Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Special Event | April 16 – 22, 2017 every day | UC Berkeley Campus
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/
Workshop | April 19 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | National University
6300 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Gordon Lum, Willdan Engineering; David Mahama, DKS Associates
This course covers the basic concepts and practical applications and operations of traffic signal timing systems for isolated and coordinated intersections. The course engages students through hands-on exercises and real-world examples of signal timing and operations. Some class exercises and demonstrations are taught in a computer lab. A basic knowledge of EXCEL is needed to complete the... More >
The class is for traffic engineers, planners, consultants, and technicians who are new to traffic signal timing. Experienced practitioners who desire a "refresher" course also benefit.
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
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 >
Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphinsall while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.
$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.
Seminar | April 19 | 10-11 a.m. | 380 Soda Hall
Aviad Rubinstein, UC Berkeley
The first question we computer scientists ask when facing a new algorithmic challenge is: is it NP-hard, or is it in P? Surprisingly, for many important problems, the answer is neither! I will discuss recent progress towards understanding the complexity of those problems.
Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Image Reconstruction in Snapshot Spectral GISC camera
Seminar | April 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall
Shiyu Tan, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS
The image information acquisition abilities of conventional cameras are usually much lower than the Shannon Limit since they do not make use of the correlation between pixels of an image. In this talk, we discuss the GISC (ghost imaging via sparsity constraints) spectral camera. The GISC camera applies a random phase modulator to encode the spectral images, and recovers them with convex... More >
Lecture | April 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Fatima Mojaddedi, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology
Lecture by Fatima Mojaddedi, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology.
Performing Arts - Music | April 19 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Jared Redmond, piano
Program to include:
Trevor BACA Mráz (world premiere)
SCRIABIN Preludes op. 74
SCRIABIN Poems op. 32
SCRIABIN Vers la Flamme
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Featuring the Music Departments varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are... More >
Lecture | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Carlos Reis, University of Coimbra
This lecture starts with recent studies on the theory of the character as an unstable narrative category that is subject to transformations determined by the historical contexts in which it is represented. Nineteenth-century fiction reveals different concepts and performances of literary characters, in some cases foreshadowing its dynamic treatment; this treatment is confirmed by developments... More >
Seminar | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Ahmad Khalil, Boston University
Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, April 19
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building
Innovation Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Director, Biological Design Center
Lecture | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Barbara Goldstein is a historian of European fascism. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria with a dissertation devoted to newsreel films created by the Austrian Police between 1929-1938 as part of governmental fascist propaganda campaigns.One of Goldsteins focuses and special interests is in historic administrative structures and infamous people in the early-modern... More >
Lecture | April 19 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Punk perspectives from V. Vale, a San Francisco cultural historian, writer, and keyboard player, and the founder of Search & Destroy and RE/SEARCH.
Admission to this lecture is free.
Seminar | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist... More >
Information Session | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Online
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Seminar | April 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room
Its not unusual for employees to miss work from time to time. But little is known about how worker absences affect productivity, or how well employers cope with them. In schools, disruption can be especially harmful. Asma will present research that, using administrative data on French teachers and substitute teachers, analyzes the effect of teacher absences on the productivity of classrooms and... More >
RSVP by emailing Charlotte Rutty at email@example.com
Lecture | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Dr. Meg Conkey, Professor Emerita, Member Committee on Ethics, SAA, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology
This presentation will present a short history of establishing ethics by the SAA, and where the COE is at this point in the revisions process. Input from the audience is desired!
Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Foundations: Townsend Book Chat with Abigail De Kosnik
Lecture | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Rogue Archives examines the rise of self-designated archivistsfans, pirates, hackerswho have become practitioners of cultural preservation on the Internet, building freely accessible online collections of content.
Colloquium | April 19 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Demography Seminar Room
Chris Muller, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley
A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.
Workshop | April 19 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club
Leslie Bell, PhD, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance
Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want.
In this workshop we will explore how habits... More >
Power Analysis and Meta-Analysis are Falsely Reassuring Solutions for Concerns about Statistical Power
Colloquium | April 19 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Leif Nelson, Professor, Haas School of Business
Transparency, disclosure, and preregistration have revealed that some statistically underpowered studies may be propped up by selective reporting and p-hacking. Conscientious researchers therefore have renewed investment in statistical power. One approach is to conduct traditional power analysis to correctly set the sample size. I argue that this tool is not helpful and often biased toward... More >
Lecture | April 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94705
Artist and sculptor Bella Feldman in conversation with Margaret Jenkins of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company as OLLI @Berkeley celebrates local legends of the Fourth Age (80 and above) who continue to lead their diverse disciplines.
Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.
Lecture | April 19 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall
How can your phoneâs operating system help you make smart decisions about personal privacy?
Seminar | April 19 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Alex Wright, Stanford
The group SL(2,Z) of two by two integer matrices with determinant one acts on the torus $R^2/Z^2$ by affine maps. Similarly, a finite index subgroups of SL(2,Z) acts on any square-tiled surface. You might reasonably think that square-tiled surfaces are the only flat surfaces with an affine action of such a large group of matrices (called a lattice), but you'd be wrong. For example, Veech... More >
Social Event | August 31, 2016 – April 26, 2017 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. | Julie's Cafe
2562 Bancroft Way.
Join the Coffee Break every Wednesday afternoon! Boost your global network and meetup with friends.
Coffee break, hosted by Berkeley International Office, is an informal weekly event where Cal students can connect, share stories, or learn about different culture and language. Free coffee for UCB students! Both international students and domestic students are welcome.
Insights for Relationships and Health from Latino and East Asian Cultures: Equity and Inclusion Lecture
Colloquium | April 19 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Belinda Campos, PhD, UC Irvine
Social relationships can enhance the quality of life by conferring higher levels of subjective well-being, greater resilience against adverse circumstances, and better health. To obtain these benefits, humans must navigate a complex social world where self-interest must be balanced by other-interest. In this talk, I will present a series of studies that show that Latino and East Asian cultural... More >
Seminar | April 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall
Somayeh Sojoudi, Assistant Project Scientist, University of California, Berkeley
System identification is a fundamental area in control theory, which is concerned with finding mathematical models of dynamical systems from data. In this talk, we will develop new notions of sign-consistent matrices and inverse-consistent matrices to obtain key properties of graphical lasso.
Seminar | April 19 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Insuk Seo, Morrey Visiting Assistant Professor, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics
We consider the mean-field Potts model with totally asymmetric dynamics. For the model with three spins, we observe three critical temperatures and four qualitatively different mixing behaviors of the dynamics. Three of them are metastable behavior, and one of them is the cutoff phenomenon. We discuss these interesting phenomena in this presentation.
Workshop | April 19 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge
Join the Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley team for an unveiling of our interactive, participatory UC Berkeley Foodscape Map.
Seminar | April 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Chun Liu, Penn State University
Almost all biological activities involve transport and distribution of ions and charged particles. The complicated coupling and competition between different ionic solutions in various biological environments give the intricate specificity and selectivity in these systems. In this talk, I will introduce several extended general diffusion systems motivated by the study of ion channels and ionic... More >
Colloquium | April 19 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall
Professor Jacqueline Brown, Hunter College, CUNY
Lecture | April 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall
DJ Spooky, aka Paul Miller
DJ Spooky, aka Paul Miller, is hosting the March for Science in Washington DC on April 22. A large group of scientists are protesting the Trump Administrations politicized deletion of data from many Federal Agencies, such as NASA and the EPA, and the overall lack of engagement with data about Climate Change.
DJ Spookys discussion will highlight the need for artists and creatives to engage... More >
Composite Membranes and Metal-Organic Framework Adsorbents for Industrial Gas Separations/Understanding the Dynamics of Complex Fluids using Microfluidics: Suspensions and Wormlike Micellar Solutions
Colloquium | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall
Jonathan Bachman, Ph.D. student in the Long Group; Margaret Hwang, Ph.D. student in the Muller Group
Lecture | April 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Evans Hall, 60 Evans
Elena Fuchs, UC Davis
In the early 70’s, the concept of “expander graphs” was introduced as an optimal model for networks of arbitrary size. Back then, it was not even known whether such graphs exist or not. Today, we not only know that they exist, but have seen their importance come up in a great spectrum of fields in mathematics and computer science. In this talk, we will explore what these graphs are and give... More >
Lecture | April 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Ambassador Celso Amorim
Amorim will discuss his new book, Acting Globally: Memoirs of Brazils Assertive Foreign Policy.
Celso Amorim is Brazils longest-serving foreign minister (1993-1994; 2003-2010). He was also Minister of Defense from 2011 to 2014. In 2009, Foreign Policy magazine referred to him as the worlds best foreign minister.
Authoritarian Soft Power? Russia, International Cyber Conflict, and the Rise of Information Warfare
Lecture | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
In the lead-up to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, the American media audience was barraged by a surprising display of confidential information and correspondence stemming from hacked private and organizational emails and other records, most notably from the Democratic National Committee (DNC). After months of speculation concerning Russian involvement in the hacking which led to... More >
Seminar | April 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall
Ken Zaret, University of Pennsylvania
Lecture | April 19 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall
How should social media police inappropriate speech and anti-social behavior?
Seminar | April 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Alex Wright, Stanford
The moduli space of Riemann surfaces of fixed genus is one of the hubs of modern mathematics and physics. We will tell the story of how simple sounding problems about polygons, some of which arose as toy models in physics, became intertwined with problems about the geometry of moduli space, and how the study of these problems in Teichmuller dynamics lead to connections with homogeneous spaces,... More >
Speaking Amongst Ourselves: Democracy and Law: Tanner Lectures on Human Values by Seana Valentine Shiffrin
Lecture | April 19 | 4:10-6:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room
Seana Valentine Shiffrin will present a three day lecture series with commentary by Niko Kolodny, Richard R.W. Brooks, and Anna B. Stilz. This event will be held on April 18, 19, & 20, 2017. The first day's lecture is titled "Democratic Law." The second day's lecture is titled "Common and Constitutional Law: A Democratic Legal Perspective." Free and open to public. No tickets required.
Mississippi Masala | New Directions in Indian Cinema: Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair
Film - Series | April 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Set primarily in rural Mississippi, the film explores interracial romance between African Americans and Indian Americans in the United States.
Special Event | April 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
The Distinguished Teaching Award is intended to recognize individual faculty for sustained performance of excellence in teaching. Above and beyond an individual exemplary class, this kind of sustained excellence in teaching incites intellectual curiosity in students, inspires departmental colleagues, and makes students aware of significant relationships between the academy and the world at large.
Lecture | April 19 | 6-7:15 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus
Don Carson, Former Disney Imagineer and Designer
Ever wondered how imagination becomes reality with the beloved attractions at Walt Disney theme parks? Want to understand how design influences how we have come to perceive The Happiest Place on Earth? Join us Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 pm as we host former Senior Show Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, Don Carson. He has directed projects like Splash Mountain, Mickeys Toontown, and... More >
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Lecture | April 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall
WED., APRIL 19 -- Adam Nathaniel Furman, the Architecture Foundations 2016 "New Architect", will discuss his practice and research.
Film - Documentary | April 19 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Discover the forgotten story of the Videofreex collective, some of the first activists to use videotape as a tool for activism, protest, and self-representation.
With special guest Mary Curtis Ratcliff, past member of Videofreex
Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission
Film - Documentary | April 19 | 7-9:30 p.m. | University Lutheran Chapel
2425 College Ave., Berkeley, CA
Jinsook Kim, Activist and organizer; Jeong Keun Kim, Director, Island of Shadows
Jinsook Kim, a female welder, emerged as a key figure in the democratic labor movement of South Korea in the 1990s as one of the most committed leaders of the metal workers union movement. In recent decades she has become the champion of irregular workers. Learn about the ongoing struggle for workers right in South Korea from Ms. Kim and from the documentary film, Island of Shadows, which... More >
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
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 >
Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe 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 >
Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)
Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeleys 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 >
Exhibit - Multimedia | February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Cinemas radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia was an unusually fertile time for politically charged, aesthetically innovative filmmaking. Encompassing documentary, fiction, and experimental cinemaoften in the course of a single featurethe films in this series intersected with and... More >
Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission
Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall
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.
Exhibit - Multimedia | March 20 – April 25, 2017 every day | 121 Wurster Hall
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.
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 >
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 Anthropologys renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think... More >
Free UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, Hearst Museum Members, and Youth under 18, $6 General Admisison, $3 Non-UC Berkeley Students and seniors over 65
Exhibit - Photography | March 9 – April 24, 2017 every day | Stephens Hall, 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.
Exhibit - Artifacts | April 17 – September 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, second floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe 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 >
Exhibit - Multimedia | March 1 – October 1, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
BAMPFAs current commission for the Art Wall showcases the work of Lawrence Weiner, a central figure of Conceptual art. Like many other artists working in the late 1960s and 70s, Weiner is deeply interested in methods of display that challenge the assumption that the work of art exists as a discrete object in the physical world.
Weiner decisively turned to language as the material object for... More >
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
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.
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)
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 >
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)
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 Vishniacs estate. In 2007, the... More >