# Academic

## Monday, October 9, 2017

### 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.

### Biophysical Cues and Ocular Cell Behaviors: The Big Impact of Little and Squishy Things

Seminar | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Chris Murphy, D.V.M., PhD, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, UC Davis; Sara Thomasy, D.V.M., PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Researcher, Department of Surgical & Radiological Sciences, UC Davis

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Biophysical cues, such as substratum topography and compliance, are ubiquitous attributes of the miroenvironment of cells. They have been proven to be as potent as soluble cytoactive factors in the modulation of cell behaviors. The main focus of our labs has been the investigation of how biophysical cues modulate cell adhesion, proliferation, migration, differentiation, and response to growth... More >

### Understanding Probability

Colloquium | October 9 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Shaun O'Grady, Dept. of Psychology

What is the mental representation of probability and how does it develop? What role do education and experience play in understanding probability? In this talk I will present the results of 4 Experiments investigating probability judgments in children and adults. In the first part of the discussion I will present data from adult participants performing a ratio comparison task as well as a... More >

### Differential Geometry Seminar: Regularity theory for Type I Ricci flows

Seminar | October 9 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Panagiotis Gianniotis, University of Waterloo

A Ricci flow exhibits a Type I singularity if the curvature blows up at a certain rate near the singular time. Type I singularities are abundant and in fact it is conjectured that they are the generic singular behaviour for the Ricci flow on closed manifolds.

In this talk, I will describe some new integral curvature estimates for Type I flows, valid up to the singular time. These estimates... More >

### EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | October 9 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk... More >

### Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Consumer Spending During Unemployment: Positive and Normative Implications

Seminar | October 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Pascal Noel, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Joint with Public Finance seminar

* Please note change in time and location due to a joint event

### Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: "Consumer Spending During Unemployment: Positive and Normative Implications"

Seminar | October 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Pascal Noel

Joint with Public Economics, Psychology and Economic (Change in Time and Location)

### BLISS Seminar: Optimal Experimental Design via Regret Minimization

Seminar | October 9 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

Zeyuan Allen-Zhu, Microsoft Research

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The experimental design problem concerns the selection of k points from a potentially very large design pool of p-dimensional vectors, so as to maximize the statistical efficiency regressed on the selected k design points.

We achieve 1+varepsilon approximations to all popular optimality criteria for this problem, including A-optimality, D-optimality, T-optimality, E-optimality, V-optimality... More >

### Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Some trace formulas in operator theory

Seminar | October 9 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Kalyan B. Sinha, Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

The theory of smooth operators by Kato and Krein's trace formula are combined to obtain the Helton-Howe trace formula. In the second part, some results towards a trace formula in two variables ( a kind of extension of Krein's formula) will be discussed.

### Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Schur indices and the p-adic local Langlands program

Seminar | October 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

David Sherman, Stanford University

Let $G$ be a finite group and Π an irreducible complex representation of $G$ whose character is valued in the number field $k$. There is a canonical class in the Brauer group of $k$ that describes the obstruction to descending $G$ to a representation on a $k$-vector space. The question of determining this class (or its order in the Brauer group, known as the Schur index of Π) is very classical,... More >

### Peter Bartlett - Representation, optimization and generalization in deep learning

Seminar | October 9 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

Peter Bartlett, UC Berkeley Departments of Statistics and EECS

Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Deep neural networks have improved state-of-the-art performance for prediction problems across an impressive range of application areas, and they have become a central ingredient in AI systems. This talk considers factors that affect their performance, describing some recent results in two directions. First, we investigate the impact of depth on representation and optimization properties of these... More >

### Seminar 271, Development: "Voter Information and Electoral Competition Under Authoritarianism"

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Ceren Baysan, Berkeley

### Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Some interactions between algebraic and symplectic geometry

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Andrew Hanlon, UC Berkeley

We will discuss at least one of the close relationships between symplectic geometry and algebraic geometry other than curve counting (Gromov-Witten theory) and mirror symmetry. In particular, we will discuss how symplectic packing of the projective plane is related to Nagata's conjecture and (time-permitting) discuss an application of Seidel's symplectic Picard-Lefschetz theory.

### In the Province of the Gods: Disability, Sexuality, Mortality and Things Japanese: Kenny Fries in conversation with Karen Nakamura

Colloquium | October 9 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Kenny Fries, Author

Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

A disabled foreigner in Japan, a society most people think of as hostile to difference, **Kenny Fries** finds himself on a journey of profound self-discovery. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and atomic bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions... More >

### Allosteric inhibitors of protein synthesis: how structure and dynamics give rise to complex pharmacology

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Jack Taunton, University of California, San Francisco

### Analysis and PDE Seminar: Gravity water waves and emerging bottom

Seminar | October 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Thibault de Poyferré, UC Berkeley

To understand the behavior of waves at a fluid surface in configurations where the surface and the bottom meet (islands, beaches…), one encounters a difficulty: the presence in the bulk of the fluid of an edge, at the triple line. To solve the Cauchy problem, we need to study elliptic regularity in such domains, understand the linearized operator around an arbitrary solution, and construct an... More >

### SLAM: From the Farm, to the Pharm, to the Field

Seminar | October 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Professor Peggy Lemaux, UC Berkeley

QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

"Genetically modified organisms" "Genetically engineered crops" These terms are used all the time by the general public. But how can scientists best discuss food-related issues with the public in a clear manner? Join us for a discussion with Dr. Lemaux to discuss strategies for communicating science based on her experience as an agricultural scientist using genetic engineering. Dr. Lemaux, in... More >