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Monday, February 12, 2018

Social Science and Humanities Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 12 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Jeff Vance Martin, SURF Advisor

 Office of Undergraduate Research

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in social science and humanities disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar:: Cu homeostasis in Chlamydomonas, handling economy to excess

Seminar | February 12 | 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Sabeeha Merchant, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Combinatorics Seminar: Money changing problems on affine semigroups

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

 Jesus De Loera, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

An affine semigroup is a semigroup (always containing a neutral element) which is finitely generated and can be embedded in $Z^d$ . I care about them because they are the algebraic combinatorics analogues of convex polyhedral cones and because they are at the cross-roads of convex geometry, algebraic geometry, commutative algebra and combinatorics among others (e.g., they constitute the...   More >

Seismic Hazard Analysis, Capturing Uncertainty in the Post-Truth Era: SEMM and GeoSystems joint seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. William Lettis, Lettis Consultants Internationsl, Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The earthquake engineering community and regulatory agencies are moving, at varying rates, toward risk-informed engineering decisions and design. Risk-informed decision making, in turn, requires that probabilistic seismic hazard analyses explicitly and transparently incorporate uncertainty in hazard-significant seismic source and ground motion parameters.

PF Lunch Seminar:

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

 Francis Wong; Jonathan Holmes

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

12:10pm - Francis Wong - "Persistent Financial Distress After the Great Recession"

1pm - Jonathan Holmes - "How the Price of Physician Visits Affects Patient Welfare (When the Insurer Pays)"

  RSVP online by February 8.

The Link between Blur, Refractive Correction and Falls

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

 David Elliot, PhD, Professor, Bradford University, UK

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Falls are common and represent a very serious health risk for older people. They are not random events as falls are linked to a range of intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors. Vision provides a significant input to postural control in addition to providing information about the size and position of hazards and obstacles in the travel pathway and allows us to safely negotiate steps and...   More >

Neural Mechanisms of the Development of Face Perception

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

 Kalanit Grill-Spector, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

How do brain mechanisms develop from childhood to adulthood? There is extensive debate if brain development is due to pruning of excess neurons, synapses, and connections, leading to reduction of responses to irrelevant stimuli, or if development is associated with growth of dendritic arbors, synapses, and myelination leading to increased responses and selectivity to relevant stimuli. Our...   More >

Neural Mechanisms of the Development of Face Perception

Colloquium | February 12 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room (3105)

 Kalanit Grill-Spector, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How do brain mechanisms develop from childhood to adulthood? There is extensive debate if brain development is due to pruning of excess neurons, synapses, and connections, leading to reduction of responses to irrelevant stimuli, or if development is associated with growth of dendritic arbors, synapses, and myelination leading to increased responses and selectivity to relevant stimuli. Our...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall | Canceled

 Jong Duk Park, 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 >

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | C320 Haas School of Business

 Scott Nelson, MIT

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

Political Economy Seminar

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

 Guo Xu, Berkeley

 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: Asymptotics for a class of meandric systems, via the Hasse diagram of $NC(n)$

Seminar | February 12 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Alexandru Nica, University of Waterloo

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a joint paper with Ian Goulden and Doron Puder (arXiv:1708.05188), concerning a family of diagrammatic objects called meandric systems. These objects have received a substantial amount of interest from mathematical physicists and from combinatorialists, and the study of the number of components of a random meandric system offers some very appealing, yet difficult problems. In...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Eigenvalue estimates and differential form Laplacians on Alexandrov spaces

Seminar | February 12 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 John Lott, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In S.-Y. Cheng's Berkeley thesis from 1974, he gave upper bounds on the eigenvalues of the function Laplacian on a compact Riemannian manifold, in terms of geometric data. I will give an extension of Cheng's results to the differential form Laplacian. The proof uses Alexandrov spaces, i.e. metric spaces with curvature bounded below. I will also construct differential form Laplacians on Alexandrov...   More >

Novel Statistical Tools for Single Molecule Biophysics: A foray into Bayesian nonparametrics

Seminar | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Steve Pressé, Arizona State University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

One route to modeling biophysical dynamics involves the bottom-up, molecular simulation, approach. In this approach, approximate classical potentials are used to simulate short time local motions in order draw insight on dynamics at longer time and larger length scales. Here we take a different route. Instead we present a top-bottom approach to building models of single molecule conformational...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: Live Cell Fluorescence Imaging

Seminar | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Ralph Jimenez, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado

 College of Chemistry

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Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The $p$-adic Jacquet-Langlands correspondence and a question of Serre

Seminar | February 12 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Sean Howe, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar Format: The seminar consists of two 50-minute talks, a pre-talk (3:10-4:00) and an advanced talk (4:10-5:00), with a 10-minute break (4:00-4:10) between them. The advanced talk is a regular formal presentation about recent research results to general audiences in arithmetic geometry and number theory; the pre-talk (3:10-4:00) is to introduce some prerequisites or background for the...   More >

Georgina Hall - LP, SOCP, and optimization-free approaches to sum of squares optimization

Seminar | February 12 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Georgina Hall, Princeton University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

The problem of optimizing over the cone of nonnegative polynomials is a fundamental problem in computational mathematics, with applications to polynomial optimization, control, machine learning, game theory, and combinatorics, among others.

A Radical S-adenosylmethionine-Dependent Enzyme that Isn’t So Radical

Seminar | February 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Squire Booker, Penn State

 College of Chemistry

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Edge (resonant) states for 1D bi-periodic systems

Seminar | February 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexis Drouot, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

We study the bifurcation of Dirac points under the introduction of edges in certain periodic systems. For honeycomb Schrodinger operators, Fefferman, Lee-Thorp and Weinstein showed that if introducing the edge opens an essential spectral gap near the Dirac energy, then the perturbed operator has an edge-localized eigenstate. This state is associated to the topologically protected zero-mode of a...   More >

Embracing Wikipedia-editing as a teaching and learning strategy in higher ed: The case of medical schools

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Amin Azzam, University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Berkeley; Samuel Merritt University

 Graduate School of Education

As of March 2017, Wikipedia had nearly 30,000 articles on medical topics in English that were collectively viewed more than 10 million times per day. However most of the content in Wikipedia’s health articles was created by a few hundred dedicated contributors, and approximately 75% of existing articles remain in the “start” or “stub” stage of development.  However, in 2017, Wikipedia-editing...   More >

The Displacement of Borders among Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hyun-Gwi Park, University of Cambridge

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Mongolia Initiative

Since the late nineteenth century, ethnic Koreans have represented a small yet significant portion of the population of the Russian Far East, but until now, the phenomenon has been largely understudied. Based on extensive historical and ethnographic research, this is the first book in English to chart the contemporary social life of Koreans in the complex borderland region. Dispelling the...   More >

Ludmila Ulitskaya’s Daniel Stein: Teenage Translator, Trusted Tour Guide, and a Text Transfigured

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Professor Emerita, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This is the first lecture of the Spring 2018 Slavic Graduate Colloquium lecture series.

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 >