<< November 2018 >>

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Situated Knowledges Thirty Years Later

Conference/Symposium | November 15 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Alastair Iles, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley; Mitali Thakor, Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University; Sarah E. Vaughn, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley; Jennifer L. Derr, Assistant Professor, Department of History, U.C. Santa Cruz; Lisa A. Brooks, Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Paul Michael L. Atienza, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley; Victoria Massie, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley

 Sibyl Diver, Research Scientist, Department of Earth Systems Science, Stanford University; Laura Lee Dev, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 Ashton Wesner, Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley

 Julie Pyatt, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley

 Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Doctoral Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Science and Technology Studies Working Group, Graduate Assembly

This day-long conference will celebrate and challenge the intellectual legacy of Donna Haraway's "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective." Presenters from various disciplines will reflect on the impact of "situated knowledges" while offering new perspectives on and revisions to the concept since its introduction.

Situated Knowledges Thirty Years Later

Conference/Symposium | November 15 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall | Canceled

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group

This day-long conference will celebrate and challenge the intellectual legacy of Donna Haraway's "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective." Presenters from various disciplines will reflect on the impact of "situated knowledges" while offering new perspectives on and revisions to the concept since its introduction.

CGPH Global Health Leaders Discussion Series: Slum Health: A Biology Perspective (Professor Riley and Professor Corburn)

Panel Discussion | November 15 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Jason Corburn, Associate Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning and the School of Public Health; Lee Riley, Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health

 Center for Global Public Health

Elaborating together from their book Slum Health: A Biology Perspective, Professor Jason Corburn and Professor Lee Riley will present on their projects in Brazil, and use them as a topic for further discussion about the roles of biology versus sociology in addressing slum health problems.

  RSVP online

Applied Math Seminar: Recent Progress in the Theory of Deep Learning

Seminar | November 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Tengyu Ma, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

A deeper understanding of the principles of deep learning can consolidate and boost its already-spectacular empirical success. I will introduce some of the recent progress in the theory of deep learning, including some of my own work. We will discuss the core ML issues, such as optimization, generalization, and expressivity, and their rich interactions, in the contexts of supervised learning with...   More >

CEDSOC DHS Letter Writing Session

Workshop | November 15 | 12-2 p.m. | 214B Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design Students of Color

Join us for a letter-writing session regarding a recent public charge ruling from the Department of Homeland Security. We'll bring talking points and food, you bring your laptop!

The public charge ruling would restrict pathways to citizenship or green card status for residents who access public benefits, including SNAP, TANF, Section 8, Medicaid, and SSI. It also adds specific standards for...   More >

Digital Switzerlands: Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Lunch Seminar

Seminar | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Kristen Eichensehr, Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Law

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Abstract

U.S. technology companies are increasingly standing as competing power centers, challenging the primacy of governments. This power brings with it the capacity to bolster or undermine governmental authority, and also increasing public demands for the companies to protect users from governments. The companies’ power raises serious questions about how to understand their role,...   More >

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Kristen Eichensehr

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Communication Frictions and Knowledge Transfers: Evidence from Myanmar's FDI"

Seminar | November 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Amit Khandelwal, Columbia GSB

 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 >

FALL 2018 THESIS SEMINAR FINAL REVIEWS: ARCH 204A

Presentation | November 15 | 12-4 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THU, NOV 15, 12-4pm. Thesis Seminar students will be exhibiting their work and presenting their research on capstone projects to faculty and guest critics.

IB Seminar: A mechanistic explanation for the global distribution of lianas

Seminar | November 15 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Stefan Schnitzer, Marquette University

 Department of Integrative Biology

First Take / Second Look: Exploring Unconscious Bias: Beeqi001-181115

Workshop | November 15 | 1-3:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia Reel

 Human Resources

This workshop engages staff in a discussions regarding how we may be not always aware of how we may be engaging in behaviors that might be problematic for others, as well as what to do about situations where we may be on the receiving end of biased behavior. The workshop features interactive learning, variation in group size and discussions. The outcomes of the workshop are: • To understand what...   More >

Math Department Town Hall Meeting: Discussion with candidates for new chair of Math Department

Seminar | November 15 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 1015 Evans Hall

 M. Hutchings, N. Reshetikhin, J. Wilkening, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Winners and Losers in the 2018 Midterm Elections: Why it Happened and What it Means

Panel Discussion | November 15 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Robert Van Houweling, Associate Professor, Berkeley Political Science; Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution; Bill Whalen, Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism, Hoover Institution

 Jack Citrin, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Department of Political Science

 Social Science Matrix, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI), The Jack Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research, Berkeley Public Policy and Law Program

Please join us for a panel reviewing the outcomes of the 2018 midterm elections, with an account of the factors producing this result. The discussion will provide competing perspectives on the implications of the elections for governance in the upcoming years—and for the shape of the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. The participants are leading scholars on Congress, public opinion,...   More >

How do Astrocytes Sculpt Synaptic Circuits?

Seminar | November 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Note change in location

 Cagla Eroglu, Duke University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How are synaptic networks formed during development and remodeled during learning and disease? This is the main question that drives our research. In particular, we investigate the roles of glial cells called astrocytes in the development, remodeling and function of synaptic circuits. In my talk, I will share findings from my lab on two distinct molecular mechanisms through which astrocytes...   More >

Funding Opportunities for UC Berkeley in the European Union Horizon 2020 program

Workshop | November 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jeroen Dewulf, Institute of Eureopean Studies; José Capilla, Technical University of Valencia; Carlos Ripoll, Technical University of Valencia

 Institute of European Studies, European Union Center

The governance model on most universities is based on a shared responsibility between academics and governing boards at an institutional level. In the case of research and innovation strategies, it could be said that the aim is on setting up facilitation processes and not so much in defining a led based policy on some specific research challenges to be addressed. This approach can be compared...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Carlos Ripoll at cripoll@upv.es by November 14.

How do Astrocytes Sculpt Synaptic Circuits?

Seminar | November 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Li Ka Shing Center

 Cagla Eroglu, Duke University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How are synaptic networks formed during development and remodeled during learning and disease? This is the main question that drives our research. In particular, we investigate the roles of glial cells called astrocytes in the development, remodeling and function of synaptic circuits. In my talk, I will share findings from my lab on two distinct molecular mechanisms through which astrocytes...   More >

TDPS Speaker Series: Incarceration, Social Justice, Art, and Policy

Panel Discussion | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Glenn Bailey, Activist; William Drummond, Professor of Journalism, UC Berkeley; Ayodele Nzinga, Playwright and Director

 Eli Wirtschafter, Freelance Reporter and Producer

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

What happens when a person is wrongfully convicted? What if we can tell the story of this injustice through performance and theater and bring about change? This panel discussion will address the power of political performance made within prison systems and the people impacted by unjust incarceration practices. The panel will address how performance and art-making can lead to social justice...   More >

Is this Right for Me? How to “Test Drive” Majors and Occupations: L&S Workshop Series Ursa Major

Workshop | November 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop on using internships, externships, and volunteering to test out majors and careers.

On Indian Ground: California. A Return to Indigenous Knowledge: Generating Hope, Leadership, and Sovereignty through Education

Colloquium | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 117, Academic Innovation Studio | Note change in location

 Nicole Myers-Lim, J.D., Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center; Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., Director California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center Professor, American Indian Studies Department Chair and Professor, American Indian Studies, California State University San Marcos

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development, American Indian Graduate Student Association, Native American Studies, Indigenous Language Revitalization DE, Graduate School of Education

Dr. Joely Proudfit, Ph.D. is the Department Chair of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and the Director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center. Nicole Myers-Lim, J.D. is the Executive Director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. Dr. Proudfit and Ms. Lim have worked together for over twenty years and have collaborated on a number of...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Inference on Winners"

Seminar | November 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Isaiah Andrews, MIT

 Department of Economics

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Skein = Hall

Colloquium | November 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Fabian Haiden, IHES

 Department of Mathematics

Starting from a topological surface one can construct 1) its skein algebra, based on the skein relation in knot theory, 2) the Hall algebra of its Fukaya category. These can be viewed as two ways of "quantizing" the surface. I will report on work in progress to show that the two coincide, once suitably defined. Along the way we will meet q-numbers, Hecke algebras, and representations over $F_1$.

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 3: Publics

Conference/Symposium | November 14 – 15, 2018 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Asif Agha, University of Pennsylvania; Virginia Jackson, UC Irvine; Constantine Nakassis, University of Chicago; Rosetta Young, UC Berkeley; Karin Barber, University of Birmingham; Francis Cody, University of Toronto; Nicholas Harkness, Harvard University

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the third of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar that will take 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.

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color) Workspace/Study space

Workshop | November 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about the different research opportunities on campus and how to best prepare for applying to them.

The Future of Sustainable Food

Panel Discussion | November 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Cheit Hall, Wells Fargo Room

 Institute for Business and Social Impact

The way we feed ourselves and the planet may be the most important question our generation solves. By doing so we may also arrive at potent solutions for our environmental, healthcare, social justice crises.

Join Food@Haas and Haas' Center for Responsible Business Sustainable Food Initiative for a conversation on how companies are re-framing the way we think about food by questioning the...   More >

Changing International Student Policy Roundtable

Panel Discussion | November 15 | 8-9:30 p.m. | ASUC Senate Chambers, Eshleman Hall 5th Floor

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Don’t miss out the chance to discuss the future of international students at Cal with the administration on November 15th from 8-9:30 pm. Join the roundtable: "Shaping our Future: Changing International Student Policy" and learn more about financial aid opportunities and career resources for international students.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Essig Brunch: Kevin Roberts, PhD candidate (Williams Lab)

Seminar | November 16 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Entomology, Essig Museum of

Essig Brunch is a weekly seminar series focused on arthropod science (insects, spiders, scorpions, etc.) hosted by the Entomology Students Organization.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Lagrangian Spectral Invariants

Seminar | November 16 | 10:10-11:30 a.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Sobhan Seyfaddini, Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the construction of Viterbo's theory of Lagrangian spectral invariants. These invariants have had numerous applications in symplectic geometry. One such application which is of interest is a generalization of Mather's alpha function to non-convex settings.

Think globally, breathe locally: Sensing air pollution for a planet of cities: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Joshua Apte, Assistant Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, UT Austin

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Labor Lunch: "Punishing Potential Mothers? Evidence for Statistical Employer Discrimination From a Natural Experiment"

Seminar | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jochen Kluve, RWI

 Center for Labor Economics

You are welcome to bring your lunch ~ food will not be provided

ESPM Seminar: The Arctic in a two-degree warmer world

Seminar | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Eric Post, Professor, UC Davis

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

Eric Post, a Professor at UC Davis, will share his knowledge on The Arctic in a two-degree warmer world

Resistance Band Exercises for Small Spaces (BEUHS657)

Workshop | November 16 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Cori Evans, MA, NSCA, Wellness, Be at Well Work

 Wellness

Limited on time, space and equipment? Fitting physical activity into your workday can make a difference in your cardiovascular health, muscular strength and endurance and joint mobility. Learn how to maximize your office space and get the most out of a 10 minute exercise break with body weight and resistance band exercises. Resistance bands will be provided. Comfortable clothing and athletic...   More >

Diversity-promoting and large-scale machine learning for healthcare

Seminar | November 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 (Woz)

 Pengtao Xie, Petuum

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In healthcare, a tsunami of medical data has emerged, including electronic health records, images, literature, etc. These data can be heterogeneous and noisy, which renders clinical decision-making time-consuming, error-prone and suboptimal. In this thesis, we develop machine learning (ML) models and systems for distilling high-value patterns from unstructured clinical data and making informed...   More >

#MeToo: One Year Later

Conference/Symposium | November 16 | 1-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 100

 Roxane Gay, Author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

 Kathryn R. Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley Law; Leah Benavides, Writer and Director; Aya Gruber, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Boulder; Lara Stemple, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs, UCLA School of Law

 Russell Robinson, Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

 Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture, Center for Race and Gender, The Division of Equity & Inclusion’s Campus Climate Speaker, Affirmation and Empowerment Series

#MeToo: One Year Later

This conference will spotlight how harassment and discrimination impact people with a range of different identities, including people of color and LGBTQ people, and examine the extent to which the #MeToo movement has brought lasting change.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Silicon Carbide Micro-/Nanosystems for Harsh Environment Applications

Seminar | November 16 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Roya Maboudian, UC Berkeley Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Silicon has been the dominant semiconducting material in micro-/nanosystems technologies. However, the material and surface properties of silicon impose limitations on its use in applications involving harsh environment (such as high temperature, high radiation and corrosive conditions). Silicon carbide (SiC), a wide bandgap semiconductor, is emerging as a material to address the limitations of...   More >

Berkeley AMP Fall Meeting

Workshop | November 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Administrative Management Professionals (AMP)

Special Analysis/Applied Math Seminar: The Computational Spectral Problem and a New Classification Theory: Novel Algorithms, Impossibility Results and Computer Assisted Proofs

Seminar | November 16 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 M.J. Colbrook, University of Cambridge

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss and extend the Solvability Complexity Index (SCI) hierarchy, which is a classification hierarchy for all types of problems in computational mathematics that allows for classifications determining the boundaries of what computers can achieve in scientific computing. The SCI hierarchy captures many key computational issues in the history of mathematics including Smale's problem on...   More >

Cancelled: Community-Owned Data Publishing: California Digital Library’s new partnership with Dryad

Seminar | November 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Günter Waibel and John Chodacki

 Information, School of

Due to ongoing air quality concerns, this seminar has been cancelled. We will reschedule it for spring 2019.

The California Digital Library (CDL) has invested considerable effort researching and building exemplars in research data management and data publishing. Like most institutions, we have had varying levels of success, especially when it comes to adoption and...   More >

Solar Quantum Cutting and Spectral Downconversion using Doped Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Seminar | November 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Daniel Gamelin, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

The physical properties of inorganic crystals can be dramatically transformed by controlled introduction of impurities or other defects. Many commercial phosphors rely on such transformations when lanthanide or transition-metal activator ions, or other defined defects, are introduced into sensitizer crystals. This talk will describe some of our group's recent research into controlling,...   More >

Colloquium: Naomi Waltham-Smith University of Pennsylvania: Sound Activism from Sharon Hayes to Ultra-red

Colloquium | November 16 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

Naomi Waltham-Smith is a theorist of sound and listening. In her research and creative projects, she is interested in how music and sound are implicated in some of the most significant and urgent political issues in our world today. Her work sits at the intersection of continental philosophy, sound studies, and music theory, and her interests extend from late 18th- and early 19th-century music to...   More >

Saturday, November 17, 2018

R.A.D. Self Defense for Women: Cal Self Defense for All

Workshop | November 3 – 17, 2018 every Saturday | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Main Lounge

Gender Equity Resource Center, Gender Equity Resource Center

 Gender Equity Resource Center

This is a 9-hour comprehensive, women* and femmes course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to basic hands-on defense training. This course is divided into three consecutive Saturdays (Sat 11/3, 11/10, 11/17) from 9am-12pm.

*We welcome all UC Berkeley community members who experience life through the lens of woman in body, spirit, identity - past, present, future, and fluid

Free UCB students, faculty, staff & post-docs, $20 (bring to first day) Non-UCB affiliated

  Register online

FAMILY PROGRAM: Music from Trees

Workshop | November 17 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

 Botanical Garden

To celebrate both our Year of Trees and our Trees & Tones concert series in November, we're offering this special program for kids and their grown ups to create easy and fun musical instruments from natural and recycled materials. Come and make some noise with us!

$15 Adult, $15 Child, $10 Member Adult, $10 Member Child

How to Read a Film: Zero for Conduct

Workshop | November 17 | 2:45-6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 ORIAS

Learn methods for critical film-viewing that you can use in your classes. In this second collaboration with the PFA, film curator Kate MacKay will lead teachers in a pre- and post-viewing discussion of Zero for Conduct, a short, accessible French film that takes place in a school.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

free

  Registration opens August 31. Register online by November 16.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

2018 Data Science Panel

Conference/Symposium | November 18 | 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. |  West Pauley Ballroom

 2495 Banfroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Nitesh Kumar, Head of Data Science, Affirm; Andrew FigPope, Lead Data Architect, Celmatix; Anagha Joshi, Data Scientist, Tesla; Jason Goodman, Data Scientist, Airbnb; Anthony Suen, Director of Programs, Berkeley Division of Data Science

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

This is the 3rd Annual Berkeley Data Science Panel hosted by Data Science Society at Berkeley. Highly accomplished professionals from Tesla, Airbnb, Berkeley Division of Data Sciences, Affirm, and Celmatix will be speaking about their diverse experiences in the data science industry. After the speaker sessions, you’ll get a chance to talk to these professionals and hear from them on a more...   More >

Monday, November 19, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | November 19 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dylan Paiton, Olshausen Lab; Liz Lawler, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Gun Violence in Schools

Conference/Symposium | November 19 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Graduate School of Education, Room 1104

 Professor Ron Avi Astor, Professor, USC; Dr. Alisa Crovetti, Faculty, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education; Alla Lefkowitz, Deputy Director, Affirmative Litigation, Everytown for Gun Safety; Emily Ozer, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Civil Justice Research Initiative, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, BerkeleyLaw Human Rights Center

Part of a series of multidisciplinary conversations on gun violence with leading professors, litigators and practitioners.

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)

 Library

Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | November 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Raphael Lardeux, CRED Paris; Dario Tortarolo, UCB

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Raphael Lardeux - "Income Tax Misperception: Bunching where Tax Liabilities (may) start"

Dario Tortarolo - "Means-tested Transfers and Rent Sharing: Identification from a Change in the Remittance System"

  RSVP online by November 15.

Combinatorics Seminar: Electrical networks and hyperplane arrangements

Seminar | November 19 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bob Lutz, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

This talk defines Dirichlet arrangements, a generalization of graphic hyperplane arrangements arising from electrical networks and order polytopes of finite posets. After establishing some basic properties we characterize Dirichlet arrangements whose Orlik-Solomon algebras are Koszul and show that the underlying matroids satisfy the half-plane property. We also discuss the role of Dirichlet...   More >

Yvette Cendes (Toronto): Radio Observations of Nearby Intermediate-Aged Supernovae

Seminar | November 19 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 501B Campbell Hall

 Yvette Cendes, Toronto

 Radio Astronomy Lab

After the initial flash and bang of a supernova, radio emission can continue for decades as the shockwave interacts with the circumstellar material (CSM) shed by the progenitor star before the explosion. These observations can, in turn, provide key insights into both the explosion mechanism and pre-supernova evolution of the progenitor system, as well as probe the transition from supernova to...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Bounding Points on Curves using $p$-Adic Hodge Theory

Seminar | November 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Brian Lawrence, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

Methods of $p$-adic analysis provide the most powerful tools to bound the set of rational points on a curve. The earliest work in this direction was the method of Chabauty; in many cases this is already enough to enumerate (with proof) the rational points. Much more recently, work of Kim on the unipotent fundamental group has led to computational breakthroughs by Balakrishnan, Dogra et al. The...   More >

How Cells Measure Length

Seminar | November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Note change in location

 Jane Kondev, Brandeis University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 271, Development: "Scaling Up Agricultural Policy Interventions"

Seminar | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ben Faber, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: CANCELLED

Seminar | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Philipp Sadowski, Duke

 Department of Economics

* Co-Authored with Todd Sarver

Analysis/PDE Seminar: Rough control for Schrödinger operators on 2-tori.

Seminar | November 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Maciej Zworski, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain how the results of Bourgain, Burq and the speaker '13 can be used to obtain control and observability by rough functions and sets on 2-tori. We show that for the time dependent Schrödinger equation, any set of positive measure can be used for observability and controllability.

For non-empty open sets this follows from the results of Haraux '89 and Jaffard '90, while for...   More >

SLAM: Bridging the Divide: Bringing Science to Bear on Public Policy and Regulatory Decisions

Seminar | November 19 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Anna Cederstav, Earthjustice

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

EdTech Meets Development: How technology is shaping education in developing countries

Panel Discussion | November 19 | 6-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Education Initiative for Development

How is technology shaping education in developing countries? Join an open discussion with panelists from M-Soma, a Kenyan coding institute, IDinsight, a data-driven impact assessment firm, CAMFED, a SF-based African education NGO, and the Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a global research center. Hear these experts share lessons learned and best practices about their work in Africa, Central...   More >

  RSVP online

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Isoëtalian Lineage

Seminar | November 20 | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Forrest Freund, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Ashley Smiley, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in for another episode of The Graduates as we speak with Forrest Freund about lycophytes, botany, and plant evolution. Forrest is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology. In the interview, Forrest talks about how he became interested in biology, his background in research, and the plant group he is currently studying, Isoëtes. Forrest also discusses his experience working...   More >

Isoëtes nuttallii

The power of chemoselectivity: Functional protein-conjugates for extra- and intracellular targeting

Seminar | November 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Christian Hackenberger, Department of Chemistry, Humboldt University (Berlin)

 College of Chemistry

Our lab aims to identify reactions for the synthesis and modification of peptides and proteins. We apply these to study functional consequences of naturally occurring posttranslational protein modifications (PTMs), in particular phosphorylated Lys- and Cystein-residues,1 as well as to generate novel protein-conjugates for pharmaceutical and medicinal applications.2
In this presentation l will...   More >

Erich Mendelsohn vs. the Skyscraper Primitives: A Berliner in Jazz-Age Manhattan: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | November 20 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 172 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Erich Mendelsohn vs. the Skyscraper Primitives: A Berliner in Jazz-Age Manhattan"
Greg Castillo
Associate Professor of Architecture
Tuesday, November 20, 1-2:30pm
Wurster 172

Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2

Upon first sight of the Manhattan skyline in 1924, Erich Mendelsohn proclaimed it an...   More >

GUH Lecture: Erich Mendelsohn vs. the Skyscraper Primitives: A Berliner in Jazz-Age Manhattan

Colloquium | November 20 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 172 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

This lecture examines the work and travelogues of architect Erich Mendelsohn and the influence of Manhattans built environment on his future work in Berlin.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: An Empirical Study on Paternalistic Decision Making

Seminar | November 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Sandro Ambuehl, University of Toronto

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, A Unified Model of International Business Cycles and Trade

Seminar | November 20 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Saroj Bhattarai, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Economics

We present a general, competitive open economy business cycles model with capital accumulation, trade in intermediate goods, production externalities in the intermediate and final goods sectors, and iceberg trade costs. Our main theoretical result shows that under appropriate parameter restrictions this model is isomorphic in terms
of aggregate equilibrium predictions to dynamic versions of...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Some basic homological constructions

Seminar | November 20 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Eisenbud, MSRI, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

If you study representations (of a group or ring or...), the building blocks are the representations that are there "for free": the regular representation of a group, the free modules over a commutative ring,.... . The applications of representation theory are greatly extended by considering complexes and resolutions, and again there are some that are there "for free", such as the Koszul complex,...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free products of finite-dimensional von Neumann algebras in terms of free Araki-Woods factors

Seminar | November 20 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Michael Hartglass, Santa Clara University

 Department of Mathematics

A landmark result of Dykema in 1993 classified free products of tracial finite dimensional von Neumann algebras in terms of interpolated free group factors. In 1997, Shlyakhtenko constructed the free Araki-Woods factors, a natural type III analogue of the free group factors. He asked whether arbitrary free products of non-tracial finite dimensional von Neumann algebras can always be expressed in...   More >

Chemical Physiology of Antibody Conjugates and Natural Products

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Gonçalo Bernardes, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

 College of Chemistry

Our research uses chemistry principles to address questions of importance in life sciences and molecular medicine. This lecture will cover recent examples of emerging areas in our group in:

(i) methods developed for site-selective chemical modification of proteins at cysteine, disulfide and lysine and their use to build stable and functional protein conjugates for in vivo applications...   More >

Hybrid Perovskite: From Understanding Fundamental Physics to Optoelectronic Applications

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Sergei Tretiak, Theoretical Division, Center for Nonlinear Studies and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 College of Chemistry

Hybrid organic−inorganic perovskites (HOPs) have demonstrated an extraordinary potential for clean sustainable energy technologies and low-cost optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, detectors, sensors, ionic conductors, etc. This talk overviews the main features of the optoelectronic properties of three dimensional (3D) and layered two-dimensional (2D) HOPs by...   More >

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

No MVZ Lunch Seminar

Seminar | November 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 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 >

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: No seminar

Seminar | November 22 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

Friday, November 23, 2018

Labor Lunch: No seminar

Seminar | November 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

Sunday, November 25, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 – Come Write In

Workshop | November 25 | 1-4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Human Resources

Have you ever thought about writing a novel but just didn’t think you had the time? You’re not alone. A small group of friends from the East Bay dared themselves to finish their novels in 30 days back in 1999, creating the foundation of what has become National Novel Writing Month. Since then, this small nonprofit, NaNoWriMo, has inspired a global event of epic proportions! Fifty thousand words...   More >

Monday, November 26, 2018

Oxyopia Seminar

Seminar | November 26 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Kurtis Auguste, Chief of Surgery, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Sensitivity Analysis in Observational Research: Introducing the E-Value

Seminar | November 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tyler VanderWeele, Harvard School of Public Health

 Department of Statistics

Sensitivity analysis is useful in assessing how robust an association is to potential unmeasured or uncontrolled confounding. This article introduces a new measure called the “E-value,” which is related to the evidence for causality in observational studies that are potentially subject to confounding. The E-value is defined as the minimum strength of association, on the risk ratio scale, that an...   More >

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)

 Library

Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Mondays Mindfulness at Moffitt

Workshop | November 26 – December 31, 2018 every Monday | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Wellness Room

 Human Resources

Overcome insomnia & stress. Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resiliency & well-being. No previous experience required. Open to students, staff, and faculty in the Cal community (UCB ID required to enter Moffitt Library). For the mindfulness-curious to novices and experts. Weekly practice or drop in.

"If My Friends Could See Me Now": A History of Filipina American Dreams

Colloquium | November 26 | 12-2 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies and Department Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies

 Department of History

What would happen if we placed the lives of Filipino women at the center of a transnational narrative about U.S. and Philippine histories? This talk explores the connections and divergences among three Filipino women who migrated to the United States at different times during the twentieth century, led singular careers in education, public...   More >

An Overview of the NSF Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) SimCenter at Berkeley: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | November 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Sanjay Govindjee, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation will give an overview of the SimCenter’s recent activities and discuss how students and researchers can participate.

Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology

Workshop | November 26 | 12:10-3:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Byram, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

At 1pm the workshop will begin at the UC Faculty Club lawn where subsurface features are being mapped.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Make reservations online

Combinatorics Seminar: Cyclotomic factors of necklace polynomials

Seminar | November 26 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Trevor Hyde, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Necklace polynomials enumerate aperiodic necklaces of colored beads. They have a long history passing through number theory, geometry, representation theory, and combinatorics. I will discuss some recent work which began with the observation that necklace polynomials vanish at many roots of unity. We will see how this phenomenon connects to results of Metropolis and Rota, and how it extends to...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Fighting Patronage: Performance and Family Ties in the Royal Navy

Seminar | November 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Guo Xu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 231, Public Finance: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | November 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage Preservation: A Comparative Perspective

Workshop | November 26 – 28, 2018 every day | 2-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Near Eastern Studies, LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities

The workshop follows a meeting held at the University of Munich in July 2018, within the frame of a project between LMU and UCB on Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage preservation. It aims at discussing new digital approaches for Heritage preservation in ancient Egypt, on a comparative perspective.

QP Fest

Colloquium | November 26 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Presentation of graduate student Qualifying Paper research.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Adiabatic limits of Yang-Mills connections on collapsing K3 surfaces

Seminar | November 26 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Adam Jacob, UC-Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will discuss the vector bundle analogue of the degeneration problem for Ricci flat K3 surfaces considered by Gross-WIlson (and later Gross-Tosatti-Zhang). Namely, given an elliptically fibered K3 surface equipped with complex vector bundle, what are the convergence properties of a family of SU(n) ASD Yang-Mills connections as the elliptic fibers collapse? Under certain geometric...   More >

Today's Future Sound: Using Hip Hop Beat Making as a Culturally Sustaining Therapeutic and Interdisciplinary Educational Intervention

Colloquium | November 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215 (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA)

 Elliot Gann, Today’s Future Sound

 Graduate School of Education

This interactive presentation will present Dr. Gann's Therapeutic Beat Making (TBM) model as well as the Hip Hop Pedagogy and use of Hip Hop Beat Making/Culture as a culturally responsive intervention in school, community, and juvenile justice settings. An introduction to Complex/Developmental Trauma will be covered, and how TBM addresses symptoms and challenges. Additionally, attendees will get...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: "Testing for Labor Rationing: Revealed Preference Estimates from Hiring Shocks"

Seminar | November 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Supreet Kaur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Design Field Notes: Ian Leighton

Seminar | November 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Ian Leighton is a digital product designer from the Bay Area, now based in Lisbon. He graduated from UC Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering (2011). He founded a startup, Embark which created a dozen public transit apps for iPhone, and was acquired by Apple in 2013. At Apple, Ian worked on a large part of the design for Apple Maps Transit. His talk will explore "Design in Transit."

Sustainability in Nordic Studies at U.S. Universities: An Opportunity?

Seminar | November 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Robert Strand, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School

 Department of Scandinavian

Being an Academic at a Major University: Research and Beyond

Seminar | November 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Prof. Richmond Sarpong, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Topic TBD

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

V.D Savarkar - The Politics, Poetics and History of Hindu Nationalism: ISAS Faculty Workshop led by Prof. Janaki Bakhle

Workshop | November 27 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Thomas Blom Hansen, Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor in Anthropology, Stanford University; Vidyut Aklujkar, Research Associate, Centre for India and South Asia Research, University of British Columbia; Christian Novetzke, Professor in the South Asia Program, the Comparative Religion Program, and the International Studies Program at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies; Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Sudipta Sen, Professor of History at the University of California, Davis; Christine Philliou, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

Presenter Bios
Thomas Blom Hansen is the Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor in Anthropology. He is the author of The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (Princeton 1999); Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Bankruptcy Claim Dischargeability and Public Externalities: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Seminar | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Michael Ohlrogge, Stanford

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

In 2009, the Seventh Circuit ruled in U.S. v. Apex Oil that certain types of injunctions requiring firms to clean up previously released toxic chemicals were not dischargeable in bankruptcy. This was widely perceived to represent a split with Sixth Circuit precedent, although Supreme Court cert was denied. Numerous legal commentators wrote of the significance of this decision in strengthening...   More >

Maternal gut bacteria, inflammation and neurodevelopmental disorder

Seminar | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Jun R. Huh, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Chemistry for Exploring the Brain: Fluorescent Probes, Engineered Enzymes, and Bioorthogonal Reactions

Seminar | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Scott Laughlin, Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University

 College of Chemistry

The brains of even simple organisms can do amazing things, but the brain’s complexity makes understanding exactly how it works incredibly challenging. My lab focuses on using chemistry to understand the architecture of the brain's functional units called neural circuits. I discuss projects for developing chemical tools that enable visualization of astrocytes and neuron-interacting astrocytes in...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Do Managerial Forecasting Errors Matter?"

Presentation | November 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 David Sraer, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.
** MUST RSVP**

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by November 21.

What Matters When Exploring Fidelity in Interventions Using Health IT to Reduce Health Disparities in Language-Diverse Populations?

Colloquium | November 27 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Margaret Handley

 Public Health, School of

This talk will outline two Health IT interventions aimed at reducing diabetes risk among vulnerable linguistically diverse populations, and evaluate the fidelity to predetermined ‘core’ intervention components as well as important ‘modifiable’ components, of each intervention. Implications for using implementation frameworks for guiding work in this area will be discussed.

Microsoft Excel Formulas and Functions: Betec007

Workshop | November 27 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Keith Samsell

 Human Resources

This course details the process by which calculations are created in Microsoft Excel workbooks. Emphasis is placed on the underlying theory and syntax of formulas and functions, as well as their complimentary abilities and use cases.

Learning Objectives

* Understand the fundamental differences of values vs. formats.
* Use AutoCalculate to display summary information from multiple cells.
*...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Delegating Decision-Making to the Machine: Experimental Evidence from Health Insurance

Seminar | November 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Maria Polyakova, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Joint with IO Seminar.

Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage Preservation: A Comparative Perspective

Workshop | November 26 – 28, 2018 every day | 2-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Near Eastern Studies, LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities

The workshop follows a meeting held at the University of Munich in July 2018, within the frame of a project between LMU and UCB on Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage preservation. It aims at discussing new digital approaches for Heritage preservation in ancient Egypt, on a comparative perspective.

Symplectic Working Group: Noncontractible loops of symplectic embeddings between convex toric domains

Seminar | November 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Mihai Munteanu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Delegating Decision-Making to the Machine: Experimental Evidence from Health Insurance"

Seminar | November 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Maria Polyakova, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Note change in time.
Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar.

3-Manifold Seminar: What is an alternating knot?

Seminar | November 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

An alternating link is a link with a diagram having alternating over- and under-crossings as one traverses each component. Such links have interesting properties, for example the Tait conjectures and the existence of hyperbolic volume of non-torus alternating link complements. A question attributed to Ralph Fox is whether alternating knots have an intrinsic non-diagrammatic characterization. In...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Ehrhart positivity and McMullen's formula

Seminar | November 27 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Fu Liu, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The Ehrhart polynomial counts the number of integral points inside dilations of an integral polytope, that is, a polytope whose vertices are integral points. We say a polytope is Ehrhart positive if its Ehrhart polynomial has positive coefficients. In the literature, different families of polytopes have been shown to be Ehrhart positive using different techniques. We will survey these results in...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free probability and polynomial convolutions: the tropical case.

Seminar | November 27 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will be divided in two parts. First we will explore two polynomial convolutions that stem from the work of Marcus, Spielman and Srivastava on interlacing families of polynomials. As noted by Marcus, in the limit these convolutions converge to the respective free convolution. We will briefly discuss this phenomenon and provide a sketch of the machinery constructed by Marcus to deal with...   More >

Using molecular dynamics simulations to understand organization in living systems

Seminar | November 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Aaron Dinner, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

The basic units of living systems are cells. A fundamental strategy that cells use to control processes is to organize molecular interactions in space and time. While this can appear to involve daunting numbers of molecules, certain cell-like dynamics can now be reconstituted in vitro from small numbers of purified molecular components. These self-organizing systems present opportunities for...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Canonical strip hypotheses for orbifolds

Seminar | November 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ben Wormleighton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert polynomial of a polarised variety is a well-studied invariant, but one that has many more secrets to give up. In 2009 Golyshev shared some insight into the structure of the roots of the Hilbert polynomial of a smooth Fano variety, inspired by work of Rodriguez-Villegas on generating functions, Yau on constraints for characteristic classes, and by several others on roots of Ehrhart...   More >