<< March 2017 >>

Monday, March 6, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

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New Topological States of Matter: Platform for Emergent Dirac, Majorana and Weyl Fermions

Colloquium | March 6 | 1 LeConte Hall

 Zahid Hasan, Princeton & LBL

 Department of Physics

Simons Institute Workshop: Proving and Using Pseudorandomness, 3/6--3/10

Seminar | March 6 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Departmental Seminar: Performance-Based Engineering: From Earthquakes to Durability and Multi-Hazards

Seminar | March 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Madeleine Flint

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Responding to engineering challenges of the magnitude created by climate change requires bridging disciplinary divides in assessing structural performance. The PEER framework for performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) is one example of a decision-oriented approach that combines efficient treatment of uncertainty with advanced models for structural performance.

DCRP Lecture: Summer Gray

Lecture | March 6 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MAR 6, 11:00am in 112 Wurster Hall. Please join us for, &quot;Holding Back the Tide: Coastal Infrastructure, Resilience, and Justice in Guyana and the Maldives,&quot; a lecture by Dr. Summer Gray

Europe at a Crossroads

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

 Ruth Jacoby, Former Ambassador of Sweden

 Institute of European Studies, Consulate-General of Sweden

Europe has arrived at a challenging juncture in its history, economics and politics. There is Brexit, growing right-wing, populist and anti-European movements in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, but also in core EU-countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, and France, as well as in the Nordic countries. Growth is still sluggish after the financial crisis in 2008-9, unemployment is high, and...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor: “Migration, Commuting and Local Joblessness”

Seminar | March 6 | 12-2 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment) | Note change in date, time, and location

 Alan Manning, LSE

 Department of Economics

The Native and the Refugee

Presentation | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Malek Rasamny

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Please join the CMES for a talk by Malek Rasamny, a researcher, writer, filmmaker and programmer based in New York and Lebanon. Rasamny was a founding member of the Red Channels Film Collective and the LERFE space in Harlem, New York. He is the co-founder of The Native and the Refugee along with his collaborator Matt Peterson.

The Native and the Refugee is a multi-media film and research...   More >

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Rachel Albert, O’Brein Lab; Paul Cullen, Flanagan Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The Politics of Impeachment, Presidential Election, and Prospects for Foreign Policy in South Korea

Colloquium | March 6 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor, Yonsei University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), East Asian Foundation

South Korea is mired in an imbroglio. Amidst the process of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment, the 2017 presidential race has begun. Meanwhile, its foreign policy is in a total disarray. Whereas the Trump shock has produced an uncertain future for ROK-US alliance, inter-Korean relations hit rock bottom. Furthermore, China-South Korean relations soured over the issue of deployment of...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow on manifolds with almost non-negative curvature operator

Seminar | March 6 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Richard Bamler, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A celebrated result of Boehm and Wilking states that a Ricci flow starting from a metric whose curvature operator is everywhere positive definite preserves the property of positive curvature operator and converges, modulo rescaling, to a quotient of the round sphere. In contrast, the condition of almost non-negative curvature operator — for example the condition that its smallest eigenvalue is...   More >

“Evolution and the Dynamics of Prosocial Behavior”: Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | March 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Alexander Stewart, University College London

 Department of Psychology

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Operators having bi-free central limit distributions

Seminar | March 6 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Wonhee Na, Texas A&M University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will discuss joint work with Ken Dykema. From a bi-free central limit distribution, we have the completely non-normal operator l(h) + l(h)* + i (r(k) + r(k)*) on a subspace of the full Fock space F(H) ( h, k being vectors in H). We will find the principal function of this operator and its spectrum and essential spectrum as an application.

Xin Guo - Some recent progress on Mean Field Games

Seminar | March 6 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Xin Guo, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Mean Field Games (MFGs) is one of the most active research areas in stochastic controls and stochastic games, led by the pioneering works of Lasry and Lions (2007) and Huang, Malhame and Caines (2006). In this talk, I will provide a gentle introduction to this theory, with toy examples, together with some recent progress.

BLISS Seminar: Graph information ratio

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Lele Wang, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Inspired by a problem in joint source-channel coding, we introduce a new notion of similarity between graphs, termed graph information ratio. We discuss various properties of this measure, including in particular metric structure and partial ordering of graphs, an information ratio power inequality, relations to graph homomorphism, algebraic identities and inequalities, and more.

Revisiting the spliceosome

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hiten Madhani, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

A Psychologist's Exile from Fascism: Renata Calabresi from Italy to New York

Lecture | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Patrizia Guarnieri, Professor of Cultural and Social History, University of Florence

 Department of History, Department of Psychology

Fascism and the racial laws of 1938 dramatically changed the scientific research and the academic community. Guarnieri focuses on psychology, from its promising origins to the end of the WWII. Psychology was marginalized in Italy both by the neo-idealistic reaction against science, and fascism (unlike Nazism) with long- lasting consequences. Academics and young scholars were persecuted because...   More >

Relaxing Bottlenecks for Fast Machine Learning

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Christopher De Sa, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will describe the mindful relaxation approach, and demonstrate how it can be applied to a specific bottleneck (parallel overheads), problem (inference), and algorithm (asynchronous Gibbs sampling).

Corporate Governance Reform and the Toshiba Scandal: Did a New System Hide an Old Mess?

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

 Christina Ahmadjian, Professor, Hitotsubashi University

 Steven Vogel, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

An ongoing financial reporting scandal has stunned and puzzled observers of Japanese corporate governance reform. Toshiba was one of the first companies to adopt so-called “US-style” corporate governance practices. How could a company that had seemed to think so carefully about good governance have ended up like this? Where was the board? This presentation considers the possibility that the...   More >

Strindberg — In Photographic Images

Lecture | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Björn Meidal, Uppsala University

 Department of Scandinavian

Björn Meidal is a professor of Comparative Literature at Uppsala University.

Seminar 271, Development: Mitigating the Risks of Financial Inclusion with Contract Terms: Evidence from Mexico

Seminar | March 6 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Aprajit Mahajan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Asymptotic analysis of Fourier transform on the Heisenberg group when the vertical frequency tends to 0

Seminar | March 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Hajer Bahouri, Université Paris-Est Créteil

 Department of Mathematics

In this joint work with Jean-Yves Chemin and Raphael Danchin, we propose a new approach of the Fourier transform on the Heisenberg group. The basic idea is to take advantage of Hermite functions so as to look at Fourier transform of integrable functions as mappings on the set $\tilde {\mathbb H}^d=\mathbb N^d\times \mathbb N^d\times \mathbb R\setminus \{0\}$ endowed with a suitable distance $\hat...   More >

Materialised Knowledge in Renaissance Art and Science: The Production and Representation of Flemish Scientific Instruments

Lecture | March 6 | 5 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Koenraad Van Cleempoel, Faculty of Architecture in Hasselt University (Belgium)

 Institute of European Studies

Scientific instruments of the renaissance period well represent the concept of "materialised knowledge." They are carriers of ideas as well as very elegant and refined objects. The lecture will discuss astrolabes, globes, sundials and armillary spheres with a particular emphasis on the Flemish context: between c. 1525 and c. 1580 the university city of Louvain became Europe's most important...   More >

Salesforce Info-Session

Information Session | March 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Alon Kama, VP of Engineering

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interested in working at one of the most innovative companies in the world?

Join us for the Salesforce Infosession on Monday, March 6, at **5:30 PM** in the Wozniak Lounge. Meet Salesforce engineers & recruiters in person and learn about cloud computing, IoT, and more!

Machine Learning and Data Science
Come listen to Alon Kama, VP of Engineering, as he speaks about what...   More >

An Evening of Russian Poetry with Kirill Medvedev (in Russian)

Lecture | March 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Kirill Medvedev, Poet, Translator, Political Activist, and member of rock group Arkadii Kots

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Slavic Literature "Kruzhok", Townsend Center for the Humanities

Kirill Feliksevich Medvedev is a Russian poet, translator, and political activist, as well as member of the rock group Arkadii Kots. Join Medvedev for a reading of his poems and a general discussion on the current political climate in Russia. Born in Moscow, Medvedev’s work delves fiercely into the political apathy of contemporary Russian society and especially the country’s cultural...   More >

LAEP Lecture: Maurice Cox

Lecture | March 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MAR 6. 6PM, 112 Wurster, Join LAEP for &quot;WHY BLACK LANDSCAPES MATTER&quot; with Maurice Cox, Planning Director for the City of Detroit.

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

Arts + Design Mondays: Black Sun: Reflections on Otto Piene and Aldo Tambellini, with Tanya Zimbardo

Lecture | March 6 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tanya Zimbardo is a contemporary art curator based in San Francisco. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Zimbardo is currently curating the exhibitions Runa Islam: Verso and New Work: Kerry Tribe and co-curating Nam June Paik and Soundtracks. Zimbardo has organized and co-organized exhibitions and select screening programs at SFMOMA. Current...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

ATC Lecture — Tanya Zimbardo, “Black Sun: Reflections on Otto Piene and Aldo Tambellini”: Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Lecture | March 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Barbo Osher Theater

 Tanya Zimbardo, SFMOMA

 Center for New Media

Otto Piene, The Proliferation of the Sun, 1966-67, 2014 at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; photo: Jasmine Powell
Tanya Zimbardo is a contemporary art curator based in San Francisco. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Zimbardo is currently curating the exhibitions Runa Islam: Verso and New Work: Kerry Tribe and co-curating Nam June Paik and...   More >

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

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Garden Closed

Holiday | November 4, 2014 – December 5, 2017 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from somewhere...   More >

Berkeley Info Session

Information Session | March 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Learn more about OLLI's courses, lectures, and social programming and hear directly from the faculty about the courses and workshops they will be teaching.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., program begins at 10:00 a.m. No need to RSVP!

UCMP Fossil Coffee: The wealth of fossils emerging with the new Panama Canal Project

Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Jon Bloch, Florida Museum of Natural History

 Museum of Paleontology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Second Order Risk

Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Peter Shepard, MSCI

 Center for Risk Management Research

Managing a portfolio to a risk model can tilt the portfolio toward weaknesses of the model. As a result, the optimized portfolio acquires downside exposure to uncertainty in the model itself, what we call “second order risk.” We propose a risk measure that accounts for this bias. Studies of real portfolios, in asset-by-asset and factor model contexts, demonstrate that second order risk...   More >

William G. Dauben Lecture: A Polymer Chemistry of Graphenes and Graphene Nanoribbons

Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Klaus Mullen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz

 College of Chemistry

Carbon materials are of immense practical importance, but are often known as structurally ill-defined “black stuff” such as soot. Graphenes and graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), their geometrically restricted cutouts, are new additions to the carbon family which are widely praised as multifunctional wonder materials and rich playgrounds for physicists. Indeed, graphenes hold enormous promise as...   More >

The Berkeley Network Webinar Series: Effective Communications and Personal Branding

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Roya Soleimani, Corporate Communications Manager at Google, Google

 Cal Alumni Association

How do you tell your story? Roya Soleimani '07, Corporate Communications Manager at Google, is excited to share effective communication strategies that can help you refine your narrative - whether it's your personal story, or the history of your company. Storytelling and personal branding play an integral role in how we communicate. This session will outline ways you can best share your story...   More >

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StoryCon 2017: The Policy Puzzle

Conference/Symposium | March 7 | 12-4 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Public Health, School of

Every day, policy determines the rights and freedoms we exercise in our individual lives. As public health leaders, policy plays an integral part in influencing health and has the ability to improve lives. Storytelling is essential to the legislative process. Through storytelling, we can advocate for policy change to improve population health, secure grant money for our research and...   More >

  Register online or or by emailing StoryCon2017@gmail.com by March 7.

Calibrating the Chinese Citizen: Propaganda, E-Petitioning and Big Data-Driven Governance

Lecture | March 7 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christian Göbel, Chinese Politics and Society, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In China, the majority of city-level governments has set up websites
where citizen petitions and government responses can be reviewed by the general public. What is the political logic guiding the establishment of such open petitioning websites? Analyzing policy documents, government websites and open petitions, this paper argues that open petitioning websites represent a form of calibration of...   More >

online petitioning website

Development Lunch:"Creating Partisans: New Political Parties and Societal Linkages in Bolivia and Ecuador"

Seminar | March 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Mathias Poertner

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Participation without Democracy? Governance, Accountability and Control in Rwanda

Colloquium | March 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jessica Piombo, Associate Professor, National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Jessica Piombo

Developing and Testing a New Measure of Organizational Readiness for Implementing Change

Lecture | March 7 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Bryan Weiner, PhD, Professor of Global Health and Health Services, University of Washington

 Health Policy and Management

Organizational readiness is said to be critical for successful change implementation. But, what is organizational readiness and how do you measure it? This talk will describe how organizational readiness has been conceived and measured in health services and other fields. A research program to systematically develop and test a theory-based, reliable, valid, and brief measure of organizational...   More >

The Intimacy of Things: Privacy and the Internet of Things

Seminar | March 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Dr. Gilad Rosner, Internet of Things Privacy Forum

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

As part of its Spring 2017 Lunch Seminar Series, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity presents Gilad Rosner, founder of the Internet of Things Privacy Forum.

 https://cltc.berkeley.edu/rsvp-for-gilad-rosner/. RSVP  by March 6.

Dr. Gilad Rosner

Global Leadership: Thriving in an Intercultural Workplace

Workshop | March 7 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Jason Patent, Director of Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, International House; Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, International House; Breidi Truscott-Roberts, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, International House

 International House

As companies and organizations are becoming more and more global, understanding different cultural styles is paramount, as is making constructive efforts to bridge significant gaps in these various styles. This 3-hour skill-building workshop will enhance your leadership skills, performance and team development.

Learning Outcomes:
Enhance your awareness of your own and others’ intercultural...   More >

$199 Tickets purchased through Eventbrite Link, $139 (deadline March 3) ALUMNI Discount- Contact mloos@berkeley.edu for discount code

  Tickets go on sale January 24. Buy tickets online or by calling Miranda Loos at 510.642.9481, or by emailing Miranda Loos at mloos@berkeley.edu

Two-Year Requirement Workshop

Workshop | March 7 | 2-4 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

This general information workshop is for UC Berkeley international students and scholars whose immigration status is J-1 and J-2 and who are subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement. Not all J exchange visitors are subject to this requirement.

J exchange visitors (students and scholars) who are subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal...   More >

ESPM Forest Products and Woody Biomass Job Talk - Scott Renneckar

Seminar | March 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Scott Renneckar, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

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

"Innovation in Forest Products and Woody Biomass Utilization for a Californian Bioeconomy"

Refreshments to follow in 139 Mulford Hall

Using Jupyter Notebooks on Savio and Integration with Box

Workshop | March 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio

 Chris Paciorek, Department of Statistics; Maurice Manning, Research IT

 Research IT

The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that enables users to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. This interactive training session, led by staff from Research IT, demonstrates the use of Jupyter notebooks on the Savio High-Performance Computing cluster.

The second half of the session includes demonstration of more advanced...   More >

Psychology Colloquium - Choosing Empathy

Colloquium | March 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105 Tolman

 Jamil Zaki

 Department of Psychology

Empathy--people's ability to share and understand each other's emotions--is a powerful social force, but also can collapse when it is most needed, for instance during interactions between groups. Many theories of empathy hold that it occurs automatically, something like an emotional reflex. If this is the case, then its limits might be unavoidable. In this talk, I will lay out an alternative...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Growth of chromatic polynomials of planar triangulations and Tits' alternative for linear semigroups

Seminar | March 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss an answer to a question posed by Treumann and Zaslow on mathoverflow regarding the growth of the number of chromatic polynomials of planar triangulations based on a version of Tits' alternative for linear semigroups. We'll discuss some generalities, then give a fairly explicit example (joint with Slava Krushkal). http://mathoverflow.net/a/262904/1345

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): The Yang Mills heat flow

Seminar | March 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Daniel Tataru, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Understanding the Yang-Mills heat flow is a key component of my ongoing joint work with Sung-Jin Oh on the hyperbolic Yang-Mills evolution. In this talk I will outline the main ideas in our approach to the Yang-Mills heat flow.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The maximum likelihood degree of a toric variety

Seminar | March 7 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Serkan Hosten, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

The maximum likelihood degree (ML degree) of a projective variety is the number of complex critical points of the likelihood function with generic data. We consider the ML degree of projective toric varieties. For this, we look at "scaled" toric varieties given by a monomial parametrization involving arbitrary complex coefficients. We show that for generic choice of coefficients the ML degree of...   More >

Trumping Progress on Global Climate: What's in the cards?

Lecture | March 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 50 Birge Hall

 Professor Max Auffhammer, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics

 Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major (ISF)

Professor Max Auffhammer will discuss the global ramifications of the Trump Administration on climate change. This lecture is one of a series of guest lectures as part of ISF 198.5 "The 2016 US Election in Global Context: A semester-long teach-in".

Sovereign Peoplehood and Constitutional Founding in Postcolonial Korea

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chaihark Hahm, Professor, Yonsei University

 Taeku Lee, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

According to the preamble of the Korean constitution, it is 'We the People of Korea' that is drafting and promulgating the constitution as an expression of their sovereign will. But, who are these sovereign people, and how does one identify them? Are they the same as the ethnic Korean nation?

The Prism of Youth: Life Writing by Japanese Children and Teenagers during WWII

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Aaron William Moore, Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester

 Andrew Barshay, Professor, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Even when compared with the West, Japanese children and teenagers arguably left the most extensive historical record of young people's personal experiences of total war from 1937 to 1945. In particular, evacuation, rationing, family life, compulsory labor, and conscription reach a level of detail rarely seen in adult accounts. Nevertheless, in the historiography of childhood and youth, the...   More >

Alliances In The Indo-Pacific: A Practitioner's Perspective

Lecture | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Jr.

 Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Vice Adm. Robert Thomas graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College.

As a career submarine officer, Thomas has served on fast-attack submarines operating in both U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command theaters of operation. His assignments included USS...   More >

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Becky Miller, Bioscience and Natural Resources Library


Mendeley is a reference manager that enables you to organize, read, share, annotate, and cite your research papers. It is also an academic discovery and collaboration tool.

This hands-on workshop will give beginning Mendeley users practice importing citations and creating bibliographies. Experienced users should bring their Mendeley questions!

Is ‘Decarceration’ Even a Word? The Legal Reform of Mass Incarceration in California

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Anjuli Verma, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change

Scholarship on mass incarceration in the U.S. has surged over recent decades, for good reason. However, this talk pivots attention to prison downsizing and decarceration as emergent social facts in the 21st century. Prisoner rights litigation (Brown v. Plata 2011) in combination with state law and policy innovations in the form of Public Safety Realignment (Assembly Bill 109 2011) and the...   More >

Design Field Notes: Majeed Kazemitabaar

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Majeed Kazemitabaar co-designs, builds, and studies maker tools for children. At Jacobs Hall, he will discuss his MakerWear project, a modular tangible construction kit of wearables for kids.

Documentation in Python with Sphinx: The Hacker Within

Workshop | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Documentation in Python with Sphinx


This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

Student Hosted Colloquium: Understanding Hydration, One Water Molecule at a Time

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Francesco Paesani, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego

 College of Chemistry

Two of the most challenging problems at the intersection of electronic structure theory and molecular dynamics simulations are the accurate representation of intermolecular interactions and the development of reduced-scaling algorithms applicable to large systems. To some extent, these two problems are antithetical, since the accurate calculation of non-covalent interactions typically requires...   More >

Illumina Infosession: Bio-Tech Connect: Industry Infosession Series

Information Session | March 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


 Bioengineering (BioE)

Thinking about your career?

We're hiring! Calling all engineers who desire to help develop life changing technologies - we want to meet you! Our team of software and process engineers are excited to share about who we are and how YOU fit within Illumina. We'll also share about full time and internship opportunities and our Illumina Accelerator. DINNER PROVIDED!

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Genus-One Landau-Ginzburg/Calabi-Yau Correspondence

Seminar | March 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dustin Ross, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

First suggested by physicists in the late 1980's, the Landau-Ginzburg/Calabi-Yau correspondence studies a relationship between spaces of maps from curves to the quintic 3-fold (the Calabi-Yau side) and spaces of curves with 5th roots of their canonical bundle (the Landau-Ginzburg side). The correspondence was put on a firm mathematical footing in 2008 when Chiodo and Ruan proved a precise...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Career Connections Series: Education

Social Event | March 7 | 5:30-8 p.m. |  Alumni House

  1 Alumni House, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Cal Alumni Association

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 professionals who work in education. The event require no prep—simply chat with interested students, share your path from Cal to career, and offer advice to those who hope to follow in your footsteps. Events are...   More >

  RSVP online by February 28.

Voleon Group Tech Talk

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

 Ben Lee, Principal Researcher; Jon McAuliffe, Chief Investment Officer

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A view from inside the machine learning bubble and lessons from history, presented by Ben Lee, Principal Researcher and Jon McAuliffe, Chief Investment Officer of Voleon.

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City

Lecture | March 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room

 Adina Hoffman, Essayist, Critic, and Biographer

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 31 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

if/when/how meeting

Meeting | March 8 |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Bi-weekly meeting of if/when/how: lawyering for reproductive justice Berkeley Law Chapter

if/when/how meeting

Meeting | March 8 | 224 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Bi-weekly lunch meeting including discussions re: elections, article group discussion, planning for admitted students weekend.

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

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Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

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.


Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sparse inverse covariance matrix estimation for a million variables

Seminar | March 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Inderjit Dhillon, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Mathematics

The L1-regularized Gaussian maximum likelihood estimator has been shown to have strong statistical guarantees in recovering a sparse inverse covariance matrix even under high-dimensional settings. However, it requires solving a difficult non-smooth log-determinant program with number of parameters that scale quadratically with the number of Gaussian variables. Earlier methods thus do not scale to...   More >

UCB Startup Fair: brought to you by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA.

Career Fair | March 8 | 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  International House

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come network with some awesome Bay Area startups and talk to recruiters about what working at a startup would be like. Open to all majors.

Don't forget to upload your resume to our website.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Kelly Zamudio "Diversification and Conservation of Neotropical Frogs"

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kelly Zamudio

 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 >

Computational Imaging for 3D Gigapixel Microscopy

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Laura Waller, Associate Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Laura Waller leads the Computational Imaging Lab, which develops new methods for optical imaging, with optics and computational algorithms designed jointly. She holds the Ted Van Duzer Endowed Professorship and is a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS),


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

Hidden Hitchcock: Townsend Book Chat with D.A. Miller

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In Hidden Hitchcock, D.A. Miller does what seems impossible: he discovers what has remained unseen in the movies of this best-known of filmmakers.

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "Crossing the kingdoms: Plants, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Endobacteria"

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Paola Bonfante, University of Torino

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Biology of Plant-Microorganism Interactions
She coordinates a research group of more than 15 members: Eight out of them have a permanent position belonging to the Department of Plant Biology of the University of Torino and to the National Council of Research (Soil Mycology - Institution of Plant Protection/CNR): the other components are early researchers (Ph.D students and postdocs).

Paola Bonfante

The European Union’s response to radical right-wing populism

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Ludvig Norman, Uppsala University

 Institute of European Studies

The rise of radical right-wing populism is often regarded as one of the most serious challenges to European democracy and European political cooperation. In recent years, extreme nationalist parties have accumulated considerable support in European elections. In some EU member states, most notably Poland and Hungary, governments are increasingly challenging liberal democracy, taking steps towards...   More >

Informational Interviewing (BECAR303)

Workshop | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Do you have an idea about a field you want to go into but don’t know how to get there?

 All workshop and enrollment information can be found at the UCB Learning Center, accessible through the Blu Portal at http://blu.berkeley.edu. To find each workshop, use the BECAR### code to search.

California Countercultures: Experimental Art and Subjectile Space with Dena Beard

Lecture | March 8 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Dena Beard, The Lab

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dena Beard, executive director of The Lab since 2014, has led the organization through a rehabilitation of its facility and is inaugurating a new program of commissioned artistic projects with Ellen Fullman, Jacqueline Gordon, Dora García, and Brontez Purnell. Beard was formerly assistant curator at BAMPFA, where she organized exhibitions with D-L Alvarez, Lutz Bacher, Anna Halprin, Desirée...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

Noon Concert: University Gospel Chorus

Performing Arts - Music | March 8 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

University Gospel Chorus
D. Mark Wilson, director
"One More River to Cross: Water Metaphors in Gospel Music"
Join the UC Berkeley Gospel Chorus for an afternoon of gospel music highlighting the importance of water as a symbol and metaphor for finding places of freedom, justice and peace


Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance...   More >

Venkat Srinivasan | Thirteen Ways of Looking at Institutional History: Building Varying Digital Narratives from Interconnected Science Archives

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Venkat Srinivasan, Visiting Researcher, National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India

 Adnan Malik, Curator for South Asian Collections, UC Berkeley Library

 Institute for South Asia Studies, South/Southeast Asia Library | UC Berkeley Library, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk about a digital science archive experiment that connects archival material, journalistic work, and scientific research.

PopUp Exhibition: Rachel Deblinger on the Holocaust in the Age of Digital History

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Rachel Deblinger is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons at the UC Santa Cruz University Library. Dr. Deblinger received a PhD in History from UCLA, with a dissertation titled ‘In a world still trembling’: American Jewish philanthropy and the shaping of Holocaust survivor narratives in postwar America (1945-1953). This work revealed how American Jews first came to know stories about...   More >

Where the Heart Is: Thoughts on Home and Contemporary Encampments at the Albany Bulb

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Annie Danis, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

A former landfill turned informal public space and long-term encampment, “the Bulb” had been home to dozen of residents in an informal settlement from the late 1980s until the summer of 2013. After legal battles with the city all residents were evicted and a number of projects to document and aid the fractured community began. One such project was the Archaeology of the Albany Bulb, which...   More >

Intergenerational Income Mobility in Canada and the United States

Colloquium | March 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Marie Connolly, Université du Québec à Montréal

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), IRLE

Dr. Marie Connolly will discuss Intergenerational Income Mobility in Canada and the United States. Dr. Connolly is Professor of Economics andHuman Capital Research Group Scholar at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also a Sproul Fellow and Fulbright Scholar with Canadian Studies and a Visiting Scholar with Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)

BioE Seminar: “Extracellular Matrix Control of Endothelial Cell Function and Fate”

Seminar | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ngan Huang, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 8
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Extracellular Matrix Control of Endothelial Cell Function and Fate”

Ngan Huang
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Stanford University
Principal Investigator - Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

Race Matters in Schools: The Significance of School Racial Climate and Microaggressions for Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Colloquium | March 8 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christy Byrd, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

This talk will review Dr. Byrd's research on students' perceptions of interactions and messages about race and culture in schools. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, schools remain locations where surface-level messages of tolerance and respect for all hide deep conflicts over race, culture, and identity. How do students understand the way race operates in their schools, and more...   More >

if/when/how meeting

Meeting | March 8 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 244 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Join Berkeley Law's chapter of If/when/how for a discussion of current reproductive justice events as well as info about our upcoming elections.

UCEAP Costa Rica Tropical Biology Info Session

Information Session | March 8 | 1-2 p.m. | 56 Barrows Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Let nature be your classroom! Come learn more about the UCEAP Costa Rica on Tropical Biology and Conservation Studies. The Program Director, Professor Frank Joyce, will give an overview of the program and provide information about coursework and research opportunities available on this unique option.

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 8 | 1-3 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Information Session | January 25 – May 3, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 1-3 p.m. | 100 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Tight contact three manifolds

Seminar | March 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Bulent Tosun, University of Alabama

 Department of Mathematics

One of the fundamental open question in three dimensional contact topology is the determination of which closed oriented three manifolds support a tight contact structure. In this talk I will summarize what is known about tis problem and will provide some constructions as well as some open problems towards its resolution. The talk will involve speaker's two separate joint works one with T. Mark...   More >

Coffee Break!

Social Event | August 31, 2016 – April 26, 2017 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way.

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join the Coffee Break every Wednesday afternoon! Boost your global network and meetup with friends.

Coffee break, hosted by Berkeley International Office, is an informal weekly event where Cal students can connect, share stories, or learn about different culture and language. Free coffee for UCB students! Both international students and domestic students are welcome.

View from the Top: Martin Anstice: Innovation-Driven Leadership Sustaining a High- Performance Organization

Lecture | March 8 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Martin Anstice, President and CEO, Lam Research

 College of Engineering, College of Chemistry

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 8 | 3-5 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

  Register online

A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s’est échappé) | Robert Bresson | France, 1956

Film - Feature | March 8 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture from Jeffrey Skoller

François Leterrier, Charles LeClainche, Maurice Beerblock,

A Man Escaped is pure film existentialism. From a newspaper account by a Resistance leader who escaped from a Nazi prison in Lyon just hours before he was to be executed, Bresson created a film in which the drama is all internal.

Special Admission Applies: General admission: $13.50 | BAMPFA members: $9.50 | UC Berkeley students: $7.50 | 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50

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The bar raising model for records

Seminar | March 8 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Jim Pitman, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Given a suitable increasing sequence of prescribed record values V, and some probability distribution F on the line,
a simple bar raising algorithm generates a random sequence with the prescribed record values V and limiting empirical distribution F.
This random sequence may be interpreted as an i.i.d. sequence with distribution F conditioned to have V as its sequence of record values.
The bar...   More >

The dynamics of clonal evolution

Seminar | March 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Jamie Blundell**

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Number Theory Seminar: The etale specialization of $R\Gamma _{A_\inf }(X)$

Seminar | March 8 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ravi Fernando, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The dynamics of clonal evolution: Dr. Jamie Blundell, Stanford University

Seminar | March 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

The dynamics of clonal evolution remain poorly understood despite having implications for the treatment of cancer and microbial infections. My work combines high-resolution lineage tracking using DNA barcodes, directed whole-genome-sequencing of adaptive clones, and mathematical models of mutational dynamics to understand clonal evolution at a quantitative level. Using this approach we are able...   More >

Live/stock: A short tour of capitalist animal production, the pathogens it industrializes, and alternate agricultures

Colloquium | March 8 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Robert Wallace, University of Minnesota

 Department of Geography

ERG Colloquium: Robert Lempert: Robust Decision Making and Deep Decarbonization

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Robert Lempert, Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition

 Energy and Resources Group

Deep decarbonization presents what the literature often calls a ‘wicked problem,’ that is, decision challenges that are not well-bounded, are framed differently by various stakeholders, involve deep uncertainties and non-linear dynamics, and are often not well-understood until after formulation of a solution. Robust Decision Making (RDM) is a quantitative, multi-scenario, multi-objective decision...   More >

New Play Reading Series: “fireflies” by Philana Omorotionmwan

Performing Arts - Theater | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room 4B

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Fireflies (4F)
It’s twilight time.
And the small, winged things–
like spiders and roaches and fireflies–
have begun to stir and search for light.
Will Then-Self find hers before she dies?
Or will Now-Self find other ways to survive?

Fireflies is an exploration of one girl’s longing and search for intimacy through the lives of insects. Join us for a reading of a new work-in-progress by...   More >

Islam and Christianity in Competition: Armenian Martyrdoms of the Late 12th Century

Lecture | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Sergio La Porta, Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies, California State University, Fresno

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

On October 24, 1170, a Muslim convert to Christianity called Joseph was martyred by the Turkish Atabeg of Azerbaijan for apostasy in the city of Duin. Joseph’s martyrdom is just one of a series of martyrdoms from the second half of the twelfth century preserved in Armenian synaxaria and homiliaries. This presentation will argue that rather than reflect a climate of religious persecution and...   More >

Conjunctural Urbanism: Cities, Financialization, and Late Neoliberalism

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia

 George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, University of Hong Kong

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Global Metropolitan Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies

The field of critical urban studies has been moved in recent years by a series of poststructural and postcolonial interventions that have raised searching questions about the explanatory status accorded to “EuroAmerican” case studies, about the reach and relevance of political-economic theory claims concerning entrepreneurial (or neoliberal) modes of regulation, and about the respective utility...   More >

Type-Driven Program Synthesis

Seminar | March 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Nadia Polikarpova, Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modern programming languages safeguard developers from many typical errors, yet more subtle errors—such as violations of security policies—still plague software. Program synthesis has the potential to eliminate such errors, by generating executable code from concise and intuitive high-level specifications.

Data-driven research in a nonstationary world: a top-down approach to understanding critical interactions and scales from the catchment to the planet

Seminar | March 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Laurel Larsen, Berkeley Geography Department

 Department of Statistics

One consequence of earth systems moving out of a regime of stationarity is that statistical models based on past behavior may no longer be useful for predicting the future. Rather, an understanding of the mechanisms driving dynamic earth systems is needed. The mechanisms responsible for nonlinear—even surprising—behavior often involve feedbacks between biotic and abiotic processes. Examples of...   More >

Radical Poster Making for Collective Liberation: A Hands On Workshop with Dignidad Rebelde

Workshop | March 8 | 4-7 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Center for Latino Policy Research

Join us for a workshop led by Dignidad Rebelde!

Dignidad Rebelde, a Bay Area graphic arts collaboration with Jesus Berraza and Melanie Cervantes, will frame this three hour workshop by providing participants a brief history of the role of political graphics in global liberation struggles as well as sharing examples of Dignidad Rebelde’s work. This history will be illustrated with a slideshow...   More >

Formation and Interpretation of Intercellular Signals

Colloquium | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Professor Gregory Reeves, North Carolina State University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Obstructing pseudo-convex embeddings of Brieskorn spheres into complex 2-space

Seminar | March 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Bulent Tosun, University of Alabama

 Department of Mathematics

A Stein manifold is a complex manifold with particularly nice convexity properties. In real dimensions above 4, existence of a Stein structure is essentially a homotopical question, but for 4-manifolds the situation is more subtle. An important question that has been circulating among contact and symplectic topologist for some time asks: whether every contractible smooth 4-manifold admits a Stein...   More >

Hippie Modernism Draw Club

Workshop | March 8 | 5-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore the power of observational drawing at a figure drawing class with a live nude model. As we practice this traditional artistic study of the human form, we also celebrate an openness to the body and a freedom of identity expression that is central to Hippie Modernism’s creative spirit.

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

UC Day - Cal Alumni Reception

Social Event | March 8 | 5-7:30 p.m. |  Cafeteria 15L

 1116 15th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

 Cal Alumni Association

On March 8, a delegation of UC Berkeley alumni will head to Sacramento to advocate for Cal. Join us at Cafeteria 15L in the evening for a reception celebrating the advocacy efforts and the Cal alumni that work in the Capitol and Sacramento.

  Make reservations online or by calling (510) 900-8348, or by emailing caladvocacy@alumni.berkeley.edu

Digital Wedges: Pedagogy, Visualization, and the Cuneiform Script

Lecture | March 8 | 5 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Eduardo Escobar, UC Berkeley

 Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

Cuneiform, the world’s oldest writing system, provides an incredible dataset for the computational analysis of ancient knowledge. This talk consists of two parts. First, I describe the pedagogical potential of a collaborative tool that analyzes cuneiform texts for their most frequently used signs; second, I show how network analysis can aid in visualizing, contextualizing, and disambiguating some...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - European Innovation Academy

Information Session | March 8 | 5-6 p.m. |  Sutardja Center

 2227 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Collaborate with students from around the world at the European Innovation Academy in Northwestern Italy. Travel to Italy a week before the start of the European Innovation Academy and learn from UC Berkeley faculty. Afterwards, you’ll join the European Innovation Academy, an intensive and fast-paced learning environment, where you will learn from famous motivational speakers, including...   More >

A Conversation with The Hunting Ground Producer Amy Ziering at the Berkeley Forum: The Hunting Ground: Lessons from the Frontlines of Sexual Assault On Our Campuses

Seminar | March 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 The Berkeley Forum, Townsend Center for the Humanities

One of the most pressing issues on college campuses today is the prevalence of sexual assault, and how it is handled by the administration. A White House task force found that one in five students is a victim of sexual assault during their college years, and the ACLU estimates 95% of campus rapes go unreported. Many students claim that their universities are unwilling to help them press charges...   More >

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Artist’s Talk: Erica Deeman

Lecture | March 8 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join the artist of Silhouettes to explore the legacy of the portrait, physiognomy, and people’s desire to read the face.

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

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.

Cine Latino: Gueros

Film - Feature | March 8 | 7-9 p.m. | 105 North Gate

 Center for Latin American Studies

Tomas is a boy from Veracruz, Mexico whose mother, fed up with his poor behavior, sends him to stay with his brother in Mexico City. His arrival coincides with a strike at the national university that leaves its students, including Tomas’ brother Sombra and Sombra’s roommate Santos, in an angst-ridden limbo. Hearing that Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the...   More >

GUEROS Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios

Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lecture: Alliances in the Indo-Pacific; A Practitioner's Perspective

Lecture | March 8 | 7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, USN (Ret.), Former Director, Navy Staff

 Military Sciences Program (ROTC)

The Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lectureship annually brings to the University of California at Berkeley a distinguished scholar, professional military person or government official for a series of lectures on specific national security subjects. The Lectureship provides a better and fuller understanding and awareness of national security concerns in the light of geopolitical balance,...   More >

In Jackson Heights | Frederick Wiseman | United States, 2015

Film - Documentary | March 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With an introduction from Linda Williams, professor emeritus in film and media/rhetoric at UC Berkeley.

Wiseman, who has been making films for fifty years examining institutions as varied as UC Berkeley, a public housing project, a juvenile court, and the National Gallery, turns his attention to an ethnically diverse community in Queens, New York, where 167 languages are spoken. For him,...   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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ARCH/AIA East Bay Lecture: Amale Andraos

Lecture | March 8 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MAR 8, 7:30pm** Amale Andraos, Dean of the Columbia University GSAPP, will lecture here on his work. This lecture is co-presented with the AIA East Bay. **Please note the late start time.