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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

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Manipulating charge and ion movement in energy storage systems

Seminar | January 31 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Kwabena Bediako, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

PMB Seminar : "What flat leaves can teach us about developmental reproducibility"

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Aman Husbands, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Diazo Compounds: Versatile Tools for Chemical Biology

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Ronald Raines, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 College of Chemistry

The Huisgen azide−alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azides and alkynes has had a profound impact on chemical biology. The diazo group shares this reactivity with the azido group while conferring additional versatility. A diazo compound can be accessed readily from its parent azide by simple deimidogenation, that is, loss of “NH”, using a phosphine reagent. Cycloaddition with a diazo...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Leveraging Herd Behavior in Foreign Exchange Markets

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Arnav Sheth, Saint Mary's College of California

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract: We examine the relationship between equity and foreign exchange markets at, and around, the WM/Reuters benchmark exchange rate known as the the `Fix'. Execution at the Fix is a service offered by brokers (normally banks) provided they obtain the trade order until a certain time prior to 4pm GMT (11 am Eastern Time).

Global Internships Information Session

Information Session | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Earn academic credit while gaining practical internship experience domestically or abroad. Learn more about UC Berkeley Global Internships at this event and see how your summer can transform you!

Caring for Dying: The Art of Being Present (BEUHS167)

Workshop | January 31 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Michelle Peticolas, PhD

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

In the face of impending death, the caregiver’s needs are often overlooked. Participants will view Dr. Peticolas’ film, Caring for Dying: the art of being present, about the experiences of three individuals who accompanied their dying loved ones. Workshop participants will be invited to share their own stories if they wish. Goals of the workshop include:

• Learning strategies for staying...   More >

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Brown Bag Lunch: Kimberly Seals Allers: Author of The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 256 University Hall

 Kimberly Seals Allers

 Public Health, School of

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized media commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is widely considered a leading voice in the counterculture movement in infant feeding. Last year, her online commentaries on the social, structural and...   More >

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Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions Online Information Session

Information Session | January 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Whether you are a career changer or already working in the field, understand how this program can help you plan an academic program of study and initiate the graduate- school application process.

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Matt Eisenbrandt: Assassination of a Saint: Book talk on assassination of Archbishop Romero of El Salvador

Lecture | January 31 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Matt Eisenbrandt, Canadian Centre for International Justice

 Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, International Human Rights Law Clinic

Assassination of a Saint is the thrilling story of an international team of lawyers, investigators, and human-rights experts who fought to bring justice for the 1980 murder of El Salvador’s Archbishop Óscar Romero. Matt Eisenbrandt recounts how he and his colleagues searched for evidence against the killers as the team worked towards the only verdict ever reached for the murder – two decades...   More >

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Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Ring spectra for commutative algebraists

Seminar | January 31 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a new category to do commutative algebra in - the stable homotopy category. The talk starts by its construction and properties, with highlights on the comparison with the derived category of abelian groups. We then proceed to examine ring spectra, and generalize (derived) commutative algebra in this new context. Key examples of the talk will be regular ring spectra, gorenstein ring...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Families of ideals of the same size

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irena Peeva, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert function is an invariant that measures the size of a homogeneous ideal. It encodes important information (for example, dimension and degree). Grothendieck introduced the Hilbert scheme that parametrizes subschemes of $P^r$ with a fixed Hilbert polynomial. The main general result about the structure of Hilbert schemes is Hartshorne’s Theorem that the Hilbert scheme is connected. The...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Colorings of graphs

Seminar | January 31 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Canceled


 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the question of whether a map on a compact surface has a finite-sheeted covering which is 4 colorable? We can deduce this from a question about automorphism group-invariant probability measures on the space of c-colorings of a graph of chromatic number c. Some related results will be discussed.

Polarons, Polaritons, and the Lead Halide Perovskite Puzzle

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Xiaoyang Zhu, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

 College of Chemistry

The feverish research activity on lead halide perovskites has been fueled by their exceptional optoelectronic properties, e.g., in solar cells and light-emitting devices. Hybrid lead halide perovskites exhibit carrier properties that resemble those of pristine nonpolar semiconductors despite static and dynamic disorder, but how carriers are protected from efficient scattering with charged defects...   More >

Design Field Notes: Danielle Applestone

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Danielle Applestone, Other Machine Company

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Company, will speak at Jacobs Hall. Other Machine Company strives to empower nontraditional makers.

Stabilizing Quality in Inner Mongolian Milk

Lecture | January 31 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Franck Bille, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

 Megan Tracy, Sociology and Anthropology James Madison University 

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

In this paper, I examine how actors attempt to transfer material and symbolic value and transfer notions of “human quality” across other notions of quality, such as product quality and the presumed caliber of particular places where production occurs. This transference of quality is embedded, for example, in notions that ethnic Mongolians are pre-disposed to produce a quality dairy product. I...   More >

Navigating Bash and Unix Envrionments

Meeting | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation. Based on The Hacker Within Scientific Computing Group from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the UC Berkeley chapter uses this as a structured set of skill-sharing sessions for scientific software development (e.g., testing, data management, version control, literate programming, etc. ) The goal is to...   More >

Chern Lectures: On the reality of black holes

Lecture | January 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

The gravitational waves detected recently by LIGO were produced in the final phase of the inward spiraling of two black holes before they collided to produce a more massive black hole. The experiment is entirely consistent with the so-called Final State Conjecture of general relativity, according to which general solutions of the initial value problem approach asymptotically, in any compact...   More >

A Conversation with Larry Brilliant

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Dr. Larry Brilliant, Chairman of the Board, Skoll Global Threats Fund

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Larry Brilliant has spent his career working to improve lives—locally and globally—through his work helping eradicate smallpox with the UN, curing millions of people of blindness with Seva Foundation, and building technologies of the future with Google.org and public tech companies. Now he has written a memoir, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventures of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary...   More >

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Australian Wine and Snack Reception

Reception | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren room 295, Boalt Hall

 University of New South Wales, UC Berkeley School of Law

Berkeley Law and University of New South Wales

All Berkeley Law Students Invited

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Warren Room 295, Boalt Hall
Co-hosts: Berkeley Law & UNSW Law School
RSVP: https://berkeleylaw.wufoo.com/forms/unsw-reception/

Come meet law students from The University of New
South Wales who are studying U.S. law for two weeks
in Berkeley.

Expand your...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Meraki Info-Session

Information Session | January 31 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Meraki, Inc. will be on-campus this Spring hiring summer interns, co-ops, and full-timers to join our Engineering team.

Come listen to a Tech Talk by Nat Storer (Software Engineer) and Dan Aguayo (Director of Engineering, Firmware) and to learn more about life at Meraki!

We'll be collecting resumes and raffling off Bose Speakers at the end of the talk to one lucky winner!

Come hungry as...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 31 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

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! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

Chinese New Year Theme Dinner: Chef Jordan Lichman Presents

Special Event | January 31 | 6-8 p.m. | International House, Dining Commons

 International House

International House is proud to serve a variety of cuisines from around the world, prepared by our executive chef Jordan Lichman and Dining Services team. $15 per person.
Chinese New Year Menu:
Tofu seafood soup
Whole roasted pig
Five Spice duck legs
Steamed Fish with ginger chili oil
Nien Gao, Sauteed rice cake (vegan)
Chinese greens
spring rolls
pot stickers
fried rice...   More >

Chinese New Year Dinner

Civic Dialogue Series: Old Plays, New Faces: Representation in Classic Theater

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Rm. 370

 Melissa Hillman; Desdemona Chiang

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Cal Shakes

This dialogue will explore representation on stage and ways in which traditional casting practices can act as a barrier to specific communities. We'll discuss how performing arts organizations are creating more inclusive practices to engage a more diverse range of performing artists, and we’ll consider questions of authentic experience and the actor’s craft.

Why is a more inclusive theater a...   More >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

FEED Info Session

Information Session | January 29 – 31, 2017 every other day | 7-8 p.m. | 2070 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Charlie James, President, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Silvia Ricchiardi, VP Publicity, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Diana Lee, VP Consulting, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Suzanne Donahue, VP External Affairs, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Sara Tsai, VP Internal Affairs, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development

 Berkeley Food Institute

FEED is recruiting for Spring 2017 consultants! FEED is a student organization that does food justice consulting. Recruits are gathered into cohorts that take on a consulting project with a local business, startup, or non-profit that provides equitable access to healthy food, fair working conditions, food grown with regenerative practices, or organizations working to adopt these practices. In...   More >

Katherine Rinne + Rabun Taylor - Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present

Lecture | January 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED JAN 31, 7:00pm. Rinne + Taylor discuss a study of the urban processes by which Romes people and leaders, both as custodians of its illustrious past and as agents of its expansive power, have shaped and conditioned its urban fabric.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >


Exhibit - Artifacts | January 19 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

EXHIBIT OPEN THROUGH FEB 3. Tito Patri (FASLA Emeritus, A.S. 55) exhibit of charming sketches rendered while traveling in Europe and the US.

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. The Litwack collection is particularly noteworthy for its Harlem Renaissance first editions in...   More >

I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 30, 2016 – June 30, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Warren Hellman & Charles Michael Galleries

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”. The exhibition highlights Italian Jewish art and artifacts from The Magnes Collection.

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 24 – June 23, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

Exhibit - Photography | January 24 – June 20, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer, most notable for his documentary photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding its destruction, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the...   More >

Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Exhibit - Painting | January 31 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room


In the mood for some spring spruce up?

Come see and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year. Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists - from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.

This special event takes place in the historic Morrison Room (housed within the Doe Library). A...   More >

 Note: borrowing from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection is limited to UCB students, faculty and staff and is free