<< Week of October 07 >>

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Berkeley China Summit

Special Event | October 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Cal Alumni Association, Chinese Chapter

Organized and sponsored by official UC Berkeley alumni and students organizations, endorsed and supported by UC Berkeley administration, the Berkeley China Summit 伯克利中美峰会 (“BCS”) is a full-day on-campus conference, aimed to connect China’s businesses and investors with the technology, engineering, and business innovation expertise on UC Berkeley...   More >

Northern California Bats: Demystifying and Discovering these Amazing Animals

Special Event | October 7 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Botanical Garden

Come learn about our CA native bats with Director of NorCal Bats Corky Quirk. In her presentation, you will learn about the nature of bats and their importance in our environment, as well as discuss the harmful myths that surround these animals. Live bats will be presented and seeing these small, almost cuddly creatures might forever change how you feel about these amazing mammals.

$15 Adult/ $10 Adult Member/ $5 Youth (ages 3-17)

  Register online

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting 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 >

Artist’s Talk: Tsherin Sherpa

Lecture | October 7 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tibetan artist Tsherin Sherpa, whose works are featured in Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad, explores themes of displacement and identity as he recounts his artistic journey. Trained as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter, Sherpa is now an artist whose work brings together both sacred and profane or, in his words, “the icon and the ordinary.”

Sherpa has exhibited...   More >

Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble: Delhi to Damascus

Performing Arts - Music | October 7 | 3-5 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Tabla player and Grammy Award-winning member of the Silkroad Ensemble, Sandeep Das celebrates the vibrant cultural heritage shared by India and Syria in the latest project by his HUM Ensemble. Strings, drums, bowed drones, and raga and maqam melodies rooted in Sufi poetry come together to connect ancient civilizations with modern virtuosity in The Road to Damascus. Das is joined by Syrian oud...   More >

$54 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble perform Delhi to Damascus Sunday, October 7, 2018 in Hertz Hall.

New Women

Film - Feature | October 7 | 4-5:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Inspired by the real-life suicide of actress Ai Xia, New Women pointedly addresses the struggles of China’s urban “new women” to survive independently; tragically, its tale of a talented woman hounded by gossip into suicide was mirrored by the death of its lead actress, the legendary Ruan Lingyu, who would kill herself only months after the film’s release. Ruan plays a strong-willed music teacher...   More >

Monday, October 8, 2018

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

Open House for Prospective Master’s Students

Information Session | October 8 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Prospective masters students are invited to attend classes, meet professors and explore Wurster Hall at this CED Open House. Please join us! All students are welcome!

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | October 8 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 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 >

Seeing in the cold – neurobiology of the ground squirrel retina

Seminar | October 8 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Wei Li, PhD, NIH/NEI

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The ground squirrel has a cone-dominant retina and it hibernates in winter. We exploit these two unique features to study retinal biology and adaptations during hibernation. In this seminar, I will discuss an optic feature of the ground squirrel retina, as well as several forms of adaptation during hibernation in the retina and beyond. By exploring the mechanisms of such adaptation, we hope to...   More >

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)

 Library

Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Sarover Zaidi | Towards an Anthropology of Horizons: Politics and Poetics of Space in Bombay

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

 Sarover Zaidi, Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture, Jindal School of Art and Architecture, Sonipat, Haryana, India

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by social anthropologist, Sarover Zaidi on muslim settlements in Bombay

The origins of morality: Developing a society of equals

Colloquium | October 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Melanie Killen, University of Maryland

 Department of Psychology

Although human societies provide protection from harm and enable the construction of collaborative and mutually beneficial social structures, they also pave the way for social hierarchies that deny equal treatment to certain portions of the population. Developmental science research reveals that children are aware of status and hierarchies, often reject the status quo, and seek to rectify social...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: The Taylor coefficients of the Jacobi theta constant $\theta _3$

Seminar | October 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Dan Romik, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We study the Taylor expansion around the point $x=1$ of a classical modular form, the Jacobi theta constant $\theta_3$. This leads naturally to a new sequence $(d(n))^\infty_{n=0} =1,1,−1,51,849,−26199,\dots$ of integers, which arise as the Taylor coefficients in the expansion of a related "centered" version of $\theta_3$. We prove several results about the numbers $d(n)$ and conjecture that...   More >

Connection and Reflection at GenEq

Special Event | October 8 | 12-3 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, GenEq Community Space, 202 Chavez

 Gender Equity Resource Center

The Gender Equity Resource Center invites you, our UCB community, to share space with us. The space is open for reflection, quiet contemplation, crafting and individual connection.

This space is open to anyone who needs it, particularly those who identify with the GenEq program areas: LGBTQ+, sexual & dating violence, and women

Please invite/share this event with your UC Berkeley friends...   More >

SEMM Seminar: Computational analyses and design methods for an interdisciplinary approach to lightweight structures

Seminar | October 8 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr.-Ing. Michael Herrmann, str.ucture GmbH

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The lecture presents the new developments in the use of digital design tools to facilitate collaboration among disciplines involved in the visualization, design, and creation of existing structures.

Political Economy Seminar: "Searching for Policy Reforms"

Seminar | October 8 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Juan Ortner, Boston University

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Searching For Policy Reforms"

Seminar | October 8 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Juan Ortner, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Political Economy Seminar.
*Note the change in time/location

String-Math Seminar: \(gl_n\) homologies, annular evaluation, and symmetric webs

Seminar | October 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 David Rose, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Department of Mathematics

A conjecture of Dunfield-Gukov-Rasmussen predicts a family of differentials on reduced HOMFLY-PT homology, indexed by the integers, that give rise to a corresponding family of reduced link homologies. We'll discuss a variant of this conjecture, constructing an unreduced link homology theory categorifying the quantum \(gl_n\) link invariant for all non-zero values of \(n\) (including negative...   More >

Blum Center Author Series Presents: “Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy 2.0”

Seminar | October 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Bill Janeway, Warburg-Pincus and the Institute for New Economic Thinking

 Department of Economics, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Bill Janeway of Warburg-Pincus and of the Institute for New Economic Thinking will be speaking at the Blum Center on his book: Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy. A reception will follow.
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Economic History Laboratory and the Berkeley Economic History Seminar

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow under local almost non-negative curvature conditions

Seminar | October 8 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yi Lai, UC-Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We find a local solution to the Ricci flow equation under a negative lower bound for many known curvature conditions. The flow exists for a uniform amount of time, during which the curvature stays bounded below by a controllable negative number. The curvature conditions we consider include 2-non-negative and weakly $\mbox {PIC}_1$ cases, of which the results are new. We complete the discussion of...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The Artin-Tate pairing on the Brauer group of a surface

Seminar | October 8 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Tony Feng, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

There is a canonical pairing on the Brauer group of a surface over a finite field, and an old conjecture of Tate predicts that this pairing is alternating. In this talk I will present a resolution to Tate’s conjecture. The key new ingredient is a circle of ideas originating in algebraic topology, centered around the Steenrod operations. The talk will advertise these new tools (while assuming...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Using mobile technologies in the teaching and learning of mathematics

Colloquium | October 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

 Nigel Calder, University of Waikato, New Zealand

 Graduate School of Education

Mobile technologies are everywhere in our lives. We use them to communicate, research, process, record experiences, and for entertainment. They influence the way we interact in the world, the way we live. We use them in work and play. How might they change the teaching and learning process? This presentation explores the ways that using mobile technologies have the potential to change teaching...   More >

AHMA Colloquium - Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

Lecture | October 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Adam Anderson, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This is the second paper in a lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The event is co-sponsored by the AHMA Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Abstract: I introduce the Ur III (250,000 tot.; Drehem 15,000) and Old Assyrian (23,000 tot.; 10,000 published) texts as examples of large bodies of cuneiform tablets that were...   More >

MBTG Seminar: "How to hit HIV where it hurts"

Seminar | October 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Arup Chakraborty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 271, Development: "Social Signaling in Childhood Immunization: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone"

Seminar | October 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anne Karing, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Psoy Korolenko: concert by the Russian avant-garde pianist and singer

Performing Arts - Music | October 8 | 5:30 p.m. |  Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Psoy performs his own and others' songs, accompanying himself to keyboard instruments, mainly a Casio synthesizer in accordion timbre. Experimenting with quite various song traditions he sings in about six or seven languages, most frequently in Russian, Yiddish, English and French.

Free and open to the public

SLAM: Teaching/Research at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

Seminar | October 8 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Jane M. Liu, Pomona College

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Jane M. Liu is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and member of the Molecular Biology Program at Pomona College, where she has been a faculty member since 2012. At Pomona, Jane’s research projects focus on regulatory RNAs in bacteria and mechanisms that contribute to the persistence of the bacterial pathogen that causes cholera disease. Her research has been funded by the NIH, the NSF and the...   More >

Innovators@Cal

Information Session | October 8 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium & Blum Hall

 Sasha Orloff, CEO & Co-Founder, LendUp

 Institute for Business and Social Impact, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Haas School of Business

Innovators@Cal is an exciting event which fosters collaboration across the UC Berkeley campus. If you have an idea or startup, are looking to form or join a team, or are interested in the entrepreneurship resources available - this event is for you!

Hosted by Big Ideas, Global Social Venture Competition, LAUNCH Accelerator, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Tech for Social Good Program, and the...   More >

Then and Now: Fred Korematsu's Story and Its Relevance to the Injustices of Today: Karen Korematsu at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | October 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 107 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Karen Korematsu, Fred T. Korematsu Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

On Indigenous People’s Day, Karen Korematsu will share her father’s story and the realities of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. She will also talk about her father’s coram nobis case in 1983, where he successfully overturned his federal conviction in court by correcting a falsified government narrative. During her talk, Karen will go into detail about why teaching the history...   More >

$0

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fred-t-korematsu-institute-founder-karen-korematsu-at-the-forum-tickets-50771319383.

Splunk Tech Talk

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Splunk: From Machine Data to Operational Intelligence
We take your machine data and make sense of it. IT sense. Security sense. Business sense. Common sense. Splunk products deliver visibility and insights for IT and the business.

Are You Listening to Your Data?
Come meet our Splunkers to learn more about all that Splunk has to offer!

- Will there be food?: YES!!
Recruiting for both...   More >

Let's Talk About Sex!: A Graduate Student Sexual Education Series

Workshop | October 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 183 Dwinelle Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project, Sexual Health Education Program

The Graduate Student Wellness Group and the Sexual Health Education Program are partnering up for three sextastic events this October! Topics include (but are not limited to) consent, healthy relationships, safer sex, STIs/HIV, and accessing birth control! Specifically, we will be addressing what healthy relationships look/don't look like, why STIs are on the rise, how to practice safer sex, and...   More >

Innovators at Cal: Inspiration, fast-pitch and white-boarding opportunities, networking, team-building and more!

Special Event | October 8 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Sasha Orloff, LendUp

 Big Ideas, GSVC, LAUNCH, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Tech for Social Good Program, and the Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition., Dani Bicknell

Hosted by Big Ideas, GSVC, LAUNCH, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Tech for Social Good Program, and the Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition. Innovators@Cal is an exciting event which fosters collaboration across the UC Berkeley campus. If you have an idea or startup, are looking to form or join a team, or are interested in the entrepreneurship resources available - this event is for you!...   More >

Arab Film Festival Kickoff: Arab Highlights

Film - Short | October 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A diverse assembly of shorts that relay cutting-edge work from and about the Arab World. Apartheid, war, Saudi feminism, racial profiling, and analyses of the refugee experience are a few of the themes engaged in the selection, across a sweeping roller coaster ride that yields waves of black humor inasmuch as heart-wrenching drama. For our 22nd edition, our Arab Highlights short film showcase...   More >

The Networked Avant-garde

Lecture | October 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Kelani Nichole

 Arts + Design, Berkeley Center for New Media

The networked culture that emerged at the end of the 20th century introduced a generation of artists who employ open, distributed, virtualized, and highly collaborative techniques. Their studios are built on commercial software, CGI aesthetics, online public exhibition, and peer-to-peer sharing and critique. They simultaneously embrace and subvert technology as a means of interrogation,...   More >

The Networked Avant-garde

Lecture | October 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater, BAMPFA

 Kelani Nichole, The Current

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Kelani Nichole, NYC design strategist and exhibition maker, will discuss the networked culture that emerged at the end of the 20th century introduced a generation of artists who employ open, distributed, virtualized, and highly collaborative techniques.

Subtle Degrees saxophone/percussion duo

Performing Arts - Music | October 8 | 8-10 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

SUBTLE DEGREES is a two-musician ensemble consisting of Travis Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Robust Learning: Information Theory and Algorithms

Seminar | October 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Jacob Steinhardt, Stanford

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

This talk will provide an overview of recent results in high-dimensional robust estimation. The key question is the following: given a dataset, some fraction of which consists of arbitrary outliers, what can be learned about the non-outlying points? This is a classical question going back at least to Tukey (1960). However, this question has recently received renewed interest for a combination of...   More >

Total synthesis of polycyclic natural products

Seminar | October 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ang Li, State Key Laboratory of Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Syntheses of some polycyclic alkaloids and terpenoids by our group will be presented in this lecture. Daphniphyllum alkaloids are a class of structurally intriguing natural products. We develop a series of strategies, such as electrocyclization, [3 + 2] cycloaddition, electrocyclic ring opening, and late-stage Diels−Alder cycloaddition, to achieve the syntheses of a dozen of them. Inspired...   More >

Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria"
Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning
Ivy Mills, Lecturer in History of Art
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
12-1:30pm
170 Wurster

Charisma Acey is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her background includes work, research and travel to countries...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "SCABS: THE SOCIAL SUPPRESSION OF LABOR SUPPLY"

Presentation | October 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.
** MUST RSVP**

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by October 4.

GUH Lecture: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria

Lecture | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Lagos is notorious for its ever-expanding population, massive infrastructural challenges, and controversial practices of state-sanctioned land capture. This talk will discuss will discuss how we can utilize urban planning and visual culture studies to inv

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | October 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Trees of the Garden: Docent-led Tour

Tour/Open House | October 9 | 1-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Discover the signature trees from around the world at the UC Botanical Garden.

Free for Members or with Garden Admission

  Register online

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Liquidity Constraints and the Value of Insurance

Seminar | October 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Keith Marzilli Ericson, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Symplectic Working Group: Punctured holomorphic curves and Lagrangian embeddings

Seminar | October 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yuan Yao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar 237, Human Frictions to the Transmission of Economic Policy

Seminar | October 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 587 Evans Hall

 Michael Weber, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

Intertemporal substitution is at the heart of modern macroeconomics and finance as well as economic policymaking, but a large fraction of a representative population -- those below the top of the distribution by cognitive abilities (IQ) -- do not change their consumption propensities with their inflation expectations. Low-IQ men are also less than half as sensitive to interest-rate changes when...   More >

Farming, agrobiodiversity, and food in the Andes: first in the series “Hidden Living Landscapes – Conversations on nature, culture, knowledge, resilience and loss in the Andes of South America”.

Workshop | October 9 | 3-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Stef de Haan, CIAT Viet Nam

 Institute of International Studies

Agronomist Stef de Haan will present and discuss his research with Andean farmers and how they manage their biodiversity.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Type B Free Probability

Seminar | October 9 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The lattice of non-crossing partitions plays a crucial role in free probability, giving rise to the free cumulants introduced by Roland Speicher. In addition to their combinatorial description, the non-crossing partitions can be realized as arising from the Coxeter groups of Type A. Reiner used this analogy to introduce the non-crossing partitions of Type B, which raises the question: what do...   More >

Approaching Challenges in Physics with Inorganic Chemistry

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Danna Freedman, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

The Freedman research group's overarching theme is harnessing chemical intuition to approach fundamental challenges in physics. Within this framework, we are focused on three vital areas of contemporary physics: advancing quantum information science, probing magnetism, and creating new emergent materials.

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance - "Supply, Demand, Institutions, and Firms: A Theory of Sorting and the Wage Distribution"

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Daniel Haanwinckel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper develops and tests a theory of how the supply of skills, labor demand shocks, and minimum wages affect the wage distribution in the presence of firm heterogeneity and imperfectly competitive labor markets. The model features four components: (i) a task-based production function with imperfect substitution across educational groups; (ii) final goods with distinct task...   More >

The Biopolitics of Beauty: Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil

Colloquium | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Alvaro Jarrín, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Center for Latin American Studies

Beauty is considered a basic health right in Brazil, and plastic surgery is offered to working-class patients in public hospitals in exchange for becoming experimental subjects. This talk will trace the biopolitical concern with beauty to Brazilian eugenics and will explore the raciology of beauty that allowed plastic surgeons to gain the backing of the State. For patients, beauty has become...   More >

Letters of recommendation in Berkeley undergraduate admissions: Program evaluation and natural language processing: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Jesse Rothstein, Professor, Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

In Fall 2015 and 2016, UC Berkeley asked many freshman applicants to submit letters of recommendation as part of their applications. This was highly controversial. Proponents argued that letters would aid in the identification of disadvantaged students who had overcome obstacles that were not otherwise apparent from their applications, while opponents argued that disadvantaged students were...   More >

Week to Week: Planning a Successful Semester: L&S Workshop Series Shoot for the Stars

Workshop | October 9 | 4:15-6:15 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on weekly planning and time management.

Performing Germanness: Laughter and Violence in Nazi Germany

Lecture | October 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Martina Kessel, Bielefeld University

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies, Gerda Henkel Stiftung

Martina Kessel looks at the meaning and role of humor as an identity practice in Germany during the time of National Socialism in Germany. One theory that she will explore in her lecture is that non-Jewish Germans disguised violence as 'art' to justify their failure to comply with international or humanitarian beliefs.

Martina Kessel is a Historian of Modern Germany at Bielefeld University,...   More >

  RSVP online

Film Screening of Seeing Allred

Film - Documentary | October 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, 6th Floor

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Sophie Sartain (Co-Director and Producer, Seeing Allred) and Kellie McElhaney (Founding Executive Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership) will discuss Sophie's journey into documentary film making, the concept behind Seeing Allred, and the film's importance in today's culture. A screening of Seeing Allred will immediately follow the discussion. Registration required.

EA Info-Session

Information Session | October 9 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 EA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

AI has been an integral part of video game development since it’s inception years ago, and like just about every other company out there, Electronic Arts is investing heavily in artificial intelligence. While there has been a lot of progress and movement in AI from both academia and industry alike, digital entertainment offer a unique problem space. There are many innovations and advancements...   More >

The Browning of American Literature

Reading - Literary | October 9 | 6-8:15 p.m. | 30 Stephens Hall

 Armando Rendón, Publisher, Somos en Escrito Literary Magazine; Maria Nieto

 Roberto Haro (aka Roberto de Haro)

 Ethnic Studies Library

Three award-winning authors will speak on the theme of Latino literature and read from their works. An open mic session will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Invited authors are: Armando Rendón, Maria Nieto, and Roberto Haro (aka Roberto de Haro).

Career Connections: Data Science

Social Event | October 9 | 6-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Alumni and student networking event.

San Francisco Young Alumni Mixer

Social Event | October 9 | 6-9 p.m. |  Redford

 673 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Cal Alumni Association

Attention recent graduates!

Come join the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and fellow young alumni for drinks, appetizers, and good cheer at Redford.

Homecoming is right around the corner, so let's come together to celebrate the Cal community and spread some Blue & Gold spirit—we guaranteed a good time!

Questions? Contact studentengagementdept@alumni.berkeley.edu.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Graduate Student Lounge

Miscellaneous | April 25 – December 12, 2018 every Wednesday |  Anthony Hall

 ASUC Student Union

Graduate Students! Take advantage of the Graduate Student Lounge at Anthony Hall. Study, grade papers, meet with other grad students.

 Graduate Students only! However, Anthony Hall can be made available to the entire campus and community for reservations at other times.

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

Let's Talk: Engaging in Cross-Cultural Communication: Beeqi004-181010

Workshop | October 10 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia Reel

 Human Resources

This workshop engages participants in conversations regarding “what gets in the way” when communicating across difference. This workshop reviews interactive communication theory and U.S. domestic dynamics of Human Diversity. Participants will work with each other in discussing and applying this information in varied situations. By the end of this workshop participants will: •Increase awareness of...   More >

Wellness Wednesdays: Elemental Yoga with Eugenia Park

Sport - Recreational | October 10 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come join Eugenia in reconnecting with our elemental bodies.
In this unique outdoor yoga class, we will explore our inner landscapes through breath, movement and stillness, surrounded by acres of sensational gardens. This class is for every body. No experience necessary. Bring yoga mat and/or blanket.

$15 / $10 UCBG Member, Free for UC Berkeley staff, students, and faculty

  Register online

Household Composition and Child Outcomes in Peru: A Longitudinal Study: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Sarah Reynolds, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

 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.

Noon Concert: Sappho’s Garden

Performing Arts - Music | October 10 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Christine Brandes, soprano
Eric Moe, piano
DEBUSSY Trois Chansons de Bilitis
SCHOENBERG Das Buch der hängenden Gärten
Eric MOE from Tough Songs


Continuing its 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community....   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "A novel mechanism for viral host-range expansion revealed through experimental evolution"

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Justin Meyer, UC San Diego

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

What changes to viral genomes would allow them to infect new species? And, what are the natural processes – mutation, recombination, and natural selection – that permit their evolution?

The Meyer Lab uses experimental evolution of viruses to find answers to these questions using a combination of methods from many fields of biology.

For a complete explanation of Meyer's research and a...   More >

An Analysis: Implementation of youth centers in Musanze, Rwanda: Presentation by Bixby Center Summer Award Recipient

Presentation | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | University Hall, Room 440/Bixby Center

 Kalee Singh, DrPH Student, SPH

 Bixby Center at UC Berkeley

Kalee will present her analysis on the implementation of
the Bixby Center’s youth center, based in the district of
Musanze, Rwanda. The youth center model aims to
utilize a multi-pronged approach–addressing both
structural and social determinants–to improve the health

and wellbeing of youth in Rwanda. The model, co-
designed and managed by youth, strives to empower

adolescents through...   More >

Fascism Then and Now: Some Theoretical and Practical Reflections

Lecture | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Timothy Scott Brown, Northeastern University

 Institute of European Studies

The better part of a century after being relegated to the political fringes by its central responsibility for war and genocide, fascism is unmistakably making a comeback on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, fascism never completely went away; but what has propelled it from the margins back to the center? Attempts to understand this phenomenon lead inevitably back to a question that has...   More >

Cell-cycle entry and exit: A tale of phosphorylation, transcription and degradation

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tobias Meyer, Ph.D., Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mammals must regulate the proliferation of stem, progenitor and differentiated cells to build, maintain, and repair tissues. Control of cell-cycle entry has been conceptualized by the restriction point, a time when cells escape the need for mitogens to complete the cell cycle. Our recent single-cell microscopy studies revealed sequential decisions to activate cyclin-dependent protein kinases...   More >

Return of the Basket: On Art and Environment

Lecture | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Daniel Niles, Associate Professor, Geography, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (Kyoto)

 Archaeological Research Facility

Baskets are the original bags. They are among humankind’s earliest technologies, speaking especially to distant human interaction with plants. For as long as it is possible to measure, people everywhere made and used baskets in order to make life easier. In the modern imaginary, however, basketry is common, perhaps too common, and so tightly linked to pre-industrial life that it appears not just...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Teresa Feo: Shining new light on historic collections: How museum specimens and bright X-rays revealed one of the darkest materials known to man

Seminar | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Teresa Feo

 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 >

Language Politics and Attitudes of the Genovese Variety

Lecture | October 10 | 12:10-1 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Gabriella Licata, PhD Candidate, Romance Languages and Literatures, Berkeley

 Berkeley Language Center

The current ideologies and politics of Genoese, a dialect of Ligurian in the Northwestern Italian region of Liguria, reflect the status of many of Italy’s “dialects”—lingering in unofficial status with little institutional support but vibrant ties to and representation in regional identity.

Sleepless and alone: How does sleep loss affect our social life?

Colloquium | October 10 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Eti Ben Simon, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Human Sleep Science

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Loneliness is a growing public health epidemic, reliably increasing mortality and morbidity risks in socially isolated individuals. A potential factor linking loneliness to poor health is disturbed sleep. Both lonely individuals as well as socially isolated animals suffer from worse sleep quality compared to socially connected controls. Focusing on the importance of sleep in modulating social...   More >

Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body (BEUHS178)

Workshop | October 10 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Dori Sproul, Alzheimer's Association

 Elder Care Program

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for...   More >

The Lost Ethical Language of New Deal Public Works

Lecture | October 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The Living New Deal has been identifying, mapping, and interpreting the vast physical matrix of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal for over a decade. Like those of a lost civilization, these artifacts speak to us in a language we have been made to forget of a time when government was designed to serve all of its citizens rather than those who could afford to buy it.

Gender and Candidacy: Female Legislative Nominations in Zambia

Colloquium | October 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Melanie L. Phillips, PhD Candidate, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Melanie Phillips’ research agenda focuses on the progress of equity in politics. Specifically, her dissertation looks at the barriers to candidacy in sub-Saharan Africa. She has conducted multiple rounds of fieldwork in Zambia.

Ms. Phillips holds a Masters in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; Political Science with distinction from the...   More >

2018 Fall Colloquium

AmpEquity Speaker Series with Gloria Allred

Seminar | October 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, 6th Floor

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Gloria Allred (Founding Partner, AM&G) and Kellie McElhaney (Founding Executive Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership) will discuss Ms. Allred's lifelong career of fighting for women's rights, her proudest and most difficult moments, change she is seeing with the #metoo movement, and advice for the audience. Registration required.

A Conversation with Supreme Court Litigator Deepak Gupta

Lecture | October 10 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Deepak Gupta, Gupta Wessler

 American Constitution Society

Please join the Civil Justice Research Initiative, the Consumer Advocacy & Protection Society (CAPS), American Constitution Society (ACS), and the Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice, for a lunch event featuring prominent Supreme Court Litigator Deepak Gupta. Mr. Gupta is an accomplished appellate advocate who has argued before the Supreme Court on numerous occasions. Mr. Gupta’s current &...   More >

Financing Study Abroad

Information Session | October 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Summer Sessions

Do you want to study abroad, but don't know if you can afford it? Join our Financing Study Abroad workshop to learn how to locate and understand a program budget, how financial aid works for your term abroad, and what scholarships are available so you can get a jumpstart on the planning process.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Hamiltonian Floer theory and symplectic cohomology

Seminar | October 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Sara Venkatesh, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Starting with closed symplectic manifolds, we introduce Hamiltonian Floer homology and discuss the dynamical information it encodes. We then translate this story to open symplectic manifolds, on which symplectic cohomology is defined.

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Trapping in perturbations of Kerr spacetimes

Seminar | October 10 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 383N Stanford

  Building 380, Stanford, CA 94305

 Peter Hintz, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We study the trapped set of spacetimes whose metric decays to a stationary Kerr metric at an inverse polynomial rate. In the first part of the talk, I will focus on the dynamical aspects of this problem and show that the trapped set is a smooth submanifold which converges to that of the stationary metric at the same rate. In the second part, I will explain how to use this to prove microlocal...   More >

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | September 12 – November 21, 2018 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. | Cafe International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisors. All UCB students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also have weekly discussion topics to...   More >

Large deviations of subgraph counts for sparse Erd\H{o}s--R\'enyi graphs

Seminar | October 10 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Cook, UCLA

 Department of Statistics

For each fixed integer $\ell\ge 3$ we establish the leading order of the exponential rate function for the probability that the number of cycles of length $\ell$ in the Erd\H{o}s--R\'enyi graph $G(N,p)$ exceeds its expectation by a constant factor, assuming $N^{-1/2}\ll p\ll 1$ (up to log corrections) when $\ell\ge 4$, and $N^{-1/3}\ll p\ll 1$ in the case of triangles. We additionally obtain the...   More >

Winter Light

Film - Feature | October 10 | 3:10-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Winter Light is the central film in Bergman’s so-called “God trilogy” (with Through a Glass Darkly and The Silence). Gunnar Björnstrand plays the doubting Tomas, pastor of a dwindling rural parish. Tomas is an isolated individual, haunted by “God’s silence” and indifferent to the physical, whether in the person of the schoolmistress Märta (Ingrid Thulin) or Christ himself. When a local fisherman...   More >

Seeing and Sounding Rural Citizenship

Colloquium | October 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Sheryl-Ann Simpson, University of California, Davis

 Department of Geography

Studies of urban citizenship practices – of active membership in decision making processes in place – have tended to focus on the role of encounters in defining citizenship. On the ways in which people bustle and clamour up against one another in dense urban environments. Limited studies in rural settings, however, suggest an important role for narrative, memories, and affective experiences in...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: The classical de Rham Witt complex and Zariski localization

Seminar | October 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Gleason, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the classical de Rham Witt complex and Zariski localization.

To persist or not to persist?

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Schreiber, UC Davis

 Department of Statistics

Two long standing, fundamental questions in biology are "Under what conditions do populations persist or go extinct? When do interacting species coexist?" The answers to these questions are essential for guiding conservation efforts and identifying mechanisms that maintain biodiversity. Mathematical models play an important role in identifying these mechanisms and, when coupled with empirical...   More >

The Distributional Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data, Jon Voorheis, US Census

Lecture | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Directors Room

 John Voorheis, U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications

 Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Voorheis will discuss the implications of his research finding that minimum wage policies increase long-term earnings of low-wage workers, and possibly reasons for the persistence of those effects. Rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility have prompted state and local governments to focus on higher minimum wages. As these policies expand, an understanding of how minimum wage...   More >

Book Talk: In Defense of Troublemakers

Reading - Nonfiction | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, 227 (Social Research Library)

 Charlan Nemeth

 Library

Author Charlan Nemeth, Professor of Psychology (UC Berkeley), will discuss her book In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business (Basic Books, 2018). She will explain why dissent should be cherished, not feared, because it leads to more creative and better decision-making. Lone objectors — from Twelve Angry Men to Edward Snowden — force people to question their...   More >

The Distributional Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data

Presentation | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 John Voorheis, U.S. Census Bureau

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

John Voorheis will discuss the implications of his research finding that minimum wage policies increase long-term earnings of low-wage workers, and possibly reasons for the persistence of those effects. Rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility have prompted state and local governments to focus on higher minimum wages. As these policies expand, an understanding of how minimum wage...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Long time propagation and fractal uncertainty principle

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 383N Stanford

  Building 380, Stanford, CA 94305

 Semyon Dyatlov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will show a frequency-independent lower bound on mass of eigenfunctions on surfaces of variable negative curvature. This was previously done in the case of constant curvature in joint work with Jin, relying on the fractal uncertainty principle proved in joint work with Bourgain. I will focus on the new components needed to handle the case of variable curvature, in particular propagation of...   More >

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: A new Golden Age for Computer Architecture with David Patterson

Colloquium | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 David Patterson, UC Berkeley and Google AI

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the 1980s, Mead and Conway democratized chip design and high-level language programming surpassed assembly language programming, which made instruction set advances viable. Innovations like Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC), superscalar, and speculation ushered in a Golden Age of computer architecture, when performance doubled every 18 months. The ending of Dennard Scaling and Moore’s...   More >

Extracting Material Properties from Relaxation Experiments

Colloquium | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sossina Haile, Northwestern University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Redox active oxides, with mixed ionic and electronic conductivity, are critical components in a wide range of energy technologies, serving as electrodes in fuel cells and batteries, and as reactive substrates in solar-driven thermochemical reactors. Accurate knowledge of the surface reaction rate constant, is essential for both optimal design of components using existing materials and rational...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Symplectic cohomology of subdomains

Seminar | October 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Sara Venkatesh, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Mirror symmetry predicts the existence of Floer invariants that yield “local” information. Guided by this, we construct a quantitative symplectic cohomology theory that detects Floer-essential Lagrangians within subdomains. We illustrate the quantitative behavior of this theory by examining negative line bundles over toric symplectic manifolds.

From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Lecture | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Katya Cengel, journalist

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies

Journalist Katya Cengel will discuss her new book, Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back (Potomac Books, 2018) which follows the stories of four Cambodian families, as they confront criminal deportation 40 years after their resettlement in the U.S. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Eastwind Books.

The Distributional Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data: IRLE Speaker Series

Lecture | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Director's Room

 John Voorheis, Howard University

 IRLE

Join us for a discussion with John Voorheis, economist from the U.S. Census Bureau, on the effects of minimum wage on earnings and the implications for law-wage workers.

  RSVP online by September 4.

Learning To Interact: Cybernetics and Play

Lecture | October 10 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt

 Timothy Stott, Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Play was, and remains, a social technology for the cybernetic age. Advocated by many as a humanist corrective to a technocratic and automated post-war society, play also expanded cybernetic ideas of interaction, feedback, and systems modelling into the social domain. From the late nineteen-fifties on, especially, cybernetics and play converged through games, toys, and interactive...   More >

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 2: Sound

Conference/Symposium | October 10 – 11, 2018 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Miyako Inoue, Stanford University; Tom McEnaney, UC Berkeley; Amanda Weidman, Bryn Mawr College; Paja Faudree, Brown University; Dan Fisher, UC Berkeley

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the second of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar that will take place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Fronto-thalamic interaction in cognitive control and flexibility

Seminar | October 10 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael Halassa, Assistant Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Fronto-thalamic interaction in cognitive control and flexibility: Michael Halassa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Colloquium | October 10 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael Halassa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Psychology

Gallery Talk: Olivia Young on Christina Quarles

Lecture | October 10 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join Olivia Young, PhD candidate in UC Berkeley’s Department of African Diaspora Studies, for insights into the work of Christina Quarles, including the dynamics of excess, visibility, and form as instruments of black queer longing.

Young’s writing has appeared in publications by the New Museum (New York), Antenna Gallery (New Orleans), and BAMPFA. Her dissertation asks how contemporary,...   More >

Foreshadow: Breaking the Virtual Memory Abstraction with Transient Out-of-Order Execution

Lecture | October 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Ofir Weisse

 Information, School of

Ofir Weisse explains how the Foreshadow attack dismantles Intel's SGX security â previously considered the most secure feature of Intel chips â and also bypasses virtual machine isolation between users in the cloud.

The Demise of the Islamist Utopia: What's Next?

Lecture | October 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Hicham Alaoui, University of Oxford

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Islamist movements have dominated popular discussions of opposition and change within Arab politics for the past three decades. Uniquely positioned during the Arab Spring, some have since directly governed, while others have been co-opted or absorbed into existing political structures. Yet outside Tunisia, no Islamist group has been able to deliver upon its promise of political transformation....   More >

Anthony Marra in Conversation with Shannon Pufahl

Panel Discussion | October 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Anthony Marra; Shannon Pufahl, Lecturer, Stanford English

 Department of English

The Berkeley English Department is pleased to present a reading and conversation with Anthony Marra, author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and Constellation of Vital Phenomena, and recipient of the second annual Simpson Family Literary Prize.

The Simpson Family Literary Prize recognizes annually a mid-career writer who has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – December 26, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3106 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.

Ism, Ism, Ism: Recycled Film in Latin America

Film - Feature | October 10 | 7-8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A 1960 Cuban newsreel (Number 49) shows triumphant supporters of the Revolution atop the former offices of Warner Brothers and United Artists on the island, smashing the signage of those Hollywood distributors with sledgehammers. Over the images of the large, illuminated letters falling one by one, an unseen narrator intones soberly: “for many years, North American films poisoned the screens of...   More >

A Fantastic Woman

Lecture | October 10 | 7-9 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Marina, a young transgender actress and singer in Chile, and Orlando, an older man who owns a printing company, are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight to show them who she is: a complex, strong, forthright, and fantastic woman.

Daniela Vega in "A Fantastic Woman." (Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic.)