<< Monday, February 11, 2019 >>

Monday, February 11, 2019

VC Unlocked: Deal Camp

Course | February 11 – 14, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Startup@BerkeleyLaw, 500 Startups

Deal Camp is a four-day course focused on the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. Participants will work with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns.

This activity has been approved for 25.75 hours MCLE...   More >

Data Science Education Webinar

Seminar | February 11 | 9-10:50 a.m. |  Online Webinar

 Professor John DeNero

 Data Sciences

In 2018, UC Berkeley launched a data science undergraduate major structured around its first-year Foundations of Data Science course and upper-division Principles and Techniques of Data Science course. This webinar will include a description of some of our courses and course materials, as well as a detailed exploration of example lab materials.

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | February 11 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Kelly Byrne, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Perceptual Learning in Support of Language: Insights from Infants and Cochlear Implantees

Seminar | February 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102

 Heather Bortfeld, Ph.D., Professor, Psychological Sciences, University of California, Merced

 Department of Psychology

Cochlear implants improve the ability of profoundly deaf children to understand speech by allowing a way for sound to be transmitted to the brain despite the lack of a working conduction system in the inner ear. Much of what we know about the course of auditory learning following cochlear implantation in young children is based on behavioral indicators that they are able to perceive sound....   More >

Faculty Research Lunch - Laura Kray and Margaret Lee

Seminar | February 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Haas School of Business, N540/N544

 Laura Kray, Professor, Berkeley Haas; Margaret Lee, London Business School

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

The Center for Equity, Gender, & Leadership will host a new ​research seminar promoting the work of our EGAL Faculty Director, Laura Kray and EGAL Postdoctoral Fellow, Margaret Lee on Monday, February 11 from 12:00-1:00pm in N540/N544.​ Lunch will be provided.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faculty-research-seminar-laura-kray-margaret-lee-tickets-55737863450

Taming Japan’s Deflation

Colloquium | February 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N340/344

 Gene Park, Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University

 James A. Wilcox, Professor, Haas School of Business

 Steven Vogel, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, Japan Society of Northern California

Around the world, governments have delegated political independence to central banks that wield tremendous power based on the belief that independence would allow these institutions to keep inflation in check. From the mid-1990s, Japan’s economy charted a unique trajectory: it fell into deflation and never fully emerged from it for nearly the next twenty years...   More >

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Combinatorics Seminar: Two probabilistic proofs of Moon's Theorem and the Bradley-Terry model

Seminar | February 11 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Brett Kolesnik, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In an n-team tournament, each pair of teams plays a win-lose match. Landau's Theorem (1953) states that a sequence (x1,x2,...,xn), written in non-decreasing order, is the score sequence of some n-team tournament if and only if it is majorized by (0,1,...,n-1), meaning that all partial sums x1+...+xk are at least k(k-1)/2, with equality for k=n. Moon's Theorem (1963) extends this to random...   More >

Political Economy Seminar:"A Theory of Elite Initiated Democratization, Illustrated With the Case of Myanmar"

Seminar | February 11 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Patrick Francois, University of British Columbia

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Adventures in Infinite Dimensional Optimization: Real-Time, Safe Control of Robotic Systems: Berkeley/Hyundai Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series

Seminar | February 11 | 1-2 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Assistant Professor Ram Vasudevan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Autonomous systems offer the promise of providing greater safety and access for people throughout the world.

However, this positive impact will only be achieved if the underlying algorithms that control such systems can be certified to behave robustly. This talk will describe a pair of techniques grounded in infinite dimensional optimization to address this challenge. The first technique,...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 11 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Freeness and asymptotic freeness in the context of tensors

Seminar | February 11 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Benoit Collins, Kyoto University

 Department of Mathematics

It is known that the property of being free (or asymptotically free) for Haar unitaries remains to some extent, when the unitaries are tensored with other unitaries. In the recent years, we investigated the question of, to which extent this property holds. For example, does it hold when tensored by non-unitary operators ? When does asymptotic freeness hold strongly (in norm) ? In traffics ? etc....   More >

String-Math Seminar: Categorical invariants of annular links

Seminar | February 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

A classical result of Turaev identifies the skein algebra of the annulus with the algebra of symmetric functions in infinitely many variables. Queffelec and Roze categorified this using annular webs and foams. I will recall their construction and compute explicit symmetric functions and their categorical analogues for some links. As an application, I will describe spectral sequences computing...   More >

Daniel Lacker - Beyond Mean Field Limits: Local Dynamics For Large Sparse Networks Of Interacting Diffusions

Seminar | February 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Daniel Lacker, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We study large systems of stochastic processes (particles) in which each particle is associated with a vertex in a graph and interacts only with its neighbors. When the graph is complete and the numbers of particles grows to infinity, the system is well-described by a McKean-Vlasov equation, which describes the behavior of one typical particle. For general (sparse) graphs, the system is...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Dual Complex of a Singular Pair

Seminar | February 11 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Chenyang Xu, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

The topology of an algebraic variety is a central subject in algebraic geometry. Instead of a variety, we consider the topology of a pair (X,D) which is a variety X with a divisor D, but in the coarsest level. More precisely, we study the dual complex defined as the combinatorial datum characterizing how the components of D intersect with each other. We will discuss how to use the minimal model...   More >

The Fall and Rise of Vowel Length in Bantu

Colloquium | February 11 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Larry M. Hyman, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

Although Proto-Bantu had a vowel length contrast on roots which survives in many daughter languages today, many other Bantu languages have modified the inherited system. In this talk I distinguish between four types of Bantu languages: (1) Those which maintain the free occurrence of the vowel length contrast inherited from the proto language; (2) Those which maintain the contrast, but have added...   More >

Chiwei Yan - Transportation Optimization: Data-enabled Advances in a Sharing Economy

Seminar | February 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Chiwei Yan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: The transportation and logistics industries are undergoing a round of revolutionary innovation. This innovation is fueled by two key drivers: (1) the growing availability of data, and (2) new operational paradigms in a sharing economy. This talk focuses on showcasing how new models, enabled by the prevalence of data, can lead to significant value in operational decision-making.

We...   More >

Testing the role of the basal ganglia in choice

Colloquium | February 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Linda Wilbrecht, Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Metaphorical mappings of time and number: How cultural experience shapes cognitive universals

Colloquium | February 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Benjamin Pitt, University of California, Department of Psychology

 Graduate School of Education

How do people reason about things they cannot hear, see, or touch? In metaphorical mental representations, people understand abstract conceptual domains, like time and number, using knowledge of other domains, like space. The tendency to spatialize time and number may be a cognitive universal, but the specifics of these metaphorical mappings vary across cultures. In Western cultures, both time...   More >

Attacks on Gender Studies and Populism in Europe

Panel Discussion | February 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Laura Fantone, Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley; John Connelly, Institute for East European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies, UC Berkeley; Pawel Koscielny, History Department, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Join Laura Fantone, John Connelly and Pawel Koscielny
exploring the roots of recent anti-gender populist discourses and measures in Europe, with a comparative focus on Italy and Poland.
Starting from summer 2018, when the Hungarian universities' gender studies programs were defunded and terminated, the panel will discuss how and why gender equality and identity became key threats.

Italian...   More >

Trends in Numerical Methods in the Era of GPU Accelerated Computing and AI

Seminar | February 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Harun Bayraktar, Ph.D., NVIDIA

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Over the last decade, GPU accelerated computing has dramatically changed the HPC world, making exascale computing a reality. But these changes are not likely to slow down anytime soon. Thanks to newer GPU architectures and advances in AI related technologies, new computational methods are emerging that leverage hardware and software technologies from both AI and traditional HPC. In this talk, we...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: "Scaling Up Agricultural Policy Interventions: Theory and Evidence from Uganda"

Seminar | February 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ben Faber, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Some methods to use the nonlinearities in order to control a system

Seminar | February 11 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jean-Michel Coron, UPMC

 Department of Mathematics

A control system is a dynamical system on which one can act thanks to what is called the control. For example, in a car, one can turn the steering wheel, press the accelerator pedal etc. These are the control(s). One of the main problems in control theory is the controllability problem. One starts from a given situation and there is a given target. The controllability problem is to see if, by...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: An Evolutionary Perspective on Updating Risk and Ambiguity Preferences

Seminar | February 11 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Todd Sarver, Duke University

 Department of Economics

Language, Aesthetics, Consciousness: A Symposium on Jonathan Kramnick's Paper Minds: Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness

Conference/Symposium | February 11 | 4:30-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Charles Altieri, Professor, Berkeley English; Amanda Jo Goldstein, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Kevis Goodman, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English, Yale English; Alva Noë, Professor, Berkeley Philosophy

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for European Studies' Program in British Studies, Florence Green Bixby Chair in English, James D. Hart Chair in English, 18th Century/Romanticism Colloquium, Representations

Drop-in help with SURF and Haas Scholars research proposals

Workshop | February 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Come into drop-in hours with OURS Peer Advisors for assistance on your SURF and Haas Scholars applications. No appointments are necessary.


2/11, Monday, Free Speech Movement Cafe 6:30-8pm

2/13, Wednesday, Moffitt Main Stacks Room B4 6:30-8pm

2/14, Thursday, Moffitt Main Stacks Room B4 6:30-8pm

News of the Future and the Future of News with Kevin Delaney

Presentation | February 11 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Everyone knows we’re living in a golden age of film and television. But we’re now in a similar golden age for video journalism—and it is worth your attention. In this talk Kevin Delaney, editor in chief of Quartz, will explore new and budding approaches to storytelling and journalism.