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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Resonances and spectral gap of random hyperbolic surfaces

Seminar | October 10 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Frédéric Naud, Sorbonne Université

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will define a notion of random (infinite volume) covers of surfaces modeled over a classical model of random regular graphs. We will then investigate the spectral gap of those random surfaces as the degree goes to infinity and prove an explicit a.a.s. result that generalizes the famous 3/16 of Selberg. Joint work with Michael Magee.

Applied Math Seminar: Fast boundary integral tools for the rheology of periodic suspensions and other Stokes flow problems

Seminar | October 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alex Barnett, Flatiron Institute

 Department of Mathematics

Integral equation methods are ideal for high-order accurate, linear-scaling solvers for viscous flows involving rigid or non-rigid particles, possibly in confined geometries. We focus on computing the effective shear viscosity of a suspension of 2D rigid particles with periodic boundary conditions, whose applications include industrial flows and complex fluids. We overview recent new tools needed...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: “Debt versus Equity in Liquidity Provision”

Seminar | October 10 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Yao Zeng, Foster School of Business; University of Washington

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: The classification of noncompact surfaces

Seminar | October 10 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ethan Dlugie, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Much of what we know about mapping class groups of compact surfaces stems from their well known classification. In recent years, much effort has been directed towards understanding "big" mapping class groups, i.e. the mapping class groups of surfaces of infinite type. In this talk, we'll walk through Ian Richards' proof that such surfaces are completely classified by their space of ends. We'll...   More >

Aza Raskin: Human Protective Design

Presentation | October 10 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This week’s A + D Thursdays speaker is Aza Raskin, a cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology, which is leading the charge in reversing the digital attention crisis and realigning technology with humanity’s best interests. Among his previous accomplishments, Raskin helped build the web at Mozilla as head of user experience; founded Massive Health (an early consumer health behavior change...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar Joint with IO Seminar:"Auto Dealer Loan Intermediation: Consumer Behavior and Competitive Effects"

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Tobias Salz, Professor, MIT

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

IB Seminar: Cloud Forests, Confiscations and Conetainers: Adventures in Plant Conservation

Seminar | October 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Vanessa Handley, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Department of Integrative Biology

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Ken Alex

Seminar | October 10 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Ken Alex

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Ken Alex, Director of the Project Climate initiative in the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law, will present: "Increasing the pace and scale of carbon removal from California's natural and working lands." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Cells that Tile Your Brain: astrocyte roles in neural circuits

Seminar | October 10 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Baljit Khakh, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Physiology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Centennial Event - "Winning the Vote": The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement

Presentation | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Robert P.J. Cooney, National Women's History Project

 Women's Faculty Club

Author Robert P.J. Cooney speaks on his book "Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement" - Three generations of suffragists fought, sacrificed and suffered to win the vote for half the American population. Cooney captures their heroic struggle through images and stories of their intensity, indignation, strategies and humor. Come to learn and celebrate their battle that..

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by October 9.

Savannah Shange and the Black/Girlhood Imaginary

Colloquium | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Savannah Shange, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Center for Race and Gender

In conversation with Dr. Savannah Shange (Assistant Professor in Anthropology at University of California, Santa Cruz), the Black/Girlhood Imaginary working group will have an open discussion related to Black feminisms, methodologies, and Black girlhood. We theorize “Black/Girlhood Imaginary” through temporality, embodiment, performance (Taylor, 2003), and confinement. We believe that,...   More >

POSTPONED - CRG Thursday Forum Series: Savannah Shange and the Black/Girlhood Imaginary

Panel Discussion | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall | Canceled

 Savannah Shange, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

Black/Girlhood Imaginary, Executive Director, CRG Research Working Group

 Center for Race and Gender

UC Santa Cruz anthropologist and author of Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, + Schooling in San Francisco, Savannah Shange in conversation with members of the Black/Girlhood Imaginary Working Group.

Event co-sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson for Social Justice at Berkeley Law.

CRG Thursday Forums are open to the public and the location is wheelchair accessible. Light...   More >

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Mathematics Department Colloquium: Quantum ergodicity and delocalization of Schrödinger eigenfunctions

Colloquium | October 10 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Nalini Anantharaman, CNRS and Université de Strasbourg

 Department of Mathematics

The question of ``quantum ergodicity'' is to understand how the ergodic properties of a classical dynamical system are translated into spectral properties of the associated quantum dynamics. This question appears already in a paper by Einstein written in 1917. It takes its full meaning after the introduction of the Schrödinger equation in 1926, and even more after the numerical simulations of...   More >

Canceled: Study Abroad for Engineering Majors Student Panel and Information Session

Panel Discussion | October 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Bechtel Engineering Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

A panel of current engineering students will share their experiences overseas, including programs they participated in and how they fit study abroad into their schedules. Engineering Student Services and Study Abroad Advisers will give an overview of how to start the process, applications and more.

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East Bay Science Cafe - Drugs, Plants, Brain, Mind

Presentation | October 10 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 David Presti, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


For millennia, humans have cultivated relationships with psychoactive plants and fungi – relationships embedded within and guided by ritual frameworks honoring the powers of these plants and fungi as allies. As cultures have evolved, so also have these plant-fungal-human interactions. Our current era is one of reduction of organisms to molecules, and the commodification of just about everything...   More >

Psychoactive plants and effects on the brain