<< Week of April 15 >>

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Carve A Wooden Spoon Workshop

Workshop | April 15 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Designer Melanie Abrantes will lead students in hand carving their own wooden coffee spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques. The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood.

$100 / $95 UCBG Members

  Register online

Monday, April 16, 2018

Combinatorics Seminar: Judgment aggregation, logic, and Fourier analysis on the Hamming cube

Seminar | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yan Zhang, San Jose State University

 Department of Mathematics

The classical Arrow's Theorem answers "how can n voters obtain a collective preference on a set of outcomes, if they have to obey certain constraints?" We give an analogue of this theorem in the judgment aggregation framework of List and Pettit, answering "how can n judges obtain a collective judgment on a set of logical propositions, if they have to obey certain constraints?" We introduce the...   More >

A Tale of Two Strains: Ocular Studies in B6 and BALB/c Mice

Seminar | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Elizabeth Berger, PhD, Professor, Wayne State University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Corneal infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa perforates the cornea in C57BL/6 (B6), but not BALB/c mice. Comparative analysis of these two responses has revealed that B6 mice, type 1-dominant responders, exhibit increased inflammation, leading to an exacerbated disease response when compared to BALB/c mice, which demonstrate a less severe/resistant response and are classified as type...   More >

Caregiver Challenges: Roles and Responsibilities (BEUHS143)

Workshop | April 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Maureen Kelly, Ed.D., LCSW, Be well at Work - Elder Care

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

This workshop will focus on specific challenges related to caring for an older adult, including roles and responsibilities of the caregiver and other family members; the caregiver-care receiver relationship; expectations you and others have of you; and feeling responsible but not having control. Strategies for self-care will be shared, and resources will be provided.

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Children's descriptive-to-prescriptive tendency

Colloquium | April 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Steven O. Roberts, Department of Psychology, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Young children are quick to take a normative stance – they interpret world around them as being governed by standards and rules that must be followed. On the one hand, normative reasoning is useful in that it promotes one’s self (e.g., facilitating learning), one’s culture (e.g., transmitting practices across generations), and one’s group (e.g., increasing group functioning). On the other hand,...   More >

PMB Student and Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | April 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Kris Kennedy, Graduate Student, PMB; Jong Duk Park, Postbac, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Non-closure of a set of quantum correlations

Seminar | April 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ken Dykema, Texas A&M University

 Department of Mathematics

Several different models exist for quantum strategies for non-local games (e.g. the graph coloring game ). Different sets correspond to different sets of correlation matrices. Open questions about these sets of correlation matrices remain, including some that are equivalent to Connes' Embedding Conjecture. One set of correlation matrices is the set arising from finite dimensional projections. The...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: The Rate of Return on Everything, 1870–2015

Seminar | April 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Alan Taylor, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

Heated Debates: Conversations about Climate Change

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 3-9 p.m. | ASUC Stores (King Student Union), Pauley Ballroom

 Jameson McBride, Energy and Climate Analyst, Breakthrough Institute; Steven Greenhut, Western Region Director, R-Street Institute; Wynn Tucker, Senior Program Associate, Climate Leadership Council; Spencer Smith, Founder, Jefferson Center for Holistic Management; Dr. Lynn Huntsinger, Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management, UC Berkeley; Kevin Bayuk, Senior Fellow, Drawdown; Paige Stanley, PhD Student, UC Berkeley; Dan Kreeger, Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers; Dr. Kristina Hill, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, UC Berkeley; Dr. Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor in Environmental, Science, Policy and Management Department, UC Berkeley; Mel Krnjaic, Graduate Student, UC Berkeley; Mitch Hescox, President/C.E.O., The Evangelical Network; Debbie Dooley, Founder, Conservatives for Energy Freedom; Benji Backer, Founder and President, American Conservation Coalition; Nina Jhunjnuwala, ASUC Senator, UC Berkeley


Bridge USA at Berkeley is incredibly excited to bring you Heated Debates: Conversations about Climate Change. This event will serve to highlight solutions to climate change consistent with a diversity of political leanings and empower Cal students to be able to engage in constructive discourse on this divisive issue with their political opposites.

Heated Debates will feature panels of speakers...   More >

 Free admission for students with ID.

FREE UC Berkeley Students/Faculty/Staff, $15 General Admission

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Conversations about Climate Change

STROBE Seminar Series: 3-Minute Thesis Graduate Student Talks

Seminar | April 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 College of Chemistry

Please join us for two special STROBE Seminars on April 9 & 16 at 3 PM PT/4 PM MT. The graduate students will be presenting their engaging 3-Minute Thesis Talks. See GoToMeeting and flyer information below.

A reminder that STROBE will be sending 3-4 senior graduate students to the NSF STC Professional Development workshop in early August 2018 (here's a link to last year's workshop website:...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Endoscopic liftings without the trace formula

Seminar | April 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Solomon Friedberg, Boston College

 Department of Mathematics

I discuss work with Cai, Ginzburg and Kaplan that allows us to establish liftings for spaces of automorphic forms (first proved by Arthur) without using the trace formula. The converse theorem has long been understood as an alternative to the trace formula for such liftings, but it requires information about Rankin-Selberg L-functions. Until recently it was not possible to obtain this information...   More >

Rahul Jain — Reinforcement Learning without Reinforcement

Seminar | April 16 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Rahul Jain, University of Southern California

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Reinforcement Learning (RL) is concerned with solving sequential decision-making problems in the presence of uncertainty. RL is really about two problems together. The first is the `Bellman problem’: Finding the optimal policy given the model, which may involve large state spaces. Various approximate dynamic programming and RL schemes have been developed, but either there are no...   More >

IB Finishing Talk: Investigating hidden vascular damage as a cause of cognitive decline

Seminar | April 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Aaron Friedman, UCB (Kaufer Lab)

 Department of Integrative Biology

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What is the role of the textbook?

Workshop | April 17 | 9 a.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Professional Development for Educators

Join Bay Area educators to discuss considerations for textbook adoption, the role of the textbook in history classrooms, and what a H-SS Framework-aligned classroom looks like. You can explore some textbook and Framework resources.

Andrew Streitwieser Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Chemical Information Processing

Seminar | April 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Chris Hunter, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

 College of Chemistry

This presentation will describe two different projects dealing with communication of chemical information in molecular systems: synthetic information molecules and transmembrane signal transduction.

Between women and their wombs: Contested sites for postcolonial aspirations

Colloquium | April 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Adeola Oni-Orisan, PhD Candidate, Medical Anthropology, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco

 Center for African Studies

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

Development Lunch: "The impact of rain shocks on students’ performance in Benin"

Seminar | April 17 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Yasmine Bekkouche

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: Diagrams on surfaces and an invariant of virtual spatial graphs

Seminar | April 17 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Knots and spatial graphs can be represented as diagrams, which are planar graphs with special $4$-valent vertices for the crossings. Kauffman proposed considering diagrams on non-planar surfaces as well, and the corresponding objects are called virtual knots and virtual spatial graphs. In this talk, I will describe the Brauer category (a Tempereley-Lieb-like category for diagrams on surfaces), an...   More >

The New Food Industry on Wheels: Legalizing Street Vending in Oakland

Presentation | April 17 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Emilia Otero, La Placita Commercial Kitchen

 Alliance for Sustainable Economies

Come learn about street vending in Oakland and the organizing that spurred the City of Oakland to pass its first mobile food vending ordinance in 2001, as well as how the fight for equity in food vending continues as the City implements its new Mobile Food Vending regulations today.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ernesto Pasten

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Heterogenous Priors, Private Information, and Trade"

Seminar | April 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Erik Eyster, London School of Economics

 Department of Economics

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Partial progress towards construction of global 1 equivariant wave maps into $S^2$

Seminar | April 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mohandas Pillai, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss some partial progress towards the construction of global in time solutions to the energy critical wave maps equation with $S^2$ target, in the 1 equivariance class.

Boundary Infrastructures: Sovereignty and the Politics of Classification

Colloquium | April 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Duster Room

 2420 Bowditch street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Eunice Lee, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Ryan Rhadigan, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Rhetoric with a concentration in Critical Theory, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

 Leti Volpp , Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Eunice Lee | 'Entry,' Borders, and the Detention of Asylum Seekers

Ryan Rhadigan | Surveying the Reservoir: Public Records and the Archival Logics of the Oroville Dam   

Leti Volpp as respondent 
Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, UC Berkeley

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Neural oscillations: What we're doing wrong

Colloquium | April 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Brad Voytek, Professor, Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD

 Department of Psychology

Design Field Notes: Robert Kett

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Curator Robert Kett will speak at Jacobs Hall, discussing work that includes SFMOMA's exhibition, "Designed in California" and the museum's engagement with California's design ecosystem.

The Future of University Continuing Education: The 60 Year Curriculum and What It Means for Higher Education

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Evans Hall, 766/768 Conference Room

 Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., Dean, Continuing Education / Vice Provost, Career Pathways, University of California, Irvine

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Martin Trow’s 1973 description of what he called universal higher education remains a startlingly accurate prediction of the continuing evolution of universities and their relationship to society. Among Trow’s predictions were the merging of life and learning, the proliferation of education providers, the increased use of technology, and the steady shift of the control over what is taught and...   More >

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Dean Gary W. Matkin

David Chandler Seminar in Physical Chemistry: Dissecting direct and indirect intermolecular forces in simple and polar liquids

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. John Weeks, Institute for Physical Science and Technology and Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Maryland

 College of Chemistry

A characteristic feature of David Chandler's research was his ability to extend simple physical pictures and theoretical constructs in surprising new directions, often challenging conventional wisdom in the field. Here I mention three examples, all dealing with the interplay between strong short ranged intermolecular forces and more slowly varying long ranged van der Waals or Coulomb forces in...   More >

By Design: Graphics and Images Basics

Workshop | April 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

 Lynn Cunningham, Library; Eugene De La Rosa


In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create web graphics for your digital publishing projects and websites. We will cover topics such as: image editing tools in Photoshop; image resolution for the web; sources for free public domain and Creative Commons images; and image upload to publishing tools such as WordPress. If possible, please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Complex Disclosure"

Seminar | April 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ginger Zhe Jin, University of Maryland

 Department of Economics

Changing the Way We See Native America: Matika Wilbur, Photographer

Colloquium | April 17 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Matika Wilbur, Photographer

 UC Berkeley Native American Staff Council, American Indian Graduate Program, American Indian Graduate Student Association, Native American Studies, Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, Division of Equity & Inclusion, Chancellor's Office, Human Resources

Join us for an evening of discussion as Wilbur presents "Changing the Way We See Native America," providing remarkable insights into contemporary Native American life, driving the conversation forward to encourage U.S. citizens to evolve beyond the appropriation and neglect of indigenous images and traditions through a new model of awareness, with honest photographic representation and direct...   More >

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | April 18 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

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

  Register online

Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe, 1918-2018

Conference/Symposium | April 18 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | International House, Golub Home Room

 Institute of European Studies, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg

Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that "a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century". Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new---a look at globalization from the end of World War I to...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | April 18 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | April 18 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

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

  Register online

Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation

Seminar | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Kim Butts Pauly, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Ultrasound can be focused to achieve high intensities deep in the brain. It is currently FDA approved for the treatment of essential tremor, which affects 4% of the US population age 40 and over. This talk will discuss MRI-guided focused ultrasound technology for this application, as well as ongoing research in this area. At low intensities, there is evidence that ultrasound acts on...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Taichi Suzuki: Ecology and evolution of the Mammalian Gut Microbiota

Seminar | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Taichi Suzuki (Finishing Talk)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "The genetics and genomics of local adaptation in perennial grasses"

Seminar | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Tom Juenger, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Juenger lab is conducting a cluster hire of postdoctoral researchers for studies of native perennial C4 grasses

The roles of mortality risk, contraception access and social norms in fertility choices in Burkina Faso: Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University

Colloquium | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Pascaline Dupas, Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University

 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.

Dissertation Talk: Dynamic Analysis for JavaScript Code

Seminar | April 18 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Liang Gong

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

JavaScript has become one of the most prevalent programming languages. It was originally designed as a simple language to enhance web front-end in the browser. Over the past two decades, JavaScript has evolved into a full-fledged programming language for developing in-browser, server-side, desktop, and mobile applications...   More >

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | April 18 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Rigid structures in the universal enveloping traffic space

Seminar | April 18 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Benson Au, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

For a tracial $*$-probability space $(\mathcal{A}, \varphi)$, C\'{e}bron, Dahlqvist, and Male constructed an enveloping traffic space $(\mathcal{G}(\mathcal{A}), \tau_\varphi)$ that extends the trace $\varphi$. The CDM construction provides a universal object that allows one to appeal to the traffic probability framework in generic situations, prioritizing an understanding of its structure. We...   More >

Seminar 231, Public Finance: "Subsidizing Health Insurance for Low-Income Adults: What Does It Do and What Does That Mean?"

Seminar | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Amy Finkelstein, MIT

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

joint with Department seminar

Global Testing Against Sparse Alternatives under Ising Models

Seminar | April 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Rajarshi Mukherjee, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We study the effect of dependence on detecting sparse signals. In particular, we focus on global testing against sparse alternatives for the magnetizations of an Ising model and establish how the interplay between the strength and sparsity of a signal determines its detectability under various notions of dependence (i.e. the coupling constant of the Ising model). The impact of dependence can be...   More >

Strategies and Methods for Chemical Synthesis Inspired by Natural Products

Seminar | April 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Richmond Sarpong, University of California, Berkeley

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: "Subsidizing Health Insurance for Low-Income Adults: What Does It Do and What Does That Mean?"

Seminar | April 18 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Amy Finkelstein, MIT

 Department of Economics

joint with IO and PF seminars.
The talk will draw on several papers.
Specifically, the talk will briefly discuss the results of hte oregon experiment (summarized here) and then consider welfare analysis of the results based on two papers:
Finkelstein, Hendren, Luttmer "The Value of...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Subsidizing Health Insurance for Low-Income Adults: What Does It Do and What Does That Mean?" (Joint with 231/291)

Seminar | April 18 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Amy Finkelstein

 Department of Economics

joint with Departmental and Public Finance Seminar

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Long Cai, Research Professor, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech

Seminar | April 18 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Spatial genomics and single cell lineage dynamics by seqFISH and MEMOIR

Latin American Social Medicine, Then and Now

Colloquium | April 18 | 6-8 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Jaime Breilh, Rector (Director), Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador; Dorothy Porter, Department of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine, UC San Francisco; Clara Mantini-Briggs, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Fernando Losada, NNU and Global Nurses United; Luther Castillo, Founder, First Popular Garifuna Hospital in Honduras

 Seth Holmes, Associate Professor, Medical Anthropology & Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU)

For nearly a century, Latin American health practitioners have been at the forefront of innovating responses to social inequalities. Emphasizing “praxis”-- the combination of social theory and political practice--adherents of Latin American Social Medicine (LASM) have participated in many of the region’s social justice movements.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe, 1918-2018

Conference/Symposium | April 19 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | International House, Golub Home Room

 Institute of European Studies, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg

Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that "a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century". Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new---a look at globalization from the end of World War I to...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | April 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Melanie Wasserman, UCLA

 Department of Economics

"Hours Constraints, Occupational Choice, and Gender: Evidence from Medical Residents"

ESPM Seminar Series - Kent Daane

Seminar | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Kent Daane of ESPM & UCCE shares, "Current biological control efforts against the spotted wing drosophila: an invasive insect to control another invasive insect?

This event is open to the public.

Join us for coffee beforehand at 11:30 in 139 Mulford Hall.
In an effort to reduce waste, we ask that you bring your own coffee mug.

[Peterson Speaker Series] Carbon Neutrality: Achievability through Collaboration

Panel Discussion | April 19 | 12:30-1:45 p.m. |  Spieker Forum, Chou Hall, Haas School of Business

 Marisa de Belloy, CEO, CoolEffect; Paul Hendricks, Environmental Responsibility Manager, Patagonia; Sunya Ojure, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Salesforce; Arjun Patney, Policy Director, American Carbon Registry

 Kira Still, Director of Sustainability, UC Berkeley

 Center for Responsible Business

Our planet is threatened by the dangers of climate change, and with that threat comes more companies and individuals committing to carbon neutrality to help in the fight against climate change. In this panel, discussion will focus on how a company like Salesforce achieved net zero carbon emissions and how they worked with small but mighty dedicated organizations like Cool Effect to helped them...   More >

IB Seminar: The Avian Microbiome: Past, Present, Future

Seminar | April 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Note change in date

 Sarah Hird, University of Connecticut

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Could Probability of Informed Trading Predict Market Volatility?

Seminar | April 19 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: John Wu, LBL

 Center for Risk Management Research

Significant market events such as Flash Crash of 2010 undermine the trust of the capital market system. An ability to forecast such events would give market participants and regulators time to react to such events and mitigate their impact. For this reason, there have been a number of attempts to develop early warning indicators. In this work, we explore one such indicator named Probability of...   More >

Latest Research on Silica Dust Exposure and Health

Course | April 19 | 1-4:30 p.m. |  Elihu M. Harris State Office Building

 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

 Sadie Costello, Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiologist at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley; Alan Barr, Primary Engineer for the Ergonomics Graduate Training Program, UC Berkeley; Perry Gottesfeld, Executive Director of Occupational Knowledge International

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH)

Silicosis is recognized as one of the most common occupational lung diseases worldwide. Exposure to silica dust also plays an even larger role in global health as a contributor to the Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. This course will explore the challenges in studying occupational exposures, the impact of respirable silica on health, mitigation strategies for drilling into concrete, and the efficacy...   More >

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | April 19 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room C420

 Nathan Hendren, Harvard

 Department of Economics

"Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States: An Intergenerational Perspective"

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Topic Forthcoming" (Joint with 231/221)

Seminar | April 19 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | C420 Cheit Hall

 Nathan Hendren, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

joint with PF/Labor/OEW. Note change in time and location

Teaching With and About VR / AR

Presentation | April 19 | 3-5:30 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Academic Innovation Studio, Arts + Design

As newer technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gain in popularity, how are they impacting teaching and learning in the classroom? What does it mean to teach with rather than about VR and AR? Where and in what ways is VR/AR showing up on campus?

This event is intended as an introduction to VR/AR and other immersive technologies on campus and in the classroom. All...   More >

Resisting the Digital Labor Management Robot : Learning to Game The YouTube Search Algorithm from Video Game Commentary Makers

Colloquium | April 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Hector Postigo, Temple University

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This presentation will describe the liminal identities, straddling craftwork and alienation, that these individuals took on through this algorithmically-mediated platform. Sometimes they were unhappy laborers in the creative industry that is user generated content on YouTube. Other times they were media entrepreneurs, savvy about how algorithms determine their viewership and stardom and who were...   More >

The Contested Logistics of Racial Capitalism: How Global Commodity Chains Transformed Southern California’s Spatial Politics

Colloquium | April 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Juan De Lara, Assistant Professor in American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Center for Ethnographic Research, Department of Geography, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Division of Equity and Inclusion, Center for Latino Policy Research

In Inland Shift, Juan De Lara uses the growth of Southern California’s logistics economy, which controls the movement of goods, to examine how modern capitalism was shaped by and helped to transform the region’s geographies of race and class.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Mirror Symmetry for Grassmannians

Colloquium | April 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Konstanze Rietsch, King's College London

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe the mirror dual object to a Grassmannian, which was introduced in joint work with Robert Marsh, and explain two different aspects of mirror symmetry in this setting. In both applications Gromov-Witten invariants come up, in different ways.

“Breathe for Me, Sing For Me”: Hip Hop and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Conference/Symposium | April 19 | 5-8 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 American Cultures

In the movement for Black Lives, hip-hop artists have given expressive shape to the frustrations and aspirations of a generation of activists. Hip-hop music and art has, in many cases, illuminated the complexities and challenges of the movement and creatively engaged Black futurity, even as the most visible and audible anthems have been coopted in ways that often obscure these meanings. Featuring...   More >

Alumni Panel: Unwritten Rules of American Workplace for Int'l Students

Career Fair | April 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

Want to know what it takes to succeed in the U.S. workplace and/or finding internship/job in the U.S.? What cultural differences should you consider? Find out from a panel of Cal international students and alumni who will share their first-hand experience and insights on the following topics:

1. The cultural differences to be aware of during U.S. recruiting process
2. How to adjust to...   More >

Toward Health and Environmental Liberation: Insights from Latin American Critical Epidemiology

Colloquium | April 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room

 Jaime Breilh, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador

 Amani Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor, Public Health, UC Berkeley; Charles Briggs, Professor, Department of Anthropology

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU)

Lecture by Jaime Breilh, Rector of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador

with Amani Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor, Public Health, as respondent

Sponsored by The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) and the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, UC Berkeley

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mimesis and Mutation

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Steven Goldsmith, Professor, Berkeley English; Michaela Bronstein, Assistant Professor, Stanford English

 Berkeley Stanford Conference 2018

Considering such recent work as Fredric Jameson’s The Antinomies of Realism and Jacques Rancière’s “Auerbach and the Contradictions of Realism” alongside evaluations of the practical limits of critique as such, it is clear that certain problems are foundational to our current sense of “the real”. In response to a renewed interest in the character and stakes of realism, this conference will...   More >

Patagonia Case Competition Finals

Presentation | April 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Spieker Forum, Chou Hall

 Center for Responsible Business

On April 20, 2018, graduate student teams from leading business schools across United States will come together at the Haas School of Business to compete in the development of potential solutions to a real and urgent problem faced by Patagonia. This year the case study focuses on Patagonia's goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 and provide a model for industry to follow suit....   More >

Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe, 1918-2018

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix (8th floor)

 Institute of European Studies, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg

Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that "a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century". Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new---a look at globalization from the end of World War I to...   More >

Parties and Partisanship in the Era of Twitter and Trump: 21st Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Government

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 10:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  The Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

 Institute of Governmental Studies and the Commonwealth Club of California

An exploration of how social media and societal trends have challenged the power of American political parties and re-shaped the nature of the American’s partisan attachments.

“Psychology In The Internet Age: Leveraging Big Data To Evaluate Models Of Cognition”

Colloquium | April 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 David Bourgin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Ph.D. Exit Talk

CSI East Bay: Probing Classroom and Residential Air Composition: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | April 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Bill Nazaroff, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | April 20 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris, Yoga Instructor, Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice, and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Yoga mats are provided, or you can bring your own. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

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Dissertation Talk: Interpretable Machine Learning with Applications in Neuroscience

Seminar | April 20 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540AB DOP Center

 Reza Abbasi Asl, UC Berkeley, Department of EECS

 Berkeley Laboratory of Information and System Sciences

In the last decade, research in machine learning has been exceedingly focused on the development of algorithms and models with remarkably high predictive capabilities. Models such as convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have achieved state-of-the-art predictive performance for many tasks in computer vision, autonomous driving, and transfer learning in areas such as computational neuroscience....   More >

Optogenetic and Chemogenetic Tools for Mapping Molecular and Cellular Circuits: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Alice Ting, Stanford University, Genetics/Biology/Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The first part of the talk will describe optogenetic tools we have developed for labeling and manipulating functional circuits in the brain (e.g., FLARE and related tools).

The second part of the talk will describe chemogenetic tools we have developed for mapping molecular interactions in living cells (e.g., APEX and TurboID).

Alice Ting did her PhD in Chem here at UC Berkeley...   More >

David Corn and Michael Isikoff | “Russian Roulette”

Panel Discussion | April 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Julie Hirano

 Graduate School of Journalism

Russian Roulette is a story of political skulduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information...   More >

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Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): A survey of veering triangulations

Seminar | April 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an overview of veering triangulations, a combinatorial tool introduced by Agol that describes hyperbolic manifolds with pseudo-Anosov bundle or flow structures.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviations from Scaling Limits and Control Theory II

Seminar | April 20 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Dissertation Talk: Image Synthesis for Self-Supervised Learning

Presentation | April 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Richard Zhang, UC Berkeley, Department of EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We explore the use of deep networks for image synthesis, both as a graphics goal and as an effective method for representation learning. We propose BicycleGAN, a general system for image-to-image translation problems, with the specific aim of capturing the multimodal nature of the output space. We study image colorization in greater detail and develop automatic and user-guided approaches....   More >

MENA Salon: A Chemical Attack and Airstrikes in Syria

Workshop | April 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Events in Syria over the past two weeks have ignited a diplomatic firestorm and raised a number of questions about action against the Syrian government. What were the airstrikes meant to accomplish? Will they alter the course of Syria’s Civil War? Will they have an impact on international relations and law? We will consider these and other questions in this week’s MENA Salon.

The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order

Colloquium | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, Tackett proposes that the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) witnessed both the maturation of an East Asian inter-state system and the emergence of a new worldview and sense of Chinese identity among educated elites. These developments together had sweeping repercussions for the course of Chinese history, while also demonstrating that there has existed in world history a viable...   More >

Muetterties Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: Integrative metallomic approach to uncover metallo-proteomes in microbes

Seminar | April 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Hongzhe Sun, Department of Chemistry, University of Hong Kong

 College of Chemistry

It is crucial to identify metal-protein interactions at a proteome-wide scale which are difficult due to certain weak and transient interactions. We developed an integrated approach consisting of gel electrophoresis and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, LA-ICP-MS, IMAC, fluorescence and bioinformatics to identify metal-associated proteins using bismuth and silver as an example. We...   More >

Mana of Mass Society Panel Discussion: with Prof. William Mazzarella

Panel Discussion | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Rm. 221 (Gifford Room)

 William Mazzarella, University of Chicago

 Valerie Black, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Ned Dostaler, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Mohamad Jarada, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Robyn Taylor-Neu, PhD student, UC Berkeley

 Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for South Asia Studies, Graduate Assembly, The Program in Critical Theory

Professor William Mazzarella will join us in Berkeley for a panel discussion and Q&A engagement with his recently published book, "The Mana of Mass Society" (Chicago, 2017). The session will begin with an introduction by Professor Stefania Pandolfo, followed by a brief introduction of the new book by Prof. Mazzarella. A panel of graduate students from the Department of Anthropology (Valerie...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): From veering triangulations to pseudo-Anosov flows

Seminar | April 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State

 Department of Mathematics

Agol introduced veering triangulations of mapping tori, whose combinatorics are canonically associated to the pseudo-Anosov monodromy. Guéritaud and Agol generalised an alternative construction to any closed manifold equipped with a pseudo-Anosov flow without perfect fits. Using Mosher's dynamic pairs, we prove the converse, showing that veering triangulations are a perfect combinatorialisation...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: More on wave maps into spheres (postponed from last week)

Seminar | April 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mohandas Pillai, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Music Studies Colloquium Prof. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): “The Aesthetics and Politics of Musical Heritage"

Colloquium | April 20 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Salwa EL-Shawan Castelo-Branco. Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal and President of the International Council for Traditional Music. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, taught at New York University (1979-1982), and was visiting professor at Columbia University,...   More >

Public Value of Graduate Education: A Talk with Campus and State: In Conversation with Chancellor Christ and Senator Skinner

Panel Discussion | April 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room (5th Floor)

 Chancellor Carol Christ, Office of the Chancellor, UC Berkeley; Senator Nancy Skinner

 Kena Hazelwood-Carter, President, Graduate Assembly

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

In commemoration of UC Berkeley's 150th, the Graduate Assembly, in partnership with the Graduate Division and the Cal Alumni Association, is proud to present a talk on the state of public graduate education featuring Senator Nancy Skinner and Chancellor Carol Christ. The conversation will be moderated by Kena Hazelwood-Carter, President of the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly.

Chancellor Christ...   More >

 ID required for Reception Social

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Monuments and Memory: Contesting Identity in the Classical Landscape

Conference/Symposium | April 21 | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Parker, Grant, Ph.D., Stanford University

 California Classical Association, Northern California

9:30am Donuts and Coffee
10:00am Keynote Speaker: Grant Parker
10:30am Presentations and Papers
1:00pm Light Mediterranean Lunch

UC Berkeley is easily accessible via BART. For parking information, please see this website.

Keynote Speaker:

Parker, Grant, Ph.D. Prof Classics, Stanford University.
"What's the Use of Monuments?"

Other Speakers and Paper Titles:...   More >

$40.00 Non-Members, $30.00 Members, $15.00 Students

  Tickets go on sale April 2. Buy tickets online or or by emailing ccanorth@gmail.com

Cal Day 2018: Berkeley Students Respond to Syria

Panel Discussion | April 21 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley students

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As we enter the 8th year of the war in Syria, how are UC Berkeley students engaging with this humanitarian catastrophe? This panel will discuss research opportunities on critical issues of public health and human rights, the challenges of studying and writing about Syria, and participation in student organizations and activism on campus and beyond.

Rahma Arafa, Public Health, 4th...   More >

Cal Day | Absolute Truth and Alternative Facts: Berkeley Historians Reflect on the Present

Panel Discussion | April 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 145 Dwinelle Hall

 Vanessa Ogle; Elena Schneider; Peter Zinoman

 Mark Peterson

 Department of History

In this hour-long conversation, Berkeley History faculty share their thoughts on what the discipline has to offer in a time of fake news and alternative facts.