candidate, School of Public Health, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Cynthia Ledesma, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ethnic Studies, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

 Malo André Hutson, Chancellor's Professor, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Melody Tulier, DrPH Candidate, School of Public Health, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Cynthia Ledesma, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ethnic Studies, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of...   More >

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Computations in Local Rings using Macaulay2

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Mahrud Sayrafi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Local rings are ubiquitous in algebraic geometry. Not only are they naturally meaningful in a geometric sense, but also they are extremely useful in proving theorems. When studying finitely generated modules over local rings, for instance, projectivity, flatness, and freeness are all equivalent. Above all, many important results depend on Nakayama's lemma, which holds over local rings. In this...   More >

IB Seminar: Rhythms of Life in Fluctuating Environments

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kwasi Connor, University of Southern California

 Department of Integrative Biology

BLISS Seminar: Geometric optimization: convex and nonconvex

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Suvrit Sra, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will highlight some aspects of geometry and its role in optimization. In particular, I will talk about optimization problems whose parameters are constrained to lie on a manifold or in a specific metric space. These geometric constraints often make the problems numerically challenging, but they can also unravel properties that ensure tractable attainment of global optimality for...   More >

Science and Mathematics Education Colloquium: Environmental Education: Supporting Socio-Emotional Learning, Place-Based Connections, and Stewardship

Colloquium | April 24 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Nicole Ardoin, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education and Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract. Environmental education—a diverse field focused on lifelong learning, systems thinking, and sustainability practices—can address a range of outcomes, including environmental knowledge and attitudes, interpersonal skills, and environmentally related behaviors. Many environmental education programs, particularly those with residential or youth-development elements, emphasize...   More >

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Slicing Varieties – a taste of computational algebraic geometry

Lecture | April 24 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Martin Helmer, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Simply put algebraic geometry studies the zeros of systems of polynomial equations in n variables. The zeros of such systems define geometric objects called algebraic varieties. In this talk, we will introduce these objects and describe one basic invariant of a variety, known as its degree, which is of interest both when considering mathematical questions and when attempting to solve applied...   More >

14th Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden at the Forum

Lecture | April 24 | 6-7:15 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Dr. Carla Hayden, The Berkeley Forum

 The Berkeley Forum

Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress and is also the first woman and African-American to hold the position since the Library of Congress began in 1800. She will be discussing the importance of this American institution in the 21st century especially in the digital age. The Library of Congress houses more than 162 million items that includes historical documents and artifacts,...   More >

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

Arts + Design Mondays: Radio, Podcast, and Contemporary Cultural Criticism, with John Horn and Glynn Washington

Lecture | April 24 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 John Horn, KPCC

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Horn is host of KPCC’s The Frame, and has covered culture for nearly thirty years. Washington is host and executive producer of Snap Judgment on NPR. Moderated by Ben Manilla.

Admission to this lecture is free.

Radio, Podcast, and Contemporary Cultural Criticism: John Horn and Glynn Washington, moderated by Chloe Veltman

Lecture | April 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

John Horn is host of KPCC’s The Frame, a daily arts and entertainment program. Glynn Washington is host and executive producer of Snap Judgment on National Public Radio. Chloe Veltman is senior arts editor at KQED.

In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte: Book talk with David Bacon

Lecture | April 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 David Bacon, Activist and photographer

 UC Berkeley Labor Center

Please join us for a conversation with activist and photographer David Bacon to talk about his new book, In the fields of the North / En los compos del norte. In this landmark work of photo-journalism, Bacon documents the experiences of some of the hardest-working and most disenfranchised laborers in the country: the farmworkers who are responsible for making California “America’s breadbasket.”...   More >

Vittorio De Sica, Two Women

Film - Feature | April 24 | 7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, A1 (auditorium)

 Marco Grossi

 Maria Grazia Affinito

 Institute of European Studies, Human Rights Center, Italian Society at Berkeley, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

What does sexual violence look like when it becomes a war strategy? Join us and help to support a film fest and prestigious panel about an historic case of sexual violence during World War II and a new Berkeley initiative to combat impunity today.

 This film is presented in Italian with English subtitles, and includes graphic scenes of war.

Vittorio De Sica, Two Women

Film - Feature | April 24 | 7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, A1 (auditorium)

 Marco Grossi

 Maria Grazia Affinito

 Institute of European Studies, Human Rights Center, Italian Society at Berkeley, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

What does sexual violence look like when it becomes a war strategy? Join us and help to support a film fest and prestigious panel about an historic case of sexual violence during World War II and a new Berkeley initiative to combat impunity today.

 This film is presented in Italian with English subtitles, and includes graphic scenes of war.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

NEMESTUDIO: 18 Drawings, 7 Models

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 20 – April 25, 2017 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

OPEN THROUGH APRIL 25. Exhibit runs through APR 25. The exhibition presents drawings and models produced for two recent exhibits by NEMESTUDIO, an architectural studio founded by Assistant Professor of Architecture Neyran Turan and Mete Sonmez.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Library

This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar

Exhibit - Photography | March 9 – April 24, 2017 every day | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library

 Ethnic Studies Library

Jun Kamata, Associate Professor at ASIA University in Tokyo, has published eight books in Japan. This exhibit includes 25 of his photographs of the Pomo people of northern California. Kamata holds a BA in Native American Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in American Indian Studies and a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.

Teachers at the Center: The Story of the National Writing Project

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 17 – September 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, second floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

The National Writing Project is a professional development
network for teachers of writing at all levels, from early
childhood to university. Drawing from the newly available
National Writing Project records and other Bancroft Library
collections, this exhibition explores the history of the
organization from its origins within the Graduate School of
Education at UC Berkeley to its present...   More >

New Favorites: Collecting in the Bancroft Tradition

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 21 – September 1, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents
an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The
exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces
carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs
and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and
Jane Austen, “branded” books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnson’s photographs of the...   More >