<< February 2017 >>

## Friday, February 24, 2017

### International Symposium on Child Welfare

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

Social Welfare, School of

### New Topics, Technologies and New Times: Japan Ahead

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 9 a.m. | International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room

Academic communities play an important role in shaping international perspectives. Scholars work within broad networks, developing thoughtful insights on emerging changes long before others become aware of their implications. Students, whether within Japan and abroad, will in time become tomorrow’s leaders. How we shape their understanding of Japan establishes powerful influence on the way they...   More >

### Syncing... Subject, Media, Society Conference Day 1: 25th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Helge Jordheim, University of Oslo, University of Trondheim; Christoph Cox, Hampshire College

Department of German

full program schedule available at http://www.berkeleygermanconf.wixsite.com/syncing   More >

### Subjectivity and Learning

Seminar | February 24 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Peter Godfrey-Smith, City University of New York and University of Sydney

### God, Sex and Gender: a Conversation on Adrian Thatcher's Redeeming Gender

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 12-2 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

Adrian Thatcher, Honorary Professor of Theology, University of Exeter; Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History, UC Berkeley

Adrian Thatcher’s recently-published Redeeming Gender draws on Thomas Laqueur’s Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud in an attempt to offer a distinctive Christian Theology of Gender. In this lunchtime conversation, Thatcher will provide a brief overview of his recent work before discussing its principle arguments with Laqueur.

### Labor Lunch Seminar: NO LABOR LUNCH -

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

Department of Economics

### Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Nonlinear Bayesian filtering for damage assessment and monitoring of structures

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

Audrey Olivier

Recent years have seen a concurrent development of new sensor technologies and high‐fidelity modeling capabilities. At the junction of these two topics lies an opportunity for real‐time system monitoring and damage assessment of structures.

### Archaeological Illustration: Part 2

Workshop | February 24 | 1-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Lisa Johnson, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

Archaeological Research Facility

This is a two-part workshop: The focus of the first workshop is to illustrate ceramic vessels (complete and incomplete) and flaked stone tools/debitage. Illustration is a time consuming procedure, but if we have time, each person should be able to pencil draw both kinds of artifacts. The second workshop will be spent tracing these technical drawing with pen and ink on velum.

### Why Reason?  Inference, Reasoning, and Education

Colloquium | February 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 3515 Tolman Hall

Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo

It is often assumed that inference and reasoning are the same process, but they are actually very different.  Inference is a neural process that is private, parallel, multimodal, emotional, unconscious, fast, and automatic.   Reasoning, in contrast, is usually public, serial, verbal, dispassionate, conscious, slow, and deliberate.  So the contributions of reasoning to inference are unclear, and...   More >

### East Asian Topologies of Power: An Interdisciplinary Cross-Currents Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Room 220 - Geballe Room

This symposium will bring into conversation the guest editors of three recent issues of the UC Berkeley-based e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review and three additional East Asia scholars to explore the special issues’ thematic convergence on China and its neighbors, on space, and on cartography. Rather than regarding the emergence of the state as a top-down imposition,...   More >

### Sergei Loznitza Master Class: Structures of Remembrance, Archives of History, and Post-WWII Representation

Colloquium | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Theater 2

Sergei Loznitza

Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley

Sergei Loznitza will speak in English and Russian on the issues raised by his films and questions of representation of historical and contemporary events as well as dilemmas of post-Holocaust memory in a short intimate master class/round table with Comparative Literature professor Miryam Sas. Filmmaker and critic Neil Young in attendance. Ivan Sokolov and Irina Paperno interpreting.

OPEN TO...   More >

### Towards Designed Nanoscale Systems via Self-Assembly: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Prof. Oleg Gang, Columbia Univ., Applied Physics / Chemical Engineering

In the last decades nanoscale inorganic objects emerged as a novel type of matter with unique functional properties and a plethora of prospective applications. Although a broad range of nano-synthesis methods has been developed, our abilities to organize these nano-components into designed static and reconfigurable architectures are quite limited.

Molecular encoding of nano-object allows...   More >

### Estimating Probability Weights of Deterministic many-body Systems in their Steady States

Seminar | February 24 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

Dr. Zdenek Preisler, LBNL

College of Chemistry

TBD

### Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Weak Solutions to SDE with Distributional Drift

Seminar | February 24 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

There has been many works to construct a solution to SDE with additive noise when drift term is just Hölder continuous or integrable in some sense. In this talk, I will introduce a new method to construct a weak solution to SDE when drift is only a distribution. We will make use of paradifferential calculus and an idea from the rough path theory.

### Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

Dr. Haruko Wainwright, Research Scientist, Earth &Environ. Sciences Division, LBNL

### Composition Colloquium: David Smooke

Colloquium | February 24 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

Department of Music

Composer David Smooke (b. 1969) currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches music theory, rock music history, and composition, and is the Chair of the Music Theory Department at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. The Washington Post claims that "Smooke has some of the most uninhibited brain cells around" and describes his music as "superb [...] a kaleidoscopic...   More >

### MENA Salon

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

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.

### Every Identity, its Ontology

Seminar | February 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

Rob Sanderson, Getty Institute

Information, School of

Rob Sanderson is a semantic architect at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, and a passionate advocate for open culture, linked open data, and the digitization of cultural heritage.

### Understanding the crystal chemistry of ionic diffusion through polyanionic intercalation hosts

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

College of Chemistry

The most important problem the world faces is how to establish a sustainable energy infrastructure. A critical component to this challenge is how to safely store large amounts of energy in an economically viable way. While a large body of work has been dedicated to identifying new intercalation hosts for Li-ion batteries, a fundamental understanding of the mechanism for ionic diffusion through...   More >

### Collage Night with Desi

Workshop | February 24 | 6-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join art collective Desi for a night of collage accompanied by the energetic sounds of a special guest DJ. Work together on one large-scale, collaborative collage, which will be cut into pieces and remixed into a set of prints using the Art Lab’s risograph machine. Each participant will receive a print in the mail following the event.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons |$12 General admission

## Saturday, February 25, 2017

### Global History Series: Power and Authority: Challenges to Colonialism in Africa

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join us for the final of three sessions exploring the theme of Power and Authority. This program is designed to help educators prepare students to understand cross-regional and thematic elements in global history. The workshop includes a scholar lecture, model lesson, and collaborative planning time.

by February 12.

### How to lead effectively: Skills for managing scientists

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

Anna Goldstein, Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University; Ben Thuronyi, Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University

This full-day workshop will focus on the critical interpersonal aspects of leading a group of scientists, integrating techniques for communication, feedback, conflict resolution, and negotiation. It’s designed to complement the SLAM seminar series by providing highly interactive, participatory experiences. You’ll get hands-on practice with the relationship skills that are key to being a great...   More >

### Oral History Center Spring Introductory Workshop: Oral History "Nuts and Bolts" Workshop

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room

The Oral History Center

The Oral History Center will host its third annual Introductory Spring Workshop on Saturday, February 25 2017 at the MLK Jr. Student Union. This workshop is intended for people who are interested in learning about the foundations of oral history but have little to no experience.

### Syncing... Subject, Media, Society Conference Day 2: 25th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

Conference/Symposium | February 25 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Helge Jordheim, University of Oslo, University of Trondheim; Christoph Cox, Hampshire College

Department of German

full program schedule available at http://www.berkeleygermanconf.wixsite.com/syncing   More >

### New Topics, Technologies and New Times: Japan Ahead

Conference/Symposium | February 25 | 10 a.m. | International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room

Academic communities play an important role in shaping international perspectives. Scholars work within broad networks, developing thoughtful insights on emerging changes long before others become aware of their implications. Students, whether within Japan and abroad, will in time become tomorrow’s leaders. How we shape their understanding of Japan establishes powerful influence on the way they...   More >

### Critter Corner

Workshop | December 31, 2016 – May 27, 2017 every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science, Niche Classroom

Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

What is it like to live underwater? How does it feel to warm yourself on a rock? Get an introduction to the living world by meeting small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods. In the Critter Corner, which is perfect for ages 8 and under, you can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories and role-play with toy animals and habitats so that you can better understand animal life.

## Sunday, February 26, 2017

### Life at the Seashore Educator Workshop: Grade 1 NGSS Workshop

Workshop | February 26 | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Sarah Pedemonte, Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science

The Seymour Center invites you to dive in to Life at
the Seashore, a science unit developed by the MARE
program specifically for 1st grade teachers. Learn
how to incorporate the Next Generation Science
Standards (NGSS) into your classroom teaching from
Sarah Pedemonte of the MARE Program, part of UC
Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.

Life at the Seashore is a new NGSS-designed...   More >

### Crafter Dark: Free drop-in arts and crafts workshop

Workshop | January 26 – May 26, 2017 every month | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Living Room

Berkeley Art Studio

Get crafty with us! We’re hosting free, drop-in arts & crafts workshops in the MLK Jr. Student Union campus living room every 2nd Thursday of the month. Hope to see you there!
January 26th: Printing on Fabric
February 9: Zinelette Mini-Magazines
March 9th: Hand Lettering
April 20th: Macrame Plant Holders
May 11th: Clay Mobiles

## Monday, February 27, 2017

### Adult Mortality Determinants in Low and Middle Income Countries and Comparisons with High Income Countries: A Comparative Workshop on Adult Mortality Determinants

Conference/Symposium | February 27 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th floor

Population Science

This one-day workshop is designed to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns of adult mortality risk factors in low and middle income countries (LMIC). The conference will feature an international range of speakers.

Attendance is free and open to the public and the university community, but seating is limited. If interested in joining, RSVP no later than February...   More >

RSVP by calling 510-280-1623, or by emailing evasile@berkeley.edu by February 10.

### Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Wind Effects on Flexible Structures: A New Perspective

Seminar | February 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

Teng Wu

Wind effects on flexible structures such as high-rise buildings and long-span bridges, governed by the Navier-Stokes equations, are not adequately represented by a conventional linear analysis framework.

### Benjamin Backus, PhD

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Benjamin Backus, ​State University of New York ​

TBD

### Combinatorics Seminar: Recent results on the queen packing problem

Seminar | February 27 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Daniel Kane, UCSD

Department of Mathematics

We consider the problem of placing $k$ queens on an $n \times n$ chessboard so that the number of unattacked squared is as large as possible. We focus on the domain where $k$ is small relative to $n$. We are able to solve this problem by relating it to various related problems in additive combinatorics.

### Student Symplectic Seminar: Morse Homology

Seminar | February 27 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Michael Yeh, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

If $M$ is a compact manifold, a generic smooth function $f:M\to R$ can tell us about the topology of $M$. Classically, one obtains a CW decomposition of $M$ (up to homotopy equivalence) and can then use cellular homology. I will focus on a newer approach which involves constructing a chain complex by counting the flow lines of the gradient of $f$. The resulting homology turns out to be...   More >

### Differential Geometry Seminar: Scalar curvature, mass and the Bartnik conjectures

Seminar | February 27 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Michael Anderson, Stony Brook

Department of Mathematics

In the early 90's, Bartnik defined a localization (to finite regions) of the mass of complete asymptotically flat metrics on 3-manifolds with nonnegative scalar curvature. The Bartnik mass has a number of favorable properties. A deeper understanding of the mass requires the resolution of several conjectures posed by Bartnik, leading to interesting global problems in geometric PDE. We will discuss...   More >

### String-Math Seminar: Elliptic algebras and instantons in large-N limit

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

Peter Koroteev, Davis

Department of Mathematics

I will discuss some mathematical aspects of instanton counting in two different physical theories- one with gauge group of rank N, the other of small fixed rank. It will be shown that instanton sectors of both theories are equivalent in the N to infinity limit.

### Seminar 231, Public Finance: “Discrete earnings and optimization errors: Evidence from students’ responses to local tax incentives”

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Tuomas Kosonen, Labour Institute for Economic Research

(visiting CEG)

### Seminar 211, Economic History: "A Lesson from the Great Depression that the Fed Might Have Learned"

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Michael Bordo, Rutgers University

Department of Economics

### Probabilitic Operator Algebra Seminar: Group measure space von Neumann algebras

Seminar | February 27 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We begin by talking about probability measure preserving actions of discrete groups, and introduce the notion of the Group Measure Space construction, or the cross product von Neumann algebra. We will then discuss about free and ergodic actions and the measurable functions fixed by these. We will conclude by presenting and proving the key theorem of this talk: The free action on an $L^\infty$...   More >

### Three principles for understanding distinctively human learning: Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | February 27 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Brenden Lake

Department of Psychology

### BLISS Seminar: Causality and directed information

Seminar | February 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

Haim Permuter, Ben Gurion University

In this talk we will present a fundamental role that directed information and causal conditioning has in communication with feedback, gambling with causal side information, causal MMSE estimation, statistical physics, and causal inference between two processes.

We will begin by defining and establishing some key properties of the notions of causal conditioning and directed information. These...   More >

### Griffin Foster (Oxford): ALFABURST

Seminar | February 27 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

Griffin Foster, Oxford University

ALFABURST is an FRB search pipeline for Arecibo then runs commensally during ALFA observations. It is run in conjunction with the current SERENDIP system as SETIBURST. ALFABURST has been in operation since August 2015, and in that time has observed for 45 days total, the majority of which is outside the galactic plane. I will report on the current status of the system, analysis of the initial...   More >

### Xin Chen - Fair Risk Pooling and Sharing

Seminar | February 27 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

Xin Chen

Xin Chen's research interest lies in optimization, revenue management and supply chain management.

### Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: The Geometry of Macdonald Polynomials (or The Combinatorics of Hilbert Schemes)

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Jeremy Meza, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

In 1988, Macdonald introduced his eponymous $$q,t$$-symmetric functions, which he conjectured were polynomials with non-negative integer coefficients. It was not until 2001 when Haiman proved this purely combinatorial conjecture using the underlying geometry subtly lurking in the background. In this talk I will outline Haiman's proof. Along the way, I will review symmetric function theory,...   More >

### Seminar 208, Microeconomics Theory: "The Dimensions of Consensus"

Seminar | February 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Xianwen Shi, University of Toronto

Department of Economics

### Two-photon Imaging and Manipulation of Cortical Neural Circuits in vivo

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

Weijian Yang, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University

One challenge of understanding how the brain works is the complexity of neural circuits. Optical methods provide a route to record and manipulate the neural activity of a small subset of neuron cells with cellular resolution. In this talk, I will discuss our approach to tackling the above challenges through novel three-dimensional (3D) imaging and optical manipulation methods.

### Modeling the hair-cell to spiral ganglion synapse: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | February 27 | 4 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Eric Young, John Hopkins University

Department of Psychology

The synapse between hair cells and auditory nerve fibers provides precise temporal information about acoustic events, such as transients in complex stimuli and the phase of sound waveforms at frequencies up to the kHz range. To accomplish these tasks, the synapse produces a high rate of spontaneous and stimulus-driven discharge in auditory-nerve fibers, with irregular spike trains and little or...   More >

### Two-photon Imaging and Manipulation of Cortical Neural Circuits in vivo

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

Weijian Yang, Columbia University

One challenge of understanding how the brain works is the complexity of neural circuits. These circuits are composed of hundreds of thousands of neurons that are interconnected in a highly distributed fashion. Optical methods provide a route to record and manipulate the neural activity of a small subset of these cells with cellular resolution. The desire to access a larger volume with higher...   More >

### IB SEMINAR: Motivational control of sleep and wake behaviors

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

### Seminar 271, Development: Combating Rumors: Evidence from a Field Experiment During the Indian Demonetization

Seminar | February 27 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Emily Breza, Harvard

Department of Economics

## Tuesday, February 28, 2017

### Investigating the Extinction of South American Mammals: Interview with Dr. Natalia Villavicencio, Integrative Biology

Seminar | February 28 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

Dr. Natalia Villavicencio, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

KALX 90.7FM

This week on The Graduates, we speak with Dr. Natalia Villavicencio about her research on the roles that humans and climate change play in driving animals to extinction, in the past and in the present.

The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web

### Phase Transitions and Adsorption at the Atomic and Nanoscale: From Storing and Separating Gases to Manipulating Light

Seminar | February 28 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

Jarad Mason, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

College of Chemistry

### BASF Lecture in Chemical Sciences: Organic chemistry of natural proteins under crude conditions

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Itaru Hamachi, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Graduate School of Engineering Kyoto University, Kyoto and CREST/JST, JAPAN

College of Chemistry

Traditionally, proteins analysis has been conducted under the purified dilute aqueous conditions in most cases. However, it is now being recognized that structure and functions of natural proteins in live systems are rather different from those under such pure conditions. Therefore, it is ideal that proteins can be studied in vivo in more-details for deep understanding of these biomolecules. For...   More >

### UCMP Fossil Coffee: The integration of quantitative genetics, paleontology, and neontology reveals genetic underpinnings of primate dental evolution

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

Leslea Hlusko, UCMP/HERC

Museum of Paleontology

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Relationship Trading in OTC Markets

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Speaker: Terrence Hendershott, UC Berkeley

Abstract:
We examine the network of bilateral trading relations between insurers and dealers in the over-the-counter corporate bond market. Using comprehensive regulatory data we find that many insurers use only one dealer while the largest insurers have a network of up to eighty dealers. To understand the heterogeneity in network size we build a model of decentralized trade in which insurers...   More >

### Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | February 28 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

Ergonomics@Work

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.

### Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Practical Kitchen Tools (BEUHS641)

Workshop | February 28 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

Be Well at Work - Wellness

Kitchen tools and gadgets can make healthy cooking easier, efficient, and fun! Learn easy recipes using our favorite practical tools that are often used in our cooking classes. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

### The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: Evidence From Lagos

Colloquium | February 28 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Shelby Grossman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

### Development Lunch:"Identification of Other-Regarding Preferences: Evidence from a Common Pool Resource Game in Colombia"

Seminar | February 28 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

David Echeverry

Department of Economics, CEGA

### Township leaders and village chiefs in contemporary China

Colloquium | February 28 | 2 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room, Suite 510

Zhe Ren, Institute of Developing Economies, CJS Visiting Scholar

Daniel Mattingly, Stanford University

The relationship between a township leader and a village chief in contemporary China is something of a political puzzle. Researchers have maintained that China’s bureaucratic system contains a very important political contracting framework. Within this framework, the career of a cadre is strongly related to the performance of a contract that may cover not only economic development but also other...   More >

### EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 28 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in time

Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

### ESPM Forest Products and Woody Biomass Seminar Series - Robert Hairstans

Seminar | February 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

Robert Hairstans, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University

"Timber Offsite and Modern Methods of Construction"

### The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology Part 1. The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication

Seminar | February 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Jack Szostak, Simches Research Center Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Molecular Biology, and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 7215

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

### Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Eigenvalues for Schrödinger operators with random, highly oscillatory potentials.

Seminar | February 28 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Alexis Drouot, UCB

Department of Mathematics

We study eigenvalues of 3D Schrödinger operators modified by a stochastic term $V_N$, oscillating at typical frequency $N \gg 1$. Such operators are a rough model for the propagation of waves inside a disordered medium. Using a perturbation argument, we show that eigenvalues converge almost surely as $N \rightarrow \infty$. The rate of convergence is investigated: we identify two regimes,...   More >

### 3-Manifold Seminar: Fiberings of congruence covers of arithmetic manifolds

Seminar | February 28 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss a condition to guarantee that a tower of congruence $p$-covers of an arithmetic hyperbolic 3-manifold have the RFRS property (Residually Finite Rational Solvable), and hence virtually fiber. We'll spend some time discussing the Bass-Serre tree which is the basis for this criterion.

### The Real 'Skin in the Game': The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  International House

Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

### Conformations and Dynamics of Protein Molecular Recognition

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

Prof. Megan Thielges, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University

College of Chemistry

Protein dynamics, the population of and interconversion among multiple states, are often evoked to explain function. The experimental characterization of protein dynamics to fully uncover their role however is challenged by both the spatial heterogeneity of proteins and the rapid interconversion of potentially important conformational states. Our group combines the inherent temporal resolution of...   More >

### LaTeX: Creating Tables, Figures, and Bibliographies

Workshop | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library 110 MD

Samantha Teplitzky, Kresge Engineering Library

Library

This workshop will focus on how to add elements to a LaTeX document. Attendees will learn about various packages and syntax that enables the creation of tables, figures, images, and bibliographies.

### Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io: The Hacker Within

Workshop | February 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Visualization with D3.js

http://thehackerwithin.github.io/berkeley/

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

### Design Field Notes: Avery Trufelman

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

Avery Trufelman, 99% Invisible

Avery Trufelman, a producer at 99% Invisible — the highly acclaimed podcast about "the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about: the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world"— will speak at Jacobs Hall.

### EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

### Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.