<< November 2017 >>

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | November 1 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

  Register online

2017 CJS-JSPS International Symposium: Drive for the Nobel Prize

Conference/Symposium | November 1 | 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. | International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room

 Yuan T. Lee, Academia Sinica; Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley; Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, World Premier International Research Center Initiative, Bay Area Science Festival

Join us for this exciting symposium featuring public talks by Nobel Laureates Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry, 1986), Taka'aki Kajita (Physics, 2015), and Saul Perlmutter (Physics, 2011), as well as committee members, historians and journalists.

Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Steenrod operations and the Coulomb branch

Seminar | November 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 738 Evans Hall

 Gus Lonergan, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We use Steenrod's construction to show that the quantum Coulomb branch of Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima is a Frobenius-constant quantization in the sense of Bezrukavnikov-Finkelberg.

EECS Internship Open House

Career Fair | November 1 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Field Club

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please bring your student ID and plenty of paper copies of your resume.

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/TjhmEsqIuet7Mr252

Attending will be:
C3 IoT
IXL Learning
Voleon Group

Service Robots in Human Environments are Here with Steve Cousins: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Steve Cousins is CEO of Savioke. He is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Reprogramming root cells for AM symbiosis"

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

 Maria Harrison, Cornell University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Most vascular flowering plants are able to form symbiotic associations with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. These associations, named ‘arbuscular mycorrhizas’, develop in the roots, where the fungus colonizes the cortex to access carbon supplied by the plant. The fungal contribution to the symbiosis includes the transfer of mineral nutrients, particularly phosphorus, from the soil to the...   More >

Maria Harrison

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Ben Ashby "Finding your niche: How competition drives patterns of diversity"

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

 Ben Ashby

 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 >

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

“Mechanobiology of epithelial cells in physically heterogeneous environments”

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

 Amit Pathak, Washington University in St. Louis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The ability of epithelial cells to move through complex tissue barriers fundamentally regulates important physiological and pathological phenomena, such as embryogenesis, organ development, wound repair, and tumor metastasis. In pathogenesis, including fibrosis and cancer, matrix stiffening is known to induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and enhance cell migration in clustered...   More >

Social Capital and the Dark Side of Social Networks for Health: Stephanie Child, UC Berkeley

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

 Stephanie Child, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Sociology Department

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Climate change advocacy and ad hominem attacks

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

 Shahzeen Attari, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Debates about climate change often involve ad hominem attacks. Each side is accused of insincerity, of merely serving special interests. In particular, those who advocate policies to promote energy conservation or otherwise reduce CO2 emissions can be challenged if their personal energy use appears to be high. Our studies indicate that an attack based on high personal carbon footprint can be...   More >

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Plant-Powered Meals (BEUHS641)

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

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Eating mostly plants is good for your health, your wallet, your taste buds, and the planet! Learn to prepare hearty, eco-friendly meals that may help improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and risks of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

  Register online

Data Wrangling and Manipulation in R

Workshop | November 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Josh Quan, Library Data Lab


This workshop will introduce tools (notably dplyr and tidyr) that makes data wrangling and manipulation much easier. Participants will learn how to use these packages to subset and reshape data sets, do calculations across groups of data, clean data, and other useful stuff.

 Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library


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On Gaussian-width gradient complexity and mean-field behavior of interacting particle systems and random graphs

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

 Ronen Eldan, Weizmann Institute of Science

 Department of Statistics

The motivating question for this talk is: What does a sparse Erd\"os-R\'enyi random graph, conditioned to have twice the number of triangles than the expected number, typically look like? Motivated by this question, In 2014, Chatterjee and Dembo introduced a framework for obtaining Large Deviation Principles (LDP) for nonlinear functions of Bernoulli random variables (this followed an earlier...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Cosmetic Computing, Fashioning Fashionables, and Epidermal Electronics: Towards a New Wearable Ecosystem

Colloquium | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Eric Paulos, EECS / UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will present and critique a new body of evolving collaborative work at the intersection of art, computer science, and design research. It will present an argument for hybrid materials, methods, and artifacts as strategic tools for insight and innovation within computing culture. The narrative will explore work across three primary themes – New Making Renaissance, Design Research, and...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Interpolation of Manifold-Valued Functions via the Polar Decomposition

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Evan Gawlik, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

Manifold-valued data and manifold-valued functions play an important role in a wide variety of applications, including mechanics, computer vision and graphics, medical imaging, and numerical relativity. This talk will describe a family of interpolation operators for manifold-valued functions, with an emphasis on functions taking values in symmetric spaces and Lie groups. A key role in our...   More >

Insulin resistance: Insight from genetic studies

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Joshua W. Knowles, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Bethe ansatz from geometry (II)

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk is the summary of new geometric approch to the quantum integrable spin chains. As a warm up, I will illustrate these ideas on the example of $sl(2)$ XXZ spin chain: we will obtain conventianal $sl(2)$ Bethe ansatz for this model from geometry of cotangent bundles over grassmannians. In the second part we use same ideas to derive Bethe ansatz for moduli spaces of instantons. As a...   More >

Leave out estimation of variance components

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

 Patrick Kline, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We propose a general framework for unbiased estimation of quadratic forms of regression coefficients in linear models with unrestricted heteroscedasticity. Economic applications include variance component estimation in multi-way fixed effects and random coefficient models. The large sample distribution of our estimator is studied in an asymptotic framework where the number of regressors grows in...   More >

Ornit Shani | How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise

Panel Discussion | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ornit Shani, Faculty Member, Asian Studies Department, University of Haifa

 Peter Zinoman, Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Christopher Chekuri, Associate Professor of History, SF State University

 Berkeley Legal History Workshop (Department of History), Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society (Berkeley Law)

Talk by Dr. Ornit Shani (University of Haifa), "How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise,” with commentary by Dr. Abhishek Kaiker (History, UC Berkeley), Dr. Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, UC Berkeley), and Dr. Christopher Chekuri (History, SF State)

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Boundary amenability of Out\((F_n)\)

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Mladen Bestvina, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss boundary amenability and how to prove it for basic groups for most of the hour. The main interest in boundary amenability is that it implies the Novikov conjecture in manifold theory. I will then outline the main ideas in the proof of boundary amenability of Out\((F_n)\). This is joint work with Vincent Guirardel and Camille Horbez.

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Taxation under Learning-by-Doing"

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan

 Department of Economics

joint with Departmental Seminar

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: Taxation under Learning-by-Doing

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory and Macro seminars

Seminar 211, Economic History: Taxation under Learning-by-Doing

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Departmental Seminar. *Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

Panel Discussion of David Hollinger's "Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America"

Panel Discussion | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History Emeritus, UC Berkeley

 Mary Elizabeth Berry, Class of 1944 Professor of History Emerita, UC Berkeley; Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University; Bruce Kuklick, Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania; Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Between the 1890s and the Vietnam era, many thousands of American Protestant missionaries were sent to live throughout the non-European world. They expected to change the people they encountered, but those foreign people ended up transforming the missionaries. Their experience abroad made many of these missionaries and their children critical of racism, imperialism, and religious orthodoxy.

Career Connections: Environment and Sustainability

Career Fair | November 1 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

More details to come!

Reading and Book Signing: Jed Perl and Alexander S. C. Rower

Reading - Nonfiction | November 1 | 6-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We celebrate the publication of Jed Perl’s major biography of Alexander Calder with this reading and conversation featuring the author and the president of the Calder Foundation.

East Bay Science Cafe- The humanity of artificial intelligence

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

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 R. Stuart Geiger, Berkeley Institute for Data Science


Today, “artificial intelligence” seems to be everywhere — in our phones, vacuums, hospitals, and inboxes — but it can be hard to separate science fiction from science fact. Many discussions about AI imagine a fully autonomous superintelligence that designs itself with little to no human intervention, making decisions in ways that humans cannot possibly understand. Yet the work of designing,...   More >

the Humanity of Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Using Children's Books to Teach History

Workshop | November 2 | 2407 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join children's book author Laura Atkins, co-author of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, to learn more about the children's book industry and how to access diverse, justice-oriented texts for your classrooms. UCBHSSP teacher leader Jennifer Brouhard will share lessons she developed to support use of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up.

TE-53 VMT Metrics Application and Analysis for SB 743 Compliance

Course | November 2 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Oakland

 Ronald Milam, AICP, PTP, Director of Evolving the Status Quo, Fehr & Peers Consulting

 Institute of Transportation Studies, Technology Transfer Program

OPR has selected vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT) as the preferred metric to comply with Senate Bill 743 (SB 743). The recommended changes to the CEQA Guidelines include a Technical Advisory that provides recommendations about VMT screening, methodology, and thresholds. These recommendations require fundamental changes in current transportation impact analysis practices and have implications for...   More >


  Registration opens June 22. Register online or by calling Dana Oldknow at 510-643-4393, or by emailing Dana Oldknow at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu by November 2.

Technopolitics and Empire: New Directions in Science Studies

Workshop | November 2 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Jennifer L. Derr, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz; Diana K. Davis, Professor, Departments of History and Geography, University of California, Davis; Jennifer Duque, Ph.D. Student, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Gabrielle Hecht, Frank Stanton Foundation Professor of Nuclear Security, Professor, Department of History, Stanford University; Suzanne Moon, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma; Ashton Wesner, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

 Julie Pyatt, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Environmental Policy, Science, and Management; Camilla Hawthorne, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society

The day-long workshop will offer graduate students and faculty an opportunity to share current research and to envision new directions in science and (neo-) empire studies.

Return Economies: Speculation and Manila’s Investment in Durable Futures

Colloquium | November 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

 Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Ethnic Studies

Lecture by Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Book: Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity


Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

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

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | November 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Magne Mogstad, Professor, University of Chicago

 Haas School of Business

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Examining the mechanistic and evolutionary basis of functional genetic variation

Seminar | November 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rajiv McCoy, Princeton University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 Department of Integrative Biology

Dissertation Talk: Communication Avoidance for Algorithms with Sparse All-to-all Interactions

Seminar | November 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Penporn Koanantakool, University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk presents highly scalable parallel algorithms for problems with sparse all-to-all interactions such as many-body and matrix computations. These kernels are used in many applications ranging from scientific simulations to machine learning. We discuss a case study of our communication-avoiding kernels as used in graphical model structure learning.

Cognitive Neuroscience/Neurobiology Colloquium: Data Slam 2

Colloquium | November 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Department of Psychology

Data slam number 2 from grads in Cognitive Neuroscience/Neuroscience. Grad lounge afterwards for drinks and socializing.

Five Tables of Cal Scientists’ Takes on Art

Workshop | November 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 for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.

Five Tables. . .: of Cal Scientists and Their Takes on Art

Presentation | November 2 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Drop by the art study centers on Free First Thursday for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections, laid out on the five tables in the seminar area. In conjunction with this year’s Bay Area Science Festival (October 26 through November 11), UC Berkeley scientists give us their take on a nonrandom selection of art from our collections. Works on view might include: Harold Edgerton’s...   More >

Harold Edgerton: Gussie Moran, 1949; black-and-white photograph; 13 5/16 x 11 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Lewis Zachary Cohen.

Stay Informed and Plan Ahead: Joining the Immigration Attorney to Learn the Ins and Outs of H1B Job Visa and other Post Graduation Employment Options

Workshop | November 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue & Gold Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

Stay Informed and Plan Ahead: Joining the Immigration Attorney to Learn the Ins and Outs of H1B Job Visa and other Post Graduation Employment Options

Advanced registration in Handshake is recommended.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Federalism in the Trump era

Conference/Symposium | November 3 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

 Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court

 Law, Boalt School of

This full-day conference will bring together a diverse set of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to explore what federalism means now. In this era of shifting state and federal policy positions, what constraints and opportunities does federalism present? Can people of different views agree on rules and principles to guide us going forward?


Criminal Justice at a Crossroads

Conference/Symposium | November 3 | 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room

 Edwin Meese III, The Heritage Foundation

 Law, Boalt School of

Criminal justice reform, in its many manifestations, is a difficult and controversial issue. Some “believe that our current sentencing regime is unfair, that too much discretion has been removed from judges, that the pendulum has swung too far in terms of imposing harsh sentences, and that increased incarceration has led to other inequities in our society.” Others believe that increased...   More >

Human Rights Center's Fellowship Conference

Presentation | November 3 | 12-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room

 Human Rights Center

The 2017 Human Rights Center Fellowship Conference at UC Berkeley School of Law features 14 extraordinary students from three University of California campuses whose work spanned Peru, Brazil, Mexico, India, Mongolia, Syria, Turkey, and the United States. The Fellows addressed the rights of children, immigrants, climate refugees, women, indigenous people, and the dying. They worked with activists...   More >

Human Rights Center 2017 Fellowship Conference

Presentation | November 3 | 12-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room

 Human Rights Center

The 2017 Human Rights Center Fellowship Conference at UC Berkeley School of Law features 14 extraordinary students from three University of California campuses whose work spanned Peru, Brazil, Mexico, India, Mongolia, Syria, Turkey, and the United States. The Fellows addressed the rights of children, immigrants, climate refugees, women, indigenous people, and the dying. They worked with activists...   More >

Making as Research | DIY Couture Fashion Lab with Angie Wilson

Workshop | November 3 | 12-6 p.m. | 126 Dwinelle Annex

 Angie Wilson

 Arts Research Center

Angie Wilson mines seismic cultural shifts and the subtleties of consciousness in her textile-based sculpture and installations. She will be discussing current and recent projects including Protest Curtains, collaborative projects resisting racism, xenophobia and inequality, as well as her woven meditations on space and time.

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | November 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 9/8 and 12/1, Samba will be on 10/6 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 11/3. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Oriented Matroids and Linear Programming

Seminar | November 3 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Leon Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We review the basics of linear programming and describe a generalization to oriented matroids. We then discuss analogues of linear programming duality and the simplex algorithm in the matroidal setting.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: More-than-Moore with Integrated Silicon-Photonics

Seminar | November 3 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Cory (Hogan Room)

 Vladimir Stojanovic, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk we'll present the latest results on the integration of silicon-photonic interconnects into a monolithic platform (45nm SOI logic process and bulk CMOS memory periphery process). These include world's first microprocessor communicating to the outside world with monolithically integrated Si-Photonic devices, as well as first demonstrations of photonics in bulk CMOS processes. We’ll...   More >

Presenting archaeological data in ArcGIS: From Pivot tables to Maps.

Workshop | November 3 | 1:10-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicholas Tripcevich, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This introductory GIS workshop will walk through some techniques for preparing maps in ArcGIS 10 for use in presentations, in publications, and in fieldwork.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Make reservations online

Racemic Hydrogels from Self-Assembling Mirror Image Peptides: Predictions from Pauling and Corey: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Joel P. Schneider, Deputy Director, NIH Center for Cancer Research

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Hydrogels prepared from self-assembling peptides are promising materials for medical applications, and using both L- and D-peptide isomers in a gel’s formulation provides an intuitive way to control the proteolytic degradation of an implanted material. In the course of developing gels for delivery applications, we discovered that a racemic mixture of the mirror-image β-hairpin peptides,...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: An overview of Homogenization Techniques for Hamilton-Jacobi PDE III

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

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

MENA Salon: "After" ISIS

Workshop | November 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in 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. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Composition Colloquium: Charles Amirkanian

Colloquium | November 3 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

3-4:30, Morrison 125 (unless otherwise noted)

Free and open to the public

Anthony Cheung (b. 1982, San Francisco) is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works, occasionally with electronics. His music has been commissioned by leading groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio...   More >

Developments in the Marketplace for Cultural Materials, with Implications for Access and Preservation

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

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

In this seminar session, I will discuss some emerging and troublesome developments that are becoming clear as the marketplace for cultural materials becomes not only increasingly digital, but also fragments into huge numbers of separate distribution channels, and shifts from the (sort of permanent) licensing of digital objects to their performance through streaming. In addition, I'll summarize...   More >

Air/Qi Connections: Notes from the History of Science and Medicine

Colloquium | November 3 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Ruth Rogaski, History, Vanderbilt University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

What is the relationship between the air we breathe (in Chinese, kongqi) and the qi of Chinese medicine? This talk explores the history of this intersection in order to better understand the cultural underpinnings of the connection between health and environment in China today. Typically translated into English as “vital energy,” qi has long been at the core of traditional Chinese conceptions of...   More >

Glenn T. Seaborg Lecture in Inorganic Chemistry: Endowing Organometallic Catalysis with a Genetic Memory

Seminar | November 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Thomas Ward, University of Basel

 College of Chemistry

With the aim of integrating artificial metalloenzymes in vivo, the second talk will present our efforts to combine ArMs with natural enzymes to mimic fundamental features of the metabolism including: cascade reactions, up- and cross-regulation. Having identified the critical metabolites leading to ArM’s inhibition in cellulo, our efforts towards performing catalysis in the periplasm of E. coli...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Toric degenerations of projective varieties

Seminar | November 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Minseon Shin, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss the preprint "Toric degenerations of projective varieties" (https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.02698) of Kiumars Kaveh and Takuya Murata.

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: A gradient flow approach to thresholding in higher codimensions

Seminar | November 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Logic Colloquium: Alan Turing and the Other Theory of Computation.

Colloquium | November 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Mathematics

Most logicians and theoretical computer scientists are familiar with Alan Turing’s 1936 seminal paper setting the stage for the foundational (discrete) theory of computation. Most however remain unaware of Turing’s 1948 seminal paper introducing the notion of condition, setting the stage for a natural theory of complexity for what I call the “other theory of computation” emanating from...   More >

Calligraphy Workshop with Lauren McIntosh

Workshop | November 3 | 6-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join artist McIntosh for a calligraphy workshop inspired by the artworks in To the Letter: Regarding the Written Word.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

BJCL Bluebooking Workshop

Workshop | November 5 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Rebecca Friedman

 Law, Boalt School of

An open meeting where members complete their bluebooking assignments and can ask questions of 2Ls and 3Ls.

Searching for Dark Matter Particles in a Gold Mine

Presentation | November 5 | 2-4 p.m. | Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 3rd Floor Community Room

 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley, CA 94704

 Dan Mckinsey, Department of Physics


The Berkeley Public Library in conjunction with the Bay Area Science Festival and the global celebration of Dark Matter Day presents Dan McKinsey, UC Physicist and the Georgia Lee Distinguished Professor of Physics. Professor McKinsey will present a lively talk with slides on the 'search for the unseen', an amazing experiment taking place miles underground and addressing the elusive phenomenon of...   More >

LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter experiment

Monday, November 6, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Food, Agriculture and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond

Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Archaeological Research Facility, Berkeley Food Institute, Department of Anthropology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The goal of this workshop is to link local and regional case studies of food, agriculture, and human-environmental interaction with the broader discussion of global environmental issues and long-term sustainability. Special emphasis is on case studies from Japan, East Asia and the North Pacific Rim.

2017 Resources Roundtable: Feeding The World at 9 Billion

Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative is pleased to present the 2017 Resources Roundtable:
Feeding The World at 9 Billion: Global Challenges for Food Production in a Compromised Environment
The triple threat of climate change, soil degradation, and water shortage are increasingly pressuring our food systems. Meanwhile, human population continues to grow exponentially in some of the...   More >

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Seismic Isolation of Sensitive Equipment: Semm Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Amarnath Kasalanati, Associate Director, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Seismic isolation has been used effectively over the past three decades to protect contents of structures. This presentation discusses seismic isolation of equipment using a multi-directional spring, which provides much better damping and self-centering capability.

​Graduate Student Seminar

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

 Mehmet N Agaoglu

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Title: Miniature eye movements are tuned but not optimal for fine discrimination at the fovea

Abstract: Human eyes are never stable, even during attempts of maintaining gaze on a visual target. Considering transient response characteristics of retinal ganglion cells, a certain amount of motion of the eyes is required to efficiently encode information and to prevent neural adaptation. However,...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Schubert polynomials and slide polynomials

Seminar | November 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dominic Searles, University of Southern California

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a new basis for the polynomial ring called the slide polynomials, which contains Gessel's fundamental basis of quasisymmetric polynomials. One aim is to better understand the geometrically-important basis of Schubert polynomials, whose structure constants count intersection points of triples of Schubert subvarieties of the complete flag variety. Schubert polynomials expand positively...   More >

Longitudinal Dynamic Models for Examining the Development of Fluid Reasoning

Colloquium | November 6 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Emilio Ferrer, Department of Psychology, UC Davis

 Department of Psychology

In this presentation I discuss structural equation modeling as a framework for examining developmental processes. First, I present some principles of longitudinal research that underlie both study designs and statistical models for longitudinal data. I then describe models that focus on mechanisms of within-person change, and demonstrate their use for examining developmental processes. I...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | November 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 David Schonholzer, PhD Student, Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Post Doc Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Steven Ahrendt, PMB; Zach Barth, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

String-Math Seminar: Knots quivers correspondence

Seminar | November 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Poitr Sulkowski, U. OF WARSAW, CALTECH

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a surprising relation between knot invariants and quiver representation theory, motivated by various string theory constructions involving BPS states. Consequences of this relation include the proof of the famous Labastida-Marino-Ooguri-Vafa conjecture (at least for symmetric representations), explicit (and unknown before) formulas for colored HOMFLY polynomials for various knots,...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: The Legendrian topology of surface triangulations

Seminar | November 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H

 Roger Casals, MIT and UCL

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce a class of Legendrian wavefronts associated to surface triangulations. First, I will explain the interplay between the Legendrian isotopy type and the combinatorics of the triangulation. In particular, we will be connecting symplectic geometry and graph theory. Then I will discuss the Floer theory of these wavefronts and provide a description of their dg-algebras....   More >

Modern Estimation of Information Theoretic Functionals

Seminar | November 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Jiantao Jiao

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modern inferential tasks—ranging from graphical model learning to image registration to inference of gene regulatory networks—frequently involve estimation of information theoretic functionals such as entropy, mutual information, Kullback–Leibler divergence, and total variation distance. This talk will focus on recent progress in our understanding of the performance, structure, and deployment of...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Regularity of polynomials in free variables ( after Charlesworth and Shlyakhtenko)

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

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postodoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent paper of Charlesworth and Shlyakhtenko in which it is shown that if an $n$-tuple of operators has free entropy dimension $n$, then every selfadjoint polynomial in these operators has an atomless spectral measure.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Heights in families of abelian varieties and the Geometric Bogomolov Conjecture

Seminar | November 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ziyang Gao, Princeton University/CNRS

 Department of Mathematics

Given an abelian scheme over a smooth curve over a number field, we can associate two height functions: the fiberwise defined Neron-Tate height and a height function on the base curve. For any irreducible subvariety X of this abelian scheme, we prove that the Neron-Tate height of any point in an explicit Zariski open subset of X can be uniformly bounded from below by the height of its projection...   More >

Bob Oliver — Fishy Predictions or Fish Stew

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

 Bob Oliver, UC Berkeley IEOR

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Because of current federal laws on endangered fish species, water exports to California Aqueducts in San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are restricted by a combination of low Delta Smelt counts and densities in the Bay Delta and judgments by experts. This seminar suggests some ways in which Bayes’ Factors and combinations of forests of Information Odds Scores can help us improve our...   More >

What kinds of models are most powerful for supporting science learning?: Models that integrate mechanism

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh

 Graduate School of Education

In science, models often serve as the bridge between empirical and theoretical, what was found and what is thought to be. Mathematical and computational transformations often play a central, but perhaps partially hidden, role in this bridge. These mathematical transformations can be approached in very transactional terms, necessary evils of little theoretical value to conceptual reasoning. Or the...   More >

Analyzing RNA polymerase II with genomics approaches: an old dog with new tricks?

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

 Julia Zeitlinger, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

 College of Chemistry

Python FUN!damentals: Part 1

Workshop | November 6 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Chris Gagne, D-Lab


This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

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Design Field Notes: M. Paz Gutierrez

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Architect, researcher, and Berkeley faculty member M. Paz Gutierrez will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

Seminar 271, Development: "Jobs for Sale: Corruption and Misallocation in Hiring"

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

 Jeff Weaver, USC/UCSD

 Department of Economics

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Automatic transversality and contact homology with applications to dynamics

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

 Jo Nelson, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss regularity results for the cylindrical contact homology of 3-dimensional prequantization bundles and explain how they are compatible with Morse-Bott computational methods. We will also explore applications to quantitative questions in dynamics, such as the refined Conley Conjecture, as previously anticipated by Ginzburg-Gürel-Macarini.

SLAM: Grow Your Own Scientists: Research with Undergraduates

Seminar | November 6 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Miriam Bowring, Reed College

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

A Panel on Keeping the Arts Alive at the Berkeley Forum

Seminar | November 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 219 Dwinelle Hall

 The Berkeley Forum

Fine arts organizations across multiple genres and styles are experiencing dwindling audience numbers. As it currently stands, many organizations are reliant on older populations as their primary patrons. This event will bring together artists from multiple fields to discuss how they see their fields innovating in this changing world as well as what is necessary to keep the arts alive for future...   More >

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Dissertation Talk: Alternate Representations for Scalable Analysis and Control of Heterogeneous Time Series

Presentation | November 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Francois Belletti, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A plethora of algorithms and theories developed in the field of Machine Learning enable better identification of system dynamics and extensive control of the corresponding systems. However, the vast majority of research focuses on problems dealing with homogenous observation data sets or control environment.

Such a setting is not representative of the actual way data sets are collected and the...   More >