<< March 2017 >>

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sparse Recovery via Differential Inclusions

Seminar | March 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Yuan Yao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Estimate or recovery of sparse parameters from their noisy measurements is a fundamental problem in compressed sensing and high dimensional statistics, etc. In the past two decades, convex regularization approach such as LASSO or BPDN has been made popular for its algorithmic tractability. However, a well-known shortcoming of LASSO and any convex regularizations lies in the bias of estimators,...   More >

BioE Seminar: “Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ashleigh Theberge, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 1
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Ashleigh Theberge
Assistant Professor of Chemistry - University of Washington
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urology - University of Washington School of Medicine

Small molecule and protein signals provide a rich...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Carlos Daniel Cadena "Tropical mountains: Biodiversity hotspots and hotbeds for studying evolutionary diversification"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Carlos Daniel Cadena

 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 Plant Seminar: "From the Evolution of an Organelle to Photosynthetic Function"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Arthur Grossman, Stanford University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our activities over the last five years have been extremely diverse, crossing over various disciplines. We have explored areas ranging from identifying new functions associated with photosynthetic processes, the mechanism(s) of coral bleaching and the impact of temperature and light on the bleaching process, metagenomic and genomic diversity among primary producers in hot spring mats, metabolic...   More >

Arthur Grossman

Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Strategies for Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

Colloquium | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 117 (Level D) - Academic Innovation Studio

 Beverly Crawford, Political Science / Economy; Leslea Hlusko, Integrative Biology; Jean Retzinger, Media Studies; Edward Wasserman, Journalism

 Cody Hennesy, Doe Library

 Michael Larkin, College Writing Program

 Academic Innovation Studio, Library, Center for Teaching and Learning

How do we help students understand, navigate, and engage with a rapidly changing and increasingly complex online information landscape--in an era of echo chambers, filter bubbles, and misinformation? Faculty from political science, journalism, media studies, biology and college writing will share teaching examples and lead a discussion about what we can and should do to help students.

 This event is intended for Berkeley faculty, graduate students, and academic support staff.

Real-Time and Adaptive Auditory Neural Processing

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Sahar Akram, Starkey Hearing Research Center

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Decoding the dynamics of brain activity underlying conscious behavior is one of the key questions in systems neuroscience. Sensory neurons, such as those in the auditory system, can undergo rapid and task-dependent changes in their response characteristics during attentive behavior, and thereby result in functional changes in the system over time. In order to quantify human’s conscious...   More >

Family Wealth as Intergenerational Insurance: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | March 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Demography Seminar Room

 Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion series, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to the population sciences broadly defined.

A connectionist approach to value based decision making

Colloquium | March 1 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Gaurav Suri, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Connectionist approaches involving neural network modeling have been broadly and successfully applied in many areas of cognitive psychology including language, memory, learning and perception. However they have been infrequently applied in 'hot' psychological processes that feature affect and motivation. In this talk I will propose an Interactive Activation and Competition (IAC) neural network...   More >

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield: a part of COMMONS CONVERSATIONS: TECHNOLOGY and PUBLIC LIFE IN CHANGING TIMES

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library | Note change in date

 Adam Greenfield, University College London

 Center for New Media

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield
a part of COMMONS CONVERSATIONS: TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC LIFE IN CHANGING TIMES
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Urban and Regional Development

Everywhere we turn, our everyday experience of the world is being transfigured by the advent of startling new technologies. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory...   More >

Oral History and Research Methods Workshop

Workshop | March 1 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join CMES Visiting Scholar Dr. Ozlem Ezer (Bogazici University) for a hands-on, interactive, interdisciplinary workshop that will benefit graduate students new to fieldwork or seasoned interviewers. In addition to some key works/readings of oral history, participants will tackle a variety of provocative scenarios inspired by real-life situations and questions.

Discussion will mainly focus on...   More >

 Open to current students and academic affiliates only. RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

Gilman Scholarship Essay Review

Workshop | March 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 160 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you applying to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship?

Come to the Gilman Scholarship Essay Review and get feedback on your application essays from recent Gilman Scholars from UC Berkeley.

The Gilman Scholarship deadline for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Year 17-18 study abroad programs and internships is 9:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

For more information or to apply,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introdution to fully extended topological field theories and the Cobordism Hypothesis

Seminar | March 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

 Department of Mathematics

Atiyah and Segal's axiomatic approach to topological and conformal quantum field theories provided a beautiful link between the geometry of "spacetimes" (cobordisms) and algebraic structures. Combining this with the physical notion of "locality" led to the introduction of the language of higher categories into the topic. In this talk I will give an introduction to topological field theories and...   More >

Study Abroad in Japan

Presentation | March 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn about study abroad opportunities in Japan and a variety of financial resources, including scholarships from the Japanese government. During this event, students will have the opportunity to hear from past study abroad students and representatives from the Japanese Consulate, partner universities in Japan, and Berkeley Study Abroad. Students are invited to stay for refreshments after the...   More >

Optimal Surviving Strategy for the “Up the River” Problem

Seminar | March 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Wenpin Tang, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The "Up the River" problem was formulated by Aldous (2002), where a unit drift is distributed among a finite collection of Brownian particles on R+, which are annihilated once they reach the origin. Starting K particles at x = 1, we prove Aldous’ conjecture that the push-the-laggard strategy of distributing the drift asymptotically (as K → ∞) maximizes the total number of surviving...   More >

The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology Part 2. Systems Level Puzzles in Protocell Design

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Jack Szostak, Simches Research Center Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Molecular Biology, and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 7215

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

The Remittance Forest and Other New Frontiers.

Colloquium | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Nancy Peluso, University of California Berkeley

 Department of Geography

Number Theory Seminar: The functor $L_\eta $

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Joe Stahl, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Oh, God! The Religious Right to Sexual Pleasure on Christian Sexuality Websites

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Kelsy Burke, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This talk examines how some conservative evangelical Christians justify a wide range of sexual practices and pleasures within the confines of religious orthodoxy and heterosexuality.

ERG Colloquium: Andrew McAllister: ZNet Energy Buildings and the Art of Energy Policy

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

 Energy and Resources Group

DESCRIPTION:
In the mid-2000's, California began to establish policy goals for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. Commissioner McAllister will discuss progress toward these goals in terms of energy-related building codes, trends in buildings-related technologies and markets, local government authority and overall energy systems planning. ZNE buildings serve as a jumping-off point for a broader...   More >

Convex cost closure and Markov Random Fields problems: Applications and fastest-possible algorithms

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Dorit S. Hochbaum, IEOR dept UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Many problems in fitting observations while satisfying rank order constraints, occur in contexts of learning, Lipschitz regularization and Isotonic regression (with or without fused Lasso). All these problems can be abstracted as a convex cost closure problem which is to minimize the cost of deviating from the observations while satisfying rank order constraints. Any feasible solution that...   More >

Novel Methods for Classical Polarizable Molecular Dynamics Simulations/Molecular Simulations of Amyloid-β Peptide

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Alex Albaugh, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group; Sukanya Sasmal, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. |  International House

 Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Better understanding of non-convex methods in machine learning

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Tengyu Ma, Princeton University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We show that matrix completion — a famous problem in machine learning — can be solved by stochastic gradient descent on the straightforward non-convex objective function in polynomial time.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Fully extended twisted field theories

Seminar | March 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

 Department of Mathematics

After recalling functorial field theories I will explain a natural generalization thereof, called "twisted" field theories by Stolz-Teichner and closely related to Freed-Teleman's "relative" boundary field theories. A natural target for such a twisted field theory is the higher Morita category of algebras, bimodules, and intertwiners, and generalizations. Using the Cobordism Hypothesis, we will...   More >

MIT Broad Professor Feng Zhang at the Berkeley Forum: Harnessing Nature's Diversity for Biotechnology

Seminar | March 1 | 6-7:15 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 The Berkeley Forum

Recent advances in genome editing technology have made it possible to modify organisms, including humans, at the genetic level with relative ease. While such developments bode well for the treatment of many previously incurable conditions, they also open the door for the creation of arbitrary modifications to the genome for aesthetic and other non-medical purposes. Such possibilities are the...   More >

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Science Cafe - Searching for dark matter: with Matt Pyle

Presentation | March 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Matt Pyle, Department of Physics

 Science@Cal

What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the objects that we can see. This is how the term “dark matter” was coined…But how do we search for something we can’t...   More >

Searching for dark matter

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Migrant Labor and Global Health Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 3, 2017 every day |  Conference Center, UC Davis

 Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC)

The MLGH Conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and scientists for two exciting days of exploration and debate on the interrelated issues of labor migration, occupational health, and economics.

International migration is a phenomenon that involves 244 million people worldwide, most of whom move in search of work and wellbeing. Migration is projected to increase in the...   More >

RAPDP - Intermediate - PD2 Proposal Development

Course | March 2 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that explores the pre-award processes for analyzing requests for proposals, proposal preparation and assembly, submitting a proposal for institutional review via Phoebe, and submission to sponsor.

  Register online

Botanical Illustration: Seeds and Seed Vessels with Catherine Watters

Workshop | March 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come spend the day with renowned botanical artist Catherine Watters. In this workshop you will focus on drawing and painting seeds and seed vessels - remarkable structures worth documenting! Class is suitable for the beginner and advanced artist alike.

$90 Adult, $85 Garden Members

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

Immigration Planning in an Era of Change -- President Trump’s Executive Orders and Post OPT Visa Options for Innovators, Investors and Entrepreneurs

Presentation | March 2 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Bernard Wolfsdorf, Attorney at Law, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Bernard Wolfsdorf, a California State Bar Specialist in Immigration Law will discuss immigration strategic planning for students, staff and faculty. Mr. Wolfsdorf is past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and will provide insight into the Trump Administration's restrictive thinking on immigration, including new Executive Orders and likely new legislation. This presentation...   More >

Assessing Personality Type and Your Career with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator* (BECAR102)

Workshop | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help you understand your preferred work style and how it relates to specific careers and work roles.

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Scott Fendorf

Seminar | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Scott Fendorf, Huffington Professor of Earth Science, Stanford University

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

"The Asian Water Crisis: Processes Responsible for the Largest Mass Poisoning in History"

Learning-based and behavioural evidence for probabilistic perception in the cortex

Seminar | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Jozsef Fiser, Central European University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

560 Evans
The notion of interpreting cortical operations as probabilistic computation has been steadily gaining ground in neuroscience, and with the emergence of the PPC-based and sampling-based frameworks, now there exist clear theoretical alternatives of how such computation might happen in the brain. Nevertheless, a number of crucial issues necessary to make these frameworks biologically...   More >

How Will UC Merced Grow?—a 21 st Century Approach to Campus Expansion

Colloquium | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117

 Thomas W. Peterson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost,University of California, Merced; Daniel M. Feitelberg, Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget,University of California, Merced

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

As a means to accommodate the projected growth of eligible students, the University of California opened its tenth campus in 2005. The long-range goal for the University of California, Merced embraced a vision of a full-service research university that would serve 25,000 students at full capacity. Today’s challenge is how to meet those ambitious expectations in an era of diminished state support...   More >

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Shifted symplectic structures in derived algebraic geometry (part 2)

Seminar | March 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alex Takeda, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk. The derived perspective in algebraic geometry allows us to define the notion of shifted symplectic structures, a generalization of symplectic structures to derived stacks. In this talk I will review the definitions and some theorems by Pantev, Toën, Vaquié and Vezzosi, and then proceed to examples. Most of the talk will be devoted to classes of...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor: CANCELED

Seminar | March 2 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Johannes Schmieder, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science: A Book Talk with Clair Brown

Presentation | March 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Clair Brown, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society

 Social Science Matrix, Department of Economics, Institute for Research in Labor and Employment, Library

Please join us as Clair Brown, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at UC Berkeley, will discuss her new book, Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science.

  RSVP online

Buddhist Economics

The History of Inequality

Colloquium | March 2 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Walter Scheidel, Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University

 Emmanuel Saenz, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Gabriel Zucman, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Gregory Clark, Professor of Economics, UC Davis

 Population Science

A colloquium with Walter Scheidel,
Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University.
The UC Berkeley community and the public are welcome.
Admission is free but registration is required

  RSVP online or by calling 510-280-1623, or by emailing evasile@berkeley.edu by February 28.

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emily Harden, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects; Jason Silva, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Featured Speaker: Emily Harden, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects
Featured Speaker: Jason Silva, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects
Moderator: Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships
Sponsor: Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop is designed for undergraduates who are seeking to do independent research involving human participants....   More >

Strong Electron-Phonon Coupling and Ab Initio Theory of Heat Transport

Seminar | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Matthias Scheffler, Theory Department of the Fritz Haber Institute

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Different industrial products require materials with very low thermal conductivity, e.g. thermal-barrier coatings in turbines or thermoelectric materials, or high thermal conductivity, e.g. semiconductor technology and heterogeneous catalysis. However, an ab initio theory that can describe materials belonging to the whole range of such thermal conductivities was lacking so far. Recently we...   More >

Five Tables of Literary Associations

Workshop | March 2 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday and get an up-close view of some of the treasures (and occasional oddities) of the BAMPFA collections, laid out on the five tables in the seminar area. On view in this session: Lewis Carroll’s tiny portrait of bored little girl Xie Kitchin; Julia Margaret Cameron’s romantic photograph Elaine, from Idylls of the King; a witty Buson fan painting...   More >

 Admission to this event is free

Space, time and beyond: important features of molecular signaling by neuromodulators

Seminar | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Yao Chen**, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group

Seminar | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Mikkel Sølvsten, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Faltings heights and derivatives of L-functions

Colloquium | March 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Shouwu Zhang, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about my recent joint work with Xinyi Yuan on an averaged version of Colmez’ conjecture with applications to the Andre-Oort conjecture, and discuss some related work by Zhiwei Yun and Wei Zhang on high derivatives of L-functions over function fields.

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "1984 or the Brave New World? Evidence from a Field Experiment on Media Censorship in China"

Seminar | March 2 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 David Yang, Stanford, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Applied Algebra Seminar: Learning Regularizers from Data

Seminar | March 2 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yong Sheng Soh, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Regularization techniques are widely employed in the solution of inverse problems in data analysis and scientific computing due to their effectiveness in addressing difficulties due to ill-posedness. In their most common manifestation, these methods take the form of penalty functions added to the objective in optimization-based approaches for solving inverse problems. The purpose of the penalty...   More >

Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture: A Roundtable with Prof. Leigh Raiford and Prof. Heiki Raphael-Hernandez

Reading - Nonfiction | March 2 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library (30 Stephens Hall)

 Dr. Leigh Raiford, Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley; Dr. Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Professor of English, University of Maryland in Europe

 Center for Race and Gender, Ethnic Studies Library

Migrating the Black Body explores how visual media-from painting to photography, from global independent cinema to Hollywood movies, from posters and broadsides to digital media, from public art to graphic novels-has shaped diasporic imaginings of the individual and collective self. How is the travel of black bodies reflected in reciprocal black images? How is blackness forged and remade through...   More >

Friday, March 3, 2017

Migrant Labor and Global Health Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 3, 2017 every day |  Conference Center, UC Davis

 Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC)

The MLGH Conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and scientists for two exciting days of exploration and debate on the interrelated issues of labor migration, occupational health, and economics.

International migration is a phenomenon that involves 244 million people worldwide, most of whom move in search of work and wellbeing. Migration is projected to increase in the...   More >

California Transportation Planning Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Walnut Creek Marriott

 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA

 Technology Transfer Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact...   More >

 This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.

Encounters and Reimaginings: Medieval Scandinavia and the World

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 4, 2017 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Marianne Kalinke, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Scandinavian, Norway House Foundation, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of European Studies, Department of English, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of German, Medieval Studies Program, Celtic Studies Program, Graduate Assembly

From the shores of Vínland to the halls of Byzantium, the Norse traveled widely and encountered many cultures – which in turn influenced Norse society at home. Traces of these journeys can be found in the archaeological record, saga narratives, and modern interpretations thereof. Moreover, continental ideas and literary forms—from romances to saints’ lives—informed Scandinavian intellectual and...   More >

Applications of Tropical Geometry: Dimensionality Reduction via Tropical Geometry

Seminar | March 3 | 10-10:40 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ruriko Yoshida, NPGS Monterey

 Department of Mathematics

Essig Brunch: Josh Gibson, Tsutsui Lab

Seminar | March 3 | 10 a.m.-11 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 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!

Applications of Tropical Geometry: Rational Tropical Polynomials and their Factorizations

Seminar | March 3 | 10:40-11:20 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bo Lin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies: 1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution

Conference/Symposium | March 3 | 10:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Elena Danielson, Former Associate Director of the Hoover Institution and Director of the Hoover Library, Stanford University; Gregory Freidin, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University; Edward Kasinec, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Eric Naiman, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley; Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Liteartures, UC Berkeley; Edward Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Eurasian & East European Studies; Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Alexei Yurchak, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies: Stanford University

41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference
on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies


1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution

Speakers:
George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Elena Danielson, Former Associate...   More >

Cognition Colloquium: Metareasoning and mental simulation.

Colloquium | March 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Jessica Hamrick, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Our own Jessica Hamrick will present her exit talk, "Metareasoning and mental simulation."

Applications of Tropical Geometry: Non-Archimedean Singular Value Decomposition

Seminar | March 3 | 11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Leon Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Towards Resilient Seismic Systems and Improved Assessment of Existing Structures

Seminar | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Matthew DeJong

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

In the field of earthquake engineering, understanding the rocking of structures is both essential for the assessment of existing structures and promising for the design of novel seismic systems.

Labor Lunch Seminar: "The Health Effects of Cesarean Section: Evidence from the First Year of Life"

Seminar | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandra Fenizia, UCB

 Department of Economics

Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF

Presentation | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paul Blustein, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

 Institute of European Studies

The latest book by journalist Paul Blustein to go behind the scenes at the highest levels of global economic policy making, Laid Low chronicles the crisis in the Euro Zone through the prism of the world’s financial firefighter, the International Monetary Fund. As the book reveals, bailouts of crisis-stricken countries all too often piled debt atop debt and imposed excessively harsh conditions as...   More >

Alex Lazarian (UW-Madison): New Ways to Study Magnetic Fields

Seminar | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Alex Lazarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Radio Astronomy Lab

I shall introduce two new techniques of magnetic field tracing. The first one uses Doppler-shifted emission lines and employs the gradients of velocity centroids in order to trace magnetic fields in the diffuse interstellar media as well as to trace regions of star formation associated with the gravitational collapse. I shall provide the theoretical justification of the use of the measure, its...   More >

Citation Management: Best Practice

Workshop | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library

 Susan Koskinen

 Library

What is a personal content management system? Compare programs, learn how to manage your citations, save pdfs, create bibliographies, share documents and images.

Document overload

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be on 2/10, and 5/5, Samba will be on 3/3 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 4/7 and 6/2. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 3 | 1-3 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

Cartographic Materialities: Mapping the Pre-Modern World

Conference/Symposium | March 3 | 1:15-5 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Keith Baudner, Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley; Jason Rozumalski, Graduate Student, History, UC Berkeley; Grace Harpster, Graduate Student, Art History, UC Berkeley; Tom Conley, Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University; Ricardo Padrón, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia; Valerie Kivelson, Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, University of Michigan

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, The History of Book and Reading Working Group, Mobilities and Materialities Working Group, Department of French, Department of English

Friday, March 3

1:15 - 2:45 – Graduate Student Panel, 308A Doe Library
Keith Budner (Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley), Jason Rozumalski (History, UC Berkeley), and Grace Harpster (Art History, UC Berkeley)

3:00 - 5:00 – Plenary Panel, 308A Doe Library
Tom Conley (Romance Languages, Harvard University), Ricardo Padrón (Spanish, University of Virginia), Valerie Kivelson (History,...   More >

Cultural Resources Management Panel Workshop

Workshop | March 3 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Seven local CRM firms

 Archaeological Research Facility

ARF will host brief presentations, a panel discussoin on the state of consulting, and an opportunity to speak with representatives of seven local CRM firms. The event is followed by a reception in the ARF atrium.

Surface Plasmon Near-Field for Improved Optoelectronics and Photochemistry: Nano Seminar Series

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

 Prof. Terefe G Habteyes, Univ. of New Mexico, Chemistry/Chemical Biology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recent advances show that the near-field properties of localized surface plasmon resonances can be utilized to drive important photochemical reactions at low incident photon flux at room temperature as well as improve the efficiency of optoelectronic devices. Central to these applications is a localized surface plasmon near-field that increases light matter-interaction dramatically.

I will...   More >

Statistical Mechanics Seminar

Seminar | March 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Mr. Grant Rotskoff, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Derived Direct Summand Conjecture

Seminar | March 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

Let A be a noetherian regular ring and B a finite extension of A. Conjectured by M. Hochster in 1973, the Direct Summand Conjecture asserts that the inclusion map A into B splits, as a map of A-modules. It was quickly seen that the main difficulty lies in the case where A is of mixed characteristic. Finally, in 2016, Y. Andre proved the conjecture by using P. Scholze's theory of perfectoid...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Tunneling Behavior of Random Processes

Seminar | March 3 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Insuk Seo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We consider a class of stochastic processes in a potential field. These processes exhibit a phenomenon known as tunneling behavior if the potential field has several global minima. Then, the scaling limit of the process can be regarded as a Markov chain on the set of global minima. We discuss the general theory and some of its applications.

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 3 | 3-5 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | March 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Dr. Ruth Richardson, Associate Professor, Cornell Univ. CEE

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Teaching Information Retrieval as a Game

Seminar | March 3 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Maximilian Eibl

 Information, School of

The talk presents some issues about teaching information retrieval to a heterogeneous group of students. It introduces a web-based tool which enables the students to playfully gain experience with the components of an information retrieval system (IRS). The system allows beginners to build an IRS by simply clicking and dragging the components. The system integrates game mechanics which leads to a...   More >

日本の『死の舞踏』: 『九相詩』と『一休骸骨』 Kūsōshi and Ikkyū Gaikotsu 

Colloquium | March 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room

 Yūichirō Imanishi, National Institute of Japanese Literature

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, National Institute of Japanese Literature

*Registration Required*

 Seating is limited. Register online by February 22.

Wide Angle, Close Up: Rethinking Twentieth-century Chinese Art

Colloquium | March 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Claire Roberts, Art History, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk presents work-in-progress associated with the research project “Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now” which examines twentieth century Chinese art from an international perspective. It will focus on two early works by Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Ye Qianyu (1907-1995), artists who have played key roles in the formation of xin guohua or what we have come to think of as...   More >

RTGC Seminar: BV-BFV formalism and General Relativity

Seminar | March 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Michele Schiavina, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The BV-BFV formalism, developed by Cattaneo, Mnev and Reshetikhin (CMR), is a powerful tool to understand quantisation of field theories on manifolds with boundaries. It combines the known BV (Batalin, Vilkovisky) framework for gauge theories on closed manifolds, which generalises the older BRST (Becchi, Rouet, Stora and Tyutin) machinery, with its Hamiltonian counterpart on boundaries, in the...   More >

Saturday, March 4, 2017

California Transportation Planning Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Walnut Creek Marriott

 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA

 Technology Transfer Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact...   More >

 This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.

Encounters and Reimaginings: Medieval Scandinavia and the World

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 4, 2017 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Marianne Kalinke, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Scandinavian, Norway House Foundation, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of European Studies, Department of English, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of German, Medieval Studies Program, Celtic Studies Program, Graduate Assembly

From the shores of Vínland to the halls of Byzantium, the Norse traveled widely and encountered many cultures – which in turn influenced Norse society at home. Traces of these journeys can be found in the archaeological record, saga narratives, and modern interpretations thereof. Moreover, continental ideas and literary forms—from romances to saints’ lives—informed Scandinavian intellectual and...   More >

Contextualizing and Confronting the Effects of Complex Trauma on Youth Development:: Understanding Youth Trauma and Cultivating Resilience

Conference/Symposium | March 4 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Gym First Presbyterian Church

 2407 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University

 Dr. Daniela Kaufer, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley; Dr. Darlene Francis, Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

 Critical Trauma Working Group

This 1-day free conference is focused on understanding and addressing childhood trauma through a critical lens. It is geared to students, researchers, community practitioners, and community members, including youth.

$0

  Registration opens January 30. Register online by March 1.

Short Course 2017

Seminar | March 4 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Lisa White, University of California Museum of Paleontology

 Museum of Paleontology

New insights on Dinosaur Diversity, Growth and Development

Project Kickoff Conference: The Middle Ages in the Wider World

Conference/Symposium | March 4 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Carol Symes, Professor of Medieval & Global Studies, University of Illinois

 Joaneath Spicer, Curator, Walters Art Museum; Asad Ahmed, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; Geoffrey Koziol, Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Nicolas Tackett, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Ignacio Navarrete, Professor of Spanish, UC Berkeley

 Medieval Studies Program

Day-long conference initiating a new UC Multicampus Research Project on "The Middle Ages in the Wider World" aiming to foster research and pedagogical innovation connecting and comparing Eurasia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe from 500 to 1500 CE. Townsend Center for the Humanities, March 4, 2017 9am-7pm, general public welcome

Cal R.A.D. Self-defense for Women* Training: Training 1

Workshop | March 4 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Foothill Student Housing, Foothill Assembly Room

 Christine Ambrosio, CalRAD

 Gender Equity Resource Center

The R.A.D. System is a 9-12 hour comprehensive, women-only course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training (http://www.rad-systems.com). Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Bring a pen for taking notes, a towel, water and food for yourself.

This event is the 1st of 2 training sessions, with the second training on 3/11/2016.

*...   More >

 No children under 14 y/o.

$10 - $20 $10 with Cal ID $20 without

  Enrollment opens September 1. Enroll online or by calling Justin Crosby at 3103510342, or by emailing Justin Crosby at justincrosby@berkeley.edu by September 26.

GLOBE in the Science Classroom

Workshop | March 4 | 9-11:30 a.m. |  Chabot Space and Science Center

 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA

 Tracy Ostrom, CCASN

 Professional Development for Educators

This event will be be held at Chabot Space and Science Center at their FEAST (Fun Exchange of Activities for Science Teachers). The 2.5 hour workshop if free.

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

Seeds for Color: Natural Dyes

Workshop | March 4 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Learn how to dye with seeds. We'll be using Annatto, Acorns, Avocado, and Hopi Black Dye Sunflower to create a variety of shades.

$90, $75 members

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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

California Transportation Planning Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Walnut Creek Marriott

 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA

 Technology Transfer Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact...   More >

 This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

  Register online

New Topological States of Matter: Platform for Emergent Dirac, Majorana and Weyl Fermions

Colloquium | March 6 | 1 LeConte Hall

 Zahid Hasan, Princeton & LBL

 Department of Physics

Simons Institute Workshop: Proving and Using Pseudorandomness, 3/6--3/10

Seminar | March 6 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Departmental Seminar: Performance-Based Engineering: From Earthquakes to Durability and Multi-Hazards

Seminar | March 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Madeleine Flint

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Responding to engineering challenges of the magnitude created by climate change requires bridging disciplinary divides in assessing structural performance. The PEER framework for performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) is one example of a decision-oriented approach that combines efficient treatment of uncertainty with advanced models for structural performance.

Seminar 251, Labor: “Migration, Commuting and Local Joblessness”

Seminar | March 6 | 12-2 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment) | Note change in date, time, and location

 Alan Manning, LSE

 Department of Economics

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Rachel Albert, O’Brein Lab; Paul Cullen, Flanagan Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The Politics of Impeachment, Presidential Election, and Prospects for Foreign Policy in South Korea

Colloquium | March 6 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor, Yonsei University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), East Asian Foundation

South Korea is mired in an imbroglio. Amidst the process of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment, the 2017 presidential race has begun. Meanwhile, its foreign policy is in a total disarray. Whereas the Trump shock has produced an uncertain future for ROK-US alliance, inter-Korean relations hit rock bottom. Furthermore, China-South Korean relations soured over the issue of deployment of...   More >

The Native and the Refugee

Presentation | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Malek Rasamny

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Please join the CMES for a talk by Malek Rasamny, a researcher, writer, filmmaker and programmer based in New York and Lebanon. Rasamny was a founding member of the Red Channels Film Collective and the LERFE space in Harlem, New York. He is the co-founder of The Native and the Refugee along with his collaborator Matt Peterson.

The Native and the Refugee is a multi-media film and research...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow on manifolds with almost non-negative curvature operator

Seminar | March 6 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Richard Bamler, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A celebrated result of Boehm and Wilking states that a Ricci flow starting from a metric whose curvature operator is everywhere positive definite preserves the property of positive curvature operator and converges, modulo rescaling, to a quotient of the round sphere. In contrast, the condition of almost non-negative curvature operator — for example the condition that its smallest eigenvalue is...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Operators having bi-free central limit distributions

Seminar | March 6 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Wonhee Na, Texas A&M University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will discuss joint work with Ken Dykema. From a bi-free central limit distribution, we have the completely non-normal operator l(h) + l(h)* + i (r(k) + r(k)*) on a subspace of the full Fock space F(H) ( h, k being vectors in H). We will find the principal function of this operator and its spectrum and essential spectrum as an application.

“Evolution and the Dynamics of Prosocial Behavior”: Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | March 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Alexander Stewart, University College London

 Department of Psychology

Xin Guo - Some recent progress on Mean Field Games

Seminar | March 6 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Xin Guo, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Mean Field Games (MFGs) is one of the most active research areas in stochastic controls and stochastic games, led by the pioneering works of Lasry and Lions (2007) and Huang, Malhame and Caines (2006). In this talk, I will provide a gentle introduction to this theory, with toy examples, together with some recent progress.

BLISS Seminar: Graph information ratio

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Lele Wang, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Inspired by a problem in joint source-channel coding, we introduce a new notion of similarity between graphs, termed graph information ratio. We discuss various properties of this measure, including in particular metric structure and partial ordering of graphs, an information ratio power inequality, relations to graph homomorphism, algebraic identities and inequalities, and more.

Revisiting the spliceosome

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hiten Madhani, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

Corporate Governance Reform and the Toshiba Scandal: Did a New System Hide an Old Mess?

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christina Ahmadjian, Professor, Hitotsubashi University

 Steven Vogel, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

An ongoing financial reporting scandal has stunned and puzzled observers of Japanese corporate governance reform. Toshiba was one of the first companies to adopt so-called “US-style” corporate governance practices. How could a company that had seemed to think so carefully about good governance have ended up like this? Where was the board? This presentation considers the possibility that the...   More >

Relaxing Bottlenecks for Fast Machine Learning

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Christopher De Sa, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will describe the mindful relaxation approach, and demonstrate how it can be applied to a specific bottleneck (parallel overheads), problem (inference), and algorithm (asynchronous Gibbs sampling).

Seminar 271, Development: Mitigating the Risks of Financial Inclusion with Contract Terms: Evidence from Mexico

Seminar | March 6 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Aprajit Mahajan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Asymptotic analysis of Fourier transform on the Heisenberg group when the vertical frequency tends to 0

Seminar | March 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Hajer Bahouri, Université Paris-Est Créteil

 Department of Mathematics

In this joint work with Jean-Yves Chemin and Raphael Danchin, we propose a new approach of the Fourier transform on the Heisenberg group. The basic idea is to take advantage of Hermite functions so as to look at Fourier transform of integrable functions as mappings on the set $\tilde {\mathbb H}^d=\mathbb N^d\times \mathbb N^d\times \mathbb R\setminus \{0\}$ endowed with a suitable distance $\hat...   More >