<< Week of November 24 >>

Monday, November 25, 2019

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | November 25 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Georgian Polyphony Workshop with Carl Linich

Workshop | November 25 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Carl Linich

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Near Eastern Studies, Department of Music

Participants will learn a polyphonic folk song from the Republic of Georgia, using only word sheets rather than scores. All you need are open ears and the willingness to give it a try. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and all levels of musicianship are welcome.The workshop will be lead by Carl Linich, one of the foremost practitioners of Georgian vocal music in the United States.

Nordic Parental Leaves: Inspiration for California?

Panel Discussion | November 25 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall

 Center for Responsible Business

Join us for "Nordic Parental Leaves: Inspiration for California?"

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nordic-parental-leaves-inspiration-for-california-tickets-78529049501

“It’s easy in Sweden to work and have kids.” -- Making Motherhood Work

Graduate Student Seminar

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

 Avi Aizenman, Levi Lab; Norick Bowers, Roorda Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 25 | 12-1 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.

Trade Lunch: "The Unequal Effects of Trade and Automation on Local Labor Markets"

Seminar | November 25 | 12:05-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Simon Galle, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Seminar: The tropical Cayley-Menger variety

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

 Robert Krone, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The Cayley-Menger variety is the Zariski closure of the set of vectors specifying the pairwise squared distances between n points in $R^d$. For a graph on n vertices, a coordinate projection of the Cayley-Menger variety gives the possible edge lengths of the embeddings of the graph into $R^d$. Tropicalization converts an algebraic set into a polyhedral complex, the "combinatorial shadow" of the...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | November 25 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 jack Glaser, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

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

Political Economy Seminar: The Rise and Fall of Local Elections in China: Evidence on the Autocrat’s Trade-off∗

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

 Gerard Padro-i-Miquel, Professor, Yale University

 Department of Economics

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

Differential Geometry Seminar: Positive currents on the boundary of the ample cone of K3 surfaces

Seminar | November 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Simion Filip, IAS

 Department of Mathematics

A lot of attention has been given to the degenerations of Ricci-flat metrics on K3 surfaces as the Kahler class approaches a rational point on the boundary of the ample cone. This corresponds to Gromov–Hausdorff collapse of the K3 along an elliptic fibration. I will discuss how to use techniques from dynamics to understand the behavior of the Ricci-flat Kahler form as the class approaches an...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Noncommutative Choquet theory

Seminar | November 25 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Matthew Kennedy, University of Waterloo

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a new framework for noncommutative convexity and noncommutative function theory, along with a corresponding noncommutative Choquet theory that generalizes much of classical Choquet theory. I will also introduce a notion of noncommutative Choquet simplex, which generalizes the classical notion of Choquet simplex and plays a similar role in noncommutative dynamics. I will discuss...   More >


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

 Schuyler Laparle; Martha Schwarz; Edwin Ko; Tyler Lemon

 Department of Linguistics

Third-year Linguistics graduate student presenting their qualifying papers.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Semiorthogonal decompositions for projective plane

Seminar | November 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Dmitrii Pirozhkov, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

A semiorthogonal decomposition is a way to decompose a derived category into smaller components. We know many examples, but we do not really understand the constraints on the structure of an arbitrary decomposition. In this talk I will show that all semiorthogonal decompositions of the derived category of coherent sheaves on the projective plane $P^2$ arise from full exceptional collections,...   More >

Leading Change in Higher Education

Colloquium | November 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Susan Singer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Rollins College

 Graduate School of Education

While research on undergraduate STEM education has yielded robust evidence on improving undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, scaling evidence-based practice remains challenging.

Opening Windows Into The Cell: Bringing Structure To Cell Biology Using Cryo-electron Tomography

Seminar | November 25 | 4-5 p.m. | *105* Stanley Hall | Note change in location

 Elizabeth Villa, University of California, San Diego

 College of Chemistry

To perform their function, biological systems need to operate across multiple scales. Current techniques in structural and cellular biology lack either the resolution or the context to observe the structure of individual biomolecules in their natural environment, and are often hindered by artifacts. Our goal is to build tools that can reveal molecular structures in their native cellular...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: No Seminar

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

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Dynamical zeta functions at zero on surfaces with boundary

Seminar | November 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Charles Hadfield, Rigetti Quantum Computing

 Department of Mathematics

The Ruelle zeta function counts closed geodesics on a Riemannian manifold of negative curvature. Its zeroes are related to Pollicott-Ruelle resonances which have been heavily studied in the setting of Anosov dynamical systems. In 2016, Dyatlov-Zworski proved an unexpected result relating the structure of the zeta function near the origin to the topology of the manifold. This extended a formula...   More >

AI & Responsible Design: Perspectives from Practitioners

Panel Discussion | November 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 Information, School of

How practitioners think about design for algorithmic systems and products.

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: No Seminar

Seminar | November 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Why “5-Year Plan” is Stupid: A Career Path in Drug Discovery and Commercialization: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | November 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 L.-C. Campeau, Executive Director, Merck

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

We are often taught that the best plan wins. We see it in movies and sports all the time. From high school, career counselors help us plan to get into the best college, then best graduate school and ultimately through to our professional lives. L.-C. Campeau’s experience is quite the opposite. This talk will meander through the peaks and valleys of his formal training and professional career. He...   More >

Science Meets Science: After the Wildfires: Where Should We Live?

Panel Discussion | November 25 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Scott Stephens, Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Laurie Johnson, Urban Planning Consultant, Laurie Johnson Consulting; Louise Comfort, Visiting Scholar, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

 Science Policy Group at Berkeley

Join the Science Policy Group at Berkeley for a moderated discussion on the scientific ethics surrounding housing and wildfires.

This panel will discuss the policy issues surrounding housing, wildfires, and where we should be building.

We hope to explore questions such as:

Should we be building in wildfire-prone areas?
Should we rebuild cities like Paradise?
Should we be giving out...   More >

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

BPM 201 Employee Engagement

Workshop | November 26 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers an overview of employee engagement, new employee onboarding, the use of ongoing assessments of engagement, creation of an engagement action plan, and communicating the engagement strategy.

  Register online

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

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

 Greg Ryan, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

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

  Register online

Being Communist, Being Other - Seminar

Seminar | November 26 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Etienne Balibar, Anniversary Chair Professor at the Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University and Visiting Professor, Department of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University

 The Program in Critical Theory

Advance registration for the seminar is required. To register, please contact info.ictconsortium@berkeley.edu.

Etienne Balibar, in discussion with Zeynep Gambetti (Boğazici University, Turkey) and Jacques Lezra (UC Riverside).

Balibar will reflect on his relationship to reading Marx, starting with Reading Capital, his early work co-written with Louis Althusser. He will seek to...   More >

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | November 26 | 10:10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

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

  Register online

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - NO MEETING

Presentation | November 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Clausen Center

Space Physics Seminar

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

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Seminar 237, Macro: No Seminar

Seminar | November 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Hai Wang — Multi-Objective Online Ride-Matching

Seminar | November 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Hai Wang, Carnegie Mellon University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We propose a general framework to study the on-demand shared ride-sourcing transportation systems, and focus on the multi-objective matching between demand and supply. The platforms match passengers and drivers in real time without observing future information, considering multiple objectives such as pick-up time, platform revenue, and service quality. We develop an efficient online...   More >

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Small data global regularity for simplified 3-D Ericksen-Leslie’s compressible hyperbolic liquid crystal model

Seminar | November 26 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jiaxi Huang, USTC

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will consider the Ericksen-Leslie's hyperbolic system for compressible liquid crystal model in three spatial dimensions. Global regularity for small and smooth initial data near equilibrium is proved for the case that the system is a nonlinear coupling of compressible Navier-Stokes equations with wave map to $\mathbb { S }^2$. Our argument is a combination of vector field method...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Finding local summands

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

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The theory of basic elements developed by Eisenbud-Evans is concerned with finding local free summands of a module. A modification of the arguments by Bruns allows one to find local free summands up to a given codimension (or depth). In this expository talk, we discuss this problem in the graded case, where the degrees of the free local summands give extra structure not present in the affine...   More >

Effect of surfaces and osmolytes in modulating peptide assembly

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

 Joan-Emma Shea, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Santa Barbara

 College of Chemistry

Intrinsically disordered peptides are a special class of proteins that do not fold to a unique three-dimensional shape. These proteins play important roles in the cell, from signaling to serving as structural scaffolds. Under pathological conditions, these proteins are capable of self-assembling into structures that are toxic to the cell, and a number of neurodegenerative diseases, such as...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Moduli Spaces of Toric Vector Bundles

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

 Lauren Heller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss Klyachko's classification of toric vector bundles with given equivariant Chern class, as well as the application of this classification to the construction of moduli spaces, as described by Sam Payne. As an example, I will illustrate the possibilities for rank 2 vector bundles on $\mathbb P^1 \times \mathbb P^1$.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

No MVZ Lunch Seminar

Seminar | November 27 | 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 >

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: Thanksgiving

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

 Center for Labor Economics

Saturday, November 30, 2019