<< February 2020 >>

Saturday, February 1, 2020

interGeneration400: Breathe. Remember. Live.

Conference/Symposium | February 1 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. |  César E. Chávez Student Center

 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff & Students; Community Leaders

 Student Learning Center

interGeneration400 is the UC Berkeley Student Learning Center's commemorative celebration of Black history and recognition of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act. Through this endeavor, the SLC seeks to re-examine the global legacy of American slavery; honor Black ingenuity and...   More >

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Arguing for Social Justice: Saturday Seminar

Workshop | February 1 | 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Longfellow Middle School

 1500 Derby St., Berkeley, CA 94703

 BASP and BAMP

The convergence among science, math, and language provides the foundation for making viable social justice arguments. This year we will focus on how environmental literacy can be developed by using this convergence.

Video Preservation Petting Zoo

Presentation | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Your tapes are dying! Join the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Preservation Department for hands-on analog preservation demos and DIY tips. See good tapes go bad before your eyes, scope some far-out video art, and learn about BAVC’s program to subsidize tape digitization for artists and community groups.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Dr. Michael Patnode, Washington University, St. Louis: Dietary Plant Polysaccharides Mediate Interactions between Human Gut Microbes in Vivo

Seminar | February 3 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Center for Computational Biology, Public Health, School of

Abstract:
Transcription, the fundamental cellular process by which DNA is copied to RNA, is tightly regulated in healthy human development but frequently dysregulated in disease. During or shortly after transcription, regions known as “introns” are spliced out of the RNA to produce mature “messenger” RNA. Massively parallel sequencing of RNA (RNA-seq) has become a ubiquitous technology in...   More >

Metabolic dysfunction in retinal degeneration

Seminar | February 3 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 John Ash

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Metabolic dysfunction in retinal degeneration

Abstract coming soon.

Trade Lunch: "Resource Misallocation in European Firms: The Role of Constraints, Firm Characteristics and Managerial Decisions"

Seminar | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yuriy Gorodnichenko, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Predictive CFD Modeling for Industrial Fire and Suppression: Progress and Challenges: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Yi Wang, FM Global, Research Division

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Accidental fire is the most costly peril for commercial and industrial facilities, with the total fire loss equal to the combined losses due to all natural hazards. The technical complexity related to the highly-coupled physical and chemical processes in fire and suppression has restricted the industrial fire protection solution to be mostly dependent on full-scale testing and empirical...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Macdonald polynomials and level two Demazure modules for affine $sl_{n+1}$.

Seminar | February 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Rekha Biswal, MPIM Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

An important result due to Sanderson and Ion says that characters of level one Demazure modules are specialized Macdonald polynomials. In this talk, I will introduce a new class of symmetric polynomials indexed by a pair of dominant weights of $sl_{n+1}$ which is expressed as linear combination of specialized symmetric Macdonald polynomials with coefficients defined recursively. These polynomials...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History

Seminar | February 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Jan De Vries, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | February 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Olle Hammar; Ludvig Wier

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Olle Hammar - "Culture, Individualism and Preferences for Redistribution"

Ludvig Wier - "Externalities in International Tax Enforcement: Theory and Evidence" w/ Thomas Tørsløv and Gabriel Zucman

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Variation of toric GIT quotient and Variation of Lagrangian skeleton

Seminar | February 3 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Peng Zhou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well-known that the GIT quotient depends on a choice of an equivariant ample line bundle. Various different quotients are related by birational transformations, and their B-models ($D^b Coh$) are related by semi-orthogonal decompositions, or derived equivalences. If we apply mirror symmetry, it is natural to ask how the A-models of the mirror of various quotients are related. We give a...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Pseudospectral Shattering, the Sign Function, and Diagonalization in Nearly Matrix Multiplication Time II

Seminar | February 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of the talk of the previous week. See the abstract posted with that talk.

Human Cognition Colloquium: Dynamic geometries of thoughts, memories, and conversations

Colloquium | February 3 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Jeremy R. Manning, Dartmouth College

 Department of Psychology

Our ongoing thoughts reflect how we perceive the world, remember our past, and communicate. I will describe approaches that my lab is using to model the dynamics of real-world thoughts and how our brains support those thoughts. Our central advance is to define mathematical spaces whose coordinates reflect different thoughts that people might have. We characterize experiences as they unfold in...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On the distribution of Hecke correspondences and CM points

Seminar | February 3 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sebastián Herrero, Pontificia U. Católica de Valparaíso

 Department of Mathematics

We will recall classical results on the distribution properties of Hecke correspondences and of CM points on the modular curve over the field of complex numbers, and preset new results on the analogue problems over the p-adics. This is joint work with Juan Rivera-Letelier (U. of Rochester) and Ricardo Menares (Pontificia U. Católica de Chile).

Differential Geometry Seminar: Geodesic planes in hyperbolic 3-manifolds

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

 Amir Mohammadi, UCSD

 Department of Mathematics

Let M be a hyperbolic 3-manifold. A geodesic plane in M is a totally geodesic immersion of the hyperbolic plane into M. In this talk we will give an overview of some results which highlight how geometric, topological, and arithmetic properties of M are related to the behavior of geodesic planes in M. This talk is based on joint projects with McMullen and Oh, and in another direction with Margulis.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Dilogarithms and abelian Chern-Simons

Seminar | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Dan Freed, UT Austin

 Department of Mathematics

In joint work with Andy Neitzke we discovered a construction of the dilogarithm function from the Chern-Simons function for the group C*. This leads, for example, to a geometric derivation of dilogarithm identities. In the talk I will review the geometry of the Chern-Simons function, including the variation for spin manifolds needed in this application.

Mechanism and regulation of P transposable elements in Drosophila and vertebrates

Seminar | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Don Rio, UCB

 College of Chemistry

Quantifying Uncertainty in Complex Systems with Applications to Brain Connectomics: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Claire Donnat, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

From social networks to neurosciences, graphs have rapidly become ubiquitous by offering a versatile modeling framework in which data points are represented as nodes, and various aspects of the underlying organization of the data are captured through edges. Brain Connectomics---a developing field in cognitive neuroscience---is a case in point, as it strives to understand cognitive processes and...   More >

The Art of War - A New Translation by Michael Nylan

Colloquium | February 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Nylan, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Michael Nylan intends to use this talk to consider the state of the China field as regards translations of the Classics and masterworks. She is presently editor of the University of Washington "Classics of Chinese Thought" translation series, which is currently publishing the third of the already finished nine scheduled books. She is also the recent translator of Yang Xiong's Exemplary Figures...   More >

Racialization, Colorism, and Stalled Upward Mobility Among Low-Income Rural Families

Colloquium | February 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Linda M. Burton, Dean, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

In this presentation I tell the story about how 30 years of conducting ethnographic studies of intimate unions and childbearing in low-income rural and small town communities led me to serendipitously explore the racialization, colorism, and upward mobility experiences of rural families.

I draw on longitudinal data from ethnographies of poor families residing in Pennsylvania to demonstrate how...   More >

Linda M. Burton, Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley

Chernobyl

Colloquium | February 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 105 North Gate Hall

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

The Nuclear Engineering Department Presents "Chernobyl", a panel discussion on HBO's 2019 mini-series. The panel will be featuring Mark Sandberg Ph.D., Jason T. Harris Ph.D., Jean L. Nakamura M.D., Alexei Yurchak Ph.D., and Massimiliano Fratoni Ph.D.

Job Market Seminar: "Scoring Strategic Agents"

Seminar | February 3 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ian Ball, Yale Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Information Economics, Mechanism Design, Game Theory

Scanning the Sky for Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter

Colloquium | February 3 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 Kerstin Perez, Assistant Professor, MIT

 Department of Physics

The particle nature of dark matter is a driving question of contemporary physics, with astrophysical experiments leading the search for dark matter annihilation or decay signatures. Sterile neutrinos, which could provide an elegant solution to the puzzle of the observed active neutrino masses and mixing, are among the most well-motivated light dark matter candidates, with astrophysical X-ray...   More >

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | February 4 | 9-10 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

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Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | February 4 | 10:10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

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Seminar 217, Risk Management: Rough volatility: Evidence from range-based and implied volatility

Seminar | February 4 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Saad Mouti, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: In Gatheral et al. 2014, it has been shown that volatility exhibits a fractional behavior with a Hurst exponent $H < 0.5$, changing the typical perception of volatility. In their study, Gatheral and his co-authors used the realized volatility.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Rough volatility: Evidence from range-based and implied volatility

Seminar | February 4 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Saad Mouti, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT:

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Rough volatility: Evidence from range-based and implied volatility

Seminar | February 4 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Saad Mouti, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: In Gatheral et al. 2014, it has been shown that volatility exhibits a fractional behavior with a Hurst exponent $H < 0.5$, changing the typical perception of volatility. In their study, Gatheral and his co-authors used the realized volatility.

Clayton Heathcock Lectureship: Innovation in Pharmaceutical Process Development

Seminar | February 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Margaret Faul, VP Drug Product Technologies, Amgen

 College of Chemistry

3-Manifold Seminar: 3-manifold seminar

Seminar | February 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be an organizational meeting for the 3-manifold seminar this semester. I would like to try to set up a group research project on an accessible topic. I will discuss a potential topic, minimal lengths of knots in 3-manifolds.

Special EECS Seminar: Surface Emitting Laser Turned on Light: Everybody Has VCSELs

Seminar | February 4 | 1:10-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Kenichi Iga, Professor Emeritus and Former President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) is a new type of semiconductor laser and now generating new applications such as high-speed local area networks, computer mice, parallel optical interconnects, laser printers, face recognition systems, and various optical sensors.

Surface Emitting Laser Turned on Light: Everybody Has VCSELs

Seminar | February 4 | 1:10-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 - Banatao Auditorium

 Kenichi Iga, Professor Emeritus and Former President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

 Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute

The VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) is a new type of
semiconductor laser and now generating new applications such as high-speed local area networks, computer mice, parallel optical interconnects, laser printers, face recognition systems, and various optical sensors.

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics (Joint with Psychology and Economics): Eliminating Equilibrium Pathologies in Models with Present-Biased Discounting: the β-δ-Δ Sweet Spot

Seminar | February 4 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 David Laibson, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

ABSTRACT: When agents have present-biased discount functions and are partially or fully sophisticated, intra-personal strategic motives induce equilibria with pathological properties, including non-uniqueness, policy function discontinuities and policy-function non-monotonicities. Harris and Laibson (2013) propose a continuous-time model with an instantaneously short 'present', which eliminates...   More >

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Macdonald polynomials and integrability

Seminar | February 4 | 2:10-3 p.m. | TBD Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be the first talk on a series on Macdonald polynomials, combinatorics and integrability. A mix of combinatorics, algebra and mathematical physics.

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Macdonald polynomials and integrability

Seminar | February 4 | 2:10-3 p.m. | TBD Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be the first talk on a series on Macdonald polynomials, combinatorics and integrability. A mix of combinatorics, algebra and mathematical physics.

Annals of Scientific Storytelling

Presentation | February 4 | 2:15-3:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium (Room 140)

 Siobhan Roberts, Simons Institute

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Simons Institute Journalist in Residence and author Siobhan Roberts will discuss her work and deconstruct some of her features for publications such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Quanta, followed by a Q&A (and, if desired, an informal pitch session).

Siobhan Roberts is a Canadian author and science journalist who writes for the New York Times' “Science Times,” Quanta, and the New...   More >

 Not recommended for children.

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: The Travel Time Tomography Inverse Problem for Transversely Isotropic Elastic Media

Seminar | February 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Joey Zou, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss the travel time tomography problem for the elastic wave equation, where the aim is to recover elastic coefficients in the interior of an elastic medium given the travel times of the corresponding elastic waves. I will consider in particular the transversely isotropic case, which provides a reasonable seismological model for the interior of the Earth or other planets. By applying...   More >

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD

Colloquium | February 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University

 Department of Psychology

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Primary Ideals and Differential Equations

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

 Bernd Sturmfels, UC Berkeley, MPI Leipzig

 Department of Mathematics

An ideal in a polynomial ring encodes a system of linear partial differential equations with constant coefficients. Primary decomposition organizes the solutions to the PDE. This paper develops a novel structure theory for primary ideals in this context. We characterize primary ideals in terms of PDE, punctual Hilbert schemes, and the join construction, and we present an explicit algorithm for...   More >

Elastica Catastrophe Machine and Configurational Forces in Dynamics

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Associate Professor Francesco Dal Corso, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering; University of Trento, Italy

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Nonlinear structural mechanics breaks the limits of traditional linear elastic design, to create elements working much beyond the realm of linearized kinematics, fully inside the nonlinear range, so matching the strong requirements imposed by soft robotics, flexible locomotion devices, metastructures, architected structures for vibration mitigation, and morphable structures. Within this...   More >

2020 William Main Seminar Series - Investing in Global Forest Restoration: Opportunities and Challenges: Mobilizing Institutional Capital for Forest Restoration Investments

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5:15 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Dr. Clark Binkley, Managing Director, International Forestry Investment Advisors LLC

 Berkeley Forests

Recent research has identified forest restoration as having great potential to mitigate global climate change, but realizing this potential requires vast areas of suitable land, large sums of capital, and incentives for landowners to invest in forests instead of other land uses. The 2020 William Main Seminar Series examines opportunities and challenges associated with global forest restoration....   More >

  RSVP by emailing Rachelle Hedges at rachelle.hedges@berkeley.edu by February 4.

RTMP Seminar: Calculating Duistermaat-Heckman measures of a perfect basis

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Anne Dranowski, University of Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

By work of Lusztig, generic modules for the preprojective algebra give bases for representations of ADE groups. By work of Mirkovic and Vilonen, MV cycles give bases for these representations as well. While both bases were known to be crystal bases practically since their inception, only recently did we see polytope descriptions of their crystal structures. The crystal structure on MV cycles was...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Evidence Acquisition and Voluntary Disclosure"

Seminar | February 4 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Denis Shishkin, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Information Economics, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 4 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: K-theoretic Tutte polynomials of morphisms of matroids

Seminar | February 4 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Tutte polynomial is among the most important combinatorial invariants of a graph and more generally of a matroid. A geometric interpretation of the Tutte polynomial was given by Fink and Speyer via the K-theory of Grassmannians. In this talk, we define and study the Tutte polynomial of morphisms of graphs and matroids by considering the K-theory of flag varieties. We show that there are two...   More >

Berkeley Underground Scholars: From Incarceration to Education

Presentation | February 4 | 6-8 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

The Berkeley Undergrounds Scholars (BUS) is a grassroots program for UC Berkeley students who have been directly impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex, including formerly incarcerated people or those with incarcerated family members.

Please join us for a discussion of the program and its aim to shift the School-to-Prison pipeline to a Prison-to-School pipeline using higher education as an...   More >

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

LinkedIn Basics

Workshop | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

LinkedIn is a great tool for establishing an online presence, conducting career research, and facilitating connection with other professionals. This workshop addresses the basics.

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CITRIS Research Exchange - Vincent Vanhoucke

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

"Closing the Perception-Actuation Loop using Machine Learning: New Perspectives and Strategies"

About the Talk:

Recent advances in perception technology, fueled by progress in deep learning, have materially changed the degree of situational awareness one can expect from robots engaged in the real world: in addition to perceiving the geometry of the world around them, robots can now also...   More >

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Capitalism and Freedom: Perspectives on Slavery and its Ties to Economic and Political Liberalism in Europe

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Caitlin Rosenthal, History Department, UC Berkeley; Tyler Stovall, Dean of the Humanities at UC Santa Cruz

 Institute of European Studies, Department of African American Studies, Department of History

In the spirit of Chancellor Christ's recent initiative to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved
Africans in the English colonies, IES is proud to sponsor an event on Capitalism and Freedom examining the
involvement of various European powers in the transatlantic slave trade and the implications of this involvement
for political liberalism and the economic system of...   More >

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Caitlin Rosenthal & Tyler Stovall

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: Kustu Lecture: Bacterial body building: mechanisms and consequences of Helicobacter pylori morphology

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Nina Salama, Director, Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Graduate Program, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Nina Salama studies Helicobacter pylori, a stomach bacterium that infects half the world’s population and is associated with ulcers and gastric cancer — the third leading cancer killer worldwide. Her team found that H. pylori’s unique corkscrew shape allows the bug to colonize the stomach by burrowing into the mucus lining where it is protected from the acidic environment. They found a set of...   More >

Nina Salama

Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Affine Grassmannians and factorization

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Nadler, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be the first meeting of a semester-long seminar focused on factorization with an emphasis on examples coming from Lie theory.

Matrix On Point: The Fate of the Forests

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Nancy Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Christopher Lesser, Graduate Student, Institute of International Studies; Stephanie Postar, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley Department of Geography

 Social Science Matrix

The destruction of the world's forests has had massive environmental impacts, contributing to unprecedented losses in biodiversity around the world. The recent, catastrophic fires in the Amazon rainforest, the so-called lungs of our planet, were started by developers seeking to profit from the cultivation of crops, mining, logging, and grazing on the land and drive away the indigenous peoples who...   More >

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Sparse Deep Predictive Coding: A Model of Visual Perception

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Victor Boutin, Institute of Neuroscience of la Timone (INT), Aix-Marseille University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Building models to efficiently represent images is a central problem in the machine learning community. The brain and especially the visual cortex, has long find economical and robust solutions to solve such a problem. At the local scale, Sparse Coding is one of the most successful framework to model neural computation in the visual cortex. It directly derives from the efficient coding...   More >

Our Soil, Ourselves: How Your Health Connects to Soil

Presentation | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online-Zoom

 Daphne Miller, MD

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

What does soil health have to do with your health? This free webinar will explore the relationship between soil and health, and the specific steps you can take to become a Soil Ambassador.

Sensing the Behavioral Manifestation of Personality in Daily Life

Colloquium | February 5 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Gabriella Harari, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

People around the world own digital media devices (e.g., smartphones, wearables, smart home appliances) that mediate and are in close proximity to their everyday behavior and contexts. These devices contain mobile sensors and metadata logs that can be collected to obtain fine-grained records of personality-relevant information. In this talk, I will present findings from our smartphone sensing...   More >

BPM 104 Communicating Goals, Objectives and Key Results

Workshop | February 5 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content identifies how departmental goals and individual performance objectives and key results fit into the UC Berkeley performance management cycle and performance evaluation process.

Ikhlaq Sidhu — Can We Teach Students to Create, Innovate, and Lead?

Seminar | February 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Ihklaq Sidhu, UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Skype, Zoom, Webex, Facebook voice chat and Whatsapp are all businesses built on VoIP, a disruptive technology that was controversial when Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu developed and wrote its seminal patents while he was an engineer at 3com.

In this talk, Ikhlaq will discuss his journey from lab engineer to industry innovator — and the concepts, mindset, and behaviors he discovered that are...   More >

Human Cognition Colloquium: “Evaluating truth in a fake news era”

Colloquium | February 5 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Nadia Brashier, Harvard University

 Department of Psychology

Every day, we encounter false claims that range from silly (e.g., We use 10% of our brains) to dangerous (e.g., Vaccines cause autism). How do we know what to believe? In this talk, I will put forth a three-part model of how people judge truth. First, most content encountered in daily life is mundane and true. Reflecting this base rate, we develop a bias to accept claims. Second, our own feelings...   More >

Probability Seminar: Wilson loop expectations for finite gauge groups

Seminar | February 5 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Sky Cao, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: Wilson loop variables are certain random variables which arise in physics. Understanding the expectations of these random variables is of particular interest. Recently, Chatterjee computed Wilson loop expectations to leading order for Ising lattice gauge theory at weak coupling. In this talk, I will describe how to do the same for lattice gauge theories with finite gauge groups. In...   More >

Wilson loop expectations for finite gauge groups

Seminar | February 5 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Sky Cao, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Wilson loop variables are certain random variables which arise in physics. Understanding the expectations of these random variables is of particular interest. Recently, Chatterjee computed Wilson loop expectations to leading order for Ising lattice gauge theory at weak coupling. In this talk, I will describe how to do the same for lattice gauge theories with finite gauge groups. In...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: A Graph-Based Kernel Method for Scientific Machine Learning

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yu-Hang Tang, LBNL

 Department of Mathematics

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are keys to transforming scientific research at the Department of Energy. However, success stories so far have concentrated on select forms of data. In this talk, I will present our recent work on revitalizing the marginalized graph kernel to enable direct machine learning on graph datasets while bypassing any explicit feature vector representation....   More >

CCB Seminar: Dr. Trevor Bedford, University of Washington: Tracking and forecasting epidemic spread through viral genome sequencing

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Abstract:
Here, I present work on genomic epidemiology of Ebola virus and evolutionary dynamics of seasonal influenza virus. In both cases, we're using the Nextstrain platform to pull in sequence data in near real-time and generate inferences of epidemic patterns. For the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu in the DRC, inferences focus on individual-level transmission patterns to aid in...   More >

Architecture at the nanoscale: Design principles for core-shell catalysts

Colloquium | February 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Yuriy Román-Leshkov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemistry

In this lecture, I will show how advanced synthesis techniques can be coupled with rigorous reactivity and characterization studies to unearth unique synergies in nanostructured catalysts.

Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Seminar: The “brownless” brown adipocytes in thermoregulation and metabolism

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Darrell Neufer, Professor, East Carolina University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Racism, Plutocracy, and the 2020 Election

Colloquium | February 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisions—and racism in particular—to win power, and then has ruled primarily on behalf of the ultra-wealthy. No one better symbolizes the conjoined dynamics of racism and plutocracy than Donald Trump. In this lecture, Prof. Haney López lays out the history of dog whistle politics and Trump’s place within it. Then he suggests a...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Laura Schewel: Transportation Behavioral Data and Climate Change

Colloquium | February 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Laura Schewel, StreetLight Data

 Energy and Resources Group

Laura Schewel will explore how the seemingly
mundane topic of transportation data collection techniques has evolved over the years, along with the surprising new insights it yields.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Topology Seminar: On loops intersecting at most once

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

 Joshua Greene, Boston College

 Department of Mathematics

How many simple closed curves can you draw on a closed surface of genus g in such a way that no two are isotopic and no two intersect in more than k points? It is known how to draw a collection in which the number of curves grows as a polynomial in g of degree k+1, and conjecturally, this is the best possible. I will describe a proof of an upper bound that matches this function up to a factor of...   More >

A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy: Book Talk with Jane McAlevey

Seminar | February 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 150 Law Building

 Shaw San Liu

 Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow, UC Berkeley Labor Center

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL)

For decades, racism, corporate greed, and a skewed political system have been eating away at the social and political fabric of the United States. Yet as McAlevey reminds us, there is one weapon whose effectiveness has been proven repeatedly throughout U.S. history: unions.

Join longtime labor organizer and UC Berkeley Labor Center Senior Policy Fellow Jane McAlevey for a talk about her...   More >

Facing the Future: A Berkeley Faculty Association Forum on the challenges facing the next UC President

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 820, Social Science Matrix

 John A. Perez, Chair of the UC Board of Regents, Chair of the UC Board of Regents; Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley, Chancellor, UC Berkeley

 Wendy Brown, Professor Political Science, Professor Political Science; Professor James Vernon, Department of History, Department of History

 Berkeley Faculty Association

Professors Brown (political science) and Vernon (history) will engage Regent John Pérez and Chancellor Christ with pressing questions on the mission, the funding and the governance of the University of California, and of Berkeley in particular, setting the scene for questions from, and discussion with the audience.

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >

Thursday, February 6, 2020

UC Berkeley PD Showcase for Educators

Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 Professional Development for Educators

On Friday, March 6, 2020, administrators and teacher-leaders are invited to attend a one-day showcase of the many professional development programs for educators here at UC Berkeley. Come explore professional learning options for educators across disciplines and in different stages of their careers.

About UC Berkeley Professional Development Providers:

University of California- Berkeley...   More >

 This event is open to educators, including administrators and teacher-leaders.

  Registration opens November 1. Register online by February 28.

Terapia Breve Centrada en Soluciones: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Spanish

Workshop | February 6 – 7, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  The California Endowment Oakland Regional Office

 2000 Franklin, Oakland, CA 94612

 Luna Calderon, LCSW, UC Berkeley School Social Welfare

 Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) supports client self-efficacy and empowerment by validating and honoring clients’ knowledge and expertise.  Solution-focused therapists assume that clients are the experts regarding their lives and therefore have the knowledge and skills to build solutions.  Therapy is therefore a collaborative process that respects and validates the clients’ beliefs,...   More >

$45 Behavioral Health Practitioners, $10 Students

  Register online by January 31.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar Joint with Development: CANCELED

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 325 Cheit Hall | Canceled

 Filipe Campante, Associate Professor, SAIS & John Hopkins

 Haas School of Business

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: You are what you eat: nutritional physiology influences ecology

Seminar | February 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Samantha Leigh, California State University Fullerton

 Department of Integrative Biology

Undergraduate Energy Career Forum

Career Fair | February 6 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum Chou Hall

 BEACN

Featuring recruiters from companies in renewable energy, consulting, green finance, software, and oil and gas including:
Ford
Southern California Edison
EDF
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
EPRI
CPUC
Navigant
Strategen
Pattern Energy
E3
8minute Solar Energy
Energy Solutions
EVgo
Alameda Power
Marin Clean Energy
Axiom Exergy
Heila Microgrids
Ascend Analytics
Extensible...   More >

Seminar 251: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2020: Dr. Sarah Vaughn (Anthropology): Another Skin: Belonging and Climate Adaptation in Guyana

Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Sarah Vaughn

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

Dr. Sarah Vaughn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley will present: "Another Skin: Belonging and Climate Adaptation in Guyana". Coffee will be available before the talk at 3:00PM in 139 Mulford. Open to the public.

Strain Engineering for Unprecedented Properties

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Ju Li, University of Washington

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Strain Engineering uses strain to guide the interactions of material structures with electrons, photons, etc. and control energy, mass and information flows. The success of Strained Silicon technology today harbingers what Strain Engineering may do for human civilization in the future, with potential breakthroughs in electronics, photonics, ferroics, superconductivity, catalysis, sensing, etc. In...   More >

Teaching Your Own Class as an Undergraduate: the A to Z of Proposing a DeCal

Workshop | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

"
Interested in leading your own class and adding to Cal’s curriculum? This informational workshop covers the process of proposing your own DeCal, from identifying a faculty sponsor to getting your course approved. Stop by to discover best practices and get your proposal process started! Please RSVP at bit.ly/ucftr-sp20info."

BERC Energy Summit: Career Fair: The Race Against 2°C

Career Fair | February 6 | 4-8 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Join us for the annual Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative's (BERC) Energy Summit. It's the largest student-led energy conference in the country, bringing together over 400 students, researchers, policy makers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss the world's most pressing energy challenges. This year, transformational leaders will converge on Berkeley's campus to explore the...   More >

  Buy tickets online

South Korea’s Nuclear-Energy Entanglements and the Political Temporality of Ecological Democracy

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Nan Kim, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Compared to all other countries with large nuclear-energy programs, South Korea maintains by far the most densely concentrated cluster of nuclear reactors in the world, but only in recent years have civic groups obtained official data to confirm this. Given that South Korea’s significant reliance on nuclear energy is itself a legacy of military dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s, what does the...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: $2^k$-Selmer groups and Goldfeld's conjecture

Colloquium | February 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Alexander Smith, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

Take $a$ and $b$ to be integers that obey some technical conditions, and take $H$ to be a large positive integer. If the integer $d$ is chosen uniformly at random from $[1, H]$, we prove that the resulting curve \[E^d: dy^2 = x^3 + ax + b\] has probability at most $1/2 + o(1)$ of having infinitely many rational points $(x, y)$. To do this, we will find the distribution of $2^k$-Selmer ranks in...   More >

On the Interior Life of Master Hongyi 弘一大師 (1880-1942), a Modern Chinese Buddhist Artist-Monk: Three or Four Strands

Colloquium | February 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Raoul Birnbaum, University of California Santa Cruz

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures

What can be said about the interior life of an eminent and multi-talented twentieth-century Chinese Buddhist monk? Can we speak of things below the obvious surface, beyond a sequence of events? How can the life of a complex individual be approached? This talk looks to some core elements of Hongyi’s interior life, set in time, based on consideration of a broad array of primary sources: diaries,...   More >

Friday, February 7, 2020

BLS Workshop - Phonological Representations: At the crossroad between gradience and categoricity

Conference/Symposium | February 7 – 8, 2020 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Describing the sounds of language has always been a central concern of both linguistic phonetics and theoretical phonology. The central tension between informational abstraction and phonetic concreteness is resolved in ways that differ based partly on one’s theoretical aims. In some cases phonologists use continuously valued representations to derive categorical effects, while in other cases...   More >

BERC Energy Summit: The Race Against 2°C

Conference/Symposium | February 7 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Memorial Stadium

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Join us for the annual Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative's (BERC) Energy Summit. It's the largest student-led energy conference in the country, bringing together over 400 students, researchers, policy makers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss the world's most pressing energy challenges. This year, transformational leaders will converge on Berkeley's campus to explore the...   More >

  Buy tickets online

Terapia Breve Centrada en Soluciones: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Spanish

Workshop | February 6 – 7, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  The California Endowment Oakland Regional Office

 2000 Franklin, Oakland, CA 94612

 Luna Calderon, LCSW, UC Berkeley School Social Welfare

 Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) supports client self-efficacy and empowerment by validating and honoring clients’ knowledge and expertise.  Solution-focused therapists assume that clients are the experts regarding their lives and therefore have the knowledge and skills to build solutions.  Therapy is therefore a collaborative process that respects and validates the clients’ beliefs,...   More >

$45 Behavioral Health Practitioners, $10 Students

  Register online by January 31.

Beyond the Crisis Narrative: Rohingya Statelessness and its implications for Bangladesh

Conference/Symposium | February 7 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Hannah Beech, Southeast Asia Bureau Chief for The New York Times

 Samira Siddique, PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group; Rohini J. Haar, Lecturer of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley; Research Fellow, Human Rights Center, School of Law, UC Berkeley; Ruhul Abid, Associate Professor, Brown University Medical School; Christopher LeBoa, Researcher, Department of Epidemiology, Stanford University; Steve Ross, Senior Advisor and Program Director at the Richardson Center for Global Engagement; Shireen Huq, Founder Narippokho; Rahima Begum, Co-director, Restless Beings; Prashanta Tripura, Professor, BRAC University; Yasmin Ullah, Research Coordinator, Rohingya Human Rights Network; Ashley Toombs, Director of External Affairs, BRAC USA; Sharif Mukul, Research Fellow, Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; Mabrur Ahmed, Director, Restless Beings; Ali Riaz, Distinguished Professor​ at the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University; Richard Spees, Executive Director, CAORC; Patrick DeSutter, PhD Student, Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Navine Murshid, Associate Professor of Political Science, Colgate University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Khatharya Um, Associate Professor. Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley; Isha Ray, Associate Professor, Energy and Resources Group; Co-Director, Berkeley Water Center, UC Berkeley; Dina Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center of American Overseas Research Centers, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, Center for Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Race and Gender, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Human Rights Center, 1947 Partition Archive, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

A conference on the Rohingya Crisis

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | February 7 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/6, Samba will be 10/4, Hula / Polynesian will be 11/1, and Zumba / Samba will be 12/6. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

German 204-Compact Seminar taught by Prof. Hinrich Seeba(only for 5 weeks): Aesthetics of History: Lessing, Schiller, Novalis, Kleist

Seminar | January 31 – February 28, 2020 every Friday | 1-4 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

 Department of German

In the age of fake news, the disparity of historical and poetic truth, as it emerged in the 18th century, gains new significance. When the study of history became an academic discipline, the role of historical writing between factual report and literary representation was intensely discussed – by historians, philosophers of history and writers, from Chladenius, Wegelin and Gatterer in history, by...   More >

Life After CNR: Student-Alumni Networking Event

Career Fair | February 7 | 1-3 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Natural Resources, Rausser College of

The College of Natural Resources and the Career Center are hosting its first ever Life After CNR Networking event, where CNR students will have the opportunity to meet alumni mentors from every major in CNR and learn how their degrees led them to jobs in a variety of different areas.

  RSVP online by February 7.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Creating Positive Feedback Loops to Accelerate the Energy Transition

Seminar | February 7 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Sarah Kurtz, Professor, University of California, Merced - School of Engineering

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will discuss how positive feedback loops can help accelerate the energy transition by taking a balanced approach. The talk will also discuss how choices we make in designing our new energy system can reduce or increase the size of the problem.

The Materials Project and Data-driven Materials Design: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Kristin Persson, UC Berkeley, Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The powerful combination of supercomputing resources, robust algorithms for solving the laws of physics, and state-of-the-art software infrastructure are enabling rapid, systematic calculations of real materials properties from quantum mechanics across chemistry and structure. A result of this paradigm change are databases like the Materials Project (www.materialsproject.org) which is charting...   More >

Ice-Ocean Interactions in Antarctica: E201 Ocean Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 7 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Louis-Alexandre Couston, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, British Antarctic Survey

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: In this presentation, I will give an overview of the state-of-the-art knowledge of the southern ocean dynamics, the Antarctic ice sheet, and their interactions. I will discuss why predicting mass transfers between Antarctic ice shelves and polar oceans is a challenging problem, which we are addressing at the British Antarctic Survey in order to improve predictions of ice melting and...   More >

Application Support Session for Students of Color (UROC event: Under-represented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | February 7 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 1 Durant Hall

 Emma Yataco, Underrepresented Researchers of Color

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This session, sponsored by UROC, is to provide support and guidance and concrete feedback for underrepresented students who are applying to SURF, Haas Scholars, Mellon Mays, and other programs with upcoming deadlines.

The US Census and Social Media Archiving

Seminar | February 7 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Catherine Marshall

 Information, School of

Social media users are generally averse to archiving their posts, but what can we learn from the the 1940 US Census?

Tracing the evolution of atoms into solids through rationally designed low-dimensional materials

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Thomas Kempa, Department of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University

 College of Chemistry

The physical properties of matter change dramatically as atoms assemble into extended solids. Tracing the evolution of these properties as a function of material scale presents formidable challenges. Fortunately, low-dimensional materials can provide a vital link between these extremes of scale if their size, shape, and structure can be finely controlled. To do so, we have developed strategies...   More >

Finding AIDS Villages: Transnational Information Politics of Infectious Diseases in China

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Yan Long, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Under what conditions do new disease outbreaks become recognized and acknowledged by the Chinese state? Conventional wisdom tends to focus on the inherent epidemiological or social characteristics of the health issues themselves. Many scholars argue forcefully to the contrary: The domestic political structures shape when and what diseases can be “seen” by the government. This talk extends the...   More >

Logic Colloquium: First order expansions of $(\mathbb R,< ,+)$

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Erik Walsberg, UC Irvine

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss recent work on first order expansions of $(\mathbb R,< ,+)$. I will describe the general dichotomy between tame and wild expansions and then describe a strong recent result on NIP expansions.

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Introduction to the Langlands-Rapoport conjecture

Seminar | February 7 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Sug Woo Shin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll give a gentle colloquium-style introduction to the Langlands-Rapoport conjecture, which describes the structure of the mod $p$ points of Shimura varieties. No prior knowledge of Shimura varieties is assumed.

Grounds for Science Bridging the Gap: Hip-Hop and Earth Science

Presentation | February 7 | 7-8 p.m. |  Hip Hop Juice Box

 3960 Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Robin D. Lopez, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 Science@Cal

Science has enabled countless innovations and inspiring moments. However, often the excitement of world-class scientific endeavors seldom permeates beyond the walls of the ivory tower. Equal efforts are necessary within science communication to inspire diverse demographics who are fully capable of catalyzing change. Robin will highlight how he’s challenging the status quo of both science...   More >

Bridging the Gap: Hip-Hop & Earth Science with Robin D. Lopez