<< Week of March 31 >>

Sunday, March 31, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

North American Indigo Colloquium co-presented with Slow Fiber Studios: INDIGO from PLANTS, or PETROLEUM? : Transparency, Traceability, and Farm-to-Trade

Colloquium | March 31 | 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Slow Fiber Studios and UC Botanical Garden will collaborate in presenting the North American Indigo Projects with guest speakers, including world-renowned natural dye expert Michel Garcia of Brittany, France, Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed, and Rowland Ricketts.

$145 / $135 UCBG Members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

Free Screening: Hostile Planet

Special Event | March 30 – 31, 2019 every day | 2-3 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

The Hall is excited to invite you to attend an exclusive preview screening of National Geographic's latest documentary series, Hostile Planet. Produced by Academy Award-winning cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro and hosted by Bear Grylls, Hostile Planet draws attention to the most extraordinary–indeed, almost supernatual–accounts of animals that have adapted to the cruelest...   More >

Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 2, Part 2: Chukotka and Wrangel Island

Film - Documentary | March 31 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 2014, Ottinger journeyed to the distant regions of the Bering Sea—to Alaska, then Chukotka, and on to Kamchatka—following along the paths of historic expeditions and explorers, such as the naturalist Georg Willem Steller and Vitus Bering; later, Captain James Cook; and, still later, the poet and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, who traveled with Otto von Kotzebue. Over a three-month period,...   More >

Black Life: Gabriel Christian

Performing Arts - Other | March 31 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Reigniting a matrilineal legacy of jazz and opera and a patrilineal legacy of sermon and education, Oakland-based artist Gabriel Christian offers select adaptations from their project riff, composed of 365 entries on their @genderjuicy Instagram feed from 2017 through 2018. Christian’s work metabolizes the vernaculars of BlaQ diaspora—futurity, afrovivalism, faggotry—through body-based live...   More >

Donkey Skin

Film - Feature | March 31 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This charming adaptation of a fairy tale by Charles Perrault has been called Jacques Demy’s “grand synthesis of Cocteau and Minnelli,” graced with wondrous costumes and vivid colors, ingenious trick effects and a stellar cast. The tale involves a beautiful princess (Catherine Deneuve) whose father, the Blue King (Jean Marais), desires to marry her in order to fulfill a deathbed promise to his...   More >

Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion

Performing Arts - Music | March 31 | 7-9 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Zakir Hussain, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

For his Masters of Percussion concert, tabla player and improviser Zakir Hussain is joined by an international cast of accomplished fellow drummers, and together they explore traditional North Indian drumming, along with the layered, animated rhythms of popular and folk music from around the world.

$30-72 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion perform Sunday, March 31, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Hunger for Love: Have You Ever Sunbathed Completely Nude?

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An extended research tour of US university film programs introduced dos Santos to the American avant-garde filmmakers, among them Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage, who would directly inspire his formally radical adaptation of an allegorical short story about adultery and colonialism by Guilherme de Figueiredo. Filmed in both Manhattan and Brazil and set against the background of the Vietnam War and...   More >

Monday, April 1, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

An eye for detail: Attention and eye movements at the foveal scale

Seminar | April 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. Martina Poletti

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Spectral Representation and Approximation of Solenoidal Fields: Fluids Seminar

Seminar | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Siavash Ameli, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Wide range of fluid flow applications are incompressible. Noise in flow measurements is the main source that violates the divergence free condition for such flows. Variety of approaches has been proposed to filter noise and reconstruct data. Proper Orthogonal Decomposition, Dynamics Mode Decomposition, radial basis functions and smoothing kernels, spectral filtering by Fourier...   More >

New Research from the Latinx Research Center

Lecture | April 1 – 29, 2019 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 The Latinx Research Center

Over the past year, Latinx Studies faculty and doctoral students have been advancing their research at the LRC, with visiting post-doctoral and doctoral students joining campus scholars in focused working groups to advance dissertation and book projects. Join us biweekly every Monday in April, for our "Lunch on the LRC" lecture series to learn about interdisciplinary cutting edge Latinx Studies...   More >

SMART Fellowship Info Session

Information Session | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

The SMART program funds current UC Berkeley undergraduates to conduct research under the mentorship of a UC Berkeley graduate student. If you are selected as a SMART undergraduate mentee, you will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500 for working 20 hours a week as a researcher over a 10-week period (200 hours of work carried out at times determined with your mentor). The application...   More >

Latinx History In California: New Research from LRC Visiting Scholars Ivón Padilla-Rodriguez And Lilia Soto

Lecture | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Ivón Padilla-Rodriguez, Columbia University; Lilia Soto, University of Wyoming

 The Latinx Research Center

Two lectures on Latinx history in California.

“The Legal Origins of the U.S. Agricultural Child Labor Force: U.S. Child Labor Policy and the of Making Child Migrants in California and Beyond." by Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez.

The U.S. currently employs between 200,000 and 500,000 mostly Latinx agricultural child laborers a year, in spite of the fact that a federal child labor ban was...   More >

Europe and Global Governance

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

Carlo Monticelli, Vice Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank, Paris

 Barry Eichengreen, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics

Why has Europe played such a weak role in the transformation of global economic governance that was triggered by the 2008 financial crisis? Are there viable strategies to enhance Europe’s impact on world economic and financial affairs? Would a stronger European influence be detrimental or beneficial to global stability? Carlo Monticelli’s talk addresses these questions building on insights from...   More >

Carlo Monticelli

The Role of Early School Experiences in the Development of Executive Function

Colloquium | April 1 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Jennie Grammer, UCLA, Department of Education and Information Studies

 Department of Psychology

Children’s Executive Function (EF) skills develop rapidly during early elementary school and play an important role in student success during the school transition period. Although these associations have been well documented, questions remain regarding the ways in which school shapes EF development, as well as the mechanisms underlying the associations between EF and academic performance. In...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Cluster algebras and factorization

Seminar | April 1 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ana Garcia Elsener, University of Graz

 Department of Mathematics

Cluster algebras were introduced and studied in a series of articles by Fomin and Zelevinsky in [FZ02,FZ03,FZ07] and by Berenstein–Fomin–Zelevinsky in [BFZ05]. They admit connections to several branches of mathematics such as representation theory, geometry, and combinatorics. These algebras are defined by generators obtained recursively form an initial data (a quiver or a matrix). During...   More >

PERL Seminar: “Appointed public officials and local favoritism: Evidence from the German States”

Seminar | April 1 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Mariana Lopes, Max Planck Institute- Visiting Researcher Haas BPP

 BCEP

Political Economy Research Lunch:PERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Meeting | April 1 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum meets weekly to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains and software methodologies. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and LBL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

String-Math Seminar: Quantum Toroidal Algebras, Screenings and 3D Theories

Seminar | April 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Yegor Zenkevich, University of Milano-Bicocca

 Department of Mathematics

Based on the representation theory of quantum toroidal algebras we propose a generalization of the refined topological vertex formalism incorporating additional "Higgsed" vertices and lines apparently corresponding to refined Lagrangian branes. We find rich algebraic structure associated to brane diagrams incorporating the new vertices and lines. In particular, we build the screening charges...   More >

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | April 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Youssef Benzarti; Alisa Tazhitdinova

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Youssef Benzarti - "Do Payroll Taxes Turn Workers Into Machines?"
Alisa Tazhitdinova - "Increasing Hours Worked: Moonlighting Responses to a Large Tax Reform"

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Symplectic structures in derived algebraic geometry

Seminar | April 1 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Gabriele Vezzosi, University of Florence

 Department of Mathematics

After sketching the basics of derived algebraic geometry, I will explain how to define symplectic and lagrangian structures in this setting. A derived symplectic structure has a “shift” (or degree) that is zero for usual symplectic structures. This degree allows us a greater freedom, e.g. it leads to the fact that the derived intersection of two usual lagrangians is symplectic with a $-1$...   More >

Lecture by Shirley Thompson: Race, Property, and Belonging in Creole New Orleans

Lecture | April 1 | 3-5:15 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Shirley Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, UT Austin

 Department of English

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Dwork Crystals and Related Congruences

Seminar | April 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Masha Vlasenko, IMPAN Warsaw

 Department of Mathematics

I will show a new, simple construction of crystals associated with toric hypersurfaces and exploit it to prove p-adic congruences for expansion coefficients of rational functions. This is joint work with Frits Beukers.

The exposition will be self-contained, but I shall explain that our ideas evolve from those of Bernard Dwork. Since he constructed an explicit Frobenius operator which does point...   More >

EECS/CS Transfer Student Social

Social Event | April 1 | 3-4 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 Wozniak Lounge

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event will be a great opportunity to socialize with your peers over free food! We will also have some resources available to you at this event, such as a CS Career Counselor and fellow transfer students who can share wisdom about their experiences getting into grad school, finding undergraduate research, etc.

This event is open to all junior transfer students involved with the EECS...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Collapsed Manifolds With Ricci Curvature and Local Rewinding Volume Bounded Below

Seminar | April 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Xiaochun Rong, Rutgers University

 Department of Mathematics

We will give a brief review of the study of collapsed Riemannian manifolds with sectional curvature bounds, and we will report some recent progress on collapsed manifolds with Ricci curvature and local rewinding volume bounded below.

Zeyu Zheng - Non-stationary Markov processes: Approximations, simulation, and decision-making

Seminar | April 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Zeyu Zheng, University of California, Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In many Markov modeling contexts, the system under consideration exhibits strong time-of-day effects, day-of-week effects, or seasonality effects. In fact, most real-world systems that are modeled as Markov processes exhibit such non-stationarities. Nevertheless, the great majority of the academic literature focuses on modeling and theory for Markov processes with stationary transition...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Subleading asymptotics of ECH capacities

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Dan Cristofaro-Gardiner, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Mathematics

In previous work, Hutchings, Ramos and I studied the embedded contact homology (ECH) spectrum for any closed three-manifold with a contact form, and proved a “volume identity” showing that the leading order asymptotics recover the contact volume. I will explain recent joint work that sharpens this asymptotic formula by estimating the subleading term. The main technical point needed in our...   More >

Learning Spaces for Experiential Learning

Colloquium | April 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Dr. David Ernesto Salinas Navarro, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico City Region), Organizational Systems and Industrial Engineering Department

 Graduate School of Education

Dr. Salinas Navarro expands the conceptualization of learning spaces for higher education by integrating Experiential Learning (EL) and Challenge Based Learning (CbL). He offers a framework for shifting attention to domains of interaction in which students actively develop their specific learning outcomes. In these learning spaces, students learn-by-doing in real-world types of situations.

Population Diversity in Aging and Metabolic Stress: Using Systems Biology to Connect Molecular Networks and Phenotypic Outcomes: Dr. Evan Williams, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zurich

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Center for Computational Biology, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Abstract:
Interactions between individuals' genetic backgrounds and their environments over a lifetime drive variation in the incidence and severity of metabolic disorders and age-related co-morbidities. We have followed a highly diverse set...   More >

Behind the Curtain Translational Medicine Lecture

Lecture | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Apr. 1 – Verna Manty Rodriguez (BS ‘82)
Boston Scientific, Stanford Photonics, BTG

These lectures highlight real-world experiences of leaders in the health technologies space. Looking beyond the initial excitement of a concept, industry veterans discuss the heavy lifting on many fronts that gets new ideas out of the lab and into the clinic.

Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It.: A Talk By Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliott

Panel Discussion | April 1 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, The Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute

Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliot will discuss their new book, Pressure Cooker. Organized around the stories of nine families and based on extensive ethnographic research, Pressure Cooker takes on 7 foodie myths, showing how encouraging people to "get back into the kitchen" does not address the deeper problems in our food system.

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: “Countering the Winner’s Curse: Optimal Auction Design in a Common Value Model”

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Dirk Bergemann, Yale University

 Department of Economics

Co-authored with Benjamin Brooks and Stephen Morris. Joint with Economic Theory seminar.

Targeted Antisense Therapeutics for Modulation of Splicing or NMD

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 College of Chemistry

Analysis and PDE Seminar: The pointwise convergence problem for the free Schrödinger equation

Seminar | April 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ruixiang Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

Carleson proposed a problem on a.e. convergence for free Schrödinger solutions as time goes to zero. Recently it got a sharp answer (up to the endpoint) in all dimensions. We will talk about the new result in dimensions $n+1$ for all $n >2$ and ideas behind it (joint work with Xiumin Du).

Again for the First Time with Rhonda Holberton

Lecture | April 1 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As artist Rhonda Holberton talks about her process—describing with her hands the arrangement and heft of the objects that appear in her images—it’s hard not to think of those things and that space as real. But everything, from the objects themselves to the flawlessly diffuse lighting and cool white marble ground, is digitally produced. Holberton makes 3D scans of real objects, then places them in...   More >

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Garden Closed

Miscellaneous | January 1 – December 3, 2019 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Employee Engagement: BPM201

Workshop | April 2 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 James Dudek; Terrie Moore

 Human Resources

This 3.5 hour in-person workshop is part of the BPM Grow Your Team series. In this interactive workshop, each participant’s experience is drawn upon for the learning. Ideally, to contribute to and enhance understanding, participants will come with current and/or previous people management experience.

The content covers an overview of employee engagement, new employee onboarding, the use of...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

UCB Startup Fair

Conference/Symposium | April 2 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/ucberkeleystartupfairsp19

The UCB Startup Fair is back again!
Run by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA, students are introduced to small tech companies that typically rely on personal connections for hiring. It's a great way for students to find full-time and internship positions! Attendance is free for all UCB students, so please bring your student ID.

You must...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Robust Experimentation in the Continuous Time Bandit Problem

Seminar | April 2 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speakers: Farzad Pourbabaee, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

We consider the experimentation dynamics of a decision maker (DM) in a two-armed bandit setup, where the agent holds ambiguous beliefs regarding the distribution of the return process of one arm and is certain about the other one. The DM entertains Multiplier preferences a la Hansen and Sargent [2001], thus we frame the decision making environment as a two-player differential game against nature...   More >

Exploring ligand binding space to discover new lipid biology

Seminar | April 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ku-Lung Hsu, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

Lipids represent a rich model system for understanding how nature maintains cellular architecture (membrane building blocks), bioenergetics (energy stores), and communication (secondary messengers) through fine adjustments in enzyme metabolism. Embedded within lipid structures is chemical information that define their metabolic fate and function. Elucidating structure-function relationships of...   More >

Restaurants and Reconciliation: The Representation of Indigenous Foodways in Canada

Colloquium | April 2 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 L. Sasha Gora

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Why are there so few Indigenous restaurants in Canada? Toronto has over 8,000 restaurants, but until October 2016 only one offered Indigenous cuisine. Since then, three more have opened, and others across the country. By narrowing in on restaurants, L. Sasha Gora’s talk will survey the relationship between food and land in Canada and emphasize the historic role of food as both a weapon of...   More >

Adventures in extracting punctuated histories at Çatalhöyük

Lecture | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Burcu Tung, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will explore the preliminary results of the most recent dating program conducted at the Northern Area of the East Neolithic mound of Çatalhöyük. The results of this final excavation campaign have contributed greatly to the dating program, which utilizes a Bayesian statistics accentuated with an iterative approach to radiocarbon sampling and chronology modelling.

How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11

Lecture | April 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 250

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Join UC President, former US Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano for a lunchtime talk on Homeland Security since 9/11.

A sushi lunch will be served at 12:00pm and the lecture will begin at 12:30pm. This event is free and open to the public but you must RSVP to attend.

  RSVP online by April 1.

Webnet: Google Analytics and other Google goodies

Workshop | April 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Jesse Loesberg, Web Designer, Library Communications Office

 Director of Staff Learning and Development

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Understanding Employment Effects of Sectoral Shocks"

Presentation | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Andres Rodriguez-Clare, 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 March 15.

Career Lab: Cover Letters

Workshop | April 2 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Interactive career labs will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview and discussion, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials in peer-to-peer pairs, with career advisor assistance. Career Lab group size is capped at 20 participants, so please sign up early to ensure a spot! You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop....   More >

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.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Sleepless in Chennai: The Consequences of Improving Sleep among the Urban Poor

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

 Frank Schilbach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Brexit and Beyond - Agriculture and Ecosystem Services in the UK

Seminar | April 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall

 Kate Hind, Exeter University

 College of Natural Resources

Join us for a Kate Hind's seminar providing insight into agriculture in the UK, the repercussions of Brexit, and the farmers' relationship with ecosystem services. After the presentation, there will be time for questions - so come curious!

Kate Hind from Exeter University is an impact fellow who has a wide experience of working with farmers and land managers on sustainable land use and...   More >

Seminar 271, Development, Joint with Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Sleepless in Chennai: The Consequences of Improving Sleep among the Urban Poor"

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

 Frank Schilbach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

*Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

H-1B Workshop

Workshop | April 2 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

The main focus of this workshop are general H-1B eligibility requirements, eligible professional occupations, application process, and timing concerns.

Topics covered:
H-1B eligibility criteria
Types of jobs appropriate for H-1B
Minimum salary requirements
Employer's role
Application timing challenges
Options for F/J students/scholars

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Lumpy Durable Consumption Demand and the State-Dependent Effects of Monetary and Fiscal Policy"

Seminar | April 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Alisdair McKay, Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

 Department of Economics

TBA

  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Librarian Office Hours at the SPH DREAM Office

Miscellaneous | February 5 – April 30, 2019 every Tuesday with exceptions | 3-5 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2220 (DREAM Office)

 Debbie Jan

 Library

Drop by during office hours if you need help with your literature reviews; setting up searches in PubMed, Embase, and other databases; using EndNote, RefWorks, or other citation management software; finding statistics or data; and answering any other questions you may have.

Corrupted We Fall? Corruption in University Admissions in Eastern Europe

Panel Discussion | April 2 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Bechtel Conference Room 630

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Universities worldwide are charged with a mission of promoting meritocracy and honesty. Multiple cases of corruption in admissions and examinations undermine this important mission. In countries with weak social institutions and a high level of corruption in society, policymakers especially struggle to combat corruption in higher education. The discussion will provide insights into the dynamics...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Real polynomials and the Fourier extension operator

Seminar | April 2 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ruixiang Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

The Fourier extension operator is a very interesting and difficult object to study in harmonic analysis. Stein conjectured that it is a bounded linear operator between some $L^p$ spaces. Recently people have found that auxiliary real polynomials can help one study Stein's above Restriction Conjecture. We will talk about a few interesting facts about zero sets of real polynomials, and why they can...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Hyperbolic 4-manifolds with trivial Seiberg-Witten invariants

Seminar | April 2 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll describe subgroup separability for arithmetic hyperbolic manifolds of simplest type and apply it to describe embedding results due to Kolpakov-Reid-Slavich. With this we can address a conjecture of Claude LeBrun that the Seiberg-Witten invariants of hyperbolic 4-manifolds vanish, by showing the existence of examples for which it is true. Joint with Francesco Lin.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Quadratic Gorenstein rings and the Koszul property

Seminar | April 2 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Michael Stillman, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

An artinian local ring $(R,m)$ is called Gorenstein if it has a unique minimal ideal. If $R$ is graded, then it is called Koszul if $R/m$ has a linear $R$-free resolution. Any Koszul algebra is defined by quadratic relations, but the converse is false, and no one knows a finitely computable criterion. Both types of rings occur in many situations in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, and...   More >

Cultural Capital, Systemic Exclusion and Bias in the Lives of Black Middle-Class Women: A Conversation

Colloquium | April 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Dawn Marie Dow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park; Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

 Amani Allen, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Community Health Sciences, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, American Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Sociology, Center for Race and Gender, Social Welfare, School of

At this interactive event, Dawn Dow and Tina Sacks will discuss their new books on African American women: "Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood" by Dow and "Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System" by Sacks.

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Matrix Orthogonal Polynomials and Representation Theory

Seminar | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 William Casper, Louisiana State University

 Department of Mathematics

We present a solution of the matrix Bochner problem, a long-standing open problem in the theory of orthogonal polynomials, with applications to diverse areas of research including representation theory, random matrices, spectral theory, and integrable systems. Our solution is based on ideas applied by Krichever, Mumford, Wilson and others, wherein the algebraic structure of an algebra of...   More >

Inside the Black Box of Organizational Life: The Gendered Language of Performance Assessment

Presentation | April 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 Shelley Correll, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

 Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Trond Peterson, Professor of Sociology, and Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Psychology

Do formal evaluation procedures really reduce bias? As an organizational practice, are they a smokescreen concealing bias or a great leveler that bolsters meritocracy?

While organizations formalize evaluation procedures to help achieve meritocratic outcomes, they often fail to eliminate bias in practice. Managers play a key role in applying such procedures, but researchers have been unable to...   More >

  RSVP by calling Christina McKay at 510-643-8140, or by emailing Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu

Tajima coalescent

Seminar | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 141 McCone Hall

 Julia Palacios, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

In this talk I will present the Tajima coalescent, a model on the ancestral relationships of molecular samples. This model is then used as a prior model on unlabeled genealogies to infer evolutionary parameters with a Bayesian nonparametric method. I will then show that conditionally on observed data and a particular mutation model, the cardinality of the hidden state space of Tajima’s...   More >

Inside the Black Box of Organizational Life: The Gendered Language of Performance Assessment

Lecture | April 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Shelley Correll, Stanford University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Psychology, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Sociology

Do formal evaluation procedures really reduce bias? As an organizational practice, are they a smokescreen concealing bias or a great leveler that bolsters meritocracy?

While organizations formalize evaluation procedures to help achieve meritocratic outcomes, they often fail to eliminate bias in practice. Managers play a key role in applying such procedures, but researchers have been unable to...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Bidding frictions in ascending auctions"

Seminar | April 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Bob Miller, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Economics

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science: C++: an invisible foundation

Lecture | April 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Bjarne Stroustrup, Morgan Stanley, Columbia University

 Data Sciences

Designer and implementer of the C++ Bjarne Stroustrup will briefly explain what technical aspects make it so useful. He will focus on design principles, but also touch upon resource management and what it takes to be efficient in various contexts.

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science: C++: an invisible foundation

Lecture | April 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Bjarne Stroustrup, Creator/Designer of C++, Morgan Stanley, Columbia University

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

C++ is one of the key foundations of our software – including much of the open source software becoming fundamental for data science. It is invisible to most people because they use it only indirectly. It's in your computer and your

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Equivariant completions of toric varieties and their degenerations

Seminar | April 2 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Netanel Friedenberg, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

I will tell the story of equivariant completion of toric varieties and their degenerations from the perspectives of algebraic geometry and combinatorics. We will start on the algebraic geometry side with results of Nagata and Sumihiro on completions of varieties. We will then move on to later combinatorial proofs that normal toric varieties admit completions. Finally, we will discuss recent...   More >

Jorge Flores | Unwanted Neighbors: The Mughals, the Portuguese, and their Frontier Zones

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Jorge Flores, Professor of Early Modern Global History, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence

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

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Center for Portuguese Studies, Department of History

In December 1572 the Mughal emperor Akbar arrived in the port city of Khambayat. Having been raised in distant Kabul, Akbar had never in his thirty years been to the Ocean. Presumably anxious with the news about the Mughal military campaign in Gujarat, several Portuguese merchants in Khambayat rushed to Akbar’s presence. This encounter marked the beginning of a long, complex, and unequal...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Equivariant completions for degenerations of toric varieties

Seminar | April 2 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Netanel Friedenberg, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

After reviewing classical results about existence of completions of varieties, I will talk about a class of degenerations of toric varieties which have a combinatorial classification - normal toric varieties over rank one valuation rings. I will then discuss recent results about the existence of equivariant completions of such degenerations. In particular, I will show a new result about the...   More >

Robert Morrison: Scientific Exchange at the Courts of Mehmed II and Bayezid II

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Robert Morrison, Bowdoin College

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The courts of the Ottoman sultans Mehmed II (d. 1481) and Bayezid II (d. 1512) were, on one hand, the site of significant developments of earlier scientific traditions inherited from Iran and Central Asia. On the other hand, scholars at the Ottoman court were more interested than their predecessors in the scientific culture of non-Islamic societies. Important science came east while the science...   More >

Fascism’s Global Moments: New Perspectives on Entanglements and Tensions between Fascist Regimes in the 1930s and 1940s

Lecture | April 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Sven Reichard, University of Konstanz, Germany

 GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History

In his talk, Professor Reichardt will discuss how a global perspective can help us understand the nature of different fascist empires and the general character of fascism up to the end of World War II. He will focus on cooperation as well as competition between different fascist regimes, especially with regard to their imperial and colonial aspirations during the 1930s and 1940s. While a transfer...   More >

Jewish Identities in Israel: Confrontations, Crises and Novel Conceptions

Lecture | April 2 | 5:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Tomer Persico, Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley

 Library, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Over the past three decades the Israeli society witnessed significant revisions in the way it understands itself and its Jewish identity. The collapse of the peace process, the "disengagement" from Gaza and the growing emphasis on self fulfillment have changed social structures that were taken for granted in the past, and have propelled each of the different Jewish "tribes" in Israel - the...   More >

California State Taxes Workshop

Workshop | April 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

A representative from the California Tax Franchise Board will present on how to determine your California state tax residency and complete your nonresident alien tax forms. Collect your tax report forms (W-2 and/or 1042-S forms and/or 1099) and follow along as they take you through a step-by-step example for filing your state tax return.

*Complete your federal tax return via GTP before...   More >