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Monday, February 5, 2018

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 5 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Symposium of Fuzzy Logic and Fuzzy Sets: A Tribute to Lotfi Zadeh

Conference/Symposium | February 5 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A symposium that honors of the life and research of pioneer Lotfi Zadeh, widely recognized as the "Father of Fuzzy Logic." Speakers will discuss Zadeh's wide-ranging influence and lasting contributions to computer science, statistical analysis, and the foundations of mathematics.

“Our People Are Worth The Risk”: Race, Identification, and the Formation of Political Community

Colloquium | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Lisa Beard, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the University of California, Riverside

 Department of Ethnic Studies

When civil rights organizer Ella Baker asked the question, “Who are your people?,” she was issuing not only the geographic question “where do you come from?” but also the political question “with whom do you identify?” (Ransby, 2003). This question of identification as a political act is likewise registered by anticolonial feminist philosopher María Lugones, who insists that, “we must constantly...   More >

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2018 application deadline, Feb 22, 2018

Information Session | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 262 Evans Hall

 Marcia Condon, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about Berkeley's program in DC, where students from any major intern and research in Washington DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | February 5 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Yotam Shem-Tov; Johannes Hermle

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Johannes Hermle - "Gender Norms and the Relative Income Distribution within Married Couples: Evidence from German Tax Data”

Yotam Shem-Tov - "New Estimates of the Incapacitation and Criminogenic Effects of Prison"

  RSVP online by January 30.

What is Stereo Good For?

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Suzanne McKee, PhD, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Lab Director

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: All primates, including, of course, humans, have evolved to have forward-facing eyes; each eye sees almost the same view of the world. By giving up the view of possible predators approaching from behind, our species gained highly precise stereopsis. The median stereoacuity for college students is 12” (Coutant & Westheimer,1992); it is roughly half this value for practiced subjects...   More >

“Our People Are Worth The Risk”: Race, Identification, and the Formation of Political Community

Colloquium | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Lisa Beard

 Department of Ethnic Studies

When civil rights organizer Ella Baker asked the question, “Who are your people?,” she was issuing not only the geographic question “where do you come from?” but also the political question “with whom do you identify?” (Ransby, 2003). This question of identification as a political act is likewise registered by anticolonial feminist philosopher María Lugones, who insists that, “we must constantly...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Singular loci of Schur hypersurfaces

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Elizabeth Ferme, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Schur polynomials are important objects in algebraic combinatorics, as they form an orthonormal basis for the vector space of symmetric polynomials. We study Schur hypersurfaces, the zero set of Schur polynomials in projective space. In particular, we focus on the points where these hypersurfaces are singular. I will present results regarding when this structure is simple, walk through an example...   More >

How adolescents navigate uncertainty, with a little help from their friends

Colloquium | February 5 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Wouter van den Bos, Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

 Institute of Human Development

Despite the increased prevalence of adolescent risk-taking behavior in the real world, laboratory evidence of adolescent specific risk taking propensity remains scarce. In contrast with the lab, adolescents in the real world often have only incomplete information about risks. There is currently very little known about how adolescents make decisions under these uncertain conditions. To address...   More >

What's in a grape? Science, politics, and the race for authenticity in the West Bank wineries

Lecture | February 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ariel Handel, Tel Aviv University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Lecture by Ariel Handel on the wine industry in Israel-Palestine.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Bi-Boolean Independence for Pairs of Algebras (after Gu and Skoufranis)

Seminar | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will introduce some of the basic ideas related to bi-Boolean independence. After establishing a combinatorial characterization of bi-Boolean independence, we will consider the associated convolutions and transforms of this independence. Time permitting, we will also establish some additive bi-Boolean limit theorems.

Anthropology 290 Speaker Series:: Critical Perspectives on Free Speech

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Nicholas Dirks, Anthropology and Histroy; Rosemary Joyce, Anthropology; Christopher Kutz,, Law School

 Charles L. Briggs, Anthropology

 Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to invite you to an
Anthropology 290 panel discussion. The goal is to bring a range of
perspectives to bear on the task of rethinking the analytic and political

underpinnings of debates centering on “free speech.”

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Chain level loop bracket and pseudo-holomorphic disks

Seminar | February 5 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kei Irie, Kyoto

 Department of Mathematics

Let $L$ be a Lagrangian submanifold in a symplectic vector space which is closed, oriented and spin. Using virtual fundamental chains of moduli spaces of nonconstant pseudo-holomorphic disks with boundaries on $L$, one can define a Maurer-Cartan element of a Lie bracket operation in string topology (the loop bracket) defined at chain level. This observation is due to Fukaya, who also pointed out...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Automorphy of mod 3 representations over CM fields

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

 Patrick Allen, UIUC

 Department of Mathematics

Wiles's proof of the modularity of semistable elliptic curves over the rationals uses, as a starting point, the Langlands-Tunnell theorem, which implies that the mod 3 Galois representation attached to an elliptic curve over the rationals arises from a modular form of weight one. In order to feed this into modularity lifting theorems, one needs to use congruences between modular forms of weight...   More >

Wenpin Tang - Optimal Surviving Strategy For The Up The River Problem

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

 Wenpin Tang, UCLA

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Nowadays there are more and more people living on the planet, but the available resources are very limited. So an interesting question is how to allocate the limited resources to maximize our welfare.

Dr. David Knowles, Departments of Genetics and Radiology, Stanford University: Probabilistic models of transcriptomic dysregulation in human disease

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Transcription, the fundamental cellular process by which DNA is copied to RNA, is tightly regulated in healthy human development but frequently dysregulated in disease. During or shortly after transcription, regions known as “introns” are spliced out of the RNA to produce mature “messenger” RNA. Massively parallel sequencing of RNA (RNA-seq) has become a ubiquitous technology in...   More >

IB Seminar: Biodiversity Genomics: Genome Structure, Sex, and Recombination

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Matthew Fujita, University of Texas at Arlington

 Department of Integrative Biology

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Fredholm theory and the resolvent of the Laplacian near zero energy on asymptotically conic spaces

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 András Vasy, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

We consider geometric generalizations of Euclidean low energy resolvent estimates, such as estimates for the resolvent of the Euclidean Laplacian plus a decaying potential, in a Fredholm framework. More precisely, the setting is that of perturbations \(P(\sigma )\) of the spectral family of the Laplacian \(\Delta _g-\sigma ^2\) on asymptotically conic spaces \((X,g)\) of dimension at least \(3\),...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Dynamic Information Acquisition from Multiple Sources"

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

 Xiaosheng Mu, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

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

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Open Gromov-Witten invariants and the HOMFLY skein relation

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Tobias Ekholm, Uppsala

 Department of Mathematics

Results of Witten and Ooguri-Vafa relate the HOMFLY polynomial of a link in the 3-sphere to the open topological string partition function of the Lagrangian conormal of the link, moved from the cotangent bundle of the 3-sphere to the resolved conifold. The mathematical counterpart of open topological string is open Gromov-Witten theory. We construct open Gromov-Witten invariants of conormal...   More >

Farmer perceptions and preferences for achieving groundwater sustainability in California

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

 Dr. Meredith Niles, University of Vermont

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In 2014 California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which aims to achieve groundwater sustainability across California by 2040. This sweeping policy, largely being administered and implemented at the local level, could have significant impacts on how California manages water. This is especially true for agriculture, which is the largest human use of water. This work...   More >


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The Influence of Kindness and Community in Broadening Participation in STEM Careers

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

 Mica Estrada, University of California, San Francisco

 Graduate School of Education

African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are historically underrepresented (HU) among Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degree earners and career pathways. Why do we stay and why do we go? Viewed from a perspective of social influence, the pattern suggests that HU people do not become part of STEM communities at the same rate as non-HU students. Building on Kelman’s...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Dynamic Information Acquisition from Multiple Sources"

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

 Xiaosheng Mu, Harvard Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Game Theory, Decision Theory, Behavioral Economics

John E. Cort | No One Gives like the Guru

Lecture | February 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions and the Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies at Denison University

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

A talk by John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions and the Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies at Denison University.

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 >

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 >

Connectivity as Human Right

Lecture | February 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Nicholas Negroponte, Architect at MIT

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Nicholas Negroponte is the co-founder (with Jerome B. Wiesner) of the MIT Media Lab (1985), which he directed for its first 20 years. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. He gave the first TED talk in 1984, as well as 13 since. He is author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been...   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!

¡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 >