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Monday, April 17, 2017

Earth Week 2017

Special Event | April 16 – 22, 2017 every day |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Join the UC Berkeley environmental and sustainability community for an array of activating, inspiring, fun, educational, and celebratory events and programs during Earth Week 2017! A complete list of events and activities are available at https://serc.berkeley.edu/earthweek/

The Results Curve

Workshop | April 17 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | University Hall, #24 (basement)

 Kathy Mendonca, Learning and Development, Central HR

 Human Resources

In this workshop you will learn techniques for managing time, managing priorities, managing to-do lists, organizing e-mail, electronic documents, papers, and for being invigorated and re energized in the workplace and elsewhere.

Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop

Workshop | April 17 – 19, 2017 every day | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  California Academy of Sciences

 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Are you interested in establishing a learning community among staff at your zoo, aquarium, museum, or park that enhances teaching practice and fosters the growth and development of people and their ideas? If so, then please join UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science and the California Academy of Sciences for a Coaching Workshop to learn about Reflecting on Practice (RoP™), a modular professional...   More >

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice Bake Sale: Proceeds Benefit the ACCESS: Women's Health Justice Abortion Fund

Sale | April 17 | 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Lobby Outside Booth Auditorium

 Maureen Stutzman

 If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Enjoy a delicious treat to benefit the ACCESS: Women's Health Justice bowlathon. ACCESS Women's Health Justice removes barriers to sexual and reproductive health care and builds the power of Californians to demand health, justice and dignity.

New Oral History Research Series: ‘Attitudes Evolve’: Narrative as a Strategy for Social Change in the Freedom to Marry Movement

Presentation | April 17 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 Conference Room

 Martin Meeker, Oral History Center

 Bancroft Library

This presentation is based on the interviews conducted as part of the just-released Freedom to Marry Oral History Project at Berkeley's Oral History Center. The project produced about 100 hours of interviews with leading strategists, political operatives, and field organizers who advocated for marriage.

Evan Wolfson with the plaintiffs in the Hawaii marriage case, 1990s

Data-Driven Personalized Therapy for Mood and Anxiety by Aaron Fisher Ph.D.

Colloquium | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Warner Brown Rm 3201

 Aaron Fisher

 Department of Psychology

The current talk will discuss methods for applying precision medicine concepts to behavioral data and cognitive-behavioral interventions. I will discuss data collection, analysis, and application methodologies for understanding individual psychopathologies. To this end I will discuss methods for identifying the symptoms and behaviors that make the greatest contribution to the structure and...   More >

IRLE Spring Seminar: Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from the Golden Era of Upward Mobility

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE Director's Room

 2521 Channing Way

 Lowell Taylor, Professor of Economics, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

The first half of the twentieth century witnessed an extraordinary expansion of educational opportunity in the U.S. Professor Taylor will explore intergenerational links in educational outcomes during this golden age of upward mobility, using household data from the 1940s. His research shows that for white, black, Chinese, and Japanese Americans, social mobility was especially high in Pacific...   More >

  RSVP by emailing charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

Fast Perception of Binocular Disparity

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Benjamin Backus, State University of New York

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How quickly can binocular disparities be converted into perceived depth? Classic experiments by Barbara Gillam and colleagues showed cases in which stereopsis took many seconds, but in retrospect their task and stimulus design were problematic. Rapidly changing disparities are perceptually difficult to track, which also suggests that stereopsis is generally slow, but waiting for integration might...   More >

Advanced Simulation Methodologies for Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. Floriana Petrone, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Moderate-to-large magnitude earthquakes represent a significant risk around the world and a major issue for the safety of ordinary and critical infrastructures. Despite major advances in the seismic engineering field, much research is still needed to gain better understanding of the science and engineering behind earthquake phenomenon and develop risk assessment methodologies.

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of forward exchange matroids

Seminar | April 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bryan Gillespie, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will present several new results on forward exchange matroids, which are combinatorial structures that arise naturally in the theory of zonotopal algebra. In particular, a forward exchange matroid consists of an ordered matroid along with a choice of a certain type of order ideal on its bases. We will classify these objects by introducing an extension of Las Vergnas's external...   More >

Ashley Hunt, "Degrees of Visibility"

Lecture | April 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Rm. 340 - BCNM Commons

 Ashley Hunt

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Artist and activist Ashley Hunt is interested in how images, objects, maps, writing and performance can engage social ideas and actions, including those of social movements, daily life, the exercise of political power, and the disciplinary boundaries that separate our art worlds from the larger worlds in which they sit. His work looks to structures that allow people to accumulate power, and those...   More >


Presentation | April 17 | 1-2 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design


EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 17 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

 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.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | April 17 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

String-Math Seminar: BPS Particles, Superconformal Indices, and Chiral Algebras

Seminar | April 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Clay Cordova, IAS

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe several recently posed conjectures that relate BPS states in four-dimensional N=2 quantum field theories to representation theory of non-unitary chiral algebras. These conjectures construct wall-crossing invariant generating functions of refined BPS indices which surprisingly are equal to characters of chiral algebras. These characters frequently enjoy nice modular properties. I...   More >

Korean Language Resources

Information Session | April 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 341 East Asian Library

 Jaeyong Chang, C. V. Starr East Asian Library


Introduction to research resources in Korean language in the area of humanities and social sciences.

Freeze, Die, Come to Life. The many paths to immortality in post-Soviet Russia

Lecture | April 17 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Anya Bernstein, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies, Harvard University

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

Through practices such as cryonics and plans to build ro, botic bodies for future "consciousness transfer," the Russian transhumanist movement has engendered competing practices of immortality as well as ontological debates over the immortal body and person. Drawing on an ethnography of these practices and plans, I explore controversies around rehgion and secularism within the movement as well as...   More >

The Way Of The Strangers: Encounters With The Islamic State

Lecture | April 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Graeme Wood, National Correspondent for The Atlantic

 Institute of International Studies

Tens of thousands of men and women have left comfortable, privileged lives to join the Islamic State and kill for it. To them, its violence is beautiful and holy, and the caliphate a fulfillment of prophecy and the only place on earth where they can live and die as Muslims. The Way of the Strangers is an intimate journey into the minds of the Islamic State’s true believers. From the streets of...   More >

Assignment Design for Social Justice Education

Panel Discussion | April 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Khaled Kadir, Engineering; Charlotte Smith, Public Health; Stephanie Jones-Rogers, History; Victoria Robinson, Ethnic Studies

 Ula Taylor, African-American Studies

 Academic Innovation Studio, American Cultures, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Center for Teaching and Learning, Division of Equity and Inclusion

What is social justice pedagogy? Come hear Berkeley faculty from a variety of disciplines talk about instructional strategies and assignments they’ve developed to help students understand and confront contemporary concerns, and share their experiences tackling thorny topics.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: On some fractional non-commutative processes

Seminar | April 17 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Victor Perez-Abreu, CIMAT, Guanajato, Mexico

 Department of Mathematics

The Dyson-Brownian motion is the process of eigenvalues of a matrix Brownian motion. The limiting of its empirical spectral process, when dimension increases, is the free Brownian motion (frBm), a measure valued process that is the law of a non commutative process. In this talk we present two new non commutative processes arising in a similar way as the frBm, from fractional Hermitian Brownian...   More >

Campus Visitor Library Tour: Doe and Moffitt Libraries and their Main Stacks

Tour/Open House | April 3 – 24, 2017 every Monday | 3-4 p.m. | Doe Library, meets at north entrance


April is a month when students and families visit campus, trying to decide if Cal will be their future home. If you are are visiting campus, you are encouraged to come see the the Library.

Tours of the historic Doe Library, underground Main stacks, and newly renovated Moffitt Undergraduate Library are given every Monday and Friday in April. They start on the north steps of the Doe Library. You...   More >

Burak Kazaz - Wine analytics: Fine wine pricing and selection under weather and market uncertainty

Seminar | April 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Burak Kazaz, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We examine a risk-averse distributor’s decision in selecting between bottled wine and wine futures under weather and market uncertainty.

Hidden Hearing Loss: Synaptopathy in noise-induced and age related cochlear damage: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | April 17 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

 Charles Liberman, Mass Eye & Ear Eaton Peabody Lab Boston

 Department of Psychology

The classic view of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is that the “primary” targets are hair cells, and that cochlear-nerve loss is “secondary” to hair cell degeneration. Our recent work in mouse and guinea pig has challenged that view. In noise-induced hearing loss, exposures causing only reversible threshold shifts (and no hair cell loss) nevertheless cause permanent loss of >50% of...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Cover's Open Problem -- "Capacity of the Relay Channel"

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Ayfer Ozgur, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Formulating the problem of determining the communication capacity of channels as a problem in high-dimensional geometry is one of Shannon’s most important insights that has led to the conception of information theory. In his classical paper “Communication in the presence of noise”, 1949, Shannon develops a geometric representation of any point-to-point communication system and provides a...   More >

Why does everybody want to see “Skam”? Identity and Gender in a Norwegian TV Serial

Lecture | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Lars Rune Waage, University of Stavanger

 Department of Scandinavian

Join the Department of Scandinavian for a talk by Lars Rune Waage, University of Stavanger.

Prospective Adjunct Seminar: Jaspal Sandhu PhD: Innovations in Public Health Education: Collaboration, Design and Partnerships

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Public Health, School of

This talk will share best practices and lessons learned in action-oriented, interdisciplinary public health education. It is based on experiences with Eat.Think.Design., a graduate-level course on food systems innovations; the Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations, a new two-year undergraduate program integrating digital health and health equity; and the Gobee Group, which...   More >

IB Seminar: Morphological and Kinematic Evolution of Cichlid Jaws

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Christopher Martinez, University of California, Davis

 Department of Integrative Biology

Understanding Taiwanese History by Reading LGBT Literature

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ta-wei Chi, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literatures visualizing homosexuality are commonly found in various modern countries. In Taiwan, there is even a history of the LGBT literature as an eco-system extending from the 1950s to the 2010s. This presentation will provide a brief tour of Taiwanese history by introducing this eco-system.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Geometry of the moduli space of curves of genus \(g\)

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Given a variety \(X\) it's a basic question to ask if it's rational i.e. admits a birational map \( P^n \to X \) for some \(n\). For curves and surfaces there are explicit criterion that determine when a variety is rational. Answering this question in higher dimensions is much more difficult. In light of this, it's easier to ask for a weaker question: Does there exist a dominant rational map...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Can Audits Backfire? Evidence from Public Procurement in Chile

Seminar | April 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Dina Pomeranz, Zurich

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Control of water waves

Seminar | April 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Thomas Alazard, ENS Paris-Saclay

 Department of Mathematics

Water waves are disturbances of the free surface of a liquid. They are, in general, produced by the immersion of a solid body or by impulsive pressures applied on the free surface. The question we discuss in this talk is the following: which waves can be generated by blowing on a localized portion of the free surface. Our main result asserts that one can generate any small amplitude, periodic in...   More >

Panel discussion - A Tomb for Khun Srun

Panel Discussion | April 17 | 4:30-5:45 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G

 Eric Galmard, Director; Khatharya Um, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley; Siti Keo, Ph.D. candidate, History, UC Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies

A panel discussion will be held prior to the screening of the documentary film 'A Tomb for Khun Srun', chaired by Prof. Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies.

Organizer’s Toolkit: How to Use Strategic Research for Organizing Campaigns

Workshop | April 17 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

This free workshop is for all students who are interested in learning more about how research can inform and advance campaigns for social justice. Student organizers and activists who are interested in developing campaigns, and want to learn how to use research to develop pointed analysis and clear strategy for their organizing are encouraged to attend.

This hands-on training will introduce...   More >

Progressive Mayorship in the Trump Era

Special Event | April 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)

 Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Mayor's Office - City of Berkeley

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs, Progressive Student Association

In November 2016, Jesse Arreguin was elected the first Latino mayor of Berkeley. Prior to this win, Mayor Arreguin expanded affordable housing, helped establish the minimum wage and fought for tenants, immigrants, and civil liberties as a city council member.

Mayor Arreguin will discuss what it means to be a progressive mayor in the Trump era, what it means for Berkeley to be a sanctuary city...   More >

 This event is free, open to the public, and all are invited to participate. Sponsored by the University Library’s Free Speech Movement (FSM) Café Programs Committee. For more information: contact fsmprograms@lists.berkeley.edu The Library attem

A Tomb for Khun Srun (2015, 63 mins.)

Film - Documentary | April 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Eric Galmard, Director

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies

This documentary film, directed by Eric Galmard, looks at the life of Khun Srun, a brilliant Cambodian writer who joined the Khmer Rouge in 1973 only to be executed by the regime in 1978. The film aims to bring attention to his literary voice, combined with a present-day focus on his daughter, Khun Khem, the only surviving member of the family.

Lacrosse vs. Stanford

Sport - Intercollegiate - Lacrosse | April 17 | 6 p.m. |  Memorial Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Lacrosse hosts Stanford in conference action at Memorial Stadium.

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.

Cultural Criticism in the Age of YouTube: Tiffany Shlain and Rolla Selbak, moderated by George Strompolos

Lecture | April 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Rolla Selbak is writer and director of the film Three Veils; creator of the web series Kiss Her I’m Famous and Grrl’s Guide to Filmmaking. George Strompolos is founder and CEO of the YouTube network Fullscreen


Performing Arts - Music | April 17 | 6:30 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre | Tickets sold out

 Another Planet Entertainment

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Arts + Design Mondays: Cultural Criticism in the Age of YouTube, with Tiffany Shlain and Rolla Selbak

Lecture | April 17 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Shlain is founder of the Webby Awards and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Selbak is a filmmaker whose credits include the film Three Veils and the Web series Kiss Her I’m Famous. Moderated by George Strompolos.

Admission to this lecture is free.

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 >

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.

Teachers at the Center: The Story of the National Writing Project

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 17 – September 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, second floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

The National Writing Project is a professional development
network for teachers of writing at all levels, from early
childhood to university. Drawing from the newly available
National Writing Project records and other Bancroft Library
collections, this exhibition explores the history of the
organization from its origins within the Graduate School of
Education at UC Berkeley to its present...   More >