<< Tuesday, April 04, 2017 >>

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Nuclear Policy Working Group

Meeting | March 14 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | NSSC Suite, Suite 230

 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

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 >

Ten Years of Global Metropolitan Studies at Berkeley

Seminar | April 3 – 4, 2017 every day |  Barrows Hall

 College of Environmental Design

APRIL 3 &amp; 4, Two Day Symposium exploring issues from the last ten years of research in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Spring Science Days 2017

Special Event | April 1 – 9, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Every day during Spring Science Days is an opportunity to learn something new about Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and other waterways. Discover what it means to be part of the water ecosystem, and explore how you can help us protect this important resource.

$12 Adults, $10 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+, Free Members, children age 2 and under, UC Berkeley students and staff

Forces That Shape the Bay

Two-Year Requirement Workshop

Workshop | April 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

This general information workshop is for UC Berkeley international students and scholars whose immigration status is J-1 and J-2 and who are subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement. Not all J exchange visitors are subject to this requirement.

J exchange visitors (students and scholars) who are subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal...   More >

Free radical mediated C-C bond formation in cofactor and natural product biosynthesis

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University

 College of Chemistry

My group has been studying the functions and mechanisms of enzymes that catalyze key steps in backbone construction of natural products and cofactors. In particular, we are interested in how free radicals are being used in C-C bond formation. In this seminar, I will focus on our recent work on biosynthesis of antifungal peptidylnucleoside (PN) natural products represented by nikkomycins and...   More >

Nonclassical antigen presentation and T cell recognition

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Erin Adams, University of Chicago

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Large Deviations of Factor Models with Regularly-Varying Tails: Asymptotics and Efficient Estimation

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Farzad Pourbabaee

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract: I analyze the large deviation probability of factor models generated from components with regularly-varying tails, a large subclass of heavy tailed distributions.

Link to paper

UCMP Fossil Coffee: Tba

Seminar | April 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Graham Slater, University of Chicago

 Museum of Paleontology

AIT Budapest Study-Abroad Info-Session

Information Session | April 4 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Dorka Székely, Director of Student Services

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

An upcoming talk will be presented on campus to encourage students to consider a great study abroad program, Aquincum Institute of Technology BUDAPEST (AIT), for students interested in computer science.
Treats from Hungary will be served as well as pizza and refreshments.

About AIT:
Tailored to the needs of North American computer science and software engineering undergraduates in their...   More >

BSAC Technology Seminar - Designing Functional Organic Nanomaterials for Advanced Energy Technologies

Seminar | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Dr. Guihua Yu, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Materials Institute

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Nanostructured materials are critical in technology because of unusual properties due to confined dimensions. A new class of polymeric materials will be presented: nanostructured conducting polymer gels (nCPGs), which have advantages as functional building blocks. nCPGs-enabled devices will be discussed to illustrate “structure-derived multi-functionality” of this special class of materials.

  RSVP online by April 3.

Certificate Program in Marketing Online Information Session

Information Session | April 4 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 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

Development Lunch:"Health and Politics"

Seminar | April 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Felipe Gonzalez

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Who Fears Violence in African Elections?

Colloquium | April 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Manuela Travaglianti, Lecturer, Global Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

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

Manuela Travaglianti

Emily E. Reid

Seminar | April 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Emily Reid

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

As part of its Spring 2017 Lunch Seminar Series, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity presents Emily Reid, an independent consultant who previously served as Director of Education at Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.

  RSVP online by April 3.

Webinar: GLACIER Tax Prep Demo and Tips: For International Students and Scholars

Workshop | April 4 | 3-4 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Get a first-hand look at the GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) tax preparation software that will help you find the answers to your nonresident tax questions and complete the appropriate federal tax forms.

  Register online

3-Manifold Seminar: Local and global minimum of Renormalized Volume

Seminar | April 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Franco Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The renormalized volume $V_R$ is a finite quantity associated to geometrically finite hyperbolic 3-manifolds of infinite volume. In this talk I'll discuss its definition and some properties for acylindrical manifolds, namely local convexity and convergence under geometric limits.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Gowers norms in Euclidean spaces: Introduction, applications and stability

Seminar | April 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Anh Nguyen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Gowers norms are useful tools in additive combinatorics in measuring additivity of a subset $A$ in an abelian group $Z$ - how close $A$ is to being a subgroup of $Z$. In this talk, I demonstrate that there are uses of Gowers norms in Euclidean spaces. In particular I show that a measurable subset $E \subset \mathbb R^n, |E| = 1$ must assume convexity or near convexity if its $k$th Gowers norm is...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: F. S. Macaulay's work in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry I

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

 David Eisenbud, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A mathematician's view of Macaulay's work

What Gets Inside: Violent Entanglements and Toxic Boundaries in Mexico City

Colloquium | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Elizabeth Roberts, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society

This talk deploys the concept of entanglement in an examination of contemporary life in a working-class Mexico City neighborhood, Colonia Periferico, and a longitudinal environmental health project that studies the neighborhood’s residents.

Containers with Docker: The Hacker Within

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

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Containers with Docker


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

Poetry Out of Place: Readings and Conversation with Adriana Lisboa and Leonel Alvarado

Reading - Literary | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies), Conference Room

 Adriana Lisboa; Leonel Alvarado

 Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Writers Adriana Lisboa and Leonel Alvarado will read their own poetry and discuss the process of writing and translation in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Covers of Adriana Lisboa and Leonel Alvarado's recent books. (Images courtesy of Ed. Alfaguara and Haunui Press.)

The Yugoslav Gulag: The Goli otok (Barren Island) Labor Camp, 1949-1956

Lecture | April 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Martin Previsic, Assistant Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

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

The Goli otok (Barren island) labor camp was one of the best kept secrets in Tito’s Yugoslavia. During the Tito-Stalin split of 1948, over 13,000 genuine and alleged Stalin supporters were incarcerated and subjected to harsh treatment. Violence and hard labor were used in order to politically “re-educate” inmates. Several methods used in the camps, including a complex system of fictional...   More >

Duterte’s Violent “Right” Populism in the Philippines

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

 Mark Thompson, Professor of Politics, City University of Hong Kong

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Since his election, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a violent crackdown on drugs. For many Filipinos, this state violence has created a sense of political order amidst weak institutions. Duterte's “right” populism shows similarities to illiberalism elsewhere in Southeast Asia but differs from “rich world” right populism represented by Trump and the European far right.

Mark Thompson

EndNote: Citation and Document Manager: Hands-on Workshop

Workshop | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library (2101)

 Susan Koskinen


EndNote is a tool for managing your references and documents and allows you to organize your citations, import from databases, add pdfs, insert footnotes into your Word docs, and format bibliographies in any style.

The Bioscience Library Training room is equipped with PCs and EndNote X8, you are welcome to bring your laptop too.
Please no food or drink in the Training room.

The Robbins Collection Center's Lecture in Islamic Law: Is Islamic Law "Religious" Law?

Lecture | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

 Robbins Collection Center

Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, will give a public lecture on Islamic Law.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: F. S. Macaulay's work in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry II

Seminar | April 4 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Gray, The Open University

 Department of Mathematics

A mathematical historian's view of Macaulay's work

Danaher Infosession: Bio-Tech Connect: Industry Infosession Series

Information Session | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Thinking about your career?
Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life around the world through our shared purpose of “Helping Realizing Life’s Potential.” DINNER PROVIDED!

"Digital Doomsday: A Perspective from the Pathology Called Europe," Jan De Vos

Lecture | April 4 | 5-6 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 340, BCNM Commons

 Jan De Vos

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Allegedly, no reflection, knowledge nor theory are needed in the business of shaping the onlife self – let the data, algorithms and bots do the work!

In this talk probe the pitfalls that theory and criticism should avoid in this era of the digitalization of (inter)subjectivity. I argue that a critical history of digitalization needs in the first place a critical history of subjectivity. I go...   More >

Recursive Archaeology: An ontological approach to anthropomorphic ceramics from first millennium CE northwest Argentina: ARF Spring Lecture

Lecture | April 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Benjamin Alberti, Professor, Framingham State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

The question driving this talk is how to understand anthropomorphism in archaeological material, particularly in three-dimensional artefactual form.

Dr. Benjamin Alberti

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 >

Institute of Industrial Engineers IEOR Alumni Career Panel

Panel Discussion | April 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Courtney Moreira, Marketing Manager, Abbott Vascular; Soroush Mehraein, Software Engineer, Uber; Farzin Shadpour, Head of Supply Chain & Procurement, Theranos Inc.; Vladimir Vakulenko, Consultant, ZS Associates; Kelly Chien, Business Data Analyst, Intuit

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Would you like to meet career professionals who graduated with an IEOR degree from Cal? The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) has invited five professionals to come and share their experiences to provide insights into the wide range of career options available for IEOR students.

The panel will feature:

- Courtney Moreira - Marketing Manager at Abbott Vascular
- Soroush Mehraein -...   More >

Box Tech Talk

Information Session | April 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

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.

Stop THAAD in Korea – Launch of National Tour

Colloquium | April 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  University Lutheran Chapel

 2425 College Ave, Berkeley, CA

 Sounghey Kim, Won Buddhist minister, Co-chair, Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

 Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, advances in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South Korea, are stepping up their eight-month opposition to the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their city. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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.

NEMESTUDIO: 18 Drawings, 7 Models

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 20 – April 25, 2017 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

OPEN THROUGH APRIL 25. Exhibit runs through APR 25. The exhibition presents drawings and models produced for two recent exhibits by NEMESTUDIO, an architectural studio founded by Assistant Professor of Architecture Neyran Turan and Mete Sonmez.

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 >

Free Opening Week at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology: People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

Exhibit - Multimedia | April 3 – 9, 2017 every day | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically...   More >

Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar

Exhibit - Photography | March 9 – April 24, 2017 every day | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library

 Ethnic Studies Library

Jun Kamata, Associate Professor at ASIA University in Tokyo, has published eight books in Japan. This exhibit includes 25 of his photographs of the Pomo people of northern California. Kamata holds a BA in Native American Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in American Indian Studies and a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.

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 >