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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

AI for Science Town Hall

Meeting | September 11 – 12, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The DOE National Laboratories are convening four town hall meetings aimed at collecting community input on the opportunities and challenges facing the scientific community in the era of convergence of High Performance Computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and the expected integration of large-scale simulation, advanced data analysis, data driven predictive modeling,...   More >

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period

Workshop | September 11 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Room 117 (Level D)

 Ryo Akama, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumekan University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Ritsumeikan University, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, East Asian Library

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: 2019 Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley
Instructor (speaker): Ryo Akama

10:00am -12:00pm: Workshop "Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period" [registration required]

CLOSED Required for morning workshop

  Register  by September 6.

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Longest Increasing Subsequences and Oscillating Tableaux II

Seminar | September 11 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Meza, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will start with a quick primer on the RSK correspondence and Berele insertion. This will lead us into longest increasing subsequences of permutations and analogous statistics on oscillating tableaux. We will discuss computational methods, explicit formulas, and if time permits, asymptotics. This is meant to be an introductory talk to set ourselves up for future topics. (Part II of the talk)

Diversity and Inclusion Focus Group: Bias in Letters of Recommendation

Meeting | September 11 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 College of Chemistry

One of the initiatives that stemmed from the results of our academic climate survey is the Diversity and Inclusion Focus Group (DIFG) series. These College of Chemistry-wide focus groups aim to provide a structured, recurring, neutral space for members of the CoC community to:

- regularly explore and engage in challenging conversations about a variety of topics that have been identified as...   More >

CITRIS Research Exchange - Jutta Williams

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

"Why are there brakes on a car?"

About the Talk:

Drawing from examples from a career in regulated industries like operational healthcare, finance and government, this talk will focus on how controls, discipline, and boundaries in tech aren't just good for privacy and security - they can actually help us move fast.

About the Speaker:

Ms. Williams is a Senior technical program manager...   More >

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MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Speaker TBA: Title TBA

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 TBA

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Professional Program in Graphic Design Online Information Session

Information Session | September 11 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension's Professional Program in Graphic Design offers a study of design principles and an appreciation of historical and current trends. Find out how you can learn from industry professionals to build a portfolio and advance in the field.

  Register online

Dramatic Scena for Voice and Piano: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | September 11 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Baroque Ensemble Director Christine Brandes (soprano), Associate Professor of Musicology Nicholas Mathew (piano), and 2019 Baroque Ensemble co-Director Carla Moore perform a A fun and varied program of late eighteenth-century vocal and instrumental music, performed with the department's world famous collection of period instruments -- including Haydn's Italian scena Arianna a Naxos, keyboard...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Tapping cyanobacterial potential as an alternative carbohydrate feedstock: design of modular, light-driven microbial consortia"

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Daniel Ducat, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Daniel Ducat is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His lab is interested in using engineering and synthetic approaches to examine the biology and biotechnological application of these intriguing bacteria. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University.

Mutualism and machines: theory and software for genome analysis: Bioengineering Department Seminar, Professor Ian Holmes

Seminar | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ian Holmes, Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

My lab develops software for genome informatics, from basic algorithms to user-friendly web tools. I’ll talk about how our genome browser design is influenced by Engeström's social object theory, a virtual sense of place, and prototyping ideas from the game industry.

Visualizing the Complexity of Past and Future Shoreline and Near-Shore Environments over Time: Examples from Australia, Vietnam, and California

Lecture | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Thomas G. Whitley, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Sonoma State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

By incorporating dynamic geomorphological processes into the environmental modeling it becomes possible to provide much more accurate depictions of the inundation and retreat of shorelines over time, their hydrodynamics, and the evolution of shoreline and near-shore ecosystems. Presented here are some examples of this approach using highly diverse datasets from Australia, Vietnam, and California.

A General Mortality Model and Moving Verbal Autopsy from Research to Routine Use: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Samuel J. Clark, Professor, Sociology, Ohio State

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Online Information Session

Information Session | September 11 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online | Note change in date

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain academic preparation in the sciences along with one-on-one advising to enhance your application to medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as to advanced degree programs in medical- and health-related fields.

  Register online

EECS Career Fair

Career Fair | September 11 | 12-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, RSF Field House Gym

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event is co-sponsored by HKN & UPE and organized in collaboration with the EECS department.

If you're an EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related positions, this is the fair for you! Recruiters will talk with you about full-time and summer job opportunities. Employers range from large household-name companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and...   More >

Residential Segregation and its Effects on Intergroup Cognition

Colloquium | September 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Arianne Eason, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, Psychology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

In the U.S. today, racial segregation remains rampant in neighborhoods, schools, and even the workplace. Given the persistent inequity in terms of both race and social class in the U.S., my research utilizes perspectives from developmental, social, and cultural psychology to examine how features of our social and cultural contexts (e.g., racially segregated neighborhoods and classrooms) influence...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Percent Plans and the Return to Postsecondary Selectivity"

Seminar | September 11 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Zachary Bleemer, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Model Theory Seminar: An approach to the decidability of mixed characteristic valued fields

Seminar | September 11 | 2:20-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Konstantinos Kartas, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

After quickly reviewing the basics of valued fields, I will focus on a particular technique. This technique roughly reduces the decidability of a henselian mixed characteristic valued field to the decidability of its residue rings. A proof of this result will be presented, some applications and possible future directions.

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | August 28 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Windmill Coffee House

 2131 Durant, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisers. All UC Berkeley students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also...   More >

Where Is the Friend’s Home?: In Focus: Abbas Kiarostami

Film - Series | September 11 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Marilyn Fabe

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Post-screeing lecture by Marilyn Fabe.
Marilyn Fabe is the author of Closely Watched Films and was the longtime teacher of the popular BAMPFA lecture/screening series Film 50: History of Cinema.

Inspired by a poem by Iranian philosopher Sohrab Sepehri, Where Is the Friend’s Home? is a beautiful picture of the life of a child in a northern Iranian village—a child for whom an afternoon becomes...   More >

Gambler's ruin in three dimensions.

Seminar | September 11 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Persi Diaconis, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Picture three gamblers with initial capital x(A), x(B), x(C) summing to N. Each time a pair of gamblers is chosen uniformly and they flip a fair coin. Consider the first time one of them hits zero.
How are the fortunes of the other two distributed and how does this depend on how they start?
Approximations (upper and lower bounds with reasonable constants) are derived for parallel problems on...   More >

Peter Frazier — Grey-box Bayesian Optimization

Seminar | September 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Peter Frazier, Cornell University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Bayesian optimization is a powerful tool for optimizing time-consuming-to-evaluate non-convex derivative-free objective functions.  While BayesOpt has historically been deployed as a black-box optimizer, recent advances show considerable gains by "peeking inside the box".  For example, when tuning hyperparameters in deep neural networks to minimize validation error, state-of-the-art...   More >

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Workshop | September 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

Number Theory Learning Seminar: Moments determining a distribution and class group counting as field counting

Seminar | September 11 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Thomas Browning, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

EECS Colloquium: Negative Capacitance and Its Potential Use for Next Generation Computing Technology

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Sayeef Salahuddin, Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Power constraint has become a critical challenge for computing, restricting the rate at which data can be processed. The physics of ordered and correlated systems allow for fundamental improvement of the energy efficiency in this regard, going beyond what is possible with conventional materials in today’s computing hardware. One such example is the the ferroelectric materials...   More >

Chemicals from Renewable Carbon Sources

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dr. Ning Yan, National University of Singapore

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Future society will increasing rely on renewable resources for fuels, chemicals and nutrients.Biomass offers a wide range of starting materials for value-added chemicals and fuels,however, components in biomass feedstock bristle with functional groups, reducing their stability to withstand high temperatures usually used to process petrochemicals.

What do we know about how to make good predictions?: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | September 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Danny Hernandez, OpenAI

 Department of Statistics

Everyone makes bets. Scientists bet years of their lives on research agendas, CEO’s bet billions of dollars on new products, and world leaders bet our welfare through their policies. Their decisions often hinge on implicit judgement based predictions about relatively one-off events rather than on data. We’ll review the most promising existing techniques for improving one’s predictions. I’ll...   More >

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

Digital Archiving for Intangible Arts: Reproducing Past Kabuki Stages and Performances of Great Actors

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ryo Akama, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumekan University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Ritsumeikan University, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, East Asian Library

Digital archives are changing the methods of studying arts and cultures. While tangible culture seems relatively easy to archive digitally, intangible culture is still difficult and it may seem impossible to reproduce the stage performances in the past.

RTMP Seminar: Holonomy invariants from quantum groups

Seminar | September 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Calvin McPhail-Snyder, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Geometric information about a topological space $X$ can be described by a conjugacy class of representations of its fundamental group into a Lie group $G$, or equivalently by a gauge class of flat $\mathfrak g$-connections. In this talk I will discuss how to construct invariants of such spaces using quantum topology techniques, focusing in particular on $U_q(\mathfrak {sl}_2)$ at a root of unity....   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (Departmental Seminar): "Fairness and efficiency for probabilistic allocations with endowments"

Seminar | September 11 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Federico Echenique, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Meraki Info-Session: Intro to React Workshop

Information Session | September 11 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Meraki is looking for smart, curious engineers. As a member of our engineering department, you have the opportunity to work on projects across any number of our teams. Meraki is the ideal place to develop your career. We place a special emphasis on continuouslearning, and we foster an environment where you can easily switch teams based on your interests.

Want to learn more and participate in...   More >

Why Cannabis? Why CBD? Why Now?

Lecture | September 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Dr. Josh Meisel, Humboldt State University; Martin A. Lee, Project CBD

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Botanical Garden

This talk will examine the factors contributing to the current pro-cannabis cultural shift and the surge of interest in CBD.

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Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

TDPS Auditions for Berkeley Dance Project

Performing Arts - Dance | September 11 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies will hold open auditions for its Spring 2020 dance concert, Berkeley Dance Project. Auditions are open to all current UC Berkeley students, and advance registration is not required. Performances will take place Feb. 20–22 and Feb. 27–29, 2020.

Annual Holloway Faculty Reading

Reading - Literary | September 11 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Eric Falci, Professor, Berkeley English; Cecil Giscombe, Professor, Berkeley English; Lyn Hejinian, John F. Hotchkis Professor of English, Berkeley English; Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Professor, Berkeley English; John Shoptaw, Continuing Lecturer, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Faculty poets of the U. C. Berkeley English Department (Eric Falci, Cecil Giscombe, Lyn Hejinian, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, and John Shoptaw) will read from their work on Wednesday, 11 September, at 6:30 pm in the Maude Fife Room (Wheeler Hall 315). Volumes by all the poets will be available for purchase, thanks to Moe’s Books.

Apple Tech Talk: The Future of Computer Engineering

Information Session | September 11 | 7-8 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Meet Dave Conroy
-Apple Engineering Fellow, Hardware Technology

The Future of Computer Engineering
With more than 40 years of computer industry experience, Dave Conroy views the pending shift in how we scale technologies as an exciting opportunity to spur the next wave of innovation in fundamental technologies and systems architecture.

Surrealistic Animations by Stacey Steers

Film - Animated | September 11 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Stacey Steers’s handmade, hypnotic collage animations draw on a wide range of materials, including nineteenth-century prints, Eadweard Muybridge’s 1887 motion studies, and silent cinema footage, particularly images of Lillian Gish and Janet Gaynor. The resulting narratives are dreamlike and mysterious, while exploring the subterranean depths of women’s inner experience. For the late filmmaker...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | August 28, 2019 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Journalism, Graduate School of

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are generally Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please contact the Townsend Center to confirm availability.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?


Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >

Art Wall: Carlos Amorales

Exhibit - Painting | March 27 – October 13, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this new commission for the BAMPFA Art Wall, entitled Ghost Demonstration, Amorales draws from the multiple histories of mural art in Mexico, the political demonstrations that occurred in Berkeley in the 1960s (as well as more recent events), and protests in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. In order to make this monumental mural, the artist used stencils of slogans from Berkeley protest...   More >

Guided Tours: Strange

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 4 – November 27, 2019 every Wednesday | 12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange, which features a diverse array of works from the BAMPFA collection invoking the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous.