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Monday, February 27, 2017

Adult Mortality Determinants in Low and Middle Income Countries and Comparisons with High Income Countries: A Comparative Workshop on Adult Mortality Determinants

Conference/Symposium | February 27 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th floor

 Population Science

This one-day workshop is designed to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns of adult mortality risk factors in low and middle income countries (LMIC). The conference will feature an international range of speakers.

Attendance is free and open to the public and the university community, but seating is limited. If interested in joining, RSVP no later than February...   More >

  RSVP by calling 510-280-1623, or by emailing evasile@berkeley.edu by February 10.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Wind Effects on Flexible Structures: A New Perspective

Seminar | February 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Teng Wu

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Wind effects on flexible structures such as high-rise buildings and long-span bridges, governed by the Navier-Stokes equations, are not adequately represented by a conventional linear analysis framework.

DCRP Lecture: Earthea Nance

Lecture | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Mon, FEB 27, 11:00am. Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Earthea Nance, &quot;Innovation, Participation, and Discourse in Brazil’s Sanitation Sector&quot;

Syrian Silos and Global Echo Chambers: Syrian Cultural Production Today

Lecture | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ahmad Diab, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Benjamin Backus, PhD

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Benjamin Backus, ​State University of New York ​

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Certificate Program in Marketing Online Information Session

Information Session | February 27 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online | Note change in date

 Tom McGuire, Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how UC Berkeley Extension equips you with a solid understanding of marketing’s most up-to-date concepts and techniques. For more information, visit the Certificate Program in Marketing.

  Make reservations online

Combinatorics Seminar: Recent results on the queen packing problem

Seminar | February 27 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Daniel Kane, UCSD

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the problem of placing $k$ queens on an $n \times n$ chessboard so that the number of unattacked squared is as large as possible. We focus on the domain where $k$ is small relative to $n$. We are able to solve this problem by relating it to various related problems in additive combinatorics.

Student Symplectic Seminar: Morse Homology

Seminar | February 27 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Michael Yeh, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

If $M$ is a compact manifold, a generic smooth function $f:M\to R$ can tell us about the topology of $M$. Classically, one obtains a CW decomposition of $M$ (up to homotopy equivalence) and can then use cellular homology. I will focus on a newer approach which involves constructing a chain complex by counting the flow lines of the gradient of $f$. The resulting homology turns out to be...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Scalar curvature, mass and the Bartnik conjectures

Seminar | February 27 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Michael Anderson, Stony Brook

 Department of Mathematics

In the early 90's, Bartnik defined a localization (to finite regions) of the mass of complete asymptotically flat metrics on 3-manifolds with nonnegative scalar curvature. The Bartnik mass has a number of favorable properties. A deeper understanding of the mass requires the resolution of several conjectures posed by Bartnik, leading to interesting global problems in geometric PDE. We will discuss...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Elliptic algebras and instantons in large-N limit

Seminar | February 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Peter Koroteev, Davis

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss some mathematical aspects of instanton counting in two different physical theories- one with gauge group of rank N, the other of small fixed rank. It will be shown that instanton sectors of both theories are equivalent in the N to infinity limit.

The Origin of Convict Leasing: Slavery and Incarceration in Kentucky

Lecture | February 27 | 3-5 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Michael Ralph, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Townsend Center Working Group on Labour, Philosophy and Change, Center for African Studies, The Program in Critical Theory

In this talk, Michael Ralph suggests that convict leasing did not begin with formerly enslaved African Americans in the years following emancipation, as the scholarly consensus suggests. It began in the antebellum era with white inmates at the Kentucky Penitentiary.

In the years following the American Revolution, Kentucky was settled as a place of progress, optimism, and democracy. When...   More >

Probabilitic Operator Algebra Seminar: Group measure space von Neumann algebras

Seminar | February 27 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We begin by talking about probability measure preserving actions of discrete groups, and introduce the notion of the Group Measure Space construction, or the cross product von Neumann algebra. We will then discuss about free and ergodic actions and the measurable functions fixed by these. We will conclude by presenting and proving the key theorem of this talk: The free action on an $L^\infty $...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Causality and directed information

Seminar | February 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Haim Permuter, Ben Gurion University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk we will present a fundamental role that directed information and causal conditioning has in communication with feedback, gambling with causal side information, causal MMSE estimation, statistical physics, and causal inference between two processes.

We will begin by defining and establishing some key properties of the notions of causal conditioning and directed information. These...   More >

Griffin Foster (Oxford): ALFABURST

Seminar | February 27 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Griffin Foster, Oxford University

 Radio Astronomy Lab

ALFABURST is an FRB search pipeline for Arecibo then runs commensally during ALFA observations. It is run in conjunction with the current SERENDIP system as SETIBURST. ALFABURST has been in operation since August 2015, and in that time has observed for 45 days total, the majority of which is outside the galactic plane. I will report on the current status of the system, analysis of the initial...   More >

Xin Chen - Fair Risk Pooling and Sharing

Seminar | February 27 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Xin Chen

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Xin Chen's research interest lies in optimization, revenue management and supply chain management.

Modeling the hair-cell to spiral ganglion synapse: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | February 27 | 4 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Eric Young, John Hopkins University

 Department of Psychology

The synapse between hair cells and auditory nerve fibers provides precise temporal information about acoustic events, such as transients in complex stimuli and the phase of sound waveforms at frequencies up to the kHz range. To accomplish these tasks, the synapse produces a high rate of spontaneous and stimulus-driven discharge in auditory-nerve fibers, with irregular spike trains and little or...   More >

Two-photon Imaging and Manipulation of Cortical Neural Circuits in vivo

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Weijian Yang, Columbia University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

One challenge of understanding how the brain works is the complexity of neural circuits. These circuits are composed of hundreds of thousands of neurons that are interconnected in a highly distributed fashion. Optical methods provide a route to record and manipulate the neural activity of a small subset of these cells with cellular resolution. The desire to access a larger volume with higher...   More >

Two-photon Imaging and Manipulation of Cortical Neural Circuits in vivo

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Weijian Yang, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

One challenge of understanding how the brain works is the complexity of neural circuits. Optical methods provide a route to record and manipulate the neural activity of a small subset of neuron cells with cellular resolution. In this talk, I will discuss our approach to tackling the above challenges through novel three-dimensional (3D) imaging and optical manipulation methods.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: The Geometry of Macdonald Polynomials (or The Combinatorics of Hilbert Schemes)

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Meza, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In 1988, Macdonald introduced his eponymous \(q,t\)-symmetric functions, which he conjectured were polynomials with non-negative integer coefficients. It was not until 2001 when Haiman proved this purely combinatorial conjecture using the underlying geometry subtly lurking in the background. In this talk I will outline Haiman's proof. Along the way, I will review symmetric function theory,...   More >

Understanding Silicon Valley

Lecture | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Main Auditorium

 John Markoff, Simons Institute Journalist-in-Residence

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

John Markoff reported on the emergence of Silicon Valley and has covered technology developments in the region from 1977 to 2017. He has reported both for early personal computer industry publications such as InfoWorld and Byte Magazine, and for newspapers including the San Francisco Examiner and the New York Times. His talk will focus on why Silicon Valley has emerged as a unique R&D center...   More >

IB SEMINAR: Motivational control of sleep and wake behaviors

Seminar | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Ada Eban-Rothschild, Stanford University

 Department of Integrative Biology

Rethinking East Asia in the New Global Economy

Lecture | February 27 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Henry Wai-chung Yeung, Economic Geography, National University of Singapore

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Drawing upon empirical research on South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, this speaker argues that production network-level dynamics and firm-specific initiatives are more critical to the successful industrial transformation of these East Asian economies.
This key mechanism of strategic coupling with global production networks offers a dynamic conception of state-firm relations in the changing...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Combating Rumors: Evidence from a Field Experiment During the Indian Demonetization

Seminar | February 27 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Emily Breza, Harvard

 Department of Economics

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Helpful ways to Visualize Spaces

Lecture | February 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeff Hicks, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A lot of my intuition for mathematics comes from drawing pictures of the problem I want to solve. As a topologist, this means trying to come up with clean visual representations of various topological spaces. A good drawing for a space should ideally be

- Mathematically Motivated: the diagram has an explanation coming from some underlying structure on the space

- Intuitive: one should be able...   More >

Elizabeth Tyler lecture "England in Europe": Elite Social Mobility and the Literary Culture of 11th-century England

Lecture | February 27 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Elizabeth M. Tyler, University of York

 Medieval Studies Program

Elizabeth M. Tyler is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of York. The lecture, sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies, treats the movements of elites and their literary impacts.

A Litany for Survival: Black Lives Matter in the Age of Trump

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Frank Leon Roberts, National Black Justice Coalition

 Public Health, School of

In this dynamic public talk, noted #blacklivesmatter community organizer Frank Leon Roberts (cofounder of the National Black Justice Coalition and professor of the nation’s first BlackLivesMatter college
course) offers 10 original frameworks for approaching and understanding the contemporary movement for black lives.

  RSVP online by February 23.

Spring Art and Film Series: East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

Film - Documentary | February 27 | 6-9:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 David Broza; Ali Paris

 Ramzi Salti, Lecturer, author, radio show host (KZSU), Arabic Program, Stanford University

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

"East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" documents the realization of multi-platinum, Israeli musician David Broza's dream to record songs in the Palestinian side of Jerusalem with musicians from Palestine and Israel. The unprecedented, 8-day session in the studio of Sabreen, the legendary Palestinian band, features four-time Grammy Award-winner singer-songwriter and American activist Steve...   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.

Arts + Design Mondays: Technology, Race, Popular Culture: Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis in Conversation

Lecture | February 27 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jenna Wortham writes about technology & culture for the New York Times. Her criticism also engages with issues of race and sexuality in music, film, & more has appeared in the Awl, Bust, Vogue, and other publications.

Admisson to this event is free.

Nadia Ellis, associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, specializes in African diasporic, Caribbean, and postcolonial literatures and...   More >

 Admission to this lecture is free

Technology, Race, Popular Culture: Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis in Conversation

Lecture | February 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Jenna Wortham is technology reporter and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine. Nadia Ellis is associate professor of English at UC Berkeley and author of Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora.

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.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Los Calendarios: Chicano Art Posters

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 17 – March 6, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 30 Stephens Hall

 Ethnic Studies Library

The blue walls of the Ethnic Studies Library display the work of eleven Chicana/o artists, including Patricia Rodriguez, Francisco X. Camplis, Jose Montoya, Irene Perez, etc. There are 8 works from 1975 and 3 from 1977, so these are part of the Chicano Movement era. Each piece is a political, social or artistic statement while providing a calendar month as well. Display is available for viewing...   More >