<< Week of September 25 >>

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

​Two forms of perceptual learning generalization: Immediate transfer and learning to learn

Seminar | September 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 C. Shawn Green, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

​While it is clear that, with appropriate practice, people will improve on most perceptual tasks, the improvements seen from such practice commonly fail generalize to new tasks. However, while this type of learning specificity is undoubtedly the most frequently described outcome of perceptual training, over the past few decades, numerous examples have been described in the literature...   More >

Understanding Human Rights Laws and Policies in Pakistan

Presentation | September 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Evans Hall, CSHE Conference Room (766/768)

 Dr. Munir Moosa Sewani, Sindh Madressatul Islam University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

CSHE Visiting Scholar, Dr. Sewani, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of human rights laws and policies in Pakistan and highlight how elements of human rights are portrayed by higher education policies.

Dr. Munir Moosa Sewani

Combinatorics Seminar: Pattern Posets and Poset Fibrations

Seminar | September 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jason Smith, University of Strathclyde

 Department of Mathematics

A pattern poset is a poset of combinatorial objects, with a partial order s< t if s occurs in t for some notion of occurrence. For example, the poset of words where s< t if s occurs as a subword of t. A variety of such pattern posets have been studied independently on words, permutations, graphs, Dyck paths, etc. Moreover, many of these posets have similar results relating to their Möbius...   More >

Use of PEER Tall Buildings Initiative Guidelines for Peer Review of Tall and Unique Structures

Seminar | September 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 James O. Malley, S.E. Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, Degenkolb Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

Engineers designing tall and otherwise unique structures are challenged in strictly meeting all
seismic design provisions of the building code. Prior to 2010, there were no guidelines in
place to allow engineers to perform a performance-based seismic design to validate that their
designs were consistent with the performance goals of the code.

Remembering in the Toddler Years

Colloquium | September 25 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Simona Ghetti, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain

 Department of Psychology

The ability to subjectively re-experience our past requires processes that develop substantially during the course of childhood. Children ought to be able form, retain and retrieve detailed memory representations. In addition, they ought to be able to reflect on the quality of these memory representations (e.g., whether they are certain versus uncertain; whether the memories include vivid detail)...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Double-elliptic Macdonald Polynomials

Seminar | September 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a new geometric way to think about symmetric polynomials. We will consider some special classes in the equivariant elliptic cohomology of Hilbert scheme of points on the complex plane (elliptic stable envelopes). It is natural to think about these classes as two parametric elliptic generalization of Macdonald polynomials. All other important symmetric polynomials such as...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Semiclassical resolvent estimates away from trapping

Seminar | September 25 | 2:40-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kiril Datchev, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

Semiclassical resolvent estimates relate dynamics of a particle scattering problem to regularity and decay of waves in a corresponding wave scattering problem. Roughly speaking, more trapping of particles corresponds to a larger resolvent near the trapping. If the trapping is mild, then propagation estimates imply that the larger norm occurs only there. However, in this talk I will show how the...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Microstates free entropy: definition, examples and applications.

Seminar | September 25 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will primarily discuss the work of Voiculescu in the paper " The analogues of entropy and of Fisher information in free probability II". We will motivate and define a free analogue of entropy via approximating matricial microstates, as inspired by the classical Boltzmann definition. Then we will discuss an attempt to resolve the free group factors isomorphism problem using...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Rational motivic path spaces

Seminar | September 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ishai Dan-Cohen, Ben-Gurion University

 Department of Mathematics

A central ingredient in Kim's work on integral points of hyperbolic curves is the “unipotent Kummer map” which goes from integral points to certain torsors for the prounipotent completion of the fundamental group, and which, roughly speaking, sends an integral point to the torsor of homotopy classes of paths connecting it to a fixed base-point. In joint work with Tomer Schlank, we introduce a...   More >

Adam Elmachtoub - The value of opaque products

Seminar | September 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Adam Elmachtoub, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: A product is said to be opaque if one or more of its attributes are not revealed until after the product has been sold. Opaque products have historically been used in the travel industry where airline and hotel brands might be hidden to the customer, in exchange for a discount. More recently, online retailers have also used opaque products, where customers can sacrifice their choice of...   More >

Design Field Notes: Jazmyn Latimer

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Jazmyn Latimer, Code for America's lead designer for Safety and Justice, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Seminar 271, Development: "The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Public Finance: Experimental Evidence from Kenya"

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michael Walker, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Resonances on asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds; the ambient metric approach

Seminar | September 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Charles Hadfield, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

On an asymptotically hyperbolic manifold, the Laplacian has essential spectrum. Since work of Mazzeo and Melrose, this essential spectrum has been studied via the theory of resonances; poles of the meromorphic continuation of the resolvent of the Laplacian (with modified spectral parameter). A recent technique of Vasy provides an alternative construction of this meromorphic continuation which...   More >

SLAM: Starting a Career at a Top-Tier Institution

Seminar | September 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Insights from Professor Michelle Chang (Chemistry) and Professor Reza Alam (Mechanical Engineering) and Phil Geissler (Chemistry)!

Join us for an insightful discussion with our own UC Berkeley faculty members about what it’s really like to start a career at a top-tier institution. Learn about how to navigate the career change from post-doc to professor and how to position yourself for success.

AFL-CIO Solidarity Center Delegation on Illicit Financial Flows out of Africa: Transnational Cooperation on Illicit Financial Flows

Panel Discussion | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Joel Odigie, Coordinator of Human and Trade Union Rights, International Trade Union Confederation-Africa; Luckystar Miyandazi, Policy Officer in the African Institutions Program, The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); Cloudine Bwesigye, Program Officer, East Africa Trade Union Confederation (EATUC)

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, AFL-CIO Solidarity Center

In 2015, Thabo Mbeki commissioned a high level report on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Africa. The report indicated that over $50 billion in IFFs leaves Africa annually, an amount nearly equal to the official development assistance sent to the continent each year. IFFs are of particular concern amidst current changes in development funding trends and increasing environmental degradation....   More >

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Memorials and Memory Activism: Interview with Valentina Rozas-Krause, College of Environmental Design

Seminar | September 26 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Valentina Rozas-Krause, Architecture, College of Environmental Design; Dr. Tesla Monson, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

This week on The Graduates, we are speaking with architect Valentina Krause about her work on memorials in South America, the Bay Area, and Germany.

The Graduates, featuring graduate student research at Cal, is broadcast every other Tuesday on KALX 90.7 FM.

Valentina Rozas-Krause

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Machine Learning and Alternative Data in Fundamental-based Quantitative Equity

Seminar | September 26 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Ben Gum, AXA Rosenberg

 Center for Risk Management Research

We begin with a survey of machine learning techniques and applications outside of finance. Then we discuss our use of Machine Learning techniques at Rosenberg. Finally, we explore some alternative data sources.

Synthesis and Study of Unusual Lipids

Seminar | September 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Prof. Noah Burns, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Our group is particularly inspired by natural products not only because of their importance as synthetic targets but also due to their ability to serve as invaluable identifiers of unanswered chemical, medicinal, biological, and biophysical questions. One major focus of our research has been the selective halogenation of alkenes. Dihalogenation and halofunctionalization encompass some of the most...   More >

Understanding Your Work Related Values

Workshop | September 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  University Hall

 Terrie Moore, Staff Career Development

 Human Resources

Identify/clarify values that are important to you to express at work. Explore approaches to enhance alignment.

REGISTRATION required at the UC Learning Center through the Blu portal. Course code - BECAR103

  Register online

UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) – The Pension Plan (BEUHS346)

Workshop | September 26 | 12:10-2:10 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Don Goldberg, Senior Benefits Analyst, UC Retirement Administration Service Center

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

The session, designed for active career employees, addresses the many areas one needs to consider for a successful and satisfying retirement and the benefits available through the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP). Content includes information about monthly retirement income and how it is calculated, cost of living adjustments, and lump sum cash out. The Retirement Savings Program and retiree health and...   More >

  Enroll online

Development Lunch: "Long-term effects of violent conflict on second-generation health outcomes: evidence from Liberia"

Seminar | September 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Soazic Elise Wang Sonne; Shibiru Melesse, CEGA EASST Fellow

 Department of Economics

Student seminar series for development economics student in Econ and ARE.

Exploring Majors and Career Options

Workshop | September 26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42 Conference Room

 Career Center

Undecided about your major? Not sure of the best academic path to your dream job? You're not alone! Join experts from the Career Center, the Career Counseling Library, and L&S, and learn how to start working towards your post-graduation career goals.

RSVP if you plan to attend: https://goo.gl/forms/URH5VWz5LXo9e6vC3

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The belly of a minimal free resolution

Seminar | September 26 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Karim Adiprasito, Einstein Institute for Mathematics Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss the shape of minimal free resolutions of monomial ideals, that is, the shape of its bigraded Betti-table, and relate it to basic homotopy theory.

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: “The China Shock Revisited”

Seminar | September 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Rob Feenstra, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

Electronic resonances: Challenge and opportunity

Seminar | September 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Anna Krylov, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

 College of Chemistry

Autoionizing (or electron-detaching) states are ubiquitous in physics, chemistry, biology, and technology. Such meta-stable states (called resonances) play a central role in processes as diverse as DNA radiolysis, plasmonic catalysis, and attosecond spectroscopy. Resonances belong to the continuum spectrum, which makes their theoretical description exceptionally difficult, because their wave...   More >

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science: On Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science

Seminar | September 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Michael I. Jordan, Professor, Statistics & EECS, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The rapid growth in the size and scope of datasets in science and technology has created a need for novel foundational perspectives on data analysis that blend the inferential and computational sciences. That classical perspectives from these fields are not adequate to address emerging problems in Data Science is apparent from their sharply divergent nature at an elementary level---in computer...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Tax Advantages and Imperfect Competition in Auctions for Municipal Bonds"

Seminar | September 26 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 James Roberts, Duke University

 Department of Economics

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 26 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Celebrating 100 Years of Modern Korean Literature

Conference/Symposium | September 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Berkeley City Club, Drawing Room

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Kyung-Ran Jo, author

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley; Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco

Please join us for a discussion of the fruits of a century of modern Korean literature dating from the appearance of Yi Kwang-su’s novel Mujŏng (The Heartless) in 1917.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Symbolic Powers of Determinantal Ideals

Seminar | September 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Leon Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a description of certain products of minors of a generic matrix as pairs of standard Young tableaux. Under this description, the pairs of standard Young tableaux form a free basis of the polynomial ring whose variables are generic entries of that matrix. We also characterize the nth symbolic power of a determinantal ideal in terms of these pairs of standard Young tableaux, and use this to...   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 >

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | September 27 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | September 27 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Address Geocoding

Workshop | September 27 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 55A McCone Hall

 Patty Frontiera, D-Lab

 Library

This workshop will introduce geocoding--the process of determining the geographic location of a place name, zipcode, or address. The first part of this workshop will be an introduction to the process of geocoding and strategies for achieving good results. We will briefly discuss the pros and cons of the various software tools available for geocoding.

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

Fetal Monitoring During Childbirth with Dr. Neil Ray: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Dr. Neil Ray, Raydiant Oximetry

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

To understand why a world-wide C-section epidemic has developed and the consequential long-term health implications to mother and child. How existing fetal monitors have contributed to the C-section epidemic and how the technology being developed by Raydiant Oximetry could help reduce the unsustainable C-section rates that currently exist.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Nancy Chen "Tracking short-term evolution in a pedigreed wild population"

Seminar | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Nancy Chen

 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 >

“Listening in on crosstalk in signaling networks”

Seminar | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Lani Wu, UCSF

 Bioengineering (BioE)

How complex signaling networks shape highly-coordinated, multistep cellular responses is poorly understood. Biological networks are highly complex, containing many components and many putative interactions. We developed a network-perturbation approach to identify where and when signaling actually occurs. Our results, illustrated on polarity networks in neutrophils and morphogenic networks in...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Breaking the Silence - Chemical and Synthetic Approaches for Plant Developmental Biology"

Seminar | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Keiko Torii, University of Washington

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Torii lab studies how plant cells coordinate proliferation and differentiation during organ morphogenesis to generate beautiful, orderly patterns. We aim to understand the molecular and genetic bases of cell-cell communication that specifies organ size, shape, and stomatal patterning through integrated approaches.

Keiko Torii

Social-Science Genomics: A Primer and Progress Report: Dan Benjamin, USC Center for Economic and Social Research

Colloquium | September 27 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Dan Benjamin, Professor, USC Center for Economic and Social Research

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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.

Depression in Later Life (BEUHS170)

Workshop | September 27 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Maureen Kelly, Ed.D., LCSW, Be well at Work - Elder Care

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

Depression is a disease that affects people of all ages, but is both more common and more serious for those over sixty. Although depression is not a normal part of aging, many risk factors such as health problems, physical limitations, the loss of loved ones, and fears about financial issues, contributes to late-life depression. This important workshop will focus on an often overlooked aging...   More >

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | September 27 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Health*Matters

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3 pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Please...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 27 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Morse-Bott cohomology of flow categories

Seminar | September 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Zhengyi Zhou, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Flow category was introduced by Cohen, Jones and Segal to organize all the moduli spaces in Floer-type cohomology theories. In this talk, I will review three constructions of the cohomology on flow categories in the Morse-Bott case, namely the Austin-Braam's model, the Fukaya's model and the cascades model. I will explain how homological perturbation theory can help solving the transversality...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Robust Incentives for Teams

Seminar | September 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Juuso Toikka, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Joint with Departmental Seminar. *Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

Gilman Scholarship Essay Review

Workshop | September 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 160 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you applying to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship?
Come to the Gilman Scholarship Essay Review and get feedback on your application essays from recent UC Berkeley Gilman Scholars .

The Gilman Scholarship deadline for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 (early application) study abroad programs and internships is 9:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. For more information or to...   More >

Invertibility and condition number of sparse random matrices

Seminar | September 27 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Mark Rudelson, University of Michigan

 Department of Statistics

Consider an n by n linear system Ax=b. If the right-hand side of the system is known up to a certain error, then in process of the solution, this error gets amplified by the condition number of the matrix A, i.e. by the ratio of its largest and smallest singular values. This observation led von Neumann and his collaborators to consider the condition number of a random matrix and conjecture that...   More >

Effect of electrolyte ions on Electrochemical CO2 reduction/Ion transport in homogenous and nanostructured polymer electrolytes

Colloquium | September 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Joaquin Resasco, Ph.D. student in the Bell Group; Ksenia Timachova, Ph.D. student in the Balsara Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Seminar 208, Microeconomic theory (joint with departmental seminar)

Seminar | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Evans Hall

 Juuso Toikka, MIT

 Department of Economics

Note special time and place

Applied Math Seminar: Topology Optimization for Multiscale and Multiphysics Design

Seminar | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Hyunsun Alicia Kim, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

Topology optimization is able to provide unintuitive and innovative design solutions and a performance improvement (e.g. weight savings) in excess of 50 percent is not uncommonly demonstrated in a wide range of engineering design problems. With the rise of advance materials and additive manufacturing, topology optimization is attracting much attention in the recent years. This presentation will...   More >

Metabolic Stress Hormone FGF21: From Thirsty to Thin

Seminar | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Steve Kliewer, UT Southwestern

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Negative Dependence and Sampling in Machine Learning

Seminar | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Stefanie Jegelka, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Statistics

Discrete Probability distributions with strong negative dependencies (negative association) occur in a wide range of settings in Machine Learning, from probabilistic modeling to randomized algorithms for accelerating a variety of popular ML models. In addition, these distributions enjoy rich theoretical connections and properties. A prominent example are Determinantal Point Processes.
In this...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Symbiosis or Annihilation? How Humans and Technology Coevolve

Colloquium | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Edward A. Lee, Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor, EECS/U.C. Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I argue that digital technology and computing are coevolving, in a Darwinian sense, with human culture. I examine the relationship between discovery, invention, and design, and the way that background models ("unknown knowns") shape technology development. I claim that technology is limited less by physical constraints than by lack of imagination and inability to adapt. Human...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Morse-Bott cohomology from homological perturbation

Seminar | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Zhengyi Zhou, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will give a new construction of the cochain complexes for flow categories in the Morse-Bott case, where the underlying vector space is generated by the cohomology of the critical manifolds. This new construction has two nice features: (1) It requires the minimum amount of transversality. (2) The choices made in the construction do not depend on the structure of the flow category....   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: A cohomological approach to the Berezin fibre integral

Seminar | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alexander Alldridge, University of Cologne

 Department of Mathematics

The fibrewise Berezin integral is an important tool in mathematical physics, e.g., to derive supersymmetric field equations from variational principles. For a supermanifold, the de Rham complex is underbounded, and differential forms cannot be integrated; the Berezinian sheaf was introduced by Berezin to address this problem. However, the definition is ad hoc, the resulting integral is defined...   More >

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: Robust Incentives for Teams

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

 Juuso Toikka, MIT

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory seminar

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review

Course | September 6 – October 11, 2017 every Wednesday | 5-7 p.m. |  Online

 Rafat Raie, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Walnut Creek; Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec; Crystal Killiam, PE, City of Los Angeles; Obaid Khan, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Dublin

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to...   More >

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Thursday, September 28, 4-5:30
Friday, September 29, 10-6
Saturday, September 30, 10-1

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. During the Yuan dynasty their tutelage afforded the Buddhist community unprecedented...   More >

White Tara, © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Courtesy of the Government of Mongolia.

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Utilizing Technology to Protect Freedom of Expression: Microsoft and the UN Advancing Human Rights

Panel Discussion | September 28 | 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations; Brad Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

 Alexa Koenig, Executive Director, Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law

 Haas School of Business

Please join us for the Haas School of Business Dean's Speaker Series at UC Berkeley for a highly-anticipated discussion on freedom of expression with Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer and His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Alexa Koenig, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley-Law, will take on...   More >

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UN & Microsoft Collaboration

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | September 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Manasi Deshpande, Professor, University of Chicago

 Haas School of Business

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

Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

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

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >

Dissertation talk: Threat modeling and circumvention of Internet censorship

Presentation | September 28 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 David Fifield

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Research on the circumvention of Internet censorship requires modeling the behavior of censors. Circumvention systems are designed according to assumptions arising from models: the more accurate the models, the more effective the circumvention. A circumvention system designed under inadequate assumptions risks irrelevance, through being easily blockable or impractical to deploy.

I will present...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | September 28 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 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 >

Advanced Literature Searching with Scopus

Workshop | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110MD

 Randy Spencer, Elsevier, Inc.

 Library

Want to improve your literature searching and save yourself time? This workshop will cover advanced searching with Scopus, a large abstract and citation database covering the peer-reviewed literature: scholarly journals, books, and conference proceedings. The database covers publications in science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Come learn useful tips and techniques...   More >

  Registration opens August 17. Register online or by calling Brian Quigley at 510-642-5729, or by emailing Brian Quigley at bquigley@berkeley.edu

Buddhist Revelations in Mongolian Contemporary Art: Artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu in Conversation with Uranchimeg Tsultem

Colloquium | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soyolmaa Davaakhuu, Mongolian artist

 Uranchimeg Tsultem, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative Steering Committee

 Mongolia Foundation, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Mongolian artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu will discuss her work with art historian Uranchimeg Tsultem. Soyolmaa Davaakhuu's art is based on her profound interest and practice of Buddhism. She is one of very few artists in Mongolia who aim to find new modernist style of expression of Buddhist images, motifs and symbols. She studied Buddhism and with the approval of her guru, she is able to create new...   More >

Soyolmaa Davaakhuu

Scopus Tools for Assessing Research Impact

Workshop | September 28 | 3-4 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110MD

 Randy Spencer, Elsevier, Inc.

 Library

This workshop will cover tools and techniques available in the citation database Scopus for maximizing and assessing your research impact. Topics to be covered include: citation analysis for authors, comparing journals with CiteScore, linking your Scopus Author ID to your ORCID ID, and using PlumX metrics in Scopus.

We encourage you to register for the workshop, but drop-ins will also be...   More >

  Registration opens August 17. Register online or by calling Brian Quigley at 510-642-5729, or by emailing Brian Quigley at bquigley@berkeley.edu

Nature and nurture in neurocognitive development: insights from studies of plasticity in blindness

Seminar | September 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Marina Bedny, John Hopkins, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Cognitive Neuroscience/Neurobiology Colloquium

Colloquium | September 28 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Marina Bedny, Johns Hopkins University

 Department of Psychology

Nature and nurture in neurocognitive development: Insights from studies of plasticity in blindness.

Nature and nurture in neurocognitive development: insights from studies of plasticity in blindness

Colloquium | September 28 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Marina Bedny, Johns Hopkins University

 Department of Psychology

The human cortex consists of distinct networks that support cognitive functions such as language processing, face perception, and motor control. How do intrinsic physiology and experience determine this specialization? Studies of sensory loss provide unique insights into this question. In individuals who are blind from birth so called “visual” cortices acquire responses to sound and touch....   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Tensors and their Eigenvectors

Colloquium | September 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Bernd Sturmfels, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Eigenvectors of square matrices are central to linear algebra. Eigenvectors of tensors are a natural generalization, and they have numerous applications. We present an introduction to the spectral theory of tensors, highlighting algebraic aspects, connections to dynamics and optimization, and recent results.

Book Talk Series: Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

Reading - Nonfiction | September 28 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 227 Haviland Hall | Canceled

 Library, Social Research Library

Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, will discuss his new book, Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness. This is a beautifully written memoir that describes the impact on the family of his father's recurring mental illness -- and the crucial need to combat the powerful stigma that surrounds it.

GraphXD Seminar: Graph Clustering Algorithms

Seminar | September 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tselil Schramm, Simons Institute, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

One of the greatest advantages of representing data with graphs is access to generic algorithms for analytic tasks, such as clustering. In this talk I will describe some popular graph clustering algorithms, and explain why they are well-motivated from a theoretical perspective.

Media Manipulation, Fake News, and Trolls: A Critical Media Workshop and Skill-Share

Workshop | September 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Cody Hennesy, E-Learning Librarian, Doe Library; Sine Hwang-Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, Ethnic Studies Library; Corliss Lee, American Cultures Librarian, Doe Library

 Library

Starting from a research justice framework, we will consider how different forms of knowledge production—cultural, spiritual, experiential, mainstream, and institutional—relate to political power. From there we look to recent trends in media manipulation, including political disinformation campaigns, fake news, and how trolling subcultures propagate their ideas online by gaming social media...   More >

 Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library

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Preserving Your Humanity: Discussion on Surviving the Academic White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy (aka Berkeley)

Workshop | September 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (MCC)

 Brittney Enin, Public Health major/African American Studies minor, member, Student Health Advisory Committee, Self-Care Consultant & Health Equity Advocate, Self-Care Consulting

 Under-Represented Researchers of Color (UROC): student group sponsored by Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships (OURS)

Want to be able to take care of yourself, but feel like there is no other way to engage with that being a Berkeley student? Need more tools to deal with the broken-ness of the world? Come through to the MCC for a presentation, group reflection, & discussion on what it takes to take care of yourself within a NUCLEAR HOT campus climate that is disinvested from our well-being as melanated,...   More >

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Thursday, September 28, 4-5:30
Friday, September 29, 10-6
Saturday, September 30, 10-1

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. During the Yuan dynasty their tutelage afforded the Buddhist community unprecedented...   More >

German 204- Fall 2017: Compact Seminar

Course | September 1 – 29, 2017 every Friday | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

Prof. Dr. Ortrud Gutjahr (Universität Hamburg)

Aufklärungstheater: Lessings Dramen und Hamburgische Dramaturgie

Gotthold Ephraim Lessings Schauspiel Nathan der Weise (1779) gilt als das deutschsprachige Drama der Aufklärung schlechthin. Und dies nicht nur, weil es bis heute das am häufigsten auf der Bühne inszenierte Stück der Epoche ist, sondern auch, weil es mit seinen szenischen...   More >

Environmental Justice Survey

Deadline | September 29 |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

SERC's Environmental Justice Associate seeks to host a series of workshops surrounding issues of environmental justice, privilege, race, gender, disability, allyship etc. This survey serves to identify what the community is mainly looking to gain and learn in this series of workshops! Survey: http://tinyurl.com/sercejsurvey

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

UC Berkeley Global Health Fellows Symposium

Conference/Symposium | September 29 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | 545 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Global Public Health, CEND (Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases)

Fellows from various global health fellowship programs at UC Berkeley will present findings from their summer fieldwork.

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Matroid Minors

Seminar | September 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Max Hlavacek, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A minor of a matroid is a "smaller" matroid that can be obtained from the original through a sequence of operations called deletions and contractions. The minors of a matroid can be thought of as its fundamental substructures, and often knowing the minors of a matroid gives valuable information about the original matroid. This talk will formally define what it means to be a matroid minor, drawing...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Solution-Processed Optoelectronic Devices

Seminar | September 29 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Cory (Hogan Room)

 Ted Sargent, University of Toronto

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Colloidal quantum dots, perovskite semiconductors, and their combinations, have proven the potential of liquid-processed semiconductor materials in the field of optoelectronics.

Physico-Chemical Approaches to Understanding and Developing Cancer Immunotherapies: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Prof. James R. Heath, Cal Tech, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

At the heart of most cancer immunotherapies are specific molecular interactions between the principle cancer cell killers, T cells, and the tumor-associated peptide antigens that are presented within the tumor environment.

I will discuss 2 separate projects relevant to understanding and harnessing these interactions. The first is a microchip/nanotech based single cell tool that is used for...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: A Condition for Long-Range Order in Discrete Spin Systems

Seminar | September 29 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yinon Spinka, Tel-Aviv University

 Department of Mathematics

We present a new condition for the existence of long-range order in discrete spin systems, which emphasizes the role of entropy and high dimension. The condition applies to all symmetric nearest-neighbor discrete spin systems with an internal symmetry of `dominant phases'. Specific applications include a proof of Kotecky's conjecture (1985) on anti-ferromagnetic Potts models, a strengthening of...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Oliver Schneller

Colloquium | September 29 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

3-4:30, Morrison 125 (unless otherwise noted)

Free and open to the public

Oliver Schneller (b. 1966 in Cologne) grew up in Africa, Europe and Asia and studied in Germany and the USA. After completing a MA in political science and musicology at the University of Bonn he worked for the Goethe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal (1990-91) on a project to support and sustain local forms of...   More >

MENA Salon: Contemporary Art Production in the Middle East

Workshop | September 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The MENA Salon is a weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

ITS Seminar: The Interesting and Risky Way in Which Transport System Risk Is Managed: A brief history and need for transformed thinking

Seminar | September 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Simon Washington, Professor and Head of School, Civil Engineering, University of Queensland

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This talk discusses the history of transport network safety management methodology from theoretical and empirical perspectives. It highlights some of the critical assumptions made along the way, describes how and why these assumptions might be hindering further development and real improvement in our ability to prevent crashes, and recommends directions for future methodological development.

Graphite-Conjugated Catalysis

Seminar | September 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Yogesh Surendranath, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

The interconversion of electrical and chemical energy requires the coupling of electron transfer with substrate bond rearrangement. This can be achieved via inner-sphere electron transfer at the surface exposed active sites of metallic heterogeneous electrocatalysts or via outer-sphere redox mediation facilitated by a homogeneous molecular electrocatalysts. Molecular electrocatalysts yield...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Local Moduli of Abelian Varieties

Seminar | September 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Eric Chen, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

We begin with a brief review on infinitesimal lifting, which leads us into the general setup of deformations over a local Artin ring. I will state and use the main tool in this setting, Schlessinger's criterion, to outline the proof of a lifting result due to Grothendieck. If time permits, I will also discuss cohomological obstructions and polarization.

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Relative Isoperimetric Inequalities

Seminar | September 29 | 4:10-6 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Brain Krummel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

South Korea's Five-Year Plan for National Affairs of the Moon Jae-In Administration

Conference/Symposium | September 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 155 Dwinelle Hall

 Jin-pyo Kim

 Physical Education Program, Martial Arts, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The South Korean State Affairs Planning Committee Chairman Jin-pyo Kim will discuss the state's five-year plan for national affairs, including the issue of military tensions between South and North Korea.