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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CANCELED: From planarians to parasites: stem cells and developmental plasticity in flatworms

Seminar | May 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Canceled

 Phil Newmark, Morgridge Institute for Research

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Foreign student emigration to the United States: pathways of entry, demographic antecedents, and origin-country contexts: A Brown Bag Talk

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

 Kevin Thomas, Professor, Sociology, Demography, African Studies, Penn State University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

In this study, we use information from a uniquely developed database to examine recent trends in international student migration to the United States. Our results highlight the differential contributions to these trends made by various entry pathways.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Predicting Antibiotic Resistance"

Seminar | May 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Roy Kishony, Israel Institute of Technology

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Roy Kishony is the Marilyn and Henry Taub Professor of Life Sciences, the director of the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering, and a Faculty of Biology. Combining novel quantitative experimental techniques and clinical studies with mathematical modeling and advanced data analysis, Kishony's lab is studying microbial evolution with a specific focus on...   More >


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

 Noelle Bittner

 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 >

Moving Towards Open Scholarship: UC, Elsevier and All the Rest

Presentation | May 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor

 Jeff MacKie-Mason

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The movement to make new scholarship freely available to all readers began at least by 1994 with Stevan Harnad's "Subversive proposal". In 2013 the UC Academic Senate adopted one of the first mandatory OA policies in the US, requiring that a copy of all newly authored research be deposited in an open archive regardless of where it is published. In Winter 2018 the University Libraries published an...   More >

Nanomaterials Enable Delivery of Functional Genetic Material Without Transgenic DNA Integration in Mature Plants

Seminar | May 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Markita Landry, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Genetic engineering of plants is at the core of sustainability efforts, natural product synthesis, and agricultural crop engineering. The plant cell wall is a barrier that limits the ease and throughput with which exogenous biomolecules can be delivered to plants. Current delivery methods either suffer from host range limitations, low transformation efficiencies, tissue regenerability, tissue...   More >

Long Distance Caregiving (BEUHS121)

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

 Maureen Kelly, ED.D., LCSW, Elder Care Program, Be Well @ Work

 Elder Care Program

Being a long distance caregiver to an elder brings its own set of challenges. Assessing needs and navigating resources from afar can be stressful and complicated. This interactive workshop examines when and how to help, how to locate resources in your elder’s area, and how to seek support for yourself.

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: The multilinear Kakeya inequality

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

 Kubrat Danailov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A short proof of the multilinear Kakeya inequality of Bennett-Carbery-Tao will be presented. This proof (due to Guth, 2015) is based on induction on scales and the Loomis-Whitney inequality, without the nonlinear heat flow of the original proof. In a future lecture, this result will serve as an ingredient in the proof of the multilinear restriction and decoupling inequalities.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Background for main topology talk

Seminar | May 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, NTNU

 Department of Mathematics

I will start by motivating cobordism categories by recalling the notion of topological field theories. Then I will explain why “higher” categories appear naturally in this context (and what they are).

Rapidly mixing random walks on matroids and related objectsidly mixing random walks on matroids and related objects

Seminar | May 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nima Anari, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

A central question in randomized algorithm design is what kind of distributions can we sample from efficiently? On the continuous side, uniform distributions over convex sets and more generally log-concave distributions constitute the main tractable class. We will build a parallel theory on the discrete side, that yields tractability for a large class of discrete distributions. We will use this...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Algebraicity of values of the Gamma function II

Seminar | May 1 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Rahul Dalal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

CBE Colloquium

Colloquium | May 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Marc Martin Casas, Ph.D. student in the Mesbah Group; James Lincoff, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Bayesian experiment design and estimation for probabilistic modeling of biological systems/Development and Application of a Novel Enhanced Sampling Method and Bayesian Analysis for Characterizing Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Solving Hard Computational Problems using Oscillator Networks

Seminar | May 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Tianshi Wang, EECS, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Over the last few years, there has been considerable interest in Ising machines, ie, analog hardware for solving difficult (NP hard/complete) computational problems effectively. We present a new way to make Ising machines using networks of coupled self-sustaining nonlinear oscillators. Our scheme is theoretically rooted in a novel result that connects the phase dynamics of coupled oscillator...   More >

Japan's Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire

Colloquium | May 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Ambaras, North Carolina State University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In this lecture, David Ambaras reveals how the movement of migrants, smugglers, pirates, and trafficked people between China and Japan -- and their sensationalization in the popular press -- created surprising cross-currents in the politics of Sino-Japanese relations during the years of Japanese imperial expansion.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): A complete model for the cobordism category

Seminar | May 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, NTNU

 Department of Mathematics

Lurie’s approach to the Cobordism Hypothesis builds upon a suitable higher category of cobordisms. The model of \((\infty,1)\)-categories given by complete Segal spaces (and their higher analogs) are a very natural choice for constructing cobordism categories. A drawback is that the first natural definitions only give Segal spaces, which, for high dimensions, are not complete. This follows...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Sohini Ramachandran, Associate Professor, Brown University

Seminar | May 1 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Leveraging linkage disequilibrium to identify adaptive and disease-causing mutations

Correlation among genotypes in human population-genetic datasets complicates the localization of both adaptive mutations and disease-causing mutations. I will describe our latest efforts to develop new methods for localizing adaptive and disease-causing mutations, motivated by (1) incorporating...   More >

Reporting in India: Berkeley Journalism Students Present their Stories

Presentation | May 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Graduate School of Journalism, Global Poverty and Practice Minor, Master of Development Practice, Department of Rhetoric

Showcasing UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism students reporting on India.

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 7: Ethics and History of Linguistic Anthropology

Conference/Symposium | May 1 – 2, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Charles Briggs, UC Berkeley; Mary Bucholtz, UC Santa Barbara; Jillian Cavanaugh, CUNY-Brooklyn College; Laura Graham, University of Iowa; Barbra Meek, University of Michigan; Beth Piatote, UC Berkeley

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the last of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.