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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | February 26 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Shedding Light on Black Holes

Seminar | February 26 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Fatima Abdurrahman, PhD Candidate, Department of Astronomy; Andrew Saintsing, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Fatima is a PhD candidate whose research is focused on finding blackholes.

Fatima Abdurrahman

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | February 26 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Collateralized Networks

Seminar | February 26 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speakers: Samim Ghamami, Goldman Sachs and UC Berkeley Center for Risk Management Research

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

We study the spread of losses and defaults through financial networks focusing on two important elements of regulatory reforms: collateral requirements and bankruptcy stay rules in over-the-counter (OTC) markets. Under "segregated" collateral requirements, one firm can benefit from the failure of another, the failure frees the committed collateral of the surviving firm giving it additional...   More >

Understanding the 2015 Canadian Election

Colloquium | February 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Peter Loewen, University of Toronto

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Institute of Governmental Studies, Institute of International Studies

The 2015 Canadian federal election was a dynamic affair. Each of the three major parties held the lead in polls at some point in the campaign. However, by the end of the campaign the Tories finished where they started, the Liberals pulled far ahead, and the NDP saw all their previous gains fall away. Why did this happen?

SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Spirituality/Religion as Sociocultural Determinants of Population Health: Evidence, Implications, and Berkeley’s New Traineeship

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Douglas Oman, Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

This talk offers a friendly introduction to an emerging field: Compelling empirical evidence demonstrates that spirituality and religion are sociocultural determinants of population health, as documented in several dozen meta-analyses and more than 100 systematic reviews.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Corporate taxation with Financing Constraints: A Quantitative Evaluation"

Presentation | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 David Thesmar, Professor of Economics, MIT

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by February 22.

CANCELLED: Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Multinational profit shifting and Measurement"

Seminar | February 26 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Kim Ruhl, Associate Professor of Economics

 Department of Economics


  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Daily Labor Supply and Adaptive Reference Points

Seminar | February 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Neil Thakral, Brown University

 Department of Economics

Link to Paper

ABSTRACT: This paper provides field evidence on how reference points adjust, a degree of freedom in reference-dependence models. To examine this in the context of cabdrivers’ daily labor-supply behavior, we ask how the within-day timing of earnings affects decisions. Drivers work less in response to higher...   More >

Immigrant Sanctuary as the “Old Normal”: A Brief History of Police Federalism

Colloquium | February 26 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room | Note change in time

 Trevor Gardner, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington; Franklin Zimring, WIlliam G. Simon Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Sociology, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Center for Race and Gender

Three successive presidential administrations have opposed the practice of immigrant sanctuary, at various intervals characterizing state and local government restrictions on police participation in federal immigration enforcement as reckless, aberrant, and unpatriotic. This Article finds these claims to be ahistorical in light of the long and singular history of a field the Article identifies as...   More >

Dr. Michael Gil: "How collective behavior can shape ecosystems"

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Michael Gil

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

NOAA postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Michael Gil, will present a research seminar titled, "How collective behavior can shape ecosystems." Open to the public.

Radio Frequency Microsystems for 5G and IoT Applications: From Acoustic Filters and Circulators to Mechanically Driven Antennas

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Songbin Gong, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will discuss several new types of RF micro-systems that can enable various front-end functions, including filtering, radiation, non-reciprocity, and equalization, with unprecedented size, weight, and performance (SWaP) for 5G and IoT applications.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Concentration Compactness Methods for Nonlinear Dispersive PDEs

Seminar | February 26 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 James Rowan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Concentration compactness methods provide a powerful tool for proving global well-posedness and scattering for nonlinear dispersive equations. Once one has a small-data global well-posedness result, one knows that there is some minimal size of the initial data at which global well-posedness and scattering can fail. Then, using a profile decomposition, one can show that there is a minimal blowup...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Profinite properties of finitely generated groups

Seminar | February 26 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Eduardo Oregon Reyes, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

It is a natural idea to try to distinguish finitely generated groups via their finite quotients. To do that, we restrict to the class of residually finite groups and study their profinite completions. We will discuss these concepts and their relation to separable subgroups.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Codepth, complete intersections, and quasi-cyclic modules

Seminar | February 26 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Robin Hartshorne, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Codepth is the dual notion to depth, being the greatest length of a coregular sequence for a module, meaning the first element maps the module surjectively, the second is subjective on the kernel of the first, and so on. For a curve in P3, let M be the local cohomology module of the graded coordinate ring with supports in the ideal of the curve. Then the theorem of Hellus says that C is a set...   More >

Global Financial Inclusion: Challenges, Innovation, and Lessons Learned around the World

Panel Discussion | February 26 | 4-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room

 Haas FinTech Club

Join us on February 26th from 4-6pm at the FinTech Club's Global Financial Inclusion Panel! Panelists representing USA, Latin America, Africa, and Asia will share their perspectives on the current state of financial inclusion in different regions of the world, including how fintechs are delivering solutions, common challenges, and most importantly, the overall lessons learned that each region has...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Integrable systems of spin Calogero-Moser type related to symmetric spaces, part II

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Nicolai Reshetikhin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The talk will start with a reminder of what is a Hamiltonian integrable system and what degenerate integrability, also know as superintegrability, means. Then examples of such systems on symplectic leaves of Poisson variety \(K\backslash T^*G/K\) will be constructed for a Lie group \(G\) and a Lie subgroup \(K\subset G\). If \(G\) is a simple Lie group and \(K\) is the subgroup of fixed points of...   More >

David Chandler Lecture in Physical Chemistry: Bubbles in space-time, or how to think about supercooled liquids, glasses and slow dynamics

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Juan Garrahan, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham

 College of Chemistry

Despite having made many fundamental contributions to the theory of
liquids from early in his career, David Chandler only began paying
serious attention to one of its central problems, that of the glass
transition in supercooled liquids, relatively late. This started when
David and I met in Oxford in early 2001 during one of his sabbaticals,
and developed into our joint work in this...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Migration between Platforms"

Seminar | February 26 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Gary Biglaiser, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Department of Economics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Chow rings of matroids, ring of matroid quotients, and beyond

Seminar | February 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a certain nef generating set for the Chow ring of the wonderful compactification of a hyperplane arrangement complement. This presentation yields a monomial basis of the Chow ring that admits a geometric and combinatorial interpretation with several applications. Geometrically, one can recover Poincare duality, compute the volume polynomial and verify its log-concavity, and identify...   More >

Origami workshop with Bernie Peyton

Workshop | February 26 | 5:30-6 p.m. | 120 Kroeber Hall

 Bernie Peyton


Explore the relationship between science and art as it applies to origami design, learn how scientists are now taking their knowledge of folding to solve real world problems. Can you imagine how knowledge of origami could create a microscope that costs less than one dollar, or stuff a huge solar panel into a rocket that would later be expanded in space? Find out, and be prepared to try some...   More >

Break-up - Origami by Bernie Peyton