<< Week of October 15 >>

Sunday, October 15, 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.

Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today

Conference/Symposium | October 13 – 15, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-10 p.m. |  Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

Full details are at http://communalpresence.com/.

Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today, will be held at UC Berkeley October 13-October 15, 2017. All events are free and open to the public.

Emerging in the late 1970s of San Francisco, New Narrative originated at the crossroads of an aesthetically and politically radical poetry scene and the new publics fostered by various social...   More >

Monday, October 16, 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.

​Crowding from three sides: Foveal interference, spatial attention, and appearance

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dan Coates, PhD, University of Houston Optometry

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Crowding, the deleterious influence of clutter on identification of a target, is typically studied in the visual periphery, where it is a fundamental limit to visual perception. Most experiments entail keen spatial focus on a flanked target, which must be categorized using forced-choice response methods. I present several recent studies that extend conventional practice. First, I...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Zamolodchikov periodicity and integrability

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Pavel Galashin, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

T-systems are certain discrete dynamical systems associated with quivers. Keller showed in 2013 that the T-system is periodic when the quiver is a product of two finite Dynkin diagrams. We prove that the T-system is periodic if and only if the quiver is a finite ⊠ finite quiver. Such quivers correspond to pairs of commuting Cartan matrices which have been classified by Stembridge in the context...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | October 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Na'ama Shenhav, Professor, Dartmouth

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Collapsing hyperkähler manifolds

Seminar | October 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Valentino Tosatti, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

Consider a projective hyperkähler manifolds with a surjective holomorphic map with connected fibers onto a lower-dimensional manifold. In the case the base must be half-dimensional projective space, and the generic fibers are holomorphic Lagrangian tori. I will explain how hyperkähler metrics on the total space with volume of the torus fibers shrinking to zero, collapse smoothly away from the...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Betti Geometric Langlands

Seminar | October 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 David Nadler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I’ll describe a variant of the geometric Langlands program that has more of the topological flavor of some physical accounts. I’ll explain how it fits into broader patterns in mirror symmetry, and also the form it takes in some examples. A key quest is for a “categorical Verlinde formula” to reduce the case of high genus curves to nodal configurations. (Joint work in parts with D. Ben-Zvi...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Trade, Merchants and Lost Cities of the Bronze Age

Seminar | October 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Kerem Cosar, University of Virginia

 Department of Economics

Joint with International Seminar.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

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

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

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: "Trade, Merchants and Lost Cities of the Bronze Age, with Gojko Barjamovic"

Seminar | October 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Kerem Cosar, University of Virginia

 Department of Economics

Destroying a Museum Archive: Sex, Racism, Image, and Contemporary Archeology

Colloquium | October 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Doug Bailey, San Francisco State University, Department of Anthropology

 Department of Anthropology

What happens when people attempt to
discard and destroy a museum archive
that contains many thousands of visual
and material objects? In this workshop,
we discuss the politics, potential,
and violence of archive objects
specifically a cache of over 1200, 35-
mm transparencies from the mid-late
20th century. What lives do they live?
Are they passive and neutral objects
resting peacefully...   More >

New Google Sites workshop: Organize, collaborate and share

Workshop | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Jen Bellenger, bConnected Collaboration Services; Rob Silva, bConnected Collaboration Services

 Library, Information Services and Technology (IST)

In this workshop we'll explore how easy it is to organize, collaborate, and share all of your online content in the New Google Sites.

 Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library.

  RSVP online

BLISS Seminar: Kannan-Lovasz-Simonovitz Conjecture

Seminar | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Yin-Tat Lee, UW Seattle

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Kannan-Lovasz-Simonovitz (KLS) conjecture asserts that the isoperimetric constant of any isotropic convex set is uniformly bounded below.

It turns out that this conjecture implies several well-known conjectures from multiple fields: (Convex Geometry) Each unit-volume convex set contains a constant area cross section. (Information Theory) Each isotropic logconcave distribution has O(d) KL...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Odd degree number fields with odd class number

Seminar | October 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Wei Ho, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

For any fixed odd integer $n \geq 3$, we study the 2-torsion of the ideal class groups of certain families of degree $n$ number fields. We show that (up to a tail estimate) the average size of the 2-torsion in these families matches the predictions given by the Cohen-Lenstra-Martinet-Malle heuristics, which predict the distribution of class groups of number fields. As a consequence, we find that...   More >

Philip Protter - Issues of Incomplete Markets

Seminar | October 16 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Philip Protter, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: In a complete market, there is a unique risk neutral measure, unique prices, and all contingent claims can be (at least theoretically) perfectly hedged. In an incomplete market, in contrast, there is an infinite number of risk neutral measures, a continuum of “fair” prices, and contingent claims can in general not be perfectly hedged, even theoretically. Unfortunately, there seems to be...   More >

Molecular mechanism of cellular motility

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tom Pollard, Yale University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 271, Development: "Discretion and Corruption in Public Procurement"

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ferenc Szűcs, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Design Field Notes: Jess Hobbs

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Public artist, designer, and social entrepreneur Jess Hobbs will speak at Jacobs Hall.

A birds-eye view: Longitudinal trends in UC students and faculty

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Zachary Bleemer, UCOP, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

How has the student experience provided by the University of California changed over the past 100 years, and what are the ramifications of those changes for the broader state of California? I will present preliminary results from the University of California ClioMetric History Project (UCCHP), a longitudinal examination of the contributions of California universities to the state's growth,...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Fractal uncertainty for transfer operators

Seminar | October 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Maciej Zworski, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a new explanation of the connection between the fractal uncertainty principle of Bourgain–Dyatlov, a statement in harmonic analysis, and the existence of zero free strips for Selberg zeta functions, which is a statement in geometric scattering/dynamical systems. The connection is proved using (relatively) elementary methods via the Ruelle transfer operator which is a well known...   More >

Special Topology Seminar: Something more to say about Dehn’s lemma

Seminar | October 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Michael Freedman, Microsoft Research

 Department of Mathematics

There seem to be 5 broad theorems whose conclusion is an embedded two dimensional disk (perhaps with additional structures). The five are about mapping a disk into manifolds of dimension: 2,3,4,higher, and symplectic manifolds, respectively. Each is worth knowing. The theorem about mapping a disk into a three manifold is called Dehn’s lemma. It is 60 years old, but I will explain a new wrinkle...   More >

SLAM: Communicating science to the general public: Lessons from Known Universe and Particle Fever

Seminar | October 16 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor David Kaplan, Johns Hopkins University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Tuesday, October 17, 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.

Zotero Workshop: Zotero for Citation Management

Workshop | October 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 305 Library Training Room


Learn how to use this easy citation manager for Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

Division of Immunology and Pathogenesis

Seminar | October 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Canceled

 Michaela Gack, University of Chicago

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Backtest overfitting, stock fund design and forecast performance

Seminar | October 17 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: David Bailey, LBNL and UC Davis

 Center for Risk Management Research

Backtest overfitting means the usage of backtests (historical market data) to construct an investment strategy, fund or portfolio, when the number of variations explored exceeds limits of statistical reliability. We show that backtest overfitting is inevitable when computer programs are employed to explore millions or even billions of parameter variations (as is typical) to select an optimal...   More >

Shot Orientation Controls for Interactive Cinematography with 360 Video

Seminar | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, 354/360

 Amy Pavel, EECS / UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Virtual reality filmmakers creating 360° video currently rely on cinematography techniques that were developed for traditional narrow field of view film. They typically edit together a sequence of shots so that they appear at a fixed orientation irrespective of the viewer’s field of view. But because viewers set their own camera orientation they may miss important story content while looking in...   More >

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: 7-Minute Veggies (BEUHS641)

Workshop | October 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Is a lack of time keeping you from eating your veggies? Say goodbye to this excuse with delicious vegetable recipes that can be prepared in 7 minutes or less. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

  Register online

Changing contests for capital: Alternative Metrics of Research Impact at The World Bank

Colloquium | October 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Kate Williams, ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow, Sociology, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

 Center for African Studies

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

Development Lunch: TBD and "Long-Term Effects of Longer School Days: Evidence from Chile"

Seminar | October 17 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Benedetta Lerva; Krista Ruffini and Patricio Dominguez

 Department of Economics

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

Progress and Pathology in US Health Policy

Colloquium | October 17 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Rick Kronick, PhD, Professor, UC San Diego, Family Medicine & Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Substantial progress has been made in improving access to care and moderating health spending growth, with some progress made in improving quality following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. However, many serious pathologies remain, and the progress that has been made is threatened by the uncertainty roiling federal health policy. In this talk I will review progress and pathologies, in...   More >

HTNM: Between the Digital and the Political:: New Ecologies of Mind: Between the Digital and the Political

Panel Discussion | October 17 | 1-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Erich Hörl, Leuphana University Lüneburg; Yuk Hui, Leuphana University Lüneburg; Luciana Parisi, Goldsmiths University of London; Warren Sack; David Bates

 Center for New Media

The History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series brings to campus leading humanities scholars working on issues of media transition and technological emergence. The series promotes new, interdisciplinary approaches to questions about the uses, meanings, causes, and effects of rapid or dramatic shifts in techno-infrastructure, information management, and forms of mediated expression.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarships Fair

Career Fair | October 17 | 1-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

All Cal students, faculty, and staff are invited to the annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarships Fair on Tuesday, October 17 (1-4pm in Pauley Ballroom, MLK) where one can learn everything there is to know about research opportunities and prestigious scholarship opportunities at UC Berkeley. The event is free and, in addition to representatives from many dozens of research and...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Are Reference Points (Merely) Lagged Beliefs Over Probabilities?

Seminar | October 17 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ori Heffetz, Cornell University & The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: Modular Tensor Categories

Seminar | October 17 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kevin Donoghue, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Modular tensor categories are certain tensor categories that lead to 3d TQFTs and, hence, to invariants of 3-manifolds. I will describe two kinds of modular tensor categories: those coming from Drinfeld centers, and those coming from quantum groups.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Strichartz estimates for the gravity water waves

Seminar | October 17 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Albert Ai, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will introduce the gravity water waves equations, which describe the motion of a fluid influenced by gravity, under a free interface with a vacuum. We will discuss various formulations of the problem, and in particular a paradifferential reduction due to Alazard, Burq, and Zuily. From this formulation we can exhibit the dispersive properties of the water waves system by...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: The extremal Betti number of a canonical curve

Seminar | October 17 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Michael Kemeny, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

The resolution of the coordinate ring of a canonically embedded curve has been studied since the beginnings of algebraic geometry. In the 80s, Mark Green famously predicted that the length of the linear strand could be given in terms of a particular invariant of the curve (the Clifford index). A conjecture of Schreyer gives a proposed explanation for this conjecture via the Eagon-Northcott...   More >

Scrivener: Software for Writers

Workshop | October 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 305, College of Environmental Design Library


Want a better way to tackle your long writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable "chunks" and keeps all of your research, brainstorming, and writing in a single conceptual workspace. Use Scrivener for your thesis, dissertation, book project, novel, or any longer writing project. Read more at...   More >

Alexander Pines Lecture in Physical Chemistry: Surprises in the physics of magnetic resonance; implications for chemical physics and molecular imaging

Seminar | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Warren S. Warren, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Duke University

 College of Chemistry

Magnetic resonance is often presented as the prime example of the value of fundamental research. Indeed, the physicists who measured nuclear gyromagnetic ratios and spin quantum numbers 80 years ago could never have dreamed of its profound impact on chemistry, materials science, and medicine. But by the early 1960s, most physics departments (and many chemistry departments) viewed the fundamental...   More >

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: “The Impact of Exports on Innovation: Theory and Evidence”

Seminar | October 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Marc Melitz, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Advanced Zotero 5.0

Workshop | October 17 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Jennifer Dorner, Librarian, The Library


This workshop will help you become a more sophisticated user of Zotero, learning more about how to integrate it with Word, adding attachments, extracting data from PDFs, and using it as a collaboration tool. During the hour after the workshop, the Instructor will be available to assist you with troubleshooting installation and syncing issues.

 A Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library.

  RSVP online

BJCL Mandatory Source Collecting Training

Workshop | October 17 | 5-6 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law, Boalt School of

At this training, we will review what your source collection and bluebooking assignments from your article's Supervising Editors will look like, and you will also learn how to source collect and cite check in an easy, efficient way.

Research/Funding Opportunities Workshop (Open Hours) (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | October 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop will introduce and expose students to various research programs and funding opportunities on campus. It will cover various program applications (such as the McNair Scholars Application), reaching out to mentors, getting solid letters of recommendations, and writing strong research proposals and personal statements. Presenters will also discuss their experiences with their research...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Introduction to Deformation Theory

Seminar | October 17 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the first talk I will give an introduction the notion of a deformation, give examples and explain why deformations can fail to exist. This will include deformations of k-algebras (varieties) and modules over a fixed algebra (coherent sheaves). I will end by describing how deformation theory is used to understand the global geometry of the Hilbert Scheme. In particular, motivate why the Hilbert...   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 >

Book Talk Series: Urban Waterfront Promenades

Reading - Nonfiction | October 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 Elizabeth MacDonald


UC Berkeley Professor of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning explores 38 urban waterfront promenade case studies worldwide, as varied as Vancouver's extensive network, classic promenades in Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm's recently built Hammarby Sjostad eco-district, and the Ma On Shan promenade in the Hong Kong New Territories. The research analyzes their...   More >

Wednesday, October 18, 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.

Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | October 18 | 10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


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

Wellness Wednesdays in the Garden: Flower Power Yoga| Grow and Go with Chai!

Workshop | September 6 – October 25, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Grow - stretch to feel longer, stronger & more balanced.
Go - get back to your day w/renewed vitality

Yoga is an effective strategy to release tension, relax the nervous system, improve focus, & increase balance.Each class offers a healthy dosage of crisp fresh air, all natural organic floral aromas, vitamin D sunlight, blooming visions, stable grounding platform, direct &loving...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

The Harm in Harmony: Covert Competition and Ingroup Suspicion in East Asian Cultures

Colloquium | October 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Michael Morris, Professor, Columbia University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

A prominent theme in East-West cultural comparisons is that East Asian social interactions are characterized by harmony. But is this merely the surface? We propose that Easterners compete with ingroup members but tend to do so covertly to avoid risking relationships. Further we propose that, under many conditions, they suspect their peers are up to the same. We investigated this underside of...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Alex Krohn "Lava Flow Lizards and Endangered Voles: Using RADseq to Study Convergent Evolution and Conversation Biology"

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell Miller Library

 Alex Krohn

 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 >

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 >

Building a 21st Century Democracy with Marci Harris: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Marci Harris, CEO, POPVOX

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Marci Harris is cofounder and CEO of POPVOX, a civic startup dedicated to effective civic participation and good governing.
Prior to founding POPVOX, Harris worked in the U.S. House of Representatives covering tax, trade, and health for a senior Ways and Means member. She got her start in public service as Tornado Recovery Coordinator for Jackson, Tennessee.

  Register online

Transfer Student Success Workshop: The Power of Research - Learn how research can enrich your undergraduate experience

Workshop | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Transfer Student Center, Room 105

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Power of Research - Learn how research can enrich your undergraduate experience

“Dynamics, Feedback, and Transient Antibiotic Resistance in Single Cells”

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Mary Dunlop, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Cells live in uncertain, dynamic environments and have many mechanisms for sensing and responding to changes in their surroundings. However, sudden fluctuations in the environment can be catastrophic if a population relies solely on sensory responses, which have a delay associated with them. Cells can reconcile this by using a stochastic approach, creating phenotypic diversity within an isogenic...   More >

Impact of the Zika Virus outbreak on Brazilian fertility: Marcia Castro, Harvard University

Colloquium | October 18 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Marcia Castro, Associate Professor of Demography, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University

 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.

Self-Interest versus Other-Focus: Navigating the Self-Other Tradeoff in Interpersonal Relationships

Colloquium | October 18 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Amie Gordon Mullins, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Relationships underscore every aspect of our lives, influencing the health and well-being of individuals, groups and organizations. One of the fundamental challenges in interpersonal relationships is balancing self-interest with the needs of another person. In this talk, I draw upon social, personality, and health psychology to investigate the factors that shape this self-other tradeoff with the...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Trisections and four-dimensional topology

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeffrey Meier, UGA

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of a trisection of a four-manifold was introduced by Gay and Kirby in 2012 and can be described as a decomposition of the four-manifold into three simple pieces. Trisections are the natural analogue in dimension four of Heegaard splittings of three-manifolds; in both cases, all of the topological complexity of the manifold is described by suitable collections of curves on surfaces....   More >

Composition Colloquium: Pascale Criton

Colloquium | October 18 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

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

Free and open to the public

Anthony Cheung (b. 1982, San Francisco) is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works, occasionally with electronics. His music has been commissioned by leading groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio...   More >

Large deviation and entropic optimality in sparse settings

Seminar | October 18 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Shirshendu Ganguly, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The so called upper tail problem in the Erdos-Renyi random graph comes up naturally in the study of exponential random graph models and related graph ensembles with prescribed subgraph densities. The problem is broadly twofold:

(1) To estimate the probability that the number of copies of a graph H in a random graph is atypically large.

(2) To describe the structure of the random graph, in...   More >

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

Workshop | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

DNA polymerases, breaks, and cancer

Seminar | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 CANCELED-Richard Wood, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Suspended Particles in Complex Fluids: From Fracking Fluids to Swimming Worms

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Eric Shaqfeh, Professor, Stanford University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Rigid or flexible particles suspended in viscoelastic fluids are ubiquitous in the food industry (e.g. pastes), industrial molding applications (all composites and 3-D printed parts), the energy industry (e.g. fracking fluids), and biological fluids (i.e. swimming of bacteria in mucous). The mathematics of the description of these suspensions is in its infancy. For example, the foundational work...   More >

Humans Enter the Robot Equation

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Anca Dragan, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Robots are becoming increasingly more capable of optimizing objective functions for physical tasks, from navigation, to dexterous manipulation, to flight. The ultimate goal is to perform these tasks for us, in our environments. We want cars driving on our roads, or personal robots assisting us with activities of daily living as we age in our own homes. Right now, we tend to be merely obstacles to...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Bridge trisections, complex curves, and exotic four-manifolds

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jeffrey Meier, UGA

 Department of Mathematics

The theory of knotted surfaces in four-manifolds (the natural analogue of knot theory to dimension four) is one of the richest and least-explored domains of low-dimensional topology. In this talk, I'll outline some of the most intriguing open problems in this area, and I'll discuss a new approach to four-dimensional knot theory that is inspired by the theory of trisections, which was introduced...   More >

Defining Immune Niches in Adipose Tissue

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Ari Molofsky, UCSF

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Applied Math Seminar: Computational Structures and Materials Characterization with Branch-Following and Bifurcation Techniques

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ryan Elliott, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

Historically, engineers have tried to avoid working with materials and structures under conditions where instabilities are likely to occur. Classical stability analyses have focused on predicting the onset of instability for use as an upper bound on allowable loads or as a design constraint. More recently it is becoming common to take advantage of these instabilities in order to design materials...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Landing SpaceX's Reusable Rockets

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Lars Blackmore, SpaceX

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

SpaceX's reusable rocket program aims to reduce the cost of space travel by making rockets that can land, refuel and refly, instead of being thrown away after every flight. Autonomous precision landing of a rocket is a unique problem, which has been likened to balancing a rubber broomstick on your hand in a windstorm. Rockets do not have wings (unlike airplanes) and they cannot rely on a high...   More >

Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan

Colloquium | October 18 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sabine Frühstück, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

In Playing War, Sabine Frühstück makes a bold proposition: that for over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts of childhood have been appropriated as tools for decidedly unchildlike purposes: to validate, moralize, humanize, and naturalize war, and to sentimentalize peace. She argues that modern conceptions of war insist on and exploit a specific and static...   More >

Critical Theory Working Group | Collaborations, Co-Operatives, Coalition-Building | Questions Of State

Panel Discussion | October 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Jasper Bernes, Independent Scholar and Author

 Keith Feldman, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Program in Critical Theory

This working group meeting seeks to explore the different challenges and failures in performances of state formation, as well as in alternative models of social formation. How can we hold open space to imagine and engage different possible strategies for a future, while also always imagining new and ever more resilient ways of protecting each other in a dangerous present?

Thriving in Science October Seminar: The Big Unknown by Jacquelyn Nicholson

Seminar | October 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Jacquelyn Nicholson, Leadership X University

 Thriving in Science

We like to think we can control a lot, but the truth is we can’t. However, that doesn’t mean everything has to be left entirely to chance. We are 100% responsible for the quality of life we live. In fact, we all play a big role in the way our lives evolve. Join us as Jacquelyn Nicholson shares her journey with The Big Unknown and what she’s learned along the way. You will find this talk both...   More >

Thursday, October 19, 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.

5th Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems and Steep Transistors Workshop

Conference/Symposium | October 19 | 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Amir Khosrowshani, Vice President and CTO of Al Products Group, Intel Corporation, USA

 Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Sciences

The Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems was established in 2009 with the goal of bringing together researchers from around the world working on breakthroughs in next generation low-energy information processing systems. This year, the Berkeley Symposium will join forces with the Steep Transistors Workshop with the goal of further expanding its reach and impact. The joint...   More >

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Inelasticity of soliton collisions for the 5D energy critical wave equation

Seminar | October 19 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall | Note change in location

 Yvan Martel, Ecole polytechnique

 Department of Mathematics

For the focusing energy critical wave equation in 5D, we construct a solution showing the inelastic nature of the collision of any two solitons, except the special case of two solitons of same scaling and opposite signs. Beyond its own interest as one of the first rigorous studies of the collision of solitons for a non-integrable model, the case of the quartic gKdV equation being partially...   More >

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Monetary Policy through Production Networks: Evidence from the Stock Market"

Seminar | October 19 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 210 Cheit Hall

 Michael Weber, The University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

joint with Finance

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 >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | October 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Till Von Vachter, Professor, UCLA

 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 >

ESPM Fall Seminar - Dr. Sacha Vignieri, Editor, Science Magazine

Seminar | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 130 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Sacha Vignieri, Science Magazine

 Justin Brashares

Dr. Sacha Vignieri, Editor of Science Magazine, will share her talk titled "Opening the black box: an editor's perspective on scientific publishing"

From the outside, publication in high-impact general-science journals can seem like a mysterious process. A general understanding of the procedures and practices at Science can help unravel the mystery a bit, and contribute to an understanding of...   More >

Managing Your Student Loan Debt (BEUHS364)

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

 Spencer L. Prince, Northern California Operations Foundation for Financial Education (F3E)

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Speaker: Spencer L. Prince, Northern California Operations Foundation for Financial Education (F3E)
Americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever before. The average Class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up 6% from last year. This class will give you tips on how to pay back your loans faster, and help you to create a budget. We will also discuss programs available...   More >

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | October 19 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

Hammad Mazhar, NVIDIA

Seminar | October 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge


There are many ways to leverage simulation for machine learning problems. From articulated mechanisms, to cloth, fluids and soft bodies; through simulation we can experiment with problems otherwise intractable. Additionally, techniques like synthetic data generation and virtual sensors allow us to use domain randomization for improved transfer of learning. This talk will cover some of the recent...   More >

IB Seminar: Genome Duplication and the Evolution of Plant Diversity

Seminar | October 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Michael Barker, The University of Arizona

 Department of Integrative Biology

Preparing for the EECS Internship Fair

Workshop | October 19 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge, #430

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn how to present your best self to employers during and after the fair. The focus will be on the fair itself, but also cover some resume basics and networking tips and etiquette to following up after the fair. Katie Crawford, an Engineering focused Career Counselor will be presenting.

The EECS Internship Fair will be on November 1st, 11am-3pm in Memorial Stadium

Cognitive Neuroscience/Neurobiology Colloquium: Genetic Approaches to Brain Circuit Mapping and Cell Type Characterization

Colloquium | October 19 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute

 Department of Psychology

Genetic Approaches to Brain Circuit Mapping and Cell Type Characterization

Seminar | October 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute for Brain Science

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Respectable Radicals and The Euro-Nationalist International: Explaining Right-Wing Populist Alliances in the European Parliament

Colloquium | October 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of International Studies

Lecture by Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Deconstructing the "Refugee Crisis": Race, Representation, and Recognition

Colloquium | October 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Denaturalizing the Mediterranean border
Ilaria Giglioli, Geography

Re-forming Refugee Protection: A U.S. Perspective
Kate Jastram, Human Rights Attorney

Representing the “European refugee crisis” in Germany and beyond
Seth Holmes, School of Public Health and Heide Castañeda, Anthropology (University of South Florida)

Mathematics Department Colloquium: The Positive Geometry of Fundamental Physics, From Scattering Amplitudes to the Wavefunction of the Universe

Colloquium | October 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Spacetime and Quantum Mechanics form the pillars of our understanding of modern physics, but there are several indications that these concepts are approximate and must emerge from deeper principles, undoubtedly involving new mathematics. In this talk I will describe some emerging ideas along these lines, and present a new formulation of some very basic physics– fundamental to particle...   More >

Designing in Drupal

Workshop | October 19 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab (Barrows 350)

 Linda Louie


In this workshop, you will learn how Drupal works, see examples of Drupal projects, and be guided through the steps to create your own customizable Drupal sandbox site. No coding knowledge is required for this workshop.

Book Talk: The Impossible Imperative: & Title IV-E Alumni Gathering

Presentation | October 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library (227 Haviland)

 Social Welfare, School of

Berkeley Social Welfare Professor Jill Duerr Berrick’s new book The Impossible Imperative: Navigating the Competing Principles of Child Protection features the firsthand accounts of child welfare professionals, the work they do to protect vulnerable children and the competing principles that shape their everyday decisions.

GraphXD Seminar: Spectral Sparsification of Graphs

Seminar | October 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Srivastava, Dept. of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Many important properties of an undirected graph manifest themselves spectrally in the eigenvalues or quadratic forms of matrices related to the graph. For instance, the connectivity structure, electrical properties, and random walk behavior of a graph are determined by its Laplacian matrix. A spectral sparsifier of a graph G is a sparse graph H on the same set of vertices such that the...   More >

Friday, October 20, 2017

Remembering WWI: Exploring NARA's Digital Archive with Historypin

Workshop | October 20 | 2407 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

For the 100-year anniversary of the United States entering WWI in April, 2017, the US National Archives launched Remembering WWI, an iPad and Android application that invites audiences to explore, collaborate, and engage with the Archives’ extensive collection of World War I moving and still images. Using the archival content within the app, you can create your own collections and build and share...   More >

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.

TGIF mini-grant cycle applications due

Deadline | October 20 |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Need funding for a campus sustainability project? The Green Initiative Fund's Fall mini-grant cycle applications (up to $2,000) are due on October 20th, 2017 by 5PM! Access the application here: http://tgif.berkeley.edu/index.php/apply/fall-grants

Comparative Industrial Policy in the Cybersecurity Industry: Policies, Drivers, and International Implications

Conference/Symposium | October 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), BASC, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

Cyber attacks of varying severity, ranging from email hacking to Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) to advanced persistent threats (APT) to industries are commonplace. Yet at the same time, with the economy being increasingly data-based, these attacks pose a significant security and economic problem. The issue of how to cope with such intrusions raises critical questions about the role...   More >

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | October 20 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join UCBG Director Eric Siegel for a morning practice in Qigong (pronounced cheegong), a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | October 20 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

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

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

Labor Lunch Seminar: CANCELED

Seminar | October 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

Becoming More Productive: Workflow Strategies for Grad Students

Workshop | October 20 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Graduate students in the Life and Health Sciences disciplines; Becky Miller, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Librarian; Jeffery Loo, Optometry & Health Sciences Librarian


In this workshop, graduate students from the Life and Health Sciences will present a range of strategies for gathering, storing, organizing, and synthesizing all your information and data for your research and teaching. Come learn to be more productive!

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: The Matroid-Minor Hopf Algebra

Seminar | October 20 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Mario Sanchez, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce the theory of Hopf algebras as an abstraction of the notion of composition and decomposition. I will focus mainly on a Hopf algebra that arises from matroids and use this view point to understand the more general and abstract constructions. As an application of this theory, we will study a few polynomial invariants of matroids and the strange phenomenon that is...   More >

Nanoscience for Energy and Water: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Prof. Yi Cui, Stanford University, MSE / Photon / Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

For more than a decade, my group has been working on a wide range of research topics related to nanomaterials design for energy, environment, and biology.

We began with the critical problems that need to be addressed in these areas and design/invent nanomaterials with the right physical and chemical properties to solve those problems.

In this talk, I will focus on examples of how...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: An overview of Homogenization Techniques for Hamilton-Jacobi PDE

Seminar | October 20 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakahnlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Composition Colloquium: Dennis Aman

Colloquium | October 20 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

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

Free and open to the public

Anthony Cheung (b. 1982, San Francisco) is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works, occasionally with electronics. His music has been commissioned by leading groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio...   More >

The Amnesiac Society

Seminar | October 20 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 David S. H. Rosenthal

 Information, School of

David S. H. Rosenthal is the co-founder of the LOCKSS program at Stanford University.

MENA Salon: The Middle East in 1982 (Class of 1982 Homecoming Event)

Workshop | October 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in 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. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Free Speech: Status and Solutions: Class of 1967 Homecoming Panel

Panel Discussion | October 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 University Development and Alumni Relations

The Class of 1967 Symposium will examine the past and future of the Free Speech Movement on campus. Explore what has happened in the 50 years since the birth of the movement from alumni who were on campus at the time and from faculty experts. Homecoming Registration is required to attend this event.

$40 Homecoming Class Pass - available at Homecoming HQ (Campanile) on Friday from 9 a.m. on. Limited availability.

 Tickets are only available in person at Homecoming HQ. Tickets go on sale October 20. Buy tickets online

Student Hosted Colloquium in Inorganic Chemistry: Radical frontiers in catalysis

Seminar | October 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Ted Betley, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Within metal-catalyzed reactions, the development of electronic structure to function relationships is critical for understanding the factors that promote desirable reactivity. Electronic structure considerations dictate the stability and/or reactivity of both mononuclear and polynuclear complexes. At an extreme, maximally high-spin complexes represent attractive target complexes, allowing for...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Some Philosophical Uses of Randomized Computation

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

 Thomas Icard, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

The aim of this talk will be to convey some of the ways that familiar ideas and tools from randomized and probabilistic computation might bear on issues of philosophical interest, focusing especially on questions about cognition, representation, and reasoning. A first question is when it would ever make sense for an agent to employ randomization in the course of decision making. Drawing on ideas...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Riccati equation methods for weak KAM theory

Seminar | October 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 L C Evans, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Logic Colloquium: Some Philosophical Uses of Randomized Computation

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

 Thomas Icard, Stanford University

 Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science

The aim of this talk will be to convey some of the ways that familiar ideas and tools from randomized and probabilistic computation might bear on issues of philosophical interest, focusing especially on questions about cognition, representation, and reasoning. A first question is when it would ever make sense for an agent to employ randomization in the course of decision making. Drawing on ideas...   More >

QB3 Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | October 20 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Speaker 1: Alison Walker (Miller lab)

Voltage imaging: New insights on neuronal network function

Neurons communicate over long distances via electrical pulses called action potentials. It is often the precise timing of action potentials that encode the various and far-reaching functions of our nervous systems. Our goal is to understand how multiple neuronal cell types, with...   More >