<< Week of April 16 >>

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Results Curve

Workshop | April 17 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | University Hall, #24 (basement)

 Kathy Mendonca, Learning and Development, Central HR

 Human Resources

In this workshop you will learn techniques for managing time, managing priorities, managing to-do lists, organizing e-mail, electronic documents, papers, and for being invigorated and re energized in the workplace and elsewhere.

Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop

Workshop | April 17 – 19, 2017 every day | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  California Academy of Sciences

 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Are you interested in establishing a learning community among staff at your zoo, aquarium, museum, or park that enhances teaching practice and fosters the growth and development of people and their ideas? If so, then please join UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science and the California Academy of Sciences for a Coaching Workshop to learn about Reflecting on Practice (RoP™), a modular professional...   More >

Advanced Simulation Methodologies for Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. Floriana Petrone, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Moderate-to-large magnitude earthquakes represent a significant risk around the world and a major issue for the safety of ordinary and critical infrastructures. Despite major advances in the seismic engineering field, much research is still needed to gain better understanding of the science and engineering behind earthquake phenomenon and develop risk assessment methodologies.

Fast Perception of Binocular Disparity

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Benjamin Backus, State University of New York

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How quickly can binocular disparities be converted into perceived depth? Classic experiments by Barbara Gillam and colleagues showed cases in which stereopsis took many seconds, but in retrospect their task and stimulus design were problematic. Rapidly changing disparities are perceptually difficult to track, which also suggests that stereopsis is generally slow, but waiting for integration might...   More >

New Oral History Research Series: ‘Attitudes Evolve’: Narrative as a Strategy for Social Change in the Freedom to Marry Movement

Presentation | April 17 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 Conference Room

 Martin Meeker, Oral History Center

 Bancroft Library

This presentation is based on the interviews conducted as part of the just-released Freedom to Marry Oral History Project at Berkeley's Oral History Center. The project produced about 100 hours of interviews with leading strategists, political operatives, and field organizers who advocated for marriage.

Evan Wolfson with the plaintiffs in the Hawaii marriage case, 1990s

Data-Driven Personalized Therapy for Mood and Anxiety by Aaron Fisher Ph.D.

Colloquium | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Warner Brown Rm 3201

 Aaron Fisher

 Department of Psychology

The current talk will discuss methods for applying precision medicine concepts to behavioral data and cognitive-behavioral interventions. I will discuss data collection, analysis, and application methodologies for understanding individual psychopathologies. To this end I will discuss methods for identifying the symptoms and behaviors that make the greatest contribution to the structure and...   More >

IRLE Spring Seminar: Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from the Golden Era of Upward Mobility

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE Director's Room

 2521 Channing Way

 Lowell Taylor, Professor of Economics, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

The first half of the twentieth century witnessed an extraordinary expansion of educational opportunity in the U.S. Professor Taylor will explore intergenerational links in educational outcomes during this golden age of upward mobility, using household data from the 1940s. His research shows that for white, black, Chinese, and Japanese Americans, social mobility was especially high in Pacific...   More >

  RSVP by emailing charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of forward exchange matroids

Seminar | April 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bryan Gillespie, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will present several new results on forward exchange matroids, which are combinatorial structures that arise naturally in the theory of zonotopal algebra. In particular, a forward exchange matroid consists of an ordered matroid along with a choice of a certain type of order ideal on its bases. We will classify these objects by introducing an extension of Las Vergnas's external...   More >


Presentation | April 17 | 1-2 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design


EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 17 | 1:30-2:30 p.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.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | April 17 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley 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 >

Assignment Design for Social Justice Education

Panel Discussion | April 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Khaled Kadir, Engineering; Charlotte Smith, Public Health; Stephanie Jones-Rogers, History; Victoria Robinson, Ethnic Studies

 Ula Taylor, African-American Studies

 Academic Innovation Studio, American Cultures, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Center for Teaching and Learning, Division of Equity and Inclusion

What is social justice pedagogy? Come hear Berkeley faculty from a variety of disciplines talk about instructional strategies and assignments they’ve developed to help students understand and confront contemporary concerns, and share their experiences tackling thorny topics.

String-Math Seminar: BPS Particles, Superconformal Indices, and Chiral Algebras

Seminar | April 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Clay Cordova, IAS

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe several recently posed conjectures that relate BPS states in four-dimensional N=2 quantum field theories to representation theory of non-unitary chiral algebras. These conjectures construct wall-crossing invariant generating functions of refined BPS indices which surprisingly are equal to characters of chiral algebras. These characters frequently enjoy nice modular properties. I...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: On some fractional non-commutative processes

Seminar | April 17 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Victor Perez-Abreu, CIMAT, Guanajato, Mexico

 Department of Mathematics

The Dyson-Brownian motion is the process of eigenvalues of a matrix Brownian motion. The limiting of its empirical spectral process, when dimension increases, is the free Brownian motion (frBm), a measure valued process that is the law of a non commutative process. In this talk we present two new non commutative processes arising in a similar way as the frBm, from fractional Hermitian Brownian...   More >

Burak Kazaz - Wine analytics: Fine wine pricing and selection under weather and market uncertainty

Seminar | April 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Burak Kazaz, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We examine a risk-averse distributor’s decision in selecting between bottled wine and wine futures under weather and market uncertainty.

BLISS Seminar: Cover's Open Problem -- "Capacity of the Relay Channel"

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Ayfer Ozgur, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Formulating the problem of determining the communication capacity of channels as a problem in high-dimensional geometry is one of Shannon’s most important insights that has led to the conception of information theory. In his classical paper “Communication in the presence of noise”, 1949, Shannon develops a geometric representation of any point-to-point communication system and provides a...   More >

Hidden Hearing Loss: Synaptopathy in noise-induced and age related cochlear damage: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | April 17 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

 Charles Liberman, Mass Eye & Ear Eaton Peabody Lab Boston

 Department of Psychology

The classic view of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is that the “primary” targets are hair cells, and that cochlear-nerve loss is “secondary” to hair cell degeneration. Our recent work in mouse and guinea pig has challenged that view. In noise-induced hearing loss, exposures causing only reversible threshold shifts (and no hair cell loss) nevertheless cause permanent loss of >50% of...   More >

IB Seminar: Morphological and Kinematic Evolution of Cichlid Jaws

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Christopher Martinez, University of California, Davis

 Department of Integrative Biology

Understanding Taiwanese History by Reading LGBT Literature

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ta-wei Chi, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literatures visualizing homosexuality are commonly found in various modern countries. In Taiwan, there is even a history of the LGBT literature as an eco-system extending from the 1950s to the 2010s. This presentation will provide a brief tour of Taiwanese history by introducing this eco-system.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Geometry of the moduli space of curves of genus \(g\)

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Given a variety \(X\) it's a basic question to ask if it's rational i.e. admits a birational map \( P^n \to X \) for some \(n\). For curves and surfaces there are explicit criterion that determine when a variety is rational. Answering this question in higher dimensions is much more difficult. In light of this, it's easier to ask for a weaker question: Does there exist a dominant rational map...   More >

Prospective Adjunct Seminar: Jaspal Sandhu PhD: Innovations in Public Health Education: Collaboration, Design and Partnerships

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Public Health, School of

This talk will share best practices and lessons learned in action-oriented, interdisciplinary public health education. It is based on experiences with Eat.Think.Design., a graduate-level course on food systems innovations; the Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations, a new two-year undergraduate program integrating digital health and health equity; and the Gobee Group, which...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Can Audits Backfire? Evidence from Public Procurement in Chile

Seminar | April 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Dina Pomeranz, Zurich

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Control of water waves

Seminar | April 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Thomas Alazard, ENS Paris-Saclay

 Department of Mathematics

Water waves are disturbances of the free surface of a liquid. They are, in general, produced by the immersion of a solid body or by impulsive pressures applied on the free surface. The question we discuss in this talk is the following: which waves can be generated by blowing on a localized portion of the free surface. Our main result asserts that one can generate any small amplitude, periodic in...   More >

Panel discussion - A Tomb for Khun Srun

Panel Discussion | April 17 | 4:30-5:45 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G

 Eric Galmard, Director; Khatharya Um, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley; Siti Keo, Ph.D. candidate, History, UC Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies

A panel discussion will be held prior to the screening of the documentary film 'A Tomb for Khun Srun', chaired by Prof. Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies.

Organizer’s Toolkit: How to Use Strategic Research for Organizing Campaigns

Workshop | April 17 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

This free workshop is for all students who are interested in learning more about how research can inform and advance campaigns for social justice. Student organizers and activists who are interested in developing campaigns, and want to learn how to use research to develop pointed analysis and clear strategy for their organizing are encouraged to attend.

This hands-on training will introduce...   More >

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop

Workshop | April 17 – 19, 2017 every day | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  California Academy of Sciences

 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Are you interested in establishing a learning community among staff at your zoo, aquarium, museum, or park that enhances teaching practice and fosters the growth and development of people and their ideas? If so, then please join UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science and the California Academy of Sciences for a Coaching Workshop to learn about Reflecting on Practice (RoP™), a modular professional...   More >

Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations

Workshop | April 18 – 27, 2017 every Tuesday & Thursday | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Joseph Kott, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities; James Lightbody, Lightbody Consulting

 Technology Transfer Program

Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail...   More >

 The course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies, as well as consultants. Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will a

UCMP Fossil Coffee: Tracking environmental change and biotic response in deep time

Seminar | April 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Erik Sperling, Stanford

 Museum of Paleontology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Systematic Long/Short Factor Portfolios

Seminar | April 18 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: James Lewis, State Street Global Advisors

 Center for Risk Management Research

We consider a panel of 88 "systematic factors": simple, quantitative procedures that assign scores to a universe of assets using publicly available data. For each factor, we construct idealized daily factor portfolios (long/short, market-neutral) and daily return series for the 16-year period between January 2001 and December 2016. Each of the factor return series has positive sample...   More >

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture: Exploring the power of molecules by rapid synthesis catalysts

Seminar | April 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Kenichiro Itami, Nagoya University

 College of Chemistry

The ultimate goal of our research group is to develop “problem-solving” innovative functional molecules that make a marked change in the form and nature of science and technology. During the last 10 years in Nagoya, we have pioneered an increasingly general synthesis platform for a range of functional molecules including molecular nanocarbons, π-conjugated organic materials, pharmaceuticals,...   More >

BiD Seminar: Connecting through Play: Tech to Augment In-Person Interaction

Seminar | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, 354/360

 Katherine Isbister, University of California Santa Cruz

 Berkeley Institute of Design

Many complain that we are mesmerized and divided by technologies as they saturate our world--that we are becoming disembodied, fragmented, distracted from the present moment and from one another. In this talk, Isbister presents research games created in her lab that explore enhancing social connection through technological augmentation. Her work presents fresh ideas for thinking about how we can...   More >

Forestry Seminar

Seminar | April 18 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Brandon Collins, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

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

“Forest change across mixed conifer-dominated landscapes”

Development Lunch:"Epidemics and Conflict : Evidence from the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa"

Seminar | April 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ada Gonzalez-Torres

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Rhetorical Analysis in the Scholia on Euripides’ Orestes

Workshop | April 18 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in date and time

 Donald J. Mastronarde, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Classics

“Another Typical African Family”: Navigating Relational Obligations in Accra, Ghana

Colloquium | April 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lindsay Bayham, PhD Student, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

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

Cyber Espionage and Civil Society: A Silent Epidemic: Ron Deibert, Director, Citizen Lab

Seminar | April 18 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Ron Deibert, Director, Citizen Lab

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

As part of its Spring 2017 Lunch Seminar Series, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity presents Ron Deibert, Director of Citizen Lab.

  RSVP online by April 3.

Ron Deibert

Digital Resources for Blackfoot Language Documentation and Revitalization: Canadian Studies Colloquium

Colloquium | April 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Prof. Inge Genee, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Lethbridge

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Blackfoot is an endangered Algonquian language spoken by several thousand people in Southern Alberta and Northern Montana. Most fluent speakers are now elderly and, with very few exceptions, young people no longer learn the language as a mother tongue in the home. Many community members learn some Blackfoot as a second language in school, but this does not usually produce fluent speakers. As in...   More >

One Belt, One Road: Remaking Eurasia?

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Deputy Consul General Ren Faqiang, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Vinod Aggarwal, Political Science, UC Berkeley; David Roland-Holst, Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Yves Tiberghien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

 Consul Wang Dong, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Consul Li Yi, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Consul Sun Jia, Consulate General of the PRC- SF

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

China's "One Belt, One Road" is one of the most ambitious infrastructure plans of the past century. A panel of political science and economics scholars will discuss the plan, its goals, and its potential effects with delegates from the Consulate General of the PRC-SF.

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquia

Colloquium | April 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Russ Poldrack, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

3-Manifold Seminar: Quasi-Fuchsian Surface Subgroups II

Seminar | April 18 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alvin Kerber, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Last week we reduced the problem of finding quasi-Fuchsian surface subgroups to a purely topological question about surfaces in pared 3-manifolds. After restating this topological question, we will present the proof in a special case, books of I-bundles. This material is independent of the previous talk.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): The Use of Bellman Functions in Holder-Brascamp-Lieb Inequalities

Seminar | April 18 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Holder-Brascamp-Lieb inequalities represent a wide range of inequalities in analysis, including Young's convolution inequality, the Loomis-Whitney inequality, and more. In a 2015 paper, Ivanisvili and Volberg analyze the "rank one" case of such inequalities in which $L^p$ norms are subbed out for Bellman functions. This talk will contain introduction to all the above, as well as some of the...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry through Macaulay2: Crash Course on Matroids

Seminar | April 18 | 4-4:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Design Field Notes: Dara Douraghi

Seminar | April 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Dara Douraghi, studio director at Project Frog and a former Imagineer, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

From water clusters to homogeneous catalysis: A savage journey to the heart of contemporary chemistry with a cryogenic photofragmentation mass spectrometer

Seminar | April 18 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Mark Johnson, Department of Chemistry, Yale University and Miller Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

The coupling between ambient ionization sources, developed for mass spectrometric analysis of biomolecules, and cryogenic ion processing, originally designed to study interstellar chemistry, creates a new and general way to capture transient chemical species and elucidate their structures with vibrational spectroscopy. Advances in non-linear optics over the past decade allow single-investigator,...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry through Macaulay2: Computations on Matroids using Macaulay2

Seminar | April 18 | 4:40-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Justin Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Be An Ally To Immigrant Students, Colleagues and Families

Workshop | April 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Public Health, School of

UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Borders and Bodies Collective and Diversity Inclusion Community Equity (DICE) presents a workshop for allies.

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, April 19, 2017

Traffic Signal Operations: Fundamental Concepts

Workshop | April 19 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  National University

 6300 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

 Gordon Lum, Willdan Engineering; David Mahama, DKS Associates

 Technology Transfer Program

This course covers the basic concepts and practical applications and operations of traffic signal timing systems for isolated and coordinated intersections. The course engages students through hands-on exercises and real-world examples of signal timing and operations. Some class exercises and demonstrations are taught in a computer lab. A basic knowledge of EXCEL is needed to complete the...   More >

 The class is for traffic engineers, planners, consultants, and technicians who are new to traffic signal timing. Experienced practitioners who desire a "refresher" course also benefit.

Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop

Workshop | April 17 – 19, 2017 every day | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  California Academy of Sciences

 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Are you interested in establishing a learning community among staff at your zoo, aquarium, museum, or park that enhances teaching practice and fosters the growth and development of people and their ideas? If so, then please join UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science and the California Academy of Sciences for a Coaching Workshop to learn about Reflecting on Practice (RoP™), a modular professional...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Hardness of approximation between P and NP

Seminar | April 19 | 10-11 a.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Aviad Rubinstein, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The first question we computer scientists ask when facing a new algorithmic challenge is: is it NP-hard, or is it in P? Surprisingly, for many important problems, the answer is “neither!” I will discuss recent progress towards understanding the complexity of those problems.

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Image Reconstruction in Snapshot Spectral GISC camera

Seminar | April 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Shiyu Tan, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS

 Department of Mathematics

The image information acquisition abilities of conventional cameras are usually much lower than the Shannon Limit since they do not make use of the correlation between pixels of an image. In this talk, we discuss the GISC (ghost imaging via sparsity constraints) spectral camera. The GISC camera applies a random phase modulator to encode the spectral images, and recovers them with convex...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Jim McGuire “Flying Lizard Phylogenomics and the Biogeography of Sulawesi"

Seminar | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Jim McGuire

 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 >

IRLE Spring Seminar: Absence, Substitutability, and Productivity: Evidence From Teachers

Seminar | April 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Asma Benhenda, PhD Student and IRLE Visiting Scholar, Paris School of Economics

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

It’s not unusual for employees to miss work from time to time. But little is known about how worker absences affect productivity, or how well employers cope with them. In schools, disruption can be especially harmful. Asma will present research that, using administrative data on French teachers and substitute teachers, analyzes the effect of teacher absences on the productivity of classrooms and...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Charlotte Rutty at charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

BioE Seminar: “Epigenetics and Evolution in the Age of Synthetic Biology”

Seminar | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ahmad Khalil, Boston University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, April 19
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Ahmad Khalil
Innovation Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Director, Biological Design Center
Boston University

Tenancy, Marriage, and the Boll Weevil Infestation, 1892-1930: Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | April 19 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Demography Seminar Room

 Chris Muller, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Population Science

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (BEUHS052)

Workshop | April 19 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Leslie Bell, PhD, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want.

In this workshop we will explore how habits...   More >

  Register online

Power Analysis and Meta-Analysis are Falsely Reassuring Solutions for Concerns about Statistical Power

Colloquium | April 19 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Leif Nelson, Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Transparency, disclosure, and preregistration have revealed that some statistically underpowered studies may be propped up by selective reporting and p-hacking. Conscientious researchers therefore have renewed investment in statistical power. One approach is to conduct traditional power analysis to correctly set the sample size. I argue that this tool is not helpful and often biased toward...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Astonishingly symmetric flat surfaces

Seminar | April 19 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Alex Wright, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

The group SL(2,Z) of two by two integer matrices with determinant one acts on the torus $R^2/Z^2$ by affine maps. Similarly, a finite index subgroups of SL(2,Z) acts on any square-tiled surface. You might reasonably think that square-tiled surfaces are the only flat surfaces with an affine action of such a large group of matrices (called a lattice), but you'd be wrong. For example, Veech...   More >

Data-Driven Methods for Sparse Network Estimation

Seminar | April 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Somayeh Sojoudi, Assistant Project Scientist, University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

System identification is a fundamental area in control theory, which is concerned with finding mathematical models of dynamical systems from data. In this talk, we will develop new notions of sign-consistent matrices and inverse-consistent matrices to obtain key properties of graphical lasso.

Insights for Relationships and Health from Latino and East Asian Cultures: Equity and Inclusion Lecture

Colloquium | April 19 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Belinda Campos, PhD, UC Irvine

 Department of Psychology

Social relationships can enhance the quality of life by conferring higher levels of subjective well-being, greater resilience against adverse circumstances, and better health. To obtain these benefits, humans must navigate a complex social world where self-interest must be balanced by other-interest. In this talk, I will present a series of studies that show that Latino and East Asian cultural...   More >

Mixing of the mean-field, directed Potts model

Seminar | April 19 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Insuk Seo, Morrey Visiting Assistant Professor, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics

 Department of Statistics

We consider the mean-field Potts model with totally asymmetric dynamics. For the model with three spins, we observe three critical temperatures and four qualitatively different mixing behaviors of the dynamics. Three of them are metastable behavior, and one of them is the cutoff phenomenon. We discuss these interesting phenomena in this presentation.

Race and Place in the Empire City: New York, New York

Colloquium | April 19 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Jacqueline Brown, Hunter College, CUNY

 Department of Geography

Applied Mathematics Seminar: General Diffusion in Biological Environments

Seminar | April 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Chun Liu, Penn State University

 Department of Mathematics

Almost all biological activities involve transport and distribution of ions and charged particles. The complicated coupling and competition between different ionic solutions in various biological environments give the intricate specificity and selectivity in these systems. In this talk, I will introduce several extended general diffusion systems motivated by the study of ion channels and ionic...   More >

UC Berkeley Foodscape Map Launch

Workshop | April 19 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Student Environmental Resource Center, ASUC Senator Robinson

Join the “Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley” team for an unveiling of our interactive, participatory UC Berkeley Foodscape Map.

Overcoming Chromatin Barriers to Control Cell Fate

Seminar | April 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Ken Zaret, University of Pennsylvania

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Composite Membranes and Metal-Organic Framework Adsorbents for Industrial Gas Separations/Understanding the Dynamics of Complex Fluids using Microfluidics: Suspensions and Wormlike Micellar Solutions

Colloquium | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Jonathan Bachman, Ph.D. student in the Long Group; Margaret Hwang, Ph.D. student in the Muller Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Dynamics, geometry, and the moduli space of Riemann surfaces

Seminar | April 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Alex Wright, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

The moduli space of Riemann surfaces of fixed genus is one of the hubs of modern mathematics and physics. We will tell the story of how simple sounding problems about polygons, some of which arose as toy models in physics, became intertwined with problems about the geometry of moduli space, and how the study of these problems in Teichmuller dynamics lead to connections with homogeneous spaces,...   More >

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Second Annual IES and Social Science Matrix Conference: “Immigration to Europe: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Differential Incorporation”

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Shorb House

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

 Institute of European Studies

The UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies (IES) and the Social Science Matrix are pleased to announce its second annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. The conference provides doctoral students from a wide range of disciplines a forum to put their research into conversation around a unifying theme.
The topic of this year’s conference is “Immigration to Europe: Inclusion,...   More >

RAPDP - Intermediate - FM7 Outgoing Sub-awards

Course | April 20 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A specialty workshop that details how to determine a sub-award vs. a contractor, as well as the pre and post-award processes for setting-up and managing sub-awards on a sponsored project.

  Register online

Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations

Workshop | April 18 – 27, 2017 every Tuesday & Thursday | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Joseph Kott, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities; James Lightbody, Lightbody Consulting

 Technology Transfer Program

Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail...   More >

 The course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies, as well as consultants. Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will a

ESPM Distinguished Student Lecture - Katherine Seto

Seminar | April 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Katherine Seto, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, ESPM

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

"Local fishery, global commodity: Fisheries conflict and competition in West Africa"

Refreshments at 11:30 in 132 Mulford Hall

Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | April 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to use your laptop safely in an office and mobile setting. Recommended mobile products and best practices for using smart phones and tablets will also be provided. Enroll online

  Register online

Dementia: Effective Communication Strategies (BEUHS169)

Workshop | April 20 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Stephanie Bonigut, Alzheimer’s Association

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

This program was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

Topics covered include:
• Identify the communication changes that happen due to Alzheimer's disease.
• Learn how to decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia.
• Identify strategies to...   More >

  Enroll online

BLISS Seminar: Letting Go of Network Neutrality

Seminar | April 20 | 1-2 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Carlee Joe-Wong, CMU

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Recent growth in mobile data usage has been driven by increasing demand for an ever broader variety of mobile application content. Faced with these developments, Internet service providers (ISPs) are beginning to involve content providers (CPs) in their pricing and management of mobile data. However, this involvement risks...   More >

Managing Conflict Across Cultures

Workshop | April 20 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Intercultural Trainers, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

 International House

Conflict can get in the way of productivity and work satisfaction, and can even damage our relationships with colleagues. By taking an assessment called the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (complimentary) and participating in this workshop, participants will increase awareness of and develop skills for resolving differences.

Seminar 251, Labor: "City density and matching"

Seminar | April 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Enrico Moretti, UCB

 Department of Economics

History, Utopia, and Nothingness: Rethinking Chaadaev

Workshop | April 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Kirill Chepurin, Senior Lecturer, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Alex Dubilet, Lecturer, Vanderbilt University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

This workshop rethinks the theoretical resources and presuppositions of Pyotr Chaadaev's Philosophical Letters. Chaadaev condemned Russia as a nation outside time, a singular nothing without history or topos, but what exactly is the immanent logic of this nothingness, this revolutionary life without habit or rule? Can, perhaps, this logic be construed as a method - and if so, what is at stake?

Seminar 242, Econometrics: TBA

Seminar | April 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Debopam Bhattacharya, University of Cambridge

 Department of Economics

The Body and Medieval Piety

Panel Discussion | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall | Canceled

 Gábor Kalniczay, Central European University; Niklaus Largier, Department of German, UC Berkeley

 Department of History, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

A conversation between Prof. Gábor Kalniczay and Prof. Niklaus Largier

Lensing and delensing the cosmic microwave background: (Thursday; Berkeley-Davis joint colloquium)

Seminar | April 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 105 North Gate Hall

 Ethan Anderes, Department of Statistics, UC Davis

 Department of Statistics

One of the major targets for next-generation cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiments is the precision mapping of CMB distortions due to the gravitational lensing effect of dark matter. Estimating this lensing is important for two reasons. First, lensing probes the nature of dark matter fluctuations in the sky. Second, lensing estimates can be used, in principle, to delense the observed CMB...   More >

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: “Drivers of Fragmented Production: Evidence from the 19th Century"

Seminar | April 20 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Reka Juhasz, Columbia, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

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

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Stability of black holes

Colloquium | April 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Peter Hintz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

More than a hundred years ago, Schwarzschild first wrote down the mathematical description of a black hole; on a technical level, black holes are certain types of solutions of Einstein's equations of general relativity. While they have since become part of popular culture, many fundamental questions about them remain unanswered: for example, it is not yet known mathematically if they are stable!...   More >

Applied Algebra Seminar: Algebraic Methods for the Inference of Gene Regulatory Networks

Seminar | April 20 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Abdul Salam Jarrah, American University of Sharjah, and MSRI (2016-2017)

 Department of Mathematics

Inferring the topology and dynamic of gene regulatory networks from expression time-course data is one of the challenging problems in systems biology. Given time course experimental data, the objective is to identify the structure of the network as well as the rules of interaction among the genes of the network. However, even within the Boolean network framework, there usually are many Boolean...   More >

Friday, April 21, 2017

Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism?: 8th Annual Conference on Islamophobia

Conference/Symposium | April 21 – 23, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

 Center for Race and Gender

Islamophobia and the end of liberalism?
8th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project
University of California, Berkeley

April 21st – 23rd, 2017
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley

20th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Government: Changing Washington? Prospects for Republican Rule under Donald Trump

Conference/Symposium | April 21 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Institute of Governmental Studies and the Commonwealth Club of California

The 2017 Travers Conference will bring together journalists, academics, politicians, and public policy experts from around the world to assess how the election of Donald Trump and the arrival of unified Republican control of the federal government will reshape policy and politics in America. The first panel will examine how the new administration is relating to key countries and regions in the...   More >

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium | April 21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 510A IEAS conference room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The conference will feature up to sixteen student presentations of original research on any aspect of premodern (technically, beginnings to 1911) Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought.

Anxious Democracy: The First Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency

Conference/Symposium | April 21 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, Blanche DuBois Room (D37)

 Bertrall Ross, Berkeley Law; Jonathan Simon, Berkeley Law; Ben Handel, Economics, UC Berkeley; Fred Block, Sociology, UC Davis; Janelle Scott, GSE, UC Berkeley; Alberto Garcia, History, UC Berkeley; Daniel Sargent, History, UC Berkeley; Paul Pierson, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Terri Bimes, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Lawrence Rosenthal, Chair and Lead Researcher, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of History, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Graduate School of Journalism

This symposium focuses on the first hundred days of the presidency of Donald Trump in order to begin academic conversations and develop analyses centered on the Trump administration and how it relates to politics and society in the United States and the world. Scholars from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area academic institutions will speak on implications and effects of the administration's foreign...   More >


  Registration opens March 1. Register online by April 21.

Patagonia Case Competition: Scaling Regenerative Organic Agriculture

Presentation | April 21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room (C420)

 Rose Marcario, Patagonia

 Center for Responsible Business

Patagonia Case Competition
Patagonia and the University of California, Berkeley have joined forces once again to host a case competition open to graduate students across the country seeking to redefine the relationship between business and a healthy planet.

2017 Competition Overview
On April 21, 2017, graduate student teams from leading business schools across United States will come...   More >


  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Physics and applications of optical frequency combs and microresonators

Seminar | April 21 | 10-11 a.m. | Cory Hall, 521 - The Hogan Room

 Xu Yi, California Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Frequency combs are having a broad impact on science and technology because they provide a way to coherently link radio/microwave-rate electrical signals with optical-rate signals. A new, miniature realization, the microcomb, that uses chip-based microresonators can potentially revolutionize instrumentation, time keeping, spectroscopy, and navigation. In this talk, I will start by reviewing the...   More >

Objectivity and Trained Judgment: Toward an ethnography of experimental psychology

Seminar | April 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Emily Martin, New York University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Historians of psychology have described how the "introspection" of early Wundtian psychology largely came to be ruled out of experimental psychology settings by the mid-20th century. In this talk I will take a fresh look at the years before this process was complete -- from the vantage point of early ethnographic and psychological field expeditions and from observing several current psychology...   More >

Special Seminar: Molybdenum metabolism in plants, humans and fungi: Research in autotrophs as blueprint for successful patient therapy

Seminar | April 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Ralf R. Mendel, Plant Biology Department of the Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Ralf R. Mendel

Thinking about Utopia - Religious and Secular: Five interventions

Workshop | April 21 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Harsha Ram, UC Berkeley; Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Amy Hollywood, Harvard University; Kirill Chepurin, National Researcher University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Alex Dubilet, Vanderbilt University

 Department of German

"Thinking about Utopia - Religious and Secular: Five interventions"

Harsha Ram, Revolutionary Utopia: Tatlin and Khlebnikov

Niklaus Largier, Against Projects: The Utopia of Essayism in Musil and

Amy Hollywood, Antinomian A-topia: Writing Manuscript Textuality in the
Poetry and Prose of Susan Howe

Kirill Chepurin, The Utopian No - or, Idealism and Utopia

Alex Dubilet,...   More >

Marketing Yourself for Your Next Job: Resume Writing (BECAR301)

Workshop | April 21 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Create a resume that gets attention and results.

 Search for BECAR301 in the Blu Portal under UCB Learning Center (left column).

Get Fit in 7 Minutes (BEUHS652)

Workshop | April 21 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Cori Evans, MA, NSCA-CPT Wellness Program Specialist, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Come and learn how a High Intensity Circuit Training (H.I.C.T.) workout in just 7 minutes using your body weight, a chair and wall, can help you maximize your time and workout space. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the combination of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver numerous health benefits in much less time than...   More >

  Register online

Dissertation Talk: Modeling of Next-Generation Logic Devices

Seminar | April 21 | 2-4 p.m. | 242 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Samuel Smith

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modeling of semiconductor devices plays an important role in determining which future technologies are most promising as well as better understanding the underlying physics of existing devices. This thesis focuses on numerical simulation of transport in low-dimensional materials and explores the physics of negative capacitance in ferroelectrics.

Toward a Quantitative Knob for Controlling the Synthesis of Colloidal Metal Nanocrystals: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Younan Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology, BME / Chem

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recent studies suggest that reduction kinetics play an essential role in determining the outcome of a synthesis of colloidal metal nanocrystals. Reduction kinetics not only control the internal defect structure, including single-crystal, singly-twinned, multiply-twinned, and stacking-fault lined, of a seed formed in the nucleation step but also dictate the growth pattern (symmetric vs....   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Condensation and Large Deviation

Seminar | April 21 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Cal Alumni Symposium

Seminar | April 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 UCB Env. Eng. Alumni

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Composition Colloquium: Marco Fusi

Colloquium | April 21 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Marco Fusi, violinist, violist and viola d'amore player, has studied with Dimitrios Polisoidis, Ernst Kovacic and Jeanne-Marie Conquer.

Marco has performed with conductors and soloists including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Peter Eötvös , Beat Furrer, Susanna Mälkki, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustav Kuhn, Jürg Wyttenbach, Jean Deroyer, and Marco Angius. He has premiered new works by composers...   More >

Mapping and Visualization of Cultural Data: Native California, Mosques in China, Maritime Buddhism

Seminar | April 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Jeanette Zerneke

 Information, School of

RTGC Seminar: Character Formulas from Matrix Factorisations

Seminar | April 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kiran Luecke, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

Using the structure of the matrix factorisation category $MF_G(g, W)$ of Freed and Teleman I deduce the Kirillov character formula for compact Lie groups, and the Rossman character formula for the discrete series of a real semisimple Lie group. The proofs are a calculation of Chern characters and use the Dirac family constructed by Freed, Hopkins, and Teleman. Indeed, one of the main results of...   More >

Dalton Inorganic Chemistry Seminar: Ligand influences on base metals for multi-electron transformations

Seminar | April 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Alison Fout, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois

 College of Chemistry

Multi-electron transformations featuring base metals are both particularly challenging and interesting. A series multi-dentate ligand frameworks containing both hydrogen bond donating and accepting moieties in the secondary coordination sphere have been synthesized and reactivity will be described. These transformations feature the reduction of inorganic oxyanions which have long been touted for...   More >

Representation theory and mathematical physics seminar: New feature of the Schubert calculus

Seminar | April 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Vasily Gorbunv, University of Aberdeen

 Department of Mathematics

In the talk we will describe a new feature of the classical Schubert calculus which holds for all types of the classical Lie groups. As the main example we will use the type A Grassmanians. The usual definition of the Schubert cycles involves a choice of a parameter, namely a choice of a full flag. Studying the dependence of the construction of the Schubert cycles on these parameters in the...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago), "There Is No Such Thing As The Composer's Voice"

Colloquium | April 21 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago), "There Is No Such Thing As The Composer's Voice"

Brodsky's scholarly and critical work pursues a number of related lines of inquiry. The first concerns music of the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular the field of “composerly production,” with all the openness this connotes: how is “the composer” constructed, and how does she function culturally,...   More >

Seeing Like the Nation: Battlefield Tourism and Conflicts of Memory in the Japanese Empire

Colloquium | April 21 | 5 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221

 Kate McDonald, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Tourism Studies Working Group

This talk explores the spatial politics of nationalism through the story of Japanese and Korean student travelers to the Russo-Japanese War battlefields at Port Arthur. Unlike Korea and Taiwan, the Japanese state possessed only de facto sovereignty over its territory in Manchuria, including the historic battlefields of Port Arthur at the tip of the Liaodong Peninsula. Yet these battlefields...   More >