<< Week of November 17 >>

Sunday, November 12, 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.

Extended Probabilistic Operator Algebras Seminar

Workshop | November 10 – 12, 2017 every day | 740 Evans Hall

Department of Mathematics

The lectures will start on Friday, November 10th and end on Sunday, November 12th. The extended seminar will be supported by funds from the University of California and the National Science Foundation.

Where Art Meets Science: Origami with Bernie Peyton

Workshop | November 12 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Join us for this hands-on workshop with origami master and wildlife biologist Bernie Peyton, to fold and create origami inspired by the forms and shapes of plants. Bernie will close the workshop with a short presentation on his process and inspiration. All materials will be provided and this workshop is open to all ages and experience.

$20 -$16

or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardensprograms@berkeley.edu

Hayoun Kwon’s Virtual Reality Projects

Presentation | November 12 | 4:30-5:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hayooun Kwon presents her recent virtual reality projects (related to her acclaimed video pieces), including 489 Years, set in the DMZ between North and South Korea, and The Bird Lady, on a woman who transformed her apartment into an aviary

Monday, November 13, 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.

Implementing the CA History-Social Science Framework

Workshop | November 13 | 2407 Dwinelle Hall

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP) will introduce participants to the new History-Social Science framework, which was adopted in July 2016. A central aspect of both efforts is to support teaches in developing inquiry-driven courses that integrate the H-SS Standards (content and historical analysis) and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History while integrating ELD...   More >

The 19th Party Congress and the Future of the Chinese Communist Party

Conference/Symposium | November 13 | 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room | Note change in time

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), People's University (Beijing, China), Shandong University (Jinan, China), Institute of East Asian Studies

The Communist Party of China held its 19th Party Congress in October 2017. Aside from the sweeping personnel turnover, this Congress introduced ideological and organizational innovations that will guide the leadership and the nation for the next five years and beyond. China's direction is of global import, as China has in surprisingly short order become a global superpower, challenging the...   More >

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Workshop | November 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

Rachael Samberg, Library

Library, D-Lab

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related...   More >

Open to UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students.

Dissertation talk: A Highly Productive Implementation of an Out-of-Order Processor Generator

Presentation | November 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

Christopher Celio, UC Berkeley

General-purpose serial-thread performance gains have become more difficult for industry to realize due to the slowing down of process improvements. In this new regime of poor process scaling, continued performance improvement relies on a number of small-scale micro-architectural enhancements. However, software simulator-based models, which computer architecture research has largely relied upon,...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | November 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Michael Walker; Avner Shlain

Michael Walker - "Informal Taxation and Cash Transfers: Experimental Evidence from Kenya"

Avner Shlain - "High Demand for Redistribution but Low Voluntary Giving: Evidence from Small and Large Groups"

by November 8.

Design as a sequential decision process with applications in structural engineering: Semm Seminar

Seminar | November 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

Gordon Warn, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

The engineering design community is being tasked with generating designs that must satisfy ever more criteria. This seminar presents an emerging design concept that closely couples set-based design with model-based simulation treating the design process formally as a sequential decision process (SDP).

Agroecological Approaches for Addressing Climate Challenges in Agriculture: Processes, Predictions, and Evidence

Seminar | November 13 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

Timothy Bowles, UC Berkeley

As climate change progresses, extreme weather will further expose the vulnerabilities of highly-simplified, intensive agricultural systems. Agroecological approaches that diversify ag systems at multiple scales will be discussed in this seminar.

Preschoolers rationally use evidence to select causally relevant variables

Colloquium | November 13 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Mariel Goddu, Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Young children are powerful causal learners: they readily track statistical contingencies between causes and effects, and they can use this evidence to infer general rules for a system (e.g., red blocks, but not blue blocks, will cause this machine to play music). However, little is known about the ways in which children 1.) transfer the causal rules they form in one context to produce new...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Frieze patterns

Seminar | November 13 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

Khrystyna Serhiyenko, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

A frieze is a lattice of shifted rows of positive integers satisfying a diamond rule: the determinant of every 2 by 2 matrix formed by the neighboring entries is 1. Friezes were first studied by Conway and Coxeter in 1970's, but they gained fresh interest in the last decade in relation to cluster algebras. In particular, there exists a bijection between friezes and cluster algebras of type A. We...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | November 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

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

Differential Geometry Seminar: High frequency limits in general relativity

Seminar | November 13 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Jonathan Luk, Stanford

Department of Mathematics

It is known in the physics literature that "high-frequency weak limits" of solutions to the Einstein vacuum equations are not necessarily vacuum solutions, but may have a non-trivial stress-energy-momentum tensor, which can be viewed physically as “effective matter fields” arising from back-reaction of high frequency gravitational waves. A conjecture that can be found in the physics...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Checks, Balances and Autocracy: Historical Evidence from China

Seminar | November 13 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Weijia Li, UC Berkeley

Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: BPS Graphs of Class S Theories

Seminar | November 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

Pietro Longhi, UPPSALA U.

Department of Mathematics

BPS quivers and Spectral Networks are two powerful tools for computing BPS spectra in 4d N=2 theories. On the Coulomb branches of these theories, the BPS spectrum is well-defined only away from walls of marginal stability, where wall-crossing phenomena take place. Surprisingly, while BPS spectra are ill-defined, there is a lot of information hidden in spectral networks at maximal intersections of...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Primal-dual first-order methods for convex optimization

Seminar | November 13 | 3-4 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 Cory

Lieven Vandenberghe, UCLA

The talk will be on primal-dual first order methods derived from the Douglas-Rachford operator splitting algorithm. We will start with some applications to image deblurring problems
that illustrate the versatility of the Douglas-Rachford method for primal-dual decomposition in large scale optimization. The second part of the talk will be concerned with the important primal-dual hybrid gradient...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Towards a $p$-adic Deligne–Lusztig theory

Seminar | November 13 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Charlotte Chan, University of Michigan

Department of Mathematics

The cuspidal representations of $GL_2(\mathbf F_q)$ can be realized in the cohomology of the Drinfeld curve. This is an example of Deligne–Lusztig theory, which gives a geometric construction of the representations of finite reductive groups. In 1979, Lusztig proposed a conjectural analogue of this story for p-adic groups. We verify this conjecture in the setting of division algebras and show...   More >

Python FUN!damentals: Part 3

Workshop | November 13 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Rachel Jansen, D-Lab

Library

This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library

free

Design Field Notes: Andre Yousefi

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

PCH Lime Lab co-founder Andre Yousefi will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

Designing and piloting a scalable health program for schools in India

Colloquium | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

David I. Levine, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Handwashing with soap, treating drinking water, and safe sanitation could prevent over a million children from dying each year.  Standard health interventions provide supplies and information, but usually lead to only modest behavior change.

We have created and spent 3 years piloting a curriculum of vivid activities, engaging stories and simple routines to teach, change norms, and increase...   More >

Hamilton in the White House: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

Donatella Galella, Professor, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production, UC Riverside; Philip Gentry, Professor, University of Delaware; Philip Kan Gotanda, Professor, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB

Mary Ann Smart, Professor, Music Department, UCB

College of Letters & Science

Alexander Hamilton himself never occupied the White House, but the premise of this panel is that Hamilton the musical has been symbolically in and of the White House since Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast members performed an early draft of the title song there in 2012. In its first flush of success the show sounded to some like a perfect musical accompaniment for a “post-racial” America, while others...   More >

Free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Beyond the First: Healing and Harmful Speech

Panel Discussion | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

Robert Levenson, Professor, Psychology; Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Associate Professor, Psychology and Associate Dean for Diversity, Letters & Science; Geoffrey Nunberg, Adjunct Professor, School of Information; Victoria Plaut, Professor, Law and Social Science

Eva Paterson, President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society and Berkeley Law Class of 1975

Office of the Chancellor

The next faculty forum in the free speech series will explore the impacts of speech on the mind, body, and soul. Hosted by Chancellor Carol T. Christ.

Please bring campus or other picture ID to verify your affiliation. Doors will open at 3:30. Seating is limited.

Integrating genomic data into predictions of climate change adaptation

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Rachael Bay, University of California, Los Angeles

Seminar 271, Development: "Global mortality consequences of climate change accounting for adaptation costs and benefits"

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Tamma Carleton, Berkeley

Department of Economics

Andrew Braisted Award Lecture: “Connecting chemistry to biology to understand why O-GlcNAc transferase is essential”

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Suzanne Walker, Harvard Medical School

College of Chemistry

SLAM: Perspectives on Academia after Working in Industry

Seminar | November 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Professor Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin- Madison

SLAM Seminar: Perspectives on Academia after Working in Industry

Seminar | November 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Professor Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Science, Leadership and Management (SLAM) seminar.

Tuesday, November 14, 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.

Yoga Walk Through the Garden

Workshop | November 14 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

"If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand."
-Buddha

Come join fellow Nature Lovers in a mindful movement class at the UC Botanical Garden. During the 60-minute class, you will get to walk among the garden’s amazing collection, learn breathing techniques to promote health, practice gentle Qigong and yoga exercises at beautiful locations along...   More >

$20,$18 members (Price includes Garden Admission)

or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Genetic dissection of Chlamydia-mediated manipulation of host signaling pathways

Seminar | November 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Raphael H. Valdivia, Duke University

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Merck Seminar in the Chemical Sciences: Development of Direct C-H Amination Reactions

Seminar | November 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Sukbok Chang, KAIST

College of Chemistry

Aryl amines are a key synthetic unit widely utilized in organic synthesis, coordination chemistry, materials science and pharmaceutical industry. Current preparative routes to those compounds require either prefunctionalized starting materials or conditions needing external oxidants, thus inevitably generating stoichiometric amounts of side wastes. We have developed a series of direct C-H...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Investor Behavior and Market Dynamics

Seminar | November 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

The Market is a consensual hallucination that commands attention by wielding its Invisible Hand. In this talk we will examine the ways that Adam Smith’s 250-year-old appendage makes itself felt – positioning, trading, and hurting herding – and their implications for the investment process.

Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia

Colloquium | November 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

Willow Lung-Amam, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Maryland, College Park

Over the last few decades, California’s Silicon Valley has become not only the world’s technological epicenter, but also one of the fastest growing, and most racially and ethnically diverse regions in the U.S. Spurred by the rise of tech giants like Google and Facebook, the region has attracted diverse, highly-educated immigrants from across the globe, particularly Asia, who have built their new...   More >

Workshop | November 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

Patrick Ignacio, Banking Industry Expert

Be Well at Work - Work/Life

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

Development Lunch: "Demand-driven enforcement of labor law in Bangladesh"

Seminar | November 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Laura Boudreau

Department of Economics

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

China’s Hong Kong SAR at 20: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Conference/Symposium | November 14 | 1-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Two decades after its transformation from a British colony to become China’s Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong is an arena of tensions punctuated by local-Mainland discord and mutual distrust. Anchored in multidisciplinary approaches with divergent ideo-political perspectives, this half-day seminar engages the Berkeley community with Hong Kong front-liners.

Mobility Innovators Forum 2017

Conference/Symposium | November 14 | 1-7 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

Brogan BamBrogan, Arrivo Loop; Curtis Lee, Volvo; Forrest Iandola, DeepScale

John Suh, Hyundai

The House

Leaders in the mobility industry will convene to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Panels and talks will cover new forms of mobility, new mobility business models and the infrastructure supporting the mobility ecosystem.

Individuals with a UC Berkeley affiliation can RSVP for free using the promo code GoBears.

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: “Unpacking Global Capital Flows”

Seminar | November 14 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Matteo Maggiori, Harvard University University

Department of Economics

Discovery, SAR Evolution, and Clinical Evaluation of Adenosine A2A Antagonists for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Seminar | November 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Dr. Yeon-Hee Lim, Associate Principal Scientist, Merck Research Laboratories

College of Chemistry

Mirror Symmetry and Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Homological mirror symmetry for the genus 2 curve and its SYZ mirror

Seminar | November 14 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Catherine Cannizzo, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Homological mirror symmetry (HMS) for the genus 2 surface on the symplectic side is known by work of Seidel. Here we consider it on the complex side, and a mirror is constructed following Abouzaid-Auroux-Katzarkov's paper on SYZ for hypersurfaces of toric varieties. We describe the manifolds involved, and discuss progress made towards proving HMS.

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Unpacking Global Capital Flows"

Seminar | November 14 | 2:10-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Matteo Maggiori, Harvard University

Department of Economics

joint with International Trade & Finance

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: The aggregate cost of predictable forecast mistakes

Seminar | November 14 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

David Sraer, UC Berkeley

Department of Economics

Dissertation Talk: Personalized Modeling for Human-Robot Collaborative Manipulation

Seminar | November 14 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 337A Cory Hall

Aaron Bestick, UC Berkeley

When two humans perform a collaborative manipulation task, they leverage an intuitive understanding of which motions are natural and safe for their interaction partner. Intuition lets human collaborators predict both the feasibility of an action, as well as their partner's ergonomic preference for one feasible action over another. This mutual understanding in human-human teams allows for...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Global quasilinear waves in 1+3 dimensions

Seminar | November 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Casey Jao, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

I will present a classical result, obtained independently by Christodoulou and Klainerman, on the global existence of solutions to certain second order quasilinear wave equations with small data.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: An introduction to a conjecture of Lech

Seminar | November 14 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Craig Huneke, University of Virginia

Department of Mathematics

Lech wrote a series of three papers in the early 1960s which studied the multiplicity of rings. He paid special attention to the behavior of multiplicity under flat extensions and formulated a simple conjecture which remains unsolved. In some sense, what his conjecture shows is that we do not understand flatness. I will talk about his conjecture and some recent work by Linquan Ma which resolves...   More >

From Fly Pushing to Immunotherapeutics: My Journey in Drug Development

Seminar | November 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

Hong Wan, Alexo

Hong Wan, an MCB PhD alum who has worked extensively in biotech and pharma research, will be returning to campus next week to give a career oriented seminar to current grad students and postdocs.

Mode- and state-selective nanoparticle dynamics from correlative light, ultrafast, and magneto-optical imaging

Seminar | November 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

College of Chemistry

Correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) is a powerful approach to developing structure-function relationships for nanoscale materials. Our group has developed nonlinear optical (NLO) imaging methods that can be used to pinpoint the location of an optical point source with one-nanometer transverse and ten-nanometer axial localization accuracies. Among the suite of NLO processes,...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Advice Is Cheap: Information Is Not!"

Seminar | November 14 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Curtis Taylor, Duke University

Department of Economics

joint work with Samuel Häfner of the University of Basel

Workshop | November 14 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

Stacy Reardon

Library

Humanities Commons, a new platform developed by the MLA and other humanities organizations, offers a professional alternative to for-profit academic networking sites like Academia.edu. In this workshop, we'll learn how to make your research available online, develop an academic portfolio, and connect with colleagues at other universities using Humanities Commons.

Author Event with Jennifer Doudna: A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, Jennifer Doudna

Reading - Nonfiction | November 14 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library

Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, Professor, UC Berkeley

Library, Life & Health Sciences Division

Professor Doudna's new book chronicles the discovery of CRISPR and the ethical questions to come. Join us for a fascinating discussion with Professor Doudna on the timely and important issues explored in her book.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Stillman's Question, Solved! (Part 3)

Seminar | November 14 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Justin Chen, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We continue the proof of Stillman's question due to Ananyan-Hochster. Using the tools described in Part 2, we show how to obtain "small" bounds for invariants related to free resolutions in commutative algebra, including a strong form of Stillman's question. As time permits, we will also discuss recent work of Erman-Sam-Snowden which extends Ananyan-Hochster's result to obtain Stillman-type...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

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

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 >

Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | November 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), Alexa Aburto (Humanities)

The Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) and the American Cultures (AC) Center are proud to present Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research, from our three-part workshop series, Demystifying the Research Process. Humanities research applies to anyone wishing to study human culture and creations – including the arts, literature, policy, and more.

Wednesday, November 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.

Introduction to Georeferencing

Workshop | November 15 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

Susan Powell, Library

Library

This workshop will cover the basic concepts involved in georeferencing/georectifiying a digital image and provide hands-on practice using a web-based interface. Georeferencing involves “spatializing” scanned maps or aerial imagery so they can be used in a geographic information system (GIS).

We will cover the basics of topics such as projections, coordinate systems, and the theory behind...   More >

Food Systems Policy and Communications Workshop Series 2017–18: Session 1: Policy Engagements: Do's, Dont's, and Dares

Workshop | November 15 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

Gina Banks Daly, Director, UC Berkeley Federal Government Relations

Berkeley Food Institute

Session 1: Policy Engagement: Dos, Don’ts and Dares

Overview of legal guidelines and description of best practices in policymaking and a “dare” to engage more fully in policy and government.

Featuring: Gina Banks Daly, UC Berkeley Government Relations

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Cellular basis of immunity"

Seminar | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Silke Robatzek, The Sainsbury National Lab

A paradigm for more than a decade, it has been known that host membranes respond to pathogen perception. It is now clear that the secretory and endocytic trafficking network are engaged by the plant’s immune system to actively defend against potential pathogens. Reciprocally, invasive pathogens have evolved means to utilize these trafficking pathways for the suppression of plant defences and to...   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 >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Ari Martinez "Eavesdropping influences the Realized Niche of Neotropical Mixed-Species Bird Flocks”

Seminar | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell Miller Library

Ari Martinez

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 >

“Organ-Specific Microvascular Engineering towards Regeneration and Disease Modeling”

Seminar | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Ying Zheng, University of Washington

Bioengineering (BioE)

Engineered tissues have emerged as promising new approaches to repair damaged tissues as well as to provide useful platforms for drug testing and disease modeling. Outstanding challenges remain in 1) the lack of well-defined and mature cell sources to facilitate translational outcomes and 2) the lack of control over vascular structure and perfusion efficiency in engineered 3D tissue constructs,...   More >

Population at the End of the Age of Aid: Landis Mackellar, Population Council

Colloquium | November 15 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

Landis Mackellar, Senior Associate/Co-Editor, Population and Development Review, Population Council

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.

From Egosystem to Ecosystem: Motivations of the Self in Social Relationships

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

Jennifer Crocker, Professor, Ohio State University

I propose that in their social interactions, people may be energized by egosystem motivation in which they are preoccupied with proving their own worth and value to themselves and others, or by ecosystem motivation in which they strive to be constructive and supportive of people and things they care about beyond themselves. These two motivational systems, I suggest, are scaffolded onto evolved...   More >

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | November 15 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

Workshop | November 15 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room 370

The Center for Studies in Higher Education and the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium will hold a SERU Graduate Student Experience Workshop on November 15th that will feature recent data and analysis from the new SERU Graduate Student Survey and will serve as an introduction to the survey and the Consortium for interested research-intensive campuses.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction to open book decompositions and Lefschetz fibrations

Seminar | November 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Bahar Acu, Northwestern

Department of Mathematics

The global topology and geometry of symplectic and contact manifolds have undergone a vast expansion over the past two decades following the groundbreaking results of Giroux who outlined a program for characterizing high dimensional contact manifolds in terms of open book decompositions with certain symplectic pages, of Gromov who introduced pseudoholomorphic curve theory studying solutions to...   More >

Mechanisms of DNA double-strand break repair

Seminar | November 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Tanya Paull, University of Texas at Austin

Investigating Mechanisms and Treatment of Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

Seminar | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

Probing neural circuits with shaped light

Seminar | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Na Ji, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Statistics

To understand computation in the brain, one needs to understand the input-output relationships for neural circuits and the anatomical and functional relationships between individual neurons therein. Optical microscopy has emerged as an ideal tool in this quest, as it is capable of recording the activity of neurons distributed over millimeter dimensions with sub-micron spatial resolution. I will...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Leah Carroll

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change

Panel Discussion | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Robin Marsh, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Anne Campbell, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Policy & Management, Middlebury Institute for International Studies

Aryn Baxter, Assistant Research Professor and Director of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Institute of International Studies, Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, Arizona State University, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Center for Studies in Higher Education

This event will be the West Coast book launch for International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change (Palgrave MacMillan/Springer Nature, 2017), co-edited by Joan Dassin, Robin Marsh and Matt Mawer. The book explores the multiple pathways from international scholarships to positive social change presenting the latest research on scholarship policy and practice and outcome.

Python FUN!damentals: Part 4

Workshop | November 15 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Rachel Jansen, D-Lab

Library

This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library

free

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Higher categories, generalized cohomology, and condensed matter.

Seminar | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Theo Johnson-Freyd, Perimeter Institute

Department of Mathematics

I will report on joint work in progress with Davide Gaiotto on the classification of gapped phases of matter. I will explain what symmetry protected phases are and why they are classified by reduced generalized group cohomology. I will also introduce the notion of "condensable n-algebra," and the higher category thereof, as an axiomatization of the algebraic structure enjoyed by gapped phases...   More >

Brain Storming EECS Colloquium: Deep Learning; the Reincarnation of Analog Computing

Colloquium | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

Eli Yablonovitch

About seventy years ago analog computing was regarded as having equal prospects as digital computing. Operational amplifiers could provide analog differentiation and integration functions. Nonetheless analog computing disappeared, being unable to provide the precision and dynamic range required for solving real problems.

The emergence of Deep Learning has been accompanied by the realization...   More >

GSAC Seminar: Distributed Ammonia Synthesis

Colloquium | November 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

Dr. Ed Cussler Jr, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

We are developing a small-scale ammonia synthesis plant powered by wind energy. This is a major departure, because ammonia is currently made with energy from fossil fuels, especially natural gas. In contrast, the wind energy used here is sustainable but stranded,
far from urban population centers but near locations of ammonia fertilizer demand. The wind energy is converted to electricity used...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): The Weinstein conjecture for iterated planar contact structures

Seminar | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

Bahar Acu, Northwestern

Department of Mathematics

The Weinstein conjecture asserts that the Reeb vector field of every contact form carries at least one closed orbit. The conjecture was proven for all closed 3-dimensional manifolds by Taubes. Despite considerable progress, it is still open in higher dimensions. In this talk, we will talk about its history and define notions of iterated planar contact manifolds and iterated planar Lefschetz...   More >

Humanizing Deportation

Conference/Symposium | November 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

Robert Irwin, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis; Guillermo Alonso Meneses, Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Colegio de la Frontera Norte

This digital storytelling project aims to make visible the range of humanitarian issues that proliferate in our current regime of mass human displacement. This UC-MEXUS funded collaboration between UC Davis and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (with additional participation of colleagues from other institutions, including UC Berkeley) has assisted community members in producing a bilingual open...   More >

Thursday, November 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.

Revisiting the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley

Workshop | November 16 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project invites you to explore the history of the Free Speech Movement that occurred at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 1964. Participants will be introduced to a unit on student activism that was created in concert with the 50th anniversary commemoration of the movement, examine how the FSM has been remembered through memorials on campus, and view artifacts in...   More >

Origins of temperate adapted maize and implications for global germplasm

Seminar | November 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Kelly Swarts, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Pfaffian Sign Theorem for the Dimer Model on a Triangular Lattice.

Seminar | November 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

Drazen Petrovic, Purdue University

Department of Mathematics

We prove the Pfaffian Sign Theorem for the dimer model on a triangular lattice embedded in the torus. More specifically, we prove that the Pfaffian of the Kasteleyn periodic-periodic matrix is negative, while the Pfaffians of the Kasteleyn periodic-antiperiodic, antiperiodic-periodic, and antiperiodic-antiperiodic matrices are all positive. The proof is based on the Kasteleyn identities and on...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "The Effects of Rent Control Expansion on Tenants, Landlords, and Inequality: Evidence from San Francisco"

Seminar | November 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Center for Labor Economics

(joint work with Tim McQuade and Franklin Qian)

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

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

Leah Carroll

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 >

Cell adhesion and signaling pathways governing CNS development and cancer

Seminar | November 16 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Joseph McCarty, MD Anderson Cancer Center

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy across the Political Divide

Colloquium | November 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

Ruth Braunstein, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Connecticut

In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, Braunstein followed participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable.

Latinos and the Environment Seminar 2

Seminar | November 16 | 4 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research

2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

We are proud to announce our second seminar brought by our new Latinos and the Environment Initiative. Latinos are impacted by environmental conditions in all aspects of their lives such as transportation, labor, and housing. We know our communities are concerned about the impacts of adverse environmental conditions on their lives and wellbeing.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: What is quantum chaos?

Colloquium | November 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

Semyon Dyatlov, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Where do eigenfunctions of the Laplacian concentrate as eigenvalues go to infinity? Do they equidistribute or do they concentrate in an uneven way? It turns out that the answer depends on the nature of the geodesic flow. I will discuss various results in the case when the flow is chaotic: the Quantum Ergodicity theorem of Shnirelman, Colin de Verdière, and Zelditch, the Quantum Unique Ergodicity...   More >

The Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Is it a good idea to try to teach the history of everything?

Seminar | November 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

David Christian, Professor, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations — Macquarie University

David Christian (D.Phil. Oxford, 1974) is by training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, but since the 1980s he has become interested in world history and in history at very large scales and across many disciplines.

NABJ Presents: “Objectivity through the Black Lens”

Panel Discussion | November 16 | 5:30-8 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library (Room 142)

Local black journalists will talk about their experiences covering racially polarizing topics including, officer-involved shootings, offensive marches, and violent rallies on our campus and throughout the Bay Area.

Panelists include:
Otis Taylor, SF Chronicle
Marcus Thompson, The Athletic
Dawn Porter, Trilogy Films
Millie Jefferson, Audible, NPR

This event will be open to students of...   More >

Berkeley Water Group's World Toilet Day

Seminar | November 16 | 6-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

Berkeley Water Group

Join Students, Practitioners, and Professors for a conversation on this year’s theme: sanitation storytelling, fecal sludge management.

Alumnae Career Advancement Series: Women in Government and Public Service

Panel Discussion | November 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  Alumni House

Cal Alumni Association

The Alumnae Career Advancement series continues with our third event focusing on women in government and public service. We're spotlighting Cal women who have made strides in these fields, and offering Cal alumnae with an opportunity to grow their networks and learn from their peers.

Our panelists include:

- Assemblywoman Catherine Baker J.D. '00 | 16th District, California State...   More >

TRANSOC Fall 2017 Career Panel

Panel Discussion | November 16 | 7 p.m. | 412 McLaughlin Hall

Careers in Transportation Alumni Panel

Panel Discussion | November 16 | 7-8 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

TRANSOC will host a transportation career panel featuring alum panelists working in various fields of transportation, including consulting, tech, transit, and planning on Nov 16 at 7 PM. This is a great chance to fully explore the career possibilities waiting for you after graduation. Mark your calendar now and invite your non-transportation friends, too!

~~Careers in Transportation Alumni...   More >