<< May 2017 >>

Monday, May 1, 2017

Computational Challenges in Machine Learning

Workshop | May 1 – 5, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The aim of this workshop will be to bring together a broad set of researchers looking at algorithmic questions that arise in machine learning. The primary target areas will be large-­scale learning and algorithms for Bayesian estimation.

Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology; chair), David Blei (Columbia University), Katherine Heller (Duke University), John Langford...   More >

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Dissertation Talk: Provably Secure Computing using Certified Software and Trusted Hardware

Presentation | May 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Rohit Sinha

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Security-critical applications constantly face threats from exploits in lower computing layers 
such as the OS and Hypervisor, or even attacks from malicious datacenter insiders.
This dissertation explores building cloud applications with provable security guarantees, 
including only these hardware primitives (i.e. nearly zero software) in the trusted computing base. 

$K$-theory seminar: The Chern Character in twisted $K$-theory

Seminar | May 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Evans Hall, 740 and then 959

 German Stefanich, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will recall the construction of the (equivariant) Chern character in $K$-theory and proceed to construct its twisted version.

The Future of Western Democracies: Defending Freedom and Open Societies

Lecture | May 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  Moses Hall

 Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

 Institute of European Studies

In his most recent book “In Defense of Freedom – How We Can Win the Battle for Our Open Societies”, Ralf Fuecks analyses the reasons behind racism, nationalism, and the collapse of the political center. We are in the midst of a crisis of liberal democracy. The widespread fear of economic decline, unchecked globalization, and uncontrolled migration is resulting in increasingly nationalist rhetoric...   More >

Armenian in New York City: A Fascinating History

Lecture | May 1 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Harold Takooshian, Professor of Psychology & Urban Studies; Director of the Organizational Leadership Program, Fordham University

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

The Armenian diaspora has a fascinating history in the USA. In New York City, this includes some notable facts across the past two centuries--a rich history of triumph, scandal, tragedy, achievement despite adversity, with such colorful notables as Kristapor der Seropian, M. Vartan Malcom, Raymond Damadian, Nicholas Kristoff, Haik Kavookjian.

Harold Takooshian, PhD, is on the faculty of...   More >

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | May 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Rachel Albert, PhD Candidate (O’Brein Lab); Paul Cullen (Flanagan Lab)

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Rachel Albert's talk title is:

Latency Requirements for Foveated Rendering


Paul Cullen's talk title is:

Under Pressure: Understanding Glaucoma through the Lens of Astrocyte Reactivity

Anthropology on the Frontlines: Honoring the work of Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Conference/Symposium | May 1 | 1-7 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Dean of Education, UCLA; Juan Thomas Ordóñez, Professor of Anthropology, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá; Naomar Monteriro Almeida-Filho, Chancellor, Federal University Southern Bahia, Brazil; Sherry Ortner, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, UCLA; Kimberly Theidon, Professor of Anthropology, Fletcher School of Diplomacy; Francisco J. Ferrándiz, Spanish National Research Council; Donald Boström, Investigative Journalist, Sweden; Michael Montgomery, Center for Investigative Reporting; Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila, Former Director, Pedro Khori Institute, Havana; Meira Waiss, Professor Emerita of Antropology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

 Gail Kligman, Assoc. Provost, Professor of Sociology, UCLA

 Nicholas B. Dirks, Professor of Anthropology, Chancellor, UCB

 Department of Anthropology, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Humanities Research Institute, Center for Law and Society

The Anthropology department is hosting an international conference with special guests to honor the life and work of Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes during May 1st and 2nd. Several of our own UCB Anthropology PhD alumni and other distinguished anthropologists, social scientists, doctors, epidemiologists, investigative journalists will also be speaking at the two day event.

Dissertation Talk: Optomechanical Dynamics in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

Lecture | May 1 | 2-3 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540AB (DOP Center)

 S. Adair Gerke, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

String-Math Seminar: Geometry behind the shuffle conjecture

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

 Erik Carlsson, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The original "shuffle conjecture" of Haglund, Haiman, Loehr, Ulyanov, and Remmel predicted a striking combinatorial formula for the bigraded character of the diagonal coinvariant algebra in type A, in terms of some fascinating parking functions statistics. I will start by explaining this formula, as well as the ideas that went into my recent proof of this conjecture with Anton Mellit, namely the...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Contact and symplectic foliations/Skeleta of Weinstein manifolds

Seminar | May 1 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Stanford University Mathematics Department, 384H/383N

 Alvaro del Pino/Laura Starkston, ICMAT, University of Madrid/Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

In dimension 3, every foliation...   More >

Deepak Rajan - Distributed-memory branch-and-bound tree search for stochastic Mixed-Integer Programs (MIPs)

Seminar | May 1 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Deepak Rajan, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In this talk, I present and compare two frameworks for distributed-memory branch-and-bound (B&B) tree search.

Physical Mechanisms of Cell Organization on Micron Length Scales

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

 Michael Rosen, UT Southwestern Medical Center

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Department of Chemistry

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: A conjecture in Diophantine geometry, via model theory

Seminar | May 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Michael Wan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In 2011, Jonathan Pila published an unconditional proof of the André-Oort conjecture in Diophantine geometry, in the Annals. A simplified, vague form of the statement is as follows: if X is an irreducible affine complex variety, and X contains a Zariski dense set of “special points”, then X is a “special variety”.

Pila’s proof uses the theory of o-minimality from model theory, a...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Mechanism Design meets Development: Selective Trials for Technology Diffusion

Seminar | May 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Pascaline Dupas, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Dissertation Talk: Parallel Machine Learning Using Concurrency Control

Seminar | May 1 | 5-6 p.m. | 465H Soda Hall

 Xinghao Pan, EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Many machine learning algorithms iteratively process datapoints and transform some global model parameters. It has become increasingly impractical to serially execute such iterative algorithms as processor speeds fail to catch up to the explosive growth in dataset sizes.

To address these problems, the machine learning community has turned to two parallelization strategies: bulk synchronous...   More >

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

Arts + Design Mondays: The Future of Media in the Trump Era, with Dave Pell and Guests

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dave Pell is a writer, angel investor, and founder of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. He has degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard University and has written for numerous media sites, including Gizmodo, NPR, Medium, and Forbes.

This event is part of The Future of Cultural Criticism, a series featuring some of the most innovative and incisive commentators on culture,...   More >

 Admission to this event is free

The Future of Media in the Trump Era: Dave Pell, moderated by Deirdre English

Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Dave Pell is the founder and editor of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. Deirdre English is former editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine.

The Great American Eclipse: Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures

Lecture | May 1 | 7:30-9 p.m. | California Academy of Sciences, Planetarium

 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

 Dr. Laura Peticolas, Space Science Laboratory, UC Berkeley


For the first time since 1918, there will be a total solar eclipse crossing the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic on August 21, 2017. Dr. Peticolas will provide an overview of the eclipse, describe research that will result during this eclipse, and invite members of the audience to participate in gathering images for the Eclipse Megamovie.

$12 Members, $15 General, $12 Seniors

 Reservations: Members: $12, General $15, Seniors $12. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To reserve a place today, buy a member or non-member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Tickets go on sale April 25. Buy tickets online or by calling California Academy of Sciences at 877-227-1831

The Great American Eclipse

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Garden Closed

Holiday | November 4, 2014 – December 5, 2017 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from somewhere...   More >

Nuclear Policy Working Group

Meeting | March 14 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | NSSC Suite, Suite 230

 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Computational Challenges in Machine Learning

Workshop | May 1 – 5, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The aim of this workshop will be to bring together a broad set of researchers looking at algorithmic questions that arise in machine learning. The primary target areas will be large-­scale learning and algorithms for Bayesian estimation.

Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology; chair), David Blei (Columbia University), Katherine Heller (Duke University), John Langford...   More >

  Register online

Brand Training Workshop 1: Strategy and visual design

Workshop | May 2 | 9-11:30 a.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Public Affairs

Attend this workshop to understand the strategy behind the development of the Berkeley brand platform. See examples of how to apply the brand guidelines in your daily work. Get hands-on practice with the visual design elements of the brand platform. Work on a sample project (or bring a live one of your own) to create a branded piece with your own unique voice. Participants: Anyone who does...   More >

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Teaching in Summer Workshop

Workshop | May 2 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Jake Grumbach, AC Faculty Member, Political Science; John Stehlin, AC Faculty Member, Geography

 American Cultures

The American Cultures (AC) Center extends an invitation to all summer to attend our ‘Teaching in Summer’ workshop. Although this workshop will discuss the opportunities and obstacles of teaching AC courses, in particular, we will also spend significant time discussing general approaches to teaching courses in the summer, and therefore want to extend this invitation to all who might find value in...   More >

  Registration opens February 28. Register online by April 25.

Innate-like B cells and their rules of engagement in infection

Seminar | May 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Note change in location

 Nicole Baumgarth, University of California, Davis, Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Anthropology on the Frontlines: Honoring the work of Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Conference/Symposium | May 2 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phillipe Bourgois, Professor of Anthropology, UCLA; Diane Tober, UCSF; Zvika Orr, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Itamar Haritan, University of Telaviv; Patricio Antonio da Silva, Timbaubaand Sao Paulo, Brazil; Joao Marcelo Gomes Ferreira, Timbauba, Brazil; Donna Goldstein, University of Colorado; Misha Klein, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma; Candace Slater, Professor of Portuguese Studies, UCB; David Napier, Professor Medical Anthropology, University College London; Matthew Guttman, Professor of Anthropology, Brown University; Kim Hopper, Columbia University

 Laurie Wilke, Chair, Professor of Anthropology, UCB

 Carla Hesse, Dean of Social Sciences, UCB

 Loïc Wacquant, Professor of Sociology, UCB

Rad Med Collective, Dean of Education, UCB, UCSF

A captive research team, Investigative Journalist, Hughes Family

 Department of Anthropology, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Humanities Research Institute, UCB Center for the Study of Law and Society

The Anthropology department is hosting an international conference with special guests to honor the life and work of Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes during May 1st and 2nd. Several of our own UCB Anthropology PhD alumni and other distinguished anthropologists, social scientists, doctors, epidemiologists, investigative journalists will also be speaking at the two day event.

Clayton C. Heathcock Lecture: Complex Alkaloid Total Synthesis

Seminar | May 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Mohammad Movassaghi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 College of Chemistry

Several representative enantioselective alkaloid total syntheses and related methodologies will be discussed. The development of unifying synthetic strategies guided by biogenetic considerations for each alkaloid family of interest will be highlighted. These syntheses feature new stereo- and chemoselective reactions that enable maximum use of the inherent chemistry of key intermediates.

RTGC and $K$-theory seminar: Character Formulas for Matrix Factorisations

Seminar | May 2 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Kiran Luecke, Oxford University and UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Using the structure of the matrix factorisation category $\mathrm{MF}_G(\mathfrak g, W)$ of Freed and Teleman, I deduce the Kirillov character formula for compact Lie groups, and the Rossman character formula for the discrete series of a real semi-simple Lie group. The proofs are a calculation of Chern characters and use the Dirac family constructed by Freed, Hopkins, and Teleman. Indeed, one of...   More >

Dissertation Talk - Integrated Nanoscale Antenna-LED for On-Chip Optical Communication

Seminar | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Seth Fortuna, Graduate Student Researcher, EECS/BSAC; Prof. Ming Wu, Advisor

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

LEDs have low modulation speed due to the mismatch of the atomic optical dipole oscillations responsible for light emission and wavelength. Coupling a semiconductor to an external antenna, the emission rate can be increased. An electrically-injected III-V antenna-LED coupled to a cavity-backed slot antenna with a 200-fold increase in the spontaneous emission rate is demonstrated.

  RSVP online by May 1.

Making the Most of Social Security (BEUHS360)

Workshop | May 2 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Eric Schreiber, Workplace Planning & Guidance Consultant, Fidelity Investments

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This workshop will cover how Social Security benefits are determined and claiming strategies that can help you optimize your benefits.

  Enroll online

Queer Hyenas: Exclusion and Sanctuary in Senegalese Visual Culture

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

 Ivy Mills, Lecturer, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Dr. Ivy Mills is a lecturer in the Visual and Literary Cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley. A recipient of Fulbright, FLAS, and Rocca grants, she conducted research on Senegalese cultural production and taught college courses during a four-year residency in Dakar, Senegal; she then earned her PhD in African...   More >

Ivy Mills

Aesthetics After Austerity: Boubacar Boris Diop and the Work of Literature in Neoliberal Senegal: Workshop with Tobias Warner (UC Davis)

Workshop | May 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | TBD Dwinelle Hall

 Tobias Warner, UC Davis

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Berkeley Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Tobias Warner (Assistant Professor of French, UC Davis) has agreed to share with us some of his latest work in a workshop. He will be joining us on Tuesday, May 2nd, 12:30-2:00 PM, to discuss a recent work titled "Aesthetics After Austerity: Boubacar Boris Diop and the Work of Literature in Neoliberal Senegal."

A copy of the work will be shared at a...   More >

Development Lunch:"Two short presentations"

Seminar | May 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Christine Nanjala Simiyu; Michael Mbate

 Department of Economics, CEGA

AI for Enterprise Security: The Challenges From a Data Scientist’s Perspective

Seminar | May 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Ignacio Arnaldo, Chief Data Scientist

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

As part of its Spring 2017 Lunch Seminar Series, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity presents Ignacio Arnaldo, Chief Data Scientist for PatternEx.

  RSVP online by May 1.


Dissertation Talk: Towards Personalized Predictive Medicine — On Remote Monitoring, Privacy and Publication Bias

Presentation | May 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Daniel Aranki, PhD Candidate, EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), HART Lab, The Berkeley Telemonitoring Project

The current healthcare model in the United States of America (US) is reactive in nature; that is, individuals usually seek medical attention after symptoms manifest. In 2015, the total cost of healthcare in the US was $3.2 trillion (17.8% of US Gross Domestic Product), which amounts to $9,990 per capita. In the same year, the 30-days all-condition rate of unplanned rehospitalizations in patients...   More >

BIDS Spring 2017 Data Science Faire

Special Event | May 2 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

An Orderly Mess: A Lecture by Dr. Helga Nowotny, Founding Member, European Research Council

Lecture | May 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Helga Nowotny, President, European Research Council

 Social Science Matrix

Social Science Matrix is proud to welcome Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council. Her lecture will focus on "messiness," which she explains is "a familiar condition that forms the background of our daily life and of society."

  RSVP online by May 2.

Dr. Helga Nowotny

Dissertation Talk: All-Mechanical Receiver

Seminar | May 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Ruonan Liu

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service

Reception | May 2 | 3-5:30 p.m. |  Krutch Theatre (Clark Kerr Campus)

 Chancellor Nicholas Dirks

 Public Service Center

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged...   More >

Young Scholars Research Symposium: A celebration of student excellence

Conference/Symposium | May 2 | 4-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Ariana Pemberton, History of Art Department

 Sanchit Shorewala, Department of Economics; Department of Statistics

 Rebecca Dharmapalan, Department of Sociology

 Zhuo Shi, Department of Economics; Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

 Lei Dingkun, Visiting Scholar, 2017, Institute for South Asia Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Office of Undergraduate Research

UC Berkeley student scholarship on cultural, political, and religious norms in South Asia.

How to complete the MCAT and succeed in applying to medical school:

Workshop | May 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Renan Aparicio

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The aim of this workshop is to help underrepresented researchers of color better understand the process of applying to medical school and completing the MCAT.

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects Workshop

Workshop | May 2 | 5 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Rm. 340 - BCNM Commons

 Stacy Reardon, Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Like WordPress, it is easy to create content, but it is distinguished by multiple ways of navigating through a project, annotation and metadata features, and image and video options. Choose it to develop born digital projects and...   More >

Seabury Lecture: Karina Walters, UW: Iyyi Kowa ("Broken Foot") Transcending Historical Trauma through Collective Action - The Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health Study

Lecture | May 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

Dr. Karina Walters, University of Washington School of Social Work
(Choctaw nation of Oklahoma)
Associate Dean for Research and Katherine Chambers Hall University Professor, Co-Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

This presentation will describe a culturally centered approach to transcending historical trauma. Specifically, we will provide an overview of the design and...   More >

Gilead Infosession: Bio-Tech Connect: Industry Infosession Series

Information Session | May 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Thinking about your career?
By joining the Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing team at Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases. DINNER PROVIDED!

Buddhist Sectarianism in Burma’s Last Kingdom

Colloquium | May 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Alexandra Kaloyanides, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The collapse of Burma’s final kingdom was devastating for the Buddhist organizations that depended on its royal sponsorship. The nineteenth-century encroachment of the British Raj crippled both the Konbaung Dynasty and its once-powerful monastic establishment, but it also created opportunities for opposition parties. One adversarial Buddhist sect, the Paramats, was particularly active between the...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 31 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

One Year of Community Engagement in Food Systems

Social Event | May 2 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Jeff Noven, Operations Manager, Berkeley Student Food Collective; Kelly Carlisle, Executive Director, Acta Non Verba; Ruben E. Canedo, Research & Mobilization Coordinator, Centers for Educational Equity & Excellence (CE3)

 College of Natural Resources

Community leaders and undergraduate students involved with ESPM 197 - Community Engagement in Food Systems this past year will gather to discuss their projects and ways forward for the Food Systems minor. This event is open to the public, especially students and community members interested in learning more about the Food Systems Minor.

Baseball vs. San Francisco

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | May 2 | 7:05 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts San Francisco at Evans Diamond.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jacobs Spring Design Showcase

Special Event | May 3 – 4, 2017 every day |  Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

On Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, please join the Jacobs Institute for the Jacobs Spring Design Showcase. At this open house, you can meet student designers, check out innovations in fields from health to socially engaged art, and celebrate the semester over conversation and refreshments.

Computational Challenges in Machine Learning

Workshop | May 1 – 5, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The aim of this workshop will be to bring together a broad set of researchers looking at algorithmic questions that arise in machine learning. The primary target areas will be large-­scale learning and algorithms for Bayesian estimation.

Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology; chair), David Blei (Columbia University), Katherine Heller (Duke University), John Langford...   More >

  Register online

2017 California Transportation Planning Conference

Conference/Symposium | May 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Walnut Creek Marriott

 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

 Technology Transfer Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact...   More >

 This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.

Garden Closed

Special Event | May 3 |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Due to a power outage, the Garden will be closed today, May 3rd.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | May 3 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

  Register online

BFI Research Showcase

Colloquium | May 3 | 8:45-10:45 a.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Berkeley Food Institute

In 2015, the Berkeley Food Institute provided seed funding to six multi-disciplinary and innovative research projects in food and agriculture. On May 3, our grantees will be sharing the results of their research with the Berkeley community. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from UC Berkeley's experts from various fields, and to participate in the Q&A session following each grantee's presentation.

  Register online

Amrita Hazra, Millet Project

American Studies Spring Conference: Twice-Told Tales

Conference/Symposium | May 3 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Women's Faculty Club

 Leigh Raiford, American Studies/African-American Studies; Shannon Steen, American Studies/Theater; Lauren Kroiz, American Studies/History of Art; Andy Shanken, American Studies/Architecture; David Henkin, American Studies/History; Michael Cohen, American Studies/African American Studies; Beth Piatote, American Studies/Native American Studies

 American Studies

GWE Study Break Breakfast

Social Event | May 3 | 9-10 a.m. | North Gate Hall, Courtyard

 Graduate Assembly

Are you feeling the pressure of the end of the semester building? Is dead week going to be rough?

Good news! GWE is buying breakfast! Bagels, coffee, and assorted pastries!

History 101 Circus: Undergraduate Research Showcase

Presentation | May 3 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of History

The 101 Circus is the great annual gathering at which undergraduate history majors present their thesis research.

History 101 is designed to guide students through the capstone experience of undergraduate education as a history major: the researching and writing of a senior thesis. Successful completion of this challenging but rewarding endeavor requires students to do the work of a historian....   More >

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series with Cristina Banks, PhD and Edward Yelin, PhD: Health and Employment: Macro Context and Micro Initiatives

Seminar | May 3 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  Webinar

 Edward Yelin, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; Cristina Banks, Director, HealthyWorkplaces, UC Berkeley

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program

What are employment and workforce trends regarding Americans with disabilities? What is the newest thinking about how to build worker sustainability in response to these trends?

This webinar presentation will provide you with the latest information. The presentation makes it clear that allowing workplace practices and disability policies to continue will prove to be deleterious to the American...   More >

$0 Free Webinar, $30 CE Credit

  Registration opens March 28. Register online or by calling 510-642-8365, or by emailing coehce@berkeley.edu by May 3.

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series with Cristina Banks, PhD and Edward Yelin, PhD

Capstone Showcase 2017: Berkeley Master of Engineering

Presentation | May 3 | 10:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m. |  Shires Hall

 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

The Berkeley Master of Engineering Showcase is a chance for the Berkeley community to engage with our Masters students in their research & industry projects. If you are curious about the latest innovations or where the future of engineering is heading–come see for yourself!

Come network with students, faculty, and alumni while trying out the latest innovations in tech.

Food and drinks will...   More >

$K$-theory seminar: Twisted $K_G(G)$ and Loop group representations

Seminar | May 3 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Gammage, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will review the representations of loop groups and the Kac-Weyl formula for their characters. We then proceed to describe the (complex) twisted conjugation-equivariant $K$-theory of a compact (simply connected) Lie group $G$, and and relate it to the Verlinde ring.

Ayotzinapa: La verdadera noche de Iguala

Lecture | May 3 | 12-2 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall

 Anabel Hernández

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Dr.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Global Exchange, and Escuelita Comunitaria invite the community to:

Anabel Hernández’s presentation of her new book on Ayotzinapa, La verdadera noche de Iguala

Wednesday, May 3rd, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

5125 Dwinelle Hall, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Hidden Burdens: How Social and Educational Experiences Are Shaped by Race and Immigration Status

Colloquium | May 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Duster Conference Room

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Esther Cho, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Kelechi Uwaezuoke, DrPH Candidate, School of Public Health, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

 Bruce Fuller, Professor, Education and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

ISSI's Graduate Fellows Program presents:

Hidden Burdens: How Social and Educational Experiences Are Shaped by Race and Immigration Status

Esther Cho, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Kelechi Uwaezuoke, DrPH Candidate, School of Public Health, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal...   More >

Certificate Program in Software Development and Programming Online Information Session

Information Session | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Sean Butcher, LL.B., M.B.A.

 UC Berkeley Extension

Advance your technology career with our new software development and programming certificate. It combines theory and practice to give you a balanced mix of knowledge and skills in software development, databases, computer programming and Web development.

  Register online

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music | May 3 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Javanese and Balinese Gamelan Music performed by student ensembles under the direction of Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata and Lisa Gold

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular...   More >

Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history

Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Agnieszka Ilwicka, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history

Polish-born Yiddishist and oral historian Agnieszka Ilwicka will talk about her research project "Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968." After World War II, Lower Silesia was the largest Jewish settlement in Europe. Ilwicka will share her journey through Yiddish, Polish, Hebrew, and...   More >

Policy Entrepreneurship

Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in date

 Tom Kalil, UC Berkeley and the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Tom Kalil is an expert on technology and innovation policy, and served both the Clinton and Obama admistrations, most recently Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also served as the Senior Advisor for Scienc


 Free lunch at UC Berkeley if you register by the Monday before the talk (lunches limited). Register online

Measuring Cultural Models and Contraceptive Use Among Young US Women: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | May 3 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Emily Marshall, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Public Health Program, Franklin & Marshall College

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Two axes of subordination: How immigration shapes racial dynamics in the U.S.

Colloquium | May 3 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Sapna Cheryan, Associate Professor, University of Washington

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The study of racial prejudice in psychology developed primarily based on research studying African Americans and Whites. The recent precipitated growth of Latinos and Asian Americans in the United States underscores the need for a framework that integrates more groups.

The current work proposes that racial and ethnic minority groups are disadvantaged along two distinct dimensions of perceived...   More >

Artist’s Talk: Sam Contis

Lecture | May 3 | 12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

MATRIX artist Contis talks about her photographs and shifting notions of place, identity, and gender in the American West.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission Event is included with admission

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Information Session | January 25 – May 3, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 1-3 p.m. | 100 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Dissertation Talk: Reconfigurable Micromechanical Filters

Seminar | May 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Jalal Naghsh Nilchi, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Link homotopy in dimensions 3

Seminar | May 3 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Peter Teichner, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In our two talks, we'll consider link maps of many spheres into another sphere. Link maps are continuous maps such that connected components in the source are mapped disjointly into the target. John Milnor introduced the notion of a link homotopy of a link in 3-space and we'll recall his approach in the talk at 2 pm.

BioE Seminar: “Biologically fabricated materials composed of engineered biofilm matrix proteins”

Seminar | May 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building | Note change in time

 Neel Joshi, Harvard University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, May 3

Details Forthcoming

Spring Division meeting

Meeting | May 3 | 3-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Robert Powell, Division Chair, Academic Senate

 Academic Senate

This is a regular business meeting of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate. The notice will be posted online prior to the meeting.

 Senate members have priority seating and others will be accommodated as space allows. Please contact us in advance for permission to take photographs or for accommodation needs.

The continuous-time lace expansion and it’s applications

Seminar | May 3 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tyler Helmuth, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics

 Department of Statistics

The lace expansion is one of the primary tools for proving that probability models in high dimensions have mean field behaviour. I will explain the previous sentence by describing joint work in progress with David Brydges and Mark Holmes in which we develop a continuous time lace expansion. Our method allows us to analyze n-component field theories when n is zero, one, or two. The case n=2 is new.

Applied Mathematics Seminar: Optimization-based Estimation and Control of Uncertain Systems

Seminar | May 3 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ali Mesbah, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Uncertainty is ubiquitous in complex dynamical systems. System uncertainties can lead to severe degradation of the performance of advanced optimization-based estimation and control methods, which are crucial for supporting safety and reliability of the system, reducing variability in the system operation, and enhancing the system efficiency. In this talk, we will present a framework for...   More >

Subtle but not malicious? The (high) computational cost of non-smoothness in learning from big data

Seminar | May 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Mikhail Belkin, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Ohio State University

 Department of Statistics

What can we learn from big data? First, more data allows us to more precisely estimate probabilities of uncertain outcomes. Second, data provides better coverage to approximate functions more precisely. I will argue that the second is key to understanding the recent success of large scale machine learning. A useful way of thinking about this issue is that it is necessary to use many more...   More >

Interpreting Communal Violence in Myanmar

Lecture | May 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date

 Dr. Nick Cheesman, Research Fellow, Political & Social Change, Australian National University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

From 2012 to 2014, Myanmar experienced recurrent acts of lethal violence, realised through repeated public expressions that Muslims constitute an existential threat to Buddhists. This talk will make a case for classing and analyzing the violence as “communal”. This lecture has been re-scheduled from its original March date.

Nick Cheesman

New Play Reading Series: “Dumb Puppy” BY Elizabeth Spreen

Reading - Literary | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room B-4

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Dumb Puppy is a mystery play for the 21st century, for the United States, taking place in the future when the surveillance state has overstepped its bounds domestically. The play is elliptical, filtering through the mind of K, a mother in Lawton OK, and revolving around a mashup of a salon weekend at Marie Antoinette’s Hameau de le Reine meets Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory meets Studio 54 meets...   More >

Loving and Blacking: Interracial Intimacies Among Campus Students in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Seminar | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Jonathan Jansen, Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford

 Graduate School of Education

In race-regulation regimes like South Africa and the United States, interracial intimacies remain difficult even decades after odious laws prohibiting love and marriage were repealed. How does reprisal work in the absence of legal sanction against interracial romance, and how do young people manage different forms of reprisal as they struggle to learn, live, and love together?  Jonathan Jansen...   More >

Actomyosin mediated tension and uncoupled respiration in adipose tissue

Seminar | May 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Kevin Tharp, UC Berkeley

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Structure Property Relationship of Single-Ion-Conducting Block Copolymer Electrolytes/An Imaging-Based Human Embryonic Stem Cell Assay for Teratogenic Activity

Colloquium | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Adriana Rojas, Ph.D. student in the Balsara Group; Brian Perea, Ph.D. student in the Clark Group and the Schaffer Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Link homotopy in dimensions 4

Seminar | May 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Peter Teichner, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the 4 pm talk, we'll present a joint result with Rob Schneiderman, to show that any link map of two 2-spheres in 4-space with one topologically embedded component is link homotopically trivial, implying that there is no 4-dimensional Hopf link. We'll use a 4-dimensional version of Milnor's elementary link homotopies as well as Freedman's disk embedding theorem.

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: ​"The Elusive Costs of Inflation: Price Dispersion during the U.S. Great Inflation"

Seminar | May 3 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jón Steinsson, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

Certificate Program in Personal Financial Planning Online Information Session

Information Session | May 3 | 5-6 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn to analyze and advise in all core areas of personal financial planning, which meet the established requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board, and provide CFP® Certification Examination eligibility.

  Register online

EECS Colloquium: Evaluation of the Tensor Processing Unit: A Deep Neural Network Accelerator for the Datacenter

Colloquium | May 3 | 5-6 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium) | Note change in time

 David Patterson, EECS Professor Emeritus and Professor in the Graduate School, UC Berkeley, Distinguished Engineer, Google

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

With the ending of Moore's Law, many computer architects believe that major improvements in cost-energy-performance must now come from domain-specific hardware. The Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), deployed in Google datacenters since 2015, is a custom chip that accelerates deep neural networks (DNNs). We compare the TPU to contemporary server-class CPUs and GPUs deployed in the same...   More >

Monsoon Wedding | New Directions in Indian Cinema: Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair

Film - Series | May 3 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for African Studies

A 2001 film that explores the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic, and comedic ways.

  RSVP online

Heller Lecture: Mind the Gap: Vergil and the Poetics of Narrative

Lecture | May 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Nestrick Room - 142

 Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies, University of Chicago

 Department of Classics

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.

Microbiomes in Health and Disease: A Science Cafe Event

Lecture | May 3 | 7 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94706

 Dr. Michael Shapira, Assistant Professor in Residence, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley


What do we know about our internal microbial communities – their roles in healthy living and disease? Michael Shapira will explore some intriguing ideas about the contribution of our internal flora and fauna to evolution.

Intestinal Flora (Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).

My Love Affair with the Brain: May Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | May 3 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Spend Wednesday evening of RRR week learning more about your brain, and how it can thrive! This delightful documentary follows renowned brain scientist and UC Berkeley professor emerita of anatomy, Dr. Marian Diamond, introducing us to her groundbreaking accomplishments at a time when so few women entered her field, as well as her entertaining teaching style and charming personality.

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.


A Woman Under the Influence | John Cassavetes | United States, 1974

Film - Feature | May 3 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Cassavetes’s masterpiece retains the power to unnerve with its raw, often harrowing depiction of a blue-collar Los Angeles family on the rocks. Gena Rowlands’s performance as Mabel Longhetti, wife of everyman Nick (Peter Falk) and mother of three, stands as a virtually unmatched tour de force.

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

  Buy tickets online

University Chorus and Gospel Chorus "Praise and Protest"

Performing Arts - Music | May 3 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

University Chorus and Gospel Chorus
"Praise and Protest"
Spirituals and songs about peace, hope, and resistance.

Free Concert - Donations to support the Northern California ACLU gladly accepted