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Monday, January 27, 2020

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th 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 rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

Deppea splendens 'Cristobal' Image by Jill Petersen

Search for UC President 2019

Information Session | January 27 | 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom West

 Public Affairs

The University of California Board of Regents announces a global search to recruit a new President in accordance with its Policy on Appointment of the President of the University.

Details at: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/7101.html. On November 14, 2019, the Board of Regents approved the criteria for the position of the President of the University of California.

Disparity and motion-in-depth processing in human visual cortex

Seminar | January 27 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Anthony Norcia, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The lateral separation of the two eyes creates slight retinal image differences that provide binocular disparity and binocular motion cues that can be used to extract information about depth in the world. To gain insight about the neural mechanisms involved in processing these cues, we use cue-isolating stimulation techniques to study the dynamics of brain responses to changing disparity cues,...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

SEMM Seminar: Building a More Resilient San Francisco

Seminar | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Danielle Hutchings Mieler, Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, City and County of San Francisco

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities face a myriad challenges from rising seas, aging infrastructure, increasingly extreme weather, housing shortages and chronic homelessness. As we look to the future we ask, how will these challenges be exacerbated by a large earthquake? What will San Francisco be like with 160,000 new residents? How will climate change impact vulnerable populations? San Francisco is working to address the...   More >

Machine Learning and Science Forum

Meeting | January 27 – May 4, 2020 every other Monday | 1:30-2:30 p.m. |  Virtual Participation via Zoom


 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Find out more on the BIDS website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Pseudospectral Shattering, the Sign Function, and Diagonalization in Nearly Matrix Multiplication Time I

Seminar | January 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a recent joint work with J. Banks, A. Kulkarni and N. Srivastava, we have shown that on a high level, any efficient numerically stable matrix-multiplication algorithm can be turned into a diagonalization algorithm with the same properties. Quantitatively, our result significantly improves the best previously known provable running times of diagonalization algorithms. In this talk, which...   More >

Robert Frank on the Psychology of Climate Change

Lecture | January 27 | 3-5 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Living Room

 Robert Frank, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management, Cornell University

 Dan Kammen, Professor, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Professor of Public Policy Goldman School of Public Policy

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Robert Frank will visit the Goldman School of Public Policy on Monday, Jan. 27, from 3-5 pm in the Living Room to discuss his upcoming book, Under the Influence.

“After more than three decades, the public is finally beginning to grasp what a serious threat global warming poses. What’s missing from the climate conversation now is a plausible narrative about how we might parry this threat....   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Mean convex mean curvature flow with free boundary

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Zhu, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

In the class of mean convex surfaces, the mean curvature flow provides a useful geometric tool, owing its power to the regularity and structure theory established by White and with subsequent developments by Haslhofer, Kleiner and Hershkovits. In joint work with Edelen, Haslhofer and Ivaki, we generalise this theory to the free boundary setting. There are significant analytic and geometric issues...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Supersingular main conjectures, Sylvester's conjecture and Goldfeld's conjecture

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Daniel Kriz, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I formulate and prove a new Rubin-type Iwasawa main conjecture for imaginary quadratic fields in which $p$ is inert or ramified, as well as a Perrin-Riou type Heegner point main conjecture for certain supersingular CM elliptic curves. These main conjectures and their proofs are related to $p$-adic L-functions that I have previously constructed, and have applications to two classical...   More >

Compact accelerators and photon sources using laser-driven plasma acceleration

Colloquium | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 3105 Etcheverry Hall

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Abstract: Plasma waves can support extremely large accelerating fields, several orders of magnitude greater than conventional accelerators, and, hence, provide a compact method of generating energetic charged particle beams. Plasma waves suitable for particle acceleration may be resonantly excited using the radiation pressure from intense, high-power, ultrashort laser pulses. Laser-driven plasma...   More >

A Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color

Panel Discussion | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Social Welfare, School of

This presentation provides a holistic analytic framework and a strategic canvas for improving the life outcomes for males of color.

Illuminating the biochemistry of zinc and RNA in live cells

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Amy Palmer, University of Colorado Boulder

 College of Chemistry

There are over two thousand proteins encoded by the human genome that are predicted to bind zinc, where zinc binding is predicted to be essential for function. At the cellular level zinc is important for DNA synthesis, cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Given the importance of Zn2+ in cell biology and human health, it is astounding that we still don’t understand the mechanisms of...   More >

The Improbable Poetics of Crime and Punishment

Lecture | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Great Matzner-Gore, Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California

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

The first lecture in the Spring 2020 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Box condition versus Chang–Fefferman condition for weighted multi-parameter paraproducts.

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

Paraproducts are building blocks of many singular integral operators and the main instrument in proving “Leibniz rule” for fractional derivatives (Kato–Ponce). Also multi-parameter paraproducts appear naturally in questions of embedding of spaces of analytic functions in polydisc into Lebesgues spaces with respect to a measure in the polydisc. The latter problem (without loss of...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Selling Consumer Data for Profit: Optimal Market-Segmentation Design and its Consequences"

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kai Hao Yang, Chicago Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Political Economy, Industry Organization

Thematic Seminar: K-stability and moduli spaces of Fano varieties

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yuchen Liu, Yale

 Department of Mathematics

Fano varieties are positively curved algebraic varieties which form one of the three building blocks in the classification. Unlike the case of negatively curved varieties, moduli spaces of Fano varieties (even smooth ones) can fail to be Hausdorff. K-stability was originally invented as an algebro-geometric notion characterizing the existence of Kähler-Einstein metrics on Fano varieties....   More >

Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor

Colloquium | January 27 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 John Martinis, UC Santa Barbara / Google

 Department of Physics

The promise of quantum computers is that certain computational tasks might be executed exponentially faster on a quantum processor than on a classical processor. A fundamental challenge is to build a high-fidelity processor capable of running quantum algorithms in an exponentially large computational space. Here we report the use of a processor with programmable superconducting qubits to create...   More >

"Imported" Feminism and "Indigenous" Queerness: From Backlash to Transphobic Feminism in Transnational Japanese Context (Lecture)

Lecture | January 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

 The Program in Critical Theory

As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.” Curiously enough, “Japan” has also...   More >

Auditions: Digital Dreams, Student-Directed Dance Workshop

Performing Arts - Dance | January 27 | 6-9 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 170 (Z170)

 Randall Belyea

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Current UC Berkeley students of any major are invited to open auditions for Digital Dreams, an original dance piece choreographed by Randall Belyea. The performance is part of the student workshop series presented by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance studies.

Palo Alto Networks Tech Talk

Information Session | January 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Palo Alto Networks is the fastest-growing security company in history. Named best place to work by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, we offer the chance to be part of an important mission: ending breaches and protecting our way of digital life. Our mission isn’t a small one. It isn’t simple either. We built a foundation in challenging the way things are done, and we’re looking for incredible...   More >

ATC Lecture — Amy LaViers, "Dancing with Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems"

Colloquium | January 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Amy LaViers, Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design

Movement seems to encode information. How does this work? We know that animals, including humans, use the motion of counterparts to produce coordinated, social behaviors. But how do we resolve the discrete measures of communication and information theory with the continuous laws of motion and mechanics? Answering these questions is critical to developing expressive robotic systems that integrate...   More >

Cal Night at the San Jose Sharks

Special Event | January 27 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. |  SAP Center

  , San Jose, CA

 Cal Alumni Association

Calling all fans of NHL hockey and our Silicon Valley alumni community—our 2020 Cal Night at the San Jose Sharks is fast approaching! Join us on January 27 when the Sharks look to strengthen their divisional standing against their longtime rivals, the Anaheim Ducks. With two discounted ticket packages, and each ticket supporting CAA’s Alumni Scholars Program, we expect this event to sell out. Buy...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are Monday-Friday during the academic year. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please call (510) 643-9670 or email townsendcenter@berkeley.edu for viewing times.

Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >