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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | November 1 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

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2017 CJS-JSPS International Symposium: Drive for the Nobel Prize

Conference/Symposium | November 1 | 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. | International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room

 Yuan T. Lee, Academia Sinica; Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley; Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, World Premier International Research Center Initiative, Bay Area Science Festival

Join us for this exciting symposium featuring public talks by Nobel Laureates Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry, 1986), Taka'aki Kajita (Physics, 2015), and Saul Perlmutter (Physics, 2011), as well as committee members, historians and journalists.

EECS Internship Open House

Career Fair | November 1 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Field Club

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please bring your student ID and plenty of paper copies of your resume.

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/TjhmEsqIuet7Mr252

Attending will be:
C3 IoT
IXL Learning
Voleon Group

Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Steenrod operations and the Coulomb branch

Seminar | November 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 738 Evans Hall

 Gus Lonergan, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We use Steenrod's construction to show that the quantum Coulomb branch of Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima is a Frobenius-constant quantization in the sense of Bezrukavnikov-Finkelberg.

“Mechanobiology of epithelial cells in physically heterogeneous environments”

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

 Amit Pathak, Washington University in St. Louis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The ability of epithelial cells to move through complex tissue barriers fundamentally regulates important physiological and pathological phenomena, such as embryogenesis, organ development, wound repair, and tumor metastasis. In pathogenesis, including fibrosis and cancer, matrix stiffening is known to induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and enhance cell migration in clustered...   More >

Service Robots in Human Environments are Here with Steve Cousins: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Steve Cousins is CEO of Savioke. He is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Reprogramming root cells for AM symbiosis"

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

 Maria Harrison, Cornell University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Most vascular flowering plants are able to form symbiotic associations with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. These associations, named ‘arbuscular mycorrhizas’, develop in the roots, where the fungus colonizes the cortex to access carbon supplied by the plant. The fungal contribution to the symbiosis includes the transfer of mineral nutrients, particularly phosphorus, from the soil to the...   More >

Maria Harrison

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

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
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
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 >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Ben Ashby "Finding your niche: How competition drives patterns of diversity"

Seminar | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Ben Ashby

 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 >

Climate change advocacy and ad hominem attacks

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

 Shahzeen Attari, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Debates about climate change often involve ad hominem attacks. Each side is accused of insincerity, of merely serving special interests. In particular, those who advocate policies to promote energy conservation or otherwise reduce CO2 emissions can be challenged if their personal energy use appears to be high. Our studies indicate that an attack based on high personal carbon footprint can be...   More >

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Plant-Powered Meals (BEUHS641)

Workshop | November 1 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Eating mostly plants is good for your health, your wallet, your taste buds, and the planet! Learn to prepare hearty, eco-friendly meals that may help improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and risks of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

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Social Capital and the Dark Side of Social Networks for Health: Stephanie Child, UC Berkeley

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

 Stephanie Child, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Sociology Department

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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.

Data Wrangling and Manipulation in R

Workshop | November 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Josh Quan, Library Data Lab


This workshop will introduce tools (notably dplyr and tidyr) that makes data wrangling and manipulation much easier. Participants will learn how to use these packages to subset and reshape data sets, do calculations across groups of data, clean data, and other useful stuff.

 Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library


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On Gaussian-width gradient complexity and mean-field behavior of interacting particle systems and random graphs

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

 Ronen Eldan, Weizmann Institute of Science

 Department of Statistics

The motivating question for this talk is: What does a sparse Erd\"os-R\'enyi random graph, conditioned to have twice the number of triangles than the expected number, typically look like? Motivated by this question, In 2014, Chatterjee and Dembo introduced a framework for obtaining Large Deviation Principles (LDP) for nonlinear functions of Bernoulli random variables (this followed an earlier...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Bethe ansatz from geometry (II)

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk is the summary of new geometric approch to the quantum integrable spin chains. As a warm up, I will illustrate these ideas on the example of $sl(2)$ XXZ spin chain: we will obtain conventianal $sl(2)$ Bethe ansatz for this model from geometry of cotangent bundles over grassmannians. In the second part we use same ideas to derive Bethe ansatz for moduli spaces of instantons. As a...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Interpolation of Manifold-Valued Functions via the Polar Decomposition

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Evan Gawlik, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

Manifold-valued data and manifold-valued functions play an important role in a wide variety of applications, including mechanics, computer vision and graphics, medical imaging, and numerical relativity. This talk will describe a family of interpolation operators for manifold-valued functions, with an emphasis on functions taking values in symmetric spaces and Lie groups. A key role in our...   More >

Insulin resistance: Insight from genetic studies

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Joshua W. Knowles, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

EECS Colloquium: Cosmetic Computing, Fashioning Fashionables, and Epidermal Electronics: Towards a New Wearable Ecosystem

Colloquium | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Eric Paulos, EECS / UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will present and critique a new body of evolving collaborative work at the intersection of art, computer science, and design research. It will present an argument for hybrid materials, methods, and artifacts as strategic tools for insight and innovation within computing culture. The narrative will explore work across three primary themes – New Making Renaissance, Design Research, and...   More >

Leave out estimation of variance components

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

 Patrick Kline, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We propose a general framework for unbiased estimation of quadratic forms of regression coefficients in linear models with unrestricted heteroscedasticity. Economic applications include variance component estimation in multi-way fixed effects and random coefficient models. The large sample distribution of our estimator is studied in an asymptotic framework where the number of regressors grows in...   More >

Ornit Shani | How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise

Panel Discussion | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ornit Shani, Faculty Member, Asian Studies Department, University of Haifa

 Peter Zinoman, Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Christopher Chekuri, Associate Professor of History, SF State University

 Berkeley Legal History Workshop (Department of History), Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society (Berkeley Law)

Talk by Dr. Ornit Shani (University of Haifa), "How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise,” with commentary by Dr. Abhishek Kaiker (History, UC Berkeley), Dr. Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, UC Berkeley), and Dr. Christopher Chekuri (History, SF State)

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Boundary amenability of Out\((F_n)\)

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Mladen Bestvina, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss boundary amenability and how to prove it for basic groups for most of the hour. The main interest in boundary amenability is that it implies the Novikov conjecture in manifold theory. I will then outline the main ideas in the proof of boundary amenability of Out\((F_n)\). This is joint work with Vincent Guirardel and Camille Horbez.

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: Taxation under Learning-by-Doing

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory and Macro seminars

Seminar 211, Economic History: Taxation under Learning-by-Doing

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Departmental Seminar. *Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Taxation under Learning-by-Doing"

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan

 Department of Economics

joint with Departmental Seminar

Panel Discussion of David Hollinger's "Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America"

Panel Discussion | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History Emeritus, UC Berkeley

 Mary Elizabeth Berry, Class of 1944 Professor of History Emerita, UC Berkeley; Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University; Bruce Kuklick, Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania; Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Between the 1890s and the Vietnam era, many thousands of American Protestant missionaries were sent to live throughout the non-European world. They expected to change the people they encountered, but those foreign people ended up transforming the missionaries. Their experience abroad made many of these missionaries and their children critical of racism, imperialism, and religious orthodoxy.

Career Connections: Environment and Sustainability

Career Fair | November 1 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

More details to come!

Reading and Book Signing: Jed Perl and Alexander S. C. Rower

Reading - Nonfiction | November 1 | 6-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We celebrate the publication of Jed Perl’s major biography of Alexander Calder with this reading and conversation featuring the author and the president of the Calder Foundation.

East Bay Science Cafe- The humanity of artificial intelligence

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

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 R. Stuart Geiger, Berkeley Institute for Data Science


Today, “artificial intelligence” seems to be everywhere — in our phones, vacuums, hospitals, and inboxes — but it can be hard to separate science fiction from science fact. Many discussions about AI imagine a fully autonomous superintelligence that designs itself with little to no human intervention, making decisions in ways that humans cannot possibly understand. Yet the work of designing,...   More >

the Humanity of Artificial Intelligence