<< Week of May 12 >>

Sunday, May 12, 2019

SOLD OUT: Mother's Day Tea in the Garden

Special Event | May 12 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Invite mom for our annual tradition at the Garden. A lovely tea party, held in our historic Julia Morgan Hall, will be followed by a botanical crafting session.

$65 adult, $60 members, $55 youth


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!

Baseball vs. Stanford

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | May 12 | 12 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts Stanford at Evans Diamond.

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

Song of the Goat Theatre: Songs of Lear

Performing Arts - Theater | May 12 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Song of the Goat Theatre, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Warsaw-based Song of the Goat Theatre integrates movement, song, and text to mine historical works for fresh insights. The award winning Songs of Lear retells the king’s story as a dramatic oratorio blending Corsican folk music and Gregorian chant.

$35 (prices subject to change)

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Song of the Goat Theatre performs Songs of Lear and Hamlet: A Commentary Saturday–Sunday, May 11–12, 2019.

Black Life: Mai Sennaar’s The Arsonist

Performing Arts - Theater | May 12 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Mai Sennaar presents her new theatrical production The Arsonist, the fictional story of a white visual artist and her estranged biracial son, integrating fire science, movement, visual projections, and live music to explore the personal implications of social and political theories surrounding justice in America today. With projections by visual artist Sam Vernon and music by Diana Wharton, a...   More >

Old Dog

Film - Feature | May 12 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Pema Tseden’s absolutely mesmerizing third feature, Old Dog, unfurls on plains some three thousand feet above sea level in the Tibetan region of the Chinese province of Qinghai. It tells the story of an aged sheepherder, his gruff grown son (who’s having trouble conceiving a child with his wife), and the old man’s Tibetan mastiff hound—a highly prized breed, much sought after by urban...   More >

Our Little Sister

Film - Feature | May 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Three sisters grieving their father’s death decide to “adopt” the teenage half-sister they’ve just met in Kore-eda’s captivating exploration of sibling ties, female relationships, and the passing of time, set in the idyllic, enchanting seaside town of Kamakura, Japan. As in much of the director’s work, the plot itself soon pleasurably dissolves in a string of documentary-like moments—family...   More >

Monday, May 13, 2019

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!

Dissertation Talk: Towards Scalable Community Networks

Lecture | May 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Shaddi Hasan, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Over 400 million people live without access to basic communication services, largely in rural areas. Community-based networks, and particularly community cellular networks, can sustainably support services even in these extremely rural areas where commercial network operators cannot.

In this talk, I will identify key challenges these community cellular networks face for reaching scale, and...   More >

Renovating Democracy: Book Talk with Nathan Gardels and Nicolas Berggruen

Presentation | May 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Nicolas Berggruen, Chairman and Founder, Berggruen Institute; Nathan Gardels, Editor-in-Chief, The WorldPost

 Laura Tyson, Faculty Director, Berkeley Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact

 Social Science Matrix

Join us Monday, May 13th at 12pm as Nathan Gardels and Nicolas Berggruen, co-founders of the Berggruen Institute, will discuss their book, Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism, with Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business & Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact.

  RSVP online

Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Meeting | May 13 | 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: Wilson Lines, Instantons, and Deformed W-algebras

Seminar | May 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall | Note change in date

 Nathan Haouzi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Wilson loops are important observables in gauge theory. In this talk, we study half-BPS Wilson loops of a large class of five dimensional supersymmetric quiver gauge theories with 8 supercharges, in a nontrivial instanton background. The Wilson loops are codimension 4 defects of the quiver gauge theory, and their interaction with self-dual instantons is captured by a 1d ADHM quantum mechanics. We...   More >

Dissertation Talk: A Hierarchical Approach to the Design and Optimization of Silicon Photonics

Seminar | May 13 | 3-4 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540A/B

 Andrew Michaels

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Silicon photonics is a rapidly maturing platform for optical communication and sensing. As systems leveraging silicon photonics have grown in size and complexity, so too has the demand for high performance silicon photonics components. In order to meet these demands, we propose a hierarchical approach to design and optimization of silicon photonics components. Our approach applies simple physical...   More >

How Do Communities Heal After an Incident of Sexual Violence?

Panel Discussion | May 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Kendra Fox-Davis, Complaint Resolution Officer, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination; Tobirus Newby, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, University Health Services Social Services Counseling; Julie Shackford-Bradley, Coordinator and Co-founder, Restorative Justice Center; Liat Wexler, Prevention Manager for Staff and Faculty, PATH to Care Center, UC Berkeley

 Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Psychology

 Social Science Matrix

How do we move forward after an incident of sexual violence or harassment involving members of our community? Please join us for a panel discussion and Q&A with representatives from the UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, PATH to Care Center, Restorative Justice Center, and other campus organizations.

Enhancing Computational Mechanics with Deep Learning

Seminar | May 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Sam Raymond, Doctoral Candidate, Center for Computational Engineering, MIT

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Machine Learning and numerical simulation represent two distinct approaches to researchers and engineers wanting to predict and understand the behavior of complex systems. Machine Learning trusts entirely in the data to hold the key and numerical simulation relies solely on the fundamental laws of nature. While each approach has been wildly successful in solving problems in science and...   More >

Working the Double Bottom Line: The Promise and Limits of Social Enterprises in the Shadow of AI

Special Event | May 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Mary L. Gray and Prayag Narula

 Information, School of

A conversation about âhumans in the loopâ who invisibly deliver on-demand task-based services and the lives of the people paid to train artificial intelligence.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Compensation and Benefits: BPM109

Workshop | May 14 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Scott Dinkelspiel; Janet Suko

 Human Resources

The content covers the basics of managing employee compensation and understanding the benefits structure at UC Berkeley.

The Benefits section covers benefits eligibility, related benefits packages, and the employment/life events that impact benefits.

The Worldwide #MeToo Movement: A Conference on Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence

Conference/Symposium | May 14 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Last year, women across the globe were tweeting #MeToo. This year, we’re organizing for solutions.

On May 14, 2019, legal scholars and practitioner-experts from around the world will gather at Berkeley Law with lawyers and other specialists. The goal of this conference is to examine the systemic issues that permit sexual harassment and explore creative solutions developed across the globe to...   More >

BIO Express Travel Signature Day

Workshop | May 14 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | International House, Great Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office has set aside this special day for *express* travel signatures just for you! Stop by any time during the hours below to get your documents signed on the spot (please read below—""Do You Really Need a Travel Signature?"").

Come to the I-House Great Hall during the following days and times for your Express Travel Signature.
Tuesday, May 7, 10am -...   More >

May Open Berkeley Site Builder Training

Workshop | May 14 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 104A Banway Building

 2111 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Information Services and Technology (IST)

Open Berkeley Site Builder Training sessions cover the fundamentals of the Open Berkeley turnkey website solution.

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!

Social Psychology and Information Technology: Final Project Presentations

Special Event | May 14 | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Information, School of

Project presentations from Info 233. Social Psychology and Information Technology.

Requiem for a shared interdependent past: Brexit and the deterioration in UK-Irish relations

Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 John O'Brennan, Maynooth University, Ireland

 Institute of European Studies, Irish Studies Program

The vote by the electorate of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in 2016 came after a campaign in which the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland hardly figured. Within months, however, the 'Irish border problem' was center stage. The deterioration in UK-Irish relations in the almost three years since the referendum has been accelerated and profound. It points to a troubling...   More >

John O'Brennan

PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Talks: Creating a more livable world: Ecology, agriculture, and autonomy in Indonesia

Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

As a part of our "Year of Ethnobotany" celebrations, the Garden will be hosting monthly lunch time lectures featuring the research of UC Berkeley graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

David Gilbert is a Ciriacy Wantrup Fellow in Political Economy at University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Free with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty

  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.

Career Lab: Negotiating Offers –Preparation and Practice

Workshop | May 14 | 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 >

Dissertation Talk: Design and Physics of VCSELs for Emerging Applications

Seminar | May 14 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room

 Jonas Kapraun, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have been widely employed in short distance optical interconnects. Recently however a series of emerging applications are creating a rapidly growing demand for compact, low cost and high-performance light sources...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide NanoLEDs: Towards High Speed and High Efficiency

Seminar | May 14 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Kevin Han

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are a class of 2D semiconductors with attractive properties for future nanoscale optoelectronics such as light sources and detectors. However, due to their single molecule thickness, they are sensitive to environmental factors such as moisture, limiting operation of most light-emitting devices to high vacuum conditions. In this talk, I will...   More >

Certificate Program in Student Affairs and Higher-Education Administration

Information Session | May 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 208 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center) | Canceled

 Sigrid Mueller, Program Director, Education, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn how you can start or advance a career in student affairs and higher-education administration. Hear about how our certificate can help you work with student diversity, foster leadership and grow your understanding of the higher-education landscape.

  Register online

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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!

Dissertation Talk: Hybrid Aesthetics • Bridging Material Practices and Digital Fabrication

Lecture | May 15 | 10-11 a.m. | 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Cesar Torres, University of California Berkeley

 University of California Berkeley

Creative technologies like digital fabrication led to the rise of the Maker Movement, engendering grassroots innovation in education, manufacturing, and healthcare. This talk lays down a framework for composing new materials and technologies to foreground the existing knowledge and practices of material practitioners and alter the trajectory of the Maker Movement towards a New Making Renaissance.

Computationally designed reflectors, lenses, and diffusers are used to expose light as a material.

Book Talk: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Lecture | May 15 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her new book, American Eden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating.”

$12 / $10 UCBG Members / Free UC Staff, Faculty and Students Price includes admission to the Garden, a $12 value

  Register online

Dissertation Talk: Overcoming the Curse of Dimensionality and Mode Collapse

Lecture | May 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Ke Li, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present our work on overcoming two long-standing problems in machine learning and algorithms: the curse of dimensionality in nearest neighbour search and mode collapse in generative adversarial nets (GANs).

FDA Division of Applied Regulatory Science: Bridging the gap between scientific innovation and drug regulation

Seminar | May 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Alexandre Ribeiro, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The US Food and drug Administration (FDA) established a strategic plan in 2011 for developing regulatory science dedicated to new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of FDA-regulated products. Following this goal, the Division of Applied Regulatory Science was formed in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) with the mission of...   More >

Mammoth Trackers, Bison Hunters, Rock Artists, and Fur Traders: Highlights of Alberta Archaeology

Lecture | May 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Shawn Bubel, Associate Professor, Department of Geography (Archaeology), University of Lethbridge

 Archaeological Research Facility

The archaeology of the Canadian province of Alberta provides important information about the various periods of human habitation in North America. The earliest evidence for cultural activity in Alberta dates to around 13,000 years ago. These people hunted megafauna in an environment that was very different from today’s. Join Shawn Bubel as she describes her work at sites throughout Alberta.

Informational Appetites + (un)Natural Statistics = “Screen Addiction”

Seminar | May 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 William Softky, Visiting scholar, Bioengineering Department, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

It is a truth not yet universally acknowledged that a self-regulating system which is stable in one environment can become unstable when the environment changes. This truth is called homeostatic fragility. Mathematically, the key mechanism is sign-reversal, which converts a negative-feedback loop into a positive-feedback loop. Sign-reversal explains all sorts of self-regulatory malfunctions in...   More >

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | May 15 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Context and Interaction in the Internet of Things

Seminar | May 15 | 3-4 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Matt Weber, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Future IoT killer apps leveraging ubiquitous sensors and actuators will create value in emergent properties of composition and contextual awareness. This talk focuses on two key aspects of principled IoT design: (1) using contextual information from the physical world, and (2) enabling interaction and composition across distributed cyber physical systems. These challenges are mutually...   More >

Direct Compositionality and variable free semantics: The case of 'MaxElide' (Pauline Jacobson)

Lecture | May 15 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 1303 Dwinelle Hall

 Pauline Jacobson, Brown University

 Department of Linguistics

Authors Alliance 5th Birthday Party with special guests: Beyond the Bookshelf: Empowering Authors and Reaching Readers in the Digital Age

Panel Discussion | May 15 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and founder, Internet Archive; Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian, University of California Berkeley; Randy Schekman, 2013 Nobel Laureate and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California Berkeley

 Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, Professor of Patent Law and Intellectual Property, University of California Berkeley

 Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

 Abby Smith Rumsey

 Library, Law, Boalt School of, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Join us for Beyond the Bookshelf: Empowering Authors and Reaching Readers in the Digital Age, an evening of conversation and ideas celebrating five years of Authors Alliance. We'll kick off the party with a wine and appetizer reception, followed by a panel discussion on how authors create, share, and preserve knowledge in an ever-changing media landscape.

free This event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.

  Registration opens April 10. Register online by May 15.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program

Information Session | May 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 609 UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco Campus

 160 Spear St., San Francisco, CA

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain academic preparation in the sciences along with personalized advising to enhance your application to medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as to advanced degree programs in medical- and health-related fields.


 UNEX 1057. Enroll online or by calling 510-642-4111

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.