Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Workshop | April 26 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42
Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics
Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.
Workshop | April 26 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42
Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Specialist, Ergonomics@Work
Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.
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.
Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Randomized Complete Pivoting for Solving Symmetric Indefinite Linear Systems
Seminar | April 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall
Yuehua Feng, Xiamen University, China
Bunch-Kaufman's partial pivoting (BKPP) algorithm and Aasen's algorithm are two of the most widely used methods for solving symmetric indefinite linear systems, yet they both suffer from occasional numerical instability due to potentially exponential element growth. In this work, we develop a randomized complete pivoting (RCP) algorithm for solving symmetric indefinite linear systems. RCP is... More >
Lecture | April 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G
David Timberman, Visiting Scholar, Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
This presentation will examine the dynamics and outcomes of three extended efforts at social, economic and governance reform in the Philippines: 1) agrarian reform; 2) liberalization of the telecommunications sector; and 3) fiscal and budget reforms.
PopUp Exhibition | Shana Penn: The Politics of Memory: The New Yad Vashem Exhibition at Auschwitz State Museum
Lecture | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Shana Penn is executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Jewish Studies. Her award-winning book, Solidaritys Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, 2005) examined womens leadership role in defeating Polands communist regime. Presently, Penn is completing... More >
Lecture | April 26 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Hear from Pauline, founder of Survival Research Labs, and his wife, Critchett, the founder of Art+Audience and executive producer of Leo Villareals public work, including The Bay Lights.
Admission to this lecture is free. Admission to this event is free
Seminar | April 26 | 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 >
Seminar | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Patrick Stayton, University of Washington
Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, April 26
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building
Molecular Engineering of Biologic Drug Therapies and Diagnostic Platforms
Distinguished Career Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Director, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute
University of Washington
Biologic drug therapies based on proteins, RNA, DNA and... More >
Seminar | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall
Christine Queitsch, University of Washington
Our research focuses on two related fields: the genetic architecture of complex traits and the role of gene regulation and protein folding in generating heritable phenotypic variation. We advance complex trait genetics by ascertaining uncharacterized sequence variation and by resolving the relative importance of additive variation and epistasis in complex traits. Lastly, to improve the genotype-... More >
Lecture | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in date
Keenan Wyrobek is Head of Product and Engineering at Zipline International, a start-up that focuses on delivering medical necessities by drone to remote and challenging locations.
Free lunch at UC Berkeley if you register by the Monday before the talk (lunches limited). Register online
Performing Arts - Music | April 26 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Laura Carmichael, clarinet
Cindy COX The Shape of the Shell
Hannah LASH California Orange (world premiere)
Ig HENNEMAN Featherlight Monkeys
and other works by Berkeley composers
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... More >
Summing Up 7,000 Years of Bay Area History at Tolay or How Will I Ever Get It Done?! Or Responsive Justice Is Never Done!
Lecture | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
From its inception, the Tolay Archaeology Project has been a Community-Based Participatory Research project that adheres to the tenets of responsive justice. Responsive justice stipulates that researchers should recognize the histories of marginalization and trauma in the communities with which they partner, redistribute benefits from their research to community partners, and be accountable and... More >
Lecture | April 26 | 12:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Offering insights into his exquisite small collages, the artist discusses an artistic practice that began at age forty-one and has continued into his ninety-second year.
event is included with admission
Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission
Lecture | April 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94705
Food and wine critic Narsai David 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.
Information Session | April 26 | 1-1:45 p.m. | Online
Anastasia Meadors, UC Berkeley Extension
Find out how the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts can help you take your creative skills to the next level. Studio practice and critique seminars enable you to develop a cohesive portfolio of work for application to M.F.A. programs.
Seminar | April 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall
Information Session | April 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 341 East Asian Library
Bruce Williams, C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Introduction to locating materials and information in Western languages in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools.
Conference/Symposium | April 26 | 2-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 170
Institute of European Studies, Human Rights Center, Italian Society at Berkeley, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)
Join us for a conversation about an historic case of sexual violence during World War II and a new Berkeley initiative to combat impunity today.
Seminar | April 26 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Allison Moore, UC Davis
A classic problem in knot theory is the cosmetic crossing conjecture. This conjecture asserts that a crossing change will always change the knot type, unless the crossing is nugatory. In the main seminar I'll describe an obstruction to so-called "cosmetic" crossing changes. In the student seminar, I'll show how to use that obstruction to produce new infinite families of knots for which the... 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.
Seminar | April 26 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Marek Biskup, U.C.L.A. Mathematics
I will discuss the random walk driven by two-dimensional pinned discrete Gaussian Free Field (pDGFF). Explicitly, I will consider the Markov chain on the square lattice that jumps across an edge with probability proportional to the exponential of the gradient of pDGFF across that edge. The chain thus tends to move in the direction of increasing values of the pDGFF and this results in trapping. I... More >
Applied Mathematics Seminar: Uncertainty Quantification in the Classification of High Dimensional Data
Seminar | April 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Andrew Stuart, California Institute of Technology
We provide a unified framework for graph based semi-supervised learning which brings together a variety of methods which have been introduced in different communities within the mathematical sciences; the unification is through an inverse problems formulation. We study probit classification, generalize the level-set method for Bayesian inverse problems to the classification setting, and... More >
Colloquium | April 26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall
Professor Kathryn De Master, University of California Berkeley
Seminar | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center
Title: Complex traits and simple systems
IB Finishing Talk: Host specificity as a driver of diversity in parasitic plants: A case study in Aphyllon
Seminar | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building
Adam Schneider, UCB (Baldwin Lab)
Colloquium | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)
Philip Lubin, University of California, Santa Barbara
Humanity has long dreamed of exploring new worlds far outside our solar system. With more than 3600 exo-planets discovered the number of planets per star appears to be about unity. The implications of this are profound. One of the implications is the desire to visit some of these exo-planets. However, our current propulsion systems are not capable of exploring our stellar neighbors... More >
Seminar | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Jing Lei, Department of Statistics, CMU
Cross-validation is one of the most popular model selection methods
in statistics and machine learning. Despite its wide applicability,
traditional cross-validation methods tend to overfit, unless the ratio
between the training and testing sample sizes is very small.
We argue that such an overfitting tendency of cross-validation
is due to the ignorance of the uncertainty in the testing... More >
Colloquium | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall
Jeni Miller, Executive Director, Global Climate and Health Alliance
In its 2015 report, the UCL-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change stated that climate change poses an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health. The threats to health are myriad, ranging from heat-related morbidity/mortality, to increases in vector-borne diseases, to the impact of worsening air quality on respiratory and cardiovascular disease.... More >
Seminar | April 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Allison Moore, UC Davis
A classic problem in knot theory is the cosmetic crossing conjecture, which asserts that the only crossing changes which preserve the isotopy class of a knot are nugatory crossing changes. Previously, the knots known to satisfy this conjecture included two-bridge and fibered knots. I will show that knots with branched double covers that are L-spaces also satisfy the cosmetic crossing conjecture,... More >
2017 Lawson Lecture: The Future of Past Earthquakes: Insights into Earth Behavior from Earthquake Geology and Paleoseismology
Lecture | April 26 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
Dr. David P. Schwartz, United States Geological Survey
Dr. David Schwartz will describe how paleoseismology helps expand our understanding of active earthquake systems and provides fundamental data for hazard analysis. The public lecture will explore these concepts with worldwide examples and special emphasis on the past and future behavior of faults in the San Francisco Bay Region.
Queen of Katwe | New Directions in Indian Cinema: Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair
Film - Series | April 26 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
The colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.
Lecture | April 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Seminar Room
The Chulmun culture, documented by over 870 sites across the Korean Peninsula, presents one of the long-standing Neolithic traditions from the Early Holocene, comparable to the Jomon in Japan. The Neolithic landscape of Korea has been understood in a fragmented fashion, as rescue projects have driven archaeological investigations. A more fundamental problem lies in the mode of explanation of... More >
Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance | Living with Difference: Shared Religious Sanctuaries in Ottoman Lands
Lecture | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall
In this talk, I will discuss the sharing of sacred sanctuaries by the three great monotheistic religions across the Mediterranean, with particular examples from the history of the Ottoman Empire... More >
Back from the Brink: The Global Revival of Manchu Studies: A Memorial Lecture for Professor Emeritus James Bosson
Memorial | April 26 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Mark Elliott, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
With the passing of Professor James Bosson the campus lost an early and important voice in the study of Mongolian, Manchu, and Tibetan language and culture. A memorial lecture in his honor will be presented by his former student Mark Eilliott, Harvard University.
Seminar | April 26 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in time
Alisha Zachariah, University of Wisconsin
Several forms of wireless communication involve estimating the channel through which signals are sent. In this talk we will focus on the RADAR channel. My main motivation in this talk is to present an algebraic channel model that has a sophisticated underlying structure. I will present an existing algorithm that uses this and then develop a low complexity improvement that the structure suggests.... More >
The Powerlessness of Language: How to Write Poetry in Times of Crisis: Roman Osminkin and Pavel Arseniev (Russia) and Serhiy Zhadan (Ukraine)
Lecture | April 26 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Roman Osminkin; Pavel Arsenyev; Serhiy Zhadan
Please join us for a poetry reading and performance by the experimental poets and artists Roman Osminkin, Pavel Arsenyev, and Sergei Zhadan. The event will be conducted primarily in Russian.
Roman Osminkin is a radical leftist poet and artist from St. Petersburg. His poetry and performances engage with leftist politics, new media, music, and the realia of life in post-Soviet Russia. He... More >
Presentation | April 26 | 6-7 p.m. | 180 Barrows Hall
As a part of the UC Berkeley Study Abroad office's Student Ambassador Program, this program is an outreach event for students interested in UCEAP United Kingdom Universities program. This will be an opportunity to speak with past participants from English Universities & Scottish Universities programs.
Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable, safe, self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.
Film - Documentary | April 26 | 7-9 p.m. | 60 Barrows Hall
Please join the Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition for dinner and a movie, plus a question and answer session with The Waiting Rooms director, Peter Nicks.
The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film using a blend... More >
Performing Arts - Theater | April 25 – 26, 2017 every day | 7-8 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall
Students in German 102A, German Department
The UC Berkeley German Department's Student Cabaret presents
a poetic and humorous celebration of the German language, featuring works by Eichendorff, Gernhardt, Rilke, Morgenstern and many others.
Film - Series | April 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The acclaimed Chadian director of Daratt and A Screaming Man turns to documentary with this moving work on his countrys healing and reconciliation, miraculously filmed while its former dictator Hissein Habré was standing trial for war crimes. Habré promised greatness for Chad, but like those of so many other dictators, his regime descended into paranoia and oppression, with countless people... More >
Workshop | January 26 – May 26, 2017 every month | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Living Room
Get crafty with us! Were hosting free, drop-in arts & crafts workshops in the MLK Jr. Student Union campus living room every 2nd Thursday of the month. Hope to see you there!
January 26th: Printing on Fabric
February 9: Zinelette Mini-Magazines
March 9th: Hand Lettering
April 20th: Macrame Plant Holders
May 11th: Clay Mobiles
Film - Feature | April 26 | 8-10:30 p.m. | 159 Mulford Hall
Institute of European Studies, Italian Society at Berkeley, Human Rights Center, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Department of Gender and Women's Studies, ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)
A program in the series "A Tale of Two Women: From Postwar Italian Cinema to Human Rights Today," April 24-27 at UC Berkeley and The Marsh Theater
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
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 - 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 - 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 | April 26 – August 26, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The tiny pieces of paper that comprise Irwin Kremens visually stunning abstract collages were taken from advertisements found on the walls of cities such as Paris, Brussels, Florence, Rome, and New York. Using only these found materials, Kremen constructs his works using fine hinges made of Japanese paper so as to preserve the sense of edge and depth among the various paper fragments.
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 | April 21 – September 1, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery
For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents
an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The
exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces
carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs
and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and
Jane Austen, branded books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnsons photographs of the... 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 >