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Monday, November 2nd, 2020
9:00am 10:00am
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online Event
Skipper-CCDs for dark matter, neutrinos, quantum science and astronomy
Juan Estrada, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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CMS-EE Partners Tech Talk

Online Event
Nuro - Delivering Autonomy
Akshay Vegesna, Nuro.ai,
Alex Moraru, Nuro.ai,
Rohan Choudhury, Nuro.ai,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Online Event
Beyond Cabdrivers: Labor Supply Reference Dependence of Rideshare Drivers
Tony Kukavica, Undergraduate Student, Caltech,
12:30pm 2:00pm
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Joint Berkeley-Caltech-Stanford Number Theory Seminar

Online Event
An asymptotic version of the prime power conjecture for perfect difference sets
Sarah Peluse, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University/IAS,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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H.B. Keller Colloquium

Online Event
Harnessing Special Properties for Distributed Decision-Making in Network Systems
Na Li, Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Harvard University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Online Event
Structural Evidence for Nitrogenase Metallocluster Modularity
Trixia Buscagan, Postdoctoral Scholar (Rees Research Group), Department of Chemistry, Caltech,
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
10:00am 10:50am
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Spectral structure and arithmetic progressions
Thomas Bloom, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge,
10:00am 11:00am
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online Event
Off the Beaten Track: Long-Lived Particles at the LHC
Tova Holmes, University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
11:00am 11:50am
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Two-phase free boundary problems and the Friedland-Hayman inequality
Thomas Beck, Mathematics Department, Fordham University,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

Online Event
"Internal Senses of the Vagus Nerve"
Steve Liberles, Professor, Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Online Event
A Martian dust storm climatology using the Mars Dust Activity Database (MDAD)
Michael Battalio, Postdoctoral Associate, Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, Yale University,
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
9:00am 10:00am
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Control Meets Learning Seminar

Online Event
The Provable Effectiveness of Policy Gradient Methods in Reinforcement Learning and Controls (POSTPONED)
Sham Kakade, Professor, Department of Computer Science , Department of Statistics, University of Washington,
10:00am 11:00am
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TCS+ Talk

Online Event
Forecasting Algorithms, Minimax Theorems, and Randomized Lower Bounds
Shalev Ben-David, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
A backward ergodic theorem and its forward implications
Anush Tserunyan, The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Organic Chemistry Seminar

Online Event
Enabling Technologies for Chemistry Driven Glycoscience
Steven Townsend, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Online Event
How to Sell Hard Information
S. Nageeb Ali, Professor of Economics, Pennsylvania State University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online Event
Interpreting Exoplanet Atmospheres at the Onset of Next-Generation Telescopes
Natasha Batalha, Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Thermodynamic and Dynamic Mechanisms for Hydrological Cycle Intensification over the Full Probability Distribution of Precipitation Events
Gang Chen, UCLA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Online Event
Amorphous Materials: Ideality, Losses, and Two Level Systems (TLS) in Amorphous Silicon Films
Frances Hellman, Professor, Physics, University of California, Berkeley,
7:00pm 8:00pm
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Alpine Club Talk

Online Event
First-Hand to a Degree Separated: Grief and Climbing After Tragedy
Zachary Green,
  • Public Event
Thursday, November 5th, 2020
9:00am 9:55am
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Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Non-linear Gibbs measures as mean-field limits
Nicolas Rougerie, Laboratoire de Physique et Modelisation des Milieux Condenses CNRS, Universite Grenoble,
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Discontinuous Compression Structures: From Tensegrity Planetary Landers to Lightweight Metamaterials
Julián J. Rímoli, Associate Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Division of Biology and Bioengineering Virtual Speaker Series

Online Event
Careers in Science Communication and Journalism
Katherine J. Wu, New York Times Writer; Senior Producer, The Story Collider,
Whitney Clavin, Senior Content and Media Strategist, Caltech,
Evguenia Alechine, Science Communicator and Writer; Co-editor, Medical Writing,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

Online Event
Engineering a Genetically Encoded Contrast Agent for Ultrasound
Robert Hurt (Shapiro Group), Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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● POSTPONED: Literary Dimensions Seminar

This seminar has been postponed.
Elaine Auyoung, McKnight Land-Grant Professor, Associate Professor of English, and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online Event
Effective Evaluation Practices: Evidence from research on bias and its consequences
Joyce Yen, ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, University of Washington,
Friday, November 6th, 2020
9:00am 10:00am
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TAPIR Seminar

Online Event
Resonances in black hole spacetimes and neutron stars
Béatrice Bonga, Assistant Professor, High Energy Physics, Radboud University,
10:00am 11:00am
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Science Journey: "Fueling the World Engine: Chemistry for Solar Fuels"

Online Event
Jake Evans, Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech,
  • Public Event
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online Event
Quantum BTZ black hole
Roberto Emparan, University of Barcelona,
11:00am 12:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Online Event
Quantum photonics with color qubits
Chaitali Joshi, AWS Quantum Postdoctoral Scholar, Mirhosseini Group,
1:00pm 5:00pm
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CCE Safety Day 2020

Online Event
Safety Seminar
Ian Tonks, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities "Learning Experiences in the Lab: Communication is Key for Safety",
Alexander Miller, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Synthetic Chemistry with a Safety Net",
John Kramer, Senior R&D Leader, Chemical Science, The Dow Chemical Company;,
George Athens, Senior R&D Leader, Analytical Science, The Dow Chemical Company "Participating in the Safety Culture in R&D at Dow",
Michael Smit, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC "COVID-19: How the Virus Spreads and a Common-Sense Approach to Safety",
1:00pm 2:00pm
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CMX Student/Postdoc Seminar

Online Event
Convex relaxations and computational optimization
Riley Murray, Graduate Student, Computing and Mathematical Science, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Data-Driven Prediction of Partially Observed Multiscale Systems

Online Event
Data-Driven Prediction of Partially Observed Multiscale Systems
Krithika Manohar, Assistant Professor (starting 01/2021), Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Online Event
3-manifold invariants, G-equivariant TQFT, and complexity
Eric Samperton, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Humanities Seminar

Online Event
Mammy, Hetty, Sarah, and an Old Healer Woman: Foremothers in The History of Mary Prince
Dana Murphy, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Math Graduate Student Seminar

Online Event
A dichotomy for Polish modules
Forte Shinko, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
7:00pm 9:00pm
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Stargazing Lecture

Online Event
The First Portrait of a Black Hole and Beyond​
Katie Bouman, Assistant Professor, Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech,
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Saturday, November 7th, 2020
Monday, November 9th, 2020
12:00pm 1:00pm
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CMS-EE Partners Tech Talk

Online Event
Misinformation and Fake News
Cathy Ma, Facebook,
Andrew Kang, Facebook,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Online Event
Topic to be announced
Nese Yildiz, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Rochester,
12:30pm 2:00pm
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Joint Berkeley-Caltech-Stanford Number Theory Seminar

Online Event
Vanishing theorems for Shimura varieties
Ana Caraiani, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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H.B. Keller Colloquium

Online Event
Stochastic Gradient Descent: From Practice Back to Theory
Rachel Ward, W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Distinguished Professor in Computational Engineering and Sciences—Data Science Associate Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online Event
Probing Dark Matter substructure with astrometric weak lensing
Cristina Mondino, Perimeter Institute,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

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Mechanochemical Regulation of Reactivities - from Mechanically Gated Photoswitch to Triggered Release
Xiaoran Hu, Postdoctoral Scholar (Robb Research Group), Chemistry, Caltech,
Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
11:00am 12:15pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Online Event
Machine learning and partial differential equations (PDEs)
Eric Vanden-Eijnden, Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Courant Institute, NYU,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

Online Event
TBD
Marian Walhout, Professor, Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Online Event
A Song of Ice and Fire: the Fate of Planetary Systems After Stellar Death
Andrew Vanderburg, Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin,
6:45pm 8:15pm
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
9:00am 10:00am
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Control Meets Learning Seminar

Online Event
A new approach to contextual bandits
Sasha Rakhlin, Associate Professor, Center for Statistics, IDSS / Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences / Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
9:00am 4:00pm
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Credit Union Closure

Multiple locations - See event detail for more information
10:00am 11:00am
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TCS+ Talk

Online Event
A Dichotomy for Real Boolean Holant Problems
Shuai Shao, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
On the Luzin-Novikov theorem
Miroslav Zelený, Department of Mathematical Analysis, Charles University in Prague,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Organic Chemistry Seminar

Online Event
Development of New Chemical Platforms for Polymer Synthesis
Will Gutekunst, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Online Event
Admissible Matchings in the School Choice Problem
Philip Reny, The Hugo F. Sonnenschein Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, University of Chicago,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Online Event
Linear codes with Constrained Generator Matrices
Hikmet Yildiz, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
3:00pm 4:30pm
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Geometric Representation Theory Learning Seminar

Online Event
Factorization, Beĭlinson-Drinfeld Grassmannians, and the fusion product
TBA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online Event
Direct Collision of White Dwarfs as a Possible Major Channel for Type Ia Supernovae
SuBo Dong, Associate Professor, Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Peking University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Caltech Young Investigator Lecture

Online Event
Growing the Nearly Impossible: Routes to Stabilize Metastable Phases
Lauren Garten, Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished Scholar Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL),
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

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Using Stoichiometry and Elemental Composition to Explore Marine Biogeochemical Cycles
Claudia Benitez-Nelson, University of South Carolina,
5:00pm 6:00pm
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Watson Lecture - The Power of Nonlinearities: Unlocking Opportunities for Sensing and Computing with Light

Online Event
Alireza Marandi, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech,
  • Public Event
Thursday, November 12th, 2020
9:00am 9:55am
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Analysis Seminar

Online Event
On the Bochner-Riesz operators and the maximal Bochner-Riesz operator
Shukun Wu, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign,
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Enjoyable, Knotty Problems on Shoestrings
Oliver O'Reilly, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Chemical Engineering Seminar

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A case for integrating solar geoengineering into climate policy
David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University,