<< Week of October 28 >>

Sunday, October 28, 2018

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 >

Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: African Blackwood and Oboes

Presentation | October 28 | 4-6:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is the tree from which flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bagpipes are made. This presentation includes a talk and musical performance.

$40 / $35 UCBG Member / $20 student

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Monday, October 29, 2018

Set Summary Perception, Outlier Pop Out, and Categorization: A Common Underlying Computation?

Seminar | October 29 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Shaul Hochstein, Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Recent research has focused on perception of set statistics. Presented briefly with a group of elements, simultaneously or successively, observers report precisely the mean of a variety of set features, but are unaware of individual element values. This has been shown for both low and high level features, from circle size to facial expression. A remaining puzzle is how can the perceptual system...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | October 29 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Charlotte Bartels, DIW Berlin; Timm Bönke, Freie University Berlin

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Charlotte Bartels - "Was Marx right? Income inequality, capital share and voting behavior in late 19th century Germany"
Timm Bönke - “Lifetime inequality and redistribution in Germany”

  RSVP online by October 25.

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: Nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials and Demazure characters

Seminar | October 29 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Sami H. Assaf, University of Southern California

 Department of Mathematics

Macdonald introduced symmetric functions in two parameters that simultaneously generalize Hall—Littlewood symmetric functions and Jack symmetric functions. Opdam and Macdonald independently introduced nonsymmetric polynomial versions of these that Cherednik then generalized to any root system. Sanderson and Ion showed that these nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials with one parameter specialized...   More >

Children Learning to Collaborate: Cultural Paradigms

Colloquium | October 29 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Barbara Rogoff, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Department of Psychology

How do children learn to collaborate with others? In this talk, Barbara Rogoff discusses cultural differences in children's collaboration and in supports for learning to collaborate. She argues that collaboration is a key aspect of a cultural paradigm for learning that is especially prevalent in many Mexican and Indigenous-heritage communities of the Americas, where children have wide opportunity...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Coulomb branch integrals and mock modular forms

Seminar | October 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Georgios Korpas, Trinity College Dublin & University of Athens

 Department of Mathematics

We revisit Donaldson-Witten theory, that is the \(N=2\) topologically twisted super Yang-Mills theory with gauge group \(SU(2)\) or \(SO(3)\) on compact 4-manifolds. We study the effective action in the Coulomb branch of the theory and by considering a specific \(Q\)-exact deformation to the theory we find interesting connections to mock modular forms. A specific operator of this theory computes...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Polylogarithms, Chabauty's method, and the S-unit equation

Seminar | October 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Corwin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the first half, we will review Chabauty's and Skolem's methods. We will then explain how these can be generalized to the non-abelian Chabauty's method of Minhyong Kim. If time allows, I will also mention polylogarithms.

In the second half, we will describe work by the speaker and Ishai Dan-Cohen, building on previous work of Brown, Dan-Cohen, and Wewers, that computes with Kim's method in the...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Polylogarithms, Chabauty's Method, and the S-Unit Equation

Seminar | October 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Corwin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the first half, we will review Chabauty's and Skolem's methods. We will then explain how these can be generalized to the non-abelian Chabauty's method of Minhyong Kim. If time allows, I will also mention polylogarithms.

In the second half, we will describe work by the speaker and Ishai Dan-Cohen, building on previous work of Brown, Dan-Cohen, and Wewers, that computes with Kim's method in the...   More >

Vision to Action: Towards a Cellular-Resolution Atlas of the Zebrafish Visual and Visuomotor System

Seminar | October 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Herwig Baier, Department Genes – Circuits – Behavior, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, 82152 Martinsried, Germany

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Understanding brain-wide neuronal dynamics and behavior requires a detailed map of the underlying circuit architecture. We built an interactive cellular-resolution atlas of the zebrafish brain, with a focus on the visual and visuomotor system, and generated from our dataset an inter-areal wiring diagram, which serves as ground truth for synapse-scale, electron microscopic reconstructions. We have...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Games of Love and Hate"

Seminar | October 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Rajiv Vohra, Brown

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Debraj Ray

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

Seminar | October 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Casey Jao, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

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

Deformation Theory Seminar: $A_\infty $ and differential graded algebras

Seminar | October 29 | 5:10-6:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Meredith Shea, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will review the theory of $A_\infty $-algebras, their minimal models and differential graded realizations. We discuss the example of the Ext algebra which arises in Koszul duality.

SLAM: The Challenges and Adventures of Unconventional Leadership Roles

Seminar | October 29 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Prof. Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, Univ. of Oregon

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Equal Pay 3.0: New Frontiers in Combatting the Wage Gap

Conference/Symposium | October 29 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Simon Hall, Warren Room (Law)

 Civil Justice Research Initiative, Impact Fund, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Join us for a thought leadership conversation in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Impact Fund between four legal trailblazers in the vanguard of the movement for equal pay for women. This free event is presented in association with BerkeleyLaw and the Thelton E. Henderson Center.

 Guest limit is 65. Please register for this free event via our EventBrite registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equal-pay-30-new-frontiers-in-combatting-the-wage-gap-tickets-50377540580

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Metropolis in Ruins. Berlin's Interval of Time, 1943-1947: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

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

 Global Urban Humanities

"Metropolis in Ruins. Berlin's Interval of Time, 1943-1947"
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
Associate Professor of History
Tuesday, October 30, 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

With the modern metropolis emerges also the anticipation of urban ruination. However, what if the...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Peer Effects and Debt Accumulation: Evidence from Norwegian Household Data"

Presentation | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Magnus Gulbrandsen, Visiting Student Researcher / PhD Candidate

 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 25.

Positive Parenting (BEUHS332)

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

 Erica Reischer, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Parent Coach

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Local psychologist, mom, and parent coach Dr. Erica Reischer leads this workshop for parents who want to learn proven parenting methods for shaping positive behavior and raising happy, secure and loving kids. More information about Dr. Reischer is available at www.DrEricaR.com.

Workshop topics include:
· The ABCs of positive parenting: Acceptance, Boundaries, Consistency
· 10 things great...   More >

  Register online

Medical Culture in Action: Ethnographic Insights from Two Studies of Surgical Culture Change

Colloquium | October 30 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Daniel Dohan

 Public Health, School of

Integrating evidence-based best practices into everyday clinic culture is a longstanding challenge in healthcare improvement and health policy. I describe two projects to improve surgical care for frail older adults and examine how their implementation plays out at the micro-level of clinic culture. Frail older adults who undergo major surgery have high rates of complications, functional decline,...   More >

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Design and Formatting (BETEC011): Betec011

Workshop | October 30 | 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 >

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar -"The Intertemporal Keynesian Cross"

Seminar | October 30 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ludwig Straub, Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics, Harvard University

 Department of Economics


Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Economic Data Engineering and Attention

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

 Andrew Caplin, NYU

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: Bass-Serre Theory and PSL(2,Qp)

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


 Department of Mathematics

We will begin by filling in some details from last time, and describe the p-adic tree in more detail. We'll briefly discuss buildings, complexes of groups, and cubulated groups, which can be viewed as generalizations of Bass-Serre theory. It is a consequence of Bass-Serre theory that finitely generated groups which act discretely on a locally finite tree have a finite index subgroup which is a...   More >

Looking to the Past: Ontological (and Other) Encounters in the Andes

Presentation | October 30 | 3-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Catherine J. Allen, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at George Washington University

 Christine Hastorf

It is often said that “the past is present,” but to what extent is this true in a region like the Andes after centuries of invasion, upheaval, and cultural repression? Can a view from the present illuminate any aspects of the Andean past—and vice versa? In this lecture, Catherine Allen explores the ways in which ethnographic, ethnohistorical, and archaeological research in the Andes might inform...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Introduction to the mathematics of graphene

Seminar | October 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Maciej Zworski, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will consider the simplest model of graphene given by a hexagonal quantum graph and explain the appearance of the famous "Dirac points". All the relevant concepts, quantum graphs, density of states etc, will be explained from scratch. When the magnetic field is added interesting oscillations appear in physically observed quantities. Using semiclassical methods (with the strength of the...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Structure of operators on $L^p$ and $l^p$

Seminar | October 30 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 March Boedihardjo, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will present my recent results on operators on $L^p$ and $l^p$. These include (1) a characterization of the weak closure of ultrapowers of operators on $L^p$ and (2) $l^p$ versions of some results in the Brown-Douglas-Fillmore theory. Some applications will be shown: (1) ultrapowers of operators on $L^p$ have exactly 4 nontrivial invariant subspaces if the ultrafilter is selective (2) every...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Hilbert scheme of a pair of linear spaces and Mori dream spaces

Seminar | October 30 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Grassmannian is a smooth moduli space with very rich geometry that parameterizes simple varieties, namely linear spaces. One can study a "natural" generalization, the component of a Hilbert scheme that parameterizes a pair of linear spaces in $\mathbb P^n$. In this talk we will describe a powerful rigidity result that allows us to completely control degenerations in this component. We will...   More >

The Race for Talent - A Forum on International Students in America

Panel Discussion | October 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Join us for our observations about the changing market for international graduate and undergraduate students, the impact of changing visa/immigration debates/policies, and the challenges international students face once they enroll in a US university.


Rahul Choudaha - Executive Vice President of Global Engagement, Research & Intelligence at StudyPortals and CSHE Research...   More >

Harold S. Johnston Lecture in Physical Chemistry: Greenhouse gases and chemistry in cities

Seminar | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ron Cohen, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"How Does Competition Affect Innovation? Evidence from U.S. Antitrust Cases"

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

 Hyo Kang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Schottky Algorithms: Classical meets Tropical

Seminar | October 30 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Lynn Chua, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present a new perspective on the Schottky problem that links numerical computing with tropical geometry. The task is to decide whether a symmetric matrix defines a Jacobian, and, if so, to compute the curve and its canonical embedding. We offer solutions and their implementations in genus four, both classically and tropically. The locus of cographic matroids arises from tropicalizing the...   More >

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Resources Roundtable: Innovation in Waste Management

Conference/Symposium | October 31 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

BERC is hosting a one-day symposium of Bay Area innovators in the waste and materials management space for sharing of ideas and best practices. This event will bring together entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, academics and hands-on practitioners in and around Berkeley to learn from each other and share their work. In addition to selected speakers, we’ll be hosting a panel session of...   More >

  Register online

Opportunities and challenges of high-field fMRI for neuroscience applications

Colloquium | October 31 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Kendrick Kay, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In this talk, Dr. Kendrick Kay will describe two recent projects that exploit functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at ultra-high magnetic field strength (7 Tesla). The first project consisted of whole-brain fMRI retinotopic mapping in 181 healthy adults, as part of the Human Connectome Project (T2*-weighted gradient-echo EPI, 1.6-mm isotropic resolution, 1-s TR, 85 slices, multiband...   More >

UCB Startup Fair

Career Fair | October 31 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The UCB Startup Fair is back again!

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

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/d5AtdQ1Sqjk2EPE32

Check out...   More >

Roya Pakzad on "AI and Human Rights in the Digital Age": CITRIS Research Exchange

Conference/Symposium | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:
Roya Pakzad serves as a Research Associate and Project Leader in Technology and Human Rights at Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi). She also works with Stanford's program in Iranian Studies on the role of information and communication technologies in human rights in Iran.

Roya has worked on initiatives relating to everything from the role of...   More >

Early Life Environment and Later Life Cognition, Dementia Onset, and Neuropathology: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Sarah Tom, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

 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 - Juliana Vianna: Penguin evolution across the southern ocean: from population genetics structure, adaptation to speciation

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Juliana Vianna

 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 >

Statistical and machine learning challenges from protein engineering to genetics

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jennifer Listgarten, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Molecular biology, genetics, and protein engineering have been slowly morphing into large-scale, data-driven sciences that can leverage machine learning and applied statistics. My talk will be a quick tour of several projects at this intersection. I will start off describing some new work toward machine-learning based protein engineering (and more general design problems) that can be viewed as a...   More >

Precolonial States and Precolonial Cultures: Concept Formation and Misinformation the Historical Renaissance

Colloquium | October 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Martha Wilfahrt, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Scholars in political science and development economics are increasingly identifying historical, ‘root causes’ of contemporary development outcomes. In Sub-Saharan Africa, this has renewed a particular interest in the precolonial past, with a series of prominent papers identifying precolonial 'centralization' as a key driver of differences in contemporary development levels both across and within...   More >

Martha Wilfahrt

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Workshop | October 31 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

 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


Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Monopole Floer homology and exact triangles

Seminar | October 31 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Francesco Lin, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Monopole Floer homology is an invariant of three-manifolds obtained by studying the Seiberg-Witten equations. After discussing its definition and basic properties, we will focus on its behavior under Dehn surgery; in particular we will describe the surgery exact triangle, and how it can be useful both for computations and topological applications.

Rigidity and tolerance for perturbed lattices

Seminar | October 31 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yuval Peres, Microsoft Research

 Department of Statistics

Consider a perturbed lattice {v+Y_v} obtained by adding IID d-dimensional Gaussian variables {Y_v} to the lattice points in Z^d.
Suppose that one point, say Y_0, is removed from this perturbed lattice; is it possible for an observer, who sees just the remaining points, to detect that a point is missing?

Number Theory Seminar: Fixed ponts of $L\eta $

Seminar | October 31 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the fixed points of $L\eta $.

ERG Colloquium: Rob Jackson: Natural and Anthropogenic Emissions of Carbon Dioxide and Methane

Colloquium | October 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Rob Jackson, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University

 Energy and Resources Group

Professor Jackson will discuss sources of methane and carbon dioxide and opportunities to reduce them.

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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

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

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box with Michael Stonebraker

Colloquium | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Michael Stonebraker, M.I.T.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This Turing Award talk intermixes a bicycle ride across America during the summer of 1988 with the design, construction and commercialization of Postgres during the late 80’s and early ‘90’s. Striking parallels are observed, leading to a discussion of what it takes to build a new DBMS. Also, indicated are the roles that perseverance and serendipity played in both endeavors.

Michael...   More >


Topology Seminar (Main Talk): The Seiberg-Witten equations and the length spectrum of hyperbolic three-manifolds

Seminar | October 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Francesco Lin, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

This is joint work with Michael Lipnowski. We exhibit the first examples of hyperbolic three-manifolds for which the Seiberg-Witten equations do not admit any irreducible solution. Our approach relies on hyperbolic geometry in an essential way; it combines an explicit upper bound for the first eigenvalue on coexact 1-forms \(\lambda∗\) on rational homology spheres which admit irreducible...   More >

Utopia/Dystopia: Imagining the Future: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | October 31 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 Holly Doremus, Professor, Berkeley Law; Annalee Newitz, Author, Editor, Journalist; Ellen Rigsby, Professor, Communications Department, St. Mary's College

 Katherine Snyder, Professor, UCB English Department

 College of Letters & Science

Join us for a moderated discussion of utopian and dystopian views of the future, from an array of disciplinary perspectives.

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

Title: Emotion and cognition in late life: Different paths, different vulnerabilities

Colloquium | October 31 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 Professor Robert Levenson, Berkeley Psychology

 Department of Psychology

In this talk I will present theory and research on the ways that emotional functioning changes with age. Comparisons will be made with the well-established age-related declines that characterize cognitive and physical aging. Implications for deepening our understanding of the relationships between cognition and emotion in brain and behavior will be considered.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Applied Math Seminar: Rethinking Generalization and Robustness in Neural Networks: Breiman’s Dilemma and Huber’s Model

Seminar | November 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Yuan Yao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 Department of Mathematics

We approach the following two fundamental problems in deep learning: (a) how can over-parameterized models generalize well in neural networks? (b) how does deep learning achieve the robustness against adversarial samples?

For problem (a), Max-Margin has been an important strategy since perceptrons in machine learning for the purpose of boosting the robustness of classifiers toward a good...   More >

Real Estate/Finance joint seminar

Seminar | November 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Xavier Giroud, Columbia Business School

 Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics

Xavier Giroud: Firms' Internal Networks and Local Economic Shocks

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "Firms' Internal Networks and Local Economic Shock"

Seminar | November 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Xavier Giroud, Columbia Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Incentivizing Behavioral Change: The Role of Time Preferences"

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

 Rebecca Dizon-Ross, Booth

 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 >

Maresi Nerad on Are they converging? Doctoral Education Worldwide: Trends and Future Challenges

Seminar | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 768 Evans Hall

 Maresi Nerad

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Join us for a discussion on doctoral education worldwide by Maresi Nerad.

Seminar 271, Development: "Incentivizing Behavioral Change: The Role of Time Preferences"

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

 Rebecca Dizon-Ross, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

IB Graduate Students on Parade

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

 Ana Lyons (Williams Lab): “Role of the Aquaporin gene family in conferring tolerance to multiple environmental stressors in tardigrades", UCB; Alexander Stubbs (McGuire Lab): "Sound attributed to “sonic attacks” on U.S. diplomats in Cuba spectrally matches an echoing cricket call", UCB; Kate Wilsterman (Bentley Lab): "A test of the energy limitation hypothesis in female zebra finches", UCB

 Department of Integrative Biology

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

Workshop | November 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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

Information Storage in Memory Engrams

Seminar | November 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Tomas Ryan, Trinity College Dublin, School of Biochemistry and Immunology,

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Becoming More Productive: Workflow Strategies for Graduate Students

Workshop | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room


In this workshop, graduate students from the Life and Health Sciences will present a range of strategies and tools for gathering, organizing, and synthesizing all your information and data for your research and teaching. Come learn to be more productive!

  Register online

Dangerous Research: Reflections on fieldwork in an insecure context, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Colloquium | November 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Roomt

 Ann A. Laudati, Ciriacy-Wanthrup Research Fellow, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Center for African Studies

Drawing on over 16 months of qualitative fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this talk aims to re-center discussions of “doing dangerous fieldwork”. It considers not only methodology as a practical consideration, but also the fact that who we are, how we are seen, with whom we interact and how we respond matter and, ultimately, play a considerable role in shaping the field.

Becoming More Productive: Workflow Strategies for Graduate Students

Workshop | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room


In this workshop, graduate students from the Life and Health Sciences will present a range of strategies and tools for gathering, organizing, and synthesizing all your information and data for your research and teaching. Come learn to be more productive!

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Mathematics Department Colloquium: Riemann-Hilbert correspondence and Fukaya category

Colloquium | November 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Tatsuki Kuwagaki, IPMU

 Department of Mathematics

Riemann-Hilbert correspondence translates differential equations into some topological data. For irregular singularities, the topological data is called Stokes structures. Some years ago, D'Agnolo-Kashiwara proposed a formalism treating all the Stokes structures simultaneously and proved Riemann-Hilbert correspondence for irregular singularities. In this talk, I will talk about a modified version...   More >

Milton and the Problem of Belief

Colloquium | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 330, English Department Lounge

 Victoria Kahn, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium

Please join the Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium for a discussion of 'Milton and the Problem of Belief' with Professor Victoria Kahn. The chapter will be pre-circulated and is from Professor Kahn's upcoming book The Trouble with Literature.

To avoid a scheduling conflict next week, this event will take place on Thursday November 1st at 5 PM in Room 330. Snacks and light refreshments will...   More >

Food Systems Career Panel

Panel Discussion | November 1 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Berkeley Food Institute, Student Environmental Resource Center, Food@Haas, Berkeley Student Food Collective, Food and Agricultural Policy Group, Food Science and Tech at Cal, Cal Dining Sustainability Team

Come network with local leaders from across the food and agriculture sector. Speakers will share stories of how they built their job paths and offer insights into current trends in the field. The event will consist of a panel followed by a reception with ample time for networking—with refreshments from an innovative food business of course!

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QT Self Defense: Intro to Self Defense for LGBTQ+ Students

Workshop | November 1 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Gender Equity Resource Center

 Gender Equity Resource Center

This workshop is a 2 hour introductory self defense class for LGBTQ+ students. The class covers physical defenses in addition to discussions on topics such as boundary setting and healthy relationships.

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color): Finding a mentor

Workshop | November 1 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Come hear from students to see how they found mentors to support them through their research process.

Human Rights and Victories Over Impunity and Corruption: A conversation with human rights defenders Nadiezhda Henríquez Chacín, Helen Mack Chang, and Berta Zúñiga Cáceres

Presentation | November 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law, Boalt School of

Throughout Latin America, governments have used violence to eliminate opponents of their political, economic, and social agendas. The speakers are clinic partners and family members of victims murdered for their human rights activism. The panelists will speak about their struggles against impunity, the relationship between legal and social justice, and the future of the human rights movement.

  Make reservations online by October 31.

What to Expect When Expecting Grad School: L&S Workshop Series Ursa Major

Workshop | November 1 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop on thinking about and planning for graduate school.

Insider’s View of the Faculty Search

Workshop | November 1 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Anyone pursing a faculty career should understand the conventions of the academic job market. In this panel program, faculty will share their experiences with hiring committees, and discuss what candidates should know to better navigate the hiring process. Find out how positions are advertised, applications are sorted, and candidates are selected through screening and on-campus interviews....   More >

Friday, November 2, 2018

Essig Brunch: Nick Booster

Seminar | November 2 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Entomology, Essig Museum of

This weeks theme focuses on “Not feeling well? Maybe don’t eat your kids: a search for the putative etiologic agent of increased egg cannibalism in the beneficial insect Geocoris pallens.”

Essig Brunch is a weekly seminar series focused on arthropod science (insects, spiders, scorpions, etc.) hosted by the Entomology Students Organization.

2018 Midterm Election: Blue Wave or Red Wall? A Pre-Election Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | November 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 820, Social Science Matrix

 Mark DiCamillo, Director, Berkeley IGS Poll; Samantha Luks, Managing Director, Scientific Research, San Francisco, YouGov; Eric McGhee, Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California; Laura Stoker, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Jack Citrin, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research, Social Science Matrix, Public Law and Policy Center

Blue Wave or Red Wall? Join a pre-election panel discussion on the 2018 Midterm Election.

Pathways to deep decarbonization in the US: Environmental Engineering Seminar

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

 Dr. Jim Williams, Professor, University of San Francisco

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Labor Lunch: Outside Options, Bargaining and Wages: Evidence from Coworker Networks

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

 Sydnee Caldwell, MIT

 Center for Labor Economics

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

When Capitalism Changes Direction: Political Engagements with our Invested Selves

Seminar | November 2 | 12-2 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Michel Feher, Philosopher; Editor, Near Futures (Zone Books); President, Cette France-là

 The Program in Critical Theory

Throughout capitalism’s golden age, corporations identified success with sustained profitability, national governments obsessed about economic growth, and private citizens were expected to pursue their own interests, whether they perceived such a pursuit as an individual matter or the cement of class solidarity. With the ascendancy of financial institutions, however, a new order of priorities has...   More >

ESPM Seminar: Using Behavioral Ecology in Wildlife Management

Seminar | November 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Julie Young, Professor, Utah State University

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

Julie Young, Assoc. professor at Utah State University will speak on using behavioral ecology in wildlife management.

A World Alight: Tools of Illumination

Panel Discussion | November 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 242 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Alison Post, Associate Professor, Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies; Damon Young, Assistant Professor, French and Film & Media; Grace Lavery, Assistant Professor, English; Hertha Sweet Wong, Professor, English; Kathleen Donegan, Associate Professor, English; Lok Siu, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies and Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies

 Student Learning Center (SLC) Writing Program

In celebration of Berkeley’s 150th birthday and in the spirit of Fiat Lux, this faculty panel discusses the role of writing in bringing new knowledge to light. Panelists will share the writing practices and tools they use to shape academic discourse and create meaningful scholarship.

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Diesel Emissions, Pollution, and Health Outcomes

Seminar | November 2 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Hannes Schwandt, Northwestern University/Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | November 2 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/7, Salsa will be 10/19, Hula / Polynesian will be11/2, and Zumba / Salsa will be 12/7. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

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Managing Compute at Google Scale

Seminar | November 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Steven Hand, Google

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Google deploys and operates a huge amount of computing capacity around the globe. In this talk I will provide an overview of Borg, the cluster management system used coordinate this work, discuss the challenges introduced due to new hardware and software systems, and look to future needs and capabilities.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: One Direction for Nonconvex Aubry-Mather Theory

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

 Hong Suh, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Aubry-Mather theory is focused on a special family of invariant measures of Hamiltonian dynamics, for Hamiltonians which are convex in the momentum variable. The development of the theory requires the Lagrangian viewpoint. Therefore it is difficult to extend the results to the nonconvex case. We review the classical setting and study one possible direction for nonconvex Aubry-Mather theory, put...   More >

MENA Salon: The Jamal Khashoggi Case and Regional Rivalries

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

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Jamal Khashoggi case has had an enormous impact on international relations in the Middle East. Turkey has been at the center of the investigation, providing key evidence to the global audience, pinning Saudi Arabia and MBS to the crime. This has given them a moral high ground despite their abysmal track record with protecting journalists and securing free speech. Given the irony of the...   More >

Facilitating Diverse Collection and Curation in Web Crawling and Indexing and Blockchain: What's Not To Like?

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

 Matt Bayley, Mark Graham, and David S. H. Rosenthal

 Information, School of

Facilitating Diverse Collection and Curation in Web Crawling and Indexing
(Matt Bayley & Mark Graham)
We propose to create an open and publicly available index of the public web. Building on the 22 year history of Internet Archiveâs effort to archive, and make available, web pages (URLs) we will construct a publicly accessible list of web sites (hosts). We will provide a variety...   More >

Special Topology Seminar: The algebra and topology of “quantum cellular automata” (qca)

Seminar | November 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Michael Freedman, Microsoft Research Station Q

 Department of Mathematics

qca are locality preserving automorphisms of the endomorphism algebra of degrees of freedom (say qubits) scattered over a manifold. The locality hypothesis allows manifold topology, immersion theory, Kiby’s torus trick, and homotopy theory to interact with the usual discussions of $C^*$ algebras. I’ll explain a few results and open problems.

Hydrogen Isotope Separation using Metal-Organic Frameworks

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

 Stephen FitzGerald, Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin College & Conservatory

 College of Chemistry

Deuterated materials are used extensively within chemistry research and nuclear power generation. The required deuterium is currently isolated through a highly inefficient process that relies on minute differences in chemical behavior. Recently a new approached has emerged based on the quantum zero-point energy of the adsorbed isotopes within porous materials. In my talk I will show how a...   More >

Saturday, November 3, 2018

R.A.D. Self Defense for Women: Cal Self Defense for All

Workshop | November 3 – 17, 2018 every Saturday | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Main Lounge

Gender Equity Resource Center, Gender Equity Resource Center

 Gender Equity Resource Center

This is a 9-hour comprehensive, women* and femmes course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to basic hands-on defense training. This course is divided into three consecutive Saturdays (Sat 11/3, 11/10, 11/17) from 9am-12pm.

*We welcome all UC Berkeley community members who experience life through the lens of woman in body, spirit, identity - past, present, future, and fluid

Free UCB students, faculty, staff & post-docs, $20 (bring to first day) Non-UCB affiliated

  Register online

Medieval Africa? Re-thinking Early African History in Comparative Perspectives

Conference/Symposium | November 3 | 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Michael Gomez, New York University; Ann B. Stahl, University of Victoria

 Middle Ages in the Wider World

“Medieval Africa? Re-thinking early African history in comparative perspectives,” the fourth conference in The Middle Ages in the Wider World project, will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus. Keynote speakers will be Michael Gomez (New York University) and Ann B. Stahl (University of Victoria). A complete program is attached below.

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