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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Resources Roundtable: Innovation in Waste Management

Conference/Symposium | October 31 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

BERC is hosting a one-day symposium of Bay Area innovators in the waste and materials management space for sharing of ideas and best practices. This event will bring together entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, academics and hands-on practitioners in and around Berkeley to learn from each other and share their work. In addition to selected speakers, we’ll be hosting a panel session of...   More >

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Opportunities and challenges of high-field fMRI for neuroscience applications

Colloquium | October 31 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Kendrick Kay, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In this talk, Dr. Kendrick Kay will describe two recent projects that exploit functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at ultra-high magnetic field strength (7 Tesla). The first project consisted of whole-brain fMRI retinotopic mapping in 181 healthy adults, as part of the Human Connectome Project (T2*-weighted gradient-echo EPI, 1.6-mm isotropic resolution, 1-s TR, 85 slices, multiband...   More >

UCB Startup Fair

Career Fair | October 31 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The UCB Startup Fair is back again!

Student-run by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA, students are introduced to small tech companies that typically rely on personal connections for hiring. It's a great way for students to find full-time and internship positions! Attendance is free for all UCB students, so please bring your student ID.

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Statistical and machine learning challenges from protein engineering to genetics

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jennifer Listgarten, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Molecular biology, genetics, and protein engineering have been slowly morphing into large-scale, data-driven sciences that can leverage machine learning and applied statistics. My talk will be a quick tour of several projects at this intersection. I will start off describing some new work toward machine-learning based protein engineering (and more general design problems) that can be viewed as a...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Juliana Vianna: Penguin evolution across the southern ocean: from population genetics structure, adaptation to speciation

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Juliana Vianna

 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 >

Roya Pakzad on "AI and Human Rights in the Digital Age": CITRIS Research Exchange

Conference/Symposium | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:
Roya Pakzad serves as a Research Associate and Project Leader in Technology and Human Rights at Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi). She also works with Stanford's program in Iranian Studies on the role of information and communication technologies in human rights in Iran.

Roya has worked on initiatives relating to everything from the role of...   More >

Early Life Environment and Later Life Cognition, Dementia Onset, and Neuropathology: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Sarah Tom, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

 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.

Precolonial States and Precolonial Cultures: Concept Formation and Misinformation the Historical Renaissance

Colloquium | October 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Martha Wilfahrt, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Scholars in political science and development economics are increasingly identifying historical, ‘root causes’ of contemporary development outcomes. In Sub-Saharan Africa, this has renewed a particular interest in the precolonial past, with a series of prominent papers identifying precolonial 'centralization' as a key driver of differences in contemporary development levels both across and within...   More >

Martha Wilfahrt

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Workshop | October 31 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

 Botanical Garden

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has demonstrated benefits for stress reduction and cognitive function. Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and opening up our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives.

$40 / $35 UCBG Members and UC students, faculty and staff


Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Monopole Floer homology and exact triangles

Seminar | October 31 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Francesco Lin, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Monopole Floer homology is an invariant of three-manifolds obtained by studying the Seiberg-Witten equations. After discussing its definition and basic properties, we will focus on its behavior under Dehn surgery; in particular we will describe the surgery exact triangle, and how it can be useful both for computations and topological applications.

Rigidity and tolerance for perturbed lattices

Seminar | October 31 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yuval Peres, Microsoft Research

 Department of Statistics

Consider a perturbed lattice {v+Y_v} obtained by adding IID d-dimensional Gaussian variables {Y_v} to the lattice points in Z^d.
Suppose that one point, say Y_0, is removed from this perturbed lattice; is it possible for an observer, who sees just the remaining points, to detect that a point is missing?

Number Theory Seminar: Fixed ponts of $L\eta $

Seminar | October 31 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the fixed points of $L\eta $.

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box with Michael Stonebraker

Colloquium | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Michael Stonebraker, M.I.T.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This Turing Award talk intermixes a bicycle ride across America during the summer of 1988 with the design, construction and commercialization of Postgres during the late 80’s and early ‘90’s. Striking parallels are observed, leading to a discussion of what it takes to build a new DBMS. Also, indicated are the roles that perseverance and serendipity played in both endeavors.

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How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Rob Jackson: Natural and Anthropogenic Emissions of Carbon Dioxide and Methane

Colloquium | October 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Rob Jackson, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University

 Energy and Resources Group

Professor Jackson will discuss sources of methane and carbon dioxide and opportunities to reduce them.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): The Seiberg-Witten equations and the length spectrum of hyperbolic three-manifolds

Seminar | October 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Francesco Lin, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

This is joint work with Michael Lipnowski. We exhibit the first examples of hyperbolic three-manifolds for which the Seiberg-Witten equations do not admit any irreducible solution. Our approach relies on hyperbolic geometry in an essential way; it combines an explicit upper bound for the first eigenvalue on coexact 1-forms \(\lambda∗\) on rational homology spheres which admit irreducible...   More >

Utopia/Dystopia: Imagining the Future: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | October 31 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 Holly Doremus, Professor, Berkeley Law; Annalee Newitz, Author, Editor, Journalist; Ellen Rigsby, Professor, Communications Department, St. Mary's College

 Katherine Snyder, Professor, UCB English Department

 College of Letters & Science

Join us for a moderated discussion of utopian and dystopian views of the future, from an array of disciplinary perspectives.

 Free and open to all on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Title: Emotion and cognition in late life: Different paths, different vulnerabilities

Colloquium | October 31 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 Professor Robert Levenson, Berkeley Psychology

 Department of Psychology

In this talk I will present theory and research on the ways that emotional functioning changes with age. Comparisons will be made with the well-established age-related declines that characterize cognitive and physical aging. Implications for deepening our understanding of the relationships between cognition and emotion in brain and behavior will be considered.