<< Monday, February 12, 2018 >>

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 >

EU Climate Leadership Post Paris

Lecture | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Max Gruenig, Ecologic Institute US

 Institute of European Studies

What can be expected from the EU and its member states in a time of internal turmoil and external challenges? How far along is the project of a European energy transition and what priority does energy efficiency and renewable energy take in the outgoing Juncker commission? What hope can be placed on the still new French president and what is emerging in Germany?

Max Gruenig is the President of...   More >

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 >

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.

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 >

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.

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 >

In Search of Modern Iran: A Lecture by Abbas Amanat

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

 Abbas Amanat, Yale University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Abbas Amanat will talk about the challenges and rewards of writing a longue dureé covering early modern and modern history of Iran. His new book: Iran: A Modern History (Yale University Press, 2017) looks at five centuries of national and transnational history and explores overarching themes that connect the history of the Safavids Empire and emergence of the religion-state symbiosis with modes...   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

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 >

Matthew Hull | Satisfied Callers: Police and Corporate Customer Service in India

Lecture | February 12 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 221 (Gifford Room)

 Matthew Hull, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Cyborg Linguistics (Townsend Center Working Group), Form and Formalism (Townsend Center Working Group)

A talk by anthropologist Dr. Matthew Hull.

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 >

New directions in obesity epidemiology: Sleep, dietary patterns, and body composition

Lecture | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Elizabeth Feliciano, ScD, MSc

 Public Health, School of

More than one-third of U.S. adults have obesity. Obesity epidemiology identifies the causes and consequences of obesity to inform intervention strategies. This presentation will: 1) define obesity as a metabolic phenotype; 2) present two examples of novel obesity risk factors: sleep and dietary patterns; and 3) discuss the importance of body composition to understanding obesity’s role in chronic...   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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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 >

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 >

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 >

History Graduate Association Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Priya Satia on Empire of Guns

Lecture | February 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Priya Satia, Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University

 Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)

The 2018 History Graduate Association Distinguished Alumni Lecture featuring Priya Satia of Stanford University: Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

Priya Satia was raised in Los Gatos, California, and educated at Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and here at UC Berkeley where she earned her Ph.D. in 2004. She is currently a Professor of...   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.

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 >

Valentine's iMix

Social Event | February 12 | 5-8 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Come join Berkeley International Office for a Valentine's themed movie night at the International House on February 12. Come meet new people from all over the globe while enjoying a fun and relaxing evening together.

The event will begin at 6:30 PM with snacks, candy, and drinks, as well as plenty of supplies to make DIY Valentine's cards for your friends. At 7, we'll settle in for a screening...   More >

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale And The American Tragedy In Vietnam

Lecture | February 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room | Note change in location

 Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

 Institute of International Studies

Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Boot’s latest book—The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the...   More >

Strategic Plan Town Hall

Meeting | February 12 | 5-6 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Office of Chancellor

Join the Strategic Planning Steering Committee co-chairs - Haas School of Business Dean Rich Lyons and Academic Senate Division Chair Lisa Alvarez-Cohen - as they lead a discussion of Berkeley's strategic planning process and take feedback from the campus community.

For more information, visit: strategicplan.berkeley.edu

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 >

R.A.D. for Men (Resisting Aggression with Defense

Special Event | February 12 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions | 6-8:30 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Mail Lounge

 Gender Equity Resource Center, Recreational Sports, RSSP, UCPD

Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower...   More >

$10 UCB Students Only

  Register online

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 >

Quantcast Tech Talk and Info-Session

Information Session | February 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Bring your resume to be entered in our raffle for a $100 gift card! Food and beverages will be provided.

Come to our tech talk event to learn how we uses AI, Big Data & Machine Learning to influence human behavior. You will get the opportunity to hear first-hand from our senior tech leaders at Quantcast. Also, our engineers will walk through and explain a technical question that you might see...   More >

The Clock Tower at Jaffa Gate, Sheikh Suleiman Jacir, the Jerusalem Hebron Road, and other disappearances

Lecture | February 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Emily Jacir, Artist and Filmmaker

 Arts + Design

Renowned for work that is as poetic as it is political and biographical, Emily Jacir will discuss her powerful artistic practice and address some of the crucial questions which inform her approach. Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historic material, performative gestures and in-depth research. Her projects...   More >

Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee

Meeting | February 12 | 7-8 p.m. |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Are you interested in planning UC Berkeley's 2018 Earth Week? Looking for a leadership opportunity to help make Earth Week a memorable campus-wide celebration? SERC is recruiting individual student leaders and/or student representatives from environmental student organizations to join the Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee.

Meetings will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 7-8pm in Sproul 102....   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.

¡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 >