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Monday, September 17, 2018

Oracle Tabling in 3rd Floor, Soda Hall!

Miscellaneous | September 17 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, In front of HP Auditorium (306 Soda Hall)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Meet with Oracle recruiters and university relations representatives and get yourself a complementary cupcake while they last!

​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | September 17 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Vivek Labhishetty, PhD; Baladitya Yellapragada, PhD

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Vivek Labhishetty's Abstract
Retinal-Conjugate Surfaces: The Blur Horopter
When we fixate at an object, the image of that object is brought to sharp focus on the fovea due to the eye’s accommodation. Other objects in the periphery may be farther or nearer than best focus on those parts of the retina. We measured the shape of surface of best focus in the world as the eye accommodates to...   More >

BCLT Info Session

Information Session | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Soda Hall, 405 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Your science background can lead to a highly fulfilling career at the intersection of law and technology. Intellectual property (who owns innovation), privacy, the accountability of algorithms, the control of online speech, the financing of clean tech. These are among the many issues that lawyers will be deciding in coming years.

UC Berkeley Law School offers the best law and technology...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | September 17 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Antoine Ferey; Malka Guillot

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Antoine Ferey - "Optimal taxation and tax complexity with misperceptions"

Malka Guillot - "Who Paid the 75% Tax onMillionaires?
Optimisation of Salary Incomes and Incidence in France

  RSVP online by September 13.

Combinatorics Seminar: Divisors on matroids and their volumes

Seminar | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical volume polynomial in algebraic geometry measures the degrees of ample (and nef) divisors on a smooth projective variety. We introduce an analogous volume polynomial for matroids, give a complete combinatorial formula, and show that it is a valuation under matroid polytope subdivisions. For a realizable matroid, we thus obtain an explicit formula for the classical volume polynomial...   More >

Information decomposition

Seminar | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Juergen Jost, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In many situations, two or more sources have some information about a target. For instance, sensory input and context information can jointly determine the firing pattern of a neuron. Since the information from the two sources is typically not identical, one wishes to decompose it in those parts that are unique to each source, what is shared between them and what is complementary, that is,...   More >

HSRIF Information Session

Information Session | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C125 - (TBC)

 Center for Responsible Business


Praised as ambitious and groundbreaking, the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund is the first and largest student-led SRI fund within a leading business school. It offers our MBA students real-world experience in delivering both strong financial returns and positive social impact. Since 2008, the student principals have...   More >

Contemplating Loss: Photography Workshop

Workshop | September 17 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Where better to bring our grief than the garden? In this contemplative photography workshop, we will observe Nature’s teachings on letting go, and we will use the camera as a trusted guide who can navigate us safely through the rugged terrain of grief.

$80 / $75 UCBG members. Full series $300 / $290 UCBG members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

CANCELLED -- Exposure to Opposing Views Can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall | Canceled

 Chris Bail, Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Duke University

 Social Science Matrix, Department of Sociology, D-Lab


Chris Bail

String-Math Seminar: GPV invariants and Dehn surgery

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Ciprian Manolescu, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

Gukov, Putrov and Vafa postulated the existence of some 3-manifold invariants, obtained by counting BPS states in the \(3d\), \(N=2\) theory \(T[M_3]\). The GPV invariants take the form of power series converging in the unit disk, and whose radial limits at the roots of unity give the Witten-Reshetikhin-Turaev invariants. Furthermore, these power series have integer coefficients, and should admit...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Supersingular twistor space

Seminar | September 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Daniel Bragg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe how the crystalline cohomology of a supersingular K3 surface gives rise to certain one-parameter families of K3 surfaces, which we call supersingular twistor spaces. Our construction relies on the special behavior of $p$-torsion classes in the Brauer group of a supersingular K3 surface, as well as techniques coming from the study of derived categories and Fourier–Mukai...   More >

Jesse Zymet, "Lexical propensities in phonology: Corpus and experimental evidence, grammar, and learning"

Colloquium | September 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jesse Zymet, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

Traditional theories of phonological variation propose that morphemes be encoded with descriptors such as [+/- Rule X], to capture which of them participate in a variable process. More recent theories predict that individual morphemes can have lexical propensities: idiosyncratic, gradient rates at which they participate in a process—e.g., [0.7 Rule X]. In this talk, I argue that such propensities...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Quantization in geometric pluripotential theory

Seminar | September 17 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Tamás Darvas, University of Maryland

 Department of Mathematics

Suppose $(X, \omega )$ is a Kähler manifold induced by an ample line bundle $(L, X)$. We introduce $L^p$-type Finsler structures on the space of holomorphic sections of $L^k$, and show that the resulting metric spaces quantize the $L^p$-Mabuchi metric structures on the space of Kähler metrics, up to their completion. This is joint work with C.H. Lu and Y.A. Rubinstein.

Modern Surveillance: Living "Under His Eye": An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | September 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 Catherine Crump, Professor, Berkeley Law; Kelli Moore, Professor, NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture and Communication; Jason Wittenberg, Professor, UCB Department of Political Science

 Cecilia Mo, Professor, UCB Political Science Department

 College of Letters & Science

What are the various social, legal and ethical implications of technological advances that make it easier to be watched, and how are different groups pushing for and against policies that would govern the limits of state surveillance?

 Free and open to all on a first-come, first-seated basis.

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

Information Session | September 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 11 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program)

 Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Single-Crossing Differences on Distributions"

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 SangMok Lee, Washington University in St. Louis

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Navin Kartik and Daniel Rappoport

Design Field Notes: Kitty Yeung

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

This week, creative technologist Kitty Yeung will be speaking about Tech-Fashion Designs and the Wearables Industry

2018 Eastman Lectures in Catalysis: Interfacial Perimeter Sites – an Essential Component in Supported Au Catalysis

Lecture | September 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Harold H. Kung, Professor, Northwestern University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Interfacial perimeter sites, where the metal atom and its nearest atomic neighbor of support oxide are both accessible to reacting molecules simultaneously, have been found to be essential in supported Au catalysts. They have been reported for CO oxidation, water-gas shift, and selective oxidation reactions. By creating these sites using inverse catalysts, we have demonstrated that these sites...   More >

Molecular Chaperone Functions in Protein Folding and Quality Control

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 F. Ulrich Hartl, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

 College of Chemistry

Analysis and PDE Seminar: A proof of the instability of AdS spacetime for the Einstein–massless Vlasov system.

Seminar | September 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Georgios Moschidis, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The AdS instability conjecture is a conjecture about the initial value problem for the Einstein vacuum equations with a negative cosmological constant. It states that there exist arbitrarily small perturbations to the initial data of the AdS spacetime which, under evolution by the vacuum Einstein equations with reflecting boundary conditions on conformal infinity, lead to the formation of black...   More >

Creative Aging: Celebration as Strategy with Dominic Campbell

Lecture | September 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Dominic Campbell

 Arts + Design

Working as a cultural producer in a department of nuero-science focused on reducing the impact of Alzheimers and dementias leads to sleepless nights and interesting observations. An instinctive collaborator and passionate believer in co-creation, Dominic Campbell invites your engagement with his idea - that celebration might be one of the finest routes to a better experience for populations aging...   More >

Oracle Tech Talk

Information Session | September 17 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Frankie Liu, Consulting Hardware Engineer, from Oracle Labs.

The Rollercoaster

This talk will introduce the lifecycle of a project in the corporate world, viewed through the small lens of our speaker. We will raffle off a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera and a Hydro Flask (you must be present to win).

Dinner will be served.

To explore Product Development roles,
visit...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events


Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – October 21, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: AUG 29-OCT 21. Works of He Jingtang over the past three decades and their profound reflections on place, culture, time, and future urban development. Free and open to all!

Luminous Disturbances: Paintings by Kara Maria

Exhibit - Painting | September 10 – December 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Kara Maria's "cheerfully apocalyptic" paintings engage with a host of political issues, including war and environmental destruction. On display at the Townsend Center for the Humanities Sept 10 - Dec 14, 2018.

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.

Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 31 – December 10, 2018 every day | Moses Hall, IGS Library - 109 Moses

 Institute of Governmental Studies Library, Ethnic Studies Library

"Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries" contains items from the Ethnic Studies Library and the Institute of Governmental Studies Library addressing historical attitudes and policy around immigration, deportation, and citizens' rights, as well as monographs and ephemera relating to current events.

The Handmaid's Tale: an exhibit at Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 5 – December 31, 2018 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd Floor near Elevators


The new Moffitt Library exhibit explores the themes and antecedents of The Handmaid’s Tale, this year’s On the Same Page program selection. On exhibit are library materials and quotes that demonstrate that not only were we wrong to say “it can’t happen here” - it has already happened, all over the world: Berlin, Nazi Germany, Argentina, and yes, here in the US.

 UC Berkeley ID required for entrance to Moffitt Library.

Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11 – November 16, 2018 every day |  Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA)

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: SEPT 11-NOV 16 @ the Richmond Art Center. The exhibition, co-curated by Professors Michael Dear &amp; Ronald Rael, explores representations of the US-Mexico ‘borderlands’ in contemporary art. Free &amp; open to all!

Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 17, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library will be up in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery until March 1st, 2019. This exhibition celebrates 60 years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, and includes prints in the collection that have not been seen in 20 years, as well as prints that are now owned by the Berkeley Art Museum. There are also cases dedicated...   More >

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.