<< Week of January 27 >>

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Employer Breakfast

Special Event | January 30 |  ASUC Student Union

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Master of Engineering students are invited to join the Fung Institute staff and select employers for a networking breakfast with select recruiters from top companies!

 Attendance restricted to current Master of Engineering students.

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

California Bioresources Economy Summit

Conference/Symposium | January 29 – 30, 2019 every day | David Brower Center, Suite 100

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California Air Resources Board

This exciting summit program will be comprised of speakers representing state and local government, industry, academia, technology innovation hubs, and non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives with national and international perspectives and experience. One of the most important aspects of this summit is the opportunity for collaboration and engagement, with the goal being the...   More >

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

Information Session | January 30 | 2 a.m.-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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

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

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | January 30 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | January 30 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Student Union Open House!: The ASUC Student Union's annual celebration.

Tour/Open House | January 30 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 ASUC Student Union

At our annual Open House the Student Union will be transformed into a stop-and-go BINGO! game with grand prizes awarded to some lucky participants, like a Nintendo Switch, Giant Bike, or Amazon Kindle. Get a pair of our one-of-a-kind socks just for playing! Visit the Pepsi Game Zone. eat some sweet and savory treats!

Production and reproduction: life history strategies for females in humans and other species: Ron Lee, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ron Lee, Professor, Demography Department, 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.

Harnessing all-optical laser-scanning imaging for deep and large-scale image-based analysis

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Kevin Tsia, The University of Hong Kong

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Studying cell populations, their transition states and functions at the single cell level is critical for understanding in normal tissue development and pathogenesis of disease. State-of-the-art single-cell analysis approaches have overwhelmingly been biomolecularly-driven (e.g. analyzing cell-surface protein and gene expressions). Despite their exquisite specificity, they remain highly variable...   More >

The Clothes on Their Backs: Sartorial Practices of Self-making within the African Diaspora

Lecture | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Ayana Omilade Flewellen, University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Through an analysis of material culture and documentary data, my work examines the complex interplay between structural forms of oppression and agency by focusing on the ways sharecropping, tenant and landowning farmers in Texas utilized dress to negotiate racism, sexual exploitation, and exploitive capitalism.

Representation Learning and Exploration in RL

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 John Co-Reyes, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Sparse reward and long horizon tasks are among the most interesting yet challenging problems to solve in reinforcement learning. I will discuss recent work leveraging representation learning to tackle these sets of problems. We present a novel model which learns a latent representation of low-level skills by embedding trajectories with a variational autoencoder. Skills are learned in an...   More >

The Importance of Protein Dynamics for Kinase Activation and Inhibition: The Case of ERK2

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. |  Tan Hall

 Dr. Natalie Ahn, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Associate Director, BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder

 College of Chemistry

Noon Concert: Organ Recital

Performing Arts - Music | January 30 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Commencing its 67th 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. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins...   More >

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Allan deSouza: How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change

Lecture | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

What terms do we use to describe and evaluate art? How do we judge if art is good, and if it is for the social good? DeSouza investigates the terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Max Lambert: Sex in the Suburbs: The genetic and environmental drivers of sex determination in amphibians

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Max Lambert

 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 >

The American Welfare State in the Age of Trump

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

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Tina Sacks, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

What are some of the current challenges to maintaining social welfare programs for the nation's most vulnerable people in the Trump era?

Beshara Doumani, "Between House and Orchard: Family, Shar'ia, and the Making of the Modern Middle East"

Lecture | January 30 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Beshara Doumani is a Professor of History and Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University. His research focuses on groups, places, and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. He also writes on the topics of displacement, academic freedom, politics of knowledge production, and the Palestinian condition. His books include Family Life...   More >

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: Maximizers of Rogers-Brascamp-Lieb-Luttinger functionals in higher dimensions

Seminar | January 30 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Riesz-Sobolev inequality states that for indicator functions $f,g,h$ of subsets of $ℝ^d$ of specified measure, the functional $\iint_{ℝ^d\times ℝ^d} f(x)g(y)h(x+y)dxdy$ is maximized when the subsets are balls centered at the origin. Burchard '96 showed that under suitable hypotheses, the functional is maximized precisely when the subsets are balls centered at the origin and their orbit...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Harmonic surfaces and simple loops

Seminar | January 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Vlad Markovic, Cal Tech

 Department of Mathematics

Fix a suitable (non-elementary) map $f$ from a closed surface $S$ into a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold $M$, and consider the moduli space of harmonic maps homotopic to $f$ and with respect to varying metrics on $S$ and $M$ (the metrics on $M$ are assumed to be negatively curved). We show that the set of such metrics for which the corresponding harmonic map is in Whitney's general position is an...   More >

International Student Drop-In Career Advising

Meeting | January 23 – May 1, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-5 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), 3rd Floor

 Career Center

Students sign up on site for a 15-minute appointment. First come, first served.

These drop-in appointments can be helpful for your quick questions on the following topics:

-Resume/Cover Letter Critique
-Job or Internship Search
-Networking
-Career Fair Preparation
-Interview Preparation
-Graduate/Professional Program Application
-Others

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | January 23 – May 1, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Cafe International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's 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...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

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

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Things to Come

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A busy philosophy professor, Nathalie (impeccably embodied by Isabelle Huppert), moves purposefully between classes, lunches with her husband and grown children, meetings with her publisher, and the apartment of her ailing mother, expertly balancing her time. But a series of unexpected upsets forces her to rethink her relationships and herself. Nathalie’s unspoken grief, fear, and anger are...   More >

"Displaced Voices: Retelling the Mythos of Odysseus' Journey" (Book talk about Mythos and Voice: Displacement, Learning and Agency in Odysseus' World)

Lecture | January 30 | 3:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Charles Underwood, University-Community Links

 Library

This is a book talk by UCB Executive Director of University-Community Links Charles Underwood.

Number Theory Seminar: Review of cohomology

Seminar | January 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Corwin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Stratified Micro-randomized Trial Design: Sample Size Considerations for Testing Nested Causal Effects of Time-varying Treatment

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Walter Dempsey, Harvard University

 Department of Statistics

Technological advancements in the field of mobile devices and wearable sensors have helped overcome obstacles in the delivery of care, making it possible to deliver behavioral treatments anytime and anywhere. Delivery of these treatments is increasingly triggered by detections/predictions of vulnerability and receptivity, which may have been impacted by prior treatments. Furthermore the...   More >

Economic Model Predictive Control for Closed-Loop Chemical Reactor Scheduling

Colloquium | January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 James B. Rawlings, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Traditionally, scheduling and control are viewed as two related but
disparate engineering activities. For scheduling, the main decisions are typically discrete yes/no choices; the models capture only important discrete events and transitions but include many units; and, the objective is generally economic in some sense (minimize,
e.g., cost or earliness). For control, the decisions are almost...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Harmonic surfaces and simple loops

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Vlad Markovic, Cal Tech

 Department of Mathematics

Fix a suitable (non-elementary) map $f$ from a closed surface $S$ into a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold $M$, and consider the moduli space of harmonic maps homotopic to $f$ and with respect to varying metrics on $S$ and $M$ (the metrics on $M$ are assumed to be negatively curved). We show that the set of such metrics for which the corresponding harmonic map is in Whitney's general position is an...   More >

Are American Campuses Free Speech Zones?

Conference/Symposium | January 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 175

 Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law Emeritus, Harvard Law School; Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

 Janice Rogers Brown, Judge, Former U.S. Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeal, District of Columbia

 Public Law and Policy Program, the Steamboat Institute

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Booth Auditorium 175, Berkeley Law
Reception to follow (5:30pm to 6:30pm) in the Goldberg room 297

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/CampusFreeSpeechZones

To gain entry to the event, attendees will be required to present their photo ID at the front doors, along with their printed admission ticket. Please note that the event will begin...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "The Race Between Preferences and Technology"

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

 Joachim Hubmer, Yale Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Macroeconomics

Reading: Constance Lewallen, Dore Bowen, Ted Mann

Reading - Literary | January 30 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Constance Lewallen, Dore Bowen, and Ted Mann introduce the new publication Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, the first book devoted solely to the artist’s corridors and other architectural installations. Featuring essays by Lewallen and Bowen, along with a text by Ted Mann on Nauman’s drawings, the book looks at Nauman’s installations in terms of the physical, perceptual, and psychological...   More >

From the Upper Indus to the East Coast of China: On the Origin of the Pictorial Representation of the Lotus Sūtra

Lecture | January 30 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Haiyan Hu-von Hinüber, Peking University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

In Chinese Buddhist art, there is an image of two sitting Buddhas, Śākyamuni and Prabhūtaratna, which can be traced back to the Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra. Because (until 2012) no image of the “Two Sitting Buddhas” had been found outside China, it has been assumed that the depiction of this pair of Buddhas is of Chinese origins. Drawing on four images that have...   More >

Partial Representation: Bruegel, Dickens, Aurbach

Lecture | January 30 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Alex Woloch, Professor, Stanford English

 Department of English

Public lecture. All welcome. Reception to follow.

Herbs for Womxn

Workshop | January 30 | 5-8 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, 202 (Gender Equity Resource Center)

 Gender Equity Resource Center

Come learn from herbalist Hannah Pearl about the best alternative medicine for holistic health for women on the go.
*We welcome all who experience life through the lens of woman in body, spirit, identity - past, present, future and fluid.

 Space is limited, register in advance at wonderwomen@berkeley.edu

Swahili Table

Social Event | January 23 – May 8, 2019 every Wednesday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Elizabeth Resor

 Center for African Studies

Every Wednesdays speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company (don't worry- beverage/food purchases are NOT required). And of course, Swahili speaking...   More >

Resilience Inside and Outside of Science: How Regulating Emotion Can Help Us Overcome Stress

Seminar | January 30 | 6-7 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Iris Mauss, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Stress – the experience of adverse life events and circumstances – is one of the most robust
contributors to psychological and other health problems. While science is rewarding, it can
also be a source of great stress, especially for graduate students and postdocs. Crucially, the
deleterious effects of stress are not observed in all people exposed to stress. In fact, some
people exhibit...   More >

Watergate: Film Screening and Director's Talk

Film - Feature | January 30 | 6-9 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Charles Ferguson; Maria Echaveste; Harley Shaiken

 Center for Latin American Studies

Watergate tells the comprehensive story of the scandal, from the first troubling signs in Richard Nixon’s presidency to his resignation and beyond. After the screening, Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson will speak in conversation with Harley Shaiken and Maria Echaveste.

(Image courtesy of Representational Pictures.)

Film Screening and Director's Talk: Watergate: with Academy-Award winning director Charles Ferguson (U.S., 2018)

Film - Documentary | January 30 | 6 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Charles Ferguson; Harley Shaiken

 Center for Latin American Studies

Watergate tells the comprehensive story of the scandal, from the first troubling signs in Richard Nixon’s presidency to his resignation and beyond. Crucially, the film also situates Watergate in the context of all the issues it raised – many of which, of course, now resonate powerfully with current events.

After the screening, Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson will speak in...   More >

VSR Social Mixer

Social Event | January 30 | 6-8 p.m. |  Matiki Island BBQ & Brew (prev. Daily Pint)

 1828 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

On behalf of Berkeley International Office, we would like to invite you to attend our Visiting Student Researcher (VSR) Social Mixer! Enjoy this opportunity to meet and socialize with other scholars. All are welcome so feel free to invite friends, family, or new colleagues.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. We recommend you bring cash, as a minimum purchase may be required in...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

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

 Toastmasters on Campus

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

LiveRamp Tech Talk

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

LiveRamp powers exceptional experiences by making it safe and easy to connect the world’s data, people, and applications. We are the industry pace-setter and one of the fastest-growing SaaS businesses anywhere—the enabling product behind many of the world’s biggest brands and technology platforms. We're starting with the marketing industry, but we’re not necessarily stopping there.

We recently...   More >

VMware Info-Session: Trivia Night

Information Session | January 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Room 310

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Event Details

At VMware, we believe that software has the power to unlock new opportunities for people and our planet. We look beyond the barriers of compromise to engineer new ways to make technologies work together seamlessly. Our software forms a digital foundation that powers the apps, services and experiences that are transforming the world.

Join our Engineers for a fun-filled trivia...   More >

Out on the Street

Film - Feature | January 30 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

During an acting workshop, ten Egyptian workers distill their experiences of injustice and exploitation at the hands of bosses, police, and the court system into a series of vignettes. The resulting film integrates workshop exercises and reenactments, with the men shifting between roles and stories, and with various factory spaces marked out on the floor of the rooftop “studio.” The filmmakers...   More >

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

SOLD OUT - Lecture: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything with Margareta Séquin

Lecture | January 31 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join Professor Margareta Séquin for an illustrated story of Carolus Linnaeus's life and work and a look at his botanical garden in Uppsala, Sweden. The presentation will give an overview of his life and his development of binomial nomenclature in the mid 1700's, still used today.

$12 / $10 UCBG Members, UC Staff, Faculty and Students

 SOLD OUT.

VMware Tabling in 3rd Floor, Soda Hall!: VMware Business and Brunch with UC Berkeley

Miscellaneous | January 31 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Soda Hall, In front of HP Auditorium (306 Soda Hall)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Event Details

At VMware, we believe that software has the power to unlock new opportunities for people and our planet. We look beyond the barriers of compromise to engineer new ways to make technologies work together seamlessly. Our software forms a digital foundation that powers the apps, services, and experiences that are transforming the world.

Grab a quick breakfast on us as VMware...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: No Seminar

Seminar | January 31 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Why Read Santa Teresa's The Life: Why Read...Series

Lecture | January 31 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Amy Hollywood, Harvard University; Ethan Shagan, U.C. Berkeley; Alison Weber, University of Virginia; Carlos Eire, Yale University

 Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning Online Information Session

Information Session | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Sigrid Mueller, M.A., UC Berkeley Extension, program director

 UC Berkeley Extension

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

  Register online

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 John Morgan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

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

Adaptation and Transformation: A Conversation with Mary Zimmerman and Stan Lai

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

 Mary Zimmerman; Stan Lai

 Arts + Design

Join us for the opening lecture of the spring 2019 A+D Thursdays Lecture Series, which is shaped around three key words: Creativity, Migration and Transformation. Stan Lai, co-curator of the series, is one of the most acclaimed playwrights/directors in Asia, known not only for creating some of the most memorable works for the contemporary Chinese stage, but also for creating bold new genres and...   More >

Research Colloquium: Dr. Leonard Miller on "The Microeconomics of Social Welfare Programs: Client Need and the Provision of Care"

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons/116

 Social Welfare, School of

This talk attempts to develop the analytics describing of occurrence of client need and the process of a program attending to this need. This analytic description of a care program summarizes the efforts made and the consequences of those efforts to return a client to a previous functioning level. Also discussed are the methods used to estimate the parameters of the program.

The "Manananggal": On the Labor of Difference

Lecture | January 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, UCLA

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

The manananggal (viscera sucker) has been the subject of countless Filipino films. This talk focuses on representations and engagements of the manananggal as a feminist national icon made to bear the weight of the social order because of her monstrous difference.

Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns

Mohamed Diagayété, “Africa's Islamic Heritage in Peril? An Insider's Account of the State of Timbuktu's Arabic Manuscripts"

Lecture | January 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 African history Working Group, Center for African Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Please join us for a rare opportunity to hear from the director of the most important Arabic manuscript archive in West Africa, the Institut Ahmad Baba in Timbuktu (Mali). Timbuktu was historically one of West Africa’s most important Muslim intellectual centers. Chosen as a site for a UNESCO-sponsored public archive and research center for Arabic manuscripts in 1967, it was named after the famous...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 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 plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Ubiquitin and the Endolysosomal Pathway at CNS synapses

Seminar | January 31 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Patrick Gentry , University of California, San Diego

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | January 31 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Kate O'Neill

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

Distinguished lecture by an ESPM Faculty, Kate O'Neill: "New Global Politics of Waste." Hosted by George Roderick. Meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

DiPerna Lecture: Seeing Through Space-Time

Lecture | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington

 Department of Mathematics

We will consider the question on whether we can determine the structure of space time by making measurements near the worldline of an observer. We will consider both active and passive measurements. For the case of passive measurements one measures the fronts of light sources near the observer. For the case of active measurements we couple Einstein equations with matter or electromagnetic fields...   More >

Get Home Safe: Cross-Genre Routes through Everyday Racism

Lecture | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Discussion by:

Beth Piatote, Associate Professor, Native American Studies

Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor, African American Studies

Dissecting Gene Regulation with Machine Learning: Discoveries and Challenges

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

 Professor Katie Pollard, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UC San Francisco, Gladstone Institute, and Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub

 Department of Statistics

Machine learning is a popular statistical approach in many fields, including genomics. We and others have used a variety of supervised machine-learning techniques to predict genes, regulatory elements, 3D interactions between regulatory elements and their target genes, and the effects of mutations on regulatory element function. I will highlight a few of these studies, emphasizing the strengths...   More >

Somini Sengupta | Existential threats: Stories from the front lines of climate change in South Asia and beyond - The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, The Heyns Room

 Somini Sengupta, The New York Times's International Climate Change Correspondent

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies, Renewable & Appropriate Energy Lab, Energy and Resources Group, Graduate School of Journalism, Institute of International Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Somini Sengupta delivers our 7th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.

The Veda, Indian Grammarians, and the Language of Early Buddhism

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Oskar von Hinüber, Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Connections between the Vedic language and that of early Buddhism were observed already during the beginnings of Buddhology in Europe. After a brief survey of research, some features of syntax and vocabulary are discussed, while concentrating on the Vedic meaning of certain words and terms such as grāma or saṃkakṣikā partly unrecognized so far and preserved only in the...   More >

Yelp Tech Talk

Information Session | January 31 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Getting diners seated at scale on Yelp

In 2017, Yelp acquired Nowait to help get more diners seated in their favorite restaurants across the country. As part of the integration, we migrated all of Nowait's users to the Yelp app. In this talk, Nina Y will cover the technical and product challenges we had to overcome to do this quickly without losing users in the process.

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Pubscience Presents Sleepless and Alone

Lecture | January 31 | 5:45-7 p.m. |  The Octopus Literary Salon

 2101 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612

 Dr. Eti Ben Simon, Center for Human Sleep Science, UC Berkeley

 UC Berkeley CLEAR

Join us as Dr. Eti Ben Simon, a researcher at the Center for Human Sleep Science at UC Berkeley, shares some new insights on human sleep. Her recent work found that the way we interact with the world when we are awake has a lot to do with how much we sleep.

Italy, Europe, and the Challenges of Globalization

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 6 p.m. |  Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94105

 Enrico Deaglio, Italian journalist and writer; Enrico Rossi, President of the Region of Tuscany

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, UC Berkeley

Italy has recently been in the spotlight as the European Union undergoes a delicate political moment. A founding member of the EU and the single euro currency, the country is seeking ways to make the Eurozone cohesion more effective in the wake of economic pressures and growing migration challenges. It also continues to play a key role in international relations in order to advance the EU's...   More >

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On Screen: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Film - Documentary | January 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth revisits the history of the public housing complex of the same name in St. Louis, Missouri. Famous within architectural history as an iconic failure of modernist planning and cited as an example of the inefficacy of public assistance in political circles, the buildings were demolished in the 1970s. The film questions these myths, calling for a more complex understanding of...   More >

Father of My Children

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Inspired by the life of the independent film producer Humbert Balsan, Father of My Children depicts a producer struggling to balance his unflagging dedication to independent cinema with the need for time with his beloved wife and daughters. The film, which won a special jury prize at Cannes, is a tribute to one man’s vocation and a bittersweet love letter to filmmaking itself. The chaos and...   More >