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Monday, May 7, 2018

Cal Alumni Association Online Application Reading - TAAP/KASP Scholarships

Miscellaneous | April 27 – May 9, 2018 every day with exceptions |  Online

 Cal Alumni Association

The Cal Alumni Association invites you to join us in reading and evaluating scholarship applications virtually for The Achievement Award and the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Programs from April 27th through May 9nd. Our dedicated alumni make these scholarships possible and we thank you for your time!

Virtual application readers will receive all training materials and scholarship...   More >

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cal-alumni-association-online-application-reading-2-taapkasp-tickets-43959034656?aff=email1. Register online

Dissertation Talk: Efficient Robot Learning of Robust Grasping Policies from Synthetic Training Datasets

Presentation | May 7 | 9-10 a.m. | 310 Soda Hall

 Jeffrey Mahler

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Rapid and reliable robot grasping of a wide variety of objects remains a Grand Challenge for robotics due to sensor noise, imprecise control, and partial observability. Deep neural networks trained on datasets of human-labeled or self-supervised grasps can be used to rapidly plan grasps across a diverse set of objects, but data collection is tedious and performance may asymptote with training...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Tavneet Suri, MIT

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Oxyopia - Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Paul Cullen, John Flanagan Lab; Brian Cheung, Bruno Olshausen Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Paul Cullen
John Flanagan Lab
Title: The Secret Lives of Retinal Astrocytes
Abstract: The study of glia – the support cells of the central nervous system – has come a long way since Rudolf Virchow described a connective tissue of the brain that he termed ‘nervenkitt’ in 1856. Rather than a passive scaffolding for neurons (the word ‘glia’ means glue in Greek), these cells are responsible for a...   More >

Certificate Program in HVAC Online Information Session

Information Session | May 7 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Acquire an in-depth understanding of HVAC systems in order to meet energy-conservation standards. An opening presentation is followed by a Q&A session.

  Register online

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Lagrangian cobordism and tropical curves

Seminar | May 7 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H

 Ivan Smith, Cambridge

 Department of Mathematics

We give obstructions to and constructions of Lagrangian cobordisms between configurations of Lagrangian torus fibres in a symplectic manifold which is the total space of an integrable system. The results are proven using family Floer theory and tropical geometry, and are motivated by a relationship to rational equivalence of zero-cycles on a mirror rigid analytic space. This talk reports on joint...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Learning with Low Approximate Regret with Partial Feedback

Seminar | May 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Eva Tardos

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider the adversarial multi-armed bandit problem with partial feedback, minimizing a non-negative loss function using the graph based feedback framework introduced by Mannor and Shamir in 2011. We offer algorithms that attain small loss bounds, as well as low approximate regret against a shifting comparator.

Classical learning algorithms add a low level of uniform noise to the...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Mirror Symmetry for symplectic toric Calabi-Yau 3-folds

Seminar | May 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

 Chiu-Chu Melissa Liu, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe several versions of mirror symmetry for symplectic toric Calabi-Yau 3-folds, with three different mirror complex geometries: the Landau-Ginzburg mirror, the Hori-Vafa mirror Calabi-Yau 3-fold, and the mirror curve. This is partly based on joint work with Bohan Fang and Zhengyu Zong.

Fixing Urban Congestion with Dollars and Data

Lecture | May 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Balaji Prabhakar, Stanford University

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

In many of the challenges faced by the modern world, from overcrowded road networks to overstretched healthcare systems, large benefits for society come about from small changes by very many individuals. We describe a framework for designing "nudge engines,” focusing on influencing commuter behavior to reduce urban congestion. The framework consists of monetarily incentivizing commuters to make...   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.

“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.

Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 20 – August 31, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Bancroft Library

(Gallery is just inside east entrance to Doe) MARKING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the founding of Save the Redwoods League, Sustaining Grandeur is a collaborative exhibition between The Bancroft Library and the League. The exhibition explores the organization’s first century protecting California’s redwood forests and the surrounding lands that sustain them, and looks forward to the League’s...   More >

Science Gets Graphic: Cartoons, Comics and Graphic Novels in the Sciences

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 23 – August 24, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | Evans Hall, Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans)


In the past decade, we have witnessed significant growth in the use of visual imagery and storytelling to engage students in the sciences. From manga guides and illustrated texts to biographies and zombies teaching calculus, this display features illustrated works and graphic novels from our collections that aim to teach college students and the general public about science...   More >

ON VIEW: ARCH 205B Studio One Final Review Projects

Exhibit - Multimedia | May 4 – June 18, 2018 every day | Lobby Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: MAY 4-JUNE 18. Graduate student work from the Spring 2018 Studio One will be on display in the Wurster Sculpture Courtyard. Open to all!

ON VIEW: ARCH 204B Thesis Studio Final Review Projects

Exhibit - Multimedia | May 4 – 13, 2018 every day | Lobby Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: May 4-13. Graduate student work from ARCH 204B Thesis Studio will be on view through Commencement weekend. Open to all.

Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor

 Bancroft Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.