<< Wednesday, September 18, 2019 >>

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Limit shape for random partitions

Seminar | September 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Keating, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

By following the work of Logan-Shepp and Kerov-Vershik, we will derive limit shape for partitions under the Plancherel measure as the size of the partition goes to infinity. As a consequence, we will understand some asymptotics of uniformly random permutations. If time permits, we will discuss Hammerley's interacting particle process.

The Skills You Bring

Workshop | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

The skills you enjoy and feel confident about contribute to strong performance and high satisfaction. Explore your transferable skills – the ones that support your career mobility and adaptability.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Alex Hon-Tsen Yu: Title TBA

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Alex Hon Tsen Yu

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Life course origins of dementia for black and white Americans: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Mark Hayward, Professor, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

 Population Science, Department of Demography

Mark Hayward is a professor of sociology, a faculty research associate of the Population Research Center, and director of the Population Health Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin.
His primary research addresses how life course exposures and events influence the morbidity and mortality experiences of the adult population.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Milkweeds and mustards: a tale of two toxins"

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Noah Whiteman, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Noah Whiteman, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and the Principal Investigator of the Whiteman Laboratory. Their research follows from Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace, who focused on the evolution of traits shaped by biotic interactions (interactions between organisms).

Art/archaeology: a space beyond explanation - the Ineligible Project

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Doug Bailey, Professor of Visual Archaeology, San Francisco State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

Doug Bailey presents results of his current art/archaeology project, Ineligible, in which he took artifacts from the excavations that preceded the construction of the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, sent them to artists, archaeologists, and creators around the world, to repurpose as raw materials with which they should make work of political and social impact.

Mvz Lunch Seminar - Robert Fleischer: “Birds of Paradise Lost: Evolution, Extinction and Conservation of Hawaii's Birds”

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | University Press (2120 Berkeley Way), 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Organ Recital: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | September 18 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

George Emblom

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

Minner Distinguished Lecture: Can We Recover From an Attack on our Election?

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Barbara Simons, EECS Ph.D. '81, Board Chair, Verified Voting

 College of Engineering, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Computer Science & Engineering

Verified Voting. Dr. Simons will discuss "Can we Recover from an Attack on our Election" with Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu.

Intro to Study Abroad and Choosing a Program: Berkeley Study Abroad Fall Workshops

Information Session | September 18 | 2-3 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, B North 82A (basement level)

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad, but don’t know where to start? Our Study Abroad 101 workshop is for you! Come to learn about various study abroad opportunities and how to pick the right program for you.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction to groups acting on hyperbolic metric spaces

Seminar | September 18 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexander Rasmussen, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will give a broad overview of group actions on hyperbolic metric spaces. We will discuss various types of actions which are in some sense "nice" and the consequences of a group admitting a nice action on a hyperbolic space. Finally, we will discuss the applications of actions on hyperbolic metric spaces to the bounded cohomology of a group.

Model Theory Seminar: Model theory of the j function

Seminar | September 18 | 2:20-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

There has been a lot of work in model theory devoted to studying exponential fields, which has produced many important results in the area. Inspired by this, I will present some model-theoretic approaches to the j function (from the theory of elliptic curves), and I will also present various results which mirror some of those in exponential fields.

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | August 28 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Windmill Coffee House

 2131 Durant, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisers. All UC Berkeley students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also...   More >

Music: The Universal Language?

Lecture | September 18 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Charles Limb, Professor and Chief of Otology, UCSF

 Berkeley Language Center

Musical creativity has existed since the earliest days of human civilization. Until recently, how the brain actually produces musical ideas was poorly understood. Recent advances in brain imaging have allowed us to address questions of artistic significance that were previously felt to be inaccessible to scientific inquiry. Of the multiple creative processes that take place in music,...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Sample complexity of mixture of sparse linear regressions

Seminar | September 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Arya Mazumdar, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the problem of learning mixtures of linear regressions, the goal is to learn a collection of signal vectors from a sequence of (possibly noisy) linear measurements, where each measurement is evaluated on an unknown signal drawn uniformly from this collection. This setting is quite expressive and has been studied both in terms of practical applications and for the sake of establishing...   More >

Taste of Cherry: In Focus: Abbas Kiarostami

Film - Series | September 18 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Godfrey Cheshire

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Post-screeing lecture by Godfrey Cheshire.
Godfrey Cheshire is a New York–based filmmaker and critic who has written extensively about Iranian cinema and is the author of the new book Conversations with Kiarostami, which he will sign following the screening.

A man with a hangdog face circles the scrubby outskirts of Tehran in a dust-colored Range Rover, looking for someone to do a job. We’re...   More >

General selection models: Bernstein duality and minimal ancestral structures

Seminar | September 18 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Hummel, Bielefeld University

 Department of Statistics

We construct a sequence of Moran models that converges for large populations under suitable conditions to the $\Lambda$-Wright-Fisher process with a drift that is vanishing at the boundaries. The genealogical structure inherent in the graphical representation of the finite population models leads in the large population limit to a generalisation of the ancestral selection graph of Krone and...   More >

Spaces of decision in the cybernetic age

Colloquium | September 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 David Bates, Department of Rhetoric, University of California Berkeley

 Department of Geography

How can we conceptualize decision in the automatic age? When human brains are understood as largely unconscious systems where the "will" is merely an illusion, and computer algorithms make decisions and predict our futures, can we think politics -- or what Carl Schmitt called "the political" -- in any coherent way? In this talk, I will track some historical entanglements, where decision is...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Grothendieck-Lefschetz trace formula

Seminar | September 18 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Ian Gleason, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Money Management: Life Skills 102

Information Session | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Money Management is a life skill. There’s a real world outside of college. Are you ready? Learn the 10 principles of financial literacy and and how to survive — and thrive — during and after your time at Berkeley. Sponsored by Deserve.

Please RSVP here.

Indigenous Bay Area: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | September 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 Vincent Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, Mak-'amham; Peter Nelson, Coast Miwok, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, San Diego State, American Indian Studies; Linda Yamane, Rumsien Ohlone

 Line Mikkelsen, Professor, Linguistics Department, UC Berkeley

 College of Letters & Science

This panel discussion will explore aspects of Indigenous culture, landscape, language, and sovereignty before colonization, through the historic period and the present day, and going forward into the future. The complexity, vibrancy, and continued vitality of basketry and other fine arts, ceremonies and songs, foodways, landscape and resource management, languages, and material culture of...   More >

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

Ohlone Mural by Jean LaMarr

EECS Colloquium: Moore’s Law is Not Dead

Colloquium | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Jim Keller, Intel

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Moore’s observation has continued to be challenged and questioned. And yet, today hundreds of billions of dollars are being invested in silicon technology that will enable feature sizes just a few atoms wide. To understand this unabated growth in computing, one needs to deconstruct the Moore’s Law transistor count exponential as the output of numerous individual innovations across the computing...   More >

Regression analysis of longitudinal data with omitted asynchronous longitudinal covariate: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Hongyuan Cao, Florida State University

 Department of Statistics

Extended follow-up with longitudinal data is common in many medical investigations. In regression analyses, a longitudinal covariate may be omitted, often because it is not measured synchronously with the longitudinal response. Naive approach that simply ignores the omitted longitudinal covariate can lead to biased estimators. In this article, we establish conditions under which estimation is...   More >

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

Topology Seminar: Analogs of the curve graph for infinite type surfaces

Seminar | September 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Alexander Rasmussen, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

The mapping class group of a finite type surface acts on its curve graph. This action has proven to be crucial for understanding the mapping class group and many of the applications rely on the fact that the curve graph is hyperbolic and infinite diameter. We will describe several actions of mapping class groups of infinite type surfaces on hyperbolic graphs analogous to the curve graph. In...   More >

An Evening With Mark Knopfler

Performing Arts - Music | September 18 | 5:30 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre | Tickets sold out

 Another Planet Entertainment

In celebration of his upcoming ninth solo studio album, Down The Road Wherever (out November 16 on British Grove Records via Blue Note), Mark Knopfler is set for a 28-date North American tour.

  Sold out. Sold Out Buy tickets online

Artist’s Talk: Kader Attia in Conversation with Stefania Pandolfo

Presentation | September 18 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

MATRIX artist Kader Attia is joined in conversation by Stefania Pandolfo, a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley. They will discuss Attia’s approach to the concept of repair and healing after physical and psychological injury, particularly in a postcolonial context.

Pandolfo’s research involves the study of theories and forms of subjectivity and their contemporary predicaments in the...   More >

Cannabis Neurobiology: More Complex than Black-Hole Astrophysics

Lecture | September 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Dr. David Presti, UC Berkeley

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Botanical Garden

Join neurobiologist Dr. David Presti for a look into the complicated interactions between cannabis and the human brain.

About this Event:
Cannabis in Context is a series of talks co-sponsored by the Hearst Museum and the UC Botanical Garden and curated by Eric Siegel, aimed at raising awareness of the multi-faceted life of cannabis in our modern society across cultures. This four-part series...   More >

  Buy tickets online

LiveRamp Tech Talk

Information Session | September 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join us for food and drinks!

LiveRamp Software Engineers including UC Berkeley graduates will be hosting a TechTalk to take a deep dive into LiveRamp's real time and bid data systems.

Learn more about our engineering, new grad, and internship opportunities:

LiveRamp operates like a start-up, filled with young, hungry employees who want to shatter the Silicon Valley status quo while...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Jodie Mack: Pattern Language

Film - Series | September 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For well over a decade, Jodie Mack has employed labor-intensive single-frame animation techniques to explore the graphic and poetic possibilities in the materials and patterns of everyday life. A virtuoso of the 16mm film medium, she creates works with a seemingly effortless exuberance that belies the rigorous process behind each lovingly rendered project. On the occasion of her residency at the...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | August 28, 2019 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Journalism, Graduate School of

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are generally Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please contact the Townsend Center to confirm availability.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26 – December 31, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?

Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >

Art Wall: Carlos Amorales

Exhibit - Painting | March 27 – October 13, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this new commission for the BAMPFA Art Wall, entitled Ghost Demonstration, Amorales draws from the multiple histories of mural art in Mexico, the political demonstrations that occurred in Berkeley in the 1960s (as well as more recent events), and protests in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. In order to make this monumental mural, the artist used stencils of slogans from Berkeley protest...   More >

Guided Tours: Strange

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 4 – November 27, 2019 every Wednesday | 12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange, which features a diverse array of works from the BAMPFA collection invoking the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous.