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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | September 3 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Fossil Coffee Seminar

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Carl Rothfels, Integrative Biology and Jepson and University Herbaria, UCB


Time-calibrating the vascular plant tree of life

Electrophysiology: Unplugged: Fluorescent indicators to watch cell physiology in brains and bodies

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Evan Miller, UC Berkeley Dept. of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Membrane potential is a unique biophysical property maintained by every cell on earth. The importance of membrane potential is widely recognized in the context of specialized organs like the brain and the heart. Yet, our understanding of the ways in which membrane potential, and its coordinated, rapid changes across large numbers of neurons, gives rise to cognition, sensation, and memory remain...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Does the Leverage Effect Affect the Distribution of Return

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Dangxing Chen, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

The leverage effect refers to the generally negative correlation between the return of an asset and the changes in its volatility. There is broad agreement in the literature that the effect should be present, and it has been consistently found in empirical work. However, a few papers have pointed out a puzzle: the return distribution of many assets do not appear to be affected by the leverage...   More >

SPH Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series: Have We Come to the End of the Road? Future Directions in Research on Neighborhood Environments and Cardiovascular Health

Seminar | September 3 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Mahasin Mujahid, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Mahasin S. Mujahid, PhD, MS, FAHA, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UCB SPH where she is a Chancellor’s Professor, Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics MPH Program, and Co-Director of the concurrent MPH and Masters of City and Regional Planning Program. Dr. Mujahid’s research focuses on the role of neighborhood environments in cardiovascular health.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch -

Presentation | September 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yuriy Gorodnichenko, UCB

 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 online by August 30.

Dynamic Programming with Sparse Codes: Investigating a New Computational Role for Sparse Representations of Natural Image Sequences

Seminar | September 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Peter Loxley, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Dynamic programming (DP) is a general algorithmic approach used in optimal control and Markov decision processes that balances desire for low present costs with undesirability of high future costs when choosing a sequence of controls to apply over time. Recent interest in this field has grown since Google Deepmind’s algorithms have beaten humans and world-champion programs in Atari games, and...   More >

Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Introduction to flag varieties

Seminar | September 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 David Nadler, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be the first meeting of an ongoing learning seminar (Tuesdays 12:30-2pm in 732 Evans) devoted to flag varieties "from the beginning". We will discuss many perspectives – coming from representation theory, algebraic geometry, topology, combinatorics,... – with an ongoing focus on relative positions of pairs of flags and more complicated configurations.   More >

BPM 104 Communicating Goals, Objectives and Key Results

Workshop | September 3 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content identifies how departmental goals and individual performance objectives and key results fit into the UC Berkeley performance management cycle and performance evaluation process.

  Register online

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Preferences for the Resolution of Uncertainty and the Timing of Information

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

 Kirby Nielsen, Stanford University / California Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Link to Working Paper

We present results from a laboratory experiment designed to identify preferences over the resolution of uncertainty and timing of non-instrumental information acquisition in a rich choice set. Treatments vary whether the outcome previously has been determined, as in an information...   More >

Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance: The Effects of Joining Multinational Supply Chains: New Evidence from Firm-to-Firm Linkages

Seminar | September 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Isabela Manelici, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

This paper investigates the effects of becoming a supplier to multinational corporations (MNCs) using administrative data tracking all firm-to-firm transactions in Costa Rica. Event-study estimates reveal that after starting to supply to MNCs, domestic firms experience strong and persistent improvements in performance, including the expansion of their workforce by 26% and gains in standard...   More >

Exciting X-rays: Attosecond pulses monitor and control carrier and spin dynamics in solid matter

Seminar | September 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Michael Zuerch, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Novel materials with by-design properties that can be grown down to the two-dimensional limit are considered important candidates for addressing computation and energy challenges of the twenty-first century. For instance, band gaps by design and enhanced transport properties give prospects for highly efficient solar energy conversion and low-loss optoelectronics and memories. The complexity of...   More >