<< Week of February 13 >>

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Meditation and Mindfulness in the Museum

Workshop | February 11 | 11:30 a.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jill Satterfield, of Vajra Yoga and the School for Compassionate Action, leads an ongoing series of mindfulness and meditation sessions. For all levels; no advance registration required.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Social Science and Humanities Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 12 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Jeff Vance Martin, SURF Advisor

 Office of Undergraduate Research

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in social science and humanities disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar:: Cu homeostasis in Chlamydomonas, handling economy to excess

Seminar | February 12 | 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Sabeeha Merchant, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Seismic Hazard Analysis, Capturing Uncertainty in the Post-Truth Era: SEMM and GeoSystems joint seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. William Lettis, Lettis Consultants Internationsl, Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The earthquake engineering community and regulatory agencies are moving, at varying rates, toward risk-informed engineering decisions and design. Risk-informed decision making, in turn, requires that probabilistic seismic hazard analyses explicitly and transparently incorporate uncertainty in hazard-significant seismic source and ground motion parameters.

Combinatorics Seminar: Money changing problems on affine semigroups

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

 Jesus De Loera, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

An affine semigroup is a semigroup (always containing a neutral element) which is finitely generated and can be embedded in $Z^d$ . I care about them because they are the algebraic combinatorics analogues of convex polyhedral cones and because they are at the cross-roads of convex geometry, algebraic geometry, commutative algebra and combinatorics among others (e.g., they constitute the...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | February 12 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Francis Wong; Jonathan Holmes

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

12:10pm - Francis Wong - "Persistent Financial Distress After the Great Recession"

1pm - Jonathan Holmes - "How the Price of Physician Visits Affects Patient Welfare (When the Insurer Pays)"

  RSVP online by February 8.

The Link between Blur, Refractive Correction and Falls

Seminar | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 David Elliot, PhD, Professor, Bradford University, UK

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Falls are common and represent a very serious health risk for older people. They are not random events as falls are linked to a range of intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors. Vision provides a significant input to postural control in addition to providing information about the size and position of hazards and obstacles in the travel pathway and allows us to safely negotiate steps and...   More >

Neural Mechanisms of the Development of Face Perception

Colloquium | February 12 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Kalanit Grill-Spector, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

How do brain mechanisms develop from childhood to adulthood? There is extensive debate if brain development is due to pruning of excess neurons, synapses, and connections, leading to reduction of responses to irrelevant stimuli, or if development is associated with growth of dendritic arbors, synapses, and myelination leading to increased responses and selectivity to relevant stimuli. Our...   More >

Neural Mechanisms of the Development of Face Perception

Colloquium | February 12 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room (3105)

 Kalanit Grill-Spector, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How do brain mechanisms develop from childhood to adulthood? There is extensive debate if brain development is due to pruning of excess neurons, synapses, and connections, leading to reduction of responses to irrelevant stimuli, or if development is associated with growth of dendritic arbors, synapses, and myelination leading to increased responses and selectivity to relevant stimuli. Our...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Guo Xu, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | C320 Haas School of Business

 Scott Nelson, MIT

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall | Canceled

 Jong Duk Park, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at...   More >

Probabilistic operator Algebra Seminar: Asymptotics for a class of meandric systems, via the Hasse diagram of $NC(n)$

Seminar | February 12 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Alexandru Nica, University of Waterloo

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a joint paper with Ian Goulden and Doron Puder (arXiv:1708.05188), concerning a family of diagrammatic objects called meandric systems. These objects have received a substantial amount of interest from mathematical physicists and from combinatorialists, and the study of the number of components of a random meandric system offers some very appealing, yet difficult problems. In...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Eigenvalue estimates and differential form Laplacians on Alexandrov spaces

Seminar | February 12 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 John Lott, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In S.-Y. Cheng's Berkeley thesis from 1974, he gave upper bounds on the eigenvalues of the function Laplacian on a compact Riemannian manifold, in terms of geometric data. I will give an extension of Cheng's results to the differential form Laplacian. The proof uses Alexandrov spaces, i.e. metric spaces with curvature bounded below. I will also construct differential form Laplacians on Alexandrov...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: Live Cell Fluorescence Imaging

Seminar | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Ralph Jimenez, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado

 College of Chemistry


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Novel Statistical Tools for Single Molecule Biophysics: A foray into Bayesian nonparametrics

Seminar | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Steve Pressé, Arizona State University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

One route to modeling biophysical dynamics involves the bottom-up, molecular simulation, approach. In this approach, approximate classical potentials are used to simulate short time local motions in order draw insight on dynamics at longer time and larger length scales. Here we take a different route. Instead we present a top-bottom approach to building models of single molecule conformational...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The $p$-adic Jacquet-Langlands correspondence and a question of Serre

Seminar | February 12 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Sean Howe, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar Format: The seminar consists of two 50-minute talks, a pre-talk (3:10-4:00) and an advanced talk (4:10-5:00), with a 10-minute break (4:00-4:10) between them. The advanced talk is a regular formal presentation about recent research results to general audiences in arithmetic geometry and number theory; the pre-talk (3:10-4:00) is to introduce some prerequisites or background for the...   More >

Georgina Hall - LP, SOCP, and optimization-free approaches to sum of squares optimization

Seminar | February 12 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Georgina Hall, Princeton University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

The problem of optimizing over the cone of nonnegative polynomials is a fundamental problem in computational mathematics, with applications to polynomial optimization, control, machine learning, game theory, and combinatorics, among others.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Edge (resonant) states for 1D bi-periodic systems

Seminar | February 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexis Drouot, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

We study the bifurcation of Dirac points under the introduction of edges in certain periodic systems. For honeycomb Schrodinger operators, Fefferman, Lee-Thorp and Weinstein showed that if introducing the edge opens an essential spectral gap near the Dirac energy, then the perturbed operator has an edge-localized eigenstate. This state is associated to the topologically protected zero-mode of a...   More >

The Displacement of Borders among Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hyun-Gwi Park, University of Cambridge

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Mongolia Initiative

Since the late nineteenth century, ethnic Koreans have represented a small yet significant portion of the population of the Russian Far East, but until now, the phenomenon has been largely understudied. Based on extensive historical and ethnographic research, this is the first book in English to chart the contemporary social life of Koreans in the complex borderland region. Dispelling the...   More >

Ludmila Ulitskaya’s Daniel Stein: Teenage Translator, Trusted Tour Guide, and a Text Transfigured

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Professor Emerita, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This is the first lecture of the Spring 2018 Slavic Graduate Colloquium lecture series.

Embracing Wikipedia-editing as a teaching and learning strategy in higher ed: The case of medical schools

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Amin Azzam, University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Berkeley; Samuel Merritt University

 Graduate School of Education

As of March 2017, Wikipedia had nearly 30,000 articles on medical topics in English that were collectively viewed more than 10 million times per day. However most of the content in Wikipedia’s health articles was created by a few hundred dedicated contributors, and approximately 75% of existing articles remain in the “start” or “stub” stage of development.  However, in 2017, Wikipedia-editing...   More >

A Radical S-adenosylmethionine-Dependent Enzyme that Isn’t So Radical

Seminar | February 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Squire Booker, Penn State

 College of Chemistry

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deconstructing Social Ideas

Seminar | February 13 | Barrows Hall, Radio Broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Caleb Luna, PhD Student, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Ashley Smiley, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Caleb is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Caleb Luna wearing heart sunglasses

Transition Metal-Catalyzed Amination and Amidation Reactions

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Kami Hull, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Carbon–nitrogen bonds are ubiquitous in pharmaceuticals, organic materials, and natural products. These C–N bonds are often incorporated as amines or amides. Despite their prominence, they are often formed in poor atom and step economy. One of the primary goals of the Hull Group is to develop alternative syntheses of this two important functionalities. Our work towards chemo-, stereo-, and...   More >

A Pretensioned, Rocking Bridge Column System for Accelerated Construction and Enhanced Seismic Performance

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Travis Thonstad

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

A pretensioned bridge column system has been developed that accelerates on-site construction activities, minimizes residual displacements even after large seismic events and reduces post-earthquake damage. The connections are the key to the system’s seismic performance.

Close encounters of the microbial kind: How Mycobacterium tuberculosis traverses the mucosal barrier

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Michael Shiloh, University of Texas Southwestern

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Innovative Genomics Institute Seminar Series: Connecting social interactions to specialized metabolism in actinomycete bacteria

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Matt Traxler
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology | UC Berkeley
"Connecting social interactions to specialized metabolism in actinomycete bacteria"
Energy Biosciences Building 115, Tuesday Feb 13th - 12pm to 1pm.
Lunch immediately after the seminar in the EBB lobby.

Grant Writing Workshop: Specific Aims

Workshop | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 401 University Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Public Health, School of

Presented by Erica Whitney, Associate Director of Strategy and Training, at the Berkeley Research Development Office. The presentation will focus on tips for writing a successful Specific Aims section with examples of how to address different points and messages.

Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics (BEUHS172)

Workshop | February 13 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Mary Fisher, Alzheimer’s Association

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

In this informative workshop, participants will learn about normal age-related memory changes, the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, the diagnostic process, risk factors, disease stages, and treatment options. Resources offered by the Alzheimer’s Association will be provided, as well as community resources, both locally and geographically distant.

  Enroll online

Development Lunch: "Demand-driven enforcement of labor law in Bangladesh"

Seminar | February 13 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Laura Boudreau

 Department of Economics

Africanisation and Government Intelligence: the Politics of Security in the Gold Coast, 1948 - 1957

Colloquium | February 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Chase Arnold, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley Department of History

 Center for African Studies

In 1948, the Gold Coast witnessed a week of rioting sparked by political protest and violent confrontation with police. After the riots, the British and Gold Coast governments implemented numerous political reforms, transitioning the colony toward self-rule and, eventually, independence. The riots also spurred security reform in the Gold Coast. For many in Accra and London, the riots demonstrated...   More >

Using Patient Experience Data to Assess Attempts at System Transformation

Colloquium | February 13 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Paul D. Cleary, PhD, Professor, Yale School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

The State of Connecticut recently launched a CMMI sponsored State Innovation Model program that focuses, in part, on using financial incentives to improve care. Improved Patient-centered care is one of the goals of the program and this talk will describe the initial stages of using patient surveys to assess variations in patient-centered care in CT. This will include a discussion of some of the...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | February 13 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue to discuss Kronheimer and Mrowka's instanton invariants of spatial webs.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Exchange Rate Disconnect in General Equilibrium

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Oleg Itskhoki, Princeton

 Department of Economics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Group Membership Magnifies the Dark Side of Human Social Behavior"

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michal Bauer, CERGE-EI and Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: A Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley

Workshop | February 13 | 2-5 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), East Asian Library

This workshop will examine the possibilities for new digital technologies and platforms to allow for collaboration within the humanities. Presentations will introduce collaborative projects already underway at both Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and at the University of California, Berkeley and we will explore the promise of transnational collaboration to provide students access to...   More >

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Workshop | February 13 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

The Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop will review scholarship and eligibility requirements,...   More >

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Intracranial electrophysiology of the human default mode network: Where fMRI got it wrong

Colloquium | February 13 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Josef Parvizi, Department of Neurology, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: How to Count 27 Lines in Macaulay2

Seminar | February 13 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mahrud Sayrafi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a series of computational examples in Macaulay2, we will give an introduction to Chern classes and projective bundles leading to computing the number of lines on a cubic surface. Specifically, we will see how to define smooth projective varieties in Macaulay2, build vector bundles on them, and use the Schubert2 package to compute their Chern classes. If time permits, we will look at more...   More >

Spatial organization of complex lipid bilayers: Emergent order across multiple scales

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Lutz Maibaum, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

Cellular membranes are bilayers made of a large number of different types of phospholipids, sterols, and proteins. Their spatial organization is of fundamental importance for a large number of elementary biological processes including cell signaling and membrane trafficking. It has become clear that phospholipids and sterols contribute significantly to the lateral structure of such membranes. The...   More >

Dr. Nilah Ioannidis, Departments of Biomedical Data Science and Genetics, Stanford University: Computational methods for interpreting genetic variation of unknown significance

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Understanding the clinical significance of personal genome variation is a major challenge for personalized medicine, with large numbers of variants of unknown significance discovered in next-generation sequencing studies. I will first discuss two machine learning tools that we recently developed to predict the clinical significance of individual genetic variants. REVEL is a random...   More >

Design Field Notes: Jennifer Jacobs

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Jennifer Jacobs, whose research examines ways to diversify participation and practice in procedural art and computational design, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Advances in Continuous Integration Testing at Google

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 John Micco, Google

 UC Berkeley ASPIRE Lab

We are always working on improving the efficiency of our developers’ core workflows by providing better and faster tooling and processes for testing developer code submissions. This talk will describe some of the latest research we are doing on scheduling tests more effectively, reducing costs and handling flaky tests. We are on the cusp of dramatically reducing our costs while still...   More >

North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Christopher Sands, Professor & Director of Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Development Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy; Jeremy Kinsman, Diplomacy Scholar & Former Canadian Ambassador

 Rana Sarkar, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

What is the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement? With changes to NAFTA on the horizon and negotiators gathering for a new round of NAFTA talks, this panel of experts examines the economic, political, and diplomatic aspects of NAFTA's past, present, and future.

  RSVP online

Jean Michaud and Dan Smyer Yü | Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas

Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University; Jean Michaud, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.

Digital Scholarly Editions with TEI

Workshop | February 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Stacy Reardon, Library


The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) offers a standard way of describing texts to make them machine readable. A flavor of XML, TEI has been used in many humanities and social sciences disciplines, and it has a dedicated vocabulary for describing literary texts. TEI may be used to create digital editions, prepare texts for research, and preserve texts in a digital format. In this workshop, we'll...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Chern Classes and an introduction to Projective Bundles

Seminar | February 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Daniel Chupin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will characterize Chern classes of vector bundles on schemes and discuss and invoke the splitting principle as a tool for computing Chern class identities for tensor/wedge/symmetric products of bundles. Time permitting, we may either return to Grassmannians to do some computations or say some words about how Chern classes of the universal bundle generate the Chow ring, or talk...   More >

What's Up With That? Making Healthy Relationships and Connections

Workshop | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

As you spend time at Cal, you will begin to make new friends, and perhaps new relationships. Sometimes these relationships can be complex due to cultural differences. How do you handle them? How do you go about maintaining existing relationships?

We'll also discuss dating and healthy relationships within the US context. Come and share your thoughts with others who might be going through...   More >

No Ban, No Wall: Confronting the Militarization of Our Borders and Communities

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 6-8 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Ofelia Ortiz Cuevas, Assistant Professor of Department of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis; Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC); Pierre Labossiere, Co-Founder of the Haiti Action Committee; Abraham Vela M.D., Volunteer, Clínica Martín-Baró

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

The Trump presidency has increased attacks on immigrant and marginalized communities through targeting sanctuary cities, instituting the Muslim ban, and revoking temporary protected status for thousands. Please join us for a panel discussion to analyze these intersections with some of the individuals working to defend the health and rights of immigrant communities.

Your Right to Compost: A Workshop on Berkeley Mandatory Compost

Workshop | February 13 | 7-8 p.m. | TBA Dwinelle Hall

 Heidi Obermeit, Recycling Program Manager, City of Berkeley Dept of Public Works

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Do you live in a building with 5+ units?

Then your housing management is required to provide you with a compost bin! Come learn with SERC, STeam, and Cal Zero Waste for an hour filled with student empowerment, games, learning how to talk to you landlord and get compost services, and how to sort your waste once you’ve got it!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | February 14 | 10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to use your laptop safely in an office and mobile setting. Recommended mobile products and best practices for using smart phones and tablets will also be provided. Enroll online

  Register online

Human Organs Chips for Drug Development, Disease Modeling, and Precision Medicine: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Kevin E. Healy, Jan Fandrianto and Selfia Halim Distinguished Professor, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Sharing a vision to reduce or eliminate the use of animals in drug discovery, and conduct ‘clinical trials’ in patient-specific organ chips that can accommodate variations in genetics, environment, and lifestyle.

Transfer Student Success Workshop: The Power of Research - Learn how research can enrich your undergraduate experience

Workshop | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Transfer Student Center, Room 105

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Power of Research - Learn how research can enrich your undergraduate experience

CRISPR-guided insights into the physiology and evolution of methanogenic archaea

Seminar | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Dipti Nayak**, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

A Roundtable: Understanding US Life Expectancy declines in the international context: Josh Goldstein, Ray Catalano, Ron Lee, Magali Barbieri, Andrew Noymer

Colloquium | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

“Defining Microbiota and Host Resilience to Physical Perturbations: A Multi-Scale Approach”

Seminar | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Carolina Tropini, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Physical perturbations are prevalent in the bacterial world. Changes in the environmental mechanical properties, temperature, pH, or osmotic pressure apply broad spectrum stresses to bacterial communities and drive evolution. Specifically, in the human gut, osmotic stress is a common disturbance caused by food intolerance, malabsorption, and widespread laxative use. In my postdoctoral studies, I...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Christopher Martin: The cryptic origins of evolutionary novelty: From genotype to fitness landscape

Seminar | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Christopher Martin (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 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 >

45 years of studying stress, social relationships and health: 8 pivotal moments that changed the course of my career

Colloquium | February 14 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Sheldon Cohen, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

This talk is a summary of Dr. Cohen’s research over the last 45 years. It is organized by “pivots” – experiences that altered the direction of his work. Work he will discuss includes studies of the effects of environmental noise (traffic and aircraft) on cognition, affect and physiology of elementary school children; of the role of social ties, social supports, and social conflicts in physical...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Train tracks for free group automorphisms

Seminar | February 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Derrick Wigglesworth, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I'll give an introduction to one of the main tools used in the study of Out(Fn): train tracks. These are particularly nice representatives of free group automorphisms that allow one to study their dynamical properties.

Scaling limits for percolated random planar maps

Seminar | February 14 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nina Holden, Concordia University

 Department of Statistics

The Schramm-Loewner evolution (SLE) is a family of random fractal curves, which is the proven or conjectured scaling limit of a variety of two-dimensional lattice models in statistical mechanics. Liouville quantum gravity (LQG) is a model for a random surface which is the proven or conjectured scaling limit of discrete surfaces known as random planar maps (RPM). We prove scaling limit results for...   More >

Eric Friedlander - Mean-Field Methods In Large Stochastic Networks

Seminar | February 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Eric Friedlander, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Analysis of large-scale communication networks (e.g. ad hoc wireless networks, cloud computing systems, server networks etc.) is of great practical interest. The massive size of such networks frequently makes direct analysis intractable. Asymptotic approximations using hydrodynamic and diffusion scaling limits provide useful methods for approaching such problems. In this talk, we study...   More >

Molecular Technology for Improved Treatment of Disease

Colloquium | February 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Hadley Sikes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Our understanding of disease states, both communicable and non-communicable, progresses at a remarkable pace in this age of data-rich biology. Unfortunately, our current ability to make use of this knowledge on a routine basis in clinical settings is limited. The focus of this presentation will be to present examples of how chemical engineering design and biomolecular engineering can be used to...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Distortion for abelian subgroups of Out(Fn)

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Derrick Wigglesworth, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we'll discuss recent a recent result which states that abelian subgroups of the outer automorphism group of a free group are quasi-isometrically embedded. This result strengthens the analogy between mapping class groups and Out(Fn), and can be thought of as a first step towards a quasi-isometric rigidity theorem for Out(Fn).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Workplace Civility: Respect in Action

Workshop | February 15 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Julia Horvath, Staff Ombuds Office

 Staff Ombuds Office

Learn practical steps for promoting civility at work, including guidelines for considerate conduct and ideas for creating a more inclusive work environment. Participants will also learn how to help their unit establish group norms and effective ways to respond to rudeness.

Graduate Student Workshop with Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

Workshop | February 15 | 12-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Mohamed Hamed, Middle Eastern & Near Eastern Studies Librarian, UC Berkeley

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This workshop is an opportunity for graduate students to meet the new Middle Eastern & Near Eastern Studies Librarian and discover the library's collections for the Middle East and North Africa.

  RSVP online by February 13.

2018 ESPM Seminar Series - Angela Hodge

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

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

Angela Hodge, Dept.of Biology, University of York (UK)
"Plastic plants, patchy soils, and ancient fungi"

Coffee will be served from 11:30 to 12:00 in 139 Mulford Hall.

This event is open to the public.

Eating Well to Energize (BEUHS641): Nutrition Events at Tang

Workshop | February 15 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Wellness Program Dietitian, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Balanced meals can help keep your energy steady throughout the day and as a bonus, these meals are also good for weight management and long-term health! Learn how to combine food groups in a tasty way that will help you focus on work through the morning, avoid the afternoon slump, and have the energy to do what you want to do when you get home from work. Lecture, brief cooking demonstration, and...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Digitally-driven change in the insurance industry—disruption or transformation?

Seminar | February 15 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Jeffrey Bohn, Swiss Re

 Center for Risk Management Research

As technology continues to insinuate itself into all facets of financial services, the insurance industry faces a slow-motion parade of promise, possibilities, prematurity, and pared-down expectations. Digitization, the birth of InsurTech, machine intelligence, and the collection & curation of (orders of magnitude) more structured & unstructured data are changing (and will continue to change) the...   More >

IB Seminar: Sympatric speciation, diabolical extinction, and gene flow in some of the simplest ecosystems on earth

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

 Christopher Martin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Department of Integrative Biology

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Persistent Financial Distress After the Great Recession

Seminar | February 15 | 1-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Francis Wong, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: NO Seminar

Seminar | February 15 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

2018 College of Environmental Design Career Fair

Career Fair | February 15 | 3-7 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 College of Environmental Design

The annual College of Environmental Design Career Fair brings together wide ranging employers and design firms to meet and recruit UC Berkeley students in the disciplines of architecture, planning, urban studies and other environmental design fields.

Enabling Data Science for the Majority

Seminar | February 15 | 4 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall

 Aditya Parameswaran, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The driving goal of our research is to help individuals and teams--regardless of programming or analysis ability--manage, analyze, make sense of, and draw insights from large datasets. Over the past three years, we've been building (with collaborators at MIT, UMD, and UChicago) a number of tools that empower individuals and teams to perform data science more effectively and effortlessly.

Testing for two-stage experiments in the presence of interference

Seminar | February 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Guillaume Basse, Harvard University

 Department of Statistics

Many important causal questions concern interactions between units, also known as interference. Examples include interactions between individuals in households, students in schools, and firms in markets. Standard analyses that ignore interference can often break down in this setting: estimators can be badly biased, while classical randomization tests can be invalid. In this talk, I present recent...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Stark's conjectures and Hilbert's 12th problem

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Samit Dasgupta, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will discuss two central problems in algebraic number theory and their interconnections: explicit class field theory (also known as Hilbert's 12th Problem), and the special values of L-functions. The goal of explicit class field theory is to describe the abelian extensions of a ground number field via analytic means intrinsic to the ground field. Meanwhile, there is an abundance...   More >

The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam - Ula Taylor

Colloquium | February 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, Fannie Lou Hamer Center

 Ula Taylor

 Fannie Lou Hamer Center

The CRG Thursday Forum presents...

The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam
Ula Taylor, African American Studies   More >

Friday, February 16, 2018

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | February 16 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join UCBG Director, Eric Siegel, for a morning practice in Qigong (pronounced cheegong), a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

A Methodologically Integrative Approach to Predicting the Seismic Performance of Structures on Liquefiable Ground

Seminar | February 16 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Shideh Dashti, Ph.D

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Dr. Dashti’s research includes the study of interactions and interdependencies among infrastructure systems during disasters; seismic performance of underground structures; and consequences and mitigation of the liquefaction hazard facing structures in isolation and in urban settings.

Representing Linguistic Knowledge With Probabilistic Models

Colloquium | February 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Stephan Meylan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Ph.D. Exit Talk

Application of Causal Analyses for Diagnosing Environmental Problems: Environmental Engineering Seminar

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

 Dr. Charles Menzie, Global Executive Director, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Labor Lunch Seminar: NO SEMINAR

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

 Center for Labor Economics

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

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

 Laurie Ferris, Yoga Instructor, Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice, and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Yoga mats are provided, or you can bring your own. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Silicon Quantum Photonics

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

 Mark Thompson, University of Bristol

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Quantum information technologies offer a new and powerful ways to processing and communicating information. Of the various approaches to quantum technologies, photons are appealing for their low-noise properties and ease of manipulation at the single qubit level; while the challenge of entangling interactions between photons can be met via measurement induced non-linearities. Historically bulk...   More >

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Finite Reflection Groups

Seminar | February 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Max Hlavacek, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Exploring the Nanoworld Inside Cells: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in time and location

 Prof. Eric Betzig, UC Berkeley / LBNL, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

A single mammalian cell is a complex yet robust machine self-assembled from approximately 100 million copies of tens of thousands of distinct proteins, each only a few nanometers in size. Reverse engineering this system is a daunting task, not only because of the small size and shear number of components, but also because the system is exquisitely sensitive to perturbation, either by scientific...   More >

Zeyu Zheng - Top-Down Statistical Modeling

Seminar | February 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Zeyu Zheng, Stanford University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: In this talk, we will argue that data-driven service systems engineering should take a statistical perspective that is guided by the decisions and performance measures that are critical from a managerial perspective. We further take the view that the statistical models will often be used as inputs to simulations that will be used to drive either capacity decisions or real-time decisions...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for Stochastic Growth Models IV

Seminar | February 16 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

MENA Salon: Egypt's Upcoming "Election"

Workshop | February 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Egyptians are expected to go to the polls next month to vote in the presidential election. However, the process has already been tainted by the suppression of competitors of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. What can Egyptians expect from this election?

Study of Private Sector Research and Data Sharing Practices

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

 Elaine Sedenberg

 Information, School of

Preliminary research results about companiesâs internal research practices in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and behavioral analytics.

Coordination Chemistry of +3 Actinides

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

 Stosh Kozimor, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 College of Chemistry

Actinides in the +3 oxidation state occupy central roles in many areas that are important for our quality of life. These range from developing targeted alpha therapy in treating cancer to processing spent nuclear fuel. Hence, there is pressing need to advance
fundamental understanding of +3 actinide coordination chemistry. While numerous
heroic efforts have advanced AnIII chemistry, two main...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Multivalued harmonic functions 3

Seminar | February 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Brian Krummel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Still more on how multivalued harmonic functions arise in regularity theory for minimal surfaces and on the basic theory of multivalued Dirichlet energy minimizing functions.