<< Week of October 24 >>

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Carve your own Butter Knife with Hannah Beatrice Quinn

Workshop | October 21 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

 Botanical Garden

Join designer Hannah Quinn & learn some basic whittling skills that you can use to carve a classic butter knife or other simple wooden kitchen tool. Take your new whittling knife home & continue making unique wooden objects on your own. Extra sticks and the whittling knife included in the price.

$75 / $70 UCBG Members

Monday, October 22, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 22 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Sarah Kochik, Wildsoet Lab; Nevin El-Nimri, Wildsoet Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Nevin El-Nimri's Talk
Manipulating Intraocular Pressure as a Novel Avenue for Controlling Myopia Progression

Myopia (near-sightedness) results from progressive, excessive eye enlargement and is associated with blinding complications. It has become a significant public health concern, reaching epidemic levels in some parts of the world. The eye is like a balloon, with pressure inside the eye...   More >

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)


Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Combinatorics Seminar: The Hopf monoid of orbit polytopes and its character group

Seminar | October 22 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mariel Supina, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A Hopf monoid is an algebraic structure that many families of combinatorial objects share. The collection of multiplicative functions defined on a Hopf monoid forms a group, called the character group. Aguiar and Ardila (2017) proved that the character groups for the Hopf monoids of permutahedra and associahedra are exponential power series under multiplication and composition, respectively. In...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: "The Long-lasting Effects of Living Under Communism on Financial Risk-Taking"

Seminar | October 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Ulrike Malmendier, UC Berkeley

 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: 3D TQFTs from Argyres-Douglas theories

Seminar | October 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Mykola Dedushenko, Caltech

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a construction which, for a given \(4d\), \(N=2\) Argyres-Douglas SCFT, seems to produce a three-dimensional TQFT, whose underlying modular tensor category coincides with that of a \(2d\) chiral algebra of the parent \(4d\), \(N=2\) theory.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On Shimura varieties for unitary groups

Seminar | October 22 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Brian Smithling, Johns Hopkins

 Department of Mathematics

Shimura varieties attached to unitary similitude groups are a well-studied class of PEL Shimura varieties (i.e., varieties admitting a moduli description in terms of abelian varieties endowed with a polarization, endomorphisms, and a level structure). There are also natural Shimura varieties attached to (honest) unitary groups; these lack a moduli interpretation, but they have other advantages...   More >

Ashwini Deo, "Marathi tense marking: A window into the lexical encoding of tense meanings"

Colloquium | October 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University

 Department of Linguistics

Partee (1973) first observed that natural language tense expressions are analogous to pronouns in that they can be interpreted indexically, anaphorically, and like bound variables. These referential (i.e. indexical+anaphoric) and non-referential interpretations of tense marking have not been yet shown to have distinct reflexes in natural language temporal expressions – i.e. no language has been...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Harmonic Z/2 spinors and wall-crossing in Seiberg-Witten theory

Seminar | October 22 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Aleksander Doan, Stony Brook

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of a harmonic Z/2 spinor was introduced by Taubes as an abstraction of various limiting objects appearing in compactifications of gauge-theoretic moduli spaces. I will explain this notion and discuss an existence result for harmonic Z/2 spinors on three-manifolds. The proof uses a wall-crossing formula for solutions of generalized Seiberg-Witten equations in dimension three, a result...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Ambiguous Persuasion"

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Jian Li, McGill

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Dorian Beauchene and Ming Li

Seminar 271, Development: "Credit Lines as Insurance: Evidence from Bangladesh"

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Greg Lane, UC Berkeley, ARE

 Department of Economics

Design Field Notes: Diane Wang

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Diane Wang is a Lead UX Designer at Google’s Daydream Labs, leading rapid prototyping efforts for AR/VR.

Global warming: What you need to know, what people actually know, and how to bridge the gap

Colloquium | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

 David Romps, Physical Sciences and the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center, UC Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract. Global warming is the most urgent issue of our time: coal, oil, and gas are being burned at an all-time record rate; as a result, the air that we breathe is filling up with carbon dioxide faster than ever before; in response, the Earth is heating rapidly; and both the carbon-dioxide pollution and the associated heating are permanent on any timescale of human interest. How well have...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Wave maps on (1+2)-dimensional curved spacetimes

Seminar | October 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Casey Jao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss joint work with Cristian Gavrus and Daniel Tataru in which we study wave maps on a (1+2)-dimensional nonsmooth background. Our main result asserts that in this context, the wave maps system is locally wellposed at almost critical regularity.

Deformation Theory Seminar: Operads and Koszul duality

Seminar | October 22 | 5:10-6:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yixuan Li, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we'll introduce operads and the interaction with sheaf theory. Parallel to the notion of Koszul algebras, we'll define Koszul operads and duality between them. In particular, connections with sheaves and Verdier duality will be explained in an example arising from the moduli spaces of genus zero stable curves with marked points.

SLAM: Perspectives from Biotech Industry: Science, Business and People

Seminar | October 22 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Janet Gunzner, Nektar Therapeutics

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Let's Talk About Sex!: A Graduate Student Sexual Education Series

Workshop | October 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 183 Dwinelle Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project, Sexual Health Education Program

The Graduate Student Wellness Group and the Sexual Health Education Program are partnering up for three sextastic events this October! Topics include (but are not limited to) consent, healthy relationships, safer sex, STIs/HIV, and accessing birth control! Specifically, we will be addressing what healthy relationships look/don't look like, why STIs are on the rise, how to practice safer sex, and...   More >

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Structural Transparency and Open-Air Genetics

Seminar | October 23 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Aaron Pomerantz, PhD candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Andrew Saintsing, PhD student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in to The Graduates this Tuesday for an interview with Aaron Pomerantz from the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Aaron is a PhD candidate whose research is focused on color in the wings of butterflies and moths.

Aaron Pomerantz sequencing DNA in the rain forest

Representation theory seminar: Skein relations for diagrammatic categories.

Seminar | October 23 | 10-11 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Rina Anno, Kansas State University

 Department of Mathematics

In the category of tangles objects are even natural numbers and morphisms between n and m are (n,m)-tangles up to isotopy. Weak triangulated represenations of this category are usually constructed in terms of generators and relations: we associate a functor to each tangle generator (a "cup", a "cap", or a "crossing"), and prove that certain compositions of these functors are isomorphic. It turns...   More >

Merck-Banyu Lecture: Chemistry Empowered by Unique Heterocycles

Seminar | October 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Naoya Kumagai, Institute of Microbial Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Identification of new molecular entities opens a new avenue in chemistry on a broad basis. This talk introduces the development of unique heterocyclic compounds and architectures that are responsible for specific functions in catalysis and peculiar properties as materials.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Proliferation of Anomalies and Zoo of Factors – What does the Hansen–Jagannathan Distance Tell Us?

Seminar | October 23 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Xiang Zhang, SWUFE

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Recent research finds that prominent asset pricing models have mixed success in evaluating the cross-section of anomalies, which highlights proliferation of anomalies and zoo of factors. In this paper, I investigate that how is the relative pricing performance of these models to explain anomalies, when comparing their misspecification errors– the Hansen–Jagannathan (HJ) distance measure. I find...   More >

"My Bad Attitude Toward the Pastoral": The Country and the City in the Poetry of C.S. Giscombe: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"My Bad Attitude Toward the Pastoral": The Country and the City in the Poetry of C.S. Giscombe"
Chiyuma Elliott
Assistant Professor of Afircan American Studies
Tuesday, October 23, 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

In C. S. Giscombe’s 1994 book-length poem Here, the...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "The Missing Profits of Nations"

Presentation | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Gabriel Zucman, Professor of Economics, 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 October 18.

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | October 23 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

Is a Habitable Planet a Human Right? Juliana v. United States: A discussion with Kelly Matheson, Jordan Diamond, Sharon Duggan et al

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Kelly Matheson, WITNESS; Sharon Duggan, Our Children's Trust; Tamara Morgenthau, International Human Rights Law Clinic; Ted Lamm, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

 Jordan Diamond, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment

 Human Rights Center, Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment, Human Rights Law Students Association

Can litigation and advocacy protect the vulnerable peoples of the world where democracy and politics have failed?

  RSVP online

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Design and Formatting (BETEC011): Betec011

Workshop | October 23 | 1-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Kathleen Valerio

 Human Resources

Spreadsheet Basics: Learn how to navigate in and across spreadsheets. Use AutoFill to build spreadsheets and link them into quarterly reports with basic equations in Microsoft Excel.

Learning objectives:

* Insert and format data.
* Use AutoFill.
* Insert/delete hide and unhide rows and columns.
* Name, move, add and delete worksheets.
* Apply filters and sorts.
* Export files to Excel...   More >

Copyright and Your Dissertation

Workshop | October 23 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall


This workshop will provide you with a practical workflow for navigating copyright questions and legal considerations for your dissertation or thesis. Whether you’re just starting to write or you’re getting ready to file, you can use this workflow to figure out what you can use, what rights you have, and what it means to share your dissertation online.

  RSVP online

Connecting for Your Career: Networking Basics for Ph.D. Scientists

Workshop | October 23 | 1-2:15 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Rosanne Lurie, QB3-Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Sometimes the word “networking” seems loaded – this workshop, led by Rosanne Lurie, Director, QB3-Berkeley Graduate and Postdoc Career Development will help you get around the myths and fears, and learn the real value of connecting with others. Identify ways that networking can help you in career exploration, career planning, and your job search. We will discuss techniques for talking clearly...   More >

Indivisible Tohono: Resisting the US-Mexico Border and Militarization on Tohono O’odham Land Through Education and Civic Engagement

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 April Ignacio, Indivisible Tohono O'odham; Gabriella Cazares-Kelly, Indivisible Tohono O'odham; Annamarie Stevens, Indivisible Tohono O'odham

 Fantasia Painter, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, Native/Immigrant/Refugee Crossings Research Initiative

Indivisible Tohono is a grassroots organization working on issues that affect the Tohono O'odham Nation and those that affect the Natives within the state of Arizona and federally. Tohono O’odham is a federally recognized tribe split by the US-Mexico border in what is today southern Arizona, and it has become well known for its recent refusal to allow Trump’s Wall on Tohono O’odham land. This...   More >

Symplectic Working Group: Shapes of symplectic manifolds

Seminar | October 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Dmitry Tonkonog, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and foams

Seminar | October 23 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss Kronheimer-Mrowka's deformed instanton homology of spatial webs $J^\sharp (K;\Gamma )$. For planar webs $K$, we show that $J^\sharp (K;\Gamma ')$ is spanned by foams, where $\Gamma '$ is an appropriate coefficient system.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Almost conservation laws and low regularity well-posedness for nonlinear Schrodinger equations

Seminar | October 23 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 James Rowan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

For energy-subcritical nonlinear Schrodinger equations, the law of conservation of energy can be used to extend the local well-posedness theory for solutions with initial data in $H_x^1$ to a global well-posedness theory in $H_x^1$. If we want a global well-posedness theory in a Sobolev space $H_x^s$ for $0 < s < 1$, the energy may be infinite, and thus conservation of energy is unavailable....   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Moment Varieties of Measures on Polytopes

Seminar | October 23 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bernd Sturmfels, MPI MIS, Leipzig

 Department of Mathematics

The uniform probability measure on a convex polytope induces piecewise polynomial densities on the projections of that polytope. For a fixed combinatorial type of simplicial polytopes, the moments of these measures are rational functions in the vertex coordinates. We study projective varieties that are parametrized by finite collections of such rational functions. Our focus lies on determining...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: On convolutions and transforms in operator valued free probability

Seminar | October 23 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Weihua Liu, Indiana University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will introduce a class of independence relations which include free, Boolean and monotone independence in operator valued probability. I will briefly review some analytic properties of operator-valued free, Boolean and monotone convolutions. After that, I will show some analytic properties of two other important convolutions which are called orthogonal convolution and s-free...   More >

Charting Your Course: Planning Your Years at Cal and Beyond: L&S Workshop Series Shoot for the Stars

Workshop | October 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on planning your college career--including study abroad and internships--to prepare for life after graduation.

From Cal to Google to LBNL: Becoming an Atomic Architect

Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Tess Smidt, LBNL

 Computational Materials at Berkeley

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Tensor-Multinomial Sums of Ideals and Applications

Seminar | October 23 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Robert Walker, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Given a polynomial ring $C$ over a field and proper ideals $I$ and $J$ whose generating sets involve disjoint variables, we determine how to embed the associated primes of each power of $I+J$ into a collection of primes described in terms of the associated primes of select powers of $I$ and of $J$. We discuss applications to constructing primary decompositions for powers of $I+J$, and to...   More >

We the People: Raising Our Voices: with Erwin Chemerinsky and Jeffrey Edleson

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 7 p.m. |  JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA, CA 94709

 Jeffrey Edleson, Dean, School of Social Welfare; Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Boalt Law School

 Social Welfare, School of

An intimate discussion with Erwin Chemerinsky (dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law) and Jeffrey Edleson (dean and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare)
The foremost authority of the first amendment and free speech (Chemerinsky) and a leading expert on domestic abuse (Edleson) discuss the rights and privileges of our voices—how...   More >

$12.00 Members $15.00 Public

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Identifying and Addressing Workplace Bullying: Beomb002

Workshop | October 24 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 24 University Hall


MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR -Christopher Witt: Bird evolution in the Andes: The ups and downs

Seminar | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Christopher Witt

 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 >

Rapid and Quantitative MRI of the Heart: Real-Time Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting

Seminar | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Nicole Seiberlich, Case Western Reserve University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the heart is challenging due to cardiac and respiratory motion, and making quantitative measurements of tissue properties using MRI is valuable for physicians but complicated by this motion. This seminar will describe new techniques developed in the Seiberlich Lab at CWRU to accelerate data collection and reconstruction to enable real-time cardiac MRI and...   More >

GRASP Seminar: General Relativity on manifolds with corners in the BV-BFV formalism.

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

 Giovanni Canepa, University of Zurich

 Department of Mathematics

This week, the GRASP seminar hosts a talk by Giovanni Canepa (Uni Zurich) on "General Relativity on manifolds with corners in the BV-BFV formalism". Abstract: The BV-BFV formalism allows to treat field theories and their symmetries in a coherent way on manifolds with boundaries. It is possible to iterate the construction on manifolds with corners. We will introduce the formalism and the...   More >

CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar with Dawn Song on "Oasis: Privacy-preserving Smart Contracts at Scale": Blockchain * Cryptography * Startups

Conference/Symposium | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the talk:

Oasis Labs is building a privacy-first cloud computing platform on blockchain. With privacy built-in in every layer of the platform and a new blockchain architecture, Oasis is the first smart contract platform to provide security, privacy, and high scalability. Oasis technology’s unique properties and capabilities enable a broad spectrum of new applications from finance and...   More >

You Want How Much?!: Perceptions of Extreme First Offers and The Men and Women Who Make Them

Colloquium | October 24 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Margaret Lee, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Much research has robustly shown that individuals benefit from making a first offer in negotiations and has advocated high offers for sellers and low offers for buyers. However, little research has considered how extreme (unreasonably high for sellers and unreasonably low for buyers) offers, as well as the negotiators who make them, are perceived. Experiment 1 found that, compared to moderate...   More >

Haas Innovation Seminar: Who Profits from Patents? Rent Sharing at Innovative Firms

Seminar | October 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | C320 Cheit Hall

 Patrick Kline, UC Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

Biafra at 50: A War Remembered

Colloquium | October 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 James F. Phillips, Professor, Columbia University Medical Center

 Center for African Studies

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

James Phillips with Ghana's first nurse to work at the community level

Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law - Bluebooking Training

Workshop | October 24 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkelety Journal of Criminal Law

We will be discussing how to effectively source collect and complete Bluebooking assignments to help ensure our articles are up to publishable quality.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 24 | 1-2 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, 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 >

From Dissertation to Book: Navigating the Publication Process

Workshop | October 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall


Hear from a panel of experts - an acquisitions editor, a first-time author, and an author rights expert - about the process of turning your dissertation into a book. You’ll come away from this panel discussion with practical advice about revising your dissertation, writing a book proposal, approaching editors, signing your first contract, and navigating the peer review and...   More >

  RSVP online

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | October 24 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 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 >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction of geometric finiteness in hyperbolic space $ℍ^3$

Seminar | October 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Beibei Liu, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of geometrically finite discrete groups are originally defined by Ahlfors for subgroups of isometries of the 3-dimensional hyperbolic space, and alternative definitions of geometric finiteness were later given by Marden, Beardon and Maskit, and Thurston. We will focus on the definition given by Beardon and Marskit, and review Bishop’s characterization of geometrically finite discrete...   More >

Department of Psychology Faculty Research Lecture: The role of self-distancing in enabling adaptive behavior under stress: Implications for emotion regulation and self-control

Colloquium | October 24 | 3 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Ozlem Ayduk, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

This talk will describe a program of research on the emotion regulatory benefits of self-distancing -- the process of transcending one’s egocentric point of view in the here-and-now. I will present data from multiple levels of analyses (e.g., behavioral, neural) using a variety of research designs (i.e., correlational, experimental, longitudinal) that elucidate how and why self-distancing might...   More >

Constructing (2+1)-dimensional KPZ evolutions

Seminar | October 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alex Dunlap, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

The (d+1)-dimensional KPZ equation
\partial_t h = \nu \Delta h + \frac{\lambda}{2}|\nabla h|^2 + \sqrt{D}\dot{W},
in which \dot{W} is a space--time white noise, is a natural model for the growth of d-dimensional random surfaces. These surfaces are extremely rough due to the white noise forcing, which leads to difficulties in interpreting the nonlinear term in the equation. In...   More >

Protonic solar cells by sensitization of passive ion-selective polymers with photoacid dyes

Colloquium | October 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Shane Ardo, University of California, Irvine

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Most electrochemical technologies that operate under ambient conditions require ion-conducting polymer electrolytes. These polymers are passive in that electric bias drives ion migration in the thermodynamically favored direction. Recently, my group engineered two important features into passive ion-selective polymers to introduce the active function of photovoltaic action and demonstration of an...   More >

Safe Learning in Robotics

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Claire Tomlin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

A great deal of research in recent years has focused on robot learning. In many applications, guarantees that specifications are satisfied throughout the learning process are paramount. For the safety specification, we present a controller synthesis technique based on the computation of reachable sets, using optimal control and game theory. In the first part of the talk, we will review these...   More >

Perivascular Stromal Cells as Double Agents of Adipose Tissue Health and Disease

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Rana Gupta, Touchstone Diabetes Center Department of Internal Medicine UT Southwestern Medical Center

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: Computational Complexity in Theory and in Practice with Richard Karp

Colloquium | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Richard Karp, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Computational complexity theory measures the complexity of a problem by the best possible asymptotic growth rate of a correct algorithm for the exact or approximate solution. The phenomena of NP completeness and hardness of approximation often lead to a pessimistic conclusion. In practice, one seeks algorithms that perform well on typical instances, as measured by computational experiments or...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Geometric finiteness in Hadamard manifolds

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Beibei Liu, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we focus on negatively pinched Hadamard manifolds which are complete, simply connected Riemannian manifolds with sectional curvature ranging between two negative constants. We use the techniques in geometric groups theory to generalize Bishop’s characterization of geometric finiteness to discrete isometry subgroups of negatively pinched Hadamard manifolds.

ERG Colloquium: Alasdair Cohen: Understanding and Advancing Access to Safe Drinking Water in Rural China

Colloquium | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Alasdair Cohen, Project Scientist, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and Berkeley Water Center

 Energy and Resources Group

This talk will center on UC Berkeley’s water-and-health focused research collaboration with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC). I will discuss our 2013-2014 rural water treatment field research and explain how our analyses revealed that, among treatment methods, electric kettles were associated with the safest water, while bottled water was frequently contaminated...   More >

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Coordination Dynamics and Mathematics Education

Conference/Symposium | October 25 – 26, 2018 every day |  Berkeley Way Building

 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Dor Abrahamson

This 2-day conference brings together empirical researchers who investigate human learning from two historically disparate perspectives that could in fact be synergistic, moving forward, in modeling processes of conceptual teaching development, teaching, and learning, in particular with interactive technology: researchers of motor control working from a complex dynamical systems approach, and...   More >

  RSVP by emailing mcassell@berkeley.edu

Community Convening: Facilitating Controversial Conversations

Workshop | October 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join Bay Area history educators for the first of three community conversations about history teaching. UCBHSSP will introduce participants to conflict dialogue pedagogy, model facilitation, and discuss procedures and context for leading these conversations in your unique context.

 This event is directed at educators.

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: On the singular set in the Stefan problem and a conjecture of Schaeffer

Seminar | October 25 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Xavier Ros-Oton, University of Zürich

 Department of Mathematics

Free boundary problems are those described by PDE's that exhibit a priori unknown (free) interfaces or boundaries. The Stefan problem is the most classical and motivating example in the study of free boundary problems. It describes the evolution of a medium undergoing a phase transition, such as ice passing to water. A milestone in this context is the classical work of Caffarelli (Acta Math....   More >

Drawing from Trees with Karen LeGault

Workshop | October 25 – 26, 2018 every day | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden has an amazing diversity of trees to inspire us. In this two day workshop, we’ll look at the growth, forms and energy of trees - translating what we see and experience with pen and ink, pencil and colored pencil.

$150 / $135 UCBG Member

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Applied Math Seminar: Data-driven methods for model discovery and approximation

Seminar | October 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Samuel Rudy, University of Washington

 Department of Mathematics

A critical challenge in many modern scientific disciplines is deriving governing equations and forecasting models from data where derivation from first principals is intractable. The problem of learning dynamics from data is complicated when data is corrupted by noise, when only partial or indirect knowledge of the state is available, when dynamics exhibit parametric dependencies, or when only...   More >

Berkeley Writers at Work

Reading - Nonfiction | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library/101 Doe

 Professor Edward Frenkel, Professor of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

 College Writing Programs

Edward Frenkel, Professor of Mathematics, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2018 Berkeley Writers at Work series. The event will take place on Thursday, October 25, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.

Berkeley Writers at Work: featuring Edward Frenkel

Presentation | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library

 Edward Frenkel, Professor, Department of Mathematics

 John Levine, Lecturer, College Writing Programs

 College Writing Programs

Edward Frenkel, Professor of Mathematics, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2018 Berkeley Writers at Work series. The Berkeley Writers at Work series provides a venue for campus writers to talk about their writing process, from getting ideas, to drafting, to revising. Professor Frenkel will read from his work, be interviewed about his writing process, and answer questions from the audience.

Edward Frenkel (photo by Elizabeth Lippman)

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Effects of Copyrights on Science"

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Petra Moser, Stern

 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 >

Complexity and Security: Managing the Tradeoffs: CLTC Lunch Seminar with Dr. Herbert Lin

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Dr. Herbert Lin, Senior Research Scholar for Cyber Policy and Security, Center for International Security and Cooperation

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Please join us on October 25th for a seminar with Dr. Herb Lin, a senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University.

Dr. Lin’s research interests relate...   More >

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Dr. Herb Lin

Creativity and Your Health (BEUHS665)

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

 Jen Guerra, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Engaging in creative activities (as part of, or outside of our work), allows us to be more productive, balanced, and calm in everyday life. Come explore your creativity through simple, guided exercises, and learn how engaging in creative activities can lower your blood pressure, decrease stress, improve your immune system, and increase your ability to be more productive at work and at home.
This...   More >

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The Origin and Maintenance of Chemical Diversity in a Species-Rich Tropical Tree Lineage

Seminar | October 25 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Paul Fine, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Integrative Biology

Looking in/ Looking out: Exploring Workplace Diversity at Cal: Beeqi003-181025

Workshop | October 25 | 1-3:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia Reel

 Human Resources

This workshop engages participants in exploring human diversity by reflecting on what makes individuals unique and how it affects one’s worldview. Through telling stories, participants learn more about themselves and others in their organization. This interactive workshop also provides opportunities to practice communication skills for understanding across difference. By the end of this workshop...   More >

Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance Seminar:""Can Displaced Labor Be Retrained? Evidence from Quasi-Random Assignment to Trade Adjustment Assistance"

Seminar | October 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Ben Hyman, Visiting Fellow - Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago

 Center for Labor Economics

Joint with Labor

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 25 | 4-5 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 >

Getting the Facts on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment: What are the limits of personal narratives shared online—and what do we miss in survey data?

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Edward Wasserman, Professor of Journalism and Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley School of Journalism; Lisa García Bedolla, Professor of Education, Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education; Aya de Leon, Author, Poet, June Jordan’s Poetry for the People; Billy Curtis, Director, Gender Equity Resource Center

 Laura Nelson, Associate Professor and Chair of Gender & Women's Studies, UC Berkeley Department of Gender & Women's Studies

 Social Science Matrix, Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on SVSH

Please join us for a panel discussion and Q&A focused on the limits of what can be learned about sexual violence and harassment from personal narratives that are shared online, as well as the question of is missed in survey data related to sexual violence and harassment.

Metastability in Nature: Amorphous Mineral Precursors and Crystallization in One Dimension

Seminar | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dr. Michael Whittaker, Postdoc, Energy Geosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

There are over 5,000 mineral species on earth, many of which are metastable. All of the predicted >1,500 minerals that are likely to exist but have yet to be discovered,(1) also reside above the energetic ground state. Organisms have contributed significantly to the metastability of earth's mineralogy by creating far-from-equilibrium conditions in which new minerals form. Recent research in our...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Hilbert schemes and link homology

Colloquium | October 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Khovanov and Rozansky introduced a link homology theory which categorifies the HOMFLY polynomial. This invariant has a lot of interesting properties, but it is notoriously hard to compute. I will discuss recent progress in understanding HOMFLY homology and its surprising relation to algebraic geometry of the Hilbert scheme of points on the plane. The talk is based on joint works with Matt...   More >

The Four Axioms of Existence

Colloquium | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Columbia University

 The Program in Critical Theory

It’s hot and it’s getting hotter. As the machinery of capital extraction, industrialism, and consumption refuses to relinquish its grip, temperatures continue to rise and chemical hot zones to spread. Tipping points threaten to alter the nature of what the ecologists of the 70s came to describe as the whole earth, gaia, the biosphere. But until that happens, and even after, the shifts are not and...   More >

Elizabeth Povinelli

Work Authorization for International Students Workshop

Workshop | October 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, 5th floor

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), ASUC Office of the External Affairs Vice President, Office of ASUC Senator James Li

Are you an international student looking for work before or after graduation? Do you hold an F or J visa status? If so, come learn all about your various employment permissions at this once-per-semester workshop co-hosted with ASUC!

Career Series: Climate Justice Panel

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 6-7 p.m. | 107 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Minna Toloui, Program Manager, Ecology Center; Juan Flores, Community Organizer, Center for Race Poverty and the Environment; Kristy Drutman, 350

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Interested in working in Climate Justice? Panelists in Career Series: Climate Justice Panel will share their professional experiences working within the field of climate justice. There will be an emphasis on grass-roots and social and environmental justice advocacy. This event is a part of a Career Series hosted by the UC Berkeley’s SERC, the UC Berkeley Career Center, and the AEP.

Free Speech Movement Cafe Educational Programs Presents… 50 Years of 1968: A Conversation with Bobby Seale, Max Elbaum, and Watson Ladd

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Bobby Seale; Max Elbaum; Watson Ladd

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

For half a century, 1968 has represented a high-water mark of social and political transformation, a year of social upheaval that spanned the entire globe. Ushered in by a New Left that sought to distinguish itself from the Old Left that emerged in the 1920s and ’30s, the monumental events of 1968 set the tone for everything from protest politics to academic leftism.

Today, with the U.S....   More >

 The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, including sign-language interpretation, please contact the event sponsor, fsmprograms@lists.berkeley.edu, ideally

Stay Informed and Plan Ahead: H-1B Information Session with Immigration Lawyer from Ware Immigration

Workshop | October 25 | 6-8 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue & Gold Rooms

 Career Center

H1B is the principal immigration status available for persons temporarily working in professional level jobs in the US. As an int'l student, you should be familiar with the H1B regulations early in your career so you can stay informed and plan ahead!

An immigration law attorney from Ware Immigration will explain the definition of the H1B visa category, the application process, the H1B cap and...   More >

Crafter Dark!: Make Halloween Shrinky-Dinks

Workshop | October 25 | 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 Halloween-themed "shrinky dinks!"

Friday, October 26, 2018

Coordination Dynamics and Mathematics Education

Conference/Symposium | October 25 – 26, 2018 every day |  Berkeley Way Building

 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Dor Abrahamson

This 2-day conference brings together empirical researchers who investigate human learning from two historically disparate perspectives that could in fact be synergistic, moving forward, in modeling processes of conceptual teaching development, teaching, and learning, in particular with interactive technology: researchers of motor control working from a complex dynamical systems approach, and...   More >

  RSVP by emailing mcassell@berkeley.edu

Finance Academy at Berkeley Law

Course | October 26 – 28, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy

The Berkeley Law Finance Academy is a three-day certificate academy that aims to introduce a practical framework for financial information analysis, provide an understanding of the key drivers of corporate value creation, teach key valuation models and techniques, provide tools for analyzing and interpreting corporate financial statements, and explore how financial information analysis and...   More >

Bay Area Conversations: The Arts of South Asia and its Diasporas

Panel Discussion | October 26 | 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Artist; Jisha Menon, Associate Professor, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University; Shalini Agrawal, Professor of Art; Director, Center for Art + Public Life, California College of the Arts; Debashish Banerji, Professor of Indian Philosophy and Culture; Doshi Professor of Asian Art, California Institute of Integral Studies; Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley; Deborah Stein, Senior Lecturer, California College of Arts; Talinn Grigor, Chair, Art History Program; Professor of Art History, UC Davis; Padma Maitland, Patrick J. J. Maveety Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Stanford University; Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor of Art, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley; Aditi Chandra, Assistant Professor of Art History/Visual Studies, UC Merced; Sita K. Bhaumik, Artist; Visiting Professor, Diversity Studies, California College of the Arts; Pallavi Sharma, Multidisciplinary artist, and curator; Lecturer, Diversity Studies, California College of the Arts; Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Professor Emerita of Art History, Mills College; Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley; Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Asian Art Museum SF; Cho Rao, Independent Art & Museum Consultant; Karin G. Oen, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum SF; John Zarobell, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director of International Studies, University of San Francisco.; Kathy Zarur, Curator, educator and arts organizer, California College of the Arts; Allan deSouza, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley; Qamar Adamjee, Associate Curator of South Asian Art, Asian Art Museum SF

 Ramón De Santiago, Ph.D. Student, Art History, UC Berkeley

 Melissa Carlson, Ph.D. Student, South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Thomas Oommen, Ph.D. Student, Architecture, UC Berkeley

 Leena Joshi, MFA Student, Art Practice, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, South Asia Art Initiative

A day of conversations at the Institute for South Asia Studies with art historians, curators, and artists in the Bay Area.

Allan deSouza, Borough Boogie Woogie, 2017, digital print, 24" x 36". Courtesy of Talwar Gallery, NY and New Delhi.

Drawing from Trees with Karen LeGault

Workshop | October 25 – 26, 2018 every day | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden has an amazing diversity of trees to inspire us. In this two day workshop, we’ll look at the growth, forms and energy of trees - translating what we see and experience with pen and ink, pencil and colored pencil.

$150 / $135 UCBG Member

  Register online

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Homogenization on Manifolds

Seminar | October 26 | 10:10-11:30 a.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Gonzalo Contreras, CIMAT

 Department of Mathematics

We present a theorem by Contreras, Iturriaga, Siconolfi in which we give a setting to generalize the homogenization of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation from tori to other manifolds.

Delineating Mechanistic Complexity After the Turnover-Limiting Step: The Secret Lives of Cu(I)-Acetylides

Seminar | October 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Jason Hein, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia

 College of Chemistry

Water, climate, and interdisciplinary thinking: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | October 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Peter Gleick, President Emeritus, Pacific Institute

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

2018 Human Rights Fellowship Conference

Conference/Symposium | October 26 | 12-5 p.m. | 215 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Heba Alnajada; Safa Ansari-Bayegan; Pieter Baker; Karin Bashir; Tania Docarmo; Derrika Hunt; Seigi Karasaki; Jennifer Jones; Bernadette Lim; Sammy Mehtar; Sophie Perl; Raed Rafei; Olivia Rempel; Aleksandra Simonova; Mavis Siu; Yasemin Taskin-Alp; Levi Vonk

 Human Rights Center

Our 2018 Fellows have returned from their summer fieldwork and will discuss pressing human rights topics at our annual Human Rights Fellowship Conference. Enjoy brief TED-style talks and panel
discussions related to racial injustice and the death penalty, child
labor, the mental health effects of separating families at the
U.S./Mexico border as well as inspirational lessons from human rights...   More >

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Family Separations: Beyond Violence Histories to Building Belonging

Colloquium | October 26 | 12-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Heide Castañeda, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of South Florida; Ericka Huggins, Human Rights Activist, Poet, Educator, Former Black Panther Party Leader and Political Prisoner; Angie Junck, Supervising Attorney, Immigration Legal Resource Center

 Seth Holmes, Co-Chair, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine; Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Associate Professor of Education, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

This event will present diverse perspectives on the political, legal, social, economic, and health impacts of historic and current family separations in US immigration and incarceration systems, and will identify and discuss alternative strategies to advocating for inclusive policy in order to advance belonging and build community.

ESPM Seminar: ecosystem service tradeoffs in tropical river systems

Seminar | October 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Alex Flecker, Professor, Cornell University

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

Alex Flecker, Professor at Cornell University will share his knowledge on migratory fish, dams, and ecosystem service tradeoffs in tropical river systems

Changing power markets, changing market power: Evidence from the Texas electricity market

Seminar | October 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Matt Woerman, ARE

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

Special seminar: Combinatorial construction of Gelfand-Tsetlin modules for gl(n)

Seminar | October 26 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Jian Zhang, (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)

 Department of Mathematics

A combinatorial construction of a large family of infinite dimensional simple Gelfand-Tsetlin modules for gl(n) and its quantizations will be discussed. These modules have a basis of Gelfand-Tsetlin tableaux and the action of gl(n) is given by the classical Gelfand-Tsetlin formulas. The talk is based on joint results with Vyacheslav Futorny and Luis Enrique Ramirez.

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color): Student researcher experiences with time management

Workshop | October 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Get tips on how to manage your time! Map out the rest of your semester with us to best prepare for upcoming deadlines related to school, and research programs.

Islamic Texts Circle: Same-Sex Relations in the Qur'an

Workshop | October 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Asad Q. Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

Abstractions for the Stateful Control Plane

Seminar | October 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Mahesh Balakrishnan, Facebook/Yale University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

At the heart of many cloud-scale systems is a logically centralized control plane that requires strong consistency and fault tolerance: examples include coordination services, SDN controllers, filesystem namespaces, and big data schedulers. Today, these control plane services are difficult to build, harden and scale, requiring complex protocols like Paxos and 2-phase commit that are inefficient...   More >

Managing and Maximizing Your Scholarly Impact

Workshop | October 26 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall


This workshop will provide you with practical strategies and tips for promoting your scholarship, increasing your citations, and monitoring your success. You’ll also learn how to understand metrics, use scholarly networking tools, evaluate journals and publishing options, and take advantage of funding opportunities for Open Access scholarship.

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Designing a semiconductor photovoltaic diode array for a retinal prosthesis

Seminar | October 26 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Theodore Kamins, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

Several groups are investigating silicon devices to be implanted near the retina for patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP), in which the photoreceptors degrade while other parts of the retina remain mostly functioning. One class of these devices, subretinal photodiode arrays, aims to replace the degraded photoreceptors and couple to the functioning...   More >

Big Advantages of Going Small: Nanostructured Perovskite-phase Cesium Lead Iodide: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Aaron Fafarman, Drexel University, Chemical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Perovskite-phase cesium lead iodide (CsPbI3) possess three almost too-good-to-be-true properties for photovoltaic and electroluminesence applications and one Achilles heel: it is not stable under ambient conditions. This talk will provide an introduction to CsPbI3, highlighting our contributions to identifying and understanding some of its remarkable chemical, physical and functional properties....   More >

MENA Salon: International Fallout After Khashoggi Disappearance

Workshop | October 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As new details emerge in the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, fallout from technology companies, investment firms, art institutions, and Western political ties has grown. Those who have seen Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), as a reformer and game changer have scrambled to address the diplomatic and public relations blow back. The disappearance...   More >

Florilegia: Organizing Scholarly Annotations in PDFs

Seminar | October 26 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Patrick Golden

 Information, School of

Annotation techniques that developed over centuries of reading paper documents have persisted with the advent of digital publishing. Highlighting, underlining, marking with symbols, scribbling lines, adding notes in margins, and bookmarking pages all remain common and important practices for interacting with digital documents. Yet while tools for authoring and reading digital documents have...   More >

"Special Talent in the Chest, Special Eyes under the Brows": Jīn Shèngtàn’s (1608-1661) Discursion on Travel in his Commentary to The Story of the Western Wing: “胸中別才、眉下別眼”:金聖嘆《西廂記》漫筆遊記與評點

Colloquium | October 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Stephen H. West, Foundation Professor of Chinese; Head of East and Southeast Asian Section, Arizona State University

 Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature; EALC, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

An eccentric commentary to the famous drama The Story of the Western Wing (西廂記) may seem like strange place to begin a discussion about travel. But Jīn Shèngtàn's (金聖嘆) commentarial exegeses are in fact noted for their discursive nature.

Logic Colloquium: On an extension of a theorem of Zermelo

Colloquium | October 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Jouko Väänänen, University of Helsinki

 Department of Mathematics

Zermelo (1930) proved the following categoricity result for set theory: Suppose M is a set and E, E’ are two binary relations on M. If both (M, E) and (M, E’) satisfy the second order Zermelo–Fraenkel axioms, then (M,E) and (M, E’) are isomorphic. Of course, the same is not true for first order ZFC. However, we show that if first order ZFC is formulated in the extended vocabulary...   More >

Allan deSouza | How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change

Panel Discussion | October 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Rm. 120 | Note change in location

 Allan deSouza, Associate Professor in the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, South Asia Art Initiative

A public conversation around Professor Allan deSouza's newest publicaiotn, "How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change" (Duke University Press, October 2018).

Out of Context: Michaela Bronstein in Conversation with Stephen Best and Paul Saint-Amour

Panel Discussion | October 26 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room

 450 Serra Mall, Building 460, Stanford, CA 94305

 Michaela Bronstein, Assistant Professor, Stanford English; Stephen Best, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Paul Saint-Amour, Professor, UPenn English

 Stanford English

Grounds for Science - Illuminating Dark Matter and Galaxies Across Time

Presentation | October 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Micah Brush, Department of Physics; Wren Suess, Department of Astronomy


Awesome cutting-edge science talks with UC Berkeley graduate students, science trivia, locally roasted coffee, pinball, and more! Join Micah Brush (Physics) and Wren Suess (Astronomy) to find out how we are trying to learn the cosmic secrets of dark matter and galaxy formation.

Illuminating Dark Matter
Dark matter is weird. It constitutes about 85% of the total matter in the universe, yet we...   More >

Hertha Sweet Wong, Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text

Reading - Nonfiction | October 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Kaleidoscope Coffee

 109 Park Place, Richmond, CA 94801

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

 Cafe Society