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Monday, February 6, 2017

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 6 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Chile Info Session

Information Session | February 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 101 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our Summer Abroad program in Santiago, Chile!

Explore Chilean politics from independence to the present, and witness firsthand the forces that have shaped Chilean politics and challenge its society today. For more information please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/santiago.

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Japan and Korea Info Session

Information Session | February 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Explore both Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea while learning about the histories of the Japan-Korea relations during and after the imperial occupation.

For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/tokyo-seoul.

Innovative Thinking in the Development of Seismic Design Concepts: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Steven Tipping, SE, President, Tipping Structural Engineers, Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The talk will explore the thinking process that went into the development of eight different seismic design concepts including propped shear walls, story isolation, friction dampers, corrugated metal wall sheathing, post-tensioned concrete shear walls, mast frames, isolation bearings, and corrugated metal wall sheathing (round two).

Optical Tools for Unraveling Whole-brain Neuronal Circuit Dynamics Underlying Behavior: From Retina to the Cortex

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Alipasha Vaziri, The Rockefeller University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optical technologies have been transformative for our current understanding of structure and function of neuronal circuits underlying behavior and are in many cases the limiting factors for pushing our understanding of the brain forward. I will discuss two different areas of research in our lab in this context.

In vision science despite of investigations for over seventy years, the absolute...   More >

Causal framing supports young children’s analogical reasoning

Colloquium | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Mariel Goddu, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

​My recent work challenges some previous assumptions about young children’s analogical reasoning abilities. Although much of the literature suggests that three- and four-year-olds are poor at reasoning about abstract relations, here I report results from 4 studies demonstrating that context may be critical. When children are presented with relational reasoning tasks in a traditional,...   More >

UCDC Info Session

Information Session | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 236 Evans Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

UCDC is a program which sends UC juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. to intern, do research, and take classes for a semester. UCDC students come from all majors, intern three to four days a week, and take two classes which each meet once a week. Students from UC campuses live and take classes at the UC Washington Center, an eleven-story building about six blocks from the White House....   More >

The Pink Tide and Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America: With Jeffrey R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco

Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 12-2 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th Floor

 Jeffery Webber, Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London; Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor of Modern Latin America at the Gallatin School and the Department of History at New York University

 Center for Latin American Studies

The Pink Tide & Ebb: Assessing the Left in Latin America. Featuring Jeffery R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco. Event co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Center for Race and Gender.

Cryo-EM structures of the APC/C and mechanisms of its regulation in the cell cycle

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Leifu Chang**, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School (BEUHS602)

Workshop | February 6 | 1-4:15 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Laura Monin, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

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String-Math Seminar: Khovanov-Rozansky homology and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Khovanov and Rozansky introduced a knot homology theory generalizing the HOMFLY polynomial. I will describe a conjectural relation between the Khovanov-Rozansky homology and the homology of sheaves on the flag Hilbert scheme of points on the plane. The talk is based on the joint work with Andrei Negut and Jacob Rasmussen.

Using Text as Data Methods to Discover, Measure, and Explain

Colloquium | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Justin Grimmer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

 Department of Sociology

Text as data methods are increasingly used in the social sciences to explore large scale collections of text. This talk draws on my recent papers to show the distinct social science tasks that test as data methods can accomplish and provides a framework for evaluating those methods. Using an example from the study of Congressional communication I show how text as data methods can help us to...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Strong cosmic censorship in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data

Seminar | February 6 | 2:40-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Luk, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a recent work (joint with Sung-Jin Oh) on the strong cosmic censorship conjecture for the Einstein-Maxwell-(real)-scalar-field system in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat data. For this model, it was previously proved (by M. Dafermos and I. Rodnianski) that a certain formulation of the strong cosmic censorship conjecture is false, namely, the maximal globally...   More >

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Russel Epstein

 Department of Psychology

BLISS Seminar: Information-theoretic tradeoffs in control

Seminar | February 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Victoria Kostina, Caltech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Consider a distributed control problem with a communication channel connecting the observer of a linear stochastic system to the controller. The goal of the controller is to minimize a quadratic cost function in the state variables and control signal. We study the fundamental tradeoff between the communication rate and expected cost.

Claudio Maccone (INAF): SETI Prospects Worldwide

Seminar | February 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics & Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF, Italy)

 Radio Astronomy Lab

The SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) https://iaaweb.org/content/view/396/554/ was created over 50 years ago and is the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists. This talk describes its activities since 2012, when the speaker was elected Chair. In particular:
1) Protection of the central part of the Moon Farside as the only place near Earth still free...   More >

Marcel Nutz - Bubbles, Shorting and Supply in Speculative Markets

Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Marcel Nutz, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We study the formation of prices in equilibrium. In our model, risk-neutral agents interact in continuous time, giving rise to a tractable equilibrium that reveals the influence of speculation, short-selling restrictions, and exogenous supply. Based on joint works with Johannes Muhle-Karbe and Jose Scheinkman.

Bio: Marcel obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich and joined Columbia in 2011....   More >

Literary Success and the Russian Internet: How Online Publics Shape Contemporary Poetics

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Bradley Gorski, PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University

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

The third lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

RNA methylation in gene expression regulation

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Chuan He, University of Chicago

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, College of Chemistry

SURF Summer Research Scholarships (4k-6k) Info Session: Benefits, eligibility, application tips for these summer undergraduate research programs (surf.berkeley.edu)

Information Session | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Sean Burns, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, will discuss eligibility criteria for these two programs, benefits of the programs and tips for a successful application.

IB SEMINAR: Algorithms and implementation of predictive control in behavior

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Anthony Leonardo, Janelia Research Campus / HHMI

 Department of Integrative Biology

Bayesian Covariance Estimation with Applications in High-throughput Biology

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alexander Franks, University of Washington

 Department of Statistics

Understanding the function of biological molecules requires statistical methods for assessing covariability across multiple dimensions as well as accounting for complex measurement error and missing data. In this talk, I will discuss two models for covariance estimation which have applications in molecular biology. In the first half of the talk, I will describe the role of covariance estimation...   More >

Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable with V. Ernesto Méndez

Lecture | February 6 | 4-5:15 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

This presentation critically examines the integration of Agroecology and Participatory Action Research (PAR), as a promising approach to address current agrifood system issues.

Visiting smallholder farms in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photo credit: Martha Caswell

From Mass Science to Participatory Action Research: Maoist Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Knowledge Production

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andrew F. Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Sigrid Schmalzer, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the signature elements of Mao-era science was the insistence on mobilizing the masses. Today, propaganda accounts of such activities ring hollow—or at best perhaps chime quaint. Yet some Chinese social scientists are eagerly adopting the theory and language of "participatory action research," an academic field that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s global radicalism in which Maoist...   More >

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Tannakian reconstruction

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Rahul Dalal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A common slogan is that the understanding the category of representations of a group is the same as understanding the group. This talk will attempt to explain a few theorems in Tannakian theory which give a rigorous justification in the case of algebraic groups. It will follow Milne's notes on the subject.

Computational models of vision: From early vision to deep convolutional neural networks

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Felix Wichmann, University of Tübingen

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Early visual processing has been studied extensively over the last decades. From these studies a relatively standard model emerged of the first steps in visual processing. However, most implementations of the standard model cannot take arbitrary images as input, but only the typical grating stimuli used in many of the early vision experiments.

I will present an image based early vision model...   More >

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Pointwise Bounds for Steklov Eigenfunctions

Seminar | February 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeff Galkowski, Stanford and McGill

 Department of Mathematics

Let $(\Omega ,g)$ be a compact, real-analytic Riemannian manifold with real-analytic boundary $\partial \Omega $. The harmonic extensions of the boundary Dirchlet-to-Neumann eigenfunctions are called Steklov eigenfunctions. We show that the Steklov eigenfuntions decay exponentially into the interior in terms of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann eigenvalues and give a sharp rate of decay to first order at...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] Adventures in Urban Informatics

Seminar | February 6 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Steven Koonin, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University

 Department of Physics

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas; in just a few more decades, the world's population will exceed 9 billion, 70 percent of whom will live in cities. Enabling those cities to deliver services effectively, efficiently, and sustainably while keeping their citizens safe, healthy, prosperous, and well-informed will be among the most important...   More >

Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation

Colloquium | February 6 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

 Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender, Department of African American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

A conversation with author about his book, Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation.

Regents' Lecture - Paz Encina: Politics and Aesthetics in Paraguay Today

Lecture | February 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall

 Paz Encina

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Chancellor's Office, Regents' Lectureship Program

Paz Encina, a Paraguayan artist, filmmaker, humanist, and committed intellectual, UC Regents’ Lecturer of 2017.

Film Screening: The Circle (Der Kreis) followed by Q&A and reception with director Stefan Haupt

Film - Feature | February 6 | 6-9 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Stefan Haupt

 Institute of European Studies

Stefan Haupt's film uncovers the fascinating universe of one of the first gay liberation communities. Enriched by impressive conversational records with Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp, the film depicts a decades-long love story – made taboo by society – and reveals the couple's inspiring self-knowledge and courage.

The Circle won the Panorama Audience Award and the Teddy Award at the Berlinale,...   More >

Arista Networks Info-Session

Information Session | February 6 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn about engineering at Arista and see how we power the world's largest data centers. Recruiting for full time Software & Hardware engineers.

Film Screening: The Circle (Der Kreis) followed by Q&A and reception with director Stefan Haupt

Film - Documentary | February 6 | 6-9 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Stefan Haupt

 Department of German, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco

Founded in the early 1940s, the network around the magazine "The Circle" ("Der Kreis") was the only gay organization to survive the Nazi regime. It blossomed during the post-war years into an internationally renowned underground club. Legendary masked balls at the Theater am Neumarkt in Zurich provided 800 visitors from all over Europe with a secret and safe space to act out...   More >

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

A+D Mondays: Collecting the Uncollectible: Pamela and Richard Kramlich in Conversation with Lawrence Rinder

Special Event | February 6 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Pamela & Richard Kramlich began building their collection in 1992, a time when collecting primarily time-based works was unprecedented and considered an unlikely pursuit. Since then, they have expanded their collection to include some 300 works by more than 60 international artists. In 1997, the Kramlichs established the New Art Trust to advance the media arts through the support of research and...   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 Admission for this lecture is free

ATC Lecture — Pamela and Richard Kramlich, “Collecting the Uncollectible”: Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Lecture | February 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Barbo Osher Theater

 Pamela Kramlich, New Art Trust; Richard Kramlich, New Art Trust

 Center for New Media

Since the 1960s, artists have been actively working with film and video, and media art has become one of the most important forms of contemporary art over the last twenty years. So why is media art still so rarely collected by private collectors and museum curators?

Based in San Francisco and Napa, the Kramlich Collection is recognised internationally as one of the most pioneering and...   More >

Arts + Design Mondays: Collecting the Uncollectible: Pamela and Richard Kramlich in Conversation with Lawrence Rinder

Film - Feature | February 6 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Pamela & Richard Kramlich began building their collection in 1992, a time when collecting primarily time-based works was unprecedented and considered an unlikely pursuit. Since then, they have expanded their collection to include some 300 works by more than 60 international artists. In 1997, the Kramlichs established the New Art Trust to advance the media arts through the support of research and...   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

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Cities in the Age of Trump—A Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | February 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, FEB 6, 7:00pm. Join a timely and important discussion about the changing nature of cities under the incoming administration

Men's Gymnastics vs. Iowa

Sport - Intercollegiate - Gymnastics | February 6 | 7 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Gymnastics hosts Iowa at Haas Pavilion.

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 >

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 >

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 >

Exhibit: The Sunday Afternoon Watercolor Society: San Francisco Impressions by John Kriken

Exhibit - Painting | February 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

Join us at a reception and exhibition of watercolors painted by CED alumnus John Kriken, BArch 61’, FAIA, AICP, on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Wurster Hall Gallery.