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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Innovation in Agrifood Supply Chains: Finance, Profitability, and Sustainability

Workshop | April 10 – 11, 2019 every day | 8 a.m.-8 p.m. |  Energy Biosciences Building

 International and Executive Programs (IEP), Solidaridad North America

Recognizing the importance of innovation in agrifood supply chains, UC Berkeley, in collaboration with Solidaridad North America, has designed a comprehensive two-day training workshop which will examine the social, economic, and environmental aspects of agrifood supply chains and their potential for innovation.

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Local Color: Observing Place Through Color: A Two-Day Watercolor Workshop with Mimi Robinson

Workshop | April 10 – 11, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Have you ever noticed that each place has its own distinct set of colors? This two-day watercolor workshop explores the colors that make up The UC Botanical Garden. Through classroom and garden we will develop color palettes that reflect this remarkable place. Learn and refine your color mixing skills, and how “limited palettes” can create a wide range of subtle color.

$175, $160 members

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Environment and Sustainability EXPO

Career Fair | April 10 | 12-3 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, West Pauley Ballroom

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center, Association of Environmental Professionals- Berkeley Student Chapter

Come meet employers and alumni from various roles and niches of the Environmental Sector. Some employers and alumni will be actively recruiting for positions, while others will be there to help students learn about the organizations and what they do within the field. This event is appropriate for students who are job/internship seeking (bring your resumes!) and also those who may just be starting...   More >

Latency and Structural Organization in Brain Computational Models

Seminar | April 10 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Pamela Douglas, UCLA

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

To bridge theory and experiment, we must test brain computational models that operate with neurobiologically plausible subcomponents, explain brain activity measurements, perform complex cognitive tasks, and generalize to new ones. In computational neuroscience, the observation that archetypal neuronal circuits exist in repeated motifs throughout the brain, gave rise to an important class of...   More >

Improving Photosynthetic Efficiency for Improved Crop Yield

Seminar | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Donald Ort, University of Illinois

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Feeding the world’s current population already requires 15% of the total net primary productivity of the globe’s land area and that will need to increase to 25% in order to meet the projected increase in agricultural demand this century. This near doubling of food production will have to be accomplished on globally declining acreage and during a time in which there will be ever increasing demand...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Gabrielle Nevitt: Avian Olfaction: The Road Less Travelled

Seminar | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Gabrielle Nevitt

 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 >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "On the mechanism of light-induced psbA translation in chloroplasts"

Seminar | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Alice Barkan, University of Oregon

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Alice Barkan is a professor at the University of Oregon under the Institute of Molecular Biology. She is interested in post-transcriptional control of gene expression in the chloroplast and RNA/protein interactions. Research in the Barkan lab is directed at understanding how the genetic machineries in the chloroplast and nucleus communicate to produce a chloroplast that is responsive to...   More >

Beyond Accuracy: Interpersonal, Emotional, and Physiological Reactions to Deception

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Leanne ten Brinke, Assistant Professor, University of Denver

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

For 60 years, the study of human lie detection has explicitly asked people, “Is that person lying or telling the truth?” in an attempt to quantify whether and to what extent people can accurately determine credibility. The result of these efforts is the dismal conclusion that people are poor lie detectors. In a meta-analysis, Bond and DePaulo (2006) reported an average accuracy of 54%. Our...   More >

Hoarding: How to Help a Loved One (BEUHS183)

Workshop | April 10 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Kathleen Crombie, M.A. M.Ed, In Order to…Organize; Diana Gleghorn, MFT, In Order to…Organize

 Elder Care Program

Therapists and Professional Organizers from “In Order To...Organize” based in Oakland, CA and Chicago, IL will share techniques, resources and ways to care for yourself when faced with trying to help a loved one struggling with hoarding issues. Learn how to focus on the person and less on the “stuff” while supporting the loved one to accept help in the face of a complex challenge; understand...   More >

Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Kim Yi Dionne, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of California, Riverside

 Center for African Studies

Kim Yi Dionne is an assistant professor of political science at UC Riverside. She is also an editor of The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post and on the executive committee of #WomenAlsoKnowStuff, an initiative to promote the scholarship of women political scientists. Her research focuses on African politics, particularly interventions to improve the...   More >

Palestine Trek Report Back

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 240 The Law Building

 Palestine Trek

ome learn abut the first-hand experiences of your colleagues that traveled to Israel/Palestine over Spring Break!

The mission of Pal Trek is to enrich the perspectives of the next generation of legal, business, political, and civil society leaders and advocates in the U.S.

Lunch will be served while supplies last.

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: On multilinear oscillatory integral operator inequalities

Seminar | April 10 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Michael Christ, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

The title refers to inequalities of the form $\int _{[0,1]^d} \prod _{j=1}^d f_j(x_j) \,e^{i\lambda \psi (x)}\,dx = O(|\lambda |^{-\gamma } \prod _j \|f_j\|_{L^{p_j}})$ for large $\lambda \in {\mathbb R}$. Here $\psi :{\mathbb R}^d\to {\mathbb R}$ is a smooth phase function, and the exponent γ depends on ψ and on the exponents $p_j$. These inequalities are well understood in the...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Virtual homological eigenvalues of surface automorphisms (Part I)

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yi Liu, BICMR, Peking University

 Department of Mathematics

Given a pseudo-Anosov mapping class of a closed orientable surface, there exists a finite cover of the surface to which the mapping class lifts, such that the induced action on the first homology has at least one eigenvalue lying outside of the unit circle. In this talk, I will review some background related to the above result, and its relations with twisted Reidemeister torsion and Fried's cone...   More >

Deformation Theory Seminar: Curved deformations and generators in DG categories

Seminar | April 10 | 2:30-3:50 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Baker Room

 German Stefanich, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will review the theory of curved deformations, based largely on a recent paper by Blanc-Katzarkov-Pandit and earlier work of Preygel. (Mind that the Hill shuttle is not running this Wednesday!)

Bigeodesics in first and last passage percolation

Seminar | April 10 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Christopher Hoffman, University of Washington

 Department of Statistics

First and last passage percolation are statistical physics models of
random growth. These models are widely believed to belong to the
Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class. I will define these two models
and talk about what it means to be in this universality class. A
longstanding question about these models is whether they have
bi-infinite geodesics. This question is of interest to...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Distribution of Farey fractions

Seminar | April 10 | 3:40-4:40 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jeffrey C. Lagarias, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

The Farey fractions of level $n$ are the set of rationals in $[0,1]$ in lowest terms having denominator at most $n$. It is known that a measure of equally weighted point masses (of total mass 1) on the points of the Farey sequence $F_n$ converges to the uniform distribution on $[0,1]$ as $n$ goes to infinity. The Riemann hypothesis is equivalent to suitably fast rates of convergence (to zero) of...   More >

GSAC Seminar: Plan B: Taking the Carbon out of Fossil Fuels with Catalytic Reactive Separation

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Eric McFarland, Professor, UC Santa Barbara

 Department of Chemical Engineering

There is no evidence that significant reductions in the carbon dioxide emissions associated with power generation will be cost effectively achieved using current commercial alternatives to abundant and inexpensive fossil fuels. The lowest cost process for producing hydrogen and/or dispatchable electricity without CO2 emissions in the U.S. utilizes pyrolysis of abundant, low-cost, natural gas. The...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: New action-angle variables on coadjoint orbits

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yanpeng Lie, University of Geneva

 Department of Mathematics

The problem of constructing global action-angle variables on coadjoint orbits of compact Lie groups is one of the interesting questions in the theory of integrable systems. A fundamental contribution was made by Guillemin-Sternberg who constructed the Gelfand-Zeitlin integrable systems on coadjoint orbits of the groups \(SU(n)\) and \(SO(n)\). Recently, toric degeneration techniques allowed for...   More >

Renewable Estimation and Incremental Inference in Generalized Linear Models with Streaming Data

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Peter Song, University of Michigan

 Department of Statistics

I will present a new statistical paradigm for the analysis of streaming data based on renewable estimation and incremental inference in the context of generalized linear models. Our proposed renewable estimation enables us to sequentially update the maximum likelihood estimation and inference with current data and summary statistics of historic data, but with no use of any historic raw data...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Just In Time Electronics

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306, HP Auditorium

 Jonathan Bachrach, Creative Director, JITX ; Adjunct Assistant Professor, EECS, U.C. Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Low-cost fully automated manufacturing is bringing about a new industrial revolution. Bespoke objects can be built with costs approaching volume production. But while we can manufacture bespoke objects at scale, we still cannot design them at scale. Design is now the bottleneck. Automating design will make design more accessible and produce better than human results and combined with unit...   More >

Seminar 237/281: 291 Departmental Seminar (Joint with Macro/International Trade 237/281) - "Public Debt and Low Interest Rates"

Seminar | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Olivier Blanchard, Professor Emeritus of Economics, MIT

 Department of Economics


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

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Virtual homological eigenvalues of surface automorphisms (Part II)

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Yi Liu, BICMR, Peking University

 Department of Mathematics

Given a mapping class of a closed orientable surface, we look at any lift of the mapping class to any finite cover of the surface. An eigenvalue of the induced homological action of the lift will be called a virtual homological eigenvalue. How much about the mapping class can we learn through virtual homological eigenvalues? In this talk, I will discuss some results related to this question. In...   More >

System Change, Not Climate Change: A Panel on Fossil Fuel Divestment and the Future of Energy

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, ASUC Senate Chambers

 David Romps, Professor, Earth and Planetary Science; Elizabeth Deakin, Professor, City and Regional Planning; Ishana Ratan, Environmental Activist, Sunrise; Anna Whitney, ASUC Senator

 Fossil Free Cal

Join Fossil Free Cal for an interdisciplinary discussion about how we can address the climate crisis in a way that is effective and recognizes the systemic causes and inequities in our current fossil-fueled energy system. Learn from and ask questions of experts in climate science, policy, activism, and environmental justice about the implications of climate change, concrete steps we can take to...   More >