<< Week of February 26 >>

## Sunday, February 26, 2017

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

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

Sarah Pedemonte, Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science

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

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

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

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

Berkeley Art Studio

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

## Monday, February 27, 2017

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

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

Population Science

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

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

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

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

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

Teng Wu

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

### Benjamin Backus, PhD

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

Benjamin Backus, ​State University of New York ​

TBD

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

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

Daniel Kane, UCSD

Department of Mathematics

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

### Student Symplectic Seminar: Morse Homology

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

Michael Yeh, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

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

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

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

Michael Anderson, Stony Brook

Department of Mathematics

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

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

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

Michael Bordo, Rutgers University

Department of Economics

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

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

Peter Koroteev, Davis

Department of Mathematics

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

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

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

Tuomas Kosonen, Labour Institute for Economic Research

(visiting CEG)

### BLISS Seminar: Causality and directed information

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

Haim Permuter, Ben Gurion University

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

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

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

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

Brenden Lake

Department of Psychology

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

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

Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

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

### Griffin Foster (Oxford): ALFABURST

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

Griffin Foster, Oxford University

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

### Xin Chen - Fair Risk Pooling and Sharing

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

Xin Chen

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

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

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

Xianwen Shi, University of Toronto

Department of Economics

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

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

Weijian Yang, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University

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

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

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

Eric Young, John Hopkins University

Department of Psychology

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

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

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

Jeremy Meza, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

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

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

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

Weijian Yang, Columbia University

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Breza, Harvard

Department of Economics

## Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

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

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

KALX 90.7FM

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

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

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

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

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

College of Chemistry

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

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

Leslea Hlusko, UCMP/HERC

Museum of Paleontology

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

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

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

College of Chemistry

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

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

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

Speaker: Terrence Hendershott, UC Berkeley

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

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

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

Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

Be Well at Work - Wellness

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

### Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

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

Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

Ergonomics@Work

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

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

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

David Echeverry

Department of Economics, CEGA

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

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

Shelby Grossman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Center for African Studies

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

### Township leaders and village chiefs in contemporary China

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

Zhe Ren, Institute of Developing Economies, CJS Visiting Scholar

Daniel Mattingly, Stanford University

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

### EH&S 403 Training Session

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Timber Offsite and Modern Methods of Construction"

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

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

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

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

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

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

Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

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

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

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

Alexis Drouot, UCB

Department of Mathematics

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

### Design Field Notes: Avery Trufelman

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

Avery Trufelman, 99% Invisible

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

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

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

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Visualization with D3.js

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

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

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

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

Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

### Conformations and Dynamics of Protein Molecular Recognition

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

Prof. Megan Thielges, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University

College of Chemistry

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

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

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

Samantha Teplitzky, Kresge Engineering Library

Library

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

### EPMS Weekly Seminar

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

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

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

### Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

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

Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

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

## Wednesday, March 1, 2017

### Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sparse Recovery via Differential Inclusions

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

Yuan Yao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Department of Mathematics

Estimate or recovery of sparse parameters from their noisy measurements is a fundamental problem in compressed sensing and high dimensional statistics, etc. In the past two decades, convex regularization approach such as LASSO or BPDN has been made popular for its algorithmic tractability. However, a well-known shortcoming of LASSO and any convex regularizations lies in the bias of estimators,...   More >

### MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Carlos Daniel Cadena "Tropical mountains: Biodiversity hotspots and hotbeds for studying evolutionary diversification"

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

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 >

### Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Strategies for Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

Colloquium | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 117 (Level D) - Academic Innovation Studio

Beverly Crawford, Political Science / Economy; Leslea Hlusko, Integrative Biology; Jean Retzinger, Media Studies; Edward Wasserman, Journalism

Cody Hennesy, Doe Library

Michael Larkin, College Writing Program

Academic Innovation Studio, Library, Center for Teaching and Learning

How do we help students understand, navigate, and engage with a rapidly changing and increasingly complex online information landscape--in an era of echo chambers, filter bubbles, and misinformation? Faculty from political science, journalism, media studies, biology and college writing will share teaching examples and lead a discussion about what we can and should do to help students.

This event is intended for Berkeley faculty, graduate students, and academic support staff.

### Real-Time and Adaptive Auditory Neural Processing

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Sahar Akram, Starkey Hearing Research Center

Decoding the dynamics of brain activity underlying conscious behavior is one of the key questions in systems neuroscience. Sensory neurons, such as those in the auditory system, can undergo rapid and task-dependent changes in their response characteristics during attentive behavior, and thereby result in functional changes in the system over time. In order to quantify human’s conscious...   More >

### BioE Seminar: “Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

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

Ashleigh Theberge, University of Washington

Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 1
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Ashleigh Theberge
Assistant Professor of Chemistry - University of Washington
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urology - University of Washington School of Medicine

Small molecule and protein signals provide a rich...   More >

### Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "From the Evolution of an Organelle to Photosynthetic Function"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

Arthur Grossman, Stanford University

Our activities over the last five years have been extremely diverse, crossing over various disciplines. We have explored areas ranging from identifying new functions associated with photosynthetic processes, the mechanism(s) of coral bleaching and the impact of temperature and light on the bleaching process, metagenomic and genomic diversity among primary producers in hot spring mats, metabolic...   More >

### A connectionist approach to value based decision making

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

Gaurav Suri, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

Connectionist approaches involving neural network modeling have been broadly and successfully applied in many areas of cognitive psychology including language, memory, learning and perception. However they have been infrequently applied in 'hot' psychological processes that feature affect and motivation. In this talk I will propose an Interactive Activation and Competition (IAC) neural network...   More >

### Family Wealth as Intergenerational Insurance: Demography Brown Bag Talk

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

Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan

A lunch time talk and discussion series, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to the population sciences broadly defined.

### Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield: a part of COMMONS CONVERSATIONS: TECHNOLOGY and PUBLIC LIFE IN CHANGING TIMES

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library | Note change in date

Center for New Media

a part of COMMONS CONVERSATIONS: TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC LIFE IN CHANGING TIMES
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Urban and Regional Development

Everywhere we turn, our everyday experience of the world is being transfigured by the advent of startling new technologies. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory...   More >

### Oral History and Research Methods Workshop

Workshop | March 1 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

Join CMES Visiting Scholar Dr. Ozlem Ezer (Bogazici University) for a hands-on, interactive, interdisciplinary workshop that will benefit graduate students new to fieldwork or seasoned interviewers. In addition to some key works/readings of oral history, participants will tackle a variety of provocative scenarios inspired by real-life situations and questions.

Discussion will mainly focus on...   More >

Open to current students and academic affiliates only. RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

### Gilman Scholarship Essay Review

Workshop | March 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 160 Stephens Hall

Are you applying to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship?

Come to the Gilman Scholarship Essay Review and get feedback on your application essays from recent Gilman Scholars from UC Berkeley.

The Gilman Scholarship deadline for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Year 17-18 study abroad programs and internships is 9:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

### Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introdution to fully extended topological field theories and the Cobordism Hypothesis

Seminar | March 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

Department of Mathematics

Atiyah and Segal's axiomatic approach to topological and conformal quantum field theories provided a beautiful link between the geometry of "spacetimes" (cobordisms) and algebraic structures. Combining this with the physical notion of "locality" led to the introduction of the language of higher categories into the topic. In this talk I will give an introduction to topological field theories and...   More >

### Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Leonid Kruglyak , Department of Biological Chemistry, UCLA

Seminar | March 1 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Center for Computational Biology

Title: Complex traits and simple systems

### More than the sum of their parts: Categorizing and representing real world scenes: Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition Search

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

Micheel Greene

Department of Psychology

Presentation | March 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

Learn about study abroad opportunities in Japan and a variety of financial resources, including scholarships from the Japanese government. During this event, students will have the opportunity to hear from past study abroad students and representatives from the Japanese Consulate, partner universities in Japan, and Berkeley Study Abroad. Students are invited to stay for refreshments after the...   More >

### Optimal Surviving Strategy for the “Up the River” Problem

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

Wenpin Tang, U.C. Berkeley

Department of Statistics

The "Up the River" problem was formulated by Aldous (2002), where a unit drift is distributed among a finite collection of Brownian particles on R+, which are annihilated once they reach the origin. Starting K particles at x = 1, we prove Aldous’ conjecture that the push-the-laggard strategy of distributing the drift asymptotically (as K → ∞) maximizes the total number of surviving...   More >

### Number Theory Seminar: The functor $L_\eta$

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Joe Stahl, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology Part 2. Systems Level Puzzles in Protocell Design

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

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

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

### The Remittance Forest and Other New Frontiers.

Colloquium | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

Professor Nancy Peluso, University of California Berkeley

Department of Geography

### Oh, God! The Religious Right to Sexual Pleasure on Christian Sexuality Websites

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

Kelsy Burke, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

This talk examines how some conservative evangelical Christians justify a wide range of sexual practices and pleasures within the confines of religious orthodoxy and heterosexuality.

### ERG Colloquium: Andrew McAllister: ZNet Energy Buildings and the Art of Energy Policy

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

Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Energy and Resources Group

DESCRIPTION:
In the mid-2000's, California began to establish policy goals for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. Commissioner McAllister will discuss progress toward these goals in terms of energy-related building codes, trends in buildings-related technologies and markets, local government authority and overall energy systems planning. ZNE buildings serve as a jumping-off point for a broader...   More >

### The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. |  International House

Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

### Convex cost closure and Markov Random Fields problems: Applications and fastest-possible algorithms

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

Dorit S. Hochbaum, IEOR dept UC Berkeley

Department of Statistics

Many problems in fitting observations while satisfying rank order constraints, occur in contexts of learning, Lipschitz regularization and Isotonic regression (with or without fused Lasso). All these problems can be abstracted as a convex cost closure problem which is to minimize the cost of deviating from the observations while satisfying rank order constraints. Any feasible solution that...   More >

### Better understanding of non-convex methods in machine learning

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

Tengyu Ma, Princeton University

We show that matrix completion — a famous problem in machine learning — can be solved by stochastic gradient descent on the straightforward non-convex objective function in polynomial time.

### Novel Methods for Classical Polarizable Molecular Dynamics Simulations/Molecular Simulations of Amyloid-β Peptide

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

Alex Albaugh, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group; Sukanya Sasmal, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group

### Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Fully extended twisted field theories

Seminar | March 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

Department of Mathematics

After recalling functorial field theories I will explain a natural generalization thereof, called "twisted" field theories by Stolz-Teichner and closely related to Freed-Teleman's "relative" boundary field theories. A natural target for such a twisted field theory is the higher Morita category of algebras, bimodules, and intertwiners, and generalizations. Using the Cobordism Hypothesis, we will...   More >

### MIT Broad Professor Feng Zhang at the Berkeley Forum: Harnessing Nature's Diversity for Biotechnology

Seminar | March 1 | 6-7:15 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

The Berkeley Forum

Recent advances in genome editing technology have made it possible to modify organisms, including humans, at the genetic level with relative ease. While such developments bode well for the treatment of many previously incurable conditions, they also open the door for the creation of arbitrary modifications to the genome for aesthetic and other non-medical purposes. Such possibilities are the...   More >

### Science Cafe - Searching for dark matter: with Matt Pyle

Presentation | March 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

Matt Pyle, Department of Physics

Science@Cal

What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the objects that we can see. This is how the term “dark matter” was coined…But how do we search for something we can’t...   More >

## Thursday, March 2, 2017

### Migrant Labor and Global Health Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 3, 2017 every day |  Conference Center, UC Davis

The MLGH Conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and scientists for two exciting days of exploration and debate on the interrelated issues of labor migration, occupational health, and economics.

International migration is a phenomenon that involves 244 million people worldwide, most of whom move in search of work and wellbeing. Migration is projected to increase in the...   More >

### RAPDP - Intermediate - PD2 Proposal Development

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

Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that explores the pre-award processes for analyzing requests for proposals, proposal preparation and assembly, submitting a proposal for institutional review via Phoebe, and submission to sponsor.

### Botanical Illustration: Seeds and Seed Vessels with Catherine Watters

Workshop | March 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Come spend the day with renowned botanical artist Catherine Watters. In this workshop you will focus on drawing and painting seeds and seed vessels - remarkable structures worth documenting! Class is suitable for the beginner and advanced artist alike.

$90 Adult,$85 Garden Members

or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

### Immigration Planning in an Era of Change -- President Trump’s Executive Orders and Post OPT Visa Options for Innovators, Investors and Entrepreneurs

Presentation | March 2 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

Bernard Wolfsdorf, Attorney at Law, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP

Bernard Wolfsdorf, a California State Bar Specialist in Immigration Law will discuss immigration strategic planning for students, staff and faculty. Mr. Wolfsdorf is past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and will provide insight into the Trump Administration's restrictive thinking on immigration, including new Executive Orders and likely new legislation. This presentation...   More >

### Assessing Personality Type and Your Career with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator* (BECAR102)

Workshop | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

TBA, University Health Services

The Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help you understand your preferred work style and how it relates to specific careers and work roles.

### How Will UC Merced Grow?—a 21 st Century Approach to Campus Expansion

Colloquium | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117

Thomas W. Peterson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost,University of California, Merced; Daniel M. Feitelberg, Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget,University of California, Merced

As a means to accommodate the projected growth of eligible students, the University of California opened its tenth campus in 2005. The long-range goal for the University of California, Merced embraced a vision of a full-service research university that would serve 25,000 students at full capacity. Today’s challenge is how to meet those ambitious expectations in an era of diminished state support...   More >

### ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Scott Fendorf

Seminar | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

Scott Fendorf, Huffington Professor of Earth Science, Stanford University

"The Asian Water Crisis: Processes Responsible for the Largest Mass Poisoning in History"

### Learning-based and behavioural evidence for probabilistic perception in the cortex

Seminar | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Jozsef Fiser, Central European University

560 Evans
The notion of interpreting cortical operations as probabilistic computation has been steadily gaining ground in neuroscience, and with the emergence of the PPC-based and sampling-based frameworks, now there exist clear theoretical alternatives of how such computation might happen in the brain. Nevertheless, a number of crucial issues necessary to make these frameworks biologically...   More >

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

Chelsea Specht: "The evolution of form and function: Linking genetic and phenotypic diversity", University of California, Berkeley; Noah Whiteman: "Breaking bad: Invasion of living plants in the Drosophilidae", University of California, Berkeley

### Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Shifted symplectic structures in derived algebraic geometry (part 2)

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

Alex Takeda, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk. The derived perspective in algebraic geometry allows us to define the notion of shifted symplectic structures, a generalization of symplectic structures to derived stacks. In this talk I will review the definitions and some theorems by Pantev, Toën, Vaquié and Vezzosi, and then proceed to examples. Most of the talk will be devoted to classes of...   More >

### Seminar 251, Labor: CANCELED

Seminar | March 2 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

Johannes Schmieder, Boston University

Department of Economics

### Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science: A Book Talk with Clair Brown

Presentation | March 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

Clair Brown, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society

Please join us as Clair Brown, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at UC Berkeley, will discuss her new book, Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science.

### How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Emily Harden, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects; Jason Silva, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects

Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Featured Speaker: Emily Harden, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects
Featured Speaker: Jason Silva, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects
Moderator: Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

This workshop is designed for undergraduates who are seeking to do independent research involving human participants....   More >

### The History of Inequality

Colloquium | March 2 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

Walter Scheidel, Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University

Emmanuel Saenz, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Gabriel Zucman, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Gregory Clark, Professor of Economics, UC Davis

Population Science

A colloquium with Walter Scheidel,
Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University.
The UC Berkeley community and the public are welcome.
Admission is free but registration is required

or by calling 510-280-1623, or by emailing evasile@berkeley.edu by February 28.

### Space, time and beyond: important features of molecular signaling by neuromodulators

Seminar | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

**Yao Chen**, Harvard University

### Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group

Seminar | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Mikkel Sølvsten, UC Berkeley

Department of Economics

### Strong Electron-Phonon Coupling and Ab Initio Theory of Heat Transport

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

Professor Matthias Scheffler, Theory Department of the Fritz Haber Institute

Different industrial products require materials with very low thermal conductivity, e.g. thermal-barrier coatings in turbines or thermoelectric materials, or high thermal conductivity, e.g. semiconductor technology and heterogeneous catalysis. However, an ab initio theory that can describe materials belonging to the whole range of such thermal conductivities was lacking so far. Recently we...   More >

### Five Tables of Literary Associations

Workshop | March 2 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday and get an up-close view of some of the treasures (and occasional oddities) of the BAMPFA collections, laid out on the five tables in the seminar area. On view in this session: Lewis Carroll’s tiny portrait of bored little girl Xie Kitchin; Julia Margaret Cameron’s romantic photograph Elaine, from Idylls of the King; a witty Buson fan painting...   More >

Admission to this event is free

### Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "1984 or the Brave New World? Evidence from a Field Experiment on Media Censorship in China"

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

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

### Mathematics Department Colloquium: Faltings heights and derivatives of L-functions

Colloquium | March 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in date

Shouwu Zhang, Princeton

Department of Mathematics

I will talk about my recent joint work with Xinyi Yuan on an averaged version of Colmez’ conjecture with applications to the Andre-Oort conjecture, and discuss some related work by Zhiwei Yun and Wei Zhang on high derivatives of L-functions over function fields.

### Applied Algebra Seminar: Learning Regularizers from Data

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

Yong Sheng Soh, California Institute of Technology

Department of Mathematics

Regularization techniques are widely employed in the solution of inverse problems in data analysis and scientific computing due to their effectiveness in addressing difficulties due to ill-posedness. In their most common manifestation, these methods take the form of penalty functions added to the objective in optimization-based approaches for solving inverse problems. The purpose of the penalty...   More >

### Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture: A Roundtable with Prof. Leigh Raiford and Prof. Heiki Raphael-Hernandez

Reading - Nonfiction | March 2 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library (30 Stephens Hall)

Dr. Leigh Raiford, Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley; Dr. Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Professor of English, University of Maryland in Europe

Migrating the Black Body explores how visual media-from painting to photography, from global independent cinema to Hollywood movies, from posters and broadsides to digital media, from public art to graphic novels-has shaped diasporic imaginings of the individual and collective self. How is the travel of black bodies reflected in reciprocal black images? How is blackness forged and remade through...   More >

## Friday, March 3, 2017

### California Transportation Planning Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Walnut Creek Marriott

2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA

Technology Transfer Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact...   More >

This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.

### Migrant Labor and Global Health Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 3, 2017 every day |  Conference Center, UC Davis

The MLGH Conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and scientists for two exciting days of exploration and debate on the interrelated issues of labor migration, occupational health, and economics.

International migration is a phenomenon that involves 244 million people worldwide, most of whom move in search of work and wellbeing. Migration is projected to increase in the...   More >

### Encounters and Reimaginings: Medieval Scandinavia and the World

Conference/Symposium | March 3 – 4, 2017 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

Marianne Kalinke, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

From the shores of Vínland to the halls of Byzantium, the Norse traveled widely and encountered many cultures – which in turn influenced Norse society at home. Traces of these journeys can be found in the archaeological record, saga narratives, and modern interpretations thereof. Moreover, continental ideas and literary forms—from romances to saints’ lives—informed Scandinavian intellectual and...   More >

### Essig Brunch: Josh Gibson, Tsutsui Lab

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

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!

### Applications of Tropical Geometry: Dimensionality Reduction via Tropical Geometry

Seminar | March 3 | 10-10:40 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Ruriko Yoshida, NPGS Monterey

Department of Mathematics

### Applications of Tropical Geometry: Rational Tropical Polynomials and their Factorizations

Seminar | March 3 | 10:40-11:20 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Bo Lin, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### 41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies: 1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution

Conference/Symposium | March 3 | 10:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Elena Danielson, Former Associate Director of the Hoover Institution and Director of the Hoover Library, Stanford University; Gregory Freidin, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University; Edward Kasinec, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Eric Naiman, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley; Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Liteartures, UC Berkeley; Edward Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Eurasian & East European Studies; Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Alexei Yurchak, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference
on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution

Speakers:
George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Elena Danielson, Former Associate...   More >

### Cognition Colloquium: Metareasoning and mental simulation.

Colloquium | March 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Jessica Hamrick, UC Berkeley

Department of Psychology

Our own Jessica Hamrick will present her exit talk, "Metareasoning and mental simulation."

### Applications of Tropical Geometry: Non-Archimedean Singular Value Decomposition

Seminar | March 3 | 11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Leon Zhang, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

### Labor Lunch Seminar: "The Health Effects of Cesarean Section: Evidence from the First Year of Life"

Seminar | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Alessandra Fenizia, UCB

Department of Economics

### Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Towards Resilient Seismic Systems and Improved Assessment of Existing Structures

Seminar | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

Matthew DeJong

In the field of earthquake engineering, understanding the rocking of structures is both essential for the assessment of existing structures and promising for the design of novel seismic systems.

### Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF

Presentation | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

Paul Blustein, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Institute of European Studies

The latest book by journalist Paul Blustein to go behind the scenes at the highest levels of global economic policy making, Laid Low chronicles the crisis in the Euro Zone through the prism of the world’s financial firefighter, the International Monetary Fund. As the book reveals, bailouts of crisis-stricken countries all too often piled debt atop debt and imposed excessively harsh conditions as...   More >

### Alex Lazarian (UW-Madison): New Ways to Study Magnetic Fields

Seminar | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

I shall introduce two new techniques of magnetic field tracing. The first one uses Doppler-shifted emission lines and employs the gradients of velocity centroids in order to trace magnetic fields in the diffuse interstellar media as well as to trace regions of star formation associated with the gravitational collapse. I shall provide the theoretical justification of the use of the measure, its...   More >

### Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be on 2/10, and 5/5, Samba will be on 3/3 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 4/7 and 6/2. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

### Citation Management: Best Practice

Workshop | March 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library

Susan Koskinen

Library

What is a personal content management system? Compare programs, learn how to manage your citations, save pdfs, create bibliographies, share documents and images.

### Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 3 | 1-3 p.m. | 241 CSS

1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Lydia Jenkins

Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

### Cartographic Materialities: Mapping the Pre-Modern World

Conference/Symposium | March 3 | 1:15-5 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

Keith Baudner, Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley; Jason Rozumalski, Graduate Student, History, UC Berkeley; Grace Harpster, Graduate Student, Art History, UC Berkeley; Tom Conley, Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University; Ricardo Padrón, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia; Valerie Kivelson, Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, University of Michigan

Friday, March 3

1:15 - 2:45 – Graduate Student Panel, 308A Doe Library
Keith Budner (Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley), Jason Rozumalski (History, UC Berkeley), and Grace Harpster (Art History, UC Berkeley)

3:00 - 5:00 – Plenary Panel, 308A Doe Library
Tom Conley (Romance Languages, Harvard University), Ricardo Padrón (Spanish, University of Virginia), Valerie Kivelson (History,...   More >

### Cultural Resources Management Panel Workshop

Workshop | March 3 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Seven local CRM firms

Archaeological Research Facility

ARF will host brief presentations, a panel discussoin on the state of consulting, and an opportunity to speak with representatives of seven local CRM firms. The event is followed by a reception in the ARF atrium.

### Surface Plasmon Near-Field for Improved Optoelectronics and Photochemistry: Nano Seminar Series

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

Prof. Terefe G Habteyes, Univ. of New Mexico, Chemistry/Chemical Biology

Recent advances show that the near-field properties of localized surface plasmon resonances can be utilized to drive important photochemical reactions at low incident photon flux at room temperature as well as improve the efficiency of optoelectronic devices. Central to these applications is a localized surface plasmon near-field that increases light matter-interaction dramatically.

I will...   More >

### Statistical Mechanics Seminar

Seminar | March 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

Mr. Grant Rotskoff, UC Berkeley

College of Chemistry

### Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Derived Direct Summand Conjecture

Seminar | March 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Ritvik Ramkumar, UCB

Department of Mathematics

Let A be a noetherian regular ring and B a finite extension of A. Conjectured by M. Hochster in 1973, the Direct Summand Conjecture asserts that the inclusion map A into B splits, as a map of A-modules. It was quickly seen that the main difficulty lies in the case where A is of mixed characteristic. Finally, in 2016, Y. Andre proved the conjecture by using P. Scholze's theory of perfectoid...   More >

### Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Tunneling Behavior of Random Processes

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

Insuk Seo, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

We consider a class of stochastic processes in a potential field. These processes exhibit a phenomenon known as tunneling behavior if the potential field has several global minima. Then, the scaling limit of the process can be regarded as a Markov chain on the set of global minima. We discuss the general theory and some of its applications.

### MENA Salon

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

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

### Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 3 | 3-5 p.m. | 241 CSS

1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Lydia Jenkins

Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

### Environmental Engineering Seminar

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

Dr. Ruth Richardson, Associate Professor, Cornell Univ. CEE

### Teaching Information Retrieval as a Game

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

Maximilian Eibl

Information, School of

The talk presents some issues about teaching information retrieval to a heterogeneous group of students. It introduces a web-based tool which enables the students to playfully gain experience with the components of an information retrieval system (IRS). The system allows beginners to build an IRS by simply clicking and dragging the components. The system integrates game mechanics which leads to a...   More >

### 日本の『死の舞踏』: 『九相詩』と『一休骸骨』 Kūsōshi and Ikkyū Gaikotsu

Colloquium | March 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | East Asian Library, Art History Seminar Room

Yūichirō Imanishi, National Institute of Japanese Literature

*Registration Required*

Seating is limited. by February 22.

### RTGC Seminar: BV-BFV formalism and General Relativity

Seminar | March 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

Michele Schiavina, UC Berkeley

Department of Mathematics

The BV-BFV formalism, developed by Cattaneo, Mnev and Reshetikhin (CMR), is a powerful tool to understand quantisation of field theories on manifolds with boundaries. It combines the known BV (Batalin, Vilkovisky) framework for gauge theories on closed manifolds, which generalises the older BRST (Becchi, Rouet, Stora and Tyutin) machinery, with its Hamiltonian counterpart on boundaries, in the...   More >

### Wide Angle, Close Up: Rethinking Twentieth-century Chinese Art

Colloquium | March 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Claire Roberts, Art History, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk presents work-in-progress associated with the research project “Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now” which examines twentieth century Chinese art from an international perspective. It will focus on two early works by Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Ye Qianyu (1907-1995), artists who have played key roles in the formation of xin guohua or what we have come to think of as...   More >