Monday, November 6, 2017
Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall
FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.
Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | November 6 | Haas Pavilion
Cal Men's Basketball hosts Great Falls - Exhibition at Haas Pavilion.
Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Archaeological Research Facility, Berkeley Food Institute, Department of Anthropology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
The goal of this workshop is to link local and regional case studies of food, agriculture, and human-environmental interaction with the broader discussion of global environmental issues and long-term sustainability. Special emphasis is on case studies from Japan, East Asia and the North Pacific Rim.
Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative is pleased to present the 2017 Resources Roundtable:
Feeding The World at 9 Billion: Global Challenges for Food Production in a Compromised Environment
The triple threat of climate change, soil degradation, and water shortage are increasingly pressuring our food systems. Meanwhile, human population continues to grow exponentially in some of the... More >
Seminar | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall
Amarnath Kasalanati, Associate Director, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Seismic isolation has been used effectively over the past three decades to protect contents of structures. This presentation discusses seismic isolation of equipment using a multi-directional spring, which provides much better damping and self-centering capability.
Seminar | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall
Mehmet N Agaoglu
Title: Miniature eye movements are tuned but not optimal for fine discrimination at the fovea
Abstract: Human eyes are never stable, even during attempts of maintaining gaze on a visual target. Considering transient response characteristics of retinal ganglion cells, a certain amount of motion of the eyes is required to efficiently encode information and to prevent neural adaptation. However,... More >
New Research in Oral History: Shanna Farrell: Bay Area Cocktails: An Oral History of Culture, Community and Craft
Lecture | November 6 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room
Shanna Farrell, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
An American invention, the cocktail fluctuated in popularity following Prohibition and had firmly taken root in the culinary landscape by the 1990s. The Bay Area played a significant role in reviving itas much as New York and London. From the distillers who pioneered craft spirits and Alice Waters revolutionary take on simple, fresh food at Chez Panisse to the bartenders who cared enough to... More >
Lecture | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall
Jordi Falgàs, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí
Joaquim Cusí was a friend of Salvador Dalís father and he became an enthusiastic supporter of the young artist. Mr. Cusí was a successful pharmacist with no training in art, and yet he was the first one to purchase numerous paintings and drawings from Dalís earliest exhibitions. The works acquired by Mr. Cusí were not seen again on display during his lifetime, and scholars were never allowed to... More >
Colloquium | November 6 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall
Emilio Ferrer, Department of Psychology, UC Davis
In this presentation I discuss structural equation modeling as a framework for examining developmental processes. First, I present some principles of longitudinal research that underlie both study designs and statistical models for longitudinal data. I then describe models that focus on mechanisms of within-person change, and demonstrate their use for examining developmental processes. I... More >
Seminar | November 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Dominic Searles, University of Southern California
We introduce a new basis for the polynomial ring called the slide polynomials, which contains Gessel's fundamental basis of quasisymmetric polynomials. One aim is to better understand the geometrically-important basis of Schubert polynomials, whose structure constants count intersection points of triples of Schubert subvarieties of the complete flag variety. Schubert polynomials expand positively... More >
Seminar | November 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall
Steven Ahrendt, PMB; Zach Barth, PMB
Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group
Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).
Seminar | November 6 | 1-2 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Note change in time
Alexander Vargas, University of Chile
Seminar | November 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Seminar 211, Economic History: The Deep Historical Roots of Modern Culture: A Comparative Perspective
Seminar | November 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall
Seminar | November 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall
Poitr Sulkowski, U. OF WARSAW, CALTECH
I will present a surprising relation between knot invariants and quiver representation theory, motivated by various string theory constructions involving BPS states. Consequences of this relation include the proof of the famous Labastida-Marino-Ooguri-Vafa conjecture (at least for symmetric representations), explicit (and unknown before) formulas for colored HOMFLY polynomials for various knots,... More >
Seminar | November 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H
Roger Casals, MIT and UCL
In this talk I will introduce a class of Legendrian wavefronts associated to surface triangulations. First, I will explain the interplay between the Legendrian isotopy type and the combinatorics of the triangulation. In particular, we will be connecting symplectic geometry and graph theory. Then I will discuss the Floer theory of these wavefronts and provide a description of their dg-algebras.... More >
Information Session | November 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.
The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for... More >
Seminar | November 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall
Modern inferential tasksranging from graphical model learning to image registration to inference of gene regulatory networksfrequently involve estimation of information theoretic functionals such as entropy, mutual information, KullbackLeibler divergence, and total variation distance. This talk will focus on recent progress in our understanding of the performance, structure, and deployment of... More >
Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Regularity of polynomials in free variables ( after Charlesworth and Shlyakhtenko)
Seminar | November 6 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Brent Nelson, NSF Postodoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley
We will present the recent paper of Charlesworth and Shlyakhtenko in which it is shown that if an $n$-tuple of operators has free entropy dimension $n$, then every selfadjoint polynomial in these operators has an atomless spectral measure.
Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Heights in families of abelian varieties and the Geometric Bogomolov Conjecture
Seminar | November 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Ziyang Gao, Princeton University/CNRS
Given an abelian scheme over a smooth curve over a number field, we can associate two height functions: the fiberwise defined Neron-Tate height and a height function on the base curve. For any irreducible subvariety X of this abelian scheme, we prove that the Neron-Tate height of any point in an explicit Zariski open subset of X can be uniformly bounded from below by the height of its projection... More >
Seminar | November 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Bob Oliver, UC Berkeley IEOR
Because of current federal laws on endangered fish species, water exports to California Aqueducts in San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are restricted by a combination of low Delta Smelt counts and densities in the Bay Delta and judgments by experts. This seminar suggests some ways in which Bayes Factors and combinations of forests of Information Odds Scores can help us improve our... More >
Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Automatic transversality and contact homology with applications to dynamics
Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N
Jo Nelson, Columbia
We discuss regularity results for the cylindrical contact homology of 3-dimensional prequantization bundles and explain how they are compatible with Morse-Bott computational methods. We will also explore applications to quantitative questions in dynamics, such as the refined Conley Conjecture, as previously anticipated by Ginzburg-Gürel-Macarini.
Lecture | November 6 | 4 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies), Conference Room
During World War II, workers from across Latin America and the Caribbean traveled to the Panama Canal to work on defense construction projects for the U.St. When they arrived, they encountered a binary system of segregation. that did not accord with their racial constructs and identities. This talk will consider how race, nation and segregation divided Allies engaged in a purported war for democracy.
Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Architect, researcher, and Berkeley faculty member M. Paz Gutierrez will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.
Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
Julia Zeitlinger, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Workshop | November 6 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Chris Gagne, D-Lab
This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.
Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library
What kinds of models are most powerful for supporting science learning?: Models that integrate mechanism
Colloquium | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall
Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh
In science, models often serve as the bridge between empirical and theoretical, what was found and what is thought to be. Mathematical and computational transformations often play a central, but perhaps partially hidden, role in this bridge. These mathematical transformations can be approached in very transactional terms, necessary evils of little theoretical value to conceptual reasoning. Or the... More >
Seminar | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Jeff Weaver, USC/UCSD
Lecture | November 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall
Grant Faulkner, Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month
Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, will discuss his new book, Pep Talks for Writers, and how writers must dive in, banish their inner editors, and take creative risks by writing with abandon. Come ready to write with abandon!
Seminar | November 6 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
Professor Miriam Bowring, Reed College
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
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!
Lecture | November 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
Monday, Nov 6, 6:00PM, Wurster Auditorium
Seminar | November 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 219 Dwinelle Hall
Fine arts organizations across multiple genres and styles are experiencing dwindling audience numbers. As it currently stands, many organizations are reliant on older populations as their primary patrons. This event will bring together artists from multiple fields to discuss how they see their fields innovating in this changing world as well as what is necessary to keep the arts alive for future... More >
Dissertation Talk: Alternate Representations for Scalable Analysis and Control of Heterogeneous Time Series
Presentation | November 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall
Francois Belletti, UC Berkeley
A plethora of algorithms and theories developed in the field of Machine Learning enable better identification of system dynamics and extensive control of the corresponding systems. However, the vast majority of research focuses on problems dealing with homogenous observation data sets or control environment.
Such a setting is not representative of the actual way data sets are collected and the... More >
Lecture | November 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | BAMPFA
Michael Rock, 2x4 Inc.
Michael Rock, acclaimed designer, educator, and author talks about the pervasive influence of design in contemporary life. He is a founding partner and creative director 2x4 Inc., a multi-disciplinary design studio in New York City, and Director of the Graphic Architecture Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Lecture | November 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Michael Rock, Designer, 2x4, New York
Design has become so elastic it is applied universally from chromosomes to climate change. We design spoons and tables and rooms and houses and computer programs and cities and power grids and national identities and international treaties and defense systems and, when all else fails, military campaigns. If design is anything that is planned and brought to fruition by human ingenuity, weve... More >
Lecture | November 6 | 8-9 p.m. | Alumni House
Jonathan M. Hall, University of Chicago
If there is one sentiment that is common to nearly all the accounts written by European travelers to the Peloponnesian town of Argos during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, it is one of profound disappointment and shock at the lack of visible remains of a city whose fame had been so lauded in antiquity. Inevitably, perhaps, imagination filled the void that autopsy was unable to... More >
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day | Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613
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.
Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, 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.
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.
Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe 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.
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
Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancrofts 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 >
Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery
¡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 >