<< Friday, December 06, 2019 >>

Friday, December 6, 2019

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service Nominations

Miscellaneous | November 26 – December 6, 2019 every day | Eshleman Hall, Online Nomination

 Public Service Center

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged...   More >

Theater and Dance Fall Student Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | December 4 – 6, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions |  See Event Description for Locations

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

TDPS students will present performance techniques or pieces crafted and refined throughout the semester. All events are free and open to the public.

Responding to Challenging Times: Immigrant Well-being and Access to Services

Conference/Symposium | December 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Irene Bloemraad, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Institute

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) is proud to announce a symposium on immigrant services policy and the service barriers immigrants face in the Bay Area on Friday morning, December 6. This event brings together service providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about immigrant integration resources in the Bay Area, followed by a discussion about strategies...   More >

  RSVP online

FULL: Botanical Illustration: Winter and Holiday Subjects

Workshop | December 5 – 6, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Creating the protein version of DNA base pairing

Seminar | December 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Zibo Chen Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2020 application deadline, February 20, 2020

Information Session | December 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about how to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, DC. UCDC sends students from all majors to intern and take classes in DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | December 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

Natural Language Processing Seminar: Yoav Artzi

Special Event | December 6 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Yoav Artzi

 Information, School of

Brexit after the UK Election: what happens next

Lecture | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies

This lecture will cover the reasons for the UK joining and leaving the EU - as well as the current state of the Brexit negotiations and what is likely to happen on Brexit after the upcoming UK election.

Specifically, it will address five issues. First, the history of UK relations with Europe - and why the UK joined the EU in 1973. Second, the reasons for the development of eurosceptism in...   More >

Higher Education Researchers Workgroup

Meeting | December 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Evans Hall, CSHE Conference Room, 768

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The goal of this new group is to bring together qualitative and quantitative higher education researchers working on issues at Berkeley, the...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Anne Maclachlan at maclach@berkeley.edu

Certificate Program in Clinical Research Conduct and Management Online Information Session

Information Session | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

  , Berkeley, CA

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn how this professional certificate can help you launch or advance your career in clinical research by enhancing your knowledge of clinical trials. For more information about the program, visit extension.berkeley.edu/cert/clinical.html.

  Register online

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | December 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/6, Samba will be 10/4, Hula / Polynesian will be 11/1, and Zumba / Samba will be 12/6. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Electronic, Thermal, and (Some) Unusual Applications of 2D Materials

Seminar | December 6 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Eric Pop, Professor, Stanford, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and SystemX Alliance

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will present recent highlights from our research on two-dimensional (2D) materials including
graphene, boron nitride (h-BN), and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs).

Fall 2019 LEP Global Book Club: Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

Miscellaneous | October 25 – December 6, 2019 every Friday | 1-2 p.m. | 110 César E. Chávez Student Center

 SLC Language Exchange Program

Join us for the Fall 2019 LEP Global Book Club! This semester, as we join the campus in commemorating 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice, we will be reading Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo.”

Written in 1931 and published just last year, Barracoon chronicles Hurston’s conversations with Cudjo Kossula Lewis, one of the last survivors of the Atlantic Slave...   More >

  RSVP online

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Travel and Visa Webinar

Workshop | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Learn about what to expect when traveling abroad and re-entering the U.S. Topics include: When a visa stamp is needed (and when it is not), documents you need to apply for a visa, the visa application process and timelines, security clearances, and travel to Canada and Mexico. A Question and Answer period will follow the presentation.

Please <a...   More >

War in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

When Liquids are Liquids or Maybe Not: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Thomas P. Russell, Univ of Massachusetts / Polymer Science and Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We introduce systems of liquids trapped in non-equilibrium configurations by interfacial assemblies of nanoparticle surfactants (‘NPSs’). These constructs consist of aqueous threads, length ~10-100 cm and diameter ~100 m whose mechanical properties are determined by an interfacial NPS assembly 20 nm thick. The interfacial layer consists of nanoparticles and polymers with complementary...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Towards More Scalable and Robust Machine Learning

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Dong Yin, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation talk - Dong Yin, PhD student, EECS Department

BLISS Seminar: Gaussian limits in two inference problems

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 212 Cory Hall

 Jingbo Liu, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Distribution limits in large systems are often the key to understanding the fundamental limits or designing inference algorithms, though sometimes not immediately recognized. I would like to discuss two pieces of my recent work with this flavor.
One piece of work concerns inference on trees. Evans, Kenyon, Peres, and Schulman (2000) and Mossel (2004) conjectured that the Kesten-Stigum (KS)...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation VI

Seminar | December 6 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

MENA Salon: Uprisings in Iraq

Workshop | December 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Since 1 October, protests have erupted across southern and central Iraq. Calling for an end of the political system that was established after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, demonstrators are fed up with political corruption, high...   More >

Fall 2019 BLC Fellows Insructional Development Research Projects

Lecture | December 6 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 BLC Fellows, UCB

 Berkeley Language Center

Teaching Karuk and Yurok Online: A Story of Pain and Healing
Dmetri Hayes, GSR, Linguistics
The Karuk and Yurok people have told stories orally for centuries. Some of their words have been recorded in dictionaries and written in notebooks by linguists. A great loss of life and language occurred leading to few people speaking Karuk or Yurok in their daily life today. I discuss my attempt to...   More >

David Simchi-Levi — Phase Transitions and Cyclic Phenomena in Online and Offline Learning

Seminar | December 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract:  We consider the classical stochastic multi-armed bandit problem with constraints on the total switching cost and total inventory consumption. We prove matching upper and lower bounds on regret and provide near-optimal algorithms for this problem. Surprisingly, we discover phase transitions and cyclic phenomena of the optimal regret. That is, we show that associated with the inventory...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Radical 2

Colloquium | December 6 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

Developments in Networked Information: Review and Prospects

Seminar | December 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

This is the now-traditional extended preview of parts of the plenary talk that Iâll give at the CNI fall member meeting in the week of December 9. It will cover recent developments that Iâm tracking, and discuss near-term prospects and opportunities. Since we have more time than I will at the CNI plenary and the scope of this talk is more constrained, Iâll be able to go into more depth on some...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Questions about phase spaces of minimal Boolean flows

Colloquium | December 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Dana Bartošová, University of Florida

 Department of Mathematics

By a flow, we mean a continuous action of a topological groups $G$ on a compact Hausdorff space $X$. We refer to $X$ as the phase space of the flow. We are primarily interested in minimal flows, that is flows that have no non-trivial proper closed invariant subset. Among minimal flows, there exists a maximal one called the universal minimal flow, $M(G),$ which admits a continuous homomorphism...   More >

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Film - Documentary | December 6 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Words have power,” says Toni Morrison, and she would know. With a warm gleam in her eye, Morrison recalls her life growing up and how she became an author, editor, and champion of new African American literary voices. Featuring archival footage and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Robert Gottlieb, Hilton Als, and many more, The Pieces I Am places the affable and insightful Pulitzer-...   More >

Worlding the narod: Recontextualizing the Chinese Reading of Russian Realism

Colloquium | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Roy Chan, Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature, University of Oregon

 Edward Tyerman, Assistant Professor, Russian and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talks aims to examine the various ways in which Russian ideas about realism circulated in China, with particular emphasis on the People's Republic of China's deep engagement with Russian and Soviet literature. As the "the people" (renmin) constituted a normative pillar that was central to the PRC's political legitimacy, aesthetic practices designed to provide representational articulation of...   More >

Thesis Seminar

Seminar | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Ignas Cerniauskas, Lammel Lab; Katarina Slama, Knight Lab; Daniel Toker, D’Esposito Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Ignas Cerniauskas (Lammel Lab): “Chronic stress induces activity, synaptic and transcriptional remodeling of the lateral habenula associated with deficits in motivated behaviors.”

Kata Slama (Knight Lab): "Electrophysiological mechanisms of visual search in humans"

Reception afterwards.

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Saturated De Rham-Witt complex, after Bhatt, Lurie, Mathew

Seminar | December 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Arthur Ogus, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Let $X/k$ be a smooth scheme over a perfect field of characteristic $p$. The de Rham-Witt complex, constructed by Illusie (with roots in work by Bloch, Lubkin, and Deligne) is a canonical sheaf of differential graded algebras on the Zariski site which computes the crystalline cohomology of $X/W$ and which reveals a great deal of information about the action of the Frobenius endomorphism of $X$....   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Melinda Latour (Tufts University)

Colloquium | December 6 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Stoic Remedies: Music as Psychotherapy in Early Modern France

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service Nominations - Last Day

Deadline | December 6 | 5 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Online Nomination

 Public Service Center

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged...   More >

East Bay World History Reading Group: A Social History of the Deccan, 1300 - 1761 by Richard M. Eaton

Meeting | December 6 | 5-7 p.m. |  ORIAS Office

 1995 University Ave Suite 520D, Berkeley, CA 94704

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

Grounds for Science - The Dark Matter of Physics Rap

Presentation | December 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Hip Hop Juice Box

 3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Thomas Mittiga, Department of Physics


Rap is the language of the youth. Science is a way to expand truth. As the Genius of the Wu Tang Clan, GZA’s plan is to band his two muses through his new music. Enter Dark Matter: mad-sure to shatter the chatter that science-songs couldn’t be sadder. In this talk you’ll find the science behind the brilliant mind that writes the rhymes.

Grounds for Science - at the Juice Box

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Film - Feature | December 6 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Immediately after winning the 2007 Palme d’Or at Cannes, writer-director Cristian Mungiu’s breakthrough film drew comparisons to the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. And for good reason: Mungiu has learned much from the Belgian auteurs. Mungiu’s deceptively simple story unfolds in long takes that leave cinematographer Oleg Mutu’s masterful handheld camera unfettered—one minute trailing a...   More >

University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | December 6 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Matthew Sadowski, Director

$16 General Admission, $12 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

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 >

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   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 >