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Monday, March 20, 2017

nu Windows to the Early Universe

Colloquium | March 20 | 1 LeConte Hall

 Daniel Green

 Department of Physics

Transit-Oriented Development: Putting it all Together

Workshop | March 20 – 29, 2017 every Monday, Wednesday & Friday with exceptions | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Joseph Kott, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities; Michael Kodama, Eco-Rapid Transit

 Technology Transfer Program

Transit-oriented development (TOD) has emerged as a powerful, effective way to integrate land use and public transit. TOD done right links smart growth and sustainability with higher capacity rail or bus transit services. This linkage takes place in the environs of the rail passenger station or the bus rapid transit stop. TOD concentrates workplaces, residences, and supporting retail services...   More >

 The course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies as well as consultants. Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will al


Colloquium | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Teaching and Learning

The 2016-17 Dialogues colloquium series is focusing on "Teaching Evaluations and Feedback Mechanisms". This year's faculty curators are: Claire Kremen, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; John Wallace, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Oliver O'Reilly, Mechanical Engineering and Chair of the Committee on Teaching.

Visual Perception and Circuit-Level Insights into Autism

Seminar | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Caroline Roberston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Atypical visual perception is a defining characteristic of autism, noted since the earliest reports of the condition. We know very little about where visual differences arise in the autistic brain or how they relate to the wider litany of symptoms associated with the condition. In this talk, I will first present extensive fMRI and psychophysical evidence that autistic visual differences originate...   More >

Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ronelle Alexander, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Berkeley Language Center

This talk focuses on the methodology behind the making and the distinctive features of the interactive database “Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition” that presents excerpts of natural dialect speech recording in 68 different villages throughout Bulgaria. The excerpts were chosen to illustrate both the major features of each dialect, and to convey cultural content of interest. Each excerpt...   More >

ESPM Society and Environment Monday Brown Bag Talk Series - Seth Holmes

Seminar | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 133 Giannini Hall

 Seth Holmes MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor

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

Seth Holmes MD, Ph.D. author of "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States" speaking on "Transitional Agro-Food System and Health: Confronting Inequalities in the Social and Natural Environment"

New Research In Oral History - Lunch Lecture: Exploring The African American Experience In the 19th and 20th Centuries through Oral History

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 267 Bancroft Library

 Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, Professor Emerita of History, California State University, Sacramento

 Oral History Center

Professor Shirley Moore, an alumna of UC Berkeley, is the author of numerous works on African American history in the West, including "To Place Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California 1910-1963," and most recently "Sweet Freedom's Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails 1841-1869. In the lunch lecture series, "New Research in Oral History," Dr. Moore will...   More >

Markus Künzler

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow on asymptotically Euclidean manifolds

Seminar | March 20 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yu Li, University of Wisconsin

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we prove that if an asymptotically Euclidean (AE) manifold with nonnegative scalar curvature has long time existence of the Ricci flow, then it converges to Euclidean space in a strong sense. By convergence, the mass will drop to zero as time tends to infinity. Moreover, in the three dimensional case, we use Ricci flow with surgery to give an independent proof of the positive mass...   More >

RF Linearity in SiGe HBTs: Characterization, Physics and Circuit Implications

Seminar | March 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 529 Cory Hall

 Guofu Niu, ECE Department, Auburn University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talks presents experimental characterization techniques, underlying physics, analysis techniques and circuit implications of Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) HBT linearity.

String-Math Seminar: Geometry of bow varieties

Seminar | March 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Hiraku Nakajima, Kyoto University

 Department of Mathematics

Bow varieties were introduced by Cherkis as analog of ADHM type description of instanton moduli spaces on the Taub-NUT space ( $\mathbb C^2$ with a hyper-Kaehler metric, not an Euclidean one.) We study these varieties from more algebro-geometric point of view, and introduce their `multiplicative' analog. Applications are their identifications with Coulomb branches of 3d and 4d gauge theories...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Resonances generated by conic diffraction

Seminar | March 20 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384I

 Jared Wunsch, Northwestern University

 Department of Mathematics

I will report on recent work, joint with Luc Hillairet, that refines our understanding of the strings of resonances along logarithmic curves generated by multiply diffracted trapped rays.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Semiclassical asymptotics of $GL_N(\mathbb C)$ tensor products

Seminar | March 20 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Novak, UC San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

The existence of a link between the asymptotics of tensor products of irreducible representations of $GL_N(\mathbb C)$ and free probability was discovered by Biane in the 90s. Biane realized that there is a matrix model for the "Littlewood-Richardson process" encoding the invariant subspaces which occur in the tensor product, and that the (quantum) random matrices involved in this model become...   More >

Wolfgang Ketter - FleetPower: Creating Virtual Power Plants in Sustainable Smart Electricity Markets

Seminar | March 20 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Wolfgang Ketter, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

As the share of renewable energy becomes an increasing part of electricity generation, electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to be used as virtual power plants (VPP) to provide reliable back-up power.

The Last Masquerade: Lermontov, Meyerhold, and the Revolution of 1917

Colloquium | March 20 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Anna Muza, Senior Lecturer, Russian Language, UC Berkeley

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

The sixth lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Instrumented and Connected: Designing Next-Generation Learning Experiences

Seminar | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Tovi Grossman, Distinguished Research Scientist, Autodesk Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will outline my research in what I define as next-generation learning experiences, which leverage instrumented and connected environments to aid in human learning and performance.

Seminar 208, Microeconomics Theory: "Zero Sum Revision Games"

Seminar | March 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Stefano Lovo, HEC Paris

 Department of Economics

Donald Trump is No Friend of Taiwan

Lecture | March 20 | 4 p.m. |  Doe Library

 Shelley Rigger, Political Science, Davidson College

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Many Americans believe Taiwan is an important friend and partner to the US. The prospect of a foreign policy iconoclast in the White House appealed to many of Taiwan’s supporters in the US, especially those who are active in US foreign policy circles. Former officials of the George W Bush administration, in particular, have spent the past 8 years arguing that it is time for the US to upgrade its...   More >

Ion Channels in the Tubulovesicles

Seminar | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Haoxing Xu, University of Michigan

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: The topology of normal surface singularities

Seminar | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Daniel Lowengrub, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the paper "The topology of normal singularities of an algebraic surface and a criteria for simplicity" Mumford shows how it is possible to check if a point on a normal surface is singular based on purely topological properties of a neighborhood of the point. We will present a precise formulation of this idea and discuss the ingredients that go into the proof.

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Travel Time Tomography, Boundary Rigidity and Lens Rigidity

Seminar | March 20 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384I

 Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington/HKUST

 Department of Mathematics

We will consider the inverse problem of determining the sound speed or index of refraction of a medium by measuring the travel times of waves going through the medium. This problem arises in global seismology in an attempt to determine the inner structure of the Earth by measuring travel times of earthquakes. It has also several applications in optics and medical imaging among others.

The...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | March 20 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Arun Chandrasekhar, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Homogenization: Beyond well-posedness theory

Seminar | March 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Hung Tran, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe some recent progress on going beyond the well-posedness theory in homogenization of Hamilton-Jacobi equations. In particular, I will focus on the decomposition method to find the formula of the effective Hamiltonian in some situations. Joint work with Qian and Yu.

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): 4-Manifolds Revisited

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Peter Teichner, UC Berkeley & Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

 Department of Mathematics

I’ll try to give a survey of classification of manifolds up to dimension 4.

Obama's Legacy in the Middle East

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 James Gelvin, Professor, History, UCLA

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Spring 2016 CMES Distinguished Visitor lecture.

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – December 23, 2019 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | Soda Hall, Room 380

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

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

Arts + Design Mondays: Designing Spatiality for New Media Art, with Andrew and Deborah Rappaport

Lecture | March 20 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Andrew and Deborah Rappaport founded the Minnesota Street Project in 2015, which offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits. The project is inspired by the couple’s belief that philanthropic support for the arts today requires an alternate model—one suited to the innovative nature of Silicon Valley and the region as a whole.

This...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

ATC Lecture — Andrew and Deborah Rappaport, “Designing Spatiality for New Media Art”: Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Lecture | March 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Barbo Osher Theater

 Andrew Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project; Deborah Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project

 Center for New Media

Collecting and exhibiting new media art poses particular challenges for private collectors. Among other questions, every acquisition must address the following:

* Is it possible to honor and adhere to the artist’s vision outside of an institutional context?
* Is it practical to integrate the work into a home environment while still living in the house?
* Is it feasible to manage conservation...   More >

The Nemea Center Lecture: The Road Less Traveled By? History, Archaeology, and Landscape in southern Greece

Lecture | March 20 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Dimitri Nakassis, Classics, University of Colorado Boulder

 The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, AIA, San Francisco Society

At first glance, the tranquil valleys and mountain passes of the western Argolid give the appearance being of a rather isolated and unremarkable region in southern Greece. In reality, this fertile area is crisscrossed by ancient roads and dotted with ruins that testify to its importance to the major powers of Greece from Classical antiquity to the Ottoman Empire. The results on the ongoing...   More >

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 >

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

NEMESTUDIO: 18 Drawings, 7 Models

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 20 – April 25, 2017 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

OPEN THROUGH APRIL 25. Exhibit runs through APR 25. The exhibition presents drawings and models produced for two recent exhibits by NEMESTUDIO, an architectural studio founded by Assistant Professor of Architecture Neyran Turan and Mete Sonmez.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar

Exhibit - Photography | March 9 – April 24, 2017 every day | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library

 Ethnic Studies Library

Jun Kamata, Associate Professor at ASIA University in Tokyo, has published eight books in Japan. This exhibit includes 25 of his photographs of the Pomo people of northern California. Kamata holds a BA in Native American Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in American Indian Studies and a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.