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Friday, April 20, 2018

Mimesis and Mutation

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Steven Goldsmith, Professor, Berkeley English; Michaela Bronstein, Assistant Professor, Stanford English

 Berkeley Stanford Conference 2018

Considering such recent work as Fredric Jameson’s The Antinomies of Realism and Jacques Rancière’s “Auerbach and the Contradictions of Realism” alongside evaluations of the practical limits of critique as such, it is clear that certain problems are foundational to our current sense of “the real”. In response to a renewed interest in the character and stakes of realism, this conference will...   More >

Patagonia Case Competition Finals

Presentation | April 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Spieker Forum, Chou Hall

 Center for Responsible Business

On April 20, 2018, graduate student teams from leading business schools across United States will come together at the Haas School of Business to compete in the development of potential solutions to a real and urgent problem faced by Patagonia. This year the case study focuses on Patagonia's goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 and provide a model for industry to follow suit....   More >

Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe, 1918-2018

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix (8th floor)

 Institute of European Studies, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg

Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that "a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century". Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new---a look at globalization from the end of World War I to...   More >

Parties and Partisanship in the Era of Twitter and Trump: 21st Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Government

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 10:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  The Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

 Institute of Governmental Studies and the Commonwealth Club of California

An exploration of how social media and societal trends have challenged the power of American political parties and re-shaped the nature of the American’s partisan attachments.

“Psychology In The Internet Age: Leveraging Big Data To Evaluate Models Of Cognition”

Colloquium | April 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 David Bourgin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Ph.D. Exit Talk

CSI East Bay: Probing Classroom and Residential Air Composition: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | April 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Bill Nazaroff, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | April 20 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris, Yoga Instructor, Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice, and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Yoga mats are provided, or you can bring your own. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

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Dissertation Talk: Interpretable Machine Learning with Applications in Neuroscience

Seminar | April 20 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540AB DOP Center

 Reza Abbasi Asl, UC Berkeley, Department of EECS

 Berkeley Laboratory of Information and System Sciences

In the last decade, research in machine learning has been exceedingly focused on the development of algorithms and models with remarkably high predictive capabilities. Models such as convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have achieved state-of-the-art predictive performance for many tasks in computer vision, autonomous driving, and transfer learning in areas such as computational neuroscience....   More >

Optogenetic and Chemogenetic Tools for Mapping Molecular and Cellular Circuits: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Alice Ting, Stanford University, Genetics/Biology/Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The first part of the talk will describe optogenetic tools we have developed for labeling and manipulating functional circuits in the brain (e.g., FLARE and related tools).

The second part of the talk will describe chemogenetic tools we have developed for mapping molecular interactions in living cells (e.g., APEX and TurboID).

Alice Ting did her PhD in Chem here at UC Berkeley...   More >

David Corn and Michael Isikoff | “Russian Roulette”

Panel Discussion | April 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Julie Hirano

 Graduate School of Journalism

Russian Roulette is a story of political skulduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information...   More >

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Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): A survey of veering triangulations

Seminar | April 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an overview of veering triangulations, a combinatorial tool introduced by Agol that describes hyperbolic manifolds with pseudo-Anosov bundle or flow structures.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviations from Scaling Limits and Control Theory II

Seminar | April 20 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Dissertation Talk: Image Synthesis for Self-Supervised Learning

Presentation | April 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Richard Zhang, UC Berkeley, Department of EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We explore the use of deep networks for image synthesis, both as a graphics goal and as an effective method for representation learning. We propose BicycleGAN, a general system for image-to-image translation problems, with the specific aim of capturing the multimodal nature of the output space. We study image colorization in greater detail and develop automatic and user-guided approaches....   More >

MENA Salon: A Chemical Attack and Airstrikes in Syria

Workshop | April 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Events in Syria over the past two weeks have ignited a diplomatic firestorm and raised a number of questions about action against the Syrian government. What were the airstrikes meant to accomplish? Will they alter the course of Syria’s Civil War? Will they have an impact on international relations and law? We will consider these and other questions in this week’s MENA Salon.

The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order

Colloquium | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, Tackett proposes that the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) witnessed both the maturation of an East Asian inter-state system and the emergence of a new worldview and sense of Chinese identity among educated elites. These developments together had sweeping repercussions for the course of Chinese history, while also demonstrating that there has existed in world history a viable...   More >

Muetterties Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: Integrative metallomic approach to uncover metallo-proteomes in microbes

Seminar | April 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Hongzhe Sun, Department of Chemistry, University of Hong Kong

 College of Chemistry

It is crucial to identify metal-protein interactions at a proteome-wide scale which are difficult due to certain weak and transient interactions. We developed an integrated approach consisting of gel electrophoresis and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, LA-ICP-MS, IMAC, fluorescence and bioinformatics to identify metal-associated proteins using bismuth and silver as an example. We...   More >

Mana of Mass Society Panel Discussion: with Prof. William Mazzarella

Panel Discussion | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Rm. 221 (Gifford Room)

 William Mazzarella, University of Chicago

 Valerie Black, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Ned Dostaler, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Mohamad Jarada, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Robyn Taylor-Neu, PhD student, UC Berkeley

 Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for South Asia Studies, Graduate Assembly, The Program in Critical Theory

Professor William Mazzarella will join us in Berkeley for a panel discussion and Q&A engagement with his recently published book, "The Mana of Mass Society" (Chicago, 2017). The session will begin with an introduction by Professor Stefania Pandolfo, followed by a brief introduction of the new book by Prof. Mazzarella. A panel of graduate students from the Department of Anthropology (Valerie...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): From veering triangulations to pseudo-Anosov flows

Seminar | April 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State

 Department of Mathematics

Agol introduced veering triangulations of mapping tori, whose combinatorics are canonically associated to the pseudo-Anosov monodromy. Guéritaud and Agol generalised an alternative construction to any closed manifold equipped with a pseudo-Anosov flow without perfect fits. Using Mosher's dynamic pairs, we prove the converse, showing that veering triangulations are a perfect combinatorialisation...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: More on wave maps into spheres (postponed from last week)

Seminar | April 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mohandas Pillai, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Music Studies Colloquium Prof. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): “The Aesthetics and Politics of Musical Heritage"

Colloquium | April 20 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Salwa EL-Shawan Castelo-Branco. Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal and President of the International Council for Traditional Music. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, taught at New York University (1979-1982), and was visiting professor at Columbia University,...   More >

Public Value of Graduate Education: A Talk with Campus and State: In Conversation with Chancellor Christ and Senator Skinner

Panel Discussion | April 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room (5th Floor)

 Chancellor Carol Christ, Office of the Chancellor, UC Berkeley; Senator Nancy Skinner

 Kena Hazelwood-Carter, President, Graduate Assembly

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

In commemoration of UC Berkeley's 150th, the Graduate Assembly, in partnership with the Graduate Division and the Cal Alumni Association, is proud to present a talk on the state of public graduate education featuring Senator Nancy Skinner and Chancellor Carol Christ. The conversation will be moderated by Kena Hazelwood-Carter, President of the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly.

Chancellor Christ...   More >

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