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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Festschrift in Honor of Gordon Rausser

Conference/Symposium | October 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 College of Natural Resources

Dr. Gordon C. Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Natural Resources. He is a preeminent agricultural and resource economist whose contributions in academia, government service, business, and public policy are exceptional for their impact around the world. His leadership at Berkeley, including his exemplary...   More >

  RSVP online by October 20.

BPM 207 Leading Change

Workshop | October 24 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content provides knowledge and skills to create accountability, manage competing priorities, and enhance team communication and productivity.

  Register online

Great Power Competition in the 21st Century: Linking Economics and Security

Conference/Symposium | October 24 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), UC Labs Fund

Great power competition is once again a critical component of the international system, with far reaching implications for the stability of the existing political and economic order. However, power is not always won by confrontation, but through tactical, indirect rivalry across issue areas. Strategic competition between the United States, China, India, and other rising powers spans industries...   More >

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | October 24 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Applied Math Seminar: Quantum discrete optimization and approximation algorithms

Seminar | October 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ojas Parekh, Sandia National Lab

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will motivate quantum approaches to discrete optimization by highlighting fundamental connections between quantum physics and discrete optimization. I will explain popular quantum discrete optimization techniques such as the Quantum Adiabatic Algorithm and the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA). I will present results on quantum approximation algorithms,...   More >

Additive BioFabrication – 3D Printing for Pharmaceutical Applications and Regenerative Medicine

Seminar | October 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Felicity Rose & Professor Ricky Wildman, University of Nottingham, UK

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: The industrial uptake of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing processes is growing rapidly but is being hampered by the lack of breadth of materials usable in such systems. Identifying, and then optimisating formulations for 3D printing is time consuming, and generally involves many tedious steps each of which require lengthy analysis. We have developed a methodology that compresses...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | October 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Samson Cao, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: The Gordon-Luecke Theorem

Seminar | October 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alois Cerbu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Cameron Gordon and John Luecke proved that knots are determined by their complements, in the following sense: for smooth knots $K$ and $K' \subset S^3$ whose complements are homeomorphic, there exists a self-homeomorphism of $S^3$ taking $K$ to $K'$. In fact, if this homeomorphism is orientation-preserving, then $K$ and $K'$ will be isotopic. We will examine the proof from their 1989 paper.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Suresh Naidu, Professor, Columbia

 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 >

Matrix On Point: Brexit

Panel Discussion | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for British Studies, Department of Political Science; Akasemi Newsome, Associate Director, Institute of European Studies; Ian Duncan, Florence Green Bixby Chair, UC Berkeley Department of English

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on October 24 as three distinguished scholars—Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies, Akasemi Newsome, Associate Director of the Institute of European Studies, and Ian Duncan, Florence Green Bixby Chair in the English Department—will discuss key questions related to Brexit.

  RSVP online by October 22.

In-house Meta-Analysis Workshop

Workshop | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Room 10

 Dr. Renate Soellner

 Social Welfare, School of

Are you considering a meta-analysis for your qualifying paper? Or as part of a publishable systematic review? What does it entail? Please save the date for a brief meta-analysis workshop by Visiting Scholar Dr. Renate Soellner on 10/24 from 12:10-1:30. No prior experience necessary.

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | October 24 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: “Directors’ Talent and Firm Productivity”

Seminar | October 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Audinga Baltrunaite, Bank of Italy

 Center for Labor Economics

(co-authored with Sauro Mocetti and Giulia Bovini)

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Laureano Gherardi

Seminar | October 24 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Laureano Gherardi

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

Laureano Gherardi, Research Scientist in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, will present: "Precipitation variability and ecosystem functioning: experimentation, modeling, and data synthesis from local to global scales." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Instrumental Variables Quantile Regression with Multivariate Endogenous Variable"

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Guillaume Pouliot, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

CRG Thursday Forum Series: Carceral (im)mobilities: Architectures of the Migrant Camp, the Refugee Camp, and the Labor Camp

Panel Discussion | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Desiree Valadares; Laura Belik; Heba Al-Najada

 Center for Race and Gender

Berkeley architectural historians Desiree Valadares, Laura Belik, and Heba Al-Najaba offer papers on camps in Brazil, Syria, and Canada to explore how camp “architectures” have operated to shape, detain, and enable forms of movement.

  RSVP online

Material Systems Design with Reduced Order Methods and Mechanistic Machine Learning

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Wing Kam Liu, PhD, PE, Director of Global Center on Advanced Material Systems and Simulation; Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Northwestern University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: As in all everyday applications, in engineering problems, the volume of data has increased substantially compared to even a decade ago but analyzing big data is expensive and time-consuming. Data-driven methods, which have been enabled in the past decade by the availability of sensors, data storage, and computational resources, are taking center stage across many disciplines of science,...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Quantum minimal surfaces

Colloquium | October 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Maxim Kontsevich, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

 Department of Mathematics

Quantum analog of a minimal surface in the Euclidean space $\mathbb R^n$ is a collection of almost-commuting self-adjoint operators $X_1,\dots ,X_n$ satisfying equations $$\forall i\qquad \sum _{j=1}^n [X_j,[X_j,X_i]]=0.\qquad \qquad \qquad $$

Remarkably, the same equations appear in Yang-Mills theory for translationally-invariant connections. This story is well-known in physics, but is barely...   More >

Career Center for Data Science

Conference/Symposium | October 24 | 5-7 p.m. |  N/A

 Career Center

Interested in pursuing a career in this exciting field, or just want to learn more about it? Join us for this casual, interactive event where you will meet Cal alumni and other professionals who work in the data science/analytics field. This is a rare chance to learn about data related professions from alumni who are working inside the industry every day, explore various career paths in this...   More >