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Monday, November 6, 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.

Food, Agriculture and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond

Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Archaeological Research Facility, Berkeley Food Institute, Department of Anthropology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The goal of this workshop is to link local and regional case studies of food, agriculture, and human-environmental interaction with the broader discussion of global environmental issues and long-term sustainability. Special emphasis is on case studies from Japan, East Asia and the North Pacific Rim.

2017 Resources Roundtable: Feeding The World at 9 Billion

Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative is pleased to present the 2017 Resources Roundtable:
Feeding The World at 9 Billion: Global Challenges for Food Production in a Compromised Environment
The triple threat of climate change, soil degradation, and water shortage are increasingly pressuring our food systems. Meanwhile, human population continues to grow exponentially in some of the...   More >

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Seismic Isolation of Sensitive Equipment: Semm Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Amarnath Kasalanati, Associate Director, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Seismic isolation has been used effectively over the past three decades to protect contents of structures. This presentation discusses seismic isolation of equipment using a multi-directional spring, which provides much better damping and self-centering capability.

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Mehmet N Agaoglu

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Title: Miniature eye movements are tuned but not optimal for fine discrimination at the fovea

Abstract: Human eyes are never stable, even during attempts of maintaining gaze on a visual target. Considering transient response characteristics of retinal ganglion cells, a certain amount of motion of the eyes is required to efficiently encode information and to prevent neural adaptation. However,...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Schubert polynomials and slide polynomials

Seminar | November 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dominic Searles, University of Southern California

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a new basis for the polynomial ring called the slide polynomials, which contains Gessel's fundamental basis of quasisymmetric polynomials. One aim is to better understand the geometrically-important basis of Schubert polynomials, whose structure constants count intersection points of triples of Schubert subvarieties of the complete flag variety. Schubert polynomials expand positively...   More >

Longitudinal Dynamic Models for Examining the Development of Fluid Reasoning

Colloquium | November 6 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Emilio Ferrer, Department of Psychology, UC Davis

 Department of Psychology

In this presentation I discuss structural equation modeling as a framework for examining developmental processes. First, I present some principles of longitudinal research that underlie both study designs and statistical models for longitudinal data. I then describe models that focus on mechanisms of within-person change, and demonstrate their use for examining developmental processes. I...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Post Doc Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Steven Ahrendt, PMB; Zach Barth, 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).

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | November 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 David Schonholzer, PhD Student, Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

String-Math Seminar: Knots quivers correspondence

Seminar | November 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Poitr Sulkowski, U. OF WARSAW, CALTECH

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a surprising relation between knot invariants and quiver representation theory, motivated by various string theory constructions involving BPS states. Consequences of this relation include the proof of the famous Labastida-Marino-Ooguri-Vafa conjecture (at least for symmetric representations), explicit (and unknown before) formulas for colored HOMFLY polynomials for various knots,...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: The Legendrian topology of surface triangulations

Seminar | November 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H

 Roger Casals, MIT and UCL

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce a class of Legendrian wavefronts associated to surface triangulations. First, I will explain the interplay between the Legendrian isotopy type and the combinatorics of the triangulation. In particular, we will be connecting symplectic geometry and graph theory. Then I will discuss the Floer theory of these wavefronts and provide a description of their dg-algebras....   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Regularity of polynomials in free variables ( after Charlesworth and Shlyakhtenko)

Seminar | November 6 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postodoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent paper of Charlesworth and Shlyakhtenko in which it is shown that if an $n$-tuple of operators has free entropy dimension $n$, then every selfadjoint polynomial in these operators has an atomless spectral measure.

Modern Estimation of Information Theoretic Functionals

Seminar | November 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Jiantao Jiao

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modern inferential tasks—ranging from graphical model learning to image registration to inference of gene regulatory networks—frequently involve estimation of information theoretic functionals such as entropy, mutual information, Kullback–Leibler divergence, and total variation distance. This talk will focus on recent progress in our understanding of the performance, structure, and deployment of...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Heights in families of abelian varieties and the Geometric Bogomolov Conjecture

Seminar | November 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ziyang Gao, Princeton University/CNRS

 Department of Mathematics

Given an abelian scheme over a smooth curve over a number field, we can associate two height functions: the fiberwise defined Neron-Tate height and a height function on the base curve. For any irreducible subvariety X of this abelian scheme, we prove that the Neron-Tate height of any point in an explicit Zariski open subset of X can be uniformly bounded from below by the height of its projection...   More >

Bob Oliver — Fishy Predictions or Fish Stew

Seminar | November 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Bob Oliver, UC Berkeley IEOR

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Because of current federal laws on endangered fish species, water exports to California Aqueducts in San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are restricted by a combination of low Delta Smelt counts and densities in the Bay Delta and judgments by experts. This seminar suggests some ways in which Bayes’ Factors and combinations of forests of Information Odds Scores can help us improve our...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Automatic transversality and contact homology with applications to dynamics

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

 Jo Nelson, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss regularity results for the cylindrical contact homology of 3-dimensional prequantization bundles and explain how they are compatible with Morse-Bott computational methods. We will also explore applications to quantitative questions in dynamics, such as the refined Conley Conjecture, as previously anticipated by Ginzburg-Gürel-Macarini.

Analyzing RNA polymerase II with genomics approaches: an old dog with new tricks?

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Julia Zeitlinger, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

 College of Chemistry

Design Field Notes: M. Paz Gutierrez

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Architect, researcher, and Berkeley faculty member M. Paz Gutierrez will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

Seminar 271, Development: "Jobs for Sale: Corruption and Misallocation in Hiring"

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jeff Weaver, USC/UCSD

 Department of Economics

What kinds of models are most powerful for supporting science learning?: Models that integrate mechanism

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh

 Graduate School of Education

In science, models often serve as the bridge between empirical and theoretical, what was found and what is thought to be. Mathematical and computational transformations often play a central, but perhaps partially hidden, role in this bridge. These mathematical transformations can be approached in very transactional terms, necessary evils of little theoretical value to conceptual reasoning. Or the...   More >

Python FUN!damentals: Part 1

Workshop | November 6 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Chris Gagne, D-Lab


This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

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SLAM: Grow Your Own Scientists: Research with Undergraduates

Seminar | November 6 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Miriam Bowring, Reed College

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

A Panel on Keeping the Arts Alive at the Berkeley Forum

Seminar | November 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 219 Dwinelle Hall

 The Berkeley Forum

Fine arts organizations across multiple genres and styles are experiencing dwindling audience numbers. As it currently stands, many organizations are reliant on older populations as their primary patrons. This event will bring together artists from multiple fields to discuss how they see their fields innovating in this changing world as well as what is necessary to keep the arts alive for future...   More >

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Dissertation Talk: Alternate Representations for Scalable Analysis and Control of Heterogeneous Time Series

Presentation | November 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Francois Belletti, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A plethora of algorithms and theories developed in the field of Machine Learning enable better identification of system dynamics and extensive control of the corresponding systems. However, the vast majority of research focuses on problems dealing with homogenous observation data sets or control environment.

Such a setting is not representative of the actual way data sets are collected and the...   More >