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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | March 21 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "The critical roles of (p)ppGpp in Gram positive bacteria"

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Jade Wang, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our research focuses on how living systems accurately duplicate and process their genetic information by regulating the central dogma processes of replication, transcription, and translation. Conserved from bacteria to humans, the central dogma lies at the heart of all cellular activities and its regulation is essential for survival and genome stability.

How to Make Causal Inferences Using Texts: Brandon Stewart, Department of Sociology, Princeton

Colloquium | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Brandon Stewart, Professor, Department of Sociology. Princeton

 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.

Data Science Discovery Projects: Social Impact

Workshop | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117)

 Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Psychology, UC Berkeley; Joanna Reed, Sociology, UC Berkeley; Victoria Robinson, American Cultures Center and Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley; Philip Pierini, American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program; Chris Hench, Department of German, and ata Science Education Program, UC Berkeley

 American Cultures

Data Science Discovery Projects helps to train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. This past semester four AC instructors incorporated Data Science Discovery Projects into their courses. The Data Science tools and the content of the AC courses was a powerful combination. A combination which it is hoped will be...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Cara Brook: Between- and within-host mechanisms of viral hosting in bat reservoirs for emerging infectious disease

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Cara Brook

 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 >

Synergy of Electrified Transportation and Renewable Energy Systems: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Zechun Hu, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

With the help of government policies and technology improvements, the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have experienced an explosive growth in recent years around the world. The transition of vehicles’ refueling from gas stations to charging stations will have remarkable impact on energy systems.

“Molecular Recording: Capture and Storage of Data within the Genome of a Cell”

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Seth Shipman, Harvard Medical School

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Experimental cell biology is limited by the requirement for direct observation or destructive analysis of the cells being studied. This is particularly problematic when studying a complex, developing system such as the brain. To circumvent this limitation, I have pursued a new approach: the logging of biological events as coded nucleotides, written into the genome of a living cell. These...   More >

Finding Health Statistics and Data

Workshop | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab Convening Room, Rm. 356

 Michael Sholinbeck, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library


Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on U.S. statistics, but sources...   More >


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Game Changers: The Canadian Sport Industry as a Microcosm of Economic and Political Change in Canada

Colloquium | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Neil Longley, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

The lecture is based on research conducted for my forthcoming book, entitled Game Changers: Economics, Politics, and the Transformation of the Canadian Spectator Sport Business (University of British Columbia (UBC) Press, 2019).

The book examines the profound transformation that has occurred in the Canadian spectator sport business over the past half-century. It argues that this...   More >

The Poetics and Politics of Transnational Queer Feminist of Color Film: a dialogue between globally renowned filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and Berkeley Professor Paola Bacchetta

Colloquium | March 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Pratibha Parmar, Associate Professor in Film, California College of the Arts; Paola Bacchetta, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Vice Chair for Pedagogy, UC Berkeley

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender

This event consists of a dialogue between globally renowned film-maker Pratibha Parmar and Berkeley Professor Paola Bacchetta, about what filmic creation and reception can open up for feminist and queer of color life world making.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Intersection homology and perverse sheaves

Seminar | March 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ciprian Manolescu, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will sketch several different constructions of intersection homology, a version of homology for singular spaces developed by Goresky and MacPherson. One construction involves the theory of perverse sheaves, which I will also introduce. Perverse sheaves arise naturally from vanishing cycles, in the study of complex singularities.

Formation of large-scale random structure by competitive erosion

Seminar | March 21 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sourav Sarkar, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Competitive erosion models a random interface sustained in equilibrium by equal and opposite
pressures on each side of the interface. Here we study the following one dimensional
version. Begin with all sites of Z uncolored. A blue particle performs simple random walk
from 0 until it reaches a nonzero red or uncolored site, and turns that site blue; then, a red
particle performs simple random...   More >

The Food of our Food: Medicated Feed and the Industrialization of Metabolism

Colloquium | March 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Hannah Landecker, University of California Los Angeles

 Department of Geography

This paper explores the history of medicated feed for agricultural animals in the twentieth century as a large-scale remaking of the chemical landscape of the United States. While there has been some appreciation of the addition of antibiotics and hormones to feed as growth promoters, given worries about these as adulterations of the end-product that is milk and meat for human consumption, the...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): A sheaf-theoretic model for $SL(2,\mathbb C)$ Floer homology

Seminar | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Ciprian Manolescu, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain the construction of a new homology theory for three-manifolds, defined using perverse sheaves on the $SL(2,\mathbb C)$ character variety. Our invariant is a model for an $SL(2,\mathbb C)$ version of Floer's instanton homology. I will present a few explicit computations for Brieskorn spheres, and discuss the connection to the Kapustin-Witten equations and Khovanov homology. This is...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Gwen Ottinger: Infrastructures for Engineer-Allies: The Invisible Conditions of Successful Collaboration with Social Justice Activists

Colloquium | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Gwen Ottinger, Associate Professor, Drexel University, Department of Politics

 Energy and Resources Group

Social and environmental justice activists are increasingly asking how technology can help them achieve their goals, and a growing number of engineers, computer scientists, and other technical experts are eager to help. But successful collaborations depend in no small part on taken-for-granted infrastructural elements...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: A high-order discontinuous Galerkin method for variable-coefficient advection-diffusion problems

Seminar | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Raunak Borker, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

A high-order discontinuous Galerkin method with Lagrange multipliers (DGLM) is presented for the solution of the steady advection-diffusion equation with a variable advection field in the high Peclet number regime. In this regime, the standard finite element method (FEM) might produce non-physical oscillations in the solution at practical mesh resolutions. Like a Discontinuous Enrichment Method...   More >

Invisible No More: A Symposium on Resisting Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color

Conference/Symposium | March 21 | 4-7:45 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute of Governmental Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, American Cultures, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

The Center for Race & Gender presents…


Experiences of women of color – often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence – must fuel our research & resistance.

March 21-22, 2018
Multicultural Community Center, MLK Student...   More >

A Unified Theory of Regression Adjustment for Design-based Inference

Seminar | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Joel Middleton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Under the Neyman causal model, a well-known result is that OLS with treatment-by-covariate interactions cannot harm asymptotic precision of estimated treatment effects in completely randomized experiments. But do such guarantees extend to experiments with more complex designs? This paper proposes a general framework for addressing this question and defines a class of generalized regression...   More >

Molecular and Neural Mechanisms of Leptin Action

Seminar | March 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Martin Myers |, University of Michigan

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Ultrafast Lasers and their Applications in Spectroscopy and Microscopy

Seminar | March 21 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540AB DOP Center

 Dr. Patrick Kolsch, Sales Manager, Spectra-Physics

 Dr. Aram Zeytunyan, Senior Scientist, Newport


Lasers are used in a variety of research applications ranging from bioimaging to materials processing. In this seminar, new product developments in the area of ultrafast lasers and their applications in multiphoton imaging and molecular spectroscopy will be discussed.

The Berkeley Forum Presents a Forum on Police and Community

Panel Discussion | March 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N500

 Kriss Worthington; Brandon Anderson; Rashidah Grinage

 The Berkeley Forum

The discussion over police and use of force, a constant refrain in Berkeley’s community discourse, was revitalized over UC Berkeley’s Free Speech Week last September. Nationally, protests against brutality have drawn to attention the relationship between police and the community. Large scale social movements have been critical of the nation’s police presence, concerning issues of accountability...   More >


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