Lecture | May 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall
Shaddi Hasan, UC Berkeley
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 >
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
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
Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
John O'Brennan, Maynooth University, Ireland
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 >
Lecture | May 15 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC 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
Lecture | May 15 | 10-11 a.m. | 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Cesar Torres, 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.
Lecture | May 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)
Ke Li, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley
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).
Lecture | May 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Shawn Bubel, Associate Professor, Department of Geography (Archaeology), University of Lethbridge
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 todays. Join Shawn Bubel as she describes her work at sites throughout Alberta.
Lecture | May 15 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 1303 Dwinelle Hall
Pauline Jacobson, Brown University
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
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 Californias development. Sarah Quincy will discuss her research on the impacts of this unusual bank on the states 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.
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
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.
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 >