<< February 2017 >>

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Webinar: Equipping Development Actors to Practice Impact Design

Panel Discussion | February 23 | 8 a.m. |  Online Webinar

 David Dewane, Impact Design Hub; Zoe Bezpalko, Autodesk Foundation; Sophi Martin, Blum Center for Developing Economies; Christian Benimana, African Design Centre, MASS Design Group

 Blum Center for Developing Economies, Engineering for Change, Impact Design Hub

International development actors—from students, to engineers architects, technologists and policy makers—are designing products and services more consciously than ever before. Their growing focus on user behavior, cultural norms, processes, and political context has helped make the design and delivery of novel, poverty alleviating solutions more effective. This shift reflects the rise of “impact...   More >

  RSVP online

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Ruelle resonances for cusps

Seminar | February 23 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Yannick Bonthonneau, Université de Rennes

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain how ideas from Melrose and techniques from Dyatlov-Zworski can be merged to prove the existence of Ruelle spectrum for manifolds with cusps. This is joint work with T. Weich (Paderborn).

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.

 http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/hours_cost_location.

Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

NSF CAREER Workshop

Workshop | February 23 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 808 Stanley Hall

 Berkeley Research Development Office

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The CAREER Award...   More >

  Make reservations online or or by emailing Erica Whitney at evwhitney@berkeley.edu by February 23.

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Alireza Pourreza

Seminar | February 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Alireza Pourreza, Kearney Research Station & UCR

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"Smart Orchard Monitoring, a Case Study of Citrus Disease Forecasting"

Plastic and Accidental Students: A Study of Student Early Departure at a Leading University in Poland

Seminar | February 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Evans Hall, Library, Room 768

 Tomasz Zajac, Center For Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Despite success stories of higher education dropouts such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg, student attrition is still commonly perceived as a problem. Non-completion bears costs for all stakeholders: students, institutions, and the state. As yet, there has been very little research on the matter of student persistence in Poland, a country that experienced huge expansion of higher...   More >

Research Colloquium: Dr. Osagie Obasogie and Zachary Newman

Colloquium | February 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Title: Race, Respectability Politics, and Social Movements

Abstract:
Since its inception in July 2013, the Black Lives Matter Movement has tried to shift public discourse regarding police brutality and deadly use of force. What has been the impact? In this talk, we will discuss results from our research examining how officer involved civilian deaths have been reported in local news media,...   More >

Breema: Moving Meditation for Caregivers (BEUHS168)

Workshop | February 23 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Angela Porter, Oakland Breema Center

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

This interactive self-care workshop will introduce Caregivers to Breema, a body centered meditation/mindfulness practice that creates an experience of relaxation, balance, and harmony. Practicing Breema supports physical and psychological flexibility, mental clarity, vitality, and emotional balance. Participants will engage in various movements, including gentle stretches, rhythmic movements, and...   More >

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Designated Subjects Adult Education and Career Technical Education Teaching Credentials Online Information Session

Information Session | February 23 | 12:15-1 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how to succeed in a career teaching adults with diverse needs. Our classroom-based professional programs enable you to teach in adult education or career technical education, with or without a California Designated Subjects teaching credential.

  Register online

IB SEMINAR: Redox Biology: from Physiological Adaptation to Mechanisms of Disease

Seminar | February 23 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Jose Pablo Vazquez-Medina, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Integrative Biology

Earth Week Planning Committee

Meeting | February 2 – April 27, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-2 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Interested in planning Earth Week 2017 at UC Berkeley? The Student Environmental Resource Center is (SERC) is recruiting individual students and student representatives from environmental and sustainability student organizations to join the Earth Week 2017 Planning Committee.

Meetings will be held weekly on Thursdays from 1pm-2pm in Sproul 102. Drop-ins are welcome.

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Shifted symplectic structures in derived algebraic geometry

Seminar | February 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alex Takeda, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The derived perspective in algebraic geometry allows us to define the notion of shifted symplectic structures, a generalization of symplectic structures to derived stacks. In this talk I will review the definitions and some theorems by Pantev, Toën, Vaquié and Vezzosi, and then proceed to examples. Most of the talk will be devoted to classes of examples of spaces carrying canonical shifted...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Madrid Info Session

Information Session | February 23 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 5303 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our Spanish language program in Madrid, Spain.

For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/madrid.

Managing Conflict Across Cultures

Workshop | February 23 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Intercultural Trainers, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

 International House

Conflict can get in the way of productivity and work satisfaction, and can even damage our relationships with colleagues. By taking an assessment called the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (complimentary) and participating in this workshop, participants will increase awareness of and develop skills for resolving differences.

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

Scholarship Information Session

Information Session | February 23 | 2-4 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Presenters from Berkeley Study Abroad and CIEE (a Berkeley/UCEAP study abroad partner organization) will be sharing information about a variety of scholarships available to Berkeley study abroad students. The space for this event is accessible by stairs only, please contact tpentz@berkeley.edu if you have any accessibility concerns.

The Trump Administration’s Northeast Asia Policy: History and Security

Conference/Symposium | February 23 | 2-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Northeast Asian History Foundation, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This conference addresses the challenges of contemporary Northeast Asian security, focusing on the implications of the Trump administration’s policies for the region.

Seminar 251, Labor: CANCELED

Seminar | February 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 John Van Reenen, MIT SLOAN

 Department of Economics

Superpave Mix Design for Local Agencies

Workshop | February 21 – 23, 2017 every day | 2-4 p.m. |  Online

 Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

 Technology Transfer Program

The SUPERPAVE mix design method is designed to replace the Hveem method. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) started implementing the national SUPERPAVE standard for designing, specifying, and accepting pavement projects for all state jobs. The new mix design accounts for traffic loading and environmental conditions and includes a new method of evaluating the asphalt mixture. This...   More >

 This course is designed for engineers, state local agencies, consultants, contractors, maintenance supervisors, and quality control/assurance supervisors responsible for designing asphalt mixtures, material specifications, and quality control/quality assu

Three Short Films By Sergei Loznitsa

Film - Series | February 23 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Critic Neil Young


Beautifully filmed, Life, Autumn presents a portrait of a small village in rural Russia, near the city of Smolensk, with its aging population. Despite the shortage of basic necessities, life carries on. In the strikingly visual, award-winning Factory, Loznitsa and his film crew observe the inner workings and rhythms at a factory...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

  Buy tickets online

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, atrium

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome. Some will be recruiting, some just want to meet you. Bring your questions, bring your resumes. Hosted by the Department of Bioengineering and the Bioengineering Honor Society.
RSVP at http://bioeng.berkeley.edu/event/networking-with-industry

Dissecting the Role of Genomic Copy Number Alterations during Tumorigenesis

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Teresa Davoli**, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Towards a Theory of Safe and Interactive Autonomy

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Dorsa Sadigh, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Today’s society is rapidly advancing towards cyber-physical systems (CPS) that interact and collaborate with humans. The safety-critical nature of these systems requires us to provide provably correct guarantees about their performance in interaction with humans. The goal of my research is to enable such human-cyber-physical systems (h-CPS) to be safe and interactive.

Arts in the Afternoon: Pianist Sarah Cahill - "Chaconnes Through the Centuries"

Performing Arts - Music | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge

 Sarah Cahill

 Women's Faculty Club

Pianist Sarah Cahill presents a tour de force performance of "Chaconnes Through the Centuries." Cahill is a magical performer who transmits the soul and essence of the music. Includes music from composers including Handel, de la Guerre, Blow, Purcell and Gubaiduluna.

  Make reservations by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by February 22.

DFT-based proxies for materials screening: Examples of phosphor hosts and magnetocalorics

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Ram Seshadri, UC Santa Barbara

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

In the first part, I will address phosphors that play a key role in the now almost-mature solid-state white-lighting technologies based on combining a III-nitride-based near-UV or blue solid-state light source with down-conversion to longer wavelengths.[1] Almost all widely used phosphors comprise a crystalline oxide, nitride, or oxynitride host that is appropriately doped with either Ce3+ or...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 2 : Attaching Galois representations to automorphic forms, and vice versa - recent progress

Lecture | February 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Michael Harris, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Most of the Galois representations whose properties can be studied are obtained by analyzing the cohomology of Shimura varieties, and of the moduli spaces (stacks) of shtukas, which are families of vector bundles over curves over finite fields with extra structure.

Religious Realignments in the Trump Era

Lecture | February 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The success of populist movements in Western Europe and the United States has created conditions for the formation of new coalitions between religious groups and political ideologies that once stood hostile to each other. We are now experiencing a convergence between the political views of conservative Evangelicals in the United States and so called traditionalists in Russia.

Beyond Coverage: After the ACA

Lecture | February 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Shannon Brownlee, Senior Vice President, Lown Institute

 Public Health, School of, Graduate School of Journalism

Join Shannon Brownlee, a nationally known writer and essayist, for a discussion about the national conversation we need once we are done talking about the Affordable Care Act.

  Register online

The Wheel of Time: Tibetan Thoughts on the Buddha’s Anno Nirvanae: 2017 Khyentse Lecture

Lecture | February 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Professor Leonard van der Kuijp, Harvard University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Although fairly long in coming, the Christian calendar began with the year in which Jesus was allegedly born. And Dionysius Exiguus (6thc.) was the first to introduce the notion of A[nno]D[omini], the birth year of the Christ. Famously, the British monk Bede (672‑735) went so far as to deduce in his De temporum ratione of 725, an elaboration of his earlier Liber de temporibus of 703, that...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Paris Info Session

Information Session | February 23 | 5-6 p.m. | 4125 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our French language program in Paris, France!

For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/paris.

Ayesha Siddiqa | Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations in a Changing Domestic, Regional and Global Environment

Lecture | February 23 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Ayesha Siddiqa, Independent political and defence analyst

 Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Independent political and defense analyst from Pakistan, Ayesha Siddiqa/

Career Connections Series: Medicine

Social Event | February 23 | 5:30-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Career Center

CAA has teamed up with the UC Berkeley Career Center to help students make connections and gain clarity in their career pursuits.

We are seeking a diverse group of approximately 15-20 doctors, surgeons, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, etc. to represent the variety of professional pathways available to pre-med Cal students.

The event require no prep—simply chat with interested students,...   More >

  RSVP online by February 16.

Parsing vision: Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | February 23 | 6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

The third lecture in the 2017 Sather series "Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

EA Info-Session and Tech Talk

Information Session | February 23 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Polina Gouskova from the Digital Platform team for a discussion about the business: "Machine Learning - It's in the Game!". Meet EA reps, eat free pizza, and win prizes!! Also bring your resumes, EA is hiring.

To Aleppo Gone: An Evening of Syrian Culture

Performing Arts - Other | February 23 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  The Back Room | Tickets sold out

 1984 Bonita Ave

 Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Omar Offendum

Golden Thread Productions

DisOriental: Berkeley's MENA Music Ensemble

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Poetry reading from Berkeley faculty, stage reading of Mohammad al-Attar, performance by spoken word artist Omar Offendum, and music by members of Disoriental: Berkeley's MENA Music Ensemble.

  Sold out. Sold Out

Austerlitz | Sergei Loznitsa | Germany, 2016

Film - Feature | February 23 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Critic Neil Young


* Bay Area Premiere


Filmed on the territory of former concentration camps at Sachsenhausen in Germany, Austerlitz (which takes its title from the final masterpiece by the great novelist W. G. Sebald) is an observation of visitors to the memorial sites there. “One of the biggest mysteries of such places is the motive that...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

  Buy tickets online

Memoria Del Silencio En El PaÍs De La Eterna Primavera: Tdps Workshop

Performing Arts - Theater | February 22 – 23, 2017 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Z170 Zellerbach Hall

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO is a TDPS Workshop (work-in-progress) written by undergraduate Linda Girón.

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO EN EL PAÍS DE LA ETERNA PRIMAVERA is an original play that explores the relationship between memory, trauma and how these wounds can leave a mark that flows deeper than blood. Set in the land of eternal spring, in a town where the population of ghosts outnumber the living,...   More >

Friday, February 24, 2017

International Symposium on Child Welfare

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Dissertation Talk: Dan Calderone: Models of Competition for Smart Cities: Routing Games, Mean-field Games, and Varying Population Preferences

Lecture | February 24 | 9-10 a.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Dan Calderone

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Competition underlies much of the complexity of modern transportation systems and correctly modeling the incentives that transportation users face is critical in designing the smart cities of tomorrow. In the past century, classical routing games have proved a powerful tool in modeling competition in transportation. In this talk, we explore several extensions of routing games to model scenarios...   More >

New Topics, Technologies and New Times: Japan Ahead

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 9 a.m. | International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Academic communities play an important role in shaping international perspectives. Scholars work within broad networks, developing thoughtful insights on emerging changes long before others become aware of their implications. Students, whether within Japan and abroad, will in time become tomorrow’s leaders. How we shape their understanding of Japan establishes powerful influence on the way they...   More >

Syncing... Subject, Media, Society Conference Day 1: 25th Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Helge Jordheim, University of Oslo, University of Trondheim; Christoph Cox, Hampshire College

 Department of German

full program schedule available at http://www.berkeleygermanconf.wixsite.com/syncing   More >

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.

 http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/hours_cost_location.

Subjectivity and Learning

Seminar | February 24 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Peter Godfrey-Smith, City University of New York and University of Sydney

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Nonlinear Bayesian filtering for damage assessment and monitoring of structures

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Audrey Olivier

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Recent years have seen a concurrent development of new sensor technologies and high‐fidelity modeling capabilities. At the junction of these two topics lies an opportunity for real‐time system monitoring and damage assessment of structures.

Labor Lunch Seminar: NO LABOR LUNCH -

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Online Information Session

Information Session | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 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

God, Sex and Gender: a Conversation on Adrian Thatcher's Redeeming Gender

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 12-2 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Adrian Thatcher, Honorary Professor of Theology, University of Exeter; Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Adrian Thatcher’s recently-published Redeeming Gender draws on Thomas Laqueur’s Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud in an attempt to offer a distinctive Christian Theology of Gender. In this lunchtime conversation, Thatcher will provide a brief overview of his recent work before discussing its principle arguments with Laqueur.

Plant Travelers: Tour of the Garden

Tour/Open House | February 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Can plants really travel? Marvel at botanical fruit and seed adaptations, such as slingshots, parachutes, hitchhikers, helicopters and other mechanisms that propel plant seeds around the Garden.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Why Reason?  Inference, Reasoning, and Education

Colloquium | February 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 3515 Tolman Hall

 Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo

 Graduate School of Education

It is often assumed that inference and reasoning are the same process, but they are actually very different.  Inference is a neural process that is private, parallel, multimodal, emotional, unconscious, fast, and automatic.   Reasoning, in contrast, is usually public, serial, verbal, dispassionate, conscious, slow, and deliberate.  So the contributions of reasoning to inference are unclear, and...   More >

Archaeological Illustration: Part 2

Workshop | February 24 | 1-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lisa Johnson, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

 Archaeological Research Facility

This is a two-part workshop: The focus of the first workshop is to illustrate ceramic vessels (complete and incomplete) and flaked stone tools/debitage. Illustration is a time consuming procedure, but if we have time, each person should be able to pencil draw both kinds of artifacts. The second workshop will be spent tracing these technical drawing with pen and ink on velum.

Engineering at the Intersection of Productive Efficiency, Ideology, and Ethical AI in Wikipedia: Data Science Lecture Series

Lecture | February 24 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Aaron Halfaker, Wikimedia Foundation; University of Minnesota

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

I'll introduce "ORES," an open AI platform designed to enable Wikipedia's technologists to enact alternative ideological visions and to enable researchers to easily perform audits. I'll share some lessons that we've learned maintaining a large-scale generalized AI service and discuss a call to action to critical algorithms researchers to take advantage of this platform for their studies.

Engineering at the Intersection of Productive Efficiency, Ideology, and Ethical AI in Wikipedia

Lecture | February 24 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Aaron Halfaker, Principal Research Scientist, Wikimedia Foundation; Senior Scientist, University of Minnesota

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Wikipedia has become a dominant source of reference information for more than half a billion people every month. Through its improbable rise to popularity, this "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" has become a synecdoche for open production communities online. In order to operate at massive scales (~160k edits per day), Wikipedians have embraced algorithmic technologies that bring efficiency...   More >

Women's Tennis vs. UCLA

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | February 24 | 1:30 p.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Tennis hosts UCLA at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

East Asian Topologies of Power: An Interdisciplinary Cross-Currents Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 24 | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Room 220 - Geballe Room

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This symposium will bring into conversation the guest editors of three recent issues of the UC Berkeley-based e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review and three additional East Asia scholars to explore the special issues’ thematic convergence on China and its neighbors, on space, and on cartography. Rather than regarding the emergence of the state as a top-down imposition,...   More >

Towards Designed Nanoscale Systems via Self-Assembly: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Oleg Gang, Columbia Univ., Applied Physics / Chemical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In the last decades nanoscale inorganic objects emerged as a novel type of matter with unique functional properties and a plethora of prospective applications. Although a broad range of nano-synthesis methods has been developed, our abilities to organize these nano-components into designed static and reconfigurable architectures are quite limited.

Molecular encoding of nano-object allows...   More >

Sergei Loznitza Master Class: Structures of Remembrance, Archives of History, and Post-WWII Representation

Colloquium | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Theater 2

 Sergei Loznitza

 Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Comparative Literature

Sergei Loznitza will speak in English and Russian on the issues raised by his films and questions of representation of historical and contemporary events as well as dilemmas of post-Holocaust memory in a short intimate master class/round table with Comparative Literature professor Miryam Sas. Filmmaker and critic Neil Young in attendance. Ivan Sokolov and Irina Paperno interpreting.

OPEN TO...   More >

  RSVP online

Estimating Probability Weights of Deterministic many-body Systems in their Steady States

Seminar | February 24 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Dr. Zdenek Preisler, LBNL

 College of Chemistry

TBD

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Weak Solutions to SDE with Distributional Drift

Seminar | February 24 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

There has been many works to construct a solution to SDE with additive noise when drift term is just Hölder continuous or integrable in some sense. In this talk, I will introduce a new method to construct a weak solution to SDE when drift is only a distribution. We will make use of paradifferential calculus and an idea from the rough path theory.

Composition Colloquium: David Smooke

Colloquium | February 24 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Composer David Smooke (b. 1969) currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches music theory, rock music history, and composition, and is the Chair of the Music Theory Department at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. The Washington Post claims that "Smooke has some of the most uninhibited brain cells around" and describes his music as "superb [...] a kaleidoscopic...   More >

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Dr. Haruko Wainwright, Research Scientist, Earth &Environ. Sciences Division, LBNL

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Maidan | Sergei Loznitsa | Ukraine/Netherlands, 2014

Film - Feature | February 24 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Critic Neil Young


Structured solely through extended fixed shots filmed over a period of three months, this account of the riots in Kiev’s Maidan Square, which led to the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, tracks with formalist rigor the trajectory from peaceful protest to violent confrontation. By placing the viewer in the...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Every Identity, its Ontology

Seminar | February 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Rob Sanderson, Getty Institute

 Information, School of

Rob Sanderson is a semantic architect at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, and a passionate advocate for open culture, linked open data, and the digitization of cultural heritage.

Synaesthetics: Sound, Image, and Materialism: part of Syncing... Subject, Media, Society Conference

Lecture | February 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Christoph Cox, Hampshire College

 Department of German

The “sonic turn” in the arts, humanities, and social sciences has prompted a reconsideration of the relationship between sound and image in media today. Semiotic issues of representation and signification have given way to materialist considerations of affect, force, and intensity. Along these materialist lines, the neurological condition of synaesthesia has become a prominent figure for thinking...   More >

Understanding the crystal chemistry of ionic diffusion through polyanionic intercalation hosts

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Brent Melot, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

 College of Chemistry

The most important problem the world faces is how to establish a sustainable energy infrastructure. A critical component to this challenge is how to safely store large amounts of energy in an economically viable way. While a large body of work has been dedicated to identifying new intercalation hosts for Li-ion batteries, a fundamental understanding of the mechanism for ionic diffusion through...   More >

Multicopter Dynamics and Control: Surviving the complete loss of multiple actuators and quickly generating trajectories

Lecture | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Mark Mueller, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Flying robots, such as multicopters, are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, with current and future applications including personal transportation, delivery services, entertainment, and aerial sensing. These systems are expected to be safe and to have a high degree of autonomy. This talk will discuss the dynamics and control of multicopters, including some research...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 3 : An idiosyncratic survey of open problems

Lecture | February 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Michael Harris, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

This final lecture will focus on a few questions in the Langlands program that may be on the verge of solution, and on other questions that at present appear completely out of reach.

Working Group in Ancient Philosophy: The Immortality Argument in Republic X

Lecture | February 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Tad Brennan, Cornell University

 Townsend Working Group in Ancient Philosophy

Collage Night with Desi

Workshop | February 24 | 6-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join art collective Desi for a night of collage accompanied by the energetic sounds of a special guest DJ. Work together on one large-scale, collaborative collage, which will be cut into pieces and remixed into a set of prints using the Art Lab’s risograph machine. Each participant will receive a print in the mail following the event.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Denise Dresser: Why Mexico Fell Apart, and How to Fix It

Lecture | February 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Denise Dresser

 Center for Latin American Studies

Denise Dresser will speak on why Mexico fell apart, how to fix it, & U.S.-Mexico relations in the Trump era

Denise Dresser. (Photo by Paco Diaz.)

Men's Basketball vs. Oregon State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 24 | 7 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Oregon State at Haas Pavilion.

In the Fog (V Tumane) | Sergei Loznitsa Germany, Latvia, Russia, Netherlands, Belarus, 2012

Film - Feature | February 24 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conversation with Sergei Loznitsa and Neil Young

FEATURING
Vladimir Svirski, Vladislav Abashin, Sergei Kolesov, Vlad Ivanov,

In the Fog, which was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is an adaptation of a novel by Belarusian writer Vasily Bykov. The setting is 1942 on the German-occupied western frontier of the USSR, where the local partisans are fighting a brutal...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Performing Arts - Music | February 24 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Scottish violin star Nicola Benedetti joins the energetic Venice Baroque Orchestra for a concert of work by Venice's brilliant native son, Vivaldi. His beloved Four Seasons showcases the rhythmic vitality and overflowing personality of this facile chamber group, blended with Benedetti's pure and gleaming tone. "They play with the freedom of rock or jazz musicians, and a sensibility that's...   More >

starting at $26

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

An Evening of Balinese Shadow Play

Performing Arts - Music | February 24 | 8 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

ShadowLight Productions’ performance of Wayang Bali: Balinese Shadow Play Sponsored by UC Berkeley Department of Music
Performed by Artistic Director and Shadow Master Larry Reed
Featuring ShadowLight Gamelan Gender Wayang: Carla Fabrizio, Lisa Gold, Paul Miller and Sarah Willner

Description:
Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play, is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the...   More >