<< Week of September 09 >>

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Improvisational Quilt-Print Making Workshop

Workshop | September 8 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join us in the Art Lab for an afternoon of improvisational quilt making through the lens of collage and risograph printing. In this workshop led by artist Matt Katsaros, explore pattern, repetition, and color as we make paper-based “quilts,” then manipulate and combine them through the risograph printing process.

Meditation with Movement

Workshop | September 8 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Experience the exhibition Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection in a new way, entering into deep contemplation of an individual artwork through slow physical movement. Led by Stephen Holtzman, the workshop offers exercises that can enhance awareness of art and our capacity to bodily express that awareness.

A lifelong meditator, Holzman retired in 2013 from an...   More >

Monday, September 9, 2019

Graduate Student Conference: Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World

Conference/Symposium | September 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The Brexit referendum of June 2016, the United States presidential election of November of that same year and the recent gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) movement in France have brought unprecedented international attention to rural areas in the Western world. While some scholars have argued that the urban-rural dichotomy is a mistaken and misleading construct, others are questioning the reasons...   More >

Monitoring and Treatment of Trabecular Meshwork in Glaucoma: Novel Engineering Approaches

Seminar | September 9 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 C. Ross Ethier, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Trabecular meshwork dysfunction underlies most cases of ocular hypertension, the main risk factor for development of glaucomatous optic neuropathy. Here I describe two engineering approaches to treat and monitor trabecular meshwork function. In the first, we seek to improve the efficiency of stem cell delivery to the trabecular meshwork (TM), known to be deficient in cell numbers in primary...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

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

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

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

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

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | September 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Sol Hsiang, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
Mondays 12:10-1:30
Pizza Served

Combinatorics Seminar: Characterizing quotients of positroids

Seminar | September 9 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anastasia Chavez, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We characterize quotients of specific families of positroids. Positroids are a special class of representable matroids introduced by Postnikov in the study of the nonnegative part of the Grassmannian. Postnikov defined several combinatorial objects that index positroids. In this talk, we make use of two of these objects to combinatorially characterize when certain positroids are quotients....   More >

PERL Seminar: “Judges, Lenders, and the Bottom Line: Court-ing Economic Growth in India”

Seminar | September 9 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Manaswini Rao

 Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

String-Math Seminar: Integrable systems via shifted quantum groups

Seminar | September 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

In the recent papers by Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima a mathematical construction of the Coulomb branches of \(3d\) \(N=4\) quiver gauge theories was proposed, whose quantization is conjecturally described via the so-called shifted Yangians and shifted quantum affine algebras.

The goal of this talk is to explain how both of these shifted algebras provide a new insight towards integrable systems...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Pointwise lower scalar curvature bounds for $C^0$ metrics via regularizing Ricci flow

Seminar | September 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Paula Burkhardt-Guim, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose a class of local definitions of weak lower scalar curvature bounds that is well defined for $C^0$ metrics. We show the following: that our definitions are stable under greater-than-second-order perturbation of the metric, that there exists a reasonable notion of a Ricci flow starting from $C^0$ initial data which is smooth for positive times, and that the weak lower scalar curvature...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The Free Nonlinear Levy-Khintchine Formula

Seminar | September 9 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will speak on recent work of Philippe Biane related to Levy processes in free probability. After recalling the necessary background, I will discuss how free Levy processes with homogeneous transition probabilities are related to Nevanlinna functions which can be explicitly parametrised, and how this gives a nonlinear free Levy-Khintchine formula. Time permitting, I will also explain how these...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Solutions of Equations Involving the Modular $j$ Function

Seminar | September 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Inspired by work done for systems of polynomial exponential equations, I will talk about systems of equations involving the modular $j$-function, and in particular I will show general cases in which these systems have solutions. Then we will look at certain situations in which the modular Schanuel conjecture implies that these systems have generic solutions. This is joint work with Sebastián...   More >

Amit Garg — Matters of “Survival” and Clicks – Applications of AI in Sales Operations

Seminar | September 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Amit Garg, CRMantra

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: This talk will focus on two applications of BigData and AI techniques in Sales Operations.  Revenue projections drive capital and operational expense budgeting decisions for companies.  Impacts of this process include head counts allocated to each functional area, amount of capital for different corporate projects, etc.  Revenue projections are driven by different deals sales people are...   More >

Visualizing molecular structure and dynamics in the regulation of gene expression

Seminar | September 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Epigenetic silencing and transcription initiation are two major molecular processes contributing to the regulation of gene expression. We are using cryo-EM to visualize critical complexes in these two processes with the aim of defining their structure and dynamics and thus contribute to a mechanistic understanding of their regulatory functions. TFIID is a molecular hub that recognizes and binds...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Diabatic Surface Hopping, Marcus Rate and Ehrenfest dynamics

Seminar | September 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Di Fang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Surface hopping algorithms are popular tools to study dynamics of the quantum-classical mixed systems. In this talk, we will present a surface hopping algorithm in diabatic representations, in the view point of time dependent perturbation theory and semiclassical analysis. The algorithm is validated numerically in both weak coupling and avoided crossing regimes. We then discuss some recent...   More >

Exploiting the Malleability of Disorder to Design Biologically-Inspired Function

Colloquium | September 9 | 4:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 Andrea J. Liu, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Physics

The complexity of living systems poses a formidable challenge to physical scientists interested in biology. I will discuss one theoretical approach towards gaining possible insight into biological phenomena: to design systems to exhibit similar phenomena. To do so, we start with systems with complex energy/cost landscapes, which have far more variation in their properties than those with simple...   More >

Radically Reimagining a Less Toxic World: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | September 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Joe Charbonnet, Green Science Policy Institute

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Graduate school is a great place to gain scientific and research expertise – but that’s hardly the only thing you’ll need in your future as a Ph.D. Are you ready to lead a group? Manage your coworkers? Mentor budding scientists?

To address the many interpersonal issues that arise in a scientific workplace, graduate students from Chemistry, Physics, and Molecular & Cell Biology founded SLAM:...   More >

Madeline Gannon: Robots Are Creatures, Not Things

Presentation | September 9 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After fifty years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, multidisciplinary designer Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were...   More >

ATC Lecture — Madeline Gannon, "Robots Are Creatures, Not Things."

Colloquium | September 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Madeline Gannon, Artist / Roboticist, Pittsburgh, PA

 Center for New Media, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Arts + Design

After 50 years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, Dr. Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were never intended to do:...   More >

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Disability Management: Understanding the Process (BEUHS550)

Workshop | September 10 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Ed Center

 Mary Kelly, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Disability Specialist, Be Well at Work - Disability Management

 Be Well at Work - Disability Management

Come and join us for an Interactive and Informative look into the process of Disability Management.

This workshop uses Scenario-based instruction to teach and reinforce subjects such as the Interactive Process; Essential Job Functions; Reading and analyzing Work Status notes; the Transition back-to-work and Effectiveness of Accommodation(s) and its documentation; Applicable State and Federal...   More >

September Open Berkeley Site Builder Training

Workshop | September 10 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 104A Banway Building

 2111 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Information Services and Technology (IST)

Open Berkeley Site Builder Training sessions cover the fundamentals of the Open Berkeley turnkey website solution.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Towards theoretical understanding of large batch training in stochastic gradient descent

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Xiaowu Dai, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) is almost ubiquitously used in training non-convex optimization tasks. Recently, a hypothesis by Keskar et al. (2017) that large batch SGD tends to converge to sharp minima has received increasing attention. We justify this hypothesis by providing new properties of SGD in both finite-time and asymptotic regimes, using tools from Partial Differential...   More >

Fossil Coffee Seminar

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Sterling Nesbitt, Virginia Tech

 UCMP

Sterling Nesbitt, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, will present "Becoming a dinosaur during the rise of reptiles".

Nanomaterials Enable Delivery of Genetic Material Without Transgene Integration in Mature Plants

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Markita Landry, UC Berkeley Dept. of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

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 >

SPH Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series: Human-Centered Design for Innovations in Domestic Violence Prevention

Seminar | September 10 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Jaspal Sandhu, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Jaspal S. Sandhu is an Assistant Adjunct Professor (Professor of Practice) in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health at the UCB SPH. He will discuss his recent work on human-centered design for innovations in domestic violence prevention.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Rational Inattention: A Disciplined Behavioral Model"

Presentation | September 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Filip Matejka, CERGE, Charles University

 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 online by September 6.

Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law

Colloquium | September 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Angela S. García, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

 Center for Research on Social Change, Latinx Research Center,, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

This book talk analyzes the ways federal, state, and local immigration laws shape the lives of undocumented Mexicans in the US. Comparing restrictive and accommodating immigration measures in various cities and states, it shows that place-based inclusion and exclusion unfold for immigrants in seemingly contradictory ways.

Social Media + Global Justice: could that tweet be evidence?

Panel Discussion | September 10 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Human Rights Center

Join us for lunch and a provocative conversation about using photos, videos, and social media posts to document and investigate war crimes, plus a discussion of Berkeley's international protocol on open source investigations. Featuring Sam Dubberly (Amnesty International Digital Verification Corps), Alexa Koenig and Lindsay Freeman (Berkeley Law Human Rights Center), and Raquel Vasquez-Llorente...   More >

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Microsoft Project Fundamentals

Course | September 10 | 1:30-4 p.m. | S300T Haas School of Business

 Human Resources

This foundation course combines industry-standard project management theory with practical application using Microsoft Project to plan, execute, and track progression throughout the project lifecycle. Learning Objectives * Define key project management concepts. * Identify the elements and views of the Microsoft Project interface. * Set the scheduling direction of new projects. * Create tasks and...   More >

  Register online

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: How Are Preferences for Commitment Revealed?

Seminar | September 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Justin Sydnor, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 Department of Economics

Link to NBER Working Paper

A large literature treats take-up of commitment contracts, in the form of choice-set restrictions or penalties, as a smoking gun for (awareness of) self-control problems. This paper provides new techniques for examining the validity of this assumption, as well as a new approach for detecting (awareness of) self-control...   More >

H-1B Workshop

Workshop | September 10 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

The main focus of this workshop are general H-1B eligibility requirements, eligible professional occupations, application process, and timing concerns.

Topics covered:
H-1B eligibility criteria
Types of jobs appropriate for H-1B
Minimum salary requirements
Employer's role
Application timing challenges
Options for F/J students/scholars

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance: SEM 237/281: "Causal Effects of Capital Inflows (JMP)", Joint with Macroeconomics

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

 Nick Sander, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

ABSTRACT: In this paper I estimate the average country's business cycle response to capital inflows from abroad -- in particular equity and debt (portfolio) inflows. Capital flows have been argued by Rey(2015) to be a key factor synchronizing international business cycles, and large outflows of capital -- sudden stops -- are often associated with considerable subsequent economic distress. To...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Random perturbations of nonselfadjoint operators, and the Gaussian Analytic Function

Seminar | September 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Stephane Nonnenmacher, Univ. Paris-Sud & MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

The spectrum of a nonselfadjoint linear operator can be very unstable, that is sensitive to perturbations, an phenomenon usually referred to as the "pseudospectral effect". In order to quantify this phenomenon, we investigate a simple class of nonselfadjoint 1-dimensional semiclassical (pseudo-)differential operators, submitted to small random perturbations. The spectrum of this randomly...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Syzygies of K3 carpets and Green's conjecture

Seminar | September 10 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Steven Sam, UC San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

K3 carpets are double structures on rational normal scrolls. We prove a vanishing statement for their graded Betti numbers which confirms a conjecture of Bayer and Eisenbud for the Betti numbers of ribbon curves. This gives a new proof that Green's conjecture on Betti numbers of canonical curves holds for a generic curve in each gonality stratum of the moduli of curves. This is joint work with...   More >

Find a path through trajectory space

Seminar | September 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 David Limmer, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Vector bundles on $P^1$ bundles

Seminar | September 10 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Hannah Larson, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Every vector bundle on $P^1$ splits as a direct sum of line bundles. Given a vector bundle $E$ on a $P^1$ bundle $PW \to B$, the base $B$ is stratified by subvarieties defined by the condition that the restriction of $E$ to the fibers has a certain splitting type. It is natural to ask how to find the classes of the closures of these strata in the Chow ring of $B$. I will answer this question with...   More >

Quantitative Street Smarts: Excelling in Your First Math or Stat Course at Cal

Workshop | September 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Atrium

 Student Learning Center

This workshop will make explicit the hidden expectations of the mathematics and statistics courses at UC Berkeley, and how the SLC can partner in student success.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period

Workshop | September 11 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Room 117 (Level D)

 Ryo Akama, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumekan University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Ritsumeikan University, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, East Asian Library

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: 2019 Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley
Instructor (speaker): Ryo Akama

10:00am -12:00pm: Workshop "Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period" [registration required]

CLOSED Required for morning workshop

  Register  by September 6.

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Longest Increasing Subsequences and Oscillating Tableaux II

Seminar | September 11 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Meza, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will start with a quick primer on the RSK correspondence and Berele insertion. This will lead us into longest increasing subsequences of permutations and analogous statistics on oscillating tableaux. We will discuss computational methods, explicit formulas, and if time permits, asymptotics. This is meant to be an introductory talk to set ourselves up for future topics. (Part II of the talk)

A General Mortality Model and Moving Verbal Autopsy from Research to Routine Use: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Samuel J. Clark, Professor, Sociology, Ohio State

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Speaker TBA: Title TBA

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 TBA

 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 >

EECS Career Fair

Career Fair | September 11 | 12-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, RSF Field House Gym

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event is co-sponsored by HKN & UPE and organized in collaboration with the EECS department.

If you're an EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related positions, this is the fair for you! Recruiters will talk with you about full-time and summer job opportunities. Employers range from large household-name companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Tapping cyanobacterial potential as an alternative carbohydrate feedstock: design of modular, light-driven microbial consortia"

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Daniel Ducat, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Daniel Ducat is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His lab is interested in using engineering and synthetic approaches to examine the biology and biotechnological application of these intriguing bacteria. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University.

Mutualism and machines: theory and software for genome analysis: Bioengineering Department Seminar, Professor Ian Holmes

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ian Holmes, Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

My lab develops software for genome informatics, from basic algorithms to user-friendly web tools. I’ll talk about how our genome browser design is influenced by Engeström's social object theory, a virtual sense of place, and prototyping ideas from the game industry.

CITRIS Research Exchange - Jutta Williams

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

"Why are there brakes on a car?"

About the Talk:

Drawing from examples from a career in regulated industries like operational healthcare, finance and government, this talk will focus on how controls, discipline, and boundaries in tech aren't just good for privacy and security - they can actually help us move fast.

About the Speaker:

Ms. Williams is a Senior technical program manager...   More >

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Residential Segregation and its Effects on Intergroup Cognition

Colloquium | September 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Arianne Eason, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, Psychology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

In the U.S. today, racial segregation remains rampant in neighborhoods, schools, and even the workplace. Given the persistent inequity in terms of both race and social class in the U.S., my research utilizes perspectives from developmental, social, and cultural psychology to examine how features of our social and cultural contexts (e.g., racially segregated neighborhoods and classrooms) influence...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Percent Plans and the Return to Postsecondary Selectivity"

Seminar | September 11 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Zachary Bleemer, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Model Theory Seminar: An approach to the decidability of mixed characteristic valued fields

Seminar | September 11 | 2:20-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Konstantinos Kartas, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

After quickly reviewing the basics of valued fields, I will focus on a particular technique. This technique roughly reduces the decidability of a henselian mixed characteristic valued field to the decidability of its residue rings. A proof of this result will be presented, some applications and possible future directions.

Gambler's ruin in three dimensions.

Seminar | September 11 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Persi Diaconis, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Picture three gamblers with initial capital x(A), x(B), x(C) summing to N. Each time a pair of gamblers is chosen uniformly and they flip a fair coin. Consider the first time one of them hits zero.
How are the fortunes of the other two distributed and how does this depend on how they start?
Approximations (upper and lower bounds with reasonable constants) are derived for parallel problems on...   More >

Peter Frazier — Grey-box Bayesian Optimization

Seminar | September 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Peter Frazier, Cornell University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Bayesian optimization is a powerful tool for optimizing time-consuming-to-evaluate non-convex derivative-free objective functions.  While BayesOpt has historically been deployed as a black-box optimizer, recent advances show considerable gains by "peeking inside the box".  For example, when tuning hyperparameters in deep neural networks to minimize validation error, state-of-the-art...   More >

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Workshop | September 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

Number Theory Learning Seminar: Moments determining a distribution and class group counting as field counting

Seminar | September 11 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Thomas Browning, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Chemicals from Renewable Carbon Sources

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dr. Ning Yan, National University of Singapore

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Future society will increasing rely on renewable resources for fuels, chemicals and nutrients.Biomass offers a wide range of starting materials for value-added chemicals and fuels,however, components in biomass feedstock bristle with functional groups, reducing their stability to withstand high temperatures usually used to process petrochemicals.

RTMP Seminar: Holonomy invariants from quantum groups

Seminar | September 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Calvin McPhail-Snyder, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Geometric information about a topological space $X$ can be described by a conjugacy class of representations of its fundamental group into a Lie group $G$, or equivalently by a gauge class of flat $\mathfrak g$-connections. In this talk I will discuss how to construct invariants of such spaces using quantum topology techniques, focusing in particular on $U_q(\mathfrak {sl}_2)$ at a root of unity....   More >

Digital Archiving for Intangible Arts: Reproducing Past Kabuki Stages and Performances of Great Actors

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ryo Akama, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumekan University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Ritsumeikan University, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, East Asian Library

Digital archives are changing the methods of studying arts and cultures. While tangible culture seems relatively easy to archive digitally, intangible culture is still difficult and it may seem impossible to reproduce the stage performances in the past.

EECS Colloquium: Negative Capacitance and Its Potential Use for Next Generation Computing Technology

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Sayeef Salahuddin, Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Power constraint has become a critical challenge for computing, restricting the rate at which data can be processed. The physics of ordered and correlated systems allow for fundamental improvement of the energy efficiency in this regard, going beyond what is possible with conventional materials in today’s computing hardware. One such example is the the ferroelectric materials...   More >

What do we know about how to make good predictions?: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | September 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Danny Hernandez, OpenAI

 Department of Statistics

Everyone makes bets. Scientists bet years of their lives on research agendas, CEO’s bet billions of dollars on new products, and world leaders bet our welfare through their policies. Their decisions often hinge on implicit judgement based predictions about relatively one-off events rather than on data. We’ll review the most promising existing techniques for improving one’s predictions. I’ll...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (Departmental Seminar): "Fairness and efficiency for probabilistic allocations with endowments"

Seminar | September 11 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Federico Echenique, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Thursday, September 12, 2019

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | September 12 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 JH

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Applied Math Seminar: Diabatic Surface Hopping, Marcus Rate and Ehrenfest dynamics

Seminar | September 12 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Di Fang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Surface hopping algorithms are popular tools to study dynamics of the quantum-classical mixed systems. In this talk, we will present a surface hopping algorithm in diabatic representations, in the view point of time dependent perturbation theory and semiclassical analysis. The algorithm is validated numerically in both weak coupling and avoided crossing regimes. We then discuss some recent...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Residual Properties of Groups

Seminar | September 12 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Nic Brody, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A group is said to be residually finite if every nontrivial element can be distinguished from the identity in a finite quotient. We introduce the notion of an (alpha, kappa)-residual group, for alpha an ordinal and kappa a cardinal. The ordinal generalization allows one, for example, to measure the degree to which a given group fails to be residually finite in a more refined manner. The cardinal...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

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

 Xavier Jaravel, London School of Economics and Political Science

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Seminar 271, Development, Joint with OEW: Stigma in Social Learning: Theory, Evidence and Policy

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

 Arun Chandrasekhar

 Department of Economics

*Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar Joint with Development Seminar

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

 Arun Chandrasekhar, Assistant Professor, Stanford

 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 >

Faculty Conversations on Design for Democracy

Panel Discussion | September 12 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

UC Berkeley faculty join in a discussion of design and democracy.

EECS Internship Fair

Career Fair | September 12 | 12-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, RSF Field House Gym

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event is co-sponsored by HKN & UPE and organized in collaboration with the EECS department.

If you're a returning EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related internships, this is the fair for you! Recruiters will talk with you about full-time and summer job opportunities. Employers range from large household-name companies like Adobe, Amazon,...   More >

BPM 107 ADA and FMLA

Workshop | September 12 | 1-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content explains the laws, eligibility requirements, and rights and responsibilities related to ADA/FMLA.

  Register online

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

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

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

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Michael Davidson

Seminar | September 12 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Michael Davidson

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

Michael Davidson, Assistant Professor at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy, will present: "Eliminating Wasted Wind Energy in China: The Good, the Bad, and the (Ugly) Markets." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Imaging the Molecular Pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease

Seminar | September 12 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 William Jagust, University of Calfornia, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

CRG Thursday Forum Series: Book Talk: Fearing the Black Body

Panel Discussion | September 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Sabrina Strings, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine

 Savala Trepczynksi, Executive Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

 Center for Race and Gender, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Join us for the first CRG Thursday Forum as author Sabrina Strings of UC Irvine discusses her new book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, with the Henderson Center’s Savala Trepczynski.

Event co-sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson for Social Justice at Berkeley Law.

CRG Thursday Forums are open to the public and the location is wheelchair accessible. Light...   More >

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Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group Meeting

Seminar | September 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Information Overload and the "Illusion of Knowing": Studying for Mastery in the Social Sciences

Workshop | September 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 151 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Does your studying mainly involve memorizing facts? Do you forget most of what you've learned once the semester ends? Are you ready to move from memorization to mastery of course concepts? Attend our workshop on MARGE, where we discuss how learning works and how you can customize your studying to maximize your capacity to retain, analyze and generate knowledge. RSVP here: bit.ly/SoSciWorkshop

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Quantum Geometric Representation Theory

Colloquium | September 12 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Mina Aganagic, University of California-Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Representation theory and quantum (enumerative) geometry are two areas of mathematics with physics origins. Quantum Geometric Representation Theory is a new field which has begun to emerge at their intersection, and which also has roots in physics. To illustrate its potential, I will describe two applications of it to old problems in knot theory and integrable lattice models. This talk is based...   More >

Will North Korea denuclearize?: Big Deal, Small Deal, or More of the Same?

Colloquium | September 12 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Sung Joo Han, Professor Emeritus, Korea University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), The Asia Foundation, Institute of International Studies

Summary:

After the failure of Hanoi U.S.-North Korea summit held in February this year, the impasse between the two countries seemed irreversible. Washington wanted a “big deal” on North Korean nuclear weapons; Pyongyang insisted on a “small deal” first.

President Trump said after the break-up that North Korea wanted too much (“complete lifting” of sanctions) and offered too little (only...   More >

Filled with Meaning: Why Do the Contents of Buddhist Statues Matter?

Colloquium | September 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 James Robson, Harvard University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Scholars have recently come to realize that religious statues throughout Asia have hidden cavities that are filled with various objects inserted during a consecration ritual. This talk explores the hidden world of these statues through a discussion of a large collection of (primarily) Buddhist statues from China, Korea, and Japan. The statues discussed in this talk contain a niche carved into...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - the Humble Spud: The potato’s wonderful history and future feeding the world

Presentation | September 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Christine Hastorf, Department of Anthropology

 Science@Cal

Potatoes are often invisible one one’s plate. Not considered an exotic, it has been a food you can rely on to soothe your soul and stomach. Many have claimed its origin, due to its capacity to keep people alive in so many diverse environments. But its origin history begins 10,000 years ago in highland South America. While introducing the science of the potato and its complexities of...   More >

Diversity of wild potatoes

Friday, September 13, 2019

Composition Colloquium: workshop CNMAT users group (CUG)

Colloquium | September 13 |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

CNMAT users group (CUG), main room users, rear studio users, hardware and media labs users

Artificial Intelligence Unlocked

Deadline | September 13 – 15, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked is a three-day executive academy consisting of lectures, panel discussions, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders. The program is presented by Berkeley Law Executive Education and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Join us and earn a certificate in AI from UC Berkeley!

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

Essig Brunch Seminar-Defensive responses in Manduca sexta as a model for pain

Seminar | September 13 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Megumi Fuse, San Francisco State University

 Entomology, Essig Museum of

A weekly seminar series run by the Entomology Students Organization featuring local and visiting researchers presenting a wide range of entomology-related topics. Open to the public.

Grape Vine: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault

Workshop | September 13 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join artist, Karen LeGault, for a brush painting workshop celebrating seasonal plants in the Garden. Each month will focus on a different subject: grape vines, sunflowers, persimmon, and the pine tree.

$75, $65 members

  Register online

Curator’s Talk: Elaine Yau on Dennis Feldman

Presentation | September 13 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Elaine Yau, who organized the exhibition Dennis Feldman: Photographs, places Feldman’s work in the context of the social documentary practices of his mentors Walker Evans and Robert Frank, and focuses on Feldman’s distinctive approach to mass media images of the 1970s.

Yau is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at BAMPFA. She specializes in modern art in the United States with an...   More >

A Conversation with José Manuel Barroso, Former President of the EU Commission and Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on Behalf of the EU

Panel Discussion | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 José Manuel Barroso, Former Prime Minister of Portugal, current Chairman of Goldman Sachs International; Maurice Obstfeld, Professor of Economics, Berkeley Economics; Jeroen Dewulf, Director, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics, Institute of International Studies, European Union Center

José Manuel Barroso, former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-04), President of the EU Commission (2004-14), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the EU (2012), and current Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, will visit the UC Berkeley campus. In conversation with Maurice Obstfeld (Class of 1958 Professor of Economics) and Jeroen Dewulf (Director of the Institute of European...   More >

José Manuel Barroso

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | September 13 | 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...   More >

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Symmetry and Topology of Nano Structures

Seminar | September 13 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Boubacar Kanté, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Departement, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I will discuss how the control of the symmetries and interactions between multipoles enables the construction unique electromagnetic composites.

Designing Exoskeletons and Prosthetic Limbs That Enhance Human Locomotor Performance

Seminar | September 13 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Associate Professor Steve Collins, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Exoskeletons and active prosthetic limbs could improve mobility for tens of millions of people, but two serious challenges must first be overcome: we need ways of identifying what a device should do to benefit an individual user, and we need cheap, efficient hardware that can do it. In this talk, we will describe an approach to the design of wearable robots based on versatile emulator...   More >

Revitalizing Supercapacitors with Hierarchical Porous Electrodes: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Yat Li, UC Santa Cruz, Chemistry/Biochemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Supercapacitors (SCs) are rapidly emerging as a new class of energy storage devices that can be used in a broad range of applications. SCs distinguish from lithium ion batteries by their ability to be charged and discharged at ultrafast rates.

Carbon materials, owing to their excellent electrical conductivity, tailorability, inexpensiveness, and versatility, have been extensively studied as...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: KPZ Universality and Determinantal Processes III

Seminar | September 13 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality has been rigorously verified for a number of exactly solvable models such as Hammersley-Aldous-Diaconis and exclusion processes. A key ingredient for this verification is a determinantal type representation for the correlation function. In these lectures I give an overview of the existing results and present a direct and simple proof of the determinantal...   More >

New Research Directions in Archaeology and Linguistic History of Hokkaido Ainu

Colloquium | September 13 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Gary Crawford, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Talk abstract coming soon.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Prof. Gary Crawford is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in archaeological botany and environmental archaeology. The field is known as palaeoethnobotany or archaeobotany. His current focus is East Asia where he is investigating the origins and intensification of agriculture. Actually, he’s never strayed far from...   More >

MENA Salon: Iran, Israel and the US

Workshop | September 13 | 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.

In recent months, tensions between the US and Iran have escalated. The US has imposed new economic sanctions, while Iran has announced that it will deliberately violate aspects of the previously agreed upon nuclear deal. These tensions are linked, as recent news reports...   More >

Public Policy Initiatives That Might Improve Digital Stewardship

Seminar | September 13 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Alternate policy approaches for stewardship of some classes of cultural materials in the current world.

Rethinking America's Highway Institutions

Seminar | September 13 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Robert Poole, Reason Foundation

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Reason Foundation's Robert Poole will present Rethinking America's Highway Institutions on Sept. 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Abstract:
In this talk, Robert Poole will suggest that the 20th century institutions that govern how we design, construct, maintain, and fund major highways are broken and in need of major revision. The...   More >

Robert Poole

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Essential dimension of algebraic stacks

Seminar | September 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Anningzhe Gao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will give an introduction of the essential dimension of functors, in particular I will concentrate on the essential dimension of algebraic stacks. We will start by the basic facts of stacks (if necessary), then give the statement of the genericity theorem proved by Brosnan, Reichstein and Vistoli. As an application, we will calculate the essential dimension of the moduli stack of...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: Organizational meeting

Seminar | September 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be an organizational meeting for a student learning seminar about 3-manifolds.

For the first meeting, we will talk about Tait's conjecture that reduced alternating link diagrams have minimal crossing number, which was resolved in 1987 by Kauffman, Murasugi, and Thistlethwaite using the Jones polynomial.

The Drama of Celebrity with Sharon Marcus

Colloquium | September 13 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature

 Department of English, 19th Century Colloquium, 19th Century and Beyond Townsend working group

On September 13th, there will be a discussion of pre-circulated chapters from The Drama of Celebrity with author Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (formerly of Berkeley!).

Sponsored by the 19th Century Colloquium and the 19th Century and Beyond Townsend working group.

For a copy of the PDF, please email...   More >