Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall
FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.
Workshop | October 11 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 356 Barrows Hall
Susan Powell, Library
This workshop will introduce two different web platforms for exploring and mapping U.S. demographic data: SimplyAnalytics and PolicyMap. While there is some overlap between the different applications, each has its own strengths and unique features.
Grow - stretch to feel longer, stronger & more balanced.
Go - get back to your day w/renewed vitality
Yoga is an effective strategy to release tension, relax the nervous system, improve focus, & increase balance.Each class offers a healthy dosage of crisp fresh air, all natural organic floral aromas, vitamin D sunlight, blooming visions, stable grounding platform, direct &loving... More >
Free with Garden Admission
Colloquium | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room
Sharika Thiranagama, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
Based on fieldwork with Dalit (formerly known as Untouchable castes) and non-Dalit agricultural laborers, and their landlords in communist party strongholds in Kerala, I explore the transformations of rural localities from workplaces to neighborhoods. In the rural neighbourhood, public/private residential life emerges from work relations where caste continues to permeate interactions.
MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Phillip Skipwith "Molecules and Morphology: A new phylogenomic estimate for Australasian geckos reveals complex macroevolutionary dynamics"
Seminar | October 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library
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: Seeing The Light: Color Vision and Photoacclimation in Cyanobacteria
Seminar | October 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall
Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University
The Montgomery Lab pursues a common research theme of understanding how individuals perceive, respond to, and are impacted by the environments in which they exist. Primary research efforts of the group are focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms to external light cues. Additionally, Montgomery pursues this theme in the context of effective mentoring in research environments.
Reading - Nonfiction | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, 101, Morrison Library
Catherine Ceniza Choy, Ethnic Studies Department, UC Berkeley
Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Ethnic Studies, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2017 Berkeley Writers at Work Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 11, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.
Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative
Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall
The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,... More >
A Deeper Look at Deep Decarbonization Pathways for the U.S. Economy with Karl Hausker: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series
Seminar | October 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall
Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow, World Resource Institute
Dr. Karl Hausker is a Senior Fellow in World Resource Institute's Global Climate Program. He leads analysis and modeling of domestic climate mitigation scenarios, and he contributes to work on the New Climate Economy, the social cost of carbon, and energy access.
Workshop | October 11 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club
Marissa Baumann, MA
Anne Lamott once said, "My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I try to never go there alone." But what if your mind could be a safe place? A nurturing place? A home? In this workshop we'll explore ways of engaging with our negative thoughts and how mindfulness can support us to change the experience of our own mind.
Presentation | October 11 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 4th Floor
Students discuss the initial process of starting a research project, introducing methodological approaches and resources while inviting other students to share their insight as well. This months featured students are from the Formula SAE Team.
Must have a UCB ID for entrance.
Panel Discussion | October 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Dana Landis, Head of Leadership Assessment and Effectiveness, Google; Maria Arboleda, Scaled Assessments Manager - Hiring Innovation, Google
Curtis Malik Boykin, Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Personality and Social Research
Drs. Maria Arboleda (Scaled Assessments Manager - Hiring Innovation) and Dana Landis (Head of Leadership Assessment and Effectiveness) will address a series of applied methods, training, and career focused questions crowd-sourced from Social-Personality Area graduate students.
The Effect of Increased Income on Children's Academic Achievement: Evidence from the Marcellus Shale: Elizabeth Ananat, Duke University
Colloquium | October 11 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room
Elizabeth Ananat, Professor, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy
A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.
Seminar | October 11 | 12:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall
Deepak Pathak, UC Berkeley/BAIR
In many real-world scenarios, rewards extrinsic to the agent are extremely sparse, or absent altogether. In such cases, curiosity can serve as an intrinsic reward signal to enable the agent to explore its environment and learn skills that might be useful later in its life. We formulate curiosity as the error in an agents ability to predict the consequence of its own actions in a visual feature... More >
Course | October 11 | 1:30-2:30 p.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.
Seminar | October 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Alex Suciu, Northeastern University
The cohomology jumping loci of a space come in two basic flavors: the characteristic varieties, which are the jump loci for homology with coefficients in rank 1 local systems, and the resonance varieties, which are the jump loci for the homology of cochain complexes arising from multiplication by degree 1 classes in the cohomology ring. The geometry of these varieties, and the interplay between... More >
Seminar | October 11 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Afonso S. Bandeira, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Many problems in signal/image processing, and computer vision amount to estimating a signal, image, or tri-dimensional structure/scene from corrupted measurements. A particularly challenging form of measurement corruption are latent transformations of the underlying signal to be recovered. Many such transformations can be described as a group acting on the object to be recovered. Examples include... More >
Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Alex Suciu, Northeastern University
A recurring theme in topology is to determine the geometric and homological finiteness properties of spaces and groups. A fruitful approach is to compare these finiteness properties to those of differential graded algebras that model topological objects of this sort. I will discuss several concrete questions that arise in this context, and explain how the cohomology jump loci help answer some of... More >
Applied Math Seminar: Asynchronous Spacetime Discontinuous Galerkin Methods: Barrier-Free Parallel–Adaptive Solutions and Other Recent Progress
Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Robert Haber, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
This presentation begins with a review of the asynchronous Spacetime Discontinuous Galerkin (aSDG) method. In its original context, the aSDG method exploits the characteristic structure of hyperbolic PDEs and special asynchronous spacetime meshes to generate solution schemes with linear computational complexity in the number of spacetime finite elements. In lieu of conventional time marching, the... More >
Organic Catalysts and Photocatalysts: Computational Design and Prototyping of Organic Catalysts for CO 2 Reduction and Photopolymerization
Colloquium | October 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall
Charles Musgrave, Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
Inorganic catalysts have been workhorses in many important industrial processes while many biological systems, such as photosynthesis, rely on organic catalysts. In this talk I will discuss the use of computational chemistry to examine the fundamental chemical mechanisms of organic catalysts and photocatalysts for reducing CO 2 into fuels and visible light activated atom transfer radical... More >
Workshop | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Becky Miller, Anna Sackmann, Elliott Smith, UC Berkeley Library
A well-designed figure can have a huge impact on the communication of research results. This workshop will introduce key principles and resources for visualizing data.
Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt
Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Mapping class groups and difference operators.
Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Shamil Shakirov, Harvard University
We review the representation of $SL(2,Z)$ - the mapping class group of the torus - by automorphisms of a simple algebra of difference operators. The algebra, known as spherical double affine Hecke algebra (DAHA) plays an important role in many developments in modern representation theory and mathematical physics. We will define a new algebra which is a direct analogue of spherical DAHA for a... More >
Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall
Victor Faundez, Emory University
Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Michael Anderson, University of California, Berkeley
Preanalysis plans (PAPs) have become an important tool for limiting false discoveries in field experiments. We evaluate the properties of an alternate approach which splits the data into two samples: An exploratory sample and a confirmation sample. When hypotheses are homogeneous, we describe an improved split-sample approach that achieves 90% of the rejections of the optimal PAP without... More >
Colloquium | October 11 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Michael Raine, Western University
Andrew Barshay has argued that after the ANPO protests in 1960, "the 'postwar' utopianism that had marked Japanese thinking about democracy was definitively transvalued, literally 'translated' from the political to the economic realm." This presentation explores the role of the early 1960s Toho musical comedy in translating utopia for an aspirational "white collar" urban culture in Japan. By the... More >
Colloquium | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)
Pieter Abbeel, EECS/U.C. Berkeley
Reinforcement learning and imitation learning have seen success in many domains, including autonomous helicopter flight, Atari, simulated locomotion, Go, robotic manipulation. However, sample complexity of these methods remains very high. In contrast, humans can pick up new skills far more quickly. To do so, humans might rely on a better learning algorithm or on a better prior (potentially... More >
Seminar | October 11 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall
Victor Faundez, Emory University
Course | September 6 – October 11, 2017 every Wednesday | 5-7 p.m. | Online
Rafat Raie, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Walnut Creek; Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec; Crystal Killiam, PE, City of Los Angeles; Obaid Khan, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Dublin
This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to... More >