# Academic

## Monday, March 5, 2018

### WiDS Berkeley: The Global Women in Data Science Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 5 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | South Hall

The UC Berkeley School of Information is excited to partner with Stanford University to bring the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference to Berkeley, California.

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is an annual one-day technical conference based at Stanford, which brings together data scientists and professionals in adjacent fields from around the globe to discuss the latest... More >

### Graduate Students Seminar

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

Vasha Dutell, Bruno Olshausen Lab; Emilia Zin, John Flannery Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Vasha Dutell’s Talk Title: Natural Visual Signals and Heterogeneous Networks Optimized to Process Them

Abstract: One of the many mysteries of the retina is its great diversity of neuron types and subtypes. An example of this is the many retinal ganglion cells subtypes that independently tile visual space, creating multiple pathways that transmit different aspects of visual information to the... More >

### Combinatorics Seminar: Unified theory for finite Markov chains

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

Anne Schilling, UC Davis

We provide a unified framework to compute the stationary distribution of any finite irreducible Markov chain or equivalently of any irreducible random walk on a finite semigroup S. Our methods use geometric finite semigroup theory via the Karnofsky-Rhodes and the McCammond expansions of finite semigroups with specified generators; this does not involve any linear algebra. The original Tsetlin... More >

### A History of Building Code Development in CA: Semm Seminar

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

Ronald Hamburger, SE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities and states adopt building codes to protect the public safety. In California this process initiated following the great earthquake of 1906. The primary purpose of early codes was to avoid mass loss of life, whether caused by building collapse or urban conflagration. Most building code requirements have been based on observation of poor performance, and development of rules intended to... More >

### Knowledge from Language via Deep Understanding

Seminar | March 5 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

Danqi Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I explore novel neural network approaches that open up opportunities for getting a deep understanding of natural language text.

### Molecular recording: capture and storage of data in the genome of a cell

Seminar | March 5 | 1-2 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

**Seth Shipman**, Harvard University

### Seminar 231, Public Finance: "Stimulating Housing Markets"

Seminar | March 5 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 000 Evans Hall

### Seminar 211, Economic History: The Gold Pool (1961-1968) and the Fall of the Bretton Woods System

Seminar | March 5 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

### Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Non-amenable, hyperfinite subfactors

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

Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University

I will present constructions of hyperfinite subfactors with infinite representation theory that cannot be recovered from their standard invariant. While it is open how to distinguish such non-amenable subfactors in general, some invariants are known and will be discussed. I hope to convince you that the world of non-amenable, hyperfinite subfactors is extremely interesting.

### Differential Geometry Seminar: Gluing constructions for constant mean curvature hypersurfaces

Seminar | March 5 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Christine Breiner, Fordham University

Constant mean curvature (CMC) surfaces are critical points for the area functional, subject to an enclosed volume constraint. Classical examples include spheres and cylinders. Until the late 1980's the only other known examples were the Wente torus and the rotationally symmetric surfaces of Delaunay. In 1990, Kapouleas developed a gluing construction that produced infinitely many new examples of... More >

### Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Different approaches to the virtual moduli cycle

Seminar | March 5 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H

Dusa McDuff, Columbia

If one wants to count J-holomorphic curves in a general symplectic manifold, often one cannot get a good count simply by choosing a sufficiently generic J. Instead one needs a more elaborate perturbation scheme in order the define what is known as the virtual moduli cycle or virtual fundamental class, This talk will explain different ways of defining this, mentioning in particular new simpler... More >

### Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Dispersed Behavior and Perceptions in Assortative Societies"

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

### Analysis and PDE Seminar: Several questions on Laplace eigenfunctions

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

Alexander Logunov, Institute for Advanced Study

Let \((M,g)\) be a compact Riemannian manifold without boundary. We are interested in asymptotic properties of Laplace eigenfunctions on \(M\) as the eigenvalue \(\lambda \) tends to infinity. The advances of the last few years will be discussed and a survey of interesting open questions will be given.

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

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

David Atkin, MIT

### IB Seminar: Evolutionary Biology of Acquired Chemical Defenses

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

Rebecca Tarvin, University of Texas at Austin

### Nuclear quality control and the RNA exosome

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Christopher Lima, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

### Seminar 271, Development: "How Do We Choose Our Identity? A Revealed Preference Approach Using Food Consumption"

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

### Cultivating the Paddy to Cultivate the Future: Joy and Challenges of a Small Scale Farmer in Rural Japan

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

Nami Yamamoto, Kyoto University

Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Nami Yamamoto is an urban migrant from Osaka, Japan, who decided to go into the rural area and live there as new dweller with her partner and two young children. She will share the living experiences full of joy and difficulties in search of an alternative lifestyle in a rural village in Japan.

### Statistics and Data Science: the Prediction and Modeling Cultures

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Roderick Little, University of Michigan

I recently taught a course entitled "Seminal Papers and Controversies in Statistics", and Leo Breiman's (2001) article "Statistical Modeling: The Two Cultures" was a very popular paper with students. The paper contrasts the machine learning culture, with it's focus on prediction, with more classical parametric modeling approach to statistics. I am more in the parametric modeling camp, but... More >

### Unhappy in its Own Way: Revising the English Family Novel on Russian Soil

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

Anna Berman, Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University

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

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

### On the benefits of being lost: When supporting exploration leads to better learning

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

Ido Roll, Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of British Columbia

Most scaffolding literature advocates for providing novice learners with detailed explicit support. In this talk I will share examples that suggest otherwise, namely, that novice learners benefit more from implicit support for exploration. These examples span diverse STEM topics and student populations. Identifying commonalities across these, I will suggest forms of task and feedback that... More >

### Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Mapping Tori and Stable Pairs

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

Andrew Lee, UC Santa Cruz

In this talk we first recall a construction of a moduli space of objects over a Riemann surface, called stable pairs, which carries a symplectic structure. Symplectic geometry in this space allows us to produce a Floer-theoretic invariant of a particular class of 3-manifolds called mapping tori (surface bundles over the circle). Time permitting, we then outline a calculation of this invariant for... 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 >