<< Week of September 16 >>

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Family Workshop: Alaskan Snow Goggles

Workshop | September 16 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join in on this month's Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum! Get inspired by the Yupik technology of slatted snow goggles/sunglasses (iyegaatek) and make a pair of your own sunglasses to take home. This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity which blends science, culture, technology, art, and fashion.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | September 17 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Vivek Labhishetty, PhD; Baladitya Yellapragada, PhD

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Vivek Labhishetty's Abstract
Retinal-Conjugate Surfaces: The Blur Horopter
When we fixate at an object, the image of that object is brought to sharp focus on the fovea due to the eye’s accommodation. Other objects in the periphery may be farther or nearer than best focus on those parts of the retina. We measured the shape of surface of best focus in the world as the eye accommodates to...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Divisors on matroids and their volumes

Seminar | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical volume polynomial in algebraic geometry measures the degrees of ample (and nef) divisors on a smooth projective variety. We introduce an analogous volume polynomial for matroids, give a complete combinatorial formula, and show that it is a valuation under matroid polytope subdivisions. For a realizable matroid, we thus obtain an explicit formula for the classical volume polynomial...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | September 17 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Antoine Ferey; Malka Guillot

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Antoine Ferey - "Optimal taxation and tax complexity with misperceptions"

Malka Guillot - "Who Paid the 75% Tax onMillionaires?
Optimisation of Salary Incomes and Incidence in France

  RSVP online by September 13.

Information decomposition

Seminar | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Juergen Jost, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In many situations, two or more sources have some information about a target. For instance, sensory input and context information can jointly determine the firing pattern of a neuron. Since the information from the two sources is typically not identical, one wishes to decompose it in those parts that are unique to each source, what is shared between them and what is complementary, that is,...   More >

Contemplating Loss: Photography Workshop

Workshop | September 17 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Where better to bring our grief than the garden? In this contemplative photography workshop, we will observe Nature’s teachings on letting go, and we will use the camera as a trusted guide who can navigate us safely through the rugged terrain of grief.

$80 / $75 UCBG members. Full series $300 / $290 UCBG members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

CANCELLED -- Exposure to Opposing Views Can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall | Canceled

 Chris Bail, Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Duke University

 Social Science Matrix, Department of Sociology, D-Lab


Chris Bail

String-Math Seminar: GPV invariants and Dehn surgery

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Ciprian Manolescu, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

Gukov, Putrov and Vafa postulated the existence of some 3-manifold invariants, obtained by counting BPS states in the \(3d\), \(N=2\) theory \(T[M_3]\). The GPV invariants take the form of power series converging in the unit disk, and whose radial limits at the roots of unity give the Witten-Reshetikhin-Turaev invariants. Furthermore, these power series have integer coefficients, and should admit...   More >

Jesse Zymet, "Lexical propensities in phonology: Corpus and experimental evidence, grammar, and learning"

Colloquium | September 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jesse Zymet, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

Traditional theories of phonological variation propose that morphemes be encoded with descriptors such as [+/- Rule X], to capture which of them participate in a variable process. More recent theories predict that individual morphemes can have lexical propensities: idiosyncratic, gradient rates at which they participate in a process—e.g., [0.7 Rule X]. In this talk, I argue that such propensities...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Quantization in geometric pluripotential theory

Seminar | September 17 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Tamás Darvas, University of Maryland

 Department of Mathematics

Suppose $(X, \omega )$ is a Kähler manifold induced by an ample line bundle $(L, X)$. We introduce $L^p$-type Finsler structures on the space of holomorphic sections of $L^k$, and show that the resulting metric spaces quantize the $L^p$-Mabuchi metric structures on the space of Kähler metrics, up to their completion. This is joint work with C.H. Lu and Y.A. Rubinstein.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Supersingular twistor space

Seminar | September 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Daniel Bragg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe how the crystalline cohomology of a supersingular K3 surface gives rise to certain one-parameter families of K3 surfaces, which we call supersingular twistor spaces. Our construction relies on the special behavior of $p$-torsion classes in the Brauer group of a supersingular K3 surface, as well as techniques coming from the study of derived categories and Fourier–Mukai...   More >

Modern Surveillance: Living "Under His Eye": An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | September 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 Catherine Crump, Professor, Berkeley Law; Kelli Moore, Professor, NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture and Communication; Jason Wittenberg, Professor, UCB Department of Political Science

 Cecilia Mo, Professor, UCB Political Science Department

 College of Letters & Science

What are the various social, legal and ethical implications of technological advances that make it easier to be watched, and how are different groups pushing for and against policies that would govern the limits of state surveillance?

 Free and open to all on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Single-Crossing Differences on Distributions"

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 SangMok Lee, Washington University in St. Louis

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Navin Kartik and Daniel Rappoport

Molecular Chaperone Functions in Protein Folding and Quality Control

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 F. Ulrich Hartl, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

 College of Chemistry

Design Field Notes: Kitty Yeung

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

This week, creative technologist Kitty Yeung will be speaking about Tech-Fashion Designs and the Wearables Industry

Analysis and PDE Seminar: A proof of the instability of AdS spacetime for the Einstein–massless Vlasov system.

Seminar | September 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Georgios Moschidis, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The AdS instability conjecture is a conjecture about the initial value problem for the Einstein vacuum equations with a negative cosmological constant. It states that there exist arbitrarily small perturbations to the initial data of the AdS spacetime which, under evolution by the vacuum Einstein equations with reflecting boundary conditions on conformal infinity, lead to the formation of black...   More >

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Nonstandard Analysis and its Application to Markov Processes

Seminar | September 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Haosui Duanmu, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Nonstandard analysis, a powerful machinery derived from mathematical logic, has had many applications in probability theory as well as stochastic processes. Nonstandard analysis allows construction of a single object - a hyperfinite probability space - which satisfies all the first order logical properties of a finite probability space, but which can be simultaneously viewed as a...   More >

Learning Representations for Planning

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Aviv Tamar, Postdoc, UC Berkeley's Artificial Intelligence Research Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How can we build autonomous robots that operate in unstructured and dynamic environments such as homes or hospitals?
This problem has been investigated under several disciplines, including planning (motion planning, task planning, etc.), and reinforcement learning. While both of these fields have witnessed tremendous progress, each have fundamental drawbacks when it comes to...   More >

Phonography in Transit: Naples and New York: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Phonography in Transit: Naples and New York"
Delia Casadei, Assistant Professor of Music
Gavin Williams, Music Research Fellow, Kings College
Tuesday, September 18, 12-1:30pm
Wurster 170

Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2

Sound reproduction technology—the phonograph, the gramophone—was...   More >

Home Ownership (BEUHS341)

Workshop | September 18 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Richard Ruiz, Bank of the West

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Thinking about purchasing your first or second home? Considering refinancing your current home loan?
This workshop covers many important topics related to homeownership, including
• Is now the right time to buy a home?
• How much can I afford?
• Are any low cash down payment options available?
• What are first-time homebuyer programs available?
• How do I get pre-approved for a loan?
•...   More >

  Register online

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Incentivized Resume Rating: Eliciting the Distribution of Employer Preferences without Deception

Seminar | September 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Corinne Low, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, The Macroeconomic Implications of Corporate Debt Policies and Pricing Strategies

Seminar | September 18 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Christian Jauregui, UC - Berkeley

 Department of Economics

This paper studies the effect of bank lending frictions on firms' corporate debt choices and behaviors in product markets, whereby debt composition consists of bank loans and (market-based) bond issuances. I document a hump-shaped relationship between a firm's reliance on market financing and its product (price-marginal) cost markup: on average, markups rise with their share of market debt in...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Symplectic structures on representation varieties of surfaces

Seminar | September 18 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss the symplectic structure on representation varieties of surfaces. Then we'll discuss certain Hamiltonian actions on subsets determined by twists along simple curves.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Tensor decompositions of II$_1$ factors arising from extensions of amalgamated free product groups

Seminar | September 18 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Rolando de Santiago, UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

We describe a family of groups whose von Neumann algebras satisfy the following rigidity phenomenon: all tensor decompositions of $L(\Gamma )$ into II$_1$ factors necessarily arise from direct product decompositions of the group Γ. This class includes many iterated amalgamated free product groups such as right-angled Artin groups, Burger-Mozes groups, Higman group, integral two-dimensional...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Curves of genus 11 with several maps of degree 6 to $\mathbb P^1$

Seminar | September 18 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Frank-Olaf Schreyer, MSRI, Universität des Saarlandes

 Department of Mathematics

Green's conjecture says that vanishing syzgies of a canonical curve is equivalent to the non-existence of certain linear series on the curve. Turning things around, we might hope that many syzygies imply the existence of many linear systems. In this talk I will survey our knowledge on syzygies of canonical curves and then report on work of Hanieh Keneshlou, who used this approach to study the...   More >

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

Workshop | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Sandia National Laboratories career fair

Career Fair | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. | Etcheverry Hall, Room 3110

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Sandia National Laboratories will be on campus! BRING RESUMES! For all interested B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. engineering and science students.
Many positions open for internships, co-ops, and full-time employment.

Most positions require U.S. Citizenship

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance, "Title: "Credit Allocation under Banking Globalization: Theory and Empirics"

Seminar | September 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Leslie Shen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

This paper studies how the globalization of banking affects credit allocation across firms. I develop a model of global and local banking where each type of bank faces a problem of asymmetric information: global banks have the technology to extract global but not local information; local banks have the technology to extract local but not global information. The model shows that this...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Attention Oligopoly"

Seminar | September 18 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Andrea Prat, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Curves on surfaces with ordinary singularities in $\mathbb P^3$

Seminar | September 18 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We study curves in $\mathbb P^3$ lying on hypersurfaces that arise as images of “general” maps from smooth surfaces. We describe the numerical invariants of a large class of curves on these surfaces, and study the families of such curves in the Hilbert scheme.

International Student Career Success Series: Identifying international student friendly hiring employers

Workshop | September 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Career Center

Employers' recruiting needs are complicated and always changing, so there is not a clear list of which employers in the US are currently considering international students for their positions. However, there are resources to research and identify employers who sponsored international students with job visas or hired int'l students on CPT or OPT in the past. It will be helpful for you to focus on...   More >

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seasonal Tea Blending Workshop for Fall

Workshop | September 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

No matter what phase of life we are in, the varying weather temperatures of the Bay Area and typical patterns of the season can challenge our immune systems. Learn how to connect with the plants around you in order to support the seasonal transition.

In this class you will learn -
Great herbs for Fall in the UCB garden
10 herbs that are great for Fall + the Lungs
How to pick the herbs best...   More >

$40 / $35 UCBG Members

  Register online

MCB Departmental Highlight Feature Seminar: Itchy and Scratchy: Molecular mechanisms of itch and pain

Seminar | September 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Diana Bautista, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

MCB Departmental Highlight Feature Seminar

EECS Internship Fair

Career Fair | September 19 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Field Club

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please bring your student ID and plenty of paper copies of your resume.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Sarah Benson-Amram: Individual, social, and ecological influences on problem-solving abilities

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Sarah Benson-Amram

 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 >

Mindfulness workshop: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Amy Honigman, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Tang Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Superhydrophobic Surfaces in the Environment and in Biotechnology

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Michael Grunze, Professor (emeritus) - Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry University of Heidelberg, Germany; Max Planck School of MATTER to Life, Department of Cellular Biophysics

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Super-hydrophobic surfaces have a hierarchical surface topography in the nanometer and µ-meter range and exhibit incomplete wetting when exposed to an aqueous solution, forming a fluctuating thin air layer (plastron) between the solid surface and the aqueous phase. This protects the surface for a limited time from the attachments of cells and bacteria, but with time contaminants adsorb from the...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Good and evil of genome instability”

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Luca Comai, UC Davis

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Comai lab studies genetics and function of plant chromosomes, and are interested in mechanisms through which plants attain genome stability and in their manipulation for efficient genome engineering.

Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security: A Panel of Contributors to the First Textbook on AI Safety

Panel Discussion | September 19 | 12-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 405 (Fujitsu Seminar Room)

 Catherine Olsson (moderator), Google Brain

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A panel discussion focused on the new textbook, Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security.

Panelists include:

- Catherine Olsson (Google Brain): Panel Moderator
- Roman Yampolskiy (The Editor of Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security): Author of Preface: “Introduction to AI Safety and Security”
- Alexey Kurakin (Google AI): First Author of Chapter 8: “Adversarial Examples in the...   More >

Producing Lombe Junction: Oil Revenues, Roads and Patterns of Reconstruction in Post-War Rural Angola

Colloquium | September 19 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Aharon de Grassi, Research Associate, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Center for African Studies

400 kilometers inland from Angola's capital Luanda, Lombe junction re-emerged as part of a reported $26 billion in road reconstruction involving oil-for-infrastructure loans and contracts with Brazilian, Chinese, Portuguese and Angolan firms. The junction is formed through a secondary administrative rural road of the sort that, in contrast, have been relatively neglected despite their importance...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): The curve complex: basic geometric & combinatorial properties

Seminar | September 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Tarik Aougab, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

We'll introduce the curve complex of a surface & motivate it via its connections to hyperbolic 3-manifolds and to Teichmuller theory. The goal of this intro talk will be to discuss some of its geometric properties, on both large and small scales.

TAP free energy, spin glasses, and variational inference.

Seminar | September 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Song Mei, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

We consider the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model of spin glasses with ferromagnetically biased couplings. For a specific choice of the couplings mean, the resulting Gibbs measure is equivalent to the Bayesian posterior for a high-dimensional estimation problem known as ‘Z2 synchronization’. Statistical physics suggests to compute the expectation with respect to this Gibbs measure (the posterior mean...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Dyck path algebra and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | September 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Carlsson and Mellit introduced the Dyck path algebra and its polynomial representation, which was used to prove some important conjectures in algebraic combinatorics. I will define this algebra and construct its action on the equivariant K-theory of certain smooth strata in the flag Hilbert schemes of points on the plane. In this presentation, the fixed points of torus action correspond to...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Completions, De Rham complex, and Cartier isomorphism

Seminar | September 19 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ravi Fernando, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss strict Dieudonné complexes, completions of Dieudonné complexes, Dieudonné algebras, and the De Rham complex.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Automorphisms of the k-curve graph

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Tarik Aougab, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

The k-curve graph of an orientable surface S with negative Euler characteristic is a graph whose vertices correspond to (homotopy classes of) essential simple closed curves on S, and whose edges correspond to pairs of curves that geometrically intersect at most k times. For any surface with genus at least 3, we prove that the automorphism group of the 1-curve graph is isomorphic to the extended...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Joshua Apte: Particulate Matters: Addressing Global Urban Air Pollution

Colloquium | September 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Joshua Apte, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

 Energy and Resources Group

Fine particle (PM2.5) air pollution is a leading risk for mortality, resulting in more than 7% of all human deaths worldwide. Here, we present two analyses that help frame the global air pollution problem.

BAT Altruism: The Hidden Life of Brown Adipose Tissue

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Biao Wang, UCSF

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

EECS Colloquium: BioDesign: Using Diversity to Understand Nature, Transform Education, and Invent the Future

Colloquium | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Robert Full, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

BioDesign is an exemplar of convergence integrating knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking and interacting from biology, engineering, physics, and applied mathematics to form a comprehensive synthetic framework for addressing scientific and societal challenges that exist at the interfaces of many traditional disciplines. Now more than ever before, biodiversity can instruct us on how to best use...   More >

Correcting Bias in Eigenvectors of Financial Covariance Matrices

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alex Papanicolaou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

There is a source of bias in the sample eigenvectors of financial covariance matrices, when unchecked, distorts weights of minimum variance portfolios and leads to risk forecasts that are severely biased downward. Recent work with Lisa Goldberg and Alex Shkolnik develops an eigenvector bias correction. Our approach is distinct from the regularization and eigenvalue shrinkage methods found in the...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Zhijin (Jean) Wu, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Brown University

Seminar | September 19 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Two-phase differential expression analysis for single cell RNA-seq

Abstract: Single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) has brought the study of the transcriptome to higher resolution and makes it possible for scientists to provide answers with more clarity to the question of ‘differential expression’. Specifically, it allows us to observe binary (On/Off) as well as continuous (the amount...   More >

The Role of Teachers in Advancing Equitable Education Policy

Colloquium | September 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way, 1102 & 1104

 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670

 Roberto Rodriguez, President and CEO of Teach Plus, Teach Plus; Layla Avila, CEO & Executive Director of Education Leaders of Colors, Education Leaders of Colors; John B. King Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust, The Education Trust; Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, Learning Policy Institute; Thomas Philip, Director of the Educators for Equity & Excellence, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education

 The Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence (BE3)

Education forum focused on the role of teachers in shaping equitable education policies.

Hertha Sweet Wong's Picturing Identity Book Launch: Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text

Reading - Nonfiction | September 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, 2430 Bancroft Way, UC Press Books

 Hertha Sweet Wong, Professor and Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, Berkeley English

 Department of English

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American writers and artists who employ a mix of written and visual forms of self-narration. Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, Wong argues that, in grappling with the breakdown of stable definitions of identity...   More >

Thursday, September 20, 2018

BERCshop: California Greenin' - How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader

Panel Discussion | September 20 | N570 Haas School of Business

 Center for Responsible Business

Since the beginning of California's recognition as a state, it has continually been the leader in setting environmental standards. Join BERC in partnership with the CRB for our first BERCshop of the semester as we discuss how California's government, businesses, and its people still fight for better environmental policy and where they are falling short.

Haas Professor David Vogel will present...   More >

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Weak turbulence

Seminar | September 20 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Anne-Sophie de Suzzoni, École Polytechnique

 Department of Mathematics

Wave turbulence is the study of the evolution of the statistics of random waves. Weak turbulence corresponds to taking an equation, coming from hydrodynamics or quantum mechanics, which is weakly nonlinear (that is we let its nonlinearity go to zero in a certain regime). One aim of this talk is to present the first aspects of the theory of weak turbulence from a mathematical physics point of...   More >

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >

What Can Machine Learning Teach Us About Literature?

Seminar | September 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Geballe Room

 Andrew Piper

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Seminar Readings:

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | September 20 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Vikrant Vig, London Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Why Does My Back Hurt? National Estimates of the Causal Effect of Sudden Changes in Psychological Distress on the Prevalence of Low Back Pain

Seminar | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Timothy Brown, Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

​Timothy Brown, PhD, is Associate Adjunct Professor of Health Economics in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health and also the Associate Director for Research at the Berkeley Center for Health Technology. The ​work presented is from the ​current paper co-authored by students in Dr. Brown’s MPH course, PH231A Analytic Methods for Health Policy...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: The Effect of Political Power on Labor Market Inequality: Evidence from the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Seminar | September 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Abhay Aneja, UC Berkeley

 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 >

Planning Your Pregnancy Leave (BEUHS315)

Workshop | September 20 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Theresa McLemore, UCB HR Employee Relations Consultant; Sheila Taliafero, UCB Disability Counselor; Ann Gilbert, UCB Academic Personnel

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees. Enroll online.

  Register online

IB Seminar: The Ecological Diversification of Coevolving Interactions

Seminar | September 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 John Thompson, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Department of Integrative Biology

A Landmark Case on Maternal Mortality in Uganda

Panel Discussion | September 20 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, 170 Koret

 Ndola Prata, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Noah Novogrodsk, University of Wyoming School of Law

 Human Rights Center, Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability, Human Rights Law Student Association

The Uganda-based Center for Health, Human Rights and Development and the families of women who suffered preventable deaths in childbirth have sued the Ugandan government in a landmark case, demanding that the state provide minimum health guarantees to expectant mothers. University of Wyoming Law Professor Noah Novogrodsky and UC Berkeley School of Public Health Professor Ndola Prata will discuss...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar: "Financial Technology Adoption and Retailer Competition"

Seminar | September 20 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Sean Higgins, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Melanopsin is repurposed by ipRGC subtypes to shape the function of distinct visual circuits

Seminar | September 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Tiffany Schmidt, Northwestern University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Rohingya Crisis, One Year On: Research and Reflections

Panel Discussion | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, University of California at Berkeley.

 Rohini J. Haar, Emergency medicine physician with expertise in health and human rights

 Samira Siddique, MS PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

 Félim McMahon, echnology and Human Rights Program Director at the Human Rights Center and Director of its Human Rights Investigations Lab

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Human Rights Center

A panel discussion on the Rohingya Crisis

Connecting the Dots: Exploring Many Paths from Major to Career: L&S Workshop Series Ursa Major

Workshop | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on exploring the many paths from major to career

Book Talk: Revolutionary STEM Education

Reading - Nonfiction | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, 227 (Social Research Library)

 Jeremiah Sims, PhD


This new book calls for a revolutionary paradigm shift in STEM education for Black boys. Sims chronicles a Saturday program, MAN UP, designed to foster interest in STEM and investigates how to leverage STEM for the remediation of social injustice in middle school Black boys.

Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Borderlands and Border Crossings in the 19th-Century World

Seminar | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in date and location

 Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

 Department of History, Institute of International Studies

As a historian who approaches the U.S. West and Mexican North primarily from the perspective of their shared borderlands, Professor Truett is interested in the crossings—social, cultural, and environmental—that have connected these two regions to the rest of the Americas and the world at large. Known best for his work in borderlands history, he also works actively in western U.S. history,...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Tropical curves, graph homology, and top weight cohomology of $M_g$

Colloquium | September 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Sam Payne, UT Austin

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss the topology of a space of stable tropical curves of genus g with volume 1. The reduced rational homology of this space is canonically identified with the top weight cohomology of $M_g$ and also with the homology of Kontsevich's graph complex. As one application, we show that $H^{4g-6}(M_g)$ is nonzero for infinitely many $g$. This disproves a recent conjecture of Church, Farb, and...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Selection of Heterogenous Instruments in Partially Linear Fixed Effects Panel Regression"

Seminar | September 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Eric Penner, UCB School of Information

 Department of Economics

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | September 20 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Verónica Gago in Conversation with Wendy Brown

Panel Discussion | September 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 202 Barrows Hall

 Verónica Gago, Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires and Instituto de Altos Estudios, Universidad Nacional de San Martín; Visiting Scholar, International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs; Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs

“Neoliberalism” has become the name for mainstream political economy since 1990: a characterization used by many of this economy’s detractors and sometimes by its proponents. In their work, Wendy Brown and Verónica Gago encourage us to go beyond this popularized understanding, in which neoliberalism is reduced to an economic doctrine of deregulation and austerity...   More >

Crafter Dark!: Make Your Own Felt Wallet

Workshop | September 20 | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Living Room

 ASUC Art Studio

Join us in the ASUC Student Union living room (MLK Jr. Building) for this month's Crafter Dark! We'll be making Felt Credit Card Wallets (great for your Cal1 card!)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >

Biomimicry: Design with Nature

Colloquium | September 21 | 10-11 a.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

This presentation will explore the biomimicry creative process, drawing inspiration from natural forms, processes, and systems, to reimagine how to solve complex human design challenges such as climate change and urbanization.

Seminar 251, Labor seminar: "Can Wealth Taxation Work in Developing Countries? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Colombia"

Seminar | September 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Juliana Londoño-Vélez, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Labor Lunch: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | September 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

You are welcome to bring your lunch ~ food will not be provided

Graduate Student Lightning Talks: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 UC Berkeley ENV Graduate Students

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Environmental engineering research in under 5 minutes

RefWorks: Save and Cite Your Sources

Workshop | September 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Library


This hands-on workshop will give you practice in importing citations and creating bibliographies using the citation manager RefWorks. You can bring your own laptop or use our PCs.

The Marriage Market for Lemons: HIV Testing and Marriage in Rural Malawi

Seminar | September 21 | 12:05-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Daniel Bennett, USC

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

Asymmetric information in the marriage market may delay marriage and cause adverse selection if partner quality is revealed over time. Sexual safety is an important but hidden partner attribute, especially in areas where HIV is endemic. A model of positive
assortative matching with both observable (attractiveness) and hidden (sexual safety) attributes predicts that removing the...   More >

Remote Memory for Non-Masochists

Seminar | September 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Marcos K. Aguilera, VMWare Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Remote memory is an old idea that has recently re-emerged in the age of fast networks, and it is now increasingly compelling. However, for remote memory to be successful, it needs to provide a better abstraction. The current abstraction based on RDMA is complex, error-prone, and clunky, limiting its adoption to experts and masochists. In this talk, we describe a number of alternatives that we are...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Acquiring Diverse Robot Skills via Maximum Entropy Reinforcement Learning

Seminar | September 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Tuomas Haarnoja, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The intersection of expressive, general-purpose function approximators, such as neural networks, with general-purpose model-free reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms holds the promise of automating a wide range of robotic behaviors: reinforcement learning provides the formalism for reasoning about sequential decision making, while large neural networks can process high-dimensional and noisy...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Oren Boneh, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | September 21 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

Composer and trumpeter Oren Boneh writes music characterized by its energy and dynamism. Its foundation is made up of vastly contrasting characters, ranging from abrasive and mechanical to humorous and supple. The music plays with listener expectations of the characters’ behaviors in order to create unpredictability and friction.

Oren has been commissioned and performed internationally by...   More >

MENA Salon: Egypt Five Years After Rabaa

Workshop | September 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

August 15th marked the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Cairo's Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which Egyptian security forces killed at least 800 people. An Egyptian court on Saturday September 8 issued its final verdict upholding the death sentences of 75 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters for their participation in the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins following the ouster of former President...   More >

Information Access: Its Scope and its Limitations

Seminar | September 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Text printed on paper was the dominant medium for some 500 years and a wide range of techniques were evolved to support description, discovery, and forensic analysis for authenticity, provenance, etc., mostly under the term âbibliographyâ. But the dominance of printing (and indeed of written text) has receded with the rise of new media and new publication forms which urgently need comparable...   More >

A New, Expeditious Strategy for the Design of Functional Metalloproteins

Seminar | September 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jon Rittle, Department of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Keys to the Communicative World Language Classroom - Strand C:: Designing Thematic Units: 2018 theme = "Caribbean Quest !"

Course | September 22 | 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall

 Don Doehla, Co-director, Berkeley World Language Project

 Gloria Payette, Team Leader, Berkeley World Language Project

 Berkeley World Language Project, Berkeley Language Center

Embed real world authentic resources: video, text, and multi-media in thematic units.
Incorporate diverse tech tools and proficiency-based assessments to engage all students.
Network with colleagues.

$350 Registration for 6-Saturday Workshop series

  Registration opens March 15. Register by calling Victoria Williams at 510-877-4002 (X 19), or by emailing Victoria Williams at victoria@berkeley.edu by September 7.

Keys to the Communicative World Language Classroom - Strand B:: Designing Lessons for Reading, Writing and Assessment

Course | September 22 | 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall

 Carol Sparks, Team Leader, Berkeley World Language Project

 Berkeley World Language Project, Berkeley Language Center

Collaborate with your World Language colleagues to design lessons that include reading, writing and assessment activities that engage all students.

$350 Registration for 6-Saturday Workshop series

  Registration opens March 15. Register by calling Victoria Williams at 510-877-4002 (X 19), or by emailing Victoria Williams at victoria@berkeley.edu by September 7.

Keys to the Communicative World Language Classroom - Strand A:: Designing Lessons for Speaking and Listening

Course | September 22 | 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall

 Nancy Salsig, Co-director, Berkeley World Language Project

 Berkeley World Language Project, Berkeley Language Center

Enhance the classroom use of the target language while collaborating with your World Language colleagues to create daily lessons that engage all students.

$350 Registration for 6-Saturday Workshop series

  Registration opens March 15. Register by calling Victoria Williams at 510-877-4002 (X 19), or by emailing Victoria Williams at victoria@berkeley.edu by September 7.


Workshop | September 22 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Get your hands dirty in this introduction to the basics of gardening for young children. This wonderful hands-on workshop will teach the basics of botany and growing plants for children ages 4-12 years old.

$15 Adult, $15 Child, $10 Member Adult, $10 Member Child


This Is Not a Gun: Ceramic Workshop with Cara Levine

Workshop | September 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A sandwich is not a gun. A hairbrush is not a gun. A wallet is not a gun. In this workshop, artist Cara Levine encourages participants to give presence to objects that have been mistaken for guns by police officers in civilian shootings, calling out their not-gun-ness by sculpting their shapes in clay. The gathering, cohosted by Ekaette Ekong, offers a nonjudgmental space to site the issues of...   More >