<< Week of November 25 >>

Sunday, November 25, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 – Come Write In

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

 Human Resources

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

Monday, November 26, 2018

Oxyopia Seminar

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

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

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

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

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

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

 Department of History

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

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

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


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

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

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

Moffitt Wellness Program

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

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

 Sanjay Govindjee, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

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

Mondays Mindfulness at Moffitt

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

 Human Resources

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

Sensitivity Analysis in Observational Research: Introducing the E-Value

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

 Tyler VanderWeele, Harvard School of Public Health

 Department of Statistics

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

Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology

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

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

 Archaeological Research Facility

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

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

Combinatorics Seminar: Cyclotomic factors of necklace polynomials

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

 Trevor Hyde, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

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

Seminar 231, Public Finance: NO SEMINAR

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

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage Preservation: A Comparative Perspective

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

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

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

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

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

 Guo Xu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

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

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

 Adam Jacob, UC-Davis

 Department of Mathematics

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

QP Fest

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

 Department of Linguistics

Presentation of graduate student Qualifying Paper research.

Design Field Notes: Ian Leighton

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

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

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

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

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

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

 Department of Scandinavian

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

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

 Elliot Gann, Today’s Future Sound

 Graduate School of Education

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

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

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

 Supreet Kaur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Being an Academic at a Major University: Research and Beyond

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

 Prof. Richmond Sarpong, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Topic TBD

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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

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

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

 Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

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

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

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

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

 Scott Laughlin, Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University

 College of Chemistry

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

Maternal gut bacteria, inflammation and neurodevelopmental disorder

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

 Jun R. Huh, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

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

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

 Speaker: Michael Ohlrogge, Stanford

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

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

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

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

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

 Clausen Center

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

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

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

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

 Margaret Handley

 Public Health, School of

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

Microsoft Excel Formulas and Functions: Betec007

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

 Keith Samsell

 Human Resources

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

Learning Objectives

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

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

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

 Mihai Munteanu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

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

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

 Maria Polyakova, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Joint with IO Seminar.

Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage Preservation: A Comparative Perspective

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

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

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

3-Manifold Seminar: What is an alternating knot?

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

 Kyle Miller, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

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

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

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

 Maria Polyakova, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

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

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

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

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

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

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

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

 Fu Liu, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

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

Using molecular dynamics simulations to understand organization in living systems

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

 Aaron Dinner, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

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

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

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

 Ben Wormleighton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | November 28 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 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.

  Register online

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | November 28 | 9:45-10:45 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 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.

  Register online

Neurocomputational mechanisms underlying social norms and controllability

Colloquium | November 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Xiaosi Gu, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

To maintain the normal functioning of a society, individuals must be able to learn to adapt to norms. Neuroimaging studies have suggested that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and the insular cortex might be important for norm learning. However, norms are not static processes but rather, can be changed and updated if individuals of a society learn to act on them. In other words, the...   More >

Defects in mRNA translation and neurological disease

Seminar | November 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Susan Ackerman, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Regulatory switches for photosynthesis"

Seminar | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Kris Niyogi

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Niyogi, who earned his Ph.D. in biology at M.I.T., researches photosynthetic energy conversion in his lab at U.C. Berkeley. The Niyogi Lab uses cyanobacteria, eukaryotic algae, and plants to investigate photosynthetic processes. Kris Niyogi is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and...   More >

Rachel Slaybaugh on “Creating the Future of Nuclear Energy”: CITRIS Research Exchange

Conference/Symposium | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 SDH

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:
Rachel Slaybaugh is an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Slaybaugh's research program is based in computational methods and applied to existing and advanced nuclear reactors, nuclear non-proliferation and security, and shielding applications. Slaybaugh is currently serving as a Program Director at ARPA-E. She is also a...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Katya Mack: A role for gene regulation in house mouse speciation and adaptation

Seminar | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Katya Mack

 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 >

Tissue Inspired Hydrogel Design

Seminar | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Shelly R. Peyton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Improved in vitro models are needed to better understand cancer progression and bridge the gap between in vitro proof-of-concept studies, in vivo validation, and clinical application. Many methods exist to create biomaterial platforms, including hydrogels, which we use to study cells in contexts more akin to what they experience in vivo. Our lab has multiple approaches to create such...   More >

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Workshop | November 28 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has demonstrated benefits for stress reduction and cognitive function. Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and opening up our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives.

$40 / $35 UCBG Members and UC students, faculty and staff

  Register online

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 28 | 2-3 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 suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Digital Humanities, Egyptology and Heritage Preservation: A Comparative Perspective

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

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

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

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): An introduction to Legendrian and contact submanifolds

Seminar | November 28 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Roger Casals, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will give an introduction to Legendrian and contact submanifolds in the standard contact sphere. I will start by introducing the standard contact structure in the odd-dimensional spheres, and discuss some of the historical and current motivations that lead to the study of contact topology. Then, I will define contact and Legendrian submanifolds and explain the results that I find...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Illusions: curves of zeros of Selberg zeta functions

Seminar | November 28 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Polina Vytnova, University of Warwick

 Department of Mathematics

It is well known (since 1956) that the Selberg Zeta function for compact surfaces satisfies the “Riemann Hypothesis”: any zero in the critical strip $0< \Re (s)< 1$ is either real or $\Im (s)=1/2$. The question of location and distribution of the zeros of the Selberg Zeta function associated to a noncompact hyperbolic surface attracted attention of the mathematical community in 2014 when...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Matrix Factorisation for Morse-Bott functions

Seminar | November 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Matrix Factorizations were introduced by Eisenbud to study minimal resolutions of Cohen-Macaulay modules. The notion was rediscovered from a physics perspective, where such factorizations appeared as boundary conditions for topological quantum field theory, and led to the (curved) deformation theory of the category of coherent sheaves on complex manifolds. An important stability result here is...   More >

"Advanced Control of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jets for Plasma Medicine"/"Designing Catalytic Environments Beyond the Active Center: Crystalline 2-Dimensional Zeotypes versus Amorphous Silica as Supports"

Colloquium | November 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dogan Gidon, Ph.D. student in the Graves Group and Mesbah Group; Nicolas Gross-Giordano, Ph.D. student in the Katz Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

EECS Colloquium: Deep Learning to Solve Challenging Problems

Colloquium | November 28 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Jeff Dean, Google, Inc.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

For the past seven years, Google Research teams have conducted research on difficult problems in artificial intelligence, on building large-scale computer systems for machine learning research, and, in collaboration with many teams at Google, on applying our research and systems to many Google products. As part of our work in this space, we have built and open-sourced the TensorFlow system...   More >

ATGL inhibitors: a gauge and valve system to balance fatty acid flow and oxidation

Seminar | November 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Jun Liu, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Rigidity for contact submanifolds in the higher dimension

Seminar | November 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Roger Casals, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will provide the first example of rigidity for contact submanifolds in higher dimensions. In three dimensions, there are examples of transverse knots in the 3-sphere which are isotopic as smooth knots, but not isotopic as transverse knots. These 3-dimensional examples were first provided by J. Birman and W. Menasco in 2006. The existence of such phenomenon in the higher-dimension...   More >

Classical visual phenomenology revisited: Ken Nakayama, Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | November 28 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Ken Nakayama, Adjunct Professor Department of Psychology UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

We have all seen Jastrow’s Rabbit Duck, Rubin’s face-vase, the reversing Necker cube as well as the Kanizsa triangle. These images have graced elementary psychology textbooks and pop science books alike. Yet they have remained as memorable curios without influencing mainstream thinking as to how the visual system operates. Maybe it’s because visual science has gravitated to more “objective”...   More >

Researching Segregation/Reporting Segregation

Panel Discussion | November 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Alex Schafran, Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Leeds; Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks, Creators of the American Suburb podcast, KQED; Rachel Brahinsky, Director of Urban and Public Affairs Program, University of San Francisco

 Sasha Khokha, Host of the California Report, KQED

 Karen Frick, Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Department of City + Regional Planning

Panel Discussion and Book Launch

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Inequality in Life and Death: Policy and Prospect

Conference/Symposium | November 29 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Bantao Auditorium

 Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Global Co-Head of Healthcare, Lazard

 Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley Economics; Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley Economics; Ronald Lee, Professor of the Graduate School in Demographics and Economy, UC Berkeley Economics; Gabriel Zucman, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley Economics

 Alan Auerbach, Burch Professor of Economics and Law, UC Berkeley Economics

 Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA)

Inequality has become a central focus of policy discussions, but inequality has multiple dimensions and correspondingly many potential policy interventions. This mini-conference will consider inequality from this broad perspective.

  RSVP online

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: The scalar wave equation on general asymptotically flat spacetimes: Stability and instability results

Seminar | November 29 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Georgios Moschidis, Miller Institute and UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will examine how certain geometric conditions on general asymptotically flat spacetimes $(\mathcal M,g)$ are related to stability or instability properties of solutions to the scalar wave equation $\square _g\psi =0$ on $\mathcal M$. First, in the case when $(\mathcal M,g)$ possesses an event horizon with positive surface gravity and an ergoregion which is sufficiently small in...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Renormalization and large eddy simulation for a driven Burgers equation in a hydrodynamic regime

Seminar | November 29 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Alexandre Chorin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A real-space renormalization group (RNG) is constructed for a randomly-driven Burgers equation, with irrelevant degrees of freedom eliminated sequentially by stochastic parametrization followed by scaling. The connection with more standard implementations of an RNG is spelled out. The parameters in the equation and in the forcing, as well as the construction of the RNG, are chosen so that the...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Folklore"

Seminar | November 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Harnessing the power of data science and real-world evidence for cancer treatment, access, and care: Professional Development Webinar sponsored by the Public Health Alumni Association

Seminar | November 29 | 12-1 p.m. |  Webinar

 Meghna Samant, Flatiron Health; Raina Mathur

 UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Professional Development Webinar sponsored by the Public Health Alumni Association

  Register online

Harnessing the power of data science and real world evidence for cancer treatment, access, and care

Seminar | November 29 | 12-1 p.m. |  Webinar

 Raima Mathur, Flatiron Health; Meghna Samant, Flatiron Heatlth

 Public Health, School of, Public Health Alumni Association board of directors

Join Meghna Samant and Raina Mathur of Flatiron Health, for this professional health development lunchtime webinar sponsored by the Public Health Alumni Association Board of Directors.

  Register online

IB Seminar: Large scale phylogenetics, from within STD outbreaks to across the tree of life

Seminar | November 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Emily Jane McTavish, University of California, Merced

 Department of Integrative Biology

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | November 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Todd Messer and Peter McCrory, UC Berkeley; Juan Herreno, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | November 29 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 29 | 2-3 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.

Convergent circuitry for thermoregulation

Seminar | November 29 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Lily Jan, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Critical Auralities: Reencountering the Korean War through the Praxis of Listening

Colloquium | November 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Crystal Baik, University of California, Riverside

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Drawing from a chapter of her forthcoming book, Reencounters: On the Korean War & Diasporic Memory Critique, Professor Baik discusses a diasporic repertoire of multigenerational oral history archives that have coalesced in the past twenty years in relation to the un-ended Korean War.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Persistent homology and applications from PDE to symplectic topology

Colloquium | November 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Claude Viterbo, Ecole Normale Supérieure

 Department of Mathematics

Persistent homology has emerged in the field of topogical data analysis, and in a different formulation in the work of Barannikov in Morse theory. We shall explain what it is, and how this comes into play crucially on one hand on spectral asymptotics of the Witten Laplacian, and on the other hand in several questions in Hamiltonian dynamics and symplectic topology.

NPN Social Hour

Workshop | November 29 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 (Kroeber Hall)

 Human Resources

Meet at the museum entrance on the building's south side. Bring your staff ID for free admission.

Race and the Apparatus of Disposability

Workshop | November 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Simon Hall, Goldberg Room (Room 297)

 Sherene H. Razack

 Human Resources

5:30pm – Reception
6pm – Lecture

Disposability, a condition written on the body, is a racial project. Populations that stand in the way of the progress of capital accumulation, are targeted for disposability, and relegated to the realm of “sub-humanity.” Processes of disposability enable white Europeanness to prevail. In this paper, I pursue what race has to do with disposability through an...   More >

Friday, November 30, 2018

Cleantech to Market Symposium

Conference/Symposium | November 30 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th floor)

 Energy Institute

Join us for the 10th anniversary of Cleantech to Market!

Come learn about this year's exciting startups and hear C2M alumni reflect on the program’s 10-year impact. This is an amazing opportunity to hear about the most innovative and impactful clean technologies and network with cleantech professionals and next-generation leaders.

2018 projects:

Dauntless IO - Adaptive machine learning...   More >


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Essig Brunch: Emily Bick, Graduate Student, UC Davis

Seminar | November 30 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Entomology, Essig Museum of

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

Labor Lunch: "Are Local Minimum Wages Too High, and How Could We Even Know?"

Seminar | November 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Carl Nadler, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

 Center for Labor Economics

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

The inhibition study of nitritation and ANAMMOX processes by thermal hydrolysis pretreated sidestream: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | November 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Yuan Li, PhD candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

ESPM Seminar: Climate and Caribou in the Arctic

Seminar | November 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Dave Gustine, Wildlife branch chief, Grand Teton Nat'l Park

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

Dave Gustine, Wildlife branch chief of the Grand Teton National Park will speak on climate and caribou in the Arctic: insights, challenges, and possibilities for bottom-up effects

Misallocation, Selections and Productivity: A Quantitative Analysis with Panel Data from China

Seminar | November 30 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Diego Restuccia, University of Toronto

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

Get Fit in 7 Minutes (BEUHS652)

Workshop | November 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Cori Evans, MA, NSCA-CPT Wellness Program Specialist, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Come and learn how a High Intensity Circuit Training (H.I.C.T.) workout in just 7 minutes using your body weight, a chair and wall, can help you maximize your time and workout space. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the combination of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver numerous health benefits in much less time than...   More >

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Data in the Cloud

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

 Raghu Ramakrishnan, Microsoft

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The cloud has forced a rethinking of database architectures. Does this offer an opportunity to address the siloed nature of data management systems? In this talk, I'll discuss these issues through the lens of the Microsoft data journey, both internal and external.

CGPH Global Health Leaders Discussion Series: Working in Global Health - An Interview with Professor Bertozzi

Panel Discussion | November 30 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Stefano Bertozzi, School of Public Health

 Center for Global Public Health

Professor Bertozzi’s has had a rich global health career, with professional experiences working for and with multilateral organizations, governments in developing countries, universities, think tanks, international NGOs, local NGOs, and faith-based organizations. At this seminar, Professor Bertozzi will focus on student careers in global health, and provide recommendations and insight into how to...   More >

2018-19 CGPH Global Health Leaders Discussion Series: Working In Global Health: An Interview with Professor Stefano Bertozzi

Panel Discussion | November 30 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Stefano Bertozzi, School of Public Health

 Center for Global Public Health

Professor Bertozzi’s has had a rich global health career, with professional experiences working for and with multilateral organizations, governments in developing countries, universities, think tanks, international NGOs, local NGOs, and faith-based organizations. At this seminar, Professor Bertozzi will focus on student careers in global health, and provide recommendations and insight into how to...   More >

Data Science Showcase

Presentation | November 30 | 1-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Data Sciences

Don’t miss the Fall Data Science Showcase!
- Learn about the latest data science research on everything from the search for extraterrestrial life to fake news to toxic air.
- Hear lightning talk presentations from data science student researchers and research fellows from the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS).
- Find out about exciting January internship opportunities

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Optimizing the tie-breaker regression discontinuity design"

Seminar | November 30 | 2-2:45 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Art Owen, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Unbiased shrinkage estimation"

Seminar | November 30 | 2:45-3:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jann Spiess, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Fall 2018 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects

Presentation | November 30 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Minsook Kim, Language Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures; Julia Nee, Graduate Student, Linguistics; Vesna Rodic, Language Lecturer, French

 Berkeley Language Center

From a Face-to-Face to Hybrid Intermediate Korean Course
Minsook Kim, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures
The Korean program has had a high attrition rate from beginning (K1A) to intermediate levels (K10B) (AY 2017: 77%). In searching for a solution to this trend, my colleague, Dr. Junghee Park and I received a one-year joint BLC fellowship to develop a hybrid course for intermediate...   More >

MENA Salon: 'Sanctions are Coming': US Sanctions on Iran Reloaded

Workshop | November 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On November 5, the Trump administration imposed the most severe sanctions against Iran, reversing the joint nuclear agreement between the two countries.The United States is thus trying to kill Iran's nuclear ambitions and also supposedly pressure Iran, through such sanctions, to stop supporting groups in Yemen and Syria. President Rouhani said that the renewed sanctions were another iteration of...   More >

How to explore and apply for non-academic jobs panel: for ESPM graduate students

Panel Discussion | November 30 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Ignacio Escalante, ESPM

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

Are you interested in exploring job opportunities outside academia? Do you want hear more about how to? Do you want to share tips? Come to the panel!
It will be an open Q&A session with people from UC Berkeley's Career Center, Beyond Academia, ESPM alumni and/or professionals working in evironmentally-related and other types of positions in the Bay Area.

Composition Colloquium: Franck Bedrossian

Colloquium | November 30 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

After initial studies in orchestration, and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory (seminars with Gerard Grisey and later Marco Stroppa), where upon graduation he received unanimously the first prize for Analysis, and the first prize in Composition. In 2002–2003 he was in...   More >

Developments in 2018 and Prospects for 2019 and Facilitating Diverse Collection and Curation in Web Crawling and Indexing

Seminar | November 30 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Matt Bayleyand Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

 Facilitating Diverse Collection and Curation in Web Crawling and Indexing
(Matt Bayley)
Matt Bayley will briefly summarize his work this semester with the Internet Archive on collaborative web crawling, archiving, and indexing. This will include a survey of existing techniques and initiatives as well as an exploration of new protocols for crowd-sourcing these data and...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "A simple uniformly valid test for inequalities"

Seminar | November 30 | 3:45-4:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Xiaoxia Shi, UW Madison

 Department of Economics

Logic Colloquium: Thinking Algorithmically About Impossibility

Colloquium | November 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Ryan Williams, Associate Professor of EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Computational complexity lower bounds like P != NP assert impossibility results for all possible programs of some restricted form. As there are presently enormous gaps in our knowledge of lower bounds, a central question on the minds of today’s complexity theorists is: how will we find better ways to reason about all efficient programs? I argue that some progress can be made by (very...   More >

Designing molecular and nanoscale materials for bottom-up control of magnetism

Seminar | November 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jeffrey Rinehart, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego

 College of Chemistry

Magnetic applications are ubiquitous in modern technology, yet the available materials are relatively limited in number and tunability. Bottom-up design is therefore appealing as it offers the possibility of atomic-level understanding and customization. Magnetic properties, however, often translate poorly between atomic, molecular, nano, and bulk scales. In this seminar, I will discuss our...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Thinking Algorithmically About Impossibility

Colloquium | November 30 | 4:10-5:15 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Ryan Williams, Associate Professor of EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science

Computational complexity lower bounds like P != NP assert impossibility results for all possible programs of some restricted form. As there are presently enormous gaps in our knowledge of lower bounds, a central question on the minds of today’s complexity theorists is: how will we find better ways to reason about all efficient programs? I argue that some progress can be made by (very...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Auction theory from the bidder standpoint"

Seminar | November 30 | 4:30-5:15 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Noureddine El Karoui, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Colloquium: David Yearsley (Cornell University): Bach Laughs

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

 Department of Music

David Yearsley was educated at Harvard College and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in Musicology in 1994. At Cornell he continues to pursue his interests in the teaching, history, literature and performance of music. His musicological work investigates literary, social, and theological contexts for music and music making, and while he focuses on J. S. Bach, he has written on...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Augmented synthetic control method"

Seminar | November 30 | 5:15-6 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Avi Feller, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Calligraphy Workshop - SOLD OUT: Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature? MU KORABO Exhibit

Workshop | December 1 | 1-3 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Pamela Rickard

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Alongside the current exhibit, Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst Museum has prepared an accompanying exhibit in the lobby of Kroeber Hall at UC Berkeley, just outside of the Hearst’s Main Gallery. This exhibit, entitled Does Dog Have a Buddha Nature? is curated by Liza Dalby and hosted in collaboration with the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley....   More >

Making a Performance with Rachel Cardenas Stallings

Workshop | December 1 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join San Francisco–based artist Rachel Cardenas Stallings to create and perform a collaborative five-to-ten-minute performance. Through improvisation and games, participants will develop a script, props, masks, and costumes to complete the performance.

Rachel Cardenas Stallings views her work in painting, ceramic, textile, performance, and installation as an exploration of form, color, and...   More >

Botanical Perfume Gift Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Workshop | December 1 | 2-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for this two hour beginners natural perfume gift workshop. You'll learn about the history and art of natural perfumes. You will create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more.

$85 / $75 UCBG Members

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GlobeMedx: Health Beyond Borders

Conference/Symposium | December 1 | 5-7 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Dr. Daphne Miller; Elizabeth Fraser; Anthony Wright; Dr.Samantha McBirney; Dr. Shabnam Koirala-Azad

 GlobeMed at Berkeley

GlobeMed at Berkeley invites you to GlobeMedx: Health Beyond Borders! GlobeMedx is a newly minted speaker symposium, drawing luminaries from the local community to talk about issues and ideas in global health and social justice. We aim to educate, provoke discussion, inspire, and foster a community of passionate individuals who are curious about engaging concepts that impact the world....   More >