# Academic

## Tuesday, January 22, 2019

### LRLJ Editing Training

Workshop | January 22 | Boalt Hall, School of Law

The Journal will be hosting this training for members to learn how to review "above-the-line" work in an article to be published in spring. They will also learn substantive skills in editing and writing styles.

### Programming gene circuits with genome and transcriptome engineering to combat disease

Seminar | January 22 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Patrick Hsu, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Rapid advances in genome profiling and analysis have illuminated many genomic changes related to human disease. The ability to interrogate the functional roles of such variants in pathogenesis and their potential as therapeutic targets is critical for the development of new medicines. CRISPR tools that systematically reverse-engineer cellular processes through rapid and precise perturbations... More >

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Instrumental variables as bias amplifiers with general outcome and confounding

Seminar | January 22 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Speakers: Peng Ding, UC Berkeley

Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Drawing causal inference with observational studies is the central pillar of many disciplines. One sufficient condition for identifying the causal effect is that the treatment-outcome relationship is unconfounded conditional on the observed covariates. It is often believed that the more covariates we condition on, the more plausible this unconfoundedness assumption is. This belief has had a huge... More >

### William G. Dauben Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Skin-Inspired Polymer Electronic Materials and Devices

Seminar | January 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Zhenan Bao, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

Skin is the body’s largest organ, and is responsible for the transduction of a vast amount of information. This conformable, stretchable, self-healable and biodegradable material simultaneously collects signals from external stimuli that translate into information such as pressure, pain, and temperature. The development of electronic materials, inspired by the complexity of this organ is a... More >

### 3-Manifold Seminar: Organizational meeting

Seminar | January 22 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Ian Agol, UC BERKELEY

This semester I plan to cover material about special groups and arithmetic manifolds of simplest type, among other things. We'll overview these topics and results that we plan to cover this semester in the seminar.

### Microsoft Excel Formulas and Functions: Betec007

Workshop | January 22 | 1:30-4 p.m. | S300T Haas School of Business

Keith Samsell

This course details the process by which calculations are created in Microsoft Excel workbooks. Emphasis is placed on the underlying theory and syntax of formulas and functions, as well as their complimentary abilities and use cases.

Learning Objectives

* Understand the fundamental differences of values vs. formats.

* Use AutoCalculate to display summary information from multiple cells.

*... More >

### Differential Geometry Seminar: The topology of fixed point components of Tori’s actions in positively curved manifolds

Seminar | January 22 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

Burkhard Wilking, Universität Münster

We show that each fixed point component of an isometric torus action of a 5 torus has the rational cohomology of a rank one symmetric space. We give various applications.

### Peter Zhang - Dynamic optimization on networks: designing biodefense supply chain

Seminar | January 22 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

Peter Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Bioattacks, i.e., the intentional release of pathogens or biotoxins against humans to cause serious illness and death, pose a significant threat to public health and safety due to the availability of pathogens worldwide, scale of impact, and short treatment time window. I model the defender’s static antibiotic inventory prepositioning decision and dispensing capacity installation... More >

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Algebraic geometry and representation theory meets complexity theory (Part I)

Seminar | January 22 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Joseph M. Landsberg, Texas A & M

In the past decade, algebraic geometry and representation theory have been used to obtain lower complexity bounds for central problems such as Valiant's algebraic version of P v. NP (permanent v. determinant) and determining the complexity of matrix multiplication. At the same time, complexity theory has raised new, interesting questions in geometry. I will give an overview of these developments... More >

### What did the metal know, and when did she know it?: Ultrafast XUV spectroscopy reveals short-lived states in transition metal complexes and organohalide perovskites

Seminar | January 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Josh Vura-Weis, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois

X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES or NEXAFS) is a powerful technique for electronic structure determination. However, widespread use of XANES is limited by the need for synchrotron light sources with tunable x-ray energy. Recent developments in extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light sources using the laser-based technique of high-harmonic generation have enabled core-level spectroscopy to... More >

### How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

### Thematic Seminar: The stability of Kerr-de Sitter space and global analysis

Seminar | January 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Andras Vasy, Stanford University

Vasy will discuss, based on joint work with Peter Hintz, the stability of the family of Kerr-de Sitter (KdS) black holes, which are rotating black holes in a spacetime with positive cosmological constant, as solutions of Einstein's vacuum equation: spacetimes evolving from initial data close to those of a KdS metric stay globally close to this KdS spacetime, and are indeed asymptotic to a nearby... More >

### Job Market Seminar: "Robust Semiparametric Estimation in Panel Multinomial Choice Models"

Seminar | January 22 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Field(s): Econometrics, Microeconomic Theory, Economics of Networks

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Algebraic geometry and representation theory meets complexity theory (Part II)

Seminar | January 22 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Joseph M. Landsberg, Texas A & M

In the past decade, algebraic geometry and representation theory have been used to obtain lower complexity bounds for central problems such as Valiant's algebraic version of P v. NP (permanent v. determinant) and determining the complexity of matrix multiplication. At the same time, complexity theory has raised new, interesting questions in geometry. I will give an overview of these developments... More >