Wednesday, November 8, 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.
Seminar | November 8 | 12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall
John Harte, UC Berkeley
Constrained maximization of information entropy yields least biased probability distributions. In statistical physics, this powerful inference method yields classical thermodynamics under the constraints implied by conservation laws. Here we apply this method to ecology, starting with logically necessary constraints formed from ratios of ecological state variables, and derive realistic abundance... More >
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 >
Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Molecular Mechanisms of Organelle Formation in Bacteria"
Seminar | November 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall
Arash Komeili, University of California, Berkeley
In the Komeili Lab, we have developed the tools to understand the molecular basis of magnetosome formation and magnetite biomineralization in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1. These advances have helped us to uncover the potential function of a large number of "magnetosome genes." The current efforts in the lab are centered around defining the specific functions of these factors and leveraging... More >
MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Emily Taylor "The Changing Thermal Landscape: New Technology Transforms Our Understanding of the Thermal Ecology of Lizards and Snakes"
Seminar | November 8 | 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 >
Colloquium | November 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Ramya Janandharan, Ethnic Studies; Julia Lewandoski, History; Daniel Suarez, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management; Caitlin Tom, Political Science
Join Canadian Studies for lunch and learn about research conducted in Canada by Berkeley graduate students:
Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
Workshop | November 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42
Maureen Kelly, Ed.D., LCSW, Be well at Work - Elder Care
Being a long distance caregiver to an elder brings its own set of challenges. Assessing needs and navigating resources from afar can be stressful and complicated. This interactive workshop examines when and how to help, how to locate resources in your elders area, and how to seek support for yourself.
Experience Effects: How Personal Lifetime Experiences Affect Financial Investment and Risk Attitudes
Colloquium | November 8 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Ulrike Malmendier, Professor, Haas School of Business
Malmendiers area of focus is the intersection of economics and finance, and why and how individuals make decisionsspecifically how individuals make mistakes and systematically biased decisions. Some of her work includes research on CEO overconfidence, the long-term frugality of Depression babies and the decision-making behind gym membership.
Presentation | November 8 | 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 Jacob Bjorseth and Gabriella Wellons.
Must have a UCB ID for entrance.
Workshop | November 8 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships
Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.
We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of... More >
Course | November 8 | 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 | November 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Oleg Lazarev, Columbia
In his proof of the $h$-cobordism theory, Smale showed how Morse functions on high-dimensional simply-connected manifolds can be manipulated and simplified. After reviewing smooth Morse theory, I will give an introduction to the symplectic analog, Weinstein manifolds, which can be manipulated in a similar way, and provide a large class of examples of symplectic manifolds.
Workshop | November 8 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms
J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.
At this workshop, you will... More >
Seminar | November 8 | 3-4 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Cory
Mina Karzand, MIT
We consider an online model for recommendation systems, with each user being recommended an item at each time-step and providing 'like or 'dislike feedback. A latent variable model specifies the user preferences: both users and items are clustered into types. \
Seminar | November 8 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Alan Hammond, U.C. Berkeley
Self-avoiding walk of length n on the integer lattice Z^d is the uniform measure on nearest-neighbour walks in Z^d that begin at the origin and are of length n. If such a walk closes, which is to say that the walk's endpoint neighbours the origin, it is natural to complete the missing edge connecting this endpoint and the origin. The result of doing so is a self-avoiding polygon. We investigate... More >
Seminar | November 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Stefano Piccolo, University of Padua
C. H. Li Memorial Lectures
Colloquium | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)
Alfred Z. Spector, Two Sigma
Over the last few decades, empiricism has become the third leg of computer science, adding to the fields traditional bases in mathematical analysis and engineering. This shift has occurred due to the sheer growth in the scale of computation, networking, and usage as well as progress in machine learning and related technologies. Resulting data-driven approaches have led to extremely powerful... More >
Colloquium | November 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room
Clara Mantini-Briggs, Departments of Anthropology and Demography, UC Berkeley
Even when health professionals embrace conceptions of health as a fundamental social right, health practitioners can embrace a framework that, in critical race scholar Denise Silva's terms, produces and regulates human condition and establishes (morally and intellectually) a distinct kind of human being. How can a professional commitment to prioritize the health of low-income racialized... More >
Workshop | November 8 | 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.
Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library
Panel Discussion | November 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 330, English Department Lounge
Expert speakers will answer questions and discuss the application process, including the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and the writing sample.
For more information, contact Professor James Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Emily Thornbury (email@example.com).
Investigations of the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide/The Future of Lithium Batteries: An Outlook on Ion Transport in Polymer Electrolytes
Colloquium | November 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall
Ezra Clark, Ph.D. student in the Bell Group; Danielle Pesko, Ph.D. student in the Balsara Group
Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Algebraic constructions of Markov duality functions
Seminar | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Jeffrey Kuan, Columbia University
Markov duality in spin chains and exclusion processes has found a wide variety of applications throughout probability theory. We review the duality of the asymmetric simple exclusion process (ASEP) and its underlying algebraic symmetry: in particular, there is an underlying quantum group and affine Lie algebra symmetry. We then explain how the algebraic structure leads to a wide generalization of... More >
Using Light and Photoregulated Allosteric Ligands for the Precise Spatiotemporal Control of mGluRs Activity In Vivo
Seminar | November 8 | 4 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition
Amadeu Llebaria, Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia
Seminar | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Oleg Lazarev, Columbia
By work of Cieliebak and Eliashberg, any Weinstein structure on Euclidean space that is not symplectomorphic to the standard symplectic structure necessarily has at least three critical points; an infinite collection of such exotic examples were constructed by McLean. Hence Smale's $h$-cobordism theorem fails in the symplectic setting. Nonetheless I will explain why this lower bound on the number... More >
Seminar | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Fabrizia Mealli, University of Florence
Interference arises when an individual's potential outcome
depends on the individual treatment and also on the treatment
of others. A common assumption in the causal inference literature in the
presence of interference is partial interference, implying that the
population can be partitioned in clusters of units whose potential
outcomes only depend on the treatment of other units within the... More >
Applied Math Seminar: A High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Variable-Coefficient Advection-Diffusion Problems
Seminar | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Raunak Borker, Stanford University
A high-order discontinuous Galerkin method with Lagrange multipliers (DGLM) is presented for the solution of the steady advection-diffusion equation with a variable advection field in the high Peclet number regime. In this regime, the standard finite element method (FEM) might produce non-physical oscillations in the solution at practical mesh resolutions. Like a Discontinuous Enrichment Method... More >
Workshop | November 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab (Barrows 350)
In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the basics of creating a WordPress site, a web-based platform good for blogs, scholarly portfolios, and websites. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to post content, embed images and video, customize themes and appearance, and work with plugins. Please bring a laptop if possible.
Seminar | November 8 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall
Sam Alexander, Endicott College; Madison Moore, King's College, London
Works-in-progress seminar with pre-circulated readings
Career Fair | November 8 | 5-7:30 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room
Berkeley Food Institute, BEACN, FEED, FoodInno, Food@Haas, Food and Agriculture Policy Group, Food Science and Tech at Cal, GradFood, Berkeley Food Institute Undergraduate and Graduate Student Councils, UC Global Food Initiative Student Ambassador
Interested in a career in transforming food systems? Come network with local leaders from across the food and agriculture sector.
Seminar | November 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall
Sahar Yousef & Lucas Miller
Thriving in Science
Panel Discussion | November 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. | A1 Hearst Field Annex
Cal Berkeley Democrats, Cal Berkeley Democrats
Berkeley Conservative Society, Berkeley Conservative Society
Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement
Come out to see Cal Berkeley Democrats debate the Berkeley Conservative Society! Both sides will debate their views on current political topics, ranging from foreign policy to healthcare. We encourage people of all political views to come and watch, and to watch their peers engage in debate.