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Monday, October 7, 2019

Explore Urban Air Mobility (UAM) from every angle: Vehicles, Technology, Society: Sustainable Aviation Symposium 2019

Conference/Symposium | October 7 – 8, 2019 every day | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Sustainable Aviation Symposium 2019 (SAS) asks critical questions about equity in the future of air transit, through a holistic examination of technology, platforms, urbanism and other emerging topics. SAS will explore the ideas that will shape UAM and the global transition to accessible, safe, electric aviation for all. Registration required.

 Registration Required https://www.sasymposium.com/tickets

SAS Poster

Berkeley Journalism Open House

Tour/Open House | October 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  North Gate

 Graduate School of Journalism

Join us on Monday, October 7th, 2019 for our annual all-day Open House event! Participants meet faculty, students and staff, sit in on classes and presentations, get information on financial aid, career planning, and the Investigative Reporting Program, join networking receptions, and find out all about our Master of Journalism program. This event is especially designed for those who are...   More >

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Dimitri Azar

Seminar | October 7 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dimitri Azar, MD, MBA, College of Medicine, The University of Illinois

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

A Glimpse at the Vulnerable Population’s Access to Sexual Health Service in China

Presentation | October 7 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Bixby Conference Room, BWW 6122

 Rebekah Gong, Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability

 Public Health, School of

Observations on the issue of sex workers’ limited access to
sexual health services, the needs and obstacles of the disabled population accessing sexual health services,
and the overall experience of working with “You and Me” in China.

Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan

Lecture | October 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Jennifer M. Dixon, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Villanova University

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

Over the past two decades, many states have heard demands that they recognize and apologize for historic wrongs. Such calls have not elicited uniform or predictable responses. While some states have apologized for past crimes, others continue to silence, deny, and relativize dark pasts. What explains the tremendous variation in how states deal with past crimes? When and why do states change the...   More >

Trade Lunch: "Factor-biased Technologies and Spatial Reallocation"

Seminar | October 7 | 12:05-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Petr Martynov, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Seminar: Graded multiplicity in harmonic polynomials

Seminar | October 7 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alex Heaton, Max Planck Institute Leipzig

 Department of Mathematics

We consider a family of examples falling into the following context (first considered by Vinberg): Let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over the complex numbers. A subgroup, K, of fixed points of a finite-order automorphism acts on the Lie algebra of G. Each eigenspace of the automorphism is a representation of K. Let g1 be one of the eigenspaces. We consider the harmonic polynomials on...   More >

Toward Developmentally Reasonably Self-Supervised Learning: IHD/Developmental Colloquium Fall 2019

Colloquium | October 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Dan Yamins, tanford University Department of Psychology and Computer Science


Abstract: Neural networks have proven effective learning machines for a variety of challenging AI tasks, as well as surprisingly good models of brain areas that underly real human intelligence. However, most successful neural networks are totally unrealistic as developmental models, because they are trained in a supervised fashion on large labelled datasets. Unsupervised approaches to learning...   More >

Introduction to Mindful Literacy (BEUHS063)

Workshop | October 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Laura Bean, MFA

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating present moment awareness imbued with kindness and curiosity. Tuning in to the body and breath can help us to deal with strong emotions like anger and fear. By learning to sit in stillness so we can recognize our emotions, we develop the capacity to choose our response when our buttons get pushed rather than be bound by habitual reactions. This training...   More >

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PERL Seminar:“Converging on words, not policies – Evidence from campaign manifestos”

Seminar | October 7 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Caroline Le Pennec-Çaldichoury

 Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

Lecture - The Law of the Sea: A Multi-Faceted Discipline and a Promising Field for Practitioners

Lecture | October 7 | 12:50-2 p.m. | Simon Hall, Warren Room (295)

 Berkeley Law - Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

Join us at Berkeley Law for a lecture on ocean law & policy with Judge Tullio Treves, who served on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 1996 to 2011. Lunch is catered and a reception will follow the lecture. RSVP at law.berkeley.edu/scheiberlecture

Network Science: From the Online World to Cancer Genomics

Seminar | October 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jennifer Tour Chayes, Technical Fellow, Managing Director, Microsoft Research Labs, New England, New York City, and Montreal

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I'll discuss in detail particular applications to (1) recommendation systems, using machine learning to infer recommendations from sparse data sets on bipartite networks; and (2) cancer genomics, applying network algorithms to identify possible drug targets.

Contemplating Home: Photography Workshop

Workshop | October 7 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

When we observe Nature through the lens of ecology, we see the exquisite interconnectedness of all life. In this contemplative photography workshop, we will devote our attention to connectedness and interconnectedness, using the camera as a tool for meditation and the garden as our muse.

Any and all equipment are invited, including DSLRs, mobile phones, point-and-shoot, polaroid, and pinhole...   More >

$80, $75 UCBG Members

  Register online or by calling 5106649841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | October 7 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

String-Math Seminar: Aspects of Ω-deformed M-theory

Seminar | October 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Jihwan Oh, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Recently, Costello proposed how to systematically apply Omega deformation on string theory and M-theory. Upon the deformation, one can discuss the exact topological holography of both M2 and M5 branes.

The goal of the talk is to review Costello's formalism and to discuss a combined system of the M2 and M5 branes, which is the joint work with D. Gaiotto. The M2 brane worldvolume theory is 3d N=4...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci Flow of Doubly-warped Product Metrics

Seminar | October 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Maxwell Stolarski, Arizona State

 Department of Mathematics

The Ricci flow of rotationally symmetric metrics has been a source of interesting dynamics for the flow that include the formation of slow blow-up degenerate neckpinch singularities and the forward continuation of the flow through neckpinch singularities. A natural next source of examples is then the Ricci flow of doubly-warped product metrics. This structure allows for a potentially larger...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Some non-commutative hydrodynamic Euler equations in free probability theory

Seminar | October 7 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Euler equations for a flow which preserves the Gaussian measure on Euclidean space can be translated in terms of Gaussian random variables, which raises the question about an analogue in free probability. We derive these "free" Euler equations by applying the approach of Arnold for Euler equations to a Lie algebra of infinitesimal automorphisms of the von Neumann algebra of a free group. We...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Moments of cubic $L$-functions over function fields

Seminar | October 7 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexandra Florea, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

I will focus on the mean value of $L$-functions associated to cubic characters over $F_q[t]$ when $q \equiv 1 \pmod 3$. I will explain how to obtain an asymptotic formula which relies on obtaining cancellation in averages of cubic Gauss sums over functions fields. I will also talk about the corresponding non-Kummer case when $q \equiv 2 \pmod 3$ and I will explain why this setting is somewhat...   More >

Shane Henderson – Under the Hood of Bike Sharing

Seminar | October 7 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Etcheverry Hall, 1174 (George B. Dantzig Auditorium)

 Shane Henderson, Cornell University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

oint work with Daniel Freund, Nanjing Jian, Eoin O’Mahony, David Shmoys

Cornell’s work on bike sharing with Citi Bike and its parent company Motivate relies on a combination of data analysis, stochastic modeling and optimization to help inform both the design and operation of the largest bike-sharing operations in North America. I’ll discuss our work and its impact, but focus on some of the...   More >

Graphons: From Graph Limits to Modeling and Estimation of Sparse Networks at Scale: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | October 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS Room

 Christian Borgs, Microsoft Research

 Department of Statistics

There are many examples of sparse network at scale, e.g., the WWW, online social networks, and large bipartite networks used for recommendations. How do we model and learn these networks? In contrast to conventional learning problems, where we have many independent samples, it is often the case for these networks that we can get only one independent sample. How do we use a single snapshot today...   More >

Children’s personalised books: A look back and a look ahead

Colloquium | October 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Natalia Kucirkova, Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research, University of Stavanger, Norway

 Graduate School of Education

This talk focuses on personalized books and personalised digital reading. I will begin with an explanation of what is meant by digital personalisation in early childhood, with some examples of the resources and practices subsumed under this umbrella term. I will outline how digital personalization affects children’s reading experience and how it impacts on children’s learning.

Natalia Kucirkova

Inequality and Habitus in Thailand

Lecture | October 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Boike Rehbein, Professor of Society and Transformation in Asia and Africa, Humboldt University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Thailand is a country of the global South but has never come under colonial rule, even as it emulates Western modernization. The result is a double-faced social structure, one part consisting of a precapitalist structure (baan muang) and the other comprising a hierarchy of social classes. People manage to move between the two components. This talk will explore Thai social structure and the...   More >

Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein

Debate Watch Party: Canadian Federal Election English Language Leaders’ Debate

Special Event | October 7 | 4-6:30 p.m. |  Melodee Cocktails

 240 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito, CA 94530

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Join the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program and fans of Canadian politics to watch the English language Canadian federal Leaders' Debate. 4:00 PM, October 7, 2019. Melodee Cocktails, 240 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA.

This event is free, but limited to those age 21+ only.

Melodee Cocktails is located within the El Cerrito Plaza (next to Trader Joe's). There is plenty of free...   More >

MBTG Seminar: "CryoEM and CryoET Automation: Where are we now and what do we still need?"

Seminar | October 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Bridget Carragher, New York Structural Biology Center

 College of Chemistry

The dramatic improvements in the progress of cryo electron microscopy (cryoEM) and cryo electron tomography (cryoET) over the last five years has been accompanied by the adoption of a high level of automation. However, there are several automation challenges that remain to be addressed in the areas of specimen preparation, image acquisition, and analysis. In specimen preparation we need to...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: The Welfare Consequences of Internalizing Border Spillovers

Seminar | October 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Zenan Wang, UC Berkeley, Economics

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: The stochastic nonlinear Schrödinger equations: defocusing mass and energy critical cases

Seminar | October 7 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Deng Zhang, SJTU

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will present our recent results on stochastic nonlinear Schrödinger equations with linear multiplicative noise, particularly, in the defocusing mass-critical and energy-critical cases. More precisely, for general initial data, we obtain the global existence and uniqueness of solutions in both mass-critical and energy-critical case. When the quadratic variation of noise is...   More >

Transcending Patterns: Silk Road Cultural and Artistic Interactions through Central Asian Textile Images

Lecture | October 7 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, San Jose State University

 Joyce Ertel Hulbert, Textile Conservator

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

In her book "Transcending Patterns: Silk Road Cultural and Artistic Interactions through Central Asian Textiles," author Mariachiara Gasparini investigates the origin and effects of a textile mediated visual culture that developed at the heart of the Silk Road between the seventh and fourteenth centuries. Through the analysis of the Turfan Textile Collection in the Museum of Asian Art in...   More >

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Raghu Karnad | Reporting Against the Machine: Decoding 2019 and the Future of Indian Elections

Lecture | October 7 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Raghu Karnad, Journalist and Writer

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Art Forum SF, Masters of Development Practice

A talk by Indian journalist and writer, and a recipient of the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction for 2019, Raghu Karnad on the real factors behind the 2019 election result, and their implications for the future of India’s democracy.

I Was Brought Here to Stay: Nona Faustine

Lecture | October 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Nona Faustine, Artist

 Arts + Design

Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice

Nona Faustine, Artist

Situated inside a photographic tradition while questioning the culture that bred that tradition, Nona Faustine’s practice walks the fine line between past and present, beginning where intersecting identities meet history. Exploring her family album in relationship to collective belonging, and self-portraiture in...   More >

Augmented Reality UI/UX Design Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | October 7 | 6:30-9 p.m. | 506 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Rupa Chaturvedi, Sr. UX Designer, Alexa Shopping, and Sr. UX Designer, Augmented Reality, Amazon; Reena Ganga, Design Lead, Augmented Reality, IBM

 Mayan Shay May-Raz, Augmented Reality SDK Product Manager, Lenovo

 UC Berkeley Extension

Delighted to have Mayan Shay May-Raz at UC Berkeley Extension for an Augmented Reality UI/UX Design Fireside Chat with Rupa Chaturvedi, Sr. UX Designer, Alexa Shopping, and Sr. UX Designer, Augmented Reality at Amazon; and Reena Ganga, Design Lead, Augmented Reality at IBM. Join us on October 7 at 6:30 pm at our San Francisco Center.


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Nona Faustine: I Was Brought Here to Stay

Presentation | October 7 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Situated inside a photographic tradition while questioning the culture that bred that tradition, Nona Faustine’s practice walks the fine line between past and present, beginning where intersecting identities meet history. Exploring her family album in relationship to collective belonging, and self-portraiture in relationship to empowerment, Faustine examines the legacy of trauma, lineage, and...   More >

DataVisor Tech Talk: Unsupervised Machine Learning at Scale

Information Session | October 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As the world transforms to digital, all forms of every day activities are open to fraud attacks. In this talk, we will explain how DataVisor is able to pioneer Unsupervised Machine Learning and Big Data computational techniques at scale to save companies millions a year and keep their communities safe. With its patented algorithm and an intelligence network of more than 4B user accounts globally,...   More >

Holloway Reading Series: Sawako Nakayasu

Reading - Literary | October 7 | 6:30 p.m. |  Wheeler Hall

 Sawako Nakayasu, Assistant Professor of Literary Arts, Brown University

 Department of English

The poet Sawako Nakayasu will give a reading of her work at 6:30 pm on Monday, 7 October, in the Maude Fife Room of Wheeler Hall (Wheeler 315) on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.

Sawako Nakayasu is the author of The Ants, Texture Notes, and Hurry Home Honey. She is also a translator of Japanese poetry and has received translation fellowships from the National Endowment for...   More >

Half-Earth Day: How to Save the Natural World

Lecture | October 7 | 7-9 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Edward O. Wilson, Biologist and Naturalist; Sally Jewell, Interim Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy

 College of Natural Resources

Presented by The Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity, with biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson and other special guests for a discussion moderated by Sally Jewell.

General admission $25, Students $15

  Tickets go on sale September 4. Buy tickets online

E.O. Wilson

Heart Chan Meditation

Course | September 23 – November 11, 2019 every Monday | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

Heart Chan, Heart Chan at Berkeley

 Heart Chan

Start the journey for Heart Chan Meditation
seeking harmony of mind, body, spirit
gain true wisdom and joy from your inner self
make meditation part of your modern daily life.

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.

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 >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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