Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Seminar | February 13 | Barrows Hall, Radio Broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM
Caleb Luna, PhD Student, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Ashley Smiley, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology
Caleb is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.
Meeting | October 31, 2017 – May 15, 2018 every Tuesday with exceptions | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)
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.
Close encounters of the microbial kind: How Mycobacterium tuberculosis traverses the mucosal barrier
Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition
Michael Shiloh, University of Texas Southwestern
This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH
Lecture | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall
A graduate student led discussion with author Chris Kraus about her recent literary biography, "After Kathy Acker" [moderated by Alex Brostoff (Comparative Literature) & Katie Bondy (English)]
Sponsored by the English Department Americanist Colloquium, the English Department, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Florence Bixby Chair, the 20/21st Century Colloquium, & the Consortium for... More >
Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall
Carbonnitrogen bonds are ubiquitous in pharmaceuticals, organic materials, and natural products. These CN bonds are often incorporated as amines or amides. Despite their prominence, they are often formed in poor atom and step economy. One of the primary goals of the Hull Group is to develop alternative syntheses of this two important functionalities. Our work towards chemo-, stereo-, and... More >
A Pretensioned, Rocking Bridge Column System for Accelerated Construction and Enhanced Seismic Performance
Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall
A pretensioned bridge column system has been developed that accelerates on-site construction activities, minimizes residual displacements even after large seismic events and reduces post-earthquake damage. The connections are the key to the systems seismic performance.
2018 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects
Information Session | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships
The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives engaged students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a socially engaged project after their graduation.
Up to $25,000. Proposals for... More >
Certificate Program in Data Science and Professional Program in Data Analysis Online Information Session
Information Session | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Online
Sean Butcher, LL.B., M.B.A.
Gain the skills to collect, process, analyze and interpret data to create actionable insights. Learn how to leverage machine learning, statistics, data mining and big data to develop new strategies that support decision making in a variety of fields.
Lecture | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Lukas Repa, European Commission
Start-up funding is still a prerogative of venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley. Yet, this may change. The boom of Bitcoin has attracted investor interest to cryptocurrencies in general. As a consequence, both in Europe and the USA, entrepreneurs are increasingly issuing cryptocurrencies to fund their start ups rather than seeking venture capital. The so-called "Initial Coin Offerings"... More >
Lecture | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Professor Emerita, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin - Madison
This lecture and slide show examines the history, theology, and presentation of Russian icons, from their beginnings through the twentieth century and into post-Soviet times. It will demonstrate how these sacred objects have permeated even secular Russian culture, including modernist art, poetry, advertising, and popular memes.
Workshop | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 401 University Hall
Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office
Presented by Erica Whitney, Associate Director of Strategy and Training, at the Berkeley Research Development Office. The presentation will focus on tips for writing a successful Specific Aims section with examples of how to address different points and messages.
Innovative Genomics Institute Seminar Series: Connecting social interactions to specialized metabolism in actinomycete bacteria
Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology | UC Berkeley
"Connecting social interactions to specialized metabolism in actinomycete bacteria"
Energy Biosciences Building 115, Tuesday Feb 13th - 12pm to 1pm.
Lunch immediately after the seminar in the EBB lobby.
Meeting | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium
Join the Strategic Planning Steering Committee co-chairs - Haas School of Business Dean Rich Lyons and Academic Senate Division Chair Lisa Alvarez-Cohen - as they lead a discussion of Berkeley's strategic planning process and take feedback from the campus community.
For more information, visit: strategicplan.berkeley.edu
Workshop | February 13 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club
Mary Fisher, Alzheimer’s Association
In this informative workshop, participants will learn about normal age-related memory changes, the difference between dementia and Alzheimers disease and related disorders, the diagnostic process, risk factors, disease stages, and treatment options. Resources offered by the Alzheimers Association will be provided, as well as community resources, both locally and geographically distant.
Seminar | February 13 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Colloquium | February 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Chase Arnold, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley Department of History
In 1948, the Gold Coast witnessed a week of rioting sparked by political protest and violent confrontation with police. After the riots, the British and Gold Coast governments implemented numerous political reforms, transitioning the colony toward self-rule and, eventually, independence. The riots also spurred security reform in the Gold Coast. For many in Accra and London, the riots demonstrated... More >
Colloquium | February 13 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Paul D. Cleary, PhD, Professor, Yale School of Public Health
The State of Connecticut recently launched a CMMI sponsored State Innovation Model program that focuses, in part, on using financial incentives to improve care. Improved Patient-centered care is one of the goals of the program and this talk will describe the initial stages of using patient surveys to assess variations in patient-centered care in CT. This will include a discussion of some of the... More >
Seminar | February 13 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Ian Agol, UC Berkeley
We'll continue to discuss Kronheimer and Mrowka's instanton invariants of spatial webs.
Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Group Membership Magnifies the Dark Side of Human Social Behavior"
Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Michal Bauer, CERGE-EI and Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University
On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: A Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley
Workshop | February 13 | 2-5 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall
This workshop will examine the possibilities for new digital technologies and platforms to allow for collaboration within the humanities. Presentations will introduce collaborative projects already underway at both Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and at the University of California, Berkeley and we will explore the promise of transnational collaboration to provide students access to... More >
Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall
Oleg Itskhoki, Princeton
Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall
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.
Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Intracranial electrophysiology of the human default mode network: Where fMRI got it wrong
Colloquium | February 13 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Josef Parvizi, Department of Neurology, Stanford University
Workshop | February 13 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge
Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.
The Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop will review scholarship and eligibility requirements,... More >
Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: How to Count 27 Lines in Macaulay2
Seminar | February 13 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Mahrud Sayrafi, UC Berkeley
In a series of computational examples in Macaulay2, we will give an introduction to Chern classes and projective bundles leading to computing the number of lines on a cubic surface. Specifically, we will see how to define smooth projective varieties in Macaulay2, build vector bundles on them, and use the Schubert2 package to compute their Chern classes. If time permits, we will look at more... More >
Panel Discussion | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium
Christopher Sands, Professor & Director of Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Development Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy; Jeremy Kinsman, Diplomacy Scholar & Former Canadian Ambassador
What is the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement? With changes to NAFTA on the horizon and negotiators gathering for a new round of NAFTA talks, this panel of experts examines the economic, political, and diplomatic aspects of NAFTA's past, present, and future.
Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall
John Micco, Google
UC Berkeley ASPIRE Lab
We are always working on improving the efficiency of our developers core workflows by providing better and faster tooling and processes for testing developer code submissions. This talk will describe some of the latest research we are doing on scheduling tests more effectively, reducing costs and handling flaky tests. We are on the cusp of dramatically reducing our costs while still... More >
Dr. Nilah Ioannidis, Departments of Biomedical Data Science and Genetics, Stanford University: Computational methods for interpreting genetic variation of unknown significance
Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306
Understanding the clinical significance of personal genome variation is a major challenge for personalized medicine, with large numbers of variants of unknown significance discovered in next-generation sequencing studies. I will first discuss two machine learning tools that we recently developed to predict the clinical significance of individual genetic variants. REVEL is a random... More >
Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Jennifer Jacobs, whose research examines ways to diversify participation and practice in procedural art and computational design, will speak at Jacobs Hall.
Tour/Open House | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Art History/Classics Library, 308 Doe
The Art History/Classics Library and the History of Art Visual Resources Center are hosting an event to bring together the many arts-related and visual scholarly resources and scholarly output from around the UC Berkeley campus and beyond. It will be a book-fair style event with outreach materials and... More >
Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies
A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.
Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall
Cellular membranes are bilayers made of a large number of different types of phospholipids, sterols, and proteins. Their spatial organization is of fundamental importance for a large number of elementary biological processes including cell signaling and membrane trafficking. It has become clear that phospholipids and sterols contribute significantly to the lateral structure of such membranes. The... More >
Lecture | February 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Center for Latin American Studies, CLAS Conference Room
In this talk, Hoyos interrogates Marxs notion of commodity fetishism from the vantage point of new materialisms. Complicating the notion that counternarrative may reveal the social relations behind the fascination toward commodities, Hoyos considers literary and artistic case studies from Colombia and Mexico (Fernando Vallejo, Margo Glantz, and Daniela Rosell) to characterize a mode of... More >
Workshop | February 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall
Stacy Reardon, Library
The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) offers a standard way of describing texts to make them machine readable. A flavor of XML, TEI has been used in many humanities and social sciences disciplines, and it has a dedicated vocabulary for describing literary texts. TEI may be used to create digital editions, prepare texts for research, and preserve texts in a digital format. In this workshop, we'll... More >
Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Chern Classes and an introduction to Projective Bundles
Seminar | February 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Daniel Chupin, UC Berkeley
In this talk, we will characterize Chern classes of vector bundles on schemes and discuss and invoke the splitting principle as a tool for computing Chern class identities for tensor/wedge/symmetric products of bundles. Time permitting, we may either return to Grassmannians to do some computations or say some words about how Chern classes of the universal bundle generate the Chow ring, or talk... More >
Information Session | February 13 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)
Come out to DataVisor's tech talk this Tuesday to hear about latest developments in unsupervised machine learning and Big Data! Dinner will be provided.
Topic: Unsupervised - How DataVisor Finds Fraud Without Labels
Date: Tuesday, February 13th
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wozniak Lounge
Talk Abstract: Traditional fraud solutions are in a constant cat-and-mouse game with attackers.... More >
Film - Documentary | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Free and open to the public
A documentary devoted to three pilgrimages to sacred mountains in the three Abrahamic Religions. The work explores the role of music practices as a way of prayer and participation, and the importance of sound in shaping and giving meaning to places. The narrative is shaped around three episodes, each devoted to a different event, following the usual moments of a... More >
Workshop | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Home Room
As you spend time at Cal, you will begin to make new friends, and perhaps new relationships. Sometimes these relationships can be complex due to cultural differences. How do you handle them? How do you go about maintaining existing relationships?
We'll also discuss dating and healthy relationships within the US context. Come and share your thoughts with others who might be going through... More >
Panel Discussion | February 13 | 6-8 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall
Ofelia Ortiz Cuevas, Assistant Professor of Department of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis; Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC); Pierre Labossiere, Co-Founder of the Haiti Action Committee; Abraham Vela M.D., Volunteer, Clínica Martín-Baró
The Trump presidency has increased attacks on immigrant and marginalized communities through targeting sanctuary cities, instituting the Muslim ban, and revoking temporary protected status for thousands. Please join us for a panel discussion to analyze these intersections with some of the individuals working to defend the health and rights of immigrant communities.
Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126
To celebrate the upcoming publication of the anthology Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018), co-editor Anneka Lenssen joins Ahmad Diab and Kathy Zarur in a conversation exploring the possibilities of translation as artistic research.
Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower... More >
$10 UCB Students Only
Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall
Robert Baer, Author and Former CIA Officer
Global warming, overpopulation, and mass migration will put catastrophic stress on humanity. How we deal with it will be the question. Robert Baer believes that people governed by fear want to be governed by faith. The Talibans demolition of the Buddhas at Bamiyan and the Islamic State's destruction of Palmyra may have occurred halfway around the world, but Americans can apply lessons from these... More >
Lecture | February 13 | 7-8 p.m. | 121 Wurster Hall
Join the Environmental Design Archives the second Tuesday of each month for Gallery Talks, a series of informal lectures given by scholars and practitioners.
Workshop | February 13 | 7-8 p.m. | TBA Dwinelle Hall
Heidi Obermeit, Recycling Program Manager, City of Berkeley Dept of Public Works
Do you live in a building with 5+ units?
Then your housing management is required to provide you with a compost bin! Come learn with SERC, STeam, and Cal Zero Waste for an hour filled with student empowerment, games, learning how to talk to you landlord and get compost services, and how to sort your waste once youve got it!
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
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 - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall
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.
Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
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)
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 >
Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe
Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students cartoons, jokes, and satire from throughout the years, selected from their humor magazines and other publications.
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 >
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)
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 >
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)
A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museums 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 >