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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Robust Learning: Information Theory and Algorithms

Seminar | October 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Jacob Steinhardt, Stanford

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

This talk will provide an overview of recent results in high-dimensional robust estimation. The key question is the following: given a dataset, some fraction of which consists of arbitrary outliers, what can be learned about the non-outlying points? This is a classical question going back at least to Tukey (1960). However, this question has recently received renewed interest for a combination of...   More >

Total synthesis of polycyclic natural products

Seminar | October 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ang Li, State Key Laboratory of Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Syntheses of some polycyclic alkaloids and terpenoids by our group will be presented in this lecture. Daphniphyllum alkaloids are a class of structurally intriguing natural products. We develop a series of strategies, such as electrocyclization, [3 + 2] cycloaddition, electrocyclic ring opening, and late-stage Diels−Alder cycloaddition, to achieve the syntheses of a dozen of them. Inspired...   More >

Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria"
Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning
Ivy Mills, Lecturer in History of Art
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
170 Wurster

Charisma Acey is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her background includes work, research and travel to countries...   More >


Presentation | October 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 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 emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by October 4.

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | October 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Symplectic Working Group: Punctured holomorphic curves and Lagrangian embeddings

Seminar | October 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yuan Yao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Liquidity Constraints and the Value of Insurance

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

 Keith Marzilli Ericson, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, Human Frictions to the Transmission of Economic Policy

Seminar | October 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 587 Evans Hall

 Michael Weber, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

Intertemporal substitution is at the heart of modern macroeconomics and finance as well as economic policymaking, but a large fraction of a representative population -- those below the top of the distribution by cognitive abilities (IQ) -- do not change their consumption propensities with their inflation expectations. Low-IQ men are also less than half as sensitive to interest-rate changes when...   More >

Farming, agrobiodiversity, and food in the Andes: first in the series “Hidden Living Landscapes – Conversations on nature, culture, knowledge, resilience and loss in the Andes of South America”.

Workshop | October 9 | 3-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Stef de Haan, CIAT Viet Nam

 Institute of International Studies

Agronomist Stef de Haan will present and discuss his research with Andean farmers and how they manage their biodiversity.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 9 | 3:30-4:30 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 suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Type B Free Probability

Seminar | October 9 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The lattice of non-crossing partitions plays a crucial role in free probability, giving rise to the free cumulants introduced by Roland Speicher. In addition to their combinatorial description, the non-crossing partitions can be realized as arising from the Coxeter groups of Type A. Reiner used this analogy to introduce the non-crossing partitions of Type B, which raises the question: what do...   More >

Approaching Challenges in Physics with Inorganic Chemistry

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Danna Freedman, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

The Freedman research group's overarching theme is harnessing chemical intuition to approach fundamental challenges in physics. Within this framework, we are focused on three vital areas of contemporary physics: advancing quantum information science, probing magnetism, and creating new emergent materials.

The Biopolitics of Beauty: Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil

Colloquium | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Alvaro Jarrín, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Center for Latin American Studies

Beauty is considered a basic health right in Brazil, and plastic surgery is offered to working-class patients in public hospitals in exchange for becoming experimental subjects. This talk will trace the biopolitical concern with beauty to Brazilian eugenics and will explore the raciology of beauty that allowed plastic surgeons to gain the backing of the State. For patients, beauty has become...   More >

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance - "Supply, Demand, Institutions, and Firms: A Theory of Sorting and the Wage Distribution"

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Daniel Haanwinckel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper develops and tests a theory of how the supply of skills, labor demand shocks, and minimum wages affect the wage distribution in the presence of firm heterogeneity and imperfectly competitive labor markets. The model features four components: (i) a task-based production function with imperfect substitution across educational groups; (ii) final goods with distinct task...   More >

Week to Week: Planning a Successful Semester: L&S Workshop Series Shoot for the Stars

Workshop | October 9 | 4:15-6:15 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on weekly planning and time management.