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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

RAPDP - Specialty - Developing Large and Complex Proposals

Workshop | January 29 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A specialty workshop that integrates topics from other workshops to explore developing larger, more complex proposals, including working with the Berkeley Research Development Office. Learning Objectives: • Identify different types of complex projects and their characteristics • Locate the applicable funding announcement and sponsor guidelines for proposal submission • Identify common...   More >

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Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | January 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

They Were Her Property: An "Authors Meet Critics" Book Talk

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of History; Bryan Wagner, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on January 29, 2020 from 12-1:30 pm for an engaging discussion about They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History at UC Berkeley.

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Tod Hamilton--Immigration and the Remaking of Black America: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Tod Hamilton, Professor, Sociology, Princeton University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Visual Cortical Processing: Image to Object Representation

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Rudiger von der Heydt, Johns Hopkins University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Image understanding is often conceived as a hierarchical process with many levels where complexity and invariance of object selectivity gradually increase with level in the hierarchy. In contrast, neurophysiological studies have shown that figure-ground organization and border ownership coding, which imply understanding of the object structure of an image, occur at levels as low as V1 and V2 of...   More >

Human Cognition Colloquium: Human communication as a functional window into human cognition

Colloquium | January 29 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Kyle Mahowald, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Language is an ideal test bed for exploring many core questions about the origins and structure of human cognition, learning, and culture. Whereas many cognitive tools are similar across cultures, there is wide diversity among human languages. To state that observation statistically: humans languages have some fixed parameters (universals) but also a large number of degrees of freedom. Thus, the...   More >

Probability Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Statistics

Title: Improving constant in L1 Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube and related subjects

Abstract: We improve the constant &pi; in L1-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in L1 inequality is known, and it is the square root of &pi;/2 (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and...   More >

Probability Seminar: Improving constant in $L^1$-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube and related subjects

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: We improve the constant $\frac{\pi}2$ in $L^1$-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in $L^1$ inequality is known, and it is the square root of $\frac{\pi}2$ (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and the square root of $\frac{\pi}2$ gives an estimate from below for this sharp constant. On the other hand, Ben Efraim...   More >

Improving the constant in the $L^1$ Poincar\'e inequality on the Hamming cube, and related subjects

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Statistics

We improve the constant $\frac{\pi}{2}$ in $L^1$-Poincar\'e inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in $L^1$ inequality is known, and it is the square root of
$\frac{\pi}{2}$ (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and the square root of $\frac{\pi}{2}$ gives an estimate from below for this sharp constant. On the other hand, Ben Efraim and...   More >

Bayesian Probabilistic Numerical Methods: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tim Sullivan, Freie Universität Berlin and Zuse Institute Berlin

 Department of Statistics

Numerical computation --- such as numerical solution of a PDE, or quadrature --- can modelled as a statistical inverse problem in its own right. In particular, we can apply the Bayesian approach to inversion, so that a posterior distribution is induced over the object of interest (e.g. the PDE's solution) by conditioning a prior distribution on the same finite information that would be used in a...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Susan Shaheen: Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Early Understanding

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Susan Shaheen, Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

This presentation focuses on Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). This includes key definitions, concepts of operation, a census of MOD public-private partnerships in the U.S., analysis of business models and use cases, and key takeaways from this analysis. The presentation also focuses on the critical role of the built environment and its effects on shared mobility...   More >

Accelerating the computational discovery of catalyst design rules and exceptions with machine learning

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Heather Kulik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Over the past decade, first-principles computation has emerged as a powerful complement to experiment in the discovery of new catalysts and materials. In many cases, computation has excelled most in distilling rules for catalyst structure-property relationships in well defined spaces such as bulk metals into descriptors or linear free energy relationships. More development is needed of...   More >

Electrons Dynamics Control in Femtosecond Laser Micro/Nanofabrication: Russell Severance Springer Colloquium

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Lan Jiang, Changjiang Distinguished Professor; Beijing Institute of Technology

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: During femtosecond laser fabrication, photons are mainly absorbed by electrons, and the subsequent energy transfer from electrons to ions is of picosecond order. Hence, lattice motion is negligible within the femtosecond pulse duration, whereas femtosecond photon-electron interactions dominate the entire fabrication process. Therefore, femtosecond laser fabrication must be improved by...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Robot Adoption and Labor Market Dynamics"

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anders Humlum, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, International Trade

Thematic Seminar: Deep neural networks: structure and function

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 David Rolnick, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Mathematics

Deep neural networks have revolutionized artificial intelligence in recent years but remain poorly understood. Even as algorithms based on neural networks are used to drive cars and diagnose diseases, their design continues to rely more on trial and error than mathematics. In this talk, we provide rigorous grounding for the relationship between structure and function in neural networks. A neural...   More >

Special SEMM Seminar: Rocking, Chaos and Seismic Testing of 3D Printed Small Scale Models

Seminar | January 29 | 5-6 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Michalis Vassiliou, PhD, ETH Zurich

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Shake table blind prediction contests of Masonry and RC structures show that even the most sophisticated models using the “as built” material properties fail to predict the test results with a reasonable accuracy. This fact directly questions the scientific value of our analysis and design methods. Unexpectedly, the above weakness is used against rocking structures (i.e. structures designed to...   More >

Table Talks: Your Plate and the Planet

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Senate Chambers

 Timothy Bowles, Professor, UC Berkeley; minkah taharkah, Local Farmer; Fahim Shafi, Neighborhood Harvest Leaver, The Urban Farmers

 Student Environmental Resource Center

"Table Talks: Your Plate and the Planet” will be a trans-disciplinary look at how food is produced and what that means for our world. Featuring three experts from the world of food justice, this panel will address climate change through the lenses of sustainable agriculture, local food production, and social justice. Come by and learn how we can support alternative practices that more equitably...   More >

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Journalism and Politics in the Corn Belt: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen in conversation with Michael Pollan

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Graduate School of Journalism

Art Cullen is editor of The Storm Lake Times, a family-run newspaper published in Storm Lake, Iowa (population 10, 076). In 2017, Cullen won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting on polluted water, fertilizer runoff, and powerful corporate agricultural interests. Just a few days before the Iowa Caucuses, Cullen and Pollan will sit down together to discuss Trump and the farm vote; trade wars;...   More >

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Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >