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Monday, March 6, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

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New Topological States of Matter: Platform for Emergent Dirac, Majorana and Weyl Fermions

Colloquium | March 6 | 1 LeConte Hall

 Zahid Hasan, Princeton & LBL

 Department of Physics

Simons Institute Workshop: Proving and Using Pseudorandomness, 3/6--3/10

Seminar | March 6 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Departmental Seminar: Performance-Based Engineering: From Earthquakes to Durability and Multi-Hazards

Seminar | March 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Madeleine Flint

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Responding to engineering challenges of the magnitude created by climate change requires bridging disciplinary divides in assessing structural performance. The PEER framework for performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) is one example of a decision-oriented approach that combines efficient treatment of uncertainty with advanced models for structural performance.

DCRP Lecture: Summer Gray

Lecture | March 6 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MAR 6, 11:00am in 112 Wurster Hall. Please join us for, &quot;Holding Back the Tide: Coastal Infrastructure, Resilience, and Justice in Guyana and the Maldives,&quot; a lecture by Dr. Summer Gray

Europe at a Crossroads

Lecture | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Ruth Jacoby, Former Ambassador of Sweden

 Institute of European Studies, Consulate-General of Sweden

Europe has arrived at a challenging juncture in its history, economics and politics. There is Brexit, growing right-wing, populist and anti-European movements in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, but also in core EU-countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, and France, as well as in the Nordic countries. Growth is still sluggish after the financial crisis in 2008-9, unemployment is high, and...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor: “Migration, Commuting and Local Joblessness”

Seminar | March 6 | 12-2 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment) | Note change in date, time, and location

 Alan Manning, LSE

 Department of Economics

The Native and the Refugee

Presentation | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Malek Rasamny

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Please join the CMES for a talk by Malek Rasamny, a researcher, writer, filmmaker and programmer based in New York and Lebanon. Rasamny was a founding member of the Red Channels Film Collective and the LERFE space in Harlem, New York. He is the co-founder of The Native and the Refugee along with his collaborator Matt Peterson.

The Native and the Refugee is a multi-media film and research...   More >

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Rachel Albert, O’Brein Lab; Paul Cullen, Flanagan Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The Politics of Impeachment, Presidential Election, and Prospects for Foreign Policy in South Korea

Colloquium | March 6 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor, Yonsei University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), East Asian Foundation

South Korea is mired in an imbroglio. Amidst the process of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment, the 2017 presidential race has begun. Meanwhile, its foreign policy is in a total disarray. Whereas the Trump shock has produced an uncertain future for ROK-US alliance, inter-Korean relations hit rock bottom. Furthermore, China-South Korean relations soured over the issue of deployment of...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow on manifolds with almost non-negative curvature operator

Seminar | March 6 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Richard Bamler, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A celebrated result of Boehm and Wilking states that a Ricci flow starting from a metric whose curvature operator is everywhere positive definite preserves the property of positive curvature operator and converges, modulo rescaling, to a quotient of the round sphere. In contrast, the condition of almost non-negative curvature operator — for example the condition that its smallest eigenvalue is...   More >

“Evolution and the Dynamics of Prosocial Behavior”: Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | March 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Alexander Stewart, University College London

 Department of Psychology

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Operators having bi-free central limit distributions

Seminar | March 6 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Wonhee Na, Texas A&M University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will discuss joint work with Ken Dykema. From a bi-free central limit distribution, we have the completely non-normal operator l(h) + l(h)* + i (r(k) + r(k)*) on a subspace of the full Fock space F(H) ( h, k being vectors in H). We will find the principal function of this operator and its spectrum and essential spectrum as an application.

Xin Guo - Some recent progress on Mean Field Games

Seminar | March 6 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Xin Guo, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Mean Field Games (MFGs) is one of the most active research areas in stochastic controls and stochastic games, led by the pioneering works of Lasry and Lions (2007) and Huang, Malhame and Caines (2006). In this talk, I will provide a gentle introduction to this theory, with toy examples, together with some recent progress.

BLISS Seminar: Graph information ratio

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Lele Wang, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Inspired by a problem in joint source-channel coding, we introduce a new notion of similarity between graphs, termed graph information ratio. We discuss various properties of this measure, including in particular metric structure and partial ordering of graphs, an information ratio power inequality, relations to graph homomorphism, algebraic identities and inequalities, and more.

Revisiting the spliceosome

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hiten Madhani, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

A Psychologist's Exile from Fascism: Renata Calabresi from Italy to New York

Lecture | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Patrizia Guarnieri, Professor of Cultural and Social History, University of Florence

 Department of History, Department of Psychology

Fascism and the racial laws of 1938 dramatically changed the scientific research and the academic community. Guarnieri focuses on psychology, from its promising origins to the end of the WWII. Psychology was marginalized in Italy both by the neo-idealistic reaction against science, and fascism (unlike Nazism) with long- lasting consequences. Academics and young scholars were persecuted because...   More >

Relaxing Bottlenecks for Fast Machine Learning

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Christopher De Sa, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will describe the mindful relaxation approach, and demonstrate how it can be applied to a specific bottleneck (parallel overheads), problem (inference), and algorithm (asynchronous Gibbs sampling).

Corporate Governance Reform and the Toshiba Scandal: Did a New System Hide an Old Mess?

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christina Ahmadjian, Professor, Hitotsubashi University

 Steven Vogel, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

An ongoing financial reporting scandal has stunned and puzzled observers of Japanese corporate governance reform. Toshiba was one of the first companies to adopt so-called “US-style” corporate governance practices. How could a company that had seemed to think so carefully about good governance have ended up like this? Where was the board? This presentation considers the possibility that the...   More >

Strindberg — In Photographic Images

Lecture | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Björn Meidal, Uppsala University

 Department of Scandinavian

Björn Meidal is a professor of Comparative Literature at Uppsala University.

Seminar 271, Development: Mitigating the Risks of Financial Inclusion with Contract Terms: Evidence from Mexico

Seminar | March 6 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Aprajit Mahajan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Asymptotic analysis of Fourier transform on the Heisenberg group when the vertical frequency tends to 0

Seminar | March 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Hajer Bahouri, Université Paris-Est Créteil

 Department of Mathematics

In this joint work with Jean-Yves Chemin and Raphael Danchin, we propose a new approach of the Fourier transform on the Heisenberg group. The basic idea is to take advantage of Hermite functions so as to look at Fourier transform of integrable functions as mappings on the set $\tilde {\mathbb H}^d=\mathbb N^d\times \mathbb N^d\times \mathbb R\setminus \{0\}$ endowed with a suitable distance $\hat...   More >

Materialised Knowledge in Renaissance Art and Science: The Production and Representation of Flemish Scientific Instruments

Lecture | March 6 | 5 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Koenraad Van Cleempoel, Faculty of Architecture in Hasselt University (Belgium)

 Institute of European Studies

Scientific instruments of the renaissance period well represent the concept of "materialised knowledge." They are carriers of ideas as well as very elegant and refined objects. The lecture will discuss astrolabes, globes, sundials and armillary spheres with a particular emphasis on the Flemish context: between c. 1525 and c. 1580 the university city of Louvain became Europe's most important...   More >

Salesforce Info-Session

Information Session | March 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Alon Kama, VP of Engineering

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interested in working at one of the most innovative companies in the world?

Join us for the Salesforce Infosession on Monday, March 6, at **5:30 PM** in the Wozniak Lounge. Meet Salesforce engineers & recruiters in person and learn about cloud computing, IoT, and more!

Machine Learning and Data Science
Come listen to Alon Kama, VP of Engineering, as he speaks about what...   More >

An Evening of Russian Poetry with Kirill Medvedev (in Russian)

Lecture | March 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Kirill Medvedev, Poet, Translator, Political Activist, and member of rock group Arkadii Kots

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Slavic Literature "Kruzhok", Townsend Center for the Humanities

Kirill Feliksevich Medvedev is a Russian poet, translator, and political activist, as well as member of the rock group Arkadii Kots. Join Medvedev for a reading of his poems and a general discussion on the current political climate in Russia. Born in Moscow, Medvedev’s work delves fiercely into the political apathy of contemporary Russian society and especially the country’s cultural...   More >

LAEP Lecture: Maurice Cox

Lecture | March 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MAR 6. 6PM, 112 Wurster, Join LAEP for &quot;WHY BLACK LANDSCAPES MATTER&quot; with Maurice Cox, Planning Director for the City of Detroit.

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

Arts + Design Mondays: Black Sun: Reflections on Otto Piene and Aldo Tambellini, with Tanya Zimbardo

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tanya Zimbardo is a contemporary art curator based in San Francisco. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Zimbardo is currently curating the exhibitions Runa Islam: Verso and New Work: Kerry Tribe and co-curating Nam June Paik and Soundtracks. Zimbardo has organized and co-organized exhibitions and select screening programs at SFMOMA. Current...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

ATC Lecture — Tanya Zimbardo, “Black Sun: Reflections on Otto Piene and Aldo Tambellini”: Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Lecture | March 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Barbo Osher Theater

 Tanya Zimbardo, SFMOMA

 Center for New Media

Otto Piene, The Proliferation of the Sun, 1966-67, 2014 at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; photo: Jasmine Powell
Tanya Zimbardo is a contemporary art curator based in San Francisco. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Zimbardo is currently curating the exhibitions Runa Islam: Verso and New Work: Kerry Tribe and co-curating Nam June Paik and...   More >

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 >

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.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Los Calendarios: Chicano Art Posters

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 17 – March 6, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 30 Stephens Hall

 Ethnic Studies Library

The blue walls of the Ethnic Studies Library display the work of eleven Chicana/o artists, including Patricia Rodriguez, Francisco X. Camplis, Jose Montoya, Irene Perez, etc. There are 8 works from 1975 and 3 from 1977, so these are part of the Chicano Movement era. Each piece is a political, social or artistic statement while providing a calendar month as well. Display is available for viewing...   More >