<< Week of September 1 >>

Sunday, September 1, 2019

BIO Bears Tilden Park Hike

Social Event | September 1 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Springer Gateway


 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Start September on a high note by getting out of the city and spending some time out in nature. Tilden Park is in the hills just above Berkeley, but it feels like you've left the city far behind, with beautiful rolling hills in every direction.

We will meet at Springer Gateway at 10 a.m. on Sunday to take the short bus ride up to Tilden Park together. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a water...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

Film - Feature | September 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace “the definitive epic of all time,” and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras. He also drew on a full arsenal of...   More >

Monday, September 2, 2019

Oakmont: 2019 Labor Day Picnic

Social Event | September 2 | 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  Trione Polo Field

 560 White Oak Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

 Cal Alumni Association, Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont

All alumni, family, guests and friends of Cal are invited to the Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont's Annual Labor Day picnic. Entertainment featuring: DJ Modern Maestro. A raffle and silent auction will be held. Proceeds to support the Cal Club’s Scholarship Funds.

  Buy tickets online

Seminar 271, Development: No Seminar

Seminar | September 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Garden Closed

Miscellaneous | January 1, 2019 – January 7, 2020 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed on 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...   More >

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

Information Session | September 3 | 9:30-11 a.m. | 11 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program)

 Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | September 3 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Getting Your Bearings Library Tour

Tour/Open House | August 28 – September 3, 2019 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, Tour starts at the north entrance


Join other students and get your bearings with a 3-in-one tour of the Doe Memorial Library, Moffitt Undergraduate Library, and the Main Stacks. See these central libraries and learn about the student services they provide.

Fossil Coffee Seminar

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Carl Rothfels, Integrative Biology and Jepson and University Herbaria, UCB


Time-calibrating the vascular plant tree of life

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Does the Leverage Effect Affect the Distribution of Return

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Dangxing Chen, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

The leverage effect refers to the generally negative correlation between the return of an asset and the changes in its volatility. There is broad agreement in the literature that the effect should be present, and it has been consistently found in empirical work. However, a few papers have pointed out a puzzle: the return distribution of many assets do not appear to be affected by the leverage...   More >

Electrophysiology: Unplugged: Fluorescent indicators to watch cell physiology in brains and bodies

Seminar | September 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Evan Miller, UC Berkeley Dept. of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Membrane potential is a unique biophysical property maintained by every cell on earth. The importance of membrane potential is widely recognized in the context of specialized organs like the brain and the heart. Yet, our understanding of the ways in which membrane potential, and its coordinated, rapid changes across large numbers of neurons, gives rise to cognition, sensation, and memory remain...   More >

SPH Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series: Have We Come to the End of the Road? Future Directions in Research on Neighborhood Environments and Cardiovascular Health

Seminar | September 3 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Mahasin Mujahid, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Mahasin S. Mujahid, PhD, MS, FAHA, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UCB SPH where she is a Chancellor’s Professor, Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics MPH Program, and Co-Director of the concurrent MPH and Masters of City and Regional Planning Program. Dr. Mujahid’s research focuses on the role of neighborhood environments in cardiovascular health.

Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies Online Information Session

Information Session | September 3 | 12-12:45 p.m. |  Online

 Stan Weisner, Ph.D., M.S.W.

 UC Berkeley Extension

Developed in association with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, this certificate raises the quality of professionalism in counseling and follows a three-level, evidence-based approach to the critical issues that contribute to substance abuse.

  Register online

Dynamic Programming with Sparse Codes: Investigating a New Computational Role for Sparse Representations of Natural Image Sequences

Seminar | September 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Peter Loxley, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Dynamic programming (DP) is a general algorithmic approach used in optimal control and Markov decision processes that balances desire for low present costs with undesirability of high future costs when choosing a sequence of controls to apply over time. Recent interest in this field has grown since Google Deepmind’s algorithms have beaten humans and world-champion programs in Atari games, and...   More >

Boris, Brexit and Europe: An Interpretation

Lecture | September 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech, Founding Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull & Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Berkeley Law, International Group, Center for British Studies

Boris Johnson’s election as Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, and therefore, as Prime Minister was a foregone conclusion to close observers of British politics. Where there is a disruption in the business of Westminster is the fact that the United Kingdom has its first Eurosceptic Prime Minister since Mrs Thatcher delivered her Bruges Speech. The long and winding road to Brexit has...   More >

Matt Beech

Student Faculty Macro Lunch -

Presentation | September 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yuriy Gorodnichenko, UCB

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP online by August 30.

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Introduction to flag varieties

Seminar | September 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 David Nadler, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be the first meeting of an ongoing learning seminar (Tuesdays 12:30-2pm in 732 Evans) devoted to flag varieties "from the beginning". We will discuss many perspectives – coming from representation theory, algebraic geometry, topology, combinatorics,... – with an ongoing focus on relative positions of pairs of flags and more complicated configurations.   More >

BPM 104 Communicating Goals, Objectives and Key Results

Workshop | September 3 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content identifies how departmental goals and individual performance objectives and key results fit into the UC Berkeley performance management cycle and performance evaluation process.

  Register online

Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions Online Information Session

Information Session | September 3 | 1-1:45 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Whether you are a career changer or already working in the field, understand how this program can help you plan an academic program of study and initiate the graduate- school application process.

  Register online

Getting Your Bearings Library Tour

Tour/Open House | August 28 – September 3, 2019 every day with exceptions | 2-3 p.m. | Doe Library, Tour starts at the north entrance


Join other students and get your bearings with a 3-in-one tour of the Doe Memorial Library, Moffitt Undergraduate Library, and the Main Stacks. See these central libraries and learn about the student services they provide.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Preferences for the Resolution of Uncertainty and the Timing of Information

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

 Kirby Nielsen, Stanford University / California Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Link to Working Paper

We present results from a laboratory experiment designed to identify preferences over the resolution of uncertainty and timing of non-instrumental information acquisition in a rich choice set. Treatments vary whether the outcome previously has been determined, as in an information...   More >

UCDC Info Session: Spring 2020 application deadline, September 19, 2019

Information Session | September 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about how to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, DC. UCDC sends students from all majors to intern and take classes in DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance: The Effects of Joining Multinational Supply Chains: New Evidence from Firm-to-Firm Linkages

Seminar | September 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Isabela Manelici, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

This paper investigates the effects of becoming a supplier to multinational corporations (MNCs) using administrative data tracking all firm-to-firm transactions in Costa Rica. Event-study estimates reveal that after starting to supply to MNCs, domestic firms experience strong and persistent improvements in performance, including the expansion of their workforce by 26% and gains in standard...   More >

Certificate Program in Personal Financial Planning Online Information Session

Information Session | September 3 | 4-4:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Discover how this certificate can help you change to become a personal financial adviser, understand personal financial planning concepts and techniques to better perform your current work, or prepare you to take the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification examination.

  Register online

IRLE Fall Open House

Reception | September 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director’s Room

 Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)

Celebrate the start of the semester at IRLE's Fall Open House. Connect with faculty, students, labor advocates and researchers. Learn about opportunities to get involved, from funding and publishing to courses and working groups. Enjoy student artwork produced by Art for Social Change, on view in our newly renovated student work space.

Refreshments served.

Exciting X-rays: Attosecond pulses monitor and control carrier and spin dynamics in solid matter

Seminar | September 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Michael Zuerch, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Novel materials with by-design properties that can be grown down to the two-dimensional limit are considered important candidates for addressing computation and energy challenges of the twenty-first century. For instance, band gaps by design and enhanced transport properties give prospects for highly efficient solar energy conversion and low-loss optoelectronics and memories. The complexity of...   More >

Global Urban Humanities Open House Fall 2019

Tour/Open House | September 3 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 104 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Come to the Fall 2019 Global Urban Humanities Open House

What López Obrador’s ‘Fourth Transformation’ Means for Mexico

Lecture | September 3 | 5-6:45 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Denise Dresser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

 Center for Latin American Studies

Public lecture - Prof. Dresser, a political scientist, public intellectual, and recipient of the Legion of Honor medal for her work on democracy, justice, gender equality and human rights, will lecture on this topic.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, greets supporters in August 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Presidencia de la República Mexicana.)

Dr. Stephanie Rotem lecture on Souvenirs from Utopia: Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Lecture | September 3 | 5-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Dr. Stephanie Rotem, Tel Aviv University

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Dr. Stephanie Rotem (Tel Aviv Univeristy), will provide an introduction to the new exhibition, Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932). She will discuss the first three art museums in pre-state Israel - Bezalel, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Ein Harod Art Museum - introducing their histories, comparing their concepts and architecture, and examining their place...   More >

Google Info-Session: Lightning Talks + Intro to Google

Information Session | September 3 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

What is it like to work at Google?

Join us as Googlers in a variety of technical roles share day-in-the-life stories about their work and provide an inside look at what makes engineering at Google unique. Are you submitting applications for internships or full-time opportunities
this semester? We'll also share some insight into Google's recruiting
process. Feel free to bring questions, as...   More >

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2019 the first Wednesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

ITIN Drop-Off Event

Workshop | September 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Avoid a trip across campus. Attend this event to complete the ITIN application process with Berkeley International Office (BIO) and the Central Payroll Office. This event is for F-1 students who are not eligible for a Social Security Number and are receiving cash-in-hand awards from UC Berkeley.

Discovery Station: Corn and Teosinte

Special Event | September 4 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come learn about corn at this month's Discovery Station.

Combinatorics reading seminar: Longest Increasing Subsequences and Oscillating Tableaux

Seminar | September 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jeremy, Meza

 Department of Mathematics

We will start with a quick primer on the RSK correspondence and Berele insertion. This will lead us into longest increasing subsequences of permutations and analogous statistics on oscillating tableaux. We will discuss computational methods, explicit formulas, and if time permits, asymptotics. This is meant to be an introductory talk to set ourselves up for future topics.

Building non-invasive, quantitative, and integrative physiological imaging for molecular medicine: Bioengineering Department Seminar

Seminar | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Moriel Vandsburger, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

My primary research interest is in using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a platform technology for non-invasive and multiplexed molecular imaging in heart and kidney failure.

Life course and emotional health of centenarians in Spain: findings from the Sevilla and Salamanca Centenarian Studies: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Juan Manuel García González, Professor, Sociology, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville

 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.

Zero Sum Politics? Austrian Government and Challenges to the Kelsenian Vision of Democracy

Lecture | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 David M. Wineroither, Center for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

 Institute of European Studies

Hans Kelsen expressed his absolute acceptance of democratic rule at a time when most political parties, citizens and colleagues of his either openly rejected parliamentary democracy or embraced democracy as a means to prepare for imperfectly democratic means – in his own country, Austria, as well as in the majority of surrounding countries in Central Europe.
Kelsen demanded political actors to...   More >

David M. Wineroither / Photo Credit: Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Trumpet and Violin: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | September 4 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

UC Berkeley students Thomas Green (trumpet) and Robert Gleiser (violin).

Chabrier 3 Valses Romantiques
Debussy En Blanc et Noir
Ravel - La Valse

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

ARF Organizational Meeting: Kick-off meeting for 2019-2020 brown bag series

Lecture | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Archaeological Research Facility

ARF graduate students, faculty affiliates, and research affiliates are welcome to attend an organizational meeting to kick-off the fall semester. Attendees will learn about the upcoming brown bags and other events, graduate student jobs, lab space, and other ARF-related information. This is also an opportunity for graduate students undertaking archaeological research in different departments...   More >


Seminar | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library


 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 >

Certificate Program in Accounting Online Information Session

Information Session | September 4 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 Heather Liston, Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Discover how this certificate can help you change careers into the accounting field, understand accounting concepts and techniques to better perform your current non-accounting work or prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam.

  Register online

BUCHANAN ENDOWED LECTURE: "Discovery and Engineering of Plant Chemistry for Plant and Human Health"

Seminar | September 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Elizabeth Sattely, Stanford University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Elizabeth Sattely is an Associate Professor and HHMI Investigator in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford and a Stanford ChEM-H Faculty Fellow. She also serves as an Honorary Adjunct Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science. Dr. Sattely completed her graduate training at Boston College in organic chemistry and her postdoctoral studies in biochemistry at Harvard Medical...   More >

Of Rodents And Primates: Comparative Decision Making

Seminar | September 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Pam Reinagel, UC San Diego

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In rapid sensory decision-making, the time taken to choose and the accuracy of the choice are related in three distinct ways. First, it takes more time to assess noisy signals, so decisions about weak sensory stimuli are slower, as well as less accurate. Second, for any given stimulus strength, adopting an overall policy of higher stringency will make decisions slower, but more accurate. Third,...   More >

Teaching Your Own Class as an Undergraduate: the A to Z of Proposing a DeCal

Workshop | September 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 201A César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Interested in leading your own class and adding to Cal’s curriculum? This informational workshop covers the process of proposing your own DeCal, from identifying a faculty sponsor to getting your course approved. "RSVP at bit.ly/regis-igs."

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 2 – December 4, 2019 the first Wednesday of the month every month | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Model Theory Seminar: n-dependent Groups and Fields

Seminar | September 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Nadja Hempel, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

1-dependent theories better known as NIP theories are the first class of the hierarchy of n-dependent structures. The random n-hypergraph is the canonical object which is n-dependent but not (n-1)-dependent. Thus the hierarchy is strict. But one might ask if there are any algebraic objects (groups, rings, fields) which are strictly n-dependent for every n? We will start by introducing the...   More >

Write like a Golden Bear: Strategies for Academic Writing Success

Workshop | September 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 201A César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

In this 1-hour workshop, you will learn about the expectations for writing at a top-tier research university and acquire the seven golden strategies to thriving as an academic writer at Cal. Whether you are a first semester student or graduating senior, you will gain the insight and know-how to take your writing to the next level.

Infants learn from meaningful structure in their communicative environments

Colloquium | September 4 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Casey Lew-Williams, Princeton University

 Department of Psychology

During natural communication, caregivers pitch statistics at infants, and infants figure out what to pay attention to across milliseconds and months. In doing so, they make progress in detecting and then running with meaningful, naturally variable structure in their environments. I will present recent studies examining how caregivers package language to infants, how infants process patterns in...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | September 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | August 28 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Windmill Coffee House

 2131 Durant, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisers. All UC Berkeley students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also...   More >

Close-Up: In Focus: Abbas Kiarostami

Film - Series | September 4 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Marilyn Fabe

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Post-screening lecture by Marilyn Fabe.
Marilyn Fabe is the author of Closely Watched Films and was the longtime teacher of the popular BAMPFA lecture/screening series Film 50: History of Cinema.

A film buff on trial for impersonating the famed Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf becomes the centerpiece of Kiarostami’s continuously surprising treatise on the intersections of cinematic fiction,...   More >

Functional inequalities of the Infinite swapping algorithm: theory and applications

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

 Wenpin Tang, Berkeley IEOR

 Department of Statistics

Sampling Gibbs measures at low temperature is a very important task but computationally very challenging. Numeric evidence suggest that the infinite-swapping algorithm (isa) is a promising method. The isa can be seen as an improvement of replica methods which are very popular. We rigorously analyze the ergodic properties of the isa in the low temperature regime deducing Eyring-Kramers formulas...   More >

Number Theory Learning Seminar: Introduction to arithmetic statistics of function fields via Hurwitz spaces

Seminar | September 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Melanie Matchett Wood, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will introduce the topic for this semester long learning seminar, including covering global fields, basic questions of arithmetic statistics (field counting, class group counting), the geometric side of function fields, moduli spaces, and organization of the seminar.

EECS Colloquium: How We Will Connect To Our Networked Future in a Post-IoT World

Colloquium | September 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Joe Paradiso, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We have already witnessed profound and often unanticipated developments as IoT is built out and the world is mediated via a mainly graphic wireless device held at arms length. But what will happen once the world is precognitively interpreted by what we term ‘sensory prosthetics’ that change what and how humans physically perceive, a world where your own intelligence is split ever more seamlessly...   More >

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Combining DNA Synthesis, Multiplexed Reporters, and Genome Engineering to better Understand Human Gene Regulation and Protein Function

Seminar | September 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Sriram Kosuri, Assistant Professor, UCLA

 Center for Computational Biology

Sri Kosuri is an alumnus of UC Berkeley (BS, Bioengineering '01; Go Bears) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA, with appointments in the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biology, UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics, Molecular Biology Institute, Broad Stem Cell Center, and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Kosuri...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos: The critique of growth and environmental justice movements in the Global South: Is it really a natural alliance?

Colloquium | September 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos, Energy and Resources Group

 Energy and Resources Group

Activists and environmental defenders in the Global South promote transformations against dispossession in a variety of fields, from food to energy production. Ecological economic scholars argued in favour of an obvious alliance between environmental justice movements in the South and criticism of economic growth. Yet, collaborative research unveiled activists’ concerns about the plausibility of...   More >

CBE Colloquium

Colloquium | September 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 College of Chemistry

Town Hall Meeting and OGSI Awards

Annual Reception

Reception | September 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Please join us for our Annual Reception! Come meet the Institute staff and find out about our upcoming events.

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

Environmental Sustainability Open House: Come Out to Meeting the Environmental Community on Campus!

Social Event | September 4 | 4-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, bNorth SERC Space

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come on out to the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) in bNorth to connect with environmental organizations from campus and beyond! Hear about the amazing work your peers have been working on and how you can join them! Everyone is welcome!

Statistics over algorithms as a model of human learning: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | September 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Steve Piantadosi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Human learning differs qualitatively from state of the art machine learning both in scale and power. People are able to discover much richer latent structures in data than are typically captured in statistical models. In particular, people seem able to discover algorithmically sophisticated representations, often real computational processes like computer programs. This ability can be seen in...   More >

Topology Seminar: Lattice point counting and saddle connections

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

 Claire Burrin, Rutgers University

 Department of Mathematics

Various questions concerning translation surfaces depend on counting saddle connections. For a certain class of translation surfaces, this reduces to the more general, yet more tractable problem of counting points in discrete orbits for the linear action of a lattice of SL(2,R) on the Euclidean plane. This can be done effectively, using either methods from ergodic theory or from number theory. We...   More >

Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Special Event | September 4 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room


The best way to appreciate art is to live with it!

See and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year. Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists - from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.

Event takes place in the historic Morrison Room. A brief presentation will be followed by...   More >

 Note: borrowing from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection is limited to UCB students, faculty and staff and is free

Central American Migrations and the U.S. Border

Panel Discussion | September 4 | 5-6:45 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

Professor Denise Dresser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Rosemary Joyce, Professor, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Karen Musalo, Professor, Gender & Refugee Studies, UC Hastings

Elizabeth Oglesby, Professor, Geography, University of Arizona, Tucson

Paula Worby, Ph.D, Public Health Researcher, Hesperian Health Guides

 Center for Latin American Studies

The U.S. Border Patrol detains a migrant family. (Photo by Barry Bahler/U.S. Customs and Border Protection.)

Poetic Thinking, or Why Germany's Best Writers Today are Poets

Lecture | September 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 German, English, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature

Christian Metz is Visiting Professor of German Literature and Aesthetics at Johann Goethe-University of Frankfurt, and August Feodor Lynen Fellow in German at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich; he has taught as well at Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Tromsø in Norway. Professor Metz is the author of Poetisch denken. Die Lyrik der Gegenwart [Poetic Thinking: Lyric...   More >

BCNM Fall 2019 Open House

Orientation | September 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, Room 340

 Center for New Media

Join the Berkeley Center for New Media for our annual open house!

Open to students, faculty, and staff, we invite you to visit us at the BCNM Commons to check out some of the exciting new media research taking place on campus. We look forward to introducing you to our new Director, Abigail De Kosnik, and sharing some of the incredible plans we have for the future of the Center.

We also want...   More >

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Native California Cuisine in Archaeology and Contemporary Culture: An exploration of the local Native cuisine of the San Francisco Bay Area

Panel Discussion | September 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion

 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Rob Cuthrell, Independent Researcher and Director of Archaeological Resource Management, Amah Mutsun Land Trust; Vincent Medina, Cafe Ohlone by mak-'amham

 Archaeological Research Facility, Bade Museum

Join us in exploring the local Native cuisine and flavors of the Bay Area through a discussion and tasting of some of the many foods that Native people of the San Francisco Bay Area have eaten for thousands of years.


  Tickets go on sale June 5. Buy tickets online

TDPS Auditions for Student-Directed Workshops

Performing Arts - Theater | September 4 | 5:30-10:30 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies will hold open auditions for its Fall 2019 student-directed workshop performances of Romeo and Juliet, Pinwheels, and FABLE. Auditions are open to all currently enrolled UC Berkeley students.

Riot Games Info-Session

Information Session | September 4 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)


 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Riot Cal Alum and the Riot University Program team for an informational session focused on Technical Internships for Summer 2020.

We'll be sharing tips, tricks and advice to help you put together an application and prepare for interviews. You'll also hear from the engineers themselves about their career journey, projects and experience and ask the team questions!

Purity and Pollution: Cannabis as Matter Out of Place

Lecture | September 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Botanical Garden

Anthropologist Dr. Michael Polson will share observations on cannabis and its journey from cultural pollutant to purified, legal substance.

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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.

Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster: Latin Surrealism

Film - Series | September 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This program brings together short films that share an interest in exploring cinema’s oneiric, disturbing, and irrational potential. Within The Blue Lobster, a lost treasure from Barranquilla, Colombia, about a foreign secret agent investigating radioactive lobsters, one can detect the roots of what would later become magic realism. Álvaro Cepeda Zamudio [and co-filmmaker Gabriel García Márquez]...   More >

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Certificate Program in Leadership and Management Online Information Session

Information Session | September 5 | 11-11:30 a.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how this certificate can help you build the essential skills for effective management and make a tangible difference in your career.

  Register online

Applied Math Seminar: Uniformly Accurate Machine Learning Based Hydrodynamic Models for Kinetic Equations

Seminar | September 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Jiequn Han, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

A new framework is introduced for constructing interpretable and truly reliable reduced models for multi-scale problems in situations without scale separation. Hydrodynamic approximation to the kinetic equation is used as an example to illustrate the main steps and issues involved. To this end, a set of generalized moments are constructed first through an autoencoder to optimally represent the...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Digital Finance and Customer Capital Development

Seminar | September 5 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Chen Lin, University of Hong Kong

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: Organizational meeting / surface group representations

Seminar | September 5 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss representations of punctured sphere groups into SU(2) with restrictions on the holonomy of the punctures. Following Fintushel-Stern and others, these may be described by polygonal linkages. We'll then discuss some aspects of the topology of the representation varieties of these groups, including results from the thesis of Ethan Street.

Work Style and Your Career

Workshop | September 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, "Class of '42" Room

 Human Resources

It’s no surprise that people like to approach tasks differently. Understanding your preferences and those associated with various work roles can help you make informed effective choices. This workshop uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. PRE-WORK REQUIRED. Instructions for taking the “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator” (at least 3 days in advance) will be sent in your registration confirmation.

Lunch Poems: Series Kickoff

Reading - Literary | September 5 | 12-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 English Graduate Students, Lunch Poems


Please join us for our annual Kickoff Reading, presented by the Lunch Poems series at UC Berkeley.

Sept. 5, 2019 12:10 - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)
UC Berkeley Campus
Admission is free and open to the public

Hosted by Professor Geoffrey G. O’Brien, this event will feature doctoral students from the Department of English reading their favorite poems

Also, be sure...   More >

Certificate Program in Health Advocacy Online Information Session

Information Session | September 5 | 12-12:45 p.m. |  Online

 Stan Weisner, Ph.D., M.S.W., UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain an in-depth understanding of the complex and dynamic U.S. health care system. Explore key policy and ethical challenges, and learn to become a health advocate who is qualified to advise patients and their families about health care issues.

  Register online

Sara Dean: Environmental Exploits

Lecture | September 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Sarah Dean

 Arts + Design

Sarah Dean

A talk by Berkeley-based architect and designer Sara Dean, whose work intersects digital and physical realms, designing new opportunities for urban equity and environmental agency in our Anthropocene cities. Dean is assistant professor and assistant chair of the design MFA program at California College of the Arts and codirector of IF/THEN Studio. She is also chief designer at...   More >

Mindful Awareness: Guided Meditation

Miscellaneous | August 29 – November 21, 2019 every Thursday | 12-1 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Jeffrey Oxendine

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resilience, and well-being. These meetings are free and open to faculty, staff, and students.

Sara Dean: Environmental Exploits

Presentation | September 5 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A talk by Berkeley-based architect and designer Sara Dean, whose work intersects digital and physical realms, designing new opportunities for urban equity and environmental agency in our Anthropocene cities. Dean is assistant professor and assistant chair of the MFA design program at California College of the Arts and codirector of IF/THEN Studio. She is also chief designer at Modern Empathy, a...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Trade, Pollution and Mortality in China"

Seminar | September 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Matilde Bombardini, Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics- UBC

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Night of the Moon Landing

Seminar | September 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Lawrence Kuznetz, Director of Space Spinoffs Inc., Houston, Texas Consulting Company; NASA Consultant and Lecturer for Onboard Edutainment Programs with Cunard and Norwegian Cruise Lines

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Moonlanding night – a personal story shaped by a dream and a passion.

How a single simple equation changed my life and led to Mission control during Apollo 11 and far beyond to the Space Shuttle, the Johnny Carson show, sports bras and designing spacesuits for Mars.

Biography: In his 50-year career, Dr. Lawrence Kuznetz has had the good fortune to be a space suit designer, mission...   More >

Planning Your Pregnancy Leave (BEUHS315)

Workshop | September 5 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Theresa McLemore, UCB HR Employee Relations Consultant; Sheila Taliafero, UCB Disability Counselor; Ann Gilbert, UCB Academic Personnel

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees. Enroll online.

  Register online

IB Seminar: Genomic conflicts and the molecular basis of speciation

Seminar | September 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Nitin Phadnis, The University of Utah

 Department of Integrative Biology

Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies Online Information Session

Information Session | September 5 | 1-1:30 p.m. |  Online

 Tom McGuire, Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension’s Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies</a> is a comprehensive, accelerated course of study that is designed by paralegals for paralegals and taught by practicing attorneys.

  Register online

Professional Program in Health Informatics Online Information Session

Information Session | September 5 | 1-1:45 p.m. |  Online

 Stan Weisner, Ph.D. M.S.W., UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn about this fully online program that prepares you to launch a new career in health informatics or advance in your current position. Geared for both clinical and nonclinical professionals, this program provides you with the understanding of both the technology and the health care best practices so that you can succeed.


  Register online

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Microsoft Access Action Queries

Course | September 5 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 239 Campus Shared Services (1608 4th Street, Berkeley)

 Human Resources

This course details the process of designing Action Queries using a Microsoft Access database interface in order to manipulate values in local and external data sources. Emphasis is placed on Action Query types, Select Query conversion, and automation triggers of one or more sequential queries. Learning Objectives * Connect to local and external data sources. * Design Queries to manipulate record...   More >

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ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Safa Motesharrei

Seminar | September 5 | 2:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Safa Motesharrei

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

Safa Motesharrei, Environmental Systems Scientist at the University of Maryland, will present: "Large-Scale Wind and Solar Farms in the Sahara Would Increase Rain and Vegetation." Meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall. **Please note this seminar will take place one-hour earlier than the regular seminar schedule, this seminar will begin at 2:30PM.**

Turning Tech to Traction: Conversations with Entrepreneurial Scientists and Engineers

Social Event | September 5 | 3-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Kvamme Atrium & CITRIS Tech Museum

 Nishita Deka, CEO, Sonera Magnetics; Jill Fuss, CTO, CinderBio; Raymond Weitekamp, CEO, polySpectra; Johnny Pujol, CEO, Simplewater; Akwasi Apori, CEO, Correlia Biosystems; Sarah Richardson, CEO, MicroByre

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Cyclotron Road

Join CITRIS Foundry, Cyclotron Road, and University of California’s Women in Tech Initiative (WITI) for compelling discussions with startup founders who are redefining what it means to be an entrepreneur and whose trajectories defy expectations.

Career pathways are seldom linear and hardly ever predictable, especially for scientists and engineers who want to bring their research out of the lab...   More >

Special Program Alumni Guests at Turning Tech to Traction with CITRIS Foundry and Cyclotron Road

State of the College - Fall 2019 Welcome Message

Presentation | September 5 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 College of Natural Resources

Dean Ackerly will be giving a State of the College presentation, followed by a Q&A session. Join CNR faculty, staff, and your fellow students to hear an overview of the college's strategic plan for the new school year and reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year.

If you will attend, please click here to RSVP by Friday, Aug. 30 so we can plan refreshments.

Retinal and brain circuits underlying the effects of light on circadian rhythms and mood

Seminar | September 5 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Samer Hattar, National Institute of Mental Health

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

State of the Department: Annual Meeting

Seminar | September 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Dean Frances Hellman and Chair Michael Hutchings, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Artist Talk - Rina Banerjee

Lecture | September 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

 Rina Banerjee, Artist; Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art and South and Southeast Asian Art, History of Art Department

 Dipti Mathur, Chair, Advisory Board, South Asia Art Initiative; Collector, Contemporary South Asian art

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, Hosfelt Gallery

A talk by Artist Rina Banerjee followed by a conversation between her and Prof. Atreyee Gupta. The conversation will be moderated by Chair, Advisory Board, South Asia Art Initiative and Collector of contemporary South Asian art collector of contemporary South Asian art, Dipti Mathur.

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | September 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Nvidia Info-Session and Tech Talks

Information Session | September 5 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come join us for an info-session and tech talk. Explore the future of AI computing in engaging, informative tech talks with experts who are creating new realities with AI. One lucky winner will even walk away with an NVIDIA product!

NVIDIA has continuously reinvented itself over two decades. Our invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined...   More >

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | September 5 | 7-10 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Wren Suess, UC Berkeley

 Department of Astronomy

Join us on September 5th for the next installment of our Astro Night series! PhD candidate Wren Suess will talk about the history of galaxies, both in human understanding and in cosmic time.

Come to Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

Naked Spaces: Living Is Round

Film - Feature | September 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Trinh T. Minh-ha, Director

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The homes, daily ceremonies, and ordinary “living spaces” of Senegal, Mali, and four other West African countries are showcased in this elegantly composed, “anti-ethnographic” essay film from acclaimed Berkeley-based filmmaker/theorist/professor Trinh T. Minh-ha. “A film on the poetics of dwelling,” as Trinh’s own website puts it, Naked Spaces has little interest in the arid explanations of...   More >

BIO Bears Star Gazing Meetup

Social Event | September 5 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Campbell Hall


 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Interested in astronomy and outer space? Or do you just like looking at the stars? Either way, come join us for the Department of Astronomy star party! The evening will start with a lecture on "Galaxies Across Cosmic Time" at Campbell Hall at 7:30 p.m. Afterwards, stay for star gazing at the rooftop observatory.

The Love Bugs: One couples lifelong obsession with insects

Film - Documentary | September 5 | 8-8:45 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Pacific Coast Entomological Society, Essig Museum of Entomology

 Pacific Coast Entomological Society, Essig Museum of Entomology

Over the course of 60 years, Lois and Charlie O’Brien, two of the foremost entomologists and pioneers in their field, traveled to more than 67 countries and quietly amassed the world’s largest private collection of insects.