Monday, October 23, 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.
Conference/Symposium | October 23 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
Fernando Pérez, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics UC Berkeley
Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami; Hoda Eydgahi, Manager of Data Science, Stitch Fix; Chetan Gupta, Chief Data Scientist & Architect, Hitachi America Big Data Lab; Sharon Lin, Data Scientist, Okta; T. Christian Miller, Investigative Reporter, Author, and War Correspondant, ProPublica; Taral Shah, Assistant Director of Prospect Analysis, UC Berkeley
Data Dialogs brings together data experts from industry, research, and academia in an intimate and informal setting, allowing participants to make connections and generate new ideas.
Over the course of the day we will hear how organizations are learning to fit data science and data science teams into their business practice, discuss the best way to pursue data-driven projects, explore the... More >
Seminar | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall
Don Miller, PhD, Indiana University School of Optometry
Abstract: The retinal ganglion cell is the primary cell damaged by glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible visual loss worldwide. While we have a detailed understanding of the atrophy this disease inflicts on retinal ganglion cells, our ability to assess this damage in the living human eye is limited. A major obstacle is the difficulty to imageand thus countthese cells owing to their high... More >
Colloquium | October 23 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall
Michelle Byrne, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon
Global disease burden in recent years has shifted from premature death to years lived with disability. Non-communicable, chronic diseases are more responsible for these years lost and cost of health care treatment than any other type of illness or disease. Many of these chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, and depression, have links with chronic inflammation. However, the... More >
Seminar | October 23 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Vic Reiner, University of Minnesota
Descents in permutations and tableaux arise frequently in combinatorics. More recently, cyclic notions of descents have come up for permutations, and for standard tableaux of certain shapes. I'll talk about recent work resolving the question of exactly which shapes have such a notion of cyclic descents for their tableaux. This leads to a connection with Postnikov's work on toric shapes, and to... More >
Seminar | October 23 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall
Jessie Uehling, PMB
Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group
Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).
This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at... More >
Differential Geometry Seminar: Implicit time discretization for the mean curvature flow of mean convex sets
Seminar | October 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Tim Laux, UC Berkeley
In 1993, Almgren, Taylor and Wang introduced an implicit time discretization for mean curvature flow which comes as a family of variational problems. The a priori estimate yields weak convergence of the approximations. In the talk I will show that this convergence is in fact strong if the initial conditions are mean convex. In particular, following the work of Luckhaus and Sturzenhecker, the... More >
Copyright and Your Dissertation: Discover a workflow for answering copyright and policy questions as you prepare to publish
Workshop | October 23 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall
Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library
From the beginning of the writing process all the way to submitting and publishing your dissertation or thesis, this workshop will teach you a workflow for addressing copyright and other legal considerations based on the content you're using. It will also help you address related publishing questions once you're finished writing, including considerations about sharing your dissertation online,... More >
Seminar | October 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall
Aaron Lauda, University of Southern California
The Reshetikhin-Turaev construction associated knot invariants to the data of a simple Lie algebra and a choice of irreducible representation. The Jones polynomial is the most famous example coming from the Lie algebra sl(2) and its two-dimensional representation. In this talk we will explain Cautis-Kamnitzer-Morrison’s novel new approach to studying RT invariants associated to the Lie algebra... More >
Seminar | October 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley
We recall the notion of free entropy dimension of a finite set of selfadjoint operators in a noncommutative probability space introduced by Voiculescu. We then provide a new definition of the above notion due to Kenley Jung and discuss its ramifications and survey some of its applications.
Seminar | October 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall
Sebastien Bubeck, Microsoft Research
In (online) learning theory the concepts of sparsity, variance and curvature are well-understood and are routinely used to obtain refined regret and generalization bounds. In this work we further our understanding of these concepts in the more challenging limited feedback scenario. We consider the adversarial multi-armed bandit and linear bandit problems and solve several open problems pertaining... More >
Seminar | October 23 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Remy van Dobben de Bruyn, Columbia University
Given a smooth projective variety over an algebraically closed field of positive characteristic, can we always dominate it by another smooth projective variety that lifts to characteristic 0? We give a negative answer to this question.
Seminar Format: The seminar consists of two 50-minute talks, a pre-talk (3:10-4:00) and an advanced talk (4:10-5:00), with a 10-minute break (4:00-4:10) between... More >
Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Andreas Bastian, an engineer and designer who explores the blurring line between materiality and design, will speak at Jacobs Hall.
Colloquium | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall
Dr. Larry Horvath, Department of Secondary Education, Center for Science and Math Education, San Francisco State University
To support learning aligned with the recently adopted Next Generation Science Standards for California, science classrooms need to be spaces where students are actively engaged in figuring out and explaining scientific phenomena. This talk will be interactive and focus on what an NGSS aligned lesson could look like, along with ways preservice science teachers are being supported in implementing... More >
Panel Discussion | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
A panel of thought leaders discussing what is Free Speech on the Berkeley campus. A complete list of panelists will be announced by October 10. PEN America, our partner for this event, is a free expression organization with a more than 90-year track record of fostering dialogue and understanding that transcends social, political and geographic boundaries. In November 2016 PEN published And Campus... More >
Open to Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni on a reservation basis. More details to come. Make reservations online or or by emailing Maya Goehring-Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20.
McNair Application Open Hours and Research/Funding Opportunities Workshop (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)
Workshop | October 23 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall
Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), UROC
This workshop will introduce and expose students to various research programs and funding opportunities on campus. It will cover various program applications (such as the Mcnair Scholars Application), reaching out to mentors, getting solid letters of recommendations, and writing strong research proposals and personal statements. Presenters will also discuss their experiences with their research... More >
Panel Discussion | October 23 | 6 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building
Serena Chen; Aaron Fisher; Stephen Hinshaw; Ozlem Ayduk
Free food will be provided as well.