<< Tuesday, February 28, 2017 >>

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Investigating the Extinction of South American Mammals: Interview with Dr. Natalia Villavicencio, Integrative Biology

Seminar | February 28 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Dr. Natalia Villavicencio, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

This week on The Graduates, we speak with Dr. Natalia Villavicencio about her research on the roles that humans and climate change play in driving animals to extinction, in the past and in the present.

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


Natalia with a giant armadillo at the Field Museum

Phase Transitions and Adsorption at the Atomic and Nanoscale: From Storing and Separating Gases to Manipulating Light

Seminar | February 28 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Jarad Mason, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

BASF Lecture in Chemical Sciences: Organic chemistry of natural proteins under crude conditions

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Itaru Hamachi, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Graduate School of Engineering Kyoto University, Kyoto and CREST/JST, JAPAN

 College of Chemistry

Traditionally, proteins analysis has been conducted under the purified dilute aqueous conditions in most cases. However, it is now being recognized that structure and functions of natural proteins in live systems are rather different from those under such pure conditions. Therefore, it is ideal that proteins can be studied in vivo in more-details for deep understanding of these biomolecules. For...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Relationship Trading in OTC Markets

Seminar | February 28 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Terrence Hendershott, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

We examine the network of bilateral trading relations between insurers and dealers in the over-the-counter corporate bond market. Using comprehensive regulatory data we find that many insurers use only one dealer while the largest insurers have a network of up to eighty dealers. To understand the heterogeneity in network size we build a model of decentralized trade in which insurers...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic

Information Session | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Travel across multiple countries and explore the limits of coexistence in both the "old" and "new" Europe.

The program focuses on both historical and contemporary minorities: the Jews of Europe and most specifically Poland; the Roma of Northern Bohemia; the Vietnamese in Prague, the Turkish in Germany and recent refugees across European Union member states.

For more information, please...   More >

Certificate Program in Leadership and Management Online Information Session

Information Session | February 28 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online | Note change in date

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how this certificate can help you build the essential skills for effective management and make a tangible difference in your career.

  Register online

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | February 28 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work


Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Practical Kitchen Tools (BEUHS641)

Workshop | February 28 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Kitchen tools and gadgets can make healthy cooking easier, efficient, and fun! Learn easy recipes using our favorite practical tools that are often used in our cooking classes. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

  Register online

Development Lunch:"Identification of Other-Regarding Preferences: Evidence from a Common Pool Resource Game in Colombia"

Seminar | February 28 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Echeverry

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Workshop: Multi-domain cyber risks and how to deal with the difficulties of mitigating them

Special Event | February 28 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Laurin Weissinger

 Information, School of

Laurin Weissinger is a doctoral candidate and cybersecurity researcher at Oxford University and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeleyâs Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.

The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: Evidence From Lagos

Colloquium | February 28 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Shelby Grossman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

 Center for African Studies

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

Shelby Grossman

Township leaders and village chiefs in contemporary China

Colloquium | February 28 | 2 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room, Suite 510

 Zhe Ren, Institute of Developing Economies, CJS Visiting Scholar

 Daniel Mattingly, Stanford University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The relationship between a township leader and a village chief in contemporary China is something of a political puzzle. Researchers have maintained that China’s bureaucratic system contains a very important political contracting framework. Within this framework, the career of a cadre is strongly related to the performance of a contract that may cover not only economic development but also other...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 28 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in time

 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.

ESPM Forest Products and Woody Biomass Seminar Series - Robert Hairstans

Seminar | February 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Robert Hairstans, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University

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

"Timber Offsite and Modern Methods of Construction"

The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology Part 1. The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication

Seminar | February 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Jack Szostak, Simches Research Center Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Molecular Biology, and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 7215

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Eigenvalues for Schrödinger operators with random, highly oscillatory potentials.

Seminar | February 28 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexis Drouot, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

We study eigenvalues of 3D Schrödinger operators modified by a stochastic term $V_N$, oscillating at typical frequency $N \gg 1$. Such operators are a rough model for the propagation of waves inside a disordered medium. Using a perturbation argument, we show that eigenvalues converge almost surely as $N \rightarrow \infty$. The rate of convergence is investigated: we identify two regimes,...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Fiberings of congruence covers of arithmetic manifolds

Seminar | February 28 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss a condition to guarantee that a tower of congruence $p$-covers of an arithmetic hyperbolic 3-manifold have the RFRS property (Residually Finite Rational Solvable), and hence virtually fiber. We'll spend some time discussing the Bass-Serre tree which is the basis for this criterion.

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

Workshop | February 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Visualization with D3.js


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

What’s Next for Romania? Political Activism as a Tool Against Political Corruption

Lecture | February 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Paul Sum, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, University of North Dakota

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

The massive demonstrations in Romania show that peaceful protests can influence political outcomes, but mobilization is only a first step in combatting the endemic corruption in the country. Options to move forward include replacing key political actors, perhaps through new elections, and reforming political institutions, such as reinforcing the autonomy of the DNA, Romania’s anti-corruption...   More >

The Real 'Skin in the Game': The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  International House

 Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Design Field Notes: Avery Trufelman

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Avery Trufelman, 99% Invisible

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Avery Trufelman, a producer at 99% Invisible — the highly acclaimed podcast about "the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about: the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world"— will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Conformations and Dynamics of Protein Molecular Recognition

Seminar | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Megan Thielges, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University

 College of Chemistry

Protein dynamics, the population of and interconversion among multiple states, are often evoked to explain function. The experimental characterization of protein dynamics to fully uncover their role however is challenged by both the spatial heterogeneity of proteins and the rapid interconversion of potentially important conformational states. Our group combines the inherent temporal resolution of...   More >

LaTeX: Creating Tables, Figures, and Bibliographies

Workshop | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library 110 MD

 Samantha Teplitzky, Kresge Engineering Library


This workshop will focus on how to add elements to a LaTeX document. Attendees will learn about various packages and syntax that enables the creation of tables, figures, images, and bibliographies.

  RSVP online

The Steppe's Capital: the Meanings of Money in late-Qing Mongolia

Lecture | February 28 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Devon Dear, Independent Scholar

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

Sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel famously described money as “colourless.” For many historians, money, like number, has been an equalizer capable of bringing previously-incomparable objects into relation. This talk challenges that idea as it explores the multiplicity of currencies and ad-hoc commodity monies used in Qing Mongolia in the 19th century as it explores Mongolians' roles in...   More >

Germany as an Immigration Country: Labor Migration and the Refugee Influx

Lecture | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Cornelia Schu, Managing Director and Director of the Research Unit, Expert Council of German Foundations on Intergration and Migration (SVR)

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, American Council on Germany, San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter, German Historical Institute, West

Immigration and migration issues are currently at the top of the political agenda as all parties prepare their strategies for the upcoming federal elections in which Chancellor Merkel seeks her fourth term. More narrowly, the consequences of the refugee influx are passionately debated – a topic on which public opinion in Germany is sharply divided. More broadly, Germany aims to establish itself...   More >

The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Nina Jablonski

Lecture | February 28 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

 Graduate Division

Dr. Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The first lecture is titled "The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Nina Jablonski

Why Non-Christians Should Study Christian Theology

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Leora Batnitzky, Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor and Chair of Religion, Princeton University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

By now most universities recognize that the religious dimensions of culture and experience are too important, and potentially too dangerous, either to be neglected by our educational institutions or to be consigned exclusively to religious institutions to study. But should the study of religion in universities include theology, which, after all, is rightly regarded as historically Christian and...   More >

Men's Tennis vs. Michigan

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | February 28 | 5 p.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Tennis hosts Michigan at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Ravinder Kaur | The Second Liberation: Spectacular Capital and the Making of the Aam Aadmi

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies; Director, Centre of Global South Asian Studies, Copenhagen University

 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 Dr. Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies and Director or the Centre of Global South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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!

Splunk Info-Session

Information Session | February 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

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.

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 >

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 >