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Monday, April 8, 2019

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 >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Monotone Increment Processes

Seminar | April 8 | 2 a.m.-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Chordal Loewner equations have been shown to be connected with evolution equations for semigroups in monotone probability. I will briefly recall these connections and then discuss recent related work of Franz, Hasebe and Schleissinger which uses these connections to probability measures on $\mathbb R$ with univalent Cauchy transform and some of the analytic and geometric properties thereof. Time...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 8 | 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.

Text Data Mining and Publishing: Legal Literacies

Workshop | April 8 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Library


This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related...   More >

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The Role of Light Exposure in Eye Growth and Circadian Rhythm in Children and Adults

Seminar | April 8 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. Lisa Ostrin

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Light exposure has a close link with numerous aspects of human physiology, and has been implicated in circadian rhythm disturbances, mood disorders, cancer, and metabolic disorders. Light exposure may also play a role in ocular growth and myopia. Several studies have reported an association between time spent outdoors and myopia. With accumulating evidence to suggest that light exposure and...   More >

Authoritarianism Accepted: Contextualizing EU and Russian Involvement in the Balkans

Lecture | April 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Branislav Radeljic, Reader in International Relations, University of East London

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

The EU and Russia have each sought to consolidate their influence in the Balkans and the relationship between Brussels, Moscow and Belgrade has never been straightforward. Back in the 1990s, the Brussels authorities helped the Milosevic regime stay in power and only decided to oust it when such a move appeared suitable, whereas the Russians have sided with their fellow Serbs throughout. More...   More >

Discrete Models of Concrete Materials and Structures

Lecture | April 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Professor John Bolander, University of California, Davis

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The Two-Tier Faculty System: Is It Here To Stay?

Lecture | April 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Dan Clawson, Professor, U Mass, Amherst

 Berkeley Faculty Association, UC-AFT, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Employers everywhere use two-tier employment systems to divide employees, to avoid confronting the power of established workers with privileges, and to create a wedge that, over a period of years, destroys the conditions for all workers in the category. In today’s university this has meant, above all, the emergence of a tenure-system and non-tenure-system of employment. This has been an effective...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: Earth-Abundant Plasmonics

Seminar | April 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 403 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Emilie Ringe, University of Cambridge

 College of Chemistry

The colorful optical properties of gold and silver nanoparticles have been known for centuries, appearing in Roman glassware as well as medieval stained glass. The brilliant colors are the result of collective oscillations of conduction excited by light, leading to wavelength-dependent absorption and scattering. This light-matter interaction can be controlled by the size, shape, and dielectric...   More >

Social Curiosity and Social Learning

Colloquium | April 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Hyo Gweon, Stanford University, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Learning does not occur in isolation. From parent-child interactions to formal classroom environments, humans explore, learn, and communicate in rich, diverse social contexts. Rather than simply observing and copying their conspecifics, humans engage in a range of epistemic practices that actively recruit those around them. They query others to acquire useful information, consider others’ mental...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: An insertion algorithm on multiset partitions

Seminar | April 8 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anne Schilling, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We provide an insertion algorithm from generalized permutations (or two-line arrays subject to certain conditions) and pairs of standard Young tableaux and multiset tableaux of the same shape. If we insert the propagating blocks of partition diagrams we get natural sets of tableaux and the number of these tableaux of a fixed shape are equal to the dimensions of irreducible representations indexed...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: "Skills, Signals and Search in Low-income Labor Markets: Evidence from a Six-Year Two-Sided Field Experiment"

Seminar | April 8 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Imran Rasul, UCL

 Department of Economics

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

Doing Voice Studies in the Digital Humanities

Workshop | April 8 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab Convening Room

 D-Lab, https://dlab.berkeley.edu/event-host/d-lab

 Digital Humanities Lab

This training will introduce you to open-source, user-friendly tools for analyzing and visualizing intonation and timing patterns in recordings of performative speech, from poetry readings to political speeches to podcasts. Developed with an ACLS Digital Innovations Fellowship and a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement grant, these tools apply state-of-the-art pitch tracking and a speech...   More >

Mechanisms of experience-dependent plasticity in GABAergic circuits: connecting genes to cell-types and circuit-functions

Seminar | April 8 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

 Ivo Spiegel, Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The ability to adapt and learn from the experience is essential for an animal’s survival and key questions in neuroscience concern the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms. In the adult cortex, it was suggested that particularly GABAergic interneurons in the supragranular layers of the cortex play key roles in regulating the experience-dependent plasticity of cortical circuits. However,...   More >

Bartington Magnetometry Geophysics Training

Workshop | April 8 | 2-4:30 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Meet in Atrium and move outside building

 Gabriel Sachez; Alyssa Scott

 Archaeological Research Facility

We’ll meet in the ARF room 110 and bring the instrument over to the nearby grassy quad at Wurster hall where we'll practice data gathering.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Register online

Growth of Three-Dimensional Cracks

Seminar | April 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Gregory J. Rodin, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Growth of three-dimensional cracks is modeled as a continuous sequence of initiation events during which the crack front remains smooth. Two issues of importance are addressed. First, it is established that, at each point along the crack front, the velocity and configurational force are two-dimensional vectors, lying in the local normal plane. This allows one to generalize any two-dimensional...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Bloch–Kato conjecture for some Rankin-Selberg motives

Seminar | April 8 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Liang Xiao, University of Connecticut

 Department of Mathematics

The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture is known in the case of rank 0 and 1 thanks to the foundational work of Kolyvagin and Gross-Zagier. In this talk, I will report on a joint work in progress with Yifeng Liu, Yichao Tian, Wei Zhang, and Xinwen Zhu. We study the analogue and generalizations of Kolyvagin's result to the unitary Gan-Gross-Prasad paradigm. More precisely, our ultimate goal is to...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Existence and compactness theory for ALE scalar-flat Kähler surfaces

Seminar | April 8 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jiyuan Han, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

Our main result in this article is a compactness result which states that a noncollapsed sequence of asymptotically locally Euclidean (ALE) scalar-flat Kähler metrics on a minimal Kähler surface whose Kähler classes stay in a compact subset of the interior of the Kähler cone must have a convergent subsequence. As an application, we prove the existence of global moduli spaces of scalar-flat...   More >

On the Rise of the Dative and Benefactive Alternations in English: The Intertwining of Differentiation with Attraction

Colloquium | April 8 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University

 Department of Linguistics

The rise of the ‘dative’ alternation (e.g. She gave her neighbor birthday presents ~ She gave birthday presents to her neighbor) has been shown to develop in later Middle English, around 1400 (Zehentner 2018). Building on Zehentner and Traugott (Forthcoming), I outline the rise of the benefactive alternation (e.g. build her a house ~ build a house for her) after 1600 from a historical...   More >

David Morton — Models and Algorithms for Multi-stage Stochastic Programming

Seminar | April 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 David Morton, Northwestern University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We consider two classes of multi-stage stochastic linear programs (MSLPs) that lend themselves to solution by stochastic dual dynamic programming (SDDP). First, we consider a distributionally robust MSLP. Here, the specific realizations in each stage are fixed, and distributional robustness is with respect to the probability mass function governing those realizations. Second, we...   More >

Synaptic signaling in cerebellar circuits

Seminar | April 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building | Note change in location

 Indira Raman, Northwestern University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Beyond academic data science: a workshop/dinner event for underrepresented undergraduates

Special Event | April 8 | 3:30-8 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This event is being designed to provide support and community for underrepresented undergraduates involved in data science research at UC Berkeley, and to introduce campus resources for navigating and thriving in Berkeley’s active data science community.

Contribution of Prefrontal Cortex to Human Behavior

Colloquium | April 8 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Bob Knight, Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Multifaceted allosteric regulation of Aurora kinase A in mitotic spindle assembly

Seminar | April 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Nick Levinson, University of Minnesota

 College of Chemistry

The Key to Shambhala: The Mystifier as a Cultural Problem

Lecture | April 8 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ilya Vinitsky, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

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

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

Ferroptosis mechanisms and pharmacological tractability

Seminar | April 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Marcus Conrad, Helmholtz Zentrum München

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: Just a Few Seeds More: Value of Network Information for Diffusion

Seminar | April 8 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Mohammad Akbarpour, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Identifying the optimal set of individuals to first receive information (`seeds') in a social network is a widely-studied question in many settings, such as the diffusion of information, microfinance programs, and new technologies. Numerous studies have proposed various network-centrality based heuristics to choose seeds in a way that is likely to boost diffusion. Here we show that, for some...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Rough control for Schrödinger operators on 2-tori

Seminar | April 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Maciej Zworski, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain how the results of Bourgain, Burq and the speaker '13 can be used to obtain control and observability by rough functions and sets on 2-tori. We show that for the time dependent Schrödinger equation, any set of positive measure can be used for observability and controllability. For non-empty open sets this follows from the results of Haraux '89 and Jaffard '90, while for...   More >

Ferroptosis mechanisms and pharmacological tractability

Seminar | April 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 Marcus Conrad, Helmholtz Zentrum München

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

“It Could Happen Today... “ - EERI Berkeley student chapter seminar

Seminar | April 8 | 5-6 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Janiele Maffei, California Earthquake Authority

 EERI Berkeley student chapter

How earthquakes damage single-family residential dwellings and the seismic retrofits that can protect these dwellings. How a residential earthquake insurance provider is promoting and funding seismic retrofits through:
Code and plan set development
Retrofit financial grant program
Educational outreach
A bold future where expected earthquake performance of a building is valued by California...   More >

John Ashbery, Non-Performer?: Prosody and Voice Studies

Lecture | April 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab Convening Room

 D-Lab, https://dlab.berkeley.edu/event-host/d-lab

 Digital Humanities Lab

How and much might a poet’s reading style change over time, and how can it be studied? What role might be played by venue, media format, poetic content, authorship, audience, and so on?

Considering theoretical assumptions and empirical approaches in voice studies, this talk explores these questions through the unlikely example of John Ashbery, a poet with a reputation as a non-performative...   More >

Reporting from the Future: Storytelling in the Digital Age—A Berkeley Journalism School Showcase

Presentation | April 8 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Presented by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism have produced award-winning documentaries, photography, and innovative multimedia projects covering every topic from public health to immigration, human rights to politics. Employing still and moving imagery from around the world, dramatic personal narratives, and visual design...   More >

Magic Leap Augmented Reality and Computer Vision Technical Leads Panel.

Panel Discussion | April 8 | 6:30 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco

 160 Spear St., San Francisco, CA 94105


Join us on April 8 at 6:30pm on our San Francisco campus and meet with the amazing panelists: Anush Mohan, Director of Computer Vision, Magic Leap; Ali Shaw-Rockney (Shahrokni) - Lead Embedded Software Engineer, Magic Leap; Ashwin Swaminathan - Distinguished Fellow of Computer Vision, Magic Leap; Prateek Singhal - Lead Computer Vision Engineer, Magic Leap; Sheng Huang, Moderator - Head of...   More >

Berkeley Journalism Showcase

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

 Richard Koci Hernandez; Ken Light; Carrie Lozano; Dawn Porter

 Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Free Berkeley Journalism showcase at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive with professors Richard Koci Hernandez, Ken Light, Carrie Lozano and Dawn Porter. Come be inspired by the power of visual storytelling.

Richard Koci Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award-winning innovator in journalism and multimedia. Koci...   More >

The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It

Lecture | April 8 | 7:15-9:15 p.m. | 101 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Christoph Vandrier, Sozialistiche Gleichheitspartei

 International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UC Berkeley RSO) ASUC sponsored

Speaker: Christoph Vandreier, German Trotskyist, prominent leader of the fight against fascism and author of "Why Are They Back: Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany."

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 >

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


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.

On View at Jacobs Hall: Fabien Cappello: Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs

Exhibit - Photography | March 21 – May 19, 2019 every day |  Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Fabien Cappello’s SILLAS CALLEJERAS (STREET CHAIRS, 2018) offers lessons in design and ingenuity from Mexico City. The photographic series depicts a collection of chairs assembled from everyday contexts across the sprawling metropolis — market stalls, shops, street stands, and elsewhere. Cappello casts an anthropological eye on artifacts that reflect a city where artisanal manufacture...   More >

Fabien Cappello, Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs, 2018. Courtesy the designer.

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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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 >