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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Ice Models for Type A

Seminar | October 16 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yulia Alexandr, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will focus on combinatorial objects called ice models, which arise in statistical mechanics. We will start by exploring the relationship between semi-standard Young tableaux and Gelfand-Tsetlin patterns, and see how the Shur polynomial can be defined in terms of those objects. In general, given rules for a tableaux representing a branching rule for GL(n, C), we define a bijection...   More >

600 Million and Counting: How Demographers Missed the Astonishing Population Reduction Caused by China's Birth Planning Program: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Daniel Goodkind, Independent Researcher

 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.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Probing Photosynthesis in C3 Plants"

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Maureen Hanson, Cornell University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Maureen R. Hanson is the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics. She received a B.S. degree at Duke University and a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University. Her lab aims to understand the mechanism of RNA editing in chloroplasts and mitochondria of plants, which results in modification of specifics Cs to Us in transcripts, altering...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Eva K. Fischer: Title TBA

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Eva K. Fischer

 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 >

CITRIS Research Exchange - Lisa Yeo

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

CITRIS Research Exchange is free and open to the public. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12 pm and is hosted at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus unless otherwise noted. Register by the Monday prior to the event to receive lunch.

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Decreasing an Elder's Isolation and Loneliness (BEUHS185)

Workshop | October 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Joy Zhang, Mon Ami; Amber Carroll, Covia Community Services

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

With the loss of family, friends, and community, an elder may be more alone now than at any other time in their lives, leaving them vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness. In addition, they may be at increased risk for related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression and heart disease. This class will provide education around social isolation, loneliness and associated risk...   More >

The Sense of Fairness in Chimpanzees and Children

Colloquium | October 16 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jan Engelmann, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley Psychology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

It is often argued that the sense of fairness consists in an aversion to unequal resource distributions. Standard accounts claim that chimpanzees react negatively to allocations in which they receive less than others, while children, from around 8 years onwards, also react negatively to allocations in which they receive more than others. I will review recent evidence suggesting two modifications...   More >

Fireside Chat with Paul Butler

Presentation | October 16 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 297 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Paul Butler; Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

 UC Berkeley School of Law

Fireside Chat with Paul Butler
This conversation will be led by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
12:15pm to 1:30pm at Goldberg room 297
RSVP by 10/7/2019 for a complimentary lunch:

Informal Student Gathering
1:35pm to 2:30pm at Goldberg room 297
(all students welcome!)

Jefferson Memorial Lecture
Prison Abolition,...   More >

Faculty Research Seminar: Consumer-Lending Discrimination in the Era of FinTech with Adair Morse

Seminar | October 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, N440-444

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

The Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership is ​pleased​ to announce a new ​research seminar promoting the work of Haas professor Adair Morse on Wednesday, October 16 from 12:30-1:30pm in N440/N444.​ Lunch will be provided for the first 20 attendees.

Abstract: ​

Ethnic discrimination in lending can materialize in face-to-face decisions or in algorithmic...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): ECH=HM, their Q-grading and the eta invariant

Seminar | October 16 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Savale, Universität zu Köln

 Department of Mathematics

This pre-talk explains some of the background behind the asymptotics of ECH capacities and its subleading estimate. Firstly this includes an outline of Taubes's isomorphism between embedded contact homology (ECH) and monopole Floer homology (HM). Next we describe the eta invariant of Atiyah-Patodi-Singer, some of its analytic properties and its relationship with the rational Q-grading on HM.

OPT Document Check Workshop

Workshop | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 103 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office as you prepare to put together your documents for your OPT application. This workshop will cover required documents, how to fill out the forms, and most common mistakes in the application. In addition, there will be a Q&A portion during which you can ask specific questions about your own application.

Please note that this workshop is specifically for OPT...   More >

Karthik Natarajan — Exploiting Partial Correlations in Distributionally Robust Optimization

Seminar | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Karthik Natarajan, Singapore University of Technology and Design

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: In this work, we identify partial correlation information structures that allow for simpler reformulations in evaluating the maximum expected value of mixed integer linear programs with random objective coefficients. To this end, assuming only the knowledge of the mean and the covariance matrix entries restricted to block-diagonal patterns, we develop a reduced semidefinite programming...   More >

Concentration of measure phenomenon in sub-critical exponential random graphs

Seminar | October 16 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics

 Department of Statistics

The exponential random graph model (ERGM) is a central object in the study of clustering properties in social networks as well as canonical ensembles in statistical physics. It is a version of the well known Erd˝os-R´enyi graphs, obtained by tilting according to the subgraph counting Hamiltonian. Despite its importance in the theory of random graphs, lots of fundamental questions have...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Algebraic lifting invariants I and components of Hurwitz spaces over the complex numbers

Seminar | October 16 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Zixin Jiang, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Near-infrared Optical Probes for Imaging Neuromodulators with High Spatiotemporal Resolution/ Biosynthesis of Triacsins

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Abraham Beyene, PhD student in the Landry Group; Frederick Twigg, PhD student in the Zhang Group

 College of Chemistry

Near-infrared Optical Probes for Imaging Neuromodulators with High Spatiotemporal Resolution/Biosynthesis of Triacsins

Flexibility, Interpretability, and Scalability in Time Series Modeling: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Emily Fox, University of Washington

 Department of Statistics

We are increasingly faced with the need to analyze complex data streams; for example, sensor measurements from wearable devices have the potential to transform healthcare. Machine learning—and moreover deep learning—has brought many recent success stories to the analysis of complex sequential data sources, including speech, text, and video. However, these success stories involve a clear...   More >

Renarrating the Past: Conflict and Negotiation of Narratives along the Borders of India, Vietnam, and Japan

Panel Discussion | October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hisashi Shimojo, University of Shizuoka; Kana Tomizawa, University of Shizuoka

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Global Studies (CEGLOS), University of Shizuoka

- Keiko Yamanaka, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
- Dana Buntrock, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley

- Kana Tomizawa, University of Shizuoka
How to Narrate Oppressed Grief: from Yasukuni to Calcutta
- Hisashi Shimojo, University of Shizuoka
Belonging and Religion in a Multi-Ethnic Society: Cross-Border Migration...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Provably Beneficial Artificial Intelligence

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Stuart Russell, Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is reasonable to expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested?...   More >

Topology Seminar: Sub-leading asymptotics of ECH capacities

Seminar | October 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Savale, Universität zu Köln

 Department of Mathematics

On a closed, contact three manifold the asymptotics of its ECH spectrum are known to recover the contact volume. This has applications to the existence of at least two, and in some cases two or infinitely many, Reeb orbits as well as the density of the union of periodic Reeb orbits for generic contact forms. In this talk, we improve the asymptotic formula for ECH spectrum with a subleading...   More >

Medicine Stories: Indigenous Perspectives on Mind-Altering Substances

Conference/Symposium | October 16 | 5-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Anthropology

This gathering will center indigenous perspectives in dialogue on the complex issues surrounding globalization of mind-altering substances.

About this Event:
Since the beginning of human existence, people of the world have altered their minds with countless practices and substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and...   More >

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The Belt and Road Initiative: The Future of Energy + Water in Asia and Beyond

Panel Discussion | October 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N440+N444

 BERC and the Institute of East Asian Studies

Join BERC and IEAS/CCS as we discuss the implications of large-scale infrastructure development on natural resources through the lens of China's BRI.