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Monday, April 1, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

An eye for detail: Attention and eye movements at the foveal scale

Seminar | April 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. Martina Poletti

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

New Research from the Latinx Research Center

Lecture | April 1 – 29, 2019 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 The Latinx Research Center

Over the past year, Latinx Studies faculty and doctoral students have been advancing their research at the LRC, with visiting post-doctoral and doctoral students joining campus scholars in focused working groups to advance dissertation and book projects. Join us biweekly every Monday in April, for our "Lunch on the LRC" lecture series to learn about interdisciplinary cutting edge Latinx Studies...   More >

SMART Fellowship Info Session

Information Session | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

The SMART program funds current UC Berkeley undergraduates to conduct research under the mentorship of a UC Berkeley graduate student. If you are selected as a SMART undergraduate mentee, you will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500 for working 20 hours a week as a researcher over a 10-week period (200 hours of work carried out at times determined with your mentor). The application...   More >

Spectral Representation and Approximation of Solenoidal Fields: Fluids Seminar

Seminar | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Siavash Ameli, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Wide range of fluid flow applications are incompressible. Noise in flow measurements is the main source that violates the divergence free condition for such flows. Variety of approaches has been proposed to filter noise and reconstruct data. Proper Orthogonal Decomposition, Dynamics Mode Decomposition, radial basis functions and smoothing kernels, spectral filtering by Fourier...   More >

Latinx History In California: New Research from LRC Visiting Scholars Ivón Padilla-Rodriguez And Lilia Soto

Lecture | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Ivón Padilla-Rodriguez, Columbia University; Lilia Soto, University of Wyoming

 The Latinx Research Center

Two lectures on Latinx history in California.

“The Legal Origins of the U.S. Agricultural Child Labor Force: U.S. Child Labor Policy and the of Making Child Migrants in California and Beyond." by Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez.

The U.S. currently employs between 200,000 and 500,000 mostly Latinx agricultural child laborers a year, in spite of the fact that a federal child labor ban was...   More >

Europe and Global Governance

Lecture | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

Carlo Monticelli, Vice Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank, Paris

 Barry Eichengreen, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics

Why has Europe played such a weak role in the transformation of global economic governance that was triggered by the 2008 financial crisis? Are there viable strategies to enhance Europe’s impact on world economic and financial affairs? Would a stronger European influence be detrimental or beneficial to global stability? Carlo Monticelli’s talk addresses these questions building on insights from...   More >

Carlo Monticelli

Combinatorics Seminar: Cluster algebras and factorization

Seminar | April 1 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ana Garcia Elsener, University of Graz

 Department of Mathematics

Cluster algebras were introduced and studied in a series of articles by Fomin and Zelevinsky in [FZ02,FZ03,FZ07] and by Berenstein–Fomin–Zelevinsky in [BFZ05]. They admit connections to several branches of mathematics such as representation theory, geometry, and combinatorics. These algebras are defined by generators obtained recursively form an initial data (a quiver or a matrix). During...   More >

The Role of Early School Experiences in the Development of Executive Function

Colloquium | April 1 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Jennie Grammer, UCLA, Department of Education and Information Studies

 Department of Psychology

Children’s Executive Function (EF) skills develop rapidly during early elementary school and play an important role in student success during the school transition period. Although these associations have been well documented, questions remain regarding the ways in which school shapes EF development, as well as the mechanisms underlying the associations between EF and academic performance. In...   More >

PERL Seminar: “Appointed public officials and local favoritism: Evidence from the German States”

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

 Mariana Lopes, Max Planck Institute- Visiting Researcher Haas BPP


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

Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Meeting | April 1 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum meets weekly to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains and software methodologies. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and LBL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | April 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Youssef Benzarti; Alisa Tazhitdinova

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Youssef Benzarti - "Do Payroll Taxes Turn Workers Into Machines?"
Alisa Tazhitdinova - "Increasing Hours Worked: Moonlighting Responses to a Large Tax Reform"

String-Math Seminar: Quantum Toroidal Algebras, Screenings and 3D Theories

Seminar | April 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Yegor Zenkevich, University of Milano-Bicocca

 Department of Mathematics

Based on the representation theory of quantum toroidal algebras we propose a generalization of the refined topological vertex formalism incorporating additional "Higgsed" vertices and lines apparently corresponding to refined Lagrangian branes. We find rich algebraic structure associated to brane diagrams incorporating the new vertices and lines. In particular, we build the screening charges...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Symplectic structures in derived algebraic geometry

Seminar | April 1 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Gabriele Vezzosi, University of Florence

 Department of Mathematics

After sketching the basics of derived algebraic geometry, I will explain how to define symplectic and lagrangian structures in this setting. A derived symplectic structure has a “shift” (or degree) that is zero for usual symplectic structures. This degree allows us a greater freedom, e.g. it leads to the fact that the derived intersection of two usual lagrangians is symplectic with a $-1$...   More >

EECS/CS Transfer Student Social

Social Event | April 1 | 3-4 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430 Wozniak Lounge

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event will be a great opportunity to socialize with your peers over free food! We will also have some resources available to you at this event, such as a CS Career Counselor and fellow transfer students who can share wisdom about their experiences getting into grad school, finding undergraduate research, etc.

This event is open to all junior transfer students involved with the EECS...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Dwork Crystals and Related Congruences

Seminar | April 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Masha Vlasenko, IMPAN Warsaw

 Department of Mathematics

I will show a new, simple construction of crystals associated with toric hypersurfaces and exploit it to prove p-adic congruences for expansion coefficients of rational functions. This is joint work with Frits Beukers.

The exposition will be self-contained, but I shall explain that our ideas evolve from those of Bernard Dwork. Since he constructed an explicit Frobenius operator which does point...   More >

Lecture by Shirley Thompson: Race, Property, and Belonging in Creole New Orleans

Lecture | April 1 | 3-5:15 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Shirley Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, UT Austin

 Department of English

Differential Geometry Seminar: Collapsed Manifolds With Ricci Curvature and Local Rewinding Volume Bounded Below

Seminar | April 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Xiaochun Rong, Rutgers University

 Department of Mathematics

We will give a brief review of the study of collapsed Riemannian manifolds with sectional curvature bounds, and we will report some recent progress on collapsed manifolds with Ricci curvature and local rewinding volume bounded below.

Zeyu Zheng - Non-stationary Markov processes: Approximations, simulation, and decision-making

Seminar | April 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Zeyu Zheng, University of California, Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In many Markov modeling contexts, the system under consideration exhibits strong time-of-day effects, day-of-week effects, or seasonality effects. In fact, most real-world systems that are modeled as Markov processes exhibit such non-stationarities. Nevertheless, the great majority of the academic literature focuses on modeling and theory for Markov processes with stationary transition...   More >

Behind the Curtain Translational Medicine Lecture

Lecture | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Apr. 1 – Verna Manty Rodriguez (BS ‘82)
Boston Scientific, Stanford Photonics, BTG

These lectures highlight real-world experiences of leaders in the health technologies space. Looking beyond the initial excitement of a concept, industry veterans discuss the heavy lifting on many fronts that gets new ideas out of the lab and into the clinic.

Learning Spaces for Experiential Learning

Colloquium | April 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Dr. David Ernesto Salinas Navarro, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico City Region), Organizational Systems and Industrial Engineering Department

 Graduate School of Education

Dr. Salinas Navarro expands the conceptualization of learning spaces for higher education by integrating Experiential Learning (EL) and Challenge Based Learning (CbL). He offers a framework for shifting attention to domains of interaction in which students actively develop their specific learning outcomes. In these learning spaces, students learn-by-doing in real-world types of situations.

Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It.: A Talk By Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliott

Panel Discussion | April 1 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, The Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute

Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliot will discuss their new book, Pressure Cooker. Organized around the stories of nine families and based on extensive ethnographic research, Pressure Cooker takes on 7 foodie myths, showing how encouraging people to "get back into the kitchen" does not address the deeper problems in our food system.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Subleading asymptotics of ECH capacities

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Dan Cristofaro-Gardiner, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Mathematics

In previous work, Hutchings, Ramos and I studied the embedded contact homology (ECH) spectrum for any closed three-manifold with a contact form, and proved a “volume identity” showing that the leading order asymptotics recover the contact volume. I will explain recent joint work that sharpens this asymptotic formula by estimating the subleading term. The main technical point needed in our...   More >

Population Diversity in Aging and Metabolic Stress: Using Systems Biology to Connect Molecular Networks and Phenotypic Outcomes: Dr. Evan Williams, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zurich

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Center for Computational Biology, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Interactions between individuals' genetic backgrounds and their environments over a lifetime drive variation in the incidence and severity of metabolic disorders and age-related co-morbidities. We have followed a highly diverse set...   More >

Targeted Antisense Therapeutics for Modulation of Splicing or NMD

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: “Countering the Winner’s Curse: Optimal Auction Design in a Common Value Model”

Seminar | April 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Dirk Bergemann, Yale University

 Department of Economics

Co-authored with Benjamin Brooks and Stephen Morris. Joint with Economic Theory seminar.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: The pointwise convergence problem for the free Schrödinger equation

Seminar | April 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ruixiang Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

Carleson proposed a problem on a.e. convergence for free Schrödinger solutions as time goes to zero. Recently it got a sharp answer (up to the endpoint) in all dimensions. We will talk about the new result in dimensions $n+1$ for all $n >2$ and ideas behind it (joint work with Xiumin Du).

Again for the First Time with Rhonda Holberton

Lecture | April 1 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As artist Rhonda Holberton talks about her process—describing with her hands the arrangement and heft of the objects that appear in her images—it’s hard not to think of those things and that space as real. But everything, from the objects themselves to the flawlessly diffuse lighting and cool white marble ground, is digitally produced. Holberton makes 3D scans of real objects, then places them in...   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.

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 >

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 >

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


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.

On View at Jacobs Hall: Fabien Cappello: Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs

Exhibit - Photography | March 21 – May 19, 2019 every day |  Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Fabien Cappello’s SILLAS CALLEJERAS (STREET CHAIRS, 2018) offers lessons in design and ingenuity from Mexico City. The photographic series depicts a collection of chairs assembled from everyday contexts across the sprawling metropolis — market stalls, shops, street stands, and elsewhere. Cappello casts an anthropological eye on artifacts that reflect a city where artisanal manufacture...   More >

Fabien Cappello, Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs, 2018. Courtesy the designer.

Illustrating México one page at a time-Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada.

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 8 – June 30, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 2nd floor

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In the pantheon of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists who represent Mexico and Mexican art, the artwork of José Guadalupe Posada stands out as a bright constellation that continues to shine a light on important stories through woodcuts, imprints, and engravings. This exhibition was created using the books from the collections of the Doe Library. The exhibition is envisioned...   More >

Aaron Marcus: Early Works

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 6 – June 30, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Educated in physics, mathematics, and philosophy at Princeton University and trained in graphic design at Yale, Berkeley-based Aaron Marcus explores new possibilities for expression. He created his first “computer-assisted poem-drawings” in the spring of 1972, when he served as a research associate at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture. Using standard typographical symbols, Marcus...   More >