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Monday, February 4, 2019

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 4 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 331 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | February 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Michael Telias, Postdoc in Richard Kramer's Lab; Joseph Leffler, PhD Candidate

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Michael Telias's Abstract
Retinoic acid is the trigger for neural hyperactivity in retinal degeneration and
blocking its receptor unmasks light responses and augments vision

Light responses are initiated in photoreceptors, processed by interneurons, and synaptically transmitted to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), which send information to the brain. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a blinding...   More >

UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program Head of Foundational Medical Science Job Talk

Conference/Symposium | February 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Lee HangFu, M.D., MBA

 UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program

It has been nearly half a century since the McMaster University introduced the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy in medical education. Since then, hundreds of reviews and study reports have identified many critical issues affecting the success of the PBL unit. Nonetheless, we are still debating the efficacy and success of the PBL program. In his presentation, Dr. HangFu will be discussing the...   More >

Machine Learning Data-Driven Discretization Theories, Modeling and Applications: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | February 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Wing Kam Liu, PhD, PE, Northwestern University/Global Center on Advanced Material Systems and Simulation

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

An open problem in data-driven methods for mechanical science is the efficient and accurate description of heterogeneous material behavior that strongly depends on complex microstructure. To explore the future development and the adaptation of data-driven methods, new mathematical and computational paradigms and broad flexible frameworks are needed.

Combinatorics Seminar: Varieties of signature tensors

Seminar | February 4 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Bernd Sturmfels, UC Berkeley and Max Planck Institute

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss recent developments in combinatorial algebraic geometry that were motivated by the study of rough paths in stochastic analysis. Every path in a real vector space is encoded in a signature tensor whose entries are iterated integrals. As the path varies over a nice family, we obtain an algebraic variety with interesting properties. Combinatorialists will especially enjoy the role played...   More >

PERL Seminar: “Voting for Quality? The Impact of School Performance Information on Electoral Outcomes”

Seminar | February 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Marina Dias, UC Berkeley-ECON

 BCEP

Political Economy Research Lunch:PERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | February 4 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Isabela Manelici, UCB; Francis Wong, UCB

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Isabela Manelici - "The Distributional Effects of Multinationals' Entry"
Francis Wong - "The Property Tax as a Tax on Leveraged Committed Consumption"

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Conditionally free random variables: the two-states framework

Seminar | February 4 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In non-commutative probability the notion of stochastic independence is not unique. Therefore an extension of free probability which produces a larger variety of limit laws is certainly of interest. In this seminar we will review the notion of conditional freeness, introduced by Bozejko and Speicher. We will survey some of the combinatorial and analytic tools that are used in this setting and...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Magnificent Four with color

Seminar | February 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Nicolo' Piazzalunga, Stony Brook & SCGP

 Department of Mathematics

I will present the rank \(N\) magnificent four theory, which is the supersymmetric localization of \(U(N)\) super-Yang-Mills theory with matter on a Calabi-Yau fourfold, and conjecture an explicit formula for the partition function \(Z\): it has a free-field representation, and surprisingly it depends on Coulomb and mass parameters in a simple way. Based on joint work with N.Nekrasov.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Contact submanifolds in higher dimensions

Seminar | February 4 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Roger Casals, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will discuss our understanding of contact submanifolds in higher dimensions. First, I will introduce the problems we are interested in and the current techniques we have to address them. In the main focus of the talk, I will present the construction of contactomorphic (and smoothly isotopic) contact submanifolds which are actually not contact isotopic. This resolves one of the...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad in Trieste and Venice, Italy: Italian Language and Culture

Information Session | February 4 | 3 p.m. | 33 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn more about the Summer Abroad in Trieste and Venice program at this info session. Program advisers and faculty will be on hand to answer your questions.

Develop your Italian language skills and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Italy this summer.

This program begins with three weeks in Trieste, a coastal city with a long history of intercultural exchange due to its...   More >

Canceled - to Be Postponed: Lifeworlds of Indigenous Languages

Colloquium | February 4 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Beth Piatote, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

How do the underlying structures, epistemologies, and cultural practices associated with Indigenous languages in North America enrich the study of disciplines beyond linguistics? Drawing on my own work in Nez Perce language and literature, as well as examples from other scholars, I will present some of the current influences of Indigenous language “lifeworlds” shaping scholarship in law,...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Cone spherical metrics

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

 Bin Xu, University of Science and Technology of China

 Department of Mathematics

Cone spherical metrics are conformal metrics with constant curvature one with finitely many conical singularities on compact Riemann surfaces. The existence problem of such metrics has been open over twenty years. I will introduce the respectful audience some progress on this problem joint with Qing Chen, Xuemiao Chen, Yiran Cheng, Bo Li, Lingguang Li, Santai Qu, Jijian Song, Yingyi Wu and Xuwen...   More >

Statistical inference for infectious disease modeling

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Po-ling Loh, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Statistics

We discuss two recent results concerning disease modeling on networks. The infection is assumed to spread via contagion (e.g., transmission over the edges of an underlying network). In the first scenario, we observe the infection status of individuals at a particular time instance and the goal is to identify a confidence set of nodes that contain the source of the infection with high probability....   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: H-principle for complex contact structures on Stein manifolds

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Franc Forstneric, University of Ljublana

 Department of Mathematics

The aim of this talk is to present a first attempt towards homotopy classification of holomorphic contact structures on Stein manifolds. We introduce the notion of a formal complex contact structure and show that any such structure on an odd dimensional Stein manifold $X$ is homotopic (through formal contact structures) to a genuine holomorphic contact structure on a Stein domain in X which is...   More >

The Cutting Edge: Theory and the Avant-Garde in Ljubljana

Lecture | February 4 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Kaitlyn Tucker, Humanities Teaching Fellow, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This talk examines the historical relationship between the Ljubljana School and the avant-garde. Beginning in 1967 with Slavoj Zizek’s and Rastko Mocnik’s first forays into concrete poetry and concluding with the School’s involvement in the Neue Slowenische Kunst movement during the 1980s, the talk analyzes the Ljubljana School's engagement with avant-garde aesthetics, and ultimately...   More >

Dare to Repair: From DNA Chemistry to Cancer and back again

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Sheila David, University of California, Davis

 College of Chemistry

Design Field Notes: August de los Reyes

Lecture | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

August de los Reyes works as a Design Director at Google where he leads a team dedicated to harnessing technologies in the service of human well-being. Prior to joining Google, August led design at Pinterest and at Xbox for Microsoft. August is an active champion of Inclusive Design in the tech arena, as well as a pioneer in the Natural User Interface.

IB Seminar: Decoupling tooth loss from the origin of baleen in whales

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Carlos Peredo, George Mason University

 Department of Integrative Biology

Job Market Seminar: "Machine Learning for Set-Identified Linear Models"

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

 Vira Semenova, MIT Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Econometrics, Industrial Organization

New York Times Deputy Editor Julie Bloom at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | February 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Julie Bloom, New York Times

 The Berkeley Forum

In the first half of the twentieth century, the average New York Times editor might never see California, the average New York Times reader might not have either. Much has changed since then. The Times now has more than two dozen journalists based up and down the state and more readers in the state than anywhere else in the country, including New York. Ms. Bloom will talk about the evolution of...   More >

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Apple Info-Session: Careers in Hardware Panel

Information Session | February 4 | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We’re looking for people like you. At Apple, we don’t just create products. We create the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries. Come join us.

The Hardware Panel will feature various engineers representing different hardware-focused technologies within Apple.

RSVP here https://applecorp.avature.net/ursite?projectId=11283&source=UR+Site+Portal

The Paris Review: Women at Work with Emily Nemens

Presentation | February 4 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

What does it mean to be a woman at work in the creative arts in 2019? The Paris Review’s new editor, Emily Nemens, reflects on this question through the lens of the storied literary quarterly’s Writers at Work interview series, the work of contemporary contributors, and her own creative practice as a writer and illustrator.

The Paris Review: Women at Work

Lecture | February 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Emily Nemens

 Arts + Design, Department of English, Art of Writing Program at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, Journalism School, Bay Area Book Festival

What does it mean to be a woman at work in the creative arts in 2019? The Paris Review's new editor, Emily Nemens, reflects on this question through the lens of the storied literary quarterly's Writers at Work interview series, the work of contemporary contributors, and her own creative practice as a writer and illustrator.

Emily Nemens joined The Paris Review as editor in 2018. Stories...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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 for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 17, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery

 Library

Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library will be up in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery until March 1st, 2019. This exhibition celebrates 60 years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, and includes prints in the collection that have not been seen in 20 years, as well as prints that are now owned by the Berkeley Art Museum. There are also cases dedicated...   More >

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

Exhibit - Painting | November 7, 2018 – March 3, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the early twentieth century, inspired by modern science such as Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, an emerging avant-garde movement sought to expand the “dimensionality” of modern art, engaging with theoretical concepts of time and space to advance bold new forms of creative expression. Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein illuminates the remarkable connections between the...   More >

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 >

Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

Exhibit - Painting | December 12, 2018 – April 14, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA's Japanese art collection began in 1919 with a remarkable donation of more than a thousand woodblock prints from the estate of UC Berkeley Professor of English William Dallam Armes. This exhibition features a selection of these exceptional prints, as well as hanging scroll paintings, screens, lacquerware, and ceramics that have entered the collection over the century since this...   More >

Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272

Exhibit - Multimedia | December 12, 2018 – March 24, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Arthur Jafa is an artist, director, editor, and award-winning cinematographer whose poignant work expands the concept of black cinema while exploring African American experience and race relations in everyday life. He has stated, “I have a very simple mantra and it’s this: I want to make black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music.” In his renowned work Love Is The Message,...   More >

Well Played! The Math and Science of Improving Your Game

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 17, 2018 – May 18, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

You don't have to be a pro to know that math and science can help improve your game. In our exhibit, Well Played!, you can experiment with force, angles, and trajectory to get the highest scores you can with classic arcade games such as Skeeball, Pinball, and Basketball.

Want to improve your score? Try our interactive exhibits on the math and science behind force and trajectory, and then head...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 28 – May 17, 2019 every day | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall

 Library

This exhibition of artists' books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image,...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 15 – May 17, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition of artists books centers on ideas about the built environment, curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for CEDs Environmental Design Library.

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.

Facing West 1: Camera Portraits from the Bancroft Collection

Exhibit - Photography | November 9, 2018 – March 15, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

The first part of a double exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of the renewed Bancroft Library and its gallery, Facing West 1 presents a cavalcade of individuals who made, and continue to make, California and the American West. These camera portraits highlight the communities and peoples of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s original collecting region, which extended from the Rockies to the Pacific...   More >

Facing West: Camera Portraits from the Bancroft Collection

Exhibit - Photography | November 29, 2018 – March 15, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Human Resources

The first part of a double exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of the renewed Bancroft Library and its gallery, Facing West 1 presents a cavalcade of individuals who made, and continue to make, California and the American West. These camera portraits highlight the communities and peoples of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s original collecting region, which extended from the Rockies to the Pacific...   More >

10th Annual Plants Illustrated Exhibit: Celebrating Ethnobotany

Exhibit - Painting | January 18 – February 6, 2019 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 10th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of Plants + People in this special exhibition titled Celebrating Ethnobotany.

Papyrus by Sally Petru