<< Week of January 22 >>

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Development Lunch:"How Many Babies Did Nestle Really Kill? An Empirical Investigation into the Infant Formula Controversy"

Seminar | January 24 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jesse Anttila-Hughes

 Department of Economics, CEGA

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | January 24 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

Job Market Seminar: "Strategic Inattention, Inflation Dynamics and the Non-Neutrality of Money"

Seminar | January 24 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Hassan Afrouzi, The University of Texas at Austin - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Macroeconomics, Theory

Benjamin, Kafka, and Theology

Panel Discussion | January 24 | 2:30-6 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp; Gilad Sharvit, UC Berkeley; Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Robert Alter, UC Berkeley; Chana Kronfield, UC Berkeley; Karen Feldman, UC Berkeley

 Department of German, Center for Jewish Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Monodromy and Log Geometry

Seminar | January 24 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Arthur Ogus, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A proper semistable family over a disc gives rise to a smooth proper and saturated morphism $X/S$ of log analytic spaces over the log disc. We will explain how the underlying map of topological spaces $X_{top}/S_{top}$ can be recovered from the restriction $X_0/S_0$ of $X/S$ to the log point. We will also give simple formulas for the action of the monodromy and the differentials on the $E_2$...   More >

Design Field Notes: Neil Goldberg

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Neil Goldberg

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Neil Goldberg will give a talk, "Design Matters: From Design Consciousness to Design Thinking," at the Jacobs Institute.

Metallomembranes: Exploring the Interactions of Metal Ions with Lipid Bilayers

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

 Prof. Paul Cremer, Department of Chemistry and BMB, Penn State University

 College of Chemistry

Phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) are major components of numerous cellular membranes. Both these lipids contain amine moieties in their head groups that can strongly interact with first row transition metal ions such as Cu2+. This is significant because copper is a redox active metal ion and causes lipid oxidation in the presence of an oxidant such as hydrogen peroxide....   More >

Happy Americans, Unhappy Japanese: How Software Engineers work; how they feel about it; and how they are rewarded. A cross-national survey.

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 Prof. Yoshifumi Nakata, Doshisha University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Prof. Nakata holds a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley and has a long distinguished career researching the relationship between technology and employment related factors. He founded the Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiv​e​ne​ss a​t​ Doshisha and recently stepped down as its long-term Director.​ His bio information can be found


Functional Analysis Seminar: Amenability of discrete groups

Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kate Juschenko, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

The subject of amenability essentially begins in 1900's with Lebesgue. He asked whether the properties of his integral are really fundamental and follow from more familiar integral axioms. This led to the study of positive, finitely additive and translation invariant measure on reals as well as on other spaces. In particular the study of isometry-invariant measure led to the Banach-Tarski...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Degree of SO(n)

Seminar | January 24 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Madeline Brandt, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will give a closed formula for the degree of the projective closure of SO(n) over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero, and outline the proof of this result. I will also describe some symbolic and numerical techniques used for computing this degree for small values of n.

EPMS Weekly Seminar

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

 Engineering and Project Management Society

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 >

Jon Else | "TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize,' the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement"

Reading - Nonfiction | January 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Julie Hirano

 Graduate School of Journalism

You are cordially invited to the Bay Area book launch of "TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize,' the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement" by award-winning documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Professor Jon Else.

“No one is better suited to write this moving account of perhaps the greatest American...   More >

  RSVP online by January 24.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  Register online

Spring Career Fair, Day 1 (Engineering-Tech)

Career Fair | January 25 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, Kleeberger Field House

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Sponsored by the Career Center, come join us for one of the largest UC Berkeley career fairs --the Spring Career Fair! This fair will kick off the Spring on-campus recruiting season. Recruiters from diverse industries will bring information about their entry-level career and internship positions. (Please note that the fair spans two days, with different industries represented each day) Recruiting...   More >

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sketched Ridge Regression

Seminar | January 25 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Shusen Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Previous work has applied matrix sketching to speed up the least squares regression (LSR) on the n >> d data. Theoretical analysis of the sketched LSR is has been well established and refined. How the results extend to the sketched ridge regression is yet unclear. In our recent work, we study two types of the sketched ridge regression—the classical sketch and the Hessian sketch--- from two...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Jeremy Crawford "Elucidating the genomic consequences of sociality, from population structure to immune evolution.": Finishing Seminar

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Jeremy Crawford, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

 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 >

BioE Seminar: “Ice-binding-proteins and their interaction with ice crystals”

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ido Braslavsky

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, January 25
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Ido Braslavsky
Visiting Scholar at Stanford University
Associate Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Introduction to Career Development (BECAR001)

Workshop | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Start here to clarify your career planning needs and learn about campus resources that can help you achieve your career goals at Berkeley.

Spatialized ethno-racial inequality and labor market outcomes in Los Angeles: IRLE Spring 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE Director's Room

 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Paul Ong, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Asian American Studies, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

How does spatialized ethno-racial inequality contribute to labor market outcomes? Professor Ong will discuss his conceptual and empirical approach to modeling the relationship between ethnic and racial stratification and labor market outcomes, primarily in the city of Los Angeles.

  RSVP by emailing Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu

Mitochondrial Calcium Transport in Signaling and Metabolism

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Yasemin Sancak**, Havard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

The effects of intranasal oxytocin on mentalization in individuals with and without schizophrenia

Colloquium | January 25 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Joshua Woolley, Assistant Professor, UC San Francisco

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

There is growing interest in the use of intranasal oxytocin administration to alter social behavior and functioning in healthy and patient populations. In particular, there is growing excitement that oxytocin may be a novel approach for treatment of social cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, which are important causes of worse clinical, functional, and occupational outcomes. However, there is...   More >

The Intergeneration Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from the Golden Era of Upward Mobility: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | January 25 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Lowell Taylor, Carnegie Mellon University

 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.

The Future of Reproductive Justice under Trump

Panel Discussion | January 25 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law, Boalt School of

Following the Trump inauguration and 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, join If/When/How's Berkeley chapter for a panel discussion on the future of reproductive justice under the Trump administration. Lunch provided. Co-sponsored by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall Women's Association.

Panelists:...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Dunfield and Thurston’s stable description of certain finite $\text{Mod}(\Sigma_g)$ actions

Seminar | January 25 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Eric Samperton, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Let $X_g : = \{ \pi _1(\Sigma _g) \to G\}$. The mapping class group $\text {Mod}(\Sigma _g)$ acts on $X_g/Aut(G)$. Using the classification of finite simple groups, Dunfield and Thurston gave a complete description of this action when $G$ is nonabelian simple, and $g$ is large enough. I will review their theorem.

Job Market Seminar: "Revealed Preference Analysis of Characteristics in Discrete Choice"

Seminar | January 25 | 3:10-4:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 John Rehbeck, University of California, San Diego - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Behavioral Economics, Econometrics, Operations Research

Self-avoiding walks on graphs and groups

Seminar | January 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Geoffrey Grimmett, Cambridge University

 Department of Statistics

The problem of self-avoiding walks (SAWs) arose in statistical mechanics in the 1940s, and has connections to probability, combinatorics, and the geometry of groups. The basic question is to count SAWs. The so-called 'connective constant' is the exponential growth rate of the number of n-step SAWs. We summarise joint work with Zhongyang Li concerned with the question of how the connective...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Sparse Factorizations and Scalable Algorithms for Differential and Integral Operators

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yingzhou Li, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

This talk focus on the Distributed-memory hierarchical interpolative factorization (DHIF) which offers an efficient way for solving or preconditioning elliptic partial differential equations. By exploiting locality and low-rank properties of the operators, the DHIF achieves quasi-linear complexity for factorizing the discrete positive definite elliptic operator and linear complexity for solving...   More >

Illuminating the Dark Corners of the Genome

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Noah Spies**, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Seminar: Dr. Noah Spies, Stanford University

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Illuminating the Dark Corners of the Genome

Number Theory Seminar: Tropical geometry and uniformity of rational points on curves

Seminar | January 25 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Zureick-Brown, Emory University

 Department of Mathematics

Let X be a curve of genus g over a number field F of degree d = [F:Q]. The conjectural existence of a uniform bound N(g,d) on the number #X(F) of F-rational points of X is an outstanding open problem in arithmetic geometry, known to follow from the Bomberi-Lang conjecture. ...   More >

EECS Colloquium: How the New US National Institute for Photonics Will Change Information Technology

Colloquium | January 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 John Bowers, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We review recent advances in heterogeneous silicon photonic integration technology and components and describe progress in silicon photonic integrated circuits. Techniques for laser integration and the impact of active silicon photonic integrated circuits could have on interconnects, telecommunications and silicon electronics are reviewed. A variety of materials are being heterogeneously...   More >

From Laboratory Research to a Startup: a 3D Printed Microreactor for Chemical Analysis

Colloquium | January 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 155 Donner Lab

 Dr. Andrew Jones, Activated Research Company

 Department of Chemical Engineering

A Bayesian Multivariate Functional Dynamic Linear Model

Seminar | January 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Daniel Kowal, Cornell University

 Department of Statistics

I will present a Bayesian approach for modeling multivariate, dependent functional data. To account for the three dominant structural features in the data--functional, time dependent, and multivariate components--we extend hierarchical dynamic linear models for multivariate time series to the functional data setting. We also develop Bayesian spline theory in a more general constrained...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Computational complexity and 3-manifolds and zombies

Seminar | January 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Eric Samperton, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the computational complexity of counting homomorphisms from 3-manifold groups to fixed finite groups $G$. Let $G$ either be non-abelian simple or $S_m$, where $m \geq 5$. Then counting homomorphisms from fundamental groups of 3-manifolds to $G$ is $\mathsf { P}$-complete. In particular, for fixed $m \geq 5$, it is $\mathsf {NP}$-complete to decide when a 3-manifold admits a connected...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Pseudorandomness in graph theory and additive combinatorics

Seminar | January 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yufei Zhao, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

(Please note the unusual time and place of this talk.)

I will highlight some connections between graph theory and additive combinatorics. I will explain how to prove the celebrated Green-Tao theorem, that the primes contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. Following a graph theoretic viewpoint, we will see an answer to the question: what kinds of pseudorandomness are used in the proof...   More >

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  Register online

RAPDP - Foundational - F2 Research in a Regulatory Environment

Course | January 26 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory workshop that presents key concepts in compliance and cost policy, including an overview of the regulatory hierarchy, the delegation of authority, and the types of research agreements managed by RA's.

  Register online

Brand Training Workshop 3: Social media guidelines and tips

Workshop | January 26 | 9-11:30 a.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Public Affairs

This workshop will give you tips and tricks on how best to approach and manage your social media presence. We will review our campus social media guidelines, talk about strategy and goal setting, and get some hands on practice analyzing metrics. Bring your questions! Participants: Anyone who manages a social media channel for their unit or department or is considering starting one.

  Register online

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: On a uniqueness result for minimizers of quasiconvex integrals

Seminar | January 26 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall | Canceled

 Jan Kristensen, Oxford University

 Department of Mathematics

It is known that minimizers of strongly polyconvex (and hence strongly quasiconvex integrals) need not be unique. In this talk we present uniqueness results for minimizers of strongly quasiconvex integrals under suitable smallness conditions. The talk is based on joint work with Judith Campos Cordero.

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Morse-Sard type results for Sobolev mappings

Seminar | January 26 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jan Kristensen, Oxford University

 Department of Mathematics

The Morse-Sard theorem, and the generalizations by Dubovitskii and Federer, have numerous applications and belong to the core results of multivariate calculus for smooth mappings. In this talk we discuss extensions of these results to suitable classes of Sobolev mappings. The quest for optimal versions of the results leads one to consider possibly nondifferentiable mappings that in turn warrants...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | January 26 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

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

 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.

Spring Career Fair, Day 2

Career Fair | January 26 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, Kleeberger Field House

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Sponsored by the Career Center, come join us for one of the largest UC Berkeley career fairs --the Spring Career Fair! This fair will kick off the Spring on-campus recruiting season. Recruiters from diverse industries will bring information about their entry-level career and internship positions. (Please note that the fair spans two days, with different industries represented each day) Recruiting...   More >

PMB Seminar : "Genotype by environment interaction and the genomic basis of environmental response"

Seminar | January 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Koshland Hall, 338 Koshland Hall

 David Des Marais, Harvard University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Transforming SF: THE FUTURE OF WORK: Ken Goldberg and John Zysman in conversation

Panel Discussion | January 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Mechanics' Institute, 4th Floor Meeting Room

 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

 Ken Goldberg, Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; John Zysman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science

 Mechanics Institute

What are the social and economic impacts of technology, robotics and AI on work and employment? Will human beings be completely replaced in the work force? What new jobs will be created and which industries most effected? What will we do with time on our hands and how will we "earn a living"? Two experts in this field will sort out these complicated dynamics, dispel misconceptions, and offer both...   More >

$0 Free for UC Berkeley Affiliates

  Registration opens January 10. Register online or by calling Pam Troy at 415-393-0102

Research Colloquium: Anu Gomez

Colloquium | January 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Co-Parenting with Resiliency (BEUHS361)

Workshop | January 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Jeanette Harround, MFT and Marlies Rosmark, MFT

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This workshop is intended to help adults develop and utilize the skills needed to cooperatively parent their children following separation and divorce. Using a combination of discussion, role play and small group exercises we will explore children’s perspectives and experiences of divorce and identify different co-parenting styles, the skills needed to be better single parents and what parents...   More >

  Enroll online

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Moh Haghighat: Accelerating the Path to the Ambient Computing Era

Seminar | January 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory

 Moh Haghighat, Intel Senior Principal Engineer

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

We are at the early stages of the next major era of computing, the era when digital technology will become an integral part of our everyday environment, the Ambient Computing Era. Powerful pervasive computing will enable “AI first” user experiences, promoting speech and visual recognition and real-time learning over traditional input devices and screens. This talk will review the key requirements...   More >

IB SEMINAR: Neural mechanisms of social behavior

Seminar | January 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Gül Dölen, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

 Department of Integrative Biology

How to Write a Social Science and Humanities Research Proposal

Workshop | January 26 | 1-2 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This work shop is primarily designed for social science and humanities undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

echanical Instability-driven Architecturing of –Atomically-thin Materials – Where Shape Enables New Functions

Seminar | January 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor SungWoo Nam, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Mechanical deformations, such as buckling, crumpling, wrinkling, collapsing, and delamination, are usually considered threats to mechanical integrity which are to be avoided or reduced in the design of materials and structures. However, if materials systems and applied stresses are carefully controlled, such mechanical instabilities can be tailored to deterministically create functional...   More >

Neural circuits for making predictions

Seminar | January 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **David Schneider**, Duke University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Social Media and Protest Participation: Evidence from Russia"

Seminar | January 26 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Ruben Enikolopov, UPF, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Job Market Seminar: "Density Forecasts in Panel Data Models: A Semiparametric Bayesian Perspective"

Seminar | January 26 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Laura Liu, University of Penn - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Financial

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Period maps, complex and p-adic

Colloquium | January 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Xinwen Zhu, Caltech

 Department of Mathematics

Hodge structures appear as abstractions of certain linear algebra structure on the cohomology of smooth projective algebraic varieties (more generally compact Kahler manifolds). The classifying spaces of Hodge structures are called period domains. While it is not known in general which Hodge structures come from cohomology of algebraic varieties, it is believed that those parameterized by...   More >

Optimal Combining Outcomes to Improve Prediction: Candidate's seminar for the Assistant Professor in Biostatistics position (JPF01102)

Seminar | January 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Dr. David Benkeser, Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Biostatistics

 Public Health, School of

Please join us! The Division of Biostatistics is delighted to host guest speaker and candidate for the Assistant Professor in Biostatistics position (JPF01102),
Dr. David Benkeser.

ABSTRACT: In many studies, multiple instruments are used to measure different facets of an unmeasured outcome of interest. For example, in studies of childhood development, children are administered tests in...   More >

Applied Algebra Seminar: Using algebraic geometry for computer vision

Seminar | January 26 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Joe Kileel, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In computer vision, 3D reconstruction is a fundamental task: starting from photographs of a world scene, taken by cameras with unknown positions and orientations, how can we best create a 3D model of that world scene? Algorithms that do this built Street View (Google) and are instrumental in autonomous robotics. In 2004, David Nister (Tesla) used Grobner bases to build a solver for robust...   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

Friday, January 27, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  Register online

Essig Brunch: Dr. Daniel Thompson, UNLV: Endemic butterflies of the Spring Mountains, Nevada: habitat selection, phylogeography, and responses to the 2013 Carpenter 1 fire

Seminar | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dr. Daniel Thompson, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!

How to Write a Stem Research Proposal

Workshop | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This work shop is primarily designed for STEM undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.

Inorganic Molecular Precursors: The Quest for Function through Structure

Seminar | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Alexandra Velian, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

 College of Chemistry

Cognition Colloquium: "Discovering simple heuristics from mental simulations." and "Do people know what they think they know about math? Self-assessment in an online math tutor."

Colloquium | January 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Rachel Jansen; Fred Callaway

 Department of Psychology

Grad student Rachel Jansen will present her work, "Do people know what they think they know about math? Self-assessment in an online math tutor," and grad student Fred Callaway will present his work, "Discovering simple heuristics from mental simulations."

Models in Science: The renormalization group and information geometry

Seminar | January 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Mr. Archishman Raju, Cornell University

 Department of Chemistry

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Local models for stacks

Seminar | January 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss background on local models for stacks, both Deligne-Mumford and Artin stacks, and discuss some applications to the study of vector bundles on moduli spaces.

Activatable Fluorophores: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Françisco M. Raymo, Univ. of Miami, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The goal of our research program is the development of operating principles to activate the fluorescence of organic chromophores under either chemical or optical control.

In particular, we design molecules capable of switching from a nonemissive to an emissive state, upon either acidification or illumination at an appropriate activation wavelength, and then produce fluorescence, after...   More >

BOOK LAUNCH: The Practice of Reproducible Research

Conference/Symposium | January 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The scientific community has long recognized the importance of making research findings reproducible by independent investigators. The increasing complexity of modern scientific research, however, has made it more difficult than ever to gather data, conduct analyses, and share findings in a way that allows others to fully understand and repeat a scientific experiment. To date, there has been...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Blood Rubber: The Effects of Labor Coercion on Institutions and Culture in the DRC"

Seminar | January 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Sara Lowes, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Development Economics, Political Economy, Economic History

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Integral Estimates for Approximations by Volume Preserving Maps

Seminar | January 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Christopher Policastro, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Brenier decomposition is a nonlinear version of the polar decomposition. It determines the nearest approximation by a volume preserving map. Following work of Kohn and Friesecke-James-Muller, I will discuss a quantitative Brenier decomposition bounding the deviation of a map from volume preserving by the deviation of its derivative from volume preserving.

Model Theory Seminar: Groups with definable generics

Seminar | January 27 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Silvain Rideau, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A result of Pillay's state that a group definable in a differentially closed field can be embedded in an algebraic group. Similar theorems have also been proved in various structures of enriched fields: separably closed fields, fields with a generic automorphism, real closed fields... Moreover, the proofs of all these results use similar tools developed to study groups in stable, and then simple,...   More >

Why Library Catalog Design is Obsolete

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Library and bibliographical practices for discovery and access are based on now-obsolete assumptions that pre-date digital networks. So we need to go back to basics and build more useful designs based on contemporary assumptions.

Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Reading analytics are a relatively new development but are being deployed in many contexts and at a variety of scales.

Composition Colloquium: Steve Reich

Colloquium | January 27 | 3:10 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall | Note change in time

 Department of Music

supported by Cal Performances and in conjunction with the concert on Sunday evening at 7pm in Hertz Hall, which will feature a premiere by Ensemble Signal.

Inorganic Chemistry seminar

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Prof. Mir Wais Hosseini

 College of Chemistry

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant propopsal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC-Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Staging Courtesans: Liang Chenyu’s (1519-1591) Washing Gauze (Huansha ji) and the Performance Culture of Late Sixteenth-Century China

Colloquium | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ling Hon Lam, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2017;

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This paper seeks to read Liang Chenyu’s dramatic masterpiece, Washing Gauze (Huansha ji), with reference to the rise of courtesans as “theater women” and the subsequent changes in the performance culture in the late sixteenth century. It argues that the play explodes the literary tradition to which it belong by staging female chorus, dance forms and their training sessions, and outdoors music...   More >

RTGC Seminar: Ideals in derived algebra and boundary conditions in AKSZ-type field theories

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Theo Johnson-Freyd, Perimeter Institute

 Department of Mathematics

For each dg operad P, I will present a homotopically-coherent version of "P-ideal". This presentation extends without change to a many-to-many generalization of operads with tree-level compositions called "dioperads". Whereas operads describe algebras, dioperads describe bialgebras, and "P-ideals" for a dioperad P are simultaneously ideals and coideals. In the case where P describes Frobenius...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Model theory of operator algebras

Colloquium | January 27 | 4:10-5:15 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Ilijas Farah, Professor of Mathematics, York University

 Department of Mathematics

Unexpected and deep connections between the theory of operator algebras and logic have been discovered in the past fifteen years. Even more remarkably, diverse areas of logic that are generally (and arguably) thought to have little connection to one another have found natural - and sometimes necessary - applications to operator algebras. In this talk I will emphasize applications of model theory...   More >

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Social Justice Symposium: Healing Through Resistance: 11th Annual

Conference/Symposium | January 28 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  MLK Middle School

 1781 Rose St., Berkeley, CA 94703

 Bobby Seale, http://www.dellumsinstitute.org/

 Social Welfare, School of

The Social Justice Symposium is an annual event organized by students in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. This year’s symposium will be held on January 28, 2017 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1781 Rose Street in Berkeley with the theme of Healing through Resistance. The Social Justice Symposium aims to integrate critical analysis and academic...   More >

Global History Series: Power and Authority: Understanding Genocide: The Khmer Rouge

Workshop | January 28 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

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

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join us for the second 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.

  RSVP online by January 15.

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.

Animal Discovery Room at the Lawrence Hall of Science

SERC Community Retreat

Workshop | January 28 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | TBA International House

 Student Environmental Resource Center

SERC will be hosting an on-campus community-wide retreat on Saturday, January 28th to gather community input on SERC's Strategic Plan, new space, and SERC vision. Food will be provided. Please share this invitation with any interested students and student organizations. Hope to see you there! ***RSVP at tinyurl.com/serccommunityretreat

 RSVP at tinyurl.com/serccommunityretreat

The Films of Ana Mendieta: Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | January 28 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Learn more about Ana Mendieta’s compelling filmworks with film critic/historian B. Ruby Rich, writer/curator Karen Fiss, expert in Latina/o visual and performing arts Laura Pérez (UC Berkeley), and independent filmmaker Raquel Cecilia.

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