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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.


Tour/Open House | October 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lobby Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, Oct 9, 9:00 to Noon. Registration starts at 8:30.

Discovery Station: CA Native Plants and Indians

Miscellaneous | October 9 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The UC Botanical Garden has one of the most diverse plant collections in the world. Visit at our Docent-led interactive Discovery Station to learn more about a particular plant topic. This month's topic is California Native Plants and Indians

Russian Management of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Lecture | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Aghasi Yenokyan, Political Analyst on South Caucasian and Russian Affairs

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

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the oldest and bloodiest conflicts on the territory of the former Soviet Union. Since its inception, many states and international organizations have been involved in its regulation, but until now Russia remains the most active party in the negotiations and in the management of warfare among Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Karabakh. This presentation will outline...   More >

​Biophysical Cues and Ocular Cell Behaviors: The Big Impact of Little and Squishy Things

Seminar | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Chris Murphy, D.V.M., PhD, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, UC Davis; Sara Thomasy, D.V.M., PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Researcher, Department of Surgical & Radiological Sciences, UC Davis

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Biophysical cues, such as substratum topography and compliance, are ubiquitous attributes of the miroenvironment of cells. They have been proven to be as potent as soluble cytoactive factors in the modulation of cell behaviors. The main focus of our labs has been the investigation of how biophysical cues modulate cell adhesion, proliferation, migration, differentiation, and response to growth...   More >

Understanding Probability

Colloquium | October 9 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Shaun O'Grady, Dept. of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

What is the mental representation of probability and how does it develop? What role do education and experience play in understanding probability? In this talk I will present the results of 4 Experiments investigating probability judgments in children and adults. In the first part of the discussion I will present data from adult participants performing a ratio comparison task as well as a...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Regularity theory for Type I Ricci flows

Seminar | October 9 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Panagiotis Gianniotis, University of Waterloo

 Department of Mathematics

A Ricci flow exhibits a Type I singularity if the curvature blows up at a certain rate near the singular time. Type I singularities are abundant and in fact it is conjectured that they are the generic singular behaviour for the Ricci flow on closed manifolds.

In this talk, I will describe some new integral curvature estimates for Type I flows, valid up to the singular time. These estimates...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | October 9 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 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 >

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Consumer Spending During Unemployment: Positive and Normative Implications"

Seminar | October 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Pascal Noel

 Department of Economics

Joint with Public Economics, Psychology and Economic (Change in Time and Location)

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Consumer Spending During Unemployment: Positive and Normative Implications

Seminar | October 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Pascal Noel, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

Joint with Public Finance seminar

* Please note change in time and location due to a joint event

BLISS Seminar: Optimal Experimental Design via Regret Minimization

Seminar | October 9 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Zeyuan Allen-Zhu, Microsoft Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The experimental design problem concerns the selection of k points from a potentially very large design pool of p-dimensional vectors, so as to maximize the statistical efficiency regressed on the selected k design points.

We achieve 1+varepsilon approximations to all popular optimality criteria for this problem, including A-optimality, D-optimality, T-optimality, E-optimality, V-optimality...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Some trace formulas in operator theory

Seminar | October 9 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kalyan B. Sinha, Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

 Department of Mathematics

The theory of smooth operators by Kato and Krein's trace formula are combined to obtain the Helton-Howe trace formula. In the second part, some results towards a trace formula in two variables ( a kind of extension of Krein's formula) will be discussed.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Schur indices and the p-adic local Langlands program

Seminar | October 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 David Sherman, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Let $G$ be a finite group and Π an irreducible complex representation of $G$ whose character is valued in the number field $k$. There is a canonical class in the Brauer group of $k$ that describes the obstruction to descending $G$ to a representation on a $k$-vector space. The question of determining this class (or its order in the Brauer group, known as the Schur index of Π) is very classical,...   More >

Peter Bartlett - Representation, optimization and generalization in deep learning

Seminar | October 9 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Peter Bartlett, UC Berkeley Departments of Statistics and EECS

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Deep neural networks have improved state-of-the-art performance for prediction problems across an impressive range of application areas, and they have become a central ingredient in AI systems. This talk considers factors that affect their performance, describing some recent results in two directions. First, we investigate the impact of depth on representation and optimization properties of these...   More >

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Some interactions between algebraic and symplectic geometry

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Andrew Hanlon, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss at least one of the close relationships between symplectic geometry and algebraic geometry other than curve counting (Gromov-Witten theory) and mirror symmetry. In particular, we will discuss how symplectic packing of the projective plane is related to Nagata's conjecture and (time-permitting) discuss an application of Seidel's symplectic Picard-Lefschetz theory.

Seminar 271, Development: "Voter Information and Electoral Competition Under Authoritarianism"

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ceren Baysan, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Allosteric inhibitors of protein synthesis: how structure and dynamics give rise to complex pharmacology

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jack Taunton, University of California, San Francisco

 College of Chemistry

In the Province of the Gods: Disability, Sexuality, Mortality and Things Japanese: Kenny Fries in conversation with Karen Nakamura

Colloquium | October 9 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kenny Fries, Author

 Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

A disabled foreigner in Japan, a society most people think of as hostile to difference, Kenny Fries finds himself on a journey of profound self-discovery. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and atomic bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Gravity water waves and emerging bottom

Seminar | October 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Thibault de Poyferré, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

To understand the behavior of waves at a fluid surface in configurations where the surface and the bottom meet (islands, beaches…), one encounters a difficulty: the presence in the bulk of the fluid of an edge, at the triple line. To solve the Cauchy problem, we need to study elliptic regularity in such domains, understand the linearized operator around an arbitrary solution, and construct an...   More >

Jerusalem, on the Moving Edge of Israeli Colonial Rule

Lecture | October 9 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 277 Cory Hall

 Thomas Abowd, Tufts University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This presentation will analyze how colonialism and colonial urbanism remain a crucial component of contemporary Palestinian and Israeli realities. It seeks to illuminate everyday life as well as the broader institutional forces that comprise and enable Israeli urban policy in Jerusalem. What kinds of barriers—physical, legal, and discursive—operate to keep Israeli-occupied Jerusalem a city of...   More >

SLAM: From the Farm, to the Pharm, to the Field

Seminar | October 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Peggy Lemaux, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

"Genetically modified organisms" "Genetically engineered crops" These terms are used all the time by the general public. But how can scientists best discuss food-related issues with the public in a clear manner? Join us for a discussion with Dr. Lemaux to discuss strategies for communicating science based on her experience as an agricultural scientist using genetic engineering. Dr. Lemaux, in...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). 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!

East African Beer and Soda

Uber Tech Talk

Information Session | October 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Massive change is afoot at Uber. Talk to engineers Kelvin and Isaac as they discuss UberEATS.

We’ll talk about Uber’s tradition of building and innovation, the focus on personal growth and support, and initiatives for social good around the world. Not to mention welcoming a million women drivers to our platform, changing the face of freight, and tackling gender bias in our app. And most...   More >

Assembling a Native Commons: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Tony Abeyta

 Arts + Design

Participating Units: Arts + Design Initiative; Arts Research Center; Ethnic Studies

Assembling a Native Commons with Tony Abeyta and Friends

Lecture | October 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An evening with Abeyta, an acclaimed Navajo contemporary artist based in Berkeley and Santa Fe.

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

Film - Documentary | October 9 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Maurice Fitzpatrick, Filmmaker

 Robert O'Driscoll, Consul General of Ireland

 Irish Studies Program at IES, The Los Gatos Irish Writers Festival, The Irish Literary & Historical Society

Maurice Fitzpatrick's new documentary recounts the life of Nobel
Laureate John Hume and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. The
film is narrated by Liam Neeson and features exclusive interviews with Tony Blair, John Major, Bill Clinton, and Bono, among other figures connected with the Peace Process.

Following the screening, Fitzpatrick will discuss the film with Robert
O'Driscoll,...   More >

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >

Let the Tool Do the Work: The 2017 UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Faculty Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 28 – October 12, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday | 12-5 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Worth Ryder Art Gallery / K116

 Art Practice, Department of

The Annual UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Exhibition is a recent works show featuring our faculty and staff.

This year the exhibition explores how artwork functions as a tool. In addition to their work, the artists will present the tools they use in their creative process in a “workshop” for our visitors.

Think outside the toolbox!

Greg Niemeyer, “Supraliminal Web Instrument” (demo version, still), 2017.