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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2018 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from...   More >

Abiotic synthetic polymers: functional alternatives to antibodies? Applications for protein stabilization, inhibition of signal transduction and as broad-spectrum antivenom.

Seminar | October 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ken Shea, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Nanoparticles (NPs), when introduced into biological fluids, acquire a ‘corona’ consisting of physically adsorbed proteins. The composition of the corona is a function of many variables including the chemical composition of the NP, its size, shape and duration of the exposure. We posed the question; can the chemical composition of a synthetic polymer nanoparticle be engineered to control the...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Predicting Portfolio Return Volatility at Median Horizons

Seminar | October 2 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Dangxing Chen, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Commercially available factor models provide good predictions of short-horizon (e.g. one day or one week) portfolio volatility, based on estimated portfolio factor loadings and responsive estimates of factor volatility. These predictions are of significant value to certain short-term investors, such as hedge funds. However, they provide limited guidance to long-term investors, such as Defined...   More >

Samia Huq | Thinking about the Secular: Practices, Dispensations, and Possibilities in Bangladesh

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Samia Huq, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Social Science at BRAC University, Dhaka

 Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

A talk by anthropologist Samia Huq.

In their own words: First generation students talk about navigating Berkeley

Presentation | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Coaltion for Education and Outreach

A panel of undergraduate students who are the first in their families to attend college discuss their experiences and challenges navigating the UC Berkeley College of Engineering. The panel will be moderated by Marvin Lopez, Director, Engineering Student Services.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Inflation Expectations And Firm Decisions: New Causal Evidence"

Presentation | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by September 27.

Lineages of the Global City: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Lineages of the Global City"
Shiben Banerji
Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tuesday, October 2, 12-1:30pm
Wurster 170

Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2

Designers, policymakers, and social scientists ubiquitously define the...   More >

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarships Fair

Special Event | October 2 | 1-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Office of Undergraduate Research

All Cal students, faculty, and staff are invited to the annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarships Fair where one can learn everything there is to know about research opportunities and prestigious scholarship opportunities at UC Berkeley. The event is free & accessible. Dozens of research and scholarship programs will have tables at the fair where you can meet representatives and get information.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Beliefs about Gender

Seminar | October 2 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Katie Coffman, Harvard Business School

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, The Inattentive Consumer: Sentiment and Expectations

Seminar | October 2 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Rupal Kamdar

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: A perfect Morse function on the SU(2) representation variety of a surface

Seminar | October 2 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue to discuss Thaddeus' proof that the trace of a simple closed curve is a perfect Morse function on the projective SU(2) representation variety of a surface.

LSE Summer School Information Session

Information Session | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Study Abroad at the LSE Summer School in Summer 2019! Come to this session to learn more about this UCEAP program and how to apply. Co-hosted by the LSE Summer School and Berkeley Study Abroad.

McNair Scholars Program Deadline

Information Session | October 2 | 3:30-4 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 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.

EECS Undergraduate Research Panel

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 430 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: An introduction to monotonic independence

Seminar | October 2 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

One may think of an "independence relation" as a prescription for building joint distributions of (non-commutative) random variables, satisfying some nice universality properties. Work of Muraki and of Ben Ghorbal and Schurmann has shown that there are very few such universal independences; even with the fewest required "nice properties", there are no more than five. In this talk I will give an...   More >

Vanamala Viswanatha | Translating Kannada Literary Texts into English: Poetics and Politics

Lecture | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Vanamala Viswanatha, Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

 Bharathy Sankara Rajulu, Lecturer, Tamil and Telugu, Department of South and Southast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Telugu Studies at UC Berkeley, Tamil Studies at UC Berkeley

A talk by Vanamala Viswanatha, an award-winning translator, working with Kannada and English and currently a Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

Interfacial Energy and Charge Transfer for Photon Up- and Down-conversion

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Sean Roberts, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Texas, Austin

 College of Chemistry

The negligible spin-orbit coupling in many organic molecules creates opportunities to alter the energy of excited electrons by manipulating their spin. In particular, molecules with a large exchange splitting have garnered interest due to their potential to undergo singlet fission (SF), a process where a molecule in a high-energy spin-singlet state shares its energy with a neighbor, placing both...   More >

The challenge of big data and data science for the social sciences: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy; Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The 2005 National Science Foundation workshop report on "Cyberinfrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences" (Fran Berman and Henry Brady) argued that the methods of doing research in the social sciences would be transformed by big data and data science and that the social sciences should be centrally involved in studying the impacts of big data and data science on society. In "The...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Intermediation and Vertical Integration in the Market for Surgeons"

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Zarek Brot-Goldberg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Holloway Poetry Series: Mixed Blood Talk with Evie Shockley

Reading - Literary | October 2 | 4:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Evie Shockley, Professor of English, Rutgers University

 Jared Robinson, UC Berkeley

 Department of English, Holloway Reading Series

Please join us this coming Tuesday, October 2nd, for two events with Evie Shockley: at 4:30, a talk, “Seeing the Writing," for the Mixed Blood Project; and at 6:30, a reading, with our very own Jared Robinson. Both events will be held in the Maude Fife Room.

Evie Shockley was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of...   More >

Julian and His Supporters

Seminar | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Arnaldo Marcone, Professor of Roman History, Universitá Roma Tre

 Department of History, The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

Different types of paganism were professed in the 4th century, and equally diverse were the forms taken by the support given to Julian. There were devoted pagans who fasted, practiced sacrifice and divination with great zeal, who took ritual baths and made pilgrimages to the best-known sanctuaries; who were attentive to all divine warnings, dreams, mystical signs, miraculous cures, and to all the...   More >

Illustration by Riccardo Menicanti

Applying to Graduate Programs in English: Information Session

Information Session | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 330, English Department Lounge

 Londiwe Gamedze; John James; Jess Laser, Berkeley English; Jesse Cordes Selbin, Berkeley English; Andrew Leong, Assistant Professor, Berkeley English; Eric Falci, Professor, Berkeley English; Dorothy Hale, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, English Undergraduate Association

Thinking about applying to graduate school in English? Wondering if this is the right step for you and how to begin? This information session can help. Faculty members and graduate students from the English department offer their advice and answer your questions. All welcome.

Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective

Lecture | October 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Uwe Lübken, LMU Munich

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Gerda Henkel Foundation, Center for German and European Studies

Current debates about "climate refugees" have triggered interest in the larger connections between environmental change and migration. But what can history contribute to this new field of research? Focusing on historical case studies of environmental migration in general and displacement after natural disasters in particular, Uwe Lübken’s talk will highlight the potential of historical research...   More >

  RSVP online or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at heike@berkeley.edu by October 1.

Colombia: Lessons from a Presidential Campaign

Lecture | October 2 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Sergio Fajardo

 Center for Latin American Studies

Something extraordinary is happening in Colombia, and Sergio Fajardo has a unique perspective. Sergio has followed a nontraditional path in public life: from mathematician to presidential candidate. He will share his experiences as a public servant, his perspectives on the recent election, and an analysis of Colombia today.

Sergio Fajardo on the campaign trail. (Photo courtesy of SergioFajardo.co)

Latinxs and the Environment: A Conversation on Health and the Environment

Seminar | October 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 30 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Marc Schenker, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis School of Medicine; Xavier Morales, Phd, Executive Director, The Praxis Project; Yolanda Park, Program Manager, Environmental Justice Project

 Latinxs and the Environment

Join us for an in depth discussion focused on the intersections between Policy work, Community Organizing, and Research, and their impact on Health and the Latinx community .

Presented by the Latinx and the Environment. Open to all community members!! Food will be provided.

International Student Career Success Series: Learn the art of “networking” step by step [Part 1]

Workshop | October 2 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Career Center

This session will talk about 1) why networking is important/how it works, 2) who our "people resources" are, 3) common concerns int'l students have about networking, and 4) how to conduct "outreach."

RSVP here: https://berkeley.joinhandshake.com/events/180005

Texas Instruments Info-Session and Hands-On Workshop

Workshop | October 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn to rapidly prototype using TI’s MSP432 Launchpad and the Grove Sensor Kit BoosterPack!

Get started with Energia (TI’s Arduino-like software), out of the box code libraries, and the TI MSP432 LaunchPad & BoosterPack plug-in modules

-Please bring your laptop with the Pre-work Software downloaded from the registration page:

Register: https://goo.gl/forms/eTP1NKL1ARgjvgDf1

SOLD OUT - Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants: Microbiome Magic

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join UC Berkeley Soil Scientists and Pivot Bio’s microbial scientists at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley and expand your knowledge of the soil microbiome.

Free; registration recommended

 SOLD OUT - register at the link to be added to the waitlist. Register online

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.

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk: The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Auditorium installation of high-resolution images of select collection items.

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as...   More >

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Exhibit - Photography | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

After immigrating from Poland to the British Mandate of...   More >