<< Week of January 14 >>

Monday, January 15, 2018

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Concentration of eigenfunctions: Averages and Sup-norms

Seminar | January 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeffrey Galkowski, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we relate microlocal concentration of eigenfunctions to sup-norms and sub-manifold averages. In particular, we characterize the microlocal concentration of eigenfunctions with maximal sup-norm and average growth. We then exploit this characterization to derive geometric conditions under which maximal growth cannot occur. This talk is based on joint works with Yaiza Canzani and John...   More >

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Evolution of Gliding in Lizards: Interview with Erik Sathe, Department of Integrative Biology

Presentation | January 16 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Erik Sathe, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Join us for the first new episode of The Graduates this spring semester as we speak with biologist Erik Sathe about his work on lizard locomotion.

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

Erik Sathe

New biological findings which were revealed by imaging studies based on chemical probes

Seminar | January 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Kazuya Kikuchi, Osaka University

 College of Chemistry

One of the great challenges in the post-genome era is to clarify the biological significance of intracellular molecules directly in living cells. If we can visualize a molecule in action, it is possible to acquire biological information, which is unavailable if we deal with cell homogenates. One possible approach is to design and synthesize chemical probes that can convert biological information...   More >

CRISPR Critters: Policy Choices for Non-Human Applications of Genome Editing

Seminar | January 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Alta Charo, Alta Charo Prof of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Development Lunch: "Socio-Economic Status and Attention Capture" and "Friend-Based Targeting"

Seminar | January 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Claire Duquennois; Matthew Olckers

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: Organizational meeting

Seminar | January 16 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss some topics that I hope to consider this semester, including a continuation of the discussion of computational complexity of 3-manifold invariants from last semester, and Kronheimer-Mrowka's work on instanton homology for webs, as well as anything of interest to participants in the seminar.

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Adsorption, Contact, and Adhesion at Elastic and Capillary Interfaces

Seminar | January 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Joelle Frechette, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins

 College of Chemistry

This presentation will first discuss the dynamic (and thermodynamics) of attachment of nanoparticles to fluid interfaces. We will look at the case where the nanoparticles are in dynamic equilibrium between the interface and a bulk phase and compare their adsorption to that of surfactants. We will demonstrate that the adsorption of nanoparticles competes with the attachment of amphiphilic ions...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Number Theory: Random Groups from Generators and Relations

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

 Melanie Matchett Wood, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

We consider a model of random groups that starts with a free group on n generators and takes the quotient by n random relations. We discuss this model in the case of abelian groups (starting with a free abelian group), and its relationship to the Cohen-Lenstra heuristics, which predict the distribution of class groups of number fields. We will explain a universality theorem, an analog of the...   More >

Davis Projects for Peace $10K award application deadline: 10k Grant Award Opportunity

Deadline | January 16 | 5 p.m. |  International House

 International House

Projects for Peace is an initiative open to UC Berkeley undergrads to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2018 - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict...   More >

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

No Bioengineering Seminar today

Seminar | January 17 |  Stanley Hall

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Seminars will begin on Wednesday, January 24.

i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group Speaker Series: Balancing Reproductive Rights and Protections from Child Marriage: Insights from developmental science

Seminar | January 17 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 401 University Hall

 Ahna Suleiman, Center on the Developing Adolescent

 Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Balancing Reproductive Rights and Protections from Child Marriage - Insights from developmental science

Policies aiming to protect children from early marriage can often be in direct tension with efforts to ensure adolescents' reproductive rights. Minimum age of marriage and the age at which young people can access contraceptive and reproductive health services vary widely globally and are...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Jeffrey Kelly "Enroute migrant birds do not surf a green wave across the US"

Seminar | January 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Jeffrey Kelly

 DS421 Program and Museum of Vertebrae Zoology

Sponsored by DS421. MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library.

[CANCELED] Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "The Perfect Defense: Bacterial Persister Cell"

Seminar | January 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Kim Lewis, Northeastern University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our laboratory studies persister cells and uncultured bacteria. Persisters are dormant variants of regular cells which are tolerant to antibiotics and responsible for recalcitrance of biofilm infections. Using transcriptome analysis, cell sorting and whole genome sequencing we are identifying genes responsible for persister formation.

Deportation Discretion: Tiered Influence, Minority Threat, and ‘Secure Communities’ Deportations: Juan Pedroza M.P.A, Stanford University

Colloquium | January 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Juan Pedroza, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Stanford 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.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 17 | 12-1 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 >

Aversion to Emotional Insurance: Costly Reluctance to Hedge Desired Outcomes

Colloquium | January 17 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Carey K. Morewedge, Professor, Boston University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

We examine whether people reduce the impact of negative outcomes through emotional hedging—betting against the occurrence of desired outcomes. We find substantial reluctance to bet against the success of preferred U.S. presidential candidates and Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball, and NCAA hockey teams. This reluctance is...   More >

Last Stands? Art, Memory, and Public Space

Panel Discussion | January 17 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Downtown Oakland Senior Center

 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

For decades, a painting of Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn has been on display at the Veterans’ Memorial Building in downtown Oakland. Does the painting glorify genocidal 19-century domestic policies, depict the comeuppance of an arrogant US general at the hands of Lakota warriors... or both?   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Infinitely divisible distributions in free probability

Seminar | January 17 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Takahiro Hasebe, University of Hokkaido

 Department of Mathematics

Free infinitely divisible distributions (FID) distributions were introduced by Voiculescu. Recently many classically infinitely divisible distributions have been shown to be FID too, the first highly nontrivial one being the normal distribution found by Belinschi, Bozejko, Lehner and Speicher in 2011. Also several subclasses of FID distributions have been introduced and studied. I will try to...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Quasi-isometries: What are they and why do we care?

Seminar | January 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ruth Charney, Brandeis University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce the notion of a quasi-isometry and discuss the fundamental role it plays in geometric group theory.

Number Theory Seminar: The cohomology of local Shimura varieties

Seminar | January 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jared Weinstein, Boston University

 Department of Mathematics

This is joint work with Tasho Kaletha. The local Langlands correspondence predicts that representations of a reductive group G over a p-adic field are related to Galois representations into the Langlands dual of G. A conjecture of Kottwitz (as generalized by Rapoport and Viehmann) asserts that this relationship appears in a precise way in the cohomology of "local Shimura varieties", which were...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: A Variational Functional in Simulations of Statistical Mechanics

Seminar | January 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Yantao Wu, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I advertise for a convex variational functional from statistical mechanics, which is particularly suitable for obtaining the free energy of high-dimensional order parameters from simulational sampling. In the numerical minimization of this variational functional, sampling difficulties related to ergodicity break-down are often alleviated. Two applications will be given. The first...   More >

From stopping times to “spotting” times : a new framework for multiple testing

Seminar | January 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Aaditya Ramdas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Modern data science is often exploratory in nature, with hundreds or thousands of hypotheses being regularly tested on scientific datasets. The false discovery rate (FDR) has emerged as a dominant error metric in multiple hypothesis testing over the last two decades. I will argue that both (a) the FDR error metric, as well as (b) the current framework of multiple testing, where the scientist...   More >

Electrolyte engineering toward a high-capacity, reversible lithium-oxygen battery/The Sudden Death Phenomena in Na-O2 Batteries

Colloquium | January 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Colin Burke, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group

 Jessica Nichols, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Boundaries of groups

Seminar | January 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Ruth Charney, Brandeis University

 Department of Mathematics

Boundaries of hyperbolic metric spaces have played an important role in the study of hyperbolic groups. We will discuss an analogous boundary for arbitrary finitely generated groups, called the Morse boundary, and present a recent theorem showing that in many cases, the Morse boundary determines the group up to quasi-isometry. (Joint work with M. Cordes and D. Murray)

ERG Colloquium: Ted Parson: Climate Engineering: Benefits, Risks, Governance Challenges

Colloquium | January 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Ted Parson, Professor of Environmental Law, UCLA

 Energy and Resources Group

Climate engineering (CE)—intentional, global-scale modification of the environment to offset some of the effects of elevated greenhouse gases—appears able to reduce climate-change risks beyond what is possible with mitigation and adaptation alone, including enabling integrated climate-response strategies that reduce risks in ways not otherwise achievable.

Job Market Seminar: "Interpreting Signals in the Labor Market: Evidence from Medical Referrals"

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

 Heather Sarsons, Harvard Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor, Behavioral, Development, Personnel Economics

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Curators’ Talk: Lawrence Rinder and Kathy Geritz on Way Bay

Panel Discussion | January 18 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Navigate the evocative installation of Way Bay with BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder and Film Curator Kathy Geritz, two of the exhibition's cocurators. Rinder discusses associative, poetic groupings of artworks as well as individual selections, while Geritz illuminates some of the moving-image works on view.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Concrete examples of trend analyses and forward-looking modelling in Swiss Re's underwriting

Seminar | January 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Matthias Weber, Swiss Re

 Center for Risk Management Research

- In insurance, underwriting performance is a function of exposures, losses relative to exposures and premiums relative to exposures. Getting losses and loss trends right (--> cost of goods sold) is critically important. A small estimation mistake typically has a large impact on the bottom line.
- Swiss Re is determining loss relevant trends using advanced analytics, often in collaboration with...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Bootstrap Inference for Propensity Score Matching"

Seminar | January 18 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Karun Adusumilli, London School of Economics and Political Science

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Econometrics, Applied Econometrics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

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

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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 >

Thematic Seminar: Geometry: New Techniques for Zimmer's Conjecture

Seminar | January 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 David Fisher, Indiana University

 Department of Mathematics

Lattices in higher rank simple Lie groups are known to be extremely rigid. Examples of this are Margulis' superrigidity theorem, which shows they have very few linear represenations, and Margulis' arithmeticity theorem, which shows they are all constructed via number theory. Motivated by these and other results, in 1983 Zimmer made a number of conjectures about actions of these groups on compact...   More >

Employer Panel: How to Connect with Recruiters at Career Fairs for International Students

Career Fair | January 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue and Gold Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

The 2018 Spring Career Fair and many other career fairs are approaching quickly! Find more details in your Handshake and take these opportunities to demonstrate your passion, knowledge, and relevant experience for your dreamed opportunities.

Employer representatives will share international students’ tips on how to prepare for a career fair, how to navigate through the companies and deliver...   More >

Friday, January 19, 2018

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | January 19 | 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

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 19 | 11 a.m.-12 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 >

Cryo-EM Visualization of Microtubules to Understand Their Regulated Dynamics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 19 | 1-2 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Eva Nogales, UC Berkeley / LBNL, Biochemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Visualizing macromolecular assemblies, in different functional states, provides unique information on how they work in the cell and how they fail in the diseased state, and therefore can guide us in the design and improvement of therapies. But their small size and sensitivity to radiation makes visualization of biological molecules challenging and requires employment of highly specialized...   More >

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

Workshop | January 19 | 3-4 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 >

MENA Salon: Austerity and Unrest in Tunisia

Workshop | January 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Tunisia is often said to be the Arab Spring’s only success story, yet the new year has been marked by economic peril and political uncertainty. In this week’s MENA Salon we will discuss the recent unrest in Tunisia, and whether or not the government is fulfilling obligations set out under its post-Revolution constitution.

Recommended reading available here: http://cmes.berkeley.edu/mena-salon/

Making Web Archiving Work for Streaming Media: Archiving the Websites of Contemporary Young Composers

Seminar | January 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Howard Besser

 Information, School of

Howard Besser is a professor of cinema studies and senior scientist for digital initiatives at New York University.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Complex multiplication, from Abel to Zagier

Colloquium | January 19 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Jared Weinstein, Boston University

 Department of Mathematics

According to Hilbert, the theory of complex multiplication, which brings together number theory and analysis, is not only the most beautiful part of mathematics but also of all science. "Complex multiplication" refers to a lattice in the complex numbers (or an elliptic curve) which admits endomorphisms by a ring larger than the integers. We will begin with Kronecker's "Jugendtraum" – the use of...   More >

Metal-Organic Framework Liquids, Gels and Glasses

Seminar | January 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Tom Bennett, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

 College of Chemistry

Crystalline solids dominate the field of metal−organic frameworks (MOFs),1 with access to the liquid and glass states of matter usually prohibited by relatively low temperatures of thermal decomposition. Recently, I have demonstrated the melting three dimensional MOFs belonging to the zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF) family, of chemical composition Zn(Im)2 (Im – C3H3N2].2 The mechanism...   More >

Imagining Sculpture in China

Colloquium | January 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Stanley Abe, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

There was no such thing as sculpture in China until the early twentieth century. Sculpture is a specifically European category of Fine Art which we apply to figural objects from many places. But sculpture did not exist in most of the world, certainly not in China, until the European term was applied on a global scale. The presentation will be a reflection about a book in progress—a picture...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Probability Theory: Rare Behavior in Models of Random Geometry

Seminar | January 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Shirshendu Ganguly, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Models of random geometry have long been investigated in contexts such as the internet, fluid flow in porous media, and interface dynamics in statistical physics. To develop a refined understanding of such models, one often needs to study not only typical fluctuation theory but also the realm of atypical events. In this talk we describe such a program for two classical models of random geometry:...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "A Sieve-SMM Estimator for Dynamic Models"

Seminar | January 19 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jean-Jacques Forneron, Columbia Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Econometrics, Macroeconometrics, Industrial Organization

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Weekend Workshop 2017-2018: Early Literacy

Workshop | January 20 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Tolman Hall

 Graduate School of Education

Young children have fantastic imaginations and are amazing storytellers. Workshops will support primary classroom teachers to support students to understand how their oral composition skills connect to the writing process. Teachers will experience lessons that connect the creative aspects of writing and the mechanics of writing.

Zapotec Natural Dye Workshop: with Porfirio Gutiérrez

Workshop | January 20 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Porfirio Gutierrez

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Natural materials have been used to produce dyes and colorants throughout much of human history. in Oaxaca, the way of learning has been passed down from generation. Join master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez to learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context, to make a range of richly colored dyes using natural colorants derived from the indigo, cochineal, and wild marigold...   More >

 Must be 15 years of age and older to participate.

$50 Workshop Registration

  Tickets go on sale December 21. Buy tickets online or or by emailing pahma-programs@berkeley.edu