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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2018 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from...   More >

Science and Literacy Playgroup

Meeting | October 31, 2017 – May 15, 2018 every Tuesday with exceptions | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)

 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

 Chancellor's Community Grant, Trybe Inc.

Have fun and meet other families in West and South Berkeley.
For Children ages 05 and their caregivers.
Free, drop-in, snacks, circle time, arts and crafts and science activities.

A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum

Colloquium | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Bay View Room (5th Floor)

 Tae Sup Geum

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), ASUC

Join us in a Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum to talk about the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and the implications it has for South Korea, its relations with the United States and the state of democracy as a whole. How was a peaceful transition of power possible in South Korea, and how could it be possible elsewhere? This event is open to...   More >

Informed Approaches to Deep Learning via Neural Networks with Random Parameters

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Yasaman Bahri, Google Brain

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Obtaining a better understanding of neural networks with random parameters is relevant for deep learning practice — for instance, by informing good initializations — and is a natural first step in building a more complete base of knowledge within deep learning. I will survey some of our recent work at Google Brain which originated from the study of random neural networks. [1]. I’ll begin by...   More >

Olfactory receptor-based chemical sensors to accelerate the engineering of chemical-producing microbes

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Pamela Peralta-Yahya, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech

 College of Chemistry

Designer microbes that convert sugars into bioproducts provide a sustainable alternative to the synthesis of chemicals from petroleum. One of the major challenges in the engineering of microbes for the production of chemicals is the rapid identification of the highest chemical-producing microbe from a pool, akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Chromatography-based methods for the...   More >

Pushing the envelope to study dengue virus infections and vaccines

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Aravinda Desilva, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

What’s the problem with populism? Defining Contemporary Populism’s Challenge to Liberal Democracy

Lecture | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Ludvig Norman, Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm

 Institute of European Studies

It is commonly argued, in academic and popular debate alike, that contemporary populism presents liberal democracy with a set of challenges. However, the definitional confusion over populism has made the study of this phenomenon difficult and has prevented a clear discussion on what, if anything, is the problem with populism. This talk offers a way to rethink contemporary populism with a view to...   More >

"How the University of California Got Its Autonomy”

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  University of California Office of The President

 1111 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94607

 John Aubrey Douglass, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , University of California Office of the President

This presentation will provide a brief historical analysis of how the University of California became a “public trust” in 1879 as part of a larger revision of California’s Constitution approved by California voters. The University henceforth gained the exclusive power to operate, control, and administer the University of California, becoming virtually a fourth branch of state government, a...   More >

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Ernest S. Kuh Distinguished Lecture: Creating Materials that do not Exist in Nature

Lecture | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Xiang Zhang, Ph.D. 96' ME, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

 College of Engineering

Immigrant Agency and Social Movements in the Age of Devolution

Colloquium | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (MCC), Room 220

 Greg Prieto, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego

 Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Latino Policy Research, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Under what conditions are Mexican immigrants who are most affected by the deportation regime moved to participate in collective mobilization? Drawing on three years of participant observation and over 60 interviews with un/documented Mexican immigrants, in this talk I show that the immigrant activism that emerges seeks to inhabit, rather than transform, normative institutions of work and family.


 Free and open to the public. Register online by April 1.

For more information regarding this book, please visit: https://nyupress.org/books/9781479821464/

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

CANCELLED - Spring 2018 African Studies Colloquium

Colloquium | April 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Colin Walch, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, UC Berkeley Department of Political Science

 Center for African Studies

To be rescheduled, possibly Fall 2018.

Jacqueline Isaac at Berkeley Law: Making the Case of Genocide

Presentation | April 3 | 12:45-1:45 p.m. | 244 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Jacqueline Isaac, Vice President, Roads of Success

 Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Berkeley Journal of International Law, The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Human rights attorney Jacqueline Isaac traveled to war-stricken parts of Syria to collect testimonies from Yazidi girls that have escaped ISIS captivity. She will discuss how this testimony helped create the Investigative Mechanism for the Yazidi Genocide.

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Adaptive Traffic Control Systems

Special Event | April 3 – 12, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 1-4 p.m. |  Online

 Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec

 Aleksandar Stevanovic, PhD, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University

 Technology Transfer Program

This new online course offers summary of fundamental principles, operational requirements and expected benefits of some of the frequently deployed Adaptive Traffic Control Systems. The first session presents differences between adaptive and responsive traffic controls and introduces briefly three ATCS deployed in California (ACS Lite, QuicTrac, and SCOOT). The second session addresses InSync, a...   More >

$145.00 CA Public Agency, $290.00 Standard Fee

  Register online or by calling 510-643-4393, or by emailing registrar-techtransfer@berkeley.edu

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

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

 To Be Determined

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

BSAC Technology Seminar - Non-Filter Applications for FBAR Resonators and Devices

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Dr. Richard Ruby (EECS PhD 1984), Director of Technology, Broadcom

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

FBAR has large success in filters, leading aggressive mobile phone applications. Two areas where it may be useful are low power radios and broad area sensors. FBAR-enabled radios can reduce power use by eliminating PLL and using direct modulation at high frequencies. As a mass sensor, temperature sensor, pressure sensor, particle detector, etc., the FBAR is quite attractive.

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Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "On the Limits of Incentive Design: Examining Medical Students' Misunderstanding of 'the Match'"

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

 Alex Rees-Jones, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Economics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Curves on a smooth cubic surface in P3

Seminar | April 3 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We examine effective divisors on a smooth cubic surface in $\mathbf {P^3}$. By means of Zariski decomposition, we reveal the interplay between the geometry of secant lines and cohomologies of line bundles. We also describe the degrees of the generators of the Hartshorne-Rao modules. Finally we determine the free resolutions of the curves. The work is a simplification, correction and...   More >

Christina Marsden Gillis Academic Lives Program: Robots, Humans and Artificial Intelligence

Special Event | April 3 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Francesco Borelli, Professor Mechanical Engineering U.C. B.; Ruzena Bajcsy, Professor EECS - U.C. B., Former Director (CITRIS); Koushil Sreenath, Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering U.C.B.; Mark Mueller, Mechanical Engineering U.C.B.

 Women's Faculty Club

In the near future robots will be in home and offices, will drive us around, will help humans with daily tasks and assist elderly, children and workers in factories. Scientists at Berkeley are in the forefront of robotics research trying to address issues as safety, scalability, intelligence, human interaction and societal impact. This symposium will give an overview of current technologies and...   More >

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by April 3.

Youth Civic Culture, Inequality, and Education in the ex-Communist Countries

Lecture | April 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Gabriel Badescu, Professor of Political Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

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

The health of a democracy depends on the support for key political values such as civil rights, as well as the active participation of an informed citizenry. Less than two decades ago, young people in the ex-communist countries were more enthusiastic than the older generations about protecting norms and institutions that have traditionally been regarded as necessary ingredients for democratic...   More >

Design Field Notes: Tiffany Tseng

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Tiffany Tseng, an interaction designer who creates tools for people who make things, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Solving composite minimization problems arising in statistics and engineering, with applications to phase retrieval

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 John C. Duchi, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

We consider minimization of stochastic functionals that are compositions of a (potentially) non-smooth convex function h and smooth function c. We develop two stochastic methods--a stochastic prox-linear algorithm and a stochastic (generalized) sub- gradient procedure--and prove that, under mild technical conditions, each converges to stationary points of the stochastic objective. Additionally,...   More >

Battery Fast Charging: A Multi-Physics Model-Based Optimal Control Approach

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall

 Hector Perez, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Battery systems are an enabling technology towards an electrified and sustainable future. A thriving area of interest aimed at increasing the practicality of battery systems is fast charging. In this talk, we focus on model-based optimal charging of batteries via coupled multi-physics electrical-thermal-aging and electrochemical-thermal models.

Realizing additional benefits of federal air quality rules: particle water chemistry and biogenic secondary organic aerosol controllable fractions

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ann Marie Carlton, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Accurate description of the factors that control pollution fate and transport by atmospheric models aids effective air quality management. For example, models can safeguard human health from the deleterious effects of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) though analysis of optimal control strategies for precursor gases. Anthropogenic emissions facilitate formation of biogenic secondary organic aerosol...   More >

Jonathan Haidt Presents: 'The three worst ideas in the world, and how they shape American education'

Lecture | April 3 | 4:15 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jonathan Haidt, New York University Stern School of Business

 Department of Political Science & The Baxter Liberty Initiative

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University Stern School of Business and the director of Heterodox Academy. He is the coauthor of the forthcoming book, 'The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure'.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: An introduction to Liaison

Seminar | April 3 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a gentle introduction to liaison of algebraic varieties following Peskine-Szpiro. We will carefully go through the basic definitions and properties, along with various examples, in preparation for subsequent talks on the linkage of space curves.

A Papyrological Pioneer: Investigations into the Life and Career of Josiah Gilbart Smyly: CTP Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | April 3 | 5:30 p.m. | 101 Doe Library

 Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

J. Gilbart Smyly (1867-1948), friend and collaborator of Tebtunis excavators Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt, was one of the pioneers of papyrology and responsible for deciphering and interpreting numerous papyri from the Berkeley collection and elsewhere. But he was a reclusive figure, little appreciated at his own institution, Trinity College Dublin, where he worked in the shadow of the...   More >

MENA Lit Chat: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

Reading - Literary | April 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Michael David Lukas, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join bestselling author and CMES Program Coordinator Michael David Lukas for a conversation about his new novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, "a beautiful, richly textured novel" centered around a thousand-year old synagogue in Cairo.

What's Up With That - Adjustment Back Home

Workshop | April 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Robert Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Most of us know about adjustment and culture shock upon arrival into the U.S. But do you know that reverse culture shock is a very real thing too? If you’re graduating and are going home, or are just visiting home for the summer vacation, there is bound to be a little bit of adjustment for you and your family. Have you thought about how to manage this?

In this session, you will be discussing...   More >

International Alumni Career Chats (Public Sector, Non for Profit)

Career Fair | April 3 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

International students with majors in humanity and social science areas may face more challenging job market and hurdles with work authorization and visa requirements. Come and talk to the international alumni who graduated with the same majors as you and are working in the Bay Area.

Involvement in International Organizations: The Merits and Drawbacks

Panel Discussion | April 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Gerald Steinberg; John Mathiason; Herb Behrstock

 The Berkeley Forum

As more isolationist rhetoric continues to spread throughout America, many wonder whether or not our prolonged involvement in the United Nations should be curtailed. On one hand, the United Nations allows the US to take a more proactive role in engaging with other countries diplomatically while simultaneously acting as a global policing force. However, the UN has come under fire for wasteful...   More >


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UC Jazz 50th Anniversary Concert

Performing Arts - Music | April 3 | 8-10 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage

 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

 UC Jazz, UC Jazz

 Student Musical Activities

On Tuesday, April 3 at 8:00PM at the Freight and Salvage, UC Jazz will present its 50th Anniversary concert featuring its three advanced ensembles. The event will celebrate 50 years of jazz education at Cal.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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.

Environmental Design Archives Exhibition: Hollywood and Vine

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection: Auditorium installation of enlarged reproductions of select collection items

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.

Born into a middle-class Polish...   More >

“We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record!”: The LGBTQ Movement and Life as Seen Through Government Information

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – August 31, 2018 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery


This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments.

ARCH Exhibition: Carme Pinós, 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Professor

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 22 – April 20, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: FEB 22-APR 20, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. Recent designs of the internationally recognized 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professor will be featured, ranging from cultural centers to educational institutions to urban landscapes. Open to the public!

High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press (Brooklyn, NY, 1920-1974)

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition presents a selection from the over one hundred “show-card” posters printed by the Firschein Press, a small business operated by East European Jewish immigrants, that served local Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Brooklyn for the better half of the 20th century. Oscar Firschein brought the posters to California once the Press ceased its activities. He and his wife, Theda,...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >