<< February 2018 >>

## Thursday, February 1, 2018

### Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

### 2018 Distinguished ESPM Faculty Lecture - Carolyn Merchant

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

Carolyn Merchant shares her lecture, "The Anthropocene: The Age of Humanity".

Refreshments will be served at 11:30 am in 139 Mulford.

This event is open to the public.

### Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

Becky Miller, Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

Library

Mendeley is a reference manager that enables you to organize, read, share, annotate, and cite your research papers. It is also an academic discovery and collaboration tool.

This hands-on workshop will give beginning Mendeley users practice importing citations and creating bibliographies. Experienced users should bring their Mendeley questions!

### Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

Erika Deserranno, Northwestern

Department of Economics

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 >

### IB Seminar: Connecting micro- and macroevolution using comparative genomics of New World birds

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

Michael Harvey, University of Michigan

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Interpretable proximate factors for large dimensions

Seminar | February 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Speaker: Markus Pelger, Stanford

This papers deals with the approximation of latent statistical factors with sparse and easy-to-interpret proximate factors. Latent factors in a large-dimensional factor model can be estimated by principal component analysis, but are usually hard to interpret. By shrinking the factor weights, we obtain proximate factors that are easier to interpret. We show that proximate factors consisting of...   More >

### 2018 UC Berkeley Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 1 | 1-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

Christie Hale, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En

Michael Gardner, PhD Student, UC Berkeley; Amr Ewais, Researcher, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; Estefan Garcia, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; Nella Pierre Louis Desruisseaux, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; James Fern, Researcher, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

On behalf of the graduate students of the UC Berkeley GeoSystems program, we are pleased to announce our first annual Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium. This event is an opportunity for current PhD students and Research Associates to share their research with the geotechnical engineering industry. There will be short oral presentations as well as time for one-on-one interactions via a...   More >

### United Against White Supremacy Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 2 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium: Room 175

Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law; Professor Ian Haney-López, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at Berkeley; Eva Patterson, President/Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society

ACLU of Northern California, East Bay Community Law Center, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, California Law Review

Racism has been the blueprint and the foundation of the United States since its inception. This symposium is being convened in order to discuss ways to dismantle racism and white supremacy in a series of four panels: Gentrification, Immigration, Incarceration, and Affirmative Action.

### Social Science and Humanities Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 2 | 9:30-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in social science and humanities disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

### Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | February 2 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Join UCBG Director, Eric Siegel, for a morning practice in Qigong (pronounced cheegong), a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness.

### “Why The Mind Evolved: The Evolution Of Navigation”: Psychology 229A

Colloquium | February 2 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Lucia Jacobs, UC Berkeley

Department of Psychology

### Labor Lunch Seminar: Long Run Effects of Food Assistance and Early Human Capital Programs

Seminar | February 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Marianne Bitler, UC Davis

Center for Labor Economics

### Novel Demonstration of Decentralized Direct Potable Water Reuse: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

Dr. Andrea Corral, Carollo Engineers, Inc

### NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | February 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Library

Library

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

### Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Semiconductor Thin-Film Transfer Technology has Finally Arrived

Seminar | February 2 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

Eli Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Dept., University of California, Berkeley

For years, lattice mismatched hetero-epitaxy has been regarded as the correct approach for heterogeneous integration, but the mismatch led to material quality problems. At around the same time a competing approach, thin-film epitaxial layer transfer began to be developed, but the handling of free-standing thin films was a primitive art. Over the period of decades the discipline of processing...   More >

### Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Introduction to Coxeter Groups

Seminar | February 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Katrina Biele, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### Modulating Electron Beams in Space and Time to Probe for Genuine Structures and Function at the Atomic Scale: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in time and location

Dr. Christian Kisielowski, LBNL / Molecular Foundry

In high resolution electron microscopy objects are actively altered by the intense electron irradiation that is necessary to reach single atom sensitivity. In these circumstances a control of beam-sample interactions is no longer a commodity but a necessity. Therefore, it is of outstanding interest to develop new tools and concepts that strive for a stricter control of the probing electron beam...   More >

### Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for Stochastic Growth Models II

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

Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### Composition Colloquium: Anna Clyne

Colloquium | February 2 | 3 p.m. | 135 Morrison Hall

Department of Music

After studying piano and composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, Raphael Cendo studied composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (2000-2003), from which he graduated in composition, analysis and orchestration. He then joined the composing and computer music class of IRCAM (2003-2006). During his training, he was taught by Allain Gaussin, Brian Ferneyhough, Fausto...   More >

### MENA Salon: War Comes to Afrin

Workshop | February 2 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

In this week's MENA Salon, we will discuss the events leading to the recent military operation in Afrin, the international community's reaction, and its likely consequences for individuals on the ground in Syria.

### Issues and Opportunities Facing the School of Information

Seminar | February 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

AnnaLee Saxenian

Information, School of

Dean Saxenian will comment on some of the challenges and opportunities facing the campus and the School.

### Supercharging Future Mobility: Tailoring Charge Transport for Highly Efficient Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Seminar | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Xiangfeng Duan, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA

College of Chemistry

Supercapacitors, batteries and fuel cells represent three distinct electrochemical energy conversion devices of increasing importance for applications in mobile electronics, electric vehicles, and renewable energy industry. A common feature of these devices involves coupled ion transport (and storage) and electron transport in active electrode materials.

### How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Leah Carroll

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

### Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Hochschild and cyclic homology for log schemes

Seminar | February 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Martin Olsson, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will discuss recent work on developing a theory of Hochschild and Cyclic homology for log schemes, extending the definitions for ordinary schemes.

### Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Multivalued harmonic functions

Seminar | February 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Brian Krummel, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Dirichlet energy minimizing multivalued functions were introduced by Almgren in his proof that the singular set of an n-dimensional area minimizing submanifold has Hausdorff dimension at most n-2. Such functions play a crucial role in the study of area minimizing submanifolds at branch point singularities, at which at least one tangent cone is a plane with integer multiplicity > 1. We will...   More >

### Music Studies Colloquium Pierpaolo Polzonetti (UC Davis): Something Tastes Funny: A Gastromusicological Approach to Comic Opera

Colloquium | February 2 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

Department of Music

Pierpaolo Polzonetti specializes on opera and eighteenth-century music and culture. His research work has been funded by the Earhart Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His book, Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2011), is a study of representations of America in Eighteenth-century...   More >

## Sunday, February 4, 2018

### Cardboard Sculpture with Grace Rosario Perkins

Workshop | February 4 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Using cardboard and printed materials, work alongside artist Grace Rosario Perkins to create abstract or representational objects and contribute to a collaborative group sculpture.

Based in Oakland and New Mexico, Grace Rosario Perkins has spent most of her life moving among city centers, the Navajo Nation, and the Gila River Indian Community. She is interested in disassembling her personal...   More >

## Monday, February 5, 2018

### EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 5 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

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

### Symposium of Fuzzy Logic and Fuzzy Sets: A Tribute to Lotfi Zadeh

Conference/Symposium | February 5 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

A symposium that honors of the life and research of pioneer Lotfi Zadeh, widely recognized as the "Father of Fuzzy Logic." Speakers will discuss Zadeh's wide-ranging influence and lasting contributions to computer science, statistical analysis, and the foundations of mathematics.

### “Our People Are Worth The Risk”: Race, Identification, and the Formation of Political Community

Colloquium | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

Lisa Beard, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the University of California, Riverside

Department of Ethnic Studies

When civil rights organizer Ella Baker asked the question, “Who are your people?,” she was issuing not only the geographic question “where do you come from?” but also the political question “with whom do you identify?” (Ransby, 2003). This question of identification as a political act is likewise registered by anticolonial feminist philosopher María Lugones, who insists that, “we must constantly...   More >

### PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | February 5 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Yotam Shem-Tov; Johannes Hermle

Johannes Hermle - "Gender Norms and the Relative Income Distribution within Married Couples: Evidence from German Tax Data”

Yotam Shem-Tov - "New Estimates of the Incapacitation and Criminogenic Effects of Prison"

by January 30.

### Combinatorics Seminar: Singular loci of Schur hypersurfaces

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Elizabeth Ferme, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Schur polynomials are important objects in algebraic combinatorics, as they form an orthonormal basis for the vector space of symmetric polynomials. We study Schur hypersurfaces, the zero set of Schur polynomials in projective space. In particular, we focus on the points where these hypersurfaces are singular. I will present results regarding when this structure is simple, walk through an example...   More >

### What is Stereo Good For?

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Suzanne McKee, PhD, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Lab Director

Abstract: All primates, including, of course, humans, have evolved to have forward-facing eyes; each eye sees almost the same view of the world. By giving up the view of possible predators approaching from behind, our species gained highly precise stereopsis. The median stereoacuity for college students is 12” (Coutant & Westheimer,1992); it is roughly half this value for practiced subjects...   More >

### “Our People Are Worth The Risk”: Race, Identification, and the Formation of Political Community

Colloquium | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

Lisa Beard

Department of Ethnic Studies

When civil rights organizer Ella Baker asked the question, “Who are your people?,” she was issuing not only the geographic question “where do you come from?” but also the political question “with whom do you identify?” (Ransby, 2003). This question of identification as a political act is likewise registered by anticolonial feminist philosopher María Lugones, who insists that, “we must constantly...   More >

### How adolescents navigate uncertainty, with a little help from their friends

Colloquium | February 5 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Wouter van den Bos, Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

Institute of Human Development

Despite the increased prevalence of adolescent risk-taking behavior in the real world, laboratory evidence of adolescent specific risk taking propensity remains scarce. In contrast with the lab, adolescents in the real world often have only incomplete information about risks. There is currently very little known about how adolescents make decisions under these uncertain conditions. To address...   More >

### Anthropology 290 Speaker Series:: Critical Perspectives on Free Speech

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

Nicholas Dirks, Anthropology and Histroy; Rosemary Joyce, Anthropology; Christopher Kutz,, Law School

Charles L. Briggs, Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to invite you to an
Anthropology 290 panel discussion. The goal is to bring a range of
perspectives to bear on the task of rethinking the analytic and political

underpinnings of debates centering on “free speech.”

### Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Bi-Boolean Independence for Pairs of Algebras (after Gu and Skoufranis)

Seminar | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Brent Nelson, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will introduce some of the basic ideas related to bi-Boolean independence. After establishing a combinatorial characterization of bi-Boolean independence, we will consider the associated convolutions and transforms of this independence. Time permitting, we will also establish some additive bi-Boolean limit theorems.

### Seminar 211, Economic History: The Costs of Patronage: Evidence from the British Empire

Seminar | February 5 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Guo Xu, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Economics

### Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Chain level loop bracket and pseudo-holomorphic disks

Seminar | February 5 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Kei Irie, Kyoto

Department of Mathematics

Let $L$ be a Lagrangian submanifold in a symplectic vector space which is closed, oriented and spin. Using virtual fundamental chains of moduli spaces of nonconstant pseudo-holomorphic disks with boundaries on $L$, one can define a Maurer-Cartan element of a Lie bracket operation in string topology (the loop bracket) defined at chain level. This observation is due to Fukaya, who also pointed out...   More >

### Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Automorphy of mod 3 representations over CM fields

Seminar | February 5 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Patrick Allen, UIUC

Department of Mathematics

Wiles's proof of the modularity of semistable elliptic curves over the rationals uses, as a starting point, the Langlands-Tunnell theorem, which implies that the mod 3 Galois representation attached to an elliptic curve over the rationals arises from a modular form of weight one. In order to feed this into modularity lifting theorems, one needs to use congruences between modular forms of weight...   More >

### Wenpin Tang - Optimal Surviving Strategy For The Up The River Problem

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

Wenpin Tang, UCLA

Nowadays there are more and more people living on the planet, but the available resources are very limited. So an interesting question is how to allocate the limited resources to maximize our welfare.

### Farmer perceptions and preferences for achieving groundwater sustainability in California

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

Dr. Meredith Niles, University of Vermont

In 2014 California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which aims to achieve groundwater sustainability across California by 2040. This sweeping policy, largely being administered and implemented at the local level, could have significant impacts on how California manages water. This is especially true for agriculture, which is the largest human use of water. This work...   More >

Free

### The Influence of Kindness and Community in Broadening Participation in STEM Careers

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

Mica Estrada, University of California, San Francisco

African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are historically underrepresented (HU) among Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degree earners and career pathways. Why do we stay and why do we go? Viewed from a perspective of social influence, the pattern suggests that HU people do not become part of STEM communities at the same rate as non-HU students. Building on Kelman’s...   More >

### Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Open Gromov-Witten invariants and the HOMFLY skein relation

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Tobias Ekholm, Uppsala

Department of Mathematics

Results of Witten and Ooguri-Vafa relate the HOMFLY polynomial of a link in the 3-sphere to the open topological string partition function of the Lagrangian conormal of the link, moved from the cotangent bundle of the 3-sphere to the resolved conifold. The mathematical counterpart of open topological string is open Gromov-Witten theory. We construct open Gromov-Witten invariants of conormal...   More >

### IB Seminar: Biodiversity Genomics: Genome Structure, Sex, and Recombination

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Matthew Fujita, University of Texas at Arlington

### Dr. David Knowles, Departments of Genetics and Radiology, Stanford University: Probabilistic models of transcriptomic dysregulation in human disease

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

Abstract:
Transcription, the fundamental cellular process by which DNA is copied to RNA, is tightly regulated in healthy human development but frequently dysregulated in disease. During or shortly after transcription, regions known as “introns” are spliced out of the RNA to produce mature “messenger” RNA. Massively parallel sequencing of RNA (RNA-seq) has become a ubiquitous technology in...   More >

### Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Dynamic Information Acquisition from Multiple Sources"

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

Xiaosheng Mu, Harvard University

Department of Economics

This is a job market seminar. Note the change in location.

### Analysis and PDE Seminar: Fredholm theory and the resolvent of the Laplacian near zero energy on asymptotically conic spaces

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

András Vasy, Stanford University

Department of Mathematics

We consider geometric generalizations of Euclidean low energy resolvent estimates, such as estimates for the resolvent of the Euclidean Laplacian plus a decaying potential, in a Fredholm framework. More precisely, the setting is that of perturbations $$P(\sigma )$$ of the spectral family of the Laplacian $$\Delta _g-\sigma ^2$$ on asymptotically conic spaces $$(X,g)$$ of dimension at least $$3$$,...   More >

### Job Market Seminar: "Dynamic Information Acquisition from Multiple Sources"

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

Xiaosheng Mu, Harvard Economics

Department of Economics

Field(s): Game Theory, Decision Theory, Behavioral Economics

### UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

## Tuesday, February 6, 2018

### Apple Networking Day

Career Fair | February 6 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge

Apple is coming to UC Berkeley and they will have about 40 engineers from every area of their business that are looking forward to meeting interested students. Please feel free to drop by the Garbarini Lounge anytime between 10:00am-3:00pm, as your schedule allows, we hope to see you there!

### William G. Dauben Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Expanding the Scopes of Synthetic Organic and Polymer Chemistries: Utilization of the Inherent Stereochemical and Functional Diversities of Natural Products to Produce Unique Biomedical Materials

Seminar | February 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Karen Wooley, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

College of Chemistry

A primary interest in the Wooley laboratory is the production of functional polymers from renewable sources that are capable of reverting to those natural products once their purpose has been served. The inherent stereochemical and functional diversities of natural products provide opportunities to expand the scopes and complexities of polymer materials, by utilizing fundamental synthetic organic...   More >

### The 1000+ neurons challenge: emergent simplicity in (very) large populations

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Leenoy Mesulam, Princeton University

Recent technological progress has dramatically increased our access to the neural activity underlying memory-related tasks. These complex high-dimensional data call for theories that allow us to identify signatures of collective activity in the networks that are crucial for the emergence of cognitive functions. As an example, we study the neural activity in dorsal hippocampus as a mouse runs...   More >

### Borrowing Basics (BEUHS358)

Workshop | February 6 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

Richard P. Ruiz, Vice President, East Bay Region, Bank of the West

Be Well at Work - Work/Life

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

### The Fante Confederation never happened: silence, space, and the earnest historian in West Africa

Colloquium | February 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Trevor Getz, Professor and Chair, Department of History, San Francisco State University

Center for African Studies

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

### Development Lunch: "How does Social Promotion Affect Demand? Evidence from an Online Grocery Field Experiment"

Seminar | February 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Xin Chen

Department of Economics

### 3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology

Seminar | February 6 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We'll begin discussing Kronheimer and Mrowka's paper, which introduces an instanton invariant of spatial cubic graphs, and conjectures that if the graph is planar, it gives the number of Tait colorings. Non-vanishing of their invariant for bridgeless graphs is proved via a transformation into non-vanishing of sutured instanton homology. We'll begin by giving an overview of their theory.

### Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Persistent Overconfidence and Biased Memory: Evidence from Managers"

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

David Huffman, University of Pittsburgh

Department of Economics

### ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

### How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Leah Carroll

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

### Transcription machinery and genome organization: A single molecule mechanistic view of how cellular machines assemble and function

Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Xavier Darzacq, University of California, Berkeley

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

### Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Sleep to change your mind: Neural activity during sleep spindles, slow waves, and theta that coordinate to integrate, consolidate and remodel in a way that waking can't.

Colloquium | February 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Gina Poe, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, UCLA

Department of Psychology

### A Tale of Two Perovskites

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

David Reichman, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

College of Chemistry

Over the last decade lead halide perovskites have emerged as a new class of solar cell materials. In a practical sense what is most remarkable about these systems is that they manifest extremely high photovoltaic efficiencies even when fabricated by rapid and inexpensive solution phase growth methods. I will detail several puzzling physical features of these perovskites, which include long...   More >

### Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

Becky Miller, Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

Library

Mendeley is a reference manager that enables you to organize, read, share, annotate, and cite your research papers. It is also an academic discovery and collaboration tool.

This hands-on workshop will give beginning Mendeley users practice importing citations and creating bibliographies. Experienced users should bring their Mendeley questions!

### Design Field Notes: Margaret Hagan

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

Margaret Hagan, director of Stanford's Legal Design Lab, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Grassmannians

Seminar | February 6 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Charles Wang, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Grassmannians serve as a useful parameter space for objects satisfying some geometric conditions. For example, we may ask given four general lines in $\mathbf {P^3}$, how many lines meet all four? We will answer this question by studying the Chow rings of $\mathbf { G}(1,3)$, the space of lines in 3-space. Afterwards, we will introduce the Schubert Calculus, which answer more general questions of...   More >

### What's Up with That? - Obtaining Employment

Workshop | February 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Robert Sproul Room

International students are always interested in gaining extra experience while they’re here in the U.S. However, the issue they face is finding and obtaining the employment itself. In preparation for the workshop, please share what is one issue you have encountered or are encountering in your job search here: https://goo.gl/forms/TF9hYaMVClGfhJkh1

## Wednesday, February 7, 2018

### KEYS Track 1b- Creating an Inclusive Work Environment

Course | February 7 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

Sid Reel

Human Resources

This course will explore the importance of creating inclusive work environments and effective teams. We will examine the principles of equity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, and multi-generational workforce issues. The class will finish with an Interactive Theater presentation and participatory discussion. By applying these principles and treating people with fairness and respect,...   More >

### Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Seismic Performance Evaluation and Retrofit of Vulnerable Concentrically Braced Frames

Seminar | February 7 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

Andrew Sen

Concentrically braced frames built prior to the codification of capacity-based and other ductile design provisions constitute a substantial proportion of steel building infrastructure on the West Coast of the US. These buildings, built prior to about 1990, utilize a wide variety of connection and system configurations with deficiencies expected to lead to significant damage.

### Food Systems Policy and Communications Workshop Series 2017–18: Session 3: Engaging with the Media

Workshop | February 7 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

Haven Bourque, Founder, HavenBMedia

Berkeley Food Institute

Session 3: Engaging with the Media

Training on practical tools for researchers and policy experts to effectively engage with the media. Topics include establishing connections with key reporters and becoming a trusted source for specific beats and issues.

Featuring: Haven Bourque, HavenBMedia

Free.

### A natural mouse model of cryptosporidiosis

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

### Can Subsidized Early Child Care Promote Women’s Employment? Evidence from a Slum Settlement in Africa: Shelley Clark, McGill University/Stanford

Colloquium | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

Shelley Clark, Professor, McGill University; 2017-18 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University

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.

### CANCELLED Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "RNA structure encodes specificity in intracellular phase transitions"

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Amy Gladfelter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Gladfelter lab is interested in how cells are organized in time and space.  We study how cytoplasm is spatially patterned and how cells sense their own shape.  We also investigate how timing in the cell division cycle can be highly variable yet still accurate.

### “Massively Parallel Synthetic Investigation of Protein Folding and Binding”

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Gabriel Rocklin, University of Washington

Bioengineering (BioE)

Computationally designed miniproteins (~40 amino acids in length) have exciting potential as therapeutics and are also ideal model systems for studying protein biophysics. We recently introduced massively parallel methods for designing, expressing, and experimentally testing tens of thousands of entirely new proteins, leading to an avalanche of new protein structures. Assaying these "de novo"...   More >

### MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Matthew Fujita: Biodiversity and Natural History Research in the Genomics Era

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

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 >

Conference/Symposium | February 7 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

William Childers, City University of New York

As part or the new Renaissance and Early Modern Studies series "Why Read" our guests will share their perspectives on why it is that "Don Quijote" (1605-1615) continues to be a work that everyone should read, perhaps especially now.   More >

### Technology and Your Emotional Health (BEUHS056)

Workshop | February 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

Jonathan Rousell, PsyD, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance

Over the last 25 years, we have simultaneously witnessed and participated in an unprecedented set of sociocultural changes due to the development, marketing, and expansion of technological devices, social media platforms, and software applications. These "advancements" in digital communications technology have altered the landscapes of our lives and changed the way we relate to ourselves, others,...   More >

### Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | C125 Haas School of Business

Laura Blattner, Harvard

Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

### [Peterson Speaker Series] Chef Dan Barber: : A Case for Regenerative Cooking

Panel Discussion | February 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room

Dan Barber

Will Rosenzweig

It’s time to reimagine the way we eat from the ground up.

Each day, we see more irrefutable evidence that our global food system is broken. Soils erode, fisheries collapse, forests shrink, heart diseases rise. Studies show a new way of organic and regenerative farming is necessary to meet the challenges of the future. But what about a new way of eating? Can the principles of regenerative...   More >

Free

### STEM Research Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 7 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Justin Lopez

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in the STEM disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

### Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Denseness of minimal hypersurfaces for $C^\infty$-generic metrics

Seminar | February 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Kei Irie, Kyoto

Department of Mathematics

I will explain the following result, which was proved in a paper by Marques-Neves-speaker: on a closed manifold of dimension $3 \le d \le 7$ with a $C^\infty$-generic Riemannian metric, the union of closed, embedded minimal hypersurfaces is dense.

The key ingredient of the proof is an asymptotic formula (Weyl law) of the volume spectrum, which was conjectured by Gromov and proved by...   More >

### Racial and political dynamics of an approaching majority-minority United States

Colloquium | February 7 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Jennifer Richeson, Professor, Yale University

Department of Psychology

Ongoing and projected demographic shifts in the racial composition of the United States have been heralded as necessitating, if not promoting, positive change in the racial dynamics of the nation. Although change in response to this growing diversity is likely, its direction and scope are less clear. In this talk, I will present emerging social-scientific research on the psychological, social,...   More >

### Large deviations for two time-scale jump-diffusions and Markov chain models

Seminar | February 7 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Lea Popovic, Concordia University

Department of Statistics

For a number of processes in biology the appropriate stochastic modelling is done in
terms of multi-scale Markov processes with fully dependent slow and fast fluctuating variables.
The most common examples of such multi-scale processes are deterministic evolutions, jump-diffusions,
and state dependent Markov chains. The law of large numbers limit, central limit theorem,
and the corresponding...   More >

### i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group Speaker Series: Harnessing the power of social norms for improving global health. A case study from West Africa

Seminar | February 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 401 University Hall

Ben Cislaghi, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Harnessing the power of social norms for improving global health. A case study from West Africa.

Social norms are the unwritten rules in a group or society. They facilitate human interaction by clarifying what behaviour people can expect from others. They range from simple rules of etiquette (shake hands when you meet someone) to fundamental family or social duties (get married, find a...   More >

### EECS Colloquium: Toward Unifying Model-based and Learning-based Robotics

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

Dieter Fox, University of Washington

The predominant approach to perception, control, and planning in robotics is to design approximate models of the physics underlying a robot, its sensors, and its interactions with the environment. These model-based techniques often capture properties such as the propagation of light and sound, or the mass, momentum, shape, and surface friction of objects, and use these to generate controls that...   More >

### Graduate Student Professional Activities Showcase

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

### Applied Statistics at Tesla

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Swupnil Sahai, Tesla; Andrej Karpathy, Tesla

Department of Statistics

From estimating the time to failure of battery modules for Reliability Engineering to predicting lane lines from images for Autopilot, statistics plays a vital role in building all of Tesla’s products. In this talk, we present the ways in which Tesla is changing the future of sustainable energy and discuss how statisticians will help us get there.

### How Did US-Russian Relations Get So Bad and How Might They Be Improved?

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School, The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

The current hostility in US-Russian relations goes back to the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR and the formal end of the Cold War. US International behavior in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa progressively alienated Russian leaders, leading, under Putin, to sharp reactions. In response to those reactions, US leaders of both parties came to demonize Russia and Putin and to up the...   More >

### Whose Classroom?: The Generative Potential of Conflict in Higher Education

Workshop | February 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117)

Dr. Sarah Lappas, ACES Culture and Activism Fellow

This event brings together UC Berkeley faculty, and students in a guided dialogue unpacking the tensions, frustrations, opportunities and possibilities of contentious discourse in the classroom.

### Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives: Thriving in Science Seminar

Seminar | February 7 | 6-7 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

Terry Johnson, UCB Dept. of Bioengineering

Academic communication is not unique in its reliance on narrative to convey information and gather interest. Unfortunately, the narratives that we routinely construct can encourage unrealistic expectations in participants new to our disciplines. We'll discuss the typical narratives academics engage in, compare how they are interpreted differently by different audiences, and consider the best (and...   More >

### Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives

Seminar | February 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

Professor Terry Johnson, UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering

Thriving in Science

### Science Cafe - It's a small world: Viewing Life with Electrons

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

1403 Solano Ave , Albany, CA 94706

Danielle Jorgens, Director, Electron Microscope Laboratory; Restaurant Valparaiso

Science@Cal

A revolution is occurring in biology due to new technologies in the world of electron microscopy. In addition to the monumental advances in the Cryo-EM, which garnered the Nobel Prize last year, a new wave of 3-dimensional imaging is taking over the rest of the electron microscopy field. With these advanced 3D electron microscopes, cells and tissues are being visualized at new depths and...   More >

## Thursday, February 8, 2018

### Social Science and Humanities Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 8 | 9:30-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in social science and humanities disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

### Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) 2018: More Than Moore: Is this the End of Moore's Law?

Conference/Symposium | February 8 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

After nearly 50 years of Moore’s Law, and many premature predictions of its demise along the way, it is now clear that “conventional” transistor scaling is finally reaching fundamental limits. This year’s BEARS conference will highlight some of the latest thinking and results that show a bright future for electronics and computing.

### Inhibitory control of learning signals

Seminar | February 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

**Jason Christie**, Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience

### Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

Mirko Draca, University of Warwick

Department of Economics

he 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 >

### ESPM Graduate Students Guest Speaker: Karl Jacoby: Professor, Dept. of History and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race - Columbia University

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

Karl Jacoby shares his talk "Thinking about Nature in Time: Lessons from Environmental History"

This event is open to the public.
Refreshments will be served at 11:30 in 139 Mulford Hall.

### Darwin Day Lecture: Darwin's Backyard: Lessons from an inveterate experimentiser

Seminar | February 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

James Costa, Western Carolina University

### Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: Firms and Tasks

Seminar | February 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Daniel Haanwinckel, UCB

Center for Labor Economics

### ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

### Media and Medicine: Racialized Productions of Public Health

Colloquium | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

Charles Briggs, Anthropology; Mauricio Najarro, Medical Anthropology

Center for Race and Gender

From Deracialized Bodies to Pathological Biomedical Subjectivities: Constructing Difference in Media Coverage of Health
Charles Briggs, Anthropology

Of Mothers and Addicts: Racialization and the Translation of Interests in Contemporary News Coverage of the Opioid Epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area
Mauricio Najarro, Medical Anthropology

### How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Leah Carroll

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >