<< Week of September 29 >>

Monday, September 30, 2019

GSPP Research Seminar

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

 Jason Okonofua, UCB Psychology

 Goldman School of Public Policy

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

Combinatorics Seminar: $(q,t,u)$-Catalan combinatorics and the Schiffmann algebra

Seminar | September 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mark Haiman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Some beautiful combinatorics discovered in the last decade or so revolves around two-parameter $(q,t)$ analogs of the Catalan numbers. The $(q,t)$ Catalan numbers and their various friends and relations come from an algebra of operators that act on symmetric functions in the theory of Macdonald polynomials. Thanks to work of Schiffmann–Vasserot and Feigin–Tsymbauliak it is now known that...   More >

Connecting Developmental Science to Positive Social Impact: How Can IHD Promote Interdisciplinary Synergies?

Colloquium | September 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Department of Psychology

Please join our 2019 Launch Meeting to discuss the vision, mission, goals, and progress of The Institute of Human Development (IHD). This discussion will focus on the goal of better integrating and synergizing across the disciplines represented in BWW: Psychology, Education, and Public Health.

The basic purpose of an Organized Research Unit (ORU) at UC Berkeley is to support important research...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: “Persuasion on Networks”

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

 Konstantin Sonin, Professor, University of Chicago,

 Department of Economics

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

String-Math Seminar: Extensions of Kac-Moody algebras and Calabi-Yau singularities

Seminar | September 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Miroslav Rapcak, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss a class of vertex operator algebras $\mathcal W_{m|n\times \infty }$ generated by a super-matrix of fields for each integral spin $1,2,3,\dots $. The algebras admit a large family of truncations that are in correspondence with holomorphic functions on the Calabi-Yau singularity given by solutions to $xy=z^mw^n$. We propose a free-field realization of such truncations generalizing the...   More >

OPT Document Check Workshop

Workshop | September 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 136 Barrows Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office as you prepare to put together your documents for your OPT application. This workshop will cover required documents, how to fill out the forms, and most common mistakes in the application. In addition, there will be a Q&A portion during which you can ask specific questions about your own application.

Please note that this workshop is specifically for OPT...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | September 30 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Handle attachment and the normalized first eigenvalue

Seminar | September 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Henrik Matthiesen, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss asymptotic lower bounds of the first eigenvalue for two constructions of attaching degenerating handles to a given closed Riemannian surface. One of these constructions is relatively simple but often fails to strictly increase the first eigenvalue normalized by area. Motivated by this negative result, we then give a much more involved construction that always strictly increases the...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free amalgamated graph products

Seminar | September 30 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Archit Kulkarni and Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the last two decades, tools from noncommutative probability theory have successfully been applied to study the spectra of graphs. In this direction, it has been shown that noncommutative notions of independence (classical, free, monotone and Boolean) correspond to previously studied graph products (Cartesian, free, comb and star, respectively). In this ongoing work, we introduce a new graph...   More >

Nez Perce Word for Shark

Colloquium | September 30 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Beth Piatote, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

In this talk Prof. Piatote will share some pieces of an essay collection that she is working on that deals with translation and language revitalization. The title of the manuscript (and the talk) is Nez Perce Word for Shark. She will also share excerpts from her forthcoming short story collection, The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint 2019), that engage Nez Perce language and aesthetics, and...   More >

What’s up with Elective Selection?

Colloquium | September 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Mitchell L Stevens, Stanford University

 Graduate School of Education

Students’ freedom to choose majors and courses of study — elective selection — is a fundamental feature of undergraduate education in the United States. Researchers and policymakers take it for granted, and we shouldn’t. Elective selection is intellectually and politically convenient, but also creates wicked management problems. It empowers students to forge their own academic programs but also...   More >

Anti-government Protests in Hong Kong: Causes and Implications

Colloquium | September 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), IEAS Conference Room

 Ming Sing, Associate Professor, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 Mary Kay Magistad, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Hong Kong has experienced its greatest political crisis in decades during this summer of discontents. This lecture will explore questions such as: What are the root causes of Hong Kong’s largest mass movement in history? Why has this extradition bill generated such intense and widespread reactions from the public? How did the situation deteriorate to this point and, if continued to intensify,...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (joint with Political Economy Seminar): "Persuasion on Networks"

Seminar | September 30 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

New States in Complex Systems

Colloquium | September 30 | 4:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 Dr. Adilson E. Motter, Northwestern University

 Department of Physics

Complex systems are often described by simple equations that nevertheless can lead to a rich variety of disparate solutions. Discovering and understanding the full spectrum of solutions that correspond to stable states is at the forefront of current research on the network modeling of complex systems. Recent work by our group and others has revealed a myriad of stable and metastable states with...   More >

Addressing Stress and Mental Health in (Chemistry) Graduate Education: SLAM Seminar Series

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

 Phil Buhlmann, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota

 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 >

What Is Strange? Rabih Alameddine and Lawrence Rinder in Conversation

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Beirut- and Bay Area–based, internationally acclaimed author Rabih Alameddine joins BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder for a conversation on concepts of “strangeness” in relation to the exhibition Strange, which Rinder organized.

Alameddine’s most recent novel is the multi-award-winning The Angel of History. Other books include I, The Divine; Koolaids; The Perv; and the...   More >

Heart Chan Meditation

Course | September 23 – November 11, 2019 every Monday | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

Heart Chan, Heart Chan at Berkeley

 Heart Chan

Start the journey for Heart Chan Meditation
seeking harmony of mind, body, spirit
gain true wisdom and joy from your inner self
make meditation part of your modern daily life.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Gilman Scholarship Application Deadline (Spring and Summer)

Deadline | October 1 | -9:50 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Online Application

 Berkeley Study Abroad

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

For more information and to apply,...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Private Company Valuations by Mutual Funds

Seminar | October 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Ayako Yasuda, UC Davis

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Mutual funds that invest in private securities value those securities at stale prices. Prices change on average every 2.5 quarters, vary across fund families, and are revised upward dramatically at follow-on funding events. The infrequent, but dramatic price changes yield predictably large fund returns. Fund investors can exploit the stale pricing by buying (selling) before (after) the follow-on...   More >

Fossil Coffee Presents: Mark Uhen

Seminar | October 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Mark Uhen, George Mason University


The origins of Cenozoic marine vertebrate faunas

Recent Advances in Enantioselective Cooperative Catalysis

Seminar | October 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Masayuki Wasa, Department of Chemistry, Boston College

 College of Chemistry

We have designed an enantioselective coupling of N-alkylamines and ,-unsaturated compounds by implementing the cooperative action of two Lewis acid catalysts that possess overlapping functions. We have achieved this by developing catalyst/substrate combinations that form frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs), namely, active acids and bases whose mutual quenching (formation of “classic”...   More >

Control of leukocyte function and territoriality by lymphoid stroma

Seminar | October 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Shannon Turley, Genentech, Cancer Immunology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Introduction to Ewens sampling formula

Seminar | October 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Hummel, Bielefield

 Department of Mathematics

I will give a brief introduction to the setup of Ewens sampling formula in the context of population genetics. The main aim will be to prove the formula using the combinatorial arguments of Griffiths/Lessard. Finally, if time permits, I explain Feller's construction to generate random permutations weighted by the number of their cycles.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch -

Presentation | October 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Martin Lettau, Berkeley Haas

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP  by September 27.

Effective Communication Strategies (BEUHS184)

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

 Dori Sproul, Alzheimer's Association

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has...   More >

AmpEquity Speaker Series: Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce

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

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Please join us for a conversation featuring Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce with Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of The Center for Equity, Gender and Leadership (EGAL).

As Chief Equality Officer, Tony Prophet is certainly a leader that has questioned the status quo as he leads the efforts at Salesforce to build a workplace that reflects the diverse communities it serves...   More >

Space Physics Seminar

Seminar | September 17 – December 3, 2019 every Tuesday | 1-2 p.m. | 325 LeConte Hall

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Microsoft Excel Formulas and Functions

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

 Human Resources

This course details the process by which calculations are created in Microsoft Excel workbooks. Emphasis is placed on the underlying theory and syntax of formulas and functions, as well as their complimentary abilities and use cases. Learning Objectives * Understand the fundamental differences of values vs. formats. * Use AutoCalculate to display summary information from multiple cells. *...   More >

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

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

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Local energy, resolvents, and wave decay in the asymptotically flat setting

Seminar | October 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Katrina Morgan, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

Asymptotically flat spacetimes (i.e. Lorentzian manifolds whose metric coefficients tend toward the flat metric as $|x| \to \infty $) arise in General Relativity, which has motivated many mathematical questions about wave behavior on such spacetimes. The dispersive estimate local energy decay has proven to be a powerful tool for studying these questions. It has been used to establish Strichartz...   More >

Clinical Science Psychology Student 3rd Year Talks

Colloquium | October 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Laura Bell and Devon Sandel

 Department of Psychology

Laura Bell
Title: Understanding the links among ADHD, personality, and wellbeing across development

Devon Sandel
Title: Emotion-Related Impulsivity: The Role of Affect in Self-Harm and Daily Life

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Markov chains from algebraic complexes

Seminar | October 1 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Perci Diaconis, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

There are many natural examples where a graded vector space can be associated to a combinatorial objet or variety. This comes with boundary maps and so homology and a Laplacian(down&up + up&down). Surprisingly often the Laplacian has all positive coefficients in a natural basis and a Markov chain can be found. Now, algebra and probability can be combined to get sharp analysis of the rate of...   More >

Coupled Colloidal Quantum Dot Molecules

Seminar | October 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Uri Banin, Institute of Chemistry & The Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 College of Chemistry

Colloidal semiconductor Quantum Dots (CQDs) that contain hundreds to thousands of atoms manifest size dependent tunable properties and have reached an exquisite level of control, leading to their technological applications in optoelectronics and bioimaging. Considering them as artificial atoms, CQD molecules connected with molecular linkers such as DNA strands were studied. Yet, in these...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar Joint with IO Seminar: Scaling Auctions as Insurance: A Case Study in Infrastructure Procurement"

Seminar | October 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Evans Hall, Evans 648

 Shoshana Vasserman, Professor, Stanford GSB

 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 >

SkyDeck Career Fair: CoHosted By SkyDeck and ASUC

Career Fair | October 1 | 5-7 p.m. |  Bechtel Engineering Center

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Wanting to jumpstart your fall recruitment process? Join Berkeley SkyDeck, in partnership with the Office of ASUC Senator Joseph Besgen/Associated Students of the University of California - ASUC, for a networking and recruiting event with companies actively seeking interns. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network with 25+ diverse SkyDeck startups. Students from all disciplines are encouraged...   More >

[Discussion Panel] Careers in Labor and Social Justice Movements

Career Fair | October 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), 3rd Floor


This discussion panel and networking event is for students interested in careers working towards social and economic justice. This event will highlight the different kinds of jobs and pathways to working as community and labor organizers, researchers, and political advocates. Speaker backgrounds will include a variety of issues related to labor and social justice movements.

Disability, Masculinity and Global Human Rights: Intersections in politics, gender and social change

Reading - Nonfiction | October 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Homeroom

 Dr. Victor Pineda, Lecturer, Department of City Planning, UC Berkeley

 Liz Plank, Journalist, Vox Media

 International House, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Featuring a moderated discussion with influential Vox Journalist Liz Plank and Global Human Rights Champion, Dr. Victor Pineda

Liz Plank is an award-winning journalist as well as executive producer and host of several critically acclaimed digital series at Vox Media. She's been listed as one of Forbes's 30 Under 30, Mediaite's Most Influential in News Media, Marie Claire’s List of Most...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Simplicial generation of Chow rings of matroids

Seminar | October 1 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Matroids are combinatorial objects that capture the essence of linear independence. A recent breakthrough in matroid theory is the development of Hodge theory of matroids by Adiprasito, Huh, and Katz, afforded by tools from tropical geometry. Meanwhile, matroids have also been studied as type A objects through the lens of Lie/Coxeter combinatorics. How do these two perspectives, tropical and...   More >

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Understanding the Process II: A Deeper Dive (BEUHS551)

Workshop | October 2 | 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

Deeper Dive

Disability Management: Understanding the Process II-A Deeper Dive. This workshop is a hands-on continuation and application of concepts learned in the Disability Management: Understanding the Process workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to work through 'real' case scenarios, suggested by participants, we will...

- Do detailed analysis of work restrictions
- Identify...   More >

RAPDP - Foundational - Research Administration Overview and Research in a Regulatory Environment

Workshop | October 2 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory workshop that presents key concepts in compliance and cost policy, including an overview of the regulatory hierarchy, the delegation of authority, and the types of research agreements managed by RAs. Learning Objectives: • State why there are regulations in research and name direct consequences of non-compliance • Define the Federal and University guidelines involved in...   More >

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OPT Document Check Webinar

Workshop | October 2 | 10-11 a.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office as you prepare to put together your documents for your OPT application. This webinar will cover required documents, how to fill out the forms, and most common mistakes in the application. In addition, there will be a Q&A portion during which you can ask specific questions about your own application.

Please note that this webinar is specifically for OPT...   More >

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | October 2 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Understanding Selective Autophagy

Seminar | October 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Wade Harper, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Introduction to Ewens sampling formula

Seminar | October 2 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Hummel, Bielefield

 Department of Mathematics

I will give a brief introduction to the setup of Ewens sampling formula in the context of population genetics. The main aim will be to prove the formula using the combinatorial arguments of Griffiths/Lessard. Finally, if time permits, I explain Feller's construction to generate random permutations weighted by the number of their cycles.

Curator’s Talk: Julia White on Sakaki Hyakusen

Presentation | October 2 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia White introduces the first US exhibition focused on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen, the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan. Her tour will highlight the extensive conservation of Mountain Landscape, a pair of six-fold screens considered one of Hyakusen’s masterpieces.

Racial fluidity and its impact on income inequality over time: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Jeronimo Muñiz, Professor, Sociology, University of British Columbia

 Population Science, Department of Demography

Jeronimo Muniz is an Associate Professor of Sociology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and will be a Visiting Scholar with the department until the end of 2019. His main research employs quantitative methods and empirical simulations to understand the construction of racial “realities” from predefined analytical categories.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Functional analysis of genes in regulating perianth identity and development in orchids"

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Chang Hsien Yang, National Chung Hsing University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Yang's research interests include the study of the mechanisms controlling flower transition, flower organ formation, flower senescence and male sterility. For his work he has received the Outstanding Research Award from the National Science Council (NSC) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Academic Award and National Chair Professorships from the Ministry of Education (MOE). He...   More >


Seminar | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library


 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 >

CITRIS Research Exchange - 5G, Tech and Policy Leaders

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

CITRIS Research Exchange is free and open to the public. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12 pm and is hosted at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus unless otherwise noted. Register by the Monday prior to the event to receive lunch.

  RSVP online

BioE Seminar - Joel Collier: Bioengineering Department Seminar

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Joel Collier, Duke University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

"Active Immunotherapies from Supramolecular Assemblies"

Joel Collier, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Self-Control in Nonverbal and Social Behavior Causes and Predicts Increases in the Attribution and Attainment of Status

Colloquium | October 2 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Dana R. Carney, Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow, BerkeleyHaas

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

In work led by Michael Rosenblum, we hypothesized that nonverbal and social behavioral demonstrations of self-control/restraint would lead to higher attributions of status—regardless of that person’s actual status.

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | October 2 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Tina Benitez, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.

The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Please...   More >

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BLISS Seminar: Systematic Quantization of Neural Networks Through Second-Order Information

Seminar | October 2 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Amir Gholami, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Model size and inference speed have become major challenged in the deployment of Neural Networks for many applications. A promising approach to address these is quantization. However, existing quantization methods use ad-hoc approaches and “tricks” that do not generalize to different models and require significant hand tuning. To address this, we have recently developed a new systematic approach...   More >

Outliers in the spectrum for products of independent random matrices

Seminar | October 2 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Philip Wood, U. C. Berkeley Mathematics

 Department of Statistics

For fixed positive integers m, we consider the product of m independent n by n random matrices with iid entries as in the limit as n tends to infinity. Under suitable assumptions on the entries of each matrix, it is known that the limiting empirical distribution of the eigenvalues is described by the m-th power of the circular law. Moreover, this same limiting distribution continues to hold if...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: More Hurwitz spaces

Seminar | October 2 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yanshuai Qin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Engineering ultrastable protein scaffolds for the programmable assembly of multifunctional nanobiomaterials/ New radical halogenases for the engineering of amino acid-based products

Colloquium | October 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sam Lim, PhD student in the Clark Group; Monica Neugebauer, PhD student in the Chang Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Engineering ultrastable protein scaffolds for the programmable assembly of multifunctional nanobiomaterials/New radical halogenases for the engineering of amino acid-based products

EECS Colloquium: How We Got Cellphone Antennas Wrong For 20 Years; and How We Fixed It

Colloquium | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Eli Yablonovitch, Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Antenna Physics has been taken for granted in both Engineering and Physics. Yet when a new technology—cellphones—emerged nobody knew how to proceed. The result was a hilarious progression of cellphone antenna designs over 20 years, which made no scientific sense, yet were manufactured and distributed in hundreds of millions of units. The actual physics of antennas is hardly taught, nor is it...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Reconstructing Human Population History in Africa using Genomic Data

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Brenna Henn, Associate Professor, UC Davis

 Center for Computational Biology

Over twenty-five years ago, geneticists sequenced mitochondrial DNA from a diverse sample of human populations and hypothesized that all humans have a common origin in Africa 200,000 years ago. The broad outlines of this hypothesis remain remarkably unaltered, but many details of our African origin continue to be elusive. After decades of advances in human genetics, we are no longer data limited...   More >

Topology Seminar: Doubly slice odd pretzel knots

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Clayton McDonald, Boston College

 Department of Mathematics

A knot K in $S^3$ is slice if it is the cross section of an embedded 2-sphere in $S^4$, and it is doubly slice if the 2-sphere is unknotted. Although slice knots are very well-studied, doubly slice knots have been given comparatively less attention. We prove that an odd pretzel knot is doubly slice if it has 2n+1 twist parameters consisting of n+1 copies of a and n copies of -a for some odd...   More >

Thursday, October 3, 2019

BPM 203 Analyzing and Resolving Conflict

Workshop | October 3 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers how to effectively manage conflict between individuals or work teams in the workplace.

  Register online

CLTC Research Exchange: Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Symposium

Conference/Symposium | October 3 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Please join us on Thursday, October 3 from 9:30am-4:30pm, as members of the CLTC research community will deliver presentations about their research at the 3rd Annual CLTC Research Exchange. This event will be hosted at the David Brower Center, in downtown Berkeley (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704).

  RSVP online by October 1.

Ann Cleaveland, CLTC Executive Director, at the 2018 Research Exchange

Una Novela-quipu En El Perú De Hoy: ConversaciÓn Con Rafael Dumett Sobre “el EspÍa Del Inca”

Colloquium | October 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Rafael Dumett

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese

A talk with writer Rafael Dumett about his novel "El espía del Inca".

Applied Math Seminar: New approaches to simulating quantum dynamics on quantum computers

Seminar | October 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Nathan Wiebe, University of Washington

 Department of Mathematics

Over the last several years quantum simulation has emerged as arguably the preeminent application for quantum computers. In this period the field has seen massive growth culminating in advanced quantum simulation algorithms that are provably near-optimal for general purpose solution of the Schrodinger equation. However, recently new methods have been developed that can exploit properties of a...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Knotoid Invariants

Seminar | October 3 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Larsen Linov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Knotoid diagrams are, essentially, knot diagrams with endpoints. Considered up to the Reidemeister moves, they form a theory that extends classical knot theory. We will discuss the constructions of several knotoid invariants and the information they provide.

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Technological Innovation and Labor Income

Seminar | October 3 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Dimitris Papanikolaou, Kellogg School of Management; Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Interests in Life and Work

Workshop | October 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, "Section Club" Room

 Human Resources

The term “Interests” has very specific meaning in career development. Clarify how your interests influence the work you enjoy through the Strong Interest Inventory. Explore how interests relate to job families and opportunities on campus. PRE-WORK REQUIRED. Instructions for taking the “Strong Interest Inventory” (at least 3 days in advance) will be sent in your registration confirmation.

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Andrew Jones

Seminar | October 3 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Andrew Jones

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

Andrew Jones, Deputy Director of the Climate Readiness Institute and research scientist at LBNL, will present: "Rational Numbers: Improving the Usability of Science for a Climate Resilient Society." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Identifying the algorithms for calculating spatial maps

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

 Lisa Giacomo, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

New Trends and Current Directions in Balinese Performing Arts

Presentation | October 3 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 I Wayan Dibia, Artist in Residence, Gamelan Sekar Jaya

 Dr. Lisa Gold, Lecturer, Music, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Dr. I Wayan Dibia, a renowned dancer and scholar of Balinese dance and music, will discuss how the contemporary Balinese performance scene incorporates past traditions while constantly innovating. This presentation will include a lecture-demonstration with Dr. Dibia and dancer Dr. Ni Made Wirathini.

The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era

Panel Discussion | October 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics & Political Science, UC Berkeley; Paul Pierson, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Brad DeLong, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on October 3, 2019 at 4pm for a book talk focused on Barry Eichengreen’s book, The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era, which places the global resurgence of populism in a deep historical context.

  RSVP online by October 1.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group Meeting

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Non-commutative hyperbolic geometry

Colloquium | October 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Anna Wienhard, Universität Heidelberg

 Department of Mathematics

Hyperbolic geometry and, in particular, the study of hyperbolic structures on surfaces is a very rich topic, that has connections to many areas in mathematics. After giving a short introduction into some of its aspects, I will show that there is a related story of non-commutative hyperbolic structures on surfaces, in which the symplectic group, maximal representations and non-commutative cluster...   More >

From Being “Enlightened” to Being “Woke”: Racial Justice Work in American Convert Buddhism

Colloquium | October 3 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ann Gleig, University of Central Florida

 Center for Buddhist Studies

On May 14 2015, a delegation of 125 Buddhists gathered for the first “White House-U.S. Buddhist Leadership Conference,” during which they delivered a letter titled “Buddhist Statement on Racial Justice.” This letter should be seen as part of efforts to challenge racism and white privilege in American Buddhist convert communities spanning over two decades. For much of this time, such efforts have...   More >

Depolarizing Climate Change:: A Conversation Between the GOP and the WWF

Panel Discussion | October 3 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 108 Wheeler Hall

 Elan Strait, World Wildlife Fund; Catharine Baker, California State Assembly

 BridgeUSA at Berkeley

Rising sea levels, increasing frequency of disasters, and melting ice caps, oh my! In a world of polarizing politics, climate change has become a topic of debate. What are the future ramifications of climate change? What is the responsibility of individuals and corporations? What policies should be enacted? To discuss these pressing questions, BridgeUSA is hosting two speakers, Elan Strait and...   More >

Friday, October 4, 2019

Sunflower: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault

Workshop | October 4 | 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

Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

UCHRI Funding Workshop for Graduate Students

Workshop | October 4 | 11-11:45 a.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager at the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), will host a workshop for graduate students interested in learning about UCHRI's grant opportunities and tips for successful proposals. UCHRI funding opportunities for graduate students include dissertation support grants and multicampus graduate student working groups.

UCHRI Funding Workshop for UC Faculty

Workshop | October 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager at the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), will host a workshop for faculty members who want to learn more about UCHRI's grant opportunities and tips for successful proposals. The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley ladder-rank faculty members.

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | October 4 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/6, Samba will be 10/4, Hula / Polynesian will be 11/1, and Zumba / Samba will be 12/6. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: New Optimization Strategies in Inverse Electromagnetic Design

Seminar | October 4 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Jonathan Fan, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will discuss new advances in the inverse design of nanophotonic devices. As a model
system, I will focus on the application of these design modalities to high efficiency metasurfaces, though
the concepts are general and broadly apply to passive electromagnetic systems.

OPT Document Check Workshop

Workshop | October 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 182 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office as you prepare to put together your documents for your OPT application. This workshop will cover required documents, how to fill out the forms, and most common mistakes in the application. In addition, there will be a Q&A portion during which you can ask specific questions about your own application.

Please note that this workshop is specifically for OPT...   More >

Engineering 2D Materials With A Twist: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Cory Dean, Columbia University, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Atomically thin crystals such as graphene, boron nitride and the transition metal dichalcogenides continue to attract enormous interest. Encompassing a wide range of properties, including single-particle, topological and correlated phenomena, these 2D materials represent a rich class of materials in which to explore both novel physical phenomena and new technological pursuits.

By integrating...   More >

Composition Colloquium: workshop - Digital Hardware at CNMAT

Colloquium | October 4 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

workshop: Digital Hardware at CNMAT

MENA Salon: Protests in Egypt

Workshop | October 4 | 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.

On Friday, September 20, protests erupted in cities across Egypt. The apparent trigger was a series of online videos posted by Mohamed Ali, a former actor and contractor, now living abroad. Based on his experience as a contractor for the Egyptian military, Ali is...   More >

Berkeley Mīmāṃsā Reading Workshop: with Alexis Sanderson

Workshop | October 4 | 3-6:30 p.m. | 341 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexis Sanderson, Spalding Professor Emeritus of Eastern Religions and Ethics, University of Oxford

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professorship in South and Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies, South Asia Studies Theories and Methods Townsend Working Group, Saṃskṛtaparaṃparā: The Berkeley Sanskrit Studies Fund, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley is hosting a two-day Mīmāṃsā Reading Workshop with Professor Alexis Sanderson on October 4 and 5, 2019.

This School’s Social Mission: The Early Days

Seminar | October 4 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

This School was founded in 1918 on a strong social agenda; Professor Buckland will review the past 101 years of its mission.

Exploring the synthesis and reactivity of polyoxovanadate-alkoxides: Novel reductive chemistries with metal-oxide clusters

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

 Ellen Matson, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester

 College of Chemistry

The development of alternative fuels from secure and sustainable resources is one of the greatest environmental and economic challenge society faces today. The development of methods for the conversion of inert and abundant, gaseous contaminants into energy-rich fuels and commodity chemicals requires the generation of catalysts that can perform a complex series of multi-electron and multi-proton...   More >

Making the World "Chinese"

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

 Xiaofeng Tang, Professor, Research Institute for Historical Geography, Peking University

 Michael Nylan, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Using mainly materials from the Shang and Zhou eras, this talk will investigate the special characteristics of historical geography in early China. The lecture will discuss such concepts as the Central States (Zhongguo), the traces of Yu, the Nine Provinces, the Five Zones, all of which imply some level of advanced civilization. Then, too, the geographic area we associate with "Chinese...   More >

Towards Robust Machine Learning for Transportation Systems

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

 Justin Dauwels, Nanyeng Technological University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Nanyeng Technological University's Justin Dauwels will present Towards Robust Machine Learning for Transportation Systems on Oct. 4, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Logic Colloquium: Comparison principles and very large cardinals

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

 Gabriel Goldberg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In 1947, Gödel proposed a program to solve the Continuum Problem, as well as many other unsolvable problems of set theory, by supplementing the traditional ZFC axioms with large cardinal axioms. Although this program has been remarkably successful, serious limitations have since been discovered: for example, it turns out that large cardinal axioms do not help resolve the Continuum Problem...   More >