<< January 2020 >>

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Surrealist Self-Portrait Workshop

Workshop | January 5 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Let go of rational control of your self-image and work with artist Johnny Galvan to create an artwork guided by surrealist methods in this workshop in conjunction with the exhibition Strange. Have your photo taken, then use surrealist drawing techniques to make a self-portrait, and see how these two images can be juxtaposed and layered using the Risograph printer.

Johnny Galvan is an artist...   More >

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Microsoft Excel VBA Function Programming

Workshop | January 7 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This course details the process by which custom, user-defined functions are created using the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming language. Once defined, VBA functions may be used in Microsoft Excel to produce custom calculated outcomes that extend beyond the capabilities of the standard Excel function library. Learning Objectives * Understand the VBA Project hierarchy and...   More >

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

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

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Urban Displacement Project Symposium: Predicting neighborhood change using big data and machine learning: Implications for theory, methods, and practice

Conference/Symposium | January 9 – 10, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Doe Library, 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This symposium will convene an international group of urban researchers with deep interests in data science and neighborhood change. Despite decades of research on neighborhood change, there has been little corresponding methodological development: studies still tend to either rely primarily on ...   More >

BioE Seminar: Bioengineered Immune Cell Signalling; Talking to T cells

Seminar | January 9 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Derfogail Delcassian, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT; Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies, University of Nottingham

 Bioengineering (BioE)

T cells are a central component of the immune system, and can display activated and/or suppressive phenotypes. Controlling T cell behaviour, and balancing these phenotypes, is key to controlling immune responses in a wide range of diseases; including cancer, wound healing, and organ rejection. In this talk, we show the development of bioengineered interfaces that can be used to communicate with T...   More >

Spring 2020 Special Seminar: Bioengineered Immune Cell Signalling; Talking to T cells

Seminar | January 9 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Derfogail Delcassian, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT; Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies, University of Nottingham

 Bioengineering (BioE)

T cells are a central component of the immune system, and can display activated and/or suppressive phenotypes. Controlling T cell behaviour, and balancing these phenotypes, is key to controlling immune responses in a wide range of diseases; including cancer, wound healing, and organ rejection. In this talk, we show the development of bioengineered interfaces that can be used to communicate with T...   More >

Friday, January 10, 2020

Application Deadline for the Product Development Program

Deadline | January 10 |  Online

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Applications for PDP21 (August 2020 to May 2021) will close on Friday, January 10th, 2020. Graduates of the Product Development Program almost exclusively choose to enter industry to embark on a professional or managerial career related to bringing new products and technologies into commercial reality. If you're interested in learning more, please see the attached brochure or register for our...   More >

Andean Studies Conference, Day 1: Institute for Andean Studies

Conference/Symposium | January 10 | 8:30 a.m.-5:40 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 John Rick, President, Institute for Andean Studies

 Institute of Andean Studies

The Institute of Andean Studies was the vision of John H. Rowe (1918–2004), who founded it in 1960.

$40 Early registration, $10 Student early registration, $60 Registration after Jan 1 and at the door, $20 Student registration after Jan 1 and at the door

  Register online or by calling 5106847930, or by emailing instituteofandeanstudies@gmail.com

Urban Displacement Project Symposium: Predicting neighborhood change using big data and machine learning: Implications for theory, methods, and practice

Conference/Symposium | January 9 – 10, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Doe Library, 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This symposium will convene an international group of urban researchers with deep interests in data science and neighborhood change. Despite decades of research on neighborhood change, there has been little corresponding methodological development: studies still tend to either rely primarily on ...   More >

Pine Tree: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault

Workshop | January 10 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join artist, Karen LeGault, for a brush painting workshop celebrating seasonal plants in the Garden. Each month will focus on a different subject: grape vines, sunflowers, persimmon, and the pine tree.

$75, $65 members

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Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | January 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong. We will practice standing meditation, walking meditation, the Microcosmic Orbit, Tai Chi Ruler, the Eight Treasures, cleansing the internal organs, embodying the elements, tai chi...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Andean Studies Conference, Day 2: Institute for Andean Studies

Conference/Symposium | January 11 | 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 John Rick, President, Institute for Andean Studies

 Institute of Andean Studies

The Institute of Andean Studies was the vision of John H. Rowe (1918–2004), who founded it in 1960.

$40 Early registration, $10 Student early registration, $60 Registration after Jan 1 and at the door, $20 Student registration after Jan 1 and at the door

  Register online or or by emailing instituteofandeanstudies@gmail.com

Gallery + Studio: Great Cosmic Eyes

Workshop | January 11 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Experience the magical realism of Sylvia Fein’s glowing egg tempera paintings, then work with artist Mary Curtis Ratcliff to learn a paint-resist technique—using waxed colors and tempera—for revealing mysterious eyes in unexpected places!

About Gallery + Studio
On the second Saturday of each month, Gallery + Studio connects art viewing with art making in ways that engage both young people and...   More >

Gallery + Studio: Great Cosmic Eyes

Workshop | January 11 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Experience the magical realism of Sylvia Fein’s glowing egg tempera paintings, then work with artist Mary Curtis Ratcliff to learn a paint-resist technique—using waxed colors and tempera—for revealing mysterious eyes in unexpected places!

About Gallery + Studio
On the second Saturday of each month, Gallery + Studio connects art viewing with art making in ways that engage both young people and...   More >

Monday, January 13, 2020

Special IB Seminar

Seminar | January 13 | 1-2 p.m. | 4110 Valley Life Sciences Building

 John Bailey, Hopland Research and Extension Center, UC

 Department of Integrative Biology

The UC Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is a 5,358 acre facility located roughly two hours north of the UC Berkeley campus, open to use by all UC faculty and dedicated to providing a location for research work and educational offerings. The extensive landscape offers tremendous biodiversity in a variety of microclimates and elevations. Archaeological sites, perennial waterbodies, and...   More >

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Labor Lunch Seminar: NO MEETING

Seminar | January 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

RAPDP - Intermediate - Non-Federal Cost Policy and Compliance

Workshop | January 15 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that builds upon Federal Cost Policy and Compliance by using case studies to explore the types of terms and conditions often found in non-Federal sponsored agreements. Learning Objectives: • Recognize the obligation to spend and report in accordance with the agreement • Identify the RA’s responsibilities regarding financial compliance (from cradle to grave) •...   More >

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Applied Math Seminar: Prediction of random and chaotic dynamics in nonlinear optics

Seminar | January 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Amir Sagiv, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

The prediction of interactions between nonlinear laser beams is a longstanding open problem. A traditional assumption is that these interactions are deterministic. We have shown, however, that in the nonlinear Schrodinger equation (NLS) model of laser propagation, beams lose their initial phase information in the presence of input noise. Thus, the interactions between beams become unpredictable...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >

Thursday, January 16, 2020

“Quantum sensor” assisted magnetic resonance

Seminar | January 16 | 10-11 a.m. | 100 Lewis Hall

 Dr. Ashok Ajoy

 College of Chemistry

Spring 2020 Special Seminar: Programming Biomaterials with Microscale and Synthetic Biology Engineering

Seminar | January 16 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Angelo Mao, Wyss Technology Fellow and postdoctoral associate at the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Tunable biomaterials underlie numerous approaches for therapy, diagnostics, and basic biological research. Developing methods to shape materials with appropriate properties is needed for successful deployment of material-based strategies. In this seminar, I will highlight concepts for engineering material properties that leverage microfluidic technologies and synthetic biology, respectively. I...   More >

Why is that there? Feature tuning across the visual cortex

Seminar | January 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1203

 Talia Konkle, Harvard University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

What drives the functional organization of the visual system? All proposals balance the causal roles of two pressures: innately specified cortical patterning mechanisms, establishing large-scale network architecture, and self-organizing mechanisms driven by the statistics of natural experience, effecting local organization. In part 1, I will characterize the functional organization of...   More >

Friday, January 17, 2020

BPM 101 Principles of People Management

Workshop | January 17 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content explains the roles and expectations of people managers at UC Berkeley and the relationship of these roles to the larger organization.

Extracting hidden information from your fluorescence microscope

Seminar | January 17 | 10-11 a.m. | 100 Lewis Hall

 Dr. Mikael Backlund

 College of Chemistry

Saturday, January 18, 2020

School of Social Welfare’s 14th Annual Social Justice Symposium: Cultivating Community Power and Resistance

Conference/Symposium | January 18 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

 1781 Rose Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

 Various social justice organizations, Downtown Streets Team, Berkeley

 Social Welfare, School of

Each year, students in the School of Social Welfare organize this community-oriented event to encourage knowledge-sharing through workshops, activities, and a keynote speaker, all focused on social justice.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Workshop: Returning to Proximity

Workshop | January 19 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this performance and workshop inspired by their book Approximations - +, artists Carolina Magis Weinberg and Raphael Villet bring their reflections about distance and approximation into space, exploring what proximity to the “center”—both collectively and individually defined—can look and feel like.

Oakland-based artist and publisher Raphael Villet is an interdisciplinary artist exploring...   More >

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Spring 2020 Special Seminar: Engineering Genetic Circuits and Cell Fates: from Totipotency to Pluripotency to the Placenta

Seminar | January 21 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Jian Shu, Eric Lander Laboratory/Rudolf Jaenisch Laboratory Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Reconstructing the circuits that control how cells detect environmental triggers and adopt specific fates and engineering these circuits to reprogram cellular functions are major challenges in biology. I will focus on two interconnected fundamental questions: 1) how to engineer cell fates and 2) how to measure the dynamic and complex biological ecosystems and understand the principles of...   More >

Expanding the Chemical Toolbox for Acoustic-based Imaging

Seminar | January 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jefferson Chan, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Many disease states are characterized by molecular level changes that occur before detectable symptoms have begun to manifest. In order to maximize treatment outcomes it is essential to accurately detect such alterations at an early stage. Chemical probes designed to selectively image such molecular processes have the potential to not only aid in disease diagnosis but can also provide unique...   More >

Impeachment:: From the Founders to the Present

Panel Discussion | January 21 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 105 The Law Building

 Public Law & Policy Program at Berkeley Law

Panel on the impeachment process, at Berkeley Law.

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: No Meeting Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: On the Cauchy problem for degenerate dispersive equations

Seminar | January 21 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sung-Jin Oh, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In plasma physics or fluid dynamics, one sometimes encounters a degenerate dispersive equation, i.e., a nonlinear dispersive equation whose dispersion relation is degenerate (i.e., vanishes at some points). A satisfactory understanding of the Cauchy problem for such equations is still missing, largely due to the appearance of challenging (and interesting!) phenomena from degenerate dispersion,...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Enumerating pencils with moving ramification on curves

Seminar | January 21 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Carl Lian, Columbia university

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the general problem of enumerating branched covers of the projective line from a fixed general curve subject to ramification conditions at possibly moving points. Our main computations are in genus 1; the theory of limit linear series allows one to reduce to this case. We first obtain a simple formula for a weighted count of pencils on a fixed elliptic curve E, where base-points are...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 21 | 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 strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Thematic Seminar: Diffeomorphisms of disks

Seminar | January 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexander Kupers, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

Disks are among the simplest manifolds but their groups of diffeomorphisms can be very complicated. I will describe the geometric techniques that were used to understand these groups in low dimensions, their relationship to stable homotopy theory and number theory in high dimensions, and recent breakthroughs in understanding their rational homotopy type. This talk will be aimed at a broad...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Singularities of generic projection hypersurfaces

Seminar | January 21 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Takumi Murayama, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Classically, it is known that every algebraic variety over an algebraically closed field is birational to a hypersurface in some projective space. Using generic linear projections, one can show that this hypersurface can be taken to have at worst nodal singularities in dimension one, or at worst ordinary singularities in dimension two. We present generalizations of these results to arbitrary...   More >

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

RAPDP - Specialty - Cost Share

Workshop | January 22 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A specialty workshop that details the processes for proposing, setting up, tracking, and reporting on cost share commitments to a sponsored project. Learning Objectives: • Define what cost sharing is and identify applicable policies • Describe the PI and RA roles in securing, monitoring and reporting on cost share commitments • Identify the risks of non-compliance to the campus,...   More >

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Early vision in artificial neural networks

Seminar | January 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Chris Olah, Open AI

 Berkeley Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

Artificial neural networks are capable of sophisticated vision tasks, including recognizing complex object families and captioning images. But very little is known about how they accomplish this. What happens if we take such a neural network seriously as a kind of "model organism?" In this talk, we give a neuron by neuron account of low-level visual features in InceptionV1, and demonstrate that...   More >

Science by analogy: PWAS or Persome Wide Association Studies of behavior

Colloquium | January 22 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 William Revelle, Professor, Northwestern University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

I will discuss three interrelated threads: 1) the power of open science and public domain data and software; 2) Synthetic Aperture Personality Assessment (or SAPA) which is an analogy to data collection methods used in radio astronomy applied to collecting personality data in psychology; and 3) Persome Wide Association Studies in personality (PWAS) which is an analogy of procedures developed for...   More >

BPM 201 Employee Engagement

Workshop | January 22 | 1-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers an overview of employee engagement, new employee onboarding, the use of ongoing assessments of engagement, creation of an engagement action plan, and communicating the engagement strategy.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 22 | 2-3 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 strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Cell types, and the specificity of synaptic connectivity and signaling between them, in primary visual cortex

Seminar | January 22 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

 Dr. Gabe Murphy, Allen Institute

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Neurons are frequently classified into distinct groups, or ‘cell types’, on the basis of structural, physiological, or genetic attributes. Constraining the definition and diversity of neuronal cell types likely requires a different, more integrated approach - e..g, assaying the cellular and network attributes of individual neurons and determining the degree to which those attributes co-vary...   More >

Uncovering the molecular and cellular basis of neurodevelopmental disorders

Seminar | January 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Helen Bateup, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

ERG Colloquium: Fan Dai: California-China Climate Partnership: the past, present and future

Colloquium | January 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Fan Dai, California-China Climate Institute

 Energy and Resources Group

California and China have a long-standing history of climate and environment partnership through the dozen MOUs between the governments, as well as policy exchange and joint research initiatives, ranging from air-quality, carbon market, energy efficiency, renewable energy innovation to long-term climate goal setting. What motivates and what has worked in such bilateral collaboration? What can the...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Fan Dai: California-China Climate Partnership: the past, present and future

Colloquium | January 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Fan Dai, California-China Climate Institute

 Energy and Resources Group

California and China have a long-standing history of climate and environment partnership through the dozen MOUs between the governments, as well as policy exchange and joint research initiatives, ranging from air-quality, carbon market, energy efficiency, renewable energy innovation to long-term climate goal setting. What motivates and what has worked in such bilateral collaboration? What can the...   More >

Optimal adaptive design of experiments for stochastic dynamic systems: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | January 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Giles Hooker, Cornell University

 Department of Statistics

This talk examines the design of stochastic experimental systems so as to best able to estimate parameters of the underlying dynamics. In systems ranging from ecology, neurobiology and economics, models of system dynamics can be paired with laboratory experiments to estimate parameters and gain insight into their underlying dynamics. When this is done, several experimental parameters can be...   More >

A Chemical Engineering's Approach to Systems Biology-Microfluidics, Automation and Big Data

Colloquium | January 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Hang Lu, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

My lab is interested in engineering micro systems and automation tools. Our recent effort also includes image informatics and statistical machine learning techniques; this greatly enhances our ability to address questions in developmental and behavioral neurogenetics, and aging in C. elegans, which have implications in human developmental, psychiatric, and age-related neural disorders.

Job Market Seminar: "Mergers and Acquisitions, Local Labor Market Concentration, and Worker Outcomes"

Seminar | January 22 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 155 Donner Lab | Note change in location

 David Arnold, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s):Labor Economics, Industrial Organization and Applied Econometrics

Thematic Seminar: Coordinate Descent Methods for Full Configuration Interactions

Seminar | January 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yingzhou Li, Duke

 Department of Mathematics

The edge eigenvalue problems arise in many applications. When the dimension of the matrix is extremely large, such as in quantum many-body problems, conventional algorithms become impractical. We reformulate the problem as a non-convex optimization problem and propose a family of coordinate descent methods to address it. Based on our convergence analysis of these proposed methods, we tailored one...   More >

Undergraduate Data Science Education at Scale

Presentation | January 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor, Barrows Hall

 D-Lab

Join this kick-off event for a NSF-funded project to evaluate and expand Berkeley's data science curriculum. Faculty, students, and staff are invited to share their experiences with data science education and give suggestions on the components of a successful and inclusive education program.

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >

Thursday, January 23, 2020

BPM 202 Communicating with Impact

Workshop | January 23 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers fundamental tools and techniques to communicate effectively with your team, colleagues, manager, and others across the organization.

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Modes, quasi-modes and the perturbed harmonic oscillator

Seminar | January 23 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fabricio Macià, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

 Department of Mathematics

I will present some recent result on concentration properties on phase-space for eigenstates of small perturbations of Quantum Completely Integrable Schrödinger equations, with particular emphasis on the semiclassical Quantum Harmonic Oscillator. The effect of the perturbation turns out to depend on the arithmetic properties of the frequencies of the oscillator. We will illustrate this type of...   More >

FULL: Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters

Workshop | January 23 – 24, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy.
More details and registration link coming soon!

Member Adult $175, Adult $190

Anemone coronaria watercolor on vellum by Catherine Watters

Spring 2020 Special Seminar: Engineering precision biomaterials for personalized medicine

Seminar | January 23 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Brian Aguado, NIH & BWF Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Colorado - Boulder

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The future Aguado Research Group will develop “precision biomaterials” that enable the evaluation of a patient’s unique biology to diagnose and treat a variety of health disorders as a function of sex, age, and/or ancestry. Precision medicine is a movement in clinical practice that seeks to develop therapies tailored for specific patients or subsets of patients. As mounting evidence suggests that...   More >

Syntactic generalization in natural language inference

Seminar | January 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Tal Linzen, Johns Hopkins University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Neural network models for natural language processing often perform very well on examples that are drawn from the same distribution as the training set. Do they accomplish such success by learning to solve the task as a human might solve it, or do they adopt heuristics that happen to work well on the data set in question, but do not reflect the normative definition of the task (how one "should"...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Competition Under Social Interactions and the Design of Education Policies"

Seminar | January 23 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Claudia Allende Santa Cruz, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Industrial Organization, Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Development Economics

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 325 Cheit Hall

 Na'ama Shenhav, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth

 Haas School of Business

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

UC Berkeley Staff Career Development Workshop: Planning for Your Next Career Move (BECAR250)

Workshop | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | University Hall, Room 198

 Human Resources

Being ready for your next career move means preparing early. In this workshop, you’ll begin to frame a goal and a plan to build and sustain momentum. You will also learn about many campus resources to support your career success. Note: This workshop is open to all UC Berkeley staff. Use the link below to register through the Learning Management System (LMS).

  Register online by January 22.

Planning for Your Next Career Move

Workshop | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

You have goals for your job, but how about your career? Being ready for your next career move means preparing early. In this workshop, you’ll begin to frame a goal and a plan to build and sustain momentum. You will also learn about many campus resources to support your career success.

  Register online

IB Seminar: The Social Brain: Physiological mechanisms underlying peer relationships

Seminar | January 23 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Annaliese Beery, Smith College/UMass Amherst

 Department of Integrative Biology

The USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Litigation

Panel Discussion | January 23 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 110 The Law Building

 Civil Justice Research Initiative

Annika K. Martin of Lieff Cabraser will discuss the class action lawsuit brought on behalf of women who were sexually abused, harassed, and molested while they were students at University of Southern California.

SLC Language Exchange Program: Become a Polyglot

Workshop | January 23 | 2-3 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Are you looking to enhance your language skills? Do you want to expand your community at Cal and around the world? The SLC Language Exchange Program introduces you to the linguistic and cultural diversity at Cal. Come learn how you can become a polyglot and discover how we connect hundreds of language enthusiasts all over the world. RSVP at bit.ly/lepinfo-sp20.

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2020: Dr. Iryna Dronova (of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning): More than just a tool: exploring biodiversity and ecosystem function through remotely sensed phenology

Seminar | January 23 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Iryna Dronova

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

Dr. Iryna Dronova, Asst. Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley will present: "More than just a tool: exploring biodiversity & ecosystem function through remotely sensed phenology".

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | January 23 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Canceled

 Ona Bloom, Feinstein Institute

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Mathematics Department Colloquium, co-sponosred by MSRI: How CRISPR genome editing technology is changing the future of humanity

Seminar | January 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Jennifer A. Doudna, Innovative Genomics Institute @ University of California, Berkeley & UCSF; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 Department of Mathematics

Fundamental research to understand how bacteria fight viral infections uncovered the function of CRISPR-Cas programmable proteins that detect and cut specific DNA sequences. I will discuss how CRISPR-Cas proteins have been harnessed as a powerful technology for precision editing of genes in cells and organisms. The ability to alter the genetic information in any cell has opened up profound...   More >

Friday, January 24, 2020

COEH Builds Bridges: Warehouses, Wildfires, and Workplace Injuries

Conference/Symposium | January 24 – 25, 2020 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Betty Irene Moore Hall, Room 1800

 2570 48th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Please join COEH UC Berkeley and UC Davis for the 2020 COEH Builds Bridges Symposium: Warehouses, Wildfires, and Workplace Injuries.

COEH Builds Bridges was launched in 2017, and rotating biannually between Berkeley and Sacramento. This event is a merger of the 42nd Annual UC Berkeley Lela Morris Symposium, and 38th Annual UC Davis Occupational & Environmental Medicine Symposium.

FULL: Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters

Workshop | January 23 – 24, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy.
More details and registration link coming soon!

Member Adult $175, Adult $190

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

Workshop | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 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 >

Special probability seminar

Seminar | January 24 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Allan Sly, Princeton University

 Department of Statistics

Replica Symmetry Breaking for Random Regular NAESAT

Ideas from physics have predicted a number of important properties of random constraint satisfaction problems such as the satisfiability threshold and the free energy (the exponential growth rate of the number of solutions). Another prediction is the condensation regime where most of the solutions are contained in a small number of clusters...   More >

SLC Language Exchange Program: Become a Polyglot

Workshop | January 24 | 1-2 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Are you looking to enhance your language skills? Do you want to expand your community at Cal and around the world? The SLC Language Exchange Program introduces you to the linguistic and cultural diversity at Cal. Come learn how you can become a polyglot and discover how we connect hundreds of language enthusiasts all over the world. RSVP at bit.ly/lepinfo-sp20.

Atomic Engineering of Two-Dimensional Materials Using Electron Irradiation: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall | Note change in date and location

 Dr. Cong Su, KavliENSI Heising-Simons Fellow

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Controlling the exact atomic structure is an ultimate form of materials engineering. Atomic manipulation and atom-by-atom assembly can create functional structures that are hard to synthesize chemically. Defects at the one- or few-atom-scale have intriguing properties that can be applied to fields like quantum engineering (e.g. nitrogen vacancy center, single photon emitter, etc. ), and...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Multiclass and Multiline Processes

Seminar | January 24 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

For some planar stochastic growth models such as Hammersely-Aldous-Diaconis and Exclusion Processes, multiline and multiclass processes are studied to explore the monotonicity of the underlying growth mechanism. In this talk I compare these two processes, and give an overview of some recent results about them.

MENA Salon: The Assassination of Qassem Suleimani

Workshop | January 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On 3 January, Major General Qassem Suleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps Guard was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike upon his arrival at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. The next day, President Trump ordered the deployment of 3,500 U.S. troops to the...   More >

Write like a Golden Bear: Strategies for Academic Writing Success

Workshop | January 24 | 3-4 p.m. | TBA 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.

Perhaps We Have Framed the Research Data Management Challenge Incorrectly?

Seminar | January 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Over the past year Iâve been doing a good deal of thinking about the broad way weâve framed the work of research data management and preservation, and the roles of various parties (researchers, data curators, repositories, etc.) in this effort. The dominant model to date has been one of describing datasets, archiving them into repositories, and assuming that they will be discovered and reused...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Consumption with Imperfect Perception of Wealth"

Seminar | January 24 | 3:10-4:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Chen Lian, MIT Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Macroeconomics, Behavioral Economics, Finance

Poor Man’s High Performance Semiconductors: The Incredible Perovskites

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Departments of Chemistry & Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

How did the recent revolution in the science of halide perovskites begin? The chemical versatility and structure diversity in the class of hybrid organic inorganic main metal halides is astounding. The interplay of weak covalent and ionic bonding in the inorganic framework allows the formation of an amazingly broad variety of structures most of which can be divided into two larger classes:...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Applications and limitations of the slice rank polynomial method

Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Lisa Sauermann, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

In 2016, Tao introduced the slice rank polynomial method as a reformulation of a technique that first appeared in work of Croot, Lev and Pach, and was the basis of a breakthrough of Ellenberg and Gijswijt on the upper bound for the famous cap-set problem. The cap-set problem asks about the maximum size of a subset of F_p^n not containing a three-term arithmetic progression. The slice rank...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Samantha Bennett (Australian National University)

Colloquium | January 24 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

“Backwards and Forwards: Conflations of Disorient Historical, Filmic and Musical Temporalities in Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Peek-A-Boo’”

Samantha Bennett is a sound recordist, guitarist and academic from London, UK, and Associate Professor in music at the Australian National University. Her research is focused on sound recording, music technology, the recording workplace, recordist agency...   More >

Saturday, January 25, 2020

COEH Builds Bridges: Warehouses, Wildfires, and Workplace Injuries

Conference/Symposium | January 24 – 25, 2020 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Betty Irene Moore Hall, Room 1800

 2570 48th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Please join COEH UC Berkeley and UC Davis for the 2020 COEH Builds Bridges Symposium: Warehouses, Wildfires, and Workplace Injuries.

COEH Builds Bridges was launched in 2017, and rotating biannually between Berkeley and Sacramento. This event is a merger of the 42nd Annual UC Berkeley Lela Morris Symposium, and 38th Annual UC Davis Occupational & Environmental Medicine Symposium.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Family Program: Kids and Spices

Workshop | January 26 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Awaken your senses in this wonderful exploration of spices! We will journey into the Tropical House to see some of the plants that give us our favorite spices-- such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, black pepper, nutmeg, turmeric, and more. (We'll check in on our "chocolate tree" too!)
Learn about where these plants grow, the different ways you can use them, do some taste-testing, and create...   More >

$18 Adult $18 Child, $12 Member Adult $12 Member Child (must have family membership level or above)

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Monday, January 27, 2020

Disparity and motion-in-depth processing in human visual cortex

Seminar | January 27 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Anthony Norcia, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The lateral separation of the two eyes creates slight retinal image differences that provide binocular disparity and binocular motion cues that can be used to extract information about depth in the world. To gain insight about the neural mechanisms involved in processing these cues, we use cue-isolating stimulation techniques to study the dynamics of brain responses to changing disparity cues,...   More >

SEMM Seminar: Building a More Resilient San Francisco

Seminar | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Danielle Hutchings Mieler, Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, City and County of San Francisco

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities face a myriad challenges from rising seas, aging infrastructure, increasingly extreme weather, housing shortages and chronic homelessness. As we look to the future we ask, how will these challenges be exacerbated by a large earthquake? What will San Francisco be like with 160,000 new residents? How will climate change impact vulnerable populations? San Francisco is working to address the...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Pseudospectral Shattering, the Sign Function, and Diagonalization in Nearly Matrix Multiplication Time I

Seminar | January 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a recent joint work with J. Banks, A. Kulkarni and N. Srivastava, we have shown that on a high level, any efficient numerically stable matrix-multiplication algorithm can be turned into a diagonalization algorithm with the same properties. Quantitatively, our result significantly improves the best previously known provable running times of diagonalization algorithms. In this talk, which...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Mean convex mean curvature flow with free boundary

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Zhu, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

In the class of mean convex surfaces, the mean curvature flow provides a useful geometric tool, owing its power to the regularity and structure theory established by White and with subsequent developments by Haslhofer, Kleiner and Hershkovits. In joint work with Edelen, Haslhofer and Ivaki, we generalise this theory to the free boundary setting. There are significant analytic and geometric issues...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Supersingular main conjectures, Sylvester's conjecture and Goldfeld's conjecture

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Daniel Kriz, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I formulate and prove a new Rubin-type Iwasawa main conjecture for imaginary quadratic fields in which $p$ is inert or ramified, as well as a Perrin-Riou type Heegner point main conjecture for certain supersingular CM elliptic curves. These main conjectures and their proofs are related to $p$-adic L-functions that I have previously constructed, and have applications to two classical...   More >

A Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color

Panel Discussion | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Social Welfare, School of

This presentation provides a holistic analytic framework and a strategic canvas for improving the life outcomes for males of color.

Compact accelerators and photon sources using laser-driven plasma acceleration

Colloquium | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 3105 Etcheverry Hall

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Abstract: Plasma waves can support extremely large accelerating fields, several orders of magnitude greater than conventional accelerators, and, hence, provide a compact method of generating energetic charged particle beams. Plasma waves suitable for particle acceleration may be resonantly excited using the radiation pressure from intense, high-power, ultrashort laser pulses. Laser-driven plasma...   More >

Illuminating the biochemistry of zinc and RNA in live cells

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Amy Palmer, University of Colorado Boulder

 College of Chemistry

There are over two thousand proteins encoded by the human genome that are predicted to bind zinc, where zinc binding is predicted to be essential for function. At the cellular level zinc is important for DNA synthesis, cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Given the importance of Zn2+ in cell biology and human health, it is astounding that we still don’t understand the mechanisms of...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Box condition versus Chang–Fefferman condition for weighted multi-parameter paraproducts.

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

Paraproducts are building blocks of many singular integral operators and the main instrument in proving “Leibniz rule” for fractional derivatives (Kato–Ponce). Also multi-parameter paraproducts appear naturally in questions of embedding of spaces of analytic functions in polydisc into Lebesgues spaces with respect to a measure in the polydisc. The latter problem (without loss of...   More >

Thematic Seminar: K-stability and moduli spaces of Fano varieties

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yuchen Liu, Yale

 Department of Mathematics

Fano varieties are positively curved algebraic varieties which form one of the three building blocks in the classification. Unlike the case of negatively curved varieties, moduli spaces of Fano varieties (even smooth ones) can fail to be Hausdorff. K-stability was originally invented as an algebro-geometric notion characterizing the existence of Kähler-Einstein metrics on Fano varieties....   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Selling Consumer Data for Profit: Optimal Market-Segmentation Design and its Consequences"

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kai Hao Yang, Chicago Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Political Economy, Industry Organization

Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor

Colloquium | January 27 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 John Martinis, UC Santa Barbara / Google

 Department of Physics

The promise of quantum computers is that certain computational tasks might be executed exponentially faster on a quantum processor than on a classical processor. A fundamental challenge is to build a high-fidelity processor capable of running quantum algorithms in an exponentially large computational space. Here we report the use of a processor with programmable superconducting qubits to create...   More >

ATC Lecture — Amy LaViers, "Dancing with Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems"

Colloquium | January 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Amy LaViers, Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design

Movement seems to encode information. How does this work? We know that animals, including humans, use the motion of counterparts to produce coordinated, social behaviors. But how do we resolve the discrete measures of communication and information theory with the continuous laws of motion and mechanics? Answering these questions is critical to developing expressive robotic systems that integrate...   More >

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Imported" Feminism and "Indigenous" Queerness: From Backlash to Transphobic Feminism in Transnational Japanese Context (Seminar)

Seminar | January 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

 The Program in Critical Theory

As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.” Curiously enough, “Japan” has also...   More >

William G. Dauben Lectureship: Integrated Platforms for Predictable Organic Synthesis

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jeffrey Bode, ETH Zuerich

 College of Chemistry

Synthetic chemists excel at devising spectacular new reaction pathways and powerful catalytic processes, but few of these advances have been integrated into platforms for the predictable and programable production of complex molecules. Successful examples, such as Fmoc-Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis (SPPS) and DNA synthesis, require not only highly efficient bond forming reactions but also a...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: A two-player price impact game

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Moritz Voss, UCSB

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: We study the competition of two strategic agents for liquidity in
the benchmark portfolio tracking setup of Bank, Soner, Voss (2017),
both facing common aggregated temporary and permanent price impact
à la Almgren and Chriss (2001). The resulting stochastic linear quadratic
differential game with terminal state constraints allows for an
explicitly available open-loop Nash...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: A two-player price impact game

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Moritz Voss, UCSB

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: We study the competition of two strategic agents for liquidity in the benchmark portfolio tracking setup of Bank, Soner, Voss (2017), both facing common aggregated temporary and permanent price impact à la Almgren and Chriss (2001).

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Isolating the “Tech” from EdTech: Experimental Evidence"

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Rob Fairlie, UCSC

 Center for Labor Economics

Microsoft Excel Linking and Referencing Calculations

Workshop | January 28 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This course details the process of establishing links between data sources using manual and automated methods. Emphasis is placed on supplemental referencing syntax to establish and manage calculation links. Learning Objectives * Leverage Structured Reference syntax for Table objects. * Utilize Relative and Absolute referencing syntax to effectively replicate calculations. * Link cell values at...   More >

  Register online

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: No Meeting Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: P-adic Gaussians and their tropicalization

Seminar | January 28 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yassine El Mazzouz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We study multivariate Gaussian distributions on local fields such as the field of p-adic numbers. We introduce the Bruhat-Tits building as a parameter space for Gaussian distributions and study some classic statistical problems in this setting. Finally we study geometric and probabilistic structures of the tropicalization of such distributions.

Spin-selective Energy Transfer from Quantum Dots to Molecules: An Application in Stereoselective Organic Synthesis

Seminar | January 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Emily Weiss, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Tetrasubstituted cyclobutyl structures are precursors to, or core components of, many important bioactive molecules, including prospective drugs. Light-driven [2+2] cycloaddition is the most direct strategy for construction of these structures. [2+2] photocycloadditions that proceed through the triplet excited state can be triggered with visible light through excitation of a triplet sensitizer...   More >

Thematic Seminar: The ubiquity of Fourier restriction

Seminar | January 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ruixiang Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

In Fourier analysis, there is a class of questions known as Fourier restriction type problems. A lot of people have tried to answer this kind of questions, partly because they naturally show up in the study of many problems in PDE, spectral theory, number theory, geometric measure theory and combinatorics. I will talk about three examples of Fourier restriction type problems I recently worked on...   More >

Development through Action: A Panel Discussion with 3 Social Activists from South Asia

Panel Discussion | January 28 | 5-7 p.m. | 100 Blum Hall

 Ayesha Chundrigar, Founder, ACF Animal Rescue; Karishma Ali, Founder, Chitral Women's Sports Club; Bharti Singh Chauhan, Founder, PraveenLata Sansthan

 Clare Talwalker, Lecturer: International & Area Studies Teaching Program; Global Poverty and Practice Minor

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Facebook, Zareen's, Folio3, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Center for Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Race and Gender, Master of Development Practice

A panel discussion with three development activists from India and Pakistan.

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Symmetry adapted Gram spectrahedron

Seminar | January 28 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Sum of squares (SOS) relaxations are often used to certify nonnegativity of polynomials and are equivalent to solving a semidefinite program (SDP). The feasible region of the SDP for a given polynomial is called the Gram spectrahedron. For symmetric polynomials, there are reductions to the problem size that can be done using tools from representation theory. In joint work with Alex Heaton from...   More >

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Symmetry adapted Gram spectrahedra

Seminar | January 28 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Sum of squares (SOS) relaxations are often used to certify nonnegativity of polynomials and are equivalent to solving a semidefinite program (SDP). The feasible region of the SDP for a given polynomial is the Gram spectrahedron. For symmetric polynomials, there are reductions to the problem size that can be done using tools from representation theory. In joint work with Alex Heaton, we used this...   More >