<< Week of January 22 >>

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Amgen Biotech Experience Workshop: Teacher Professional Development: Abridged ABE Series

Workshop | January 21 – 22, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This event is open to all Bay Area high school science teachers interested in teaching the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum (amgenbiotechexperience.com). The curriculum includes basic biotechnology laboratories and techniques through the lens of learning about diabetes and the manufacturing of insulin through recombinant technology. This workshop...   More >

FAMILY PROGRAM: Seeds - From Helicopters to Hitchhikers

Workshop | January 22 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Get cozy in our Garden classroom as we explore the wonderous and diverse designs of seeds and their enclosures. Learn how plants make seeds and see an amazing array of seed pods and fruits that aid in their seed dispersal, from papery 'helicopter' wings to natural velcro for 'hitchhiking'. Everyone will make a special seed project to take home.

$15 Adult, $15 Child, $10 Adult Member, $10 Child Member (must have Family level membership)

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

Student Harvest Day

Social Event | January 22 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Gill Tract Community Farm

  Intersection of San Pablo Ave and Marin Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Berkeley Food Institute

Come out to join the campus and community in a Harvest Day to support the Berkeley Food Pantry. The day's activities include a free lunch catered by the Berkeley Student Food Collective, and time to learn how to grow and harvest food. Half of all the food will be sent to the Food Pantry.

Women's Basketball vs. Arizona

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | January 22 | 1 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Arizona at Haas Pavilion.

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 >

They Live by Night | Nicholas Ray | United States, 1949

Film - Feature | January 22 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bowie (Farley Granger), an escaped convict, and Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell) are innocents who were "never properly introduced to the world we live in," and their romance is their only defense against a cruel world.

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

Emanuel Ax

Performing Arts - Music | January 22 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Ever eager to illuminate works of the past with fresh perspective, Emanuel Ax collaborates with rising star composer Samuel Adams, whose new work is written as a companion, and response, to Schubert's Impromptus. Ax has performed the Schubert to great acclaim: "[His] signature style—a shifting balance of poetry, earthiness and analytical clarity—suits this music...so precisely" (The New York...   More >

starting at $44

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

Knock on Any Door | Nicholas Ray | United States, 1949

Film - Feature | January 22 | 4:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For Bogey, this story of a child of the slums (John Derek) who becomes a petty criminal, causes the suicide of his young bride, and is accused of murdering a cop surely harked back to the thirties, the heyday of the socially conscious gangster film.

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

Monday, January 23, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  Register online

Simons Institute Workshop: Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Seminar | January 23 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Main Lecture Hall

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program. It will consist of five days of tutorial presentations, each with ample time for questions and discussion, as follows:

Monday, January 23rd Elad Hazan (Princeton University): Optimization of Machine Learning Andreas Krause (ETH Zürich) and Stefanie Jegelka (MIT): Submodularity: Theory and...   More >

NCBI Bioinformatics Tools: An Introduction

Workshop | January 23 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Elliott Smith, Bioscience Library


A hands-on workshop introducing NCBI bioinformatics tools such as PubMed, Gene, Protein, Nucleotide, and BLAST.

Oxyopia Postdoctoral Scholar and Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Postdoctoral Scholar Sowmya Ravikumar; Stella Kang, Lu Chen Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Postdoctoral Scholar Sowmya Ravikumar will be speaking on:
Effect of marginally induced astigmatism on refractive error development in chicks


Graduate student Stella Kang will be speaking on:
Corneal lymphangiogenesis and valvulogenesis after transplantation

CMES Teach-In: Trump in the Middle East

Workshop | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As Donald Trump enters office as the 45th President of the United States, what might this mean for U.S. involvement in the Middle East and North Africa, including military involvement, economic ties, and diplomatic endeavors? Join CMES faculty affiliates and community members in an informal moderated conversation about what we might expect in the first 100 days and beyond.

Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | January 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives engaged students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a socially engaged project after their graduation.

Several prizes may be awarded, each...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Geometry of shrinking Ricci solitons

Seminar | January 23 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jiaping Wang, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

Shrinking Ricci solitons arise naturally from singularity analysis of the Ricci flows. Their classification in the three dimensional case plays an important role in the proof of Thurston's geometrization conjecture by Perelman. Our talk mainly concerns some of the recent work with Ovidiu Munteanu toward the understanding of four dimensional shrinking Ricci solitons.

Professional Emailing Workshop

Workshop | January 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email someone you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals so that you make a great first impression.

The workshop is open to all...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Heuristic Perceptions of the Income Tax: Evidence and Implications for Debiasing"

Seminar | January 23 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Dmitry Taubinsky, Dartmouth Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Behavioral Economics, Public Economics, Energy and Environmental Economics

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI Search

Lecture | January 23 | 2:50 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Kevin Weiner, PhD, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

"Mapping microns to minds: The cognitive neuroanatomy of high-level visual cortex"

Casey Law (Berkeley): The First Precision Localization of a Fast Radio Burst

Seminar | January 23 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Casey Law, UC Berkeley

 Radio Astronomy Lab

Nearly ten years have passed since the discovery of a milisecond radio transient with anomalously high dispersion (the "Lorimer burst"). The naive interpretation of that burst argued for new class of object at cosmological distance with a luminosity far greater than any other radio transient. Since that time, another 20 of these "fast radio bursts" (FRBs) have been detected at telescopes around...   More >

Somayeh Sojoudi - Data-driven methods for sparse network estimation

Seminar | January 23 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Somayeh Sojoudi, UC Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract / Description: 
Graphical model is a probabilistic model for which a graph is used to represent the conditional independence between random variables. Such models have become extremely popular tools for modeling complex real-world systems. Learning graphical models is of fundamental importance in machine learning and statistics and is often challenged by the fact that only a small...   More >

Phase plates expand the capabilities of cryo-EM

Seminar | January 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Radostin Danev, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Structural Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

The Myth Behind the Mask: Mikhail Zoshchenko and the Rebirth of Enthusiasm in the ‘Spiritual Simplicity’ of Jazz

Colloquium | January 23 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Jason Cieply, Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The first lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Analysis Seminar: A Proof of Onsager’s Conjecture for the Incompressible Euler Equations

Seminar | January 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Philip Isett, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In an effort to explain how anomalous dissipation of energy occurs in hydrodynamic turbulence, Onsager conjectured in 1949 that weak solutions to the incompressible Euler equations may fail to exhibit conservation of energy if their spatial regularity is below $\frac13$-Hölder. I will discuss a proof of this conjecture that shows that there are nonzero, $(\frac13-\epsilon)$-Hölder Euler flows...   More >

The Tiniest Perfect-Liquid Droplets

Colloquium | January 23 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Department of Physics

The quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in ultra-relativistic collisions between large nuclei, such as Au+Au or Pb+Pb, is a state of nuclear matter with extremely high temperature and energy density. The particles produced in these collisions exhibit collective behavior that indicate that QGP is a liquid with extremely low specific viscosity, which makes it the most perfect liquid in nature. In the...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] The Tiniest Perfect-Liquid Droplets

Seminar | January 23 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Julia Velkovska, Professor, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Physics

The quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in ultra-relativistic collisions between large nuclei, such as Au+Au or Pb+Pb, is a state of nuclear matter with extremely high temperature and energy density. The particles produced in these collisions exhibit collective behavior that indicate that QGP is a liquid with extremely low specific viscosity, which makes it the most perfect liquid in nature. In the...   More >

VMWare Info-Session

Information Session | January 23 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  Register online

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | January 24 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

  Register online

PMB Seminar : "Gating the immunity and cell death at the nuclear pore complex"

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, First Floor Conference Room

 Yangnan Gu, Duke University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Estimating Latent Asset-Pricing Factors

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Markus Pelger (joint with Martin Lettau), Stanford

 Center for Risk Management Research

We develop an estimator for latent factors in a large-dimensional panel of financial data that can explain expected excess returns. Statistical factor analysis based on Principal Component Analysis (PCA) has problems identifying factors with a small variance that are important for asset pricing.

Next-generation block polymers from renewable feedstocks

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Marc Hillmyer, Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Material Sciences, University of Minnesota

 College of Chemistry

Sustainable block polymers hold much promise as tomorrow’s advanced macromolecular materials. In this presentation I will describe our work aimed at the development of next-generation sustainable polymers that (i) can be produced from renewable resources on large scale, (ii) can be incorporated in block polymers with precision control over molar mass and composition, and (iii) exhibit properties...   More >

Investigating the structural basis of glutamate receptor gating using cryo-EM

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Joel Meyerson**, Brandeis University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning and Professional Program in College Admission Counseling Online Information Session

Information Session | January 24 | 12:15-1 p.m. |  Online

 Ramu Nagappan, UC Berkeley Extension director

 UC Berkeley Extension

Instructors and staff present information about directing others in their quest for higher education and career fulfillment. Learn about career opportunities, curriculum requirements and specific course content for both programs.

  Register online

Development Lunch:"How Many Babies Did Nestle Really Kill? An Empirical Investigation into the Infant Formula Controversy"

Seminar | January 24 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jesse Anttila-Hughes

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Subprime Babies: The Foreclosure Crisis and Initial Health Endowments

Lecture | January 24 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Janelle Downing, MS, PhD, Professor of Medicine in Residence, UCSF School of Medicine

 Health Policy and Management

This presentation introduces preliminary results from research on the influence of in-utero exposure to household mortgage default and subsequent foreclosure on birth outcomes and fetal death in California by linking birth certificate data from 2.2 million neonates born from 2005 to 2010 with foreclosure records.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | January 24 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Strategic Inattention, Inflation Dynamics and the Non-Neutrality of Money"

Seminar | January 24 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Hassan Afrouzi, The University of Texas at Austin - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Macroeconomics, Theory

Benjamin, Kafka, and Theology

Panel Discussion | January 24 | 2:30-6 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp; Gilad Sharvit, UC Berkeley; Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Robert Alter, UC Berkeley; Chana Kronfield, UC Berkeley; Karen Feldman, UC Berkeley

 Department of German, Center for Jewish Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

SURF Summer Research Scholarships (4k-6k) Info Session: Benefits, eligibility, application tips for these summer undergraduate research programs (surf.berkeley.edu)

Information Session | January 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Sean Burns, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, will discuss eligibility criteria for these two programs, benefits of the programs and tips for a successful application.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Monodromy and Log Geometry

Seminar | January 24 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Arthur Ogus, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A proper semistable family over a disc gives rise to a smooth proper and saturated morphism $X/S$ of log analytic spaces over the log disc. We will explain how the underlying map of topological spaces $X_{top}/S_{top}$ can be recovered from the restriction $X_0/S_0$ of $X/S$ to the log point. We will also give simple formulas for the action of the monodromy and the differentials on the $E_2$...   More >

Design Field Notes: Neil Goldberg

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Neil Goldberg

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Neil Goldberg will give a talk, "Design Matters: From Design Consciousness to Design Thinking," at the Jacobs Institute.

Happy Americans, Unhappy Japanese: How Software Engineers work; how they feel about it; and how they are rewarded. A cross-national survey.

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 Prof. Yoshifumi Nakata, Doshisha University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Prof. Nakata holds a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley and has a long distinguished career researching the relationship between technology and employment related factors. He founded the Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiv​e​ne​ss a​t​ Doshisha and recently stepped down as its long-term Director.​ His bio information can be found


Metallomembranes: Exploring the Interactions of Metal Ions with Lipid Bilayers

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

 Prof. Paul Cremer, Department of Chemistry and BMB, Penn State University

 College of Chemistry

Phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) are major components of numerous cellular membranes. Both these lipids contain amine moieties in their head groups that can strongly interact with first row transition metal ions such as Cu2+. This is significant because copper is a redox active metal ion and causes lipid oxidation in the presence of an oxidant such as hydrogen peroxide....   More >

Functional Analysis Seminar: Amenability of discrete groups

Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kate Juschenko, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

The subject of amenability essentially begins in 1900's with Lebesgue. He asked whether the properties of his integral are really fundamental and follow from more familiar integral axioms. This led to the study of positive, finitely additive and translation invariant measure on reals as well as on other spaces. In particular the study of isometry-invariant measure led to the Banach-Tarski...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Degree of SO(n)

Seminar | January 24 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Madeline Brandt, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will give a closed formula for the degree of the projective closure of SO(n) over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero, and outline the proof of this result. I will also describe some symbolic and numerical techniques used for computing this degree for small values of n.

Towards a Romantic Anthropology: River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh

Lecture | January 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Naveeda Khan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

 The Program in Critical Theory, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

There is a quality of the chimerical to the silt islands that form and dissolve within the Jamuna River. Life on the islands never quite settles; the ground is constantly turned up, shifting, moving, and reforming elsewhere, a condition which inevitably grounds a particularly striking relationship with Nature. In this talk, I want think with this quality, through its manifestations in the...   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 >

Protecting Creative Professionals in the Age of the “Gig Economy”: SAG AFTRA National Executive Director David White at the Forum

Lecture | January 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 David White, The Berkeley Forum

 The Berkeley Forum

In this tech-savvy age, newer types of media have made creative expression more accessible, a convenience that has contributed to the rise of the gig economy, an environment in which temporary positions and short-term contracts are exceedingly common. This issue has since been the focus of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA), one of the largest...   More >

GM Info-Session and Tech Talk

Information Session | January 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please join us for a Tech Talk and Q&A with team members from GM on Technology in the Chevy Bolt!

Food and drinks will be provided. Resumes will also be accepted. All majors welcome!

GM is super excited about the new Chevrolet BOLT EV with 238 miles of range. The first production vehicle was delivered to a family in Fremont, California in December 2016. The BOLT EV has already been named...   More >

Jon Else | "TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize,' the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement"

Reading - Nonfiction | January 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Julie Hirano

 Graduate School of Journalism

You are cordially invited to the Bay Area book launch of "TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and 'Eyes on the Prize,' the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement" by award-winning documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Professor Jon Else.

“No one is better suited to write this moving account of perhaps the greatest American...   More >

  RSVP online by January 24.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  Register online

Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition Search

Lecture | January 25 | 3 a.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Douglas Markant, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

 Department of Psychology

"On choosing your own adventure: The cognitive foundations of active, uncertainty-driven learning"

Spring Career Fair, Day 1 (Engineering-Tech)

Career Fair | January 25 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, Kleeberger Field House

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Sponsored by the Career Center, come join us for one of the largest UC Berkeley career fairs --the Spring Career Fair! This fair will kick off the Spring on-campus recruiting season. Recruiters from diverse industries will bring information about their entry-level career and internship positions. (Please note that the fair spans two days, with different industries represented each day) Recruiting...   More >

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sketched Ridge Regression

Seminar | January 25 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Shusen Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Previous work has applied matrix sketching to speed up the least squares regression (LSR) on the n >> d data. Theoretical analysis of the sketched LSR is has been well established and refined. How the results extend to the sketched ridge regression is yet unclear. In our recent work, we study two types of the sketched ridge regression—the classical sketch and the Hessian sketch--- from two...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Jeremy Crawford "Elucidating the genomic consequences of sociality, from population structure to immune evolution.": Finishing Seminar

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Jeremy Crawford, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

 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 >

Reframing Violence through a Public Health Lens: How We See, Communicate, and Treat it: Health Communication Matters Webinar Series

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  MeetingBurner

 Shannon Cosgrove, Director of Health Policy, Cure Violence; Michael Bakal, Strategic Communications Specialist, Berkeley Media Studies Group; Anne Marks, Executive Director, Youth ALIVE!

 Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

Join us in the next event in the Health Communications Matters Webinar Series from the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership, as experts in the field discuss their approaches to communicating gun violence. In the first presentation, Shannon Cosgrove from Cure Violence will share the state of the health approach to violence, the centerpiece of a 2015 meeting of local and national health...   More >

Transforming High School Computer Science: The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Dan Garcia, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Please join us for the first CITRIS Research Exchange of the spring semester.

Our Beauty and Joy of Computing course was chosen as one of the national pilots for the new Advanced Placement (AP): Computer Science Principles (CSP) course to broaden participation in computing to traditionally underrepresented groups. Locally offered as a non-majors computing course, BJC was the first...   More >


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

Noon Concert: Art of the Song: Min Xia, soprano; Jonathan Lin, tenor; Henry Grace, singer/guitarist/songwriter

Performing Arts - Music | January 25 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Min Xia, soprano
Songs by Quilter, Vaughan Williams, Hahn and Dingxian Jiang
Jonathan Lin, tenor
Songs by Andrew Lloyd Weber
“Tell Me On a Sunday"
"It's Not the End of the World (If He's Younger)"
"Second Letter Home"
"Unexpected Song"
Henry Grace, singer/guitarist/songwriter
“Crash the Moon”
“Ichabod Crane”
“I’m Alright”
“Bring Back my Baby/Dreaming”



BioE Seminar: “Ice-binding-proteins and their interaction with ice crystals”

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ido Braslavsky

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, January 25
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Ido Braslavsky
Visiting Scholar at Stanford University
Associate Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mitochondrial Calcium Transport in Signaling and Metabolism

Seminar | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Yasemin Sancak**, Havard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Introduction to Career Development (BECAR001)

Workshop | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Start here to clarify your career planning needs and learn about campus resources that can help you achieve your career goals at Berkeley.

Big Ideas: Beat Notes: From the Rat Bastards to the Mission School with Natasha Boas

Lecture | January 25 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This opening lecture offers background to this year’s Big Ideas lectures by exploring the modernist avant-gardes that influenced the artistic and political language of California countercultures in the “long 1960s.” Looking closely at earlier twentieth-century movements such as Dada, Surrealism, Lettrism, and Situationism, Boas will discuss how artistic manifestos and practices such as collage,...   More >

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

Many Ways of Working: Oral History, Archives, and Archaeology of the Arboretum Chinese Quarters, Stanford

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Christopher Lowman, University of California, Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Farmers, gardeners, builders, cooks, janitors, launderers, restaurant-owners: the Chinese diaspora community in nineteenth century Palo Alto, California, was made up of men, and a few women, who took on many ways of working to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Their integral role in the development of the Bay Area’s infrastructure is sometimes obscured because of...   More >

Spatialized ethno-racial inequality and labor market outcomes in Los Angeles: IRLE Spring 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE Director's Room

 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Paul Ong, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Asian American Studies, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

How does spatialized ethno-racial inequality contribute to labor market outcomes? Professor Ong will discuss his conceptual and empirical approach to modeling the relationship between ethnic and racial stratification and labor market outcomes, primarily in the city of Los Angeles.

  RSVP by emailing Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu

The effects of intranasal oxytocin on mentalization in individuals with and without schizophrenia

Colloquium | January 25 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Joshua Woolley, Assistant Professor, UC San Francisco

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

There is growing interest in the use of intranasal oxytocin administration to alter social behavior and functioning in healthy and patient populations. In particular, there is growing excitement that oxytocin may be a novel approach for treatment of social cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, which are important causes of worse clinical, functional, and occupational outcomes. However, there is...   More >

The Intergeneration Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from the Golden Era of Upward Mobility: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | January 25 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Lowell Taylor, Carnegie Mellon University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts Online Information Session

Information Session | January 25 | 12:30-1:15 p.m. |  Online | Note change in date

 Anastasia Meadors, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts can help you take your creative skills to the next level. Studio practice and critique seminars enable you to develop a cohesive portfolio of work for application to M.F.A. programs.

  Register online

The Future of Reproductive Justice under Trump

Panel Discussion | January 25 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law, Boalt School of

Following the Trump inauguration and 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, join If/When/How's Berkeley chapter for a panel discussion on the future of reproductive justice under the Trump administration. Lunch provided. Co-sponsored by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall Women's Association.

Panelists:...   More >

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): Dunfield and Thurston’s stable description of certain finite $\text{Mod}(\Sigma_g)$ actions

Seminar | January 25 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Eric Samperton, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Let $X_g : = \{ \pi _1(\Sigma _g) \to G\}$. The mapping class group $\text {Mod}(\Sigma _g)$ acts on $X_g/Aut(G)$. Using the classification of finite simple groups, Dunfield and Thurston gave a complete description of this action when $G$ is nonabelian simple, and $g$ is large enough. I will review their theorem.

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.

The Big Sleep Howard Hawks | United States, 1946

Film - Feature | January 25 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture from David Thomson

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Elisha Cook Jr.,

Howard Hawks’s classic thriller captures the tough and darkly humorous world of Raymond Chandler’s most complicated novel, with Humphrey Bogart at his best as Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as the fast-talking rich kid who invites him into an impossibly intricate web of blackmail...   More >

$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 Special admission applies

  Tickets go on sale December 15. Buy tickets online

Job Market Seminar: "Revealed Preference Analysis of Characteristics in Discrete Choice"

Seminar | January 25 | 3:10-4:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 John Rehbeck, University of California, San Diego - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Behavioral Economics, Econometrics, Operations Research

Self-avoiding walks on graphs and groups

Seminar | January 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Geoffrey Grimmett, Cambridge University

 Department of Statistics

The problem of self-avoiding walks (SAWs) arose in statistical mechanics in the 1940s, and has connections to probability, combinatorics, and the geometry of groups. The basic question is to count SAWs. The so-called 'connective constant' is the exponential growth rate of the number of n-step SAWs. We summarise joint work with Zhongyang Li concerned with the question of how the connective...   More >

Illuminating the Dark Corners of the Genome

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Noah Spies**, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Applied Math Seminar: Sparse Factorizations and Scalable Algorithms for Differential and Integral Operators

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yingzhou Li, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

This talk focus on the Distributed-memory hierarchical interpolative factorization (DHIF) which offers an efficient way for solving or preconditioning elliptic partial differential equations. By exploiting locality and low-rank properties of the operators, the DHIF achieves quasi-linear complexity for factorizing the discrete positive definite elliptic operator and linear complexity for solving...   More >

Seminar: Dr. Noah Spies, Stanford University

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Illuminating the Dark Corners of the Genome

Number Theory Seminar: Tropical geometry and uniformity of rational points on curves

Seminar | January 25 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Zureick-Brown, Emory University

 Department of Mathematics

Let X be a curve of genus g over a number field F of degree d = [F:Q]. The conjectural existence of a uniform bound N(g,d) on the number #X(F) of F-rational points of X is an outstanding open problem in arithmetic geometry, known to follow from the Bomberi-Lang conjecture. ...   More >

EECS Colloquium: How the New US National Institute for Photonics Will Change Information Technology

Colloquium | January 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 John Bowers, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We review recent advances in heterogeneous silicon photonic integration technology and components and describe progress in silicon photonic integrated circuits. Techniques for laser integration and the impact of active silicon photonic integrated circuits could have on interconnects, telecommunications and silicon electronics are reviewed. A variety of materials are being heterogeneously...   More >

From Laboratory Research to a Startup: a 3D Printed Microreactor for Chemical Analysis

Colloquium | January 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 155 Donner Lab

 Dr. Andrew Jones, Activated Research Company

 Department of Chemical Engineering

A Bayesian Multivariate Functional Dynamic Linear Model

Seminar | January 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Daniel Kowal, Cornell University

 Department of Statistics

I will present a Bayesian approach for modeling multivariate, dependent functional data. To account for the three dominant structural features in the data--functional, time dependent, and multivariate components--we extend hierarchical dynamic linear models for multivariate time series to the functional data setting. We also develop Bayesian spline theory in a more general constrained...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Computational complexity and 3-manifolds and zombies

Seminar | January 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Eric Samperton, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the computational complexity of counting homomorphisms from 3-manifold groups to fixed finite groups $G$. Let $G$ either be non-abelian simple or $S_m$, where $m \geq 5$. Then counting homomorphisms from fundamental groups of 3-manifolds to $G$ is $\mathsf { P}$-complete. In particular, for fixed $m \geq 5$, it is $\mathsf {NP}$-complete to decide when a 3-manifold admits a connected...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Pseudorandomness in graph theory and additive combinatorics

Seminar | January 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yufei Zhao, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

(Please note the unusual time and place of this talk.)

I will highlight some connections between graph theory and additive combinatorics. I will explain how to prove the celebrated Green-Tao theorem, that the primes contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. Following a graph theoretic viewpoint, we will see an answer to the question: what kinds of pseudorandomness are used in the proof...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad- European Innovation Academy Info Session

Information Session | January 25 | 5-6 p.m. |  Sutardja Center

 2227 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Join students from around the world at the European Innovation Academy in Northwestern Italy and create a startup in four weeks! For more information, please visit: http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/eia.

Khojaly Tragedy: Beyond State Ideologies

Lecture | January 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Nona R. Shahnazarian, Social Anthropologist, Institute of Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

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

Dr. Shahnazarian's research focuses on the recent history of ultra-nationalism and ethnic violence in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and its consequences for the local populations. It gives attention to the case of Khojaly. Khojaly was a settlement in Nagorno Karabakh situated on a major road and near the only airport in Karabakh, being the second largest town in Nagorno-Karabakh populated mainly by...   More >

Quantcast Info-Session: Women in Tech: Talk.

Information Session | January 25 | 5-6 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come learn and meet our thought-leading Women in Tech. You will get the opportunity to hear first-hand from the senior female tech leaders of Quantcast! The event kicks off with a 20-minute tech talk. After the tech talk, there will be a 40-minute Q/A with the panel where you can ask questions and learn more about their experiences working as a woman in tech at Quantcast.

Panel Speakers:...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3119 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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