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Friday, November 22, 2019

BERC's 2019 Resource Symposium: Resilient Cities: sponsored by ERA

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th floor)

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Each year BERC hosts our flagship fall event, Resource Symposium, a half-day event that brings together professionals, policymakers, and academics on critical resource-related topics. This year we are thrilled to announce the Fall 2019 theme of Resilient Cities which will explore challenges and solutions related to resource security, water scarcity, disaster resilience, and the built environment.

Fierce Self-Compassion

Workshop | November 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Kristin Neff, University of Texas

 The Greater Good Science Center

Since the publication of Kristin Neff's groundbreaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. But that has generally focused on the gentle version of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way. We comfort and soothe ourselves when in pain, just as we might for a...   More >

 Not appropriate for children under 16

$179 In-person registration with CE hours, $159 In-person without CE hours, $155 Webcast with CE hours, $135 Webcast without CE hours

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Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC): Brainstorm and Bagels

Workshop | November 22 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Brainstorm & Bagels Workshop is an opportunity for underrepresented students of color in social science and humanities to meet with experienced undergraduate & graduate researchers who can assist in the development of a research project.

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/uroc-bagels

Toward a Vision of Equity in College Access: Re-evaluating College Admissions

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium (#175 Boalt Hall)

 Graduate School of Education, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

College admissions policies are receiving renewed attention amid numerous developments in California and nationally: A UC faculty task force is examining the role of tests in UC admissions; both CSU and UC are considering changes to course requirements; California policymakers are considering a bill to expand the use of college admissions tests for the purpose of high school accountability;...   More >

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Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Labor in the Boardroom"

Seminar | November 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Simon Jäger, MIT

 Center for Labor Economics

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Structured Light-Matter Interactions in Engineered Photonic Media

Seminar | November 22 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Natalia M. Litchinitser, Professor, Duke University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We will discuss fundamental optical phenomena at the interface of singular and nonlinear optics in engineered optical media and show that the unique optical properties of optical nanostructures open unlimited prospects to “engineer” light itself.

Moscow Conceptualism: New Translations from the Russian

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 1:30-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220)

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Theater and Performance Studies (Stanford), Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Stanford)

A spate of new translations is bringing the writers and artists of Moscow Conceptualism to an English-language readership for the first time. Even as they drew on currents in western art, the Moscow Conceptualists (1970s-1980s) were distinguished by a singular focus on the Soviet experience, from the legacies of the avant-garde to the official culture of the Era of Stagnation. Serving as an...   More >

A Better Future for Fossil Hydrocarbons and Carbon Nanomaterials: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Matteo Pasquali, Rice University, Chem / MSE / NanoEngineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Every year we extract over 4.2 GT of oil, 2.5 GT of natural gas, and 3.4 GT of coal to sustain our economies. That’s equivalent to 8.7 GT of carbon and 1.3 GT of Hydrogen. Almost all of these resources are burned to generate energy, causing over 30 GT of CO2 to enter the atmosphere which is unsustainable in view of climate change—the only significant exception is polymers, which fix 0.35 GT/yr of...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation V

Seminar | November 22 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

MENA Salon: Climate Change and Oil Production in the Arabian Peninsula

Workshop | November 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

This week, Saudi Aramco, the most profitable company in the world, is expected to begin its initial public offering (IPO). Meanwhile, several reports from the last few years warn that parts of the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf could become uninhabitable as soon as...   More >

Two Reports: Deepfakes and Self-Driving Cars

Seminar | November 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Ankit Bansal & Mugdha Bhusary

 Information, School of

Two students present their final progress reports:

Protecting World Leaders Against Deepfakes
Ankit Bansal
The creation of sophisticated fake videos has been largely relegated to Hollywood studios or state actors. However, advances in deep learning have made it very easy to create sophisticated fake videos called deep fakes. These pose a significant threat to...   More >

Luminescent complexes and their assemblies: from understanding to artificial virus

Seminar | November 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Luisa De Cola, Laboratory of Supramolecular Biomaterials and Chemistry, University of Strasbourg

 College of Chemistry

Luminescent molecules that can undergo self-assembly are of great interest for the development of new materials, sensors, biolabels…. The talk will illustrate some of the recent results on soft structures based on metal complexes able to aggregate in fibers, gels and soft mechanochromic materials [1]. The emission of the compounds can be tuned by an appropriate choice of the coordinated ligands...   More >

Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation

Seminar | November 22 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Katherine Driggs-Campbell, University of Illinois

 Institute of Transportation Studies

University of Illinois' Katherine Driggs-Campbell will present Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Katherine Driggs-Campbell

String-Math Seminar: On new homological and homotopy-theoretic invariants of manifolds

Seminar | November 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall | Note change in time

 Du Pei, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an overview of some new invariants of 3- and 4-manifolds that arise naturally in the study of compactifications of M-theory. I will discuss homological invariants of 3-manifolds and their "decategorifications" that take the form of q-series with integer coefficients, and, if time permits, homotopy-theoretic invariants of 4-manifolds that generalize the more familiar Donaldson and...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Riemann hypothesis for curves over finite fields

Seminar | November 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Rohan Joshi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the 1940s, Weil proved an analogue of the Riemann hypothesis for curves over finite fields. This result became the basis for the celebrated Weil conjectures, which give a bound on the number of points of a smooth projective variety over a finite field. I will give an exposition of the Weil conjectures for curves and sketch a proof of the Riemann hypothesis for curves along the lines of Weil's...   More >