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Friday, March 3, 2017

Migrant Labor and Global Health Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 3, 2017 every day |  Conference Center, UC Davis

 Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC)

The MLGH Conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and scientists for two exciting days of exploration and debate on the interrelated issues of labor migration, occupational health, and economics.

International migration is a phenomenon that involves 244 million people worldwide, most of whom move in search of work and wellbeing. Migration is projected to increase in the...   More >

California Transportation Planning Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Walnut Creek Marriott

 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA

 Technology Transfer Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact...   More >

 This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.

Encounters and Reimaginings: Medieval Scandinavia and the World

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 4, 2017 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Marianne Kalinke, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Scandinavian, Norway House Foundation, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute of European Studies, Department of English, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of German, Medieval Studies Program, Celtic Studies Program, Graduate Assembly

From the shores of Vínland to the halls of Byzantium, the Norse traveled widely and encountered many cultures – which in turn influenced Norse society at home. Traces of these journeys can be found in the archaeological record, saga narratives, and modern interpretations thereof. Moreover, continental ideas and literary forms—from romances to saints’ lives—informed Scandinavian intellectual and...   More >

Applications of Tropical Geometry: Dimensionality Reduction via Tropical Geometry

Seminar | March 3 | 10-10:40 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ruriko Yoshida, NPGS Monterey

 Department of Mathematics

Essig Brunch: Josh Gibson, Tsutsui Lab

Seminar | March 3 | 10 a.m.-11 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

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!

Applications of Tropical Geometry: Rational Tropical Polynomials and their Factorizations

Seminar | March 3 | 10:40-11:20 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bo Lin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies: 1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution

Conference/Symposium | March 3 | 10:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Elena Danielson, Former Associate Director of the Hoover Institution and Director of the Hoover Library, Stanford University; Gregory Freidin, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University; Edward Kasinec, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Eric Naiman, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley; Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Liteartures, UC Berkeley; Edward Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Eurasian & East European Studies; Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Alexei Yurchak, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies: Stanford University

41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference
on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution

George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Elena Danielson, Former Associate...   More >

Cognition Colloquium: Metareasoning and mental simulation.

Colloquium | March 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Jessica Hamrick, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Our own Jessica Hamrick will present her exit talk, "Metareasoning and mental simulation."

Applications of Tropical Geometry: Non-Archimedean Singular Value Decomposition

Seminar | March 3 | 11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Leon Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Towards Resilient Seismic Systems and Improved Assessment of Existing Structures

Seminar | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Matthew DeJong

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

In the field of earthquake engineering, understanding the rocking of structures is both essential for the assessment of existing structures and promising for the design of novel seismic systems.

Labor Lunch Seminar: "The Health Effects of Cesarean Section: Evidence from the First Year of Life"

Seminar | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandra Fenizia, UCB

 Department of Economics

Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF

Presentation | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paul Blustein, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

 Institute of European Studies

The latest book by journalist Paul Blustein to go behind the scenes at the highest levels of global economic policy making, Laid Low chronicles the crisis in the Euro Zone through the prism of the world’s financial firefighter, the International Monetary Fund. As the book reveals, bailouts of crisis-stricken countries all too often piled debt atop debt and imposed excessively harsh conditions as...   More >

Alex Lazarian (UW-Madison): New Ways to Study Magnetic Fields

Seminar | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Alex Lazarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Radio Astronomy Lab

I shall introduce two new techniques of magnetic field tracing. The first one uses Doppler-shifted emission lines and employs the gradients of velocity centroids in order to trace magnetic fields in the diffuse interstellar media as well as to trace regions of star formation associated with the gravitational collapse. I shall provide the theoretical justification of the use of the measure, its...   More >

Citation Management: Best Practice

Workshop | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library

 Susan Koskinen


What is a personal content management system? Compare programs, learn how to manage your citations, save pdfs, create bibliographies, share documents and images.

Document overload

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be on 2/10, and 5/5, Samba will be on 3/3 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 4/7 and 6/2. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 3 | 1-3 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

Cartographic Materialities: Mapping the Pre-Modern World

Conference/Symposium | March 3 | 1:15-5 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Keith Baudner, Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley; Jason Rozumalski, Graduate Student, History, UC Berkeley; Grace Harpster, Graduate Student, Art History, UC Berkeley; Tom Conley, Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University; Ricardo Padrón, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia; Valerie Kivelson, Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, University of Michigan

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, The History of Book and Reading Working Group, Mobilities and Materialities Working Group, Department of French, Department of English

Friday, March 3

1:15 - 2:45 – Graduate Student Panel, 308A Doe Library
Keith Budner (Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley), Jason Rozumalski (History, UC Berkeley), and Grace Harpster (Art History, UC Berkeley)

3:00 - 5:00 – Plenary Panel, 308A Doe Library
Tom Conley (Romance Languages, Harvard University), Ricardo Padrón (Spanish, University of Virginia), Valerie Kivelson (History,...   More >

Cultural Resources Management Panel Workshop

Workshop | March 3 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Seven local CRM firms

 Archaeological Research Facility

ARF will host brief presentations, a panel discussoin on the state of consulting, and an opportunity to speak with representatives of seven local CRM firms. The event is followed by a reception in the ARF atrium.

Surface Plasmon Near-Field for Improved Optoelectronics and Photochemistry: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Terefe G Habteyes, Univ. of New Mexico, Chemistry/Chemical Biology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recent advances show that the near-field properties of localized surface plasmon resonances can be utilized to drive important photochemical reactions at low incident photon flux at room temperature as well as improve the efficiency of optoelectronic devices. Central to these applications is a localized surface plasmon near-field that increases light matter-interaction dramatically.

I will...   More >

Statistical Mechanics Seminar

Seminar | March 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Mr. Grant Rotskoff, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Derived Direct Summand Conjecture

Seminar | March 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

Let A be a noetherian regular ring and B a finite extension of A. Conjectured by M. Hochster in 1973, the Direct Summand Conjecture asserts that the inclusion map A into B splits, as a map of A-modules. It was quickly seen that the main difficulty lies in the case where A is of mixed characteristic. Finally, in 2016, Y. Andre proved the conjecture by using P. Scholze's theory of perfectoid...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Tunneling Behavior of Random Processes

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

 Insuk Seo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We consider a class of stochastic processes in a potential field. These processes exhibit a phenomenon known as tunneling behavior if the potential field has several global minima. Then, the scaling limit of the process can be regarded as a Markov chain on the set of global minima. We discuss the general theory and some of its applications.

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 3 | 3-5 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | March 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Dr. Ruth Richardson, Associate Professor, Cornell Univ. CEE

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Teaching Information Retrieval as a Game

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

 Maximilian Eibl

 Information, School of

The talk presents some issues about teaching information retrieval to a heterogeneous group of students. It introduces a web-based tool which enables the students to playfully gain experience with the components of an information retrieval system (IRS). The system allows beginners to build an IRS by simply clicking and dragging the components. The system integrates game mechanics which leads to a...   More >

日本の『死の舞踏』: 『九相詩』と『一休骸骨』 Kūsōshi and Ikkyū Gaikotsu 

Colloquium | March 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room

 Yūichirō Imanishi, National Institute of Japanese Literature

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, National Institute of Japanese Literature

*Registration Required*

 Seating is limited. Register online by February 22.

Wide Angle, Close Up: Rethinking Twentieth-century Chinese Art

Colloquium | March 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Claire Roberts, Art History, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk presents work-in-progress associated with the research project “Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now” which examines twentieth century Chinese art from an international perspective. It will focus on two early works by Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Ye Qianyu (1907-1995), artists who have played key roles in the formation of xin guohua or what we have come to think of as...   More >

RTGC Seminar: BV-BFV formalism and General Relativity

Seminar | March 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Michele Schiavina, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The BV-BFV formalism, developed by Cattaneo, Mnev and Reshetikhin (CMR), is a powerful tool to understand quantisation of field theories on manifolds with boundaries. It combines the known BV (Batalin, Vilkovisky) framework for gauge theories on closed manifolds, which generalises the older BRST (Becchi, Rouet, Stora and Tyutin) machinery, with its Hamiltonian counterpart on boundaries, in the...   More >