<< September 2019 >>

## Monday, September 2, 2019

### Seminar 271, Development: No Seminar

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

Department of Economics

## Tuesday, September 3, 2019

### EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | September 3 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

JS

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Does the Leverage Effect Affect the Distribution of Return

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Speaker: Dangxing Chen, UC Berkeley

The leverage effect refers to the generally negative correlation between the return of an asset and the changes in its volatility. There is broad agreement in the literature that the effect should be present, and it has been consistently found in empirical work. However, a few papers have pointed out a puzzle: the return distribution of many assets do not appear to be affected by the leverage...   More >

### Fossil Coffee Seminar

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

Carl Rothfels, Integrative Biology and Jepson and University Herbaria, UCB

UCMP

Time-calibrating the vascular plant tree of life

### Electrophysiology: Unplugged: Fluorescent indicators to watch cell physiology in brains and bodies

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Evan Miller, UC Berkeley Dept. of Chemistry

College of Chemistry

Membrane potential is a unique biophysical property maintained by every cell on earth. The importance of membrane potential is widely recognized in the context of specialized organs like the brain and the heart. Yet, our understanding of the ways in which membrane potential, and its coordinated, rapid changes across large numbers of neurons, gives rise to cognition, sensation, and memory remain...   More >

### SPH Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series: Have We Come to the End of the Road? Future Directions in Research on Neighborhood Environments and Cardiovascular Health

Seminar | September 3 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

Mahasin Mujahid, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Public Health, School of

Dr. Mahasin S. Mujahid, PhD, MS, FAHA, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UCB SPH where she is a Chancellor’s Professor, Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics MPH Program, and Co-Director of the concurrent MPH and Masters of City and Regional Planning Program. Dr. Mujahid’s research focuses on the role of neighborhood environments in cardiovascular health.

### Dynamic Programming with Sparse Codes: Investigating a New Computational Role for Sparse Representations of Natural Image Sequences

Seminar | September 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Peter Loxley, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

Dynamic programming (DP) is a general algorithmic approach used in optimal control and Markov decision processes that balances desire for low present costs with undesirability of high future costs when choosing a sequence of controls to apply over time. Recent interest in this field has grown since Google Deepmind’s algorithms have beaten humans and world-champion programs in Atari games, and...   More >

### Student Faculty Macro Lunch -

Presentation | September 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, UCB

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.
** MUST RSVP**

by August 30.

### Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Introduction to flag varieties

Seminar | September 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

Department of Mathematics

This will be the first meeting of an ongoing learning seminar (Tuesdays 12:30-2pm in 732 Evans) devoted to flag varieties "from the beginning". We will discuss many perspectives – coming from representation theory, algebraic geometry, topology, combinatorics,... – with an ongoing focus on relative positions of pairs of flags and more complicated configurations.   More >

### BPM 104 Communicating Goals, Objectives and Key Results

Workshop | September 3 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content identifies how departmental goals and individual performance objectives and key results fit into the UC Berkeley performance management cycle and performance evaluation process.

### Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Preferences for the Resolution of Uncertainty and the Timing of Information

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

Kirby Nielsen, Stanford University / California Institute of Technology

Department of Economics

We present results from a laboratory experiment designed to identify preferences over the resolution of uncertainty and timing of non-instrumental information acquisition in a rich choice set. Treatments vary whether the outcome previously has been determined, as in an information...   More >

### Exciting X-rays: Attosecond pulses monitor and control carrier and spin dynamics in solid matter

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

Michael Zuerch, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

College of Chemistry

Novel materials with by-design properties that can be grown down to the two-dimensional limit are considered important candidates for addressing computation and energy challenges of the twenty-first century. For instance, band gaps by design and enhanced transport properties give prospects for highly efficient solar energy conversion and low-loss optoelectronics and memories. The complexity of...   More >

### Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance: The Effects of Joining Multinational Supply Chains: New Evidence from Firm-to-Firm Linkages

Seminar | September 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Isabela Manelici, UC Berkeley

Department of Economics

This paper investigates the effects of becoming a supplier to multinational corporations (MNCs) using administrative data tracking all firm-to-firm transactions in Costa Rica. Event-study estimates reveal that after starting to supply to MNCs, domestic firms experience strong and persistent improvements in performance, including the expansion of their workforce by 26% and gains in standard...   More >

## Wednesday, September 4, 2019

### ITIN Drop-Off Event

Workshop | September 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Home Room

Avoid a trip across campus. Attend this event to complete the ITIN application process with Berkeley International Office (BIO) and the Central Payroll Office. This event is for F-1 students who are not eligible for a Social Security Number and are receiving cash-in-hand awards from UC Berkeley.

### Combinatorics reading seminar: Longest Increasing Subsequences and Oscillating Tableaux

Seminar | September 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Jeremy, Meza

Department of Mathematics

We will start with a quick primer on the RSK correspondence and Berele insertion. This will lead us into longest increasing subsequences of permutations and analogous statistics on oscillating tableaux. We will discuss computational methods, explicit formulas, and if time permits, asymptotics. This is meant to be an introductory talk to set ourselves up for future topics.

### Of Rodents And Primates: Comparative Decision Making

Seminar | September 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Pam Reinagel, UC San Diego

In rapid sensory decision-making, the time taken to choose and the accuracy of the choice are related in three distinct ways. First, it takes more time to assess noisy signals, so decisions about weak sensory stimuli are slower, as well as less accurate. Second, for any given stimulus strength, adopting an overall policy of higher stringency will make decisions slower, but more accurate. Third,...   More >

### Life course and emotional health of centenarians in Spain: findings from the Sevilla and Salamanca Centenarian Studies: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

Juan Manuel García González, Professor, Sociology, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville

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.

### MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Speaker TBA: Title TBA

Seminar | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

TBA

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 >

### Building non-invasive, quantitative, and integrative physiological imaging for molecular medicine: Bioengineering Department Seminar

Seminar | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Moriel Vandsburger, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

Bioengineering (BioE)

My primary research interest is in using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a platform technology for non-invasive and multiplexed molecular imaging in heart and kidney failure.

### BUCHANAN ENDOWED LECTURE: "Discovery and Engineering of Plant Chemistry for Plant and Human Health"

Seminar | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Elizabeth Sattely, Stanford University

Elizabeth Sattely is an Associate Professor and HHMI Investigator in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford and a Stanford ChEM-H Faculty Fellow. She also serves as an Honorary Adjunct Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science. Dr. Sattely completed her graduate training at Boston College in organic chemistry and her postdoctoral studies in biochemistry at Harvard Medical...   More >

### Labor Lunch Seminar: "What Were the Odds? Estimating the Market's Probability of Uncertain Events"

Seminar | September 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Center for Labor Economics

### Teaching Your Own Class as an Undergraduate: the A to Z of Proposing a DeCal

Workshop | September 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 201A César E. Chávez Student Center

Student Learning Center

Interested in leading your own class and adding to Cal’s curriculum? This informational workshop covers the process of proposing your own DeCal, from identifying a faculty sponsor to getting your course approved. "RSVP at bit.ly/regis-igs."

### Model Theory Seminar: n-dependent Groups and Fields

Seminar | September 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Department of Mathematics

1-dependent theories better known as NIP theories are the first class of the hierarchy of n-dependent structures. The random n-hypergraph is the canonical object which is n-dependent but not (n-1)-dependent. Thus the hierarchy is strict. But one might ask if there are any algebraic objects (groups, rings, fields) which are strictly n-dependent for every n? We will start by introducing the...   More >

### Write like a Golden Bear: Strategies for Academic Writing Success

Workshop | September 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 201A César E. Chávez Student Center

Student Learning Center

In this 1-hour workshop, you will learn about the expectations for writing at a top-tier research university and acquire the seven golden strategies to thriving as an academic writer at Cal. Whether you are a first semester student or graduating senior, you will gain the insight and know-how to take your writing to the next level.

### Infants learn from meaningful structure in their communicative environments

Colloquium | September 4 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

Casey Lew-Williams, Princeton University

Department of Psychology

During natural communication, caregivers pitch statistics at infants, and infants figure out what to pay attention to across milliseconds and months. In doing so, they make progress in detecting and then running with meaningful, naturally variable structure in their environments. I will present recent studies examining how caregivers package language to infants, how infants process patterns in...   More >

### How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | September 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

### Functional inequalities of the Infinite swapping algorithm: theory and applications

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

Wenpin Tang, Berkeley IEOR

Department of Statistics

Sampling Gibbs measures at low temperature is a very important task but computationally very challenging. Numeric evidence suggest that the infinite-swapping algorithm (isa) is a promising method. The isa can be seen as an improvement of replica methods which are very popular. We rigorously analyze the ergodic properties of the isa in the low temperature regime deducing Eyring-Kramers formulas...   More >

### Number Theory Learning Seminar: Introduction to arithmetic statistics of function fields via Hurwitz spaces

Seminar | September 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Melanie Matchett Wood, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We will introduce the topic for this semester long learning seminar, including covering global fields, basic questions of arithmetic statistics (field counting, class group counting), the geometric side of function fields, moduli spaces, and organization of the seminar.

### Statistics over algorithms as a model of human learning: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | September 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Department of Statistics

Human learning differs qualitatively from state of the art machine learning both in scale and power. People are able to discover much richer latent structures in data than are typically captured in statistical models. In particular, people seem able to discover algorithmically sophisticated representations, often real computational processes like computer programs. This ability can be seen in...   More >

### Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Combining DNA Synthesis, Multiplexed Reporters, and Genome Engineering to better Understand Human Gene Regulation and Protein Function

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

Sriram Kosuri, Assistant Professor, UCLA

Center for Computational Biology

Sri Kosuri is an alumnus of UC Berkeley (BS, Bioengineering '01; Go Bears) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA, with appointments in the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biology, UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics, Molecular Biology Institute, Broad Stem Cell Center, and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Kosuri...   More >

### EECS Colloquium: How We Will Connect To Our Networked Future in a Post-IoT World

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

Joe Paradiso, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

We have already witnessed profound and often unanticipated developments as IoT is built out and the world is mediated via a mainly graphic wireless device held at arms length. But what will happen once the world is precognitively interpreted by what we term ‘sensory prosthetics’ that change what and how humans physically perceive, a world where your own intelligence is split ever more seamlessly...   More >

### ERG Colloquium: Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos: The critique of growth and environmental justice movements in the Global South: Is it really a natural alliance?

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

Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos, Energy and Resources Group

Energy and Resources Group

Activists and environmental defenders in the Global South promote transformations against dispossession in a variety of fields, from food to energy production. Ecological economic scholars argued in favour of an obvious alliance between environmental justice movements in the South and criticism of economic growth. Yet, collaborative research unveiled activists’ concerns about the plausibility of...   More >

### CBE Colloquium

Colloquium | September 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

College of Chemistry

Town Hall Meeting and OGSI Awards

### Topology Seminar: Lattice point counting and saddle connections

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

Claire Burrin, Rutgers University

Department of Mathematics

Various questions concerning translation surfaces depend on counting saddle connections. For a certain class of translation surfaces, this reduces to the more general, yet more tractable problem of counting points in discrete orbits for the linear action of a lattice of SL(2,R) on the Euclidean plane. This can be done effectively, using either methods from ergodic theory or from number theory. We...   More >

### Central American Migrations and the U.S. Border

Panel Discussion | September 4 | 5-6:45 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

Professor Denise Dresser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Rosemary Joyce, Professor, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Karen Musalo, Professor, Gender & Refugee Studies, UC Hastings

Elizabeth Oglesby, Professor, Geography, University of Arizona, Tucson

Paula Worby, Ph.D, Public Health Researcher, Hesperian Health Guides

### Native California Cuisine in Archaeology and Contemporary Culture: An exploration of the local Native cuisine of the San Francisco Bay Area

Panel Discussion | September 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Rob Cuthrell, Independent Researcher and Director of Archaeological Resource Management, Amah Mutsun Land Trust; Vincent Medina, Cafe Ohlone by mak-'amham

Join us in exploring the local Native cuisine and flavors of the Bay Area through a discussion and tasting of some of the many foods that Native people of the San Francisco Bay Area have eaten for thousands of years.

### Quantitative Street Smarts: Excelling in Your First Math or Stat Course at Cal

Workshop | September 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Atrium

Student Learning Center

This workshop will make explicit the hidden expectations of the mathematics and statistics courses at UC Berkeley, and how the SLC can partner in student success.