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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S.

Conference/Symposium | February 20 – 22, 2019 every day | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Center, Room 220

 Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas, UC Berkeley Multicultural Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute of International Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

At a pivotal historical moment, this symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas. The University of California, Berkeley will host some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

As the U.S. enters a contentious new congressional term and...   More >

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Investigations into the neuropsychology of face perception

Colloquium | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Brad Duchaine, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I'll discuss two topics in my presentation. First, I'll provide an overview of previous studies examining the cognitive and neural basis of developmental prosopagnosia (DP), and then I'll discuss a recent fMRI study from my lab that assessed 26 category-selective areas in a relatively large sample of DPs. Our results revealed that face selectivity was reduced across the face network in the DPs...   More >

Proteoforms in human health and disease

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Neil Kelleher, Northwestern University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Proteoforms are the specific molecular forms of proteins arising from human genes encoded in the human genome. They include all sources of protein variation, and here’s a list: sequence mutations, alternative splicing, and post-translational modifications (PTMs). They underlie diverse biological systems and proteoform diversity is directly linked to functions, pathway modulation, and disease...   More >

Alternative Splicing Choices for Synaptic Function

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Andrea Gomez**, Biozentrum, University of Basel

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Church Encoding as the link between Cognition and Neuroscience

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Steve Piantadosi, Dept. of Psychology, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I’ll present an approach from mathematical logic which shows how sub-symbolic dynamics may give rise to higher-level cognitive representations of structures, systems of knowledge, and algorithmic processes. This approach posits that learners posses a system for expressing isomorphisms with which they create mental models with arbitrary dynamics. The theory formalizes one account of how novel...   More >

Life, Death, and Mental Health: How Access to Care Helps Children Succeed.: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Janet Currie, Professor, Economics, Princeton 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.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Libby Beckman: Colonization, diversification and introgression in the high Andes: the case of the South American siskins

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Libby Beckman

 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: "The Perfect Defense: Bacterial Persister Cells"

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Kim Lewis, Northeastern University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Kim Lewis is a professor and researcher at Northeastern University. His research focuses on antimicrobial drug tolerance and drug discovery. He earned his B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Moscow University.

2019 Winter Career and Internship Fair

Career Fair | February 20 | 12-4 p.m. |  Recreational Sports Facility

 Data Sciences

Recruiters from 110 organizations will bring information about their entry-level career and internship positions—recruiting all majors and degree levels!

Values alignment: An alternative to pragmatic appeals for behavior change

Colloquium | February 20 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Christopher J. Bryan, Assistant Professor, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The science of behavior change has become an increasingly important frontier in the quest to improve human health and well-being. Recognition of this is now widespread in the scientific community, but the science of behavior change—the development of effective, empirically-validated techniques for producing lasting, internalized motivation for the behavioral choices people know they should be...   More >

Tackling Gender Equality in Key Fields: Law and Business: Women in Business Law

Panel Discussion | February 20 | 12:45-1:45 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Irene Liu, Checkr; Kathy Downing, Golden Seeds

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Please join Berkeley Law’s Women in Business Law Initiative and the Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) for an engaging fireside chat focused on gender equality. Panelists include Irene Liu, General Counsel at Checkr and Kathy Downing, Managing Director at Golden Seeds. Lunch will be provided.

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: On the Fourier restriction inequality in $R^3$

Seminar | February 20 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Zirui Zhou and Kubrat Danailov, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

This seminar is an ongoing discussion of Guth's Fourier restriction inequality based on the method of polynomial partitioning. This week's first topic will be a proof of basic properties of the wave packet decomposition. With this machinery in hand, we will begin the core part of the proof, introducing the key concept of broad points, indicating the role of polynomial partitioning, and...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Computations of the Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra

Seminar | February 20 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell, Uppsala University

 Department of Mathematics

The Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra is a powerful Legendrian isotopy invariant that is defined by counts of pseudoholomorphic discs. We give an introduction to both analytical and algebraic aspects of the theory, perform calculations in both low and high dimension, and present some open problems.

Algorithmic Pirogov-Sinai theory

Seminar | February 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Will Perkins, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Department of Statistics

What is the connection between a phase transition in a statistical physics model and the computational complexity of sampling from the given model? In the setting of the hard-core and Potts models on lattices, it is known that in the phase coexistence regime the Glauber dynamics mix slowly. Using some of the same tools used to prove slow mixing (the cluster expansion and Pirogov-Sinai theory), we...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Review of complex abelian varieties

Seminar | February 20 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yanshuai Qin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color): Get assistance using the library research databases: A practical hands-on workshop

Workshop | February 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Andrea Ramirez, UROC; Ife Okeke, UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn tricks to getting the information you need, when you need it.

Statistics on Shape Data: Correcting an Asymptotic Bias in Template Shape Estimation

Seminar | February 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nina Miolane, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Computational Anatomy aims to model and analyze healthy and pathological distributions of organ shapes. We are interested in the computational representation of the brain anatomy using brain MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). How can we define the notion of brain shapes and how can we learn their distribution in the population? Landmarks’ shapes, curve shapes or surface shapes can be seen as the...   More >

Electrokinetic Control of Interfacial Instabilities

Colloquium | February 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Martin Bazant, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

This talk will describe three examples of interfacial patterns – viscous fingers, deionization shocks, and metal dendrites – whose stability can be controlled by electrokinetic phenomena in charged porous media, as evidenced by both theory and experiments. Potential applications include electrically enhanced oil recovery, water desalination and purification by shock electrodialysis, and energy...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Mayor Jesse Arreguín: VISION 2050: Planning a Resilient Future for Berkeley

Colloquium | February 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

Launched by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Vision 2050 is a citizen-led effort to develop a framework for a 30-year sustainable infrastructure plan which focuses on addressing aging existent infrastructure, the impacts of climate change, and a rapidly-growing population.

Special Analysis Seminar: An introduction to the bulk-edge correspondence

Seminar | February 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Alexis Drouot, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Physical experiments show that interfaces between dissimilar media act as stable channels for the propagation of energy. In discrete models, this stability is explained via an index-like theorem: the bulk edge correspondence. I will first review this principle, which connects the effective number of waves propagating along the interface (a spectral invariant) to a Chern number (a topological...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Legendrian isotopy from a quantitative viewpoint

Seminar | February 20 | 5:10-6 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell, Uppsala University

 Department of Mathematics

We use techniques from persistence homology applied to the Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra in order to obtain a restriction on the oscillatory norm of a contact Hamiltonian that displaces a Legendrian in the contact vector space from its image under the Reeb flow. These techniques are also used to show that a Legendrian which admits an augmentation cannot \(C^0\)-approximate a loose Legendrian, and...   More >