<< Week of January 31 >>

Monday, January 30, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

Simons Institute Workshop: Expanders and Extractors

Seminar | January 30 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2017

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorial Physics: you only live twice

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

 Emmanuel Tsukerman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

(Please note the unusual time of this talk.)

A sneak preview into the beauty and wonder of Combinatorial Physics. I will talk about Random Matrix Theory, heavy nuclei, Dyson's Threefold way, Macdonald polynomials, Heisenberg XX spin chain, localization and dualities.

The Effect of Cumulative Advantages on the Stability and Dynamics of Collaborations in US Physics, Chemistry and Sociology from 1980 to 2015

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, 355 GSPP, 3rd floor,1893 LeRoy Ave

 Oliver Wieczorek, Visiting Scholar, Sociology, Bamberg, Germany; Heiko Heiberger, Postdoctoral Researcher,Department for Micro-Sociology at University of Bremen, Germany

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

In academia, effects of “cumulative advantage” are well studied in regards to different types of resources. Those resources are money, influence, number of collaborations, number of publications and the impact of the findings. In other words: the rich and famous departments and researchers get richer and more famous over time while the poor get (relatively) poorer. This effect is visible on both...   More >

Graduate Student Seminar

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

 Brian Cheung, Olshausen Lab; Dylan Paiton, Olshausen Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Graduate student Brian Cheung will be speaking on:
Emergence of foveal image sampling from learning to attend in visual scenes

&

Graduate student Dylan Paiton will be speaking on:
Towards understanding how extrastriate feedback shapes a V1 neuron's visual response characteristics

Combinatorics Seminar: Dyck paths and positroids from unit interval orders

Seminar | January 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anastasia Chavez and Felix Gotti, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well known that the number of non-isomorphic unit interval orders on $[n]$ equals the $n$-th Catalan number. Using work of Skandera and Reed and work of Postnikov, we show that each unit interval order on $[n]$ naturally induces a rank $n$ positroid on $[2n]$. We call the positroids produced in this fashion unit interval positroids. We characterize the unit interval positroids by describing...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Cluster Theory of the Coherent Satake Category

Seminar | January 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Harold Williams, University of Texas

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss recent work showing that in type A_n the category of equivariant perverse coherent sheaves on the affine Grassmannian categorifies the cluster algebra associated to the BPS quiver of pure N=2 gauge theory. Physically, this can be understood as a statement about line operators in this theory, following ideas of Gaiotto-Moore-Neitzke, Costello, and Kapustin-Saulina – in short, coherent...   More >

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI: The life of a memory: post-encoding reactivation and reorganization of episodic memory

Colloquium | January 30 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall | Canceled

 Lila Davachi, PhD, New York University

 Department of Psychology

BLISS Seminar: Network Analysis Problems Motivated by the Smart Grid

Seminar | January 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Vincent Poor, Princeton University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Smart grid involves the imposition of an advanced cyber layer atop the physical layer of the electricity grid, in order to improve the efficiency, security and cost of electricity use and distribution, and to allow for greater decentralization of power generation and management. This cyber-physical setting motivates a number of problems in network analysis, and this talk will briefly describe...   More >

Leningrad Underground Poets and the Russian Poetic Tradition: How to Write Yourself Into the Canon

Colloquium | January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Josephine von Zitzewitz, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The second lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

CryoEM structure of Tetrahymena telomerase: insights into functions and interactions of the subunits

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 **Jiansen Jiang**, University of California, Los Angeles

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Delineating Protein Transportation Processes: Hierarchical Models for Single-Molecule Data

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yang Chen, Department of Statistics, Harvard University

 Department of Statistics

Single-molecule experiments investigate the kinetics of individual molecules and thus can substantially enhance our understandings of various organisms. Analyzing data from single-molecule experiments poses a number of challenges: (a) the inherent stochasticity of molecules is usually buried in random experimental noise; (b) single-molecule behavior can be highly volatile. For both of these...   More >

Algebra Seminar: The Eisenbud-Goto Regularity Conjecture

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

 Irena Peeva, Cornell

 Department of Mathematics

Regularity is a numerical invariant that measures the complexity of the structure of homogeneous ideals in a polynomial ring. Papers of Bayer-Mumford and others give examples of families of ideals attaining doubly exponential regularity. In contrast, Bertram-Ein-Lazarsfeld, Chardin-Ulrich, and Mumford have proven that there are nice bounds on the regularity of the ideals of smooth (or nearly...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Estimating Hospital Quality with Quasi-experimental Data"

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

 Peter Hull, MIT - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor (education, health), Applied econometrics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Eisenbud-Goto Regularity Conjecture

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

 Irena Peeva, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

Regularity is a numerical invariant that measures the complexity of the structure of homogeneous ideals in a polynomial ring. Papers of Bayer-Mumford and others give examples of families of ideals attaining doubly exponential regularity. In contrast, Bertram-Ein-Lazarsfeld, Chardin-Ulrich, and Mumford have proven that there are nice bounds on the regularity of the ideals of smooth (or nearly...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] Solving Big Problems with Small Accelerators: From Colliders to Medical Devices Based on Laser Plasma Accelerators

Seminar | January 30 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Wim Leemans, Director, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, LBNL

 Department of Physics

We will discuss the progress on building laser powered, plasma based particle accelerators where electrons surf on waves and can reach energy levels in a few inches that, if one relies on conventional methods, would require machines multiple football fields long. Although many challenges remain, this new technology is at the brink of offering a profoundly different way in which we may build...   More >

A+D Mondays: Gender, Identity, Memoir: Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson in Conversation

Panel Discussion | January 30 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her work has been influential in a variety of disciplines including critical theory and gender studies. She has received many of the highest honors in the humanities, including the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award.

Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of...   More >

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

MATTERS: Topics in Contemporary Architecture

Panel Discussion | January 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 7PM -- A quarterly panel discussion featuring a rotating board of faculty members that focuses on contemporary issues in the field. Dana Buntrock, Neyran Turan, Andrew Atwood and Mark Anderson will discuss The Next Four Years.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

Manipulating charge and ion movement in energy storage systems

Seminar | January 31 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Kwabena Bediako, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Leveraging Herd Behavior in Foreign Exchange Markets

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Arnav Sheth, Saint Mary's College of California

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract: We examine the relationship between equity and foreign exchange markets at, and around, the WM/Reuters benchmark exchange rate known as the the `Fix'. Execution at the Fix is a service offered by brokers (normally banks) provided they obtain the trade order until a certain time prior to 4pm GMT (11 am Eastern Time).

PMB Seminar : "What flat leaves can teach us about developmental reproducibility"

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Aman Husbands, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Diazo Compounds: Versatile Tools for Chemical Biology

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Ronald Raines, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 College of Chemistry

The Huisgen azide−alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azides and alkynes has had a profound impact on chemical biology. The diazo group shares this reactivity with the azido group while conferring additional versatility. A diazo compound can be accessed readily from its parent azide by simple deimidogenation, that is, loss of “NH”, using a phosphine reagent. Cycloaddition with a diazo...   More >

Caring for Dying: The Art of Being Present (BEUHS167)

Workshop | January 31 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Michelle Peticolas, PhD

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

In the face of impending death, the caregiver’s needs are often overlooked. Participants will view Dr. Peticolas’ film, Caring for Dying: the art of being present, about the experiences of three individuals who accompanied their dying loved ones. Workshop participants will be invited to share their own stories if they wish. Goals of the workshop include:

• Learning strategies for staying...   More >

  Enroll online

Brown Bag Lunch: Kimberly Seals Allers: Author of The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 256 University Hall

 Kimberly Seals Allers

 Public Health, School of

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized media commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is widely considered a leading voice in the counterculture movement in infant feeding. Last year, her online commentaries on the social, structural and...   More >

  RSVP online

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Ring spectra for commutative algebraists

Seminar | January 31 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a new category to do commutative algebra in - the stable homotopy category. The talk starts by its construction and properties, with highlights on the comparison with the derived category of abelian groups. We then proceed to examine ring spectra, and generalize (derived) commutative algebra in this new context. Key examples of the talk will be regular ring spectra, gorenstein ring...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Families of ideals of the same size

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irena Peeva, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert function is an invariant that measures the size of a homogeneous ideal. It encodes important information (for example, dimension and degree). Grothendieck introduced the Hilbert scheme that parametrizes subschemes of $P^r$ with a fixed Hilbert polynomial. The main general result about the structure of Hilbert schemes is Hartshorne’s Theorem that the Hilbert scheme is connected. The...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Colorings of graphs

Seminar | January 31 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Ian Agol, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the question of whether a map on a compact surface has a finite-sheeted covering which is 4 colorable? We can deduce this from a question about automorphism group-invariant probability measures on the space of c-colorings of a graph of chromatic number c. Some related results will be discussed.

Design Field Notes: Danielle Applestone

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Danielle Applestone, Other Machine Company

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Company, will speak at Jacobs Hall. Other Machine Company strives to empower nontraditional makers.

Polarons, Polaritons, and the Lead Halide Perovskite Puzzle

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Xiaoyang Zhu, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

 College of Chemistry

The feverish research activity on lead halide perovskites has been fueled by their exceptional optoelectronic properties, e.g., in solar cells and light-emitting devices. Hybrid lead halide perovskites exhibit carrier properties that resemble those of pristine nonpolar semiconductors despite static and dynamic disorder, but how carriers are protected from efficient scattering with charged defects...   More >

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 >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

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

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

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

Civic Dialogue Series: Old Plays, New Faces: Representation in Classic Theater

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Rm. 370

 Melissa Hillman; Desdemona Chiang

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Cal Shakes

This dialogue will explore representation on stage and ways in which traditional casting practices can act as a barrier to specific communities. We'll discuss how performing arts organizations are creating more inclusive practices to engage a more diverse range of performing artists, and we’ll consider questions of authentic experience and the actor’s craft.

Why is a more inclusive theater a...   More >

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SP2017 Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition

Presentation | February 1 | 7 Evans Hall

 Chrystal Chang, Professor of International & Area Studies Academic Program, Political Science Department and Sociology Department; Daniel Baker, PhD student of Goldman School of Public Policy; Philip Rogers, Political Science PhD

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

The Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition, open to all undergraduate and graduate students across UC Berkeley, is a biannual event held by Project Pengyou, Berkeley Chapter. It is intended to foster discussion and collaborative research and to encourage creative and feasible policy-making, in a non-partisan environment, on key topics in the U.S.-China space.The winning team will receive a $20...   More >

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: The Latest Research on Sit-Stand Workstations with Dr. Carisa Harris-Adamson

Seminar | February 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series

 Carisa Harris-Adamson, Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education Program

In this ergonomics webinar Carisa Harris-Adamson PhD, CPE, PT provides a review of the latest research on outcomes for sit-stand workstations.

Objectives
On completion of this webinar participants will be able to:
∙∙ Describe the research evidence from both short- and long-term studies for common health risks that result from prolonged static sitting and standing work...   More >

$0 Free to view the webinar, $30 For CE credit

  Registration opens January 13. Register online or by calling info@coehce.org at 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org at info@coehce.org by February 1.

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Finite precision stability analysis of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting

Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Jianwei Xiao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is follow-up work of "On reliability of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting" from last semester's seminar talk. We investigate different updating formulas used in randomized QR factorization with column pivoting (RQRCP) and discuss the efficiency differences. We also analyze numerical stability of different RQRCP algorithms.

Exploring Career Interests with the Strong Interest Inventory (BECAR101)

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

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Strong Interest Inventory is used to clarify prominent career and work interests.

 Search for BECAR101 in the Blu Portal under UCB Learning Center (left column). Enroll online

From body to brain: control of autonomic physiology by the sensory vagus nerve

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

 **Rui Chang**, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

BioE Seminar: “Engineering of MRI to address evolving needs in cardiovascular research and clinical practice”

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

 Moriel Vandsburger, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

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

Moriel Vandsburger
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
UC Berkeley

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Miriam Zelditch and Don Swiderski "Adaptive and nonadaptive radiations of squirrels"

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

 Miriam Zelditch & Don Swiderski, Museum of Paleontology and Museum of Zoology, Univ. of Michigan

 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 >

Introducing UCNets, Wave 1: Drawing on Family and Being Drawn on by Family: Demography Brown Bag Talk

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

 Claude Fischer, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 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 the Public University: Christopher Newfield, in Conversation with Carol Christ

Panel Discussion | February 1 | 2-4 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Christopher Newfield, Professor, UC Santa Barbara

 Carol Christ, Interim EVCP, Interim Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

 Wendy Brown, Professor

 Berkeley Faculty Association

The public university is facing unprecedented challenges: mounting budgetary pressures and a more hostile political climate. Two distinguished commentators will discuss the path the public university has taken so far, and possible roads ahead.

Segmenting, Connecting, and Recalling Events

Seminar | February 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Baldassano, Princeton University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 1 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Baldassano, PhD, Princeton University

 Department of Psychology

Up-down Markov chains on partitions and their diffusion analogs

Seminar | February 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Soumik Pal, Univ. of Washington

 Department of Statistics

A popular family of models of random partitions is called the Chinese Restaurant Process. We imagine n customers being seated randomly and sequentially at tables of a restaurant according to a fixed stochastic rule. Counting customers by the tables gives us a composition of n. Consider a Markov chain on such compositions where we remove a randomly chosen customer and reseat her. How can one...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Coarse grained density functional theory for the study of defects in crystalline materials

Seminar | February 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kaushik Bhattacharya, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

Defects determine critical properties of crystalline materials even though they occur at relatively low concentrations. They can interact over long distances through slowly decaying fields whose strength depends on the electronic structure of the core. Thus the study of defects requires electronic resolutions with continuum range. This talk will describe some of the mathematical and computational...   More >

EECS Colloquium: The Mechanical Side of AI

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Rob Wood, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Artificial Intelligence typically focuses on perception, learning, and control methods to enable autonomous robots to make and act on decisions in real environments. On the contrary, our research is focused on the design, mechanics, materials, and manufacturing of novel robot platforms that make the perception, control, or action easier or more robust for natural, unstructured, and often...   More >

Theorizing Black Europe; Strident Imperialists, Peripheral Colonial Beneficiaries and the contemporary politics of immigration and citizenship

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Stephen A. Small, Associate Professor, African American Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Professor Small frames today’s presentation from the perspective of the second group of analysts. Small defines Black Europe as being constituted by four overlapping, non-linear components, that have unfolded historically and are manifest today, each of which is irrepressibly gendered.

Large, Sparse Optimal Matching in an Observational Study of Surgical Outcomes

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sam Pimentel, Department of Statistics, Wharton School, UPenn

 Department of Statistics

Every newly trained surgeon performs a first unsupervised operation. How do her patients' health outcomes compare with the patients of experienced surgeons? A credible comparison must (1) occur within hospitals, since health outcomes vary widely by hospital; (2) compare outcomes of patients undergoing the same operative procedures, since the risks differ in a knee replacement and an appendectomy;...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. David Baker, Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Post-Evolutionary Biology: Design of novel protein structures, functions and assemblies

Abstract: Proteins mediate the critical processes of life and beautifully solve the challenges faced during the evolution of modern organisms. Our goal is to design a new generation of proteins that address current day problems not faced during evolution. In contrast to traditional protein engineering...   More >

Developing new microfluidic technologies to probe how proteins find their biophysical soul mates

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Polly Fordcy, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Michaelangelo Tabone

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Michaelangelo Tabone, Alumnus, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

GSAC Seminar: "A Few Things Cognitive Science Tells Us About Effective Teaching”

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Professor Richard Felder, North Carolina State University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

East Bay Science Cafe: Mass Extinctions: Learning from the fossil record

Presentation | February 1 | 7 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

 Seth Finnegan, UC Museum of Paleontology

 Science@Cal

Paleontologist Seth Finnegan takes us on a journey through the fossil record for a deeper understanding of mass extinctions and shares some of the current debates surrounding them.

Ordovician sea life courtesy of William B.S. Berry

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) School District Leadership Seminar

Workshop | February 2 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS), BaySci: A Partnership for Bay Area Science Education

This event is for school district science leadership teams (comprised of district administrators, principals, and teacher leaders). This event will be held October 13, 2016; February 2, 2017; and April 24, 2017.

Contact our BaySci Program Director, Vanessa Lujan, at vlujan@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-0311 if you have any questions or are interested in joining our district network.

  RSVP by calling Vanessa Lujan at 510-643-0311, or by emailing Vanessa Lujan at vlujan@berkeley.edu

RADPD - Foundational - F3 Customer Service for the RA

Course | February 2 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A soft skills workshop that covers essential customer service and workplace communication techniques, with a special emphasis on setting up, preparing for, facilitating, and debriefing an RA’s initial meeting with their PI's.

  Register online

PMB Seminar : "Dare to be different- regulators and mechanisms for asymmetric cell division in plants"

Seminar | February 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Juan Dong, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Fireside Chat with Vincent Stanley, Patagonia Chief Storyteller: Peterson/Dean's Speaker Series

Panel Discussion | February 2 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room (C420)

 Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy, Patagonia

 Sara Beckman, Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business

 Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business

Vincent Stanley will be joined by Dr Sara Beck (Haas School of Business) to discuss the responsible company, what Patagonia is doing to be that company and how you can make a difference.

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Rick McGeer: The Matrix: A Field Guide to the Next Internet

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

 Rick McGeer, US Ignite

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

The past 15 years has seen the emergence of a large number of distributed infrastructures: PlanetLab and GENI in the United States, GLab, NorNet and FED4FIRE in the EU, SAVI in Canada, VNode in Japan, and many others. These infrastructures can be viewed as a new kind of network or a new kind of cloud. As a network, one that is defined by computational services rather than protocols or hardware;...   More >

IB SEMINAR: Animal speciation from the microbe’s vantage point

Seminar | February 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Seth Bordenstein, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Integrative Biology

DAG seminar: DG categories

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

 Benjamin Gammage, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Following works of Drinfeld, Keller, Toën, Lurie, and others, we will tour the homotopical context in which dg categories reside.

Seminar 251, Labor:

Seminar | February 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jen Kwok, UCB; Raffaele Saggio, UCB

 Department of Economics

Jen Kwok - "Influence of Provider Continuity on Healthcare Utilization"

Raffaele Saggio - "The Effects of Temporary Contracts on the Wage and Productive Structure: Evidence from Italy"

Functional Nanomaterials from Self-Assembly

Seminar | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Uli Wiesner, Cornell University

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Global problems including energy conversion and storage, clean water and human health require increasingly complex, multi-component and functional materials with unprecedented control over composition, structure, and order down to the nanoscale. This talk will give examples for the rational design of novel functional hybrid nanomaterials inspired by biological examples. Discussion will include...   More >

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory

Colloquium | February 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, International Studies Program at New America

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies

Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, al-Adl’s plan has...   More >

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory by Brian Fishman

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "TBA"

Seminar | February 2 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Jim Robinson - University of Chicago, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

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

QB3 Postdoc Seminar: Role of phosphoinositides and individual subunits in the assembly state, and localization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae TORC2 complex

Seminar | February 2 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 621 Stanley Hall

 Nieves Martinez Marshall (Thorner lab)

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

The ability to maintain homeostasis of the cell surface area in response to environmental insults and intracellular changes in lipid metabolism is essential for eukaryotic cell survival. A key regulator of membrane homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is TORC2, a multiprotein complex that contains the evolutionarily conserved protein kinase Target of Rapamycin (TOR). The localization of TORC2...   More >

Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance: The Graduate Speaker Series

Panel Discussion | February 2 | 5-7 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Sharon Hayes; Mimi Thi Nguyen

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design, College of Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment Environmental Design, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Our current political moment demands that we think carefully and closely about the legacies of protest in the United States. Such reflection is crucial for the cultivation of future activist imaginaries. To this end, Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance, brings together feminist artist Sharon Hayes with feminist theorist and punk lifer Mimi Thi Nguyen...   More >

Applied Algebra Seminar: Bivariate Real Stability Testing

Seminar | February 2 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Ryder, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a strongly polynomial time algorithm which determines whether or not a bivariate polynomial is real stable. As a corollary, this implies an algorithm for testing whether a given linear transformation on univariate polynomials preserves real-rootedness. The proof exploits properties of hyperbolic polynomials to reduce real stability testing to testing nonnegativity of a finite number of...   More >

Friday, February 3, 2017

43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

Conference/Symposium | February 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

Essig Brunch: Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Lawrence Berkeley Lab: Arthropod-microbiome interactions and their role in the host’s environmental adaptation

Seminar | February 3 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

 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!

Complementary Semantic Systems

Seminar | February 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Dan Mirman, University of Alabama at Birmingham

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Representing concepts in terms of semantic features, like < has 4 legs > or < is yellow >, has driven major advances in understanding semantic cognition, integrating behavioral, neural, and computational research. Feature-based approaches are very good at capturing taxonomic relations such as DOG -- BEAR, but it is less clear how they could capture thematic relations such as DOG -- LEASH, which...   More >

Social Networking for Power Users (BECAR306)

Workshop | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)





  Enroll online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: “Phonon Lasing” as a Mechanism for Velocity Saturation in GaN HEMT

Seminar | February 3 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 - The Hogan Room

 Jacob B Khurgin, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Velocity saturation plays the most important role in determining operational characteristics of field effect transistors. While the causes of velocity saturation in GaAs and InP high electron mobility transistors (HEMT’s) are well known, the cause of saturation has not been indisputably determined for the GaN –based HEMT’s. Moreover, the saturation velocity in GaN HEMT has been shown...   More >

Data, Science, and the Future of Democracy

Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Trust in basic democratic institutions is dropping and has been for years. Trust in facts, data, and science also seem to be eroding in what is being called a “post-fact” world.

What is going on? And what can be done about it?

Please join us for a mini unconference to discuss ways academics and data scientists might constructively improve our democratic infrastructure. This will be an open...   More >

Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds

Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

Urbanization, globalization, and climate change have had a powerful effect on the ways Mongolians and Inner Mongolians relate to their environment, and this is transforming many of their cultural forms. This conference seeks to increase awareness of the relationships been musical expression and the ecological, economic and political issues impacting residents in different ethnic groups in both...   More >

Biye Dance, photo by Peter Marsh

Entropic Effects on Dislocation Nucleation

Seminar | February 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Dr. Wei Cai, Stanford University

 Department of Chemistry

Dislocation nucleation is essential to our understanding of plastic deformation, ductility and mechanical strength of crystalline materials. Molecular dynamics simulation has played an important role in uncovering the fundamental mechanisms of dislocation nucleation, but its limited time scale remains a significant challenge for studying nucleation at experimentally relevant conditions. Here we...   More >

Dark Matter Detection with Precision Instrumentation: Nano Seminar Series

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

 Prof. Surjeet Rajendran, UC Berkeley, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We know that there is five times more dark matter in the universe than the normal (baryonic) matter that we are made out of. But, other than its existence we know very little about its properties.

What is its mass? How does it interact with baryonic matter? One way to identify these properties is to make guesses about what the dark matter could be. We can then build a sensitive instrument...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Flows for Hamiltonian ODE with Randomness

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

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I show how a random translation of a Hamiltonian vector field improves the regularity of its flow.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

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

 Alexander Lawson, Principal Engineer, Bechtel, SF

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

MENA Salon

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

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Where Does the Study of Information Lead?

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

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

What if we take the central concept of information science and see where it leads?

Music Studies Colloquia: Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), "Primordial Microphonics"

Colloquium | February 3 | 4:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), "Primordial Microphonics"

Carolyn Abbate’s work centers on opera history, music and philosophy, ephemeral art, and on film and sound studies. Her writings have been translated into several languages, and she herself is a translator (most recently, of Vladimir Jankélévitch’s La musique et l’ineffable). Current research projects include: operetta and ethical...   More >

Saturday, February 4, 2017

43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

Conference/Symposium | February 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Foundations 1: World Languages and Common Core Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Workshop | February 4 | 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 33 (C level)

 Nancy Salsig, BWLP: Berkeley World Language Project

 BWLP: Berkeley World Language Project

Discover how World Languages contribute to Common Core success. Enhance the use of the target language in your daily lessons. Build a toolbox of strategies to engage all students. Explore how the latest research is transforming World Language teaching. Collaborate with your World Language colleagues.

We will do all this and more in our 6 day professional development series. Come learn and...   More >

$350 for 6 Saturday workshop series

  Registration opens June 1. Register by calling Victoria Williams at 510-877-4002 ext.19, or by emailing Victoria Williams at victoria@berkeley.edu by October 20.

Mongolian Throat-Singing (Khöömii)Workshop

Workshop | February 4 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

  , Berkeley, CA 94704

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Music Department, Cal State East Bay

An opportunity to learn the Inner Asian vocal technique of throat-singing, through which one can produce multiple vocal lines simultaneously, from expert practitioners in an intimate learning environment. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the February 3 symposium "Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds."

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To apply, please send an email with...   More >

Critter Corner

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

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

Animal Discovery Room at the Lawrence Hall of Science