Friday, January 27, 2017
Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)
The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.
Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).
Essig Brunch: Dr. Daniel Thompson, UNLV: Endemic butterflies of the Spring Mountains, Nevada: habitat selection, phylogeography, and responses to the 2013 Carpenter 1 fire
Seminar | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Dr. Daniel Thompson, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!
Seminar | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall
Alexandra Velian, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Columbia University
Workshop | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Sean Burns, OURS
This work shop is primarily designed for STEM undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.
Cognition Colloquium: "Discovering simple heuristics from mental simulations." and "Do people know what they think they know about math? Self-assessment in an online math tutor."
Colloquium | January 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Rachel Jansen; Fred Callaway
Grad student Rachel Jansen will present her work, "Do people know what they think they know about math? Self-assessment in an online math tutor," and grad student Fred Callaway will present his work, "Discovering simple heuristics from mental simulations."
Labor Lunch Seminar: The Intended and Unintended Consequences of a Financial Aid Program for the Poor
Seminar | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Seminar | January 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Prof. Françisco M. Raymo, Univ. of Miami, Chemistry
The goal of our research program is the development of operating principles to activate the fluorescence of organic chromophores under either chemical or optical control.
In particular, we design molecules capable of switching from a nonemissive to an emissive state, upon either acidification or illumination at an appropriate activation wavelength, and then produce fluorescence, after... More >
Seminar | January 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall
Mr. Archishman Raju, Cornell University
Seminar | January 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Martin Olsson, UCB
I will discuss background on local models for stacks, both Deligne-Mumford and Artin stacks, and discuss some applications to the study of vector bundles on moduli spaces.
Conference/Symposium | January 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
The scientific community has long recognized the importance of making research findings reproducible by independent investigators. The increasing complexity of modern scientific research, however, has made it more difficult than ever to gather data, conduct analyses, and share findings in a way that allows others to fully understand and repeat a scientific experiment. To date, there has been... More >
Seminar | January 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Christopher Policastro, UC Berkeley
The Brenier decomposition is a nonlinear version of the polar decomposition. It determines the nearest approximation by a volume preserving map. Following work of Kohn and Friesecke-James-Muller, I will discuss a quantitative Brenier decomposition bounding the deviation of a map from volume preserving by the deviation of its derivative from volume preserving.
Job Market Seminar: "Blood Rubber: The Effects of Labor Coercion on Institutions and Culture in the DRC"
Seminar | January 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time
Field(s): Development Economics, Political Economy, Economic History
Seminar | January 27 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Silvain Rideau, UC Berkeley
A result of Pillay's state that a group definable in a differentially closed field can be embedded in an algebraic group. Similar theorems have also been proved in various structures of enriched fields: separably closed fields, fields with a generic automorphism, real closed fields... Moreover, the proofs of all these results use similar tools developed to study groups in stable, and then simple,... More >
Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall
Reading analytics are a relatively new development but are being deployed in many contexts and at a variety of scales.
Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall
Library and bibliographical practices for discovery and access are based on now-obsolete assumptions that pre-date digital networks. So we need to go back to basics and build more useful designs based on contemporary assumptions.
Workshop | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
If you need to write a grant propopsal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.
The workshop is open to all UC-Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for... More >
Staging Courtesans: Liang Chenyus (1519-1591) Washing Gauze (Huansha ji) and the Performance Culture of Late Sixteenth-Century China
Colloquium | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Ling Hon Lam, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2017;
This paper seeks to read Liang Chenyus dramatic masterpiece, Washing Gauze (Huansha ji), with reference to the rise of courtesans as theater women and the subsequent changes in the performance culture in the late sixteenth century. It argues that the play explodes the literary tradition to which it belong by staging female chorus, dance forms and their training sessions, and outdoors music... More >
Seminar | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Theo Johnson-Freyd, Perimeter Institute
For each dg operad P, I will present a homotopically-coherent version of "P-ideal". This presentation extends without change to a many-to-many generalization of operads with tree-level compositions called "dioperads". Whereas operads describe algebras, dioperads describe bialgebras, and "P-ideals" for a dioperad P are simultaneously ideals and coideals. In the case where P describes Frobenius... More >
Colloquium | January 27 | 4:10-5:15 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall
Ilijas Farah, Professor of Mathematics, York University
Unexpected and deep connections between the theory of operator algebras and logic have been discovered in the past fifteen years. Even more remarkably, diverse areas of logic that are generally (and arguably) thought to have little connection to one another have found natural - and sometimes necessary - applications to operator algebras. In this talk I will emphasize applications of model theory... More >