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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mechanics of Behavior in Non-Neuronal Systems and Other Puzzles from the Depths of the Ocean

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Manu Prakash, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Remarkable behavioral complexity in metazoans can be attributed to the evolution of the neuron and the nervous system. But for such a system to arise in the pre-cambrian era, precursors of animals without neurons must have roamed the earth at some point of time. Soft-bodied animals make for a very poor representation in our fossil records, shutting the door to inferring origins of behavioral...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Markets, Banks, and Shadow Banks

Seminar | February 28 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 David Martinez-Miera, Carlos III

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Performing the Unimaginable: Theater of War with Peter Glazer and Guests

Presentation | February 28 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theater director and playwright Peter Glazer will discuss attempts to theatricalize war and military conflict, engaging with Akram Khan’s XENOS, which will be presented by Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall on March 2 and 3. Cocurator of this semester’s Arts + Design Thursdays series, Glazer teaches in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. His plays,...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Big Push Policies and Firm-Level Barriers to Employing Women: Evidence from Saudi Arabia"

Seminar | February 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Conrad Miller, 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 >

IB Seminar: Identification with Societies in Humans and Other Animals

Seminar | February 28 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Mark Moffett, Smithsonian Institution

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Place-Based Redistribution"

Seminar | February 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Danny Yagan, UC Berkeley

 Center for Labor Economics

(with Cecile Gaubert and Patrick Kline)

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Identification and estimation of spillover effects in randomized experiments"

Seminar | February 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Gonzalo Vazquez-Bare, UC Santa Barbara

 Department of Economics

Dr. Ambika Kamath: "Three windows into behavioral ecology: Re-examining mating systems in Anolis lizards"

Seminar | February 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Dr. Ambika Kamath

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

Miller postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, Dr. Ambika Kamath, will present a research seminar titled, "Three windows into behavioral ecology: Re-examining mating systems in Anolis lizards." Open to the public.

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 28 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, Atrium

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The top talent of UC Berkeley and local biotech employers at the largest biomedical industry event on campus.

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome - early undergrad to PhD. Not a career fair - some will be hiring, some just want to meet you. Bring your resume if you're job searching and meet some awesome companies.

  RSVP online

Optimizing the Automated Programming Stack

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 James Bornholt, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I present a new application-driven approach to optimizing the automated programming stack underpinning modern domain-specific tools.

Evidence, Replication, and Ethics in Ethnographic Research

Colloquium | February 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Simon Hall, 297, Goldberg Room

 Steven Lubet, Williams Memorial Professor of Law, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law; Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Calvin Morrill, Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Ethnographic Research

Steven Lubet and Martín Sánchez-Jankowski will discuss what counts as evidence in ethnographic research and whether replication is possible or desired, as well as considering the ethics of ethnographic research and writing.

Multiple Forces Shape Microbial Community Structure in the Phyllosphere

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Norma Morella, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

As our knowledge of host-associated microbial communities (microbiomes) continues to deepen, there remain key unresolved questions across multiple systems. Among these is an understanding of the forces underlying the assembly of, selection within, and co-evolution among microbiota, all of which depend in part on microbiome transmission mode. My PhD thesis research has focused on characterizing...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Discrete subgroups of Lie groups and geometric structures

Colloquium | February 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Fanny Kassel, IHES

 Department of Mathematics

Discrete subgroups of Lie groups play a fundamental role in several areas of mathematics. Discrete subgroups of $SL(2,\mathbb R)$ are well understood, and classified by the geometry of the corresponding hyperbolic surfaces. On the other hand, discrete subgroups of $SL(n,\mathbb R)$ for $n >2$, beyond lattices, remain quite mysterious. While lattices in this setting are rigid, there also exist...   More >

Diversifying Syllabi: Some Considerations

Colloquium | February 28 | 4:10-7 p.m. | Moses Hall, Howison Library

 Luvell Anderson, Syracuse University

 Department of Philosophy

While there seems to be agreement that we should aim to make syllabi more diverse and inclusive, not much by way of instruction on how to do so has been offered. Given the perceived importance of syllabus diversification to greater inclusion and diversity within philosophy, it would be wise to pay some more attention to how we go about doing so. In this talk, I aim to do just that. I will first...   More >

Addressing Racism and Sexism in Wikipedia: A Panel Discussion

Presentation | February 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)

 Victoria Robinson, American Cultures Center, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies; Juana Maria Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Performance Studies; Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

The Art + Feminism + Race + Justice Wikipedia edit-a-thon at UC Berkeley is part of a national effort that invites participants to become a Wikipedia editor and contribute to addressing this problem. In this panel, speakers will address the importance of moving marginalized voices to the center in repositories like Wikipedia.