<< Week of February 25 >>

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Final Abstracts Due

Deadline | February 26 | -5 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Brian Gialketsis, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Implementing the CA History-Social Science Framework

Workshop | February 26 | 8:30 a.m. |  Contra Costa County Office of Education

 77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, CA, CA 94523

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

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

PMB Special Seminar: "Gating Plant Immunity and Death at the Nuclear Boundary"

Seminar | February 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, First Floor Conference Room

 Yangnan Gu, Tsinghua University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Gu lab uses a combined molecular, cellular, genetic, biochemical, biostatistical and bioinformatic approach to study the intriguing mechanism behind host-pathogen interactions. They focus on the role of targeted membrane trafficking and coordinated nucleocytoplasmic transport in activation, regulation and termination of the innate immunity. They are also interested in the immune regulatory...   More >

Yangnan Gu

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of the 2-ASEP on a ring

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Olya Mandelshtam, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

The two-species asymmetric simple exclusion process (2-ASEP) on a ring is a Markov chain on Zn/Z with each site either vacant or occupied by one of two classes of particles, and whose dynamics are dictated by parameter q: particles can hop right at rate 1 or left at rate q. At q=0, the stationary probabilities of the states of the 2-ASEP can be described by multiline queues of Ferarri and Martin....   More >

Scalable Imaging of Molecular Order

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Shalin Mehta, PhD, Platform Leader, Advanced Optical Microscopy, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Nanoscale alignment of molecules, or molecular order, underpins the directed functions of cells. Cells have the fascinating capacity of creating and sustaining molecular order at the expense of chemical energy, as illustrated by the planar organization of the lipid membrane and the three-dimensional organization of chromatin, cytoskeleton, and extracellular matrix. The molecular order...   More >

Attachment, Religion, and Spirituality: A Wider View

Colloquium | February 26 | 12:10-1:20 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Pehr Granqvist, Visiting scholar from Stockholm University

 Department of Psychology

I will outline a book on the attachment-religion connection that I am currently composing as a visiting scholar. The book has been contracted with Guilford and has Dist. Prof. Em. Phillip R. Shaver from UC Davis as editor. I will focus the talk on four reasons for choosing “A Wider View” as subtitle. First, I argue that Bowlby restricted attachment theory unnecessarily by insisting that...   More >

The Role of Attachment in Perceived Relationships with Deities

Colloquium | February 26 | 12:10-1:20 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Frances Nkara, Psychology Department

 Department of Psychology

Religious believers’ perceived relationships with deities likely promote the pervasiveness of theistic religions, especially if these relationships engender or promise attachment-related “felt security”. Specific expectations and behavior within these perceived relationships might be derived from individual differences in implicit, internal working models or states of mind regarding attachment...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | February 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Jorg Spenkuch, Northwestern

 Department of Economics

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

Ultra High-Field MRI - Open questions in engineering and multiphysics

Seminar | February 26 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430 Soda Hall)

 Simone Angela Winkler, Staff Research Associate, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has emerged as one of the most powerful and informative diagnostic tools in modern medicine. While most clinical MR studies use magnetic field strengths of 1.5T or 3T, leading research is pushing these magnetic field strengths to 7T and beyond.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: On maximally amenable subalgebras in free products

Seminar | February 26 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a paper of 2014, Cyril Houdayer proved that any diffuse amenable von Neumann algebra can be concretely realized as a maximal amenable subalgebra with expectation inside a full nonamenable III1 factor. Only a year later, Narutaka Ozawa produced a very short proof of this realization (under less general circumstances). In this talk, we shall visit Ozawa's proof.

STROBE Seminar Series: Hands-on Python Workshop: Image Analysis in the Jupyter Notebook

Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 Antonino Ingargiola

 College of Chemistry

This hands-on workshop will give students a taste of modern scientific computing in python using the Jupyter Notebook environment. Jupyter notebooks are executable documents that interleave narrative (rich text, math equations, figures, links) with code.

Panel on Innovative Uses of Media in Language Teaching

Panel Discussion | February 26 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies; Margot Szarke, Lecturer, French; Lihua Zhang, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

 Berkeley Language Center

Media in Swahili Teaching: Hegemonic Tendencies of the Internet
David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies
Using examples from Swahili, this paper will show how the internet is slowly taking over to be the most popular form of media that instructors of Swahili are using for teaching Swahili.

Critical Thinking, Comprehension and Creativity: Multimedia in the L2 classroom
Margot Szarke,...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Towards the global Gross-Prasad conjecture for orthogonal groups

Seminar | February 26 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Rahul Krishna, Northwestern University

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar Format: The seminar consists of two 50-minute talks, a pre-talk (3:10-4:00) and an advanced talk (4:10-5:00), with a 10-minute break (4:00-4:10) between them. The advanced talk is a regular formal presentation about recent research results to general audiences in arithmetic geometry and number theory; the pre-talk (3:10-4:00) is to introduce some prerequisites or background for the...   More >

Barna Saha - Efficient Fine-Grained Algorithms

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Barna Saha, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: One of the greatest successes of computational complexity theory is the classification of countless fundamental computational problems into polynomial-time and NP-hard ones, two classes that are often referred to as tractable and intractable, respectively. However, this crude distinction of algorithmic efficiency is clearly insufficient when handling today's large scale of data. We need...   More >

Dr. Mingfu Shao, Department of Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University: Efficient algorithms for large-scale transcriptomics and genomics

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)



I will present modeling and algorithmic designs for two challenging problems in biology and argue that efficient computational methods enable significant advances in our understanding of cell machinery and genome evolution. The first problem is the assembly of full-length transcripts -- the collection of expressed gene products in cells -- from noisy and highly...   More >

From using artifacts to mathematical meanings: The teacher’s role in the semiotic mediation process

Colloquium | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Maria Alessandra Mariotti, Università di Siena, Italy

 Graduate School of Education

The potential of artifacts for learning have been extensively studied, with a main focus on their possible use by students and the subsequent benefits for them. However, there has been the tendency to underestimate the complexity of exploiting this potential, and specifically the complexity of the teacher’s role orchestrating the teaching and learning process. Following Vygotsky’s seminal idea of...   More >

Measuring activity of cortical layers in human brain with CBV-fMRI: method and first applications

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Laurentius Huber, Postdoc Fellow at Section on Functional Imaging Methods, NIMH, NIH

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Layer-dependent fMRI allows measurements of information flow in cortical circuits, as afferent and efferent connections terminate in different cortical layers.
However, conventional high-resolution fMRI is challenged by its reactively high noise level and limited localization specificity of large draining veins.
In this presentation, I will discuss some recent methodological advancements of...   More >

GraphXD Seminar: Vector Representations of Graphs and the Maximum Cut Problem

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 David P. Williamson, Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

In this talk, I will look at a classical problem from graph theory of finding a large cut in a graph. We’ll start with a 1967 result of Erdős that showed that picking a random partition of the graph finds a cut that is at least half the largest possible cut. We’ll then describe a result due to Goemans and myself from 1995 that shows that by representing the graph as a set of vectors, one per...   More >

IB Seminar: Rats! Systematics of an emerging adaptive radiation model

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kevin Rowe, Museums Victoria

 Department of Integrative Biology

Research Ethics and Library Database Workshop (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Workshop | February 26 | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Sine Hwang Jensen, librarian, Ethnic Studies Library

 Under-represented Researchers of Color (UROC): student group sponsored by Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

In this workshop, we will explore library resources that can support you in your research like article databases, how to access archives, and more. We will also explore concepts around research justice and questions of knowledge production and power.

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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 >

Disability and Climate Resilience

Workshop | February 26 | 6-8 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come join SERC for an important workshop on the intersectionality of disability and climate resilience, something that often gets left out of the conversation when talking about climate change. Leading this workshop is Alex Ghenis from the World Institute of Disability. Alex is a Policy and Research Specialist at WID. He is currently managing the New Earth Disability project, which addresses how...   More >

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Human- Nature Interactions

Seminar | February 27 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Kaitlyn Gaynor, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Erik Sathe, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Kaitlyn Gaynor speaks on The Graduates about her work observing large mammals in Mendocino County, Kenya, and Mozambique. Kaitlyn studies interactions between humans and nature.

Enhancing Seismic Performance through Protective Structural Systems

Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Tracy Becker

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

While major advances have been made in seismic design, there still exists a large disconnect between the performance level that buildings are designed to achieve and the performance level required for community resiliency. Although current building codes limit fatalities in new construction, they do little to limit socioeconomic losses.

Total Synthesis of Neurologically Active Terpenoid Natural Products

Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Tim Newhouse, Department of Chemistry, Yale University

 College of Chemistry

This talk will describe the total synthesis of neurologically active terpenoid natural products using novel strategies and methodologies for step-efficient syntheses. Methodological developments in the area of allyl-palladium catalysis will be described in detail that have allowed for alpha,beta-dehydrogenation of a variety of carbonyl compounds. Unique strategies and key retrosynthetic...   More >

"Enemies of a Nation": The Roots of Rising Authoritarianism in Turkey

Colloquium | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Duster Conference Room

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Melike Köse, Professor, Kocaeli University, Turkey

 Center for Right-Wing Studies

Melike Köse, CRWS Visiting Scholar and Professor, Kocaeli University, Turkey

Turkey has been governed under the state of emergency rule since the failed coup d’etat in July 2016. Since then, civil rights and liberties have been eroded daily by governmental decrees. Well-known NGO Freedom House, in its latest report on “Freedom in the World,” classified Turkey as “not free.” Pressure on media...   More >

Gender and Ethnic Equity at the University of California: A Historical Accounting

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall (Level D)

 Zachary Bleemer, Director, UC Cliometric History Project, Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The University of California, in all of its departments, has been open to students of all types and backgrounds since it opened. More than 10 percent of graduates of UC's medical schools were women almost every year after the 1890s, and the proportion of female undergraduates at UC campuses has historically been much higher than that of most private universities in California. Evidence of ethnic...   More >

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Threatened Scholars: A Panel on Responses to Attacks on Academic Freedom Around the World

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Karen Barkey, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity, University of California, Berkeley; Liora Israël, Senior Researcher in Sociology, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)

 Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley; Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

 Social Science Matrix

Scholars working around the world often come under threat of persecution or harassment, whether from oppressive governments or other sources. This panel will address different types of threats facing scholars around the world, as well as as solutions that have been developed by governments, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

Campanile at Dusk

Development Lunch: "Managers in the public sector"

Seminar | February 27 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandra Fenizia

 Department of Economics

Understanding the Tunisian Anomaly: An Inquiry into a History of Reform

Colloquium | February 27 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President, Columbia Global Centers and Global Development

 Center for African Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country's first-ever democratically elected...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | February 27 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue discussion Kronheimer-Mrowka's instanton homology of webs and a version with twisted coefficients.

Mobile Health Technologies to Improve Behavioral Health in Underserved Populations

Colloquium | February 27 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Adrian Aguilera, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Aguilera will discuss his research developing and testing an automated text messaging intervention as an adjunct to treatment in a public sector integrated behavioral healthcare clinic. He will detail findings from a clinical trial and discuss how data can be utilized to improve monitoring of depression and detection of key intervention points. Key findings are that 1) automated texting...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Coming apart? Cultural distances in the United States over time"

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Emir Kamenica, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Vincenzo Quadrini, USC Marshall

 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

 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.

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: 3rd year talks

Colloquium | February 27 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Nick Angelides, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley; Vinitha Rangarajan, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

IMS-MS as a means of revealing new states during the melting of proteins

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 David Clemmer, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University

 College of Chemistry

One of the most challenging problems in biochemistry involves understanding how proteins fold. After more than 50 years of work, experimental characterization of protein folding usually leads to results which are described as a cooperative, two phase, transition between the folded and unfolded states – i.e., the protein appears to melt. Here we present new data from an IMS-MS analysis of simple...   More >

A Journey of Pain, Purpose, and Perseverance: A special seminar in memory of Shakir Cannon, sickle cell patient advocate and leading voice in discussions on CRISPR Genome Editing, Precision Medicine, and Social Justice.

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Michael Friend, Co-founder, Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine, Health Ministries Network

 Innovative Genomics Institute

Despite being the first “molecular disease” ever discovered, and despite being the most common genetic disease in the US, sickle cell disease (SCD), a disease that predominantly affects people from African descent, is still a truly devastating disease with no universal cure. Long under- and unequally-served by the medical and research communities, SCD is getting renewed attention as CRISPR...   More >

Functional Topological Light Sources and Devices

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall

 Boubacar Kante, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will discuss how geometrical and topological approaches to the control of light-matter interaction enable the construction of novel photonic devices with unique and enhanced functionalities.

Design Field Notes: Paula Te

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Paula Te, an interaction designer who is driven to make technology accessible in the widest possible sense, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

How I Became a Quant: A Panel Discussion and Q&A Session on Career Paths in Finance/Data Science/Fintech

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall (N640)

 Rajat Agarwal, Senior Director - Investor Group, Capital Markets, LendingClub

 Andrew Alden, Head of Quantitative Research, WeatherStorm Capital

 Ben Gum, Director of Portfolio Optimization and Risk Modeling, AXA Rosenberg; Ariel Pavlicevich, Portfolio Manager, Walleye Trading; Emmanuel Vallod, Head of Research, Mortgage & Securitized Credit, Systematic Fixed-Income, BlackRock

 Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program

Practitioners at top firms will share their experiences, how to prepare for a career in finance and data science, and trends emerging in the field. Networking and Q&A will follow. If you are interested in a career in finance or data science, don't miss this opportunity!

  RSVP online by February 27.

Founder of craigslist Craig Newmark at the Berkeley Forum: From craigslist to Philanthropy

Colloquium | February 27 | 6-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Craig Newmark

 The Berkeley Forum

Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and a leading advocate on behalf of trustworthy journalism, veterans and military families, and other civic and social justice causes. His post-craigslist endeavors continue to exemplify how entrepreneurship and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Join us on Tuesday, February 27 for a conversation with one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs...   More >


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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | February 28 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

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How Exceptional is Judicial Review in Canada? Past, Present and Future

Colloquium | February 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Han-Ru Zhou, Université de Montréal Faculty of Law

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law

In the vast majority of legal systems, judicial review has become the principal mechanism through which most constitutional debates are eventually settled or at least receive some form of resolution. However, the terms of our national constitutions seldom provide for how the courts are to scrutinize the laws challenged before them. In Canada, the modern practice of judicial review is the result...   More >

“Understanding and Programming Multicellular Patterning from the Bottom Up”

Seminar | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Pulin Li, California Institute of Technology

 Bioengineering (BioE)

How genes, operating in individual cells, generate coordinated multicellular behavior is a fundamental question in biology. In every cell, a set of genes ('genetic circuits') interact with one another to control specific cellular functions, and combinations of these functional modules create population-level behavior, ranging from biological patterns to physiological rhythms. Applying a bottom-up...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Harnessing plant immune receptors for resistance to wheat stem rust"

Seminar | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Peter Dodds

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr Dodds' focus is on fungal rust diseases, which constitute one of the most significant threats to cereal crops worldwide. The recent emergence of the highly virulent wheat stem rust strain Ug99 is of particular concern to world food security.
Dr Dodds' research has used the pathogenic interaction between flax and the flax rust fungus as a model for understanding the basis of rust disease as...   More >

For Better or Worse, Richer or Poorer: The Future of Tech for Good: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Brandie Nonnecke, Research & Development Manager, CITRIS

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Dr. Nonnecke will share examples of how tech--from AI and digital identity systems to social media platforms--can be applied to change our world for good, but also provides caution on how tech must be designed and applied in ways that are inclusive, fair and just.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Kevin Rowe: Conserve the Collector: Natural history collections and historical change

Seminar | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Kevin Rowe (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 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 >

You take my breath away: How healthy guts exclude oxygen

Seminar | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Mariana Byndloss**, University of California, Davis

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

On the Quantity and Quality of Girls: New Evidence on Abortion, Fertility, and Parental Investments: S. Anukriti, Boston College

Colloquium | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 S. Ankruti, Professor, Department of Economics, Boston College

 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.

Creating a Successful Co-Parenting Relationship (BEUHS361

Workshop | February 28 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Marlies Rosmark, MFT

 Work/Life Program

This workshop is intended to help adults develop and utilize the skills needed to cooperatively parent their children following separation and divorce. Using a combination of discussion, role play and small group exercises we will explore children’s perspectives and experiences of divorce and identify different co-parenting styles, the skills needed to be better single parents and what parents...   More >

Workshop for Undergraduates on Preparing Human Subjects Research eProtocol Application

Workshop | February 28 | 2-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop is for UC Berkeley undergraduates who are carrying out a research project that may involve human subjects and, therefore, may require you to submit an application for approval from the campus' Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. Staff from OPHS will lead this workshop. To begin to familiarize yourself with the issues and processes please see this website:...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Univalent functions, surfaces in hyperbolic space and Schwarzian derivatives

Seminar | February 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ken Bromberg, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

An elegant construction of C. Epstein associates a surface in hyperbolic space to a univalent (injective, holomorphic) function. One can use this Epstein surface to derive properties of the univalent function and conversely use properties of the univalent function to study surfaces in hyperbolic space. The key tool to translate between them is the Schwarzian derivative. We will define both the...   More >

Markovian Solutions to Scalar Conservation Law

Seminar | February 28 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, U C Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

According to a classical result of Bertoin (1998), if the initial data for Burgers equation is a Levy Process with no positive jump, then the same is true at later times and there is an explicit equation for the evolution of the associated Levy measures. In 2010, Menon and Srinivasan published a conjecture for the statistical structure of solutions to scalar conservation laws with certain Markov...   More >

Soulfull Speaker Series

Panel Discussion | February 28 | 4-8 p.m. | TBD Haas School of Business

 Rebecca Irene Rowe

 Net Impact

The Soulfull Project is the brainchild of four food industry veterans – a chef, food scientist, marketer and designer – who were inspired to make high-quality, nutritious food more accessible to those in need and increase community engagement.

Algorithmic Regularization in Over-parameterized Matrix Recovery and Neural Networks with Quadratic Activations

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tengyu Ma, Facebook AI Research

 Department of Statistics

Over-parameterized models are widely and successfully used in deep learning, but their workings are far from understood. In many practical scenarios, the learned model generalizes to the test data, even though the hypothesis class contains a model that completely overfits the training data and no regularization is applied.

In this talk, we will show that such phenomenon occurs in...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Bounds on renormalized volume and the volume of the convex core

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Ken Bromberg, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

A conformally compact hyperbolic 3-manifold will have infinite volume (at least if the conformal boundary is non-empty). Krasnov and Schlenker defined a renormalized volume (motivated by work of Graham and Witten on conformally compact Einstein manifolds) that assigns a finite volume to such manifolds. This defines a function on the space of all conformally compact hyperbolic 3-manifolds. We will...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Integrated computational materials engineering

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Karel Matous, University of Notre Dame

 Department of Mathematics

With concentrated efforts from the material science community to develop new multi- functional materials using unique processing conditions, the need for modeling tools that accurately describe the physical phenomena at each length scale has only further been emphasized. For example, additive manufacturing and shock synthesis lead to unique material morphologies that need to be understood for...   More >

Opening UC History and Success to the World: Book Discussion with Jud King

Presentation | February 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Judson King, Former Provost (Berkeley, UC), Former Director CSHE, Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Carol T. Christ; Jeff Mackie-Mason


In his new book, The University of California: Creating, Nurturing, and Maintaining Academic Quality in a Public University Setting, Judson King, former Berkeley and University of California Provost, explores the most important factors for this academic success, and what makes UC tick.

  RSVP online or or by emailing schol-comm@berkeley.edu by February 26.

Judson King

How to Read a Film: In the Year of the Pig

Workshop | February 28 | 6:20-9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


In many ways, film (or TV or video) is the first language of information acquisition for students. Do you help students critically view film in your classroom, just as you would help them read critically or analyze data? Would you like to learn more about how to analyze and discuss film?

ORIAS is seeking teachers to participate in a short pilot workshop about critical film viewing. You will...   More >

 This event is for k-14 teachers.


  Registration opens January 31. Register online by February 28.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Topic Forthcoming

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

 Ariel Zetlin-Jones, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

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

 Davide Cantoni, Munich

 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 >

IB Seminar: Non-B DNA affects polymerization speed and error rate in sequencers and living cells

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

 Kateryna Makova, The Pennsylvania State University

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: The role of dynamic and static volatility interruptions: Evidence from the Korean stock markets

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

 Speaker: Kyong Shik Eom, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

We conduct a comprehensive analysis on the sequential introductions of dynamic and static volatility interruption (VI) in the Korean stock markets. The Korea Exchange introduced VIs to improve price formation, and to limit damage to investors from brief periods of abnormal volatility, for individual stocks. We find that dynamic VI is effective in stabilizing markets and price discovery, while the...   More >

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.

Computational Design for the Next Manufacturing Revolution

Seminar | March 1 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 - Banatao Auditorium

 Adriana Schulz, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In my talk, I argue that the field of computational design is essential for the next revolution in manufacturing. To build increasingly functional, complex and integrated products, we need to create design tools that allow their users to efficiently explore high-dimensional design spaces by optimizing over a set of performance objectives that can be measured only by expensive computations.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Combinatorics, Categorification, and Crystals

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Monica Vazirani, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Categorification attempts to replace sets or algebraic and geometric structures with more general categories. It has enjoyed amazing successes, such as Khovanov homology categorifying the Jones polynomial knot invariant, KLR algebras categorifying quantum groups, or Soergel bimodules categorifying Hecke algebras. Many of the algebras we see in categorification can be described diagrammatically,...   More >

California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, 220 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 William J. Bauer, Jr., Professor, Department of History,, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development, Department of Ethnic Studies

In 1935, Concow Austin McLaine, of northern California’s Round Valley Reservation, told an oral tradition about Lizard, who saw smoke wafting up from West Mountain, now known as Lassen Peak. The people in Lizard’s town planned to steal fire from Eagle, who selfishly kept the fire under his wings. The people teamed up, stole the fire, and raced with it back to town. Before they reached their...   More >

Seminar 291, Department: What You Lose When You Lose Your Job: The Lasting Impacts of Unemployment

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Jennie Brand, UCLA

 Department of Economics

The discussion will be moderated by Danny Yagan of the UC Berkeley Economics Department and Sandra Smith of IRLE. You must register to attend. Click on title above to register.

WEBINAR: F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Question and Answer Session

Workshop | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

If you are graduating soon and have questions about applying for F-1 employment eligibility after you graduate, then sign up for this ONLINE Webinar. We'll do a brief overview of the OPT application process and timelines, followed by a Question and Answer session.

Prior to attending this webinar, you need to review the OPT Tutorial...   More >

Dr. Julia Fukuyama, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute: Using Phylogenetic Information to Understand the Microbiome

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306, HP Auditorium

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Transcription, the fundamental cellular process by which DNA is copied to RNA, is tightly regulated in healthy human development but frequently dysregulated in disease. During or shortly after transcription, regions known as “introns” are spliced out of the RNA to produce mature “messenger” RNA. Massively parallel sequencing of RNA (RNA-seq) has become a ubiquitous technology in...   More >

Fireside Chat with Tom Siebel: AI and IoT at Industrial Scale

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. |  UCSC Silicon Valley Campus

 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054

 Tom Siebel, C3 IoT

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Please join us for our launch of the CITRIS Silicon Valley Forum 2018 while we share our innovative, cross-disciplinary research. Forums will be held the first Thursday of each month, starting March 1, to discuss emerging trends in high-impact technology from the source. Our Spring 2018 series begins with a "Fireside Chat" about AI and IoT at Industrial Scale, featuring visionary entrepreneur...   More >

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  Register online by March 3.

Conversation between Bob Hass and Mark Danner

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Bob Hass; Mark Danner

 Department of English

Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan

Colloquium | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College; Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; Jessica Starling, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies

"Kegawarashii: Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Japan, Medieval and Modern". Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College
"Public Health and Propaganda: Shin Buddhism and the Campaign to Eradicate Leprosy in the 1930s". Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
"Practicing Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism: Deconstructing Stigma at a Former...   More >

Amita Shastri | Political Parties in Sri Lanka: Change and Continuity

Reading - Nonfiction | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Amita Shastri, Professor of the Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A lecture by Dr. Amita Shastri on her latest publication, Political Parties in Sri Lanka: Change and Continuity (Oxford University Press-India, 2018).

Camp and Campus

Conference/Symposium | March 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Joyce Nao Takahashi

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies 122, UC Berkeley Japanese American Studies Advisory Committee, Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley

Cal alumna, Joyce Nao Takahashi (’55) was born in Berkeley, California, the second daughter of alumni, Henry (’26) and Barbara (’30) Takahashi. She grew up in Berkeley, with the exception of the “war years”, which she spent in Tanforan, California, Topaz, Utah and Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Berkeley High School, and the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph. D....   More >

Can Silicon Valley Be Tamed?: Pioneer Tech Reporter Kara Swisher on Tech Industry and Social Responsibility

Presentation | March 1 | 6:15-7:45 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Kara Swisher, Recode

 Graduate School of Journalism

The first Annual Esther Wojcicki '61 Lectureship in Journalism will feature Kara Swisher, one of the country's most influential journalists covering Silicon Valley for over two decades.

  RSVP by emailing Maura Smith at maurasmith@berkeley.edu by February 28.

Kara Swisher, Pionerring Tech Reporter

Friday, March 2, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | March 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.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

Determinants and Consequences of the Need for Explanation

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

 Emily Liquin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

30 minute research talk by graduate student

WEBINAR: Planning Ahead: F-1 Employment Authorization for Off-Campus Internships

Workshop | March 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Understand how F-1 students can apply for off-campus work authorization for internships and employment related to their major field of study.

Attendees are expected to have watched the F-1 Guide to CPT Video here before attending the webinar: http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/students/current/f-1/curricular_practical_training

Please come prepared with your questions.

Symplectic Geometry and Mirror Symmetry Seminar: Wall-crossing formulae for LG potentials

Seminar | March 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Dmitry Tonkonog, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss an "umbrella" wall-crossing theorem for Landau-Ginzburg potentials of monotone Lagrangian submanifolds. I will try to cover two proof methods (using the relative Fukaya category and the Borman-Sheridan class) and/or some applications. Most of the material is joint work with James Pascaleff.

Consequences of Groundwater Sustainability in California: Environmental Engineering Seminar

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

 Jeff Mount, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

“Engineering Biology to Make Novel Medicines”

Seminar | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 César de la Fuente-Nunez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Proteins perform the cellular tasks required for life. The great variety of their biological activity is due in part to their vast combinatorial space: 20n, n being the number of amino acids present in any given peptide chain and 20 being the number of natural amino acid monomer building blocks. Yet we do not have the tools to properly engineer these diverse molecules. One approach is to start...   More >

Labor Lunch Seminar: Measuring the Impacts of Teacher and School Quality on Crime

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

 Jon Schellenberg, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Emerging Cell Architectures in Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics

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

 James Bullock, University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the last 5 years the crystalline silicon photovoltaic research community has produced a number of significant breakthroughs, including a string of new efficiency records and a broadening in device architectural diversity. This talk focuses on recent innovations from the Javey group which have contributed towards this trend, including the development of Dopant-free Asymmetric Heterocontact...   More >

Archaeology Agencies Panel Workshop: Archaeological careers with government agencies and utilities

Workshop | March 2 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Archaeological Research Facility

A public round table discussion of how governmental and agency
businesses engage with archaeology and archaeologists.

Currents and Phases in Quantum Rings: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Kathryn Moler, Stanford University, Physics & Applied Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Emergent phenomena in quantum systems often exhibit magnetic signatures. In this talk, I will describe how to use the current in a ring to access fundamental and topological properties of quantum states of charge-carrying particles.

Applying a magnetic flux through a ring creates a phase gradient, in response to which a current flows, creating magnetic fields that we measure with a scanning...   More >

MENA Salon: Press "Freedom" as Diplomacy: Turkish-German Relations

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

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On February 16, a court in Istanbul ordered the release of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel after 366 days of pre-trial detention. Yücel’s release, following months of lobbying by the German government, marks rare good news for jailed journalists in Turkey, which is now ranked the world’s worst jailer of journalists, with around 160 held in detention according to the Turkish Journalists’...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Du Yun

Colloquium | March 2 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Du Yun (traditional Chinese: 杜韻, simplified Chinese: 杜韵, born June 18, 1977) is a Chinese born international composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performance artist. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her opera Angel's Bone.

Du Yun was born in Shanghai, China. She began studying piano at the age of four, attending the primary school Shanghai...   More >

Three Progress Reports

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

 Anushah Hossain, Ankeet Shankar, and Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Progress reports on three projects, presented by Anushah Hossein, Ankeet Shankar, and Michael Buckland.

Who are the humans kept out by CAPTCHAs?
Anushah Hossain
Are web services provided by global companies equally accessible to internet users across the world? Anecdotal evidence suggests that there are significant barriers to viewing and using websites in developing regions....   More >

BASF Seminar in the Chemical Sciences: Carbon Based Nanosciences

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

 Hongjie Dai, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

This talk will review our work on nanosciences based on carbon. I will first briefly review our earlier work of carbon nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons, and then focus on fluorescence imaging in the previously unexplored 1000-1700 nm NIR-II window to benefit from greatly suppressed photon scattering at long wavelengths. We show that NIR-II imaging is novel with up...   More >

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Santa Clara County: H-SS Framework Workshops

Workshop | March 3 | 9 a.m. |  Santa Clara County Office of Education

 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

 Professional Development for Educators

Join other Bay Area teachers in a series of three workshops sponsored by the Santa Clara COE in partnership with UCBHSSP. The sessions will help teachers explore and start implementing the new California History-Social Science Framework with an emphasis on the Framework's encouragement of student civic engagement.

Attendance in the entire series is highly recommended but not required.

Lichen BioBlitz

Workshop | March 3 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in date

 Botanical Garden

We invite you to join lichen experts, UCBG faculty, Garden staff and citizen scientists for a lichen “treasure hunt”. During this one day event, participants will work in teams to document the lichen diversity at the Garden. Even if you have no specific lichen expertise, your participation is welcome. A keen eye and willingness to work collaboratively will help insure a thorough survey.

Free with advance registration

  Register online