<< Week of April 28 >>

Sunday, April 28, 2019

How to Read a Film: The Search

Workshop | April 28 | 3:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 ORIAS

Learn methods for critical film-viewing that you can use in your classes. In this second collaboration with the PFA, film curator Kate MacKay will lead teachers in a pre- and post-viewing discussion of The Search.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

free

  Registration opens August 31. Register online by November 16.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Recent Advances in Infrastructure and Geosystems Resiliency empowered by Autonomy

Seminar | April 29 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Dimitrios Zekkos

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Autonomy has the capacity to revolutionize the way we protect the natural environment and how we design, build and monitor infrastructure and geo-systems. Advances in data sensing and analysis, artificial intelligence, and robotics pave new avenues for full-scale, system-level infrastructure monitoring and operation. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) equipped with optical sensors are already...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 29 | 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.

STROBE Seminar: Nanotip photoemitters and THz-antennas for ultrafast imaging on the nanoscale

Seminar | April 29 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | 775A Tan Hall

 Dr. Melanie Mueller

 STROBE

The STROBE Seminar series is open to all students.
Speaker Abstract:
Understanding the spatio-temporal response of photoexcited nanostructures, low-dimensional systems and molecules at surfaces on their natural length and time scales is a key goal in surface dynamics. Many ultrafast techniques are available to probe the temporal evolution of the photoexcited state. Most approaches, however,...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Representations of Hecke algebras and lattice-path counting

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

 Jose Simental Rodriguez, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The branching rule for representations of the symmetric group tells us that, over a field of characteristic zero, the dimension of the irreducible representation indexed by a partition λ is given by the number of directed lattice paths from λ (though of as an integer vector) to the origin that stay inside the dominant Weyl chamber. Over a field of positive characteristic (or for Hecke algebras...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | April 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Massimo Morelli, Universita' Bocconi

 Department of Economics

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

Dissertation Talk: Optoelectronics for refrigeration and analog circuits for combinatorial optimization

Presentation | April 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Tianyao Xiao, PhD candidate, Department of EECS, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this dissertation talk, I will cover two topics. First, I will discuss the prospects of using light-emitting diodes as solid-state refrigerators. Second, I will present a non-von Neumann computer, built from coupled analog electrical oscillators, that can rapidly search for solutions to difficult combinatorial optimization problems.

Total Station Training

Workshop | April 29 | 1-4 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Meet in Atrium and move outside building

 Archaeological Research Facility

We’ll meet in the ARF Atrium and, weather permitting, we’ll go outside with the units. The total stations are our Sokkia SET 5 series that are typically used for precision mapping during excavation.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Register online

String-Math Seminar: Conformal Limits and Stratifucations

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

 Brian Collier, University of Maryland

 Department of Mathematics

Both the Higgs bundle moduli space and the moduli space of flat connections have a natural stratification induced by a \(C^*\)-action. In both of these stratifications, each stratum is a holomorphic fibration over a connected component of complex variations of Hodge structure. While the nonabelian Hodge correspondence provides a homeomorphism between Higgs bundles and flat connections, this...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: When Did Growth Begin? New Estimates of Productivity Growth in England from 1250 to 1860

Seminar | April 29 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Jón Steinsson, University of California - Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 231, Public Finance: "Consumption Taxes, Redistribution and Informality"

Seminar | April 29 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Pierre Bachas, World Bank Research

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Joint with Lucie Gadenne (Warwick) and Anders Jensen (Harvard Kennedy School)

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: On minimal and unbounded topologies

Seminar | April 29 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Mitchell Taylor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will discuss the process of “unbounding” a topology on a vector lattice. In the $L_p$-space case this process converts the norm topology to the topology of convergence in measure . I will then discuss how unbounded topologies connect with the minimal and universal objects in the category of vector lattices, and how some of their natural properties cannot be characterized in ZFC.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Lifting irreducible Galois representations

Seminar | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Stefan Patrikis, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

A basic question in the study of Galols representations is whether a mod p representation, valued in any reductive group, of the absolute Galois group of a number field admits a geometric p-adic lift. In some cases this question has a positive answer, in other cases a negative answer, and sometimes we simply don't know what to expect. Perhaps the most general setting in which one can hope for a...   More >

New Discoveries in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology

Panel Discussion | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter V. Lape, Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology, Burke Museum, University of Washington; John W. Olsen, Regents’ Professor Emeritus & Executive Director, Je Tsongkhapa Endowment for Central and Inner Asian Archaeology, Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Gyoung-Ah Lee, Anthropology, University of Oregon

 Junko Habu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Anthropology, Archaeological Research Facility, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event celebrates the publication of the Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology by inviting two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian Archaeology. Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) will talk about his recent archaeological expeditions in Mongolia and Tibet with a focus on Paleolithic archaeology in these regions. Professor Peter...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Non-Archimedean aspects of the space of Kähler metrics

Seminar | April 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mattias Jonsson, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Let (X,L) be a polarized complex manifold. A good understanding of the space of Kähler metrics in the cohomology class of L is crucial to variational approach to constructing canonical metrics on X. I will discuss joint work with S. Boucksom, in which we analyze geodesic rays in (the completion of) this space, partially from a non-Archimedean point of view.

Honors Colloquium

Colloquium | April 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Targeting of soluble membrane protein subunits to the ER

Seminar | April 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Rebecca Voorhees, California Institute of Technology

 College of Chemistry

Health and Aging Services Career Fair

Career Fair | April 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Jill Duerr Berrick

 Social Welfare, School of

Seminar 271, Development: Motherhood, work and the family in Indonesia

Seminar | April 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Duncan Thomas, Duke University

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Resonances on asymptotically flat black holes

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

 Dejan Gajic, University of Cambridge

 Department of Mathematics

A fundamental problem in the context of Einstein’s equations of general relativity is to understand the dynamical evolution of small perturbations of stationary black hole solutions. It is expected that there is a discrete set of characteristic frequencies that play a dominant role at late times and carry information about the nature of the black hole, much like how the normal frequencies of a...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: Relational Contracts: Public versus Private Savings

Seminar | April 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Daniel Garret, TSE

 Department of Economics

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

BPM DiSC Assessment

Workshop | April 30 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Colin Gerker; Angela Stopper

 Human Resources

The content covers the DiSC® model, providing a common language for people to use to better understand themselves and adapt their behaviors with others. DiSC® is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people's behavioral differences.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: The Implication of Information Network in Market Quality and Market Reaction to Public Announcements

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

 Speakers: Senyang Zhao, SWUFE

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

This research studies the role of information network in market quality and market reaction to public announcements. We propose in this article a three-period rational noisy expected equilibrium model by taking both public and private information into account with an embedded information network structure among market traders. Closed form expressions for market reaction and market quality are...   More >

Mass Accommodation at Liquid-Vapor Interfaces and Collapsing Vapor Cavities

Seminar | April 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Pawel Keblinski, Department Head, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: The relationships expressing the rate of evaporation and condensation at the liquid vapor interface, in terms of local interfacial thermodynamics properties and the mass accommodation coefficient (MAC), is a subject of significant discussion for over a century since the pioneering work of Hertz and Knudsen. In this context, using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of fluid argon and...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Pockets of Predictability"

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

 Leland Farmer, Professor of Economics, University of Virginia Department of Economics

 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.
** MUST RSVP**

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by April 26.

Going Live: Preparing for Interviews in the Business, Government, and Nonprofit Sectors (presented by Career Center staff)

Workshop | April 30 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Interactive career labs will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview and discussion, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials in peer-to-peer pairs, with career advisor assistance. Career Lab group size is capped at 20 participants, so please sign up early to ensure a spot! You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop....   More >

BSAC Technology Seminar - Biosensor Strategies for Predicting Bladder Volume

Seminar | April 30 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Eric A. Kurzrock, M.D., Director, Urologic Stem Cell Laboratory, UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Millions suffer from spinal cord problems and many have bladder dysfunction. We aim to build a non-invasive device utilizing LEDs to infer bladder expansion to minimize patient inconvenience. Clinical problems will be presented and potential solutions will be discussed.

  RSVP online by April 29.

Microsoft Visio Fundamentals: Betec014

Workshop | April 30 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 239 Campus Shared Services (1608 4th Street, Berkeley)

 Keith Samsell

 Human Resources

This course details the process by which Microsoft Visio diagrams are developed using Stencils, Shapes, Connectors, and through the incorporation of design tools and visual aids. Emphasis is placed on common diagram types and object organization using multi-page and multi-layer design layouts.

Learning Objectives
* Understand diagramming concepts and the relationships between Drawings,...   More >

CITRIS Tech for Social Good Showcase 2019

Presentation | April 30 | 2-4 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program at UC Berkeley supports student-led learning and technology development to support healthy, sustainable, connected, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad.

The Tech for Social Good Showcase will highlight student-led projects funded during the 2018-2019 academic year that apply tech and data for social good.

Projects featured will...   More >

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Optimal Policy with General Signal Extraction"

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

 Albert Marcet, Professor of Macroeconomics, University College London

 Department of Economics

We study optimal policy when the planner has partial information in a general setup where observed signals are endogenous to policy. In this context, signal extraction and policy have to be determined jointly. We derive a general non-standard first order condition of optimality from first principles and we use it to find numerical solutions. This first order condition allows us to identify...   More >

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

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Expectations-Based Loss Aversion May Help Explain Seemingly Dominated Choices in Strategy-Proof Mechanisms

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

 Ori Heffetz, Cornell University & The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Department of Economics

Parks as Places of Belonging, Access and Change

Colloquium | April 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Duster Room, ISSI

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Carolina Reid, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues


3-Manifold Seminar: Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFTs and a Spin TQFT related to the Ising Category

Seminar | April 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kevin Donoghue, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Around 1990, Reshetikhin and Turaev discovered a family of 3d TQFTs whose relation to the rest of 3-manifold topology is still poorly understood. The biggest obstruction to relating these TQFTs to the rest of the 3-manifold world is that their original construction is almost entirely algebraic. For closed manifolds, Kirby and Melvin managed to relate one of these TQFTs to some classical...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Self-adjoint extensions of Laplace operators on singular geometry

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

 Xuwen Zhu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Spectral geometry aims at understanding how geometry influences the spectrum of geometrically related operators such as the Laplace operator. I will first talk about Von Neumann theory on classification of self-adjoint extensions of symmetric operators, and in particular focus on the Laplace operator on metrics with conical singularities. Then I will give a survey on how geometry (e.g. curvature...   More >

George Pimentel Lecture: Electric Fields and Enzyme Catalysis

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

 Steven Boxer, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

We have developed the vibrational Stark effect to probe electrostatics and dynamics in organized systems, in particular in proteins where vibrational probes can report on functionally important electric fields. The strategy involves deploying site-specific vibrational probes whose sensitivity to an electric field is measured in a calibrated external electric field. Once calibrated, these probes,...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Vertex operators realizations of families of symmetric functions

Seminar | April 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Natalia Rojkovskaia, Kansas State University

 Department of Mathematics

The algebra of charged free fermions participates in the construction of classical boson-fermion correspondence and provides vertex operator realization of Schur symmetric functions. We will show how vertex operator realizations of several other famous families of symmetric functions (Hall-Littlewood polynomials, shifted Schur functions, multiparameter Schur Q-functions) can be obtained by simple...   More >

Process Chemistry Approach to the Total Synthesis of BMS-813160

Seminar | April 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Michael Fenster, Bristol-Myers Squibb

 College of Chemistry

BMS-813160 is being investigated by Bristol-Myers Squibb as a combination therapy for colorectal and pancreatic cancer. In order to evaluate the clinical efficacy, a safe, robust, scalable, and cost-effective total synthesis was needed. The talk will focus on how process chemists enabled the production of multi-kg of BMS-813160 by route invention, process invention, and process characterization....   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Market Power and Income Taxation"

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

 Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School

 Department of Economics

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CANCELED: From planarians to parasites: stem cells and developmental plasticity in flatworms

Seminar | May 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Canceled

 Phil Newmark, Morgridge Institute for Research

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Moving Towards Open Scholarship: UC, Elsevier and All the Rest

Presentation | May 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor

 Jeff MacKie-Mason

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The movement to make new scholarship freely available to all readers began at least by 1994 with Stevan Harnad's "Subversive proposal". In 2013 the UC Academic Senate adopted one of the first mandatory OA policies in the US, requiring that a copy of all newly authored research be deposited in an open archive regardless of where it is published. In Winter 2018 the University Libraries published an...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Predicting Antibiotic Resistance"

Seminar | May 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Roy Kishony, Israel Institute of Technology

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Roy Kishony is the Marilyn and Henry Taub Professor of Life Sciences, the director of the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering, and a Faculty of Biology. Combining novel quantitative experimental techniques and clinical studies with mathematical modeling and advanced data analysis, Kishony's lab is studying microbial evolution with a specific focus on...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Noelle Bittner (CANCELLED): Tba

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

 Noelle Bittner

 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 >

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

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

 Kevin Thomas, Professor, Sociology, Demography, African Studies, Penn State University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

In this study, we use information from a uniquely developed database to examine recent trends in international student migration to the United States. Our results highlight the differential contributions to these trends made by various entry pathways.

Nanomaterials Enable Delivery of Functional Genetic Material Without Transgenic DNA Integration in Mature Plants

Seminar | May 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Markita Landry, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Genetic engineering of plants is at the core of sustainability efforts, natural product synthesis, and agricultural crop engineering. The plant cell wall is a barrier that limits the ease and throughput with which exogenous biomolecules can be delivered to plants. Current delivery methods either suffer from host range limitations, low transformation efficiencies, tissue regenerability, tissue...   More >

Long Distance Caregiving (BEUHS121)

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

 Maureen Kelly, ED.D., LCSW, Elder Care Program, Be Well @ Work

 Elder Care Program

Being a long distance caregiver to an elder brings its own set of challenges. Assessing needs and navigating resources from afar can be stressful and complicated. This interactive workshop examines when and how to help, how to locate resources in your elder’s area, and how to seek support for yourself.

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: The multilinear Kakeya inequality

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

 Kubrat Danailov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A short proof of the multilinear Kakeya inequality of Bennett-Carbery-Tao will be presented. This proof (due to Guth, 2015) is based on induction on scales and the Loomis-Whitney inequality, without the nonlinear heat flow of the original proof. In a future lecture, this result will serve as an ingredient in the proof of the multilinear restriction and decoupling inequalities.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Background for main topology talk

Seminar | May 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, NTNU

 Department of Mathematics

I will start by motivating cobordism categories by recalling the notion of topological field theories. Then I will explain why “higher” categories appear naturally in this context (and what they are).

Rapidly mixing random walks on matroids and related objectsidly mixing random walks on matroids and related objects

Seminar | May 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nima Anari, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

A central question in randomized algorithm design is what kind of distributions can we sample from efficiently? On the continuous side, uniform distributions over convex sets and more generally log-concave distributions constitute the main tractable class. We will build a parallel theory on the discrete side, that yields tractability for a large class of discrete distributions. We will use this...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Algebraicity of values of the Gamma function II

Seminar | May 1 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Rahul Dalal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

CBE Colloquium

Colloquium | May 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Marc Martin Casas, Ph.D. student in the Mesbah Group; James Lincoff, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Bayesian experiment design and estimation for probabilistic modeling of biological systems/Development and Application of a Novel Enhanced Sampling Method and Bayesian Analysis for Characterizing Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Japan's Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire

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

 David Ambaras, North Carolina State University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In this lecture, David Ambaras reveals how the movement of migrants, smugglers, pirates, and trafficked people between China and Japan -- and their sensationalization in the popular press -- created surprising cross-currents in the politics of Sino-Japanese relations during the years of Japanese imperial expansion.

Solving Hard Computational Problems using Oscillator Networks

Seminar | May 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Tianshi Wang, EECS, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Over the last few years, there has been considerable interest in Ising machines, ie, analog hardware for solving difficult (NP hard/complete) computational problems effectively. We present a new way to make Ising machines using networks of coupled self-sustaining nonlinear oscillators. Our scheme is theoretically rooted in a novel result that connects the phase dynamics of coupled oscillator...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): A complete model for the cobordism category

Seminar | May 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, NTNU

 Department of Mathematics

Lurie’s approach to the Cobordism Hypothesis builds upon a suitable higher category of cobordisms. The model of \((\infty,1)\)-categories given by complete Segal spaces (and their higher analogs) are a very natural choice for constructing cobordism categories. A drawback is that the first natural definitions only give Segal spaces, which, for high dimensions, are not complete. This follows...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Sohini Ramachandran, Associate Professor, Brown University

Seminar | May 1 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Leveraging linkage disequilibrium to identify adaptive and disease-causing mutations

Abstract:
Correlation among genotypes in human population-genetic datasets complicates the localization of both adaptive mutations and disease-causing mutations. I will describe our latest efforts to develop new methods for localizing adaptive and disease-causing mutations, motivated by (1) incorporating...   More >

Reporting in India: Berkeley Journalism Students Present their Stories

Presentation | May 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Graduate School of Journalism, Global Poverty and Practice Minor, Master of Development Practice, Department of Rhetoric

Showcasing UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism students reporting on India.

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 7: Ethics and History of Linguistic Anthropology

Conference/Symposium | May 1 – 2, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Charles Briggs, UC Berkeley; Mary Bucholtz, UC Santa Barbara; Jillian Cavanaugh, CUNY-Brooklyn College; Laura Graham, University of Iowa; Barbra Meek, University of Michigan; Beth Piatote, UC Berkeley

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the last of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Art of Arranging with Edible Flowers

Workshop | May 2 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Explore the world of edible flowers for use in both the kitchen and vase. Join Stefani Bittner, owner of Homestead design collective and author of The Beautiful Edible Garden and Harvest, and lead gardener Sierra Zackzewski for a hands-on discussion and tasting of many of the exquisite edible flowers that grow here in the Bay Area.

$65 / $60 UCBG Member

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

UC Alumni Career Fair

Career Fair | May 2 | 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  South San Francisco Conference Center

 255 South Airport BLVD, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 University of California Office of the President

This expo-style hiring event provides a unique opportunity for UC alumni of all career levels to connect with a wide variety of employers. Participation is free for all UC alumni but you must register to attend.

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Granular Instrumental Variables

Seminar | May 2 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Xavier Gabaix, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Are There Different Education Policies for the West and the Rest?

Seminar | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Evans Hall, CSHE Conference Room, 768

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

This presentation draws from Inna’s comparative analysis of higher education in the US and Ukraine, specifically on issues of academic integrity and access to higher education. Based on that analysis she will present major differences between the two systems of higher education. Comparative analysis accentuates major challenges facing each system but also highlights structural limitations and...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: Quality, Variety and Quantity from the Industrial Revolution to the Digital Revolution

Seminar | May 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Aloysius Siow, University of Toronto

 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 >

Lunch Poems: Student Reading

Workshop | May 2 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Human Resources

One of the year’s liveliest events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

Communicating Goals and Expectations: BPM104

Workshop | May 2 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

The content identifies how goals and performance standards fit into the UC Berkeley performance management cycle and performance evaluation process.

AmpEquity Speaker Series with Nancy Green of Athleta

Panel Discussion | May 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum

 Nancy Green, Athleta

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Join Nancy Green (President and CEO of Athleta) and Kellie McElhaney (Founding Executive Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership) as they discuss Nancy's Equity Fluent Leadership journey.

This event will be held in the Spieker Forum (6th Fl or Chou Hall) at Berkeley Haas. Doors will open at 12:15pm. A light lunch will be served. This event will feature a fireside chat discussion...   More >

AmpEquity Speaker Series with Nancy Green of Athleta

Panel Discussion | May 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum

 Nancy Green, Athleta

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Join Nancy Green (President and CEO of Athleta) and Kellie McElhaney (Founding Executive Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership) as they discuss Nancy's Equity Fluent Leadership journey.

This event will be held in the Spieker Forum (6th Fl or Chou Hall) at Berkeley Haas. Doors will open at 12:15pm. A light lunch will be served. This event will feature a fireside chat discussion...   More >

How the brain represents objects

Seminar | May 2 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Doris Tsao, Caltech

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

How the Brain Represents Objects

Seminar | May 2 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Doris Tsao

 Human Resources

Mathematics Department Colloquium: A theory of hydrodynamic turbulence based on nonequilibrium statistical mechanics

Colloquium | May 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 David Ruelle, IHES

 Department of Mathematics

I shall cover some well-known facts about hydrodynamic turbulence, and present a physically coherent view of intermittency in the energy cascade as a cascade of eddies governed by ideas of statistical mechanics. The approach presented is close to the ideas of Kolmogorov but gives a satisfactory estimate of the intermittency exponents and of the Reynolds number at the onset of turbulence. I shall...   More >

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 7: Ethics and History of Linguistic Anthropology

Conference/Symposium | May 1 – 2, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Charles Briggs, UC Berkeley; Mary Bucholtz, UC Santa Barbara; Jillian Cavanaugh, CUNY-Brooklyn College; Laura Graham, University of Iowa; Barbra Meek, University of Michigan; Beth Piatote, UC Berkeley

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the last of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Friday, May 3, 2019

18th Annual Transactional Clinical Conference: Classrooms, Campuses and Communities

Conference/Symposium | May 3 | 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 Law, Boalt School of

Join clinical law professionals from around the country at the 18th annual Transactional Clinical Conference

Futures of Academic Making: Connecting Educational Research and Practice

Conference/Symposium | May 3 | 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Join UC Berkeley’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and Graduate School of Education for a half-day symposium exploring the future of making-based educational research and practice across the student experience. The day will include keynote talks from Kylie Peppler (UC Irvine) and Paulo Blikstein (Columbia University), project spotlights, and interdisciplinary dialogue.

Refreshments and...   More >

Alcohol and Amine Derivatives Guide Position-Selective C–H Functionalization Reactions

Seminar | May 3 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Prof. Jennifer Roizen, Dept. of Chemistry, Duke University

 College of Chemistry

Free radical reactions represent an important and versatile class of chemical transformations. Nitrogen-centered radical applications remain underexplored due to the lack of convenient methods for their generation. Recent advances have improved access to nitrogen-centered radicals through photoredox-mediated oxidation of two such directing groups: amides and sulfonamides. Guided by this approach,...   More >

Mithra, Buddha, and Mani Walk into a Desert...: Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Encounters in Central Asia

Conference/Symposium | May 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

All panels held at 180 Doe Library (*except where indicated)

Friday May 3, 10am–12:00pm
Introductory Remarks
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

Changing Vocabulary of Manichaean Visual Syntax in Uyghur East Central Asia
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Manichaean Official Documents in their Central Asian Context
Adam Benkato, UC Berkeley

Manichaean Evidence for Kushan...   More >

History Adrift: A Conversation with Namwali Serpell

Seminar | May 3 | 12-2 p.m. | 113 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Namwali Serpell

 Human Resources

The SLC Language Exchange and Writing Programs are honored to host a conversation with author Namwali Serpell about her debut novel, The Old Drift. Join us on May 3rd from 12-2PM as she reads from her book, shares insight into her writing process, and discusses how reimagining the past can enhance our understanding of the present and future.

About the Author
Namwali Serpell is an associate...   More >

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | May 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation. Optional: Join the Passport Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a yoga prize! Please bring...   More >

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: 24/7 Electricity Produced by Intermittent Power Requires Its Energy Storage

Seminar | May 3 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Jerry Woodall, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Davis

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This is a simple story with a no-brainer punchline included in the title. Except for geothermal and nuclear energy, the sun is, and has been, the source of nearly all energy used on our planet. The problem is that the earth receives plenty of intermittent solar power, but not as solar energy.

Dissertation Talk: Approximate counting, phase transitions and geometry of polynomials

Seminar | May 3 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Jingcheng Liu, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In classical statistical physics, a phase transition is understood by studying the geometry (the zero-set) of an associated polynomial (the partition function). In this talk I will show that one can exploit this notion of phase transitions algorithmically, and conversely exploit the analysis of algorithms to understand phase transitions. As applications, I will give efficient deterministic...   More >

DNA Origami Tools for Cryo-EM: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | May 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Shawn Douglas, UC San Franciscso, Cellular Molecular Pharmacology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Watch a brief animated explainer of bionanotechnology at http://www.shawndouglas.com

Dissertation Talk: Modular and Safe Event-Driven Programming

Seminar | May 3 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Ankush Pankaj Desai, University Of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Asynchronous event-driven systems can be found in myriad domains including cloud computing systems, device drivers, and robotics.
These systems are notoriously hard to get right as the programmer needs to reason about numerous control paths resulting from the complex interleaving of events (messages) and failures.
Unsurprisingly, it is easy to introduce subtle errors while attempting to fill...   More >

Fiction or Reality: Thinking Fukushima through Art

Seminar | May 3 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 226 Dwinelle Hall

 Saeko Kimura, Professor, Tsuda University

 Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

While we share the sense that fiction and plastic arts reflect a different relationship to reality than that of documentary or journalistic writing, writing on Fukushima often encounters a difficulty in distinguishing between the fictional and the real. How have recent Japanese artists and writers after 3-11 broached and responded to this difficulty in dividing the real from the imaginary? Is...   More >

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/nhknewsline/backstories/sunchild/ (accessed April 29, 2019)

Ocean Wave Turbulence – From Theory to Computation: E201 Ocean Engineering Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | May 3 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 3109 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Yulin Pan, Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, University of Michigan

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: In this presentation, we seek a first-principles understanding of the stationary and invariant form of ocean wave spectrum based on wave turbulence theory, which describes the statistical property of an ensemble of waves in weakly nonlinear interactions. The starting point of the research is on capillary waves, which dominate the small-scale dynamics of ocean surface. Allowing triad...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The unipotent Albanese map and rational points on varieties

Seminar | May 3 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Daniel Hast, Rice University

 Department of Mathematics

Given a curve of genus at least $2$ over a number field, Faltings' theorem tells us that its set of rational points is finite. Provably computing the set of rational points remains a major open problem, as does the question of whether the number of rational points can be uniformly bounded. We will survey some recent progress and ongoing work using the Chabauty–Kim method, which uses the...   More >

MENA Salon: Reflections on Egyptian-Turkish Relations

Workshop | May 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Egypt and Turkey’s relations since 2011 have had both change and strain. For our last salon of the semester, former Egyptian Ambassador to Turkey, Abdul-Rahman Salah will be our guest. We will discuss his experiences in the field and the future of Egyptian-Turkish...   More >

The Concept of Context

Seminar | May 3 | 3-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Human Resources

Information is inevitably created in a context and, whenever used, is necessarily used in some context. Intermediaries, too, have their own contexts. The literature on information-related behavior mentioning context is vast and varied. Nevertheless the concept of âcontextâ itself seems underdeveloped in information studies beyond the simple case of spatial and temporal metadata. Formal models of...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Katie Balch

Colloquium | May 3 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Called "intricate" and an "exquisite sound world" by icareifyoulisten, Katherine's music has been commissioned and performed by the Tokyo, Minnesota, Oregon, and Albany Symphony Orchestras, American Composer's Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Antico Moderno, FLUX Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, wild Up, Contemporaneous, and Concert Artists Guild, among others, in such venues...   More >

Information Access Seminar: Niloufar Salehi

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

 Niloufar Salehi

 Information, School of

The Concept of Context

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

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Information is inevitably created in a context and, whenever used, is necessarily used in some context. Intermediaries, too, have their own contexts. The literature on information-related behavior mentioning context is vast and varied. Nevertheless the concept of âcontextâ itself seems underdeveloped in information studies beyond the simple case of spatial and temporal metadata. Formal models...   More >

FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize and KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize Award Ceremony

Presentation | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Associate Professor of Education, University of San Francisco

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Public Health, School of, Latinx Research Center, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program

Please join us as we honor Joel Sati and Rosa M. Jiménez, recipients of the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize, and Gabriel Santamaria, Alejandra León Herrera, and Nolan Pokpongkiat, recipients of the KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize.

With Keynote by Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Associate Professor of Education, University of San Francisco

Free

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Music Studies Colloquium: Svanibor Pettan (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia): Minorities in a War-Peace Continuum: How Applied Ethnomusicology Can Help

Colloquium | May 3 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Svanibor Pettan studied ethnomusicology in Croatia (B.A.), Slovenia (M.A.), and USA (Ph.D.). He researched music in his native Croatia, Slovenia, in the Balkans (particularly in Kosovo), Africa (Tanzania, Egypt), Australia, and USA. At the University of Oslo he became involved with applied ethnomusicology through the Bosnian-Norwegian project" Azra."
His specialties include Balkan Gypsy music,...   More >

Three Debut Speculative Fiction Writers: A Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Alice Sola Kim

Panel Discussion | May 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Carmen Maria Machado; Lesley Nneka Arimah; Alice Sola Kim

 Department of English, Peripheral Futures Group

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of *Her Body and Other Parties*; Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of *What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky*; Alice Sola Kim is a recipient of a Whiting Award and has been published in the *Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017*.

Email serpell@berkeley.edu to receive copies of the stories we will be discussing.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mithra, Buddha, and Mani Walk into a Desert...: Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Encounters in Central Asia

Conference/Symposium | May 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

All panels held at 180 Doe Library (*except where indicated)

Friday May 3, 10am–12:00pm
Introductory Remarks
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

Changing Vocabulary of Manichaean Visual Syntax in Uyghur East Central Asia
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Manichaean Official Documents in their Central Asian Context
Adam Benkato, UC Berkeley

Manichaean Evidence for Kushan...   More >

What's Race Got to Do with It: Shifting drug coverage from crime to health

Panel Discussion | May 4 | 3-6 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Logan Multimedia Center (Room 142)

 Graduate School of Journalism, National Association of Black Journalists at UC Berkeley, Bay Area Black Journalists Association

A panel conversation around the ways news media covers drug addiction in and outside of the Black community, and how that coverage is evolving.

Pendarvis Harshaw (MJ ’14): KQED Arts columnist and 2018 USC Center for Health Reporting Fellow.

Rochelle Riley: Detroit Free Press columnist and author of “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.”

Douglas Butler: Former...   More >