<< 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 – 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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.

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

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.

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

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

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 >

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 >

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 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 >

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@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.

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 >

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. |  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

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 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

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 >

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 >

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.

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.

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.

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 >

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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.

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).

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.

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 >