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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

No BioE Department Seminar

Seminar | February 6 | 106 Stanley Hall

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Educational Integration Across Generations among Mexicans and Other Origin Groups: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Jennifer Van Hook, Professor, Sociology, Penn State 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.

KUSTU ENDOWED LECTURE: "Mechanisms and Consequences of Biofilm Formation"

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Fitnat Yildiz, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Yildiz's lab at UCSC focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms of biofilm formation, c-di-GMP signaling, and environmental stress response. Dr. Yildiz received her B.S. from Hacettepe University, Turkey followed by her Ph.D. from Indiana University. She was a recipient of the Ellison Medical foundation New Scholar Award in Global Infectious Disease and is a Fellow of the American Academy...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Jennifer Smith: Evolutionary ecology of social networks in free-living mammals: From hyenas to ground squirrels

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Jennifer Smith

 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 >

Computer Vision Beyond Recognition

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Stella Yu, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Computer vision has advanced rapidly with deep learning, achieving super-human performance on a few recognition benchmarks. At the core of the state-of-the-art approaches for image classification, object detection, and semantic/instance segmentation is sliding-window classification, engineered for computational efficiency. Such piecemeal analysis of visual perception often has trouble getting...   More >

Greg Crutsinger on "Drones and data: aftermath of California's wildfires"

Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the talk:

Drone technology has been increasingly used by public agencies for emergency and disaster response, including the recent devastating wildfires in California. However, the volume of information drones can collect quickly has resulted in a pressing need for rapid data processing and visualization. This lecture will walk through the use of drone imagery following three major...   More >

Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age (BEUHS370)

Workshop | February 6 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Richard Freed, Ph.D.

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Dr. Richard Freed will speak on raising happy, healthy kids in the digital age. Learn how a virtually unknown merger between the tech industry and psychology is leading to video games, social media, and smartphones that kids can’t put down. And, why this means children and teens need our help to navigate this digital landscape.
This interactive talk will explore key questions:

• How...   More >

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Pan-Africanism - A History

Colloquium | February 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa & the African Diaspora, University of Chichester

 Center for African Studies, Department of African American Studies

Professor Hakim Adi will introduce his latest book, Pan-Africanism – A History, in which he provides a history of the individuals and organizations that have sought the unity of all those of African origin as the basis for advancement and liberation.

EE Seminar: Manipulating interfacial physics for novel multimodal and multiphase insect-scale robots

Seminar | February 6 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge, 430

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Several insect species, such as diving flies and diving beetles, exhibit remarkable locomotive capabilities in aerial, aquatic, and terrestrial environments, inspiring the development of similar capabilities in robots at the centimeter scale. In this talk I will present two insect-scale robots capable of multimodal and multiphase locomotion. I will start by presenting a 175mg, flapping wing robot...   More >

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: Introduction to Fourier restriction via polynomial partitioning

Seminar | February 6 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Michael Christ, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Introduction to the work of L. Guth on application of the method of polynomial partitioning to Fourier restriction inequalities. This will be the first of a series of seminar meetings devoted to the 2016 article of Guth on this topic. Key concepts will be introduced. The method will be illustrated through an application to a simpler problem.

Experimental design in an oligonucleotide synthesis factory using numerical simulations in Python and pandas

Seminar | February 6 | 1:30-2:45 p.m. | 775A Tan Hall

 Aaron Wiegel, Data Scientist, Synthego

 Department of Chemistry

Abstract: Regardless of the application, calculating a particular statistic and associated p-value is not necessarily the biggest challenge in designing an experiment, especially given the availability of open source software packages such as scipy and statsmodels in Python. Instead, ensuring that the assumptions required for a statistical test are actually satisfied by the data is far more...   More >

Advances and Challenges in Computational Modeling of Dynamic Material Failure: From Single to Multi-Scale Simulations and Their Industrial Applications

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. C.T. Wu, Livermore Software Technology Corporation (LSTC)

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Numerical modeling of material failure remains a formidable challenge to the computational mechanics community. Apparently, the pure continuum-based numerical methods are not able to accurately predict the material failure takes place at the finer scale. In other words, the C1-continuity assumption in most finite element methods is inadequate to describe the kinematic discontinuity of...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Involutive Heegaard Floer homology

Seminar | February 6 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Matthew Stoffregen, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We'll review the definition of Ozsvath-Szabo's Heegaard Floer homology, and then define the involutive version constructed by Hendricks and Manolescu.

A phase transition in a spatial permutation model on infinite trees

Seminar | February 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Abstract: Spatial random permutation models are of physical interest due to connections to representations of certain gases such as helium as well as of the quantum Heisenberg ferromagnet. Physical phase transitions in these contexts correspond to the appearance of macro or infinite cycles in the permutation model. We study a spatial random permutation model on infinite trees with a time...   More >

Race—The Power of an Illusion

Panel Discussion | February 6 | 3-6 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

 Larry Adelman, executive producer of RACE and co-director of California Newsreel, California Newsreel; john a. powell, UC Berkeley Faculty and Director of the Haas Institute, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Michael Omi, Series Advisor and UC Berkeley faculty, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies; Jason Corburn, UC Berkeley faculty, City/Regional Planning and Public Health; Darlene Francis, UC Berkeley Faculty, School of Public Health and Neuroscience; Victoria Robinson, UC Berkeley Faculty and Director of the American Cultures Center, The Department of Ethnic Studies

 Lulu Matute, Haas Scholar, Haas Scholars Program

 American Cultures, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Library, Center for Race and Gender, California Newsreel

A public event celebrating the launch of a new companion website for the groundbreaking documentary series, 'Race—The Power of an Illusion.'

Number Theory Seminar: Absolute Hodge cycles

Seminar | February 6 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color): Putting finishing touches to your research applications: A Practical hands-on workshop

Workshop | February 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Andrea Ramirez, UROC; Ife Okeke, UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

For anyone who is applying to the Haas Scholars Program or to the SURF Program, we will be holding a workshop space for students to get feedback on their proposals. Please stop by at whatever stage you're in.If you're unable to make this workshop, but want an extra set of eyes, please email uroc@berkeley.edu to set up a time to meet. We will have food for y'all. Excited to see you there!

Proteostasis, Sexual Dimorphism and Declining Adaptive Homeostasis in Ageing

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Kelvin Davies, USC

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Thematic Seminar: The tautological ring of the moduli space of curves

Seminar | February 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Aaron Pixton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Let Mg be the moduli space of smooth curves of genus g. The tautological ring is a subring of the cohomology of Mg that was introduced by Mumford in the 1980s in analogy with the cohomology of Grassmannians. Work of Faber and Faber-Zagier in the 1990s led to two competing conjectural descriptions of the structure of the tautological ring. After reviewing these conjectures, I will discuss some of...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Beth Shapiro, Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Seminar | February 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Genomics, genetic rescue, and the future of conservation

Abstract: New technologies, including complete genome sequencing and genome engineering, promise to revolutionize conservation and slow the pace of the ongoing extinction crisis. However, the value of these technologies to conservation remains unclear. Using mountain lions from across their range and wolves from Isle Royale as examples,...   More >

Religion: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar

Seminar | February 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Michael Warner, Yale; Mayanthi Fernando, UC Santa Cruz

 Michael Lucey, UC Berkeley

 Sawyer Seminar on Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies

These public talks continue the series of events connected to the Sawyer Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology & Literary and Cultural Studies that began in Fall 2018. Many of the studies taken up so far in the seminar depend on religious objects, rituals, or encounters to help illuminate those pragmatic aspects of discourse that might be more easily concealed in our everyday routines. Perhaps the...   More >

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 4: Religion

Conference/Symposium | February 6 – 7, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Michael Warner, Yale University; Mayanthi Fernando, UC Santa Cruz; Michael Allan, University of Oregon; Courtney Handman, University of Texas at Austin; Charles Hirschkind, UC Berkeley; Webb Keane, University of Michigan

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the fourth of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): An infinite-rank summand of the homology cobordism group

Seminar | February 6 | 5:10-6 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Matthew Stoffregen, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We explain a generalization of the techniques that Hom introduced to construct an infinite-rank summand of the topologically slice knot concordance group. We generalize Hom's epsilon-invariant to the involutive Heegaard Floer homology constructed by Hendricks-Manolescu. As an application, we see that there is an infinite-rank summand of the homology cobordism group. This is joint work with Irving...   More >

We the People: Justice for Some

Panel Discussion | February 6 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. |  JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

 JCC East Bay

Featuring GSPP professors Jack Glaser and Steve Raphael, prisoner's rights attorney Margot Mendelson, and moderated by Abbie VanSickle of the Marshall Project.

Join us for a guided conversation about the most pressing and complex issues in the criminal justice system today. This discussion will examine professors Glaser, Raphael, and Mendelson's research on inequality in the criminal justice...   More >

$20 Non-Member, $15 Member

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