<< October 2018 >>

Monday, October 1, 2018

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | October 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Dhammika Dharmapala, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

(Computer) Vision without Sight: Finding, Reading, and Magnifying Text

Seminar | October 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Roberto Manduchi, Professor of Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Reading is a pervasive activity in our daily life. We read text printed on books and documents, shown on directional signs and advertisement, and displayed on computer and smartphone screens. People who are blind can read text using OCR on their smartphone; those with low vision may magnify onscreen content. But these tasks are not always easy. Reading a document with OCR requires taking a...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Coherence of cellular strings of zonotopes

Seminar | October 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Thomas McConville, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

A cellular string of a polytope is a sequence of faces of the polytope that are stacked on top of each other in a particular direction. The collection of cellular strings, ordered by refinement, forms a poset that is homotopy equivalent to a sphere. Among the set of strings, the subposet of coherent ones is homeomorphic to a sphere. In this talk, I will give an oriented matroid characterization...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

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

 Nicholas Li, UCB; Yotam Shem-Tov, UCB

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Nicholas Li - "Housing Market Channels of Segregation"
Yotam Shem-Tov - "New Estimates of the Incapacitation and Criminogenic Effects of Prison" (joint work with Evan Rose)

 by noon. RSVP online by September 26.

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)


Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Seminar 211, Economic History: Do Black Politicians Matter?

Seminar | October 1 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Trevon Logan, Ohio State University

 Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: Motives and conformal rigidity

Seminar | October 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Dmitry Vaintrob, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Several deep mathematical and physical results such as Kontsevich's deformation-quantization, Drinfeld's associators, and the Deligne hypothesis are controlled by the vanishing of certain obstruction classes in the theory of differential graded operads. I will talk about a way to obtain such vanishing results, as well as higher-genus analogues, using a weight theory implied by a new motivic point...   More >

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | October 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Lefschetz pencils and their noncommutative counterparts/Dynamics of Hamiltonian pseudo-rotations

Seminar | October 1 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Stanford University Mathematics Department, 384H/383N

 Paul Seidel/Basak Gurel, MIT/UCF

 Department of Mathematics

See bulletin board for abstracts.

Please contact alanw@math.berkeley.edu to request or offer a ride for carpools leaving Evans Hall at 1:15 PM.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Existence of infinitely many minimal hypersurfaces in closed manifolds

Seminar | October 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Antoine Song, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

In the early 80's, Yau conjectured that in any closed $3$-manifold there should be infinitely many minimal surfaces. I will review previous contributions to the question and present a proof of the conjecture, which builds on min-max methods developed by F. C. Marques and A. Neves. A key step is the construction by min-max theory of a sequence of closed minimal surfaces in a manifold N with...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Finiteness of Frobenius traces of a de Rham local system

Seminar | October 1 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Pre-talk: For a Galois representation of a number field arising from a smooth projective variety, the Weil conjecture tells that its Frobenius traces are rational numbers. Fontaine and Mazur conjectured that Galois representations satisfying a local condition (de Rham) arise from geometry and hence have a similar finiteness property of Frobenius traces. In the pretalk, I will explain these...   More >

Design Field Notes: Mike Marzalek

Seminar | October 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

About this talk:
Mike Marzalek (BSEE 1969) gradually lost his hearing over time and twelve years ago got a cochlear implant (CI) .... a bionic ear. At that time Mike was a telecommunications research and development...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: "Supply Chain Enforcement of Labor Law: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh's Apparel Sector"

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

 Laura Boudreau, UC Berkeley, Haas

 Department of Economics

The "self-stirred" genome: Bulk and surface dynamics of the chromatin globule

Seminar | October 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Alexandra Zidovska, New York University

 College of Chemistry

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Construction of unstable quasi-periodic solutions for a system of coupled NLS equations

Seminar | October 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Victor Vilaça Da Rocha, (BCAM, MSRI)

 Department of Mathematics

The systems of coupled NLS equations occur in some physical problems, in particular in nonlinear optics (coupling between two optical waveguides, pulses or polarized components…). From the mathematical point of view, the coupling effects can lead to truly nonlinear behaviors, such as the beating effect (solutions with Fourier modes exchanging energy) of Grébert, Paturel and Thomann (2013). In...   More >

Let's Talk About Sex!: A Graduate Student Sexual Education Series

Workshop | October 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 183 Dwinelle Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project, Sexual Health Education Program

The Graduate Student Wellness Group and the Sexual Health Education Program are partnering up for three sextastic events this October! Topics include (but are not limited to) consent, healthy relationships, safer sex, STIs/HIV, and accessing birth control! Specifically, we will be addressing what healthy relationships look/don't look like, why STIs are on the rise, how to practice safer sex, and...   More >

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Abiotic synthetic polymers: functional alternatives to antibodies? Applications for protein stabilization, inhibition of signal transduction and as broad-spectrum antivenom.

Seminar | October 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ken Shea, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Nanoparticles (NPs), when introduced into biological fluids, acquire a ‘corona’ consisting of physically adsorbed proteins. The composition of the corona is a function of many variables including the chemical composition of the NP, its size, shape and duration of the exposure. We posed the question; can the chemical composition of a synthetic polymer nanoparticle be engineered to control the...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Predicting Portfolio Return Volatility at Median Horizons

Seminar | October 2 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Dangxing Chen, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Commercially available factor models provide good predictions of short-horizon (e.g. one day or one week) portfolio volatility, based on estimated portfolio factor loadings and responsive estimates of factor volatility. These predictions are of significant value to certain short-term investors, such as hedge funds. However, they provide limited guidance to long-term investors, such as Defined...   More >

In their own words: First generation students talk about navigating Berkeley

Presentation | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Coaltion for Education and Outreach

A panel of undergraduate students who are the first in their families to attend college discuss their experiences and challenges navigating the UC Berkeley College of Engineering. The panel will be moderated by Marvin Lopez, Director, Engineering Student Services.

Lineages of the Global City: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Lineages of the Global City"
Shiben Banerji
Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tuesday, October 2, 12-1:30pm
Wurster 170

Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2

Designers, policymakers, and social scientists ubiquitously define the...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Inflation Expectations And Firm Decisions: New Causal Evidence"

Presentation | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by September 27.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Beliefs about Gender

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

 Katie Coffman, Harvard Business School

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: A perfect Morse function on the SU(2) representation variety of a surface

Seminar | October 2 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue to discuss Thaddeus' proof that the trace of a simple closed curve is a perfect Morse function on the projective SU(2) representation variety of a surface.

Seminar 237, The Inattentive Consumer: Sentiment and Expectations

Seminar | October 2 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Rupal Kamdar

 Department of Economics

EECS Undergraduate Research Panel

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 430 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: An introduction to monotonic independence

Seminar | October 2 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

One may think of an "independence relation" as a prescription for building joint distributions of (non-commutative) random variables, satisfying some nice universality properties. Work of Muraki and of Ben Ghorbal and Schurmann has shown that there are very few such universal independences; even with the fewest required "nice properties", there are no more than five. In this talk I will give an...   More >

Interfacial Energy and Charge Transfer for Photon Up- and Down-conversion

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

 Sean Roberts, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Texas, Austin

 College of Chemistry

The negligible spin-orbit coupling in many organic molecules creates opportunities to alter the energy of excited electrons by manipulating their spin. In particular, molecules with a large exchange splitting have garnered interest due to their potential to undergo singlet fission (SF), a process where a molecule in a high-energy spin-singlet state shares its energy with a neighbor, placing both...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Intermediation and Vertical Integration in the Market for Surgeons"

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Zarek Brot-Goldberg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Julian and His Supporters

Seminar | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Arnaldo Marcone, Professor of Roman History, Universitá Roma Tre

 Department of History, The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

Different types of paganism were professed in the 4th century, and equally diverse were the forms taken by the support given to Julian. There were devoted pagans who fasted, practiced sacrifice and divination with great zeal, who took ritual baths and made pilgrimages to the best-known sanctuaries; who were attentive to all divine warnings, dreams, mystical signs, miraculous cures, and to all the...   More >

Illustration by Riccardo Menicanti

Latinxs and the Environment: A Conversation on Health and the Environment

Seminar | October 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 30 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Marc Schenker, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis School of Medicine; Xavier Morales, Phd, Executive Director, The Praxis Project; Yolanda Park, Program Manager, Environmental Justice Project

 Latinxs and the Environment

Join us for an in depth discussion focused on the intersections between Policy work, Community Organizing, and Research, and their impact on Health and the Latinx community .

Presented by the Latinx and the Environment. Open to all community members!! Food will be provided.

Texas Instruments Info-Session and Hands-On Workshop

Workshop | October 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn to rapidly prototype using TI’s MSP432 Launchpad and the Grove Sensor Kit BoosterPack!

Get started with Energia (TI’s Arduino-like software), out of the box code libraries, and the TI MSP432 LaunchPad & BoosterPack plug-in modules

-Please bring your laptop with the Pre-work Software downloaded from the registration page:

Register: https://goo.gl/forms/eTP1NKL1ARgjvgDf1

International Student Career Success Series: Learn the art of “networking” step by step [Part 1]

Workshop | October 2 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Career Center

This session will talk about 1) why networking is important/how it works, 2) who our "people resources" are, 3) common concerns int'l students have about networking, and 4) how to conduct "outreach."

RSVP here: https://berkeley.joinhandshake.com/events/180005

SOLD OUT - Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants: Microbiome Magic

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join UC Berkeley Soil Scientists and Pivot Bio’s microbial scientists at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley and expand your knowledge of the soil microbiome.

Free; registration recommended

 SOLD OUT - register at the link to be added to the waitlist. Register online

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Food In The 15th: A Candidates’ Forum

Panel Discussion | October 3 |  Richmond Memorial Auditorium, Bermuda Room

 2540 Nevin Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

 Berkeley Food Institute

Food is a basic human right and a major driver of California’s economy. And yet, the current food system produces low wages and hunger, and is a major contributor to climate change and other major environmental issues. Hear your future State Assembly member, Jovanka Beckles or Buffy Wicks, address these important topics at a candidate forum on food in California’s 15th Assembly District. Learn...   More >

How Realistic is Photorealistic?: ICBS / Vision talks

Presentation | October 3 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Professor Hany Farid, School of Information & Depts. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science UC Berkeley.

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Professor Farid will describe a series of experiments that measure observers’ ability to distinguish the photographic from the computer-generated, simple steps that can be taken to improve observer accuracy, and preliminary studies that attempt to determine how observers are performing this task.

 Please ask questions in a respectful manner

a16z Demo Day

Career Fair | October 3 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, Freezeway

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join a16z for a Demo Day with Barefoot Networks, Branch, Ciitizen, DeepMap, Descript, Doxel, RapidAPI, Shield.Al, SmartCar, and UnifylD.

This open format gathering will let you connect with portfolio representatives, experience product demos, and have deeper conversations about the companies and their technologies.

Don't forget to bring a copy of your resume!

Lunch will be provided....   More >

Control of mammalian cell differentiation by feedback and noise

Seminar | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Mary N. Teruel, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mammalian tissue size is maintained by slow replacement of damaged, de-differentiating, and dying cells. For adipocytes, key regulators of glucose and lipid metabolism, the renewal rate is only 10% per year1. Using computational modeling, quantitative mass spectrometry, and single-cell microscopy, we showed that cell-to-cell variability, or noise, in protein abundance acts within a network of...   More >

Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Panel Discussion | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Catherine Gallagher, Emerita, Berkeley English; Thomas Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History Emeritus, Berkeley History

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Inventing counterfactual histories is a common pastime of modern day historians, both amateur and professional. They speculate about an America ruled by Jefferson Davis, a Europe that never threw off Hitler, or a second term for JFK. In Telling It Like It Wasn't (Chicago, 2018), Catherine Gallagher (English) examines how counterfactual history works and to what ends. Beginning in...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "(Re)programming of cell identity and function in the context of chromatin"

Seminar | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Wagner, who earned her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, is involved in research regarding the transcriptional regulation of developmental transitions and role of chromatin remodeling in development. The Wagner Lab is interested in understanding, at the molecular level, the complex changes that occur when an organism switches developmental programs. Specifically, they investigate the transition from...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Scott Edwards: Evolutionary genomics of flightlessness in birds

Seminar | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Scott Edwards

 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 >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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 >

Being Real

Colloquium | October 3 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Chris Hopwood, Associate Professor, UC Davis

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Although the concept of authenticity has been an enduring interest among philosophers, theorists, and psychological scientists, no consensual definition has been achieved. Points of contrast across theories include whether authenticity is a trait or a state, whether it is general or role-specific, the degree to which it encompasses internal experiences and external behaviors, and the extent to...   More >

Reformist Revolutions in Malawi: The Role of Reformed Islamic and Christian Congregations in Rural Malawi

Colloquium | October 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Laura Goy, Rosberg Geist Scholarship Recipient, Center for African Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

This is one session in the Fall 2018 African Studies Colloquium series.

2018 Fall Colloquium

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Periodic dynamics on tori and elliptic curves

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

 Yusuf Baris Kartal, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In this introductory talk, we will discuss periodic dynamics on (punctured ) 2-torus, its algebraic incarnations, and its relations to dynamics on elliptic curves. In particular, we will give a geometric picture of how this could be used to distinguish total spaces of fibrations over tori/of analytic fibrations over elliptic curves. We will also try to demonstrate the periodic behavior of "flow...   More >

Concentration from Geometry in High Dimension

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

 Santosh Vempala, Georgia Tech

 Department of Statistics

The concentration of Lipschitz functions around their expectation is a classical topic that continues to be very active. We will discuss some recent progress, including:
1- A tight log-Sobolev inequality for isotropic logconcave densities
2- A unified and improved large deviation inequality for convex bodies
3- An extension of the above to Lipschitz functions (generalizing the Euclidean...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Construction of $W\Omega _R^\ast $ and comparison with de Rham complex

Seminar | October 3 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Joe Stahl, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the construction of $W\Omega _R^\ast $ and the comparison with the de Rham complex.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Distinguishing fillings using dynamics of Fukaya categories

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

 Yusuf Baris Kartal, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

One can construct the open symplectic mapping torus \(T_\phi \) for a given a Weinstein manifold \(M\) and a compactly supported symplectomorphism \(\phi \). Its contact boundary is independent of \(\phi \) and is equal to contact boundary of \(T_0\times M\) where \(T_0\) is the torus with a small ball removed. In this talk, we will outline a method to distinguish the fillings \(T_\phi \) and...   More >

Statistical challenges in casualty estimation

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Kristian Lum, Human Rights Data Analysis Group

 Department of Statistics

An accurate understanding of the magnitude and dynamics of casualties during a conflict is important for a variety of reasons, including historical memory, retrospective policy analysis, and assigning culpability for human rights violations. However, during times of conflict and their aftermath, collecting a complete or representative sample of casualties can be difficult if not impossible. One...   More >

Design Rules of Efficient Ion Conducting Polymers: From Block Copolymers to Single-Ion Polymers

Colloquium | October 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Moon Jeong Park, Pohang University of Science and Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Over the past decades, polymers with tethered ionic groups have been widely investigated as components of electrochemical devices to address the growing demand for clean energy. Despite steadfast efforts to these materials, quantitative understanding of the factors governing the transport properties of these materials is in its infancy. In this talk, I will present the controlled synthesis,...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Knot invariants from A-branes

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Dima Galakhov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose a categorification of link invariants in Euclidean 3d space associated to a semi-simple Lie algebra, based on category of A-branes in finite dimensional Landau-Ginzburg (LG) models. The category of A-branes in such abstract LG model was constructed recently by Gaiotto, Moore and Witten; its mathematical counterpart is a version of Fukaya-Seidel category. The specific Landau-Ginzburg...   More >

Bioactive Metabolite Discovery in Mammalian Physiology

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Jonathan Long, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

ERG Colloquium: Patrick Gonzalez: Anthropogenic Climate Change Severely Exposes United States National Parks

Colloquium | October 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Anthropogenic Climate Change Severely Exposes United States National Parks, Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

Anthropogenic climate change is altering ecological and human systems globally, including in United States national parks, which conserve unique biodiversity. Yet, the magnitude and spatial patterns of climate change across all 417 parks have been unknown.

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance - “The Origins of Firm Heterogeneity: A Production Network Approach”: Joint with Stanford

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stanford University - Landau Economics Building, Room # 351 | Note change in time and location

 579 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

 Andrew Bernard, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth

 Department of Economics

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: Proofs, Knowledge, and Computation with Silivio Micalo

Colloquium | October 3 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Silvio Micali, Ford Professor of Engineering, M.I.T

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We show how Theory of Computation has revolutionized our millenary notion of a proof, revealing its unexpected applications to our new digital world. In particular, we shall demonstrate how interaction can make proofs much easier to verify, dramatically limit the amount of knowledge released, and yield the most secure identification schemes to date.


Henry Mahncke: From PhD to Industry

Colloquium | October 3 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Department of Psychology

Vasari's Words: Douglas Biow and Henrike Lange in conversation

Presentation | October 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Douglas Biow, Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UT Austin; Henrike Christiane Lange, Assistant Professor, Italian Studies and History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, Department of History, Department of History of Art, D.E. in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

In conversation with Professor Henrike Lange (UC Berkeley, Italian Studies / History of Art), Professor Douglas Biow (UT Austin) will present his new book Vasari's Words: The 'Lives of the Artists' as a History of Ideas in the Italian Renaissance (forthcoming September 2018 from Cambridge University Press). In this new study of Giorgio Vasari's seminal text, Biow connects five key words to the...   More >

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Open Seminar: Quantifying without Computers with Laura McGrath

Seminar | October 4 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Geballe Room

 Laura McGrath, Stanford University, Literary Lab

 Digital Humanities at Berkeley, D-Lab, Department of Comparative Literature, Information, School of, Library, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Laura McGrath, Associate Director of the Stanford Literary Lab, will lead a discussion on computational analysis and literary style. See website for links to readings.

Applied Math Seminar: Computational methods for the dynamics of the nonlinear Schroedinger/Gross-Pitaevskii equations

Seminar | October 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Weizhu Bao, National University of Singapore

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I begin wtih the nonlinear Schroedinger/Gross-Pitaevskii equations (NLSE/GPE) for modeling Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC), nonlinear optics, quantum physics and chemistry, etc., and review some dynamical properties of NLSE/GPE including conserved quantities, dispersion relation, center-of-mass dynamics, soliton solutions and semiclassical limits. Different numerical methods will...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | October 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Song Ma, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

Technology and Innovation in Agriculture (SV Forum)

Conference/Symposium | October 4 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. |  UCSC Silicon Valley Campus

 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

As California provides more than half the produce for the entire nation and leads the world in technology and life sciences, the state is also the ideal testbed for bold ideas and ambitions around AgTech. UC researchers and partners are applying innovative technology solutions to increase production to feed growing populations and to conserve scarce water resources.

At our first fall Silicon...   More >

Silicon Valley Forum: Technology and Innovation in Agriculture

Panel Discussion | October 4 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. |  UCSC Silicon Valley Campus

 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054

 Stefano Carpin, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, UC Merced; Shrinivasa K. Upadhyaya, Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis; Gabriel Youtsey, Chief Innovation Officer, Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR)-UCOP; Miku Jha, CEO and Founder, AgShift

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

As California provides more than half the produce for the entire nation and leads the world in technology and life sciences, the state is also the ideal testbed for bold ideas and ambitions around AgTech. UC researchers and partners are applying innovative technology solutions to increase production to feed growing populations and to conserve scarce water resources.

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Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "The Oriental City? Political Hierarchy and Regional Development in China, AD1000-2000"

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Ruixue Jia, UC San Diego

 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 >

SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Does Suing Schools Make Kids Healthier? The Impact of Litigation on Physical Education and Student Fitness in California

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Hannah Thompson, Research Scientist, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Hannah Thompson, PhD, MPH is a research scientist in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on school- and community-based methods, as well as policies, to increase physical activity, with the goals of improving youth health and decreasing health disparities.  School PE is an important tool for creating healthier, more equitable communities. However, PE is often...   More >

IB Seminar: Anhydrobiosis – Strategies and Applications

Seminar | October 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Michael Menze, University of Louisville

 Department of Integrative Biology

Beyond the Historical Narrative: Extending the Curatorial to the Digital Space

Seminar | October 4 | 1-3 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dominic Oldman, The British Museum; Diana Tanase, The British Museum

 Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)

The History Graduate Association invites you to join us on Thursday, October 4th for a seminar and discussion with Dominic Oldman and Diana Tanase, both senior curators of the British History Museum. They will be discussing an "in-use" knowledge system that anticipates many of the obstacles that can come up against when conducting quantitative analysis, allowing researchers in the humanities to...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | October 4 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

Into the Natural Microbial World: the Beginnings of Metagenomics

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Note change in date, time, and location

 Norman Pace, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture

Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America

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

 Kathleen Belew, Assistant Professor, Kathleen Belew, Assistant Professor of History and the College, University of Chicago

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of History

The white power movement in America wants a revolution. It has declared all-out war against the federal government and its agents, and has carried out—with military precision—an escalating campaign of terror against the American public. Its soldiers are not lone wolves but are highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview of white supremacy, anticommunism, and...   More >

Endnote: Basics to Advanced

Workshop | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 2101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Susan Koskinen, Library


Hands-on introduction to EndNote, a document management program. You can use it to track your citations, download articles, insert footnotes, create bibliographies.
Bring your laptop or use the PCs in the training room. Drop-in, no sign-ups.

The Influence of the Republican Period on the Painting of Ming China

Colloquium | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Heyns Faculty Club

 Craig Clunas, FBA, Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford

 Patricia Berger, Professor Emerita, Chinese Art, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The creation of a modern Chinese art in the first half of the twentieth century necessarily required the creation of its opposite - ‘traditional Chinese art’, that which by definition was not modern. The materials out of which traditional Chinese art, and in particular ‘traditional Chinese painting’ were constructed were many and various, including the actual art of the past, and the copious...   More >

© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Strange Vernaculars: A Colloquium: How 18th-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon became English

Colloquium | October 4 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Janet Sorensen, Professor, Berkeley English; Celeste Langan, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Deidre Shauna Lynch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Harvard English; Maureen McLane, Professor, NYU English; Daniel Tiffany, Professor, USC College of Letters and Sciences

 Department of English

While eighteenth-century efforts to standardize the English language have long been studied—from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary to grammar and elocution books of the period—less well-known are the era's popular collections of odd slang, criminal argots, provincial dialects, and nautical jargon. Strange Vernaculars delves into how these published works presented the supposed lexicons of the "common...   More >

How 18th-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon became English

How Do I Pick? Assessing Your Strengths and Interests to Choose a Major: L&S Workshop Series Ursa Major

Workshop | October 4 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on using career assessments as a way to choose the right major for you

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color) Study Jam: Come Study with UROC and get your research questions answered!

Workshop | October 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Come to our collective workspace and get work done for midterms or work on applications. We'll be there to answer any research related questions, including looking over drafts for students who are applying to research programs.

Human Rights and Racial Justice in the US: A conversation with Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow”

Presentation | October 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium - 175 Boalt Hall | Note change in location

 Michelle Alexander

 Law, Boalt School of

Historically the movement for racial justice in the United States has advocated for “civil rights” and largely ignored international “human rights.” Despite the victories secured through the domestic legal agenda of the civil rights movement, its vision for racial equity remains elusive. Alexander will discuss why a deep commitment to human rights and human dignity — not just civil rights — must...   More >

  RSVP online by October 3.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | October 5 | 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.

Free with Garden Admission

Water sector challenges ahead: A view from the front line: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | October 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Ben Horenstein, P.E., Director, Santa Rosa Water

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

México 1968

Seminar | October 5 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 The Program in Critical Theory

1968 in Mexico has always raised clashing images: of fierce state repression, of horizontal and inclusive forms of political mobilization. To think about 1968 we are offered October 2nd, the day of the student massacre, or the transforming months before and after. To emphasize the latter,...   More >

Labor Lunch: "Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Sizable Conditional Child Subsidy"

Seminar | October 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Evgeny Yakovlev, NES

 Center for Labor Economics

You are welcome to bring your lunch ~ food will not be provided

Credit Lines as Insurance: Evidence from Bangladesh

Seminar | October 5 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Gregory Lane/Job Market Presentation, ARE

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

Building a broad knowledge graph for products

Seminar | October 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Xin Luna Dong, Amazon

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Knowledge graphs have been used to support a wide range of applications and enhance search results for multiple major search engines, such as Google and Bing. At Amazon we are building a Product Graph, an authoritative knowledge graph for all products in the world. The thousands of product verticals we need to model, the vast number of data sources we need to extract knowledge from, the huge...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: “Origin of strong Rashba spin orbit coupling and spin-Hall effect in Si”

Seminar | October 5 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Sandeep Kumar, University of California, Riverside

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Silicon can be a promising material for spintronics due to long spin diffusion length at room temperature. For realization of Si spintronics, efficient generation of spin current, detection and manipulation is essential. But insignificant intrinsic spin-orbit coupling leads to insignificant spin-Hall effect (spin current generation) and inverse spin-Hall effect (spin current detection), which is...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Metastability for Diffusions II

Seminar | October 5 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well-known that diffusions with gradient drifts exhibit metastable behavior. The large deviation estimates of Wentzel-Freidlin and classical Eyring-Kramers Formula give a precise description for such metastable behavior. For non-gradient models, the large-deviation techniques are still applicable, though no rigorous analog of Eyring-Kramers Formula is available. In this talk I give an...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Sarah Grace Graves and James Stone

Colloquium | October 5 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library | Note change in date

 Department of Music

Houston performer-composer SARAH-GRACE GRAVES seeks to reclaim intimacy as something powerful and power as something intimate. Her music explores the experience of sound as it moves, in relation to itself and to the listener. In spring 2018 she created Aeolia, a site-specific work for five sopranos, for Josiah McElheny’s installation Island Universe. She premiered it with Sarah Bauer, Sophie...   More >

Colloquium: Menachem Wiesenberg and Taiseer Elias

Colloquium | October 5 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

Israeli composer/pianist Menachem Wiesenberg, professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and oud player Taiseer Elias, professor at the University of Haifa, will speak about their musical collaborations following their “Encounters” concert, which they will perform with cellist Hillel Zori in Hertz Hall at 12:15 on Oct. 5. These events are the culmination of a week-long residency by...   More >

MENA Salon, Troubled times for Iran

Workshop | October 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Two weeks ago, a parade of the Revolutionary Guards was attacked by undercover militants in the city of Ahvaz, which resulted in dozens of casualties. In addition to various groups claiming responsibility for the attacks, Iran's leaders were quick to accuse Gulf countries and the US as the perpetrators of the attack, and threatened to respond. Continuing the sharp detour from the Obama-era...   More >

Analyzing Our Past

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

 Zachary Bleemer, UC ClioMetric History Project

 Information, School of

Zachary Bleemer is director of the University of California ClioMetric History Project.

Ti-Catalyzed Nitrene Transfer Reactions: Harnessing the TiII/TiIV Redox Couple for New Transformations

Seminar | October 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ian Tonks, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota

 College of Chemistry

Titanium is an ideal metal for green and sustainable catalysis—it is the 2nd most earth-abundant transition metal, and the byproducts of Ti reactions (TiO2) are nontoxic. However, a significant challenge of utilizing early transition metals for catalytic redox processes is that they typically do not undergo facile oxidation state changes because of the thermodynamic stability of their high...   More >

China's Crisis of Success

Colloquium | October 5 | 4-6 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 William H. Overholt, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University

 Thomas Gold, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, China's Crisis of Success, William Overholt shows that China's rise has reached a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth. Continued success requires re-invention of its economy and politics. The old economic strategy based on exports and infrastructure now piles up debt without producing sustainable economic growth, and Chinese...   More >

Colloquium:Andrew Hicks Cornell University: Listening Otherwise in and to Classical Persian Poetry

Colloquium | October 5 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Andrew Hicks’ research focuses on the intellectual history of early musical thought from a cross-disciplinary perspective that embraces philosophical, cosmological, scientific and grammatical discourse in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and spans the linguistic and cultural spheres of Latin, Greek, Persian, and Arabic. His first book, Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic...   More >

Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to Read an Object: focus on Timbuktu

Workshop | October 6 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  To be provided to participants

  , Richmond, CA

 Mariane Ferme, UC Berkeley, Anthropology

 ORIAS, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

What can physical artifacts teach us about past human interactions, activities, and beliefs? How can you teach your students to analyze and infer meanings from objects?

Teachers are invited to come explore a selection of museum objects associated with the city of Timbuktu.

free for teachers

  Register online

Monday, October 8, 2018

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | October 8 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

Seeing in the cold – neurobiology of the ground squirrel retina

Seminar | October 8 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Wei Li, PhD, NIH/NEI

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The ground squirrel has a cone-dominant retina and it hibernates in winter. We exploit these two unique features to study retinal biology and adaptations during hibernation. In this seminar, I will discuss an optic feature of the ground squirrel retina, as well as several forms of adaptation during hibernation in the retina and beyond. By exploring the mechanisms of such adaptation, we hope to...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: The Taylor coefficients of the Jacobi theta constant $\theta _3$

Seminar | October 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Dan Romik, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We study the Taylor expansion around the point $x=1$ of a classical modular form, the Jacobi theta constant $\theta_3$. This leads naturally to a new sequence $(d(n))^\infty_{n=0} =1,1,−1,51,849,−26199,\dots$ of integers, which arise as the Taylor coefficients in the expansion of a related "centered" version of $\theta_3$. We prove several results about the numbers $d(n)$ and conjecture that...   More >

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)


Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

The origins of morality: Developing a society of equals

Colloquium | October 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Melanie Killen, University of Maryland

 Department of Psychology

Although human societies provide protection from harm and enable the construction of collaborative and mutually beneficial social structures, they also pave the way for social hierarchies that deny equal treatment to certain portions of the population. Developmental science research reveals that children are aware of status and hierarchies, often reject the status quo, and seek to rectify social...   More >

SEMM Seminar: Computational analyses and design methods for an interdisciplinary approach to lightweight structures

Seminar | October 8 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr.-Ing. Michael Herrmann, str.ucture GmbH

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The lecture presents the new developments in the use of digital design tools to facilitate collaboration among disciplines involved in the visualization, design, and creation of existing structures.

Political Economy Seminar: "Searching for Policy Reforms"

Seminar | October 8 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Juan Ortner, Boston University

 Department of Economics

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

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Searching For Policy Reforms"

Seminar | October 8 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Juan Ortner, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Political Economy Seminar.
*Note the change in time/location

Blum Center Author Series Presents: “Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy 2.0”

Seminar | October 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Bill Janeway, Warburg-Pincus and the Institute for New Economic Thinking

 Department of Economics, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Bill Janeway of Warburg-Pincus and of the Institute for New Economic Thinking will be speaking at the Blum Center on his book: Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy. A reception will follow.
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Economic History Laboratory and the Berkeley Economic History Seminar

String-Math Seminar: \(gl_n\) homologies, annular evaluation, and symmetric webs

Seminar | October 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 David Rose, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Department of Mathematics

A conjecture of Dunfield-Gukov-Rasmussen predicts a family of differentials on reduced HOMFLY-PT homology, indexed by the integers, that give rise to a corresponding family of reduced link homologies. We'll discuss a variant of this conjecture, constructing an unreduced link homology theory categorifying the quantum \(gl_n\) link invariant for all non-zero values of \(n\) (including negative...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow under local almost non-negative curvature conditions

Seminar | October 8 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yi Lai, UC-Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We find a local solution to the Ricci flow equation under a negative lower bound for many known curvature conditions. The flow exists for a uniform amount of time, during which the curvature stays bounded below by a controllable negative number. The curvature conditions we consider include 2-non-negative and weakly $\mbox {PIC}_1$ cases, of which the results are new. We complete the discussion of...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The Artin-Tate pairing on the Brauer group of a surface

Seminar | October 8 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Tony Feng, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

There is a canonical pairing on the Brauer group of a surface over a finite field, and an old conjecture of Tate predicts that this pairing is alternating. In this talk I will present a resolution to Tate’s conjecture. The key new ingredient is a circle of ideas originating in algebraic topology, centered around the Steenrod operations. The talk will advertise these new tools (while assuming...   More >

MBTG Seminar: "How to hit HIV where it hurts"

Seminar | October 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Arup Chakraborty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 College of Chemistry

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

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

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

Using mobile technologies in the teaching and learning of mathematics

Colloquium | October 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

 Nigel Calder, University of Waikato, New Zealand

 Graduate School of Education

Mobile technologies are everywhere in our lives. We use them to communicate, research, process, record experiences, and for entertainment. They influence the way we interact in the world, the way we live. We use them in work and play. How might they change the teaching and learning process? This presentation explores the ways that using mobile technologies have the potential to change teaching...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: "Social Signaling in Childhood Immunization: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone"

Seminar | October 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anne Karing, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

SLAM: Teaching/Research at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

Seminar | October 8 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Jane M. Liu, Pomona College

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Jane M. Liu is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and member of the Molecular Biology Program at Pomona College, where she has been a faculty member since 2012. At Pomona, Jane’s research projects focus on regulatory RNAs in bacteria and mechanisms that contribute to the persistence of the bacterial pathogen that causes cholera disease. Her research has been funded by the NIH, the NSF and the...   More >

Let's Talk About Sex!: A Graduate Student Sexual Education Series

Workshop | October 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 183 Dwinelle Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project, Sexual Health Education Program

The Graduate Student Wellness Group and the Sexual Health Education Program are partnering up for three sextastic events this October! Topics include (but are not limited to) consent, healthy relationships, safer sex, STIs/HIV, and accessing birth control! Specifically, we will be addressing what healthy relationships look/don't look like, why STIs are on the rise, how to practice safer sex, and...   More >