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Monday, October 30, 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.

​Graduate Student Seminar

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

 Thao Yeh; Natalie Stepien

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Title: Exploring the impact of technology and mode of presentation on reading comprehension in sighted and blind individuals

Presenter: Natalie Stepien-Bernabe (Dr. Deborah Orel-Bixler’s Lab)

Abstract: Technology is growing rapidly, facilitating the electronic distribution of information. Electronic methods of acquiring information are especially prevalent in educational settings. For...   More >

Food, Water, and Labor in Central Valley: Farmworkers and the Westlands

Seminar | October 30 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems, Berkeley Food Institute

This talk will focus on the history of water insecurity in the farm worker communities of western Fresno County and the exploitative practices of growers and their allies during drought conditions. Despite claims that water provides jobs for farmworkers there is little evidence to suggest that when growers get their allotment of water that improving conditions for farm workers followed. On the...   More >


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Developing a Life History Theory of Mind: Awareness that the Mind Learns from the Past to Imagine the Future

Colloquium | October 30 | 12:10-1:20 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Kristin H. Lagattuta, Department of Psychology and the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis

 Department of Psychology

Professor Lagattuta will provide an overview of her research on 4- to 10-year-olds' and adults’ beliefs about whether people generalize from their past social interactions when engaging in episodic future thinking; that is, their awareness that people’s minds draw from prior experiences when imagining what will happen next. Across multiple studies, results reveal significant age-related increases...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Triangulations of even-dimensional cyclic apeirotopes and representations of partially ordered sets

Seminar | October 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Gustavo Jasso, University of Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

Steffen Oppermann and Hugh Thomas discovered a beautiful connection between triangulations of even-dimensional cyclic polytopes and representations of certain partially ordered sets (satisfying some additional relations). In this talk I will review part of their work and then present an extension of their results to triangulations of even-dimensional cyclic apeirotopes. This is a report on joint...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | October 30 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Bill Easterly, Professor, Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Locally volume collapsed 4-manifolds with respect to a lower sectional curvature bound

Seminar | October 30 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Thunwa Theerakarn, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Perelman stated without proof that a 3-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold which is locally collapsed, with respect to a lower curvature bound, is a graph manifold. The statement was used to complete his proof of the geometrization conjecture. Kleiner-Lott gave a proof of this theorem as a part of their presentation of Perelman's proof of the geometrization conjecture.

In this talk, I will...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | October 30 | 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.

String-Math Seminar: Vertex operator algebras via topological vertex like construction

Seminar | October 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Miroslav Rapcak, Perimeter

 Department of Mathematics

Y-algebras form a four parameter family of vertex operator algebras associated to Y-shaped junctions of interfaces in N=4 super Yang-Mills theory. One can glue such Y-shaped junctions into the more complicated webs of interfaces. Corresponding vertex operator algebras can be identified with conformal extensions of tensor products of Y-algebras associated to the trivalent junctions of the web by...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: How Much Does Your Boss Make? The Incentive Effects of Horizontal and Vertical Inequality

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

 Ricardo Perez Truglia, UCLA Anderson School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Public Finance Seminar

* Please note change in time due to joint event

R Graphics with ggplot2

Workshop | October 30 | 3-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Josh Quan, Library Data Lab


This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of graphics in R, including base graphics and ggplot2. Participants will learn how to construct, customize, and export a variety of plot types in order to visualize relationships in data.

 Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library


  Register online

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Topological free entropy

Seminar | October 30 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will take a look back at the topological version of free entropy based on norm-microstates. This will include a discussion of the associated topological free entropy dimension, some connections with potential theory, random matrices and some problems.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On the Gross-Stark conjecture

Seminar | October 30 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Samit Dasgupta, UCSC

 Department of Mathematics

$Seminar\, Format$:

The seminar consists of two 50-minute talks, a pre-talk (3:10-4:00) and an advanced talk (4:10-5:00), with a 10-minute break (4:00-4:10) between them. The advanced talk is a regular formal presentation about recent research results to general audiences in arithmetic geometry and number theory; the pre-talk (3:10-4:00) is to introduce some prerequisites or background for the...   More >

Design Field Notes: Hisham Ibrahim

Seminar | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Hisham Ibrahim, whose background brings together software engineering, product management, and innovation, will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Design Field Notes series of pop-up talks.

Tick-tock of a Circadian Clock

Seminar | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Andy LiWang, University of California, Merced

 College of Chemistry

‘Outsiders at the Table’ – Diversity Lessons from UC Berkeley’s Biology Scholars Program (BSP)

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 John Matsui, Biology Scholars Program (BSP) at the University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Since 1992, 3500 Berkeley undergraduates have participated in BSP – 80% first-to-college/low-income, 70% women, and 60% from ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic, and Native American) underrepresented in science. Dr. Matsui’s focus has been to recruit ‘under-valued’ STEM talent into BSP, students who enter Berkeley with lower SAT scores and high school GPAs and are less well-prepared to...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: "Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Indian Road Construction"

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

 Anjali Adukia, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Romantic Heresies: Lermontov's Demon in Dialogue with Cain

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Kathryn Pribble, Graduate Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

The fourth lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Inverse scattering and the Davey-Stewartson II equation

Seminar | October 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Daniel Tataru, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The aim of this talk is to describe a complete implementation of the inverse scattering approach to the study of the defocusing Davey-Stewartson equation. This will involve dispersive quations, dbar pde's, microlocal analysis and other fun stuff. This is joint work with Adrian Nachman and Idan Regev.

The Body/Psyche Politics of Cairo's El-Nadeem

Lecture | October 30 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 3 LeConte Hall

 Frances Hasso, Duke University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

El-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence is a women-initiated and dominated non-governmental activist organization established in Cairo in 1993 as a psychological counseling center by university professor and labor activist Dr. Aida Seif al-Dawla and two other psychiatrists to ameliorate the traumas of Egyptian and refugee torture victims. Over time, El-Nadeem developed...   More >

Towards an Integrated Biomanufacturing System for Deep Space Missions

Seminar | October 30 | 5-6 p.m. | Silver Space Sciences Lab, Silver Conference Room, Room 105

 Professor Adam Arkin, Professor, Center for Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL), Botanical Garden

Space synthetic biology is a branch of biotechnology dedicated to engineering biological systems for space exploration, industry and science. There is strong public and private interest in designing robust and reliable organisms and the systems that support them that can assist on long-duration astronaut missions. Recently, we have launched a new center from NASA called the Center for Utilization...   More >

Pub Quiz Night

Information Session | October 30 | 5-6 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn about study abroad options in the UK and Ireland while snacking on pub food and answering trivia to win great prizes! Several BSA study abroad returnees will share information about their experiences abroad and they will host a pub quiz with study abroad-related prizes for the winners. A BSA Adviser will also be on hand to answer questions about study abroad programs.
*The space for...   More >

Engineering, Finance, Social Science, and Consequential Thinking—A multi-disciplinary approach to reducing residential earthquake risk in California: CEE Fall Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | October 30 | 5-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer of the California Earthquake Authority

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Janiele Maffei will describe how her experience as a structural engineer plays a critical role in achieving CEA’s strategic goals to Educate, Mitigate and Insure. Working with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and consultants, Ms Maffei develops residential seismic retrofit standards, sponsors building performance studies, and manages a seismic retrofit grant program.

Neutrino Oscillations at the Super-Kamiokande Detector: The 2017 Emilio Segrè Lecture

Lecture | October 30 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Takaaki Kajita, Nobel Laureate, Special University Professor, and Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR), University of Tokyo

 Department of Physics

Neutrinos were assumed to have no mass. It was predicted, however, if they have masses, they could change their type while they propagate. This phenomena is called neutrino oscillations, which was discovered by deep underground neutrino experiments. Dr. Takaaki Kajita will describe the discovery of neutrino oscillations and the implications of the small neutrino masses. The status and the future...   More >

Takaaki Kajita

SLAM: Life Sciences at Google: Leaning into the Newest Silicon Valley Bug

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

 Dr. Jane Wang, Verily

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Dr. Jane Wang earned her B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 2007 before moving to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemistry, as a Hertz Fellow, at UC Berkeley in the lab of Prof. Dean Toste. In the Toste lab her research focused on developing new catalytic and enantioselective methods for the addition of nitrogen and oxygen nucleophiles to olefins. She continued her career as a post-doctoral...   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

Samsung Tech Talk and Info-Session

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Samsung Semiconductor-Device-Solutions of San Jose is recruiting now for 2018 Summer Interns (and a few FTEs) – Open roles in areas like deep learning, computer vision, memory architecture, 5G systems engineers, and more!
For details, see the attached list and check out Handshake.

They are presenting a tech talk next Monday October 30 from 5:30 to 7pm in the Woz Lounge (Soda 430), where you...   More >

The Future of Fukushima: A New Generation Rises to the Challenge

Colloquium | October 30 | 6-8 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, CA, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Berkeley Lab’s Earth & Environmental Sciences Area

How did high school students – using innovative sensors – promote the recovery from an environmental disaster?

Fukushima Prefecture has achieved a remarkable recovery after the nuclear accident in 2011. Thanks to extensive clean-up, more than 97% of the region is at natural background levels; the area as large as the State of Connecticut. However, negative perception still persists...   More >


  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-3415, or by emailing cjs-events@berkeley.edu

The Art of Emotions/Emotions in Art: From the Pixar Film to the Empathetic Museum: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

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

 Dacher Keltner, Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center, Professor, Psychology, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

In this talk I will chart the journey that the science of emotion has led me on in collaborations on Pixar's film Inside/Out, Emoji at Facebook, and building emotion into museums on our on line life.

This talk coincides with the Science at Cal weekend, including the Vision + LIght exhibition (Oct 27 & 28), and the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists taking place in the Bay Area and...   More >

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.

Ecocity Berkeley: Thirty Years On: An Exhibit in the Environmental Design Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 15 – December 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium


The 1987 book Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a Healthy Future, inserting “ecocity” into the urban planning lexicon. Using Berkeley as a test bed, Richard Register promoted a new vision for urban development that now has worldwide resonance.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

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 >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 1, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >