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Monday, March 12, 2018

Lessons from the Black Panther Party's Oakland Community School

Workshop | March 12 | 2407 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join UCBHSSP for a day of content learning and planning! Angela LeBlanc-Ernest, a scholar of the Black Panther Party, will share her research, which is part of a documentary she is developing on the Party's Oakland Community School. She will also introduce teachers to the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project, which highlights the experience of women in the Black Panther Party.

Beyond New Neurons: The Secretory Role of Adult Hippocampal Stem and Progenitor Cells

Seminar | March 12 | 9-10:30 a.m. | 445 Li Ka Shing Center

 Dr. Liz Kirby, Assistant Professor at OSU

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In the adult mammalian hippocampus, resident neural stem and progenitor cells give rise to new, highly plastic neurons. A great deal of research has focused on the role of these new neurons in supporting hippocampal memory function and injury response. However, our recent work shows that undifferentiated neural stem and progenitor cells also have functional relevance by secreting soluble...   More >

The Political Economy and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy in the Trump Era

Conference/Symposium | March 12 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room 295

 UC Berkeley School of Law, The Berkeley APEC Study Center, The Institute of East Asian Studies, Miller Center for Global Challenges and the Law, The Clausen Center for International Business and Policy

With the Brexit referendum, election of Donald Trump, and the continued stasis at the World Trade Organization (WTO), the liberal, rules-based trading order is facing considerable pressure for business and policymakers. These pressures come from structural economic forces, systemic changes in geopolitics, domestic political conflicts in the US and elsewhere, and a rethinking of the ideological...   More >

​Graduate Students Talk

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

 Nevin El Nimri; Patrick Carney

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Combinatorics Seminar: A crystal-like structure on shifted tableaux

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

 Maria Monks Gillespie, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We establish a crystal-like structure on shifted tableaux, whose characters are the Schur $Q$-functions. In particular, we will define two sets of coplactic raising and lowering operators $E$, $F$, $E'$, and $F'$ on shifted tableaux that each independently give a type A Kashiwara crystal. Taken together, these operators detect highest weight skew shifted tableaux, giving a new shifted...   More >

Comparative Neurobiology of Social Bonds - from Rodents to Primates to Humans

Colloquium | March 12 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Karen Bales, Department of Psychology, UC Davis

 Department of Psychology

Social bonds are critical to human health and well-being. However, most of what we know regarding the neurobiology of strong, selective social bonds ("pair-bonds") comes from a socially monogamous rodent, the prairie vole. In my laboratory, we also study a socially monogamous primate, the titi monkey, as a model for the neurobiology of pair bond formation and maintenance. We have characterized...   More >

PMB Student/Postdoc Seminar: Leveraging Social Media for Science Communication and Professional Development

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

 Sara ElShafie, Grad student, IB; Aaron Pomerantz, Grad student, IB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

What is the most effective way to use social media to share your scientific work with the public? How can you use social media to network and find professional opportunities? This workshop will explore how you can use social media to advance your career and heighten the impact of your work.

The Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG) hosts a special Student Postdoc Seminar on social...   More >

The fabric of the neocortex: a less-artificial intelligence

Seminar | March 12 | 1-2 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Andreas Tolias**, Baylor College of Medicine

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Standard invariants for discrete subfactors

Seminar | March 12 | 2-3:50 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dave Penneys, Ohio State University

 Department of Mathematics

The standard invariant of a finite index $II_1$ subfactor is a λ-lattice and forms a planar algebra. In turn, the planar algebra formalism has been helpful in constructing and classifying subfactors, as well as studying analytic properties. In joint work with Corey Jones, we give a well-behaved notion of the standard invariant of an extremal irreducible discrete subfactor $N\subset M$, where $N$...   More >

Seminar 231, Public Finance: Special Seminar: How Did Tax Reform Happen?

Seminar | March 12 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

David Kamin / Ed Kleinbard / Alan Auerbach

Differential Geometry Seminar: New examples of complete Calabi-Yau metrics on \(ℂ^n\) for \(n \geq 3\)

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

 Ronan Conlon, Florida International University

 Department of Mathematics

I will present new examples of non-flat complete Calabi-Yau metrics on \(ℂ^n\) for \(n \geq 3\) having Euclidean volume growth and a tangent cone at infinity with a singular cross section. This is joint work with Frédéric Rochon (UQAM).

BLISS Seminar: Robust Storage of Information in DNA Molecules

Seminar | March 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Reinhard Heckel, Rice University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Due to its longevity and enormous information density, DNA is an attractive medium for archival storage of digital information. In this talk, we discuss algorithmic and design aspects of DNA data storage systems. A key distinctive aspect of DNA data storage systems is that due to technological constraints, (1) data is written onto many short DNA molecules that are stored in an unordered way and...   More >

Core Cognitive Mechanisms in Learning and Development

Colloquium | March 12 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Celeste Kidd, Assistant Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The talk will discuss approaches aimed at understanding the computational mechanisms that drive learning and development in young children. Although infants are born knowing little about the world, they possess remarkable learning mechanisms that eventually create sophisticated systems of knowledge. We discuss recent empirical findings about learners’ cognitive mechanisms—including attention,...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: Strategies for Effective Mentoring

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

 College of Chemistry

The purpose of this workshop is to assist graduate students and other STROBE participants in working effectively within the context of mentoring relationships with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Participants will learn about the importance of mentoring both to mentors and mentees, how to initiate mentoring relationships and keep them on track, and how to address
problems that...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: $2^k$-Selmer groups, $2^k$-class groups, and Goldfeld's conjecture

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

 Alexander Smith, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

Take $E/\mathbb Q$ to be an elliptic curve with full rational 2-torsion (satisfying some extra technical assumptions). In this talk, we will show that $100\%$ of the quadratic twists of $E$ have rank less than two, thus proving that the BSD conjecture implies Goldfeld's conjecture in these families. To do this, we will extend Kane's distributional results on the 2-Selmer groups in these families...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | March 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Evans Hall, Evans Hall 648

 Ben Olken, MIT

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

The impact of biology on genome editing

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

 Dana Carroll, The University of Utah

 College of Chemistry

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Honeycomb Structures, Edge States, and the Strong Binding Regime

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

 Michael Weinstein, Columbia University and Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

We review recent progress on the propagation of waves for the 2D Schrödinger and Maxwell equations for media with the symmetry of a hexagonal tiling of the plane.

Basic Needs Security Mental Health Workshop

Workshop | March 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stiles Hall Conference Room (basement)

 Tova Feldmanstern, Counseling & Psychological Services

 UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee

The student mental health workshop will be hosted by Tova Feldmanstern, a Staff Social Worker from Counseling & Psychological Services, who will be giving a brief presentation about mental health information and basic needs resources. Then a student panel will be sharing their personal experiences, with time at the end for questions. This will be followed by a community building space 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 >

The Honorable J. Clifford Wallace Lecture Series: the Ups and Downs of Religious Freedom

Panel Discussion | March 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 295, Warren Room

 Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law Director, Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School

 Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley

 Jesse Choper, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law (Emeritus) at University of California, Berkeley

 Frederick Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law at Brigham Young University

 Stephen Sugarman, Roger J. Traynor Professor at University of California, Berkeley

 Law, Boalt School of, BYU Law

Monday, March 12, 2018
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Warren Room 295, Berkeley Law

THE HONORABLE J. CLIFFORD WALLACE LECTURE SERIES: THE UPS AND DOWNS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM