<< Monday, November 20, 2017 >>

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Suitcase Clinic Donations: Supply Drive for their 3 Clinics

Miscellaneous | November 20 – December 4, 2017 every day | University Hall, 207 Suite, Cubicle 4

 Division of Community Health Sciences

Items needed include basic toiletries, warm clothing, blankets, socks, infant/child supplies, packaged foods, gummy vitamins, etc.

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | November 20 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

SPH Annual Craft Fair

Social Event | November 20 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Public Health, School of

Annual School of Public Health Craft Fair where SPH Staff/Students/Faculty participate selling their wares or come by and shop in anticipation of the Holidays!

Combinatorics Seminar: Root system chip-firing

Seminar | November 20 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Thomas McConville, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

The chip firing game is a simple example of a confluent system, which is a central notion in algebraic combinatorics and particle physics. That is, given an initial distribution of chips on a graph, there are many ways to "play" the chip firing game, but they all lead to the same result. Jim Propp introduced a variation on chip firing on the infinite line graph in which the chips are labeled....   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | November 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Virginia Markham, Graduate Student, PMB; Kristen LeGault, Graduate Student, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

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

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

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | November 20 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Andres Gonzalez, PhD Student, Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

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

When Two Bodies Are (Not) a Problem: Gender and Relationship Status Discrimination in Academic Hiring

Colloquium | November 20 | 12:45-2 p.m. |  Philip Selznick Seminar Room

 2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

 Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Center for the Study of Law and Society

Lecture by Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University

Differential Geometry Seminar: \(\epsilon \)-Regularity for 4-dimensional shrinking Ricci solitons

Seminar | November 20 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Shaosai Huang, Stony Brook

 Department of Mathematics

A central issue in studying uniform behaviors of Riemannian manifolds is to obtain uniform local \(L^{\infty }\)-bounds of the curvature tensor. For manifolds whose Riemannian metric satisfying certain elliptic equations, e.g. Einstein manifolds and Ricci solitons, local curvature bound are expected when the local energy is sufficiently small. Such estimates, referred to as \(\epsilon...   More >

Seminar 231, Public Finance: No Seminar

Seminar | November 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Scholar Information Meetings (SIMs)

Orientation | November 20 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Room location to be posted at entrance to building

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Newly arrived J-1 postdocs, professors, researchers,short-term scholars, and visiting student researchers are required to attend this meeting to validate their arrival in the U.S. Information on immigration regulations, travel, employment, resources for families, health insurance and other practical information will be discussed.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Parallel transport and the p-adic Simpson correspondence

Seminar | November 20 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Daxin Xu, Caltech

 Department of Mathematics

Deninger and Werner developed an analogue for p-adic curves of the classical correspondence of Narasimhan and Seshadri between stable bundles of degree zero and unitary representations of the topological fundamental group for a complex smooth proper curve. Using parallel transport, they associated functorially to every vector bundle on a p-adic curve whose reduction is strongly semi-stable of...   More >

Fatma Kilinc-Karzan — Online First-Order Framework for Robust Convex Optimization

Colloquium | November 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Fatma Kilinc-Karzan, Carnegie Mellon University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Robust optimization (RO) has emerged as one of the leading paradigms to efficiently model parameter uncertainty. The recent connections between RO and problems in statistics and machine learning domains demand for solving RO problems in ever more larger scale. However, the traditional approaches for solving RO formulations based on building and solving robust counterparts or the iterative...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Design Field Notes: Katarina Ilic

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Katarina Ilic, co-founder of Voltera, will speak as part of the Design Field Notes pop-up talk series at Jacobs Hall.

Lev Tolstoy, Romancier-Expérimentateur?: A Reading of the Kreutzer Sonata (1889) through the lens of Émile Zola’s Experimental Novel (1880)

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

 Kathryn DeWaele, Graduate Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

The fifth lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Algebraicity of persistent homology

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Maddie Weinstein, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Persistent homology allows us to explore the topology of data. We will see examples of computations of persistent homology of affine and projective varieties. We will also discuss my ongoing research with Emil Horobet to prove the algebraicity of persistent homology.

Seminar 271, Development: Topic Forthcoming

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

 Fred Finan, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Oscillator-based Ising Network Computation

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Tianshi Wang, Graduate Student, EECS Department, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Coupled oscillator networks can be used to implement general-purpose Ising machines. Such Ising implementations are much more scalable and much easier to design and fabricate than alternatives that have been proposed.

MBTG Seminar: "Stochastic Mechanisms in Membrane Traffic"

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

 Jeanne Stachowiak, The University of Texas at Austin

 College of Chemistry

They Came From Everywhere: The People of the Amur

Colloquium | November 20 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Victor Zatsepine, History, University of Connecticut

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

This talk, based on Victor Zatsepine’s recently published book, Beyond the Amur: Frontier Encounters between China and Russia, 1850-1930 (UBC Press, 2017), illuminates the varied social, economic and political contacts that enlivened the borders of the two empires (Qing China and Romanov Russia) and their successor states. The author argues that the Amur ‘frontier’ region functioned as a meeting...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

East African Beer and Soda

Denise Dresser: Mexico's 2018 Presidential Election: Democracy in Danger?

Lecture | November 20 | 6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

 Denise Dresser

 Center for Latin American Studies

Denise Dresser is a political analyst, columnist, and academic who writes for Reforma and Proceso, and teaches at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. Dresser is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations and was recently named one of the 50 most...   More >

The University of Guanajuato during Mexico’s Flag Day, 2017. (Photo by Ingrid Truemper.)

Hit Parade: Music as Public Knowledge: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | November 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Josh Kun, Professor of Communication and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

 Arts + Design

What does music tell us about the sustainability and precarity of publics? How can we use music— rehearsed, recorded, archived-- to engage histories of erasure and displacement while imagining new forms of community and collaboration? My talk will explore these ideas through my project “Hit Parade: Live in San Francisco” (for the SFMOMA/SFPL Public Knowledge series) which combines archival...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

Ecocity Berkeley: Thirty Years On: An Exhibit in the Environmental Design Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 15 – December 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium


The 1987 book Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a Healthy Future, inserting “ecocity” into the urban planning lexicon. Using Berkeley as a test bed, Richard Register promoted a new vision for urban development that now has worldwide resonance.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 1, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >