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Tuesday, February 14, 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 >

The Evolution of New Species: Interview with Katya Mack, Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar | February 14 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Katya Mack, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

The Graduates is back with new episodes for the spring semester! Join us as we speak with Katya Mack about her research on the molecular processes that lead to the evolution of new mammal species. The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web.

Katya Mack at Cal Day (photo by C. Conroy)

NoDAPL VEGANtines Bake Sale

Sale | February 14 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Sproul Plaza

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Students of Color Environmental Collective are organizing a vegan bakesale, where all proceeds will be donated to NoDAPL!

Artificial photosynthesis: from nano to microbes

Seminar | February 14 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Chong Liu, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

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 >

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 >

Novartis Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Design and Evolution of New Biocatalysts for Enantioselective Synthesis

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Nick Turner, Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester

 College of Chemistry

This lecture will describe recent work from our laboratory aimed at developing new biocatalysts for enantioselective organic synthesis, with a particular emphasis on the design of in vitro and in vivo cascade processes for generating chiral pharmaceutical building blocks. By applying the principles of ‘biocatalytic retrosynthesis’ we have shown that is now increasingly possible to design new...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Impact Investing

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Adair Morse, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

We study investments in impact funds, defined as venture capital or growth equity funds with dual objectives of generating financial returns and positive externalities. Being an impact fund elevates a fund’s marginal investment rate by 14.1% relative to a traditional VC fund, even more for funds focused on environmental, poverty, and minority/women issues.

UCMP Fossil Coffee

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Daniel Stolper, EPS, Berkeley

 Museum of Paleontology

Securing Research Data

Workshop | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (rm. 190)

 Chris Hoffman, Research Data Management

 Research Data Management

Across campus, researchers face an increasingly complex set of requirements to protect their research data. While many researchers have developed innovative approaches to accomplish their research, others encounter significant obstacles. Campus support and guidance for research on these kinds of data sets is uneven at best.

Join us in this Love Your Data week discussion, in which researchers...   More >

Mukulika Banerjee | The Social Imaginaries of Democracy: Scandal, Competition and Cooperation

Lecture | February 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Mukulika Banerjee, Associate Professor in Social Anthropology and Director, South Asia Centre, LSE

 Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by Anthropologist, Dr. Mukulika Banerjee

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Mexico Info Session

Information Session | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR)

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our new program in Yucatan, Mexico!

Unearth the diverse cultural roots of Mexico and discover the role of race, class, and language in the formation of the educational experiences of indigenous students of Mexico and their counterpart's indigenous immigrant students in the United States.

For more information, please visit...   More >

Institutional trust, identity, and compliance in post-Ebola Guinea

Colloquium | February 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Allison Grossman, PhD Student, Political Science

 Center for African Studies

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

Allison Grossman

Development Lunch:"Topic Forthcoming"

Seminar | February 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Adina Rom

 Department of Economics, CEGA

From Resource to Price: The Case of the Italian Electricity Network and Market

Seminar | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 (Banatao Auditorium)

 Anna Creti, Université Paris Dauphine

 Siebel Energy Institute

This talk investigates the impact of renewable production on congestion using a unique database on the Italian Power Market, where zonal pricing is in place. As part of her involvement with the Siebel Energy Institute, Professor Anna Creti will present research that estimates two econometric models.

Anna Creti

Early detection and prevention in children at risk of future criminal behaviour

Lecture | February 14 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 240 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Stephanie van Goozen, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK and Department of Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies, Leiden University, NL

 Institute of Human Development

Antisocial behavior committed by youngsters is an issue of concern. Although most research focuses on identifying specific contextual or social factors that impinge on the developing child, there is a growing consensus that child-specific (i.e., genetic, temperamental) factors contribute importantly to the development and persistence of serious antisocial behavior. We have shown (a)...   More >

Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

Summer Abroad - Netherlands and Belgium Info Session

Information Session | February 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our multi-site program in the Netherlands and Belgium. For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/netherlands.

Darwinian Sensualities: Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evolutionary Theory

Lecture | February 14 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Rodolfo John Alaniz, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Sexual inversion, as a nineteenth-century biological concept, signified a completely new understanding of sexual attraction, beauty, and gender. While many historians have assumed that “sexual inversion” was another word for “homosexuality,” these terms represent two distinct ways of viewing human behavior.

Ambivalent Kinship and the Production of Wellbeing: the Social Dynamics of Health Among Women in Indian Slums

Colloquium | February 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Claire Snell-Rood, Assistant Professor, Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

This ethnographic approach re-appraises the social scientific and health literature on patron-client relationships, social support, and family exchange, while introducing a new social lens to approach wellness.


3-Manifold Seminar: Chromatic and Temperley-Lieb algebras

Seminar | February 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the chromatic algebra introduced by Fendley-Krushkal and its relation with the Temperley-Lieb algebra. We'll use this relation to understand the behavior of the chromatic algebra at special values, the Beraha numbers, leading to Tutte's golden identity.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Entangled multilinear forms and applications

Seminar | February 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Polona Durcik, University of Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss $L^p$ estimates for some multilinear singular integral forms and their applications to sharp quantitative norm convergence of ergodic averages with respect to two commuting transformations, quantitative cancellation estimates for the simplex Hilbert transform, and a question on side lengths of corners in dense subsets of the Euclidean space.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Isotonian Algebras

Seminar | February 14 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mina Bigdeli, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

To a pair P and Q of finite posets we attach the toric ring K[P, Q] whose generators are in bijection to the isotone maps from P to Q. This class of algebras, called isotonian, are natural generalizations of the so-called Hibi rings.

In this talk we introduce isotonian algebras and then state their Krull dimension. We discuss particular classes of posets P and Q for which the toric ring K[P,...   More >

Hagan un Trencito: Siguiendo los Pasos de la Memoria Cumbianchera en Chile: With author Antonia Mardones-Marshall

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Antonia Mardones-Marshall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Antonia Mardones-Marshall will highlight how Cumbia challenges the idea of what is "Chilean" by presenting some of the ethnic and national tensions that have arisen from its popularization.

Cover image from Hagan un Trencito. (Image courtesy of Ceibo Producciones.)

Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io: The Hacker Within

Workshop | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io


This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

Light, Electrons, Protons: Lessons from Model Systems and Potentials for Photocatalysis

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jahan Dawlaty, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

 College of Chemistry

The inspiration for this talk comes from the photoelectrochemical
interface, which is a place rich with unknowns and unrealized
potentials. Electrons are excited by light either in the electrode or in the adsorbed molecules, charges traverse the electrode-electrolyte interface, protons flow from the bulk to complete redox reactions, and interfacial electric fields develop to balance chemical...   More >

Design Field Notes: Aaron Marcus

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Aaron Marcus

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Aaron Marcus, a pioneer in computer-based graphic design, will share insights at the Jacobs Institute.

Introduction to LaTeX using Collaboration Tools

Workshop | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library 110 MD

 Anna Sackmann, Kresge Engineering Library


This workshop is an introduction to the LaTeX typesetting language. Document structure, templates, and commonly used syntax will be introduced and practiced during this hands-on workshop. Additionally, attendees will learn about the benefits of Overleaf and ShareLaTeX, two online LaTeX collaboration tools that the Library is piloting. This is a hands-on workshop - please bring a laptop (the...   More >

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The Art of Indonesian Batik

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dalmini, Kebon Indah batik cooperative

 Daniel Gundlach, The Language of Cloth

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia San Francisco

Batik, meaning the technique of applying wax to cloth and dyeing it, is practiced in many parts of the world but is particularly associated with Java, Indonesia where the craft has been practiced for centuries and where it has reached levels of great artistry. This event will review how batik is made, stressing the traditional methods.

Tech Policy Forecast: Digital Privacy & Net Neutrality under the Trump Administration

Special Event | February 14 | 5-6 p.m. |  Goldman School of Public Policy, Rm. 250

 Heather West, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla

 Information, School of

Heather West works on security, cybersecurity, data governance, and privacy in the digital age as a senior policy manager at Mozilla.

Tech Policy Forecast: Digital Privacy and Net Neutrality under the Trump Administration: A talk by Heather West, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla

Lecture | February 14 | 5-6:15 p.m. | 250 Goldman School of Public Policy

 Heather West, Mozilla

 Center for Technology, Policy & Society

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Technology, Policy & Society and Technology Applications in Public Policy at the Goldman School for Public Policy.

Heather is Senior Policy Manager at Mozilla, prior to which she has worked at the intersection of policy and cyber-security at Google and CloudFare, Inc. In 2014, she became Forbes 30 under 30 for her influential role as policy-to-tech translator and...   More >

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Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Real Rank Two Geometry

Seminar | February 14 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anna Seigal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A tensor is real rank two if it can be written as a sum of two real outer products of vectors. Similarly, the real rank two locus of an algebraic variety is the union of all secant lines spanned by real points. We seek a semi-algebraic description of this set and its boundary. Our study of Segre and Veronese varieties yields a characterization of tensors of real rank two. We also examine the real...   More >

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!

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.

Pierluigi Serraino - The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study

Lecture | February 14 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

TUE FEB 14 7-8:30pm. Pierluigi Serraino discusses an unknown episode in the annals of modern architecture and psychology.

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.

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 >