Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Lecture | February 5 | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)
March 1932 was not a good time to come to Detroit. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo arrived in the city in the midst of a plummeting economy and social upheaval. The artists painted during grim economic times, yet Riveras dream of a popular international art has found an enthusiastic new audience, and Kahlo has become iconic throughout the world. In this talk, Harley Shaiken will explore the ways in... More >
Information Session | February 5 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge
There's a place at Apple for every kind of brilliant.
Our differences are our greatest strengths, leading to the collaboration and innovation that allow you to do the best work of your life.
Please create a profile at jobs.apple.com before the event, and bring multiple copies of your resume. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please RSVP here:... More >
Information Session | February 5 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House
Newly arrived postdocs, professors, researchers, short-term scholars, and visiting student researchers are required to attend this meeting to validate their arrival in the U.S. Information on immigration regulations, travel, employment, resources for families, health insurance and other practical information will be discussed.
Your final immigration document review will be completed at the... More >
Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Gardens lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.
Find out more on the BIDS website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.
Special Event | February 5 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Does chocolate really grow on trees?! Did you know vanilla comes from an orchid?! Come discover more about two of our favorite foods.
NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar: Predicting Gate Conflicts Using NASA ATD2 Fused Data Sources
Lecture | February 5 | 11 a.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
Jeremy Coupe, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center
Abstract: The modern day National Airspace System (NAS) is powered by System Wide Information Management (SWIM) which is a real-time digital data sharing infrastructure that provides a high fidelity view of the lifecycle of a flight. The newly available data within the SWIM feeds can be leveraged to help drive efficiencies in the NAS. In this talk, we investigate the gate conflict prediction... More >
Presentation | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Online-Zoom
Daphne Miller, MD
What does soil health have to do with your health? This free webinar will explore the relationship between soil and health, and the specific steps you can take to become a Soil Ambassador.
Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
"Closing the Perception-Actuation Loop using Machine Learning: New Perspectives and Strategies"
About the Talk:
Recent advances in perception technology, fueled by progress in deep learning, have materially changed the degree of situational awareness one can expect from robots engaged in the real world: in addition to perceiving the geometry of the world around them, robots can now also... More >
Seminar | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall
David Nadler, Berkeley
This will be the first meeting of a semester-long seminar focused on factorization with an emphasis on examples coming from Lie theory.
Performing Arts - Music | February 5 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Works by Charles Ives
Since 1953 the Noon Concert Series has featured a variety of performance from Music students, faculty, and guest musicians.
11:55 - Doors Open
12:15 - Start
Information Session | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships
OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application
Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: Kustu Lecture: Bacterial body building: mechanisms and consequences of Helicobacter pylori morphology
Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall
Dr. Nina Salama studies Helicobacter pylori, a stomach bacterium that infects half the worlds population and is associated with ulcers and gastric cancer the third leading cancer killer worldwide. Her team found that H. pyloris unique corkscrew shape allows the bug to colonize the stomach by burrowing into the mucus lining where it is protected from the acidic environment. They found a set of... More >
Panel Discussion | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall
Nancy Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Christopher Lesser, Graduate Student, Institute of International Studies; Stephanie Postar, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley Department of Geography
The destruction of the world's forests has had massive environmental impacts, contributing to unprecedented losses in biodiversity around the world. The recent, catastrophic fires in the Amazon rainforest, the so-called lungs of our planet, were started by developers seeking to profit from the cultivation of crops, mining, logging, and grazing on the land and drive away the indigenous peoples who... More >
Lecture | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Elena Sesma, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
This talk addresses a community-based archaeology project focused on the history of a 19th century Bahamian cotton plantation and the present-day communities who live on and around the former plantation acreage.
Seminar | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall
Victor Boutin, Institute of Neuroscience of la Timone (INT), Aix-Marseille University
Building models to efficiently represent images is a central problem in the machine learning community. The brain and especially the visual cortex, has long find economical and robust solutions to solve such a problem. At the local scale, Sparse Coding is one of the most successful framework to model neural computation in the visual cortex. It directly derives from the efficient coding... More >
Townsend Center Book Chat with Abigail De Kosnik and Keith Feldman: #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation
Lecture | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
This collected volume offers a critical interdisciplinary view on how and why social media is at the heart of contemporary political discourse.
Capitalism and Freedom: Perspectives on Slavery and its Ties to Economic and Political Liberalism in Europe
Panel Discussion | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Caitlin Rosenthal, History Department, UC Berkeley; Tyler Stovall, Dean of the Humanities at UC Santa Cruz
In the spirit of Chancellor Christ's recent initiative to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved
Africans in the English colonies, IES is proud to sponsor an event on Capitalism and Freedom examining the
involvement of various European powers in the transatlantic slave trade and the implications of this involvement
for political liberalism and the economic system of... More >
Colloquium | February 5 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West
Gabriella Harari, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
People around the world own digital media devices (e.g., smartphones, wearables, smart home appliances) that mediate and are in close proximity to their everyday behavior and contexts. These devices contain mobile sensors and metadata logs that can be collected to obtain fine-grained records of personality-relevant information. In this talk, I will present findings from our smartphone sensing... More >
UC Berkeley Geosystems Group Wednesday Lecture Series: Investigation of the Feijao Tailings Dam Failure near Brumadinho, Brazil
Lecture | February 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 406 Davis Hall
Peter K. Robertson, Consultant and Technical Advisor, Gregg Drilling LLC
UC Berkeley Geoengineering Society
At approximately 12:28pm local time on January 25, 2019, tailings dam B-1 at Vale S.A.s Corrego do Feijao Iron Ore Mine, located 9 kilometers north-east of Brumadinho, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, suffered a sudden failure resulting in a catastrophic mudflow that travelled rapidly downstream resulting in significant damage and the loss of over 250 lives. This failure was unique in that... More >
Workshop | February 5 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall
This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content identifies how departmental goals and individual performance objectives and key results fit into the UC Berkeley performance management cycle and performance evaluation process.
Lecture | February 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Kate O'Neill, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley
Professor Kate O'Neill discusses how wastes have become globalized, but also how a single move by one country China's decision not to import paper and plastic scrap can affect all of us right down to weekly chores such as taking out the trash.
FREE to OLLI @Berkeley members, UC faculty, staff and students. $10/general admission. No RSVP required. All welcome!
Seminar | February 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall
Ihklaq Sidhu, UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
Abstract: Skype, Zoom, Webex, Facebook voice chat and Whatsapp are all businesses built on VoIP, a disruptive technology that was controversial when Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu developed and wrote its seminal patents while he was an engineer at 3com.
In this talk, Ikhlaq will discuss his journey from lab engineer to industry innovator and the concepts, mindset, and behaviors he discovered that are... More >
2020 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects
Information Session | February 5 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships
The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a social engagement project after their graduation.
Up to $25,000.
Special Event | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom
Wondering what to do next summer? Visit the Summer Opportunities Fair to learn about exciting summer options for UC Berkeley students, including summer courses, study abroad, student jobs and internships, research, volunteer and service, and more!
Information Session | February 5 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Mary Crabb, UCDC
Come learn about how to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, DC. UCDC sends students from all majors to intern and take classes in DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.
Colloquium | February 5 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West
Nadia Brashier, Harvard University
Every day, we encounter false claims that range from silly (e.g., We use 10% of our brains) to dangerous (e.g., Vaccines cause autism). How do we know what to believe? In this talk, I will put forth a three-part model of how people judge truth. First, most content encountered in daily life is mundane and true. Reflecting this base rate, we develop a bias to accept claims. Second, our own feelings... More >
Film - Feature | February 5 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In his first film, Fellini shared directorial credit with Alberto Lattuada. Critics have traditionally attributed the films idiosyncratic tenor and imagery to Fellini, although, as film historian Mira Liehm wrote, both [directors] were intrigued by the Pirandellian unknowable worlds and by the existential quest for identity . . . the multiple personalities of . . . protagonists caught in a... More >
Seminar | February 5 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall
Sky Cao, Stanford University
Wilson loop variables are certain random variables which arise in physics. Understanding the expectations of these random variables is of particular interest. Recently, Chatterjee computed Wilson loop expectations to leading order for Ising lattice gauge theory at weak coupling. In this talk, I will describe how to do the same for lattice gauge theories with finite gauge groups. In... More >
Seminar | February 5 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall | Note change in location
Sky Cao, Stanford University
Abstract: Wilson loop variables are certain random variables which arise in physics. Understanding the expectations of these random variables is of particular interest. Recently, Chatterjee computed Wilson loop expectations to leading order for Ising lattice gauge theory at weak coupling. In this talk, I will describe how to do the same for lattice gauge theories with finite gauge groups. In... More >
CCB Seminar: Dr. Trevor Bedford, University of Washington: Tracking and forecasting epidemic spread through viral genome sequencing
Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center
Here, I present work on genomic epidemiology of Ebola virus and evolutionary dynamics of seasonal influenza virus. In both cases, we're using the Nextstrain platform to pull in sequence data in near real-time and generate inferences of epidemic patterns. For the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu in the DRC, inferences focus on individual-level transmission patterns to aid in... More >
Colloquium | February 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall
Laura Schewel, StreetLight Data
Laura Schewel will explore how the seemingly
mundane topic of transportation data collection techniques has evolved over the years, along with the surprising new insights it yields.
Workshop | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.
Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Yu-Hang Tang, LBNL
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are keys to transforming scientific research at the Department of Energy. However, success stories so far have concentrated on select forms of data. In this talk, I will present our recent work on revitalizing the marginalized graph kernel to enable direct machine learning on graph datasets while bypassing any explicit feature vector representation.... More >
Colloquium | February 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220
Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley
Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisionsand racism in particularto win power, and then has ruled primarily on behalf of the ultra-wealthy. No one better symbolizes the conjoined dynamics of racism and plutocracy than Donald Trump. In this lecture, Prof. Haney López lays out the history of dog whistle politics and Trumps place within it. Then he suggests a... More >
Colloquium | February 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall
Yuriy Román-Leshkov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In this lecture, I will show how advanced synthesis techniques can be coupled with rigorous reactivity and characterization studies to unearth unique synergies in nanostructured catalysts.
Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Seminar: The “brownless” brown adipocytes in thermoregulation and metabolism
Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall
Darrell Neufer, Professor, East Carolina University
Seminar | February 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Joshua Greene, Boston College
How many simple closed curves can you draw on a closed surface of genus g in such a way that no two are isotopic and no two intersect in more than k points? It is known how to draw a collection in which the number of curves grows as a polynomial in g of degree k+1, and conjecturally, this is the best possible. I will describe a proof of an upper bound that matches this function up to a factor of... More >
Social Event | February 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue and Gold Room
Seeking alumni and professionals working in the UI/UX and/or Graphic Design in roles such as UX Researcher, Content Strategist, Visual Designer, Interaction Designer, UX/UI Developer, UX Designer, Product Designer, etc.
Facing the Future: A Berkeley Faculty Association Forum on the challenges facing the next UC President
Panel Discussion | February 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 820, Social Science Matrix
John A. Perez, Chair of the UC Board of Regents, Chair of the UC Board of Regents; Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley, Chancellor, UC Berkeley
Wendy Brown, Professor Political Science, Professor Political Science; Professor James Vernon, Department of History, Department of History
Professors Brown (political science) and Vernon (history) will engage Regent John Pérez and Chancellor Christ with pressing questions on the mission, the funding and the governance of the University of California, and of Berkeley in particular, setting the scene for questions from, and discussion with the audience.
Seminar | February 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 150 Law Building
Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow, UC Berkeley Labor Center
For decades, racism, corporate greed, and a skewed political system have been eating away at the social and political fabric of the United States. Yet as McAlevey reminds us, there is one weapon whose effectiveness has been proven repeatedly throughout U.S. history: unions.
Join longtime labor organizer and UC Berkeley Labor Center Senior Policy Fellow Jane McAlevey for a talk about her... More >
Stacy Fahrentold: "Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925"
Lecture | February 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Stacy Fahrentold, University of California, Davis
Since 2011 over 5.6 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and beyond, and another 6.6 million are internally displaced. The contemporary flight of Syrian refugees comes one century after the region's formative experience with massive upheaval, displacement, and geopolitical intervention: the First World War. In this book, Stacy Fahrenthold examines the politics of Syrian and... More >
Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall
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.
Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.
Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the... More >
Information Session | February 5 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)
Come join us and talk with Engineers and Managers in domains including:
-Vehicle Motion Embedded Controls
-Active Safety and Level 2 Autonomous Systems
-Level 4/5 Fully-Autonomous Systems
-Infotainment & Connectivity
Lecture | February 5 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
WED, FEB 5, 6:30pm. Recent fellowship recipients will present their research from their international travels. Followed by a reception in 108 Wurster, alongside the Branner, Stump & Beckerman Fellows Exhibition. Open to all!
Lecture | February 5 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Great Hall
Thomas Laqueur, Professor Emeritus, History Department; Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, History Department; David Henkin, Professor, History Department
Peter Zinoman, Department Chair, Professor, History Department
Whats it like to go to the movies with a professional historian? Find out at History Homecoming 2020, which features a panel of distinguished Cal history professors discussing two recently released films (Little Women and Harriet) and one popular contemporary Netflix series (The Crown).
Film - Short | February 5 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Tonights program features three short works made over the last twenty years that expand the nonfiction form, drawing variously on activist video, experimental film, and performance. While grounded in ethnography, they move beyond recording another culture to involve their subjects in the shaping of the story and making of the work, while also bringing attention to the aesthetics and process of... More >
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day | Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)
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 >
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 >
Exhibit - Sculpture | February 5 | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
January 15June 14, 2020
Ron Nagle has made stunning, entirely unique small sculptures since the 1960s, producing a body of work that is as original as it is mischievous. He mixes allusions to modernism, middlebrow culture, and the specific pop sensibility of Northern California in exquisitely formed works that are often no bigger than a few inches. This exhibition marks his first survey in the... More >
Exhibit - Painting | February 5 – May 31, 2020 every day | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
January 15May 31, 2020
Among the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan, Taiso Yoshitoshi (18391892) reigned supreme for his daring prints based on various tales and legends of ancient Japan and China. He made use of Western colors and inks for dramatic effect, yet stayed loyal to the woodblock print techniques that had guided past masters. In his short life, he created numerous series... More >
Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens
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 Monday-Friday during the academic year. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please call (510) 643-9670 or email email@example.com for viewing times.
ON VIEW: FEB 3-21, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. Lecture on FEB 5 at 6:30pm in 112 Wurster, followed by an opening reception in 108 Wurster. Free and open to all!