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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

EECS Career Fair

Career Fair | September 5 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, Kleeberger Field House

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event is co-sponsored by HKN and organized in collaboration with the EECS department.

If you're an EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related positions, this is the fair for you! Recruiters will talk with you about full-time and summer job opportunities. Employers range from large household-name companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon,...   More >

Designing technologies for engineering cells: Targeted, continuous evolution and organelle compartmentalization

Seminar | September 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 John Dueber, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

My research group aims to reprogram living cells for engineering applications. In this talk, I will discuss two main areas of focus. First, in a collaboration with David Schaffer, we have developed a technology, EvolvR, to harness the cell’s ability to evolve in a more focused, accelerated manner. EvolvR consists of a nicking Cas9 (nCas9) tethered to a nick-translating DNA polymerase (DNAP)....   More >

BUCHANAN ENDOWED LECTURE: "Fusarium graminearum: Can we really outsmart the sly pathogen?"

Seminar | September 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Nidhi Rawat, University of Maryland

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Genetic resistance to pathogens is the most crucial strategy to overcome this challenge. Using Fusarium graminearum as a model, we are investigating the broad-spectrum strategies that the plants use to resist the pathogen spread.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Obed Hernandez-Gomez: Microbial Ecology of the Amphibian Skin: Investigations of local and regional factors shaping the skin microbiota of amphibians

Seminar | September 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Obed Hernandez-Gomez

 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 >

How We Count: Why Quantitative Social Science Matters.: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 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.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction to Skein Algebras and Character Varieties

Seminar | September 5 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Semeon Artamonov, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

To each oriented surface one can associate two algebras: commutative coordinate ring of the character variety of the fundamental group and noncommutative skein algebra. Both algebras enjoy the action of the mapping class group of the surface by automorphisms. In my introductory talk I will define both algebras mentioned above and show how they are related to each other. I will then describe a...   More >

Concentration of the spectral norm of Erdös-Rényi random graphs

Seminar | September 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Gabor Lugosi, Pompeu Fabra University

 Department of Statistics

In this joint work with Shahar Mendelson and Nikita Zhivotovsky, we study concentration properties of the largest eigenvalue of the adjacency matrix of a G(n,p) random graph. We use inequalities for higher moments of general functions of independent random variables and delocalization of the eigenvectors to prove nonasymptotic
concentration inequalities. In particular, we prove that the...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Book Talk: Farewell, Circus by Woon-Yeong Cheon

Colloquium | September 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Woon-Yeoung Cheon has been acclaimed as one of South Korea's most daring and provocative literary voices. In Farewell, Circus (2018), Cheon's nightmarish, grotesque style is movingly mixed with a dreamy tone to create a story as much about an individual woman's personal quest for freedom as it is about disability, marginalization, and transnational migration.

AdaPT: An interactive procedure for multiple testing with side information

Seminar | September 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Will Fithian, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We consider the problem of multiple hypothesis testing with generic side information: for each hypothesis we observe both a p-value and some predictor encoding contextual information about the hypothesis. For large-scale problems, adaptively focusing power on the more promising hypotheses (those more likely to yield discoveries) can lead to much more powerful multiple testing procedures. We...   More >

Pros and Cons of Designing a Job Guarantee Program

Seminar | September 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Director's Room

 Bill Spriggs, Howard University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Policy makers frustrated with slack labor markets, diverging wage and productivity growth, and continued lag in the incomes of Black workers have increasingly begun to consider legislation that would guarantee everyone a job.

The right to a job has been part of U.S. policy debates before. In this talk, Spriggs will discuss what a job guarantee would solve, and what problems would remain.

  RSVP online by September 5.

"Investigating Combinatorial Extrinsic Regulation of Pluripotent and Neural Stem Cells for Applications in Regenerative Medicine," Riya Muckom; "Discovery of a Pathway for Terminal Alkyne AminoAcid Biosynthesis", Jorge Marchand.

Colloquium | September 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Jorge Marchand, Ph.D. student in the Chang Group; Riya Muckom, Ph.D. student in the Clark Group and Schaffer Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

EECS Colloquium: Using Light to see deep inside our bodies and brains

Colloquium | September 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO and Founder, Openwater, Inc.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In a series of mind-bending demos, Mary Lou Jepsen shows how we can use red light to see and potentially stimulate what's inside our bodies and brains. Taking us to the edge of optical physics, Jepsen unveils new technologies that utilize light and sound to track tumors, measure neural activity and could possibly replace the MRI machine with a cheaper, more efficient and wearable...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Genus Two Generalization of $A_1$ spherical Double Affine Hecke Algebra

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

 Semeon Artamonov, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Spherical Double Affine Hecke Algebra can be viewed as a noncommutative \((q,t)\)-deformation of the \(SL(N,C)\) character variety of the fundamental group of a torus. This deformation inherits major topological property from its commutative counterpart, namely Mapping Class Group of a torus \(SL(2,Z)\) acts by atomorphisms of DAHA. In my talk I will define a genus two analogue of \(A_1\)...   More >

Lipid droplets: Proteome remodeling and cellular functions

Seminar | September 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 James Olzmann, University of California, Berkeley

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Lipid droplets: Organelle crosstalk and cellular functions

Seminar | September 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 James Olzmann, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Understanding human sociality: From brain to behavior to society

Colloquium | September 5 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Professor Ming Hsu

 Department of Psychology

Abstract: There is increasing concern that the proliferation of AI-driven automation—particularly in areas dealing with labor markets, education, and criminal justice—may perpetuate and even amplify preexisting biases and social inequities facing certain groups of individuals. However, despite the rich social scientific literature on these topics, we are still far from methods and tools that can...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - Bioinspired Design: from Gripping Geckos, Bouncing Bugs, Leap’n Lizards, and Smart Squirrels

Presentation | September 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Robert Full, Department of Integrative Biology


As human technologies take on more of the characteristics of Nature, Nature becomes a better teacher. The field of Biologically Inspired Design is becoming a leading paradigm for the development of new technologies. BioMotion Science has figured prominently in advancing our understanding. Geckos climbing with hairy toes has resulted in new adhesives. Insects running and squishing through cracks...   More >

Biologically Inspired Design is becoming a leading paradigm for the development of new technologies.