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Monday, January 29, 2018

The Green Initiative Fund Early Abstracts Due

Deadline | January 29 | 102 Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

TGIF awards grants for sustainability related projects on campus. During this spring, TGIF is launching an Environmental Justice Thematic Grant Cycle! There is $75,000 for Environmental Justice-themed grants (out of $300,000 available)

To learn more and apply, visit: http://tgif.berkeley.edu/index.php/apply/spring-grants

Combinatorics Seminar: Permutations, tensor products, and Cuntz algebra automorphism

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Francesco Brenti, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce and study a new class of permutations which arises from the automorphisms of the Cuntz algebra. I will define this class, explain its relation to the Cuntz algebra, present results about symmetries, constructions, characterizations, and enumeration of these permutations, and discuss some open problems and conjectures. This is joint work with Roberto Conti.

In a Field of Patriarchy: Gender Politics and Freedom Dreams During the United Farm Worker Movement: Book Talk with Assistant Professor Christian Paiz

Lecture | January 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Director's Room

 Christian Paiz, Ethnic Studies Department

 UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Absent in farmworker historiographies are the voices of farmworker women who speak of patriarchal and racialized exploitation in post World War II California. For many, patriarchal power originated in domestic violence, strict gender roles and autonomy-denying social conditions. Using original oral interviews, this presentation foregrounds the patriarchal relations within the Mexican farmworker...   More >

Long Term Adaptation in Vision

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Stephen Engel, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Psychology

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Experience with the environment dramatically influences how we act, think, and perceive; understanding the neural plasticity that supports such change is a long-standing goal in cognitive neuroscience. In the visual system, neural function alters dramatically as people adapt to changes in their visual world. Most past work, however, has altered visual input only over the short-term,...   More >

I see you: Social gaze as a window of opportunity in early brain development

Colloquium | January 29 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Ronny Geva, The Gonda Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, Israel

 Department of Psychology

Social bonding—including the social learning that underpins the creation of early emotional ties between infants and their caretakers—are among the most fundamental developmental processes for human survival and well-being. Social attention is thought to play a crucial role in these processes, but little is known about the neurodevelopmental mechanisms—particularly regarding the involvement of...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Tim Jeffers, Graduate Student, PMB; Daniel Westcott, Graduate Student, 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 >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Matilde Bombardini, University of British Columbia

 Department of Economics

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

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Monotone Convolution

Seminar | January 29 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Naofumi Muraki, Iwate Prefectural University

 Department of Mathematics

Monotone independence is another notion of independence in non-commutative probability theory which differs from classical, free and Boolean independences. In this talk I will derive a basic formula for monotone convolution of probability measures where the reciprocal Cauchy transform plays a role similar to the one played by the Fourier transform in classical probability.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Continuous quantities with respect to measured Gromov-Hausdorff convergence

Seminar | January 29 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Shouhei Honda, Tohoku University

 Department of Mathematics

One of main purposes in the convergence theory (with uniform Ricci bounds from below) is to find geometric/analytic quantities which are continuous with respect to measured Gromov-Hausdorff convergence. The diameter is a trivial geometric example. On the other hand the \(k^{th}\) eigenvalue of the Laplacian is a nontrivial analytic example for all \(k\), which was proven by Cheeger-Colding. In...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Arithmetic representations of fundamental groups

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Daniel Litt, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Let $X$ be an algebraic variety over a field $k$. Which representations of $\pi _1(X)$ arise from geometry, e.g. as monodromy representations on the cohomology of a family of varieties over $X$? We study this question by analyzing the action of the Galois group of $k$ on the fundamental group of $X$, and prove several fundamental structural results about this action.

As a sample application of...   More >

Laurent El Ghaoui- Lifted Neural Nets: Beyond The Grip Of Stochastic Gradients In Deep Learning

Seminar | January 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Laurent El Ghaoui, UC Berkeley IEOR

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We describe a novel family of models of multi-layer feedforward neural networks, where the activation functions are encoded via penalties in the training problem. The new framework allows for algorithms such as block-coordinate descent methods to be applied, in which each step is composed of simple (no hidden layer) supervised learning problems that are parallelizable across layers, or...   More >

Provably Secure Machine Learning

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jacob Steinhardt, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Deployed machine learning systems create a new class of computer security vulnerabilities
where, rather than attacking the integrity of the software itself, malicious actors exploit the
statistical nature of the learning algorithms. For instance, attackers can add fake training data,
or strategically manipulate input covariates at test time.

Attempts so far to defend against these...   More >

Documenting A Precautionary Tale: How the Story of One Small Italian Town’s Fight for a Pesticide-Free Future Changed the International Narrative

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Philip Ackerman-Leist, Green Mountain College; Douglas Gayeton, Lexicon of Sustainability

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Philip Ackerman-Leist and Douglas Gayeton will share insights from their three-year collaboration in capturing the dramatic story of how the town of Mals in the Italian Alps became the first town in the world to ban all pesticides.

  Register online

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Thickness and Competition in Ride-sharing Markets"

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Afshin Nikzad, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

This is a job market seminar. Note the change in location.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Fourier dimension for limit sets

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Semyon Dyatlov, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

For a finite measure \(\mu \) on the real line, its Fourier dimension is defined using the rate of polynomial decay of the Fourier transform \(\hat \mu \). The Fourier dimension of \(\mu \) may be much smaller than the Hausdorff dimension of the support of \(\mu \): a classical example is the Cantor measure on the mid-third Cantor set which has Fourier dimension equal to 0.

I will present a...   More >

Biochemistry in the genomic era

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Daniel Herschlag, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Snacking on Science

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Zeke Kossover, Exploratorium

 Graduate School of Education

Finding science activities that work is the first step for a new teacher. Putting activities into an order that maximizes understanding is next. A collaboration between experienced secondary teachers and scientists at the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute has created a collection of over 250 science activities we call "Snacks." Now we are working on creating sequences that help teachers learn how...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Thickness and Competition in Ride-sharing Markets"

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Afshin Nikzad, Stanford University - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Market and Mechanism design, (Combinatorial) Optimization, Algorithms

Comics as Feminist Intervention: The reading and making of 'Lissa: a graphic novel about medical promise, friendship, and revolution

Lecture | January 29 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 204 Wheeler Hall

 Sherine Hamdy, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

'Lissa' debuted as the first book in a new series of ethnoGRAPHICs, combining anthropological insight with comics form.

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 22 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter (check for location updates). This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases (water, soda, coffee, tea, beer, etc.), but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and...   More >

Research/Funding Opportunities Workshop (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | January 29 | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Indexical Ambivalence with Kris Paulsen: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | January 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Kris Paulsen, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art and the Film Studies Program, The Ohio State University

 Arts + Design

Interfaces are boundaries and dividing lines. They are surfaces that maintain the distinction between discrete portions of matter and space, but they also create the site for their encounter and interaction. The interface is a place where opposites touch: here and there, now and then, I and you, actual and virtual, true and false. Screens make for particularly troubling interfaces, for they enact...   More >

Indexical Ambivalence with Kris Paulsen

Lecture | January 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Auditorium

 Kris Paulsen

 History and Theory of New Media Lecture

Kris Paulsen is Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and the Film Studies Program at The Ohio State University. She will be discussing the telepresence, touch, and art at the interface.

A9 Info-Session

Information Session | January 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A9.com, an Amazon company, creates powerful, customer- focused search and advertising solutions and technologies. During our info session, we will provide an overview of our core teams and a glimpse into some of the problems we are solving. We'll also talk about what it's like working at A9 and answer any questions you have about developing world-class Amazon scale technology.

There will be...   More >

Indexical Ambivalence

Lecture | January 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Auditorium

 Kris Paulsen, Associate Professor at Ohio State University

 Berkeley Center for New Media, History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series

Interfaces are boundaries and dividing lines. They are surfaces that maintain the distinction between discrete portions of matter and space, but they also create the site for their encounter and interaction. The interface is a place where opposites touch: here and there, now and then, I and you, actual and virtual, true and false. Screens make for particularly troubling interfaces, for they enact...   More >

Labor Coach Program Spring 18 Infosession

Information Session | January 29 | 8-9 p.m. | 175 Barrows Hall

 Gillian Xu, Labor Coach Program

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Come learn what Labor Coach Program is all about! We provide emotional support and language interpretation for monolingual pregnant mothers throughout their labor and birth. If you're interested in helping the community, interpreting/translating, and working with mothers and babies, then this might be the club for you! You must be fluent in speaking one of the following languages: Burmese,...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Environmental Design Archives Exhibition: Hollywood and Vine

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.

ARCH Exhibition: 2017 Branner & Stump Fellows

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 29 – February 9, 2018 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: JAN 29-FEB 9, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. The 2017 Branner &amp; Stump Fellows Exhibition surveys the experiences and findings of recent fellowship recipients after their international travels. Free and open to the public!

Horizontals: Rusted

Exhibit - Photography | January 3 – February 1, 2018 every day |  Faculty Club

 Faculty Club

“Horizontals: Rusted." Sally Mack’s new abstract photos are the result of her year-long exploration of industrial rust at Mare Island shipyard near Vallejo CA. Initially intrigued by the scale of rusted materials, the details fascinated her. Horizontal bands of color changed with the light; vivid colors brought out in bright sunlight. Please stop by The Faculty Club to view the photos, they may...   More >

ARCH Exhibition: Americans on the Road (1950-1980)

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 17 – February 2, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: JAN 17-FEB 2, MON-FRI 12-7pm. This exhibition investigates a period when Americans took to the road in record numbers, creating a culture of tourism and commerce and transforming space and time in unprecedented ways. Open to the public!

Remnants, Paintings by Michael Hall

Exhibit - Painting | January 29 | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Michael Hall, an artist whose perspective is deeply shaped by his family’s military background, presents Remnants, a selection of paintings on display at the Townsend Center.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >