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Thursday, February 21, 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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Applied Math Seminar: Grassmann manifold, gauge, and quantum chemistry

Seminar | February 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Grassmann manifold Gr(m,n) is the set of n-dimensional subspaces in $\mathbb R^m$ (assuming m >n), and is used in many science and engineering applications. A point in Gr(m,n) can be represented by an orthogonal matrix of size m by n, multiplied by another arbitrary orthogonal matrix of size n by n. In quantum chemistry and in particular the widely used density functional theory (DFT), this...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: The Macro Impact of Short-Termism

Seminar | February 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Stephen Terry, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Martha Graham Speaking to the Moment: Creative Invention in Dance with Marni Thomas Wood

Presentation | February 21 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Marni Thomas Wood delivers a talk drawing on her decades-long experience in dance. Thomas Wood joined the Martha Graham Company after graduating from college in 1958; she toured and performed with the company, taught at the Graham School, and was part of the first generation of women to perform Graham’s own roles as Graham began choosing successors for her repertory work. In 1968, Thomas Wood...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "The Environmental Bias of Trade Policy∗"

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Joseph Shapiro, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Saving for Your Child’s Education(BEUHS362)

Workshop | February 21 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Sherry Young, Bank of the West Wealth Management Group; Jake Cleary, Bank of the West Investment Services

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Learn about the importance of saving for college, how it plays into overall financial planning, and investment vehicles available. You’ll also learn about gifting limits, possible tax ramifications and the importance of partnering with a licensed professional.

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*CANCELED* IB Seminar: Title to be announced

Seminar | February 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Canceled

 Sterling Nesbitt, Virginia Tech

 Department of Integrative Biology

Data Science Modules Exposition

Workshop | February 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Data Sciences

An illustration of the types of course materials being developed for Data Science pedagogy for a variety of classes, including introductory, intermediate and advanced courses, and American Cultures classes. First hand experiences from instructors adopting and adapting these materials with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Power Electronics: A New Landscape and its Impact on Research and Applications

Seminar | February 21 | 3-4 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306 Soda)

 Alex Hanson, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Many of humanity's most pressing needs and exciting advances are critically dependent on the effective use of energy. Such applications are often space-, cost-, or efficiency-limited by the power converters at their heart. These power conversion challenges are converging with new technology opportunities.

Dr. Sara Bombaci: "Conserving and restoring biodiversity in the face of global change"

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Sara Bombaci

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Postdoctoral researcher in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University, Dr. Sara Bombaci, will present a research seminar titled, "Conserving and restoring biodiversity in the face of global change." Open to the public.

Sparse Polynomial Approximations and their applications to Quantum Advantage, Parallel Computation, and Pseudorandomness

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Avishay Tal, Motwani Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk is motivated by three (seemingly unrelated) questions:
1. For which tasks do quantum algorithms outperform classical computation?
2. Does parallel computing always offer a speed-up, or are some tasks inherently sequential?
3. Do randomized algorithms have deterministic counterparts with similar memory footprint?

TDPS Speaker Series | Knowing Through Moving: 50 Years of the Dance Program

Panel Discussion | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Marni Thomas Wood, Professor Emerita of Dance, UC Berkeley; Joe Goode, Professor of Dance, UC Berkeley; Wendy Rogers, Professor Emerita of Dance, UC Riverside

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Prior to the opening of Berkeley Dance Project 2019, join TDPS for a panel discussion about the dance program's 50-year history at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Sinead Griffin Computational Materials Seminar

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dr. Sinead Griffin, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

 Computational Materials at Berkeley

Sinéad Griffin is the newest staff scientist at the Materials Science Division and the Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab. Sinéad has contributed several insights into the connections between high-energy physics and condensed matter theory, winning the Swiss Physical's Society's ABB Prize in 2017 for her work on testing cosmic strings in multiferroics. Since 2010 she has been involved in ASESMA,...   More >

Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled: A Seventeenth-Century Chinese Christian and His Conflicted Worlds

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dominic Sachsenmaier, Professor of Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives, Göttingen University

 Li Ka-Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Dominic Sachsenmaier will present his recently published book, Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled (Columbia University Press, 2018), which explores the mid-seventeenth-century world and the worldwide flows of ideas through the lens of a Chinese Christian convert, Zhu Zongyuan. Born into a low-level literati family in the port city of Ningbo, Zhu likely never left his home province....   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium/Bowen Lectures: Lecture 3: Birational geometry in characteristic $p >0$

Colloquium | February 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Christopher Hacon, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

After recent spectacular progress in the classification of varieties over an algebraic closed field of characteristic 0 (e.g. the solution set of a system of polynomial equations defined by $p_1,...,p_r$ in $C[x_1,...,x_n]$) it is natural to try and understand the geometry of varieties defined over an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p >0$. Many technical difficulties arise in this...   More >

Impossible: A Food Revolution Catalyzed by Heme

Seminar | February 21 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Dr. Celeste Holz-Schietinger, Impossible Foods

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Come learn about the creation of the Impossible Burger and other Impossible Foods. The seminar will be followed by a Q&A session.

Tickets are FREE, but seating is limited. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Career Forum: BERC Energy Summit

Career Fair | February 21 | 6-9 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Formerly called Career Night, this year’s event, the Career Energy Forum, will take place on the first of the two days of the Energy Summit conference on February 21st, 2019. The Career Energy Forum is an annual event connecting prestigious energy and cleantech companies with top graduate student talent interested in dedicating their careers to this field. We have more than 20 companies confirmed.