<< Monday, October 22, 2018 >>

Monday, October 22, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 22 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Sarah Kochik, Wildsoet Lab; Nevin El-Nimri, Wildsoet Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Nevin El-Nimri's Talk
Manipulating Intraocular Pressure as a Novel Avenue for Controlling Myopia Progression

Myopia (near-sightedness) results from progressive, excessive eye enlargement and is associated with blinding complications. It has become a significant public health concern, reaching epidemic levels in some parts of the world. The eye is like a balloon, with pressure inside the eye...   More >

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)


Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Combinatorics Seminar: The Hopf monoid of orbit polytopes and its character group

Seminar | October 22 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mariel Supina, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A Hopf monoid is an algebraic structure that many families of combinatorial objects share. The collection of multiplicative functions defined on a Hopf monoid forms a group, called the character group. Aguiar and Ardila (2017) proved that the character groups for the Hopf monoids of permutahedra and associahedra are exponential power series under multiplication and composition, respectively. In...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: "The Long-lasting Effects of Living Under Communism on Financial Risk-Taking"

Seminar | October 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Ulrike Malmendier, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

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

String-Math Seminar: 3D TQFTs from Argyres-Douglas theories

Seminar | October 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Mykola Dedushenko, Caltech

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a construction which, for a given \(4d\), \(N=2\) Argyres-Douglas SCFT, seems to produce a three-dimensional TQFT, whose underlying modular tensor category coincides with that of a \(2d\) chiral algebra of the parent \(4d\), \(N=2\) theory.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On Shimura varieties for unitary groups

Seminar | October 22 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Brian Smithling, Johns Hopkins

 Department of Mathematics

Shimura varieties attached to unitary similitude groups are a well-studied class of PEL Shimura varieties (i.e., varieties admitting a moduli description in terms of abelian varieties endowed with a polarization, endomorphisms, and a level structure). There are also natural Shimura varieties attached to (honest) unitary groups; these lack a moduli interpretation, but they have other advantages...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Harmonic Z/2 spinors and wall-crossing in Seiberg-Witten theory

Seminar | October 22 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Aleksander Doan, Stony Brook

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of a harmonic Z/2 spinor was introduced by Taubes as an abstraction of various limiting objects appearing in compactifications of gauge-theoretic moduli spaces. I will explain this notion and discuss an existence result for harmonic Z/2 spinors on three-manifolds. The proof uses a wall-crossing formula for solutions of generalized Seiberg-Witten equations in dimension three, a result...   More >

Ashwini Deo, "Marathi tense marking: A window into the lexical encoding of tense meanings"

Colloquium | October 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University

 Department of Linguistics

Partee (1973) first observed that natural language tense expressions are analogous to pronouns in that they can be interpreted indexically, anaphorically, and like bound variables. These referential (i.e. indexical+anaphoric) and non-referential interpretations of tense marking have not been yet shown to have distinct reflexes in natural language temporal expressions – i.e. no language has been...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Ambiguous Persuasion"

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Jian Li, McGill

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Dorian Beauchene and Ming Li

Global warming: What you need to know, what people actually know, and how to bridge the gap

Colloquium | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

 David Romps, Physical Sciences and the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center, UC Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract. Global warming is the most urgent issue of our time: coal, oil, and gas are being burned at an all-time record rate; as a result, the air that we breathe is filling up with carbon dioxide faster than ever before; in response, the Earth is heating rapidly; and both the carbon-dioxide pollution and the associated heating are permanent on any timescale of human interest. How well have...   More >

Mathematical Theories of Communication: Old and New

Lecture | October 22 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Madhu Sudan, Harvard University

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Reliable and efficient digital communication is possible today largely due to some wonderful successes in mathematical modelling and analysis. A legendary figure in this space is Claude Shannon (1916-2001) who laid out the mathematical foundations of communication in his seminal 1948 treatise, where among other contributions he gave a mathematical definition of "entropy" and coined the now...   More >

Design Field Notes: Diane Wang

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Diane Wang is a Lead UX Designer at Google’s Daydream Labs, leading rapid prototyping efforts for AR/VR.

Seminar 271, Development: "Credit Lines as Insurance: Evidence from Bangladesh"

Seminar | October 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Greg Lane, UC Berkeley, ARE

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Wave maps on (1+2)-dimensional curved spacetimes

Seminar | October 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Casey Jao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss joint work with Cristian Gavrus and Daniel Tataru in which we study wave maps on a (1+2)-dimensional nonsmooth background. Our main result asserts that in this context, the wave maps system is locally wellposed at almost critical regularity.

Alyssa Ayres | Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World

Special Event | October 22 | 5-7 p.m. |  Silicon Valley Bank Auditorium

 3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054

 Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations and Author

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

 The Commonwealth Club, America India Foundation, Institute for South Asia Studies

A conversation with Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations and Author of Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World.


  Registration opens October 1. Register online by October 22.

Deformation Theory Seminar: Operads and Koszul duality

Seminar | October 22 | 5:10-6:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yixuan Li, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we'll introduce operads and the interaction with sheaf theory. Parallel to the notion of Koszul algebras, we'll define Koszul operads and duality between them. In particular, connections with sheaves and Verdier duality will be explained in an example arising from the moduli spaces of genus zero stable curves with marked points.

SLAM: Perspectives from Biotech Industry: Science, Business and People

Seminar | October 22 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Janet Gunzner, Nektar Therapeutics

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Sandow Birk: American Qur'an in Conversation with Professor Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Lecture | October 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Sandow Brik, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco; Koplin del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles; P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York City

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

A project to hand-transcribe the entire Qur'an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world.

Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well traveled graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute. Frequently...   More >

Salesforce APM Info-Session

Information Session | October 22 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Heather Conklin, VP, Product Management, and summer 2018 APM interns will talk about the Associate Product Manager program at Salesforce, and the impact our inaugural class of APMs have had on the company.

Our Futureforce University Recruiting Program is dedicated to attracting, retaining, and cultivating next-generation talent. Our interns and new graduates work in offices across the globe...   More >

Public Assembly: The Rise of Brazil's Far-Right

Meeting | October 22 | 6 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies

The second round of elections in Brazil is on October 28, 2018. All members of the community, including Bay Area residents, visitors, and UC Berkeley affiliates, are invited to an open forum to express their thoughts and discuss the current political crisis.

Let's Talk About Sex!: A Graduate Student Sexual Education Series

Workshop | October 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 183 Dwinelle Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project, Sexual Health Education Program

The Graduate Student Wellness Group and the Sexual Health Education Program are partnering up for three sextastic events this October! Topics include (but are not limited to) consent, healthy relationships, safer sex, STIs/HIV, and accessing birth control! Specifically, we will be addressing what healthy relationships look/don't look like, why STIs are on the rise, how to practice safer sex, and...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Luminous Disturbances: Paintings by Kara Maria

Exhibit - Painting | September 10 – December 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Kara Maria's "cheerfully apocalyptic" paintings engage with a host of political issues, including war and environmental destruction. On display at the Townsend Center for the Humanities Sept 10 - Dec 14, 2018.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

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

Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 31 – December 10, 2018 every day | Moses Hall, IGS Library - 109 Moses

 Institute of Governmental Studies Library, Ethnic Studies Library

"Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries" contains items from the Ethnic Studies Library and the Institute of Governmental Studies Library addressing historical attitudes and policy around immigration, deportation, and citizens' rights, as well as monographs and ephemera relating to current events.

The Handmaid's Tale: an exhibit at Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 5 – December 31, 2018 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd Floor near Elevators


The new Moffitt Library exhibit explores the themes and antecedents of The Handmaid’s Tale, this year’s On the Same Page program selection. On exhibit are library materials and quotes that demonstrate that not only were we wrong to say “it can’t happen here” - it has already happened, all over the world: Berlin, Nazi Germany, Argentina, and yes, here in the US.

 UC Berkeley ID required for entrance to Moffitt Library.

Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11 – November 16, 2018 every day |  Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA)

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: SEPT 11-NOV 16 @ the Richmond Art Center. The exhibition, co-curated by Professors Michael Dear &amp; Ronald Rael, explores representations of the US-Mexico ‘borderlands’ in contemporary art. Free &amp; open to all!

Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 17, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library will be up in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery until March 1st, 2019. This exhibition celebrates 60 years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, and includes prints in the collection that have not been seen in 20 years, as well as prints that are now owned by the Berkeley Art Museum. There are also cases dedicated...   More >

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static

Exhibit - Painting | October 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The paintings of Harvey Quaytman (1937–2002) are distinct for their novel explorations of shape, drawing, texture, geometric pattern, and color application. While his works display a rigorous experimentation with formalism and materiality, they are simultaneously invested with rich undertones of sensuality, complexity, and humor. This new retrospective exhibition charts the trajectory of...   More >

Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Exhibit - Painting | August 15, 2018 – March 3, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The 1960s architectural phenomenon Supergraphics—a mix of Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop—was pioneered by San Francisco–based artist, graphic and landscape designer, and writer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Stauffacher Solomon, a UC Berkeley alumna, is creating new Supergraphics for BAMPFA’s Art Wall. Land(e)scape 2018 is the fifth in a series of temporary, site-specific works commissioned for...   More >

Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection

Exhibit - Painting | September 19 – December 16, 2018 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Since 1872, the University of California, Berkeley has been collecting works by European artists, building a collection that includes many rare and exceptional works distinguished by artistic innovation, emotional and psychological depth, and technical virtuosity. Consisting mostly of gifts from professors, alumni, and other supporters, the collection continues to evolve, representing artistic...   More >

Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor

 Bancroft Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.