<< Wednesday, October 11, 2017 >>

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Web tools for demographic mapping

Workshop | October 11 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Susan Powell, Library


This workshop will introduce two different web platforms for exploring and mapping U.S. demographic data: SimplyAnalytics and PolicyMap. While there is some overlap between the different applications, each has its own strengths and unique features.

Wellness Wednesdays in the Garden: Flower Power Yoga| Grow and Go with Chai!

Workshop | September 6 – October 25, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Grow - stretch to feel longer, stronger & more balanced.
Go - get back to your day w/renewed vitality

Yoga is an effective strategy to release tension, relax the nervous system, improve focus, & increase balance.Each class offers a healthy dosage of crisp fresh air, all natural organic floral aromas, vitamin D sunlight, blooming visions, stable grounding platform, direct &loving...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

Who is Your Neighbor? Caste, Dignity, and Dalit Lives in Central Kerala

Colloquium | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Sharika Thiranagama, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Institute for South Asia Studies

Based on fieldwork with Dalit (formerly known as Untouchable castes) and non-Dalit agricultural laborers, and their landlords in communist party strongholds in Kerala, I explore the transformations of rural localities from workplaces to neighborhoods. In the rural neighbourhood, “public/private” residential life emerges from work relations where caste continues to permeate interactions.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Phillip Skipwith "Molecules and Morphology: A new phylogenomic estimate for Australasian geckos reveals complex macroevolutionary dynamics"

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

 Phillip Skipwith

 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 >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: “Seeing The Light: Color Vision and Photoacclimation in Cyanobacteria”

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

 Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Montgomery Lab pursues a common research theme of understanding how individuals perceive, respond to, and are impacted by the environments in which they exist. Primary research efforts of the group are focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms to external light cues. Additionally, Montgomery pursues this theme in the context of effective mentoring in research environments.

No Bioengineering Seminar today

Seminar | October 11 | 12-1 p.m. | None UC Berkeley Campus

 No Name, No Organization

 Bioengineering (BioE)

No seminar today due to the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ

Berkeley Writers at Work

Reading - Nonfiction | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, 101, Morrison Library

 Catherine Ceniza Choy, Ethnic Studies Department, UC Berkeley

 College Writing Programs

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Ethnic Studies, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2017 Berkeley Writers at Work Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 11, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.

Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

A Deeper Look at Deep Decarbonization Pathways for the U.S. Economy with Karl Hausker: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | October 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow, World Resource Institute

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Dr. Karl Hausker is a Senior Fellow in World Resource Institute's Global Climate Program. He leads analysis and modeling of domestic climate mitigation scenarios, and he contributes to work on the New Climate Economy, the social cost of carbon, and energy access.

At Home in your Mind: Addressing Negative Self-Talk through Mindfulness (BEUHS054)

Workshop | October 11 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Marissa Baumann, MA

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Anne Lamott once said, "My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I try to never go there alone." But what if your mind could be a safe place? A nurturing place? A home? In this workshop we'll explore ways of engaging with our negative thoughts and how mindfulness can support us to change the experience of our own mind.

Launch Pad: Undergraduate Student Talks about the Research Process in Sciences and Engineering

Presentation | October 11 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 4th Floor


Students discuss the initial process of starting a research project, introducing methodological approaches and resources while inviting other students to share their insight as well. This months featured students are from the Formula SAE Team.

 Must have a UCB ID for entrance.

How social and personality psychologists can be assets to assessment and selection teams at Google

Panel Discussion | October 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Dana Landis, Head of Leadership Assessment and Effectiveness, Google; Maria Arboleda, Scaled Assessments Manager - Hiring Innovation, Google

 Curtis Malik Boykin, Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Personality and Social Research

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Drs. Maria Arboleda (Scaled Assessments Manager - Hiring Innovation) and Dana Landis (Head of Leadership Assessment and Effectiveness) will address a series of applied methods, training, and career focused questions crowd-sourced from Social-Personality Area graduate students.

The Effect of Increased Income on Children's Academic Achievement: Evidence from the Marcellus Shale: Elizabeth Ananat, Duke University

Colloquium | October 11 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Elizabeth Ananat, Professor, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy

 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.

Curiosity-driven Exploration by Self-supervised Prediction

Seminar | October 11 | 12:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Deepak Pathak, UC Berkeley/BAIR

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In many real-world scenarios, rewards extrinsic to the agent are extremely sparse, or absent altogether. In such cases, curiosity can serve as an intrinsic reward signal to enable the agent to explore its environment and learn skills that might be useful later in its life. We formulate curiosity as the error in an agent’s ability to predict the consequence of its own actions in a visual feature...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | October 11 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

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

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): A quick introduction to cohomology jump loci

Seminar | October 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alex Suciu, Northeastern University

 Department of Mathematics

The cohomology jumping loci of a space come in two basic flavors: the characteristic varieties, which are the jump loci for homology with coefficients in rank 1 local systems, and the resonance varieties, which are the jump loci for the homology of cochain complexes arising from multiplication by degree 1 classes in the cohomology ring. The geometry of these varieties, and the interplay between...   More >

Statistical estimation under group actions: The Sample Complexity of Multi-Reference Alignment

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

 Afonso S. Bandeira, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

 Department of Statistics

Many problems in signal/image processing, and computer vision amount to estimating a signal, image, or tri-dimensional structure/scene from corrupted measurements. A particularly challenging form of measurement corruption are latent transformations of the underlying signal to be recovered. Many such transformations can be described as a group acting on the object to be recovered. Examples include...   More >

Molecular mechanism of cytokinesis

Seminar | October 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Tom Pollard, Yale University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Algebraic models, cohomology jump loci, and finiteness properties

Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Alex Suciu, Northeastern University

 Department of Mathematics

A recurring theme in topology is to determine the geometric and homological finiteness properties of spaces and groups. A fruitful approach is to compare these finiteness properties to those of differential graded algebras that model topological objects of this sort. I will discuss several concrete questions that arise in this context, and explain how the cohomology jump loci help answer some of...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Asynchronous Spacetime Discontinuous Galerkin Methods: Barrier-Free Parallel–Adaptive Solutions and Other Recent Progress

Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Robert Haber, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Mathematics

This presentation begins with a review of the asynchronous Spacetime Discontinuous Galerkin (aSDG) method. In its original context, the aSDG method exploits the characteristic structure of hyperbolic PDEs and special asynchronous spacetime meshes to generate solution schemes with linear computational complexity in the number of spacetime finite elements. In lieu of conventional time marching, the...   More >

Organic Catalysts and Photocatalysts: Computational Design and Prototyping of Organic Catalysts for CO 2 Reduction and Photopolymerization

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

 Charles Musgrave, Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Inorganic catalysts have been workhorses in many important industrial processes while many biological systems, such as photosynthesis, rely on organic catalysts. In this talk I will discuss the use of computational chemistry to examine the fundamental chemical mechanisms of organic catalysts and photocatalysts for reducing CO 2 into fuels and visible light activated atom transfer radical...   More >

Intro to Data Visualization

Workshop | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Becky Miller, Anna Sackmann, Elliott Smith, UC Berkeley Library


A well-designed figure can have a huge impact on the communication of research results. This workshop will introduce key principles and resources for visualizing data.

 Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt

  RSVP online

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Mapping class groups and difference operators.

Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Shamil Shakirov, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

We review the representation of $SL(2,Z)$ - the mapping class group of the torus - by automorphisms of a simple algebra of difference operators. The algebra, known as spherical double affine Hecke algebra (DAHA) plays an important role in many developments in modern representation theory and mathematical physics. We will define a new algebra which is a direct analogue of spherical DAHA for a...   More >

Molecular Mechanisms of Menkes Disease in Humans and Invertebrate Models

Seminar | October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Victor Faundez, Emory University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Split-Sample Strategies for Avoiding False Discoveries

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

 Michael Anderson, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Preanalysis plans (PAPs) have become an important tool for limiting false discoveries in field experiments. We evaluate the properties of an alternate approach which splits the data into two samples: An exploratory sample and a confirmation sample. When hypotheses are homogeneous, we describe an improved split-sample approach that achieves 90% of the rejections of the optimal PAP without...   More >

You Can Succeed, Too: Media Theory and Kitsch in Toho's early 1960s popular song films

Colloquium | October 11 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Raine, Western University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Andrew Barshay has argued that after the ANPO protests in 1960, "the 'postwar' utopianism that had marked Japanese thinking about democracy was definitively transvalued, literally 'translated' from the political to the economic realm." This presentation explores the role of the early 1960s Toho musical comedy in translating utopia for an aspirational "white collar" urban culture in Japan. By the...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Deep Learning-to-Learn Robotic Control

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

 Pieter Abbeel, EECS/U.C. Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Reinforcement learning and imitation learning have seen success in many domains, including autonomous helicopter flight, Atari, simulated locomotion, Go, robotic manipulation. However, sample complexity of these methods remains very high. In contrast, humans can pick up new skills far more quickly. To do so, humans might rely on a better learning algorithm or on a better prior (potentially...   More >

Molecular Mechanisms of Menkes Disease in Humans and Invertebrate Models

Seminar | October 11 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 Victor Faundez, Emory University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review

Course | September 6 – October 11, 2017 every Wednesday | 5-7 p.m. |  Online

 Rafat Raie, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Walnut Creek; Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec; Crystal Killiam, PE, City of Los Angeles; Obaid Khan, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Dublin

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to...   More >