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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | October 17 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

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Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | October 17 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

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​The generation of neural diversity​

Seminar | October 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Claude Desplan, New York University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Mobility, Expulsion and Claims to Home: Migrant Organizing in an Era of Deportation and Dispossession

Colloquium | October 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Monisha Das Gupta, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

The virulence and pervasiveness of immigration enforcement have fueled migrants to organize in heterogeneous ways. My research about and activism in the movement during the last eight years have evolved into an engagement with a strain of anti-deportation organizing which takes up the cause of the most indefensible of immigrants and refugees -- those labeled criminal aliens. Non-citizens, who are...   More >

Immigrants live longer, but why also do their children? New results from the CenSoc project

Colloquium | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Josh Goldstein, Professor, Department of Demography, 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.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Telma Laurentino: Observing evolution: Adaptation stories told by the genomes of lizards and sticklebacks

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Telma Laurentino

 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 >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "On How Symbiotic Fungi Rewire Plant Cells"

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Natalia Requena, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Requena group is interested in unraveling how
arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are perceived by their host plants and discriminated from pathogenic fungi.

No Seminar due to BMES Meeting

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. |  Stanley Hall

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Peter Meyers on "Speak to Inspire: Demystifying the art of leadership presence": CITRIS Research Exchange

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the Speaker:
Peter James Meyers, Founder and President of Stand & Deliver Group, is a communication consultant who has worked with leaders in politics, business, sports and performing arts to achieve greater influence through the spoken word.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Peter lived and studied at the Zen Yoga Arts Institute in New York, and trained as a performer...   More >

Emotionally Unpredictable Leaders Harm Team Performance Because They Create Intra-team Power Struggles

Colloquium | October 17 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Lindred Greer, Associate Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Prior research demonstrates that the discrete emotional displays of leaders, such as anger and happiness, send social information to followers that helps to direct team members’ focus, understanding of the situation, and motivation, boosting team performance. We argue that a key assumption underlying this research is that leaders’ emotions are informative to followers, sending consistent social...   More >

Daring to Dream: Reflections of a young African scientist on the state of scientific research in Africa and why there is cause for optimism

Colloquium | October 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Yaw Bediako, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Francis Crick Institute

 Center for African Studies

This is one session in the Fall 2018 African Studies Colloquium series.

Dr. Yaw Bediako

Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences: A human rights-based approach to combatting online violence against women as human rights violations

Panel Discussion | October 17 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Alexa Koenig, Human Rights Center; Dubravka Simonovic, United Nations

 Danielle Cass, Amnesty International

 Human Rights Center

Special Rapporteur Simonovic, the Human Rights Center's Alexa Koenig and Amnesty International's Danielle Cass will address the need for tech companies to more effectively prevent and respond to rampant online violence against women and girls, and to establish transparent, more effective complaint mechanisms to better protect them from online abuse.

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Creative Placemaking and the Public Commons: Community Building through Art in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and San Francisco

Presentation | October 17 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Katherine Bruhn, Dissertation Fellow, South & Southeast Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Global Urban Humanities

A presentation by artists from San Francisco and Yogyakarta, Indonesia - part of “Bangkit/Arise”, an arts exchange and residency. Participating artists: Shaghayegh Cyrous, Keyvan Shovir, Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Jose Guerra Awe, Christopher Statton, Megan Wilson, Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Hari Ndarvati, Muhammad Yusuf, Wedhar Riyadi, Eko Didyk Sukowati, and Vina Puspita.

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | October 17 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

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Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Random Knots

Seminar | October 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Chaim Even Zohar, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Random curves in space and how they are knotted give an insight into the behavior of "typical" knots and links. They have been studied by biologists and physicists in the context of the structure of random polymers. Several randomized models have been suggested and investigated both by theoretical methods and computational experiments. We will review some known and new models of random knotting,...   More >

The Lovász theta function for random regular graphs

Seminar | October 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jess Banks, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The Lovász theta function is a classic semidefinite relaxation of graph coloring. In this talk I'll discuss the power of this relaxation for refuting colorability of uniformly random degree-regular graphs, as well as for distinguishing this distribution from one with a `planted' disassoratative community structure. We will see that the behavior of this refutation scheme is consistent with the...   More >

Thinking about climate risk in an era of extremes: California’s increasingly wide swings between drought and flood

Colloquium | October 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Daniel Swain, UCLA & University of Colorado, Boulder

 Department of Geography

A frustrating reality of modern climate science is that quantifying and modeling regional changes in the frequency/intensity of extremes due to global warming remains subject to considerable uncertainty. Events such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, and storms are precisely those with the greatest potential to inflict harm upon human and natural systems—making process-based understanding of...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Étale localization

Seminar | October 17 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ravi Fernando, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss étale localization in the theory of the de Rham Witt complex.

Dutch Studies book presentation: Jaap Robben

Presentation | October 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 5303 Dwinelle Hall

 Jaap Robben

 Dutch Studies

Dutch author, poet and playwright Jaap Robben will present his latest novel in English translation, You Have Me To Love

Developing a Robust, High-Titer Platform for Protein Secretion in Bacteria/Understanding and Controlling Metal-Organic Framework Crystallization

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Lisa Burdette, Ph.D. student in the Tullman-Ercek Group; Kristen Colwell, Ph.D. student in the Long Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Learning in Google Ads, Machines and People

Seminar | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Niall Cardin, Google

 Department of Statistics

This talk is in two parts, both of which discuss interesting uses of experiments in Google search ads. In part 1 I discuss how we can inject randomness into our system to get causal inference in a machine learning setting. In part 2. I talk about experiment designs to measure how users learn in response to ads on Google.com.

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: Towards a Conscious AI: A Computer Architecture Inspired by Neuroscience with Manuel Blum

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Manuel Blum, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a novel computer architecture that it inspires. The Model gives insight for the design of machines that truly...   More >

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Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Random Knots from Petal Diagrams

Seminar | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Chaim Even Zohar, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The study of knots and links from a probabilistic viewpoint provides insight into the behavior of "typical" knots, and arises also in applications to the natural sciences. We will discuss knots that arise from random permutations using petal projections (Adams et al. 2012). We will explain why the probability of obtaining any given knot type in this model is positive if the number of petals is at...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Grace Wu: Land Use in Renewable Energy Planning

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Grace Wu, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis

 Energy and Resources Group

Ambitious low-carbon transitions are underway in many jurisdictions, requiring the large-scale expansion of renewable energy. Simultaneously, growing energy demand in emerging economies is being met with rapid energy development, with the declining costs of wind and solar technologies making them among the most competitive options...   More >

Self Defense for Self Determination: Intro to Self Defense and De-Escalation Strategies

Workshop | October 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Main Lounge

 Mamie Chow

 Gender Equity Resource Center

This workshop will be led by Mamie Chow, who holds a 3rd degree black belt from Wild Crane Rising Martial Arts, a community-based school that trains in a contemporary style of Tae Kwon Do. Mamie's approach to self defense values social justice, preventing verbal and physical violence, and creating an encouraging space to practice self and community defense skills. In the last couple of years, we...   More >

DISENFRANCHISED: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

Colloquium | October 17 | 5-7:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Joel Andreas, Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

 Cihan Tuğal, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Yan Long, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Marc Blecher, James Monroe Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College

 Department of Sociology

Turning Andrew Walder’s 1986 classic, Communist Neo-Traditionalism, on its head, Andreas studies the socialist enterprise from the standpoint of the expansion and contraction of industrial democracy. His account begins with the revolutionary seizure of power in 1949 and the installation of the “iron rice bowl” that organized every realm of worker life.

From Academia to Airbnb: a high dimensional anecdote: Jason Vytlacil

Colloquium | October 17 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jason Vytlacil

 Department of Psychology

You can find Jason Vytlacil's LinkedIn page here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-vytlacil/

Horizons in Quantum Computing: A conversation with industry and academia experts

Panel Discussion | October 17 | 6-10 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Pete Shadbolt, CSO, PsiQ; Barbara Jones, Head of Theoretical Physics Research Group, IBM; Birgitta Whaley, Professor, UC Berkeley Chemistry Dept.; Joshua Combes, Postdoctoral fellow, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

 Department of Physics

Quantum computing has seen enormous advancements in recent years, and lots of talent has been flowing into the field. With large companies like @IBM and secretive startups such as PsiQuantum disrupting the field, it is only a matter of time until we reach quantum supremacy.

But what will happen when quantum computers are powerful enough to break encryption or help reduce greenhouse gas...   More >

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