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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Garden Closed

Holiday | November 4, 2014 – December 5, 2017 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from somewhere...   More >

Asphalt Pavement Materials, Design, Construction and Maintenance

Workshop | February 7 – 9, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Courtyard Marriott Monrovia, Monterey Room

 700 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016

 James Sigore, American Society of Civil Engineers; Irwin Guada, UC Pavement Research Center; Frank Farshidi, City of San Jose

 Technology Transfer Program

This three-day course is aimed at covering the full range of topics related to asphalt concrete pavements from materials and mix design to construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. Asphalt concrete pavements are a vital part of an agency's assets and constitute about 90% of the local streets in California. The numerous topics in this class will be presented in sufficient detail to assist the...   More >

 This course is particularly designed for junior-level engineers in state and local agencies and those new to the pavement field who would benefit from a strong introduction to asphalt pavements. More senior level agency engineers, consultants, contractors

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 7 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

  Register online

PMB Seminar : "Plant plasmodesmata at the intersection of bacterial pathogenesis and plant immunity"

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Joe Aung, Michigan State University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Simple Random Sampling: Not So Simple

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Kellie Ottoboni, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

The theory of inference from simple random samples (SRSs) is fundamental in statistics; many statistical techniques and formulae assume that the data are an SRS. True random samples are rare; in practice, people tend to draw samples by using pseudo-random number generators (PRNGs) and algorithms that map a set of pseudo-random numbers into a subset of the population.

The Melvin Calvin Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Bioinspired Asymmetric Catalysis with Peptides and Other Small Molecules

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Helma Wennemers, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, ETH Zurich

 College of Chemistry

In nature, proteins fulfill manifold different functions and are crucial as, for example, enzymes or templates for the controlled formation of structural components such as bones. The Wennemers group is intrigued by the question whether also peptides with significantly lower molecular weights compared to proteins can fulfill functions for which nature evolved large macromolecules. Specifically we...   More >

Targeting redox dependencies in pancreatic cancer

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Christine Chio**, Cold Spring Harbor

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

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

Information Session | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 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.

The Berkeley Network Webinar Series: How to Land Your Dream Job

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Scott Swedberg, Founder and CEO, The Job Sauce

 Cal Alumni Association

Want a better job? Learn Scott's proven system of hacking the hiring process that has resulted in clients landing dream jobs in as little as 2 weeks, with an average salary increase of over 30%. By properly leveraging your network, you can access the 80% of jobs that aren't posted online and start the interview process with a recommendation from a company VIP. Register below to learn how to...   More >

  Register online

Groupon Info-Session

Information Session | February 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please join Groupon for an info session! Lunch will be provided. Co-hosted by the EECS department and the CSUA.

Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is building the daily habit in local commerce, offering a vast mobile and online marketplace where people discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy. By enabling real-time commerce across local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products...   More >

BSAC Technology Seminar - A Novel Approach for High Efficient Electrostatic Micro/Nano Transducers

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 490 Cory Hall

 Prof. Dr. Harald Schenk, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Electrostatic forces provide excellent scaling behavior that makes them first choice for micro and nano actuation. However, large stroke is at cost of large electrode gaps preventing use of this advantage. A new electrostatic actuator has been developed profiting from high forces at electrode separations of a few 100 nm only and providing several hundreds of nanometer up to 100 µm of deflection.

  RSVP online by February 6.

Development Lunch:"Quantifying the Crisis of Cooking: Sensors and Analytics to Measure Cookstoves' Impacts"

Seminar | February 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Danny Wilson

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Democracy-Promotion in Côte d'Ivoire: Citizen Perceptions of Local NGOs

Colloquium | February 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Justine M. Davis, PhD Student, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Justine Davis

ACA and its Replacement: Effects on the Nongroup Insurance Market and Exchanges

Lecture | February 7 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 William Dow, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Management, University of California Berkeley

 Health Policy and Management

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reformed the individual insurance market and the Trump administration now wants to undo some reforms and make other changes. Drawing on a survey of California individual insurance market enrollees both in Covered California and outside the exchange, we analyze plan selection behavior and adverse selection. Results inform potential changes such as dropping the...   More >

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Time Keeper Training

Course | February 7 | 1-4 p.m. | 241 CSS

 1608 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Historical Edits
Step by step run reports process
View Accruals and totals for employee timecards
Individual and mass timecard approval
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Instructor-led, hands-on training using Caltime training...   More >

  Register online

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Madrid Info Session

Information Session | February 7 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our Spanish language program in Madrid, Spain.

For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/madrid.

How to Write a Social Science and Humanities Research Proposal

Workshop | February 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This work shop is primarily designed for social science and humanities undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.

The Educational Backgrounds of American Business and Government Leaders: Inter-Industry Variation in the Recruitment of Executives

Colloquium | February 7 | 3-4 p.m. | Evans Hall, 768 Library Evans Hall (newly renovated)

 Steven G. Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , Department of Sociology

Join the conversation, as Steven G. Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside will discuss, "The Educational Backgrounds of American Business and Government Leaders: Inter-Industry Variation in the Recruitment of Executives". Sociological work in the tradition of C. Wright Mills and E. Digby Baltzell has assumed that recruitment into corporate and government...   More >

Psychology Colloquium

Colloquium | February 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105 Tolman

 Claude Steele

 Department of Psychology

Stereotype and Identity Threat. Toward a Science of Diverse Community
The Why, What and How of making diverse learning communities effective for all.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): A bilinear Strichartz estimate on irrational tori.

Seminar | February 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Hong Wang, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will show a bilinear decoupling estimate, which implies a bilinear Strichartz estimate on irrational tori. These estimates are near optimal. This is joint work with Fan, Staffilani and Wilson.

3-Manifold Seminar: Colorings of graphs

Seminar | February 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the question of whether a map on a compact surface has a finite-sheeted covering which is 4 colorable? We can deduce this from a question about automorphism group-invariant probability measures on the space of c-colorings of a graph of chromatic number c. Some related results will be discussed.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Double ramification cycles and tautological relations

Seminar | February 7 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Emily Clader, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

Tautological relations are certain equations in the Chow ring of the moduli space of curves. I will discuss a family of such relations, first conjectured by A. Pixton, that arises by studying moduli spaces of ramified covers of the projective line. These relations can be used to recover a number of well-known facts about the moduli space of curves, as well as to generate very special equations...   More >

Conversations with the Dean

Special Event | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Haviland Hall, 227AA (Library Seminar Room)

 Social Welfare, School of

The Dean will be holding open discussions to which all students, teachers and staff are invited to discuss a variety of issues, concerning the School, the University or social and research issues of concern. Please join us!

Agribusiness from the Ashes: Land Governance Reform and Racialized Armed Territories in Burma

Lecture | February 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kevin Woods, Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley

 Joshua Muldavin, Professor of Human Geography, Sarah Lawrence College

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The presentation demonstrates how contemporary land governance reform in Burma, despite excitement on the opportunity for a “fresh start,” is borne out of legacies of war, racialized subjects, and state territorial politics.

Design Field Notes: Per Selvaag

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Per Selvaag, Montaag

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Per Selvaag, principal at Montaag design studio, will share insights at Jacobs Hall.

An outsized climate effect for organic peroxy radical chemistry

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Joel Thornton, College of the Environment, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

The nucleation and growth of atmospheric particles from a few nanometers up to many tens of nanometers is a crucial source of cloud seeds, impacting cloud reflectivity and even lifetime and precipitation. As a result, this fundamental process gas to particle conversion plays a significant role in the climate system. In many regions, the critical growth rate is determined by condensation of...   More >

IBM Info-Session/Workshop

Information Session | February 7 | 5-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interested in artificial intelligence? Want to learn more about IBM Watson's cognitive APIs?

IBM will be hosting the IBM Watson Cognitive Computing Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Wozniak Lounge! This workshop will show how cognitive computing applications are being built today and how you can access the Watson APIs, Watson IoT platform, and demos to inspire your app development. We will...   More >

Reviving Virgil in Turkish

Lecture | February 7 | 5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Professor Ekin Öyken, Istanbul University

 Department of Classics

Rejuvenation Biotechnology: Why Age Will No Longer Mean Aging

Seminar | February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Aubrey de Grey, SENS Research Foundation

 The Berkeley Forum

Have you ever contemplated a time when humans will cease to age? Dr. Aubrey de Grey believes that medical technology can bring about the end of aging as we know it. A renowned author and researcher, Dr. de Grey believes that regenerative medicine can put a stop to age-related disease, and that it could happen soon enough to benefit those alive today. Come hear about a scientific field with the...   More >

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Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Hodge Theory on Matroids

Seminar | February 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss recent developments by June Huh and others on the application of Hodge techniques to matroids. We introduce the Chow ring of a matroid and explore its relationship to the usual Chow rings in toric geometry. We then discuss its role in the solution of the two major conjectures concerning the unimodality of the Whitney numbers—the Rota-Welsh Conjecture and the Dowling-Wilson Conjecture.

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 31 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

Building Berkeley: Margaretta Lovell, Professor, History of Art

Special Event | February 7 | 6-7 p.m. |  Berkeley City Club

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Graduate School of Education

Building Berkeley
Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard, Julia Morgan & the UC Berkeley Campus

Join us for an Arts & Culture Talk with Margarette Lovell, Professor of the History of Art

Non-Members: $10

Julia's Lounge on the 2nd floor serves beer, wine & cocktails beginning at 4:30pm if you opt to come early and relax before the talk.


  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-280-1532, or by emailing events@berkeleycityclub.com

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Hippie Modernism Public Preview

Film - Feature | February 7 | 7-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hippie Modernism Public Preview
Admission free

Explore the politically, socially, and culturally transformative works on view in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia at this free public preview while enjoying modular synth instruments from Oakland’s Vintage Synthesizer Museum. Get a sampling of transcendent animation at a 7:30 screening of short films by Jordan Belson, the first program...   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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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 >

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 >

Spring 2017 Opening Night Reception | From the Photographer's Archive: Roman Vishniac and The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 7 | 5-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life cordially invites you to an opening reception for its two new exhibitions —
"From the Photographer's Archive: Roman Vishniac", and "The Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art".

Free and open to the public. RSVP at bit.ly/magnesspring17 by Thursday February 2, 2017.

The program will feature Mrs. Mara Vishniac...   More >