# Academic

## Tuesday, April 2, 2019

### Employee Engagement: BPM201

Workshop | April 2 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

James Dudek; Terrie Moore

This 3.5 hour in-person workshop is part of the BPM Grow Your Team series. In this interactive workshop, each participant’s experience is drawn upon for the learning. Ideally, to contribute to and enhance understanding, participants will come with current and/or previous people management experience.

The content covers an overview of employee engagement, new employee onboarding, the use of... More >

### Seminar 217, Risk Management: Robust Experimentation in the Continuous Time Bandit Problem

Seminar | April 2 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Speakers: Farzad Pourbabaee, UC Berkeley

Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

We consider the experimentation dynamics of a decision maker (DM) in a two-armed bandit setup, where the agent holds ambiguous beliefs regarding the distribution of the return process of one arm and is certain about the other one. The DM entertains Multiplier preferences a la Hansen and Sargent [2001], thus we frame the decision making environment as a two-player differential game against nature... More >

### Exploring ligand binding space to discover new lipid biology

Seminar | April 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

Ku-Lung Hsu, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Lipids represent a rich model system for understanding how nature maintains cellular architecture (membrane building blocks), bioenergetics (energy stores), and communication (secondary messengers) through fine adjustments in enzyme metabolism. Embedded within lipid structures is chemical information that define their metabolic fate and function. Elucidating structure-function relationships of... More >

### UCB Startup Fair

Conference/Symposium | April 2 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/ucberkeleystartupfairsp19

The UCB Startup Fair is back again!

Run by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA, students are introduced to small tech companies that typically rely on personal connections for hiring. It's a great way for students to find full-time and internship positions! Attendance is free for all UCB students, so please bring your student ID.

You must... More >

### Restaurants and Reconciliation: The Representation of Indigenous Foodways in Canada

Colloquium | April 2 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

L. Sasha Gora

Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Why are there so few Indigenous restaurants in Canada? Toronto has over 8,000 restaurants, but until October 2016 only one offered Indigenous cuisine. Since then, three more have opened, and others across the country. By narrowing in on restaurants, L. Sasha Gora’s talk will survey the relationship between food and land in Canada and emphasize the historic role of food as both a weapon of... More >

### Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Understanding Employment Effects of Sectoral Shocks"

Presentation | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

Andres Rodriguez-Clare, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

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.

** MUST RSVP**

RSVP
by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu *by
March 15*.

### Webnet: Google Analytics and other Google goodies

Workshop | April 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

Jesse Loesberg, Web Designer, Library Communications Office

Director of Staff Learning and Development

### Career Lab: Cover Letters

Workshop | April 2 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Interactive career labs will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview and discussion, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials in peer-to-peer pairs, with career advisor assistance. Career Lab group size is capped at 20 participants, so please sign up early to ensure a spot! You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop.... More >

### Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Lumpy Durable Consumption Demand and the State-Dependent Effects of Monetary and Fiscal Policy"

Seminar | April 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Alisdair McKay, Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

TBA

RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

### Seminar 271, Development, Joint with Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Sleepless in Chennai: The Consequences of Improving Sleep among the Urban Poor"

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

Frank Schilbach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

*Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

### H-1B Workshop

Workshop | April 2 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

Berkeley International Office(BIO))

The main focus of this workshop are general H-1B eligibility requirements, eligible professional occupations, application process, and timing concerns.

Topics covered:

H-1B eligibility criteria

Types of jobs appropriate for H-1B

Minimum salary requirements

Employer's role

Application timing challenges

Options for F/J students/scholars

### Brexit and Beyond - Agriculture and Ecosystem Services in the UK

Seminar | April 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall

Kate Hind, Exeter University

Join us for a Kate Hind's seminar providing insight into agriculture in the UK, the repercussions of Brexit, and the farmers' relationship with ecosystem services. After the presentation, there will be time for questions - so come curious!

Kate Hind from Exeter University is an impact fellow who has a wide experience of working with farmers and land managers on sustainable land use and... More >

### Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Sleepless in Chennai: The Consequences of Improving Sleep among the Urban Poor

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

Frank Schilbach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

### Corrupted We Fall? Corruption in University Admissions in Eastern Europe

Panel Discussion | April 2 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Bechtel Conference Room 630

Center for Studies in Higher Education

Universities worldwide are charged with a mission of promoting meritocracy and honesty. Multiple cases of corruption in admissions and examinations undermine this important mission. In countries with weak social institutions and a high level of corruption in society, policymakers especially struggle to combat corruption in higher education. The discussion will provide insights into the dynamics... More >

### Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Real polynomials and the Fourier extension operator

Seminar | April 2 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

Ruixiang Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Fourier extension operator is a very interesting and difficult object to study in harmonic analysis. Stein conjectured that it is a bounded linear operator between some $L^p$ spaces. Recently people have found that auxiliary real polynomials can help one study Stein's above Restriction Conjecture. We will talk about a few interesting facts about zero sets of real polynomials, and why they can... More >

### 3-Manifold Seminar: Hyperbolic 4-manifolds with trivial Seiberg-Witten invariants

Seminar | April 2 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

We'll describe subgroup separability for arithmetic hyperbolic manifolds of simplest type and apply it to describe embedding results due to Kolpakov-Reid-Slavich. With this we can address a conjecture of Claude LeBrun that the Seiberg-Witten invariants of hyperbolic 4-manifolds vanish, by showing the existence of examples for which it is true. Joint with Francesco Lin.

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Quadratic Gorenstein rings and the Koszul property

Seminar | April 2 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Michael Stillman, Cornell University

An artinian local ring $(R,m)$ is called Gorenstein if it has a unique minimal ideal. If $R$ is graded, then it is called Koszul if $R/m$ has a linear $R$-free resolution. Any Koszul algebra is defined by quadratic relations, but the converse is false, and no one knows a finitely computable criterion. Both types of rings occur in many situations in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, and... More >

### Cultural Capital, Systemic Exclusion and Bias in the Lives of Black Middle-Class Women: A Conversation

Colloquium | April 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

Dawn Marie Dow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park; Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

Amani Allen, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Community Health Sciences, UC Berkeley

Center for Research on Social Change, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, American Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Sociology, Center for Race and Gender, Social Welfare, School of

At this interactive event, Dawn Dow and Tina Sacks will discuss their new books on African American women: "Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood" by Dow and "Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System" by Sacks.

### Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Matrix Orthogonal Polynomials and Representation Theory

Seminar | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

William Casper, Louisiana State University

We present a solution of the matrix Bochner problem, a long-standing open problem in the theory of orthogonal polynomials, with applications to diverse areas of research including representation theory, random matrices, spectral theory, and integrable systems. Our solution is based on ideas applied by Krichever, Mumford, Wilson and others, wherein the algebraic structure of an algebra of... More >

### Tajima coalescent

Seminar | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 141 McCone Hall

Julia Palacios, Stanford University

In this talk I will present the Tajima coalescent, a model on the ancestral relationships of molecular samples. This model is then used as a prior model on unlabeled genealogies to infer evolutionary parameters with a Bayesian nonparametric method. I will then show that conditionally on observed data and a particular mutation model, the cardinality of the hidden state space of Tajima’s... More >

### Inside the Black Box of Organizational Life: The Gendered Language of Performance Assessment

Presentation | April 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

Shelley Correll, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Trond Peterson, Professor of Sociology, and Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley

Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Psychology

Do formal evaluation procedures really reduce bias? As an organizational practice, are they a smokescreen concealing bias or a great leveler that bolsters meritocracy?

While organizations formalize evaluation procedures to help achieve meritocratic outcomes, they often fail to eliminate bias in practice. Managers play a key role in applying such procedures, but researchers have been unable to... More >

RSVP by calling Christina McKay at 510-643-8140, or by emailing Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu

### Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: "Bidding frictions in ascending auctions"

Seminar | April 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

Bob Miller, Carnegie Mellon University

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Equivariant completions of toric varieties and their degenerations

Seminar | April 2 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Canceled

Netanel Friedenberg, Yale University

I will tell the story of equivariant completion of toric varieties and their degenerations from the perspectives of algebraic geometry and combinatorics. We will start on the algebraic geometry side with results of Nagata and Sumihiro on completions of varieties. We will then move on to later combinatorial proofs that normal toric varieties admit completions. Finally, we will discuss recent... More >

### Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Equivariant completions for degenerations of toric varieties

Seminar | April 2 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Netanel Friedenberg, Yale University

After reviewing classical results about existence of completions of varieties, I will talk about a class of degenerations of toric varieties which have a combinatorial classification - normal toric varieties over rank one valuation rings. I will then discuss recent results about the existence of equivariant completions of such degenerations. In particular, I will show a new result about the... More >

### California State Taxes Workshop

Workshop | April 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

Berkeley International Office(BIO))

A representative from the California Tax Franchise Board will present on how to determine your California state tax residency and complete your nonresident alien tax forms. Collect your tax report forms (W-2 and/or 1042-S forms and/or 1099) and follow along as they take you through a step-by-step example for filing your state tax return.

*Complete your federal tax return via GTP before... More >