<< Week of November 17 >>

Sunday, November 17, 2019

San Quentin Prison Studio Mail Art Exchange

Workshop | November 17 | 11 a.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As part of the exhibition The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison, we celebrate the San Quentin Prison Arts Program by featuring artwork that has been mailed to BAMPFA from the artists at the San Quentin Art Studio. Join us in the Art Lab to see their artwork, learn about the program, and use our art making materials to create mail art to send back.

Alt-Text as Poetry

Workshop | November 17 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Alt-text is an essential part of web accessibility, making visual content accessible to blind people and those with low vision. It is often overlooked altogether or understood through the lens of compliance, as an unwelcome burden to be met with minimum effort. How can we instead approach alt-text thoughtfully and creatively? In this workshop developed by artists Bojana Coklyat and Shannon...   More >

Monday, November 18, 2019

Data analysis for R-chaeologists!

Workshop | November 18 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility) | Note change in date

 Evan Muzzall, Instructional Services Lead, D-Lab, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Intro to RStudio, basic data subsetting, summarization/visualization, unsupervised methods for sorting data, responsible application of parametric and nonparametric statistics.

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

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Understanding Visual Field Loss

Seminar | November 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Eli Peli, Harvard Medical School

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Could we develop more effective field expansion devices if we better understood the nature and impact of field loss? No proof of that, but I’d like to think so. Simulations have been a major tool in trying to understand the nature and impact of the loss. Most simulations of field loss found in textbooks, websites, and scientific papers are wrong; they do not represent what patients perceive. I’ll...   More >

Towards Physics-Informed Deep Learning to Emulate Complex Turbulent and Chaotic Systems: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | November 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Karthik Kashinath, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Simulating complex multi-scale physical systems often involves solving partial differential equations (PDEs) with closures for the unresolved scales. Although the advancement of high-performance computing has made resolving small-scale physics possible, such simulations are still very expensive. Therefore, reliable and accurate closure models for the unresolved physics remains an...   More >

Public Finance Lunch:

Seminar | November 18 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Arlen Guarin Galeano; Enrico Rubolino

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Arlen Guarin Galeano - "Reparations as Development: Evidence from the Victims of the Colombian Armed Conflict"

Rocco Rubolino - "Can local governments implement a progressive income tax?"

  RSVP online by November 14.

Fishnet Statistics for Quasbrittle Materials with Nacre-Like Alternating Parallel and Series Links: Design for Failure Probability: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | November 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Zdenek P. Bazant, PhD, W.P. Murphy Professor and McCormick Institute Professor, Northwestern University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Interviewing for the Job

Workshop | November 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Job interview skills are important whether you are switching fields, seeking an advanced position along your current path, or just keeping your skills sharp. This workshop provides an effective framework for expressing your qualifications.

Combinatorics Seminar: Some instances of equivariant gamma-positivity in geometric combinatorics

Seminar | November 18 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christos Athansiadis, University of Athens (Greece)

 Department of Mathematics

Gamma-positivity provides a powerful method to prove unimodality for polynomials with real symmetric coefficients. It appeared in the seventies, in work of Foata and Sch"utzenberger on the Eulerian polynomials, and attracted considerable attention after work of Br"ande'n on poset Eulerian polynomials and Gal on triangulations of spheres. Gamma-positivity admits a natural equivariant...   More >

Matrix On Point: IPCC Report

Panel Discussion | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Daniel Kammen, ERG Chair, Professor, Energy and Resources Group; James Bishop, Professor, Earth and Planetary Science; Kathryn De Master, Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Society, and Environment, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Alexander Arroyo, PhD Student, Department of Geography

 Social Science Matrix

The oceans are warming and acidifying at alarming rates, threatening the collapse of marine ecosystems. Extreme sea-level events put coastal communities at risk. Melting permafrost will lead to landslides, avalanches, rockfalls, and floods.

A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body responsible for assessing the science related to climate...   More >

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Political Economy Seminar: “Tough Cases: Does Time Pressure Affect How Judges Make Decisions in Chinese Courts?”

Seminar | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Molly Roberts, Professor, UCSD

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Seminar 211, Economic History: Contagion of Fear

Seminar | November 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Kris Mitchener, Santa Clara University

 Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: Slices of the Affine Grassmannian and Quantum Cohomology

Seminar | November 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Ivan Danilenko, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

The Affine Grassmannian is an ind-scheme associated to a reductive group \(G\). It has a cell structure similar to the one in the usual Grassmannian. Transversal slices to these cells give an interesting family of Poisson varieties. Some of them admit a smooth symplectic resolution and have an interesting geometry related to the representation theory of the Langlands dual group. We will focus on...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 18 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Manager Mastermind Group

Workshop | November 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Shirley Giraldo

 Human Resources

This is a solution-oriented social learning development opportunity where we share strategies on pressing topics of the day, and build community. Please RSVP and submit questions you'd like to ask other managers about in the link provided.

Cognitive/Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Linking scalp ERPs to computational models of language and vision with multivariate pattern analysis

Colloquium | November 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Steven J Luck, University of California, Davis

 Department of Psychology

Linking scalp ERPs to computational models of language and vision with multivariate pattern analysis

Multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) methods have become widespread in fMRI research, because they allow researchers to use the pattern of activation within a brain region to draw conclusions about the information being represented in that region. This approach is limited by the poor temporal...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Non amenable von Neumann algebras embed wildly into ultraproducts

Seminar | November 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kunnawalkam Elayavalli Srivatsav, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Mathematics

K. Jung showed in 2005 that non-amenable tracial von Neumann algebras have at least 2 non unitarily-conjugate embeddings into $R^w$ (the ultraproduct of the hyperfinite $II_1$ factor). N. Brown later studied this space of embeddings (of a non-amenable domain) up to unitary conjugation in $R^w$, with a natural metric topology, and showed that it is uncountable (Ozawa improved this in an appendix...   More >

Nouns, Noun Phrases, and other Referential Resources in Kʷak̓ʷala

Colloquium | November 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Daisy Rosenblum, University of British Columbia

 Department of Linguistics

This paper explores the status, constituency and distributive patterning of Kʷak̓ʷala Noun Phrases in a corpus of recently recorded spontaneous interaction, and examines them alongside other referential resources available to speakers. Kʷak̓ʷala – along with other Wakashan languages, and neighboring Salishan languages – has challenged some of our ideas about how...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: A Crystalline Torelli Theorem for Supersingular Varieties of $K3^{[n]}$ type

Seminar | November 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ziquan Yang, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

The classical global Torelli theorem for complex $K3$ surfaces states that complex $K3$ surfaces are determined up to isomorphism by their integral Hodge structures. Since its discovery, the theorem has been generalized in various directions. For example, in 1983 Ogus proved a crystalline Torelli theorem for supersingular $K3$ surfaces in positive characteristics. In 2010 Verbitsky found a...   More >

Arya Mazumdar — Learning mixtures of simple machine learning models

Seminar | November 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Arya Mazumdar, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Mixture of simple machine learning models can represent complicated relations between features and labels with reasonable number of parameters in situations where single models with very large number of parameters (e.g. deep neural networks) are inadequate. The smaller number of parameters directly translate into computational efficiency: and also the simplicity of the models render...   More >

Single-molecule FRET studies of binding and folding conformational dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins

Seminar | November 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hoi Sung Chung, NIDDK/NIH

 College of Chemistry

Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) play important roles in various dynamic cellular processes such as gene transcription and signal transduction. IDPs are unstructured but usually fold during binding to target proteins. In contrast to interactions between folded proteins, this additional folding step makes the binding process more complex. Understanding the mechanism of coupled binding and...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics (Joint with Development and Planning Seminar): How Research Affects Policy: Experimental Evidence from 2,150 Brazilian Municipalities

Seminar | November 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Gautam Rao, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Link to Working Paper

ABSTRACT: This paper investigates if research findings change political leaders' beliefs and cause policy change. Collaborating with the National Confederation of Municipalities in Brazil, we work with 2,150 municipalities and the mayors who control their policies. We use experiments to measure mayors' demand for...   More >

Can Education Change Society?

Colloquium | November 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Michael Apple, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 Graduate School of Education

Education has been a key arena in the struggles for democracy in many nations, yet a key question continues to be raised about whether education can actually change society.  I argue that this is a very limited question and can lead to cynicism and quiescence. I provide examples of the ways in which some policies and practices in education help demonstrate what we miss when we ask this question.

Michael Apple

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Asymptotics of the radiation field on cones

Seminar | November 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dean Baskin, Texas A&M University

 Department of Mathematics

Radiation fields are rescaled limits of solutions of wave equations near "null infinity" and capture the radiation pattern seen by a distant observer. They are intimately connected with the Fourier and Radon transforms and with scattering theory. We consider the wave equation on a product cone and show that the associated radiation field has an asymptotic expansion; the exponents seen in this...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Rationalizing Committee Votes"

Seminar | November 18 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Rahul Deb, University of Toronto

 Department of Economics

Building a biotech startup- challenges and lessons from my journey with Juvena Therapeutics: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | November 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hanadie Yousef, Co-Founder, Juvena Therapeutics, Inc.

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Hanadie will discuss the stages of creating and building a biotechnology startup, from generating an idea and business model, networking, laying the foundations, fundraising and recruiting a team. She will share tips and lessons learned from the last 3 years on this journey.

Hanadie Yousef is a stem cell biologist, neurobiologist and entrepreneur leading Juvena Therapeutics in its mission to...   More >

Adapt to Mobility

Panel Discussion | November 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 609 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Brent Shedd, SF Region Leader, Self Driving Cars 101; Gary Thompson, COO, GUSS Automation; Tim Wong, Technical Marketing for AVs, NVIDIA; Helena Merk, Software Engineer, Smartcar; Dinesh C, Founder and CEO, ADAPT

 UC Berkeley Extension, Self Driving Cars 101, ADAPT

UC Berkeley Extension is thrilled and honored to host the new edition of Adapt to Mobility, co-organized by Adapt and Self Driving Cars 101! Adapt to Mobility brings together experts and industry players who are developing new technology and ideas for future mobility and people that are excited about future mobility.

Join us on November 18 at 6:30pm at UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco...   More >

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Research Opportunities in Europe: Info Session on Grants and Fellowships

Panel Discussion | November 19 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Kavanagh, Minister-Counselor for Research & Innovation, Delegation of the EU to the USA

 Institute of European Studies, Horizon 2020 - European Commission

Europe has a vibrant and exciting science and technology culture and offers many excellent and generous career funding opportunities for researchers and innovators, no matter where they come from in the world. Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation funding program, is the world’s largest multinational R&I program. In addition to funding collaborative research projects, it...   More >

  RSVP online by November 18.

Mary Kavanagh

RAPDP - Intermediate - Proposal Development

Workshop | November 19 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that explores the pre-award processes for analyzing requests for proposals, proposal preparation and assembly, submitting a proposal for institutional review via Phoebe, and submission to sponsor. Learning Objectives: • Distinguish between different kinds of proposal submissions • Locate funding announcements, proposal requirements and sponsor guidelines •...   More >

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Cellular interactions that regulate intratumoral T cell functions

Seminar | November 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Thorsten Mempel, Massachusetts General Hospital

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Fall 2019 Research Showcase: The CNR poster session for presenting research to the Berkeley community

Conference/Symposium | November 19 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

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

College of Natural Resource students will be presenting the research that they have been involved with during their time here at UC Berkeley.

Spring 2019 CNR Research Showcase

Seminar 217, Risk Management: The Ratio Problem

Seminar | November 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Frank Partnoy, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: We describe two problems – omitted variable bias and measurement error – that arise when a ratio is the dependent variable in a linear regression. First, we show how bias can arise from the omission of two variables based on a ratio’s denominator, and we describe tests for the degree of bias. As an example, we show that the familiar “inverse U” relationship between managerial ownership...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Equilibrium in Misspecified Dynamic Models"

Presentation | November 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Demian Pouzo, 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 November 15.

Plant-Based and Planet-Friendly (BEUHS641)

Workshop | November 19 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Eating lower on the food chain uses less natural resources and provides your body with loads of valuable nutrients. Whether it’s a meatless meal once a day or week, or eating mostly plants at every meal, there are benefits for your health and your planet. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

Ancient Religions Without Borders

Conference/Symposium | November 19 | 12:30-4:15 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Kea Johnston, PhD Candidate in Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; Seth Sanders, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Davis; Abigail Hoskins, PhD Candidate, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, UC Berkeley

 Gina Konstantoploulos, Assistant Professor in Ancient History, University of Tsukuba, Japan; Shana Zaia, Marie Skłodowksa-Curie Fellow at the University of Vienna, University of Vienna, Austria; Rita Lucarelli, Associate Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

This presentations in this symposium explore the religious landscape of the ancient regions in what are now the modern nation-states of Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran. By erasing the geographical boundaries that traditionally define the study of the ancient Middle East, we also mean to reflect the erasure of conceptual borders that belong to an older method of...   More >

Space Physics Seminar

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

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

HTML Fundamentals

Course | November 19 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This course details the process of developing web pages using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Emphasis is placed on HTML theory and syntax, common tags and tag attributes, and the integration of graphics and color to enhance formatting and branding. Learning Objectives * Understand the relationship between website content and the infrastructure of the Internet. * Formulate Uniform Resource...   More >

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RTMP Seminar: String domains for coadjoint orbits

Seminar | November 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Benjamin Hoffman, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

Partial tropicalizations are a kind of Poisson manifold built using techniques of Poisson-Lie theory and the geometric crystals of Berenstein-Kazhdan. They provide a bridge between linear Poisson manifolds and cones which parametrize the canonical bases of irreducible $G$-modules.

I will talk about applications of partial tropicalization theory to questions in symplectic geometry. For each...   More >

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Some New Prodi-Serrin Type Regularity Criteria for the in-Compressible Navier-Stokes Equations

Seminar | November 19 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Pineau, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is a classical result of Leray from the 1930s, that for appropriate initial data and domain, there exists a global weak solution (now known as a Leray-Hopf solution) to the n-dimensional, incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. For n ≥ 3, the question of uniqueness, and regularity of Leray-Hopf solutions remains open. On the other hand, by imposing certain “integrability” conditions on a...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Toric degenerations of Grassmannians

Seminar | November 19 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Fatemeh Mohammadi, University of Bristol

 Department of Mathematics

Toric varieties are popular objects in algebraic geometry, as they can be modelled on polytopes and polyhedral fans. This is mainly because there is a dictionary between their geometric properties and the combinatorial invariants of their polytopes. This dictionary can be extended from toric varieties to arbitrary varieties through toric degenerations. In this talk, I will introduce the notion of...   More >

Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance: Plants in Space

Seminar | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ezra Oberfield, Associate Professor of Economics, Princeton University

 Department of Economics

Pump probe microscopy: quantitative chemical analysis in living cells and animals

Seminar | November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dan Fu, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

Cell heterogeneity plays a critical role in many pathophysiological processes such as cancer development and neurodegeneration. However, phenotypic variations of individual cells in a complex organ are often intractable by traditional analytical techniques. The main obstacles are the limited amount of analyte retrievable from a single cell and the need for noninvasive in situ analysis in order to...   More >

Arts in the Afternoon: James Tissot: Fashion and Faith

Presentation | November 19 | 4:15-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Melissa Buron, Curator, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; Imogen Hart, Professor, History of Art Department - UCB

 Women's Faculty Club

Melissa Buron, curator of the Fine Arts Museum o f San Francisco and Imogen Hart, Professor in the History of Art Department, UCB reflect on the work and life of James Tissot.
Tissot was one of the most celebrated artists of his time, yet today, less is known about him than his contemporaries, the Impressionists. The current exhibit at the Legion of Honor is the first major reassessment of...   More >

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by November 18.

Ebola in Africa: Protecting healthcare workers’ safety in the midst of an epidemic

Seminar | November 19 | 4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 5400 (5th floor)

 Dr. Andrea Tenner, University of California San Francisco

 Fall 2019 OHS Seminar Series

Ebola in Africa: Protecting healthcare workers’ safety in the midst of an epidemic

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Singular lexicographic points

Seminar | November 19 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical Hilbert scheme parameterizes saturated homogenous ideals with a fixed Hilbert polynomial P(t). For each P(t) there is a unique saturated homogeneous ideal, called the lexicographic ideal, that exhibits certain extremal behaviour. A theorem of Reeves and Stillman states that the lexicographic ideal is a smooth point on its Hilbert scheme. In parallel, various authors have conjectured...   More >

What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?: Film Screening, Discussion, and Fundraiser for the Family of Dujuan Armstrong

Panel Discussion | November 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Lucas Guilkey, an Oakland-based reporter, video journalist, and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Alum; Jose Bernal, Senior Organizer and Advocate, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

 DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity) at UC Berkeley School of Public Health

The Berkeley Public Health DICE Committee is partnering with the Ella Baker Center (EBC) to sponsor a fundraiser for the family of Dujuan Armstrong, a young man killed while in custody at Santa Rita jail last year. We would like to invite you all to join us for a documentary screening and discussion on Tuesday November 19 from 5:30-7:30 in Berkeley Way West Room 1104.

What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?: Film Screening, Discussion, and Fundraiser for the Family of Dujuan Armstrong

Panel Discussion | November 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Lucas Guilkey, A reporter and video journalist based in Oakland, California

 Jose Bernal, Senior Organizer and Advocate, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

 DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity) at UC Berkeley School of Public Health

The Berkeley Public Health DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity) Committee is partnering with the Ella Baker Center (EBC) to sponsor a fundraiser for the family of Dujuan Armstrong, a young man killed while in custody at Santa Rita jail last year.

We would like to invite you all to join us for a documentary screening and discussion on Tuesday November 19 from 5:30-7:30 in Berkeley...   More >

How to write a policy brief: Society for Conservation Biology Event

Workshop | November 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 375 LeConte Hall

 Deborah Moore, Union of Concerned Scientists

 Society for Conservation Biology, Berkeley Chapter

Tuesday, 11/19, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Have you wondered how to write a brief on a scientific topic for policymakers? How do you write a policy brief vs a non-policy brief? How technical or non-technical should the language be? How do you find background information on the policy side of the topic? If so, please join us for a policy brief workshop with Deborah Moore, Western States Senior Campaign...   More >

Striving to Thrive: Resilience of the Sisterhood

Panel Discussion | November 19 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Sara Moss, General Counsel and Vice Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies; Jesse B’Franklin, Producer, Monarch Productions; Clothilde Hewlett, Executive Director, Cal Alumni Association; Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez, Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

 Cal Alumni Association, The Estée Lauder Companies

This event is designed to address the role of resilience in career advancement and the powerful roles women play at the local, state, and global levels. The panel is comprised of Cal alumnae and professional partners who can speak to the importance of the role of social connection and the social impact of women helping women in career and professional advancement.

CPT/OPT Workshop

Workshop | November 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, 5th floor (Senate Chamber)

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Office of ASUC Senator Evina Wang

Are you an international student looking for jobs in the U.S.? Come join us at the CPT/OPT workshop hosted by Office of ASUC Senator Evina Wang and Berkeley International Office. CPT and OPT are temporary work authorization provided to international students in the U.S. In this workshop, you'll learn about the details of work authorization, differences between CPT and OPT, application process and...   More >

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

BSAC at IDTechEx USA 2019, Santa Clara, Nov 20-21

Conference/Symposium | November 20 – 21, 2019 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  IDTechEx USA 2019

  Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

BSAC, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

BSAC Booth Q21

BPM 209 Running Effective Meetings

Workshop | November 20 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers the roles and skills necessary for effective meeting facilitation.

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(CANCELED) Deep Imaging of Genomes

Seminar | November 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Canceled

 Tom Misteli, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Domain-wall boundary conditions and the Macdonald polynomials

Seminar | November 20 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Aaron Brookner, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

For a certain choice of boundary conditions, the 6-vertex model's partition function has an elegant formula in terms of determinants. We associate a variable to each row and each column of the grid, which can be interpreted as a physical "inhomogeneity" factor. It follows from the YBE that the partition function is symmetric in the row variables, and in the column variables, separately; we will...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "One Small Molecule for a Microbe, a Giant Leap for Natural Products"

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

 Nigel Mouncey, Director, DOE Joint Genome Institute

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Mouncey joined the DOE Joint Genome Institute in 2017 as the fourth Director in its 20-year history. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Microbiology at University of Glasgow and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at University of Sussex. His team has developed production strains and fermentation processes for other molecules such as a new fungicide, propionic acid and long-chain alcohols, as well...   More >

Bioengineering Rising Star Lecture - Krishanu Saha: Towards nonviral, in vivo genome editing therapies: new tools and models to facilitate translation

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

 Krishanu Saha, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Krishanu Saha,Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Towards nonviral, in vivo genome editing therapies: new tools and models to facilitate translation

We have developed new approaches to inform first-in-human studies that combine patient-derived, induced pluripotent stem cell models with new delivery nanocarriers and computational models.

CITRIS Research Exchange - Victoria Coleman

Seminar | November 20 | 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.

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Seminar | November 20 | 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 >

The long-term impacts of large-scale public works spending on population health: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | November 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 David Rehkopf, Professor of Medicine; Health Disparities Research Group Leader, Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality

 Population Science, Department of Demography

David Rehkopf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His work focuses on the way in which social and economic factors impact health and mortality across the lifespan, with particular attention to the impact of work and earnings on cardiovascular biomarkers and obesity.

From paws to hands: The evolution of the forelimb and cortical areas involved in complex hand use

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

 Leah Krubitzer, UC Davis

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Forelimb morphology and use in mammals is extraordinarily diverse. Evolution has produced wings, flippers, hooves, paws and hands which are specialized for a variety of behaviors such as flying, swimming and grasping to name a few. While there is a wealth of data in human and non-human primates on the role of motor cortex and posterior parietal cortical areas in reaching and grasping with the...   More >

[Peterson / Dean's Speaker Series] Does Enlightened Capitalism Have a Future?

Panel Discussion | November 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum (6th Floor), Chou Hall

 Center for Responsible Business

In this very special Dean's / Peterson Speaker Series, Professor James O’Toole, Professor Emeritus at USC’s Marshall School of Business and author of The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good, will discuss the future of enlightened capitalism with Professor David Vogel, Solomon Lee Emeritus Professor of Business Ethics at the Haas School...   More >

Reading: Jacquelynn Baas

Reading - Nonfiction | November 20 | 12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA Director Emeritus Jacquelynn Baas presents her groundbreaking new book Marcel Duchamp and the Art of Life with an illustrated introduction and reading. Duchamp drew on a wide range of sources, from science and mathematics to alchemy. Baas makes the argument that his work may also have been informed by Asian “esoterism”—energetic spiritual practices such as Indo-Tibetan Tantra that identify...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction to systole

Seminar | November 20 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Inkang Kim, Korea Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

We survey some basic facts about systole geometry introduced by Gromov.

BLISS Seminar: Towards a Theory of Information for Dynamical Systems

Seminar | November 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Victoria Kostina, Caltech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We are moving towards a massively and diversely connected world populated by a seamless network of intelligent, dynamic distributed systems engaged in a shared interaction with the physical world and each other through unreliable sensors, actuators and noisy communication channels. These systems are extremely delay sensitive, so that coding over long blocks of observed data might not be feasible....   More >

Utility Based Model Selection and Model Averaging

Seminar | November 20 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jan Vecer, Charles University in Prague

 Department of Statistics

This talk connects several basic concepts from probability, statistics and economic theory. We study model prediction in the form of a distributional opinion about a random variable X and show how to test this prediction against alternative views. Different model opinions can be traded on a hypothetical market that trades their differences. Using a utility maximization technique, we describe such...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Homological Stability II

Seminar | November 20 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Rahul Dalal, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

ERG Colloquium: Laney Siegner: Social, Ecological and Educational Seeds: Harvesting the Perennial Value of Small Community Farms

Colloquium | November 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Laney Siegner, Energy and Resources Group

 Energy and Resources Group

Come to the first iteration of Laney’s “climate farm school” to learn more about existing efforts to build climate resilient, equitable, re-localized food systems.  

The Trouble with Inequality

Colloquium | November 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle, Academic Innovation Studio

 127 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Jeff Manza, Professor of Sociology, New York University

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Goldman School of Public Policy, Center for Right-Wing Studies

Growing support for right-wing populist candidates and parties around the world raises questions about how citizens understand and conceptualize inequality. Many political-economic theories of democratic responsiveness emphasize the capacities of citizens to connect major societal changes with demands for new government policies. Rapidly rising high-end income and wealth inequality over the past...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

EECS Colloquium: Representation, Modeling, and Optimization in Reinforcement Learning

Colloquium | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Sham Kakade, University of Washington

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Reinforcement learning is now the dominant paradigm for how an agent learns to interact with the world. The approach has lead to successes ranging across numerous domains, including game playing and robotics, and it holds much promise in new domains, from self driving cars to interactive medical applications. Some of the central challenges are: - Representational learning: does having a good...   More >

Diffusion of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Complex and Biological Fluids

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

 Carlos Rinaldi, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

 College of Chemistry

Nanoparticles are of interest in a variety of biomedical applications that take advantage of their small size and unique properties.

Ensembles of Trees and CLT's: Inference and Machine Learning: Neyman Seminar

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

 Giles Hooker, Cornell University

 Department of Statistics

This talk develops methods of statistical inference based around ensembles of decision trees: bagging, random forests, and boosting. Recent results have shown that when the bootstrap procedure in bagging methods is replaced by sub-sampling, predictions from these methods can be analyzed using the theory of U-statistics which have a limiting normal distribution. Moreover, the limiting variance...   More >

Topology Seminar: Systole growth of locally symmetric manifolds under the congruence coverings

Seminar | November 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Inkang Kim, Korea Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

We prove that systole of locally symmetric manifold grows proportional to the logarithm of the volumes under the congruence covers and give explicit value for Gromov's multiplicative constant.

Cal STAPH Fellowship Panel

Panel Discussion | November 20 | 6-7 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Graduate Assembly

Alumni will participate in a panel to talk about their fellowship experiences after graduating from the MPH program.

Exploring Diversity in Healthcare Panel | Helix Medical

Panel Discussion | November 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Mallika Dhawan, MD, Oncologist, UCSF Health; Young Kim-Parker, ASW, MSW, MPH, Social Work Clinician, Stanford Children's Health; Aida Sadikovic, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, Kaiser Permanente Oakland; Reginald Wright, Critical Care and Support Technician, USCF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland; Megan Zapanta, Richmond Organizing Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network


Diversity is considered to be an important trait in any modern workspace, but how important is it in healthcare? How does diversity impact the roles of those in healthcare professions and the advancing quality of healthcare?

Helix @ Berkeley is proud to present “Exploring Diversity in Healthcare,” a panel and networking event with professionals from UCSF, John Muir Health, and Kaiser...   More >

Thursday, November 21, 2019

BSAC at IDTechEx USA 2019, Santa Clara, Nov 20-21

Conference/Symposium | November 20 – 21, 2019 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  IDTechEx USA 2019

  Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

BSAC, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

BSAC Booth Q21

Applied Math Seminar: Fast boundary integral tools for the rheology of periodic suspensions and other Stokes flow problems

Seminar | November 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alex Barnett, Flatiron institute

 Department of Mathematics

Integral equation methods are ideal for high-order accurate, linear-scaling solvers for viscous flows involving rigid or non-rigid particles, possibly in confined geometries. We focus on computing the effective shear viscosity of a suspension of 2D rigid particles with periodic boundary conditions, whose applications include industrial flows and complex fluids. We overview recent new tools needed...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "Venture Capital Contracts"

Seminar | November 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Alexander Gorbenko, Marshall School of Business; University of Southern California

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: Legendrian invariants from grid homology

Seminar | November 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Luya Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Grid homology for knots and links provides combinatorial invariants corresponding to those from knot Floer homology. We will define grid homology and the Legendrian invariants coming from it, following the exposition in Grid Homology for Knots and Links by Stipsicz, Ozsváth, and Szabó. As applications, we will use these Legendrian invariants to give examples of Legendrian non-simple knots and a...   More >

Visual coding strategies implied by individual differences or adaptation

Seminar | November 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Kara Emery, University of Nevada, Reno

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

An important goal of vision science is to understand the coding strategies underlying the representation of visual information. I will describe experiments and analyses where we have explored these coding strategies using two different approaches. In the first approach, we factor-analyzed individual differences in observers’ color judgments to reveal the representational structure of color...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | November 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Meredith Startz, Professor, 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 >

Guided Mindfulness Meditation (BEUHS064)

Workshop | November 21 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Julia Anable, Ph.D., Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Mindfulness and meditation are practices that all of us can integrate into our lives. Doing so yields profound benefits -- emotionally, physically and interpersonally. No matter how busy you are, there are techniques -- some requiring only one minute -- that are possible to incorporate into your daily existence. This workshop will provide tools you can use to enhance your life, and will end with...   More >

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IB Seminar: Combinatorial Creatures: Cortical plasticity within and across lifetimes

Seminar | November 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Leah Krubitzer, University of California, Davis

 Department of Integrative Biology

Microsoft Publisher Fundamentals

Course | November 21 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This comprehensive foundation course details the process of using Microsoft Publisher for desktop publishing; including the development and design of publications that incorporate text, graphics, and objects for internal production or commercial printing. Learning Objectives • Identify the elements of the Microsoft Publisher interface. • Define page layout and structure to organize pages and...   More >

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ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Tadeu Siqueira

Seminar | November 21 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Tadeu Siqueira

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

Tadeu Siqueira, Brazilian ecologist and Professor at São Paulo State University, will present: "Responses of stream biodiversity to natural and anthropogenic processes in Brazil: challenges and opportunities for conservation." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Neural circuit mechanisms of emotional and social processing

Seminar | November 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Kay Tye, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group Meeting

Seminar | November 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

The TDPS Speaker Series | Brecht’s Legacy

Panel Discussion | November 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley; Janelle Reinelt, Professor Emerita, University of Warwick, UC Irvine; Shannon Steen, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Coinciding with the TDPS production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, this panel discussion will explore how Bertolt Brecht's work speaks to contemporary concerns, and what it can teach us about history, emotion, estrangement, and theater.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: An arithmetic count of rational plane curves

Colloquium | November 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Kirsten Wickelgren, Duke University

 Department of Mathematics

A rational plane curve of degree d is a polynomial map from the line to the plane of degree d. There are finitely many such curves passing through 3d-1 points, and this number is independent of (generically) chosen points over the complex numbers. The problem of determining these numbers turns out to be deep and connected to string theory. It was not until the 1990's that Kontsevich determined...   More >

Friday, November 22, 2019

BERC's 2019 Resource Symposium: Resilient Cities: sponsored by ERA

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th floor)

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Each year BERC hosts our flagship fall event, Resource Symposium, a half-day event that brings together professionals, policymakers, and academics on critical resource-related topics. This year we are thrilled to announce the Fall 2019 theme of Resilient Cities which will explore challenges and solutions related to resource security, water scarcity, disaster resilience, and the built environment.

Fierce Self-Compassion

Workshop | November 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Kristin Neff, University of Texas

 The Greater Good Science Center

Since the publication of Kristin Neff's groundbreaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. But that has generally focused on the gentle version of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way. We comfort and soothe ourselves when in pain, just as we might for a...   More >

 Not appropriate for children under 16

$179 In-person registration with CE hours, $159 In-person without CE hours, $155 Webcast with CE hours, $135 Webcast without CE hours

  Buy tickets online

Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

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.

Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC): Brainstorm and Bagels

Workshop | November 22 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Brainstorm & Bagels Workshop is an opportunity for underrepresented students of color in social science and humanities to meet with experienced undergraduate & graduate researchers who can assist in the development of a research project.

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/uroc-bagels

Toward a Vision of Equity in College Access: Re-evaluating College Admissions

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium (#175 Boalt Hall)

 Graduate School of Education, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

College admissions policies are receiving renewed attention amid numerous developments in California and nationally: A UC faculty task force is examining the role of tests in UC admissions; both CSU and UC are considering changes to course requirements; California policymakers are considering a bill to expand the use of college admissions tests for the purpose of high school accountability;...   More >

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Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Labor in the Boardroom"

Seminar | November 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Simon Jäger, MIT

 Center for Labor Economics

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Structured Light-Matter Interactions in Engineered Photonic Media

Seminar | November 22 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Natalia M. Litchinitser, Professor, Duke University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We will discuss fundamental optical phenomena at the interface of singular and nonlinear optics in engineered optical media and show that the unique optical properties of optical nanostructures open unlimited prospects to “engineer” light itself.

Moscow Conceptualism: New Translations from the Russian

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 1:30-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220)

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Theater and Performance Studies (Stanford), Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Stanford)

A spate of new translations is bringing the writers and artists of Moscow Conceptualism to an English-language readership for the first time. Even as they drew on currents in western art, the Moscow Conceptualists (1970s-1980s) were distinguished by a singular focus on the Soviet experience, from the legacies of the avant-garde to the official culture of the Era of Stagnation. Serving as an...   More >

A Better Future for Fossil Hydrocarbons and Carbon Nanomaterials: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Matteo Pasquali, Rice University, Chem / MSE / NanoEngineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Every year we extract over 4.2 GT of oil, 2.5 GT of natural gas, and 3.4 GT of coal to sustain our economies. That’s equivalent to 8.7 GT of carbon and 1.3 GT of Hydrogen. Almost all of these resources are burned to generate energy, causing over 30 GT of CO2 to enter the atmosphere which is unsustainable in view of climate change—the only significant exception is polymers, which fix 0.35 GT/yr of...   More >

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

Seminar | November 22 | 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: Climate Change and Oil Production in the Arabian Peninsula

Workshop | November 22 | 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.

This week, Saudi Aramco, the most profitable company in the world, is expected to begin its initial public offering (IPO). Meanwhile, several reports from the last few years warn that parts of the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf could become uninhabitable as soon as...   More >

Two Reports: Deepfakes and Self-Driving Cars

Seminar | November 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Ankit Bansal & Mugdha Bhusary

 Information, School of

Two students present their final progress reports:

Protecting World Leaders Against Deepfakes
Ankit Bansal
The creation of sophisticated fake videos has been largely relegated to Hollywood studios or state actors. However, advances in deep learning have made it very easy to create sophisticated fake videos called deep fakes. These pose a significant threat to...   More >

Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation

Seminar | November 22 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Katherine Driggs-Campbell, University of Illinois

 Institute of Transportation Studies

University of Illinois' Katherine Driggs-Campbell will present Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Katherine Driggs-Campbell

String-Math Seminar: On new homological and homotopy-theoretic invariants of manifolds

Seminar | November 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall | Note change in time

 Du Pei, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an overview of some new invariants of 3- and 4-manifolds that arise naturally in the study of compactifications of M-theory. I will discuss homological invariants of 3-manifolds and their "decategorifications" that take the form of q-series with integer coefficients, and, if time permits, homotopy-theoretic invariants of 4-manifolds that generalize the more familiar Donaldson and...   More >

Luminescent complexes and their assemblies: from understanding to artificial virus

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

 Luisa De Cola, Laboratory of Supramolecular Biomaterials and Chemistry, University of Strasbourg

 College of Chemistry

Luminescent molecules that can undergo self-assembly are of great interest for the development of new materials, sensors, biolabels…. The talk will illustrate some of the recent results on soft structures based on metal complexes able to aggregate in fibers, gels and soft mechanochromic materials [1]. The emission of the compounds can be tuned by an appropriate choice of the coordinated ligands...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Riemann hypothesis for curves over finite fields

Seminar | November 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Rohan Joshi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the 1940s, Weil proved an analogue of the Riemann hypothesis for curves over finite fields. This result became the basis for the celebrated Weil conjectures, which give a bound on the number of points of a smooth projective variety over a finite field. I will give an exposition of the Weil conjectures for curves and sketch a proof of the Riemann hypothesis for curves along the lines of Weil's...   More >