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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Loss of Functional Motivation in Language Change

Workshop | April 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

Our goal is to address cases of language change where formerly transparent functional motivations for a structural pattern become obsolete, while the pattern itself survives. We identify this class of phenomena as loss of functional motivation. LoFuM seems to be prevalent in all subsystems of the linguistic system: phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

 Attendees must RSVP to hyman@berkeley.edu

Berkeley Grad Slam

Presentation | April 4 | 309 Sproul Hall

 Graduate Division

Ten graduate student semi-finalists will present their research in 3 minutes! The winner will represent Berkeley and compete in the UC-wide Grad Slam. The UC-wide event will be hosted by President Janet Napolitano at LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco on May 3, 2018.

Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | April 4 | 10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to use your laptop safely in an office and mobile setting. Recommended mobile products and best practices for using smart phones and tablets will also be provided. Enroll online

  Register online

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: “What makes heterochromatin epigenetic? Lessons from a single cell spreading sensor”

Seminar | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Bassem Al-Sady, University of California San Francisco

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Al-Sady lab interests reside in uncovering the mechanisms that underlie the assembly and fidelity of inheritance of heterochromatin, a specialized protein-nucleic acid composite. Unraveling these mechanisms is key to understanding the manner in which large stretches of the genome can be precisely and heritably partitioned into active and inactive regions. The heterochromatin system presents...   More >

Immigrant Women Labor Market Incorporation: A Double-Cohort Approach: Sandra Florian, University of Pennsylvania Department of Sociology

Colloquium | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Sandra Florian, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Matthew Holding: Drivers of Diversity in Pitviper Venom from Populations to Species

Seminar | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Matthew Holding

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Building Robotics: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Andrew Krioukov, CEO and Co-Founder, Comfy

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Andrew is our CEO and Co-Founder, affectionately nicknamed our "chief building hacker." As a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, he worked on software infrastructure for implementing building applications at scale. He has previously worked at Intel, Google, and IBM on energy efficiency and large-scale distributed systems. Little-known talent: he makes a mean Moscow Mule.

“It’s the skin you’re in”: What is this thing called ‘race’ and how does it get into the body?

Colloquium | April 4 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Amani Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

This talk will explore the concept of race and discuss how ontological conceptions of race impact the questions we ask, the nature of our scientific investigations, and the conclusions we draw from scientific evidence. I will discuss racism as a determinant of health and the need for conceptual rigor for advancing the study of race, racism and embodiment in social epidemiology. Drawing on recent...   More >

Berkeley Haas Dean's Speaker Series: Jonathan Haidt

Conference/Symposium | April 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Jonathan Haidt, Prof. of Ethical Leadership, NYU Stern School of Business; Laura Tyson, Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact

 Institute for Business and Social Impact

Jonathan Haidt
Professor of Ethical Leadership, NYU Stern School of Business

In conversation with Prof. Laura Tyson

Co-sponsored with Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact

Islamic Texts Circle: Muhammad in the Qur'an

Workshop | April 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

  RSVP by calling 5106428208, or by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

Capturing the World Through Hidden Signals in Video

Seminar | April 4 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Abe Davis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The first part of my talk will focus on visual vibration analysis, where I will show how perceptually invisible motion can be used to recover sound from silent video, monitor the health of aging infrastructure, and build interactive physical simulations of visible objects.

Bartington Magnetometry Training

Workshop | April 4 | 2-4 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Meet in Atrium and move outside building | Canceled

 Archaeological Research Facility

We’ll meet in the ARF room 110 and bring the instrument over to the nearby grassy quad at Wurster hall where we'll practice data gathering.

  Register online

Bartington Gradiometer

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Background for research talk

Seminar | April 4 | 2:45-3:45 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Søren Galatius, Stanford/Copenhagen

 Department of Mathematics

We will go over some background material for the research talk.

**This talk starts at 2:45 PM, not 10 minutes after that.**

Glacier Tax Prep Demo and Tips

Workshop | April 4 | 3-4 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Get a first-hand look at the GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) tax preparation software that will help you find the answers to your nonresident tax questions and complete the appropriate federal tax forms. Collect your passport, I-20/DS-2019, paper I-94 or passport admission stamp, W-2 and/or 1042-S and/or 1099 forms and join BIO for a demonstration on how to maximize your use of GTP.

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GLACIER Tax Prep Demo and Tips

Workshop | April 4 | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Get a first-hand look at the GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) tax preparation software that will help you find the answers to your nonresident tax questions and complete the appropriate federal tax forms. Collect your passport, I-20/DS-2019, paper I-94 or passport admission stamp, W-2 and/or 1042-S and/or 1099 forms and join BIO for a demonstration on how to maximize your use of GTP.
Register here:...   More >

Poisson-Dirichlet interval partition evolutions related to the Aldous diffusion

Seminar | April 4 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Matthias Winkel, University of Oxford

 Department of Statistics

We construct diffusions on a space of interval partitions of [0,1] that
are stationary with Poisson-Dirichlet laws. The processes of ranked
interval lengths of our partitions are diffusions introduced by Ethier and
Kurtz (1981) and Petrov (2009). Specifically, we decorate the jumps of a spectrally positive stable process with independent squared Bessel
excursions. In the spirit of Ray-Knight...   More >

The gut microbiome: a master regulator of metabolism

Seminar | April 4 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Lora Hooper, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Biometric Capitalism: Africa in the 21st Century

Colloquium | April 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Keith Breckenridge, University of Witwatersrand

 Department of Geography

A new and distinctive type of capitalism is currently taking form on the African continent. States are being remade under the pressures of rapid demographic growth, persistent conflicts over boundaries, domestic and global national security demands, the gifts of multi-lateral donors and international data-processing corporations, and a pervasive effort to create new forms of electronic...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Lattice Green function calculations in the presence of a dislocation

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

 Dallas Trinkle, University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Mathematics

Mechanical behavior, specifically plastic deformation at low and high temperatures in metal alloys is governed by the motion of dislocations: topological line defects in a crystal. Dislocations in crystalline materials were hypothesized nearly eighty years ago, and their experimental and theoretical study has provided powerful tools for modern materials engineering. While the long-range elastic...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Cohomology of mapping class groups near their virtual cohomological dimension

Seminar | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Søren Galatius, Stanford/Copenhagen

 Department of Mathematics

The mapping class group $\rm {Mod}_g$ of a genus $g$ closed oriented $2$-manifold has virtual cohomological dimension $4g-5$, by a theorem of John Harer, and therefore its cohomology groups $H^i(\rm {Mod}_g;\mathbb Q)$ vanish for $i > 4g-5$. For $i=4g-5$ it also vanishes, by work of Morita-Sakasai-Suzuki, Church-Farb-Putman, and unpublished results of Harer. The highest remaining interesting...   More >

Regulation of Chromatin Methylation by Histone Demethylases

Seminar | April 4 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Danica Fujimori, University of California, San Francisco

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Seminar 211, Economic History: A Nation of Immigrants: Lessons from the Age of Mass Migration

Seminar | April 4 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Leah Boustan, Princeton University

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Departmental Seminar

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Alexis Battle, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Seminar | April 4 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Modeling the complex impact of genetic variation on gene expression

Abstract:
Non-coding and regulatory genetic variation plays a significant role in human health, but the impact of regulatory variants has proven difficult to predict from sequence alone. Further, genetic effects can be modulated by context, such as cell type and environmental factors. We have developed machine learning...   More >