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Monday, January 23, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

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Simons Institute Workshop: Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Seminar | January 23 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Main Lecture Hall

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program. It will consist of five days of tutorial presentations, each with ample time for questions and discussion, as follows:

Monday, January 23rd Elad Hazan (Princeton University): Optimization of Machine Learning Andreas Krause (ETH Zürich) and Stefanie Jegelka (MIT): Submodularity: Theory and...   More >

NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | January 23 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Elliott Smith, Bioscience Library


A hands-on workshop introducing NCBI bioinformatics tools such as PubMed, Gene, Protein, Nucleotide, and BLAST.

CMES Teach-In: Trump in the Middle East

Workshop | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As Donald Trump enters office as the 45th President of the United States, what might this mean for U.S. involvement in the Middle East and North Africa, including military involvement, economic ties, and diplomatic endeavors? Join CMES faculty affiliates and community members in an informal moderated conversation about what we might expect in the first 100 days and beyond.

Oxyopia Postdoctoral Scholar and Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Postdoctoral Scholar Sowmya Ravikumar; Stella Kang, Lu Chen Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Postdoctoral Scholar Sowmya Ravikumar will be speaking on:
Effect of marginally induced astigmatism on refractive error development in chicks


Graduate student Stella Kang will be speaking on:
Corneal lymphangiogenesis and valvulogenesis after transplantation

Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | January 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives engaged students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a socially engaged project after their graduation.

Several prizes may be awarded, each...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Geometry of shrinking Ricci solitons

Seminar | January 23 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jiaping Wang, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

Shrinking Ricci solitons arise naturally from singularity analysis of the Ricci flows. Their classification in the three dimensional case plays an important role in the proof of Thurston's geometrization conjecture by Perelman. Our talk mainly concerns some of the recent work with Ovidiu Munteanu toward the understanding of four dimensional shrinking Ricci solitons.

Professional Emailing Workshop

Workshop | January 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email someone you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals so that you make a great first impression.

The workshop is open to all...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Heuristic Perceptions of the Income Tax: Evidence and Implications for Debiasing"

Seminar | January 23 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Dmitry Taubinsky, Dartmouth Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Behavioral Economics, Public Economics, Energy and Environmental Economics

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI Search

Lecture | January 23 | 2:50 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Kevin Weiner, PhD, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

"Mapping microns to minds: The cognitive neuroanatomy of high-level visual cortex"

Casey Law (Berkeley): The First Precision Localization of a Fast Radio Burst

Seminar | January 23 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Casey Law, UC Berkeley

 Radio Astronomy Lab

Nearly ten years have passed since the discovery of a milisecond radio transient with anomalously high dispersion (the "Lorimer burst"). The naive interpretation of that burst argued for new class of object at cosmological distance with a luminosity far greater than any other radio transient. Since that time, another 20 of these "fast radio bursts" (FRBs) have been detected at telescopes around...   More >

Somayeh Sojoudi - Data-driven methods for sparse network estimation

Seminar | January 23 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Somayeh Sojoudi, UC Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract / Description: 
Graphical model is a probabilistic model for which a graph is used to represent the conditional independence between random variables. Such models have become extremely popular tools for modeling complex real-world systems. Learning graphical models is of fundamental importance in machine learning and statistics and is often challenged by the fact that only a small...   More >

The Myth Behind the Mask: Mikhail Zoshchenko and the Rebirth of Enthusiasm in the ‘Spiritual Simplicity’ of Jazz

Colloquium | January 23 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Jason Cieply, Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University

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

The first lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Phase plates expand the capabilities of cryo-EM

Seminar | January 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Radostin Danev, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Structural Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

Analysis Seminar: A Proof of Onsager’s Conjecture for the Incompressible Euler Equations

Seminar | January 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Philip Isett, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In an effort to explain how anomalous dissipation of energy occurs in hydrodynamic turbulence, Onsager conjectured in 1949 that weak solutions to the incompressible Euler equations may fail to exhibit conservation of energy if their spatial regularity is below $\frac13$-Hölder. I will discuss a proof of this conjecture that shows that there are nonzero, $(\frac13-\epsilon)$-Hölder Euler flows...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] The Tiniest Perfect-Liquid Droplets

Seminar | January 23 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Julia Velkovska, Professor, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Physics

The quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in ultra-relativistic collisions between large nuclei, such as Au+Au or Pb+Pb, is a state of nuclear matter with extremely high temperature and energy density. The particles produced in these collisions exhibit collective behavior that indicate that QGP is a liquid with extremely low specific viscosity, which makes it the most perfect liquid in nature. In the...   More >

The Tiniest Perfect-Liquid Droplets

Colloquium | January 23 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Department of Physics

The quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in ultra-relativistic collisions between large nuclei, such as Au+Au or Pb+Pb, is a state of nuclear matter with extremely high temperature and energy density. The particles produced in these collisions exhibit collective behavior that indicate that QGP is a liquid with extremely low specific viscosity, which makes it the most perfect liquid in nature. In the...   More >

VMWare Info-Session

Information Session | January 23 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >


Exhibit - Artifacts | January 19 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

EXHIBIT OPEN THROUGH FEB 3. Tito Patri (FASLA Emeritus, A.S. 55) exhibit of charming sketches rendered while traveling in Europe and the US.

The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. The Litwack collection is particularly noteworthy for its Harlem Renaissance first editions in...   More >

DISPERSAL: Seed Pod Photography by Anna Laurent

Exhibit - Photography | January 17 – 30, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific inquiry into the diversity of botanic design. Each includes companion text about the specimen's form & function.

 Free with Garden Admission

  Buy tickets by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.

Banksia integrifolia