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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, room 1102

 Zach Pardos, Graduate School of Education and School of Information; Stella Yu, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, EECS

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The Mind in Big Data, Zach Pardos

Learning with Minimal Human Supervision, Stella Yu

Compositional Constraints and Social Conventions in African Assortative Mating: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Margaret Frye, Professor, Sociology, University of Michigan

 Sara Lopus, Professor, Social Sciences, Cal Poly

 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.

Cell Phones, Cell Towers, and Wireless Safety (BEUHS666): Keynote Presentation for Balancing Technology Programs

Presentation | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Education Center

 Joel Moskowitz, PhD, Director and Principal Investigator, Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley

 Be Well at Work, Public Health, School of

Learn about the latest research on wireless radiation safety and steps you can take to protect yourself and loved ones from potential harm.

 This event is primarily for UC Berkeley faculty and staff, but we will take students and community members as long as there is room. Please email kguess@berkeley.edu to reserve your spot if you cannot register online.


  Register online or by calling 510-6433434, or by emailing kguess@berkeley.edu by February 28.

Rita Lucarelli on "Cultural contexts for immersive visualization and VR"

Conference/Symposium | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:

Rita Lucarelli studied at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” Italy, where she received her MA degree in Classical Languages and Egyptology. She holds her Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands (2005). Her Ph.D. thesis was published in 2006 as The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC. From 2005 to 2010,...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Can we structure the microbiome of Arabidopsis thaliana?"

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Joy Bergelson, University of Chicago

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Joy Bergelson is the Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Her research is focused on interactions between the host plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, and the community of bacteria that inhabit it. Her lab is interested in understanding how the ecology of these interactions shapes evolutionary trajectories, and how evolutionary change in turn impacts ecology....   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Ryan Baumbusch: Barred owls in the Pacific Northwest: trophic interactions of a novel, nocturnal predator

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Ryan Baumbusch

 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 >

Graphene-based Biosensors: Real-time biological Search

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Kiana Aran, Keck Graduate Institute

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Graphene-based biosensors have the potential to revolutionize digital biochemical measurements for applications in the field of drug discovery, biomedicine, integrated diagnostics and environmental monitoring. This talk will describe the design and development of novel graphene-based biosensors and their use in facile identification of clinically relevant biomarkers in cancer and aging. In...   More >

Legacies of War and Civil Society in Post-Conflict Settings

Colloquium | February 27 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Justine Davis, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

How does civil war shape post-conflict democratization? More specifically, how does living under rebel control during civil war affect local non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders’ attitudes and behaviors regarding the distribution of resources to citizens? I develop a theory in which the takeover of territory and the establishment of institutions by rebels during civil war evokes...   More >

Justine Davis

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

Seminar | February 27 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kubrat Danailov, UC Berkeley

 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 talk continues discussion of the core part of the proof, utilizing the key concept of broad points to carry out the inductive step. Following the incidence problem model, the analysis divides into three parts. A key decomposition, including a bilinear term,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Boundaries of hyperbolic and relatively hyperbolic groups

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jason Manning, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

I'll define hyperbolic group, relatively hyperbolic group, the boundary, and give examples and basic properties.

Workshop on Getting Approval for Human Subjects Research--led by OPHS staff

Workshop | February 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Program Manager, Haas Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Staff from the Office of the Protection of Human Subjects and the Office of Undergraduate Research will present on how undergraduates should prepare a proposal (protocol) to receive approval for human subjects related research projects.

Deformation Theory Seminar: Matrix factorizations in deformation theory

Seminar | February 27 | 2:40-4 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Auditorium | Note change in time

 Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will review the appearance of curvings for objects in the deformation theory of categories and discuss conditions for their removal. I will review the role of nilpotence in reduction to uncurved deformations.

Statistical Physics, Markov Chains, and Programmable Matter

Seminar | February 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sarah Cannon, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

I will discuss how tools from statistical physics used to analyze partition functions, such as Peierls arguments and the cluster expansion, can be used to solve seemingly unrelated distributed computing problems about programmable matter. Programmable matter is a material or substance that has the ability to change its features in a programmable, distributed way; examples are diverse and include...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Hodge structures and the Mumford–Tate groups

Seminar | February 27 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Roy Zhao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Epigenetic regulation of lipid metabolic pathways and fatty liver disease

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Liangyou Rui, University of Michigan

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Dehn filling and the boundary of a relatively hyperbolic group

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jason Manning, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

I'll survey what is known about the way the boundary of a relatively hyperbolic group is affected by relatively hyperbolic Dehn filling. I'll talk both about geometric and algebraic topological properties of the boundary. Parts of this talk will be based on joint works with Groves, Groves–Sisto, and Wang.

Mean Estimation with Sub-Gaussian Rates in Polynomial Time

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sam Hopkins, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We study polynomial time algorithms for estimating the mean of a heavy-tailed multivariate random vector. We assume only that the random vector X has finite mean and covariance. In this setting, the radius of confidence intervals achieved by the empirical mean are large compared to the case that X is Gaussian or sub-Gaussian.
We offer the first polynomial time algorithm to estimate the mean with...   More >

Learning to See the Physical World

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jiajun Wu, Ph.D. Student, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present our recent work on physical scene understanding---building versatile, data-efficient, and generalizable machines that learn to see, reason about, and interact with the physical world.

ERG Colloquium: Alex Hall: The “Double Whammy” of Climate Change for California’s Sierra Nevada

Colloquium | February 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Alex Hall, Professor, Department of Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA

 Energy and Resources Group

Alex Hall, faculty director of the UCLA Center for Climate Science, will be discussing how "business-as-usual" and reduced emissions scenarios are posed to affect climate and snowpack in the Sierra Nevada through the end of the century.

Radiotopia Showcase Podcast Preview: SPACEBRIDGE | A conversation between Julia Barton and Adam Hochschild

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Logan Multimedia Center (Room 142)

 Graduate School of Journalism

At a low point in the Cold War, three men walk into a bureaucrat’s office at Gosteleradio, the state broadcaster of the Soviet Union. Two are Americans: an astronaut, and a researcher of psychic phenomena. The third is a Russian utopian with a notebook full of phone numbers he’s not supposed to know. The three want approval for something that’s never been tried before: a two-way, simultaneous...   More >

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