# Academic

## Monday, November 20, 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.

### EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | November 20 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

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

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

### Combinatorics Seminar: Root system chip-firing

Seminar | November 20 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Thomas McConville, MIT

The chip firing game is a simple example of a confluent system, which is a central notion in algebraic combinatorics and particle physics. That is, given an initial distribution of chips on a graph, there are many ways to "play" the chip firing game, but they all lead to the same result. Jim Propp introduced a variation on chip firing on the infinite line graph in which the chips are labeled.... More >

### Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | November 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

Virginia Markham, Graduate Student, PMB; Kristen LeGault, Graduate Student, PMB

Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at... More >

### Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | November 20 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Andres Gonzalez, PhD Student, Berkeley

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

### When Two Bodies Are (Not) a Problem: Gender and Relationship Status Discrimination in Academic Hiring

Colloquium | November 20 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Philip Selznick Seminar Room

2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University

Center for Ethnographic Research, Center for the Study of Law and Society

Lecture by Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University

### Differential Geometry Seminar: \(\epsilon \)-Regularity for 4-dimensional shrinking Ricci solitons

Seminar | November 20 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Shaosai Huang, Stony Brook

A central issue in studying uniform behaviors of Riemannian manifolds is to obtain uniform local \(L^{\infty }\)-bounds of the curvature tensor. For manifolds whose Riemannian metric satisfying certain elliptic equations, e.g. Einstein manifolds and Ricci solitons, local curvature bound are expected when the local energy is sufficiently small. Such estimates, referred to as \(\epsilon... More >

### Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Parallel transport and the p-adic Simpson correspondence

Seminar | November 20 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

Daxin Xu, Caltech

Deninger and Werner developed an analogue for p-adic curves of the classical correspondence of Narasimhan and Seshadri between stable bundles of degree zero and unitary representations of the topological fundamental group for a complex smooth proper curve. Using parallel transport, they associated functorially to every vector bundle on a p-adic curve whose reduction is strongly semi-stable of... More >

### Fatma Kilinc-Karzan — Online First-Order Framework for Robust Convex Optimization

Colloquium | November 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

Fatma Kilinc-Karzan, Carnegie Mellon University

Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Robust optimization (RO) has emerged as one of the leading paradigms to efficiently model parameter uncertainty. The recent connections between RO and problems in statistics and machine learning domains demand for solving RO problems in ever more larger scale. However, the traditional approaches for solving RO formulations based on building and solving robust counterparts or the iterative... More >

### How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Leah Carroll

Office of Undergraduate Research

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

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

### Design Field Notes: Katarina Ilic

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Katarina Ilic, co-founder of Voltera, will speak as part of the Design Field Notes pop-up talk series at Jacobs Hall.

### Lev Tolstoy, Romancier-Expérimentateur?: A Reading of the Kreutzer Sonata (1889) through the lens of Émile Zola’s Experimental Novel (1880)

Colloquium | November 20 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

Kathryn DeWaele, Graduate Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

The fifth lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

### MBTG Seminar: "Stochastic Mechanisms in Membrane Traffic"

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Jeanne Stachowiak, The University of Texas at Austin

### Seminar 271, Development: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

Fred Finan, Berkeley

### Oscillator-based Ising Network Computation

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

Tianshi Wang, Graduate Student, EECS Department, UC Berkeley

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Coupled oscillator networks can be used to implement general-purpose Ising machines. Such Ising implementations are much more scalable and much easier to design and fabricate than alternatives that have been proposed.

### Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Algebraicity of persistent homology

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

Maddie Weinstein, UC Berkeley

Persistent homology allows us to explore the topology of data. We will see examples of computations of persistent homology of affine and projective varieties. We will also discuss my ongoing research with Emil Horobet to prove the algebraicity of persistent homology.

### They Came From Everywhere: The People of the Amur

Colloquium | November 20 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Victor Zatsepine, History, University of Connecticut

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This talk, based on Victor Zatsepine’s recently published book, Beyond the Amur: Frontier Encounters between China and Russia, 1850-1930 (UBC Press, 2017), illuminates the varied social, economic and political contacts that enlivened the borders of the two empires (Qing China and Romanov Russia) and their successor states. The author argues that the Amur ‘frontier’ region functioned as a meeting... More >