<< Wednesday, August 29, 2018 >>

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Graduate Student Lounge

Miscellaneous | April 25 – December 12, 2018 every Wednesday |  Anthony Hall

 ASUC Student Union

Graduate Students! Take advantage of the Graduate Student Lounge at Anthony Hall. Study, grade papers, meet with other grad students.

 Graduate Students only! However, Anthony Hall can be made available to the entire campus and community for reservations at other times.

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | August 29 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | August 29 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Wellness Wednesdays: Elemental Yoga with Eugenia Park

Sport - Recreational | August 29 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come join Eugenia in reconnecting with our elemental bodies.
In this unique outdoor yoga class, we will explore our inner landscapes through breath, movement and stillness, surrounded by acres of sensational gardens. This class is for every body. No experience necessary. Bring yoga mat and/or blanket.

$15 / $10 UCBG Member, UC Berkeley staff, students, and faculty

  Register online

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | August 29 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

ITIN Drop-Off Event

Workshop | August 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Attend this event to complete the ITIN application process with Berkeley International Office (BIO) and the Central Payroll Office. This event is for F-1 students who are not eligible for a Social Security Number and are receiving cash-in-hand awards from UC Berkeley.

A Deep Learning, Model-Predictive Approach To Neighborhood Congestion Prediction And Control

Lecture | August 29 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Sudatta Mohanny, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

The talk explores a technique for effectively representing the congestion state in a neighborhood for the purpose of short-term predictions through a simple scoring mechanism based on the Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram (MFD). Network state signals emanating from a larger region-wide network are then utilized to predict this score using a deep learning (LSTM) framework, which is...   More >

ARF Coordination Meeting

Lecture | August 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Archaeological Research Facility

The initial Wednesday meeting of the semester is a coordination meeting for ARF Faculty, Grad Students and Staff. There is no public lecture. The first lecture occurs on the next Wednesday (Sept 5).

Noon Concert: Jolie Huang, piano

Performing Arts - Music | August 29 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Selections by Debussy and Franck

Continuing it's 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

MVZ Social

Seminar | August 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Bring your lunch and mingle with the MVZ community! Beverages and cookies will be provided.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Powering LPS transport across the bacterial cell envelope with ABCs"

Seminar | August 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Natividad "Natacha" Ruiz, Ohio State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Ruiz lab is involved in research to understand envelope biogenesis in the Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli. Specifically, the Ruiz lab uses using genetic and biochemical approaches to investigate the mechanisms of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and peptidoglycan (PG) biogenesis.

Dissecting the Spatiotemporal Subcellular Distribution of the Human Proteome

Seminar | August 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Emma Lundberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Compartmentalization of biological reactions is an important mechanism to allow multiple cellular reactions to occur in parallel. Resolving the spatial distribution of the human proteome at a subcellular level increases our understanding of human biology and disease. We have generated a high-resolution map of the subcellular distribution of the human proteome as part of the open access Human...   More >

Getting Your Bearings: Tour the Bioscience, Natural Resources and Public Health Library

Tour/Open House | August 29 | 12-12:30 p.m. | 2101 Valley Life Sciences Building


Drop in for an introduction to the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library. Find out what's new and online.

Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev

Lecture | August 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Alexandre Kedar, University of Haifa School of Law

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society

The talk will introduce Emptied Lands (Stanford University Press, 2018), a book that investigates the protracted legal, planning, and territorial conflict between the settler Israeli state and indigenous Bedouin citizens over traditional lands in southern Israel/Palestine. The book places this dispute in historical, legal, geographical, and international-comparative perspectives, providing the...   More >

Enzian: making systems software research relevant in the face of custom hardware

Lecture | August 29 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430, Wozniak Lounge

 Prof. Timothy Roscoe, ETH Zurich


Academic research in rack-scale and datacenter computing today is hamstrung by lack of hardware. Cloud providers and hardware vendors build custom accelerators, interconnects, and networks for commercially important workloads, but university researchers are stuck with commodity, off-the-shelf parts.
Enzian is a research computer being developed at ETH Zurich (in collaboration with Cavium and...   More >

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | August 29 | 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 >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction to Teichmuller space

Seminar | August 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Inkang Kim, KIAS

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce Teichmuller space in various respects in terms of conformal structures, hyperbolic structures and representations. We briefly describe natural metrics on Teichmuller space, and useful functions to study the geometry of Teichmuller space. Finally, we introduce energy functional and convexity, plurisubharmonicity of energy functionals.

Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) Open House

Reception | August 29 | 2-4 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Calling all students interested in learning more about the Student Environmental Resource Center! Staff members will be present to answer questions. This will also be a great opportunity to meet people within the broader environmental community!

Refreshments will be provided. This event is ADA Accessible. If you need special accommodations to participate, please let us know at serc@berkeley.edu.

Coffee Break

Social Event | August 29 | 3-4 p.m. | Cafe International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

BIO’s second coffee break of the fall season is on tomorrow! Our first one last week was a huge success with representation from 21 countries! Join us again this week to connect with students from all over the world, and all around campus, and disengage from your studies for a moment.

What is Coffee Break? Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage...   More >

Spectrum of random non-selfadjoint operators

Seminar | August 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Martin Vogel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The spectrum of non-selfadjoint operators can be highly unstable even under very small perturbations. This phenomenon is referred to as "pseudospectral effect".
Traditionally this pseudosepctral effect was considered a drawback since it can be the source of immense numerical errors, as shown for instance in the works of L. N. Trefethen. However, this pseudospectral effect can also be the source...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Fiat Lux: Creating Photoreal Digital Actors (and Environments) for Movies, Games, and Virtual Reality

Colloquium | August 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Paul Debevec, Google VR & USC ICT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I will present recent work from USC ICT and Google VR for recording and rendering photorealistic actors and environments for movies, games, and virtual reality. The Light Stage facial scanning systems are geodesic spheres of inward-pointing LED lights which have been used to help create digital actors based on real people in movies such as Avatar, Benjamin Button, Maleficent, Furious 7, Blade...   More >

(photo: SMPTE)

Likelihood Ratio Test for Stochastic Block Models with Bounded Degrees

Seminar | August 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yang Feng, Columbia University

 Department of Statistics

A fundamental problem in network data analysis is to test whether a network contains statistical significant communities. We study this problem in the stochastic block model context by testing H0: Erdos-Renyi model vs. H1: stochastic block model. This problem serves as the foundation for many other problems including the testing-based methods for determining the number of communities and...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Pierce Gordon: Investigating Innovation Practice: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in International Development

Colloquium | August 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Pierce Gordon, PhD Candidate, Energy and Resources Group

 Energy and Resources Group

Over the past decade, the field of innovation practice has become more accessible to development professionals and amateur designers alike, and is treated as a silver bullet that easily addresses issues of global poverty. However, due to the field’s growing popularity, debates began to arise about the field’s utility and place in society...   More >

ChREBP isoforms in pancreatic beta cells

Seminar | August 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Donald Scott, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolism Institute

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Architectural Design, 1D Walls, 3D Plumbing, and Painting Blind en Route to Scalable Multifunctional Nanoarchitectures for Energy Storage

Colloquium | August 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Debra R. Rolison, US Naval Research Laboratory

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Our team at the Naval Research Laboratory looks at rate-critical chemical processes where events per second are required for high performance in such technologies as energy storage, energy conversion, (electro)catalysis, and sensing. We then design next-generation systems built around pore–solid nanoarchitectures that seamlessly embody all of the requisite rate functions for high-performance...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Convexity and Plurisubharmonicity of energy functional on Teichmuller space

Seminar | August 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Inkang Kim, KIAS

 Department of Mathematics

We prove the plurisubharmonicity of energy functional on Teichmuller space for the smooth harmonic maps from a fixed Riemannian manifold into Riemann surfaces. We also give a strict convexity of the energy functional along the Weil-Petersson geodesics. This is a joint work with Wan and Zhang.

Art Lovers Meetup

Social Event | August 29 | 5-6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive | Note change in date

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join fellow art-lovers to explore the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive right next to campus. Admission is free for Cal students!

We will meet right outside of the BAMPFA at 5 PM on August 29th, and spend about an hour viewing the exhibits. Come see amazing art and meet new friends--what's not to like?

IXL Learning Info-Session

Information Session | August 29 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Shaping the Future of Edtech

Sidney Peng
-Front End Software Engineer

Learn how IXL is advancing education through online technology! Join Sidney and other IXL’ers as they talk about their experiences post-graduation, why they chose to work in Edtech, and how you can join our team.


At IXL Learning, we’re passionate about creating the best educational...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Holloway Series in Poetry: Annual Faculty Reading

Reading - Literary | August 29 | 6:30-10 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Cecil Giscombe, Professor, Berkeley English; Robert Hass, Professor, Berkeley English; Lyn Hejinian, John F. Hotchkis Professor, Berkeley English; Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Professor, Berkeley English; John Shoptaw, Continuing Lecturer, Berkeley English; Sara Nicholson, Holloway Fellow, Berkeley English

 Department of English, Holloway Reading Series


Lecture | August 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, AUG 29, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with the Dean of the College of Architecture and President of the Architectural Design &amp; Research Institute at South China University of Technology about global architectural innovation. Open to all!


Film - Feature | August 29 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

L’eclisse opens with a nearly wordless sequence in which Vittoria (Monica Vitti), within the art-strewn walls of her lover’s home, breaks off their affair. Vittoria drifts downtown and into a love affair with her mother’s young stockbroker, Pierre (Alain Delon).

New April, New Armenia

Lecture | August 29 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Tatul Hakobyan, Yerevan-based Reporter and Political Analyst

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

This talk, followed by a discussion, will analyze the latest political developments in Armenia that resulted in the so-called “Velvet Revolution” led by Nigol Pashinyan. This revolution brought about the resignation of newly-elected Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who had already served two terms as Armenia’s President, and his replacement by Pashinyan. Some of the questions to be addressed...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

“We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record!”: The LGBTQ Movement and Life as Seen Through Government Information

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – August 31, 2018 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery


This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments.

Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 20 – September 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Bancroft Library

(Gallery is just inside east entrance to Doe) MARKING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the founding of Save the Redwoods League, Sustaining Grandeur is a collaborative exhibition between The Bancroft Library and the League. The exhibition explores the organization’s first century protecting California’s redwood forests and the surrounding lands that sustain them, and looks forward to the League’s...   More >


Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – October 21, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: AUG 29-OCT 21. Works of He Jingtang over the past three decades and their profound reflections on place, culture, time, and future urban development. Free and open to all!

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

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

Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Exhibit - Painting | August 15, 2018 – March 3, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The 1960s architectural phenomenon Supergraphics—a mix of Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop—was pioneered by San Francisco–based artist, graphic and landscape designer, and writer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Stauffacher Solomon, a UC Berkeley alumna, is creating new Supergraphics for BAMPFA’s Art Wall. Land(e)scape 2018 is the fifth in a series of temporary, site-specific works commissioned for...   More >

Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor

 Bancroft Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.

Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 10 – December 9, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology | Note change in date

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

For this Spring 2018 exhibit, entitled Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley freshmen have co-curated a global selection of objects that depict human faces in different ways. The exhibit asks: Why and how do crafting traditions of the world so often incorporate human faces, and how do people respond to those faces? Objects such as West African...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 28 – December 14, 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

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk: The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 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

Auditorium installation of high-resolution images of select collection items.

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...   More >

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 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 will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Exhibit - Photography | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

After immigrating from Poland to the British Mandate of...   More >