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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

V.D Savarkar - The Politics, Poetics and History of Hindu Nationalism: ISAS Faculty Workshop led by Prof. Janaki Bakhle

Workshop | November 27 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Thomas Blom Hansen, Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor in Anthropology, Stanford University; Vidyut Aklujkar, Research Associate, Centre for India and South Asia Research, University of British Columbia; Christian Novetzke, Professor in the South Asia Program, the Comparative Religion Program, and the International Studies Program at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies; Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Sudipta Sen, Professor of History at the University of California, Davis; Christine Philliou, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

Presenter Bios
Thomas Blom Hansen is the Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor in Anthropology. He is the author of The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (Princeton 1999); Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Bankruptcy Claim Dischargeability and Public Externalities: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Seminar | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Michael Ohlrogge, Stanford

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

In 2009, the Seventh Circuit ruled in U.S. v. Apex Oil that certain types of injunctions requiring firms to clean up previously released toxic chemicals were not dischargeable in bankruptcy. This was widely perceived to represent a split with Sixth Circuit precedent, although Supreme Court cert was denied. Numerous legal commentators wrote of the significance of this decision in strengthening...   More >

Chemistry for Exploring the Brain: Fluorescent Probes, Engineered Enzymes, and Bioorthogonal Reactions

Seminar | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Scott Laughlin, Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University

 College of Chemistry

The brains of even simple organisms can do amazing things, but the brain’s complexity makes understanding exactly how it works incredibly challenging. My lab focuses on using chemistry to understand the architecture of the brain's functional units called neural circuits. I discuss projects for developing chemical tools that enable visualization of astrocytes and neuron-interacting astrocytes in...   More >

Maternal gut bacteria, inflammation and neurodevelopmental disorder

Seminar | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Jun R. Huh, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Do Managerial Forecasting Errors Matter?"

Presentation | November 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 David Sraer, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by November 21.

What Matters When Exploring Fidelity in Interventions Using Health IT to Reduce Health Disparities in Language-Diverse Populations?

Colloquium | November 27 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Margaret Handley

 Public Health, School of

This talk will outline two Health IT interventions aimed at reducing diabetes risk among vulnerable linguistically diverse populations, and evaluate the fidelity to predetermined ‘core’ intervention components as well as important ‘modifiable’ components, of each intervention. Implications for using implementation frameworks for guiding work in this area will be discussed.

Microsoft Excel Formulas and Functions: Betec007

Workshop | November 27 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Keith Samsell

 Human Resources

This course details the process by which calculations are created in Microsoft Excel workbooks. Emphasis is placed on the underlying theory and syntax of formulas and functions, as well as their complimentary abilities and use cases.

Learning Objectives

* Understand the fundamental differences of values vs. formats.
* Use AutoCalculate to display summary information from multiple cells.
*...   More >

Symplectic Working Group: Noncontractible loops of symplectic embeddings between convex toric domains

Seminar | November 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Mihai Munteanu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Delegating Decision-Making to the Machine: Experimental Evidence from Health Insurance

Seminar | November 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Maria Polyakova, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Joint with IO Seminar.

Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage Preservation: A Comparative Perspective

Workshop | November 26 – 28, 2018 every day | 2-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Near Eastern Studies, LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities

The workshop follows a meeting held at the University of Munich in July 2018, within the frame of a project between LMU and UCB on Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage preservation. It aims at discussing new digital approaches for Heritage preservation in ancient Egypt, on a comparative perspective.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Delegating Decision-Making to the Machine: Experimental Evidence from Health Insurance"

Seminar | November 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Maria Polyakova, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Note change in time.
Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar.

3-Manifold Seminar: What is an alternating knot?

Seminar | November 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

An alternating link is a link with a diagram having alternating over- and under-crossings as one traverses each component. Such links have interesting properties, for example the Tait conjectures and the existence of hyperbolic volume of non-torus alternating link complements. A question attributed to Ralph Fox is whether alternating knots have an intrinsic non-diagrammatic characterization. In...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free probability and polynomial convolutions: the tropical case.

Seminar | November 27 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will be divided in two parts. First we will explore two polynomial convolutions that stem from the work of Marcus, Spielman and Srivastava on interlacing families of polynomials. As noted by Marcus, in the limit these convolutions converge to the respective free convolution. We will briefly discuss this phenomenon and provide a sketch of the machinery constructed by Marcus to deal with...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Ehrhart positivity and McMullen's formula

Seminar | November 27 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Fu Liu, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The Ehrhart polynomial counts the number of integral points inside dilations of an integral polytope, that is, a polytope whose vertices are integral points. We say a polytope is Ehrhart positive if its Ehrhart polynomial has positive coefficients. In the literature, different families of polytopes have been shown to be Ehrhart positive using different techniques. We will survey these results in...   More >

Using molecular dynamics simulations to understand organization in living systems

Seminar | November 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Aaron Dinner, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

The basic units of living systems are cells. A fundamental strategy that cells use to control processes is to organize molecular interactions in space and time. While this can appear to involve daunting numbers of molecules, certain cell-like dynamics can now be reconstituted in vitro from small numbers of purified molecular components. These self-organizing systems present opportunities for...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Canonical strip hypotheses for orbifolds

Seminar | November 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ben Wormleighton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert polynomial of a polarised variety is a well-studied invariant, but one that has many more secrets to give up. In 2009 Golyshev shared some insight into the structure of the roots of the Hilbert polynomial of a smooth Fano variety, inspired by work of Rodriguez-Villegas on generating functions, Yau on constraints for characteristic classes, and by several others on roots of Ehrhart...   More >