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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Science for a Safer World: 2018 Update Meeting of the UC Berkeley Superfund Research Program

Conference/Symposium | January 30 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 UC Berkeley Superfund Research Center

We will showcase our innovative research into the effects of Superfund chemicals on human health and ways to remediate them in the environment. Guest speakers will discuss children's environmental health and the developmental effects of environmental chemicals. Panel discussions will address the human right to clean water and the interaction between socioeconomic factors and chemical exposures.

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Climbing Tropical Trees in the Cloud Forest: Interview with Roxy Cruz, Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar | January 30 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Roxy Cruz, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

Tune in for another exciting episode of The Graduates as we speak with Roxy Cruz about her work climbing trees in the tropical cloud forests of Central and South America.

The Graduates, featuring graduate student research at Cal, is broadcast every other Tuesday on KALX 90.7 FM. Past episodes are available to listen and download free on iTunes or online.

Roxy in the field

Science and Literacy Playgroup

Meeting | October 31, 2017 – May 15, 2018 every Tuesday with exceptions | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)

 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

 Chancellor's Community Grant, Trybe Inc.

Have fun and meet other families in West and South Berkeley.
For Children ages 05 and their caregivers.
Free, drop-in, snacks, circle time, arts and crafts and science activities.

The role of chlorine in tropospheric chemistry

Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Library Room E

 Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz, Assistant Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

 College of Chemistry

More than 4 million people die prematurely every year by breathing outdoor particulate matter (PM) and ozone, both secondary pollutants formed from tropospheric oxidation chemistry. PM and ozone also play key and uncertain roles in Earth's radiative balance. In order to protect human health and reduce levels of these pollutants, their mechanisms of formation in the atmosphere need to be...   More >

Aldrich Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Bioactive Natural Products and New Reactions to Prepare Them: The Symbiotic Loop

Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jeff Johnson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 College of Chemistry

Medicinal application of many complex organic molecules is precluded by the impracticality of their chemical synthesis. This lecture will endeavor to detail some recent case studies from our research group directed toward the efficient laboratory preparation of complex bioactive natural products and small molecule building blocks. Topics to be covered include complexity-building redox chemistry,...   More >

Overcoming Barriers to Use of ORS to Treat Child Diarrhea: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Uganda

Colloquium | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 590L University Hall

 Zachary Wagner-Rubin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University

 Public Health, School of

Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death among children, although nearly all deaths could be prevented with the use of oral rehydration salts (ORS). There is little evidence demonstrating why ORS use remains low and what can be done to increase use. In this study, we conducted a field experiment designed to 1) measure the impact of several novel community health worker (CHW)...   More >

Advanced PubMed

Workshop | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB

 Elliott Smith, Library


A hands-on workshop introducing advanced features of PubMed that can help your searching to be more effective and efficient.

Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning and Professional Program in College Admission Counseling Online Information Session

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

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

 UC Berkeley Extension

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

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Data Science/Health IT Talk, Ziad Obermeyer, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Are we over-testing? Using machine learning to understand physician decision making

Social Event | January 30 | 12-2 p.m. | 401 University Hall

 Public Health, School of

(Joint work with Sendhil Mullainathan)
Low-value health care—care that provides little health benefit relative to its cost—is a central concern for policy makers. Identifying exactly which care is likely to be of low-value ex ante, however, has proven challenging. We use machine learning to gauge the extent of low-value care, focusing on testing decisions for heart attack in emergency...   More >

BiD Seminar: Computational Ecosystems: Tech-enabled Communities to Advance Human Values at Scale: Haoqi Zhang, Breed Chair of Design, Northwestern University

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, 354/360

 Haoqi Zhang, Northwestern University

 Berkeley Institute of Design

Directions: http://bid.berkeley.edu/directions/

Abstract: Despite the continued development of individual technologies and processes for supporting human endeavors, major leaps in solving complex human problems will require advances in system-level thinking and orchestration. In this talk, I describe efforts to design, build, and study Computational...   More >

Buying Your First Home (BEUHS341)

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

 Patrick Ignacio, Banking Industry Expert

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

California housing markets are constantly changing, and there are overwhelming amounts of information available to the public, making it hard to know where to start. During the most recent housing crisis, financing options also changed (and in some cases disappeared altogether). As a result you may be asking yourself, what programs are available to me and how will they fit my personal situation?...   More >

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A Story of Subversion, a Story of Anticipation

Colloquium | January 30 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Hallie Wells, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Slam—a performance poetry competition created in Chicago in the 1980s—has circulated around the world, but in Madagascar it has flourished in a context of a uniquely rich history of verbal arts that are thoroughly entwined with social and political life. As an artistic movement that emphasizes the co-production of authority between performer and audience, slam is part of a significant shift in...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Knottedness and Thurston norm in NP (continued)

Seminar | January 30 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

Well continue the discussion of a proof that knot recognition is in NP, using a certificate that encodes a sutured manifold hierarchy.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Ricci flow and Ricci limit spaces

Seminar | January 30 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Peter Topping, University of Warwick

 Department of Mathematics

Ricci flow theory has been developing rapidly over the last couple of years, with the ability to handle Ricci flows with unbounded curvature finally becoming a reality. This is vastly expanding the range of potential applications. I will describe some recent work in this direction with Miles Simon that shows the right way to pose the 3D Ricci flow in this setting in order to obtain applications....   More >

STEM Research Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | January 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Justin Lopez

 Office of Undergraduate Research

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in the STEM disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Diagnostic Expectations and Stock Returns

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

 Nicola Gennaioli, Universita Bocconi and IGIER

 Department of Economics

Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Diagnostic Expectations and Stock Returns"

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

 Nicola Gennaioli, Bocconi University

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Preterm birth in California: The association with coal and oil power plant retirements

Lecture | January 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Joan Casey

 Public Health, School of

Much of my work has relied on spatial data to study the relationship between environmental hazard exposures and health outcomes during the perinatal period, including links with fossil fuel extraction activities (i.e., natural gas fracking) and use (i.e., coal power plants). While coal and oil electricity generation has declined, coal still accounted for 30% of U.S. electricity in 2016. Coal and...   More >

Time resolution in cryo-EM and resolution in state space

Seminar | January 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Joachim Frank, Columbia University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Where

Colloquium | January 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Patrick Cavanagh, Department of Psychology, Glendon College and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

 Department of Psychology

How do we know where things are? Recent results indicate that an object’s visual location is constructed at a high level where, critically, an object’s motion is discounted to recover its current location, much like we discount the illumination when we perceive color. As a result we sometimes see a target far from its actual location. These predictions operate differently for eye movements,...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES) - Note change in date and place: An Introduction to Time-Frequency Analysis through a Proof of Carleson's Theorem

Seminar | January 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Carleson's theorem (1966) states the Fourier series of an L^2 function converges to the original function almost everywhere. In this talk, we will go over the essentials of a proof of this theorem, emphasizing the concepts of orthogonality and respecting symmetries. The techniques found in this proof have given rise to the area of research known as time-frequency analysis and some time will be...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Learning by Trading: The Case of the US Market for Municipal Bonds"

Seminar | January 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Giulia Brancaccio, Princeton University - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Industrial Organization, Econometrics, Economic Theory

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: On the Lex-plus-powers conjecture

Seminar | January 30 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alessio Sammartano, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Let $I$ be a homogeneous polynomial ideal containing a regular sequence of forms of prescribed degrees. The Lex-plus-powers conjecture predicts upper bounds for the Betti table of $I$, in terms of the Betti table of a monomial ideal with the same Hilbert function as $I$ and containing the appropriate monomial regular sequence. I will give a brief overview of the conjecture and discuss some cases....   More >

Electronic Dynamics in Complex Environments: From Electron Transfer to Singlet Fission

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Troy Van Voorhis, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

Some of the most basic chemical reactions are those that involve primarily the motion of electrons with little rearrangement of the nuclei. Prominent examples include electron transport and excitonic energy transfer as well as more exotic phenomena such as singlet fission. These reactions are the centerpiece of artificial photosynthetic complexes, organic PVs and essentially all of redox...   More >

Design Field Notes: Alexander Reben

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Artist and roboticist Alexander Reben will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Uber Tech Talk and Info-Session

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Massive change is afoot at Uber! In 2017 we welcomed a million women drivers to our platformed, changed the face of freight, tested out autonomous vehicles on thr road, and worked on tackling gender bias in the app.

Talk to Molly Long, a senior software engineer on the Customer Identity Team, as she discusses the challenges and exciting efforts she has been working on.

We'll talk about...   More >

BJCL Wine and Crime

Reception | January 30 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law, Boalt School of

Wine & Crime is the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law’s annual mixer between practitioners and students. This event allows students to meet practitioners and hear about their experiences working in criminal law. It is a great opportunity to give interested students a chance to learn more about a career in criminal law.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Environmental Design Archives Exhibition: Hollywood and Vine

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.

ARCH Exhibition: 2017 Branner & Stump Fellows

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 29 – February 9, 2018 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: JAN 29-FEB 9, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. The 2017 Branner &amp; Stump Fellows Exhibition surveys the experiences and findings of recent fellowship recipients after their international travels. Free and open to the public!

Horizontals: Rusted

Exhibit - Photography | January 3 – February 1, 2018 every day |  Faculty Club

 Faculty Club

“Horizontals: Rusted." Sally Mack’s new abstract photos are the result of her year-long exploration of industrial rust at Mare Island shipyard near Vallejo CA. Initially intrigued by the scale of rusted materials, the details fascinated her. Horizontal bands of color changed with the light; vivid colors brought out in bright sunlight. Please stop by The Faculty Club to view the photos, they may...   More >

ARCH Exhibition: Americans on the Road (1950-1980)

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 17 – February 2, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: JAN 17-FEB 2, MON-FRI 12-7pm. This exhibition investigates a period when Americans took to the road in record numbers, creating a culture of tourism and commerce and transforming space and time in unprecedented ways. Open to the public!

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection: Auditorium installation of enlarged reproductions of select collection items

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.

Born into a middle-class Polish...   More >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >

High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press (Brooklyn, NY, 1920-1974)

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 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

This exhibition presents a selection from the over one hundred “show-card” posters printed by the Firschein Press, a small business operated by East European Jewish immigrants, that served local Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Brooklyn for the better half of the 20th century. Oscar Firschein brought the posters to California once the Press ceased its activities. He and his wife, Theda,...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 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

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >