<< Week of January 26 >>

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Family Program: Kids and Spices

Workshop | January 26 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Awaken your senses in this wonderful exploration of spices! We will journey into the Tropical House to see some of the plants that give us our favorite spices-- such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, black pepper, nutmeg, turmeric, and more. (We'll check in on our "chocolate tree" too!)
Learn about where these plants grow, the different ways you can use them, do some taste-testing, and create...   More >

$18 Adult $18 Child, $12 Member Adult $12 Member Child (must have family membership level or above)

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

Deppea splendens 'Cristobal' Image by Jill Petersen

Women's Basketball vs. Colorado

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | January 26 | 12 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Colorado at Haas Pavilion.

Shorts by Agnès Varda, Program 2: Places and Faces

Film - Feature | January 26 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This collection of short works finds Varda observing people, places, and spaces from France to Iran. In L’opéra-Mouffe she evokes the “imaginative world of pregnancy” with a dreamlike montage that combines poetic imagery with documentary portraits shot in the gritty neighborhood of rue Mouffetard. Capturing azure waters and lobster-skinned tourists in the saturated hues of a vacation slide, the...   More >

Men's Basketball vs. Stanford

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | January 26 | 3 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Stanford at Haas Pavilion.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin

Performing Arts - Music | January 26 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Program:
Beethoven/Overture to Egmont
Mozart/Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Tchaikovsky/Symphony No. 5

$38–$125 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs with conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.

La dolce vita

Film - Feature | January 26 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the screening on January 26, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).

A helicopter flies over Rome dangling a gigantic statue of Christ. “Oh, look,”...   More >

The Straight Story

Film - Feature | January 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Walt Disney Pictures Presents a Film by David Lynch”: from the opening titles, Lynch’s surprising follow-up to Lost Highway defies all audience expectations of “the Lynchian.” Longtime character actor and ex-stuntman Richard Farnsworth (Kirk Douglas’s double in Spartacus) earned an Oscar nod as an elderly man, too impaired to have a driver’s license, who instead drives his lawn mower across the...   More >

Monday, January 27, 2020

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

Search for UC President 2019

Information Session | January 27 | 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom West

 Public Affairs

The University of California Board of Regents announces a global search to recruit a new President in accordance with its Policy on Appointment of the President of the University.

Details at: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/7101.html. On November 14, 2019, the Board of Regents approved the criteria for the position of the President of the University of California.

Disparity and motion-in-depth processing in human visual cortex

Seminar | January 27 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Anthony Norcia, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The lateral separation of the two eyes creates slight retinal image differences that provide binocular disparity and binocular motion cues that can be used to extract information about depth in the world. To gain insight about the neural mechanisms involved in processing these cues, we use cue-isolating stimulation techniques to study the dynamics of brain responses to changing disparity cues,...   More >

SEMM Seminar: Building a More Resilient San Francisco

Seminar | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Danielle Hutchings Mieler, Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, City and County of San Francisco

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities face a myriad challenges from rising seas, aging infrastructure, increasingly extreme weather, housing shortages and chronic homelessness. As we look to the future we ask, how will these challenges be exacerbated by a large earthquake? What will San Francisco be like with 160,000 new residents? How will climate change impact vulnerable populations? San Francisco is working to address the...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 27 | 12-1 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.

Machine Learning and Science Forum

Meeting | January 27 – May 4, 2020 every other Monday | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190B Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Find more information on the BIDS Events list: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Robert Frank on the Psychology of Climate Change

Lecture | January 27 | 3-5 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Living Room

 Robert Frank, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management, Cornell University

 Dan Kammen, Professor, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Professor of Public Policy Goldman School of Public Policy

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Robert Frank will visit the Goldman School of Public Policy on Monday, Jan. 27, from 3-5 pm in the Living Room to discuss his upcoming book, Under the Influence.

“After more than three decades, the public is finally beginning to grasp what a serious threat global warming poses. What’s missing from the climate conversation now is a plausible narrative about how we might parry this threat....   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Pseudospectral Shattering, the Sign Function, and Diagonalization in Nearly Matrix Multiplication Time I

Seminar | January 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a recent joint work with J. Banks, A. Kulkarni and N. Srivastava, we have shown that on a high level, any efficient numerically stable matrix-multiplication algorithm can be turned into a diagonalization algorithm with the same properties. Quantitatively, our result significantly improves the best previously known provable running times of diagonalization algorithms. In this talk, which...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Mean convex mean curvature flow with free boundary

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Zhu, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

In the class of mean convex surfaces, the mean curvature flow provides a useful geometric tool, owing its power to the regularity and structure theory established by White and with subsequent developments by Haslhofer, Kleiner and Hershkovits. In joint work with Edelen, Haslhofer and Ivaki, we generalise this theory to the free boundary setting. There are significant analytic and geometric issues...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Supersingular main conjectures, Sylvester's conjecture and Goldfeld's conjecture

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Daniel Kriz, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I formulate and prove a new Rubin-type Iwasawa main conjecture for imaginary quadratic fields in which $p$ is inert or ramified, as well as a Perrin-Riou type Heegner point main conjecture for certain supersingular CM elliptic curves. These main conjectures and their proofs are related to $p$-adic L-functions that I have previously constructed, and have applications to two classical...   More >

Illuminating the biochemistry of zinc and RNA in live cells

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Amy Palmer, University of Colorado Boulder

 College of Chemistry

There are over two thousand proteins encoded by the human genome that are predicted to bind zinc, where zinc binding is predicted to be essential for function. At the cellular level zinc is important for DNA synthesis, cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Given the importance of Zn2+ in cell biology and human health, it is astounding that we still don’t understand the mechanisms of...   More >

The Improbable Poetics of Crime and Punishment

Lecture | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Great Matzner-Gore, Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The first lecture in the Spring 2020 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

Compact accelerators and photon sources using laser-driven plasma acceleration

Colloquium | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 3105 Etcheverry Hall

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Abstract: Plasma waves can support extremely large accelerating fields, several orders of magnitude greater than conventional accelerators, and, hence, provide a compact method of generating energetic charged particle beams. Plasma waves suitable for particle acceleration may be resonantly excited using the radiation pressure from intense, high-power, ultrashort laser pulses. Laser-driven plasma...   More >

A Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color

Panel Discussion | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Social Welfare, School of

This presentation provides a holistic analytic framework and a strategic canvas for improving the life outcomes for males of color.

Job Market Seminar: "Selling Consumer Data for Profit: Optimal Market-Segmentation Design and its Consequences"

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kai Hao Yang, Chicago Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Political Economy, Industry Organization

Thematic Seminar: K-stability and moduli spaces of Fano varieties

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yuchen Liu, Yale

 Department of Mathematics

Fano varieties are positively curved algebraic varieties which form one of the three building blocks in the classification. Unlike the case of negatively curved varieties, moduli spaces of Fano varieties (even smooth ones) can fail to be Hausdorff. K-stability was originally invented as an algebro-geometric notion characterizing the existence of Kähler-Einstein metrics on Fano varieties....   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Box condition versus Chang–Fefferman condition for weighted multi-parameter paraproducts.

Seminar | January 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

Paraproducts are building blocks of many singular integral operators and the main instrument in proving “Leibniz rule” for fractional derivatives (Kato–Ponce). Also multi-parameter paraproducts appear naturally in questions of embedding of spaces of analytic functions in polydisc into Lebesgues spaces with respect to a measure in the polydisc. The latter problem (without loss of...   More >

Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor

Colloquium | January 27 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 John Martinis, UC Santa Barbara / Google

 Department of Physics

The promise of quantum computers is that certain computational tasks might be executed exponentially faster on a quantum processor than on a classical processor. A fundamental challenge is to build a high-fidelity processor capable of running quantum algorithms in an exponentially large computational space. Here we report the use of a processor with programmable superconducting qubits to create...   More >

"Imported" Feminism and "Indigenous" Queerness: From Backlash to Transphobic Feminism in Transnational Japanese Context (Lecture)

Lecture | January 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

 The Program in Critical Theory

As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.” Curiously enough, “Japan” has also...   More >

Auditions: Digital Dreams, Student-Directed Dance Workshop

Performing Arts - Dance | January 27 | 6-9 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 170 (Z170)

 Randall Belyea

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Current UC Berkeley students of any major are invited to open auditions for Digital Dreams, an original dance piece choreographed by Randall Belyea. The performance is part of the student workshop series presented by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance studies.

Palo Alto Networks Tech Talk

Information Session | January 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Palo Alto Networks is the fastest-growing security company in history. Named best place to work by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, we offer the chance to be part of an important mission: ending breaches and protecting our way of digital life. Our mission isn’t a small one. It isn’t simple either. We built a foundation in challenging the way things are done, and we’re looking for incredible...   More >

ATC Lecture — Amy LaViers, "Dancing with Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems"

Colloquium | January 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Amy LaViers, Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design

Movement seems to encode information. How does this work? We know that animals, including humans, use the motion of counterparts to produce coordinated, social behaviors. But how do we resolve the discrete measures of communication and information theory with the continuous laws of motion and mechanics? Answering these questions is critical to developing expressive robotic systems that integrate...   More >

Cal Night at the San Jose Sharks

Special Event | January 27 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. |  SAP Center

  , San Jose, CA

 Cal Alumni Association

Calling all fans of NHL hockey and our Silicon Valley alumni community—our 2020 Cal Night at the San Jose Sharks is fast approaching! Join us on January 27 when the Sharks look to strengthen their divisional standing against their longtime rivals, the Anaheim Ducks. With two discounted ticket packages, and each ticket supporting CAA’s Alumni Scholars Program, we expect this event to sell out. Buy...   More >

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Imported" Feminism and "Indigenous" Queerness: From Backlash to Transphobic Feminism in Transnational Japanese Context (Seminar)

Seminar | January 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

 The Program in Critical Theory

As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.” Curiously enough, “Japan” has also...   More >

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: A two-player price impact game

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Moritz Voss, UCSB

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: We study the competition of two strategic agents for liquidity in
the benchmark portfolio tracking setup of Bank, Soner, Voss (2017),
both facing common aggregated temporary and permanent price impact
à la Almgren and Chriss (2001). The resulting stochastic linear quadratic
differential game with terminal state constraints allows for an
explicitly available open-loop Nash...   More >

William G. Dauben Lectureship: Integrated Platforms for Predictable Organic Synthesis

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jeffrey Bode, ETH Zuerich

 College of Chemistry

Synthetic chemists excel at devising spectacular new reaction pathways and powerful catalytic processes, but few of these advances have been integrated into platforms for the predictable and programable production of complex molecules. Successful examples, such as Fmoc-Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis (SPPS) and DNA synthesis, require not only highly efficient bond forming reactions but also a...   More >

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Isolating the “Tech” from EdTech: Experimental Evidence"

Seminar | January 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Rob Fairlie, UCSC

 Center for Labor Economics

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.

Javier Mejia Cubillos: “Social Interactions and Contract Enforcement in the Postcolonial Arab World; Evidence from the Industrial Elite of Morocco, 1956-1982”

Lecture | January 28 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This paper studies the role of social interactions in the business-elite activity of the postcolonial Arab world. We use mixed methods to exploit an exceptional set of interviews with members of the industrial elite of Morocco during the import-substituting-industrialization period. We find that the high risk of contractual breach characterized the business environment. In this context, business...   More >

MRED+D Admissions Webinar 01/28

Information Session | January 28 | 1-2 p.m. |  Online

 College of Environmental Design

MRED+D Admissions Webinar

Microsoft Excel Linking and Referencing Calculations

Workshop | January 28 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This course details the process of establishing links between data sources using manual and automated methods. Emphasis is placed on supplemental referencing syntax to establish and manage calculation links. Learning Objectives * Leverage Structured Reference syntax for Table objects. * Utilize Relative and Absolute referencing syntax to effectively replicate calculations. * Link cell values at...   More >

  Register online

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: No Meeting Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 28 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Beyond Berkeley: Finding Research Opportunities Off-Campus

Information Session | January 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Alexander Jaffe, PhD candidate, PhD candidate, Molecular and Cell Biology

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Alexander Jaffe, doctoral candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology, will share insights on how to find, and be selected for, off-campus research opportunities such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates (https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/) and more. This event was extremely popular at the Research and Scholarships Fair, so we decided to run it again. Don't miss it!

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: P-adic Gaussians and their tropicalization

Seminar | January 28 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yassine El Mazzouz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We study multivariate Gaussian distributions on local fields such as the field of p-adic numbers. We introduce the Bruhat-Tits building as a parameter space for Gaussian distributions and study some classic statistical problems in this setting. Finally we study geometric and probabilistic structures of the tropicalization of such distributions.

Spin-selective Energy Transfer from Quantum Dots to Molecules: An Application in Stereoselective Organic Synthesis

Seminar | January 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Emily Weiss, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Tetrasubstituted cyclobutyl structures are precursors to, or core components of, many important bioactive molecules, including prospective drugs. Light-driven [2+2] cycloaddition is the most direct strategy for construction of these structures. [2+2] photocycloadditions that proceed through the triplet excited state can be triggered with visible light through excitation of a triplet sensitizer...   More >

Thematic Seminar: The ubiquity of Fourier restriction

Seminar | January 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ruixiang Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

In Fourier analysis, there is a class of questions known as Fourier restriction type problems. A lot of people have tried to answer this kind of questions, partly because they naturally show up in the study of many problems in PDE, spectral theory, number theory, geometric measure theory and combinatorics. I will talk about three examples of Fourier restriction type problems I recently worked on...   More >

UC Berkeley Cloud Computing Meetup

Meeting | August 27, 2019 – August 25, 2020 the last Tuesday of the month every month | 4:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley SkyDeck Penthouse

 Data Sciences

This meetup is aimed at bringing together students, researchers, faculty, IT staff and the wider local community to learn, share and discuss our work in designing and operating services built on cloud computing architectures.

We will feature speakers and engaging discussions around current issues in cloud computing often with an enterprise focus.

Cloud Computing Meetup

Social Event | January 28 – December 29, 2020 the last Tuesday of the month every month | 4:30-7 p.m. | Berkeley Skydeck, Penthouse (PH) floor

 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Division of Data Science, IST/OCIO, Research IT,

The UC Berkeley Cloud Community of Practice will be holding our monthly meetup in the Berkeley SkyDeck Penthouse. We have some excellent guests and topics and hope to see you there.

Everyone is welcome - this is a really inclusive group! You don't have to be an expert, or already know about cloud technologies; we get together so people can learn from each other. The Berkeley SkyDeck is at...   More >

Career Connections: Tech for Good

Social Event | January 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue and Gold Room

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Seeking alumni and professionals working in a variety of technical roles at social impact oriented organizations/companies, in both nonprofit and for-profit capacities. Examples: Educational Technology, Healthcare, CleanTech, NGO’s, etc.

Development through Action: A Panel Discussion with 3 Social Activists from South Asia

Panel Discussion | January 28 | 5-7 p.m. | 100 Blum Hall

 Ayesha Chundrigar, Founder, ACF Animal Rescue; Karishma Ali, Founder, Chitral Women's Sports Club; Bharti Singh Chauhan, Founder, PraveenLata Sansthan

 Clare Talwalker, Lecturer: International & Area Studies Teaching Program; Global Poverty and Practice Minor

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Facebook, Zareen's, Folio3, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Center for Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Race and Gender, Master of Development Practice

A panel discussion with three development activists from India and Pakistan.

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Symmetry adapted Gram spectrahedra

Seminar | January 28 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Sum of squares (SOS) relaxations are often used to certify nonnegativity of polynomials and are equivalent to solving a semidefinite program (SDP). The feasible region of the SDP for a given polynomial is the Gram spectrahedron. For symmetric polynomials, there are reductions to the problem size that can be done using tools from representation theory. In joint work with Alex Heaton, we used this...   More >

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Symmetry adapted Gram spectrahedron

Seminar | January 28 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Shankar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Sum of squares (SOS) relaxations are often used to certify nonnegativity of polynomials and are equivalent to solving a semidefinite program (SDP). The feasible region of the SDP for a given polynomial is called the Gram spectrahedron. For symmetric polynomials, there are reductions to the problem size that can be done using tools from representation theory. In joint work with Alex Heaton from...   More >

Scientific Conversations Meetup: “Popping the ​Science ​Bubble” — Conversations w/ Cal Scientists

Social Event | January 28 | 5:15-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Public Library | Note change in date

 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Come join us at the Berkeley Public Library to catch up with Cal Scientists for “Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists. You'll be able to engage with Cal scientists and learn about what they've been up to as they deliver a thrilling series of short lectures on cutting-edge research.

We will meet in front of the Berkeley Public Library at 5:15 p.m. before...   More >

Auditions: The Arsonists and Student-Directed Workshops

Performing Arts - Theater | January 28 | 6-10 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Current UC Berkeley students of any major are invited to combined auditions for the TDPS production of The Arsonists by Max Frisch and student-directed workshops. Workshops include Hamlet, Don't Bet on the Englishmen, and the New Play Reading Series. See production details on the TDPS Callboard.

Director Patrick Russell (Photo by Pak Han)

Atlassian Tech Talk

Information Session | January 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join our team, make it yours. We’re hiring for New Grad Developers, Site Reliability Engineering, Security Engineering, IT Development, Design, UX Research, Marketing

Dinner will be provided.

Documentary Screening: Dawnland, by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip

Film - Documentary | January 28 | 6:30-9 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Social Welfare, School of, American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA), American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP), Native American Student Development office (NASD), Media Resources Center

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native children from their homes and placed them with white families. Many children suffered devastating emotional harm by adults who shamed and demeaned them, and tried to erase their culture. The fallout was unbearable.

Dawnland tells the story of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation...   More >

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

MEng Employer Breakfast

Special Event | January 29 | 8:30-10:30 a.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

The Berkeley Master of Engineering program and School of Information invite you to attend a special networking breakfast before the STEM Career Fair. We will host the networking breakfast from 8:30-10:30am in the Pauley Ballroom at the MLK Student Union, just a short walk to the career fair site.

 Exclusive to Berkeley Master of Engineering and School of Information students only.

RAPDP - Specialty - Developing Large and Complex Proposals

Workshop | January 29 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A specialty workshop that integrates topics from other workshops to explore developing larger, more complex proposals, including working with the Berkeley Research Development Office. Learning Objectives: • Identify different types of complex projects and their characteristics • Locate the applicable funding announcement and sponsor guidelines for proposal submission • Identify common...   More >

  Register online

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | January 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent 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 >

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar

Lecture | January 22 – May 6, 2020 every Wednesday | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UAM@Berkeley, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

Find more information on the BIDS Events list: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Certificate Program in Data Science and Professional Program in Data Analysis Online Information Session

Information Session | January 29 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 Sean Butcher, LL.B., M.B.A.

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain the skills to collect, process, analyze and interpret data to create actionable insights. Learn how to leverage machine learning, statistics, data mining and big data to develop new strategies that support decision making in a variety of fields.

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They Were Her Property: An "Authors Meet Critics" Book Talk

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of History; Bryan Wagner, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on January 29, 2020 from 12-1:30 pm for an engaging discussion about They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History at UC Berkeley.

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Visual Cortical Processing: Image to Object Representation

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Rudiger von der Heydt, Johns Hopkins University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Image understanding is often conceived as a hierarchical process with many levels where complexity and invariance of object selectivity gradually increase with level in the hierarchy. In contrast, neurophysiological studies have shown that figure-ground organization and border ownership coding, which imply understanding of the object structure of an image, occur at levels as low as V1 and V2 of...   More >

Townsend Book Chat with Anne Walsh: Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh

Lecture | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In her response to surrealist painter Leonora Carrington’s feminist novella, The Hearing Trumpet, Anne Walsh uses a variety of media to cast herself as an “apprentice crone” who studies and rehearses the trauma of old age.

Tod Hamilton--Immigration and the Remaking of Black America: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Tod Hamilton, Professor, Sociology, Princeton 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.

Noon Concert Series: Piano and Organ

Performing Arts - Music | January 29 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Billy Fang (piano), Domenic Pang (organ)
Works by L. van Beethoven, V. Lübeck, J.S. Bach, F. Mendelssohn

Since 1953 the Noon Concert Series has featured a variety of performance from Music students, faculty, and guest musicians.

11:55 - Doors Open
12:15 - Start

FREE admission

The Anatomy of a Standoff: Searching for Pearl Royal Hendrickson

Lecture | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 William A. White, III, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

On July 31, 1940, African American World War I veteran Pearl Royal Hendrickson shot and killed a Federal Marshall sent to evict him from his home in the foothills overlooking Boise, Idaho. This action precipitated a standoff between Hendrickson and dozens of law enforcement officers from across Idaho.

UC Berkeley Geosystems Group Wednesday Lecture Series: Design of a Near Surface Disposal Facility

Lecture | January 29 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 406 Davis Hall

 Rajendram (Arul) Arulnathan, Associate Vice President, AECOM

 UC Berkeley Geoengineering Society

A confidential client proposes to develop the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) to establish a safe, local, and permanent means for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste and mixed waste at one of its sites. The NSDF is being designed, licensed, and built as an engineered containment mound (ECM). The ECM will have an operational life of 50 years and a total waste capacity of 1,000,000...   More >

Student Debt and the Financing of Higher Education

Lecture | January 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight & Salvage

 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Jane Wellman, Senior Advisor, College Futures Foundation; Brian Murphy, Associate (President Emeritas), UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Hear from experts in the field — Jane Wellman and Brian Murphy — as they discuss the many contributing factors behind the past thirty years’ trends in higher education finance and the rise of student debt. They'll highlight some of the institutional and political interests behind the rise in indebtedness, the (so far) inadequate responses to the crisis, and whether real solutions are possible.
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 FREE to OLLI @Berkeley members, UC faculty, staff and students. $10/general admission. No RSVP required. All welcome!

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | January 22 – May 6, 2020 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 >

Probability Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Statistics

Title: Improving constant in L1 Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube and related subjects

Abstract: We improve the constant &pi; in L1-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in L1 inequality is known, and it is the square root of &pi;/2 (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and...   More >

New Volunteer Information Session

Information Session | January 29 | 3-4:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Conference Center

 Perry Hall

 Botanical Garden

Join us for an information session about the volunteer programs at UCBG. Find out what opportunities are currently available, what the requirements are, and learn how to get started.

In addition to registering, please email the Volunteer & Tour Coordinator at perry[at]berkeley.edu.

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Human Cognition Colloquium: Human communication as a functional window into human cognition

Colloquium | January 29 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Kyle Mahowald, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Language is an ideal test bed for exploring many core questions about the origins and structure of human cognition, learning, and culture. Whereas many cognitive tools are similar across cultures, there is wide diversity among human languages. To state that observation statistically: humans languages have some fixed parameters (universals) but also a large number of degrees of freedom. Thus, the...   More >

Probability Seminar: Improving constant in $L^1$-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube and related subjects

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: We improve the constant $\frac{\pi}2$ in $L^1$-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in $L^1$ inequality is known, and it is the square root of $\frac{\pi}2$ (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and the square root of $\frac{\pi}2$ gives an estimate from below for this sharp constant. On the other hand, Ben Efraim...   More >

Open City

Film - Feature | January 29 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A wartime bread-riot at a Roman bakery: Pina (Anna Magnani) stoops to pick up a loaf. “You?” a man asks. “Should I starve?” she asks. Then she gives him the bread; he shouldn’t starve either. The raw courage, and raw terror, of individuals caught up in the implicit violence of everyday life under fascism is made explicit in Open City, one of several films Fellini cowrote with director Roberto...   More >

Improving the constant in the $L^1$ Poincar\'e inequality on the Hamming cube, and related subjects

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Statistics

We improve the constant $\frac{\pi}{2}$ in $L^1$-Poincar\'e inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in $L^1$ inequality is known, and it is the square root of
$\frac{\pi}{2}$ (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and the square root of $\frac{\pi}{2}$ gives an estimate from below for this sharp constant. On the other hand, Ben Efraim and...   More >

Accelerating the computational discovery of catalyst design rules and exceptions with machine learning

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Heather Kulik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Over the past decade, first-principles computation has emerged as a powerful complement to experiment in the discovery of new catalysts and materials. In many cases, computation has excelled most in distilling rules for catalyst structure-property relationships in well defined spaces such as bulk metals into descriptors or linear free energy relationships. More development is needed of...   More >

Tell Her Story Awards Ceremony 2020: A celebration of Memorable Stories about Remarkable Women in South Asia

Special Event | January 29 | 4-6 p.m. |  Facebook, Building 11

 Ayesha Chundrigar, Founder, ACF Animal Rescue

 Karishma Ali, Founder, Chitral Women's Sports Club

 Bharti Singh Chauhan, Founder, PraveenLata Sansthan

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Facebook, Zareen's, Folio3

Please join us for the second Tell Her story Gala 2020 where you will have the opportunity to hear stories from the top three Tell Her Story finalists who continue to fight against the injustice they and their loved ones face.

ERG Colloquium: Susan Shaheen: Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Early Understanding

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Susan Shaheen, Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

This presentation focuses on Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). This includes key definitions, concepts of operation, a census of MOD public-private partnerships in the U.S., analysis of business models and use cases, and key takeaways from this analysis. The presentation also focuses on the critical role of the built environment and its effects on shared mobility...   More >

Electrons Dynamics Control in Femtosecond Laser Micro/Nanofabrication: Russell Severance Springer Colloquium

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Lan Jiang, Changjiang Distinguished Professor; Beijing Institute of Technology

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: During femtosecond laser fabrication, photons are mainly absorbed by electrons, and the subsequent energy transfer from electrons to ions is of picosecond order. Hence, lattice motion is negligible within the femtosecond pulse duration, whereas femtosecond photon-electron interactions dominate the entire fabrication process. Therefore, femtosecond laser fabrication must be improved by...   More >

Bayesian Probabilistic Numerical Methods: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tim Sullivan, Freie Universität Berlin and Zuse Institute Berlin

 Department of Statistics

Numerical computation --- such as numerical solution of a PDE, or quadrature --- can modelled as a statistical inverse problem in its own right. In particular, we can apply the Bayesian approach to inversion, so that a posterior distribution is induced over the object of interest (e.g. the PDE's solution) by conditioning a prior distribution on the same finite information that would be used in a...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Deep neural networks: structure and function

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 David Rolnick, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Mathematics

Deep neural networks have revolutionized artificial intelligence in recent years but remain poorly understood. Even as algorithms based on neural networks are used to drive cars and diagnose diseases, their design continues to rely more on trial and error than mathematics. In this talk, we provide rigorous grounding for the relationship between structure and function in neural networks. A neural...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Robot Adoption and Labor Market Dynamics"

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anders Humlum, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, International Trade

Special SEMM Seminar: Rocking, Chaos and Seismic Testing of 3D Printed Small Scale Models

Seminar | January 29 | 5-6 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Michalis Vassiliou, PhD, ETH Zurich

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Shake table blind prediction contests of Masonry and RC structures show that even the most sophisticated models using the “as built” material properties fail to predict the test results with a reasonable accuracy. This fact directly questions the scientific value of our analysis and design methods. Unexpectedly, the above weakness is used against rocking structures (i.e. structures designed to...   More >

Table Talks: Your Plate and the Planet

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Senate Chambers

 Timothy Bowles, Professor, UC Berkeley; minkah taharkah, Local Farmer; Fahim Shafi, Neighborhood Harvest Leaver, The Urban Farmers

 Student Environmental Resource Center

"Table Talks: Your Plate and the Planet” will be a trans-disciplinary look at how food is produced and what that means for our world. Featuring three experts from the world of food justice, this panel will address climate change through the lenses of sustainable agriculture, local food production, and social justice. Come by and learn how we can support alternative practices that more equitably...   More >

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Ussama Makdisi “Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World” Book Launch and Reception

Reception | January 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for the launch and reception of Professor Ussama Makdisi’s new book, ““Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World” (University of California Press, 2019). Professor Makdisi will discuss his research and will be joined in discussion by Professor Samera Esmeir of the Rhetoric Department, followed by a reception.

Dr. Ussama Makdisi is Professor...   More >

Journalism and Politics in the Corn Belt: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen in conversation with Michael Pollan

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Graduate School of Journalism

Art Cullen is editor of The Storm Lake Times, a family-run newspaper published in Storm Lake, Iowa (population 10, 076). In 2017, Cullen won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting on polluted water, fertilizer runoff, and powerful corporate agricultural interests. Just a few days before the Iowa Caucuses, Cullen and Pollan will sit down together to discuss Trump and the farm vote; trade wars;...   More >

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Texas Instruments Tech Talk

Information Session | January 29 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come out and hear from Texas Instrument engineers to hear about their experience!

We will cover interview tips guided and will conclude with a networking session and resume drop!

Food will be provided.

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 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.

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >

Architecture Lecture: Michael Arad

Lecture | January 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, JAN 29, 6:30pm. Join us for a talk with the designer of the National September 11 Memorial in New York and the Emanuel Nine Memorial in Charleston. Open to all!

David Ohannessian and the Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem

Lecture | January 29 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Sato Moughalian, Author

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

The brilliant blue-green glazes of Jerusalem’s Armenian pottery have become a distinctive feature of the Holy City, but the origins of this iconic art spring from the historic ceramics center of Kütahya, in today’s northwest Turkey, and are entwined with the genocide and deportation of Ottoman Armenians during the First World War. Ms. Moughalian’s illustrated talk will trace the historic...   More >

Wild at Heart

Film - Feature | January 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Just out of prison for manslaughter, Sailor (Nicolas Cage) breaks parole to take Lula (Laura Dern), his inseparable lover, to California. Lula’s mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), accompanied by a private eye (Harry Dean Stanton), pursues the de facto fugitives to rescue her daring daughter from herself. In Big Tuna, Texas, a scruffy town inhabited by lowlifes, they encounter the thoroughly demented...   More >