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Friday, September 21, 2018

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >

Biomimicry: Design with Nature

Colloquium | September 21 | 10-11 a.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

This presentation will explore the biomimicry creative process, drawing inspiration from natural forms, processes, and systems, to reimagine how to solve complex human design challenges such as climate change and urbanization.

Seminar 251, Labor seminar: "Can Wealth Taxation Work in Developing Countries? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Colombia"

Seminar | September 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Juliana Londoño-Vélez, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Labor Lunch: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | September 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

You are welcome to bring your lunch ~ food will not be provided

Graduate Student Lightning Talks: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 UC Berkeley ENV Graduate Students

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Environmental engineering research in under 5 minutes

RefWorks: Save and Cite Your Sources

Workshop | September 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Library

 Library

This hands-on workshop will give you practice in importing citations and creating bibliographies using the citation manager RefWorks. You can bring your own laptop or use our PCs.

The Marriage Market for Lemons: HIV Testing and Marriage in Rural Malawi

Seminar | September 21 | 12:05-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Daniel Bennett, USC

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

Abstract
Asymmetric information in the marriage market may delay marriage and cause adverse selection if partner quality is revealed over time. Sexual safety is an important but hidden partner attribute, especially in areas where HIV is endemic. A model of positive
assortative matching with both observable (attractiveness) and hidden (sexual safety) attributes predicts that removing the...   More >

Remote Memory for Non-Masochists

Seminar | September 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Marcos K. Aguilera, VMWare Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Remote memory is an old idea that has recently re-emerged in the age of fast networks, and it is now increasingly compelling. However, for remote memory to be successful, it needs to provide a better abstraction. The current abstraction based on RDMA is complex, error-prone, and clunky, limiting its adoption to experts and masochists. In this talk, we describe a number of alternatives that we are...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Acquiring Diverse Robot Skills via Maximum Entropy Reinforcement Learning

Seminar | September 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Tuomas Haarnoja, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The intersection of expressive, general-purpose function approximators, such as neural networks, with general-purpose model-free reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms holds the promise of automating a wide range of robotic behaviors: reinforcement learning provides the formalism for reasoning about sequential decision making, while large neural networks can process high-dimensional and noisy...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Oren Boneh, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | September 21 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

Composer and trumpeter Oren Boneh writes music characterized by its energy and dynamism. Its foundation is made up of vastly contrasting characters, ranging from abrasive and mechanical to humorous and supple. The music plays with listener expectations of the characters’ behaviors in order to create unpredictability and friction.

Oren has been commissioned and performed internationally by...   More >

MENA Salon: Egypt Five Years After Rabaa

Workshop | September 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

August 15th marked the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Cairo's Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which Egyptian security forces killed at least 800 people. An Egyptian court on Saturday September 8 issued its final verdict upholding the death sentences of 75 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters for their participation in the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins following the ouster of former President...   More >

Information Access: Its Scope and its Limitations

Seminar | September 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Text printed on paper was the dominant medium for some 500 years and a wide range of techniques were evolved to support description, discovery, and forensic analysis for authenticity, provenance, etc., mostly under the term âbibliographyâ. But the dominance of printing (and indeed of written text) has receded with the rise of new media and new publication forms which urgently need comparable...   More >

A New, Expeditious Strategy for the Design of Functional Metalloproteins

Seminar | September 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jon Rittle, Department of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry