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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Imaging correlates of early pathology in Parkinson’s disease

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Johannes Klein, Nuffield Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, Oxford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Parkinson’s disease affects around 1% of the population over 60, and the number of patients is rising with an aging population. To develop neurodegenerative therapies aiming to prevent conversion to or slow down progression of Parkinson’s, reliable biomarkers are needed to identify those at risk of PD, and to track disease progression. Detecting early pathology would allow for intervention before...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Allison Shultz: Evolution across timescales: comparative and population genomics studies of host-pathogen co-evolution in birds

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Allison Shultz

 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: "Differentiating plant genetic from environmental drivers of plant microbiome structure and function"

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Posy Busby, Oregon State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Posy Busby is an assistant professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. Research in the Busby lab focuses on plant-fungal interactions, plant disease, and community ecology. Their current research seeks to characterize communities of non-pathogenic fungi that live in plants, “endophytes,” and to test how endophytes influence plant disease severity.

Memcomputing: a brain-inspired computing paradigm

Seminar | April 3 | 12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Massimiliano Di Ventra, Dept of Physics, UC San Diego

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Which features make the brain such a powerful and energy-efficient computing machine? Can we reproduce them in the solid state, and if so, what type of computing paradigm would we obtain? I will show that a machine that uses memory (time non-locality) to both process and store information, like our brain, and is endowed with intrinsic parallelism and information overhead – namely takes advantage,...   More >

Diverging destinies? Changing family structures and inequality of opportunity in the United States: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Diederik Boertien, Researcher, Centre for Demographic Studies, University of Barcelona

 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.

Cyrus Farivar on "50 years of surveillance law in America"

Conference/Symposium | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:

Cyrus [suh-ROOS] is a Senior Tech Policy Reporter at Ars Technica, and is also an author and radio producer.

His second book, Habeas Data, about the legal cases over the last 50 years that have had an outsized impact on surveillance and privacy law in America, is due out May 8, 2018 from Melville House.

In 2017, Cyrus Farivar and Joe Mullin won the Technology...   More >

Noninvasive monitoring of chronic kidney disease using MR based pH and perfusion

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Michael McMahon, John Hopkins University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a cardinal feature of methylmalonic acidemia (MMA), a prototypic organic acidemia. Impaired growth, low activity, and protein restriction affect muscle mass and lower serum creatinine concentrations, which can delay the diagnosis and management of renal disease in this patient population. We have designed a general alternative strategy for monitoring renal function...   More >

Your Credit Score and More – Borrowing Basics (BEUHS352)

Workshop | April 3 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Richard Ruiz, Bank of the West; Chris Lane, Bank of the West

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of critical information related to consumer lending options. The session topics include a review of different credit types, costs associated with obtaining credit, your rights as a borrower, what creditors review when making a credit decision and ideas on how to manage your credit.

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What can computers teach us about creativity?

Colloquium | April 3 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Justin Manley, Software Engineer, Google

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Since the 1950s, psychology and computer science have been stimulated and transformed by the mutual exchange of ideas about cognition. During this time, another aspect of the mind has occupied each field mostly in isolation: creativity. This talk surveys creative uses of computers in the arts and presents recent works using artifacts from studies at the Institute of Personality and Social...   More >

Multidisciplinary Mapping: Human-Carnivore Conflict and Landscape Use by Carnivores and People in the Rift Valley, Kenya

Colloquium | April 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Christine Wilkinson, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 Center for African Studies

Human-wildlife conflict is a global issue, which has complex causes and dynamics. The communities experiencing conflict are those most able to describe their experiences and most likely to present adequate solutions. In the Kenyan Rift Valley, rapid development and subdivision has isolated many protected areas, restricting corridors and resulting in a dramatic increase in human-carnivore...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | April 3 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Compactification of moduli spaces and point collision

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Xuwen Zhu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Part of the Deligne–Mumford compactification of the moduli space of marked Riemann surfaces comes from the collision of marked points ("bubbling"). I will explain this kind of degeneration and then talk about a real analogue of such compactification in the study of constant curvature conical metrics, where a similar bubbling behavior appears.

Deformation Theory Seminar: The LG/CY correspondence

Seminar | April 3 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Baker Room

 Benjamin Gammage, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will review Orlov’s construction of an equivalence of categories between certain Calabi-You complete intersection in weighted protective spaces and the equivariant matrix factorization of associated quasihomogeneois singularities

Grace-like polynomials and related questions

Seminar | April 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 David Ruelle, IHES

 Department of Statistics

We say that the multi-affine polynomial P(z1, . . . , zm, w1, . . . , wn) is Grace-like if it does not vanish when {z1, . . . , zm is separated from {w1, . . . , wn) by a circle in the complex plane. Such polynomials have many unexpected probabilistic properties related to the work of Borcea-Brändén.

Number Theory Seminar: Absolute Hodge cycles on abelian varieties of CM-type III

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

 Dong Gyu Lim, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

EECS Colloquium: The Neural Code of Speech

Colloquium | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Edward Chang, Professor of Neurological Surgery, UC San Francisco

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Speaking is a defining behavior of our species. Our research seeks to understand the neural computations that govern our ability to speak and hear words. Advances in direct neurophysiological recordings from the human brain have led to a completely new view on the neural code that translates between sound and meaning. I will focus on our discoveries on the cortical representation of speech sounds...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Constant curvature conical metrics

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Xuwen Zhu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The problem of finding and classifying constant curvature metrics with conical singularities has a long history bringing together several different areas of mathematics. This talk will focus on the particularly difficult spherical case where many new phenomena appear. When some of the cone angles are bigger than $2\pi $, uniqueness fails and existence is not guaranteed; smooth deformation is not...   More >

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 6: Politics

Conference/Symposium | April 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago; Jackie Urla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tristram Wolff, Northwestern University; Judith Irvine, University of Michigan; Sarah Kessler, University of Southern California

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the sixth of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Academic Freedom: Past, Present and Future

Panel Discussion | April 3 | 5-7 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Joan Scott, Professor Emerita, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton; Henry Reichman, Former Vice President, AAUP

 Wendy Brown, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Khalid Kadir, Lecturer, UC Berkeley; I-Wei Wang, Librarian, UC Berkeley School of Law

 Berkeley Faculty Association

Academic freedom, the collective condition necessary for the flourishing of scholarship and teaching, is under assault – both from within and without the university. From within the university by pressures towards privatization and risk management; from without by both mobilized citizens and wealthy sponsors. These threats to academic freedom affect all involved in the academic project:...   More >