<< Week of February 23 >>

Monday, February 24, 2020

Achieve Together Practice Lab for Managers/ Supervisors

Workshop | February 24 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Rm#24 (basement)

 Human Resources

These 2.5hr experiential learning sessions make space for managers/supervisors to practice creating and communicating goals, check-in conversations, and calibrating performance using the Achievement Criteria.

  Register online

Quantifying the environmental influences on human health through the lens of human-microbial interactions: Dr. Wenyu Zhou, Stanford University

Seminar | February 24 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Center for Computational Biology, Public Health, School of

Abstract: Our public health is threatened by widespread complex diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, the etiology of which cannot be fully dissected from a single perspective. The commensal microbiome, recently emerged as a "hidden organ", should not be left behind owing to its pivotal role in modulating human health...   More >

OPT Doc Check Workshop

Workshop | February 24 | 10-11 a.m. | 60 Barrows Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Attend an interactive one hour workshop to review your OPT application with an international student adviser! This is a group workshop that allows you to follow along as a BIO adviser leads you through the application step by step.

During this workshop, you will go over the required documents, how to fill out forms, and most common mistakes in the application. Please bring ALL required...   More >

A Computer Vision-Based Wayfinding Aid for Visually Impaired Travelers

Seminar | February 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 James Coughlan, Senior Scientist, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Wayfinding is a major challenge for visually impaired travelers, who often lack access to visual cues such as landmarks and informational signs that many travelers rely on for navigation. Indoor wayfinding is particularly challenging since the most commonly used source of location information for wayfinding, GPS, is inaccurate indoors. We describe a computer vision approach to indoor localization...   More >

Continuum-Inspired Methods for Modeling Flowing Grains: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Ken Kamrin, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Granular materials are common in everyday life but are historically difficult to model. This has direct real-world ramifications owing to the prominent role granular media play in multiple industries and in terrain dynamics. One can attempt to track every grain with discrete element methods (DEM), but realistic systems are often too large for this approach and a continuum model is...   More >

SEMM Seminar: Seismic Assessment and Strengthening of Historic Buildings - Exemplary Case Studies

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Terrence Paret, Wiss, Janney Elstner Associates, Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Seismic assessment and strengthening of historic buildings present
challenges that are not present on more routine design projects. Historic projects require a re-prioritization of engineering
considerations to be successful. Sherith Israel and Hibernia Bank, two pre-1906 buildings in San Francisco epitomize that reprioritization; both projects left the historic interiors and exteriors...   More >

Trade Lunch: "Product-Level Trade Elasticities"

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Lionel Fontagne, Paris School of Economics, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne

 Department of Economics

In Plenty and in Time of Need: Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity

Presentation | February 24 | 12 p.m. | 650 Barrows Hall

 Lia T. Bascomb, Assistant Professor of African American Studies Georgia State University

 Department of African American Studies

A demonstration of how the unique history of Barbados
has contributed to complex relations of national,
gendered, and sexual identities, and how these identities
are represented and interpreted on a global stage

Colloquium with Kuochic Huang: Do Incentivized Managers Pay Their Workers Less?

Colloquium | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Building, Director's Room

 Kuochih Huang, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

 Center for Labor Research and Education

Paper Abstract
Since the 1980s, Chief Executive Officers’ (CEO) pay has exploded, largely in the form of equity-based incentive compensation such as stock awards and options. Using a two-tiered principal-agent model, we show that aligning managers’ incentives with shareholder interests through equity-based pay can lower workers’ wages. Analyzing a sample that matches firm, manager, and worker...   More >


Combinatorics Seminar: Crystals for nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials.

Seminar | February 24 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Nicolle Gonzalez, MSRI and UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

Nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials were introduced independently by Opdam and Macdonald and then generalized by Cherednik. These polynomials not only generalize the two-parameter symmetric Macdonald polynomials, when specialized to $t=0$ they were shown by Sanderson and Ion to arise as characters of affine Demazure modules. In this talk, I will present a new crystal-theoretic proof of this fact...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: "A Behavioral Theory of Discrimination in Policing"

Seminar | February 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Andrew Little, UC Berkeley

 Department of Political Science

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Achieve Together Practice Lab for Individual Contributors

Workshop | February 24 | 1:30-4 p.m. | University Hall, Rm#24 (basement)

 Human Resources

These 2.5hr experiential learning sessions make space for individual contributors to practice creating and communicating goals, check-in conversations, and calibrating performance using the Achievement Criteria.

  Register online

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | February 24 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kristoffer Berg, University of Oslo; Santiago Garriga, Paris School of Economics

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Kristoffer Berg - "Revealing Equity Principles from the Tax System"
Santiago Garriga - "Incidence and wage effects of means-tested transfers" with Dario Tortarolo

String-Math Seminar: Coulomb branches for quaternionic representations

Seminar | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the definition of Coulomb branches in N=4 SUSY field theories in 3 dimensions, adapting the Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima construction to the case of non-polarized representation. Their computation can be done by an Abelianization theorem. Time permitting, I will discuss the associated TQFT.

Communicating Your Research to a Broad Audience

Workshop | February 24 | 2:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Julie Rorrer, ColorMePhD

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Turn an abstract or a research statement of your choice into a description for a wide audience using techniques in science communication.

Space is LIMITED, PLEASE REGISTER for the workshop through Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/slam-colormephd!

Gašper Beguš, (Deep) Learning in Phonology

Colloquium | February 24 | 3-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Probabilitic Operator Algebra Seminar: Asymptotic $\varepsilon $-independence II

Seminar | February 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Continuation of the February 10 seminar talk.

ERG Colloquium: Robert Connell: Maroon Ecology: Survival, Sovereignty, and Solar Power in the Afterlife of Slavery

Colloquium | February 24 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Robert Connell, University of California, Davis

 Energy and Resources Group

This talk presents a socio-historical anthropology of power in the high-stakes environmental justice struggle of a Black Caribbean autonomous society. Jamaican Maroon contemporary political transformations and sovereignty aspirations stand in opposition to bauxite mining that threatens their highland forest traditional territory. Although Maroon political systems were founded in the context of...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Torsion points on the Catalan curve $y^n = x^d + 1$

Seminar | February 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Vishal Arul, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

The goal of this talk is to classify torsion points on the curve $y^n = x^d + 1$ over the complex numbers, where $n$, $d$ are at least 2 and are coprime. This generalizes a result of Grant and Shaulis, who provide this classification for $n = 2$ and $d \ge 7$ prime. We will motivate the method by studying a theorem of Poonen and Stoll that the only torsion points on a generic hyperelliptic curve...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: A curious 4-dimensional appearance of hyperbolic knots in $S^3$

Seminar | February 24 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Clifford Taubes, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

A 4-manifold is constructed with some curious metric properties; or maybe it is many 4-manifolds masquerading as one, which would explain why it looks curious. Anyway, knots in the 3-sphere with complete finite volume hyperbolic metrics on their complements play a role in this story.

Dynamic Disruption Management in Airline Networks under Airport Operating Uncertainty

Seminar | February 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Lavanya Marla, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Operating disruptions result in enormous costs across spatial-temporal networks. For instance, air traffic disruptions result in flight delays, cancellations, passenger misconnections, creating high costs to aviation stakeholders. Businesses often design recovery plans in response to past disruptions while preparing for future disruptions. However, future disruptions often can only be...   More >

Digging Deeper: the long term impacts of agriculture on soil carbon and overall soil health

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Jessica Chiartas, University of California, Davis

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In an effort to improve both environmental and agronomic outcomes, while building resilience in the face of climate change, there is growing interest in soil carbon sequestration and, overall, soil health. While there is a general consensus as to the overarching principles that promote soil carbon storage and soil health, the impact of any given practice across the range of climates, soil types,...   More >

Trend Filtering, From Univariate to Graphs, and Old and to New: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Ryan Tibshirani, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Statistics

This talk is centered around trend filtering, a relatively recent method for nonparametric regresson based on penalizing the L1 norm of discrete derivatives. We will discuss some of the unique features of this method that "make it work", and briefly cover extensions to additive models and graphs. We will finish by discussing connections to what are an old topic in numerical analysis---discrete...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Behavioral Influence"

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yusufcan Masatlioglu, University of Maryland

 Department of Economics

Seminars 271 and 281, Development and International Trade and Finance: The Returns to Face-to-Face Interactions: Knowledge Spillovers in Silicon Valley

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Atkin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Interactive proofs and quantum entanglement

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 Anand Natarajan, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interactive proof systems are a classic idea in theoretical computer science, and have led to fundamental advances in complexity theory (hardness of approximation and the PCP theorem) and cryptography. Remarkably, in quantum information, interactive proof systems with multiple provers have become an important tool for studying quantum entanglement, extending the pioneering work of Bell...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Almost global well-posedness for quasilinear strongly coupled wave-Klein-Gordon systems in two space dimensions

Seminar | February 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mihaela Ifrim, UW Madison

 Department of Mathematics

We prove almost global well-posedness for quasilinear strongly coupled wave-Klein-Gordon systems with small and localized data in two space dimensions. We assume only mild decay on the data at infinity as well as minimal regularity. We systematically investigate all the possible quadratic null form type quasilinear strong coupling nonlinearities, and provide a new, robust approach for the proof.

ATC Lecture — Margaret Rhee, "In Search for My Robot": Emergent Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity

Colloquium | February 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Margaret Rhee, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo; Visiting Scholar, NYU

 Center for New Media, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Arts + Design

Robots, like any technology, are not "objective" or "universal"; Instead, machines reveal the process of social formation. This talk demonstrates how difference--such as race, gender, and sexuality--are shaped by and co-constitutive with technological developments. Specifically, this talk illustrates how the robot is a primary locus of racialization for Asian Americans within modernity’s...   More >

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

BPM 105 Achieve Together Performance Program

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers the principles and guidelines for performance management at UC Berkeley, the importance of having ongoing performance conversations, a common rating scale, and shared language.

BPM 105 Achieve Together Performance Program

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers the principles and guidelines for performance management at UC Berkeley, the importance of having ongoing performance conversations, a common rating scale, and shared language.

3-Manifold Seminar: Conformal length and volume

Seminar | February 25 | 9:40-11 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We will continue discussing conformal length of knots and conformal area of surfaces.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Seminar: Discovery, biosynthesis and bioengineering of antibiotics from Gram-negative bacteria

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Greg Challis, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick

 College of Chemistry

The overwhelming majority of antibiotics in clinical use are natural products isolated from Actinobacteria or semi-synthetic derivatives. Pathogenic microorganisms are becoming increasingly resistant to these compounds, and there is thus an urgent need to discover novel antibiotics to address the emerging health threat this poses. In contrast to Gram-positive Actinobacteria, the potential of...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Decomposing Factor Momentum

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Hanlin Yang, University of Zurich

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk


Seminar 217, Risk Management: Decomposing Factor Momentum

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Hanlin Yang, University of Zurich

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: The factor momentum portfolio is decomposed into a factor timing portfolio and a buy-and-hold portfolio, where the former collects the return from time-series predictability and the latter collects the return due to the cross-sectional dispersion of factor returns.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: The Energy-Transportation Nexus: Modeling, Optimization and Commercialization

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Davis Hall, 542 Davis Hall

 Junjie Qin

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Climate change concerns are driving rapid transformations in the energy and transportation sectors. These sectors are intimately connected – transportation is becoming electrified, and electricity services can be delivered over the transportation network. There is an explosion of investment that serves this intimate connection: renewables, electric vehicles (EVs), storage, and communication and...   More >

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Heterogeneity and Choice in the Provision of Indigent Defense”

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ben Scuderi, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Suicide Awareness Training

Workshop | February 25 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Anna Head Satellite Office, Building E

 2536 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

This training, an introductory overview, will use a scenario, lecture and discussion to help you understand the warning signs and risk factors associated with thoughts of suicide. You will learn ways to approach and talk to a student about your concerns, including how to ask a question about suicide. Lastly you will learn the resources and how to make appropriate referrals.

Affordable but Forgotten Foods (BEUHS641): Nutrition Workshops

Workshop | February 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Wellness Program Dietitian, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

With so much attention on “superfoods,” perfectly nutritious yet simpler foods are forgotten. Save money by preparing under-appreciated foods that are easy to find in any grocery store. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Scapegoating: Experimental Evidence

Seminar | February 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michal Bauer, CERGE-EI

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: "Mortgage Prepayment and Path-Dependent Effects of Monetary Policy"

Seminar | February 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Joseph Vavra, Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and a faculty research fellow of the NBER.

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Product formulas for Macdonald polynomials

Seminar | February 25 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Freddie Huang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Freddie will present a paper by Cantini, de Gier and Wheeler https://arxiv.org/abs/1505.00287

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Neural Networks for Mathematicians

Seminar | February 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Boris Hanin, TAMU

 Department of Mathematics

Neural networks are families of functions used in state-of-the-art approaches to practical problems coming from computer vision (self-driving cars), natural language processing (Google Translate), and reinforcement learning (AlphaGo). After defining what neural networks are and sketching how they are used, I will describe a number of practically important and mathematically interesting questions...   More >

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Theta Surfaces

Seminar | February 25 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bernd Sturmfels, UC Berkeley and MPI Leipzig

 Department of Mathematics

A theta surface in affine 3-space is the zero set of a Riemann theta function in genus 3. This includes surfaces arising from special plane quartics that are singular or reducible. Lie and Poincaré showed that theta surfaces are precisely the surfaces of double translation, i.e. obtained as the Minkowski sum of two space curves in two different ways. These curves are parametrized by abelian...   More >

Integrated Optical Phased Arrays: LiDAR, Augmented Reality, and Beyond

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

 Jelena Notaros, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

By enabling optical microsystems with new functionalities, improved system performance, and reduced size, weight, and power, integrated photonics is positioned to enable next-generation optical technologies that facilitate revolutionary advances for numerous fields spanning science and engineering, including computing, sensing, communications, displays, quantum, and biology.

Adobe Creative Jam

Workshop | February 25 | 4-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Academic Innovation Studio, the Creative Lab, and the Student Technology Fund

Adobe’s coming to UC Berkeley to put on a Creative Jam on Tuesday, February 25. It’s a giant-sized event that’s equal parts inspiration, collaboration, and competition—a truly unique experience just for UC Berkeley students, brought to you in partnership with the Academic Innovation Studio, the Creative Lab, and the Student Technology Fund! All experience levels are welcome, from experts to...   More >

Bristol-Myers Squibb Special Seminar: Employing an Interest in Chemistry to Positively Impact Patient Lives

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Bruce Ellsworth, Director, Head of Fibrotic Diseases Discovery Chemistry, Bristol-Myers Squibb

 College of Chemistry

It is water what matters

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Martina Havenith-Newen, Department of Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

 College of Chemistry

Molecular understanding of biological recognition processes is surely a major prerequisite for future drug design. Protein-ligand binding is favorable when the change in free energy G=H-TS is negative. Therefore, calorimetry is a very powerful biochemical tool. Up to now, calorimetric measurements are all based on heat transfer and are thus inherently slow (with relaxation...   More >

New Frontiers in Digital Humanities for Japanese Culture and Arts: Activities of Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University as International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC)

Seminar | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heynes Room

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

In fall 2019 the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University was selected by MEXT (Japanese Ministry of Education) as the International Joint Usage/ Research Center, and has been actively promoting International Joint Research between the humanities and cutting-edge information technology with a strong focus on digital archiving of Japanese Art and Cultural properties.

RTMP Seminar: The finiteness conjecture for Skein modules

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Sam Gunningham, King's College London

 Department of Mathematics

The Kauffman bracket skein module of an oriented 3-manifold $M$ is a vector space (depending on a parameter $q$) which is generated by framed links in $M$ modulo certain skein relations. The goal for the talk is the explain our recent proof (joint with David Jordan and Pavel Safronov) that the skein module of a closed 3 manifold is finite dimensional for generic $q$, confirming a conjecture of...   More >

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Tropical Support Vector Machines

Seminar | February 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ruriko Yoshida, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: Most data in genome-wide phylogenetic analysis is essentially multidimensional, posing a major challenge to human comprehension and computational analysis. Also, we cannot directly apply statistical learning models in data science to a set of phylogenetic trees since tree space is not Euclidean. In fact, the space of phylogenetic trees is a tropical Grassmanian in the max-plus algebra....   More >

CPT/OPT Workshop

Workshop | February 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, 5th floor (Senate Chamber)

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

February — it’s time to apply for CPT/OPT!

CPT and OPT are temporary work authorizations that international students need to obtain in order to be legally employed in the U.S. OPT for graduating students is open for application 90 days before graduation, and now is the time! Come to this workshop hosted by the office of ASUC Senator Evina Wang and Berkeley International Office to hear an...   More >

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Adam Anderson--Three Centuries of Comparative Demographic Analysis of Ancient Social Networks: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Adam Anderson, Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer, Digital Humanities, 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.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "The function and evolution of phased, secondary siRNAs in plant reproduction"

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Blake Meyers, Principle Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and University of Missouri

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Blake's work focuses on genome-scale studies of RNA and components of RNA silencing pathways, emphasizing plant reproductive biology and the evolution of plant small RNAs. Blake has been involved with next-generation DNA sequencing since its earliest days, and he has developed a number of applications of this technology, including computational methods, that have had a deep impact on plant genomics.

Blake Meyers

CITRIS Research Exchange - Jen Schradie

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives

About the Talk:

The internet has been hailed as a leveling force that is reshaping activism. From the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, digital activism seemed cheap, fast, and open to all. Now this celebratory narrative finds itself competing with an increasingly sinister story as...   More >

  Register online

Workshop on Getting Approval for Human Subjects Research--led by OPHS staff

Workshop | February 26 | 1-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Program Manager, Haas Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Staff from the Office of the Protection of Human Subjects and the Office of Undergraduate Research will present on how undergraduates should prepare a proposal (protocol) to receive approval for human subjects related research projects.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Background Material

Seminar | February 26 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Matthew Hedden, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss classical results and topological constructions motivating and underlying the main talk. This talk will be aimed at graduate students who have fairly little background in low-dimensional topology.

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Fredholm theory for the Laplacian near zero energy on asymptotically conic spaces

Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 380C

 András Vasy, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss and compare two approaches via Fredholm theory to resolvent estimates for the Laplacian of asymptotically conic spaces (such as appropriate metric perturbations of Euclidean space), including in the zero spectral parameter limit.

BLISS Seminar: Blockchains, branching random walks and the number e

Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 David Tse, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Blockchains are probabilistic consensus protocols. A key performance measure of a blockchain is its security threshold: this is the maximum tolerable fraction of the total network resources an adversary can have such that the protocol is guaranteed to reach consensus with high probability regardless of the adversary's attack strategy. Many blockchains exhibit critical behavior around...   More >

OPT Doc Check Workshop

Workshop | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 255 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in location

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Attend an interactive one hour workshop to review your OPT application with an international student adviser! This is a group workshop that allows you to follow along as a BIO adviser leads you through the application step by step.

During this workshop, you will go over the required documents, how to fill out forms, and most common mistakes in the application. Please bring ALL required...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Landis conjecture in dimension two

Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

 Eugenia Malinnikova, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: In 1960’s Landis conjectured that a nontrivial solution to a time-independent Schr ̈odinger equation with bounded potential cannot decay faster than exponentially. In 1992 the conjecture was disproved by Meshkov, who constructed a counter example and found the optimal rate of decay for complex valued solutions. The conjecture is still open for the case of real valued potentials. We...   More >

Probability Seminar: Lipschitz Minorants of Lévy Processes

Seminar | February 26 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Mehdi Ouaki, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract :The $\alpha$-Lipschitz minorant of a function is the greatest $\alpha$-Lipschitz function dominated pointwise by the function, should such a function exist. We will discuss this construction when the function is a sample path of a (2-sided) Lévy process. The contact set is the random set of times when the sample path touches the minorant. This is a stationary, regenerative set. We will...   More >

Lipschitz Minorants of Lévy Processes

Seminar | February 26 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Mehdi Ouaki, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The \alpha-Lipschitz minorant of a function is the greatest \alpha-Lipschitz function dominated pointwise by the function, should such a function exist. We will discuss this construction when the function is a sample path of a (2-sided) Lévy process. The contact set is the random set of times when the sample path touches the minorant. This is a stationary, regenerative set. We will provide a...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Probing strongly correlated systems: Towards a quantum computational advantage

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Guang-Hao Low, Microsoft Research

 Department of Mathematics

The properties of strongly correlated systems are of great interest but have often been challenging to elucidate. Some of these difficulties may be overcome by programmable digital quantum computers, which harness the quantum-mechanical nature of reality to simulate quantum systems and promise an advantage over computers rooted in classical physics. In this talk, I review developments in quantum...   More >

Joint Wireless Communication and Sensing in mmWave and Terahertz Spectrum

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Yasaman Ghasempour, Ph.D. Candidate, Rice University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Millimeter-wave and terahertz bands are emerging as the most promising spectrum to meet the data-rate and latency demands of future wireless applications, including virtual reality and autonomous cars. My research builds a foundation for joint communication and sensing in such high-frequency regimes.

ERG Colloquium: Sameer Shah: A drought-free Maharashtra? Politicizing the inequitable and unsustainable outcomes of state-sponsored livelihood adaptation for rain-dependent agriculture

Colloquium | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Sameer Shah, University of British Columbia

 Energy and Resources Group

Following the worst drought in 40-years (2012), the western Indian state of Maharashtra launched a flagship drought-relief program intended to make 20,000 villages “drought-free” by 2019. The program – promoting the capture and conservation of “green” (soil
moisture) and “blue water” (runoff) to reduce the risks of crop failure in drought-prone villages – mirrored an integrative land and...   More >

Understanding High Voltage Reactivity in Transition Metal Oxide Li-ion Battery Cathode Materials/Evaluating the interactions between carbon nanotube neurosensors and their biological environments

Colloquium | February 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Joe Papp, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group; Darwin Yang, Ph. D. student in the Landry Group

 College of Chemistry

Li-ion batteries are the dominant technology for rechargeable energy storage given their optimal combination of energy density, lifetime, safety, and cost compared to other battery chemistries /Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) non-covalently modified with DNA have been widely implemented as probes for near-infrared molecular sensing and imaging in biological systems

Contextualizing Coronavirus: Scientific, Political, Societal and Economic Impacts of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Panel Discussion | February 26 | 4-6 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Fenyong Liu, Professor of Infectious Diseases, UC Berkeley Public Health; Yan Long, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Gerard Roland, E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; John K. Yasuda, Assistant Professor of Chinese Politics, Indiana University, Bloomington; Vinod (Vinnie) Aggarwal, Travers Family Senior Faculty Fellow and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

 Kevin O'Brien, Walter and Elise Haas Professor of Asian Studies; Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science; & Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Berkeley International Group, Institute of International Studies, Public Health, School of

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) appeared in Wuhan, China in early December 2019 and has quickly spread across the globe, leading to the closure of borders, the lockdown of Chinese cities, fears...   More >

Topology Seminar: Corks, Involutions, and Heegaard Floer homology

Seminar | February 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Matthew Hedden, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss recent work with Irving Dai and Abhishek Mallick in which we study involutions on homology spheres, up to a natural notion of cobordism. Using this notion, we define a 3-dimensional homology bordism group of diffeomorphisms which refines both the homology cobordism group and the bordism group of diffeomorphisms. The subgroup generated by involutions provides a new algebraic framework...   More >

Caminos de la Ciencia - La Biología de la Liberación

Presentation | February 26 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | César E. Chávez Branch, Oakland Public Library, Suite 271

 3301 East 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94601

 Ignacio Chapela, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management


Esta presentación será en español

La Biología no es sólo una exploración de curiosidades naturales, ni tampoco sólo una herramienta para la manipulación de los seres vivos. No: en su más potente forma, la Biología es el portal por el cual podemos reflexionar sobre nuestra relación con el universo viviente, nada menos que la manera en que entendemos nuestro lugar como parte de ese universo....   More >

La Biología de la Liberación

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Reading: Susan Straight

Reading - Nonfiction | February 27 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Award-winning author Susan Straight reads from her new book In the Country of Women, which the New York Times describes as “a family memoir that stretches back to the mid-19th century and traverses a forest of family trees.” Joyce Carol Oates comments, “What a beautiful book! In the Country of Women must be the most populated, celebratory, filled-with-life memoir of our time.” Viet Thanh Nguyen...   More >

BPM 106 Taking Disciplinary Action

Workshop | February 27 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content provides the information and skills needed to more confidently deal with unacceptable employee behavior and performance.

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Strongly interacting kink-antikink pairs for scalar fields on a line

Seminar | February 27 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jacek Jendrej, Université Sorbonne Paris-Nord

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: I will present a recent joint work with Michał Kowalczyk and Andrew Lawrie. A nonlinear wave equation with a double-well potential in 1+1 dimension admits stationary solutions called kinks and antikinks, which are minimal energy solutions connecting the two minima of the potential. We study solutions whose energy is equal to twice the energy of a kink, which is the threshold energy for...   More >

History Grad Association Research Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 27 | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of History

Join the History Department for its annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. Learn about the cutting edge research being undertaken by its graduate students. Morning coffee and lunch provided.

High-throughput inference of brain composition and connectivity using single-cell genomics

Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Arpiar Saunders**, Harvard University, Department of Genetics

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Design Thinking Tools to Build Your Career

Workshop | February 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

Feeling stuck? Unsure about your next career step? Curious about how to get started in a new field or role? This workshop employs design thinking to explore how you can create a sustainable life and work where you thrive. Learn tools to help you navigate your career path, get unstuck, and try out easy changes to increase your wellbeing and satisfaction at work.

  Register online

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 325 Cheit Hall | Canceled

 Sharat Ganapati, Assistant Professor, Georgetown

 Haas School of Business

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

Authors Meet Critics - Eros Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Laura E. Pérez, Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies; Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Julia Bryan-Wilson, Director, Arts Research Center

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on February 27, 2020 at 12pm for a panel discussion focused on "Eros Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial," by Professor Laura Eliza Perez, Professor of Ethnic Studies and and Chair of the Latinx Research Center.

  RSVP online

California, the EU and the Future of the Transatlantic Relationship

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis; EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis

 Institute of European Studies, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Goldman School of Public Policy, Haas School of Business

A Public Discussion featuring EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis and California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis

EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis & California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar: TOPIC: The strategic use of corporate philanthropy: Evidence from bank donations

Seminar | February 27 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Simon Xu

 Department of Economics

Simon Xu: "The strategic use of corporate philanthropy: Evidence from bank donations"

Seminar 251: “NO SEMINAR"

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

 Center for Labor Economics

C-H Functionalization by Cooperative Metal Catalysis

Seminar | February 27 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Prof. Yoshiaki Nakao, Department of Material Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

 College of Chemistry

Integrated optical trapped-ion quantum control

Seminar | February 27 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium (310)

 Karan Mehta, Postdoctoral Fellow, ETH Zürich

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk I will present recent work on ion qubit control via optical waveguide devices integrated within ion trap chips, an approach that lends robustness to noise while simultaneously enabling practical extensibility.

In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire

Colloquium | February 27 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies 122, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program, Japanese American Studies Advisory Committee

This talk explores the complex transnational history of Japanese immigrant settler colonialism, which linked Japanese America with Japan’s colonial empire through the exchange of migrant bodies, expansionist ideas, colonial expertise, and capital in the Asia-Pacific basin before World War II. The trajectories of Japanese transpacific migrants exemplified a prevalent national structure of thought...   More >

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2020: Dr. Charisma Acey (Environmental Design): Invisible Infrastructures: Creativity, Ecology and Rights to the City

Seminar | February 27 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Charisma Acey

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

Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning will present: ”Invisible Infrastructures: Creativity, Ecology and Rights to the City.” Coffee will be available before the talk at 3:00PM in 139 Mulford. Open to the public. Hosted by CNR Dean David Ackerly.

The Social History of Truth

Workshop | February 27 | 4-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, Department of History, Near Eastern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Istituto Italiano di Cultura San Francisco, Seminario di Storia della Scienza, University of Bari

This international conference/workshop groups together scholars of different fields in the Humanities (Classics, Egyptology and History of Science) who will discuss the central role that the concept of truth has played in the ancient and the modern world.

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 27 | 4-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, Atrium

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome - early undergrad to PhD. Not a career fair - some will be hiring, some just want to meet you. Bring your resume if you're job searching and meet some awesome companies.

  RSVP online

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Optimal adjustment sets in non-parametric graphical models"

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

 Ezequiel Smucler, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

 Department of Economics

Enabling Mixed Reality for Low Vision

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

 Yuhang Zhao, PhD Candidate, Cornell University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Visually impaired people are marginalized by inaccessible social infrastructure and technology,facing severe challenges in all aspects of their life. Mixed reality (MR) technology has the capability of incorporating virtual information into the physical environment, presenting a unique opportunity to augment the world for visually impaired people. However, it also creates a virtual...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: The Moduli Space of Curves and its Tautological Ring

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

 Emily Clader, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

Enumerative geometry studies questions like: "given five points in the plane, how many conics pass through all five?" The modern approach to such questions is to translate them into intersection theory problems on a moduli space, and one of the most important of these is the Deligne-Mumford moduli space of curves. I will discuss what this space is, give a tour of some of its intersection theory,...   More >

Arts in the Afternoon: The Quilts of Rosie Lee Tompkins

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Lawrence Rinder, Director, BAMPFA; Elaine Yau, co-curator, BAMPFA

 Women's Faculty Club

Lawrence Rinder, Director of BAMPFA and Elaine Yau - Co-Curator discuss the current show Rosie Lee Tompkins' quilts at the Berkeley Art Museum. The BAMPFA retrospective of Tompkins' work reveals her as a brilliantly inventive quiltmaker and an artist of stunning variety, depth and impact.

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 5106424175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by March 27.

How Close to Doomsday? A Conversation on Stopping a New Nuclear Arms Race

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hotel Shattuck Plaza

  2086 Allston Way, Berkeley

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Join former California Governor Jerry Brown, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Co-chair and CEO, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, and Dr. Bethany Goldblum, nuclear physicist and director of the Nuclear Policy Working Group at UC Berkeley, for an urgent conversation about today’s growing risk of nuclear use, as well as solutions that can bring us back from the brink. NTI’s...   More >

Friday, February 28, 2020

UC Links Annual International Conference: Engaging Change: Transformative Links to Learning

Conference/Symposium | February 28 – 29, 2020 every day | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Colloquia Rooms 1102 & 1104

 University-Community Links (UC Links)

The conference brings together university faculty, staff, and students with community and school partners to share observations, research findings, program successes and concerns, and ongoing challenges and strategies.

Berkeley–Columbia Meeting in Engineering and Statistics

Conference/Symposium | February 28 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Max Shen, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

The Berkeley–Columbia Meeting in Engineering and Statistics provides a biannual, interdisciplinary forum for research in Engineering, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics. The first meeting was held at UC Berkeley in 2016, and the second meeting was held at Columbia University in 2018. The third meeting will take place again on the UC Berkeley campus on February 28 and 29, 2020. Registration is...   More >

Lacan Noir: Blackness and Psychoanalysis

Seminar | February 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 David Marriott, Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

 The Program in Critical Theory

In 1952, Frantz Fanon describes Lacan’s 1938 discussion of the mirror stage as having made the question of a racial imaginary “worthwhile investigating.” This lecture draws on established readings of Fanon and Lacan to discern the theoretical implications of this encounter, as well as the contradictions and impasses it entails between psychoanalysis and black studies.

The seminar will include...   More >

Jon Kleinberg — Fairness and Bias in Algorithmic Decision-Making

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: As data science has broadened its scope in recent years, a number of domains have applied computational methods for classification and prediction to evaluate individuals in high-stakes settings. These developments have led to an active line of recent discussion in the public sphere about the consequences of algorithmic prediction for notions of fairness and equity. In part, this...   More >

Planning Ahead: F-1 Employment Authorization for Off-Campus Internships

Workshop | February 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Understand how F-1 students can apply for off-campus work authorization for internships and employment related to their major field of study. Attendees are expected to have watched the F-1 Guide to CPT video before attending the webinar. Please come prepared with your questions.

Translation of genetic technologies: ethical challenges and driving forces: Unproven stem cell clinics: a crystal ball for gene therapies?

Seminar | February 28 | 12-2 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, Room 115

 Paul Knoepfler, Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy School of Medicine, UC Davis

 Innovative Genomics Institute

The Berkeley Ethics and Regulation Group for Innovative Technologies (BERGIT) is an ideas exchange and meeting ground for collaborations across disciplines to integrate ethics, regulation, and policy with science. Our goal is to provide space for discussion, facilitate opportunities, and instigate a proactive cultural shift in responsible innovation. BERGIT is hosted by the Innovative Genomics...   More >

 Lunch included for RSVP's. RSVP online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Isolator-free 75 GHz Bandwidth Directly Modulated Laser with Extremely Low Chirp

Seminar | February 28 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Yasuhiro Matsui, Principle Scientist, Finisar (II-IV)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, we review the high-speed laser physics including photon-photon resonance effect, detuned-loading effect, and in-cavity FM-AM conversion effect.

German 204-Compact Seminar taught by Prof. Hinrich Seeba(only for 5 weeks): Aesthetics of History: Lessing, Schiller, Novalis, Kleist

Seminar | January 31 – February 28, 2020 every Friday | 1-4 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

 Department of German

In the age of fake news, the disparity of historical and poetic truth, as it emerged in the 18th century, gains new significance. When the study of history became an academic discipline, the role of historical writing between factual report and literary representation was intensely discussed – by historians, philosophers of history and writers, from Chladenius, Wegelin and Gatterer in history, by...   More >

What Can Electron Microscopy Tell Us Beyond Structure and Composition?: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall | Canceled

 Prof. Xiaoqing Pan, UC Irvine, ChemE / MSE / Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

•• We will reschedule Prof. Pan for next semester! ••

Spherical aberration correction marks a milestone in the development of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) which allows the quantitative determination of 3D structure and composition of nanostructures with atomic resolution.

Unique Aspects of Chirality in Inorganic Nanocrystals: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Dr. Assaf Ben-Moshe, UC Berkeley, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The geometric property of chirality relates to objects that cannot be superimposed onto their mirror images. It is fundamental across all hierarchies of nature, from interactions of elementary particles to macroscopic living systems.

It is related in biology to recognition between biomolecules and structure-function relations. Most biological molecules are only functional as one mirror image...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Information Theory and Deep Learning for Future Wireless Networks

Seminar | February 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 293 Cory Hall

 Aly El Gamal, Purdue University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Next-generation wireless networks will require unprecedented levels of agility, autonomy, heterogeneity, and security to match the Quality of Service guarantees of their applications as well as the nature of their deployments. At the same time, these networks will have access to emerging technologies like cloud-based computation and control, as well as machine learning and the blockchain that...   More >

OPT Doc Check Workshop

Workshop | February 28 | 2-3 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Attend an interactive one hour workshop to review your OPT application with an international student adviser! This is a group workshop that allows you to follow along as a BIO adviser leads you through the application step by step.

During this workshop, you will go over the required documents, how to fill out forms, and most common mistakes in the application. Please bring ALL required...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Metastability Verses Homogenization

Seminar | February 28 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

When an ODE $\dot x=b(x)$ is perturbed by a small white noise, then its long term behavior depends on the nature of the vector field $b$. If $b$ is a gradient vector field, then metastability occurs: a typical solution $x(t)$ spends a long time near one of the stable equilibrium state of $b$ before taking a flight to land near another stable equilibrium state. However, if $b$ is a divergence free...   More >

MENA Salon: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Workshop | February 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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

On 16 February, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told reporters that Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan are slated to reach a final agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) within a week. Shoukry’s announcement came a few weeks after representatives from...   More >

The California Primary and Super Tuesday

Panel Discussion | February 28 | 3-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix, 820

 Social Science Matrix, Jack Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research

Presented by the Jack Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research, this discussion about the upcoming "Super Tuesday" primaries will feature John Perez, Speaker Emeritus, California State Assembly; Mark Di Camillo, Director, IGS Survey; David Lauter, Washington Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times; and David Carillo (Chair), Executive Director, California Constitution Center, Berkeley Law

  RSVP online by February 28.

Composition Colloquium: Ken Ueno

Colloquium | February 28 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Instrumentalizing Architecture, Bespoke Vowels, and Anthropology as Composition

UC Berkeley Professor, Ken Ueno, a fuses composition, extended vocal practice, and installations into a new kind of hybrid work. Using a megaphone and shaping bespoke vowel shapes within his mouth, he articulates resonant frequencies of spaces, with the discovery that articulating the resonant frequencies of...   More >

Seminar Project Progress Reports

Seminar | February 28 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Aobo Lyu, Vikramank Singh, Mekhola Mukherjee, and Chintan Vyas

 Information, School of

The Evolution of e-Commerce Platform Marketing Modes
Aobo Lyu
Chinaâs e-commerce is developing rapidly. In recent years, a variety of e-commerce platform marketing methods have emerged, such as allowing consumers to obtain discounts by itemizing product information on their social media accounts and allowing consumers to gather friends together to complete tasks arranged...   More >

Neil Bartlett Lecture: Functional Nanoscale and Hierarchical Materials by “Living” Crystallization-Driven Self-Assembly

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

 Ian Manners, Department of Chemistry. University of Victoria, Canada

 College of Chemistry

Molecular, and more recently, macromolecular synthesis has evolved to an advanced state allowing the creation of remarkably complex organic molecules and well-defined polymers with typical dimensions from 0.5 nm - 10 nm. In contrast, the ability to prepare materials in the 10 nm – 100 micron size regime with controlled shape, dimensions, spatially selective functionalization, and structural...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Francesco Cruces, Universidad Nacional de Educatción a Distancia (UNED),

Colloquium | February 28 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

“The Poetics of Intimacy: from Micro-Narratives to Musicking"

Villalobos directs the Urban Culture Study Group (Cultura Urbana) at UNED (Spain). His research addresses a variety of forms of symbolic expression in urban settings. At present he is working on intimacy and its narratives.