<< Week of October 20 >>

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Hula Dance Class: Halau O Kekuhi at Cal Performances

Workshop | October 20 | 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Mahealani Uchiyama, master teaching artist in Hula, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Led by Māhealani Uchiyama

Experience a kinetic introduction to Hula, the indigenous dance of Hawai'i, with Bay Area Hula artist, Māhea Uchiyama. This ancient, healing art form uses the body to perpetuate knowledge of the ancestors and appreciate nature. The class leads into the afternoon performance by Hālau O Kekuhi, an honored troupe of Hilo from Hawaii's Big Island that...   More >

FLACC Dance Workshop

Workshop | October 20 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In anticipation of the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, join FLACC artists and dance makers Liz Boubion and Karla Quintero for a workshop in site-specific performance making. Using sound, movement, expression, and improvisation, participants will map the architecture and conjure the history of the BAMPFA building, activating its creative potential as a performance space....   More >

Transparency, Control Mechanisms, and Social Trust In Chinese History

Workshop | October 20 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room

 Trenton Wilson, EALC,UC Berkeley; Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley; Natasha Heller, Religious Studies, University of Virginia; Thomas Hahn, Berkeley independent scholar

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This session, while designed for graduate students, is open to the public. Talks will be 35 minutes each, so as to leave ample time for discussion.

Workshop theme and impetus:
Zhu Xi (1130-1200), echoing Wang Bi’s (226-249) reading of the Analects, wrote, "to anticipate duplicity and dishonesty will, I fear, give rise to a mechanical mind" (jixie zhi xin). Following after Zhu Xi, we might say...   More >

Trace Your Love Line

Workshop | October 20 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conjunction with the exhibition The San Quentin Project, two workshops offer artmaking experiences that draw on somatic and expressive arts therapy to explore resilience. Painting can engage people’s innate creativity and capacity to heal through integrating sensory, emotional, and thinking processes in a soothing, exploratory, and enjoyable way.

No prior art experience needed.

Workshop...   More >

Monday, October 21, 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Joel Bowen, O'Brein Lab; Justin Theiss, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Joel Bowen's Talk
Feature interference within dynamic receptive field pooling arrays: Implications for visual crowding

Abstract: Visual crowding imposes severe perceptual limitations on object recognition in peripheral vision: target objects that are easily identified in isolation are much more difficult to identify when flanked by similar nearby objects. Most models of crowding postulate...   More >

5th Annual UC Berkeley Disability Employment Fair and Open House: Sponsored by Staff Alliance for Disability Access

Career Fair | October 21 | 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24 (in basement)

 Staff Alliance for Disability Access

Are you or anyone you know interested in joining an inclusive workplace? Interested in professional level jobs? Interested in learning about what a career at UC Berkeley has to offer? Join us to learn about available UC Berkeley jobs and accomodations for the disabled community!

  RSVP online

Getting an Archaeology Article Published

Workshop | October 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mitch Allen, Scholarly Roadside Service, Founder of AltaMira Press and Left Coast Press

 Archaeological Research Facility

Getting an article published is about more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. There are strategies for presenting your work to the journal editor-- and ways to craft your message to them-- that greatly improve your chances of success, strategies that most academics don't know or don't follow.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff.

  Register online

Semm Seminar: From Performance-Based Engineering to Urban Resilience

Seminar | October 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Gregory Deierlein, Stanford University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Performance-based earthquake engineering has matured over the past twenty years from a con-ceptual framework into a formal methodology that can enable quantitative assessment of the seismic risks to buildings and infrastructure. Enabled by advanced computational technologies, performance-based methods provide for more transparent design and decision making that takes advantage of the latest...   More >

Prof. Gregory Deierlein

The Sense of Fairness in Chimpanzees and Children

Colloquium | October 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jan Engelmann, UC Berkeley Psychology

 Department of Psychology

It is often argued that the sense of fairness consists in an aversion to unequal resource distributions. Standard accounts claim that chimpanzees react negatively to allocations in which they receive less than others, while children, from around 8 years onwards, also react negatively to allocations in which they receive more than others. I will review recent evidence suggesting two modifications...   More >

Trade Lunch: "Beyond nightlights: The use of daytime high resolution satellite images in economics"

Seminar | October 21 | 12:05-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Luna Huang, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Seminar: Matroids arising from electrical networks

Seminar | October 21 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bob Lutz, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce Dirichlet matroids, a generalization of graphic matroids defined by electrical networks. First, I will describe an interaction between duals of Dirichlet matroids and duals of circular electrical networks. Second, I will characterize the Bergman fans of Dirichlet matroids as explicit subcomplexes of graphic Bergman fans. For "complete" networks, we obtain a...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | October 21 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Krista Ruffini, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
Mondays 12:10-1:30
Pizza Served

PERL Seminar: “Does Symbolic- Breed Substantive-Representation? Evidence from Women’s Police Stations in India”

Seminar | October 21 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Nirvikar Jassal

 Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

On the Fringe of Minitel: Alternative Uses of a State-Sponsored Communications Network A Participatory Masterclass

Seminar | October 21 | 1-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340

 Julien Mailland, University of Indiana, Bloomington

 Center for New Media

1980s France was peculiar: most of the populace was online, checking the news, buying, chatting, and having virtual intercourse, via a plugged-in little computer box called "Minitel." Handed out for free by the PTT, the phone company, Minitel made France the most connected country in the world until the introduction of the commercial Internet in the mid-nineties, which dwarfed it. In Silicon...   More >

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String-Math Seminar: 3d Mirror Symmetry and HOMFLY-PT homology

Seminar | October 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Tudor Dimofte, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

3d N=4 gauge theories admit two distinct topological twists, ‘A’ and ‘B’, analogous to the well-studied A and B twists of 2d N=(2,2) theories, and exchanged by 3d mirror symmetry. Unlike their 2d analogues, much of the categorical structure of the 3d twists is still being worked out. I will discuss some aspects of the category of line operators in the A and B of gauge theories, and an...   More >

Probabilistic operator Algebra Seminar: Atoms of operator-valued free convolutions

Seminar | October 21 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Hari Bercovici, Indiana University

 Department of Mathematics

We describe a recent result about atoms of sums of freely independent operator-valued random variables. Possible consequences for the kernels of polynomials in freely independent variables (relative to a trace) are also discussed.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The K-theory of truncated polynomial algebras and coordinate axes.

Seminar | October 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Martin Speirs, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Algebraic K-theory is a fundamental invariant of rings and schemes and is connected with several areas of number theory such as p-adic cohomology theories and special values of zeta functions. Unfortunately, explicit computations of K-theory are rare and typically hard. However, certain trace maps from K-theory to more computable invariants have led to computations.

In this talk I will revisit...   More >

Two Paths to Habituality: Imperfective Mode vs. Habitual Mode in Tlingit (and Simple Present in English)

Colloquium | October 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Seth Cable, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Department of Linguistics

Despite its morpho-syntactic simplicity, the English sentence in (1) expresses an especially complex and still deeply puzzling meaning, one having to do with the subject’s habits, propensities, dispositions, duties, etc.

(1) My father eats salmon.

Interestingly, in the Tlingit language (Na-Dene; Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon), there seem to be two means for expressing the general meaning...   More >

Allostery and genetic information integration

Seminar | October 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jeremy Gunawardena, Harvard Medical School

 College of Chemistry

I will describe recent results which show that allosteric conformational ensembles of sufficient
complexity can implement any form of information integration that is achievable without energy
expenditure. I will discuss to what extent this mechanism may account for the information processing which occurs during eukaryotic gene regulation, in which many small packets of information must be...   More >

Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works

Colloquium | October 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102 Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Rucker C. Johnson, University of California, Berkeley (Goldman School of Public Policy) & National Bureau of Economic Research

 Graduate School of Education

Inequality in schools leads to many of our most intractable social ills: the mass incarceration of young men of color, disparities in income, life expectancy and related public health metrics.

Children of the Dream argues for public education as the primary engine of upward mobility. Specifically, I examine the success of our three most significant equal-opportunity initiatives: 1)...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Pollicott-Ruelle resonances and Betti numbers

Seminar | October 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Küster, Paris 11

 Department of Mathematics

In joint work with Tobias Weich, we study the multiplicity of the Pollicott-Ruelle resonance 0 of the Lie derivative along the geodesic vector field on the cosphere bundle of a closed negatively curved Riemannian manifold, acting on flow-transversal one-forms. We prove that if the manifold admits a metric of constant negative curvature and the Riemannian metric is close to such a constant...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Mislearning from Censored Data: The Gambler’s Fallacy in Optimal-Stopping Problems"

Seminar | October 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Kevin He, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

Reading - Nonfiction | October 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | NYU Stern School of Business, Kaufman Management Center, Room 55, 3rd floor, MC building

  44 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

 Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Dina M. Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU; Chaumtoli Huq, Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and the founder/Editor of Law@theMargin; Shikha Silman Bhattacharjee, Ph.D. Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law and the 2019 Subir Chowdhury Fellow on Quality of Life in Bangladesh

 Paula Chakravarty, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication (MCC), and the Gallatin School, at New York University

 David Ludden, Director of the Center for Global Asia in New York and Professor and Chair of the Department of History at New York University

 New York Center for Global Asia, Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley, Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU, CUNY School of Law, NYU | South Asia

Book launch: Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

ATC Lecture — Leonel Moura, "Non-Human Art"

Colloquium | October 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Leonel Moura

 Center for New Media, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Can a machine create its own art? This question, raised around the year 2000 by Leonel Moura, is at the core of his work with robotics and artificial intelligence. With the development of artificial intelligence of recent years, the possibility for machines to be intelligent but also creative is at the center of a debate on the future of humanity. Will machines take over? Or, is there an...   More >

Heart Chan Meditation

Course | September 23 – November 11, 2019 every Monday | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

Heart Chan, Heart Chan at Berkeley

 Heart Chan

Start the journey for Heart Chan Meditation
seeking harmony of mind, body, spirit
gain true wisdom and joy from your inner self
make meditation part of your modern daily life.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Thinking Improperly About Democracy

Seminar | October 22 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Mark Devenney, Co-Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics; Principal Lecturer, School of Humanities, University of Brighton, UK

 The Program in Critical Theory

Details forthcoming.

A Geometric Method of Hoverability Analysis for Multirotor UAVs

Seminar | October 22 | 10 a.m.-11 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Assistant Professor Tatsuya Ibuki, Department of Systems and Control Engineering; Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: This talk presents a novel geometric method to investigate what structure of multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can achieve stable hovering, i.e., hoverability. The hoverability is indispensable for a multirotor UAV to conduct its task safely, and even when a rotor fails, it should be satisfied to prevent an accident. The proposed geometric method reveals the relationship...   More >

Discovery of a T follicular helper cell subset that drives anaphylactic IgE

Seminar | October 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Stephanie Eisenbarth, Yale University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Merck-Banyu Lectureship: Exploring Stable Yet Unusual π-Electron Materials by Making Use of Phosphorus and Sulfur

Seminar | October 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Aiko Fukazawa, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences

 College of Chemistry

The π-conjugated systems are indispensable building blocks in organic chemistry when we aim to attain optical and/or electronic functions with organic compounds. The molecular design of π-conjugated systems with unusual electronic structure and thus optical and/or electronic properties are of increasing importance for both progress of fundamental molecular science and development of...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: CANCELLED

Seminar | October 22 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: TBD, TBD

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Blowing against the Wind? A Narrative Approach to Central Bank Foreign Exchange Intervention"

Presentation | October 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Alain Naef, 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  by October 18.

Job Search Your Values at Work

Workshop | October 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, "Class of '42" Room

 Human Resources

Values contribute to the meaning and satisfaction we find in work. This workshop offers a chance to clarify your highest-priority work related values, and explore avenues for enhancing alignment in your values and your work.

BSAC Research Seminar - Prof. Brian T. Cunningham: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Seminar | October 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 490 Cory Hall

 Prof. Brian T. Cunningham, University of Illinois

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

Wellness/Ergonomic Tips for Self Care at Work (BEUHS668)

Workshop | October 22 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Greg Ryan, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics; Lindy West, Be Well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up your mobile/office workstation with a focus on self-care and explore methods for practicing these positive habits in our fast paced world. Content will include beneficial movement options while working with all your 'devices', recommendations for 'break time', and mindfulness and breathing exercises. Resources available on and off campus will be shared.

  Register online

Colloquium: Canadian Election Post-Mortem

Colloquium | October 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Eric Guntermann, UC Berkeley Political Science Department

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Colloquium: Election Post-Mortem – Dr. Eric Guntermann, UC-Berkeley
Voting expert Dr. Eric Gunterman will help us dissect the 2019 elections results. Lunch provided. Free, open to all.

Space Physics Seminar

Seminar | September 17 – December 3, 2019 every Tuesday | 1-2 p.m. | 325 LeConte Hall

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Copyright and Your Dissertation

Workshop | October 22 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg; Timothy Vollmer


This workshop will provide you with a practical workflow for navigating copyright questions and legal considerations for your dissertation or thesis. Whether you’re just starting to write or you’re getting ready to file, you can use this workflow to figure out what you can use, what rights you have, and what it means to share your dissertation online.

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Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Loss Aversion and Property Tax Avoidance

Seminar | October 22 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Peter Jones, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Wave invariants and inverse spectral theory

Seminar | October 22 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Amir Vig, UCI & MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

The wave trace is a distribution on $\mathbb R$ given by $\sum_{j = 1}^\infty e^{it \lambda_j}$, where $\lambda_j^2$ are the (positive) eigenvalues of the Laplacian on a compact domain. In general, two linear waves can be superimposed to give another solution to the wave equation. When we add up a bunch of waves at different frequencies, the peak singularities appear at points with substantial...   More >

Power and Progress on the Prairie

Colloquium | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Tom Biolsi, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, Native American Studies, Native American Student Development, American Indian Graduate Program, American Indian Graduate Student Association

This talk will be based on Prof. Biolsi’s recently published book, Power and Progress on the Prairie, which traces the history of “modernization,” “improvement,” or “progress” on Rosebud Reservation. The central question of the book is how ideas about making things “better” were invented and applied to the people—both Indian and white—and the land.

Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance: Canceled.

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

George C. Pimentel Lecture: Accelerated Reactions in Microdroplets and Thin Films

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Graham Cooks, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

 College of Chemistry

Reactions in small droplets with a gaseous interface are accelerated by orders of magnitude, the increase in rate being inversely dependent on the size of the droplet [1]. Acceleration is driven by the decreased activation energy (due to partial solvation) required for reactions occurring at the solution/gas interface [2], as shown in experiments on levitated droplets [3]. Recent data show that...   More >

Natural Perfume Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Workshop | October 22 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for this two hour beginners natural perfume workshop. You'll learn about the history and art of natural perfumes. You will create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more.

Beginner Natural Perfume Workshop Includes:
15 natural essential oils and absolutes to sample
Your formula blended into a .25 oz...   More >

$85 / $75 UCBG Members

  Register online

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | October 23 | 9-10 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | October 23 | 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 >

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | October 23 | 10:10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Alumni Seminar: Making tracks: Spindle assembly and chromosome dynamics during female meiosis

Seminar | October 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Sadie Wignall, Northwestern University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Department of Molecular & Cell Biology Annual Alumni Seminar

UC Berkeley Startup Fair

Conference/Symposium | October 23 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The UCB Startup Fair is a unique recruitment event where the spotlight is on the startups. It is a chance for small companies to speak directly to students without getting overshadowed by the big names.

We bring together the most innovative new companies in the Valley and introduce them to students from one of the top engineering universities in the world. When combined with the Startup Fair...   More >

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Ice Models for Type A (and B)

Seminar | October 23 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yulia Alexandr, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is the continuation of last week's talk. I will also present results for type B.

BioE Seminar - Lingyan Shi: Bioengineering Department Seminar

Seminar | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Lingyan Shi, UC San Diego

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Lingyan Shi, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, UC San Diego

"Visualizing the Metabolic Activities in Cell and Tissues
with High Resolution Vibrational Imaging"

The Long-Term Consequences of Solitary Confinement: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Christopher Wildeman, Professor of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology, Cornell 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.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "The intersection of nutrition and infection at the host-pathogen interface"

Seminar | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Eric Skaar, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Eric Skaar earned his B.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis from Northwestern University, and his M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Northwestern University. His aboratory is interested in identifying the host and bacterial factors that are involved in this battle for metal during the pathogenesis of...   More >

From the Stanford NLP Lab to the Chat Centre: Redwood Seminar

Seminar | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Zayd Enam, Cresta

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In this talk I will discuss the current data bottlenecks of NLP research and why a general intelligence will emerge out of the co-evolution of humans and software. I will present the results and open challenges of our team’s approach to conversational intelligence used in production. If you are a US consumer you have likely already interacted with a representative aided by a Cresta system....   More >

CITRIS Research Exchange - Oscar Dubón

Seminar | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

CITRIS Research Exchange is free and open to the public. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12 pm and is hosted at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus unless otherwise noted. Register by the Monday prior to the event to receive lunch.

  RSVP online


Seminar | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library


 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 >

Spices Around the World (BEUHS641)

Workshop | October 23 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Spices and herbs add rich flavor to food with the added bonus of offering health benefits. Learn to naturally enhance the flavor of your food with spices from around the globe. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

Does Intra-household Contagion Cause an Increase in Prescription Opioid Use?

Colloquium | October 23 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Mathijs de Vaan, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Opioid use claims many thousands of lives each year. This talk considers the diffusion of prescription opioid (PO) use within family households as one potential culprit of the proliferation of these medications. In an analysis of hundreds of millions of medical claims and almost 14 million opioid prescriptions in one state between 2010 and 2015, we show that the use of POs spreads within family...   More >

Wellness Wednesday: Zumba: Physical Wellness with Zumba

Workshop | October 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 110 Barker Hall

 College of Natural Resources

Staying active in a sustainable way is an important part of overall health. Take your mind off of classes, destress, and treat your body with a Zumba dance session taught by Bonnie Mitchell, a licensed Zumba instructor.

Learn more about her and other classes she offers at https://www.zumba.com/en-US/profile/bonnie-mitchell/1265186

Microsoft PowerPoint Advanced Visual Design

Course | October 23 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This course details the process of leveraging advanced development and design tools to visually enhance presentations and embedded objects. Emphasis is placed on content design and management tools, user-defined effects and actions, and Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). Learning Objectives * Divide large presentations into logical grouped Sections. * Create custom slide shows for multi-audience...   More >

  Register online

OPT Document Check Workshop

Workshop | October 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 7 Evans Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office as you prepare to put together your documents for your OPT application. This workshop will cover required documents, how to fill out the forms, and most common mistakes in the application. In addition, there will be a Q&A portion during which you can ask specific questions about your own application.

Please note that this workshop is specifically for OPT...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Bers' proof of Nielsen-Thurston classification theorem

Seminar | October 23 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jing Tao, University of Oklahoma

 Department of Mathematics

I will present Bers' elegant proof of the classification of surface homeomorphisms. I will start by defining Teichmuller space and the Teichmuller metric.

From Dissertation to Book: Navigating the Publication Process

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg; Timothy Vollmer


Hear from a panel of experts - an acquisitions editor, a first-time book author, and an author rights expert - about the process of turning your dissertation into a book. You’ll come away from this panel discussion with practical advice about revising your dissertation, writing a book proposal, approaching editors, signing your first contract, and navigating the peer review and publication process.

  RSVP online

EECS Colloquium: Controlling structure in living cells: from cellular size control systems to CellCAD

Colloquium | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Wallace Marshall, Center for Cellular Construction, UCSF

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Living cells are complex self-organizing machines in which different biochemical reactions are compartmentalized in membrane-enclosed chambers. Biotechnology, especially metabolic engineering, has long sought to harness the living cell as a microscopic chemical factory, but almost all the effort to date has been directed at manipulating the chemistry of the cell, and the physical structure of the...   More >

The top principal value and the distance to Athens: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Balint Virag, University of Toronto

 Department of Statistics

The distribution of the top principal value of a random covariance matrix appears in seemingly unrelated models. These include particle systems originating in cell biology, longest increasing subsequences, and the shape of coffee spots.

Random planar geometry lurks behind these phenomena. I will discuss the recently constructed common scaling limit, the directed landscape, and its...   More >

RTMP Seminar: Riemann geometry without indices

Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Vladimir Fock, Université de Strasbourg

 Department of Mathematics

The talk will be devoted to a well know subject — basic theorems of Riemann geometry — Bianchi identities, conformal invariance of the Weyl tensor, variation of the Hilbert functional and some others. We suggest a formalism to give a few line proofs of these statements based on formulation of Riemann geometry as a gauge theory in terms of Clifford forms as well as the action of a group...   More >

Soft, wet, and sticky: Viscous forces and elasticity in adhesion

Colloquium | October 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Joelle Frechette, Professor, John Hopkins University

 College of Chemistry

Understanding and harnessing the coupling between lubrication pressure, elasticity, and surface interactions provides materials design strategies for applications such as adhesives, coatings, microsensors, and biomaterials. This presentation will discuss our efforts to understand how soft materials make contact and adhere under dynamic conditions in fluid environments. Measurements of...   More >

Topology Seminar: A tale of 2 metrics

Seminar | October 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jing Tao, University of Oklahoma

 Department of Mathematics

Associated to a surface S is the deformation space of all conformation structures on S up to isotopy. This is the Teichmuller space T(S) of S, a topological space naturally homeomorphic to a cell. Via the Uniformization Theorem, T(S) is also the deformation space of hyperbolic structures on S up to isotopy. Teichmuller space can be equipped with several natural metrics. In this talk, I will focus...   More >

2019 Fall Teacher Leadership Invitational: Session 2

Workshop | October 23 | 4:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 California Reading & Literature Project

CRLP's Fall 2019 Teacher Leadership Series will focus on previewing one of CRLP's latest PD options: Learning How English Works. Topics will include Protocols for Analyzing Student Work Samples, Grammar Mini-Lessons in Designated ELD, and Exploring the Consultancy Protocol for Improving Team Meetings

Health Behind Bars

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Human Rights Center

A provocative discussion with experts in health and law on
challenges and successes related to healthcare in prisons. Panelists will discuss supermax prisons, solitary confinement, mental health, end-of-life care, and the role of prison doctors.

Rohini Haar, MD, MPH, Lecturer, School of Public Health
Michele DiTomas, MD, MS, Chief Physician,...   More >

Thursday, October 24, 2019

BPM 207 Leading Change

Workshop | October 24 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content provides knowledge and skills to create accountability, manage competing priorities, and enhance team communication and productivity.

  Register online

Festschrift in Honor of Gordon Rausser

Conference/Symposium | October 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 College of Natural Resources

Dr. Gordon C. Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Natural Resources. He is a preeminent agricultural and resource economist whose contributions in academia, government service, business, and public policy are exceptional for their impact around the world. His leadership at Berkeley, including his exemplary...   More >

  RSVP online by October 20.

Great Power Competition in the 21st Century: Linking Economics and Security

Conference/Symposium | October 24 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), UC Labs Fund

Great power competition is once again a critical component of the international system, with far reaching implications for the stability of the existing political and economic order. However, power is not always won by confrontation, but through tactical, indirect rivalry across issue areas. Strategic competition between the United States, China, India, and other rising powers spans industries...   More >

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | October 24 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Applied Math Seminar: Quantum discrete optimization and approximation algorithms

Seminar | October 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ojas Parekh, Sandia National Lab

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will motivate quantum approaches to discrete optimization by highlighting fundamental connections between quantum physics and discrete optimization. I will explain popular quantum discrete optimization techniques such as the Quantum Adiabatic Algorithm and the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA). I will present results on quantum approximation algorithms,...   More >

Additive BioFabrication – 3D Printing for Pharmaceutical Applications and Regenerative Medicine

Seminar | October 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Felicity Rose & Professor Ricky Wildman, University of Nottingham, UK

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: The industrial uptake of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing processes is growing rapidly but is being hampered by the lack of breadth of materials usable in such systems. Identifying, and then optimisating formulations for 3D printing is time consuming, and generally involves many tedious steps each of which require lengthy analysis. We have developed a methodology that compresses...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | October 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Samson Cao, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: The Gordon-Luecke Theorem

Seminar | October 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alois Cerbu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Cameron Gordon and John Luecke proved that knots are determined by their complements, in the following sense: for smooth knots $K$ and $K' \subset S^3$ whose complements are homeomorphic, there exists a self-homeomorphism of $S^3$ taking $K$ to $K'$. In fact, if this homeomorphism is orientation-preserving, then $K$ and $K'$ will be isotopic. We will examine the proof from their 1989 paper.

Matrix On Point: Brexit

Panel Discussion | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for British Studies, Department of Political Science; Akasemi Newsome, Associate Director, Institute of European Studies; Ian Duncan, Florence Green Bixby Chair, UC Berkeley Department of English

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on October 24 as three distinguished scholars—Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies, Akasemi Newsome, Associate Director of the Institute of European Studies, and Ian Duncan, Florence Green Bixby Chair in the English Department—will discuss key questions related to Brexit.

  RSVP online by October 22.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Suresh Naidu, Professor, Columbia

 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 >

In-house Meta-Analysis Workshop

Workshop | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Room 10

 Dr. Renate Soellner

 Social Welfare, School of

Are you considering a meta-analysis for your qualifying paper? Or as part of a publishable systematic review? What does it entail? Please save the date for a brief meta-analysis workshop by Visiting Scholar Dr. Renate Soellner on 10/24 from 12:10-1:30. No prior experience necessary.

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | October 24 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

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

  Register online

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: “Directors’ Talent and Firm Productivity”

Seminar | October 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Audinga Baltrunaite, Bank of Italy

 Center for Labor Economics

(co-authored with Sauro Mocetti and Giulia Bovini)

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Laureano Gherardi

Seminar | October 24 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Laureano Gherardi

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

Laureano Gherardi, Research Scientist in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, will present: "Precipitation variability and ecosystem functioning: experimentation, modeling, and data synthesis from local to global scales." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

CRG Thursday Forum Series: Carceral (im)mobilities: Architectures of the Migrant Camp, the Refugee Camp, and the Labor Camp

Panel Discussion | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Desiree Valadares; Laura Belik; Heba Al-Najada

 Center for Race and Gender

Berkeley architectural historians Desiree Valadares, Laura Belik, and Heba Al-Najaba offer papers on camps in Brazil, Syria, and Canada to explore how camp “architectures” have operated to shape, detain, and enable forms of movement.

  RSVP online

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Instrumental Variables Quantile Regression with Multivariate Endogenous Variable"

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Guillaume Pouliot, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Material Systems Design with Reduced Order Methods and Mechanistic Machine Learning

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Wing Kam Liu, PhD, PE, Director of Global Center on Advanced Material Systems and Simulation; Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Northwestern University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: As in all everyday applications, in engineering problems, the volume of data has increased substantially compared to even a decade ago but analyzing big data is expensive and time-consuming. Data-driven methods, which have been enabled in the past decade by the availability of sensors, data storage, and computational resources, are taking center stage across many disciplines of science,...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Quantum minimal surfaces

Colloquium | October 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Maxim Kontsevich, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

 Department of Mathematics

Quantum analog of a minimal surface in the Euclidean space $\mathbb R^n$ is a collection of almost-commuting self-adjoint operators $X_1,\dots ,X_n$ satisfying equations $$\forall i\qquad \sum _{j=1}^n [X_j,[X_j,X_i]]=0.\qquad \qquad \qquad $$

Remarkably, the same equations appear in Yang-Mills theory for translationally-invariant connections. This story is well-known in physics, but is barely...   More >

Career Center for Data Science

Conference/Symposium | October 24 | 5-7 p.m. |  N/A

 Career Center

Interested in pursuing a career in this exciting field, or just want to learn more about it? Join us for this casual, interactive event where you will meet Cal alumni and other professionals who work in the data science/analytics field. This is a rare chance to learn about data related professions from alumni who are working inside the industry every day, explore various career paths in this...   More >

Friday, October 25, 2019

RAPDP - Intermediate - New Awards

Workshop | October 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that details the processes for setting up a newly finalized sponsored award, including interpreting a Notice of Award, and processing a BFS budget upload. Learning Objectives: • Interpret a Phoebe Award Summary and the related Terms & Conditions • Summarize the information a PI needs to know about a new fund • List the steps in setting up a fund for use •...   More >

  Register online

Festschrift in Honor of Gordon Rausser

Conference/Symposium | October 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 College of Natural Resources

Dr. Gordon C. Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Natural Resources. He is a preeminent agricultural and resource economist whose contributions in academia, government service, business, and public policy are exceptional for their impact around the world. His leadership at Berkeley, including his exemplary...   More >

  RSVP online by October 20.

Sound Waves: Resonances of Virginia Woolf

Colloquium | October 25 | 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 France-Berkeley Fund

Friday October 25th, 9:15am-5:00pm and Saturday October 26th, 10:00am-1:30pm
Location: Friday in 3401 Dwinelle Hall and Saturday in 300 Wheeler Hall

Colloquium sponsored by the France Berkeley Fund. Featured speakers include Marie Laniel (Université de Picardie – Jules Verne), Namwali Serpell (University of California, Berkeley), Claire Davison (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Anne...   More >

Maneuvering in a World of Great Powers

Conference/Symposium | October 25 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In a globalized international political economy, with increasing competition between the US, China and other large powers, medium and small powers must maneuver carefully.

This workshop will specifically focus on the security and economic dimensions of strategic competition including industrial policy, strategic trade, and the financial system.


Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Quantum Many-Body Seminar: Classical and quantum walks: analogies and differences and a bouquet of surprises.

Seminar | October 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alberto Grunbaum, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an ab-initio description of "Quantum walks" comparing them to classical walks. Both similarities and differences will be stressed.

CDB Seminar: Characterization of steroid hormone importers involved in insect development

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Naoki Yamanaka, University of California, Riverside

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Aborting America: Eschatology and the National Debt in Tea Party Republicanism: Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 25 | 12-2 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Melinda Cooper, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney

 The Program in Critical Theory, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy

This event requires registration. Readings will be emailed two weeks prior to the event. Register online by October 22.

Beginning with the rise of the Tea Party and extending into the Trump era, far-right Republicans have forced a series of debt-ceiling crises and government shutdowns over the alleged federal funding of abortion and birth control. Although perplexing from the point of...   More >

Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar: Aborting America: Eschatology and the National Debt in Tea Party Republicanism

Seminar | October 25 | 12-2 p.m. | 650 Barrows Hall

 Melinda Cooper, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, The Program in Critical Theory, Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy

This seminar will look at the first arguments linking the national debt, deficit spending and abortion in the 1970s and concurrent efforts to undo federal funding of abortion and birth control for low-income women.

 Readings will be emailed two weeks prior to event. Registration opens September 17. Register online by October 22.

Dr. Howard Kipen: Problems with fixing your indoor air quality - Is CO2 more than a greenhouse gas?

Seminar | October 25 | 1-2 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Howard Kipen, MD, MPH, Rutgers School of Public Health

 Environmental Health Sciences Division, Center for Occupational & Environmental Health

Dr. Howard Kipen will summarize health effects attributed to indoor air pollution and how indoor doses of some regulated outdoor pollutants (particularly PM) may exceed outdoor doses. The talk will then consider efficacy and effectiveness of indoor interventions to lower pollutant levels in the developed world. Finally, because elevated levels of indoor carbon dioxide are often a problem...   More >

Managing and Maximizing Your Scholarly Impact

Workshop | October 25 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg; Timothy Vollmer


This workshop will provide you with practical strategies and tips for promoting your scholarship, increasing your citations, and monitoring your success. You’ll also learn how to understand metrics, use scholarly networking tools, evaluate journals and publishing options, and take advantage of funding opportunities for Open Access scholarship.

  RSVP online

Bartolomeo Stellato — The Voice of Optimization

Seminar | October 25 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Bartolomeo Stellato, MIT Sloan School of Management, Operations Research Center

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We present a machine learning approach to predict the strategy behind the optimal solution of continuous and mixed-integer convex optimization problems. Using interpretable algorithms such as optimal classification trees we gain insights on the relationship between the problem data and the optimal solution. In this way, optimization is no longer a black-box and practitioners can...   More >

Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology

Workshop | October 25 | 2-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Byram, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

At 1pm the workshop will begin at the UC Faculty Club lawn where subsurface features are being mapped.

 Registration Info: This workshop is open UC affiliated researchers, students, faculty, and staff.

  Register online

GSSI 400mhz antenna

Novel Nanotechnology Solutions to Oncology Challenges: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Wenbin Lin, Univ. of Chicago, Chemistry and Radiation & Cellular Oncology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Liposomal nanoparticles have made important contributions to cancer therapy over the two past decades, but their limited tunability and stability hinder further progress in addressing unmet oncology needs. By harnessing the power of synthetic chemistry and nanotechnology, the Lin group has developed several novel classes of molecular nanomaterials, including nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs)...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation

Seminar | October 25 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

MENA Salon: The Tunisian Elections

Workshop | October 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On 13 October, Tunisians voted in a runoff in the second presidential elections since nationwide protests forced Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down after his twenty-four-year rule. The two frontrunners, legal scholar Kais Saied and businessman Nabil Karoui, were both...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Nicole Mitchell and Josh Kun

Colloquium | October 25 | 3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Department of Music

The practice of composition is common to most creative and scholarly undertakings. Composition is where artistic or intellectual inspiration runs up against the everyday struggle of making. It comes from the Latin for "putting things together” — com-ponere. It involves questions of unity and linkage, of transition, of beginning, of ending. Many artists struggle (some famously) with the practice....   More >

Roaming in the outskirts of the chemical engineering camp to find sustainable paths

Seminar | October 25 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Magdalena Svanström, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

 College of Chemistry

In this talk, Professor Magdalena Svanström will share some insight from her work on using environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and sustainability assessments to guide technology development. Over the years, many of her research activities have been focusing on wastewater and sludge management or biobased production.

Intimate and Accountable Reconfigurations of Social Platforms

Seminar | October 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Niloufar Salehi

 Information, School of

How might online spaces be reconfigured against harassment and abuse?

Modeling Human Distraction in the Car Due to Acoustic Annoyances

Seminar | October 25 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ruzena Bajcsy, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Berkeley's Ruzena Bajcsy will present Modeling Human Distraction in the Car Due to Acoustic Annoyances at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Ruzena Bajcsy

Managing Protons and Electrons in Small Molecule Activation

Seminar | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Abhishek Dey, School of Chemical Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

 College of Chemistry

Small molecule activation often requires both protons and electrons. This includes chemical transformations key to sustainable energy and environment e.g. reduction of H+, O2, CO2 and N2. Similarly, mono-oxygenation of organic molecules using molecular oxygen, a process often described as the Holy grail of chemistry, requires protons and electrons. Erstwhile mechanistic investigations on...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Bertini Theorems over Finite Fields

Seminar | October 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Anya Michaelsen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Bertini Theorems prove smoothness of the intersection of smooth varieties with generic hyperplanes when working in projective space over infinite fields. However, over a finite field, even the existence of such a hyperplane can fail. Using hypersurfaces instead of hyperplanes, we will state a modified Bertini Theorem for finite fields due to Poonen. We then give a brief intuition for the...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: AMS Preview III

Colloquium | October 25 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

James Davies (UC Berkeley)
"White Genius, ca. 1817”

Mary Ann Smart (UC Berkeley)
“Leiris at the Opera: Memory, Mishearing, and Materiality in Mid-Century France”

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Landscape Analysis

Workshop | October 25 | 6 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 The Big Ideas Contest

Big Ideas advisors will walk you through every element that is required in your 3-page pre-proposal application and any answer questions. The workshop will highlight the Landscape Analysis section of the pre-proposal, which is often cited as an area for improvement by Big Ideas judges.

The Future of California’s Nature: Conservation leaders in conversation

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 7-8:15 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources

 Peggy Fiedler, Executive Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Ana M. Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District


In today’s world of rapidly warming temperatures and rising seas, California’s land stewards are working hard to protect the state’s renowned biodiversity, unique ecosystems, and natural landscapes. Three leading Bay Area scientists discuss their hopes for how science-based land stewardship can ensure a vibrant California for the decades ahead.

Celebrating the Nature of California