<< Week of January 28 >>

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee

Meeting | January 31 – April 18, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Are you interested in planning UC Berkeley's 2018 Earth Week? SERC is recruiting individual student leaders and/or student representatives from environmental student organizations to join the Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee. Sign up at tinyurl.com/EarthWeekCommittee

How, Where, and What to Publish: UC Berkeley Scholarly Publishing Symposium

Conference/Symposium | January 31 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sproul Hall, 309 (Graduate Professional Development Center)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

Editors from Elsevier, Springer-Nature, PLOS, UC Press, and more

 Library

Hear from scholarly journal and book publishers Elsevier, Springer-Nature, PLOS, UC Press, and more during a half-day symposium in which editors cover all aspects of how, where, and what to publish. Panel presentations and discussions will include:

• Intro to Scholarly Publishing: Targeting the “right” journal for submission; overview of the editorial process (Submission to...   More >

  Register online

Round Table on Parks, Conservation, and Your Career

Information Session | January 31 | 9-10 a.m. | 139 Mulford Hall

 Jon Jarvis, Executive Director, The Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity; Patrick Gonzalez, Principal Climate Change Specialist, U.S. National Park Service; Sarah Allen, Science Program Lead, U.S. National Park Service

 California Outdoor Engagement Coalition

The Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity is excited to announce an opportunity for students to join Jon Jarvis, Sarah Allen, and Patrick Gonzalez for a monthly one hour event where they can ask questions and seek advice about the National Park Service, climate change, careers, conservation, and much more. Space is limited, you must RSVP to attend the event.

 You MUST R.S.V.P. to attend! Seats are limited. If seats are filled, you will be asked to add your name to a waitlist.

 If seats are filled, you will be prompted to add your name and e-mail to a waitlist. RSVP online or or by emailing Rhonie Roggers at rhoniedee1993@berkeley.edu by January 31.

CACS Event: The How and Why of Developing Zero-net Carbon UC Student Housing

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 305 Wurster Hall

 Jason E. Smith, Partner, KieranTimberlake; Peter Rumsey, Founder, Point Energy Innovations; Beth Piatnitza, UCSF's Capital Programs Housing Program Manager & Project Manager, UCSF

 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS)

Across the UC system student housing is under development and UC's sustainability practices policy is calling on these new facilities to be zero-net carbon buildings. UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) is hosting a conversation to explore this timely topic with UC San Francisco's Minnesota Street Graduate Student and Trainee Housing project design team.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Evolution in rapidly adapting populations"

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Michael Desai, Harvard University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Natural selection and other evolutionary forces lead to particular patterns of evolutionary dynamics, and they leave characteristic signatures on the genetic variation within populations. We use a combination of theory and experiments to study the dynamics and population genetics of natural selection in asexual populations such as microbes and viruses.

Noon Concert: Trevor Van de Velde, piano

Performing Arts - Music | January 31 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

John ADAMS China Gates
Philip GLASS Mad Rush
David LANG Cello
Steve REICH Piano Counterpoint

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Richard Cándida Smith: Improvised Continent: Pan-Americanism and Cultural Exchange

Lecture | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Illuminating the story of how cultural exchange programs brought many of the most important Latin American artists and writers to the United States, Richard Cándida Smith explores Pan-American cultural exchange in the twentieth century.

Sensory Integration, Density Estimation, and Information Retention

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Joe Makin, UCSF

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

A common task facing computational scientists and, arguably, the brains of primates more generally is to construct models for data, particularly ones that invoke latent variables. Although it is often natural to identify the latent variables of such a model with the true unobserved variables in the world, the correspondence between the two can be more complicated, as when the former are...   More >

Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage: Canadian Studies Colloquium

Colloquium | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Cheryl Suzack, University of Toronto

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Canadian Studies Colloquium.
"Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage."

Speaker:
Prof. Cheryl Suzack
English & Indigenous Studies
University of Toronto

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
223 Moses Hall | 12 Noon
Co-Sponsored by Ethnic Studies
Buffet lunch at 12 noon followed by lecture at 12:10.
Free Event | Open To Everyone
Part of the Canadian Studies Colloquium...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Michael Harvey: Ecology as a driver of evolutionary diversity within Amazonian bird species

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Michael Harvey (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 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 >

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Matteo Benetton, LSE

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

Fear and the Safety Net: Evidence from Secure Communities: Marcella Alsan MD, MPH, PhD

Colloquium | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Marcella Alsan MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford 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.

Haas Scholars Program Info Session: $13,800 to carry out final project in *ANY* major

Information Session | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant 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 >

Dissecting the form and function of host–microbe relationships within the intestine

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Travis Wiles**, University of Oregon

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

A Talk with Barbara Hammer

Lecture | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Barbara Hammer, Visual Artist and Filmmaker

 Arts + Design

Barbara Hammer is a pioneering Bay Area feminist and Lesbian Experimental filmmaker. Hammer has made dozens of films on women's issues gender roles, lesbian relationships and aging.

Barbara Hammer, Visual Artist and Filmmaker

Pioneering visual artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer, has a multiple praxis for the past 40 years with resonating impact on young artists today. Her work was...   More >

“Comprehensive Computational Design of Ordered Peptide Macrocycles”

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Parisa Hosseinzadeh, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mixed chirality peptide macrocycles such as cyclosporine are among the most potent therapeutics identified to-date, but there is currently no way to systematically search through the structural space spanned by such compounds for new drug candidates. Natural proteins do not provide a useful guide: peptide macrocycles lack regular secondary structures and hydrophobic cores and have different...   More >

The Palatine East Pottery Project: The Study and On-Line Publication of 20 Tons of Pottery from Downtown Rome

Lecture | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 J. Theodore Peña, Professor, University of California, Berkeley Classics

 Archaeological Research Facility

During the period 1989-1996 the American Academy in Rome undertook the excavation of large mid- to late-imperials structure located at the foot of the northeast slope of the Palatine Hill in downtown Rome. The speaker is in charge of the study and publication of the ca. 20 metric tons of Roman-period pottery recovered in the course of this project. The assemblage, what spans most of the first...   More >

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Arlie Hochschild's latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016) focuses on the rise of the American right. Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over the last five years and focusing on emotions, Hochschild scales an “empathy wall” to learn how to see, think and feel as they do. What do...   More >

Keys Track 3d- Supervising in a Union Environment

Course | January 31 | 1-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Julie Hoxie

 Human Resources

Supervisors will learn how to manage their represented employees within the constraints of the laws and the labor contracts. They will also learn about management rights, employee rights and union rights, and how to communicate with represented employees and unions. This workshop addresses the following Core Competencies: * Inclusiveness * Managing People * Communication

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | January 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor 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, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Ricci flow with surgery and the classification of 3-manifolds

Seminar | January 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Richard Bamler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an accessible introduction to Ricci flow in low dimensions, highlighting its connection to the study of the corresponding static equation, the Einstein equation, and to related topological theorems, such as the Uniformization theorem and the Poincaré and Geometrization Conjectures. I will then discuss the singularity formation of such flows and provide an overview of Perelman’s...   More >

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | January 31 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

Coffee Break

Social Event | January 31 | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee Break is a chance to meet new people from all over the world, have interesting discussions, and drink FREE coffee together--a relaxing break in the middle of the school week! We meet every Wednesday from 3-4 PM at Julie's Cafe.

This week we're talking about that Bay Area life! Whether it's sharing your favorite hangouts or complaining about the housing market, let's chat about the...   More >

Computational psychiatry: When good decisions go bad

Seminar | January 31 | 3 p.m. |  5101 Tolman Hall

 **Peter Dayan**

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Substantial efforts across the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, statistics, operations research, economics, and control theory have provided us with a psychologically- and neurobiologically-grounded account of how humans and other animals learn to predict rewards and punishments, and choose actions to maximize the former and minimize the latter. It becomes an obvious...   More >

Strike

Film - Feature | January 31 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Telling of a factory workers’ strike in czarist Russia in 1912 and its brutal suppression, Strike, in its brilliant mixture of agitprop techniques and comic-grotesque stylization, reveals the influence of the explosively rich Soviet theater in which Eisenstein was involved. In surprise associations—intercutting shots of the secret police with animals, or a massacre with an abattoir—Eisenstein is...   More >

Big Data and Cartography

Colloquium | January 31 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 James Cheshire, University College London

 Department of Geography

Maps are an increasingly important tool for interrogating, disseminating and communicating large and complex geographic datasets. This talk will outline the ways in which innovative cartography can be used to inform researchers, and the public more broadly, about the value, and pitfalls, of “Big Data”. It will draw insights from three highly successful mapping projects that have sought to...   More >

Cosmopolitanism and Belonging: Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen institute

Lecture | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen institute

 Social Science Matrix

Social Science Matrix is honored to welcome Craig Calhoun, President of the Berggruen Institute, for the Social Science Matrix Distinguished Lecture, to be delivered on January 31 from 4-6pm. A reception will follow Space is limited; RSVP to attend.

  RSVP online by January 28.

Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen Institute

Statistical Inference for Finite Alphabet Structures

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Merle Behr, University of Göttingen

 Department of Statistics

A challenging problem in cancer genetics is that tumors often consist of a few different groups of cells, so called clones, where each clone has different mutations, like copy-number (CN) variations. In whole genome sequencing the mutations of the different clones get mixed up, according to their relative unknown proportion in the tumor. However, CN's of single clones can only take values in a...   More >

Career Chat: Data Science

Information Session | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. |  2451 Ridge Road, Shire Hall (Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership)

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Interested in exploring data science as a career path? Come learn insights about critical skill-sets and how to get hired from current part-time MEng student, Farshad Miraftab.

Farshad is currently a Data Scientist on Asurion's Big Data team responsible for driving customer engagement using machine learning principals. He's developed various models to predict customer churn, improve customer...   More >

 Only open to Master of Engineering students.

Study Abroad in Public Health Information Session

Information Session | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn about public health opportunities abroad! Study Abroad Advisers, Public Health Advisers and students will discuss how study abroad works, program opportunities, guidelines for course approvals, financial aid/scholarships and more!

EECS Colloquium: Pen- and Touch-Interaction with 2D Information Spaces

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Andries van Dam, Brown University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This presentation covers two of my graphics group’s projects, Vizdom and Dash. Rather than a formal exposition of completed research we will present two demos of work-in progress that are intended to illustrate directions we think will be fruitful for information exploration and sensemaking.

Biography

Andries van Dam, is the Thomas J. Watson Jr. University Professor of Technology and...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Efficient solvers and preconditioners for the implicit time integration of discontinuous Galerkin methods

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Will Pazner, Brown University and UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Implicit time integration for discontinuous Galerkin (DG) discretizations is important in the context of boundary layer flows, anisotropic, unstructured meshes, and high degree polynomial approximations. Effective preconditioning strategies are essential to the efficient iterative solution of the resulting large, sparse linear systems. In this talk, I will discuss two topics: (1) fully implicit...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Classification of diffeomorphism groups of 3-manifolds through Ricci flow

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Richard Bamler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will present recent work of Bruce Kleiner and myself in which we classify the homotopy type of all spherical and hyperbolic 3-manifolds, except for $RP^3$. This partially resolves the Generalized Smale Conjecture in the spherical case and reproves a theorem due to Gabai in the hyperbolic case.

Our proof is based on a uniqueness theorem for singular Ricci flows, which we established in previous...   More >

Engineering the Entropic Bond

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Entropy, information, and order are important concepts in many fields, relevant for materials to machines, for biology to econophysics. Entropy is typically associated with disorder; yet, the counterintuitive notion that a thermodynamic system of hard particles might - due solely to entropy - spontaneously assemble from a fluid phase into an ordered crystal was first predicted in the mid-20th...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Reputation Effects under Interdependent Values"

Seminar | January 31 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Harry Di Pei, MIT Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Theory, Organizational Economics, Political Economy

“Does This Vehicle Belong to You?” Processing the Language of Policing for Improving Police-Community Relations

Lecture | January 31 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Dan Jurafsky

 Information, School of

A linguistic analysis of policy body-camera data from traffic stops reveals race-based differences. How can the findings improve police-community relations?

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2018 application deadline, Feb 22, 2018

Information Session | January 31 | 5-6 p.m. | 262 Evans Hall

 Marcia Condon, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about Berkeley's program in DC, where students from any major intern and research in Washington DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dominic Erdozain, Freelance Writer

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Gun rights are typically identified with the Second Amendment – a legal, indeed constitutional, prerogative. This lecture argues that they are better understood as part of a culture and a belief system, centering on ideas of innocence and legitimate violence.

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.

Torre Bela

Film - Documentary | January 31 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A supporter of the revolution that ousted the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal, the German leftist Thomas Harlan was inspired by the Portuguese land reform movement to make this documentary on efforts to turn over the large estate of Torre Bela to local workers. “The resulting film remains one of the emblematic Portuguese films of the revolutionary period, and one of the purest examples of...   More >

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Niels Gormsen, Copenhagen Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

2018 Distinguished ESPM Faculty Lecture - Carolyn Merchant

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

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

Carolyn Merchant shares her lecture, "The Anthropocene: The Age of Humanity".

Refreshments will be served at 11:30 am in 139 Mulford.

This event is open to the public.

Sorbian/Wendish Cultural Revival in the Age of Globalization

Lecture | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Hélène Yèche, University of Poitiers

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, GHI West, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

Hélène Yèche will introduce the audience to the case study of the Sorbs, a Slavic minority living in today’s Germany. The Sorbian community of Lusatia recently developed a few important ways of preserving identity and culture in the context of globalization through language revitalization. Sorbian identity challenge is part of a global minority revival trend, which is not only taking place in...   More >

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Becky Miller, Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

 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!

  Register online

Book Talk: Design-Based School Improvement

Lecture | February 1 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Rick Mintrop, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Professor Mintrop will discuss his new book, Design-Based School Improvement: A Practical
 Guide for Education Leaders, which explores how the need for more robust links between
 research and practice is at the heart of the effort to enact and scale up successful school
 reforms. One promising approach is "design development," a methodology widely used in other...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Erika Deserranno, Northwestern

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Lunch Poems: TC Tolbert

Reading - Literary | February 1 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 TC Tolbert

 Lunch Poems, Library

A poetry reading by TC Tolbert.

(photo by Hannah Ensor)

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Interpretable proximate factors for large dimensions

Seminar | February 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Markus Pelger, Stanford

 Center for Risk Management Research

This papers deals with the approximation of latent statistical factors with sparse and easy-to-interpret proximate factors. Latent factors in a large-dimensional factor model can be estimated by principal component analysis, but are usually hard to interpret. By shrinking the factor weights, we obtain proximate factors that are easier to interpret. We show that proximate factors consisting of...   More >

Accountability for Syria

Lecture | February 1 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 110

 Jeff Deutch, Syrian Archive; Niko Para, Syrian Archive

 Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Middle Eastern Law Students Assc.

Jeff Deutch and Niko Para of the Syrian Archive based in Berlin will discuss the vital work of documenting war crimes and human rights abuses in the age of open source evidence and social media and the critical role of individuals and NGOs. Lunch will be served; pls RSVP at link below.

  RSVP online

2018 UC Berkeley Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 1 | 1-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Christie Hale, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En

 Michael Gardner, PhD Student, UC Berkeley; Amr Ewais, Researcher, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; Estefan Garcia, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; Nella Pierre Louis Desruisseaux, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental En; James Fern, Researcher, UC Berkeley, GeoSystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Graduate Assembly

On behalf of the graduate students of the UC Berkeley GeoSystems program, we are pleased to announce our first annual Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium. This event is an opportunity for current PhD students and Research Associates to share their research with the geotechnical engineering industry. There will be short oral presentations as well as time for one-on-one interactions via a...   More >

$ 25 General Admission, $ 0 Full Time Students, $ 0 Faculty

  Buy tickets online or or by emailing info@geostudents.berkeley.edu

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 >

Embedded domain specific languages: A Blueprint for Robust Performance of Scientific Computations

Seminar | February 1 | 2-3 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Dr. Scott Baden, Leader, Computer Languages and System Software Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I will describe custom source-to-source translators targeting different
performance programming problems arising in large scale computation.
I will conclude the talk with earlier work on run times, that led to the
research in domain specific translation.

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Big C Hike

Social Event | February 1 | 2-3:30 p.m. | International House, Front Steps

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office (BIO) advisers on this easy hike to enjoy the breathtaking view of the bay! Bring a camera to capture the moment and don't forget to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. The hike takes 1-1.5 hours. Meet at I-House front entrance on the steps. Bring water.

Late Medieval Publishing Culture In Japan During The 14th And 16th Centuries

Colloquium | February 1 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sumiyoshi Tomohiko, Keiō Univeristy

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Books printed in Japanese Zen monasteries during the medieval period are known as Gozan-ban or “Five Mountains” editions. Originally, Gozan-ban were printed for the self-education of Gozan monks who were expected to imitate the latest Chinese scholarship and act out another culture in Japan. At this time, in the 13th to 14th centuries, Chinese Zen masters visited Japan very often, while Japanese...   More >

CAA Cal vs Oregon: Traditional Hoops Party

Social Event | February 1 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

Join fellow Cal basketball fans at Alumni House before your Golden Bears take on the Ducks in this exciting Pac-12 match-up. This Hoops Party includes dinner by Armadillo Willy's, drinks, remarks from Assistant Basketball Coach Tim O'Toole, Women's Swim Coach Teri McKeever and performances by Cal Band and Cal Spirit Groups.

Hoops Party Details
Date: Thursday, February 1
Hoops Party: 3:30 –...   More >

The Gendered Politics of Socialist Consumption in North Korea, 1953-1965

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andre Schmid, University of Toronto

 Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

How was ‘proper’ consumption conceived in the newly emergent socialist order of North Korea? Despite the desire of the Party-state to represent a population united around the Kim family and the (not unrelated) tendency of foreign observers to see North Korea as an extreme case of totalitarianism, there was in fact no straightforward answer to this question in the early postwar years.

Critical Discussions in Food Systems Co-hosts: Friends of the ATC!

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-6 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Friends of the ATC

Join the discussion organized by the Nicaragua Center for Community Action, SOCLA-North America, and the Task Force on the Americas to welcome the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (ATC) and voices from Via Campesina in a conversation on food sovereignty and agroecology!

On this tour, the ATC’s Marlen Sanchez and Dionys Melgara will be speaking and exchanging on the importance of La Via...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Largeness of 3-manifold group that resemble free groups”

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Shelly Harvey, Rice University

 Department of Mathematics

A group is called large if it has a finite index subgroup which surjects onto a non-abelian free group. By work of Agol and Cooper-Long-Reid, most 3-manifold groups are large; in particular, the fundamental groups of hyperbolic 3-manifolds are large. In previous work, the first author gave examples of closed, hyperbolic 3-manifolds with arbitrarily large first homology rank but whose fundamental...   More >

Maya Tudor | India's Changing Nationalism: Does It Matter?

Lecture | February 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room) | Note change in date

 Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of Political Science

Dr. Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

The Future Of Cybersecurity And Trends In Technological Risk: Implications For US Foreign Policy And Politics

Lecture | February 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jonathan Reiber, Senior Fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley

 Institute of International Studies

Jonathan Reiber is Senior Advisor at Technology for Global Security, a think-do tank based in Palo Alto, California, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, where he previously held a two-year writing and research senior fellowship from 2015-2017. Jonathan is currently at work on a Smith Richardson Foundation funded study exploring the nature of public-private...   More >

Where Wild Beauty and Science Meet

Lecture | February 1 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 College of Natural Resources, Braided River

Wildlife photojournalist and National Geographic fellow Joe Riis, who has documented the migrations of pronghorn, mule deer, and elk in Wyoming for more than a decade, will give a multimedia presentation and book signing of his new book, Yellowstone Migrations. A reception begins at 5:30 pm with the program at 6:30 pm.

Riis will be joined by ecologist & UC Berkeley Professor Arthur Middleton,...   More >

  RSVP online

The Science of Cannabis: The Environmental Impact of Large Scale Cannabis Cultivation

Lecture | February 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The current system for growing cannabis has caused significant environmental degradation due to pollutants, heavy water use, clear cutting natural areas, and other man-made impacts. What are the current environmental issues, and how can they be addressed as cannabis production scales.

$30 / $25 UCBG Members / $15 Current students

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

A Man Returned: 70th Anniversary of Al-Nakba Film Series

Film - Feature | February 1 | 6-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival

Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Country: Lebanon, Palestine 2016
Languages: Arabic
Short Film
30 mins - Color

Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp Ain El-Hilweh in Lebanon ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a drug addiction to life in a camp torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all...   More >

Men's Basketball vs. Oregon

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 1 | 6 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Oregon in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

Career Connections: Human Resources

Miscellaneous | February 1 | 6-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center, The Berkeley Network

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

For each of these casual networking events, we are seeking a diverse group of alumni to showcase a variety of careers. The events require no prep—simply chat with interested students, share your path from Cal to career, and offer advice to those who hope to follow...   More >

  Register online

Xilinx Tech Talk and Info-Session

Information Session | February 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Meet engineers and recruiters from Xilinx, the company behind many of the hardware and software chip developments that are making deep learning more powerful and possible!

Make sure to bring a paper resume if you would like to be considered for intern or full time positions!

Thai food will be served!

***Speakers***
Jim Hwang, Principal Engineer
Jayashree Rangarajan, Senior Director,...   More >

Town Hall Meeting on the Use of the Boalt Name

Meeting | February 1 | 6-8 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium, Room 175

 Law, Boalt School of

Thursday, February 1, 2018
6pm to 8pm
Berkeley Law Booth Auditorium, Room 175

Please join fellow faculty, students, staff, and alumni for a Town Hall meeting on the Use of the Boalt Name.

The October survey yielded over 1,000 responses. Three survey respondents will advocate for the dominant positions on name usage, followed by an open community discussion.

Holloway Poetry Reading: Mónica de la Torre and Lo Ferris

Reading - Literary | February 1 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Mónica de la Torre

 Department of English, Holloway Reading Series

The Holloway Series in Poetry invites you to a reading with Mónica de la Torre and Lo Ferris. Mónica de la Torre is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Happy End/All Welcome (Ugly Duckling Presse). Born and raised in Mexico City, she translates poetry, writes about art, and is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. Publications include The Third Rail, Triple Canopy, Harper's, ...   More >

photo credit: Bruce Pearson

Film: Persona

Film - Feature | February 1 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Exploring the strange symbiosis between a speechless actress (Liv Ullmann) and her nurse companion (Bibi Andersson), this is “Bergman at his most brilliant” (Time Out).