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Monday, April 9, 2018

What’s Happening in Federal Court?: Recent Findings and Strategies for the Future

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Law, Boalt School of, Civil Justice Research Initiative

“What’s Happening in Federal Court?” is the inaugural symposium of the Civil Justice Research Initiative at Berkeley Law. It will bring together leading legal scholars and social scientists from around the United States to share their research and discuss the legal process in federal courts around the country. The...   More >

Institutional Coordination in Asia-Pacific Disaster Management

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management...   More >

From Congress to a University Presidency - Notes on Leading a Liberal Arts Institution

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Moses Hall, Harris Room (119 Moses Hall)

 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, President, Augustana University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , Institute of Governmental Studies, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service

Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who also served in the Congress for seven years, discusses her experiences as a higher education leader, and as a member of Congress setting national education policy. Augustana University, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, serves more than 2,000 students from 33 states and 32 countries, offering more than 100 majors, minors and...   More >

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​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Stephanie Wan, UC Berkeley, Fleiszig Lab; Kathryn Bonnen, University of Texas at Austin, Huk Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Stephanie Wan’s Talk Title: Impact of contact lens wear and dry eye on the amicrobiomic status of the murine cornea

Abstract: Contrasting with the conjunctiva and other exposed body surfaces, the cornea does not host a stable bacterial population (amicrobiomic). Yet, the cornea and conjunctiva are not usually distinguished in ocular surface microbiome research. Additionally, commonly used...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of X-variables in finite type cluster algebras

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Melissa Sherman-Bennett, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A cluster algebra is a commutative ring determined by an initial "seed," which consists of A-variables, X-variables, and some additional data. Given a seed, one can produce new seeds via a combinatorial process called mutation. The cluster algebra is generated by the variables obtained from all possible sequences of mutations. In this talk, we will focus on cluster algebras of finite type, which...   More >

Post-earthquake damage assessment, earthquake damage repair and seismic vulnerability assessment of the Washington Monument: Semm Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Terrence Paret, Wiss, Janey, Elstner Assoc. Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

On August 23, 2011, the Washington Monument was subjected to ground shaking from the Magnitude 5.8 Mineral, Virginia earthquake, whose epicenter was roughly 80 miles from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Shaking of the 555-foot tall unreinforced stone masonry structure resulted in damage, most significantly to the pyramidion, the construction comprising its upper 55 feet.

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | April 9 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Andreas Peichl; Isabela Manelici; Peter Jones

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Andreas Peichl - "Politically feasible tax reforms and the TRA86"
Isabela Manelici - "Multinational Firms and Economic Development"
Peter Jones -

  RSVP online by April 4.

What is Torture and How Did We Get Here?

Panel Discussion | April 9 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

What is torture and how did we get here? Torture has been prevalent both domestically, within the prison industrial complex, and as a part of the “war on terror.” This discussion will focus on the origins of modern forms of torture and they ways in which torture has been employed by U.S. officials both within and outside of the U.S.

Joined by Prof. Laurel Fletcher, Prof. Jonathan Simon & Brad...   More >

Cognitive Neurosciences Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Dr. Zhaoping Li, Computer Sciences. UCL

 Department of Psychology

Abstract: Investigations in the recent years have revealed an important functional role of the primary visual cortex (V1): it creates a bottom-up saliency map to guide attentional shifts exogenously. I will review these findings to motivate a new path to understanding vision. This new path views vision as made of three stages: encoding, selection, and decoding; the selection and decoding stages...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: 3-Minute Thesis Graduate Student Talks

Seminar | April 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 College of Chemistry

Please join us for two special STROBE Seminars on April 9 & 16 at 3 PM PT/4 PM MT. The graduate students will be presenting their engaging 3-Minute Thesis Talks. See GoToMeeting and flyer information below.

A reminder that STROBE will be sending 3-4 senior graduate students to the NSF STC Professional Development workshop in early August 2018 (here's a link to last year's workshop website:...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Ordinary primes in Hilbert modular varieties

Seminar | April 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Junecue Suh, UCSC

 Department of Mathematics

A well-known conjecture (often attributed to Serre) asserts that any motive over any number field has infinitely many ordinary primes, in the sense of the Newton Polygon coinciding with the Hodge Polygon. We will present a few methods for producing more ordinary primes in the case of modular Jacobians — and more generally the part of the (intersection) cohomology of Hilbert modular varieties...   More >

Genetics and education: Recent developments in the context of an ugly history and an uncertain future

Colloquium | April 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Ben Domingue, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University; Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

 Graduate School of Education

Driven by our recent mapping of the human genome, genetics research is increasingly prominent and is likely to re-intersect with education research. I begin by giving background on the current state of the art regarding methods for linking genotype to phenotype, focusing specifically on molecular genetics and genome-wide association studies. I emphasize both what genetic studies of educational...   More >

Transport and biosynthesis of a novel copper-chelating natural product

Seminar | April 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Amy Rosenzweig, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Disability and Climate Resilience

Workshop | April 9 | 6-8 p.m. | 88 Dwinelle Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come join SERC for an important workshop on the intersectionality of disability and climate resilience, something that often gets left out of the conversation when talking about climate change.

Leading this workshop is Alex Ghenis and Marsha Saxton from the World Institute of Disability. Alex is a Policy and Research Specialist at WID. He is currently managing the New Earth Disability (NED)...   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 >