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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Understanding Secondary Organic Aerosol Thermodynamics, Mixing State and Phase with Models, Mimics, and Microfluidics

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Cari Dutcher, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

 College of Chemistry

Atmospheric aerosols are one of the major contributing factors to our climate, yet are a leading source of uncertainty in climate modeling. This uncertainty arises from the intricate nature of aerosol particles: these particles are complex microenvironments, which can contain multiple interfaces due to internal liquid – liquid phase partitioning and the external vapor – liquid surface. Aerosol...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Mohamed Noor "Recombination rate influences adaptation and speciation: Studies in the Drosophila pseudoobscura species group"

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Mohamed Noor

 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 >

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Yueran Ma, Harvard

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Regulation of vitamin 6 homeostasis "

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Zack Zheng-Hui He

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

My lab is interested in utilizing a combination of cell, molecular, biochemical and genetic approaches to understand how cells communicate during plant growth and development.

“Revealing the Dynamic Roles of Splicing and Translation in Gene Regulation”

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Liana Lareau, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

A single genome produces the huge diversity of cells and tissues needed to make a human by regulating gene expression to turn on and off the right genes at the right times. The final, post-transcriptional steps of gene expression — RNA processing and translation — are essential to the proper outcome. My goal is to understand what the cell achieves by adding extra layers of regulation at these...   More >

Drivers of infectious disease dynamics: Quantifying the impact of demography and climate: Ayesha Mahmud PhD

Colloquium | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ayesha Mahmud PhD, Rockefeller Foundation Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

 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.

Towards artificial general intelligence: Brain-inspired CAPTCHA breaking and Atari playing

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Miguel Lázaro-Gredilla, Vicarious, Inc.

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Compositionality, generalization, and learning from a few examples are among the hallmarks of human intelligence. In this talk I will describe how Vicarious combines these ideas to create approaches to CAPTCHA breaking and Atari game playing that improve on the state of the art. Both of these tasks have indeed been tackled before, using respectively Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs)...   More >

Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (BEUHS052)

Workshop | January 24 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Beth Greivel, LMFT, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want.

In this workshop we will explore how habits...   More >

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Gender and Race Gatekeeping

Colloquium | January 24 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Michelle "Mikki" Hebl, Professor, Rice University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

In this talk, Mikki will discuss the role of gatekeepers in preventing indviduals, often women and members of underrepresented groups, from attaining their potential. Mikki will review some of her programmatic research on subtle discrimination and will then provide some of her most recent studies and data on gender and race gatekeeping.

Pronunciation Tips Workshop

Workshop | January 24 | 1-2 p.m. | International House, Auditorium

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn practical tools for improving your American-English pronunciation. This workshop will be taught by a professional ESL instructor from the English Studies Institute. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/yakfjz8d

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): An introduction to fibered 3-manifolds and the Thurston norm

Seminar | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Michael Landry, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

We will introduce Thurston's norm on the second homology of a 3-manifold, and some associated constructions including branched surfaces and Agol’s veering triangulation.

Optically probing the neural basis of perception

Seminar | January 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Hillel Adesnik, University of California, Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

ERG Colloquium: Diego Ponce De Leon Barido: Demand-side, User-centered, Sustainable Decarbonization in Resource Constrained Environments

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Diego Ponce De Leon Barido, Recent ERG PhD Graduate, Energy and Resources Group

 Energy and Resources Group

Future growth in urbanization will mainly occur in cities of the rising south. UN Habitat reports that in the past decade, the urban population in emerging economies grew on average 1.2 million people per week. By 2050, it is expected that seven out of ten people will be living in cities. Accompanying urbanization, information and communication technologies have also seen...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Using spacetime tents to solve hyperbolic systems

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Jay Gopalakrishnan, Portland State University

 Department of Mathematics

(Note the special location) A spacetime simulation region can be subdivided into tent-shaped subregions. Tents appear to be natural for solving hyperbolic equations. Indeed, one can ensure causality by constraining the height of the tent pole. More precisely, the domain of dependence of all points within the tent can be guaranteed to be contained within the tent, by constraining the tent pole...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Taut branched surfaces which span fibered faces

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Michael Landry, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

Let \(M\) be a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold with a fibered face \(\sigma\) of the unit ball of the Thurston norm on \(H_2(M)\). If \(M\) satisfies a certain condition related to Agol’s veering triangulation, we can construct a taut branched surface in \(M\) spanning \(\sigma\). This partially answers a 1986 question of Oertel, and extends an earlier partial answer due to Mosher.

EECS Colloquium: Meta Learning and Self Play

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the first part, I will talk about meta learning, which is the problem of training a system that quickly learns to solve a wide variety of tasks. I will present several meta learning algorithms that can quickly solve simulated robotics tasks, and show how a simple meta learning approach can address the sim2real problem in robotics.

The second part will be on self play. Self play systems come...   More >

Ice-nine and the Origins of Frank-Kasper and Quasicrystal Phases in Diblock Copolymer Melts

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Frank Bates, University of Minnesota

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Block polymers have captured the interest of scientists and engineers for more than half a century. In general, the phase behavior of diblock copolymers, the simplest category of such self-assembling macromolecules, has been accepted as thoroughly understood. Recent experiments with low molecular weight diblock copolymers have revealed remarkable phase complexity in the limit of asymmetric...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Partial Differential Equations: On the Strong Cosmic Censorship Conjecture in General Relativity

Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sung-Jin Oh, Korea Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

An intriguing feature of the explicit charged (Reissner-Nordstrom) or spinning (Kerr) black hole spacetimes is the existence of a regular Cauchy horizon, beyond which the Einstein equation loses its predictive power. The strong cosmic censorship conjecture of Penrose is a bold claim that, nevertheless, such a pathological behavior is nongeneric.

In this lecture, I will give a short introduction...   More >

The Business of Disaster: Colonial and Neoliberal Governance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico

Panel Discussion | January 24 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Vincanne Adams, Professor, Joint UCSF/UC Berkeley Program in Medical Anthropology; Cathy Kennedy, Registered Nurse and Vice President, National Nurses United; Javier Arbona, Professor, American Studies and Design, UC Davis

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

The ongoing catastrophe following Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Puerto Rico in September reminds us that disasters are never merely natural. The enduring colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico and the market-driven nature of governmental relief efforts are both critical to understanding the current crisis.

Workshop: Introduction to Deep Learning

Workshop | January 24 | 8-10 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Machine Learning at Berkeley

Are you interested in learning what's the machinery behind the Deep Learning hype? Come to the ML@B Deep Learning Workshop! We will teach you how neural networks work and how to use them through hands on demos. The workshop is structured so that you have enough knowledge to get the most out of our future workshops. You can find the full list at ml.berkeley.edu/workshops. Although not strict...   More >