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Monday, March 18, 2019

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Through the Learner's Lens: A Student Learning Center Photo Contest

Miscellaneous | February 25 – March 22, 2019 every day |  César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

The UC Berkeley Student Learning Center is excited to invite submissions for our first ever photo contest! We’re calling on the creativity of our campus community to build a collection of images that showcase the diverse ways learning takes place in and through the Student Learning Center. We invite you to share moments in the learning process that excite you, challenge you, and encapsulate the...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Granular Mechanics: Soil, Additive Manufacturing, and Beyond

Seminar | March 18 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Michelle Bernhardt-Barry

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The advent of additive manufacturing (AM) has opened many new fields of study related to multi-scale granular material behavior and it has the potential to transform the way in which we design and construct geotechnical infrastructure. This talk will highlight several areas of ongoing research within Dr. Bernhardt-Barry’s group and opportunities for expanding this research in the future. The...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | March 18 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

David Dunn

Lecture | March 18 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

The CNMAT Users Group presents: David Dunn

David Dunn is a composer and sound artist. He will be presenting on his recent work in large-scale meta-soundscape recording and invertebrate intervention research.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Workspace for Working on Your Human Subjects Protocol

Workshop | March 18 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 2414 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Come work on your human subjects protocol in a space where others are doing the same, and one representative of the Haas Scholars or SURF program will be present to answer questions and guide you.

Adaptive changes in the adult visual system following visual deprivation

Seminar | March 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. MiYoung Kwon, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

As our population ages, a growing number of people must adapt to normal and pathological aging processes. Thus, understanding how the adult human brain deals with degraded sensory input is increasingly important. In this talk, I will present behavioral and brain-imaging evidence suggesting that visual deprivation results in compensatory changes in the adult human visual system. Here I will...   More >

‘Don’t Fall off the Earth’: The Armenian Communities in China from the 1880s to 1950s

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Khatchig Mouradian, Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

Hundreds of Armenians journeyed eastward to China in the late 19th century in search of opportunity, anchoring themselves in major cities, as well as in Harbin, a town that rose to prominence with the construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway. A few thousand others arrived in the region escaping the Armenian Genocide and turmoil in the Caucasus in the years that followed. Many of these...   More >

Maxwell, Rankine, Airy and Modern Structural Engineering Design

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Bill Baker, NAE, FREng, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Defining Roles. Representations of Lumumba and his Independence Speech in Congolese and Belgian Literature

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Lieselot De Taeye, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for African Studies

On June 30th 1960, Congo declared its independence from Belgium. In his speech at the ceremony, the Belgian King Baudouin applauded the work of his countrymen during the colonial period, calling his great-granduncle Leopold II, who was responsible for the death of approximately ten million Congolese people, a ‘genius’. Patrice Lumumba, the first Congolese Prime Minister, gave a now-famous speech...   More >

Lieselot De Taeye

Leveraging Science to Improve the Lives of Children and Adolescents: A cross-disciplinary discussion

Panel Discussion | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Prudence Carter, Dean, Graduate School of Education; Jill Duerr Berrick, Professor, School of Social Welfare; Lia Fernald, Professor, School of Public Health; Jason Okonofua, Professor, Department of Psychology

 Ron Dahl, Director, Institute of Human Development

 Institute of Human Development

There has been a great deal of progress in the scientific understanding of how children learn and develop—and the social contexts, conditions, and systems that can promote health, well-being, learning, and social success. There are many challenges to leveraging this science for real-world impact. Yet, there are also exciting opportunities—and compelling reasons for overcoming these challenges.

Edible Book Festival

Special Event | March 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 4th floor, Central Commons

 Library

What's an Edible Book Festival?
Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking." The...   More >

 Current UCB ID or gold UC Berkeley Library Card

STROBE Seminar: 3D Phase Contrast Tomography with Atomic Resolution

Seminar | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 775A Tan Hall

 David Ren, Waller Group, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Electron tomography is a technique used in both materials science and structural biology to image features well below optical resolution limit. In this work, we present a new algorithm for reconstructing the three-dimensional(3D) electrostatic potential of a sample at atomic resolution from phase contrast imaging using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Our method accounts for...   More >

Leveraging Science to Improve the Lives of Children and Adolescents: IHD/Developmental Colloquium featuring a cross-disciplinary discussion

Colloquium | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Institute of Human Development

There has been a great deal of progress in the scientific understanding of how children learn and develop—and the social contexts, conditions, and systems that can promote health, well-being, learning, and social success. There are many challenges to leveraging this science for real-world impact. Yet, there are also exciting opportunities—and compelling reasons for overcoming these
challenges.

Combinatorics Seminar: Cone valuations, Gram's relation, and combinatorics

Seminar | March 18 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Raman Sanyal, Goethe Universitat-Frankfurt and Simons Institute

 Department of Mathematics

The Euler-Poincare formula is a cornerstone of the combinatorial theory of polytopes. It states that the number of faces of various dimensions of a convex polytope satisfy a linear relation and it is the only linear relation (up to scaling). Gram’s relation generalizes the fact that the sum of (interior) angles at the vertices of a convex $n$-gon is $(n-2)\pi$. In dimensions $3$ and up, it is...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: “Diversity in Schools: Immigrants and the Educational Performance of Natives”

Seminar | March 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Paola Giuliano, UCLA

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Meeting | March 18 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum meets weekly to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains and software methodologies. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and LBL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

String-Math Seminar: A Sheaf-Theoretic model for \(SL(2,\mathbb C)\) Floer homology

Seminar | March 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Mohammed Abouzaid, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe joint work with Ciprian Manolescu on constructing an analogue of instanton Floer homology replacing the group \(SU(2)\) by \(SL(2,\mathbb C)\). Having failed to do so using the standard Floer theoretic tools of gauge theory and symplectic topology, we turned to sheaf theory to produce an invariant. After describing our approach, I will discuss some features of this theory that are...   More >

Seminar 231, Public Finance

Seminar | March 18 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Johannes Kasinger; Dario Tortarolo

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Johannes Kasinger - "Simplifying Information and Retirement Planning Disparities"

Dario Tortarolo - "Earnings responses to large income tax changes"

Special Quantum Geometry Seminar: Matrix algebras, geometry and particle physics

Seminar | March 18 | 2:10-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Andrzej Sitarz, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

 Department of Mathematics

Starting from the description of the Standard Model of particle physics based on noncommutative geometry we study the properties of the matrix algebras in the model. We demonstrate that there exists a new previously unknown geometric feature of the model, which can be mathematically stated that the Hilbert space of particles is a self-Morita equivalence bimodule for the associated generalization...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Bounding 5-torsion in class groups using Elliptic Curves

Seminar | March 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jacob Tsimerman, University of Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss a new method to bound 5-torsion in class groups using elliptic curves. The most natural “trivial” bound on the n-torsion is to bound it by the size of the entire class group, for which one has a global class number formula. We explain how to make sense of the n-torsion of a class group intrinsically as a “dimension 0 selmer group”, and by embedding it into an appropriate...   More >

Workspace for Working on Your Human Subjects Protocol

Workshop | March 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 2414 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Come work on your human subjects protocol in a space where others are doing the same, and one representative of the Haas Scholars or SURF program will be present to answer questions and guide you.

Differential Geometry Seminar: On the large time collapsing of Ricci flows

Seminar | March 18 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Shaosai Huang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Department of Mathematics

In contrast to finite time singularities of Ricci flows, it is known that collapsing with bounded sectional curvature may occur as we approach time infinity along immortal Ricci flows. In this talk I will show that along an immortal Ricci flow with uniformly bounded diameter and sectional curvature, an unbounded sequence of time slices sub converges to a Ricci flat orbifold.

Evidence for the Suffixing Preference

Colloquium | March 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew S. Dryer, Professor of Linguistics, University at Buffalo

 Department of Linguistics

It might be thought that there already exists overwhelming evidence for a preference for suffixes over prefixes. However, strictly speaking, most of the available evidence is evidence for an orthographic suffixing preference, i.e. a preference for suffixes over prefixes in the orthographic representations of words in grammatical descriptions. Haspelmath (2011), however, questions how reliable...   More >

Jeffrey Linderoth – Perspectives on Integer Programming in Sparse Optimization

Seminar | March 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Jeffrey Linderoth, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Algorithms to solve mixed integer linear programs have made incredible progress in the past 20 years. Key to these advances has been a mathematical analysis of the structure of the set of feasible solutions. We argue that a similar analysis is required in the case of mixed integer quadratic programs, like those that arise in sparse optimization in machine learning. One such analysis...   More >

Russian Nature Lyric, Short Forms: Tyutchev, Mandelstam, Glazova

Lecture | March 18 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Luba Golburt, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

Seminar 271, Development: "Consumption Insurance and Technology Adoption"

Seminar | March 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Melanie Morten, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Behind the Curtain Translational Medicine Lecture

Lecture | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mar. 18 – Rajan Patel and Kate Stephenson
iO Design

These lectures highlight real-world experiences of leaders in the health technologies space. Looking beyond the initial excitement of a concept, industry veterans discuss the heavy lifting on many fronts that gets new ideas out of the lab and into the clinic.

IB Finishing Talk: Tropical plant hydraulics in a changing world

Seminar | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Clarissa Fontes, UCB (Dawson Lab)

 Department of Integrative Biology

Quantitative analysis of energy metabolism: Dr. Sheng Hui, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University

Seminar | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 Center for Computational Biology, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Abstract:
Mammals generate energy by burning dietary carbon into CO2. The largest calorie source for most mammals is carbohydrate, which is broken down into glucose in the small intestinal lumen. Glucose is then absorbed and circulates in the blood stream. To acquire energy, tissues are generally assumed to take in glucose and break it down to CO2 through the concerted action of glycolysis and...   More >

Design Field Notes: Ben Allen

Lecture | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Ben Allen is a PhD candidate in Stanford University’s interdisciplinary Modern Thought and Literature program, where he studies gender and the history of software. His current work focuses on the development of COBOL and other early business programming languages.

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: Secure Survey Design in Organizations: Theory and Experiments

Seminar | March 18 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Sylvain Chassang, NYU

 Department of Economics

"Three-Dimensional Chess": Dissecting the Political, Economic, and Military Layers of US-PRC-ROC Relations in 2019

Colloquium | March 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Yukon Huang, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Asia Program; T.J. Pempel, Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Brian Tsui and Tim Smith, on behalf of Strait Talk at UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

In the past six months, relations between the United States, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of China have been subject to significant tensions. President Trump escalated US military ties with the ROC...   More >

Perspectives on the Iranian Revolution: Commemorating 40 Years

Colloquium | March 18 | 5-8 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join Perspective Magazine, a student-run publication printed on a bi-annual basis, to celebrate the launch of their spring issue and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.
Perspective offers the Iranian-American diaspora and anyone interested in Iran an outlet to explore the Iranian culture and key issues affecting the Iranian community.

Forty years later, we invite...   More >

Spring 2019 Distinguished Guest Lecture: Renisa Mawani

Lecture | March 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Center for Race and Gender, Institute for South Asia Studies, Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Townsend Center for the Humanities

The Center for Race & gender Presents its Spring 2019 Distinguished Guest Lecture:

Renisa Mawani
Across Oceans of Law

On Digital Colonialism and 'Other' Futures

Lecture | March 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Morehshin Allahyari, Artist, Activist, Educator

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Stanford University

Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media and co-sponsored with the Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Stanford University

For her talk Morehshin Allahyari will discuss some of her previous projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity and...   More >

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On Digital Colonialism and “Other” Futures with Morehshin Allahyari

Presentation | March 18 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Media artist, activist, educator, and curator Morehshin Allahyari will discuss some of her projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity, and fabulation. She will use this talk as a platform to show the possibilities of art making beyond aesthetics or visualization, positing and contextualizing a “position outside” that asks difficult questions and...   More >

On Digital Colonialism and 'Other' Futures

Lecture | March 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater, BAMPFA

 Morehshin Allahyari

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Stanford University

For her talk Morehshin Allahyari will discuss some of her previous projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity and fabulation. She will use this talk as a platform to show the possibilities of art-making beyond aesthetics or visualization. She will posit and contextualize “a position outside” that asks difficult questions and suggests alternative...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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.

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

Exhibit - Painting | December 12, 2018 – April 14, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA's Japanese art collection began in 1919 with a remarkable donation of more than a thousand woodblock prints from the estate of UC Berkeley Professor of English William Dallam Armes. This exhibition features a selection of these exceptional prints, as well as hanging scroll paintings, screens, lacquerware, and ceramics that have entered the collection over the century since this...   More >

Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272

Exhibit - Multimedia | December 12, 2018 – March 24, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Arthur Jafa is an artist, director, editor, and award-winning cinematographer whose poignant work expands the concept of black cinema while exploring African American experience and race relations in everyday life. He has stated, “I have a very simple mantra and it’s this: I want to make black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music.” In his renowned work Love Is The Message,...   More >

Well Played! The Math and Science of Improving Your Game

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 17, 2018 – May 18, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

You don't have to be a pro to know that math and science can help improve your game. In our exhibit, Well Played!, you can experiment with force, angles, and trajectory to get the highest scores you can with classic arcade games such as Skeeball, Pinball, and Basketball.

Want to improve your score? Try our interactive exhibits on the math and science behind force and trajectory, and then head...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 28 – May 17, 2019 every day | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall

 Library

This exhibition of artists' books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image,...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 15 – May 17, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition of artists books centers on ideas about the built environment, curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for CEDs Environmental Design Library.

Illustrating México one page at a time-Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada.

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 8 – June 30, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 2nd floor

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 Library

In the pantheon of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists who represent Mexico and Mexican art, the artwork of José Guadalupe Posada stands out as a bright constellation that continues to shine a light on important stories through woodcuts, imprints, and engravings. This exhibition was created using the books from the collections of the Doe Library. The exhibition is envisioned...   More >

Aaron Marcus: Early Works

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 6 – June 30, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Educated in physics, mathematics, and philosophy at Princeton University and trained in graphic design at Yale, Berkeley-based Aaron Marcus explores new possibilities for expression. He created his first “computer-assisted poem-drawings” in the spring of 1972, when he served as a research associate at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture. Using standard typographical symbols, Marcus...   More >