<< September 2019 >>

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period

Workshop | September 11 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Room 117 (Level D)

 Ryo Akama, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumekan University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Ritsumeikan University, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, East Asian Library

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: 2019 Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley
Instructor (speaker): Ryo Akama

10:00am -12:00pm: Workshop "Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period" [registration required]

CLOSED Required for morning workshop

  Register  by September 6.

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Longest Increasing Subsequences and Oscillating Tableaux II

Seminar | September 11 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Meza, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will start with a quick primer on the RSK correspondence and Berele insertion. This will lead us into longest increasing subsequences of permutations and analogous statistics on oscillating tableaux. We will discuss computational methods, explicit formulas, and if time permits, asymptotics. This is meant to be an introductory talk to set ourselves up for future topics. (Part II of the talk)

A General Mortality Model and Moving Verbal Autopsy from Research to Routine Use: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Samuel J. Clark, Professor, Sociology, Ohio State

 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.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Speaker TBA: Title TBA

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 TBA

 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 >

EECS Career Fair

Career Fair | September 11 | 12-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, RSF Field House Gym

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event is co-sponsored by HKN & UPE and organized in collaboration with the EECS department.

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! Recruiters will talk with you about full-time and summer job opportunities. Employers range from large household-name companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Tapping cyanobacterial potential as an alternative carbohydrate feedstock: design of modular, light-driven microbial consortia"

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Daniel Ducat, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Daniel Ducat is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His lab is interested in using engineering and synthetic approaches to examine the biology and biotechnological application of these intriguing bacteria. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University.

Mutualism and machines: theory and software for genome analysis: Bioengineering Department Seminar, Professor Ian Holmes

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ian Holmes, Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

My lab develops software for genome informatics, from basic algorithms to user-friendly web tools. I’ll talk about how our genome browser design is influenced by Engeström's social object theory, a virtual sense of place, and prototyping ideas from the game industry.

CITRIS Research Exchange - Jutta Williams

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

"Why are there brakes on a car?"

About the Talk:

Drawing from examples from a career in regulated industries like operational healthcare, finance and government, this talk will focus on how controls, discipline, and boundaries in tech aren't just good for privacy and security - they can actually help us move fast.

About the Speaker:

Ms. Williams is a Senior technical program manager...   More >

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Residential Segregation and its Effects on Intergroup Cognition

Colloquium | September 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Arianne Eason, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, Psychology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

In the U.S. today, racial segregation remains rampant in neighborhoods, schools, and even the workplace. Given the persistent inequity in terms of both race and social class in the U.S., my research utilizes perspectives from developmental, social, and cultural psychology to examine how features of our social and cultural contexts (e.g., racially segregated neighborhoods and classrooms) influence...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Percent Plans and the Return to Postsecondary Selectivity"

Seminar | September 11 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Zachary Bleemer, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Model Theory Seminar: An approach to the decidability of mixed characteristic valued fields

Seminar | September 11 | 2:20-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Konstantinos Kartas, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

After quickly reviewing the basics of valued fields, I will focus on a particular technique. This technique roughly reduces the decidability of a henselian mixed characteristic valued field to the decidability of its residue rings. A proof of this result will be presented, some applications and possible future directions.

Gambler's ruin in three dimensions.

Seminar | September 11 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Persi Diaconis, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Picture three gamblers with initial capital x(A), x(B), x(C) summing to N. Each time a pair of gamblers is chosen uniformly and they flip a fair coin. Consider the first time one of them hits zero.
How are the fortunes of the other two distributed and how does this depend on how they start?
Approximations (upper and lower bounds with reasonable constants) are derived for parallel problems on...   More >

Peter Frazier — Grey-box Bayesian Optimization

Seminar | September 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Peter Frazier, Cornell University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Bayesian optimization is a powerful tool for optimizing time-consuming-to-evaluate non-convex derivative-free objective functions.  While BayesOpt has historically been deployed as a black-box optimizer, recent advances show considerable gains by "peeking inside the box".  For example, when tuning hyperparameters in deep neural networks to minimize validation error, state-of-the-art...   More >

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Workshop | September 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

Number Theory Learning Seminar: Moments determining a distribution and class group counting as field counting

Seminar | September 11 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Thomas Browning, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Chemicals from Renewable Carbon Sources

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dr. Ning Yan, National University of Singapore

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Future society will increasing rely on renewable resources for fuels, chemicals and nutrients.Biomass offers a wide range of starting materials for value-added chemicals and fuels,however, components in biomass feedstock bristle with functional groups, reducing their stability to withstand high temperatures usually used to process petrochemicals.

RTMP Seminar: Holonomy invariants from quantum groups

Seminar | September 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Calvin McPhail-Snyder, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Geometric information about a topological space $X$ can be described by a conjugacy class of representations of its fundamental group into a Lie group $G$, or equivalently by a gauge class of flat $\mathfrak g$-connections. In this talk I will discuss how to construct invariants of such spaces using quantum topology techniques, focusing in particular on $U_q(\mathfrak {sl}_2)$ at a root of unity....   More >

Digital Archiving for Intangible Arts: Reproducing Past Kabuki Stages and Performances of Great Actors

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ryo Akama, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumekan University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Ritsumeikan University, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, East Asian Library

Digital archives are changing the methods of studying arts and cultures. While tangible culture seems relatively easy to archive digitally, intangible culture is still difficult and it may seem impossible to reproduce the stage performances in the past.

EECS Colloquium: Negative Capacitance and Its Potential Use for Next Generation Computing Technology

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Sayeef Salahuddin, Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Power constraint has become a critical challenge for computing, restricting the rate at which data can be processed. The physics of ordered and correlated systems allow for fundamental improvement of the energy efficiency in this regard, going beyond what is possible with conventional materials in today’s computing hardware. One such example is the the ferroelectric materials...   More >

What do we know about how to make good predictions?: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | September 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Danny Hernandez, OpenAI

 Department of Statistics

Everyone makes bets. Scientists bet years of their lives on research agendas, CEO’s bet billions of dollars on new products, and world leaders bet our welfare through their policies. Their decisions often hinge on implicit judgement based predictions about relatively one-off events rather than on data. We’ll review the most promising existing techniques for improving one’s predictions. I’ll...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (Departmental Seminar): "Fairness and efficiency for probabilistic allocations with endowments"

Seminar | September 11 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Federico Echenique, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Thursday, September 12, 2019

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | September 12 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 JH

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Applied Math Seminar: Diabatic Surface Hopping, Marcus Rate and Ehrenfest dynamics

Seminar | September 12 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Di Fang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Surface hopping algorithms are popular tools to study dynamics of the quantum-classical mixed systems. In this talk, we will present a surface hopping algorithm in diabatic representations, in the view point of time dependent perturbation theory and semiclassical analysis. The algorithm is validated numerically in both weak coupling and avoided crossing regimes. We then discuss some recent...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Residual Properties of Groups

Seminar | September 12 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Nic Brody, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A group is said to be residually finite if every nontrivial element can be distinguished from the identity in a finite quotient. We introduce the notion of an (alpha, kappa)-residual group, for alpha an ordinal and kappa a cardinal. The ordinal generalization allows one, for example, to measure the degree to which a given group fails to be residually finite in a more refined manner. The cardinal...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | September 12 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Xavier Jaravel, London School of Economics and Political Science

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Seminar 271, Development, Joint with OEW: Stigma in Social Learning: Theory, Evidence and Policy

Seminar | September 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Arun Chandrasekhar

 Department of Economics

*Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar Joint with Development Seminar

Seminar | September 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Arun Chandrasekhar, Assistant Professor, Stanford

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Faculty Conversations on Design for Democracy

Panel Discussion | September 12 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

UC Berkeley faculty join in a discussion of design and democracy.

EECS Internship Fair

Career Fair | September 12 | 12-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, RSF Field House Gym

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event is co-sponsored by HKN & UPE and organized in collaboration with the EECS department.

If you're a returning EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related internships, this is the fair for you! Recruiters will talk with you about full-time and summer job opportunities. Employers range from large household-name companies like Adobe, Amazon,...   More >

BPM 107 ADA and FMLA

Workshop | September 12 | 1-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content explains the laws, eligibility requirements, and rights and responsibilities related to ADA/FMLA.

  Register online

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 12 | 2-3 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 >

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Michael Davidson

Seminar | September 12 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Michael Davidson

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Michael Davidson, Assistant Professor at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy, will present: "Eliminating Wasted Wind Energy in China: The Good, the Bad, and the (Ugly) Markets." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Imaging the Molecular Pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease

Seminar | September 12 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 William Jagust, University of Calfornia, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

CRG Thursday Forum Series: Book Talk: Fearing the Black Body

Panel Discussion | September 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Sabrina Strings, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine

 Savala Trepczynksi, Executive Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

 Center for Race and Gender, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Join us for the first CRG Thursday Forum as author Sabrina Strings of UC Irvine discusses her new book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, with the Henderson Center’s Savala Trepczynski.

Event co-sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson for Social Justice at Berkeley Law.

CRG Thursday Forums are open to the public and the location is wheelchair accessible. Light...   More >

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Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group Meeting

Seminar | September 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Information Overload and the "Illusion of Knowing": Studying for Mastery in the Social Sciences

Workshop | September 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 151 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Does your studying mainly involve memorizing facts? Do you forget most of what you've learned once the semester ends? Are you ready to move from memorization to mastery of course concepts? Attend our workshop on MARGE, where we discuss how learning works and how you can customize your studying to maximize your capacity to retain, analyze and generate knowledge. RSVP here: bit.ly/SoSciWorkshop

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Quantum Geometric Representation Theory

Colloquium | September 12 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Mina Aganagic, University of California-Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Representation theory and quantum (enumerative) geometry are two areas of mathematics with physics origins. Quantum Geometric Representation Theory is a new field which has begun to emerge at their intersection, and which also has roots in physics. To illustrate its potential, I will describe two applications of it to old problems in knot theory and integrable lattice models. This talk is based...   More >

Will North Korea denuclearize?: Big Deal, Small Deal, or More of the Same?

Colloquium | September 12 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Sung Joo Han, Professor Emeritus, Korea University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), The Asia Foundation, Institute of International Studies

Summary:

After the failure of Hanoi U.S.-North Korea summit held in February this year, the impasse between the two countries seemed irreversible. Washington wanted a “big deal” on North Korean nuclear weapons; Pyongyang insisted on a “small deal” first.

President Trump said after the break-up that North Korea wanted too much (“complete lifting” of sanctions) and offered too little (only...   More >

Filled with Meaning: Why Do the Contents of Buddhist Statues Matter?

Colloquium | September 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 James Robson, Harvard University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Scholars have recently come to realize that religious statues throughout Asia have hidden cavities that are filled with various objects inserted during a consecration ritual. This talk explores the hidden world of these statues through a discussion of a large collection of (primarily) Buddhist statues from China, Korea, and Japan. The statues discussed in this talk contain a niche carved into...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - the Humble Spud: The potato’s wonderful history and future feeding the world

Presentation | September 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Christine Hastorf, Department of Anthropology

 Science@Cal

Potatoes are often invisible one one’s plate. Not considered an exotic, it has been a food you can rely on to soothe your soul and stomach. Many have claimed its origin, due to its capacity to keep people alive in so many diverse environments. But its origin history begins 10,000 years ago in highland South America. While introducing the science of the potato and its complexities of...   More >

Diversity of wild potatoes

Friday, September 13, 2019

Composition Colloquium: workshop CNMAT users group (CUG)

Colloquium | September 13 |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

CNMAT users group (CUG), main room users, rear studio users, hardware and media labs users

Artificial Intelligence Unlocked

Deadline | September 13 – 15, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked is a three-day executive academy consisting of lectures, panel discussions, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders. The program is presented by Berkeley Law Executive Education and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Join us and earn a certificate in AI from UC Berkeley!

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

Essig Brunch Seminar-Defensive responses in Manduca sexta as a model for pain

Seminar | September 13 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Megumi Fuse, San Francisco State University

 Entomology, Essig Museum of

A weekly seminar series run by the Entomology Students Organization featuring local and visiting researchers presenting a wide range of entomology-related topics. Open to the public.

Grape Vine: Brushpainting with Karen LeGault

Workshop | September 13 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join artist, Karen LeGault, for a brush painting workshop celebrating seasonal plants in the Garden. Each month will focus on a different subject: grape vines, sunflowers, persimmon, and the pine tree.

$75, $65 members

  Register online

Curator’s Talk: Elaine Yau on Dennis Feldman

Presentation | September 13 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Elaine Yau, who organized the exhibition Dennis Feldman: Photographs, places Feldman’s work in the context of the social documentary practices of his mentors Walker Evans and Robert Frank, and focuses on Feldman’s distinctive approach to mass media images of the 1970s.

Yau is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at BAMPFA. She specializes in modern art in the United States with an...   More >

A Conversation with José Manuel Barroso, Former President of the EU Commission and Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on Behalf of the EU

Panel Discussion | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 José Manuel Barroso, Former Prime Minister of Portugal, current Chairman of Goldman Sachs International; Maurice Obstfeld, Professor of Economics, Berkeley Economics; Jeroen Dewulf, Director, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics, Institute of International Studies, European Union Center

José Manuel Barroso, former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-04), President of the EU Commission (2004-14), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the EU (2012), and current Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, will visit the UC Berkeley campus. In conversation with Maurice Obstfeld (Class of 1958 Professor of Economics) and Jeroen Dewulf (Director of the Institute of European...   More >

José Manuel Barroso

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | September 13 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation.

Optional: Join the Passport Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a yoga prize! Please...   More >

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Symmetry and Topology of Nano Structures

Seminar | September 13 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Boubacar Kanté, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Departement, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I will discuss how the control of the symmetries and interactions between multipoles enables the construction unique electromagnetic composites.

Designing Exoskeletons and Prosthetic Limbs That Enhance Human Locomotor Performance

Seminar | September 13 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Associate Professor Steve Collins, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Exoskeletons and active prosthetic limbs could improve mobility for tens of millions of people, but two serious challenges must first be overcome: we need ways of identifying what a device should do to benefit an individual user, and we need cheap, efficient hardware that can do it. In this talk, we will describe an approach to the design of wearable robots based on versatile emulator...   More >

Revitalizing Supercapacitors with Hierarchical Porous Electrodes: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Yat Li, UC Santa Cruz, Chemistry/Biochemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Supercapacitors (SCs) are rapidly emerging as a new class of energy storage devices that can be used in a broad range of applications. SCs distinguish from lithium ion batteries by their ability to be charged and discharged at ultrafast rates.

Carbon materials, owing to their excellent electrical conductivity, tailorability, inexpensiveness, and versatility, have been extensively studied as...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: KPZ Universality and Determinantal Processes III

Seminar | September 13 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality has been rigorously verified for a number of exactly solvable models such as Hammersley-Aldous-Diaconis and exclusion processes. A key ingredient for this verification is a determinantal type representation for the correlation function. In these lectures I give an overview of the existing results and present a direct and simple proof of the determinantal...   More >

New Research Directions in Archaeology and Linguistic History of Hokkaido Ainu

Colloquium | September 13 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Gary Crawford, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Talk abstract coming soon.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Prof. Gary Crawford is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in archaeological botany and environmental archaeology. The field is known as palaeoethnobotany or archaeobotany. His current focus is East Asia where he is investigating the origins and intensification of agriculture. Actually, he’s never strayed far from...   More >

MENA Salon: Iran, Israel and the US

Workshop | September 13 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

In recent months, tensions between the US and Iran have escalated. The US has imposed new economic sanctions, while Iran has announced that it will deliberately violate aspects of the previously agreed upon nuclear deal. These tensions are linked, as recent news reports...   More >

Public Policy Initiatives That Might Improve Digital Stewardship

Seminar | September 13 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Alternate policy approaches for stewardship of some classes of cultural materials in the current world.

Rethinking America's Highway Institutions

Seminar | September 13 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Robert Poole, Reason Foundation

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Reason Foundation's Robert Poole will present Rethinking America's Highway Institutions on Sept. 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Abstract:
In this talk, Robert Poole will suggest that the 20th century institutions that govern how we design, construct, maintain, and fund major highways are broken and in need of major revision. The...   More >

Robert Poole

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Essential dimension of algebraic stacks

Seminar | September 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Anningzhe Gao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will give an introduction of the essential dimension of functors, in particular I will concentrate on the essential dimension of algebraic stacks. We will start by the basic facts of stacks (if necessary), then give the statement of the genericity theorem proved by Brosnan, Reichstein and Vistoli. As an application, we will calculate the essential dimension of the moduli stack of...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: Organizational meeting

Seminar | September 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be an organizational meeting for a student learning seminar about 3-manifolds.

For the first meeting, we will talk about Tait's conjecture that reduced alternating link diagrams have minimal crossing number, which was resolved in 1987 by Kauffman, Murasugi, and Thistlethwaite using the Jones polynomial.

The Drama of Celebrity with Sharon Marcus

Colloquium | September 13 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature

 Department of English, 19th Century Colloquium, 19th Century and Beyond Townsend working group

On September 13th, there will be a discussion of pre-circulated chapters from The Drama of Celebrity with author Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (formerly of Berkeley!).

Sponsored by the 19th Century Colloquium and the 19th Century and Beyond Townsend working group.

For a copy of the PDF, please email...   More >

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Unlocked

Deadline | September 13 – 15, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked is a three-day executive academy consisting of lectures, panel discussions, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders. The program is presented by Berkeley Law Executive Education and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Join us and earn a certificate in AI from UC Berkeley!

Weekend Workshop: Writing Strategies for Language Development

Workshop | September 14 | 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 Bay Area Writing Project

Classrooms are filled with linguistically and culturally diverse students. In these workshops, K-16 teachers will experience rich language writing strategies and tools to provide targeted instruction for various levels of language fluency.

Gallery + Studio: Say It! Spray It!

Workshop | September 14 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the spirit of Ghost Demonstration, Carlos Amorales’s mural about protest for BAMPFA’s Art Wall, make and use stencils and paint to create cutouts of people holding up signs expressing something important that you want to shout out! Bring a smock or large old shirt to wear over your clothes.

Gallery + Studio: Say It! Spray It!

Workshop | September 14 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the spirit of Ghost Demonstration, Carlos Amorales’s mural about protest for BAMPFA’s Art Wall, make and use stencils and paint to create cutouts of people holding up signs expressing something important that you want to shout out! Bring a smock or large old shirt to wear over your clothes.

Hands On at the Hearst: Meet Kids' Author and Archaeologist Jordan Jacobs

Workshop | September 14 | 1-3 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join author and archaeologist Jordan Jacobs for an exciting adventure into Ancient Peru alongside the gutsy young fictional archaeologist, Samantha Sutton. Jacobs will speak about the science of archaeology, the use of psychedelic cacti in Peruvian spiritual practices, and will share excerpts from "Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies". Following the talk, visitors will be able to try their...   More >

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Unlocked

Deadline | September 13 – 15, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked is a three-day executive academy consisting of lectures, panel discussions, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders. The program is presented by Berkeley Law Executive Education and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Join us and earn a certificate in AI from UC Berkeley!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 16 | 11 a.m.-12 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 strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Deep Learning Methodologies and Tools for Scientific Problems: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | September 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Chiyu “Max” Jiang, Ph.D. Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Modern tools in machine learning and deep learning can offer new insights to old problems, both on the methodological side as well as on the technical side. The first half of this talk will present an overview of tools and subfields in geo¬metric deep learning that are particularly relevant and applicable to physical problems, (e.g., learning on regular grids, meshes/graphs and point...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Logarithmic concavity for morphisms of matroids

Seminar | September 16 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Morphisms of matroids are combinatorial abstractions of linear maps and graph homomorphisms. We introduce the notion of basis for morphisms of matroids, and show that its generating function is strongly log-concave. As a consequence, we obtain a generalization of Mason's conjecture on the f-vectors of independent subsets of matroids to arbitrary morphisms of matroids. To establish this, we define...   More >

PERL Seminar: “Productivity, Pay, and Sectoral Choice: The Labor Market of School Principals”

Seminar | September 16 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Pablo Muñoz

 Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

Introduction to Crowdsourcing in Research: Overview of Processes and Discussion on Benefits and Concerns

Workshop | September 16 | 1-3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Room 371

 Kate Beck, Progam Lead, UC Berkeley SafeTREC

 Safe Transportation Research & Education Center

Crowdsourcing is a method increasingly used in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research. However, many researchers remain unclear about what this method is, when it may be appropriate to use, and how it could be implemented. Please join Kate Beck, Program Lead at UC Berkeley's Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), to learn more about this research...   More >

Contemplating Gratitude: Photography Workshop

Workshop | September 16 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

When we observe Nature through the lens of ecology, we see the exquisite interconnectedness of all life. In this contemplative photography workshop, we will devote our attention to connectedness and interconnectedness, using the camera as a tool for meditation and the garden as our muse.

Any and all equipment are invited, including DSLRs, mobile phones, point-and-shoot, polaroid, and pinhole...   More >

$80, $75 members (Price is for each individual workshop)

  Register online or by calling 5106649841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Seminar 211, Economic History: Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in the US over Two Centuries

Seminar | September 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ran Abramitzky, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: A taste of microlocal Hodge theory

Seminar | September 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Michael McBreen, University of Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

The nonabelian Hodge correspondence gives a diffeomorphism between the moduli of flat connections and the moduli of higgs bundles on a smooth Riemann surface. The two moduli, however, are completely different as algebraic varieties. Thus natural structures on one side of the correspondence, such as Hitchin's integrable system, become rather mysterious on the other side.

I will discuss joint work...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Triangular Transport for Free Gibbs Laws from Convex Potentials

Seminar | September 16 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 David Andrew Jekel, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

We study tuples $(X_1,\dots ,X_m)$ of self-adjoint operators in a tracial $W^*$-algebra whose non-commutative distribution is free the Gibbs law for a (sufficiently regular) convex potential $V$. Such tuples model the large $N$ behavior of random matrices $(X_1^{(N)}.\dots ,X_m^{(N)}$ chosen according to the measure $e^{-N^2 V(x)}\,dx$ on $M_N( \mathbb C)_{sa}^m$. Previous work showed that...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Semi-local simple connectedness of non-collapsing Ricci limit spaces

Seminar | September 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jiayin Pan, UCSB

 Department of Mathematics

We prove that any non-collapsing Ricci limit space is semi-locally simply connected. This is joint work with Guofang Wei.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Distributions of unramified extensions of global fields

Seminar | September 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Melanie Matchett Wood, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give conjectures on the distribution of the Galois groups of the maximal unramified extensions of Galois Γ-number fields or function fields for any finite group Γ (for the part of the Galois group prime to the order of Γ and the order of roots of unity in the base field). We explain some results about these Galois groups that motivate us to build certain random groups whose distributions...   More >

Emergent Dynamic Structures in Everyday Life: Contexts for Situated Action

Colloquium | September 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Harry Heft, Denison University

 Graduate School of Education

From the perspective of ecological psychology, perception–action processes are coupled to relational environmental structures at the level of affordances and dialogical exchanges. Less often realized is that they are also embedded within identifiable higher-order, dynamic, eco-psychological structures that emerge from joint action among individuals in the course of daily life. These dynamic,...   More >

Harry Heft

Chemical Proteomic Platforms to Expose and Exploit Novel Metabolic Signals in Disease

Seminar | September 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Raymond Moellering, The University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

Biological systems are inherently and profoundly heterogeneous, both at the molecular level (e.g. encoded proteins existing in distinct posttranslational modification states) and the cellular level (e.g. organization of biomolecules to distinct regions of a cell or distinct cells within a tissue). Therefore, in order to understand information flow under basal or diseased states we must be able to...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: On the Cauchy problem for the Hall-magnetohydrodynamics equations

Seminar | September 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Sung-Jin Oh, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will describe a recent series of work with I.-J. Jeong on the Cauchy problem for the Hall-MHD equation without resistivity. This PDE, first investigated by the applied mathematician M. J. Lighthill, is a one-fluid description of magnetized plasmas with a quadratic second-order correction term (Hall current term), which takes into account the motion of electrons relative to...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (Practice Job Talk): "Constrained Allocation Mechanisms"

Seminar | September 16 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Joseph Root, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Supersymmetry and Dark Matter: From the Weak Scale to the Planck Scale

Colloquium | September 16 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte

 Dr. Keith Olive, University of Minnesota

 Department of Physics

While supersymmetry remains an interesting and important extension of the Standard Model of particle interactions, it experimental verification remains elusive. There are many motivations for supersymmetry, many of which center on the notion of Grand Unification. However, motivations for supersymmetry do not necessarily point to weak scale supersymmetry. I will review the prospects for weak scale...   More >

Entrepreneurial Leadership: From Scientist to CEO: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | September 16 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Arman Zand, Head of Finance, Farmstead

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Graduate school is a great place to gain scientific and research expertise – but that’s hardly the only thing you’ll need in your future as a Ph.D. Are you ready to lead a group? Manage your coworkers? Mentor budding scientists?

To address the many interpersonal issues that arise in a scientific workplace, graduate students from Chemistry, Physics, and Molecular & Cell Biology founded SLAM:...   More >

The 2nd Amendment: American Society's Interpretation Across Time: A panel discussion in Honor of Constitution Day

Presentation | September 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library

Campus experts discuss The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and debate the current issues from legal, historical, and political science perspectives.

Patrick Martinez: Excavations of Recent History

Presentation | September 16 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Patrick Martinez is a multidisciplinary artist who creates works that act as excavations of language, belonging, and the visual-cultural systems of the city of Los Angeles, in order to create dialogues concerning the ongoing residue of gentrification. Throughout his practice, he uses materials and modes of address recognizable within neighborhoods that face the threat of removal and erasure—neon...   More >

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

BPM 210 Building Trust

Workshop | September 17 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content provides a common language and framework, focused on the specific behaviors that build trust.

  Register online

ART Summit 2019: Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases

Conference/Symposium | September 17 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The theme for the 2019 ART Summit focuses on Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Why should you come to the ART Summit?
Learning: Come to learn about emerging research and technologies focused on aging.
Professional Development and Collaboration: Mingle to share knowledge with our attendees and poster presenters, exhibitors, and speakers.

If you want to be up to date with all...   More >

  Buy tickets online

Development and Applications of New Synthetic Strategies for Polymer Science

Seminar | September 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Brett Fors, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Synthetic polymers are significant importance in all aspects of modern life, and during the last few decades, these materials have facilitated major societal advances. Innovative polymeric materials have the potential to address humankind’s next grand scientific and technological challenges; however, taking advantage of the opportunities presented by these materials requires new methods for...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Characteristics of Mutual Fund Portfolios: Where Are the Value Funds?

Seminar | September 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Martin Lettau, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: This paper provides a comprehensive analysis of portfolios of active mutual funds, ETFs and hedge funds through the lens of risk (anomaly) factors. We show that that these funds do not systematically tilt their portfolios towards profitable factors, such as high book-to-market (BM) ratios, high momentum, small size, high profitability and low investment growth. Strikingly, there are...   More >

SPH Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series: Breast Cancer Gone Viral? Bovine leukemia virus emerging as a probable cause of human breast cancer

Seminar | September 17 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Trudy Buehring, Professor of the Graduate School, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Buehring will discuss the application of the Bradford-Hill causation criteria to help solve a long-term mystery and plan better strategies for primary prevention of breast cancer and perhaps other cancers. Dr. Buehring has been a cancer researcher on the School of Public Health faculty for 35 years.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch -

Presentation | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Greg Kaplan, University of Chicago

 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 online by September 13.

Colloquium: Hildebrand Scholars Roundtable

Colloquium | September 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Erika Brown, Edward E. Hildebrand Research Fellow

 Jae Yeon Kim, Edward E. Hildebrand Research Fellow

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Colloquium: Hildebrand Scholars Roundtable
Berkeley Graduate Students present and discuss their research on Canadian topics. Lunch provided.

Fall 2019 Health Services Research Colloquium: Sept. 17: Maya Rossin-Slater

Colloquium | September 17 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Maya Rossin-Slater, PhD, Stanford University

 Health Policy and Management

Dr. Maya Rossin-Slater, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University, will present "When Dad Can Stay Home:Fathers' Workplace Flexibility and Maternal Health".

Space Physics Seminar

Seminar | September 17 – December 3, 2019 every Tuesday | 1-2 p.m. | 325 LeConte Hall

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Preferences over Relative Income within the Household

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Johannes Hermle, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 281 International Trade and Finance: A Theory of Falling Growth and Rising Rents: Joint with Macroeconomics

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Pete Klenow, Professor, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Growth has fallen in the U.S., while firm concentration and profits have risen. Meanwhile, labor’s share of national income is down, mostly
due to the rising market share of low labor share firms. We propose a
theory for these trends in which the driving force is falling firm-level costs of spanning multiple markets, perhaps due to accelerating IT advances. In response, the most efficient firms...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Szegö kernels and Toeplitz operators

Seminar | September 17 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Alix Deleporte, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Szegö kernels encode information on weighted holomorphic functions, or holomorphic sections. In an appropriate large curvature limit, they enjoy a semiclassical structure. Among other applications, these kernels are used to define an alternative quantization scheme : Berezin-Toeplitz quantization. This talk will be an opportunity to further motivate attendance to M. Zworski's course.

Multidimensional and multifunctional super-resolution microscopy

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ke Xu, Dept. of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Recent advances in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy have led to ~10 nm spatial resolution and exciting new biology. We are developing new approaches to advance beyond the structural (shape) information offered by existing super-resolution methods, and reveal multidimensional information of intracellular functional parameters, including chemical polarity, diffusivity, and reactivity, with...   More >

Against Humanity: Why the Concept Does Violence to the Common Good

Colloquium | September 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Sam Dubal, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Center for African Studies

This talk is not about crimes against humanity. Rather, it is an indictment of ‘humanity’, the concept that lies at the heart of human rights and humanitarian missions. Based on fieldwork in northern Uganda, I examine how 'humanity' conceptualizes the LRA as a set of problems rather than a set of possibilities, as inhuman enemies needing reform.

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

HHA Firm Night

Career Fair | September 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Building 6th Floor

 Haas Healthcare Association

Whether you're looking for summer 2020 internships or a full-time role, come and talk to firm representatives from across the healthcare industry! Firms include Kaiser Permanente, Deloitte, Abbott, Blue Shield, Rock Health, and more!