<< January 2017 >>

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | January 3 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Friday, January 6, 2017

Andean Studies Conference, Day 1: Institute for Andean Studies

Conference/Symposium | January 6 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 John Rick, President, Institute for Andean Studies

 Archaeological Research Facility

The Institute of Andean Studies was the vision of John H. Rowe (1918–2004), who founded it in 1960.

$40 Early registration, $10 Student early registration, $60 Registration after Jan 1 and at the door, $20 Student registration after Jan 1 and at the door

  Register online or or by emailing instituteofandeanstudies@gmail.com

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Andean Studies Conference, Day 2: Institute for Andean Studies

Conference/Symposium | January 7 | 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 John Rick, President, Institute for Andean Studies

 Archaeological Research Facility

The Institute of Andean Studies was the vision of John H. Rowe (1918–2004), who founded it in 1960.

$40 Early registration, $10 Student early registration, $60 Registration after Jan 1 and at the door, $20 Student registration after Jan 1 and at the door

  Register online or or by emailing instituteofandeanstudies@gmail.com

Critter Corner

Workshop | December 31, 2016 – May 27, 2017 every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science, Niche Classroom

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

What is it like to live underwater? How does it feel to warm yourself on a rock? Get an introduction to the living world by meeting small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods. In the Critter Corner, which is perfect for ages 8 and under, you can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories and role-play with toy animals and habitats so that you can better understand animal life.

Animal Discovery Room at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Monday, January 9, 2017

Frontiers in Quantum Coherent Science: An Inaugural Celebration of the Center for Quantum Coherent Science at UC Berkeley

Conference/Symposium | January 9 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Department of Physics

CQCS is an intellectual nexus that explores the richness, complexity and practical application of quantum mechanics, quantum states, and quantum systems. The center brings together many different scientists working in a range of fields related to quantum science, from AMO to cosmology. We would be delighted if you can join us for our three-day conference as well as participate in the planned...   More >

 - Due to space limitations, only accepted registrants will receive a confirmation email after December 18. - Day 3 is limited by LBNL site access

  Registration opens December 1. Register online or by calling Arica at 510-664-7725, or by emailing Arica at cqcs@berkeley.edu by December 18.

Luke Timmerman: Trends in Biotech and the Age of Genomics

Colloquium | January 9 | 12-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Room 240

 Luke Timmerman, The Timmerman Report

 Library, Bioengineering (BioE)

Luke Timmerman of the Timmmerman Report and contributor to Forbes, will be speaking about trends in the biotech industry and the effect of a tool driven revolution. He will also address these themes as they relate to his new book, Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

IV-E Pre-employment Workshop

Workshop | January 10 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland 2, 4, 5, 15

 Social Welfare, School of

Required for 2nd year IV-E MSW students.

Brand Training Workshop 1: Strategy and visual design

Workshop | January 10 | 9-11:30 a.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Public Affairs

Attend this workshop to understand the strategy behind the development of the Berkeley brand platform. See examples of how to apply the brand guidelines in your daily work. Get hands-on practice with the visual design elements of the brand platform. Work on a sample project (or bring a live one of your own) to create a branded piece with your own unique voice. Participants: Anyone who does...   More >

  Register online

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Brand Training Workshop 2: Building websites with branded components

Workshop | January 11 | 9-11:30 a.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Public Affairs

Attend this workshop to see how the Berkeley brand platform can be applied to your website. See examples of each web template option: Dreamweaver, WordPress, and OpenBerkeley. Get hands-on experience with the Dreamweaver template in order to gain a deeper understanding of the modular branded components and how to use them to build a page. Work on a sample page or get help with your website...   More >

  Register online

Siebel Stem Cell Institute UCB-Stanford Workshop on Stem Cell Biology and Engineering

Seminar | January 11 | 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Michael Clarke, Calvin Kuo, Kyle Loh, Michael Longaker, Thomas Rando, Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Vittorio Sebastiano, Irv Weissman, Joseph Wu, Stanford University; Helen Bateup, Andrew Dillin, Amy Herr, Daniela Kaufer, David Schaffer, Robert Tjian, Mark Walters, University of California, Berkeley

 Siebel Stem Cell Institute

String-Math Seminar: The Non-Abelian Localization Theorem and the Verlinde Formula for Higgs Bundles

Seminar | January 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Daniel Halpern-Leistner, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

The Verlinde formula is a celebrated explicit computation of the dimension of the space of sections of certain positive line bundles over the moduli space of semistable vector bundles over an algebraic curve. I will describe a recent generalization of this formula in which the moduli of vector bundles is replaced by the moduli of semistable Higgs bundles, a moduli space of great interest in...   More >

The role of SEIPIN in lipid droplet expansion and adipogenesis

Seminar | January 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Hongyuan Yang, University of New South Wales

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar: Groups acting on the circle

Seminar | January 11 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Kathryn Mann, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Given a group G and a manifold M, can one describe all the actions of G on M? This is a basic and natural question from geometric topology, but also a very difficult one – even in the case where M is the circle, and G is a familiar, finitely generated group like the fundamental group of a surface.

In this talk, I'll introduce you to the theory of groups acting on the circle, building on the...   More >

Thursday, January 12, 2017

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | January 12 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in location

 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 >

PMB Seminar : "Plant Genomics and Immunity"

Seminar | January 12 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, First Floor Conference Room

 Ksenia Krasileva, Earlham University, The Sainsbury Laboratory

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Applied Math Seminar: Nonlinear Eigenvalue Problems: Theory and Applications

Seminar | January 12 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 David Bindel, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

Vibrations are everywhere, and so are the eigenvalues that describe them. Physical models that include involve damping, delay, or radiation often lead to nonlinear eigenvalue problems, in which we seek complex values for which an (analytic) matrix-valued function is singular. In this talk, we show how to generalize eigenvalue localization results, such as Gershgorin's theorem, Bauer-Fike, and...   More >

Friday, January 13, 2017

Conference on the Supreme Court of California

Conference/Symposium | January 13 |  UC Hastings College of Law

 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Quentin Hardy

 Law, Boalt School of

Presented by the California Constitution Center and Hastings Law Journal, this event is a forum for judges, scholars, and practitioners to explore issues affecting the state high court and judicial system.

Radical Craft Jam: A Day of Pre-Inauguration Artistic Resistance + Production

Workshop | January 13 |  Wurster Hall

 Department of Art Practice

On Friday, January 13, the art studios at Wurster and Kroeber Halls open up for a day of drop-in visual resistance and production in the lead-up to the January 20 Inauguration. Students, staff, faculty, and the general public are invited to work together to make screenprints, fabric banners, ceramic talismans, laser cut stencils, political puppets, and more! Come with ideas and creative energy,...   More >

Teaching Conference for All First-Time Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs)

Conference/Symposium | January 13 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall

 Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center, Graduate Division

A campuswide teaching conference held the Friday before classes begin. The purpose is to orient graduate students to their GSI role and equip them to begin. To be credited with completion, attendees must participate in the entire conference day.

  Register online or by calling 510-642-4456

Conference on the Supreme Court of California: SCOCA Conference 2017

Conference/Symposium | January 13 | 8 a.m.-7 p.m. | UC Hastings College of the Law, Louis B Mayer Student Lounge

 198 McCallister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice; Kathryn Mickle, Assoicate Justice; Carol A. Corrigan, Associate Justice; Leondra R. Kruger, Associate Justice

 California Constitution Center, Hastings Law Journal

SCOCA Conference 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
UC Hastings College of the Law
Louis B Mayer Student Lounge
198 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California 94102

General Admission $100, Public / Nonprofit / Academic Admission $50

  Registration opens November 1. Register online or or by emailing Caroline Cheng at ccheng@law.berkeley.edu by January 13.

The Value of Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Panel Discussion | January 13 | 12-2 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center/Suite 220

 Michael Cohen, AC Faculty, African-American Studies; Khalid Kadir, AC Faculty, The Blum Center for Developing Economies, Engineering, and International and Area Studies; Zeus Leonardo, AC Faculty, School of Education

 Rudy Mendoza-Denton, AC Faculty, Psychology; Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Performance Studies, African American Studies

 American Cultures, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

The 'Value of Difficult Conversations in the Classroom' is a forum that will bring together and support our students, and our faculty teaching our students, in the first weeks of classes.

Given the very real and fraught conversations elicited by the election, its racism, xenophobia, sexism, and so much else, the AC faculty will address questions such as what is of value in us coming together...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Equivariant Morse theory in algebraic geometry

Seminar | January 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Daniel Halpern-Leistner, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Developments in high energy physics, specifically in the theory of mirror symmetry, have led to deep conjectures regarding the geometry of a special class of complex manifolds called Calabi-Yau manifolds. One of the most intriguing of these conjectures states that various geometric invariants, some classical and some more homological in nature, agree for any two Calabi-Yau manifolds which are...   More >

QB3 Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | January 13 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Speaker 1: Goran Stjepanovic (Jim Hurley lab)

Role of the human Vps15 kinase in PI3K complex I mediated autophagy regulation

Abstract
Autophagy is basic catabolic pathway for the controlled degradation of cellular components. The class III phosphatidylinositol 3‐kinase complex (PI3KC3) phosphorylates phosphatidylinositol to generate phosphatidylinositol 3‐phosphate, which is...   More >

Grounds for Science: Neural machinery, natural and designed

Presentation | January 13 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Tomer Langberg, Molecular & Cell Biology; Ryan Neely, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

 Science@Cal

Grounds for Science presents cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed science cafe setting. This month features short talks by Tomer Langberg and Ryan Neely, exploring the biological machinery that creates the senses, and technology being developed to understand the nervous system.

Electroceuticals

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Critter Corner

Workshop | December 31, 2016 – May 27, 2017 every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science, Niche Classroom

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

What is it like to live underwater? How does it feel to warm yourself on a rock? Get an introduction to the living world by meeting small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods. In the Critter Corner, which is perfect for ages 8 and under, you can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories and role-play with toy animals and habitats so that you can better understand animal life.

People Get Ready

Conference/Symposium | January 14 | 12-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room 145

 Phil Hutchings; Linda Evans; Alicia Jrapko; Emily Lee; Kung Feng; Liz Derias-Tyehimba; Tongo Eisen-Martin; Greg Morozumi; Corrina Gould; Lara Kiswani; Max Elbaum; Maari Maitrey; Alex Sanchez; Pierre LaBossiere; Lily Fahsi-Haskell

 American Cultures, The Center for Political Education

Join the Center for Political Education (CPE) for a one-day conference on analysis, strategy, and the fight for our future.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pseudorandomness Boot Camp

Workshop | January 17 – 20, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Organizers:
Jacob Fox (Stanford University), Ben Green (University of Oxford), Russell Impagliazzo (UC San Diego), Luca Trevisan (Simons Institute, UC Berkeley), Julia Wolf (University of Bristol), David Zuckerman (University of Texas, Austin).

  Register online

Instruction Begins

Course | January 17 |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Public Affairs

PMB Seminar : "Stressed! How plants acclimate through dynamic responses"

Seminar | January 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, First Floor Conference Room

 Jose Dinneny, Carnegie Institution for Science

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: The Tax-Loss Harvesting Life Cycle: A 43-Year Retrospective of Equity Indexing Strategies for Taxable Investors

Seminar | January 17 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Lisa Goldberg (joint with Pete Hand & Alan Cummings), UC Berkeley & Aperio Group

 Center for Risk Management Research

Tax-loss harvesting aims to realize losses on individual stocks in conjunction with an investment objective such as index tracking. In this talk, we give a historical appraisal of the value of tax-loss harvesting to taxable investors with realized gains in their portfolios.

Marine Natural Products: Inspiration for Chemical and Biological Discovery

Seminar | January 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Joshua Pierce, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University

 College of Chemistry

Marine natural products often have complex structures and potent biological activities; however, little is understood regarding how their molecular structure correlates with function or what biological targets or pathways are involved. Through rapid and efficient chemical syntheses of bioactive marine natural products we are able prepare ample quantities of material to explore both...   More >

Chromatin dysregulation as driver of oncogenesis

Seminar | January 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Chao Lu**, The Rockefeller University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | January 17 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

An active approach to the self-assembly of colloidal matter

Seminar | January 17 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Mr. Stewart Mallory, Columbia University Department of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): The lifespan of small data solutions for Benjamin-Ono

Seminar | January 17 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mihaela Ifrim, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

This article represents a first step toward understanding the long time dynamics of solutions for the Benjamin-Ono equation. While this problem is known to be both completely integrable and globally well-posed in $L^2$, much less seems to be known concerning its long time dynamics. Here we prove that for small localized data the solutions have (nearly) dispersive dynamics almost globally in time....   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pseudorandomness Boot Camp

Workshop | January 17 – 20, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Organizers:
Jacob Fox (Stanford University), Ben Green (University of Oxford), Russell Impagliazzo (UC San Diego), Luca Trevisan (Simons Institute, UC Berkeley), Julia Wolf (University of Bristol), David Zuckerman (University of Texas, Austin).

  Register online

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | January 18 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Ergonomics@Work, University Health Services

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

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | January 18 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Ergonomics@Work, University Health Services

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.

  Register online

Pasteur's quadrant: Advancing basic cognitive neuroscience with real-world relevance

Seminar | January 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Melina Uncapher, Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCSF CEO, Institute of Applied Neuroscience

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Researchers of cognition and the brain likely consider our efforts as advancing mechanistic understanding, with the hope that they will eventually impact real-world problems. However, this dichotomous viewpoint between basic and applied research is becoming less appropriate with increasing advances in science and technology, and increased dialog between researchers and practitioners. In this...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Fastest algorithms for structured matrices via algebra

Seminar | January 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Lek-Heng Lim, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

We show that in many instances, at the heart of a problem in numerical computation sits a special 3-tensor, the structure tensor of the problem that uniquely determines its underlying algebraic structure. For example, the Grothendieck constant, which plays an important role in unique games conjecture and SDP relaxations of NP-hard problems, arises as the spectral norm of such a structure tensor....   More >

The neurobiology of homeostasis

Seminar | January 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Zachary Knight, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Characterizing ion sequestration in mitochondria: A deep view into cell ultrastructure with cryo-scanning transmission electron tomography

Seminar | January 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Sharon Wolf, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Electron Microscopy Unit, Weizmann Institute of Science

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Group actions on the circle and surfaces

Seminar | January 18 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Hurtado, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

A smooth group action on a manifold M is a group-morphism from a group G to the group of diffeomorphisms of M. If G = Z, the study of such actions is just the study of smooth dynamics and classification is impossible. However, if the group G is sufficiently rich or under some hypothesis in the type of action, classification is sometimes possible. A classical example is Holder's theorem (1901),...   More >

Seminar: Dr. Edward Chuong, University of Utah

Seminar | January 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Endogenous retroviruses as catalysts of gene regulatory evolution

Abstract: Changes in gene regulatory networks underlie many biological adaptations, but the mechanisms promoting their emergence and evolution are not well understood. Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are prolific genomic parasites that constitute 6-14% of vertebrate genomes, and harbor sequences capable of modulating...   More >

Endogenous retroviruses as catalysts of gene regulatory evolution

Seminar | January 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Edward Chuong**, University of Utah

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Applied Math Seminar: Nonequilibrium stochastic processes at single-molecule and single-cell levels

Seminar | January 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Hao Ge, Peking University

 Department of Mathematics

Stochastic process has a glorious history in physics, chemistry and biology. Due to the advance of single-molecule techniques, stochastic modeling and computation become more and more useful and popular recently. I will talk about several different issues related to stochastic processes at single-molecule and single-cell levels, including stochastic theory of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics,...   More >

Nonequilibrium stochastic processes at single-molecule and single-cell levels

Seminar | January 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Hao Ge, Peking University

 Department of Mathematics

Stochastic process has a glorious history in physics, chemistry and biology. Due to the advance of single-molecule techniques, stochastic modeling and computation become more and more useful and popular recently. I will talk about several different issues related to stochastic processes at single-molecule and single-cell levels, including stochastic theory of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics,...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Integral relations between p-adic cohomology theories

Seminar | January 18 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kestutis Cesnavicius, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an introduction to this semester's number theory learning seminar, whose goal is to discuss the relations that result from the techniques of Bhatt–Morrow–Scholze between different integral cohomology theories (p-adic etale, de Rham, crystalline...) of varieties over p-adic fields. Such relations may be viewed as refinements of the comparison theorems of "rational" p-adic Hodge...   More >

Kernel methods for spatiotemporal learning with public policy applications

Seminar | January 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Seth Flaxman, Department of Statistics, Oxford

 Department of Statistics

In this talk I will highlight the statistical machine learning methods that I am developing, in response to the needs of my social science collaborators, to address public policy questions. My research focuses on flexible nonparametric modeling approaches for spatiotemporal data and scalable inference methods to be able to fit these models to large datasets. Most critically, my models and...   More >

Michael Kiparsky-Colloquium

Colloquium | January 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Michael Kiparsky, Director, Wheeler Water Institute

 Energy and Resources Group

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Burnside problem for diffeomorphism groups

Seminar | January 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Hurtado, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

Suppose G is a finitely generated group such that every element has finite order. Must G be a finite group?

This is known as the burnside problem, it was formulated around 1902 by Burnside himself and it was central in the development of group theory during the 20th century. The answer in general turned out to be negative, G might be infinite. Nonetheless, if one restricts G to be a linear group...   More >

From Direct Action to Social Movements

Panel Discussion | January 18 | 5-7 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Rachel Herzing, Co-Director, Center for Political Education

 Danielle Mahones, Labor Education Specialist, Labor Center; Tina Sandoval, Worker Leader, Fight for $15

 American Cultures, UC Berkeley Labor Center, Office of Undergraduate Research

The AC Center and The UC Berkeley Labor Center are pleased to announce an evening discussion 'From Direct Action to Social Movements,' which will include a panel of community organizers, faculty and labor leaders, addressing movement building is created and sustained.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pseudorandomness Boot Camp

Workshop | January 17 – 20, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Organizers:
Jacob Fox (Stanford University), Ben Green (University of Oxford), Russell Impagliazzo (UC San Diego), Luca Trevisan (Simons Institute, UC Berkeley), Julia Wolf (University of Bristol), David Zuckerman (University of Texas, Austin).

  Register online

RAPDP - Foundational - F1 Research Administration Overview

Course | January 19 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory workshop that provides an overview of the RAPDP curriculum, roles and responsibilities of central campus offices, the award lifecycle, and the campus systems relevant to Research Administration.

  Register online

(CANCELED) IB SEMINAR: Title to be announced

Seminar | January 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Canceled

 (CANCELED) Robert Holt, University of Florida

 Department of Integrative Biology

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 19 | 1-2 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 19 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor: "The More We Die, The More We Sell? A Simple Test of the Home-Market Effect"

Seminar | January 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall | Note change in time and location

 Heidi Williams, MIT

 Department of Economics

joint w/ Haas Oliver Williamson Seminar - C325 Cheit Hall

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Calabi-Yau metrics and algebraic singularities

Colloquium | January 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Song Sun, Stony Brook

 Department of Mathematics

A Calabi-Yau manifold is a compact complex manifold with trivial canonical bundle. Yau’s solution to the Calabi conjecture gives rise to canonical Ricci-flat Kahler metric (Calabi-Yau metric) on such a manifold, and this has deep applications in algebraic geometry and mathematical physics. It is an interesting question to understand how the Ricci-flat metrics develop singularities when the...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "The Numerical Delta Method and Bootstrap"

Seminar | January 19 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jessie Li, Stanford University - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Econometrics, Machine Learning

Applied Algebra Seminar: Does Antibiotic Resistance Evolve in Hospitals?

Seminar | January 19 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Bernd Sturmfels, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present a joint paper with Anna Seigal, Portia Mira and Miriam Barlow, aimed at addressing the question in the title. Nosocomial outbreaks of bacteria and the heavy usage of antibiotics suggest that resistance evolves in hospital environments. To test this assumption, we studied resistance phenotypes of bacteria collected from patient isolates at a community hospital. A graphical model...   More >

“Separating fact from fantasy: Is fake news undermining the truth?”

Panel Discussion | January 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Laura Sydell, digital culture correspondent, National Public Radio

Edward Wasserman, moderator, Graduate School of Journalism

 Adam Mosseri, Vice president of News Feed, Facebook; Craig Newmark, Web pioneer, speaker and philanthropist; Catherine Crump, professor and co-director, Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic; Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian, Chief Digital Scholarship Officer, University Library

 Graduate School of Journalism, Library

Incentives to spread misinformation include great financial and political gain. Do tech companies and news sites have the ability and/or the responsibility to contain a flood of inaccuracy? Can they without bias or censorship?

 Space is limited.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pseudorandomness Boot Camp

Workshop | January 17 – 20, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Organizers:
Jacob Fox (Stanford University), Ben Green (University of Oxford), Russell Impagliazzo (UC San Diego), Luca Trevisan (Simons Institute, UC Berkeley), Julia Wolf (University of Bristol), David Zuckerman (University of Texas, Austin).

  Register online

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 20 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Essig Brunch: Dr. Carolina Reisenman, MCB Dept.: Kissing bugs and risk of Chagas Disease transmission in southwestern USA, and tools for monitoring and control

Seminar | January 20 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dr. Carolina Reisenman, Associate Researcher, Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!

Conversation with Dr. Fatima Alleyne about Equity and Justice in Education: Motivation to be a Changemaker

Seminar | January 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 240 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Dr. Fatima Alleyne will speak at UC Berkeley on Jan. 20, addressing her experiences running a grass roots effort for office. With a message to push for equity and justice, Dr. Fatima Alleyne was elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Education, Area 1 in the last election. She won over 46% of the vote. She received many endorsements, including the East Bay Times. She was also recognized as a...   More >

Cognition Colloquium: Can science explain the human mind? Intuitive judgments about the limits of science.

Colloquium | January 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Department of Psychology

Can science ever fully explain romantic love, morality, and religious belief? What about motor skills or perception? In this talk, I will present research documenting intuitive beliefs about the limits of science in explaining the human mind.

How Chemistry Can Revolutionize Electronics and Opto-Electronics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley, EECS

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Since the beginning of Solid State Electronics, with the invention of the transistor, chemical bonding structures have actually played the key enabling role. This lecture will outline how chemical bonds were critical for the computing revolution, the internet revolution, and are of great importance for the forthcoming energy revolution. I will try to answer the following question: What does...   More >

Academic Engagement for Our Changing Times

Panel Discussion | January 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Equity & Inclusion, and American Cultures Center

Academic Engagement for Our Changing Times is a faculty panel planned for Inauguration Day to discuss the ways in which our academic lives and work might be affected in these changing political times. Moderated by Na’ilah Nasir, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion and co-chair of the HIFIS Race, Diversity and Educational Policy cluster, this session is designed to...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Organizational Meeting

Seminar | January 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

This semester we will again have a paper seminar. I will hand out the list of papers at the meeting, and we will organize the schedule of talks.

Job Market Seminar: "The Unequal Gains from Product Innovations: Evidence from the US Retail Sector"

Seminar | January 20 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Xavier Jaravel, Harvard University - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Innovation, Macroeconomics

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Mechanistic and Electronic Structural Insights into the Metallobiochemistry of Nitrification

Seminar | January 20 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Kyle Lancaster, Department of Chemistry, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Nitrification, the oxidation of ammonia to nitrite and nitrate, is a key entry point for fixed nitrogen to return to the atmosphere as dinitrogen. Nitrification is the root of tremendous economic loss in agriculture as well as a major ecological hazard via nitrogenous eutrophication. Molecular details concerning the elementary, multi-electron chemical steps whereby ammonia is oxidized to...   More >

RTGC Seminar: Mirror symmetry for minuscule flag varieties

Seminar | January 20 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Templier, Cornell

 Department of Mathematics

We prove cases of Rietsch mirror conjecture that the Dubrovin-Givental quantum connection for projective homogeneous varieties is isomorphic to the pushforward D-module attached to Berenstein-Kazhdan geometric crystals. The idea is to recognize the quantum connection as Galois and the geometric crystal as automorphic. The isomorphism then comes from global rigidity results where a Hecke eigenform...   More >

Analysis Seminar: Spectral gap without the pressure condition

Seminar | January 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Semyon Dyatlov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

We show that every convex co-compact hyperbolic surface has an essential spectral gap. This means there exists some $\beta >0$, depending on the surface, such that the Selberg zeta function has only finitely many zeroes with $\Re s > 1/2 - \beta $. This is the first result of this kind that makes no restrictions on the dimension $ \delta $ of the corresponding limit set. Previously gaps were...   More >

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Amgen Biotech Experience Workshop: Teacher Professional Development: Abridged ABE Series

Workshop | January 21 – 22, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This event is open to all Bay Area high school science teachers interested in teaching the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum (amgenbiotechexperience.com). The curriculum includes basic biotechnology laboratories and techniques through the lens of learning about diabetes and the manufacturing of insulin through recombinant technology. This workshop...   More >

Semiotic Circle of California

Conference/Symposium | January 21 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Faculty Club, Seaborg Room

 Department of German

University of California, Berkeley
Seaborg Room, Faculty Club


9:30 Denise Warren (UC San Diego): “The Outlaw Couple in Film Noir: Gun Crazy (Joseph H.Lewis, 1950)”

9:50 Ritwik Banerji (UC Berkeley): “Two Divergent Interpretants of Egalitarian Ethics in Musical Free Improvisation”

10:10 William Watt (UC Irvine): "Semiotic Sets & Supersets: An Assessment."

10:30 Cara Tovey (UC...   More >

Critter Corner

Workshop | December 31, 2016 – May 27, 2017 every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science, Niche Classroom

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

What is it like to live underwater? How does it feel to warm yourself on a rock? Get an introduction to the living world by meeting small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods. In the Critter Corner, which is perfect for ages 8 and under, you can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories and role-play with toy animals and habitats so that you can better understand animal life.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Amgen Biotech Experience Workshop: Teacher Professional Development: Abridged ABE Series

Workshop | January 21 – 22, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This event is open to all Bay Area high school science teachers interested in teaching the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum (amgenbiotechexperience.com). The curriculum includes basic biotechnology laboratories and techniques through the lens of learning about diabetes and the manufacturing of insulin through recombinant technology. This workshop...   More >

FAMILY PROGRAM: Seeds - From Helicopters to Hitchhikers

Workshop | January 22 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Get cozy in our Garden classroom as we explore the wonderous and diverse designs of seeds and their enclosures. Learn how plants make seeds and see an amazing array of seed pods and fruits that aid in their seed dispersal, from papery 'helicopter' wings to natural velcro for 'hitchhiking'. Everyone will make a special seed project to take home.

$15 Adult, $15 Child, $10 Adult Member, $10 Child Member (must have Family level membership)

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Monday, January 23, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Organizers:
Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  Register online

Simons Institute Workshop: Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Seminar | January 23 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Main Lecture Hall

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program. It will consist of five days of tutorial presentations, each with ample time for questions and discussion, as follows:

Monday, January 23rd Elad Hazan (Princeton University): Optimization of Machine Learning Andreas Krause (ETH Zürich) and Stefanie Jegelka (MIT): Submodularity: Theory and...   More >

NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | January 23 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Elliott Smith, Bioscience Library

 Library

A hands-on workshop introducing NCBI bioinformatics tools such as PubMed, Gene, Protein, Nucleotide, and BLAST.

Oxyopia Postdoctoral Scholar and Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Postdoctoral Scholar Sowmya Ravikumar; Stella Kang, Lu Chen Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Postdoctoral Scholar Sowmya Ravikumar will be speaking on:
Effect of marginally induced astigmatism on refractive error development in chicks

&

Graduate student Stella Kang will be speaking on:
Corneal lymphangiogenesis and valvulogenesis after transplantation

CMES Teach-In: Trump in the Middle East

Workshop | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As Donald Trump enters office as the 45th President of the United States, what might this mean for U.S. involvement in the Middle East and North Africa, including military involvement, economic ties, and diplomatic endeavors? Join CMES faculty affiliates and community members in an informal moderated conversation about what we might expect in the first 100 days and beyond.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Geometry of shrinking Ricci solitons

Seminar | January 23 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jiaping Wang, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

Shrinking Ricci solitons arise naturally from singularity analysis of the Ricci flows. Their classification in the three dimensional case plays an important role in the proof of Thurston's geometrization conjecture by Perelman. Our talk mainly concerns some of the recent work with Ovidiu Munteanu toward the understanding of four dimensional shrinking Ricci solitons.

Professional Emailing Workshop

Workshop | January 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email someone you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals so that you make a great first impression.

The workshop is open to all...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Heuristic Perceptions of the Income Tax: Evidence and Implications for Debiasing"

Seminar | January 23 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Dmitry Taubinsky, Dartmouth Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Behavioral Economics, Public Economics, Energy and Environmental Economics

Casey Law (Berkeley): The First Precision Localization of a Fast Radio Burst

Seminar | January 23 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Casey Law, UC Berkeley

 Radio Astronomy Lab

Nearly ten years have passed since the discovery of a milisecond radio transient with anomalously high dispersion (the "Lorimer burst"). The naive interpretation of that burst argued for new class of object at cosmological distance with a luminosity far greater than any other radio transient. Since that time, another 20 of these "fast radio bursts" (FRBs) have been detected at telescopes around...   More >

Somayeh Sojoudi - Data-driven methods for sparse network estimation

Seminar | January 23 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Somayeh Sojoudi, UC Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract / Description: 
Graphical model is a probabilistic model for which a graph is used to represent the conditional independence between random variables. Such models have become extremely popular tools for modeling complex real-world systems. Learning graphical models is of fundamental importance in machine learning and statistics and is often challenged by the fact that only a small...   More >

The Myth Behind the Mask: Mikhail Zoshchenko and the Rebirth of Enthusiasm in the ‘Spiritual Simplicity’ of Jazz

Colloquium | January 23 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Jason Cieply, Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The first lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Phase plates expand the capabilities of cryo-EM

Seminar | January 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Radostin Danev, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Structural Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

Analysis Seminar: A Proof of Onsager’s Conjecture for the Incompressible Euler Equations

Seminar | January 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Philip Isett, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In an effort to explain how anomalous dissipation of energy occurs in hydrodynamic turbulence, Onsager conjectured in 1949 that weak solutions to the incompressible Euler equations may fail to exhibit conservation of energy if their spatial regularity is below $\frac13$-Hölder. I will discuss a proof of this conjecture that shows that there are nonzero, $(\frac13-\epsilon)$-Hölder Euler flows...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] The Tiniest Perfect-Liquid Droplets

Seminar | January 23 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Julia Velkovska, Professor, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Physics

The quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in ultra-relativistic collisions between large nuclei, such as Au+Au or Pb+Pb, is a state of nuclear matter with extremely high temperature and energy density. The particles produced in these collisions exhibit collective behavior that indicate that QGP is a liquid with extremely low specific viscosity, which makes it the most perfect liquid in nature. In the...   More >

The Tiniest Perfect-Liquid Droplets

Colloquium | January 23 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Department of Physics

The quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in ultra-relativistic collisions between large nuclei, such as Au+Au or Pb+Pb, is a state of nuclear matter with extremely high temperature and energy density. The particles produced in these collisions exhibit collective behavior that indicate that QGP is a liquid with extremely low specific viscosity, which makes it the most perfect liquid in nature. In the...   More >