<< Week of March 07 >>

Sunday, March 5, 2017

California Transportation Planning Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Walnut Creek Marriott

 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA

 Technology Transfer Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact...   More >

 This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

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New Topological States of Matter: Platform for Emergent Dirac, Majorana and Weyl Fermions

Colloquium | March 6 | 1 LeConte Hall

 Zahid Hasan, Princeton & LBL

 Department of Physics

Simons Institute Workshop: Proving and Using Pseudorandomness, 3/6--3/10

Seminar | March 6 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Departmental Seminar: Performance-Based Engineering: From Earthquakes to Durability and Multi-Hazards

Seminar | March 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Madeleine Flint

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Responding to engineering challenges of the magnitude created by climate change requires bridging disciplinary divides in assessing structural performance. The PEER framework for performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) is one example of a decision-oriented approach that combines efficient treatment of uncertainty with advanced models for structural performance.

Seminar 251, Labor: “Migration, Commuting and Local Joblessness”

Seminar | March 6 | 12-2 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment) | Note change in date, time, and location

 Alan Manning, LSE

 Department of Economics

Graduate Student Seminar

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

 Rachel Albert, O’Brein Lab; Paul Cullen, Flanagan Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The Politics of Impeachment, Presidential Election, and Prospects for Foreign Policy in South Korea

Colloquium | March 6 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor, Yonsei University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), East Asian Foundation

South Korea is mired in an imbroglio. Amidst the process of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment, the 2017 presidential race has begun. Meanwhile, its foreign policy is in a total disarray. Whereas the Trump shock has produced an uncertain future for ROK-US alliance, inter-Korean relations hit rock bottom. Furthermore, China-South Korean relations soured over the issue of deployment of...   More >

The Native and the Refugee

Presentation | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Malek Rasamny

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Please join the CMES for a talk by Malek Rasamny, a researcher, writer, filmmaker and programmer based in New York and Lebanon. Rasamny was a founding member of the Red Channels Film Collective and the LERFE space in Harlem, New York. He is the co-founder of The Native and the Refugee along with his collaborator Matt Peterson.

The Native and the Refugee is a multi-media film and research...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow on manifolds with almost non-negative curvature operator

Seminar | March 6 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Richard Bamler, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A celebrated result of Boehm and Wilking states that a Ricci flow starting from a metric whose curvature operator is everywhere positive definite preserves the property of positive curvature operator and converges, modulo rescaling, to a quotient of the round sphere. In contrast, the condition of almost non-negative curvature operator — for example the condition that its smallest eigenvalue is...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Operators having bi-free central limit distributions

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

 Wonhee Na, Texas A&M University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will discuss joint work with Ken Dykema. From a bi-free central limit distribution, we have the completely non-normal operator l(h) + l(h)* + i (r(k) + r(k)*) on a subspace of the full Fock space F(H) ( h, k being vectors in H). We will find the principal function of this operator and its spectrum and essential spectrum as an application.

“Evolution and the Dynamics of Prosocial Behavior”: Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | March 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Alexander Stewart, University College London

 Department of Psychology

Xin Guo - Some recent progress on Mean Field Games

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

 Xin Guo, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Mean Field Games (MFGs) is one of the most active research areas in stochastic controls and stochastic games, led by the pioneering works of Lasry and Lions (2007) and Huang, Malhame and Caines (2006). In this talk, I will provide a gentle introduction to this theory, with toy examples, together with some recent progress.

BLISS Seminar: Graph information ratio

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Lele Wang, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Inspired by a problem in joint source-channel coding, we introduce a new notion of similarity between graphs, termed graph information ratio. We discuss various properties of this measure, including in particular metric structure and partial ordering of graphs, an information ratio power inequality, relations to graph homomorphism, algebraic identities and inequalities, and more.

Revisiting the spliceosome

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

 Hiten Madhani, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

Corporate Governance Reform and the Toshiba Scandal: Did a New System Hide an Old Mess?

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christina Ahmadjian, Professor, Hitotsubashi University

 Steven Vogel, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

An ongoing financial reporting scandal has stunned and puzzled observers of Japanese corporate governance reform. Toshiba was one of the first companies to adopt so-called “US-style” corporate governance practices. How could a company that had seemed to think so carefully about good governance have ended up like this? Where was the board? This presentation considers the possibility that the...   More >

Relaxing Bottlenecks for Fast Machine Learning

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Christopher De Sa, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will describe the mindful relaxation approach, and demonstrate how it can be applied to a specific bottleneck (parallel overheads), problem (inference), and algorithm (asynchronous Gibbs sampling).

Seminar 271, Development: Mitigating the Risks of Financial Inclusion with Contract Terms: Evidence from Mexico

Seminar | March 6 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Aprajit Mahajan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Asymptotic analysis of Fourier transform on the Heisenberg group when the vertical frequency tends to 0

Seminar | March 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Hajer Bahouri, Université Paris-Est Créteil

 Department of Mathematics

In this joint work with Jean-Yves Chemin and Raphael Danchin, we propose a new approach of the Fourier transform on the Heisenberg group. The basic idea is to take advantage of Hermite functions so as to look at Fourier transform of integrable functions as mappings on the set $\tilde {\mathbb H}^d=\mathbb N^d\times \mathbb N^d\times \mathbb R\setminus \{0\}$ endowed with a suitable distance $\hat...   More >

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Second Order Risk

Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Peter Shepard, MSCI

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract:
Managing a portfolio to a risk model can tilt the portfolio toward weaknesses of the model. As a result, the optimized portfolio acquires downside exposure to uncertainty in the model itself, what we call “second order risk.” We propose a risk measure that accounts for this bias. Studies of real portfolios, in asset-by-asset and factor model contexts, demonstrate that second order risk...   More >

William G. Dauben Lecture: A Polymer Chemistry of Graphenes and Graphene Nanoribbons

Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Klaus Mullen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz

 College of Chemistry

Carbon materials are of immense practical importance, but are often known as structurally ill-defined “black stuff” such as soot. Graphenes and graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), their geometrically restricted cutouts, are new additions to the carbon family which are widely praised as multifunctional wonder materials and rich playgrounds for physicists. Indeed, graphenes hold enormous promise as...   More >

UCMP Fossil Coffee: The wealth of fossils emerging with the new Panama Canal Project

Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Jon Bloch, Florida Museum of Natural History

 Museum of Paleontology

The Berkeley Network Webinar Series: Effective Communications and Personal Branding

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Roya Soleimani, Corporate Communications Manager at Google, Google

 Cal Alumni Association

How do you tell your story? Roya Soleimani '07, Corporate Communications Manager at Google, is excited to share effective communication strategies that can help you refine your narrative - whether it's your personal story, or the history of your company. Storytelling and personal branding play an integral role in how we communicate. This session will outline ways you can best share your story...   More >

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StoryCon 2017: The Policy Puzzle

Conference/Symposium | March 7 | 12-4 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Public Health, School of

Every day, policy determines the rights and freedoms we exercise in our individual lives. As public health leaders, policy plays an integral part in influencing health and has the ability to improve lives. Storytelling is essential to the legislative process. Through storytelling, we can advocate for policy change to improve population health, secure grant money for our research and...   More >

  Register online or or by emailing StoryCon2017@gmail.com by March 7.

Participation without Democracy? Governance, Accountability and Control in Rwanda

Colloquium | March 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jessica Piombo, Associate Professor, National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Jessica Piombo

Development Lunch:"Creating Partisans: New Political Parties and Societal Linkages in Bolivia and Ecuador"

Seminar | March 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Mathias Poertner

 Department of Economics, CEGA

The Intimacy of Things: Privacy and the Internet of Things

Seminar | March 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Dr. Gilad Rosner, Internet of Things Privacy Forum

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

As part of its Spring 2017 Lunch Seminar Series, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity presents Gilad Rosner, founder of the Internet of Things Privacy Forum.

 https://cltc.berkeley.edu/rsvp-for-gilad-rosner/. RSVP  by March 6.

Dr. Gilad Rosner

Global Leadership: Thriving in an Intercultural Workplace

Workshop | March 7 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Jason Patent, Director of Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, International House; Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, International House; Breidi Truscott-Roberts, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, International House

 International House

As companies and organizations are becoming more and more global, understanding different cultural styles is paramount, as is making constructive efforts to bridge significant gaps in these various styles. This 3-hour skill-building workshop will enhance your leadership skills, performance and team development.

Learning Outcomes:
Enhance your awareness of your own and others’ intercultural...   More >

$199 Tickets purchased through Eventbrite Link, $139 (deadline March 3) ALUMNI Discount- Contact mloos@berkeley.edu for discount code

  Tickets go on sale January 24. Buy tickets online or by calling Miranda Loos at 510.642.9481, or by emailing Miranda Loos at mloos@berkeley.edu

Two-Year Requirement Workshop

Workshop | March 7 | 2-4 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

This general information workshop is for UC Berkeley international students and scholars whose immigration status is J-1 and J-2 and who are subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement. Not all J exchange visitors are subject to this requirement.

J exchange visitors (students and scholars) who are subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal...   More >

ESPM Forest Products and Woody Biomass Job Talk - Scott Renneckar

Seminar | March 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Scott Renneckar, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

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

"Innovation in Forest Products and Woody Biomass Utilization for a Californian Bioeconomy"

Refreshments to follow in 139 Mulford Hall

Using Jupyter Notebooks on Savio and Integration with Box

Workshop | March 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio

 Chris Paciorek, Department of Statistics; Maurice Manning, Research IT

 Research IT

The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that enables users to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. This interactive training session, led by staff from Research IT, demonstrates the use of Jupyter notebooks on the Savio High-Performance Computing cluster.

The second half of the session includes demonstration of more advanced...   More >

Psychology Colloquium - Choosing Empathy

Colloquium | March 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105 Tolman

 Jamil Zaki

 Department of Psychology

Empathy--people's ability to share and understand each other's emotions--is a powerful social force, but also can collapse when it is most needed, for instance during interactions between groups. Many theories of empathy hold that it occurs automatically, something like an emotional reflex. If this is the case, then its limits might be unavoidable. In this talk, I will lay out an alternative...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Growth of chromatic polynomials of planar triangulations and Tits' alternative for linear semigroups

Seminar | March 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss an answer to a question posed by Treumann and Zaslow on mathoverflow regarding the growth of the number of chromatic polynomials of planar triangulations based on a version of Tits' alternative for linear semigroups. We'll discuss some generalities, then give a fairly explicit example (joint with Slava Krushkal). http://mathoverflow.net/a/262904/1345

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): The Yang Mills heat flow

Seminar | March 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Daniel Tataru, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Understanding the Yang-Mills heat flow is a key component of my ongoing joint work with Sung-Jin Oh on the hyperbolic Yang-Mills evolution. In this talk I will outline the main ideas in our approach to the Yang-Mills heat flow.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The maximum likelihood degree of a toric variety

Seminar | March 7 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Serkan Hosten, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

The maximum likelihood degree (ML degree) of a projective variety is the number of complex critical points of the likelihood function with generic data. We consider the ML degree of projective toric varieties. For this, we look at "scaled" toric varieties given by a monomial parametrization involving arbitrary complex coefficients. We show that for generic choice of coefficients the ML degree of...   More >

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Becky Miller, Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

 Library

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

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

Documentation in Python with Sphinx: The Hacker Within

Workshop | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Documentation in Python with Sphinx

http://thehackerwithin.github.io/berkeley/

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

Student Hosted Colloquium: Understanding Hydration, One Water Molecule at a Time

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Francesco Paesani, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego

 College of Chemistry

Two of the most challenging problems at the intersection of electronic structure theory and molecular dynamics simulations are the accurate representation of intermolecular interactions and the development of reduced-scaling algorithms applicable to large systems. To some extent, these two problems are antithetical, since the accurate calculation of non-covalent interactions typically requires...   More >

Design Field Notes: Majeed Kazemitabaar

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Majeed Kazemitabaar co-designs, builds, and studies maker tools for children. At Jacobs Hall, he will discuss his MakerWear project, a modular tangible construction kit of wearables for kids.

The Prism of Youth: Life Writing by Japanese Children and Teenagers during WWII

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Aaron William Moore, Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester

 Andrew Barshay, Professor, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Even when compared with the West, Japanese children and teenagers arguably left the most extensive historical record of young people's personal experiences of total war from 1937 to 1945. In particular, evacuation, rationing, family life, compulsory labor, and conscription reach a level of detail rarely seen in adult accounts. Nevertheless, in the historiography of childhood and youth, the...   More >

Sovereign Peoplehood and Constitutional Founding in Postcolonial Korea

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chaihark Hahm, Professor, Yonsei University

 Taeku Lee, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

According to the preamble of the Korean constitution, it is 'We the People of Korea' that is drafting and promulgating the constitution as an expression of their sovereign will. But, who are these sovereign people, and how does one identify them? Are they the same as the ethnic Korean nation?

Is ‘Decarceration’ Even a Word? The Legal Reform of Mass Incarceration in California

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Anjuli Verma, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change

Scholarship on mass incarceration in the U.S. has surged over recent decades, for good reason. However, this talk pivots attention to prison downsizing and decarceration as emergent social facts in the 21st century. Prisoner rights litigation (Brown v. Plata 2011) in combination with state law and policy innovations in the form of Public Safety Realignment (Assembly Bill 109 2011) and the...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Genus-One Landau-Ginzburg/Calabi-Yau Correspondence

Seminar | March 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dustin Ross, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

First suggested by physicists in the late 1980's, the Landau-Ginzburg/Calabi-Yau correspondence studies a relationship between spaces of maps from curves to the quintic 3-fold (the Calabi-Yau side) and spaces of curves with 5th roots of their canonical bundle (the Landau-Ginzburg side). The correspondence was put on a firm mathematical footing in 2008 when Chiodo and Ruan proved a precise...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

  Register online

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sparse inverse covariance matrix estimation for a million variables

Seminar | March 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Inderjit Dhillon, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Mathematics

The L1-regularized Gaussian maximum likelihood estimator has been shown to have strong statistical guarantees in recovering a sparse inverse covariance matrix even under high-dimensional settings. However, it requires solving a difficult non-smooth log-determinant program with number of parameters that scale quadratically with the number of Gaussian variables. Earlier methods thus do not scale to...   More >

UCB Startup Fair: brought to you by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA.

Career Fair | March 8 | 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  International House

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come network with some awesome Bay Area startups and talk to recruiters about what working at a startup would be like. Open to all majors.

Don't forget to upload your resume to our website.

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "Crossing the kingdoms: Plants, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Endobacteria"

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Paola Bonfante, University of Torino

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Biology of Plant-Microorganism Interactions
She coordinates a research group of more than 15 members: Eight out of them have a permanent position belonging to the Department of Plant Biology of the University of Torino and to the National Council of Research (Soil Mycology - Institution of Plant Protection/CNR): the other components are early researchers (Ph.D students and postdocs).

Paola Bonfante

Informational Interviewing (BECAR303)

Workshop | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Do you have an idea about a field you want to go into but don’t know how to get there?

 All workshop and enrollment information can be found at the UCB Learning Center, accessible through the Blu Portal at http://blu.berkeley.edu. To find each workshop, use the BECAR### code to search.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Kelly Zamudio "Diversification and Conservation of Neotropical Frogs"

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kelly Zamudio

 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 >

BioE Seminar: “Extracellular Matrix Control of Endothelial Cell Function and Fate”

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ngan Huang, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 8
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Extracellular Matrix Control of Endothelial Cell Function and Fate”

Ngan Huang
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Stanford University
Principal Investigator - Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

Intergenerational Income Mobility in Canada and the United States

Colloquium | March 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Marie Connolly, Université du Québec à Montréal

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), IRLE

Dr. Marie Connolly will discuss Intergenerational Income Mobility in Canada and the United States. Dr. Connolly is Professor of Economics andHuman Capital Research Group Scholar at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also a Sproul Fellow and Fulbright Scholar with Canadian Studies and a Visiting Scholar with Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)

Race Matters in Schools: The Significance of School Racial Climate and Microaggressions for Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Colloquium | March 8 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christy Byrd, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

This talk will review Dr. Byrd's research on students' perceptions of interactions and messages about race and culture in schools. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, schools remain locations where surface-level messages of tolerance and respect for all hide deep conflicts over race, culture, and identity. How do students understand the way race operates in their schools, and more...   More >

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 8 | 1-3 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Tight contact three manifolds

Seminar | March 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Bulent Tosun, University of Alabama

 Department of Mathematics

One of the fundamental open question in three dimensional contact topology is the determination of which closed oriented three manifolds support a tight contact structure. In this talk I will summarize what is known about tis problem and will provide some constructions as well as some open problems towards its resolution. The talk will involve speaker's two separate joint works one with T. Mark...   More >

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 8 | 3-5 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

The bar raising model for records

Seminar | March 8 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jim Pitman, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Given a suitable increasing sequence of prescribed record values V, and some probability distribution F on the line,
a simple bar raising algorithm generates a random sequence with the prescribed record values V and limiting empirical distribution F.
This random sequence may be interpreted as an i.i.d. sequence with distribution F conditioned to have V as its sequence of record values.
The bar...   More >

Live/stock: A short tour of capitalist animal production, the pathogens it industrializes, and alternate agricultures

Colloquium | March 8 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Robert Wallace, University of Minnesota

 Department of Geography

The dynamics of clonal evolution

Seminar | March 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Jamie Blundell**

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Number Theory Seminar: The etale specialization of $R\Gamma _{A_\inf }(X)$

Seminar | March 8 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ravi Fernando, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The dynamics of clonal evolution: Dr. Jamie Blundell, Stanford University

Seminar | March 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

The dynamics of clonal evolution remain poorly understood despite having implications for the treatment of cancer and microbial infections. My work combines high-resolution lineage tracking using DNA barcodes, directed whole-genome-sequencing of adaptive clones, and mathematical models of mutational dynamics to understand clonal evolution at a quantitative level. Using this approach we are able...   More >

Radical Poster Making for Collective Liberation: A Hands On Workshop with Dignidad Rebelde

Workshop | March 8 | 4-7 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Center for Latino Policy Research

Join us for a workshop led by Dignidad Rebelde!

Dignidad Rebelde, a Bay Area graphic arts collaboration with Jesus Berraza and Melanie Cervantes, will frame this three hour workshop by providing participants a brief history of the role of political graphics in global liberation struggles as well as sharing examples of Dignidad Rebelde’s work. This history will be illustrated with a slideshow...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Robert Lempert: Robust Decision Making and Deep Decarbonization

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Robert Lempert, Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition

 Energy and Resources Group

Deep decarbonization presents what the literature often calls a ‘wicked problem,’ that is, decision challenges that are not well-bounded, are framed differently by various stakeholders, involve deep uncertainties and non-linear dynamics, and are often not well-understood until after formulation of a solution. Robust Decision Making (RDM) is a quantitative, multi-scenario, multi-objective decision...   More >

Type-Driven Program Synthesis

Seminar | March 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Nadia Polikarpova, Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modern programming languages safeguard developers from many typical errors, yet more subtle errors—such as violations of security policies—still plague software. Program synthesis has the potential to eliminate such errors, by generating executable code from concise and intuitive high-level specifications.

Conjunctural Urbanism: Cities, Financialization, and Late Neoliberalism

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia

 George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, University of Hong Kong

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Global Metropolitan Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies

The field of critical urban studies has been moved in recent years by a series of poststructural and postcolonial interventions that have raised searching questions about the explanatory status accorded to “EuroAmerican” case studies, about the reach and relevance of political-economic theory claims concerning entrepreneurial (or neoliberal) modes of regulation, and about the respective utility...   More >

Formation and Interpretation of Intercellular Signals

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Professor Gregory Reeves, North Carolina State University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Data-driven research in a nonstationary world: a top-down approach to understanding critical interactions and scales from the catchment to the planet

Seminar | March 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Laurel Larsen, Berkeley Geography Department

 Department of Statistics

One consequence of earth systems moving out of a regime of stationarity is that statistical models based on past behavior may no longer be useful for predicting the future. Rather, an understanding of the mechanisms driving dynamic earth systems is needed. The mechanisms responsible for nonlinear—even surprising—behavior often involve feedbacks between biotic and abiotic processes. Examples of...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Obstructing pseudo-convex embeddings of Brieskorn spheres into complex 2-space

Seminar | March 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Bulent Tosun, University of Alabama

 Department of Mathematics

A Stein manifold is a complex manifold with particularly nice convexity properties. In real dimensions above 4, existence of a Stein structure is essentially a homotopical question, but for 4-manifolds the situation is more subtle. An important question that has been circulating among contact and symplectic topologist for some time asks: whether every contractible smooth 4-manifold admits a Stein...   More >

Hippie Modernism Draw Club

Workshop | March 8 | 5-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore the power of observational drawing at a figure drawing class with a live nude model. As we practice this traditional artistic study of the human form, we also celebrate an openness to the body and a freedom of identity expression that is central to Hippie Modernism’s creative spirit.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission Event is included with admission

A Conversation with The Hunting Ground Producer Amy Ziering at the Berkeley Forum: The Hunting Ground: Lessons from the Frontlines of Sexual Assault On Our Campuses

Seminar | March 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 The Berkeley Forum, Townsend Center for the Humanities

One of the most pressing issues on college campuses today is the prevalence of sexual assault, and how it is handled by the administration. A White House task force found that one in five students is a victim of sexual assault during their college years, and the ACLU estimates 95% of campus rapes go unreported. Many students claim that their universities are unwilling to help them press charges...   More >

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

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RAPDP - Intermediate - FM1 New Awards

Course | March 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that details the processes for setting up a newly finalized sponsored award, including interpreting a Notice of Award, and processing a BFS budget upload.

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Ana Hatherly and The Portuguese Concrete Poetry

Colloquium | March 9 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Carlos Reis, Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal; Professor Arthur Askins, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | March 9 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Inside NIH

Workshop | March 9 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Berkeley Research Development Office

This workshop will explain how NIH is structured, how it functions, and how it reviews proposals, with an eye towards how trends and federal policies affect its work. This session will help faculty apply an understanding of how NIH works to their funding strategies.

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Isabelle Bruno and Gregory Salle

Seminar | March 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Isabelle Bruno & Gregory Salle, French National Center for Scientific Research, Lille

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

"The Right to the Beach: Towards a Comparative Sociology of Appropriation Struggles and Coastal Patrimonialization Strategies in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the Saint-Tropez Peninsula"

Refreshments at 11:30 in 132 Mulford Hall

2017-2018 Graduate Fellows Program Application Workshop

Workshop | March 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Duster Conference Room

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

We are conducting a workshop for all graduate students interested in applying for the Graduate Fellows Program either this year or in a future year. Attending the workshop is not required.

Graduate Fellows Program Workshop

Thursday March 9th, 12-1pm

Duster Conference Room, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA

In its forty years of existence,...   More >

Finding Health Statistics and Data

Workshop | March 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 356: D-Lab Convening Room

 Michael Sholinbeck, Outreach/Instruction Librarian, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

 Library

Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on U.S. statistics, but sources...   More >

Distance Learning: Comparing Stanford and Berkeley

Seminar | March 9 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio Dwinelle 117

 Diana Wu, Founding Executive Director of the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) & Dean of UC Berkeley Extension; Mitchell L. Stevens, Associate Professor of Education and Sociology & Director, Center for Advanced Research through Online Learning (CAROL)

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Distance learning has become a significant method of conducting higher education in recent years, facilitated by enhanced information and visual technologies. Such initiatives as massive open online courses (MOOCs) are now commonplace. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this approach? This colloquium will present perspectives by Professor Mitchell Stevens, who has studied the Stanford...   More >

Research Colloquium: Raúl Chávez

Colloquium | March 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Title:
"The toughest job in the world": Latino identity formation and the precarious path to skilled employment

Abstract:
Social scientist Marie Jahoda long ago predicted that the growing abundance of low-skilled workers and the rise of tech-heavy economies would produce a long-term mismatch that would puzzle policymakers for decades. In this presentation, doctoral candidate Raúl Chávez will...   More >

Buying Your First Home (BEUHS341)

Workshop | March 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Patrick Ignacio, Banking Industry Expert

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

California housing markets are constantly changing, and there are overwhelming amounts of information available to the public, making it hard to know where to start. During the most recent housing crisis, financing options also changed (and in some cases disappeared altogether). As a result you may be asking yourself, what programs are available to me and how will they fit my personal situation?...   More >

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IB SEMINAR: Swimming and crawling in a turbulent world

Seminar | March 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Mimi Koehl, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Integrative Biology

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | March 9 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in location

 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 >

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: "The Vanishing Middle Class"

Seminar | March 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Blum Hall, 330 East Building, Board Room

 Peter Temin, MIT

 Department of Economics

*Please note special time (Thursday) and venue (Blum Center) for this event

Dr. Jennifer Listgarten, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England: From Genetics to CRISPR Gene Editing with Machine Learning

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Center for Computational Biology

ABSTRACT:
Molecular biology, healthcare and medicine have been slowly morphing into large-scale, data driven sciences dependent on machine learning and applied statistics. In this talk I will start by explaining some of the modelling challenges in finding the genetic underpinnings of disease, which is important for screening, treatment, drug development, and basic biological insight. Genome and...   More >

antification of Structure-Property Relationships at Interfaces

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Susan B. Sinnott, Pennsylvania State University

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

The optimization and control of surface chemistry is important for material growth and interfacial structure. Computational methods provide new insights at the atomic and electronic structure levels that enhance our understanding of key aspects of surface chemistry. This presentation will review the evolution of some widely used computational methods and discuss their integration with...   More >

From Genetics to CRISPR Gene Editing with Machine Learning

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Jennifer Listgarten, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research New England

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk I will start by explaining some of the modelling challenges in finding the genetic underpinnings of disease, which is important for screening, treatment, drug development, and basic biological insight.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: TBA

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Takuya Ura, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Measuring Polarization in High-Dimensional Data: Method and Application to Congressional Speech"

Seminar | March 9 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Ryan Bubb, NYU, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Applied Algebra Seminar: Decomposition and unfolding of higher-order tensors

Seminar | March 9 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yun Song, University of Pennsylvania and UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Recently, tensors of order 3 or greater, known as higher-order tensors, have attracted increased attention in many fields across science and engineering. A common paradigm in tensor-related algorithms advocates unfolding (or flattening) the tensor into a matrix and applying classical methods developed for matrices. In this talk, I will consider all possible unfoldings of a tensor into lower order...   More >

SERC Community Retreat

Workshop | March 9 | 6-8 p.m. | 2038 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Student Environmental Resource Center

SERC will be hosting an on-campus community-wide retreat on Thursday, March 9th to gather community input on SERC's Strategic Plan, new space, and SERC vision. Food will be provided. Please share this invitation with any interested students and student organizations. Hope to see you there! ***RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/serccommunityretreat2

 RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/serccommunityretreat2

Crafter-Dark: Free, drop-in crafting, in the Student Union

Workshop | October 13, 2016 – June 8, 2017 the second Thursday of the month every month with exceptions | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Living Room

 ASUC Art Studio

Get crafty with us! We’re hosting free, drop-in arts & crafts workshops in the MLK Jr. Student Union campus living room every 2nd Thursday of the month.

This October, we'll be making some spooky-looking velum Halloween Lanterns– taught by Cal C.R.E.A.T.E. (Creative Residencies for Emerging Artists Teaching Empowerment). Hope to see you there!