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Friday, February 3, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

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43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

Conference/Symposium | February 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.


Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Essig Brunch: Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Lawrence Berkeley Lab: Arthropod-microbiome interactions and their role in the host’s environmental adaptation

Seminar | February 3 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dr. Javier Ceja Navarro, Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!

Complementary Semantic Systems

Seminar | February 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Dan Mirman, University of Alabama at Birmingham

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Representing concepts in terms of semantic features, like < has 4 legs > or < is yellow >, has driven major advances in understanding semantic cognition, integrating behavioral, neural, and computational research. Feature-based approaches are very good at capturing taxonomic relations such as DOG -- BEAR, but it is less clear how they could capture thematic relations such as DOG -- LEASH, which...   More >

Social Networking for Power Users (BECAR306)

Workshop | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: “Phonon Lasing” as a Mechanism for Velocity Saturation in GaN HEMT

Seminar | February 3 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 - The Hogan Room

 Jacob B Khurgin, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Velocity saturation plays the most important role in determining operational characteristics of field effect transistors. While the causes of velocity saturation in GaAs and InP high electron mobility transistors (HEMT’s) are well known, the cause of saturation has not been indisputably determined for the GaN –based HEMT’s. Moreover, the saturation velocity in GaN HEMT has been shown...   More >

Security talk: Keren Elazari -- The Cyber-Circus -- What The Rise of Hacking Everyday Things Means for All of Us

Lecture | February 3 | 1-2:45 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Keren Elazari

 Center for Technology, Policy & Society, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

In 2017, cybersecurity is about the trust people place in “everyday” things like baby monitors, cars, insulin pumps and anything in between, and researchers are eager to demonstrate just how untrustworthy these can be. Amid media frenzy, stunt hacks, Internet‐of‐Things attacks and high‐profile disclosures, can friendly hackers help industry build safer products? Welcome to the...   More >

Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds

Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

Urbanization, globalization, and climate change have had a powerful effect on the ways Mongolians and Inner Mongolians relate to their environment, and this is transforming many of their cultural forms. This conference seeks to increase awareness of the relationships been musical expression and the ecological, economic and political issues impacting residents in different ethnic groups in both...   More >

Biye Dance, photo by Peter Marsh

Data, Science, and the Future of Democracy

Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Trust in basic democratic institutions is dropping and has been for years. Trust in facts, data, and science also seem to be eroding in what is being called a “post-fact” world.

What is going on? And what can be done about it?

Please join us for a mini unconference to discuss ways academics and data scientists might constructively improve our democratic infrastructure. This will be an open...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Entropic Effects on Dislocation Nucleation

Seminar | February 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Dr. Wei Cai, Stanford University

 Department of Chemistry

Dislocation nucleation is essential to our understanding of plastic deformation, ductility and mechanical strength of crystalline materials. Molecular dynamics simulation has played an important role in uncovering the fundamental mechanisms of dislocation nucleation, but its limited time scale remains a significant challenge for studying nucleation at experimentally relevant conditions. Here we...   More >

Men's Swimming & Diving vs. USC

Sport - Intercollegiate - Swimming & Diving | February 3 | 2 p.m. |  Spieker Aquatics Complex

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Swimming & Diving hosts USC in conference action at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Dark Matter Detection with Precision Instrumentation: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Surjeet Rajendran, UC Berkeley, Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We know that there is five times more dark matter in the universe than the normal (baryonic) matter that we are made out of. But, other than its existence we know very little about its properties.

What is its mass? How does it interact with baryonic matter? One way to identify these properties is to make guesses about what the dark matter could be. We can then build a sensitive instrument...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Flows for Hamiltonian ODE with Randomness

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

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I show how a random translation of a Hamiltonian vector field improves the regularity of its flow.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Alexander Lawson, Principal Engineer, Bechtel, SF

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Information Session | February 3 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 120 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC-Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Where Does the Study of Information Lead?

Seminar | February 3 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

What if we take the central concept of information science and see where it leads?

In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) | Tamer El Said | Egypt/Germany, 2016

Film - Feature | February 3 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

East Bay Premiere

Khalid Abdalla, Maryam Saleh, Hanan Yousef, Laila Samy,

Shot in 2009 and released in 2016, In the Last Days of the City is a personal portrait of Cairo during the fall of the Mubarak regime. Structured as a film within a film, the protagonist is filmmaker Khalid (Khalid Abdalla), who experiences the profound sadness of changes on the city and in his personal...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons $12 General admission

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Berkeley Summer Abroad Information Session

Information Session | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn about new and returning Summer Abroad programs for 2017. For a full listing of locations, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad.

Traffic Estimation and Control in an Era of Mixed Human Piloted and Automated Vehicles

Lecture | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dan Work, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: This talk will explore some new directions in estimation and control when the traffic stream is composed of a mix of human piloted and autonomous vehicles. The first part of the talk investigates the problem of modeling and estimating traffic streams in this mixed setting. A connection between the generalized Aw Rascle Zhang model and two-class traffic motivates the choice to model the...   More >

Chern Lectures: Lecture 4 : The problem of collapse

Lecture | February 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

The gravitational waves detected recently by LIGO were produced in the final phase of the inward spiraling of two black holes before they collided to produce a more massive black hole. The experiment is entirely consistent with the so-called Final State Conjecture of general relativity, according to which general solutions of the initial value problem approach asymptotically, in any compact...   More >

Music Studies Colloquia: Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), "Primordial Microphonics"

Colloquium | February 3 | 4:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), "Primordial Microphonics"

Carolyn Abbate’s work centers on opera history, music and philosophy, ephemeral art, and on film and sound studies. Her writings have been translated into several languages, and she herself is a translator (most recently, of Vladimir Jankélévitch’s La musique et l’ineffable). Current research projects include: operetta and ethical...   More >

Cartooning the Landscape: Art, Nature and Consciousness

Lecture | February 3 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden, Garden Conservancy

This presentation will take us on an optical sweep of the iconic landscapes of history and illustrate their interrelationship with art, nature and consciousness. Professor Sullivan will discuss his lifelong commitment to drawing, garden history and environmental awareness, and through the medium of the sequential narrative, he will share with the audience tools that will help us envision the...   More >

$15, $10 UCBG and Garden Conservancy members, UC Berkeley Staff, Students and Faculty are Free

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Annual Chinese New Year Banquet: Center For Chinese Studies

Special Event | February 3 | 6-9 p.m. |  China Village

 1335 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

祝大家春節快樂: 公雞神採奕奕, 母雞勤勞美麗! Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. Let us welcome the Year of the Rooster with good food, prizes, and interesting conversations with old and new friends.

 Pre-Payment required. RSVP by calling Angel Ryono at 510-643-6322, or by emailing Angel Ryono at ccs-vs@berkeley.edu by January 30.

Year of the Rooster

The True Story of Jesse James | Nicholas Ray | United States, 1957

Film - Feature | February 3 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead,

As a posse tracks down the James brothers after a botched bank raid in Minnesota, the film sets out to tell their "true story," which, in classic Ray fashion, shows Jesse turning outlaw as a reaction to the humiliation of Southern farmers in the aftermath of the Civil War. Echoing Rebel Without a Cause, Ray called this "a...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Women's Basketball vs. UCLA

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 3 | 8 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts UCLA at Haas Pavilion.

Available Light: John Adams / Lucinda Childs / Frank Gehry

Performing Arts - Dance | February 3 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Join us in celebrating the 70th birthday of Berkeley's own internationally renowned composer and Cal Performances collaborator John Adams. Lucinda Childs' Available Light, hailed in its 1983 premiere as "a career breakthrough...a work of blazing formal beauty" (The New York Times), is set to Adams' richly impressionistic score, with a striking set designed by Frank Gehry. Childs, whose...   More >

starting at $36

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons $12 General admission

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >


Exhibit - Artifacts | January 19 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

EXHIBIT OPEN THROUGH FEB 3. Tito Patri (FASLA Emeritus, A.S. 55) exhibit of charming sketches rendered while traveling in Europe and the US.

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. The Litwack collection is particularly noteworthy for its Harlem Renaissance first editions in...   More >

I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 30, 2016 – June 30, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Warren Hellman & Charles Michael Galleries

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”. The exhibition highlights Italian Jewish art and artifacts from The Magnes Collection.

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 24 – June 23, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

Exhibit - Photography | January 24 – June 20, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer, most notable for his documentary photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding its destruction, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the...   More >