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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Geo4Dev: Geospatial Analysis for International Development Symposium and Workshop

Conference/Symposium | September 6 – 7, 2017 every day | B100 Blum Hall

 Solomon Hsiang, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley; Joe Mascaro, Director of Academic Programs, Planet (formerly Planet Labs); Marshall Burke, Assistant Professor, Stanford University; Jennifer Burney, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego; Gordon Hanson, Acting Dean, UC San Diego; Ariel BenYishay, Chief Economist, AidData; Carrie Stokes, Executive Director, USAID GeoCenter

 Center of Evaluation for Global Action

Geo4Dev is a 2-day symposium and workshop on September 6-7, 2017 focused on the application of remote sensing and geospatial analysis to address issues of poverty, sustainable development, urbanization, climate change and economic growth in developing countries. The event aims to expand the reach of remote sensing to faculty, graduate students, implementers, donors, and tech companies involved in...   More >

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Engagement Skills - 1st Year Students Only

Workshop | September 6 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Library

 Carol Rhodes

 University of California

EECS Career Fair

Career Fair | September 6 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, RSF Field House Gym

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Co-Sponsored by the Career Center, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), and the Department of Electrical Engineering & Compute Sciences. If you're an EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related positions, this is the fair for you!

Companies will be there to talk about full-time jobs and summer internships!

Be sure to bring your UC Berkeley Student ID and many copies...   More >

Wellness Wednesdays in the Garden: Flower Power Yoga| Grow and Go with Chai!

Workshop | September 6 – October 25, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Grow - stretch to feel longer, stronger & more balanced.
Go - get back to your day w/renewed vitality

Yoga is an effective strategy to release tension, relax the nervous system, improve focus, & increase balance.Each class offers a healthy dosage of crisp fresh air, all natural organic floral aromas, vitamin D sunlight, blooming visions, stable grounding platform, direct &loving...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Tali Hammond "Heterogeneous responses to environmental change: contrasting behavior and physiology in two California chipmunks"

Seminar | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell Miller Library

 Tali Hammond

 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 >

A Capacity Scaling Law for Artificial Neural Networks

Seminar | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Gerald Friedland, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In this talk, we derive the calculation of two critical numbers that quantify the capabilities of artificial neural networks with gating functions, such as sign, sigmoid, or rectified linear units. First, we derive the calculation of the upper limit Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension of a network with binary output layer, which is the theoretical limit for perfect fitting of the training data. Second,...   More >

Hildebrand Scholars Roundtable

Colloquium | September 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Gabrielle Goldstein, UC Berkeley Health Policy; Jonathan Holmes, UC Berkeley Economics; Kimberly Richards, UC Berkeley Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Join Canadian Studies for lunch and learn about research conducted in Canada by Berkeley graduate students:

Gabrielle Goldstein
Health Policy

Jonathan Holmes

Kimberly Richards
Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

Buffet lunch at 12 noon followed by lecture at approximately 12:20.
Free Event | Open To Everyone

Part of the Canadian Studies Colloquium Series

“Profiling Cells Inside and Out Using Nanostructured Materials”

Seminar | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Shana Kelley, University of Toronto

 Bioengineering (BioE)

290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Our group uses aspects of biophysical and materials chemistry to create new systems that permit biomolecular analytes and rare cells to be tracked and profiled. Nanomaterials play a central role in these efforts, as the unique properties of materials engineered at the nanoscale allow previously unreachable levels of sensitivity and specificity to be realized.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Regulation of Chromatin Replication by Histone Variants"

Seminar | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Yannick Jacob, Yale University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

We study epigenetics using plants as model systems. Our goals are to understand how the epigenome contributes to basic cellular mechanisms like DNA replication and gene silencing, and also complex processes like developmental transitions, trans-generational inheritance and aging. We are also interested in exploring how the epigenome can be modulated to improve current genome engineering...   More >

Yannick Jacob

Wikipedia in the Classroom

Workshop | September 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, The Academic Innovation Studio/127D

 Samantha Weald, The Wiki Education Foundation

 American Cultures

Are you interested in learning how to create Wikipedia as classroom assignments? The AC Center and the Wiki Education Foundation Educators invite you to join us as we discuss how to build Wikipedia assignments into your courses and discover some of the new tools, which support and enhance teaching with Wikipedia.

  RSVP online by September 4.

Advanced PubMed

Workshop | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Emerging Technologies and Bioinformatics Librarian, Bioscience Library


A hands-on workshop introducing advanced features of PubMed that can help your searching to be more effective and efficient.

The Vicarious Construal Effect: Seeing and Experiencing the World Through Different Eyes

Colloquium | September 6 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Clayton Critcher, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

That two individuals can be exposed to the same stimulus and experience it differently speaks to the power of construal. People’s construals are shaped by their idiosyncratic attitudes, belief systems, and personal histories. As a result, simple delights for children often become uninspiring bores for adults. In this talk, I consider whether people can actively try on construals and experience...   More >

Reducing Inequality Through Dynamic Complementarity: Evidence from Head Start and Public School Spending: Rucker Johnson, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy

Colloquium | September 6 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Rucker Johnson, Professor, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy

 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.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Background for research talk

Seminar | September 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Bruno Benedetti, University of Miami

 Department of Mathematics

An informal discussion of background material for the research talk.

Delaying the age of marriage through girls' education in northern Nigeria

Presentation | September 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 401 University Hall

 Dr. Mardhiyyah Abbas Mashi, Co-Founder, Centre for Girls' Education; Margaret Bolaji, Program Officer, Centre for Girls' Education

 The OASIS Initiative

Join the OASIS Initiative (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel) for a talk given by two of the leading champions for girls' education and family planning in West Africa. Dr. Mardhiyyah Abbas Mashi and Margaret Bolaji will be sharing more about their work in Nigeria and what more can be done to achieve development goals in the region.

Sharp threshold for K4-percolation

Seminar | September 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Brett Kolesnik, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Graph bootstrap percolation is a cellular automaton introduced by Bollobas. Let H be a graph. Edges are added to an initial graph G=(V,E) if they are in a copy of H minus an edge, until no further edges can be added. If eventually the complete graph on V is obtained, G is said to H-percolate. We identify the sharp threshold for K4-percolation on the Erdos-Renyi graph G(n,p)...   More >

Protecting Immortality: Germ line Development in Drosophila

Seminar | September 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Ruth Lehmann, NYU School of Medicine

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Stochastic First-Order Methods in Data Analysis and Reinforcement Learning

Seminar | September 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Mengdi Wang, Princeton University

 Department of Statistics

Stochastic first-order methods provide a basic algorithmic tool for online learning and data analysis. In this talk, we survey several innovative applications including risk-averse optimization, online principal component analysis, dynamic network partition, Markov decision problems and reinforcement learning. We will show that convergence analysis of the stochastic optimization algorithms...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Photo Forensics

Colloquium | September 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Hany Farid, Dartmouth College

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

From the tabloid magazines to main-stream media outlets, political campaigns, courtrooms, and the photo hoaxes that land in our email, doctored photographs are appearing with a growing frequency and sophistication. The resulting lack of trust is impacting law enforcement, national security, the media, e-commerce, and more. The field of photo forensics has emerged to help return some trust in...   More >

Investigating signal-dependent changes in ribosome activity across the proteome

Seminar | September 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 John Price, Brigham Young University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

fMRI at high magnetic fields: Spatial resolution limits and applications

Seminar | September 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Essa Yacoub, University of Minnesota

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

While higher magnetic fields present the opportunity to address higher resolution neuroscience questions, such applications are faced with confounds of fMRI spatial specificity, as well as technical challenges in acquiring higher resolution images. Significant efforts have been put forth over the past 20 years towards understanding these issues and in addressing them with technical developments....   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: An elliptic Schur-Weyl construction of the rectangular representation of the DAHA

Seminar | September 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Monica Vazirani, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Building on the work of Calaque-Enriquez-Etingof, Lyubashenko-Majid, and Arakawa-Suzuki, Jordan constructed a functor from quantum D-modules on general linear groups to representations of the double affine Hecke algebra (DAHA) in type A. When we input quantum functions on GL(N) the output is L($k^N$), the irreducible DAHA representation indexed by an N by k rectangle. For the specified...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Local constructions of triangulated manifolds.

Seminar | September 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Bruno Benedetti, University of Miami

 Department of Mathematics

A "tree of tetrahedra” is a simplicial complex that is homeomorphic to the 3-ball and that has a tree as dual graph. Starting with a tree of tetrahedra, suppose that you are allowed to recursively glue together two *incident* boundary triangles. (You can perform this type of move as many times you want.) Call "Mogami manifolds" the triangulated 3-manifolds that you can obtain this way. Are all...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Robert Murphy, Professor and Head of Computational Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar | September 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Integrating Information from Diverse Microscope Images: Learning and Using Generative Models of Cell Organization

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review

Course | September 6 – October 11, 2017 every Wednesday | 5-7 p.m. |  Online

 Rafat Raie, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Walnut Creek; Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec; Crystal Killiam, PE, City of Los Angeles; Obaid Khan, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Dublin

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe- Chew on this: The evolution of tooth eruption in mammals

Presentation | September 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Tesla Monson, Department of Integrative Biology


Why do we have wisdom teeth? And why do so many people need to have them extracted? Teeth are extremely important biological structures that act as a physical interface between mammals and their environment. A great deal is known about the biology of how teeth erupt into the mouth. However, there still remains significant disagreement on the factors driving the evolution of tooth eruption in...   More >

Museum specimens for studying tooth evolution