<< Week of November 26 >>

## Sunday, November 26, 2017

### Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

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

College of Environmental Design

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

## Monday, November 27, 2017

### Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

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

College of Environmental Design

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

### PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | November 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Elina Tuominen; Krista Ruffini; Evan Rose & Yotam Shem-Tov

Elina Tuominen - "Income inequality, redistributive preferences, and the extent of redistribution: An empirical application of optimal tax approach" (with Matti Tuomala and Hannu Tanninen)

Krista Ruffini - "School nutrition and student discipline: Effects of schoolwide free lunch"

Evan Rose & Yotam Shem-Tov -

by November 20.

### Reducing Damage Concentration with a Strongback System: SEMM Seminar with Dual Presentations

Seminar | November 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

Barbara Simpson, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

This presentation will present the numerical and experimental results of a “strongback” system, a modification of the conventional braced frame that utilizes a vertical steel truss or “spine” to delay or prevent weak-story behavior.

### Simulation-Based Data-Driven Damage Detection for Highway Bridge Systems: SEMM Seminar with Dual Presentations

Seminar | November 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

Xiao Liang, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

This presentation explores data-driven structural health monitoring (SHM) algorithms utilizing the robust nonlinear time history analysis.

### ​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | November 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Kaleb Asfaha; Katharina Foote

### Combinatorics Seminar: On the connectivity of three-dimensional tilings

Seminar | November 27 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Caroline Klivans, Brown University

Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will discuss domino tilings of three dimensional manifolds. In particular, I will focus on the connected components of the space of tilings of such regions under local moves. Using topological techniques we introduce two parameters of tilings: the flux and the twist. Our main result characterizes when two tilings are connected by local moves in terms of these two parameters. (I...   More >

### Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism

Colloquium | November 27 | 12:45-2 p.m. |  Philip Selznick Seminar Room

2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley

Lecture by Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change

### String-Math Seminar: Periodic Monopoles and Q-opers

Seminar | November 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

Vasily Pestun, IHES

Department of Mathematics

I will discuss quantization of integrable system of periodic monopoles, or equivalently group valued Higgs bundles on a curve, and construction of q-oper Lagrangian variety in the special coordinates.

### Seminar 211, Economic History: Taxing Unwanted Populations: Fiscal Policy and Conversions in Early Islam

Seminar | November 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Mohamed Saleh, Toulouse School of Economics and Stanford University

Department of Economics

Co-authored with Jean Tirole

### Seminar 231, Public Finance: Taxing Unwanted Populations: Fiscal Policy and Conversions in Early Islam

Seminar | November 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Note change in location

Mohamed Saleh, Toulouse School of Economics and Stanford University

Department of Economics

Joint with Economic History
Co-authored with Jean Tirole

### BLISS Seminar: Blind Deconvolution Methods for Short Message Communications

Seminar | November 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

Philipp Walk, Caltech

Blind deconvolution is a challenging problem in signal processing having a long history. We will present new deconvolution algorithms which perform stable and efficient without using any stochastic assumptions on the signals and only demand a coprime zero structure. For the next generation of wireless networks such blind deconvolution methods are crucial to provide a sporadic short message...   More >

### Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On certain special values of L-functions associated to elliptic curves and real quadratic fields

Seminar | November 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Chung Pang Mok, Purdue University

Department of Mathematics

We study certain normalized special values of L-functions associated to elliptic curves and real quadratic fields. Under certain hypothesis, we are able to show that these are squares of rational numbers. This result is used to improve on a theorem of Bertolini-Darmon on rationality of Stark-Heegner points over genus fields of real quadratic fields.

Seminar Format: The seminar consists of two...   More >

### Dissertation Talk: Scalable Systems and Algorithms for Genomic Variant Analysis

Presentation | November 27 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

Frank Austin Nothaft, UC Berkeley

### Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Microlocal mirror symmetry and a new coherent theory on open manifolds

Seminar | November 29 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

Dmitry Vaintrob, IAS

Department of Mathematics

I will talk about my recent proof of a mirror symmetry statement for microlocal Fukaya categories associated to an $n$-dimensional symplectic cylinder, $T^*(S^1)^n$. Along the way I will define a remarkable new category of coherent sheaves, which I call the log-coherent category (a close cousin of the parabolic coherent category), associated to an open algebraic variety $U$ with choice of...   More >

### “Diagnosing Disease on a Microchip: Scaling Up Micro- and Nano-Scale Diagnostics”

Seminar | November 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

David Issadore, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Bioengineering (BioE)

The transformative growth in microelectronics in the latter half of the 20th century was fueled fundamentally by the ability to simultaneously miniaturize and integrate complex circuits onto monolithic chips. The impact of this growth has been profound– computing is pervasive and portable, communication is instant and global, and information is ubiquitously gathered and shared. My research aims...   More >

### MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Dale Clayton "On the origin of species: Experimental coevolutionary diversification in feather lice"

Seminar | November 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell Miller Library

Dale Clayton

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 >

### Decoding the computations of high-level auditory neurons

Seminar | November 29 | 12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Joel Kaardal, Salk Institute

Characterizing the computations performed by high-level sensory regions of the brain remains enigmatic due to the many nonlinear signal transformations that separate the input sensory stimuli from the neural responses. In order to produce interpretable models of these computations, dimensionality reduction techniques can be employed to obtain a description of the neural computation in terms of a...   More >

### Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "The hidden life of the genome: Leveraging novel technologies to extract function from sequence"

Seminar | November 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Ronan O'Malley, Joint Genome Institute

### EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | November 29 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

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

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

### Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Computational complexity in geometric topology

Seminar | November 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Eric Samperton, University of California, Davis

Department of Mathematics

I’ll give an overview of what is known about the computational complexity of problems in geometric topology. I will introduce the necessary complexity theory as we go, and focus especially on 3-dimensional problems.

### Regularity and strict positivity of densities for the nonlinear stochastic heat equation

Seminar | November 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Le Chen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Department of Statistics

In this talk, I will present some recent progress in understanding the existence, regularity and strict positivity of the (joint-) density of the solution to a semilinear stochastic heat equation. The talk will consists two parts. In the first part, I will show that under a mild cone condition for the diffusion coefficient, one can establish the smooth joint density at multiple points. The tool...   More >

### Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lecture: Genetic conflicts: beyond the usual suspects

Seminar | November 29 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Harmit Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

### New Insights into Hydrophobic Interactions Encoded by Chemical Nanopatterns

Colloquium | November 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

Nicholas L. Abbott, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The structuring of water near non-polar molecular fragments or surfaces mediates cohesive interactions (so-called hydrophobic interactions) that underlie a broad range of biophysical, colloidal and materials-related phenomena. Substantial progress has been made during the past decade towards understanding hydrophobic interactions in simple model systems, but in most biological and technological...   More >

### Mining scientific articles with Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Seminar | November 29 | 4-8 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

Elizabeth Seiver

For this week's special session, Elizabeth Seiver will present a tutorial and mini-hackathon to mine the text and data from scientific articles in the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

### EECS Colloquium: Challenges and Opportunities with Multi-Camera multimedia

Colloquium | November 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

Klara Nahrstedt, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Multi-camera content delivery systems are becoming an integral part of our video consumption, enabling advanced teleimmersive interactions in arts and sciences, 360-degree video viewing of YouTube content, and enhanced broadcasting experience of live events. However, multi-camera content systems generate high volume, variety and velocity data that present multiple orders of magnitude higher...   More >

### A critical role of the transcription factor, Sox9, in early adipose development

Seminar | November 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

Olga Gulyaeva, UC Berkeley

### Causal Inference in the Presence of Interference

Seminar | November 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Michael Hudgens, UNC-Chapel Hill

Department of Statistics

A fundamental assumption usually made in causal inference is that of no interference between individuals (or units), i.e., the potential outcomes of one individual are assumed to be unaffected by the treatment assignment of other individuals. However, in many settings, this assumption obviously does not hold. For example, in infectious diseases, whether one person becomes infected depends on who...   More >

### Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Coloring invariants of knots are often intractable

Seminar | November 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

Eric Samperton, University of California, Davis

Department of Mathematics

Given a finite group $G$, we get an invariant of a knot $K$ by counting the number of $G$-colorings of $K$, i.e., the number of homomorphisms $\pi_1(S^3 \setminus K) \to G$. When $G$ is the dihedral group of order 6, this invariant is basically the number of Fox 3-colorings of $K$. We will show that when $G$ is non-abelian simple, the coloring invariant is #P-complete.

I discussed a similar...   More >

### Applied Math Seminar: GPU Accelerated Incompressible Flow Solvers

Seminar | November 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Tim Warburton, Virginia Tech

Department of Mathematics

My research team at Virginia Tech recently started to develop a new multi-GPU accelerated incompressible flow solver using high-order discontinuous Galerkin discretizations as part of the LLNL/ANL Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations funded by the DOE Exascale Computing Project. I will discuss how GPU memory and processor architecture has influenced the design of the flow solver. In...   More >

### Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Integration of poly-Poisson structures

Seminar | November 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Ivan Contreras, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Department of Mathematics

Poly-Poisson geometry can be traced back to de-Donder and Weyl in 1930's. This approach leads to a poly-symplectic formulation of Lagrangian field theories, with several applications to mechanics. In this talk we address the problem of integration of poly-Poisson manifolds via Lagrangian field theories with boundary, which is a natural extension of the Poisson sigma model. Joint work with N....   More >

## Thursday, November 30, 2017

### The Evolution of Evaluation to Fit an Imperfect World

Seminar | November 30 | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Avigdor Gal

RISE Lab

The evolution of data accumulation, management, analytics, and visualization has led to the coining of the term big data, which challenges the task of data integration. This task, common to any matching problem in computer science involves generating alignments between structured data in an automated fashion. Historically, set-based measures, based upon binary similarity matrices...   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.

### Identifying and Addressing Workplace Bullying

Workshop | November 30 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

Sara Thacker, Staff Ombuds Office

Staff Ombuds Office

Bullying can take many forms, some of which are obvious and others of which, though more indirect, can be equally destructive to working relationships. Participants will learn about how to recognize bullying behavior; how to distinguish bullying from incivility; what climates encourage bullying; the impact of workplace bullying; options for how bystanders can effectively respond; and constructive...   More >

### TS-04 Improving Safety at Intersections

Course | November 29 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

Nazir Lalani, PE, President, Traffex Engineers, Inc

About 65 percent of all crashes in urban areas and 40 percent of those in rural areas occur at or near intersections or driveways. Safety improvements at these locations have always been a priority and pose a challenge for most transportation agencies in California.

### JPMorgan Tech Talk: Deep Basket - An Application of Deep Learning in Portfolio Construction

Seminar | November 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

College of Engineering

Come learn more about how JPMorgan's Quantitative Research team is using Machine Learning! They will also be holding a recruiting event later in the day.

### Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

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

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 | November 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

Nicholas Ryan, Professor, Yale University

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 >

### Post-transcriptional gene regulation in the aging brain: stress, cellular identity, diversity and disruption

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

Peter Sudmant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

Workshop | November 30 | 1-2 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 >

### Reconstructing Historical Locations in the 1795 Louisiana Slave Conspiracy

Seminar | November 30 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

Patty Frontiera

Geospatial Innovation Facility

This week’s speaker is Patty Frontiera, who will be discussing her work on the “Louisiana Slave Conspiracies” digital humanities project. This is a multidisciplinary research project dedicated to preserving, digitizing, transcribing, translating, and analyzing manuscripts from three Louisiana slave conspiracies. The LSC team is building a digital archive that will present these French and Spanish...   More >

### Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Changes in Nutrient Intake at Retirement"

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

Mel Stephens, University of Michigan

Center for Labor Economics

### Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Changes in Nutrient Intake at Retirement

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

Mel Stephens, University of Michigan

Department of Economics

Joint with Labor seminar

* Please note change in time due to joint event

### Information seeking and randomization in human exploration and exploitation

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

Robert Wilson, University of Arizona, Department of Psychology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

### Cognitive Neuroscience/Neurobiology Colloquium: Information Seeking and Randomization in Human Exploration and Exploitation

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

Bob Wilson, University of Arizona

Department of Psychology

### Seminar 242, Econometrics: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | November 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Yu Wei Hsieh, University of Southern California USC

Department of Economics

### Mathematics Department Colloquium: Algebraic Structures on Polytopes

Colloquium | November 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

Federico Ardila, San Francisco State University

Department of Mathematics

Generalized permutahedra are a beautiful family of polytopes with a rich combinatorial structure and strong connections to optimization. We study their algebraic structure: we prove they are the universal family of polyhedra with a certain “Hopf monoid" structure. This construction provides a unifying framework to organize and study many combinatorial families:

1. It uniformly answers open...   More >

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

Reading - Nonfiction | November 30 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 227 Haviland Hall

Stephen Hinshaw

Library

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of Psychology (UC Berkeley) and Psychiatry (UC San Francisco) will discuss his newest book, "Another Kind of Madness", chronicling his father’s recurring mental illness and the doctor-enforced silence surrounding it, plus the crucial need to combat stigma. Books will be for sale, courtesy of Mrs. Dalloway's.

*The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible,...   More >

### JPMorgan Recruiting Event: Quantitative Research - Machine Learning Program

Career Fair | November 30 | 5-6 p.m. | 330 Blum Hall

College of Engineering

Come meet JPMorgan employees, learn about the firm and their opportunities with the Quantitative Research - Machine Learning Program!

### GraphXD Seminar: Data-Driven Methods for Learning Sparse Graphical Models

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

Somayeh Sojoudi, EECS, Mechanical Engineering

Learning models from data has a significant impact on many disciplines, including computer vision, medical imaging, social networks, neuroscience and signal processing. In the network inference problem, one may model the relationships between the network components through an underlying inverse covariance matrix. Learning this graphical model is often challenged by the fact that only a small...   More >

### Rise of the Female Imam: Gender Reform in Islam

Panel Discussion | November 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

Rabi'a Keeble, Founder, Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque, Berkeley; Sherin Khankan, Imam, Mariam Mosque, Copenhagen; Amina Wadud, Research Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley

Mairaj Syed, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UC Davis

Join the CMES for a thought-provoking conversation on local and global gender reform in Islam, featuring founders of women mosques in California and Denmark and prominent scholars of Islamic studies.

## Friday, December 1, 2017

### canceled - Colloquium: Claire Chase

Colloquium | December 1 | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

Department of Music

Presented by Cal Performances in association with the Department of Music at UC Berkeley.

Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the...   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.

### Botanical Illustration: Winter / Holiday

Workshop | November 30 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190,$175 members

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

### TS-04 Improving Safety at Intersections

Course | November 29 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

Nazir Lalani, PE, President, Traffex Engineers, Inc

About 65 percent of all crashes in urban areas and 40 percent of those in rural areas occur at or near intersections or driveways. Safety improvements at these locations have always been a priority and pose a challenge for most transportation agencies in California.

$290.00 ### Europe and the Euro: The way ahead Panel Discussion | December 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | N270 Haas School of Business Barry Eichengreen, UC Berkeley; Gabriele Giudice, European Commission; Gérard Roland, UC Berkeley Ten years after the crisis struck the European economy, wind seems to be back in Europe’s sails. How can the European Union exploit this window of opportunity to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union, increase the resilience of individual economies and relaunch economic and social convergence between its Member States? RSVP by emailing Viviana Padelli at vpadelli@berkeley.edu by December 1. ### Labor Lunch Seminar: "$15 Minimum Wage Policies: Early Evidence."

Seminar | December 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Carl Nadler, IRLE

Center for Labor Economics

### Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

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

Nadia Qabazard

Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be on 9/8 and 12/1, Samba will be on 10/6 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 11/3. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

### Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Antenna-LED for on-chip optical communication

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

Seth A. Fortuna, UC Berkeley

Using an optical antenna, it is now possible to make spontaneous emission faster than stimulated emission. This alludes to the exciting possibility of an LED faster than the LASER. Such an antenna-coupled LED (or simply antenna-LED) is well-suited as a light source for on-chip optical communication where small size, fast speed, and high efficiency are needed to achieve the promised benefit of...   More >

### Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology

Workshop | December 1 | 1-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Scott Byram, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

Archaeological Research Facility

At 1pm the workshop will begin at the UC Faculty Club lawn where subsurface features are being mapped.

### Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for random graphs II

Seminar | December 1 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### BLC Fellows Forum

Presentation | December 1 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

FAll 2017 BLC Fellows, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Language Center

Teaching French Listening Comprehension and Cultural Awareness through Regional Variation
Elyse Ritchey, GSR, French
At the university level, French language instruction in the US traditionally includes a course on phonetics and pronunciation. While the major aim of such courses is to improve students’ speaking and listening competence, they also emphasize speaking ‘correctly’ using...   More >

### MENA Salon

Workshop | December 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

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.

### Dissertation Talk: Meta Learning for Control

Presentation | December 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 730 Sutardja Dai Hall

Yan Duan, UC Berkeley

Dissertation talk on meta learning for control: policy learning algorithms that can themselves generate algorithms that are highly customized towards a certain domain of tasks.

### Hydrogenase- and ACS-Inspired Bioorganometallic Chemistry

Seminar | December 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Marcetta Darensbourg, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

College of Chemistry

Enzyme active sites such as the [FeFe]- and [NiFe]-H2ases, as well as Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase and Acetyl coA Synthase, ACS, have inspired chemists to use well-established principles and synthetic tools of organometallic chemistry in the development of biomimetics. The usual purpose of such studies is to understand how first-row transition metals are rendered by nature into molecular...   More >

### Logic Colloquium: What is ordinary mathematics?

Colloquium | December 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

Marianna Antonutti, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

Department of Mathematics

The term “ordinary mathematics” is used to denote a collection of areas that are, in some sense, central to the practice of most working mathematicians, typically taken to contain such fields as number theory, real and complex analysis, geometry, and algebra. This notion has been taken for granted by both philosophers and logicians; for example, reverse mathematics is often described as the...   More >

### QB3 Postdoc Seminar: Examining Eph/ephrin signaling pathways that regulate adult neurogenesis and migration of hippocampal stem cells

Seminar | December 1 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

Kira Mosher (David Schaffer lab)

Approximately two decades ago, the longstanding dogma that the adult CNS is incapable of generating new neurons was overturned with the acceptance that adult neurogenesis truly occurs in mammals. With this understanding also came excitement that in maintaining some level of plasticity in adulthood, diseased brains may be capable of regeneration. While adult neurogenesis has become an important...   More >