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Monday, February 26, 2018

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Final Abstracts Due

Deadline | February 26 | -5 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Brian Gialketsis, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Implementing the CA History-Social Science Framework

Workshop | February 26 | 8:30 a.m. |  Contra Costa County Office of Education

 77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, CA, CA 94523

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP) will introduce participants to the new History-Social Science framework, which was adopted in July 2016. A central aspect of both efforts is to support teaches in developing inquiry-driven courses that integrate the H-SS Standards (content and historical analysis) and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History while integrating ELD...   More >

PMB Special Seminar: "Gating Plant Immunity and Death at the Nuclear Boundary"

Seminar | February 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, First Floor Conference Room

 Yangnan Gu, Tsinghua University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Gu lab uses a combined molecular, cellular, genetic, biochemical, biostatistical and bioinformatic approach to study the intriguing mechanism behind host-pathogen interactions. They focus on the role of targeted membrane trafficking and coordinated nucleocytoplasmic transport in activation, regulation and termination of the innate immunity. They are also interested in the immune regulatory...   More >

Yangnan Gu

Scalable Imaging of Molecular Order

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Shalin Mehta, PhD, Platform Leader, Advanced Optical Microscopy, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Nanoscale alignment of molecules, or molecular order, underpins the directed functions of cells. Cells have the fascinating capacity of creating and sustaining molecular order at the expense of chemical energy, as illustrated by the planar organization of the lipid membrane and the three-dimensional organization of chromatin, cytoskeleton, and extracellular matrix. The molecular order...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of the 2-ASEP on a ring

Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Olya Mandelshtam, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

The two-species asymmetric simple exclusion process (2-ASEP) on a ring is a Markov chain on Zn/Z with each site either vacant or occupied by one of two classes of particles, and whose dynamics are dictated by parameter q: particles can hop right at rate 1 or left at rate q. At q=0, the stationary probabilities of the states of the 2-ASEP can be described by multiline queues of Ferarri and Martin....   More >

Attachment, Religion, and Spirituality: A Wider View

Colloquium | February 26 | 12:10-1:20 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Pehr Granqvist, Visiting scholar from Stockholm University

 Department of Psychology

I will outline a book on the attachment-religion connection that I am currently composing as a visiting scholar. The book has been contracted with Guilford and has Dist. Prof. Em. Phillip R. Shaver from UC Davis as editor. I will focus the talk on four reasons for choosing “A Wider View” as subtitle. First, I argue that Bowlby restricted attachment theory unnecessarily by insisting that...   More >

The Role of Attachment in Perceived Relationships with Deities

Colloquium | February 26 | 12:10-1:20 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Frances Nkara, Psychology Department

 Department of Psychology

Religious believers’ perceived relationships with deities likely promote the pervasiveness of theistic religions, especially if these relationships engender or promise attachment-related “felt security”. Specific expectations and behavior within these perceived relationships might be derived from individual differences in implicit, internal working models or states of mind regarding attachment...   More >

Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran: What to Expect in the Coming Years?

Lecture | February 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Mahmood Monshipouri, San Francisco State University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The post-Khomeini era has profoundly changed the socio-political landscape of Iran. Since 1989, the internal dynamics of change in Iran, rooted in a panoply of socioeconomic, cultural, institutional, demographic, and behavioral factors, have led to a noticeable transition in both societal and governmental structures of power, as well as the way in which many Iranians have come to deal with the...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | February 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Jorg Spenkuch, Northwestern

 Department of Economics

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

Ultra High-Field MRI - Open questions in engineering and multiphysics

Seminar | February 26 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430 Soda Hall)

 Simone Angela Winkler, Staff Research Associate, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has emerged as one of the most powerful and informative diagnostic tools in modern medicine. While most clinical MR studies use magnetic field strengths of 1.5T or 3T, leading research is pushing these magnetic field strengths to 7T and beyond.

Autocratic Legalism: Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University

Lecture | February 26 | 2-4 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Kim Lane Scheppele, Professor, Princeton University

 Social Science Matrix, Department of Sociology

Please join us on February 26 for "Autocratic Legalism," a presentation by Kim Lane Scheppele of Princeton University, with discussions by Dylan Riley and Jason Wittenberg. This event is presented as part of the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology's Departmental Colloquium Series.

Kim Lane Scheppele

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: On maximally amenable subalgebras in free products

Seminar | February 26 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a paper of 2014, Cyril Houdayer proved that any diffuse amenable von Neumann algebra can be concretely realized as a maximal amenable subalgebra with expectation inside a full nonamenable III1 factor. Only a year later, Narutaka Ozawa produced a very short proof of this realization (under less general circumstances). In this talk, we shall visit Ozawa's proof.

STROBE Seminar Series: Hands-on Python Workshop: Image Analysis in the Jupyter Notebook

Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 Antonino Ingargiola

 College of Chemistry

This hands-on workshop will give students a taste of modern scientific computing in python using the Jupyter Notebook environment. Jupyter notebooks are executable documents that interleave narrative (rich text, math equations, figures, links) with code.

Panel on Innovative Uses of Media in Language Teaching

Panel Discussion | February 26 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies; Margot Szarke, Lecturer, French; Lihua Zhang, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

 Berkeley Language Center

Media in Swahili Teaching: Hegemonic Tendencies of the Internet
David Kyeu, Lecturer, African American Studies
Using examples from Swahili, this paper will show how the internet is slowly taking over to be the most popular form of media that instructors of Swahili are using for teaching Swahili.

Critical Thinking, Comprehension and Creativity: Multimedia in the L2 classroom
Margot Szarke,...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Towards the global Gross-Prasad conjecture for orthogonal groups

Seminar | February 26 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Rahul Krishna, Northwestern University

 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 >

Barna Saha - Efficient Fine-Grained Algorithms

Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Barna Saha, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: One of the greatest successes of computational complexity theory is the classification of countless fundamental computational problems into polynomial-time and NP-hard ones, two classes that are often referred to as tractable and intractable, respectively. However, this crude distinction of algorithmic efficiency is clearly insufficient when handling today's large scale of data. We need...   More >

Measuring activity of cortical layers in human brain with CBV-fMRI: method and first applications

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Laurentius Huber, Postdoc Fellow at Section on Functional Imaging Methods, NIMH, NIH

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Layer-dependent fMRI allows measurements of information flow in cortical circuits, as afferent and efferent connections terminate in different cortical layers.
However, conventional high-resolution fMRI is challenged by its reactively high noise level and limited localization specificity of large draining veins.
In this presentation, I will discuss some recent methodological advancements of...   More >

Rty Year Perspective on Medical Robotics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Russ Taylor, Johns Hopkins University

Conference/Symposium | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Russ Taylor, Russ Taylor,

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

This talk will discuss insights gathered over nearly thirty years of research on medical robotics and computer-integrated interventional medicine (CIIM), both at IBM and at Johns Hopkins University. The goal of this research has been the creation of a three-way partnership between physicians, technology, and information to improve treatment processes. CIIM systems combine innovative algorithms,...   More >

Dr. Mingfu Shao, Department of Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University: Efficient algorithms for large-scale transcriptomics and genomics

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)



I will present modeling and algorithmic designs for two challenging problems in biology and argue that efficient computational methods enable significant advances in our understanding of cell machinery and genome evolution. The first problem is the assembly of full-length transcripts -- the collection of expressed gene products in cells -- from noisy and highly...   More >

From using artifacts to mathematical meanings: The teacher’s role in the semiotic mediation process

Colloquium | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Maria Alessandra Mariotti, Università di Siena, Italy

 Graduate School of Education

The potential of artifacts for learning have been extensively studied, with a main focus on their possible use by students and the subsequent benefits for them. However, there has been the tendency to underestimate the complexity of exploiting this potential, and specifically the complexity of the teacher’s role orchestrating the teaching and learning process. Following Vygotsky’s seminal idea of...   More >

GraphXD Seminar: Vector Representations of Graphs and the Maximum Cut Problem

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 David P. Williamson, Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

In this talk, I will look at a classical problem from graph theory of finding a large cut in a graph. We’ll start with a 1967 result of Erdős that showed that picking a random partition of the graph finds a cut that is at least half the largest possible cut. We’ll then describe a result due to Goemans and myself from 1995 that shows that by representing the graph as a set of vectors, one per...   More >

IB Seminar: Rats! Systematics of an emerging adaptive radiation model

Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kevin Rowe, Museums Victoria

 Department of Integrative Biology

Algorithms in Practice: Comparing Web Journalism and Criminal Justice

Special Event | February 26 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. |  470 Stephens Hall

 Angèle Christin

 Information, School of

AngÃle Christin documents a gap between the intended and actual effects of algorithms in two professions.

A talk by Micha Lazarus: Shakespeare’s Aristotle: the Poetics in Renaissance England

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Micha Lazarus

 Department of English, Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Chair

East Side Sushi

Film - Documentary | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Tickets sold out

 Anthony Lucero, Director; Tomoharu Nakamura, Chef

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Join us for a screening of the a film East Side Sushi, followed by a Q&A with the Director Anthony Lucero and
Chef Tomoharu Nakamura of Wako Japanese Restaurant.

East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef.

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can...   More >


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Transcending Institutions: A Medieval Way to Individual Freedom.: A talk by Gert Melville, Feb. 26th 2018

Lecture | February 26 | 5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Gert Melville, Technische Universität Dresden

 Medieval Studies Program

"Transcending Institutions: A Medieval Way to Individual Freedom."

Gert Melville, Senior Professor of Medieval History and Director of the Research Centre for the Comparative History of Religious Orders at the Technische Universität Dresden.

26 February 2018
5:00 pm in 3335 Dwinelle

Transcending Institutions: A Medieval Way to Individual Freedom

Lecture | February 26 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Gert Melville, Senior Professor of Medieval History and Director of the Research Centre for the Comparative History of Religious Orders, Technische Universität Dresden

 Department of History, Medieval Studies Program, San Francisco Theological Seminary / Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Information Session: Berkeley Social Welfare Post-Master's Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) Program

Information Session | February 26 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Room 2

 Social Welfare, School of

A Post-MSW PPSC Program is also offered for certain qualified school social work credential seekers who did not complete a school social work program as part of their regular MSW degree.

This information session will address the application requirements, program structure, and offer an opportunity for applicants to ask questions.

UC's 150th Anniversary Reception

Reception | February 26 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

 UC Office of the President

Join us at a lively reception for University of California advocates, alumni and friends as we celebrate UC’s 150th anniversary.


  Register online

What happened before the big bang and other big questions about the universe: 2018 Oppenheimer Lecture

Lecture | February 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Michael S. Turner, Professor, Director, University of Chicago, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

 Department of Physics

Big ideas like the deep connections between quarks and the cosmos and powerful instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope and Large Hadron Collider have advanced our understanding of the universe.  We can now trace its history from the big-bang beginning 13.8 billion years ago through an early state of quantum fluctuations to a soup of quarks and other particles, from the formation of nuclei and...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 22 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter (check for location updates). This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases (water, soda, coffee, tea, beer, etc.), but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and...   More >

Research Ethics and Library Database Workshop (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Workshop | February 26 | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Sine Hwang Jensen, librarian, Ethnic Studies Library

 Under-represented Researchers of Color (UROC): student group sponsored by Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

In this workshop, we will explore library resources that can support you in your research like article databases, how to access archives, and more. We will also explore concepts around research justice and questions of knowledge production and power.

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Neha Choksi | Artist Talk: On Exploring Absence, Loss, and Transformation

Lecture | February 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 120 Kroeber Hall

 Neha Choksi, Performance Artist/Sculptor

 Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor, Department of Practice of Art, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Art Practice

A public lecture by Performance Artist/Sculptor Neha Choksi.

The Natural History Museum and the Future of Nature

Lecture | February 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Beka Economopoulos, Co-founder and Director, The Natural History Museum; Dan Kammen, Professor, Energy & Chair Energy and Resources Group

 Arts + Design

In a post-truth era, the role of trusted institutions of science is more important than ever. Drawing on recent initiatives organized by The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum founded by the activist art collective Not An Alternative, this talk will explore how The Natural History Museum leverages the symbolic and infrastructural power of science museums to transform them into...   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.

¡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 >

ARCH Exhibition: Carme Pinós, 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Professor

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 22 – April 20, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: FEB 22-APR 20, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. Recent designs of the internationally recognized 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professor will be featured, ranging from cultural centers to educational institutions to urban landscapes. Open to the public!

Generation: 2018 UC Berkeley Art Alumni Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 21 – March 8, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday | 12-5 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall

 Art Practice, Department of

Generation features 81 UC Berkeley alumni artists whose work addresses – practically or poetically – the extraordinary moment in which we find ourselves. The Art Alumni Group represents people of different generations, times, and experiences, with a broad range of relationships to history. But we create work in the present, a present where we clearly need to generate something new.


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