Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Celebrating 30 Years of Science for a Safer World: 2018 Update Meeting of the UC Berkeley Superfund Research Program
Conference/Symposium | January 30 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
We will showcase our innovative research into the effects of Superfund chemicals on human health and ways to remediate them in the environment. Guest speakers will discuss children's environmental health and the developmental effects of environmental chemicals. Panel discussions will address the human right to clean water and the interaction between socioeconomic factors and chemical exposures.
Climbing Tropical Trees in the Cloud Forest: Interview with Roxy Cruz, Department of Integrative Biology
Seminar | January 30 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM
Roxy Cruz, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD, Department of Integrative Biology
Tune in for another exciting episode of The Graduates as we speak with Roxy Cruz about her work climbing trees in the tropical cloud forests of Central and South America.
The Graduates, featuring graduate student research at Cal, is broadcast every other Tuesday on KALX 90.7 FM. Past episodes are available to listen and download free on iTunes or online.
Aldrich Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Bioactive Natural Products and New Reactions to Prepare Them: The Symbiotic Loop
Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall
Medicinal application of many complex organic molecules is precluded by the impracticality of their chemical synthesis. This lecture will endeavor to detail some recent case studies from our research group directed toward the efficient laboratory preparation of complex bioactive natural products and small molecule building blocks. Topics to be covered include complexity-building redox chemistry,... More >
Overcoming Barriers to Use of ORS to Treat Child Diarrhea: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Uganda
Colloquium | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 590L University Hall
Zachary Wagner-Rubin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University
Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death among children, although nearly all deaths could be prevented with the use of oral rehydration salts (ORS). There is little evidence demonstrating why ORS use remains low and what can be done to increase use. In this study, we conducted a field experiment designed to 1) measure the impact of several novel community health worker (CHW)... More >
Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Library Room E
More than 4 million people die prematurely every year by breathing outdoor particulate matter (PM) and ozone, both secondary pollutants formed from tropospheric oxidation chemistry. PM and ozone also play key and uncertain roles in Earth's radiative balance. In order to protect human health and reduce levels of these pollutants, their mechanisms of formation in the atmosphere need to be... More >
BiD Seminar: Computational Ecosystems: Tech-enabled Communities to Advance Human Values at Scale: Haoqi Zhang, Breed Chair of Design, Northwestern University
Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, 354/360
Haoqi Zhang, Northwestern University
Abstract: Despite the continued development of individual technologies and processes for supporting human endeavors, major leaps in solving complex human problems will require advances in system-level thinking and orchestration. In this talk, I describe efforts to design, build, and study Computational... More >
Workshop | January 30 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club
Patrick Ignacio, Banking Industry Expert
California housing markets are constantly changing, and there are overwhelming amounts of information available to the public, making it hard to know where to start. During the most recent housing crisis, financing options also changed (and in some cases disappeared altogether). As a result you may be asking yourself, what programs are available to me and how will they fit my personal situation?... More >
Development Lunch: "Heterogeneous Benefits and Demand for Secondary Schooling in Kenya" and "Pay as you go solar: lessons on electrification and utilities contracts"
Seminar | January 30 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Stephanie Bonds and Nicholas Li; Megan Lang
Colloquium | January 30 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Slama performance poetry competition created in Chicago in the 1980shas circulated around the world, but in Madagascar it has flourished in a context of a uniquely rich history of verbal arts that are thoroughly entwined with social and political life. As an artistic movement that emphasizes the co-production of authority between performer and audience, slam is part of a significant shift in... More >
Seminar | January 30 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Ian Agol, UC BERKELEY
Well continue the discussion of a proof that knot recognition is in NP, using a certificate that encodes a sutured manifold hierarchy.
Seminar | January 30 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Peter Topping, University of Warwick
Ricci flow theory has been developing rapidly over the last couple of years, with the ability to handle Ricci flows with unbounded curvature finally becoming a reality. This is vastly expanding the range of potential applications. I will describe some recent work in this direction with Miles Simon that shows the right way to pose the 3D Ricci flow in this setting in order to obtain applications.... More >
Workshop | January 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in the STEM disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.
Seminar | January 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Nicola Gennaioli, Universita Bocconi and IGIER
Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar
Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall
In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.
Seminar | January 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Nicola Gennaioli, Bocconi University
Seminar | January 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Joachim Frank, Columbia University
This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH
Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES) - Note change in date and place: An Introduction to Time-Frequency Analysis through a Proof of Carleson's Theorem
Seminar | January 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley
Carleson's theorem (1966) states the Fourier series of an L^2 function converges to the original function almost everywhere. In this talk, we will go over the essentials of a proof of this theorem, emphasizing the concepts of orthogonality and respecting symmetries. The techniques found in this proof have given rise to the area of research known as time-frequency analysis and some time will be... More >
Colloquium | January 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Patrick Cavanagh, Department of Psychology, Glendon College and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College
How do we know where things are? Recent results indicate that an objects visual location is constructed at a high level where, critically, an objects motion is discounted to recover its current location, much like we discount the illumination when we perceive color. As a result we sometimes see a target far from its actual location. These predictions operate differently for eye movements,... More >
Seminar | January 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Field(s): Industrial Organization, Econometrics, Economic Theory
Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: On the Lex-plus-powers conjecture
Seminar | January 30 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Alessio Sammartano, UC Berkeley
Let $I$ be a homogeneous polynomial ideal containing a regular sequence of forms of prescribed degrees. The Lex-plus-powers conjecture predicts upper bounds for the Betti table of $I$, in terms of the Betti table of a monomial ideal with the same Hilbert function as $I$ and containing the appropriate monomial regular sequence. I will give a brief overview of the conjecture and discuss some cases.... More >
Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Artist and roboticist Alexander Reben will speak at Jacobs Hall.
Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall
Some of the most basic chemical reactions are those that involve primarily the motion of electrons with little rearrangement of the nuclei. Prominent examples include electron transport and excitonic energy transfer as well as more exotic phenomena such as singlet fission. These reactions are the centerpiece of artificial photosynthetic complexes, organic PVs and essentially all of redox... More >