<< Week of January 28 >>

## Sunday, January 28, 2018

### Berkeley Innovative Solutions (BIS) Spring 2018 Student Application

Deadline | January 28 | -11:50 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

The BIS Consulting program works to link company projects with teams of interdisciplinary graduate students from the UC Berkeley campus. The program is dedicated to working with clients to address strategic opportunities or challenges relating to the energy and resource industry, and for 2018 we’re proud to expand our offerings to include corporate sustainability and sustainable investing, in...   More >

### The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Bamboo with Karen LeGault

Workshop | January 28 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

$75,$65 members | $265,$235 members for all Four

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

### Exploration of Forms: Afro-Cuban with José Francisco Barroso: Public Movement Workshop Series

Workshop | January 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

TDPS presents a series of three spring workshops with Cuban dancer and choreographer José Francisco Barroso on January 28, February 18, and March 18, 2018. 10:30am-12pm. Free and open to the public. Live drumming.

### Mushrooms in the Garden

Workshop | January 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Join us for a walk and talk on local mushrooms that occur in our Bay Area woods, lawns and yes, even gardens. We will walk the beautiful UC Botanical Garden and see just who has made themselves at home. Discover the fungus among us!

$25,$20 Garden members

or by calling 510-642-7082, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

## Monday, January 29, 2018

### The Green Initiative Fund Early Abstracts Due

Deadline | January 29 | 102 Sproul Hall

TGIF awards grants for sustainability related projects on campus. During this spring, TGIF is launching an Environmental Justice Thematic Grant Cycle! There is $75,000 for Environmental Justice-themed grants (out of$300,000 available)

### Combinatorics Seminar: Permutations, tensor products, and Cuntz algebra automorphism

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Francesco Brenti, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

Department of Mathematics

We introduce and study a new class of permutations which arises from the automorphisms of the Cuntz algebra. I will define this class, explain its relation to the Cuntz algebra, present results about symmetries, constructions, characterizations, and enumeration of these permutations, and discuss some open problems and conjectures. This is joint work with Roberto Conti.

### Long Term Adaptation in Vision

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Stephen Engel, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Psychology

Abstract: Experience with the environment dramatically influences how we act, think, and perceive; understanding the neural plasticity that supports such change is a long-standing goal in cognitive neuroscience. In the visual system, neural function alters dramatically as people adapt to changes in their visual world. Most past work, however, has altered visual input only over the short-term,...   More >

### I see you: Social gaze as a window of opportunity in early brain development

Colloquium | January 29 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Ronny Geva, The Gonda Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Department of Psychology

Social bonding—including the social learning that underpins the creation of early emotional ties between infants and their caretakers—are among the most fundamental developmental processes for human survival and well-being. Social attention is thought to play a crucial role in these processes, but little is known about the neurodevelopmental mechanisms—particularly regarding the involvement of...   More >

### Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

Matilde Bombardini, University of British Columbia

Department of Economics

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

### Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

### Organization and function of circuits in the medial prefrontal cortex

Seminar | January 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

**Laura DeNardo**, Stanford University

### Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Monotone Convolution

Seminar | January 29 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Naofumi Muraki, Iwate Prefectural University

Department of Mathematics

Monotone independence is another notion of independence in non-commutative probability theory which differs from classical, free and Boolean independences. In this talk I will derive a basic formula for monotone convolution of probability measures where the reciprocal Cauchy transform plays a role similar to the one played by the Fourier transform in classical probability.

### Differential Geometry Seminar: Continuous quantities with respect to measured Gromov-Hausdorff convergence

Seminar | January 29 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Shouhei Honda, Tohoku University

Department of Mathematics

One of main purposes in the convergence theory (with uniform Ricci bounds from below) is to find geometric/analytic quantities which are continuous with respect to measured Gromov-Hausdorff convergence. The diameter is a trivial geometric example. On the other hand the $$k^{th}$$ eigenvalue of the Laplacian is a nontrivial analytic example for all $$k$$, which was proven by Cheeger-Colding. In...   More >

### Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Arithmetic representations of fundamental groups

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Daniel Litt, Columbia University

Department of Mathematics

Let $X$ be an algebraic variety over a field $k$. Which representations of $\pi _1(X)$ arise from geometry, e.g. as monodromy representations on the cohomology of a family of varieties over $X$? We study this question by analyzing the action of the Galois group of $k$ on the fundamental group of $X$, and prove several fundamental structural results about this action.

As a sample application of...   More >

### Laurent El Ghaoui- Lifted Neural Nets: Beyond The Grip Of Stochastic Gradients In Deep Learning

Seminar | January 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

Laurent El Ghaoui, UC Berkeley IEOR

Abstract: We describe a novel family of models of multi-layer feedforward neural networks, where the activation functions are encoded via penalties in the training problem. The new framework allows for algorithms such as block-coordinate descent methods to be applied, in which each step is composed of simple (no hidden layer) supervised learning problems that are parallelizable across layers, or...   More >

### Biochemistry in the genomic era

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Daniel Herschlag, Stanford University

College of Chemistry

### IB Seminar: "Fins to Fingers: From Enhancers to Expeditions"

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Neil Shubin, The University of Chicago

### Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Thickness and Competition in Ride-sharing Markets"

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Department of Economics

This is a job market seminar. Note the change in location.

### Snacking on Science

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

Zeke Kossover, Exploratorium

Finding science activities that work is the first step for a new teacher. Putting activities into an order that maximizes understanding is next. A collaboration between experienced secondary teachers and scientists at the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute has created a collection of over 250 science activities we call "Snacks." Now we are working on creating sequences that help teachers learn how...   More >

### Documenting A Precautionary Tale: How the Story of One Small Italian Town’s Fight for a Pesticide-Free Future Changed the International Narrative

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

Philip Ackerman-Leist, Green Mountain College; Douglas Gayeton, Lexicon of Sustainability

Philip Ackerman-Leist and Douglas Gayeton will share insights from their three-year collaboration in capturing the dramatic story of how the town of Mals in the Italian Alps became the first town in the world to ban all pesticides.

### Provably Secure Machine Learning

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

Jacob Steinhardt, Stanford University

Department of Statistics

Deployed machine learning systems create a new class of computer security vulnerabilities
where, rather than attacking the integrity of the software itself, malicious actors exploit the
statistical nature of the learning algorithms. For instance, attackers can add fake training data,
or strategically manipulate input covariates at test time.

Attempts so far to defend against these...   More >

### Analysis and PDE Seminar: Fourier dimension for limit sets

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Semyon Dyatlov, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

For a finite measure $$\mu$$ on the real line, its Fourier dimension is defined using the rate of polynomial decay of the Fourier transform $$\hat \mu$$. The Fourier dimension of $$\mu$$ may be much smaller than the Hausdorff dimension of the support of $$\mu$$: a classical example is the Cantor measure on the mid-third Cantor set which has Fourier dimension equal to 0.

I will present a...   More >

### Job Market Seminar: "Thickness and Competition in Ride-sharing Markets"

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Afshin Nikzad, Stanford University - Economics

Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Market and Mechanism design, (Combinatorial) Optimization, Algorithms

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

Workshop | January 29 | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), UROC

### UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

## Tuesday, January 30, 2018

### Celebrating 30 Years of Science for a Safer World: 2018 Update Meeting of the UC Berkeley Superfund Research Program

Conference/Symposium | January 30 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. |  David Brower Center

2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

We will showcase our innovative research into the effects of Superfund chemicals on human health and ways to remediate them in the environment. Guest speakers will discuss children's environmental health and the developmental effects of environmental chemicals. Panel discussions will address the human right to clean water and the interaction between socioeconomic factors and chemical exposures.

### Climbing Tropical Trees in the Cloud Forest: Interview with Roxy Cruz, Department of Integrative Biology

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

Roxy Cruz, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD, Department of Integrative Biology

KALX 90.7FM

Tune in for another exciting episode of The Graduates as we speak with Roxy Cruz about her work climbing trees in the tropical cloud forests of Central and South America.

The Graduates, featuring graduate student research at Cal, is broadcast every other Tuesday on KALX 90.7 FM. Past episodes are available to listen and download free on iTunes or online.

### Overcoming Barriers to Use of ORS to Treat Child Diarrhea: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Uganda

Colloquium | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 590L University Hall

Zachary Wagner-Rubin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University

Public Health, School of

Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death among children, although nearly all deaths could be prevented with the use of oral rehydration salts (ORS). There is little evidence demonstrating why ORS use remains low and what can be done to increase use. In this study, we conducted a field experiment designed to 1) measure the impact of several novel community health worker (CHW)...   More >

### Aldrich Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Bioactive Natural Products and New Reactions to Prepare Them: The Symbiotic Loop

Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Jeff Johnson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

College of Chemistry

Medicinal application of many complex organic molecules is precluded by the impracticality of their chemical synthesis. This lecture will endeavor to detail some recent case studies from our research group directed toward the efficient laboratory preparation of complex bioactive natural products and small molecule building blocks. Topics to be covered include complexity-building redox chemistry,...   More >

### The role of chlorine in tropospheric chemistry

Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Library Room E

Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz, Assistant Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

College of Chemistry

More than 4 million people die prematurely every year by breathing outdoor particulate matter (PM) and ozone, both secondary pollutants formed from tropospheric oxidation chemistry. PM and ozone also play key and uncertain roles in Earth's radiative balance. In order to protect human health and reduce levels of these pollutants, their mechanisms of formation in the atmosphere need to be...   More >

Workshop | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

Elliott Smith, Library

Library

### BiD Seminar: Computational Ecosystems: Tech-enabled Communities to Advance Human Values at Scale: Haoqi Zhang, Breed Chair of Design, Northwestern University

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, 354/360

Haoqi Zhang, Northwestern University

Berkeley Institute of Design

Directions: http://bid.berkeley.edu/directions/

Abstract: Despite the continued development of individual technologies and processes for supporting human endeavors, major leaps in solving complex human problems will require advances in system-level thinking and orchestration. In this talk, I describe efforts to design, build, and study Computational...   More >

Workshop | January 30 | 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 >

### A Story of Subversion, a Story of Anticipation

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

Hallie Wells, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Center for African Studies

Slam—a performance poetry competition created in Chicago in the 1980s—has circulated around the world, but in Madagascar it has flourished in a context of a uniquely rich history of verbal arts that are thoroughly entwined with social and political life. As an artistic movement that emphasizes the co-production of authority between performer and audience, slam is part of a significant shift in...   More >

### Development Lunch: "Heterogeneous Benefits and Demand for Secondary Schooling in Kenya" and "Pay as you go solar: lessons on electrification and utilities contracts"

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

Stephanie Bonds and Nicholas Li; Megan Lang

Department of Economics

### 3-Manifold Seminar: Knottedness and Thurston norm in NP (continued)

Seminar | January 30 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Ian Agol, UC BERKELEY

Department of Mathematics

Well continue the discussion of a proof that knot recognition is in NP, using a certificate that encodes a sutured manifold hierarchy.

### Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow and Ricci limit spaces

Seminar | January 30 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Peter Topping, University of Warwick

Department of Mathematics

Ricci flow theory has been developing rapidly over the last couple of years, with the ability to handle Ricci flows with unbounded curvature finally becoming a reality. This is vastly expanding the range of potential applications. I will describe some recent work in this direction with Miles Simon that shows the right way to pose the 3D Ricci flow in this setting in order to obtain applications....   More >

### STEM Research Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | January 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Justin Lopez

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in the STEM disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

### Econ 235, Financial Economics: Diagnostic Expectations and Stock Returns

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

Nicola Gennaioli, Universita Bocconi and IGIER

Department of Economics

Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar

### Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Diagnostic Expectations and Stock Returns"

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

Nicola Gennaioli, Bocconi University

Department of Economics

### 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

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.

### Time resolution in cryo-EM and resolution in state space

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

Joachim Frank, Columbia University

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

### Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES) - Note change in date and place: An Introduction to Time-Frequency Analysis through a Proof of Carleson's Theorem

Seminar | January 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Carleson's theorem (1966) states the Fourier series of an L^2 function converges to the original function almost everywhere. In this talk, we will go over the essentials of a proof of this theorem, emphasizing the concepts of orthogonality and respecting symmetries. The techniques found in this proof have given rise to the area of research known as time-frequency analysis and some time will be...   More >

### Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Where

Colloquium | January 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Patrick Cavanagh, Department of Psychology, Glendon College and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

Department of Psychology

How do we know where things are? Recent results indicate that an object’s visual location is constructed at a high level where, critically, an object’s motion is discounted to recover its current location, much like we discount the illumination when we perceive color. As a result we sometimes see a target far from its actual location. These predictions operate differently for eye movements,...   More >

### Job Market Seminar: "Learning by Trading: The Case of the US Market for Municipal Bonds"

Seminar | January 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Giulia Brancaccio, Princeton University - Economics

Department of Economics

Field(s): Industrial Organization, Econometrics, Economic Theory

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: On the Lex-plus-powers conjecture

Seminar | January 30 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Alessio Sammartano, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Let $I$ be a homogeneous polynomial ideal containing a regular sequence of forms of prescribed degrees. The Lex-plus-powers conjecture predicts upper bounds for the Betti table of $I$, in terms of the Betti table of a monomial ideal with the same Hilbert function as $I$ and containing the appropriate monomial regular sequence. I will give a brief overview of the conjecture and discuss some cases....   More >

### Design Field Notes: Alexander Reben

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

Artist and roboticist Alexander Reben will speak at Jacobs Hall.

### Electronic Dynamics in Complex Environments: From Electron Transfer to Singlet Fission

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Troy Van Voorhis, Department of Chemistry, MIT

College of Chemistry

Some of the most basic chemical reactions are those that involve primarily the motion of electrons with little rearrangement of the nuclei. Prominent examples include electron transport and excitonic energy transfer as well as more exotic phenomena such as singlet fission. These reactions are the centerpiece of artificial photosynthetic complexes, organic PVs and essentially all of redox...   More >

## Wednesday, January 31, 2018

### How, Where, and What to Publish: UC Berkeley Scholarly Publishing Symposium

Conference/Symposium | January 31 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sproul Hall, 309 (Graduate Professional Development Center)

Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

Editors from Elsevier, Springer-Nature, PLOS, UC Press, and more

Library

Hear from scholarly journal and book publishers Elsevier, Springer-Nature, PLOS, UC Press, and more during a half-day symposium in which editors cover all aspects of how, where, and what to publish. Panel presentations and discussions will include:

• Intro to Scholarly Publishing: Targeting the “right” journal for submission; overview of the editorial process (Submission to...   More >

### CACS Event: The How and Why of Developing Zero-net Carbon UC Student Housing

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 305 Wurster Hall

Jason E. Smith, Partner, KieranTimberlake; Peter Rumsey, Founder, Point Energy Innovations; Beth Piatnitza, UCSF's Capital Programs Housing Program Manager & Project Manager, UCSF

Across the UC system student housing is under development and UC's sustainability practices policy is calling on these new facilities to be zero-net carbon buildings. UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) is hosting a conversation to explore this timely topic with UC San Francisco's Minnesota Street Graduate Student and Trainee Housing project design team.

### Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Evolution in rapidly adapting populations"

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Michael Desai, Harvard University

Natural selection and other evolutionary forces lead to particular patterns of evolutionary dynamics, and they leave characteristic signatures on the genetic variation within populations. We use a combination of theory and experiments to study the dynamics and population genetics of natural selection in asexual populations such as microbes and viruses.

### MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Michael Harvey: Ecology as a driver of evolutionary diversity within Amazonian bird species

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

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 >

### Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage: Canadian Studies Colloquium

Colloquium | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Cheryl Suzack, University of Toronto

"Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage."

Speaker:
Prof. Cheryl Suzack
English & Indigenous Studies
University of Toronto

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
223 Moses Hall | 12 Noon
Buffet lunch at 12 noon followed by lecture at 12:10.
Free Event | Open To Everyone
Part of the Canadian Studies Colloquium...   More >

### “Comprehensive Computational Design of Ordered Peptide Macrocycles”

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Bioengineering (BioE)

Mixed chirality peptide macrocycles such as cyclosporine are among the most potent therapeutics identified to-date, but there is currently no way to systematically search through the structural space spanned by such compounds for new drug candidates. Natural proteins do not provide a useful guide: peptide macrocycles lack regular secondary structures and hydrophobic cores and have different...   More >

### Sensory Integration, Density Estimation, and Information Retention

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Joe Makin, UCSF

A common task facing computational scientists and, arguably, the brains of primates more generally is to construct models for data, particularly ones that invoke latent variables. Although it is often natural to identify the latent variables of such a model with the true unobserved variables in the world, the correspondence between the two can be more complicated, as when the former are...   More >

### Fear and the Safety Net: Evidence from Secure Communities: Marcella Alsan MD, MPH, PhD

Colloquium | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

Marcella Alsan MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

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.

### Dissecting the form and function of host–microbe relationships within the intestine

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

**Travis Wiles**, University of Oregon

### Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

Matteo Benetton, LSE

Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

### Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology

Arlie Hochschild's latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016) focuses on the rise of the American right. Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over the last five years and focusing on emotions, Hochschild scales an “empathy wall” to learn how to see, think and feel as they do. What do...   More >

### Keys Track 3d- Supervising in a Union Environment

Course | January 31 | 1-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

Julie Hoxie

Human Resources

Supervisors will learn how to manage their represented employees within the constraints of the laws and the labor contracts. They will also learn about management rights, employee rights and union rights, and how to communicate with represented employees and unions. This workshop addresses the following Core Competencies: * Inclusiveness * Managing People * Communication

### Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Ricci flow with surgery and the classification of 3-manifolds

Seminar | January 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Richard Bamler, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

I will give an accessible introduction to Ricci flow in low dimensions, highlighting its connection to the study of the corresponding static equation, the Einstein equation, and to related topological theorems, such as the Uniformization theorem and the Poincaré and Geometrization Conjectures. I will then discuss the singularity formation of such flows and provide an overview of Perelman’s...   More >

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

Workshop | January 31 | 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 >

### Computational psychiatry: When good decisions go bad

Seminar | January 31 | 3 p.m. |  5101 Tolman Hall

**Peter Dayan**

Abstract: Substantial efforts across the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, statistics, operations research, economics, and control theory have provided us with a psychologically- and neurobiologically-grounded account of how humans and other animals learn to predict rewards and punishments, and choose actions to maximize the former and minimize the latter. It becomes an obvious...   More >

### Big Data and Cartography

Colloquium | January 31 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

James Cheshire, University College London

Department of Geography

Maps are an increasingly important tool for interrogating, disseminating and communicating large and complex geographic datasets. This talk will outline the ways in which innovative cartography can be used to inform researchers, and the public more broadly, about the value, and pitfalls, of “Big Data”. It will draw insights from three highly successful mapping projects that have sought to...   More >

### Applied Math Seminar: Efficient solvers and preconditioners for the implicit time integration of discontinuous Galerkin methods

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Will Pazner, Brown University and UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Implicit time integration for discontinuous Galerkin (DG) discretizations is important in the context of boundary layer flows, anisotropic, unstructured meshes, and high degree polynomial approximations. Effective preconditioning strategies are essential to the efficient iterative solution of the resulting large, sparse linear systems. In this talk, I will discuss two topics: (1) fully implicit...   More >

### Statistical Inference for Finite Alphabet Structures

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Merle Behr, University of Göttingen

Department of Statistics

A challenging problem in cancer genetics is that tumors often consist of a few different groups of cells, so called clones, where each clone has different mutations, like copy-number (CN) variations. In whole genome sequencing the mutations of the different clones get mixed up, according to their relative unknown proportion in the tumor. However, CN's of single clones can only take values in a...   More >

### Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Classification of diffeomorphism groups of 3-manifolds through Ricci flow

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

Richard Bamler, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

I will present recent work of Bruce Kleiner and myself in which we classify the homotopy type of all spherical and hyperbolic 3-manifolds, except for $RP^3$. This partially resolves the Generalized Smale Conjecture in the spherical case and reproves a theorem due to Gabai in the hyperbolic case.

Our proof is based on a uniqueness theorem for singular Ricci flows, which we established in previous...   More >

### EECS Colloquium: Pen- and Touch-Interaction with 2D Information Spaces

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

Andries van Dam, Brown University

This presentation covers two of my graphics group’s projects, Vizdom and Dash. Rather than a formal exposition of completed research we will present two demos of work-in progress that are intended to illustrate directions we think will be fruitful for information exploration and sensemaking.

Biography

Andries van Dam, is the Thomas J. Watson Jr. University Professor of Technology and...   More >

### Engineering the Entropic Bond

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan

Entropy, information, and order are important concepts in many fields, relevant for materials to machines, for biology to econophysics. Entropy is typically associated with disorder; yet, the counterintuitive notion that a thermodynamic system of hard particles might - due solely to entropy - spontaneously assemble from a fluid phase into an ordered crystal was first predicted in the mid-20th...   More >

### Job Market Seminar: "Reputation Effects under Interdependent Values"

Seminar | January 31 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Harry Di Pei, MIT Economics

Department of Economics

Field(s): Theory, Organizational Economics, Political Economy

## Thursday, February 1, 2018

### Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

### 2018 Distinguished ESPM Faculty Lecture - Carolyn Merchant

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

Carolyn Merchant shares her lecture, "The Anthropocene: The Age of Humanity".

Refreshments will be served at 11:30 am in 139 Mulford.

This event is open to the public.

### Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

Erika Deserranno, Northwestern

Department of Economics

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 >

### Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

Becky Miller, Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

Library

Mendeley is a reference manager that enables you to organize, read, share, annotate, and cite your research papers. It is also an academic discovery and collaboration tool.

This hands-on workshop will give beginning Mendeley users practice importing citations and creating bibliographies. Experienced users should bring their Mendeley questions!

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Interpretable proximate factors for large dimensions

Seminar | February 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Speaker: Markus Pelger, Stanford

This papers deals with the approximation of latent statistical factors with sparse and easy-to-interpret proximate factors. Latent factors in a large-dimensional factor model can be estimated by principal component analysis, but are usually hard to interpret. By shrinking the factor weights, we obtain proximate factors that are easier to interpret. We show that proximate factors consisting of...   More >

### IB Seminar: Connecting micro- and macroevolution using comparative genomics of New World birds

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

Michael Harvey, University of Michigan

### 2018 UC Berkeley Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 1 | 1-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

Christie Hale, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En

Michael Gardner, PhD Student, UC Berkeley; Amr Ewais, Researcher, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; Estefan Garcia, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; Nella Pierre Louis Desruisseaux, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; James Fern, Researcher, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

On behalf of the graduate students of the UC Berkeley GeoSystems program, we are pleased to announce our first annual Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium. This event is an opportunity for current PhD students and Research Associates to share their research with the geotechnical engineering industry. There will be short oral presentations as well as time for one-on-one interactions via a...   More >

### United Against White Supremacy Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 2 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium: Room 175

Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law; Professor Ian Haney-López, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at Berkeley; Eva Patterson, President/Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society

ACLU of Northern California, East Bay Community Law Center, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, California Law Review

Racism has been the blueprint and the foundation of the United States since its inception. This symposium is being convened in order to discuss ways to dismantle racism and white supremacy in a series of four panels: Gentrification, Immigration, Incarceration, and Affirmative Action.

### Social Science and Humanities Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 2 | 9:30-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in social science and humanities disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

### Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | February 2 | 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.

### “Why The Mind Evolved: The Evolution Of Navigation”: Psychology 229A

Colloquium | February 2 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Lucia Jacobs, UC Berkeley

Department of Psychology

### NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | February 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Library

Library

A hands-on workshop introducing NCBI bioinformatics tools such as PubMed, Gene, Protein, Nucleotide, and BLAST.

### Labor Lunch Seminar: Long Run Effects of Food Assistance and Early Human Capital Programs

Seminar | February 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Marianne Bitler, UC Davis

Center for Labor Economics

### Novel Demonstration of Decentralized Direct Potable Water Reuse: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

Dr. Andrea Corral, Carollo Engineers, Inc

### Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Introduction to Coxeter Groups

Seminar | February 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Katrina Biele, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Semiconductor Thin-Film Transfer Technology has Finally Arrived

Seminar | February 2 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

Eli Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Dept., University of California, Berkeley

For years, lattice mismatched hetero-epitaxy has been regarded as the correct approach for heterogeneous integration, but the mismatch led to material quality problems. At around the same time a competing approach, thin-film epitaxial layer transfer began to be developed, but the handling of free-standing thin films was a primitive art. Over the period of decades the discipline of processing...   More >

### Modulating Electron Beams in Space and Time to Probe for Genuine Structures and Function at the Atomic Scale: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in time and location

Dr. Christian Kisielowski, LBNL / Molecular Foundry

In high resolution electron microscopy objects are actively altered by the intense electron irradiation that is necessary to reach single atom sensitivity. In these circumstances a control of beam-sample interactions is no longer a commodity but a necessity. Therefore, it is of outstanding interest to develop new tools and concepts that strive for a stricter control of the probing electron beam...   More >

### Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for Stochastic Growth Models II

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

Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### MENA Salon: War Comes to Afrin

Workshop | February 2 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

In this week's MENA Salon, we will discuss the events leading to the recent military operation in Afrin, the international community's reaction, and its likely consequences for individuals on the ground in Syria.

### Composition Colloquium: Anna Clyne

Colloquium | February 2 | 3 p.m. | 135 Morrison Hall

Department of Music

After studying piano and composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, Raphael Cendo studied composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (2000-2003), from which he graduated in composition, analysis and orchestration. He then joined the composing and computer music class of IRCAM (2003-2006). During his training, he was taught by Allain Gaussin, Brian Ferneyhough, Fausto...   More >

### Issues and Opportunities Facing the School of Information

Seminar | February 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

AnnaLee Saxenian

Information, School of

Dean Saxenian will comment on some of the challenges and opportunities facing the campus and the School.

### How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 2 | 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 >

### Supercharging Future Mobility: Tailoring Charge Transport for Highly Efficient Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Seminar | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Xiangfeng Duan, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA

College of Chemistry

Supercapacitors, batteries and fuel cells represent three distinct electrochemical energy conversion devices of increasing importance for applications in mobile electronics, electric vehicles, and renewable energy industry. A common feature of these devices involves coupled ion transport (and storage) and electron transport in active electrode materials.

### Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Hochschild and cyclic homology for log schemes

Seminar | February 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Martin Olsson, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will discuss recent work on developing a theory of Hochschild and Cyclic homology for log schemes, extending the definitions for ordinary schemes.

### Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Multivalued harmonic functions

Seminar | February 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Brian Krummel, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

Dirichlet energy minimizing multivalued functions were introduced by Almgren in his proof that the singular set of an n-dimensional area minimizing submanifold has Hausdorff dimension at most n-2. Such functions play a crucial role in the study of area minimizing submanifolds at branch point singularities, at which at least one tangent cone is a plane with integer multiplicity > 1. We will...   More >

### Music Studies Colloquium Pierpaolo Polzonetti (UC Davis): Something Tastes Funny: A Gastromusicological Approach to Comic Opera

Colloquium | February 2 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

Department of Music

Pierpaolo Polzonetti specializes on opera and eighteenth-century music and culture. His research work has been funded by the Earhart Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His book, Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2011), is a study of representations of America in Eighteenth-century...   More >