<< Week of April 10 >>

Monday, April 9, 2018

What’s Happening in Federal Court?: Recent Findings and Strategies for the Future

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Law, Boalt School of, Civil Justice Research Initiative

“What’s Happening in Federal Court?” is the inaugural symposium of the Civil Justice Research Initiative at Berkeley Law. It will bring together leading legal scholars and social scientists from around the United States to share their research and discuss the legal process in federal courts around the country. The...   More >

Institutional Coordination in Asia-Pacific Disaster Management

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of X-variables in finite type cluster algebras

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Melissa Sherman-Bennett, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A cluster algebra is a commutative ring determined by an initial "seed," which consists of A-variables, X-variables, and some additional data. Given a seed, one can produce new seeds via a combinatorial process called mutation. The cluster algebra is generated by the variables obtained from all possible sequences of mutations. In this talk, we will focus on cluster algebras of finite type, which...   More >

​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Stephanie Wan, UC Berkeley, Fleiszig Lab; Kathryn Bonnen, University of Texas at Austin, Huk Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Stephanie Wan’s Talk Title: Impact of contact lens wear and dry eye on the amicrobiomic status of the murine cornea

Abstract: Contrasting with the conjunctiva and other exposed body surfaces, the cornea does not host a stable bacterial population (amicrobiomic). Yet, the cornea and conjunctiva are not usually distinguished in ocular surface microbiome research. Additionally, commonly used...   More >

Post-earthquake damage assessment, earthquake damage repair and seismic vulnerability assessment of the Washington Monument: Semm Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Terrence Paret, Wiss, Janey, Elstner Assoc. Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

On August 23, 2011, the Washington Monument was subjected to ground shaking from the Magnitude 5.8 Mineral, Virginia earthquake, whose epicenter was roughly 80 miles from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Shaking of the 555-foot tall unreinforced stone masonry structure resulted in damage, most significantly to the pyramidion, the construction comprising its upper 55 feet.

From Congress to a University Presidency - Notes on Leading a Liberal Arts Institution

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Moses Hall, Harris Room (119 Moses Hall)

 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, President, Augustana University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , Institute of Governmental Studies, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service

Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who also served in the Congress for seven years, discusses her experiences as a higher education leader, and as a member of Congress setting national education policy. Augustana University, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, serves more than 2,000 students from 33 states and 32 countries, offering more than 100 majors, minors and...   More >

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What is Torture and How Did We Get Here?

Panel Discussion | April 9 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

What is torture and how did we get here? Torture has been prevalent both domestically, within the prison industrial complex, and as a part of the “war on terror.” This discussion will focus on the origins of modern forms of torture and they ways in which torture has been employed by U.S. officials both within and outside of the U.S.

Joined by Prof. Laurel Fletcher, Prof. Jonathan Simon & Brad...   More >

Cognitive Neurosciences Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Dr. Zhaoping Li, Computer Sciences. UCL

 Department of Psychology

Abstract: Investigations in the recent years have revealed an important functional role of the primary visual cortex (V1): it creates a bottom-up saliency map to guide attentional shifts exogenously. I will review these findings to motivate a new path to understanding vision. This new path views vision as made of three stages: encoding, selection, and decoding; the selection and decoding stages...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: 3-Minute Thesis Graduate Student Talks

Seminar | April 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 College of Chemistry

Please join us for two special STROBE Seminars on April 9 & 16 at 3 PM PT/4 PM MT. The graduate students will be presenting their engaging 3-Minute Thesis Talks. See GoToMeeting and flyer information below.

A reminder that STROBE will be sending 3-4 senior graduate students to the NSF STC Professional Development workshop in early August 2018 (here's a link to last year's workshop website:...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Ordinary primes in Hilbert modular varieties

Seminar | April 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Junecue Suh, UCSC

 Department of Mathematics

A well-known conjecture (often attributed to Serre) asserts that any motive over any number field has infinitely many ordinary primes, in the sense of the Newton Polygon coinciding with the Hodge Polygon. We will present a few methods for producing more ordinary primes in the case of modular Jacobians — and more generally the part of the (intersection) cohomology of Hilbert modular varieties...   More >

Genetics and education: Recent developments in the context of an ugly history and an uncertain future

Colloquium | April 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Ben Domingue, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University; Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

 Graduate School of Education

Driven by our recent mapping of the human genome, genetics research is increasingly prominent and is likely to re-intersect with education research. I begin by giving background on the current state of the art regarding methods for linking genotype to phenotype, focusing specifically on molecular genetics and genome-wide association studies. I emphasize both what genetic studies of educational...   More >

Transport and biosynthesis of a novel copper-chelating natural product

Seminar | April 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Amy Rosenzweig, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Disability and Climate Resilience

Workshop | April 9 | 6-8 p.m. | 88 Dwinelle Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come join SERC for an important workshop on the intersectionality of disability and climate resilience, something that often gets left out of the conversation when talking about climate change.

Leading this workshop is Alex Ghenis and Marsha Saxton from the World Institute of Disability. Alex is a Policy and Research Specialist at WID. He is currently managing the New Earth Disability (NED)...   More >

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Small-scale Gold Mining and Biocontamination

Seminar | April 10 | Barrows Hall, Radio Broadcast, ON AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Jimena Diaz, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Mattina Alonge, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in to The Graduates next Tuesday for a rocking interview with Jimena Diaz from the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. Jimena is an interdisciplinary scientist who combines insights from political ecology and ecology to better understand the complexities of society-nature interactions. In the interview, Jimena tells us all about the ways in which small...   More >

Seeing and Listening in the Garden: a Painting and Drawing Workshop

Workshop | April 10 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to enhance your senses through looking and listening. Listen to a line of music, draw the bending gesture of a tree. We will walk in the garden to explore color and focused listening in the soundscape of the garden.

$100, $90 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

New insights into acetylation and oncometabolism from chemoproteomics

Seminar | April 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jordan Meier, National Cancer Institute

 College of Chemistry

A paradox of modern biology is that while metabolism is known to influence epigenetic signals (including, but not limited to histone acetylation), the specific proteins that sense these metabolic cues remain uncharacterized. Here we describe the utility of chemical methods to discover novel epigenetic mechanisms and characterize their metabolic regulation. Our initial studies have led to the...   More >

C. Judson King: Building Research Eminence in the Physical Sciences at Berkeley

Seminar | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall (Level D)

 C. Judson King, Former director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (2004 - 2014) and Provost and Senior Vice President - Academic Affairs of the University of California system (1995-2004)., University of California

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The physical sciences at Berkeley were built to the highest stature in the first half of the twentieth century through an ad-hoc process driven by several key intellectual leaders among the faculty. Some of the most important factors were the strong institutional interests of these
faculty leaders, enablement by the administration, the establishment of the Board of Research, chartering of formal...   More >

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Development Lunch: "Determinants of the Cost of Electricity Supply in India"

Seminar | April 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Louis Preonas

 Department of Economics

Regime Type and Minister Tenure in Africa’s Authoritarian Regimes

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Alex Kroeger, Lecturer, UC Merced Department of Political Science

 Center for African Studies

What explains the wide variation in the tenure of cabinet ministers in authoritarian regimes? While existing research has focused on differences in the tenure of ministers in democracies and dictatorships, I examine the influence of regime type on minister tenure in authoritarian regimes. I argue that authoritarian regime type determines both the level of dismissal risk that ministers face as...   More >

Alex Kroeger

Do Medical Marijuana Laws Harm Youth and Young Adults?

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Joanne Spetz, PhD, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, Institute for Health Policy Studies

 Public Health, School of

Medical marijuana laws have been enacted in more than half of U.S. states, and studies have found that they increase the use of illicit marijuana among adults but reduce traffic fatality rates, suggesting there may be both positive and negative consequences. Using repeated-cross section data from the restricted-use version of the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, we delve more deeply into...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | April 10 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss Kronheimer-Mrowka's twisted instanton invariant of webs and foam cobordisms. The rank of this invariant for planar webs gives the number of Tait colorings, but the torsion can contain more information (in particular, admits a spectral sequence to their previous untwisted invariant).

Race and "Othering: Making torture possible

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

Torture involves a fundamental act of "othering" in order for it to be possible. Who do we torture and why do we torture them? How has torture been mobilized by "benign" states and who do we conceptualize as the architects of torture beyond those in the room with the detainee? What are the ramifications of this legacy for the disparate impact torture has on people of color today?

Joined by...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Blum Hall, Plaza Level

 Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles, Niskanen Center

 Department of Economics

*Note change in time and location. Joint with Political Economy Seminar

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

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 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Wenxin Du

 Department of Economics

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Computational dysfunctions in anxiety: Failure to differentiate signal from noise

Colloquium | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Martin Paulus, Scientific Director and President, Laureate Institute for Brain Research

 Department of Psychology

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Fourier transforms of measures and distance sets

Seminar | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 James Rowan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Falconer distance problem asks what the smallest Hausdorff dimension of a compact set E in $R^d$ can be such that its distance set D(E) has positive Lebesgue measure. It is conjectured that if dim E is greater than d/2, then dim D(E) is at least 1. We will discuss the relationship between this problem and spherical averages of Fourier transforms of measures and present a result of Wolff that...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Random monomial ideals and their homological properties

Seminar | April 10 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Lily Silverstein, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Randomness is an important tool in algebra, especially from an algorithmic perspective. I will discuss our recent work looking at the random behavior of monomial ideals. We describe several random models, inspired by earlier models for random graphs and random simplicial complexes, and give results on properties such as Hilbert function and Krull dimension. We also prove "threshold behavior" in...   More >

Design Field Notes: Melissa Cefkin

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Melissa Cefkin, a design anthropologist who works as principal scientist for Nissan Research, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "What Do Consumers Consider Before They Choose?"

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

 Jason Abaluck, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Industrial Organization Seminar. Please note change in time due to joint event.

The Security of the Korean Peninsula after the Olympics: Perspectives on South Korea, North Korea, China Trilateral Relations

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soojin Park, Wilson Center; Yun Sun, Stimson Center; Mark Tokola, Korea Economic Institute of America

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Korea Economic Institute of America, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The 2018 Winter Olympics presented an opportunity for reduced tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but can it help lead to a better outcome for the North Korea nuclear crisis or is it just a one-off event? At this time of heightened uncertainty in Northeast Asia, please join us for a panel co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America to discuss the increasingly complex relations among...   More >

Symmetry, degeneracy, and strong correlation

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Gustavo Scuseria, Department of Chemistry, Rice University

 College of Chemistry

Schrodinger's equation has been known for more than 90 years, yet many pressing questions in electronic structure theory remain unanswered. Quantum Chemistry is a successful field: the weak correlation problem has been solved; we can get "the right answer for the right reason" at reasonably low polynomial computational cost instead of the combinatorial expense of brute force approaches. Despite...   More >

Popular Neoliberalism: Readers' and Viewers' Reactions to Milton Friedman

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Dr. Maurice Cottier, Visiting Fellow, History Department, Harvard University

 Center for Right-Wing Studies

Milton Friedman was not only a leading neoliberal economist in the second half of the 20th century but, due to his popular books and appearances on TV, also a well-known public intellectual. Focusing on the reactions by viewers and readers of his book Capitalism and Freedom (1962) and book and TV series Free to Choose (1980), Maurice Cottier’s paper discusses how the broader public received...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"What Do Consumers Consider Before They Choose?" (Joint with 218)

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

 Jason Abaluck, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar. Please note change in location due to joint event.

Sarah Baker (Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion): How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora

Colloquium | April 10 | 5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Music, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Sarah Baker (Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion)

"How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora"

FinTech For Good Panel: Digital Financial Inclusion, the business opportunity of serving the underserved in a digital world

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 5-8 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Haas Fin Tech Club

FinTech is disrupting the financial services industry, delivering improved customer experience, faster transactions, and cheaper products to a wider audience. With the application of AI, Big Data, mobile, blockchain, and other technologies; unbanked and underserved customers who previously could not be served profitably can now be valuable new customers in a big emerging market that only in the...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Liaison among curves in $ \mathbf P^3 $

Seminar | April 10 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will study the equivalence relation generated by linked curves in $ \mathbf P^3 $. In particular we will define the Rao module and show that (up to shifts and duals) it determines the equivalence class. Time permitting we will study curves that are cut out by three surfaces.

How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora

Colloquium | April 10 | 5-7 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sarah Bakker Kellogg, Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

To the extent that Middle Eastern Christians register in Euro-American public discourse at all, they are usually invoked either to justify military intervention in the Middle East for the sake of their “religious freedom,” or they are cited as potential exemptions to policies intended to restrict asylum-seekers from Muslim-majority countries. This binary frame rests on a wide-spread assumption...   More >

Change Without a Footprint: A Student's Role in Global Health

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 109 Dwinelle Hall

 Sangeeta Tripathi, HEAL Initiative

 GlobeMed at Berkeley

Change Without a Footprint: A Student's Role in Global Health is a facilitated discussion on the implications of undergraduates working in global health led by the Director of Operations and Strategy at the HEAL Initiative, Sangeeta Tripathi. All students are welcome!

Sangeeta brings more than a decade of work in global health to the conversation. She has worked on the rapid acceleration of...   More >

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 CITRIS Research Exchange talk with Erik Henricson: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Erik K. Henricson, Associate Director for Clinical Research, UC Davis

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Erik K. Henricson’s work is focused on development of assessments for clinical trials, conduct of “bench-to-bedside” translational research, epidemiologic “natural history” studies of neuromuscular disease, and assessment of community mobility.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Ravinder Sehgal: Avian malaria in a changing world

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Ravinder Sehgal

 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 >

“Beyond Editing: Exploring and Engineering a Living Genome Using a Dead Molecule”

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Stanley Qi, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Synthetic manipulation of the genome is key to understanding the genetic makeup of living organisms, and holds great promise for curing diseases. Despite significant advances of CRISPR technology development to editing the genome sequence or regulating gene expression, genome engineering, broadly defined, is still in its infancy for studying and engineering diverse features inherent to the...   More >

Dirt Matters: Healthy Soil for a Productive and Sustainable California

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Center Sacramento, Room LL3

 1130 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

 Timothy Bowles, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Food Institute

Soil “health” is a metaphor that captures an essential parallel between soils and our own health: soils that are poorly-cared for will have shorter lifespans and require increasing levels of intervention to deliver the functions we require. Many agricultural practices common in California and worldwide degrade soil health rather than maintain or improve it, threatening long-term agricultural...   More >

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Building Segregation: The Role of Housing Characteristics in Racial Segregation between Neighborhoods.: Ann Owens, Department of Sociology, USC

Colloquium | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ann Owens, Professor, Department of Sociology, USC

 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.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Ants, agriculture, and antibiotics"

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Cameron Currie, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our research focuses on the ecology and evolution of symbiotic associations between animals and microbes. We utilize a cross-disciplinary approach incorporating ecological, evolutionary, behavioral, genetic, and microbiological approaches and employ molecular ecology and phylogenetic techniques to examine how microbes shape the biology of higher organisms.

Cultural variation in social judgments of smiles: The role of ideal affect

Colloquium | April 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Jeanne Tsai, Professor, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

In this talk, I will describe a series of studies demonstrating that cultural differences in how people ideally want to feel (their “ideal affect”) shape how they judge and treat others. Consistent with previous findings that European Americans value excitement states more than East Asians do, European Americans judge open toothy "excited" smiles (vs. closed "calm" smiles) as more affiliative...   More >

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | April 11 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Ergonomics@Work

Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

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Professional Ethics, Torture and Accountability

Panel Discussion | April 11 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

Is political dissent unprofessional? This panel will reflect upon the ethical obligations of doctors, psychologists, and lawyers who find themselves serving states that engage in torture. Panelists will weigh the relative merits of working to curb abuses from within government and publicly speaking out against odious practices. The panel will also consider the civic duties of professionals in the...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Contact structures in Heegaard Floer theory

Seminar | April 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Shea Vela-Vick, LSU

 Department of Mathematics

Evidence of deep connections between contact geometry and Heegaard Floer theory has steadily mounted since the latter theory first appeared a little over a decade ago. In one direction, Heegaard Floer homology supports an invariant which is capable of distinguishing contact structures and detecting tightness. In the other, much of the algebraic structure Heegaard Floer possesses reflects...   More >

A unifying framework for constructing MCMC algorithms from irreversible diffusion processes

Seminar | April 11 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yian Ma, U. C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

In this talk, I will first present a general recipe for constructing MCMC algorithms from diffusion processes with the desired stationary distributions. The recipe translates the task of finding valid continuous Markov processes into one of choosing two matrices. Importantly, any diffusion process with the target stationary distribution (given an integrability condition) can be represented in our...   More >

Remotely sensed canopy water content as a predictor for tree mortality

Colloquium | April 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Alexandra Konings, Professor, Stanford University

 Department of Geography

The rate of drought-induced tree mortality has been observed to increase across the world, and is expected to continue to increase dramatically as temperatures (and evaporative demand) rise. Increased drought stress, however, will not lead to mortality everywhere, and in situ monitoring of this heterogeneous process is cumbersome and expensive. Predicting where droughts will lead to tree...   More >

Pre-mRNA splicing, chromatin modification, and the coordinated control of gene expression

Seminar | April 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Tracy Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Using visualisation to understand R theory

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 10 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Hadley Wickham, RStudio

 Department of Statistics

In this talk, I will introduce the lobstr package which provides tools to visualise R's data structures on the command line. I'll show three R functions ast(), cst(), and ref() and use them to discuss three important components of R's theory:

1. All R code possesses a tree like structure, known as the abstract
syntax tree.
2. R's lazy evaluation introduces a tree-like structure into the...   More >

ERG Colloquium: George Roderick: Moorea Island Digital Ecosystem Avatar (IDEA): Modeling a Complex Island Ecosystem to Achieve Sustainability”

Colloquium | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 George Roderick, Professor and Chair, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 Energy and Resources Group

Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) Project is to build functioning digital simulations, ‘avatars’, of model islands, as a model to scale up to larger organizational units, with the outcome that communities and countries manage their ecosystem wellness and avoiding the social consequences of ecological collapse.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Knot Floer homology and fibered knots

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Shea Vela-Vick, LSU

 Department of Mathematics

We prove that the knot Floer homology of a fibered knot is nontrivial in its next-to-top Alexander grading. Immediate applications include a new proof that L-space knots prime and a classification of knots 3-manifolds with rank 3 knot Floer homology. We will also discuss a numerical refinement of the Ozsvath-Szabo contact invariant. This is joint work with John Baldwin.

Microsoft Azure University Tour

Workshop | April 11 | 4-7:15 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Field Club

 Office of the CIO (Chief Information Officer)

Want to know where the cloud can take you? Microsoft can show you.

We’re excited to announce the Azure University Tour is coming and you’re invited! This is a free learning event for student developers, faculty, and staff where you’ll code alongside industry experts, boost your skills, and test new technology.

No matter your career path, the cloud is likely to be central to it, and the...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Mesoscale Networks: from Microstructure Evolution to Material Properties

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Wei Cai, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

A major challenge in materials science is to understand and control the properties of materials based on the microstructure evolution at the mesoscale. For a wide range of materials, the relevant microstructures consist of a network of line objects. In this talk, I will use three examples to illustrate how the study of geometric/topological features of line networks can help us understand the...   More >

Torture and Human Rights Since 1945

Seminar | April 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Barbara Keys, University of Melbourne

 Institute of International Studies, Department of History

On Wednesday, April 11, the Berkeley Global History Seminar will host Barbara Keys, one of the discipline’s leading historians of international affairs. Keys received her Ph.D. from Harvard and is now Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. Her research and publications touch on a wide variety of issues, including human rights, the influence of transnational movements and...   More >

New Roles for Protein Methylation in Cell Signaling and Disease

Seminar | April 11 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Or Gozani, Stanford University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Habits of Power: Science Politics in Anti-Science Times, Race Politics in Anti-Racist Times

Colloquium | April 11 | 4:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Duana Fullwiley, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, The Joint Berkeley-UCSF Program in Medical Anthropology

In contemporary race politics, two dynamics characterize the present moment. The first is that the concepts of both race and science are up for fierce debate about the degree to which specific identity politics power them.The second is that the continued edification of race may beget further belief in its immutability and physical reality at the genetic level.

Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | April 11 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), Alexa Aburto (Humanities)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) and the American Cultures (AC) Center are proud to present Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research, from our three-part workshop series, Demystifying the Research Process. Humanities research applies to anyone wishing to study human culture and creations – including the arts, literature, policy, and more...   More >

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ev'ry Body, This Time: A Sexuality Studies Conference: Hosted by the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Conference/Symposium | April 12 – 14, 2018 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, 250,310

 Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Featuring multimedia panels, workshops, digital and analog art, and the following distinguished speakers: ​Qwo-li Driskill, Alison Kafer, Amber Musser, Gemma Romain, Amy Sueyoshi, Nayan Shah,
Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Qian Wang, Gloria Wekker

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Habits and Leverage

Seminar | April 12 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Pietro Veronesi, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Hard Work Is Not Enough: Gender and Racial Inequality in an Urban Workspace

Colloquium | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room, 295

 Katrinell Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology, Florida State University

 Catherine Fisk, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Sociology, Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Division of Center for the Study of Law and Society Equity and Inclusion

In this talk, professor Davis will discuss African American women’s experiences as bus operators in a San Francisco Bay Area transit firm from 1974-1989, during the height of affirmative action hiring. Through a series of interviews with these transit operators alongside correspondence between management and union leaders, grievance and arbitration data, as well as litigation against the firm,...   More >

FREE Register for a FREE lunch.

  Register online by April 5.

ESPM Seminar Series - Xavier Simon

Seminar | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

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

Xavier Simon, University of Vigo, Spain: "Public Procurement to build a better world everywhere"

Join us for coffee at 11:30 in 139 Mulford Hall.

This event is opened to the public.

Landscape of Practical Blockchain Systems and their Applications

Presentation | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge

 C. Mohan, IBM Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Prof (Tsinghua Univ)

 RISELab

The concept of a distributed ledger was invented as the underlying technology of the public or permissionless Bitcoin cryptocurrency network. But the adoption and further adaptation of it for use in the private or permissioned environments is what I consider to be of practical consequence and hence only such private blockchain systems will be the focus of this talk.
Computer companies like IBM,...   More >

Achieving PhD completion rates of over 80% in under 4 years, but what about graduate outcomes?

Seminar | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Evans Hall, CSHE Conference Room (766/768)

 Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith, Dean of the Graduate Research School, University of Otago, NZ

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

In this presentation, which should appeal to both faculty and graduate students, I discuss recent research on both PhD completion rates and graduate outcomes for cohorts at the University of Otago – a research-intensive university in New Zealand. Regarding PhD completion rates, we calculated these for cohorts from 2000-2012 (n=2770) and survival models determined whether gender, enrollment...   More >

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Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: Institutions and Technocratic Skill in Local Economic Development

Seminar | April 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Kate Casey, Stanford

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: The Long-lasting Effects of Propaganda on Financial Risk-Taking

Seminar | April 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Ulrike Malmendier, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

We argue that emotional coloring of experiences via political propaganda has long-term effects on risk taking. We show that living in an anti-capitalist system reduces individuals' willingness to invest in the stock market even decades later.

IB Seminar: "Physiological and genomic insights into adaptations and mal-adaptations in high-altitude populations"

Seminar | April 12 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Note change in date

 Tatum Simonson, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Integrative Biology

The Impact of the Medicaid Primary Care Fee Bump on the Cost and Quality of Care for Dual-Eligibles with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Colloquium | April 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Mark Unruh, PhD, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College

 Public Health, School of

The Affordable Care Act enacted a temporary “Medicaid primary care fee bump” that required states’ Medicaid programs to reimburse health care providers the same rates as Medicare for primary care services for all Medicaid patients during a two-year period, 2013-2014. For dual-eligibles, states’ Medicaid programs were required to reimburse providers the full 20% Medicare coinsurance for primary...   More >

Torture Litigation and the Future of Advocacy

Panel Discussion | April 12 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

This panel features Dror Ladin of the ACLU National Security Project, part of the team from Salim v. Mitchell, who won a settlement for accountability of two psychologists involved in the CIA torture program. This case marks the first of its kind in CIA torture litigation as the judge rejected attempts to dismiss. Ladin will discuss what this landmark settlement means for future litigation and...   More >

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | April 12 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Please...   More >

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Econ 235, Financial Economics: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 12 | 1-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Chris Jauregui, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar joint with Seminar 231; Public Finance: "Reallocation and the Minimum Wage – Evidence from Germany"

Seminar | April 12 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Attila Lindner, University College London

 Center for Labor Economics

with Christian Dustmann, Uta Schoenberg, Matthias Umkehrer, Philipp vom Berge)

joint with Public Finance

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

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.

ESPM Remote Sensing Job Talk Series - Adam Wilson

Seminar | April 12 | 3-5 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

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

Adam Wilson, Assistant Professor, NY State University, Buffalo shares his talk "Pattern to process: Inferring ecological mechanisms from time series of satellite imagery"

This event is open to the public.

Please join us for coffee at 2:00 pm in 139 Mulford Hall.

Surface Phonon Polaritons for Low Loss Infrared to THZ Nanophotonics

Seminar | April 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dr. Joe Tischler, Naval Research Laboratory

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Progress in plasmonic research has demonstrated its capability for enhancing many technologies including photodetectors, photovoltaics, and molecular spectroscopy. However, in order to maximize functionality, alternative materials to plasmonic metals that exhibit high optical losses must be explored.
In our studies we have demonstrated that plasmonic like effects can be achieved through phonon...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Different approaches to the virtual moduli cycle – an elementary introduction

Colloquium | April 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Dusa McDuff, Barnard College

 Department of Mathematics

Most invariants of a symplectic manifold derive in some way from a count of J-holomorphic curves. However, in a general symplectic manifold one often cannot count curves directly in a robust way, i.e. so that the count is independent of the choice of perturbation. Instead one has to define a virtual count. This talk will try to give an elementary description of the problem and will describe some...   More >

Learning from Language

Seminar | April 12 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall - HP Auditorium

 Jacob Andreas, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, we'll explore three ways of integrating compositional linguistic structure and learning: using language as a source of modular reasoning operators for question answering, as a scaffold for fast and generalizable reinforcement learning, and as a tool for understanding representations in neural networks.

Composition Colloquium: Scapegoat

Colloquium | April 12 | 4 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

The Digital Architecture of Time Management

Colloquium | April 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Judy Wajcman, Stanford University

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, Berkeley Institute for Data Science

There is a widespread assumption that digital technologies are radically altering our perception of time: that we live too fast, that time is scarce and that the pace of everyday life is accelerating beyond our control. The iconic image that abounds is that of the frenetic, technologically tethered, iPhone-addicted citizen.

Paradoxically, digital devices are seen as both the cause of time...   More >

Mark Danner in conversation with Robert Hass

Panel Discussion | April 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Mark Danner

 Robert Hass

 Department of English

Mark David Danner is an American writer, journalist, and educator. He is a former staff writer for The New Yorker and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. Danner specializes in U.S. foreign affairs, war and politics, and has written articles on Haiti, Central America, the former Yugoslavia, and the Middle East. In 1999, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. Danner is a member of the...   More >

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ev'ry Body, This Time: A Sexuality Studies Conference: Hosted by the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Conference/Symposium | April 12 – 14, 2018 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, 250,310

 Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Featuring multimedia panels, workshops, digital and analog art, and the following distinguished speakers: ​Qwo-li Driskill, Alison Kafer, Amber Musser, Gemma Romain, Amy Sueyoshi, Nayan Shah,
Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Qian Wang, Gloria Wekker

Berkeley Law Sports Industry Conference

Conference/Symposium | April 13 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, University Club

 Boalt Law School

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Berkeley Law Sports Industry Conference: The Future of Sports

Conference/Symposium | April 13 | 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, University Club

 Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT)

Presented by the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law, the Berkeley Center for Law, Business & the Economy and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Sponsored by the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Seahawks. Partnered with the Cal Alumni Association, Cal Athletics and the ABA Sports Division.

$299 General, $99 Berkeley Law Alumni, Cal Athletics Alumni, and Members of the California Alumni Association, $25 Students

  Register online

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Seismic Performance of Nonstructural Components: Addressing the Elephant in the Building

Seminar | April 13 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Dimitrios Konstantinidis

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The earthquake engineering community has focused significant effort on the design of earthquake-resistant structural systems, while much less attention has been paid on ensuring the adequate seismic performance of nonstructural components, such as architectural elements, electrical and mechanical equipment, and furnishings.

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | April 13 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join UCBG Director, Eric Siegel, for a morning practice in Qigong (pronounced cheegong), a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness.

Free with Garden Admission

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“Searching For Scents: Human And Dog Behavior During Odor Navigation”

Colloquium | April 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Judy Jinn, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Ph.D. Exit Talk

Exploring Bioactive Chemicals in Aquatic Environments: Where is Our Attention Needed?: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | April 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Ed Kolodziej, Associate Professor, University of Washington

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Environmental and Sustainability Involvement Careers Expo: Networking Event

Career Fair | April 13 | 12-3 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Career Center

The Student Environmental Resource Center, the College of Natural Resources, and the Career Center at UC Berkeley are partnering again this year to host an Environmental & Sustainability Expo for UC Berkeley students.
At this event, students will have the opportunity to meet employers and alumni from various roles and niches of the Environmental/Green Jobs Sector.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Multi-Die Heterogeneous Integration for the Next Era of Moore’s Law

Seminar | April 13 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Muhannad S. Bakir, Georgia Tech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event has been canceled due to a last minute emergency. Sorry for the inconvenience, if you have any questions please contact Mayra Rivera at the Front Office of Cory Hall.

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium | April 13 | 1-5:30 p.m. | 510A 1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

 Ching Kwan Lee, Sociology, UCLA

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Conference continues on Saturday at 9:30 am.

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.

"Supply Exceeds Demand. Demand Exceeds Supply." Ye Qianyu (1907-1995). Modern Sketch. 1935.

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Noncrossing Partitions

Seminar | April 13 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Mario Sanchez, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Noncrossing partitions are a subset of partitions that behave nicely with respect to an underlying total order of the ground set. These simple to define objects appear in topics ranging from total positivity to noncommutative probability. In this talk, we will focus on the combinatorial aspects of noncrossing partitions and their relation with a few other topics in combinatorics. In the process...   More >

Court, Sampradāya and Beyond: A Workshop on Hindi Literary Traditions from the 16th to 19th Centuries

Workshop | April 13 | 1:30-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Allison Busch, Associate Professor of Hindi Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University; Jack Hawley, Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University; Philip A. Lutgendorf, Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa

 Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

A conference on early Hindi literature that brings together research on a range of literary traditions from the 16th to 19th centuries in an attempt to rethink standard narratives on periodization, genre and context.

Double Quantum Dot Nanocrystal Synthesis and Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Dan Oron, Weizmann Institute, Applied Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals have evolved in the past decades from a topic of pure scientific interest to a technological one. This has been driven by dramatic advances in the ability to fabricate controlled complex structures via wet chemistry methods.

Today, exquisite control can be exerted on the detailed structure and energy landscape within colloidal nanoparticles, leading to new...   More >

Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan

Conference/Symposium | April 13 | 2-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, Room 220

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Please join us on April 13th and 14th for the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. Labor has and continues to be an important analytic in Japanese Studies as it illuminates diverse phenomena such as macro-economic change, state-society relations, and industrial development.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviations from Scaling Limits and Control Theory

Seminar | April 13 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Dissertation talk: Detection limits and fluctuation results in some spiked random matrix models

Seminar | April 13 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Ahmed El Alaoui, EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, we will investigate the fundamental limits of detecting the presence of a structured low-rank signal buried inside a large noise matrix. This setting serves among other things as a simple model for principal component analysis: Given a set of data points in Euclidean space, find out whether there exists a distinguished direction (a "spike") along which these data points align.
It...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Beyond Direct Supervision: Visual Learning via Data-driven Consistency

Seminar | April 13 | 3-4 p.m. | 490 Cory Hall

 Tinghui Zhou, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Robots and Drones: Innovations in Agricultural Research

Panel Discussion | April 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

CLEAR proudly presents another Roundtable discussion with a diverse panel sharing their perspectives on the present and future impact of robots and drones on agriculture. It will be this Friday, April 13th, from 3-5pm in room 115 in the Energy Biosciences Building. It is open to all UC affiliated students and faculty!

Our panelists are:

David Slaughter
UC Davis Biological and Agricultural...   More >

MENA Salon: IDF Fires on Palestinians at the Gaza Border

Workshop | April 13 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Two Presentations: PrivSec-F1: Compliance Focused Toolkit and Using CAPTCHAs to Measure Internet Fragmentation

Seminar | April 13 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Ankeet Shankar & Anushah Hossain

 Information, School of

PrivSec-F1: Compliance Focused Toolkit
Ankeet Shankar
Based on the review and feedback provided during the last progress report presented on March 2, a subset of the report and key findings will be presented. This progress report will be focused on the legal aspects of PrivSec-F1 pertaining to soft requirements and guidance provided by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for...   More >

Dow Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: Heterolytic C-H and N-H/O-H Activation by First Row Transition Metal Complexes: Applications to the Guerbet Process

Seminar | April 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Bill Jones, University of Rochester

 College of Chemistry

Recent work in acceptorless dehydrogenation reactions of H-C-O-H and H-C-N-H bonds will be presented. These examples include complexes of iron, cobalt, and nickel. Extensions to C-C hydrogenation are also examined. A manganese pincer complex is shown to be active for the Guerbet reaction for the conversion of ethanol to butanol. A tandem catalyst system has been developed that gives very high...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: More on wave maps into spheres

Seminar | April 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Mohandas Pillai, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Music Studies Colloquium Amy Cimini (UC San Diego)

Colloquium | April 13 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Dr. Cimini earned her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology in 2011 from New York University. Prior to her appointment at UC San Diego, she held an Andrew W. Mellon Post- Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Music Theory from the University of Pennsylvania from 2011-2013 as well as a visiting position in Music Theory at the College of William and Mary from 2010-2011. Cimini is a historian and performer of...   More >