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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Unstitching Third World Girls and Education: A one-day symposium exploring the relationships between Gender Equity, Economy, and Empowerment in the Global South

Conference/Symposium | April 16 | 10:45 a.m.-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

Dr. Sunita Agarwalla, Dept. of Education, Dispur College, Assam, India; Dr. Rani Mudiar Deka, Dept. of Economics, Dispur College, Assam, India; Uttam Teron, Founder, Parijat Academy, Assam, India; Aimoni Tumung, Principal, Parijat Academy, Assam, India

Derrika Hunt, Ph.D. student, School of Education, UC Berkeley

A day long conference exploring the relationships between economy, education, and empowerment for third world girls.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Linking 10-K and the GICS - through Experiments of Text Classification and Clustering

Seminar | April 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Speakers: Tingyue Gan, UC Berkeley

A 10-K is an annual report filed by a publicly traded company about its financial performance and is required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 10-Ks are fairly long and tend to be complicated. But this is one of the most comprehensive and most important documents a public company can publish on a yearly basis. The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) is an industry...   More >

Melvin Calvin Lecture: Understanding and Improving Platinum Anticancer Drugs

Seminar | April 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Stephen Lippard, Department of Chemistry, MIT

College of Chemistry

Platinum compounds are a mainstay of cancer therapy. Barnett Rosenberg’s group at Michigan State University discovered the biological action of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II), or cisplatin, in the late 1960’s. Our laboratory subsequently established the chemical nature of events leading up to the binding of platinum anticancer drugs to DNA, their principal target in the nucleus of cancer cells....   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Minimum wages and racial inequality"

Presentation | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Claire Montialoux, PhD Candidate, 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.
** MUST RSVP**

RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by April 12.

Career Lab: Interviewing Basics: Foundational advice and practice for all types of jobs

Workshop | April 16 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

Interactive career labs will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview and discussion, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials in peer-to-peer pairs, with career advisor assistance. Career Lab group size is capped at 20 participants, so please sign up early to ensure a spot! You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop....   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The Waring and Other Problems for Noncommutative Polynomials

Seminar | April 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Bill Helton, UC San Diego

Department of Mathematics

A homogeneous noncommutative degree $d$ polynomial $p$ has a $t$-term real Waring (resp. complex Waring) decomposition provided that $p(x)$ can be written as the sum of $t$ terms of the $d^{th}$-power of linear functions of $x$, i.e. $p(x)=\sum _{s=1}^t [ A^s_1x_1 + A^s_2x_2 + ... A^s_gx_g]^d$ with real (resp. complex) numbers $A_j^s$. The talk will analyze this, some consequences and...   More >

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "On Money as a Medium of Exchange in Near-Cashless Credit Economies"

Seminar | April 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Ricardo Lagos, Professor of Economics, NYU

Department of Economics

Abstract: We study the transmission of monetary policy in credit economies where money serves as a medium of exchange. We find that --in contrast to current conventional wisdom in policy-oriented research in monetary economics-- the role of money in transactions can be a powerful conduit to asset prices and ultimately, aggregate consumption, investment, output, and welfare. Theoretically, we show...   More >

RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Heterogeneity of Loss Aversion and Expectations-Based Reference Points

Seminar | April 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Charles Sprenger, University of California, San Diego

Department of Economics

ABSTRACT: This project examines the role of heterogeneity in gain-loss attitudes for identifying models of expectations-based reference dependence (Koszegi and Rabin, 2006, 2007) (KR). Different gain-loss attitudes lead to different signs for KR comparative statics. Failure to account for the known heterogeneity in gain-loss attitudes is a central confounding factor challenging prior tests of the...   More >

Parallel Processing and Distributed Data Structures Using the Dask Package for Python

Presentation | April 16 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (117 Dwinelle)

Data Sciences

Dask allows you to set up parallel computations on one or more machines (or Savio nodes), including working with large datasets distributed across multiple Savio nodes. Berkeley Research Computing and Research IT will cover the different ways to set up and run parallel computations using Dask.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Bases in Banach Lattices

Seminar | April 16 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Mitchell Taylor, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will discuss bases in Banach lattices, and how they can be used to measure (non)-embeddability of a Banach space into a lattice. We will give several characterizations of basic sequences that "respect the lattice structure", and discuss some of the more unexpected corollaries. Time permitting, I will comment on existence of non-negative bases in Hilbert space.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Regularity, singularities and h-vector of graded algebras

Seminar | April 16 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Hai Long Dao, University of Kansas

Department of Mathematics

Let $R$ be a standard graded algebra over a field. We investigate how the singularities of $\operatorname {Spec} R$ or $\operatorname {Proj} R$ affect the $h$-vector of $R$, which is the coefficients of the numerator of its Hilbert series. The most concrete consequence of our work asserts that if $R$ satisfies Serre's condition $(S_r)$ and have reasonable singularities (Du Bois on the punctured...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Field Equations, Homotopy Gerstenhaber Algebras and Courant Algebroids

Seminar | April 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Anton Zeitlin, Louisiana State University

Department of Mathematics

I will talk about the underlying homotopical structures within field equations, which emerge in string theory as conformal invariance conditions for sigma models. I will show how these, often hidden, structures emerge from the homotopy Gerstenhaber algebra associated to vertex and Courant algebroids, thus making all such equations the natural objects within vertex algebra theory.

Developing high-throughput MS methods for characterizing structural transitions and stabilities of proteins in solution: From peptides to complexes

Seminar | April 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

David Clemmer, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University Bloomington

College of Chemistry

One of the most challenging problems in biochemistry involves understanding how proteins fold. After more than 50 years of work, experimental characterization of protein folding usually leads to results which are described as a cooperative, two phase, transition between the folded and unfolded states – i.e., the protein appears to melt. Here we present new data from an IMS-MS analysis of simple...   More >

Christina Marsden Gillis Academic Lives Program: Making A Difference at Berkeley: The 1970s Generation of Women Faculty

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

Women's Faculty Club

A Women's Faculty Club Centennial Event - Panel Discussion with Moderator Professor Chirstina Maslach features five outstanding and outspoken women who broke new ground and joined the ranks of Berkeley faculty in the 70s. How did these women's experiences change depending on departments and fields. Speakers - Janet Broughton (Philosophy), Susan Graham (EECS), Catherine Gallagher (English), Judith...   More >

RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by April 16.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Exclusionary Conduct by Dominant Platforms"

Seminar | April 16 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Jonathan Baker, American University Washington College of Law

Department of Economics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: On the tangent space to the Hilbert scheme of points in $P^3$

Seminar | April 16 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert scheme of n points in $P^2$ is smooth of dimension 2n and the tangent space to any (monomial) ideal admits a nice combinatorial description. On the other hand the Hilbert scheme of n points in $P^3$ is singular and there is a conjecture on what the monomial ideal with the largest tangent space dimension should be. By extending the combinatorial methods used in $P^2$, we give a proof...   More >

Vicki Spencer | Toleration in Comparative Perspective: After Christchurch

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Vicki A. Spencer, Assoc. Professor of Political Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand

Christopher Ocker, Professor of Church History, GTU; Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and Director of the Group in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley; Aaron Grizzell, Executive Director, Nor Cal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation; Munis D. Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Dan Blanton, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley

Purushottama Bilimoria, Distinguished Teaching & Research Fellow, GTU

A conversation with Professor Vicki Spencer, Assoc. Professor of Political Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand

Food For Thought

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

Few challenges seem more daunting than feeding a global population projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 – at a time when our changing climate is already making it more difficult to successfully grow crops. As initiatives to double food production pour large investments into industrial agriculture, the authors of two new books suggest that “feeding the world” is the wrong approach to take. In...   More >