<< 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)

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 >

### 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

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

### 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

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

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 >

### Seminar 231, Public Finance: "Targeting with In-Kind Transfers: The Case of Medicaid Home Care"

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

Lee Lockwood, Northwestern

### Seminar 211, Economic History: "Nature Versus Nuture in Social Mobility: Evidence from 7 Generations in England, 1750-2016"

Seminar | March 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Greg Clark, University of California, Davis

Department of Economics

### 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

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

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

### Seminar 208, Microeconomics Theory: "The Simple Structure of Top Trading Cycles in School Choice: A Continuum Model"

Seminar | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Jacob Leshno, Columbia University

Department of Economics

### 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

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

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

### 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.)

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 >

## Thursday, March 9, 2017

### Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (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 >

### 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.

### 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

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

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

"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

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)

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 >

### 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

### EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

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

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

### Seminar 251, Labor: "The Roles of Nature and Nurture in Entrepreneurial Success"

Seminar | March 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Paul Oyer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Department of Economics

### 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

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

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

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

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!