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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

GUH Symposium: “Techniques of Memory: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power”

Conference/Symposium | April 17 – 18, 2019 every day |  David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

 College of Environmental Design

Before World War II, Robert Musil famously claimed that there was nothing in this world as invisible as a monument. Yet, recent events in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere signal Musil might have been mistaken: monuments and memorials can be...   More >

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | April 17 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

  Register online

Accomplishing More for Managers: BPM 208

Workshop | April 17 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Pierre Khawand

 Human Resources

This 6 hour in-person workshop is part of the BPM Grow Your Team series and is an elective option for the UC Systemwide People Management Certificate. The content is designed to help participants develop and practice the management skills that are crucial for leading people successfully in today’s information overload and diverse work environment. This workshop is ideal for managers, supervisors,...   More >

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | April 17 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Nutrient regulation of fungal virulence"

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Jim Kronstad, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Jim Kronstad is a professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and is a member of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and now studies several aspects of fungal biology including pathogenesis, morphogenesis, infection-specific gene expression and self versus nonself recognition (mating).

Over-generalization in humans learning a complex skill

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Gautam Agarwal, Champalimaud Institute of the Unknown, Lisboa

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Learning a complex skill requires traversing a potentially enormous search space. While reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms can approach human levels of performance in complex tasks, they require much more training to do so. This may be because humans constrain search problems with prior knowledge, allowing them to more rapidly discover solutions. Importantly, the statistics that underlie this...   More >


Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Luke Bloch

 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 >

Ultrasound Molecular Imaging

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, Oregon Health & Science University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Non-invasive in vivo molecular imaging technologies are uniquely poised to be able to spatially and temporally evaluate vascular adaptations to disease and the impact of new therapies. For ultrasound molecular imaging, nanoscale or microbubble ultrasound contrast agents have been developed that are targeted to disease by virtue of either surface conjugation of ligands or changes in their shell...   More >

Diversity in Post-Separation Living Arrangements and Educational Outcomes in Adolescence: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Anne Solaz, Researcher, Institute for Demographic Research

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Spring Seasonal Vegetables (BEUHS641)

Workshop | April 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

It’s easy to eat enough veggies when they are delicious and quick to prepare! Eating vegetables that are in season means they will likely taste better, be more nutritious, and cost less. This class is offered yearly due to popular demand. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

Feeling similar to others and superior at the same time

Colloquium | April 17 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Joachim Krueger, Professor, Brown University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

As members of a social species, individual humans depend on the goodwill, cooperation, and love of others. At the same time, individuals who command respect and resources fare better than those who don’t. These two structural realities give rise to two conflicted psychological needs and behavioral repertoires. The first need is to be similar to others and to be included in cooperating groups. The...   More >

Islamic Texts Circle: Moses and Jesus in the Qur'an

Workshop | April 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

  RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu by April 16.

Order and the Underground: Shaded Governance in the Goldfields of Madagascar

Colloquium | April 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Brian Klein, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Over the past several decades—and, especially, following a price spike after the 2009 financial crisis—artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) has dramatically expanded across the Global South, with more than 20 million people now producing 20-30 percent of global output. Despite the sector’s economic significance, popular and conservationist accounts have settled on a narrative casting ASGM...   More >

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: An oscillatory integral inequality (concluded) and Decoupling (initiated)

Seminar | April 17 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Michael Christ, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the first part of the talk, I will outline the proof of the multilinear oscillatory integral inequality that was introduced last week. In the second part we will begin a series of lectures on a new topic, decoupling inequalities, following Bourgain-Demeter and Bourgain-Demeter-Guth.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Surface dynamics via three-dimensional contact geometry

Seminar | April 17 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Morgan Weiler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

As context for the main talk, we will describe results of Franks and Franks-Handel in surface dynamics and state the ergodic theorem. Two- and three-dimensional dynamics are related via the notions of a global surface of section and open book decomposition, which we will introduce. To close we will discuss the ECH spectral numbers, a three-dimensional construction which can be used to study...   More >

Deformation Theory Seminar: Framed Formal Curves

Seminar | April 17 | 2:30-3:50 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Baker Room

 Dmitry Vaintrob, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about a new moduli-theoretic interpretation of the spaces of framed little disks, as well as their higher-genus generalization of complex curves with parametrized boundary, as geometric objects over the rational field Q. Applications of this formalism give geometric "explainations" for several results previously proven using transcendental or analytic methods, namely formality of...   More >

Conformal embedding and percolation on the uniform triangulation

Seminar | April 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Xin Sun, Columbia University

 Department of Statistics

Following Smirnov’s proof of Cardy’s formula and Schramm’s discovery of SLE, a thorough understanding of the scaling limit of critical percolation on the regular triangular lattice has been achieved. Smirnorv’s proof in fact gives a discrete approximation of the conformal embedding which we call the Cardy embedding. In this talk I will present a joint project with Nina Holden where we show that...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Absolute Hodge cycles on general abelian varieties

Seminar | April 17 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Alex Youcis, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

CBE Colloquium: Colloquium

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Leslie Chan, Ph.D. student in the Maboudian Group; Julie Rorrer, Ph. D. student in the Bell Group and Toste Group

 College of Chemistry

Low-Defect, High-Uniformity Transfer-Free Graphene on SiO2 by Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition/Mechanism and Kinetics of Ethanol and Acetone Conversion to Isobutene over Zinc-Zirconia Mixed Oxides

From correlation to causation — measuring ad effectiveness at scale

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tamara Greasby, The Trade Desk

 Department of Statistics

Everyone has had that one ad for that one pair of shoes seem to follow them everywhere they go on the internet. Why does that happen? Especially if you already bought the shoes? To make sense of this, it's worth understanding how marketers have historically measured ad effectiveness -- and why the problem is harder than it seems. Beyond improvements in measuring ad effectiveness, this talk with...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Building Dynamic Robots

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in location

 Marc Raibert, Founder and CEO, Boston Dynamics

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dynamics opens a world of opportunity for robotics. Robots that move dynamically can go where other robots can't go, handle larger payloads with smaller footprint and smaller robot mass, and move faster to get work done more quickly. This talk will give a status report on Boston Dynamics' work in this area, both its long-term effort to develop robots of the future and shorter-term efforts to...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Mean action of periodic orbits of area-preserving annulus diffeomorphisms

Seminar | April 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Morgan Weiler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

An area-preserving diffeomorphism of an annulus has an "action function" which measures how the diffeomorphism distorts curves. The average value of the action function over the annulus is known as the Calabi invariant of the diffeomorphism, while the average value of the action function over a periodic orbit of the diffeomorphism is the mean action of the orbit. If an area-preserving annulus...   More >

David Russell on his book Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Colloquium | April 17 | 5 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 David Russell, Fellow and Tutor, Associate Professor (CUF) in English, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

 Department of English

Please join us for a colloquium with David Russell, Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford, on his book Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Princeton University Press, 2018)