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Monday, March 5, 2018

Tea Around The World

Social Event | March 5 – 8, 2018 every day with exceptions |  Sproul Plaza

 Berkeley Food Institute

The event is aimed at spreading cultural awareness among students with specific emphasis on Tea drinking and agriculture.

It also is to promote sustainability and equitable food systems, as we plan to use only organic, fair-trade ingredients.

Finally, the event is a way to display the ideals of food, health and wellness which are the foundations that Kabira is built upon.

WiDS Berkeley: The Global Women in Data Science Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 5 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  South Hall

 Information, School of

The UC Berkeley School of Information is excited to partner with Stanford University to bring the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference to Berkeley, California.

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is an annual one-day technical conference based at Stanford, which brings together data scientists and professionals in adjacent fields from around the globe to discuss the latest...   More >

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Combinatorics Seminar: Unified theory for finite Markov chains

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anne Schilling, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We provide a unified framework to compute the stationary distribution of any finite irreducible Markov chain or equivalently of any irreducible random walk on a finite semigroup S. Our methods use geometric finite semigroup theory via the Karnofsky-Rhodes and the McCammond expansions of finite semigroups with specified generators; this does not involve any linear algebra. The original Tsetlin...   More >

​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Vasha Dutell, Bruno Olshausen Lab; Emilia Zin, John Flannery Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Vasha Dutell’s Talk Title: Natural Visual Signals and Heterogeneous Networks Optimized to Process Them

Abstract: One of the many mysteries of the retina is its great diversity of neuron types and subtypes. An example of this is the many retinal ganglion cells subtypes that independently tile visual space, creating multiple pathways that transmit different aspects of visual information to the...   More >

A History of Building Code Development in CA: Semm Seminar

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Ronald Hamburger, SE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities and states adopt building codes to protect the public safety. In California this process initiated following the great earthquake of 1906. The primary purpose of early codes was to avoid mass loss of life, whether caused by building collapse or urban conflagration. Most building code requirements have been based on observation of poor performance, and development of rules intended to...   More >

CEQA Transportation Impact Analysis under SB-743: Resources, Methods, and Tools

Special Event | March 5 – 7, 2018 every day with exceptions | 12-4 p.m. |  Online

 Chris Ganson, Senior Planner, California Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR); Jeannie Lee, Senior Counsel, California Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR)

 Technology Transfer Program

Senate Bill (SB) 743 represents a fundamental shift in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) transportation impact analysis that has implications for local and regional transportation planning. As required by SB 743, the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has recommended the replacement of vehicle LOS with vehicle miles of travel (VMT) as the new metric for...   More >

$145.00 CA Public Agency, $290.00 Standard Fee

  Register online or by calling 510-643-4393, or by emailing registrar-techtransfer@berkeley.edu

Knowledge from Language via Deep Understanding

Seminar | March 5 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Danqi Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I explore novel neural network approaches that open up opportunities for getting a deep understanding of natural language text.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Non-amenable, hyperfinite subfactors

Seminar | March 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Mathematics

I will present constructions of hyperfinite subfactors with infinite representation theory that cannot be recovered from their standard invariant. While it is open how to distinguish such non-amenable subfactors in general, some invariants are known and will be discussed. I hope to convince you that the world of non-amenable, hyperfinite subfactors is extremely interesting.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Gluing constructions for constant mean curvature hypersurfaces

Seminar | March 5 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christine Breiner, Fordham University

 Department of Mathematics

Constant mean curvature (CMC) surfaces are critical points for the area functional, subject to an enclosed volume constraint. Classical examples include spheres and cylinders. Until the late 1980's the only other known examples were the Wente torus and the rotationally symmetric surfaces of Delaunay. In 1990, Kapouleas developed a gluing construction that produced infinitely many new examples of...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Different approaches to the virtual moduli cycle

Seminar | March 5 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H

 Dusa McDuff, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

If one wants to count J-holomorphic curves in a general symplectic manifold, often one cannot get a good count simply by choosing a sufficiently generic J. Instead one needs a more elaborate perturbation scheme in order the define what is known as the virtual moduli cycle or virtual fundamental class, This talk will explain different ways of defining this, mentioning in particular new simpler...   More >

Statistics and Data Science: the Prediction and Modeling Cultures

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Roderick Little, University of Michigan

 Department of Statistics

I recently taught a course entitled "Seminal Papers and Controversies in Statistics", and Leo Breiman's (2001) article "Statistical Modeling: The Two Cultures" was a very popular paper with students. The paper contrasts the machine learning culture, with it's focus on prediction, with more classical parametric modeling approach to statistics. I am more in the parametric modeling camp, but...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Mapping Tori and Stable Pairs

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

 Andrew Lee, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we first recall a construction of a moduli space of objects over a Riemann surface, called stable pairs, which carries a symplectic structure. Symplectic geometry in this space allows us to produce a Floer-theoretic invariant of a particular class of 3-manifolds called mapping tori (surface bundles over the circle). Time permitting, we then outline a calculation of this invariant for...   More >

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Atkin, MIT

 Department of Economics

Cultivating the Paddy to Cultivate the Future: Joy and Challenges of a Small Scale Farmer in Rural Japan

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Nami Yamamoto, Kyoto University

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Nami Yamamoto is an urban migrant from Osaka, Japan, who decided to go into the rural area and live there as new dweller with her partner and two young children. She will share the living experiences full of joy and difficulties in search of an alternative lifestyle in a rural village in Japan.

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AHMA Colloquium - The Munich Doryphoros: Venerated - Surppressed - Forgotten

Lecture | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in date

 Rolf Schneider, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented in the afternoon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall. It is hosted and organized by graduate students from the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Group.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Several questions on Laplace eigenfunctions

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexander Logunov, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Let \((M,g)\) be a compact Riemannian manifold without boundary. We are interested in asymptotic properties of Laplace eigenfunctions on \(M\) as the eigenvalue \(\lambda \) tends to infinity. The advances of the last few years will be discussed and a survey of interesting open questions will be given.

Nuclear quality control and the RNA exosome

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Christopher Lima, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 College of Chemistry

Circuitry and Mathematical Codes for Navigation in the Brain

Lecture | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Ila Fiete, University of Texas at Austin

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I will review key aspects of the problem of navigation and describe the brain's circuits that participate in navigation. These circuits contain cells with remarkable responses to spatial variables, and include head-direction cells, grid cells, and place cells. I'll illustrate the head-direction circuit and code across species from insects to mammals. I'll focus on the bizzare, non-local, periodic...   More >

On the benefits of being lost: When supporting exploration leads to better learning

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

 Ido Roll, Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of British Columbia

 Graduate School of Education

Most scaffolding literature advocates for providing novice learners with detailed explicit support. In this talk I will share examples that suggest otherwise, namely, that novice learners benefit more from implicit support for exploration. These examples span diverse STEM topics and student populations. Identifying commonalities across these, I will suggest forms of task and feedback that...   More >

IB Seminar: Evolutionary Biology of Acquired Chemical Defenses

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

 Rebecca Tarvin, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Integrative Biology

Unhappy in its Own Way: Revising the English Family Novel on Russian Soil

Colloquium | March 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Anna Berman, Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Comparative Literature

This is the second lecture of the Spring 2018 Slavic Graduate Colloquium lecture series.

Lacrosse vs. Robert Morris

Sport - Intercollegiate - Lacrosse | March 5 | 5 p.m. |  Memorial Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Lacrosse hosts Robert Morris at Memorial Stadium.

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 >

LAEP LECTURE: Joan Iverson Nassauer

Lecture | March 5 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MARCH 5, 6:00PM - Wurster Auditorium

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 >

Accenture Labs Info-Session

Information Session | March 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Accenture Labs incubates and prototypes new concepts through applied R&D projects that are expected to have a significant strategic impact on Accenture and its clients. Our dedicated team of technologists and researchers work with leaders across the company and business partners to invest in, incubate, and deliver breakthrough ideas and solutions that help our clients create new sources of...   More >

The Perennial Mindset in the Era of Ageless

Lecture | March 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Gina Pell, Content Chief, The What; Susan Hoffman, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

While the world argues about who, or which generation, is relevant ... Gina Pell, tech entrepreneur and Berkeley alum, offers has coined the term Perennials to describe an ever-blooming group of people of ALL ages, stripes, and types who transcend stereotypes and make connections with each other and the world around them. Perennials don't let age define their interests, tastes, social behavior,...   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.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

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

 Bancroft Library

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.

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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