<< Tuesday, February 20, 2018 >>

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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.

Melvin Calvin Lecture in Organic Chemistry: DNA-mediated Signaling

Seminar | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jacqueline Barton, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech

 College of Chemistry

Many experiments have now shown that double helical DNA can serve as a conduit for efficient redox chemistry over long molecular distances. This chemistry is exquisitely sensitive to perturbations in the DNA base stack, such as arise with base mismatches, lesions, and protein binding. We have now been exploring how this chemistry may be used within the cell for long range signaling. Increasingly,...   More >

Developing new immunotherapeutics by exploiting structural insights with protein engineering

Seminar | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 K. Christopher Garcia, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Blood Drive

Special Event | February 20 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, East Pauley Ballroom

 Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

Blood Drives at UC Berkeley are sponsored by the American Red Cross (ARC) to provide much needed blood to hospitals throughout the Bay Area.
Blood Drives at UC Berkeley are held once a month. Appointments to donate are encouraged and walk-ins are always welcome. Drives are held at two locations on all dates from 11am-6pm: MLK- Student Union – East Pauley Ballroom and Red Cross Bloodmobile (at...   More >

Innovative Genomics Institute Seminar Series: Not all spacers are equal: how guide RNA sequence identity shapes CRISPR-Cas immune response

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Dipa Sashital
Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology | Iowa State University
"Not all spacers are equal: how guide RNA sequence identity shapes CRISPR-Cas immune response"
Energy Biosciences Building 115, Tuesday Feb 20th - 12pm to 1pm.
Lunch immediately after the seminar in the EBB lobby.

Climate Change, Climate Change Refugees, and Public Art

Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

In Let Them Drown, the 2016 London Edward W. Said lecture, Naomi Klein called attention, as Rob Nixon's Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor had done, to the nexus of climate change, (colonial) racism and poverty. But she shifted the spotlight onto the oft-overlooked low-lying island nations. And their current-day situation is dire.

In her talk, Professor Christina Gerhardt...   More >

Rohingya Crisis Panel: Implications for Health and Human Rights

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Li Ka Shing Center, 545 (Please arrive by 12:10pm @ 2nd floor elevators)

 Dr. Rohini Haar; Dr. Nazneen Uddin

 Center for Global Public Health, Human Rights Center, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Dr. Rohini Haar and Dr. Nazneen Uddin

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Distributive politics for an urbanizing continent: A view from Ghana

Colloquium | February 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jeffrey Paller, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco Department of Politics

 Center for African Studies

Dominant social science approaches to distributive politics focus on elections and social characteristics. Yet these approaches often overlook the historical evolution of local contexts, as well as how certain residents and groups make meaning of specific goods and resources. This is particularly important in cities where land is scarce while property values rise, enabling politicians and leaders...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | February 20 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue discussing Kronheimer-Mrowka's SO(3) instanton invariant of webs and foams.

Learning interactive agents

Seminar | February 20 | 1 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 He He, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present my recent work addressing challenges in real-time language processing and collaborative dialogue.

Publish Digital Books and Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Workshop | February 20 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

 Maria Gould, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian, Library

 Library

Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You'll leave the workshop with a project already under way!

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 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | February 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Martin Beraja, MIT

 Department of Economics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "The effect of early education on social preferences"

Seminar | February 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anya Samek, University of Southern California

 Department of Economics

Paris Summer Abroad Information Session

Information Session | February 20 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn how you can study abroad with UC Berkeley faculty this summer! Join us for an informational session and learn how you can check off breadth requirements while immersing yourself in an international experience!

Peru Summer Abroad Information Session

Information Session | February 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn how you can study abroad with UC Berkeley faculty this summer! Join us for an informational session and learn how you can check off breadth requirements while immersing yourself in an international experience!

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): $L^p$ estimates on eigenfunctions for low regularity metrics

Seminar | February 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Albert Ai, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will consider $L^p$ estimates on eigenfunctions for elliptic operators on manifolds with low regularity (Lipschitz) metrics. To address the low regularity, we use a wave packet decomposition to reduce to estimates at a scale on which the Lipschitz coefficients can be approximated by $C^2$ coefficients. To obtain sharp results however, we also need to consider the possible energy overlap at an...   More >

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: 3rd year talks

Colloquium | February 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Paul Krueger, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley; Maria Eckstein, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Toric degenerations from Tropical Geometry and Representation Theory

Seminar | February 20 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Lara Bossinger, University of Cologne

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will explain how toric degenerations arise from the tropicalization of a (projective) variety. In the context of varieties that are interesting from a representation theoretic point of view (e.g. Grassmannians or flag varieties) I will explain a construction of toric degenerations due to Fang, Fourier, and Littelmann called birational sequences. I will present many examples and...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Projective bundles and their Chow rings

Seminar | February 20 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Justin Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a gentle introduction to projective bundles, and explicitly describe their Chow rings (as we will see, this is closely related to the Chern classes as previously introduced). We will see how this allows us to describe Chow rings of interesting varieties, such as blowups along linear spaces.

From Turks to Mongols: David Ayalon’s Vision of the Eurasian Steppe in Islamic History

Lecture | February 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This lecture seeks to survey and critically engage some of the ideas of David Ayalon (1914-98), and then to see where they might further be developed and applied. Although Ayalon is primarily known as a Mamlukist, and in fact can be called the father of Mamluk studies, he also turned his attention to other weighty matters in the study of Middle Eastern and Islamic history. Among these was the...   More >

Student Hosted Colloquium: Exploring spectral signatures of hydrogen bonding: Vibrational spectra of solvated ions

Seminar | February 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Anne McCoy, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

In this talk, I will discuss recent work in our group in which we made connections between proton transfer processes and hydrogen bonding and vibrational frequencies and intensities. Due to the large amplitude motions associated with proton transfer along a hydrogen bond, the vibrational spectra of these systems contain features that cannot be understood by the usual harmonic description of...   More >

Unrest film screening and panel discussion: ME/CFS: Spotlighting a Neglected Disease

Film - Documentary | February 20 | 4:30-8 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Lily Chu, Board member, Stanford University ME/CFS Initiative; Ronald W. Davis, Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine; Jose G. Montoya, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; Allison Ramiller MPH '19, Scientific Administrator, Solve ME/CFS Initiative

 David Tuller MPH '06, DrPH '13, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Join us for a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary Unrest, chronicling the impact of ME/CFS on the lives of patients around the world, followed by a panel discussion comprised of members of the film team and local clinicians and scientists specializing in ME/CFS.

  Register online

Shifting Borders: Art, Politics and Ethics Today: A lecture by Jacques Rancière

Colloquium | February 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Jacques Rancière, Saas-Fee & the University of Parris VIII: Vincennes—Saint-Denis

 Department of Rhetoric

Save the date! Jacques Rancière, Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School at Saas-Fee and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII: Vincennes—Saint-Denis, will be giving a public lecture entitled, "Shifting Borders: Art, Politics, and Ethics Today," on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:00pm.

With Martin Jay, Ehrman Professor Emeritus of European History at...   More >

Google Hardware Tech Talk

Information Session | February 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This session will focus on Google engineers (and Berkeley alum!) who work on the hardware team. They’ll provide insight into Google’s emergence into the HW market, the ups and down the teams face, and perform demos. We’ll provide swag and food, please RSVP through the link below to let us know you’ll be in attendance!

ARCH Lecture: Kersten Geers

Lecture | February 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

TUES, FEB 20, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with renowned architect Kersten Geers of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen. Open to the public!

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.

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 >