<< Week of March 07 >>

Sunday, March 4, 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 >

Monday, March 5, 2018

WiDS Berkeley: The Global Women in Data Science Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 5 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  South Hall

 Information, School of

The UC Berkeley School of Information is excited to partner with Stanford University to bring the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference to Berkeley, California.

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is an annual one-day technical conference based at Stanford, which brings together data scientists and professionals in adjacent fields from around the globe to discuss the latest...   More >

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​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Vasha Dutell, Bruno Olshausen Lab; Emilia Zin, John Flannery Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Vasha Dutell’s Talk Title: Natural Visual Signals and Heterogeneous Networks Optimized to Process Them

Abstract: One of the many mysteries of the retina is its great diversity of neuron types and subtypes. An example of this is the many retinal ganglion cells subtypes that independently tile visual space, creating multiple pathways that transmit different aspects of visual information to the...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Unified theory for finite Markov chains

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anne Schilling, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We provide a unified framework to compute the stationary distribution of any finite irreducible Markov chain or equivalently of any irreducible random walk on a finite semigroup S. Our methods use geometric finite semigroup theory via the Karnofsky-Rhodes and the McCammond expansions of finite semigroups with specified generators; this does not involve any linear algebra. The original Tsetlin...   More >

A History of Building Code Development in CA: Semm Seminar

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Ronald Hamburger, SE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities and states adopt building codes to protect the public safety. In California this process initiated following the great earthquake of 1906. The primary purpose of early codes was to avoid mass loss of life, whether caused by building collapse or urban conflagration. Most building code requirements have been based on observation of poor performance, and development of rules intended to...   More >

Knowledge from Language via Deep Understanding

Seminar | March 5 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Danqi Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I explore novel neural network approaches that open up opportunities for getting a deep understanding of natural language text.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Non-amenable, hyperfinite subfactors

Seminar | March 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Mathematics

I will present constructions of hyperfinite subfactors with infinite representation theory that cannot be recovered from their standard invariant. While it is open how to distinguish such non-amenable subfactors in general, some invariants are known and will be discussed. I hope to convince you that the world of non-amenable, hyperfinite subfactors is extremely interesting.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Gluing constructions for constant mean curvature hypersurfaces

Seminar | March 5 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christine Breiner, Fordham University

 Department of Mathematics

Constant mean curvature (CMC) surfaces are critical points for the area functional, subject to an enclosed volume constraint. Classical examples include spheres and cylinders. Until the late 1980's the only other known examples were the Wente torus and the rotationally symmetric surfaces of Delaunay. In 1990, Kapouleas developed a gluing construction that produced infinitely many new examples of...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Different approaches to the virtual moduli cycle

Seminar | March 5 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H

 Dusa McDuff, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

If one wants to count J-holomorphic curves in a general symplectic manifold, often one cannot get a good count simply by choosing a sufficiently generic J. Instead one needs a more elaborate perturbation scheme in order the define what is known as the virtual moduli cycle or virtual fundamental class, This talk will explain different ways of defining this, mentioning in particular new simpler...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Several questions on Laplace eigenfunctions

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexander Logunov, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Let \((M,g)\) be a compact Riemannian manifold without boundary. We are interested in asymptotic properties of Laplace eigenfunctions on \(M\) as the eigenvalue \(\lambda \) tends to infinity. The advances of the last few years will be discussed and a survey of interesting open questions will be given.

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

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

 David Atkin, MIT

 Department of Economics

IB Seminar: Evolutionary Biology of Acquired Chemical Defenses

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

 Rebecca Tarvin, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Integrative Biology

Nuclear quality control and the RNA exosome

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Christopher Lima, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 College of Chemistry

Cultivating the Paddy to Cultivate the Future: Joy and Challenges of a Small Scale Farmer in Rural Japan

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

 Nami Yamamoto, Kyoto University

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Nami Yamamoto is an urban migrant from Osaka, Japan, who decided to go into the rural area and live there as new dweller with her partner and two young children. She will share the living experiences full of joy and difficulties in search of an alternative lifestyle in a rural village in Japan.

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Statistics and Data Science: the Prediction and Modeling Cultures

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Roderick Little, University of Michigan

 Department of Statistics

I recently taught a course entitled "Seminal Papers and Controversies in Statistics", and Leo Breiman's (2001) article "Statistical Modeling: The Two Cultures" was a very popular paper with students. The paper contrasts the machine learning culture, with it's focus on prediction, with more classical parametric modeling approach to statistics. I am more in the parametric modeling camp, but...   More >

Unhappy in its Own Way: Revising the English Family Novel on Russian Soil

Colloquium | March 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Anna Berman, Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Comparative Literature

This is the second lecture of the Spring 2018 Slavic Graduate Colloquium lecture series.

On the benefits of being lost: When supporting exploration leads to better learning

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

 Ido Roll, Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of British Columbia

 Graduate School of Education

Most scaffolding literature advocates for providing novice learners with detailed explicit support. In this talk I will share examples that suggest otherwise, namely, that novice learners benefit more from implicit support for exploration. These examples span diverse STEM topics and student populations. Identifying commonalities across these, I will suggest forms of task and feedback that...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Mapping Tori and Stable Pairs

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

 Andrew Lee, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we first recall a construction of a moduli space of objects over a Riemann surface, called stable pairs, which carries a symplectic structure. Symplectic geometry in this space allows us to produce a Floer-theoretic invariant of a particular class of 3-manifolds called mapping tori (surface bundles over the circle). Time permitting, we then outline a calculation of this invariant for...   More >

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 >

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Necroptosis beyond death: new roles for a cell death pathway in infection and immunity

Seminar | March 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Andrew Oberst, University of Washington, Department of Immunology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Genentech Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Fluorescent Sensing and Logic Systems

Seminar | March 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Amilra De Silva, School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Queen's University Belfast

 College of Chemistry

One of the main principles underlying fluorescent sensors is based on PET (photoinduced electron transfer), according to which a switching ‘on’ of fluorescence in response to chemical1 and biochemical2 analytes can be designed. Since its generalization in Colombo, Sri Lanka, it has now grown to involve 350 laboratories around the world. Some of these sensor systems are serving in critical care...   More >

2018-19 Graduate Fellows Program Application Workshop

Workshop | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

In its forty years of existence, the Graduate Fellows Program (GFP) has provided an interdisciplinary research and training environment as a complement to, and resource for, UC Berkeley graduate programs in the social sciences and professional schools. Over 150 UC Berkeley graduate students have completed their doctoral studies and gone on to distinguished academic careers that have significantly...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Rebecca Tarvin: A glimpse into the evolution of aposematism through Epipedobates poison frogs

Seminar | March 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Rebecca Tarvin (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ/IB Faculty Search. 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist know you are there for the seminar. The library is located in the rear of the Museum on the north side - follow the orange directional signs.

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

Seminar | March 6 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue discussing Kronheimer-Mrowka's J# invariant of spatial webs and foams.

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.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Moral Values and Voting"

Seminar | March 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ben Enke, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Zeroes of harmonic functions and propagation of smallness

Seminar | March 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Aleksandr Logunov, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

The classical Liouville theorem claims that any positive harmonic function in $R^n$ is a constant function. Nadirashvili conjectured that any non-constant harmonic function in $R^3$ has a zero set of infinite area. The conjecture is true and the following principle holds for harmonic functions: "the faster the function grows the bigger the area of its zero set is" and vice versa. Propagation of...   More >

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: 3rd year talks

Colloquium | March 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Joe Winer, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley; Christina Merrick, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

EECS/CS Resume Lab for Freshmen/Sophomores

Workshop | March 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (#430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Katie Crawford, Engineering Career Counselor at the Cal Career Center for an interactive resume workshop for first and second year computer science/EECS students. Learn do's and don'ts, what to include when you have little or no experience, and tips for finding opportunities. Feel free to bring your laptop/surface to work on your materials in real time!

All students welcome!

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: A new residual intersection phenomenon

Seminar | March 6 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Eisenbud, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Residual intersection theory works well for ideals like the ideal of $p\times p$ minors of a generic $p \times (p+1)$ matrix, but fails for some very nice ideals, such as the ideal of $2 \times 2$ minors of a $2\times n$ matrix for n greater than $3$. Poking around for what might be true, Bernd Ulrich and I stumbled on a new phenomenon that seems to be rather general. We are far from proving all...   More >

Harold S. Johnston Seminar in Physical Chemistry: Exploring uncharted regions of atmospheric reaction pathways

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Marsha Lester, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

 College of Chemistry

Alkene ozonolysis is a primary oxidation pathway for alkenes emitted into the troposphere and also an important source of atmospheric hydroxyl radicals. Alkene ozonolysis takes place on a reaction path with multiple minima and barriers along the way to OH products. In particular, a key reaction intermediate, known as the Criegee intermediate, R1R2COO, had eluded detection until very recently. In...   More >

Breaking Lorentz Reciprocity: From New Physical Concepts to Applications

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall

 Negar Reiskarimian, Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Lorentz reciprocity is a fundamental characteristic of the vast majority of electronic and photonic structures. In this talk, I will present a novel approach to break Lorentz reciprocity based on linear periodically-time- varying (LPTV) circuits.

Learning vs? Education

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Leah Buechley, Rural/Digital

 Graduate School of Education

In my career as a researcher and designer I’ve worked to nurture young people’s interests by engaging them in creative activities that blend technology and art. I’ve focused primarily on what young people do outside of school, guided by the belief that the things kids are most interested in and excited about shape their lives as much as the classes that they take. I’ve mostly evaded the political...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Applications of the Excess intersection formula

Seminar | March 6 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irit Huq-Kuruvilla, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we introduce the excess intersection formula and use it to compute the number of cubics tangent to $5$ given ones. If there is more time, we will discuss intersections of surfaces in a curve and discrete points

What's Up With That - Changing Self

Workshop | March 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Robert Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

As you spend more time in the US and UC Berkeley as an international student, you will start to see a shift in the way you speak, think, and present yourself. Welcome to your version 2.0!

In this session of What's Up with That?, we will discuss how to manage and deal with these changes.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Collaborating Effectively in the Workplace

Workshop | March 7 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Sara Thacker, Staff Ombuds Office

 Staff Ombuds Office

To be successful in the rapidly changing workplace, where jobs and people change fast – staff must be able to collaborate with a variety of people within and outside the organization who have the skills, resources, and influence to tackle increasing complex challenges. Collaboration is a skill and a set of practices that are rarely taught in the workplace. In this course staff will learn about...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Advanced Simulation Methodologies for Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment

Seminar | March 7 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Floriana Petrone

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Moderate-to-large magnitude earthquakes still represent a major issue for the safety of ordinary and critical infrastructure. Despite significant advances in the seismic engineering field, much research is still needed to gain better understanding of the science and engineering behind earthquake phenomenon and develop effective risk assessment methodologies.

UCB Startup Fair

Career Fair | March 7 | 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The UCB Startup Fair is back!

Student-run by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA, students are introduced to small tech companies that typically rely on personal connections for hiring. It's a great way for students to find full-time and internship positions! Attendance is free for all UCB students!

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Bret Payseur: Genetics of rapid and extreme size evolution in island mice

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Bret Payseur

 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 >

On a Lesser Known Montreality: French Among the City's Haitian Youth

Colloquium | March 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Luc Baronian, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Haitian Creole possesses certain features in common with French as spoken in Montréal. For example, both spoken languages affricate /t, d/ before high front vowels, both contain traces of a former palatalization, both have a progressive marker based on the word for 'after' and both share certain Amerindian borrowings such as "boucane / boukan". For nearly half a century now, a modern Haitian...   More >

How the power of diversity creates better groups, firms, schools, and societies: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Ferredoxin - protein interactions and energy transduction in Photosynthesis"

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Toshiharu Hase, Osaka University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Hase is Professor Emeritus of Osaka University and formerly affiliated to the Institute of Protein Research at Osaka University. His research interests include photosynthetic electron transfer, ferredoxin-dependent redox metabolisms and the structure/function of redox enzymes.

Excess Baggage: How Physicians' and Patients’ Race-Related Beliefs and Attitudes Affect Racially Discordant Clinical Interactions

Colloquium | March 7 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Louis A. Penner, Professor, Wayne State University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

There are pervasive and persistent disparities in the health of Nonhispanic White Americans and most racial ethnic/minorities; the greatest of these are between Black and White Americans. There are multiple, complex reasons for this but disparities in the quality of healthcare received by Black and by White patients is one well-documented cause. One important aspect of healthcare disparities...   More >

Reducing Stress with Breema (BEUHS177)

Workshop | March 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Arlie Mischeaux, The Breema Center; Angela Porter, The Breema Center

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

This interactive workshop will introduce you to Breema, a body centered meditation/mindfulness practice that creates an experience of relaxation, balance, and harmony. Breema practice supports physical and mental flexibility, as well as mental clarity, vitality, and emotional balance. Participants will engage in various movements, including gentle stretches, rhythmic movements, and...   More >

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Holistic Optimization of Data-Intensive Applications

Seminar | March 7 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Alvin Cheung, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will show how examining the programming system and the database management system in tandem allows developers to build data-intensive applications and systems that are both performant and correct.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Background for research talk

Seminar | March 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Laura Starkston, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

We will go over some background related to J-holomorphic curves and complex algebraic singularities in relation to questions discussed in the research talk.

An almost-linear time algorithm for uniform random spanning tree generation

Seminar | March 7 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Aaron Schild, U C Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We give an m^{1+o(1)} beta^{o(1)}-time algorithm for generating uniformly random spanning trees in weighted graphs with max-to-min weight ratio beta. In the process, we illustrate how fundamental tradeoffs in graph partitioning can be overcome by eliminating vertices from a graph using Schur complements of the associated Laplacian matrix.

Our starting point is the Aldous-Broder algorithm,...   More >

Geographies of Activism: Cartographic Memory and Community Practices of Care

Colloquium | March 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Juan Herrera, University of California Los Angeles

 Department of Geography

Social movements mobilize to make changes in actually existing geographies. But far more than space being just a surface upon which social movements evolve, this presentation posits that social movements take part in the production of space. Drawing from oral histories of 1960s activists from Oakland’s Fruitvale district, I argue that the work of remembering activism is a cartographic process...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Computation of paramodular forms via lattice methods

Seminar | March 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Watson Ladd, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We know how to calculate spaces of classical modular forms and make large tables, but Siegel modular forms have been much harder to compute. Conditional on Ibukiyama's conjecture, we compute efficiently Euler factors of some (many) paramodular forms via computations with the genus of particular quadratic forms. This is joint work with Gonzalo Tornaria and Jeffrey Hein.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Smooth and singular symplectic surfaces

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Laura Starkston, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss some problems and results about symplectic surfaces in 4-manifolds, particularly in the complex projective plane. The main question is to classify symplectic surfaces up to symplectic isotopy. If the surface has singularities, we restrict the isotopies to the class of surfaces with the same model singularities.

Expanding the Chemical Palette for Reliable Adsorption-Based Separations

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 David Sholl, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The majority of research literature on chemical separations focuses on a relatively small collection of chemicals. In many ways this is appropriate because of the dramatic economic and environmental impacts of these species. The space of possible chemicals, however is vast; Carl Sagan's famous "billions and billions" is many orders of magnitude too small for chemical space. I will discuss early...   More >

What explains the dramatic rise in autism prevalence (from one in 10,000 to 1 in 68)?: The hunt for environmental factors

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Troy Duster

 Emily Diamond, Professor, The Wright Institute

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Autism prevalence and other neurodevelopmental disabilities have markedly risen in the last 2 decades. Researchers around the world are looking for environmental factors. My project - the International Autism Mapping Project - tries to answer this question through geospatial mapping. Specifically, we examine the place of conception, and its nearness to various kinds of toxins. Since autism...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Modeling electronic transport properties in incommensurate 2D multilayer materials

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Paul Cazeaux, University of Kansas

 Department of Mathematics

The recent discovery of a whole family of two-dimensional crystalline materials such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and many others leads to study the properties of their combinations, particularly by stacking a number of layers vertically. Such structures are generally non-periodic, with interesting geometric properties such as moiré effects. We first recall the usual description...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda: Climate Change as Climate Debt: Forging a Just Future

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Recent ERG PhD Graduate, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics

 Energy and Resources Group

Climate change may be the most far reaching manifestation of white privilege and class privilege yet to face humankind. Caused overwhelmingly by high-consuming people, climate change is wreaking death and destruction foremost on impoverished people who also are disproportionately people of color...   More >

Genetically Encoded Tools for Manipulation of Bioenergetics

Seminar | March 7 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Denis Titov, University of California, Berkeley

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Christina Curtis, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Stanford University

Seminar | March 7 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Quantifying the evolutionary dynamics of tumor progression and metastasis

Abstract: Cancer results from the acquisition of somatic alterations in an evolutionary process that typically occurs over many years, much of which is occult. Understanding the evolutionary dynamics that are operative at different stages of progression in individual tumors might inform the earlier detection,...   More >

Science Cafe - Science and Art of Active Transportation Planning

Presentation | March 7 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94706

 Eric Anderson, College of Environmental Design


This science cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. We encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation.

Berkeley is a leading city in promoting walking and biking for transportation. The City recently adopted a new Berkeley Bicycle Plan (2017), laying...   More >

The Art & science of designing safe bike and walkways in Berkeley

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | March 8 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Gordon Phillips, Dartmonth

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

2018 ESPM Seminar Series - Nicia Giva

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Nicia Giva of Eduardo Mondlane University - Maputo, Mozambique shares lecture "Action Research toward co-management of Transboundary Protected Areas: The case of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park in Mozambique"

Coffee will be served in 139 Mulford Hall
**In an effort to reduce waste, please bring your own reusable mug**

This event is open to the public.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Ben Enke, Harvard University

 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 >

Peripheral Representations for computational models of Human and Machine Perception

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Arturo Deva, UC Santa Barbara

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Are there any benefits in incorporating the foveated nature of human vision into image-based metrics of perception and computer vision systems? In this talk I hope to advance our understanding of this question through my work via psychophysical experiments (eye-tracking), computational modelling, and computer vision.

The first part of the talk will revolve around peripheral representations...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Factor Strategies: Crowding, Capacity and Sources of Active Returns

Seminar | March 8 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Ananth Madhavan, Blackrock

 Center for Risk Management Research

We develop a methodology to estimate dynamic factor loadings using cross-sectional risk characteristics, which is especially useful when factor loadings significantly vary over time. In comparison, standard regression approaches assume the factor loadings are constant over a particular window. Applying the methodology to a dataset of U.S.-domiciled mutual funds we distinguish the components of...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | March 8 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: “Vacancy Chains”

Seminar | March 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Mike Elsby, University of Edinburgh

 Center for Labor Economics

joint with Macro

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Vacancy Chains

Seminar | March 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Mike Elsby, University of Edinburgh

 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.

Senate Forum on the Campus Strategic Planning Process

Panel Discussion | March 8 | 3-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Chair, Berkeley Division, Academic Senate

 Richard Lyons, Dean, Haas School of Business

 Academic Senate

On January 25, 2018, Chancellor Carol Christ announced details of a semester-long strategic planning process, that she expects to establish a framework for charting Berkeley’s path forward over the coming years. This is an opportunity for Senate members to learn about the strategic planning process directly from the faculty co-chairs of the four planning process working groups.

Dr. Tal Korem, Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science: Microbiome Analysis in Clinical Research: Can our microbes tell us what to eat?

Seminar | March 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

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

The gut microbiome is an immense microbial ecosystem with unique and diverse metabolic capabilities. In the past decade, it has been associated with multiple chronic and complex diseases, raising great hopes for novel medical advances. But are contemporary microbiome analysis methods useful in a clinical setting? I will present new tools that we developed for the analysis of the gut microbiome...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: From Algebraic Combinatorics to Geometric Complexity Theory

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Greta Panova, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Mathematics

A major 80-year old problem in Algebraic Combinatorics concerns the Kronecker coefficients of the symmetric group – the multiplicities of irreducible representations in the decomposition of the tensor product of irreducible representations, or more formally – showing that computing these coefficients is in #P. The flagship problem in Algebraic Complexity Theory is the "VP vs VNP" problem,...   More >

Bodies in Process: Trans Politics and Possibilities

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 691, CRG Conference Room

 Center for Race and Gender

Thursday, Mar 08, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
691 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible
Giancarlo Cornejo, Department of Rhetoric
Omi Salas-SantaCruz, School of Education

“Thank You For Your Service”: Gratitude, Silence, and the Production of Militarized Common Sense on College Campuses

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Ellen Moore, Visiting Scholar, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Graduate School of Education, Center for Studies in Higher Education

In this contemporary period of prolonged undeclared wars, where lethal-force conflicts are waged not against designated nation-states but against rhetorical abstractions (Terror) in the name of other rhetorical abstractions (Freedom), speech and language are important loci of power. On contemporary college campuses, the needs of student veterans, veteran support programs and veteran identities...   More >

Workshop with Dr. Stacey Sloboda

Workshop | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Shivani Sud

 Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group

Please join the Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group for an upcoming workshop with Stacey Sloboda, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We will be discussing her recent co-edited volume Eighteenth-Century Art Worlds: Global and Local Geographies of Art.

  RSVP by emailing Shivani Sud at shivanisud@berkeley.edu by March 5.

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah -- Reading and Conversation

Reading - Nonfiction | March 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife


 Department of English

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is a journalist, essayist and critic whose work on such figures as Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Kendrick Lamar has been widely acclaimed and featured in The New York Times, The Believer, The Paris Review, VQR, and Transition, amongst several other outlets and publications. Her essay on the comedian Dave Chappelle, “If He Hollers Let Him Go,” received enthusiastic notice...   More >

Environmental Career Options: A Career Panel with AEP

Panel Discussion | March 8 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 170 Barrows Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Join the Association for Environmental Professional's for their biggest event of the year: a career panel featuring environmental professionals from a broad scope of industries -- from consultants to research scientists.

Big Data in Transportation: Alumni Career Panel

Panel Discussion | March 8 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

TRANSOC is proud to host the upcoming career panel on March 8, featuring alums working in the tech sector and making use of cutting-edge data analytics to solve urban transportation problems.

Five data scientists from leading tech and urban analytics companies will share their work experience and insights for current students who are interested in a career in transportation-related data...   More >

Friday, March 9, 2018

Theology and Its Publics

Workshop | March 9 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

In order to reorient theological study, the Berkeley Public Theology Program supports a broad and comparative investigation of the ways this study happens, past and present, in the U.S. and abroad. This investigation includes two annual workshops on comparative approaches to theology, with participants drawn from a diverse group of institutions.

42nd Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference - Empires: Past and Present

Conference/Symposium | March 9 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Stanford Humanities Center

 424 Saint Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford Humanities Center

42nd Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference
Empires: Past and Present
Friday, March 9, 2018
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street

A century after the collapse of Europe's continental empires, we are living in an age that many contemporary scholars have characterized as still dominated by these imperial legacies as well as new forms of imperial rule. This conference will explore...   More >

  RSVP online

Amateurism Across the Arts

Conference/Symposium | March 9 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Arts Research Center

Amateurism Across the Arts is an exploration of vernacular, popular, fannish, kitsch, informal, self-taught, user-generated, and DIY production in music, architecture, literature, the visual arts, dance, and new media.

Cartenera Books

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Sufficiency and Efficiency and Proficiency, Oh My! A Unified Metric for Seismic Intensity Measure Selection

Seminar | March 9 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Madeleine Flint

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Probabilistic Seismic Demand Analysis (PSDA) characterizes the response of buildings and other structures to the full range of future ground motions expected at a structure's site, and is widely used in research and practice.

Elemental Media: 26th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 9 – 10, 2018 every day | 10 a.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

The Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference brings media theory in conversation with ecological thought. Contributions from the fields of German, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Visual and Environmental Studies, Film and Media, and History.

“Leveraging Deep Neural Networks To Study Human Cognition”

Colloquium | March 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Joshua Peterson, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Ph.D. Exit Talk

Activism and Pragmatism: Building a Career as a Global Change Maker: A Brown Bag Discussion with Bennett Freeman

Seminar | March 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Bennett Freeman

 Social Science Matrix

Opportunities for progressive change in the 21st century increasingly come from multiple actors and sectors: governments and international institutions; multinational corporations and innovative entrepreneurs; responsible and impact investors; activist campaigners and social movements. Often those opportunities come at the intersection of those actors and sectors: sometimes forged in conflict;...   More >

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Bennett Freeman

Dr. Eric Hoek Seminar: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | March 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Eric Hoek, Professor, UCLA

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | March 9 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris, Yoga Instructor, Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice, and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Yoga mats are provided, or you can bring your own. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

  Register online

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Generalized Permutahedra

Seminar | March 9 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Mariel Supina, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The standard permutahedron is a polytope obtained by taking the convex hull of the orbit of the point $(0, 1, ..., n)$ under the action of the symmetric group. Due to how it is constructed, the permutahedron contains a great deal of information about the symmetric group in its structure. I will present some interesting results about the permutahedron which will illustrate the link between this...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Taking electrons out of bioelectronics: transistors, ion channels, and shark’s electrosensors

Seminar | March 9 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Marco Rolandi, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The quest for smaller and faster computing has mostly focused on controlling the flow of electrons and holes in nanoscale structures. In living systems, ionic and protonic currents affect physiological function. As such, ionic and protonic devices offer exciting opportunities for bioelectronics. Proton transport in nature is important for ATP oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria, light...   More >

Atomic Layer Etching in Semiconductor Device Manufacturing

Seminar | March 9 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Bldg. 62, room 230

 Dr. Aaron Eppler, Lam Research, Fremont

 College of Chemistry

Stewardship of the Cultural Record: How do we approximate cultural “production”?

Seminar | March 9 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

The challenge of cultural stewardship when everyone is a content producer.

BLISS Seminar: Nonconvex Sparse Deconvolution: Geometry and Efficient Methods

Seminar | March 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 John Wright, Associate Professor, Columbia University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The problem of decomposing a given dataset as a superposition of basic motifs arises in a wide range of application areas, including neural spike sorting and the analysis of astrophysical and microscopy data. Motivated by these problems, we study a ``short-and-sparse’’ deconvolution problem, in which the goal is to recover a short motif a from its convolution with a random spike train x. We...   More >

Hybridized Metasurfaces: A New Twist in Flat Optics: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in time and location

 Prof. Cheng-Wei Qiu, Nat'l University of Singapore, ECE

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

I will report some of the most recent developments in my group as well as in the field of the interfacial engineering of manipulation of light-matter interactions, via the artificially constructed structures of ultrathin thickness compared to the wavelength. In particular, the low-dimension and high-frequency scaling may promise a lot more interesting applications, while the challenges in design...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Equivalence of Ensembles for Gibbs Measures and Large Deviation Principle

Seminar | March 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

“Immune system regulation by microbiota in intestinal barrier homeostasis”

Seminar | March 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Dan Littman, Skirball Institute and New York University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Pathways to the Environmental and Sustainability Public Sector: Networking Event

Career Fair | March 9 | 3-5 p.m. | Career Center, Gold Room

 2440 2440 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Career Center

The Career Center is hosting a networking event where we will invite organizations to have a table, explain what their organization does, and then the rest of the event will be networking.

Dopamine Diversity: Tasks, Projections and Channels

Seminar | March 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Dr. Jochen Roeper, Director, Institute of Neurophysiology, Goethe University Frankfurt

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Dopamine (DA) midbrain neurons that in reside in the two neighboring nuclei substantia nigra (SN) and ventral tegmental area (VTA) have segregated according to their axonal projections into several mostly parallel systems with different functions in the control of action, reward-based learning and cognition. In vivo electrophysiology in awake freely moving mice demonstrates...   More >

The Means Don’t Quantify the Ends: Criteria and Metrics for Evaluating Digital Preservation Success

Seminar | March 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Stephen Abrams, California Digital Library

 Information, School of

Cultural preservation is a form of communication with the future. So how can we measure its success?

An Intellectual History of Literati Localism, 1100-1500

Colloquium | March 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Bol, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literati communities took form at the local level in the twelfth century and developed various forms of voluntary activism in areas that had once been the province of the state and religious institutions. Some Neo-Confucians encouraged this voluntarism, but generally literati continued to see themselves as members of a national elite even if they lived their lives locally. This case study of...   More >

Gaze and Locomotion in Natural Terrains

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Mary Hayhoe, Professor, Center for Perceptual Systems, University of Texas Austin

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Eye movements in the natural world reflect the information needs of the momentary behavioral goals, the rewards and costs associated with those goals, and uncertainty about the state of the world. We examine how these factors trade off in the context of walking outdoors in terrains of varying difficulty, a situation where little is known about how visual and locomotor systems work...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium Melina Esse (Eastman School of Music): Divinely Inspired: Incantation and the Making of Melody in Bellini's Norma

Colloquium | March 9 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

In her writing, teaching, and personal practice, Melina Esse enacts her longstanding fascination with the connections between gender, materiality, and performance. A scholar of opera in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, she has published widely—on voice and technological mediation, on opera and film, and on gender and the emotive body. Her latest work probes the intertwining histories of...   More >