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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seasonal Tea Blending Workshop for Fall

Workshop | September 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

No matter what phase of life we are in, the varying weather temperatures of the Bay Area and typical patterns of the season can challenge our immune systems. Learn how to connect with the plants around you in order to support the seasonal transition.

In this class you will learn -
Great herbs for Fall in the UCB garden
10 herbs that are great for Fall + the Lungs
How to pick the herbs best...   More >

$40 / $35 UCBG Members

  Register online

MCB Departmental Highlight Feature Seminar: Itchy and Scratchy: Molecular mechanisms of itch and pain

Seminar | September 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Diana Bautista, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

MCB Departmental Highlight Feature Seminar

EECS Internship Fair

Career Fair | September 19 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Field Club

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please bring your student ID and plenty of paper copies of your resume.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Sarah Benson-Amram: Individual, social, and ecological influences on problem-solving abilities

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Sarah Benson-Amram

 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 >

Mindfulness workshop: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Amy Honigman, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Tang Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Superhydrophobic Surfaces in the Environment and in Biotechnology

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Michael Grunze, Professor (emeritus) - Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry University of Heidelberg, Germany; Max Planck School of MATTER to Life, Department of Cellular Biophysics

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Super-hydrophobic surfaces have a hierarchical surface topography in the nanometer and µ-meter range and exhibit incomplete wetting when exposed to an aqueous solution, forming a fluctuating thin air layer (plastron) between the solid surface and the aqueous phase. This protects the surface for a limited time from the attachments of cells and bacteria, but with time contaminants adsorb from the...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Good and evil of genome instability”

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Luca Comai, UC Davis

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Comai lab studies genetics and function of plant chromosomes, and are interested in mechanisms through which plants attain genome stability and in their manipulation for efficient genome engineering.

Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security: A Panel of Contributors to the First Textbook on AI Safety

Panel Discussion | September 19 | 12-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 405 (Fujitsu Seminar Room)

 Catherine Olsson (moderator), Google Brain

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A panel discussion focused on the new textbook, Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security.

Panelists include:

- Catherine Olsson (Google Brain): Panel Moderator
- Roman Yampolskiy (The Editor of Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security): Author of Preface: “Introduction to AI Safety and Security”
- Alexey Kurakin (Google AI): First Author of Chapter 8: “Adversarial Examples in the...   More >

Producing Lombe Junction: Oil Revenues, Roads and Patterns of Reconstruction in Post-War Rural Angola

Colloquium | September 19 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Aharon de Grassi, Research Associate, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Center for African Studies

400 kilometers inland from Angola's capital Luanda, Lombe junction re-emerged as part of a reported $26 billion in road reconstruction involving oil-for-infrastructure loans and contracts with Brazilian, Chinese, Portuguese and Angolan firms. The junction is formed through a secondary administrative rural road of the sort that, in contrast, have been relatively neglected despite their importance...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): The curve complex: basic geometric & combinatorial properties

Seminar | September 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Tarik Aougab, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

We'll introduce the curve complex of a surface & motivate it via its connections to hyperbolic 3-manifolds and to Teichmuller theory. The goal of this intro talk will be to discuss some of its geometric properties, on both large and small scales.

TAP free energy, spin glasses, and variational inference.

Seminar | September 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Song Mei, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

We consider the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model of spin glasses with ferromagnetically biased couplings. For a specific choice of the couplings mean, the resulting Gibbs measure is equivalent to the Bayesian posterior for a high-dimensional estimation problem known as ‘Z2 synchronization’. Statistical physics suggests to compute the expectation with respect to this Gibbs measure (the posterior mean...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Dyck path algebra and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | September 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Carlsson and Mellit introduced the Dyck path algebra and its polynomial representation, which was used to prove some important conjectures in algebraic combinatorics. I will define this algebra and construct its action on the equivariant K-theory of certain smooth strata in the flag Hilbert schemes of points on the plane. In this presentation, the fixed points of torus action correspond to...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Completions, De Rham complex, and Cartier isomorphism

Seminar | September 19 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ravi Fernando, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss strict Dieudonné complexes, completions of Dieudonné complexes, Dieudonné algebras, and the De Rham complex.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Automorphisms of the k-curve graph

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Tarik Aougab, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

The k-curve graph of an orientable surface S with negative Euler characteristic is a graph whose vertices correspond to (homotopy classes of) essential simple closed curves on S, and whose edges correspond to pairs of curves that geometrically intersect at most k times. For any surface with genus at least 3, we prove that the automorphism group of the 1-curve graph is isomorphic to the extended...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Joshua Apte: Particulate Matters: Addressing Global Urban Air Pollution

Colloquium | September 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Joshua Apte, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

 Energy and Resources Group

Fine particle (PM2.5) air pollution is a leading risk for mortality, resulting in more than 7% of all human deaths worldwide. Here, we present two analyses that help frame the global air pollution problem.

BAT Altruism: The Hidden Life of Brown Adipose Tissue

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Biao Wang, UCSF

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

EECS Colloquium: BioDesign: Using Diversity to Understand Nature, Transform Education, and Invent the Future

Colloquium | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Robert Full, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

BioDesign is an exemplar of convergence integrating knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking and interacting from biology, engineering, physics, and applied mathematics to form a comprehensive synthetic framework for addressing scientific and societal challenges that exist at the interfaces of many traditional disciplines. Now more than ever before, biodiversity can instruct us on how to best use...   More >

Correcting Bias in Eigenvectors of Financial Covariance Matrices

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alex Papanicolaou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

There is a source of bias in the sample eigenvectors of financial covariance matrices, when unchecked, distorts weights of minimum variance portfolios and leads to risk forecasts that are severely biased downward. Recent work with Lisa Goldberg and Alex Shkolnik develops an eigenvector bias correction. Our approach is distinct from the regularization and eigenvalue shrinkage methods found in the...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Zhijin (Jean) Wu, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Brown University

Seminar | September 19 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Two-phase differential expression analysis for single cell RNA-seq

Abstract: Single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) has brought the study of the transcriptome to higher resolution and makes it possible for scientists to provide answers with more clarity to the question of ‘differential expression’. Specifically, it allows us to observe binary (On/Off) as well as continuous (the amount...   More >

The Role of Teachers in Advancing Equitable Education Policy

Colloquium | September 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way, 1102 & 1104

 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670

 Roberto Rodriguez, President and CEO of Teach Plus, Teach Plus; Layla Avila, CEO & Executive Director of Education Leaders of Colors, Education Leaders of Colors; John B. King Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust, The Education Trust; Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, Learning Policy Institute; Thomas Philip, Director of the Educators for Equity & Excellence, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education

 The Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence (BE3)

Education forum focused on the role of teachers in shaping equitable education policies.

Hertha Sweet Wong's Picturing Identity Book Launch: Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text

Reading - Nonfiction | September 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, 2430 Bancroft Way, UC Press Books

 Hertha Sweet Wong, Professor and Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, Berkeley English

 Department of English

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American writers and artists who employ a mix of written and visual forms of self-narration. Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, Wong argues that, in grappling with the breakdown of stable definitions of identity...   More >