<< Monday, February 13, 2017 >>

Monday, February 13, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

GWE General Meeting

Meeting | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 225 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Graduate Assembly

Come join us for the first general meeting of the semester. We will be discussing upcoming events including the Speaker Series. There will be snacks!

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

The Future of Collective Innovation

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Elizabeth Gerber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Design and Faculty Founder, Design for America; McCormick School of Engineering; Northwestern University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Socio-technical infrastructure offers remarkable opportunities for improving innovation and the global economy by engaging geographically distributed and diverse individuals to identify, ideate, and implement new ideas, expanding the sources of innovation beyond the formal organization. But it is also possible that collective innovation will fail to achieve its potential by becoming increasingly...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Fake News, or Real Science, a Perspective from NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Joe Palca, National Public Radio (NPR)

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

CLEAR, a grad student and postdoc group, intermittently sponsors roundtables on contemporary topics to raise awareness and encourage activism. This next one features National Public Radio’s science correspondent, Joe Palca, who will address, among other things, the current topic of fake news. CLEAR members feel this is a topic we all need to think about. Serious challenges to fact-based decision...   More >

Joe Palca

Local Governments and the Challenge to Autocratic Nationalism in Poland

Lecture | February 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Anthony Levitas, Visiting Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

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

Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and while the whole world held its breath to see if “shock therapy” in Poland would collapse under its own weight, Polish state-builders embarked on an almost equally radical, but largely overlooked, program of local government reform. These reforms gave subnational governments, and particularly large cities, control over more than a third of all public...   More >


Colloquium | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Teaching and Learning

To enhance the value and visibility of teaching-focused discourse on the Berkeley campus, CTL presents Dialogues.
The 2016-17 Dialogues colloquium series is focusing on "Teaching Evaluations and Feedback Mechanisms". This year's faculty curators are: Claire Kremen, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; John Wallace, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Oliver O'Reilly, Mechanical...   More >

Building a Platform for Machine Intelligence

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Amir Khosrowshahi, Intel Corporation

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Deep learning is now state-of-the-art across a wide variety of machine learning domains including speech, video, and text. Nervana is a startup providing deep learning as a platform. Nervana’s core technology is a novel processor architecture for deep learning providing an enabling increase in speed, scale, and efficiency. I will talk about some of our engineering and early efforts in working on...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Sequences: random, structured or something in between?

Seminar | February 13 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Fan Chung, UCSD

 Department of Mathematics

There are many fundamental problems concerning sequences that arise in many areas of mathematics and computation. Typical problems include finding or avoiding patterns; testing or validating various `random-like' behavior; analyzing or comparing different statistics, etc. In this talk, we will examine various notions of regularity or irregularity for sequences and mention numerous open problems.

Landscape Future: The Uncanny Effects of New Media

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Geoff Manaugh, University of Southern California Libraries; Nicholas de Monchaux, Berkeley Center for New Media

 Center for New Media

Geoff Manaugh is author of the New York Times-bestselling book A Burglar's Guide to the City (2016), currently under development for television by CBS Studios. He is currently co-authoring a book, with science writer Nicola Twilley, on the history and future of quarantine. Manaugh has curated exhibitions at the Nevada Museum of Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and USC Libraries,...   More >

PF Student Seminar:

Seminar | February 13 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Evan Rose; Ludvig Wier

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Seminar 211, Economic History: No Meeting

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: Limit shapes and fluctuations in dimer models

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Nikolai Reshetikhin, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics


Berkeley Summer Abroad - Italy Info Session

Information Session | February 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 306 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our Italian language program in Trieste, Italy!

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

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Conditional Bi-Free Independence

Seminar | February 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Paul Skoufranis, York University, Canada

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we discuss the recent extension of the notion of bi-free independence to two-state systems. This so called conditional bi-free independence enables one to keep track of more information pertaining to the actions of the left and right regular representations on reduced free product spaces thereby permitting a greater number of non-commutative probabilities to be modeled. The focus of...   More >

Berkeley Food Institute 2017 Open House

Social Event | February 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 23 Giannini Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute

We're having a party and hope you will join us! Come celebrate the new year and network with faculty and staff, students, community members, and other friends who are involved in food and agriculture issues at the Berkeley Food Institute's 2017 Open House. We will introduce BFI staff, fellows, and affiliates and events for the semester. The open house will also include a raffle and, of course,...   More >

ESPM Freshwater Ecology Seminar Series - Albert Ruhi

Seminar | February 13 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Albert Ruhi, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

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

"Dynamics and Conservation of Freshwater Communities in the Face of Novel Disturbance Regimes"

Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | February 13 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Judith Degen

 Department of Psychology

Ian Heywood (CSIRO): ASKAP Commissioning and Early Science

Seminar | February 13 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Ian Heywood, CSIRO

 Radio Astronomy Lab

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a 36-dish radio interferometer located in Western Australia. ASKAP is a fast survey telescope with novel phased array feed receivers that allow 36 simultaneous beams, resulting in an instantaneous field of view of 30 square degrees. An Early Science program using 12 dishes began in late 2016, in parallel to on-going commissioning and...   More >

Lee Fleming - Innovative search as exploration vs. exploitation

Seminar | February 13 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Lee Fleming, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Professor Lee Fleming's work investigates how mobility influences creative output, innovative search strategy drives firm performance, non-competes change labor mobility and entrepreneurship, and crowdfunding might reduce regional inequality.

IB SEMINAR: Neural circuitry for context-dependent behavior and learning

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kishore Kuchibhotla, NYU School of Medicine

 Department of Integrative Biology

BLISS Seminar: Active Ranking from Pairwise Comparisons

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Reinhard Heckel, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider sequential or active ranking of a set of n items based on noisy pairwise comparisons. Items are ranked according to the probability that a given item beats a randomly chosen item, and ranking refers to partitioning the items into sets of pre-specified sizes according to their scores. This notion of ranking includes as special cases the identification of the top-k items and the total...   More >

Staging Internationalism: Documentary and Translation in Roar, China! and The Red Poppy

Colloquium | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Edward Tyerman, Term Assistant Professor, Slavic Department, Barnard College

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

The fourth lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

The Peripheral Iconoclast: The Rise of Ibsen in the American Theatre

Lecture | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Svein Henrick Nyhus, University of Oslo

 Department of Scandinavian, Institute of European Studies

Henrik Ibsen’s breakthrough in the American theatre is characterized by controversy and contradiction. In 1902 the influential critic William Winter dismissively named him the “Bard of Bacteria”. In 1906, the year of his passing, William Dean Howells praised Ibsen as a classic. How did this Norwegian playwright, coming from the European periphery, manage to become a leading figure in the American...   More >

Towards New Systems for Mobile/Cloud Applications

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Irene Zhang, University of Washington

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present three systems designed to tackle the challenges of mobile/cloud applications: Sapphire, Diamond and TAPIR. These systems represent a first step towards better end-to-end support for mobile/cloud applications in runtime management, data management, and distributed transactional storage. Together, they significantly simplify the development of new mobile/cloud applications.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Points, lines, planes, etc

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present a recent proof by June Huh and Botong Wang of the Dowling-Wilson conjecture, a classical enumeration problem in projective space which originated from de Bruijn and Erdös. We define the Mobius ring and the Chow ring associated to a configuration of points in \(\mathbb P ^ n\) and discuss one can deduce the conjecture from the classical Hard Lefschetz theorem by walking along...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: On the small eigenvalues of the Witten Laplacian.

Seminar | February 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Laurent Michel, Stanford and Université Nice

 Department of Mathematics

The Witten Laplacian, introduced (by E. Witten) in the early 80’s to give an analytic proof of the Morse inequalities, also models the dynamics of the over-damped Langevin equation. The understanding of the so-called metastable states goes through the description of its small eigenvalues. The first result in this direction was obtained in 2004 (Bovier-Gayrard-Klein, Helffer-Klein-Nier) under...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Anonymity or Distance? Experimental Evidence on Obstacles to Youth Employment Opportunities

Seminar | February 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Marcel Fafchamps, Stanford

 Department of Economics

[Physics Colloquium] Particle Physics Beyond Colliders

Seminar | February 13 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Asimina Arvanitaki, Professor, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

 Department of Physics

When we think about Particle physics the first thing that comes to mind is colliders and high energies. Recently there have been several proposals of low-energy precision experiments that can also look for new particles, new forces, and the Dark Matter of the Universe in a way that is complementary to collider searches. In this talk, I propose two different experiments that search for a type of...   More >

A talk with Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative, India

Lecture | February 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative; Anannya Bhattacharjee, Coordinator of the Asia Floor Wage Campaign

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Institute for South Asia Studies

Join us for a talk with Ashim Roy, the general secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative in India. He will be accompanied by Anannya Bhattacharjee, coordinator of the Asia Floor Wage Campaign.

Global Production Networks and Global Labour: Perspective from the South

Lecture | February 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Institute for South Asia Studies

Join us for a talk with Ashim Roy, the founding general secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative in India and currently serves as the vice president. Roy is a national labour leader and has been in the labour movement for over 30 years. Roy is on the International Steering Committee of Asia Floor Wage Alliance.

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Reflection groups, wallpaper groups, and orbifolds

Lecture | February 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Richard E. Borcherds, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will describe how to classify things like the 18 archimedean solids and the 17 wallpaper groups using orbifolds.

Luminate Wireless Tech Talk

Information Session | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interested in mobile networking and enterprise LTE services?

Come meet Luminate Wireless, learn about what they do, and pick up some cool Luminate swag. The Luminate Wireless Tech Talk & Recruiting Event will be on Monday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 PM in the Wozniak Lounge!

Nude sushi will be provided! :)

- Topic: Enterprise LTE -
Brett will provide insight into challenges facing enterprises...   More >

Standing Rock Teach-In and Public Comment Workshop

Workshop | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Berkeley Water Group

In this meeting, we will be discussing Trump’s executive order on the Dakota Access XL pipeline followed by a public comment workshop. Come check it out if you want updates on the ramifications of the executive order followed by a workshop on how to write an effective public comment. While the Army Corps of Engineers has closed the public comment period early, we will still write our...   More >

Spring Art and Film Series: "On the Banks of the Tigris"

Film - Documentary | February 13 | 6-9:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Yair Dalal

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Department of Music

The film follows Majid Shokor, an Iraqi-Australian, as he discovers many of the classic Iraqi songs from his youth were composed by Iraqi Jews. Shokor then travels around the world, meeting, collaborating, and unifying Iraqi musicians of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith.

Followed by a conversation/ performance with Yair Dalal.

  RSVP online by February 10.

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.

Arts + Design Mondays: Body, Intellect, Resistance: Mark Greif and Linda Williams in Conversation

Special Event | February 13 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Mark Greif covers popular culture and political thought for the journal n+1, which he cofounded. His books include the essay collection Against Everything and a study of mid-twentieth-century American literature and thought, The Age of the Crisis of Man. He is associate professor of literary studies at the New School for Social Research.

Linda Williams is professor emerita of rhetoric 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

Body, Intellect, Resistance: Mark Greif and Linda Williams in Conversation

Lecture | February 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Mark Greif is author of Against Everything and associate professor of literary studies at the New School for Social Research. Linda Williams is author of Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible and professor emeritus of Rhetoric and Film & Media at UC Berkeley

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 >

Plants Illustrated 2017 : Seeds and Seed Vessels

Exhibit - Painting | February 10 – 21, 2017 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists return to the Garden to showcase Botanical Art representing seeds and seed vessels.