<< Week of September 23 >>

Sunday, September 23, 2018

SOLD OUT - Tree Resins for Incense Workshop

Workshop | September 23 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Participants will learn about the history of incense use and the ethnobotany of selected tree resins. We will attune our senses with a brief demonstration of the Japanese incense ceremony (Koh-do) and “listen” to incense–by heating and passing around small chips of resinous heartwood from Aquilaria trees and trying to detect their aromatic nuances. Various samples of incense and ingredients used...   More >

$50 / $45 UCBG Members

 SOLD OUT - email to be added to the waitlist.

Monday, September 24, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | September 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Ethan Bensinger, Roorda Lab; Baladitya Yellapragada, Yu Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Ethan Bensinger's Talk Title
Dysflective Cones: Differences in Cone Reflectivity and Function in Healthy Subjects
Confocal Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) images acquired in healthy subjects reveal small areas with diminished cone reflectivity. In a survey of AOSLO images these transient hyporeflective areas of cones were found in 19 of the 80 eyes. 3 healthy subjects with...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | September 24 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandra Fenizia, UCB; Nicolas Jannin, PSE

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Alessandra Fenizia - "Managers and Productivity in the Public Sector"
Nicolas Jannin - "Behavioral responses to local public spending: theory and evidence"

  RSVP online by September 20.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Near-Equality of Ribbon Schur Functions

Seminar | September 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Foster Tom, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the problem of when the difference of two ribbon Schur functions is a single Schur function. We prove that this near-equality phenomenon occurs in fourteen infinite families and we conjecture that these are the only possible cases. Towards this converse, we prove that under certain additional assumptions the only instances of near-equality are among our fourteen families. In...   More >

Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials Seminar: Performance Based Design for California Hospitals

Seminar | September 24 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Jay Love, Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

A review of the seismic design requirements for California hospitals and a recent design using a supplementary damping system.

Political Economy Seminar: "Pledge-and-Review Bargaining"

Seminar | September 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Bard Harstad, UIO

 Department of Economics

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

String-Math Seminar: Exotic T-structure constructions using Quantum Affine Algebras

Seminar | September 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Sabin Cautis, University of British Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

We explain how quantum affine algebras can be used to systematically construct "exotic" t-structures. One of the application is to obtain exotic t-structures on certain convolution varieties defined using affine Grassmannians (these varieties play an important role in the geometric Langlands program, knot homology constructions, the coherent Satake category etc.) As a special case we also recover...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Low degree points on families of curves

Seminar | September 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Isabel Vogt, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

It is a classical theorem of Max Noether that the (geometric) gonality of a smooth plane curve of degree $d$ is $d-1$, and all minimal degree maps come from projection from a point on the curve. Debarre and Klassen proved an arithmetic strengthening of this result when the curve is defined over a number field: if $d \geq 8$, there are only finitely many algebraic points with residue degree...   More >

Keith Johnson, "Four phonetic discoveries: How I spent my sabbatical 'vacation'"

Colloquium | September 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Keith Johnson, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

In a scientifically young field like phonetics it is possible to make some relatively basic discoveries. I’ll talk about four that I made last year while on sabbatical.

1) Perceptual voice stereotypes are based on selective memory of spoken exemplars. This acoustic and perceptual study (with Eric Tracy of UNC-Pembroke) of gay men’s speech shows that listeners’ judgement of what sounds ‘gay’ is...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Nilpotent structures and collapsing Ricci-flat metrics on K3 surfaces

Seminar | September 24 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jeff Viaclovsky, UC Irvine

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss a new construction of families of Ricci-flat Kähler metrics on K3 surfaces which collapse to an interval, with Tian-Yau and Taub-NUT metrics occurring as bubbles. There is a corresponding singular fibration from the K3 surface to the interval, with regular fibers diffeomorphic to either 3-tori or Heisenberg nilmanifolds. This is joint work with Hans-Joachim Hein, Song Sun, and...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: "Financial Technology Adoption and Retail Competition"

Seminar | September 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Sean Higgins, UC Berkeley, CEGA

 Department of Economics

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Preference Structures"

Seminar | September 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Hiroki Nishimura, UC Riverside

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Efe A. Ok

The neural circuits underlying motor planning and short-term memory

Seminar | September 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Karel Svoboda, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Our goal is to uncover the principles by which mammalian neural circuits perform fundamental computations, from perception to action. Cortex is parcellated into areas with distinct functions, each of which contains complex local circuits. Cortical areas in turn associate into mesoscale circuits with other cortical and subcortical areas via long-range connections. Information is represented by...   More >

The neural circuits underlying motor planning and short-term memory

Seminar | September 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center | Note change in time

 Karel Svoboda, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Our goal is to uncover the principles by which mammalian neural circuits perform fundamental computations, from perception to action. Cortex is parcellated into areas with distinct functions, each of which contains complex local circuits. Cortical areas in turn associate into mesoscale circuits with other cortical and subcortical areas via long-range connections. Information is represented by...   More >

Fibril Formation by Amyloid-b and by Low-Complexity Proteins: Insights from Solid State NMR

Seminar | September 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Robert Tycko, National Institutes of Health

 College of Chemistry

SLAM: Life at a National Lab

Seminar | September 24 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Jacqueline Kiplinger, Los Alamos National Lab

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

De-Stress your Grad Experience: Sufi Meditation Series

Workshop | September 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project

oin us for a free Tamarkoz (Sufi meditation) workshop for graduate students and post-docs. Students will be guided through mind relaxation exercises, deep breathing exercises, slow movement meditations, deep relaxation, visualization, and heart concentration and meditation. Tamarkoz (Sufi meditation) is a powerful tool used to relieve and manage stress, and cultivate the balance and stability...   More >

Arts + Design and the Global Climate Summit: Reflections and Next Steps with Shannon Jackson, Dan Kammen, and Orville Schell

Panel Discussion | September 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

At the close of the Global Climate Summit, join us to reflect on the climate challenges facing our world, and to discuss possible solutions and next steps our community, state, and nation can take to combat global climate change. Hear from UC Berkeley faculty, participants in the COAL + ICE exhibition, and a coterie of Bay Area climate artists as we collectively advance environmental awareness...   More >

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Workplace Civility: Respect in Action: Beomb002

Workshop | September 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall


Learn practical steps for promoting civility at work, including guidelines for considerate conduct and ideas for creating a more inclusive work environment. Participants will also learn how to help their unit establish group norms and effective ways to respond to rudeness.

Putting AI to Work

Conference/Symposium | September 25 | 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 330 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and assistive technologies will transform the future of work, with wide-ranging effects on employment, wages, and income distribution. Despite dystopian forecasts of robots replacing workers, AI and intelligent tools can also be applied to make the workforce more inclusive. As industries evolve, how can AI be used to extend productive professional...   More >

Seminar: The Feminist Strike as a Practical Research Tool: Beyond the Patriarchal Wage System

Seminar | September 25 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle 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

 The Program in Critical Theory

This seminar will take the International Feminist Strikes of 2017 and 2018 as its points of departure and will use the strike as a lens through which to analyze several key questions in contemporary feminist movements. How can we define life and work, and the difference between the two, in feminist terms? What understanding of violence does the strike imply? How can we devise shared plans for...   More >

Selective Halogenation and the Study of Noncanonical Lipids

Seminar | September 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Noah Burns, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Our group is particularly inspired by natural products not only because of their importance as synthetic targets but also due to their ability to serve as invaluable identifiers of unanswered chemical, medicinal, biological, and biophysical questions. One major focus of our research has been the selective halogenation of alkenes. Dihalogenation and halofunctionalization encompass some of the most...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: A Deep Learning Investigation of One-Month Momentum

Seminar | September 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Ben Gum, AXA Rosenberg

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

The one-month return reversal in equity prices was first documented by Jedadeesh (1990), who found that there was a highly significant negative serial correlation in the monthly return series of stocks. This is in contrast to the positive serial correlation of the annual stock returns. Explanations for this effect differ, but the general consensus has been that the trailing one-month return...   More >

Apartheid Remains: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | September 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Sarah Hwang

 Global Urban Humanities

"Apartheid Remains"
Sharad Chari
Associate Professor of Geography
Tuesday, September 25, 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

While it is a truism that South Africa's apartheid past has not been entirely transcended, we know less about how inhabitants of today's racial...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Model Selection And Impulse Responses With Single Equation Regressions"

Presentation | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Chaewon Baek, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by September 20.

Assisted Living Options for Seniors (BEUHS176)

Workshop | September 25 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Alan Morgenstern, MA

 Elder Care Program

Moving from home is rarely an easy decision for an elder and their family. Understanding the options, however, can help you and them navigate this journey. This workshop will present the various housing options available to seniors at the assisted living level of care, how to finance it, and considerations for engaging professional help, such as placement specialists and geriatric care managers.

Balancing Ergonomics and Wellness to Improve Your Health (BEUHS410)

Workshop | September 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Learn how to set up your mobile/office workstation safely and explore methods for practicing self-care in our fast paced world. Content will include beneficial movement options while working, safe habits with all your 'devices', recommendations for 'break time', and mindfulness and breathing exercises. Resources available on and off campus will be shared.

  Register online

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | September 25 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 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 218, Psychology and Economics: Preferences for Competition: Children versus Parents

Seminar | September 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jonas Tungodden, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, Why do Spatial Wage Gaps Persist? Evidence from the Enduring Divide between East and West Germany

Seminar | September 25 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Tommaso Porzio, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Economics

Joint work with Sebastian Heise

3-Manifold Seminar: Symplectic structures on representation varieties of surfaces and Hamiltonian actions.

Seminar | September 25 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue to discuss the symplectic structure on representation varieties of surfaces after Goldman (and Atiyah-Bott). Then we'll discuss certain Hamiltonian actions on subsets determined by twists along simple curves.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Internal waves in stratified fluids and 0th order pseudodifferential operators

Seminar | September 25 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Maciej Zworski, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Colin de Verdière and Saint-Raymond have recently found a fascinating connection between modeling of internal waves in stratified fluids and spectral theory of 0th order pseudodifferential operators on compact manifolds. The purpose of this talk is to motivate that connection and then explain challenges in spectral theory of 0th order operators, with and without viscosity. Some numerical...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Effectivity of Farkas classes and the Kodaira dimensions of $M_{22}$ and $M_{23}$

Seminar | September 25 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Sam Payne, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

I will present recent joint work with David Jensen, using tropicalization of linear series on chains of loops to verify two outstanding cases of the strong maximal rank conjecture and prove that certain divisor classes on $M_{22}$ and $M_{23}$ are represented by effective divisors.  This completes Farkas’s program to show that these moduli spaces are of general type. An alternate proof in...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The Macaev norm, entropy and supramenability

Seminar | September 25 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

On the (p,1) Lorentz scale of normed ideals of compact operators, the Macaev ideal is the end at infinity. From a perturbation point of view the Macaev ideal is related to entropy (Kolmogorov-Sinai dynamical entropy and Avez entropy of random walks on groups), while finite p is related to Hausdorff dimension p. For discrete groups, connections to supramenability have appeared via the regular...   More >

Quantum Computation – the promise and the path forward

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Birgitta Whaley, Dept. of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance - "The Geography of Consumption Inequality"

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Rebecca Diamond, Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford; Enrico Moretti, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Who do I go to for….? - Navigating Professor and GSI Relationships: L&S Workshop Series Shoot for the Stars

Workshop | September 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop on approaching GSIs and professors for help. We will discuss e-mail etiquette, letters of recommendation, office hours, and navigating difficulties.

Machine Learning Panel

Panel Discussion | September 25 | 4-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall (6th Fl)

 Haas School of Business

The Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering Program invites you to join us on September 25 at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business for a Machine Learning Panel in the Spieker Forum of Chou Hall. Industry veterans will discuss applications of machine learning within their firms / industries and the state of the field.

The Haas School of Business is located on the UC Berkeley campus at 2220...   More >

  RSVP online by September 25.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Quantifying Delay Externalities in Airline Networks"

Seminar | September 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 John Lazarev, New York University

 Department of Economics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Natural Cohomology on P1 x P1

Seminar | September 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Pablo Solis, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

I’ll begin with a discussion of the classification of vector bundles on P1 and explain what natural cohomology means in this context. Then I’ll consider the case of vector bundles on P1 x P1. In general vector bundles on surfaces are more complicated but a useful tool allows one to reduce many problems about vector bundles to questions of linear algebra. This is the theory of monads. I’ll...   More >

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | September 26 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

First Take / Second Look: Exploring Unconscious Bias: Beeqi001-180926

Workshop | September 26 | 9-11:30 a.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia Reel

 Human Resources

This workshop engages staff in a discussions regarding how we may be not always aware of how we may be engaging in behaviors that might be problematic for others, as well as what to do about situations where we may be on the receiving end of biased behavior. The workshop features interactive learning, variation in group size and discussions. The outcomes of the workshop are: • To understand what...   More >

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | September 26 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomics, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | September 26 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Machine Learning and Data Science

Career Fair | September 26 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom






GRASP Seminar: Reshetikhin-Turaev invariants

Seminar | September 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Aaron Brookner, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

Continuing from last week, we define "universal R-matrices" of Hopf algebras and the braiding structure of categories provided. This defines actions of the braid groups $B_n$ as morphisms of modules. We finally construct the RT invariants, as functors from the tangle category to these, and compute the very simplest examples using two methods. Lastly we provide references to the literature about...   More >

Publish Digital Books and Open Textbooks with Pressbooks

Workshop | September 26 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117 (Level D)

 Maria Gould, Library


If you're looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can...   More >

  RSVP online

Moving Beyond Recruitment: Supporting and Retaining Black Male Teachers

Colloquium | September 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Travis J. Bristol, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender

While policy makers and practitioners call for increasing the number of Black male teachers, researchers find that this subgroup has the highest rate of turnover. Despite ongoing local and state teacher diversity recruitment efforts, there is a paucity of research that examines Black male teachers’ school-based experiences and decisions to stay or leave their schools. To fill this gap in the...   More >

A New Benchmark and Progress Toward Improved Weakly Supervised Learning

Seminar | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Russ Webb, Apple

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

A primary goal of this work is to give a clear example of the limits of current, deep-learning techniques and suggest how progress can be made. The presentation will include a discussion of open questions, unpublished experiments, suggestions on how to make progress. This work is founded on the paper Knowledge Matters: Importance of Prior Information for Optimization by Gulcehre et. al., which...   More >

Repairing the brain after stroke: a biomaterials strategy

Seminar | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tatiana Segura, Duke University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Stroke is the leading cause of disability due to the brain’s limited capacity to regenerate damaged tissue. After stroke, an increased inflammatory and immune response coupled with severely limited angiogenesis and neuronal growth results in a stroke cavity devoid of normal brain tissue. However, stroke also induces the formation of a pro-repair/plastic region in the area adjacent to the stroke...   More >

Foreign student emigration to the United States: pathways of entry, demographic antecedents, and origin-country context: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Kevin Thomas, Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies, Population Research Institute, Penn State

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Jessica Castillo Vardaro: Ecology and evolution in spatially structured systems: From the MVZ to Kenya, and back again

Seminar | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Jessica Castillo Vardaro

 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 >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Nutrient-Dependent Carbon Metabolism in Pseudomonas species and Implications in Biotechnology"

Seminar | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Ludmilla Aristilde, Cornell University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Ludmilla Aristilde joined the faculty in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering in the Fall of 2012. While growing up in Haiti, her interest in environmental issues was sparked by witnessing the impacts of deforestation on the environment and the links between water pollution and health during an epidemic outbreak of cholera. The goal of the Aristilde Group is to contribute to...   More >

Developing Healthy Sleep Habits (BEUHS058)

Workshop | September 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Eve Fine, Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic

 Employee Assistance Program

The importance of sleep is, perhaps, a given. Sleep is critical not only to our physical health, but also to our ability to solve problems, make decisions, and regulate our emotions. Yet for many of us, knowing how important sleep is simply increases our worries that we’re not getting enough. And, frustratingly, these worries can keep us up at night! Drawing from sleep science, this workshop will...   More >

IPSR Brownbag Talks

Colloquium | September 26 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael O’Donnell, PhD Candidate, BerkeleyHaas; Michael Rosenblum, PhD Candidate, BerkeleyHaas

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

An informal gathering in which graduate students and postdoctoral fellows present their work to faculty and students and receive suggestions and feedback. Our presenters are:

Michael O'Donnell
"Preference Reversals in Willingness-to-Pay and Choice"

Michael Rosenblum
“Tell It Like It is: When Political Incorrectness Promotes Authenticity”

See, Nudge, Control and Profit: Digital Platforms as Competitive Research Infrastructures within African Economies

Colloquium | September 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Laura Mann, Assistant Professor, International Development, London School of Economics

 Center for African Studies

This is one session in the Fall 2018 African Studies Colloquium series.

2018 Fall Colloquium

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Workshop | September 26 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has demonstrated benefits for stress reduction and cognitive function. Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and opening up our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives.

$40 / $35 UCBG Members and UC students, faculty and staff

  Register online

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Deforming hyperbolic three-manifolds

Seminar | September 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Jeff Danciger, UT Austin/Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

We will study the deformation space of hyperbolic structures on a cusped hyperbolic three-manifold M and review Thurston’s theory of hyperbolic Dehn filling. We will then explore the real projective deformations of M and the local structure of the SL(4,R) character variety as a preview of the main talk.

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: From Basic Idea to Impact: the story of modern cryptography with Shafi Goldwasser

Colloquium | September 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Shafi Goldwasser, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Computer science inventions impact every aspect our life. At the basis of these inventions are ideas, stemming from curiosity driven research, which eventually found unimaginable applications, and morphed the world. In this talk, i will highlight this progression from idea to impact in the field of cryptography in the last 40 some years starting from public key cryptography through zero...   More >

Stability of geodesics in the Brownian map

Seminar | September 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Brett Kolesnik, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The Brownian map is a random non-differentiable surface, homeomorphic to the sphere, which was first identified as a scaling limit of random planar maps (Le Gall 2011 and Miermont 2011). More recently its connections with quantum gravity were established (Miller and Sheffield 2016). In this talk we show that the cut locus of the Brownian map is continuous almost everywhere, and discuss other...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Dieudonné algebras, the de Rham complex, and saturated Dieudonné algebras.

Seminar | September 26 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ravi Fernando, Rahul Dalal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss Dieudonné algebras, the de Rham complex, and saturated Dieudonné algebras.

Biomolecular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Cellular Function

Colloquium | September 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Mikhail G. Shapiro, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The study of biological function in intact organisms and the development of targeted cellular therapeutics necessitate methods to image and control cellular function in vivo. Technologies such as fluorescent proteins and optogenetics serve this purpose in small, translucent specimens, but are limited by the poor penetration of light into deeper tissues. In contrast, most non-invasive techniques...   More >

Frontiers of human islet biology and diabetes genetics

Seminar | September 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Dr. Seung K Kim, Stanford University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Unraveling Controversy on Vexed Environmental Risks

Seminar | September 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jeroen P. van der Sluijs, University of Bergen and Utrecht University

 Department of Statistics

Scientific assessment of many contemporary risks is plagued by controversy, persistent uncertainty, and polarized societal contexts. Decision makers often become mired in contested evidence, beset by uncertainties and contradictions. This leads to inaction on early warnings, paralysis-by-analysis, and erodes trust in science and its institutions. But why do controversies persist?

A new...   More >

EECS Colloquium: The Benefits of Mixed-Signal Computing for Artificial Intelligence

Colloquium | September 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Dave Fick, Mythic, Inc.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Neural networks are making major impacts in all forms of edge computing, including computer vision, speech recognition, motor control, and more. Although covering many different applications, these inference applications share a common trait: their workload is dominated by matrix multiplies by static coefficients. Mythic has developed a technology to exploit that commonality by using embedded...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Exotic real projective Dehn surgery space

Seminar | September 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jeff Danciger, UT Austin/Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

We study properly convex real projective structures on closed 3-manifolds. A hyperbolic structure is one special example, and in some cases the hyperbolic structure may be deformed non-trivially as a convex projective structure. However, such deformations seem to be exceedingly rare. By contrast, we show that many closed hyperbolic manifolds admit a second convex projective structure not obtained...   More >

Thursday, September 27, 2018

General Counsel Institute

Course | September 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Peer 150

The GC Institute is an executive level program designed for high potential legal executives looking to develop and enhance their leadership skills. We are unique in that we focus specifically on legal leadership challenges, rather than technology, sales or general leadership as do many other programs. Our sessions are taught and facilitated by Fortune 1000 General Counsel and UC Berkeley faculty...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "Extrapolative Beliefs in the Cross-section: What Can We Learn from the Crowds?"

Seminar | September 27 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Xing Huang, Washington University in St. Louis

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Fighting mosquito-borne diseases with genomics, machine learning and likelihood functions

Seminar | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 John Marshall, Assistant Professor in Residence, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Malaria, dengue, Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases continue to pose a major global health burden through much of the world, despite the widespread distribution of insecticide-based tools and antimalarial drugs. Consequently, there is interest in novel strategies to control these diseases, including the release of mosquitoes transfected with Wolbachia and engineered with CRISPR-based gene...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Supply chain enforcement of labor law: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh’s apparel sector"

Seminar | September 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Laura Boudreau, 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 >

Secrets from a Baby/Toddler (SLEEP) Nurse (BEUHS368)

Workshop | September 27 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Marsha Podd, RN

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Wondering how to initiate peaceful detachments at bedtime, encourage routines and cues for your baby’s/toddler’s sleep? With over 30 years’ experience working with infants and children, Marsha Podd will offer practical advice, knowledgeable insights and tips on how to create a healthy sleep environment for you and your family. Whether you are pregnant, have a newborn, or are raising a toddler (or...   More >

  Register online

(CANCELED) IB Seminar: Recent Advances in Fertility Preservation using Non-Traditional Animal Models

Seminar | September 27 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Canceled

 Pierre Comizzoli, Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

 Department of Integrative Biology

Fourth Annual IDV MPH Students Field Study Symposium

Conference/Symposium | September 27 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 150 Colloquia Room, Berkeley Way West Building

 Public Health, School of

Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology is hosting its fourth Annual IDV MPH Students Field Study Symposium. Please join us to learn the fascinating projects related to infectious diseases of summer field study of IDV MPH students.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: You can hear the shape of a billiard table

Colloquium | September 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Moon Duchin, Tufts

 Department of Mathematics

A great deal of fundamental mathematics has been directed at the question of "hearing the shape of a drum," or reading geometric features of a plane domain or manifold off from its Laplace spectrum. I'll address a parallel question in symbolic dynamics: if you have a Euclidean polygon and only know the sequences of sides struck in succession by billiard trajectories—that is, the bounce...   More >

Teaching History Beyond Four-Year College

Panel Discussion | September 27 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Mike Buckley, Convent and Stuart Hall High Schools; Adrianne Francisco, Drew School; Ashley Leyba, BASIS Independent Fremont; Joseph Nejad-Duong, Fremont High School; Rachel Reinhard, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project; Tim Rose, Berkeley City College

 Department of History, AHA Career Diversity for Historians

Six alumni of Berkeley History will discuss their career trajectories and current work in education. The panelists work in public and private middle and high schools, community colleges, and in academic adjacent roles in higher education.

The panel and Q&A will be followed by a reception with opportunities for networking.

A Conversation on Rent Control + Fall Open House: Presented by the Terner Center and the Berkeley Real Estate Club

Panel Discussion | September 27 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Ahdi Nagraj, SF Director, SPUR; Dr. Brian Asquith, NBER

 Matt Levin, CalMatters

 Dr. Jennifer Martinez, Executive Director, Faith in Action

 Terner Center for Housing Innovation, Berkeley Real Estate Club (BERC)

Rent control remains one of the most divisive urban policy issues, especially in the Bay. Come learn from a diverse group of experts about the research, trade offs, and potential paths forward. Panelists include Ahdi Nagraj (SF Director of SPUR), Dr. Brian Asquith (NBER/Upjohn Institute), and Dr. Jennifer Martinez (Executive Director, Faith in Action). Moderated by Matt Levin from CalMatters. The...   More >

Archaeological Perspectives on Fire and People: From Ancient Neanderthals to Contemporary California

Panel Discussion | September 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Kent Lightfoot, Professor, Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Ruth Tringham, Professor Emerita, Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Linn Gassaway, Heritage Program Manager, Lassen National Forest; Tim Gill, Visiting Scholar, Archaeological Research Facility

 John Holson, Principal, Pacific Legacy, Inc.

 Archaeological Research Facility

This event brings together archaeologists from UC Berkeley’s Archaeological Research Facility and the US Forest Service in a panel discussion exploring what we might learn from humanity's long experience with fire.

Friday, September 28, 2018

General Counsel Institute

Course | September 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Peer 150

The GC Institute is an executive level program designed for high potential legal executives looking to develop and enhance their leadership skills. We are unique in that we focus specifically on legal leadership challenges, rather than technology, sales or general leadership as do many other programs. Our sessions are taught and facilitated by Fortune 1000 General Counsel and UC Berkeley faculty...   More >

Diversity in engineering: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Kara Nelson, Professor, Associate Dean of Equity & Inclusion, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Labor Lunch: “Scabs: The Social Suppression of Labor Supply”

Seminar | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Supreet Kaur, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

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

C. H. Li Memorial Lecture: Riding the neural crest to understand cell migration

Seminar | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Marianne Bronner, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

C. H. Li Memorial Lectures

Inframarginal treatment effects: Estimating the welfare losses from groundwater depletion in India

Seminar | September 28 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 John Loeser/Job Market Presentation, ARE

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

Market failures in the management of groundwater, a common pool resource, have contributed to groundwater depletion in arid districts in India. An estimate of the effect of groundwater depletion on welfare is necessary to determine the optimal policy response. This paper does so by defining and estimating the Inframarginal Treatment Effect (ITE), the effect on welfare implied by an...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Optoelectronic Tweezers – A New Optofluidic Platform for Digital Cell Biology

Seminar | September 28 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Ming C. Wu, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Dept., University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Recent success stories of treating cancer with immunotherapy has generated tremendous excitement in the last few years. The remarkable treatment of former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer was widely publicized. Immunotherapy uses the antibodies produced by white blood cells, or the cells themselves, to boost the immune response of patients to fight cancer cells. The discovery and production of...   More >

Getting the Best of Nanomaterials: Intercalated Graphene/Quantum Dot Hybrid Photodetector: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building | Note change in date

 Prof. Oscar Vazquez Mena, UC San Diego, NanoEngineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recently, hybrid graphene quantum dot (Gr/QD) systems have emerged as high responsivity photodetectors, taking advantage of the high charge carrier mobility of graphene and the high light absorption of PbS quantum dots. However the performance of this hybrid system is still limited by the charge carrier diffusion length of quantum dots, which remains the main bottle neck for quantum dot based...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Metastability for Diffusions II

Seminar | September 28 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well-known that diffusions with gradient drifts exhibit metastable behavior. The large deviation estimates of Wentzel-Freidlin and classical Eyring-Kramers Formula give a precise description for such metastable behavior. For non-gradient models, the large-deviation techniques are still applicable, though no rigorous analog of Eyring-Kramers Formula is available. In this talk I give an...   More >

MENA Salon, 25 Years On: The Legacy of the Oslo Accords

Workshop | September 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the first Oslo Accords. The historic handshake exchanged between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, under the supervision of US President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, was anticipated to provide a timeline for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Yet, the mutual political will demonstrated during the talks could not...   More >

Manipulating electrochemical intercalation with van der Waals heteroepitaxy

Seminar | September 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Kwabena Bediako, Department of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Socialist China’s New Exhibitions: Rethinking Class, Material Culture, and Propaganda

Colloquium | September 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Denise Y. Ho, Assistant Professor of twentieth-century Chinese History, Yale University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk examines the origins and Mao-era elaborations on “new exhibitions” in socialist China, the practice of displaying personal possessions as a way to articulate meanings of class in both “old China” and “new China.” During the Socialist Education Movement, “class education exhibitions” linked material objects to class status, arguing for the persistence of class and the need for...   More >

Logic Colloquium: On geometric homogeneous structures

Colloquium | September 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Pierre Simon, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A first order structure is homogeneous if any partial automorphism defined on a finite set extends to an automorphism of the full structure. I will present the first steps towards a classification of homogeneous structures which have few finite substructures. Peter Cameron and Dugald Macpherson conjectured some 30 years ago that such structures are tree-like or order-like. Model-theoretic results...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Dynamics of a second order gradient model for phase transitions

Seminar | September 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Aaron Yip, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

We prove in a radially symmetric geometry, the convergence in the sharp interfacial limit, to motion by mean curvature of a second order gradient model for phase transition. This is in spirit similar to the classical Allen-Cahn theory of phase boundary motion. However the corresponding dynamical equation is fourth order thus creating some challenging difficulties for its analysis. A...   More >

Colloquium:Delia Casadei, UC Berkeley: Contagion, Erasure, and Laughter as the Reproduction of Sound in Two 1890s Laughing Songs

Colloquium | September 28 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jonathan Glasser is a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. His first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. His current project looks...   More >

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Outside Counsel Institute

Course | September 29 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Peer 150

This is a full day developmental program is designed for Legal Partners and Outside Counsel Executives, that are wanting to better their skills for effectively working with General Counsel Executives.

This program will give you the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest GCs in the industry on how outside counsel can better work with, retain and attract in-house clients.

Saturday Seminar Series 2018-19: Emerging and Converging on Equity

Seminar | September 29 | 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Longfellow Middle School, BUSD

 1500 Derby St., Berkeley, CA 94703

 Darrick Smith, ED.D, Educational Leadership at USF


Gloria Ladson-Billings' notion of "culturally relevant pedagogy" has continued to be a popular pedagogical approach within the broader educational community. This session will attempt to address critical questions regarding the possibilities for the collective embracing and implementation of a culturally relevant pedagogy at your school site.

  RSVP online or by calling Jasmine Lopez at 510-642-7154, or by emailing Jasmine Lopez at lopezj@berkeley.edu by September 29.