<< Week of February 24 >>

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Colloquium: When Science Entered Modern Art

Colloquium | February 24 | 2-4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Data Sciences

Leading UC Berkeley faculty members in mathematics, astrophysics, biophysics, and the history of science join the curator of Dimensionism for a fascinating look at how scientific advances of the early to mid-twentieth century permeated the world of modern art.

Colloquium: When Science Entered Modern Art

Panel Discussion | February 24 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Four leading UC Berkeley faculty members (historian of science Cathryn Carson, mathematician David Eisenbud, astrophysicist Alex Filippenko, and biophysicist James Hurley) are joined by the curator of Dimensionism (Vanja Malloy) for a colloquium offering a fascinating look at how scientific advances of the early to mid-twentieth century were visualized in the media of the day and made their way...   More >

Monday, February 25, 2019

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 25 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.


Seminar | February 25 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dylan Paiton, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute; Elise Harb, UC Berkeley School of Optometry

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

OXYOPIA is a seminar series featuring lectures on basic, clinical, and applied research in vision. Unless otherwise noted, these lectures take place on Mondays 11:10 am to 12:30 pm in 489 Minor Hall. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Nationhood in Antiquity. Was There Any Such Thing?: A History Department Colloquium

Colloquium | February 25 | 12-2 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Erich Gruen, Wood Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Department of History

 Department of History

Did the idea of nationhood have any significance in the ancient world? Or is it simply the importation and imposition of a concept framed in the modern world? Wherein lay the focal point of allegiance or the sense of collective identity in ancient societies? Is the notion of nation an anachronism, even a deception, when applied to antiquity? The talk does not profess to resolve this large and...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Characterization of queer supercrystals

Seminar | February 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Wencin Poh, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We provide a characterization of the crystal bases for the quantum queer superalgebra recently introduced by Grantcharov et al.. This characterization is a combination of local queer axioms generalizing Stembridge's local axioms for crystal bases for simply-laced root systems, which were recently introduced by Assaf and Oguz, with further axioms and a new graph $G$ characterizing the relations of...   More >

What accounts for socioeconomic differences in child-directed speech? The role of resource scarcity

Colloquium | February 25 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Monica Ellwood-Lowe, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Parents with fewer educational and economic resources (low socioeconomic-status, SES) tend to speak less with their children, with important consequences for children’s later language outcomes and, ultimately, their performance in school. Despite this well-established link, surprisingly little research has focused on why such a gap exists. In fact, most researchers rely on individual-level...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: "The Coordination Consequences of Media Censorship: Experimental Evidence from China"

Seminar | February 25 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 David Yang, Stanford

 Department of Economics

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

Microsoft Excel Nested and Logical Functions: Betec023

Workshop | February 25 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Keith Samsell

 Human Resources

This course details the theory and syntax of nested Functions, including the integration of Logical Functions as well as the integration of Formulas with Functions. Calculation auditing features are reviewed to provide methods of inspecting concealed processing steps.

Please note: Although there is no required prerequisite for this course, it is highly recommended to attend Microsoft Excel...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Pale in Comparison: The Economic Ecology of the Jews as a Rural Service Minority

Seminar | February 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yannay Spitzer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: Higher Airy structures, W-algebras and topological recursion

Seminar | February 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Vincent Bouchard, University of Alberta

 Department of Mathematics

Virasoro constraints are omnipresent in enumerative geometry. Recently, Kontsevich and Soibelman introduced a generalization of Virasoro constraints in the form of Airy structures. It can also be understood as an abstract framework underlying the topological recursion of Chekhov, Eynard and Orantin. In this talk I will explain how the triumvirate of Virasoro constraints, Airy structures and...   More >

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | February 25 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Annabelle Doerr, Walter Eucken Institute; Mathilde Poulhes, Sciences-Po

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Annabelle Doerr - "Towards an understanding of collaborative tax evasion: A natural field experiment with businesses"

Mathilde Poulhes - "Increasing Housing Transfer Taxes: Buy Now or Foot the Bill Later"

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Phase transitions for random quantum states

Seminar | February 25 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Stanislaw J. Szarek, Case Western Reserve University and Sorbonne University Paris

 Department of Mathematics

Consider a quantum system consisting of N particles, and assume that it is in a random pure state (i.e., uniform over the sphere of the corresponding Hilbert space H). Let A and B be two subsystems consisting of k particles each. Then there exists a threshold value $k_0 \sim N/5$ such that

(i) if $k > k_0$, then A and B typically share entanglement

(ii) if $k < k_0$, then A and B typically do...   More >

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Voronoi Cells of Varieties

Seminar | February 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Madeleine Weinstein, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The Breuil-Mezard conjecture for potentially crystalline deformation rings

Seminar | February 25 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Brandon Levin, University of Arizona

 Department of Mathematics

The Breuil-Mezard conjecture predicts the geometry of local Galois deformation rings with p-adic Hodge theory condition in terms of modular representation theory. I will begin by reformulating this conjecture in terms of the Emerton-Gee moduli stack of mod p Galois representations. I will then describe joint work in progress with Daniel Le, Bao V. Le Hung, and Stefano Morra where we prove the...   More >

Privately Learning High-Dimensional Distributions: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | February 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Gautam Kamath, Simons

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We present novel, computationally efficient, and differentially private algorithms for two fundamental high-dimensional learning problems: learning a multivariate Gaussian in R^d and learning a product distribution in {0,1}^d in total variation distance. The sample complexity of our algorithms nearly matches the sample complexity of the optimal non-private learners for these tasks in a wide range...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Eguchi-Hanson singularities in U(2)-invariant Ricci flow

Seminar | February 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alexander Appleton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We show that a Ricci flow in four dimensions can develop singularities modeled on the Eguchi-Hanson space. In particular, we prove that starting from a class of asymptotically cylindrical $U(2)$-invariant initial metrics on $TS^2$, a Type II singularity modeled on the Eguchi-Hanson space develops in finite time. Furthermore we show that in our setup blow-up limits at larger scales are isometric...   More >

Jessica Coon, "Mayan Agent Focus and the Ergative Extraction Constraint: Facts and Fictions Revisited"

Colloquium | February 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jessica Coon, McGill University

 Department of Linguistics

Many languages of the Mayan family restrict the extraction of transitive (ergative) subjects for focus, wh-questions, and relativization (A’-extraction). We follow Aissen (2017) in labelling this restriction the ergative extraction constraint (EEC). In this talk, we offer a unified account of the EEC within Mayan languages, as well as an analysis of the special construction known as Agent Focus...   More >

What do language disorders reveal about the brain? From classic models to network approaches

Colloquium | February 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Nina Dronkers, Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Past approaches to the study of language and the brain have focused largely on the contributions of Broca's and Wernicke's areas. By using advanced neuroimaging techniques with individuals who have aphasia, we have now learned that language is an extraordinarily complex system that requires an extensive and interactive network of brain regions to sustain it. We have also learned that an intricate...   More >

American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII

Colloquium | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Duncan Ryūken Williams, Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California

 Mark Blum, Professor, Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley; Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Asian American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Duncan Ryūken Williams (USC) will discuss his new book “American Sutra” about Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American internment. The fact that the vast majority of Japanese Americans were Buddhist was responsible for why nearly 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-third of whom were American citizens, were targeted for forcible removal from the Pacific coast states and incarcerated in...   More >

  Register online

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Algebraic Tools for Neural Coding and Population Genetics

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Zvi Rosen, Florida Atlantic University

 Department of Mathematics

Democratizing Domain-Specific Accelerators for Next-Generation Computing

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Sophia Shao, Senior Research Scientist, NVIDIA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will first present Aladdin, a fast and accurate architectural simulator for specialized accelerators, enabling early-stage design space exploration of domain-specific hardware. Second, I will discuss my recent work on using high-productivity hardware design methodology to build efficient and scalable accelerators for deep learning applications.

Multidimensional Identities: Findings from the National Survey of Black Teachers

Colloquium | February 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, 2121 Berkeley Way, CA 94720

 Faheemah N. Mustafaa, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Psychology

 Graduate School of Education

Dr. Faheemah Mustafaa will share findings from her multidisciplinary survey study of Black K-12 educators that explores the diversity of racial identity attitudes, culturally relevant pedagogy dispositions, and teacher education training experiences present among today’s Black educators. She will discuss the practical implications for teacher education and teacher retention.

IB Finishing Talk: One bee, two bees, dead bee, doomed bees

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Lewis Bartlett, University of Exeter

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 271, Development: "The Aggregate Effects of 'Free' Secondary Schooling in the Developing World"

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

 David Lagakos, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Economics

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: The Design of Teacher Assignment: Theory and Evidence

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

 Olivier Tercieux, Paris School of Economics

 Department of Economics

To assign teachers to schools, a modified version of the well-known deferred accep-tance mechanism has been proposed in the literature and is used in practice. We showthat this mechanism fails to be fair and efficient for both teachers and schools. Weidentify a class of strategy-proof mechanisms that cannot be improved upon in terms ofboth efficiency and fairness. We show that these mechanisms...   More >

SLAM: Negotiating Difficult Conversations in Academic Research Monday

Workshop | February 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Please join SLAM and the UC Berkeley Ombuds Office for a workshop about navigating difficult conversations and conflict management in scientific research! This workshop is designed to help graduate students and postdocs in STEM fields here at Berkeley negotiate tricky personal and professional relationships in the lab.

When you register, you will have the opportunity to indicate specific...   More >

In and out of the Body and into the Machine with Chico MacMurtrie

Presentation | February 25 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Chico MacMurtrie’s work pushes the boundaries between robotic sculpture, new media installation, and performance. Immersed in the Bay Area’s art and technology counterculture of the 1990s, he became known for his anthropomorphic, computer-controlled sculptures, which evolved over the years into a “society of machines.” Today, operating out of his studio in Brooklyn, also known as the “Robotic...   More >

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

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

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

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

  Register online

Shedding Light on Black Holes

Seminar | February 26 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Fatima Abdurrahman, PhD Candidate, Department of Astronomy; Andrew Saintsing, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Fatima is a PhD candidate whose research is focused on finding blackholes.

Fatima Abdurrahman

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

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

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

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

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Collateralized Networks

Seminar | February 26 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speakers: Samim Ghamami, Goldman Sachs and UC Berkeley Center for Risk Management Research

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

We study the spread of losses and defaults through financial networks focusing on two important elements of regulatory reforms: collateral requirements and bankruptcy stay rules in over-the-counter (OTC) markets. Under "segregated" collateral requirements, one firm can benefit from the failure of another, the failure frees the committed collateral of the surviving firm giving it additional...   More >

Understanding the 2015 Canadian Election

Colloquium | February 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Peter Loewen, University of Toronto

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Institute of Governmental Studies, Institute of International Studies

The 2015 Canadian federal election was a dynamic affair. Each of the three major parties held the lead in polls at some point in the campaign. However, by the end of the campaign the Tories finished where they started, the Liberals pulled far ahead, and the NDP saw all their previous gains fall away. Why did this happen?

SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Spirituality/Religion as Sociocultural Determinants of Population Health: Evidence, Implications, and Berkeley’s New Traineeship

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Douglas Oman, Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

This talk offers a friendly introduction to an emerging field: Compelling empirical evidence demonstrates that spirituality and religion are sociocultural determinants of population health, as documented in several dozen meta-analyses and more than 100 systematic reviews.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Corporate taxation with Financing Constraints: A Quantitative Evaluation"

Presentation | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 David Thesmar, Professor of Economics, MIT

 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 February 22.

CANCELLED: Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Multinational profit shifting and Measurement"

Seminar | February 26 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Kim Ruhl, Associate Professor of Economics

 Department of Economics


  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Daily Labor Supply and Adaptive Reference Points

Seminar | February 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Neil Thakral, Brown University

 Department of Economics

Link to Paper

ABSTRACT: This paper provides field evidence on how reference points adjust, a degree of freedom in reference-dependence models. To examine this in the context of cabdrivers’ daily labor-supply behavior, we ask how the within-day timing of earnings affects decisions. Drivers work less in response to higher...   More >

Immigrant Sanctuary as the “Old Normal”: A Brief History of Police Federalism

Colloquium | February 26 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room | Note change in time

 Trevor Gardner, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington; Franklin Zimring, WIlliam G. Simon Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Sociology, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Center for Race and Gender

Three successive presidential administrations have opposed the practice of immigrant sanctuary, at various intervals characterizing state and local government restrictions on police participation in federal immigration enforcement as reckless, aberrant, and unpatriotic. This Article finds these claims to be ahistorical in light of the long and singular history of a field the Article identifies as...   More >

Dr. Michael Gil: "How collective behavior can shape ecosystems"

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Michael Gil

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

NOAA postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Michael Gil, will present a research seminar titled, "How collective behavior can shape ecosystems." Open to the public.

Radio Frequency Microsystems for 5G and IoT Applications: From Acoustic Filters and Circulators to Mechanically Driven Antennas

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Songbin Gong, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will discuss several new types of RF micro-systems that can enable various front-end functions, including filtering, radiation, non-reciprocity, and equalization, with unprecedented size, weight, and performance (SWaP) for 5G and IoT applications.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Concentration Compactness Methods for Nonlinear Dispersive PDEs

Seminar | February 26 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 James Rowan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Concentration compactness methods provide a powerful tool for proving global well-posedness and scattering for nonlinear dispersive equations. Once one has a small-data global well-posedness result, one knows that there is some minimal size of the initial data at which global well-posedness and scattering can fail. Then, using a profile decomposition, one can show that there is a minimal blowup...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Profinite properties of finitely generated groups

Seminar | February 26 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Eduardo Oregon Reyes, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

It is a natural idea to try to distinguish finitely generated groups via their finite quotients. To do that, we restrict to the class of residually finite groups and study their profinite completions. We will discuss these concepts and their relation to separable subgroups.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Codepth, complete intersections, and quasi-cyclic modules

Seminar | February 26 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Robin Hartshorne, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Codepth is the dual notion to depth, being the greatest length of a coregular sequence for a module, meaning the first element maps the module surjectively, the second is subjective on the kernel of the first, and so on. For a curve in P3, let M be the local cohomology module of the graded coordinate ring with supports in the ideal of the curve. Then the theorem of Hellus says that C is a set...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Integrable systems of spin Calogero-Moser type related to symmetric spaces, part II

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Nicolai Reshetikhin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The talk will start with a reminder of what is a Hamiltonian integrable system and what degenerate integrability, also know as superintegrability, means. Then examples of such systems on symplectic leaves of Poisson variety \(K\backslash T^*G/K\) will be constructed for a Lie group \(G\) and a Lie subgroup \(K\subset G\). If \(G\) is a simple Lie group and \(K\) is the subgroup of fixed points of...   More >

David Chandler Lecture in Physical Chemistry: Bubbles in space-time, or how to think about supercooled liquids, glasses and slow dynamics

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Juan Garrahan, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham

 College of Chemistry

Despite having made many fundamental contributions to the theory of
liquids from early in his career, David Chandler only began paying
serious attention to one of its central problems, that of the glass
transition in supercooled liquids, relatively late. This started when
David and I met in Oxford in early 2001 during one of his sabbaticals,
and developed into our joint work in this...   More >

Global Financial Inclusion: Challenges, Innovation, and Lessons Learned around the World

Panel Discussion | February 26 | 4-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room

 Haas FinTech Club

Join us on February 26th from 4-6pm at the FinTech Club's Global Financial Inclusion Panel! Panelists representing USA, Latin America, Africa, and Asia will share their perspectives on the current state of financial inclusion in different regions of the world, including how fintechs are delivering solutions, common challenges, and most importantly, the overall lessons learned that each region has...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Migration between Platforms"

Seminar | February 26 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Gary Biglaiser, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Department of Economics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Chow rings of matroids, ring of matroid quotients, and beyond

Seminar | February 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a certain nef generating set for the Chow ring of the wonderful compactification of a hyperplane arrangement complement. This presentation yields a monomial basis of the Chow ring that admits a geometric and combinatorial interpretation with several applications. Geometrically, one can recover Poincare duality, compute the volume polynomial and verify its log-concavity, and identify...   More >

Origami workshop with Bernie Peyton

Workshop | February 26 | 5:30-6 p.m. | 120 Kroeber Hall

 Bernie Peyton


Explore the relationship between science and art as it applies to origami design, learn how scientists are now taking their knowledge of folding to solve real world problems. Can you imagine how knowledge of origami could create a microscope that costs less than one dollar, or stuff a huge solar panel into a rocket that would later be expanded in space? Find out, and be prepared to try some...   More >

Break-up - Origami by Bernie Peyton

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, room 1102

 Zach Pardos, Graduate School of Education and School of Information; Stella Yu, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, EECS

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The Mind in Big Data, Zach Pardos

Learning with Minimal Human Supervision, Stella Yu

Graphene-based Biosensors: Real-time biological Search

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Kiana Aran, Keck Graduate Institute

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Graphene-based biosensors have the potential to revolutionize digital biochemical measurements for applications in the field of drug discovery, biomedicine, integrated diagnostics and environmental monitoring. This talk will describe the design and development of novel graphene-based biosensors and their use in facile identification of clinically relevant biomarkers in cancer and aging. In...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Can we structure the microbiome of Arabidopsis thaliana?"

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Joy Bergelson, University of Chicago

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Joy Bergelson is the Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Her research is focused on interactions between the host plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, and the community of bacteria that inhabit it. Her lab is interested in understanding how the ecology of these interactions shapes evolutionary trajectories, and how evolutionary change in turn impacts ecology....   More >

Rita Lucarelli on "Cultural contexts for immersive visualization and VR"

Conference/Symposium | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:

Rita Lucarelli studied at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” Italy, where she received her MA degree in Classical Languages and Egyptology. She holds her Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands (2005). Her Ph.D. thesis was published in 2006 as The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC. From 2005 to 2010,...   More >

Cell Phones, Cell Towers, and Wireless Safety (BEUHS666): Keynote Presentation for Balancing Technology Programs

Presentation | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Education Center

 Joel Moskowitz, PhD, Director and Principal Investigator, Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley

 Be Well at Work, Public Health, School of

Learn about the latest research on wireless radiation safety and steps you can take to protect yourself and loved ones from potential harm.

 This event is primarily for UC Berkeley faculty and staff, but we will take students and community members as long as there is room. Please email kguess@berkeley.edu to reserve your spot if you cannot register online.


  Register online or by calling 510-6433434, or by emailing kguess@berkeley.edu by February 28.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Ryan Baumbusch: Barred owls in the Pacific Northwest: trophic interactions of a novel, nocturnal predator

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Ryan Baumbusch

 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 >

Compositional Constraints and Social Conventions in African Assortative Mating: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Margaret Frye, Professor, Sociology, University of Michigan

 Sara Lopus, Professor, Social Sciences, Cal Poly

 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.

Legacies of War and Civil Society in Post-Conflict Settings

Colloquium | February 27 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Justine Davis, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

How does civil war shape post-conflict democratization? More specifically, how does living under rebel control during civil war affect local non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders’ attitudes and behaviors regarding the distribution of resources to citizens? I develop a theory in which the takeover of territory and the establishment of institutions by rebels during civil war evokes...   More >

Justine Davis

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: On the Fourier restriction inequality in $\mathbb R^3$

Seminar | February 27 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kubrat Danailov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This seminar is an ongoing discussion of Guth's Fourier restriction inequality based on the method of polynomial partitioning. This week's talk continues discussion of the core part of the proof, utilizing the key concept of broad points to carry out the inductive step. Following the incidence problem model, the analysis divides into three parts. A key decomposition, including a bilinear term,...   More >

Workshop on Getting Approval for Human Subjects Research--led by OPHS staff

Workshop | February 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Program Manager, Haas Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Staff from the Office of the Protection of Human Subjects and the Office of Undergraduate Research will present on how undergraduates should prepare a proposal (protocol) to receive approval for human subjects related research projects.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Boundaries of hyperbolic and relatively hyperbolic groups

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jason Manning, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

I'll define hyperbolic group, relatively hyperbolic group, the boundary, and give examples and basic properties.

Deformation Theory Seminar: Matrix factorizations in deformation theory

Seminar | February 27 | 2:40-4 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Auditorium | Note change in time

 Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will review the appearance of curvings for objects in the deformation theory of categories and discuss conditions for their removal. I will review the role of nilpotence in reduction to uncurved deformations.

Statistical Physics, Markov Chains, and Programmable Matter

Seminar | February 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sarah Cannon, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

I will discuss how tools from statistical physics used to analyze partition functions, such as Peierls arguments and the cluster expansion, can be used to solve seemingly unrelated distributed computing problems about programmable matter. Programmable matter is a material or substance that has the ability to change its features in a programmable, distributed way; examples are diverse and include...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Hodge structures and the Mumford–Tate groups

Seminar | February 27 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Roy Zhao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Mean Estimation with Sub-Gaussian Rates in Polynomial Time

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sam Hopkins, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We study polynomial time algorithms for estimating the mean of a heavy-tailed multivariate random vector. We assume only that the random vector X has finite mean and covariance. In this setting, the radius of confidence intervals achieved by the empirical mean are large compared to the case that X is Gaussian or sub-Gaussian.
We offer the first polynomial time algorithm to estimate the mean with...   More >

Epigenetic regulation of lipid metabolic pathways and fatty liver disease

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Liangyou Rui, University of Michigan

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Dehn filling and the boundary of a relatively hyperbolic group

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jason Manning, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

I'll survey what is known about the way the boundary of a relatively hyperbolic group is affected by relatively hyperbolic Dehn filling. I'll talk both about geometric and algebraic topological properties of the boundary. Parts of this talk will be based on joint works with Groves, Groves–Sisto, and Wang.

ERG Colloquium: Alex Hall: The “Double Whammy” of Climate Change for California’s Sierra Nevada

Colloquium | February 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Alex Hall, Professor, Department of Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA

 Energy and Resources Group

Alex Hall, faculty director of the UCLA Center for Climate Science, will be discussing how "business-as-usual" and reduced emissions scenarios are posed to affect climate and snowpack in the Sierra Nevada through the end of the century.

Learning to See the Physical World

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jiajun Wu, Ph.D. Student, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present our recent work on physical scene understanding---building versatile, data-efficient, and generalizable machines that learn to see, reason about, and interact with the physical world.

Radiotopia Showcase Podcast Preview: SPACEBRIDGE | A conversation between Julia Barton and Adam Hochschild

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Logan Multimedia Center (Room 142)

 Graduate School of Journalism

At a low point in the Cold War, three men walk into a bureaucrat’s office at Gosteleradio, the state broadcaster of the Soviet Union. Two are Americans: an astronaut, and a researcher of psychic phenomena. The third is a Russian utopian with a notebook full of phone numbers he’s not supposed to know. The three want approval for something that’s never been tried before: a two-way, simultaneous...   More >

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mechanics of Behavior in Non-Neuronal Systems and Other Puzzles from the Depths of the Ocean

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Manu Prakash, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Remarkable behavioral complexity in metazoans can be attributed to the evolution of the neuron and the nervous system. But for such a system to arise in the pre-cambrian era, precursors of animals without neurons must have roamed the earth at some point of time. Soft-bodied animals make for a very poor representation in our fossil records, shutting the door to inferring origins of behavioral...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Markets, Banks, and Shadow Banks

Seminar | February 28 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 David Martinez-Miera, Carlos III

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Big Push Policies and Firm-Level Barriers to Employing Women: Evidence from Saudi Arabia"

Seminar | February 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Conrad Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Performing the Unimaginable: Theater of War with Peter Glazer and Guests

Presentation | February 28 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theater director and playwright Peter Glazer will discuss attempts to theatricalize war and military conflict, engaging with Akram Khan’s XENOS, which will be presented by Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall on March 2 and 3. Cocurator of this semester’s Arts + Design Thursdays series, Glazer teaches in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. His plays,...   More >

IB Seminar: Identification with Societies in Humans and Other Animals

Seminar | February 28 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Mark Moffett, Smithsonian Institution

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Place-Based Redistribution"

Seminar | February 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Danny Yagan, UC Berkeley

 Center for Labor Economics

(with Cecile Gaubert and Patrick Kline)

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Identification and estimation of spillover effects in randomized experiments"

Seminar | February 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Gonzalo Vazquez-Bare, UC Santa Barbara

 Department of Economics

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 28 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, Atrium

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The top talent of UC Berkeley and local biotech employers at the largest biomedical industry event on campus.

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome - early undergrad to PhD. Not a career fair - some will be hiring, some just want to meet you. Bring your resume if you're job searching and meet some awesome companies.

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Dr. Ambika Kamath: "Three windows into behavioral ecology: Re-examining mating systems in Anolis lizards"

Seminar | February 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Dr. Ambika Kamath

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

Miller postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, Dr. Ambika Kamath, will present a research seminar titled, "Three windows into behavioral ecology: Re-examining mating systems in Anolis lizards." Open to the public.

Evidence, Replication, and Ethics in Ethnographic Research

Colloquium | February 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Simon Hall, 297, Goldberg Room

 Steven Lubet, Williams Memorial Professor of Law, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law; Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Calvin Morrill, Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Ethnographic Research

Steven Lubet and Martín Sánchez-Jankowski will discuss what counts as evidence in ethnographic research and whether replication is possible or desired, as well as considering the ethics of ethnographic research and writing.

Multiple Forces Shape Microbial Community Structure in the Phyllosphere

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Norma Morella, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

As our knowledge of host-associated microbial communities (microbiomes) continues to deepen, there remain key unresolved questions across multiple systems. Among these is an understanding of the forces underlying the assembly of, selection within, and co-evolution among microbiota, all of which depend in part on microbiome transmission mode. My PhD thesis research has focused on characterizing...   More >

Optimizing the Automated Programming Stack

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 James Bornholt, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I present a new application-driven approach to optimizing the automated programming stack underpinning modern domain-specific tools.

Diversifying Syllabi: Some Considerations

Colloquium | February 28 | 4:10-7 p.m. | Moses Hall, Howison Library

 Luvell Anderson, Syracuse University

 Department of Philosophy

While there seems to be agreement that we should aim to make syllabi more diverse and inclusive, not much by way of instruction on how to do so has been offered. Given the perceived importance of syllabus diversification to greater inclusion and diversity within philosophy, it would be wise to pay some more attention to how we go about doing so. In this talk, I aim to do just that. I will first...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Discrete subgroups of Lie groups and geometric structures

Colloquium | February 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Fanny Kassel, IHES

 Department of Mathematics

Discrete subgroups of Lie groups play a fundamental role in several areas of mathematics. Discrete subgroups of $SL(2,\mathbb R)$ are well understood, and classified by the geometry of the corresponding hyperbolic surfaces. On the other hand, discrete subgroups of $SL(n,\mathbb R)$ for $n >2$, beyond lattices, remain quite mysterious. While lattices in this setting are rigid, there also exist...   More >

Addressing Racism and Sexism in Wikipedia: A Panel Discussion

Presentation | February 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)

 Victoria Robinson, American Cultures Center, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies; Juana Maria Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Performance Studies; Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

The Art + Feminism + Race + Justice Wikipedia edit-a-thon at UC Berkeley is part of a national effort that invites participants to become a Wikipedia editor and contribute to addressing this problem. In this panel, speakers will address the importance of moving marginalized voices to the center in repositories like Wikipedia.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 1 – 3, 2019 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Art as Critique Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 1 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Townsend Center

 Arts Research Center

Art as Critique Conference
Friday, March 1, 2019
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Featuring Victor Albarracin, Neda Atanasoski, Natalia Brizuela, Tarek Elhaik, Adriana Johnson, Koyo Kouoh, Anneka Lenssen, Leigh Raiford, Kriss Ravetto, Poulomi Saha, and Kalindi Vora.

Dealing with Infinity: Art and the transformations of the symbolic order

Workshop | March 1 – 2, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Niklaus Largier, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion; David Marno, Associate Professor of English, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

This is a multi-day, interdisciplinary workshop. Presentations on Friday, March 1st will run from 10:00am-4:30pm., and from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, March 2nd.

A genealogy of the historical forms of imagination or of attentiveness in literature and the other arts traces these forms back to epistemological realms that predate aesthetic experience: to the medieval formation of the soul, to...   More >

Dealing With Infinity: Art and the Transformation of the Symbolic Order

Conference/Symposium | March 1 – 2, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Department of German

This is a multi-day, interdisciplinary workshop. Presentations on Friday, March 1st will run from 10:00am-4:30pm, and from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, March 2nd.

A genealogy of the historical forms of imagination or of attentiveness in literature and the other arts traces these forms back to epistemological realms that predate aesthetic experience: to the medieval formation of the soul, to...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"The Tragedy of the Last Mile: Economic Solutions to Congestion in Broadband Networks"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 311 Wellman Hall

 Aviv Nevo, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

joint with ARE Friday Seminar Series

The Tragedy of the Last Mile: Economic Solutions to Congestion in Broadband Networks

Seminar | March 1 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 311 Wellman Hall

 Aviv Nevo, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

The growth of the Internet has constrained broadband networks, forcing service providers to search for solutions. We develop a dynamic model of daily usage during peak and non-peak periods, and estimate consumers' price and congestion sensitivity using high frequency usage data. Using the model estimates, we calculate usage changes associated with different economic and technological solutions...   More >

Sovereign Bodies: Fighting Gender-Based and Sexual Violence Against Indigenous People

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 12:50-2 p.m. | Simon Hall, Goldberg Room

 Annita Lucchesi, Sovereign Bodies Institute; Valentin Sierra, Sovereign Bodies Institute; Cheyenne Tex, Sovereign Bodies Institute

 Human Rights Center

Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI), founded in 2019, builds on indigenous traditions using research and data sharing to fight gender and sexual violence against undigenous people. Their projects include the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) database, Uniting Against Femicide and Supporting Indigenous Survivors of Campus Sexual Violence (conducted in part at UC Berkeley).

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Engineering of LiNbO3 films for next generation acoustic and energy harvesting applications

Seminar | March 1 | 1-2 p.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Ausrine Bartasyte, FEMTO-ST Institute, University of Franche-Comté, France

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The next generation of high –frequency wide-band RF filters or frequency-agile filters are urgently needed for the development of 5G infrastructures/networks/communications. Today, LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 single crystals are key materials in electro-optics and RF acoustic filters. This motivates further development of acoustic wave devices based on highly electromechanically coupled LiNbO3 thin films,...   More >

Cultural Resources Management Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Archaeological Research Facility

Please join us to learn about opportunities for archaeologists in cultural resources management. This event will feature brief presentations, a discussion on the state of consulting, and a chance to speak with representatives from six local CRM firms.

New Directions in Himalayan Studies: A Joint UC Berkeley-CNRS Workshop

Conference/Symposium | March 1 | 1:30-6:45 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

 Stéphane Gros, ISAS Visiting Scholar, 2017; Researcher, Centre d'Études Himalayennes, CNRS - Villejuif

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Himalayan Studies Program, France Berkeley Fund, Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes (CEH) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

A three-day workshop at UC Berkeley that will bring together experts working on the Himalayan region in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Liquefaction of gravelly soils and the impact on critical infrastructure

Seminar | March 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Our natural and built environment continues to be threatened by grand challenges such as urbanization, climate change, as well as natural and man-made hazards. At the same time, infrastructure performance requirements are increasing and engineering methods of the past are no longer adequate. As Civil and Environmental Engineers, we are called to enhance infrastructure resiliency.

Mechano- and Visco-NPS: An Electronic Method to Measure the Mechanical Properties of Cells: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Lydia Sohn, UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We have developed an efficient, label-free method of screening cells for their phenotypic profile, which we call Node-Pore Sensing (NPS). NPS involves measuring the modulated current pulse caused by a cell transiting a microfluidic channel that has been segmented by a series of inserted nodes.

Previously, we showed that when segments between the nodes are functionalized with different...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: A Fractional Kinetic Process Describing the Intermediate Time Behaviour of Cellular Flows

Seminar | March 1 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alexei Novikov, Penn State University

 Department of Mathematics

This is joint work with Martin Hairer, Gautam Iyer, Leonid Koralov, and Zsolt Pajor-Gyulai. This work studies the intermediate time behaviour of a small random perturbation of a periodic cellular flow. Our main result shows that on time scales shorter than the diffusive time scale, the limiting behaviour of trajectories that start close enough to cell boundaries is a fractional kinetic process: A...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Jimmy Lopez

Colloquium | March 1 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

“One of the most interesting composers anywhere today” (Chicago Sun-Times), with a distinct voice that is “adventurous and winning” (Denver Post) López has created works performed by such renowned ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta...   More >

MENA Salon: The Israel Lobby and Anti-Semitism

Workshop | March 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In February, Ilhan Omar, the first of two American Muslim women elected to the US House of Representatives, went under-fire from Democrats and Republicans. Omar tweeted “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” in response to the move of Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy to seek formal sanctions against Omar and fellow congresswomen Rashida Tlaib for their criticism of Israel’s occupation...   More >

Computational Bibliography and the Sociology of Data

Seminar | March 1 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Wayne de Fremery

 Information, School of

Wayne de Fremeryâs current book project, Computational Bibliography and the Sociology of Data, reinvigorates analytical bibliography by expanding the scope of what bibliography describes and by diversifying the forms used in bibliographic description. As etymologies of the word bibliography suggest, bibliographers have used bibliographic forms â books â to document books. Analytical...   More >

Singing to the People: Evolving Iconic Songs in Contemporary China

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Levi S. Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Dartmouth College

 Andrew Jones, Professor and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In China and around the world, performances of songs can create virtual meeting grounds where different voices and perspectives engage with one another. In his new book about the rise of “Folksong King of Western China” Wang Xiangrong, Levi S. Gibbs explores parallels between the song culture of Wang’s childhood mountain village and his contemporary national and international performances where...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: JSJ Decompositions

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The irreducible 3-manifolds that come from a prime decomposition can be further decomposed along embedded tori. Jaco, Shalen, and Johannson proved there is a minimal collection of such tori, unique up to isotopy, that splits an irreducible compact orientable manifold into pieces that are either Seifert-fibered or atoroidal. We will discuss examples, incompressible surfaces, and Seifert-fibered...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Uniqueness Properties for Spherical Varieties

Seminar | March 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alexander Sherman, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

Toric varieties are varieties with an action of a torus having an open orbit. Spherical varieties are natural generalizations, having an action of reductive group with an open Borel orbit. Like with toric varieties, there are natural combinatorial invariants that one can define from a spherical variety, such as the irreducible summands which appear in the ring of regular functions. Losev proved...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Neil Verma (Northwestern University: Screamlines: Anatomy and Geology of Radio

Colloquium | March 1 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Neil Verma
Neil Verma is assistant professor in Radio/Television/Film. He teaches in the Screen Cultures PhD program and the MA program in Sound Arts and Industries, where he is also associate director. He is author of Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama (Chicago, 2012), winner of the Best First Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is...   More >