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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Human- Nature Interactions

Seminar | February 27 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Kaitlyn Gaynor, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Erik Sathe, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Kaitlyn Gaynor speaks on The Graduates about her work observing large mammals in Mendocino County, Kenya, and Mozambique. Kaitlyn studies interactions between humans and nature.

Total Synthesis of Neurologically Active Terpenoid Natural Products

Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Tim Newhouse, Department of Chemistry, Yale University

 College of Chemistry

This talk will describe the total synthesis of neurologically active terpenoid natural products using novel strategies and methodologies for step-efficient syntheses. Methodological developments in the area of allyl-palladium catalysis will be described in detail that have allowed for alpha,beta-dehydrogenation of a variety of carbonyl compounds. Unique strategies and key retrosynthetic...   More >

Enhancing Seismic Performance through Protective Structural Systems

Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Tracy Becker

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

While major advances have been made in seismic design, there still exists a large disconnect between the performance level that buildings are designed to achieve and the performance level required for community resiliency. Although current building codes limit fatalities in new construction, they do little to limit socioeconomic losses.

Gender and Ethnic Equity at the University of California: A Historical Accounting

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall (Level D)

 Zachary Bleemer, Director, UC Cliometric History Project, Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The University of California, in all of its departments, has been open to students of all types and backgrounds since it opened. More than 10 percent of graduates of UC's medical schools were women almost every year after the 1890s, and the proportion of female undergraduates at UC campuses has historically been much higher than that of most private universities in California. Evidence of ethnic...   More >

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Threatened Scholars: A Panel on Responses to Attacks on Academic Freedom Around the World

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Karen Barkey, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity, University of California, Berkeley; Liora Israël, Senior Researcher in Sociology, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)

 Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley; Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

 Social Science Matrix

Scholars working around the world often come under threat of persecution or harassment, whether from oppressive governments or other sources. This panel will address different types of threats facing scholars around the world, as well as as solutions that have been developed by governments, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

Campanile at Dusk

Understanding the Tunisian Anomaly: An Inquiry into a History of Reform

Colloquium | February 27 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President, Columbia Global Centers and Global Development

 Center for African Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country's first-ever democratically elected...   More >

Development Lunch: "Managers in the public sector"

Seminar | February 27 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandra Fenizia

 Department of Economics

Mobile Health Technologies to Improve Behavioral Health in Underserved Populations

Colloquium | February 27 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Adrian Aguilera, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Aguilera will discuss his research developing and testing an automated text messaging intervention as an adjunct to treatment in a public sector integrated behavioral healthcare clinic. He will detail findings from a clinical trial and discuss how data can be utilized to improve monitoring of depression and detection of key intervention points. Key findings are that 1) automated texting...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | February 27 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue discussion Kronheimer-Mrowka's instanton homology of webs and a version with twisted coefficients.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Vincenzo Quadrini, USC Marshall

 Department of Economics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Coming apart? Cultural distances in the United States over time"

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Emir Kamenica, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: 3rd year talks

Colloquium | February 27 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Nick Angelides, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley; Vinitha Rangarajan, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Divisors on matroids and their volumes

Seminar | February 27 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical volume polynomial in algebraic geometry measures the volumes of ample (and nef) divisors on a smooth projective variety. We introduce an analogous volume polynomial for matroids, and give a complete combinatorial formula. For a realizable matroid, we thus obtain an explicit formula for the classical volume polynomial of the associated wonderful compactification. We then define an...   More >

A Journey of Pain, Purpose, and Perseverance: A special seminar in memory of Shakir Cannon, sickle cell patient advocate and leading voice in discussions on CRISPR Genome Editing, Precision Medicine, and Social Justice.

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Michael Friend, Co-founder, Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine, Health Ministries Network

 Innovative Genomics Institute

Despite being the first “molecular disease” ever discovered, and despite being the most common genetic disease in the US, sickle cell disease (SCD), a disease that predominantly affects people from African descent, is still a truly devastating disease with no universal cure. Long under- and unequally-served by the medical and research communities, SCD is getting renewed attention as CRISPR...   More >

Functional Topological Light Sources and Devices

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall

 Boubacar Kante, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will discuss how geometrical and topological approaches to the control of light-matter interaction enable the construction of novel photonic devices with unique and enhanced functionalities.

Design Field Notes: Paula Te

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Paula Te, an interaction designer who is driven to make technology accessible in the widest possible sense, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

IMS-MS as a means of revealing new states during the melting of proteins

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 David Clemmer, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University

 College of Chemistry

One of the most challenging problems in biochemistry involves understanding how proteins fold. After more than 50 years of work, experimental characterization of protein folding usually leads to results which are described as a cooperative, two phase, transition between the folded and unfolded states – i.e., the protein appears to melt. Here we present new data from an IMS-MS analysis of simple...   More >

How I Became a Quant: A Panel Discussion and Q&A Session on Career Paths in Finance/Data Science/Fintech

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall (N640)

 Rajat Agarwal, Senior Director - Investor Group, Capital Markets, LendingClub

 Andrew Alden, Head of Quantitative Research, WeatherStorm Capital

 Ben Gum, Director of Portfolio Optimization and Risk Modeling, AXA Rosenberg; Ariel Pavlicevich, Portfolio Manager, Walleye Trading; Emmanuel Vallod, Head of Research, Mortgage & Securitized Credit, Systematic Fixed-Income, BlackRock

 Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program

Practitioners at top firms will share their experiences, how to prepare for a career in finance and data science, and trends emerging in the field. Networking and Q&A will follow. If you are interested in a career in finance or data science, don't miss this opportunity!

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Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: The excess intersection formula

Seminar | February 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will give examples of situations where intersections do not have the expected codimension. We will describe the excess intersection formula which allows us to compute the portion of the intersection that has the expected codimension. Time permitting, we will compute the Chow ring of a blowups along smooth subschemes.

Founder of craigslist Craig Newmark at the Berkeley Forum: From craigslist to Philanthropy

Colloquium | February 27 | 6-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Craig Newmark

 The Berkeley Forum

Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and a leading advocate on behalf of trustworthy journalism, veterans and military families, and other civic and social justice causes. His post-craigslist endeavors continue to exemplify how entrepreneurship and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Join us on Tuesday, February 27 for a conversation with one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs...   More >

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