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Monday, March 19, 2018

Seeing where we’re going: a retinal code for self-motion

Seminar | March 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. David Berson, Professor of Medical Science, Chair of NeuroScience, Brown University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Self-motion triggers complementary visual and vestibular reflexes supporting image-stabilization and balance. Translation through space produces one global pattern of retinal image motion (optic flow), rotation another. We show that each subtype of direction-selective ganglion cell (DSGC) adjusts its direction preference topographically to align with specific translatory optic flow...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | March 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Davud Rostam-Afschar; Zarek Brot-Goldberg

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

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Finnish Influence: From the California Gold Rush to Silicon Valley Innovations

Lecture | March 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Michel Wendell, Nexit Ventures

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

Michel Wendell will discuss the strong influence Finland has had in Northern California since the Gold Rush days. He will highlight the innovative Finnish spirit strongly represented in the high tech world and share Finland's current achievements in Silicon Valley and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Michel Wendell is a co-founder and general partner of Nexit Ventures, a venture fund focusing on...   More >

Developmental Psychology Colloquium

Colloquium | March 19 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Yuan Meng, Department of Psychology; Ruthee Foushee, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Yuan Meng

Children’s Causal Interventions Combine Discrimination and Confirmation

Like scientists, children can design "experiments" to distinguish between causal structures, but their performance often falls short of information-theoretic metrics such as the expected information gain (EIG). Such deviation may have resulted from mixing normative discriminatory strategies such as...   More >

Politics of Religion in Post-Coup Turkey

Lecture | March 19 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Yunus Doğan Telliel, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

While there remain many unanswered questions regarding the July 2016 coup attempt, most Turkish citizens seem to agree with the government that putschists were linked to Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement. Although the government was decisive about what some call ‘de-Gülenification’ in state and private sectors, the possibility of a coup organized by a group of devout Muslims has puzzled...   More >

Machine Learning by the People, for the People

Seminar | March 19 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Nika Haghtalab, PhD. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will explore three lines of research from my work on the theoretical aspects of machine learning and algorithmic economics that account for these interactions.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free and bi-free extremes.

Seminar | March 19 | 2-3:50 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The talk will be about extreme values in free probability and the beginning of an extension to bi-free probability, that is to free probability with left and right variables.

Theatre of the Oppressed: Rehearsal for Revolution

Performing Arts - Dance | March 19 | 2-5 p.m. | D23 Hearst Field Annex

 College of Environmental Design

A dance workshop presented as part of the Global Urban Humanities course Populism, Art and the City. No prior Theater experience necessary. Please dress to move.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Estimates of constant scalar curvature Kahler metrics with applications to existence

Seminar | March 19 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jingrui Cheng, University of Wisconsin–Madison

 Department of Mathematics

We develop new apriori estimates for scalar curvature type equations on a compact Kahler manifold. As applications, we show that properness of K-energy with respect to the \(L^1\) geodesic distance implies the existence of constant scalar curvature Kahler metrics. This is joint work with Xiuxiong Chen.

BLISS Seminar: Queues, Balls and Bins, and Association

Seminar | March 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 R Srikant, UIUC

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider a problem motivated by file retrieval in cloud computing systems where storage coding is used. In such problems, each file-retrieval job consists of multiple tasks (each corresponding to the retrieval of a coded chunk of a file), and the job is completed only when all of its tasks are completed. The goal is to compute the tail probability of the job completion time. However, this is a...   More >

Nature Village Indoor Garden

Workshop | March 19 | 3 p.m. |  University Village Community Center

 1125 Jackson Street, Albany, CA 94706

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come learn with Nature Village how to create an indoor garden for your apartment!

Bring an empty plastic bottle, which we'll reuse to create an indoor herb garden. Soil and seeds will be provided.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Arithmetic finiteness results for Fano varieties and hypersurfaces

Seminar | March 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ariyan Javanpeykar, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

 Department of Mathematics

Faltings proved that there are only finitely many abelian schemes of dimension $g$ over a fixed “arithmetic curve”. Similar finiteness results hold (for instance) for K3 surfaces (Andre + Y. She), smooth curves of fixed genus $g >1$ (Faltings), and cubic surfaces (Scholl). In this talk, we will investigate similar finiteness results for Fano varieties and hypersurfaces, and explain the...   More >

The SAGA of histone ubiquitination in transcription regulation

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Cynthia Wolberger, John Hopkins School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

World Literature as Travelling Genre: Paris, St. Petersburg, Tiflis

Colloquium | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

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

Spike inference for genetically encoded calcium indicators with models of multistep binding kinetics

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

 Dr. David Greenberg, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research, Bonn, Germany

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Multiphoton imaging of genetically encoded calcium indicators can detect action potential (AP) evoked fluorescence changes from populations of spatially resolved neurons, but the nonlinear dependence of fluorescence on AP counts and variable indicator expression across neurons make quantitative inference problematic. We developed a biophysical model of GCaMP6s in neurons based on the...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Authoring Joy :) Multimodal artifacts as tools for broadening definitions of STEM participation

Colloquium | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Déana Scipio, School of Education at University of California, Davis

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Scipio explores the ways that joyful learning opportunities for authoring artifacts and activities shaped the broadening participation experiences of youth in the SoundCitizen Science Apprenticeship (SCSA) program. SCSA was a National Science Foundation funded, design-based research out of school time program for middle and high school youth. Within SCSA, youth...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Calderon problem for Yang-Mills connections

Seminar | March 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mihajlo Cekic, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (Bonn)

 Department of Mathematics

In the classical Calderon conjecture we want to recover a metric on a compact manifold, up to diffeomorphism fixing the boundary, from the Dirichlet-to-Neumann (DN) map of the metric Laplacian. This problem is routinely motivated by applications and is open in dimension 3 and higher. In this talk, we fix the metric and consider the DN map of the connection Laplacian for Yang-Mills connections. We...   More >

Inherent Trade-Offs in Algorithmic Fairness

Lecture | March 19 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

 Information, School of

What does it mean for algorithmic classification to be fair, and how can we promote algorithmic fairness?

Extending the Cross-Straits Cold War into the Third World: Taiwanese International Development in Asia and Africa

Lecture | March 19 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 James Lin, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

 Thomas B. Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Strait Talk, UC Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for African Studies

In 1959 in the face of Communist insurgency in north Vietnam, the Republic of Vietnam regime forwarded a request to Taiwan for twenty to thirty agricultural technicians to assist their rural development program and win the hearts and minds of Vietnamese villages. In response to this formed the inaugural Taiwanese international development mission that eventually was subsumed into Taiwan’s...   More >

Exploratory Notes on New Fascisms

Lecture | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Geballe Room

 Zeynep Gambetti, Associate Professor of Political Theory, Boğazici University

 The Program in Critical Theory

Are the analytical tools of the past adequate to identify and assess what we perceive as the revival of fascistic tendencies today? My contention is that most academic and non-academic efforts to denounce contemporary forms of fascism fail to come to terms with the structural roots of the problem. Critical theory has never contented itself with describing surface appearance—and there’s no reason...   More >

A talk by Kirill Chepurin: Romantic Bliss: Wordsworth and Schelling

Lecture | March 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Kirill Chepuin, Senior Lecturer, Higher School of Economics

 Department of English, Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium

Through a reading of Wordsworth’s "Home at Grasmere" and "Tintern Abbey" and Schelling’s romantic novella Clara, this talk will expose the stakes of bliss and its afterlives in modernity at what is arguably its (idealist and romantic) high point. It will consider the relation in these texts between bliss, love, solitude and sovereignty, and why bliss turns out to be the point where romantic...   More >

A Conversation with Marion Nestle and Alice Waters

Panel Discussion | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, New York University; Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse

 Public Health, School of, Berkeley Food Institute

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with renowned local restaurateur and activist Alice Waters and influential alumna and author Marion Nestle, who will talk about the current state of our food system and why they think the food movement is a beacon of light at the intersection of agriculture, food, nutrition, and public health.

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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 >

International Alumni Career Chats (Arts, Media and Communication)

Career Fair | March 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

International students with majors in humanity and social science areas may face more challenging job market and hurdles with work authorization and visa requirements. Come and talk to the international alumni who graduated with the same majors as you and are working in the Bay Area.

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 >

ARCH Lecture: Nader Tehrani

Lecture | March 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MAR 19, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with Nader Tehrani, Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union and Principal of NADAAA.

Yugoexport is the Name of this Oral Corporation

Lecture | March 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Irene Haiduk

 Arts + Design

The import-export business of making history demands an equivalence, a loyalty, and a familial solidarity between people and things. Such skills are best honed in conditions of blindness, where we cannot immediately tell what is in the room with us and whether it is alive or dead, person or thing, male or female.

Blind and non-aligned, the oral corporation extends its incorporation...   More >

Accel Scholars Info-Session

Information Session | March 19 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Co-sponsored by HKN and UPE, please come out to the Wozniak Lounge to learn about an exclusive partnership between Accel Partners and EECS Berkeley: The Accel Scholars Program. It is the leading program of its type, providing unparalleled opportunities for students to grow and develop in unique ways by bridging technology, business, academics and real world experiences. The program is designed to...   More >

After #MeToo: A Panel on Sexual Harassment

Lecture | March 19 | 7-9 p.m. | 200 Wheeler Hall

 Adama Iwu; Antonia Lassar; Cat Brooks; Kat Alexander

 The Berkeley Forum

The #MeToo movement, which has gained significant traction since actress Alyssa Milano used the hashtag in October 2017 to encourage survivors of sexual assault and harassment to speak out and raise awareness, has had an unprecedented social and cultural effect. As survivors continue to raise allegations of sexual misconduct across industries, it is important to discuss how to approach the...   More >


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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.

“We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record!”: The LGBTQ Movement and Life as Seen Through Government Information

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – August 31, 2018 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery


This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments.

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!