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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2019 QBI/Institut Pasteur Symposium on Infectious Disease

Conference/Symposium | March 19 – 20, 2019 every day | Gladstone Institutes, Mahley Auditorium

 1650 Owwens Street, San Francisco, CA

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences


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Dear QB3-Berkeley researchers,
Please note this upcoming symposium on infectious disease, set for March 18-19 at the Gladstone Institutes. A flyer is attached.


The Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI), QB3 and Gladstone...   More >

Identifying and Addressing Workplace Bullying

Course | March 20 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Staff Ombuds Office

Participants will learn about how to recognize bullying behavior; what climates encourage bullying; the impact of workplace bullying; options for how bystanders can effectively respond; and constructive approaches to dealing with workplace bullies. Info is included from Human Resources, regarding the role of HR in cases of workplace bullying and the University complaint process.

 open to all UCB Staff. Register online

Biology as information dynamics

Seminar | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 John Baez, UC Riverside

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

If biology is the study of self-replicating entities, and we want to understand the role of information, it makes sense to see how information theory is connected to the ‘replicator equation’ — a simple model of population dynamics for self-replicating entities. The relevant concept of information turns out to be the information of one probability distribution relative to another, also known as...   More >

CITRIS Research Exchange with Prasant Mohopatra

Conference/Symposium | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:

Dr. Prasant Mohapatra is serving as the Vice Chancellor for Research at University of California, Davis. He is also a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and served as the Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate Studies at University of California, Davis during 2016-18. He served as an Associate Chancellor during 2014-16, and the Interim Vice-Provost and CIO of UC...   More >

Precision profiling of microbiome-host interactions

Seminar | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 lwijn De Vlaminck, Cornell University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Despite the centrality of microbes to human health, we know very little about how microbes interact with each other and their environment. This lack of understanding is due to fundamental limitations of existing tools to study microbiomes and microbiome-host interactions. In this talk, I will describe key limitations of existing tools, and I will provide solutions. First, I will discuss the...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Melissa Hawkins: Using genomics to understand the evolution and biogeography of mammalian adaptive radiations

Seminar | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Melissa Hawkins

 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 >

TAYLOR WHITE ENDOWED LECTURE: "Tracking and tackling emerging fungal threats"

Seminar | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Matthew Fisher, Imperial College London

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Matthew Fisher is a Professor of Fungal Disease Epidemiology and Faculty of Medicine at the School of Public Health, at Imperial College London. His research uses an evolutionary framework to investigate the biological and environmental factors that are driving emerging fungal diseases in both human, wildlife and plant species. In 2005 he received the Berkeley Award from the British Mycological...   More >

Creativity and Your Health (BEUHS667)

Workshop | March 20 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Jennifer Guerra, MA

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Engaging in creative activities allows us to be more productive, balanced, and calm in everyday life. Explore your creativity through simple, guided exercises, and learn how engaging in creative activities can benefit your health.

This workshop will build on the Fall 2018 workshop by reviewing the health benefits of creative activities, digging deeper into physiological effects, and introduce...   More >

Be Well at Work: Creativity and Your Health

Workshop | March 20 | 12:10-1 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 Jen Guerra

 Human Resources

Engaging in creative activities allows us to be more productive, balanced, and calm in everyday life. Explore your creativity through simple, guided exercises, and learn how engaging in creative activities can benefit your health.

This workshop will build on the Fall 2018 workshop by reviewing the health benefits of creative activities, digging deeper into physiological effects, and introduce...   More >

Defining Roles. Representations of Lumumba and his Independence Speech in Congolese and Belgian Literature

Colloquium | March 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lieselot De Taeye, Visiting Student Researcher, Institute of European Studies, PhD Candidate in Dutch Literature at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

 Center for African Studies

On June 30th 1960, Congo declared its independence from Belgium. In his speech at the ceremony, the Belgian King Baudouin applauded the work of his countrymen during the colonial period, calling his great-granduncle Leopold II, who was responsible for the death of approximately ten million Congolese people, a ‘genius’. Patrice Lumumba, the first Congolese Prime Minister, gave a now-famous speech...   More >

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: The epsilon-removal principle

Seminar | March 20 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Zirui Zhou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The $\varepsilon $–removal lemma of Tao converts a near-global family of bounds $\|Tf\|_{L^q(B(0,r)} \le O(r^\varepsilon \|f\|_{L^p})$ (as $r\to \infty $) to $\|Tf\|_{L^q(\mathbb R^d)} \le O( \|f\|_{L^{p+\delta }})$, for certain specific linear operators $T$. If the former holds for all positive $\varepsilon >0$ then one obtains a global bound with any exponent strictly $ >p$ on the right-hand...   More >

Workspace for Working on Your Human Subjects Protocol

Workshop | March 20 | 1:30-5 p.m. | 2414 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Come work on your human subjects protocol in a space where others are doing the same, and one representative of the Haas Scholars or SURF program will be present to answer questions and guide you.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Building blocks for hyperbolic manifolds

Seminar | March 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Matthew Stover, Temple University

 Department of Mathematics

I'll introduce three ways to build hyperbolic manifolds: arithmetic groups, "interbreeding", and "inbreeding". The first is purely algebraic. The second leads to the famous nonarithmetic examples of Gromov and Piatetski-Shapiro. The third is due to Agol, further studied by Belolipetsky-Thomson. Further, we will discuss concrete 3-dimensional examples via links in $S^3$ and belted sums.

Food Innovation Studio Showcase

Presentation | March 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, N440, Chou Hall

 Institute for Business and Social Impact

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-innovation-studio-showcase-tickets-57469215972

Join us at this student-led showcase to receive a crash course on the hottest topics impacting the sustainable food space. Student leaders will present on topics such as regenerative agriculture, single-use packaging, plant-based proteins, food system sustainability, and disruptive food delivery models.

Metastability and Condensation

Seminar | March 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Dynamical systems that are perturbed by small random noises are known to exhibit metastable behavior. Analogously, random walks with tendency towards a finite collection of sites may exhibit metastability.

Zero Range Process is a random walk on a simplex with metastable states residing at the vertices. Interpreting this process as a particle system on a one dimensional lattice, the metastable...   More >

Fairness in Machine Learning for Online Social Systems: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | March 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Elisa Celis, Yale

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Social systems are now fueled by machine learning algorithms that facilitate and control connections and information. Simultaneously, computational systems are now fueled by people -- their interactions, data, and behavior. Consequently, there is a pressing need to design new algorithms that are socially responsible in how they learn, and
socially optimal in the manner in which they use...   More >

Dr. Benjamin Blonder: "Moving towards predictive large-scale ecology: a plant ecophysiology approach"

Seminar | March 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Benjamin Blonder

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

Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, Dr. Benjamin Blonder, will present a research seminar.

Abstract. Many global change problems have foundations in community ecology. However, predicting community responses to environmental change remains difficult. Three major challenges include: 1) establishing empirically strong relationships between species’...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Absolute Hodge cycles on abelian varieties of CM-type II

Seminar | March 20 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Sander Mack-Crane, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

On Twenty-first Century Postcolonialism

Colloquium | March 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Jinhua Dai, Professor in the Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture, Peking University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The lecture will address the place of post-colonial theory in the twenty-first century. This question is highly relevant to China, as it recalls the history of China’s involvement in the non-aligned movement, and subsequent efforts after the break with the Soviet Union to form third-world solidarities. But Dai calls into question whether the insights of postcolonialism are relevant for the...   More >

Facebook Disaster Maps: Aggregate Insights for Crisis Response and Recovery

Seminar | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Shankar Iyer, Facebook

 Department of Statistics

After a natural disaster or other crisis, humanitarian organizations need to know where affected people are located and what resources they need. While this information is difficult to capture quickly through conventional methods, aggregate usage patterns of social media apps like Facebook can help fill these information gaps. In this talk, I'll describe the data and methodology that power...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Finiteness of maximal geodesic submanifolds of hyperbolic hybrids

Seminar | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Matthew Stover, Temple University

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain why large classes of non-arithmetic hyperbolic $n$-manifolds, including the hybrids introduced by Gromov and Piatetski-Shapiro and many of their generalizations, have only finitely many finite-volume immersed totally geodesic hypersurfaces, answering a question of Reid and (independently) McMullen for $n=3$. These are the first examples of finite-volume $n$-hyperbolic manifolds, $n...   More >

CBE Colloquium

Colloquium | March 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sabrina Sun, Ph.D. student in the Schaffer Group; Edmond Zaia, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group and the Urban Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

CRISPR-READI: Efficient generation of knock-in mice by CRISPR Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) Electroporation and Adeno-Associated Viral (AAV) Donor Infection/Enhanced carrier transport in organic-inorganic hybrid thermoelectrics: uncovering the underlying physics

Legal Entity Workshop: Legal Structures for Social Entrepreneurs

Workshop | March 20 | 5-6 p.m. |  Blum Hall

 Big Ideas, Startup @ Berkeley Law

Calling all early-stage entrepreneurs!

Is your social impact project thinking about different incorporation options? Is your team interested in taking the next step and registering as a legal entity? Are you unsure about the benefits and drawbacks of registering as a 501(c)(3) or a for-profit? This free workshop will help you better understand your incorporation options.

Big Ideas and...   More >

Two Innovation Dragons: China and India

Panel Discussion | March 20 | 5:30-8 p.m. |  Bechtel Conference Center

 500 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

 Kirti Gupta, Vice President - Technology & Economic Strategy, Qualcomm Inc.

 Amit Kapoor, President, India Council on Competitiveness

 Hemal Shah, Director India – Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 Mark Cohen, Director, UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Asian IP Project

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Asia Society Northern California, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

While China has been caught in a trade war with the United States involving intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer, India has been making dramatic improvements to its IP environment. What opportunities and lessons do the two countries offer each other and the United States in high tech, biotech, intellectual property and other areas? Asia Society Northern California, Berkeley Center...   More >

$15 -$25

  Registration opens March 7. Register online by March 19.

The Great Debate

Panel Discussion | March 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 102 Wheeler Hall

Berkeley Conservative Society, Berkeley Conservative Society

Cal Berkeley Democrats, Cal Berkeley Democrats

 Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement

Come out to see Cal Berkeley Democrats debate the Berkeley Conservative Society! Both sides will debate their views on current political topics, ranging from the minimum wage to healthcare. Anyone from any side of the political spectrum is welcome to attend, so put the Great Debate on your calendars and see political discourse at UC Berkeley at its best!

This event is sponsored by the Center...   More >