Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Seminar | February 27 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM
Kaitlyn Gaynor, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Erik Sathe, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology
Kaitlyn Gaynor speaks on The Graduates about her work observing large mammals in Mendocino County, Kenya, and Mozambique. Kaitlyn studies interactions between humans and nature.
Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall
This talk will describe the total synthesis of neurologically active terpenoid natural products using novel strategies and methodologies for step-efficient syntheses. Methodological developments in the area of allyl-palladium catalysis will be described in detail that have allowed for alpha,beta-dehydrogenation of a variety of carbonyl compounds. Unique strategies and key retrosynthetic... More >
Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall
While major advances have been made in seismic design, there still exists a large disconnect between the performance level that buildings are designed to achieve and the performance level required for community resiliency. Although current building codes limit fatalities in new construction, they do little to limit socioeconomic losses.
Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall (Level D)
The University of California, in all of its departments, has been open to students of all types and backgrounds since it opened. More than 10 percent of graduates of UC's medical schools were women almost every year after the 1890s, and the proportion of female undergraduates at UC campuses has historically been much higher than that of most private universities in California. Evidence of ethnic... More >
Panel Discussion | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall
Karen Barkey, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity, University of California, Berkeley; Liora Israël, Senior Researcher in Sociology, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)
Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley; Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Scholars working around the world often come under threat of persecution or harassment, whether from oppressive governments or other sources. This panel will address different types of threats facing scholars around the world, as well as as solutions that have been developed by governments, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
Colloquium | February 27 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country's first-ever democratically elected... More >
Seminar | February 27 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Colloquium | February 27 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Adrian Aguilera, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Aguilera will discuss his research developing and testing an automated text messaging intervention as an adjunct to treatment in a public sector integrated behavioral healthcare clinic. He will detail findings from a clinical trial and discuss how data can be utilized to improve monitoring of depression and detection of key intervention points. Key findings are that 1) automated texting... More >
Seminar | February 27 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Ian Agol, UC Berkeley
We'll continue discussion Kronheimer-Mrowka's instanton homology of webs and a version with twisted coefficients.
Seminar | February 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall
Vincenzo Quadrini, USC Marshall
Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Coming apart? Cultural distances in the United States over time"
Seminar | February 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Emir Kamenica, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall
In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.
Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Divisors on matroids and their volumes
Seminar | February 27 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley
The classical volume polynomial in algebraic geometry measures the volumes of ample (and nef) divisors on a smooth projective variety. We introduce an analogous volume polynomial for matroids, and give a complete combinatorial formula. For a realizable matroid, we thus obtain an explicit formula for the classical volume polynomial of the associated wonderful compactification. We then define an... More >
A Journey of Pain, Purpose, and Perseverance: A special seminar in memory of Shakir Cannon, sickle cell patient advocate and leading voice in discussions on CRISPR Genome Editing, Precision Medicine, and Social Justice.
Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building
Michael Friend, Co-founder, Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine, Health Ministries Network
Despite being the first molecular disease ever discovered, and despite being the most common genetic disease in the US, sickle cell disease (SCD), a disease that predominantly affects people from African descent, is still a truly devastating disease with no universal cure. Long under- and unequally-served by the medical and research communities, SCD is getting renewed attention as CRISPR... More >
Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
Boubacar Kante, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego
In this talk, I will discuss how geometrical and topological approaches to the control of light-matter interaction enable the construction of novel photonic devices with unique and enhanced functionalities.
Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Paula Te, an interaction designer who is driven to make technology accessible in the widest possible sense, will speak at Jacobs Hall.
Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled
One of the most challenging problems in biochemistry involves understanding how proteins fold. After more than 50 years of work, experimental characterization of protein folding usually leads to results which are described as a cooperative, two phase, transition between the folded and unfolded states i.e., the protein appears to melt. Here we present new data from an IMS-MS analysis of simple... More >
How I Became a Quant: A Panel Discussion and Q&A Session on Career Paths in Finance/Data Science/Fintech
Panel Discussion | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall (N640)
Rajat Agarwal, Senior Director - Investor Group, Capital Markets, LendingClub
Andrew Alden, Head of Quantitative Research, WeatherStorm Capital
Ben Gum, Director of Portfolio Optimization and Risk Modeling, AXA Rosenberg; Ariel Pavlicevich, Portfolio Manager, Walleye Trading; Emmanuel Vallod, Head of Research, Mortgage & Securitized Credit, Systematic Fixed-Income, BlackRock
Practitioners at top firms will share their experiences, how to prepare for a career in finance and data science, and trends emerging in the field. Networking and Q&A will follow. If you are interested in a career in finance or data science, don't miss this opportunity!
RSVP online by February 27.
Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: The excess intersection formula
Seminar | February 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley
We will give examples of situations where intersections do not have the expected codimension. We will describe the excess intersection formula which allows us to compute the portion of the intersection that has the expected codimension. Time permitting, we will compute the Chow ring of a blowups along smooth subschemes.
Colloquium | February 27 | 6-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall
The Berkeley Forum
Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and a leading advocate on behalf of trustworthy journalism, veterans and military families, and other civic and social justice causes. His post-craigslist endeavors continue to exemplify how entrepreneurship and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Join us on Tuesday, February 27 for a conversation with one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs... More >