<< Week of May 12 >>

Monday, May 13, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Towards Scalable Community Networks

Lecture | May 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Shaddi Hasan, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Over 400 million people live without access to basic communication services, largely in rural areas. Community-based networks, and particularly community cellular networks, can sustainably support services even in these extremely rural areas where commercial network operators cannot.

In this talk, I will identify key challenges these community cellular networks face for reaching scale, and...   More >

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Talks: Creating a more livable world: Ecology, agriculture, and autonomy in Indonesia

Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

As a part of our "Year of Ethnobotany" celebrations, the Garden will be hosting monthly lunch time lectures featuring the research of UC Berkeley graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

David Gilbert is a Ciriacy Wantrup Fellow in Political Economy at University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Free with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty

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Requiem for a shared interdependent past: Brexit and the deterioration in UK-Irish relations

Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 John O'Brennan, Maynooth University, Ireland

 Institute of European Studies, Irish Studies Program

The vote by the electorate of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in 2016 came after a campaign in which the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland hardly figured. Within months, however, the 'Irish border problem' was center stage. The deterioration in UK-Irish relations in the almost three years since the referendum has been accelerated and profound. It points to a troubling...   More >

John O'Brennan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Book Talk: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Lecture | May 15 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her new book, American Eden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating.”

$12 / $10 UCBG Members / Free UC Staff, Faculty and Students Price includes admission to the Garden, a $12 value

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Dissertation Talk: Hybrid Aesthetics • Bridging Material Practices and Digital Fabrication

Lecture | May 15 | 10-11 a.m. | 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Cesar Torres, University of California Berkeley

 University of California Berkeley

Creative technologies like digital fabrication led to the rise of the Maker Movement, engendering grassroots innovation in education, manufacturing, and healthcare. This talk lays down a framework for composing new materials and technologies to foreground the existing knowledge and practices of material practitioners and alter the trajectory of the Maker Movement towards a New Making Renaissance.

Computationally designed reflectors, lenses, and diffusers are used to expose light as a material.

Dissertation Talk: Overcoming the Curse of Dimensionality and Mode Collapse

Lecture | May 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Ke Li, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present our work on overcoming two long-standing problems in machine learning and algorithms: the curse of dimensionality in nearest neighbour search and mode collapse in generative adversarial nets (GANs).

Mammoth Trackers, Bison Hunters, Rock Artists, and Fur Traders: Highlights of Alberta Archaeology

Lecture | May 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Shawn Bubel, Associate Professor, Department of Geography (Archaeology), University of Lethbridge

 Archaeological Research Facility

The archaeology of the Canadian province of Alberta provides important information about the various periods of human habitation in North America. The earliest evidence for cultural activity in Alberta dates to around 13,000 years ago. These people hunted megafauna in an environment that was very different from today’s. Join Shawn Bubel as she describes her work at sites throughout Alberta.

Direct Compositionality and variable free semantics: The case of 'MaxElide' (Pauline Jacobson)

Lecture | May 15 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 1303 Dwinelle Hall

 Pauline Jacobson, Brown University

 Department of Linguistics

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bancroft Library Roundtable: "Loans for the Little Fellow": Credit, Crisis, and Recovery in the Great Depression

Lecture | May 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Sarah Quincy, PhD candidate in Economics at UC Davis

 Bancroft Library

Both lauded as “the great bank of the West” and reviled as a “huge financial octopus,” the Bank of America introduced several modern banking practices during the Great Depression, which played an integral role in California’s development. Sarah Quincy will discuss her research on the impacts of this unusual bank on the state’s economy during the 1920s and 1930s.

 The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.

The Cultural Importance and Pharmacology of Datura

Lecture | May 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Tom Carlson, Teaching Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Curator of Ethnobotany, UC Berkeley

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Different species in the plant family, Solanaceae including the genera Datura, Brugmansia, Nicotiana, Atropa, Hyoscyamus, and Mandragora are used as inebriants and as medicinal plants.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Science Lecture - Climate change in US national parks

Lecture | May 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Patrick Gonzalez, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management


From wildfires burning in Yosemite National Park, California, to glaciers melting in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, published scientific research has detected changes in United States national parks and attributed them to human-caused climate change. Since 1895, climate change has exposed the national parks to twice the heating of the country as a whole and to more severe aridity. Without...   More >

Half Dome, Yosemite. Image P. Gonzalez