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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2018 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from...   More >

Cognitive Adaptations to Harsh Environments

Lecture | February 6 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Willem Frankenhuis, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University

 Department of Psychology

Growing up in a harsh environment has a major impact on cognition. People from such environments tend to score lower on a variety of cognitive tests. The predominant view in psychology is, therefore, that chronic exposure to harsh conditions impairs cognition. I have recently challenged this consensus by proposing that harsh environments do not exclusively impair cognition. Rather, people also...   More >

Apple Networking Day

Career Fair | February 6 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Apple is coming to UC Berkeley and they will have about 40 engineers from every area of their business that are looking forward to meeting interested students. Please feel free to drop by the Garbarini Lounge anytime between 10:00am-3:00pm, as your schedule allows, we hope to see you there!

Co-Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi.

Science and Literacy Playgroup

Meeting | October 31, 2017 – May 15, 2018 every Tuesday with exceptions | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)

 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

 Chancellor's Community Grant, Trybe Inc.

Have fun and meet other families in West and South Berkeley.
For Children ages 05 and their caregivers.
Free, drop-in, snacks, circle time, arts and crafts and science activities.

William G. Dauben Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Expanding the Scopes of Synthetic Organic and Polymer Chemistries: Utilization of the Inherent Stereochemical and Functional Diversities of Natural Products to Produce Unique Biomedical Materials

Seminar | February 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Karen Wooley, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

 College of Chemistry

A primary interest in the Wooley laboratory is the production of functional polymers from renewable sources that are capable of reverting to those natural products once their purpose has been served. The inherent stereochemical and functional diversities of natural products provide opportunities to expand the scopes and complexities of polymer materials, by utilizing fundamental synthetic organic...   More >

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

The 1000+ neurons challenge: emergent simplicity in (very) large populations

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Leenoy Mesulam, Princeton University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Recent technological progress has dramatically increased our access to the neural activity underlying memory-related tasks. These complex high-dimensional data call for theories that allow us to identify signatures of collective activity in the networks that are crucial for the emergence of cognitive functions. As an example, we study the neural activity in dorsal hippocampus as a mouse runs...   More >

Certificate Program in Software Development and Programming Online Information Session

Information Session | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Sean Butcher, LL.B., M.B.A.

 UC Berkeley Extension

Advance your technology career with our new software development and programming certificate. It combines theory and practice to give you a balanced mix of knowledge and skills in software development, databases, computer programming and Web development.

  Register online

Borrowing Basics (BEUHS358)

Workshop | February 6 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Richard P. Ruiz, Vice President, East Bay Region, Bank of the West

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

This borrowing basics seminar provides a comprehensive overview of critical information related to consumer lending options. The session topics include a review of different credit types, costs associated with obtaining credit, your rights as a borrower, what creditors review when making a credit decision and ideas on how to manage your credit. This option would likely have a broader appeal to...   More >

  Enroll online

The Fante Confederation never happened: silence, space, and the earnest historian in West Africa

Colloquium | February 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Trevor Getz, Professor and Chair, Department of History, San Francisco State University

 Center for African Studies

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

Trevor Getz with local scholar in Ghana

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology

Seminar | February 6 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll begin discussing Kronheimer and Mrowka's paper, which introduces an instanton invariant of spatial cubic graphs, and conjectures that if the graph is planar, it gives the number of Tait colorings. Non-vanishing of their invariant for bridgeless graphs is proved via a transformation into non-vanishing of sutured instanton homology. We'll begin by giving an overview of their theory.

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Persistent Overconfidence and Biased Memory: Evidence from Managers"

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Huffman, University of Pittsburgh

 Department of Economics

An Epidemiologic Characterization of the TMPRSS2: ERG Subtype of Prostate Cancer

Lecture | February 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Rebecca Graff

 Public Health, School of

Nearly half of prostate tumors harbor the somatic TMPRSS2:ERG gene fusion, annually yielding diagnoses of more than 100,000 fusion-positive prostate cancers in the United States. Such cancers represent a unique paradigm of malignancy – one in which an oncogene (ERG) becomes regulated by androgens because it is fused to a gene that is androgen-regulated (TMPRSS2). The etiology and disease courses...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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 >

Transcription machinery and genome organization: A single molecule mechanistic view of how cellular machines assemble and function

Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Xavier Darzacq, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Arts in the Afternoon: Chamber Music from the University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 The Women's Faculty Club

UC student musicians performing Ludwig van Beethoven - "Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 7 in C Minor, Op 30, No 2

Bedrich Smetana - String Quartet in E Minor, No. 1 "From My Life"

Concert is followed by a reception

  Make reservations by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by February 6.

A Tale of Two Perovskites

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 David Reichman, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

 College of Chemistry

Over the last decade lead halide perovskites have emerged as a new class of solar cell materials. In a practical sense what is most remarkable about these systems is that they manifest extremely high photovoltaic efficiencies even when fabricated by rapid and inexpensive solution phase growth methods. I will detail several puzzling physical features of these perovskites, which include long...   More >

Design Field Notes: Margaret Hagan

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Margaret Hagan, director of Stanford's Legal Design Lab, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Becky Miller, Bioscience and Natural Resources Library


Mendeley is a reference manager that enables you to organize, read, share, annotate, and cite your research papers. It is also an academic discovery and collaboration tool.

This hands-on workshop will give beginning Mendeley users practice importing citations and creating bibliographies. Experienced users should bring their Mendeley questions!

  Register online

Haas Scholars Program Info Session: $13,800 to carry out final project in *ANY* major

Information Session | February 6 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Grassmannians

Seminar | February 6 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Charles Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Grassmannians serve as a useful parameter space for objects satisfying some geometric conditions. For example, we may ask given four general lines in $\mathbf {P^3}$, how many lines meet all four? We will answer this question by studying the Chow rings of $\mathbf { G}(1,3)$, the space of lines in 3-space. Afterwards, we will introduce the Schubert Calculus, which answer more general questions of...   More >

Critical Theory Designated Emphasis Open House

Tour/Open House | February 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 The Program in Critical Theory

Join The Program in Critical Theory’s faculty and students for a panel discussion and Q&A about the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Critical Theory. All UC Berkeley PhD students interested in applying to the DE are invited to attend. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

Serving approximately 100 graduate students from the humanities, social sciences, and arts, the DE enables graduate...   More >

What's Up with That? - Obtaining Employment

Workshop | February 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Robert Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

International students are always interested in gaining extra experience while they’re here in the U.S. However, the issue they face is finding and obtaining the employment itself. In preparation for the workshop, please share what is one issue you have encountered or are encountering in your job search here: https://goo.gl/forms/TF9hYaMVClGfhJkh1

Arista Networks Info-Session

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Hello! We'll be giving a general overview about Arista, opportunities, and what we work on, diving into some greater detail about what some of us work on. As always, there will be food, and we'll be collecting resumes and have a few engineers to chat with after.

About Us:

Arista Networks was founded to deliver software driven cloud networking solutions for large data center and...   More >

GFI Talk: The Future of Protein: How Your Business Will Save the World

Lecture | February 6 | 8-9 p.m. | 20 Wheeler Hall

 Aylon Steinhart, The Good Food Institute

 Food Science and Tech at Cal

Aylon Steinhart, coming from the Good Food Institute, a graduate from our very own Haas and co-founder of two start-ups, will be coming to give us insight about the issues that come with the meat industry and how plant-based meat industries are successfully finding ways around those problems. He has spoken at top campuses such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Yale about the entrepreneurial and...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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.

Environmental Design Archives Exhibition: Hollywood and Vine

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.

ARCH Exhibition: 2017 Branner & Stump Fellows

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 29 – February 9, 2018 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: JAN 29-FEB 9, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. The 2017 Branner &amp; Stump Fellows Exhibition surveys the experiences and findings of recent fellowship recipients after their international travels. Free and open to the public!

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection: Auditorium installation of enlarged reproductions of select collection items

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.

Born into a middle-class Polish...   More >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

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

 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 >

High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press (Brooklyn, NY, 1920-1974)

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition presents a selection from the over one hundred “show-card” posters printed by the Firschein Press, a small business operated by East European Jewish immigrants, that served local Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Brooklyn for the better half of the 20th century. Oscar Firschein brought the posters to California once the Press ceased its activities. He and his wife, Theda,...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >