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Monday, February 10, 2020

Free Books! African American Studies Reading Room

Special Event | February 6 – 29, 2020 every day | 675 Barrows Hall

 Department of African American Studies

In honor of Black History Month the African American Studies Department invites you to drop by and adopt free books from our Reading Room.

Bacterial metabolism and competition in the mammalian gut: Dr. Ashley Wolf, Washington University School of Medicine

Seminar | February 10 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Center for Computational Biology, Public Health, School of

Abstract: To manipulate the microbiota and impact human health, we must understand how specific metabolites and interspecies nutrient competition influence microbial abundance and metabolism. Maillard reaction products...   More >

Rohingya—Beyond the Crisis Narrative: Statelessness and its implications for Myanmar and Bangladesh

Panel Discussion | February 10 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Capitol Complex, 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

 45 Independence Ave, Washington, DC 20515

 Samira Siddique, PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group; Shireen Huq, Founder Narippokho; Rahima Begum, Co-director, Restless Beings; Prashanta Tripura, Professor, BRAC University; Yasmin Ullah, Research Coordinator, Rohingya Human Rights Network; Mabrur Ahmed, Director, Restless Beings; Ali Riaz, Distinguished Professor​ at the Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center of American Overseas Research Centers, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies

A panel presentation on the Rohingya Crisis

Glassomer – 3D Printing of Transparent Fused Silica Glass

Seminar | February 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 6153 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Frederik Kotz, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Glassomer

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Fused silica glass is an important material due to its high chemical and thermal stability and its outstanding optical transparency, hardness and well known surface properties. Due to these properties fused silica glass is an interesting material for future applications in chemical synthesis or optics and photonics. However, structuring of glasses is difficult, especially when...   More >

AAV Mediated Rescue of Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis-Like Retinal Disease

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

 Emilia Zin, John Flannery Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Mutations to the progranulin gene (GRN) can cause neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), known as CLN11. The deficiency of the protein progranulin leads to neuronal death both in the brain and retina, in part due to endolysosomal dysfunction. Therefore, restoring or enhancing progranulin via a gene therapy based approach represents an attractive target for treating CLN11. An adeno-associated virus...   More >

SEMM Seminar: Environmentally Sustainable Engineered Materials and Systems

Seminar | February 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. Sabbie Miller, UC Davis

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Critical to lowering environmental impacts from the built environment is reengineering our materials and infrastructure systems. Focusing on one of our most used materials, cement, 90% of which is used in building and infrastructure systems, we can begin to identify feasible mitigation strategies. Currently, the high production, and consequent environmental impacts, of cement and cement-based...   More >

Love Data Week 2020

Presentation | February 10 – 14, 2020 every day | 12-5 p.m. |  Various UC Berkeley campus locations

 University Library, UC Berkeley Research IT, UC Berkeley Information Security Office, D-Lab, California Digital Library (CDL)

Find more information about the Love Data Week 2020 trainings at this website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/news/celebrate-love-data-week-2020-uc-berkeley-february-10-14.

Trade Lunch: "The Transmission of Sectoral Shocks Across the Innovation Network"

Seminar | February 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Christian Fons-Rosen, UC Merced

 Department of Economics

History Colloquia: Rita Lucarelli

Colloquium | February 10 | 12-2 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Rita Lucarelli, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Department of History, Near Eastern Studies

The UC Berkeley Department of History Colloquia Series highlights the exciting works-in-progress of History faculty, graduate students, alumni, and emeriti as well as other historians on campus. The series is as an opportunity for History faculty and graduate students to collectively learn from each presenter’s process and new scholarship. All affiliates of the Department are welcome to attend. ...   More >

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Online Information Session

Information Session | February 10 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain academic preparation in the sciences along with one-on-one advising to enhance your application to medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as to advanced degree programs in medical- and health-related fields.

  Register online

Combinatorics Seminar: Cycle type factorizations in $\mathrm {GL}_n F_q$

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

 Graham Gordon, University of Washington

 Department of Mathematics

Recent work by Huang, Lewis, Morales, Reiner, and Stanton suggests that the regular elliptic elements of $\mathrm {GL}_n F_q$ are somehow analogous to the $n$-cycles of the symmetric group. In 1981, Stanley enumerated the factorizations of permutations into products of $n$-cycles. We study the analogous problem in $\mathrm {GL}_n F_q$ of enumerating factorizations into products of regular...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: "Coordination and Bandwagon Effects of Candidate Rankings: Evidence from Runoff Elections"

Seminar | February 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Vincent Pons, Harvard University

 Harvard University

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

Europe's Green New Deal: Fueled by Innovation

Lecture | February 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

 Institute of European Studies, Climate Readiness Institute, Institute of Governmental Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Center for Responsible Business

Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times. To achieve this, the European Commission has proposed the European Green Deal, a highly ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from the sustainable green transition. Key policies range from ambitiously cutting emissions, to...   More >

  RSVP online by February 9.

Jean-Eric Paquet

Contemplating Gratitude: Photography Workshop

Workshop | February 10 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

When we observe Nature through the lens of ecology, we see the exquisite interconnectedness of all life. In this contemplative photography workshop, we will devote our attention to connectedness and interconnectedness, using the camera as a tool for meditation and the garden as our muse.

$80, $75 members

  Register online or by calling 5106649841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Design Field Notes: Paul Hekkert

Lecture | February 10 | 1-2 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Paul Hekkert, The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

This spring, join The Jacobs Institute for our continued Design Field Notes series, held on Mondays from 1-2pm at 220 Jacobs Hall. This event is free and welcome to all students and the public.

Machine Learning and Science Forum

Meeting | January 27 – May 4, 2020 every other Monday | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190B Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Find more information on the BIDS Events list: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.


Seminar | February 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Natalie Paquette, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we discuss Koszul duality from a physics perspective, and emphasize its role in coupling quantum field theories to topological line defects. Using this physical translation of Koszul duality as inspiration, we propose a physical definition of Koszul duality for vertex algebras. The appearances of vertex algebras (physically: holomorphic conformal field theories) in physics are...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History

Seminar | February 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Alexander Field, Santa Clara University

 Department of Economics

Probabilistic Operator Algebra seminar: Asymptotic $\varepsilon $-independence

Seminar | February 10 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will speak about $\varepsilon $-independence which an interpolation of classical and free independence originally studied by Mlotkowski and later by Speicher and Wysoczanski. To be $\varepsilon $-independent, a family of algebras in particular must satisfy pairwise classical or free independence relations prescribed by a ${0, 1}$ matrix $\varepsilon $, as well as more complicated higher order...   More >

Hannah Sande, Cophonologies by Phase: Phases as the domain of phonological evaluation

Colloquium | February 10 | 3-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Cophonologies by Phase: Phases as the domain of phonological evaluation

Differential Geometry Seminar: Collapsing behavior of Ricci-flat Kähler metrics and long time solutions of the Kähler-Ricci flow

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

 Jian Song, Rutgers

 Department of Mathematics

We prove a uniform diameter bound for long time solutions of the normalized Kähler-Ricci flow on an n-dimensional projective manifold X with semi-ample canonical bundle under the assumption that the Ricci curvature is uniformly bounded for all time in a fixed domain containing a fibre of X over its canonical model. This assumption on the Ricci curvature always holds when the Kodaira dimension of...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: 8-class ranks of imaginary quadratic fields

Seminar | February 10 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexander Smith, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

We prove that the two-primary subgroups of the class groups of imaginary quadratic fields have the distribution predicted by the Cohen-Lenstra-Gerth heuristic. In this talk, we will detail our method for proving the 8-class rank portion of this theorem and will compare our approach to one that uses the governing fields predicted by Cohn and Lagraias.

Pre-talk Title: 2-Selmer ranks and 4-class...   More >

Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women

Presentation | February 10 | 4 p.m. | 650 Barrows Hall

 Andreana Clay, Professor of Sociology, San Francisco State University

 E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies and the Curator for Black Arts in the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing Arts at Northwestern University.

 Department of African American Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

E. Patrick Johnson in conversation with Andreana Clay

Applied nuclear science and engineering at Los Alamos

Colloquium | February 10 | 4-5 p.m. | Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Mark B. Chadwick, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Scientist, Weapons Physics Directorate will describe research at Los Alamos National Laboratory that is advancing our US nuclear technology capabilities. Some of the applied areas LANL is working on are described: stockpile stewardship, and nuclear threat reduction. Experimental and simulation work related to our Los Alamos Neutron Science Center...   More >

Creative Career Connections: Art, Design, and Tech Innovation

Career Fair | February 10 | 4-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Drew Bennett, Berkeley Arts + Design

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Arts + Design, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Learn more about creative careers and connect with working professionals in the fields of art, design, and tech innovation.

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (Joint with Psych and Econ Seminar): "What is complex?"

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

 Ryan Oprea, UCSB

 Department of Economics

The Space of Ethics in the ‘Dream of a Ridiculous Man’

Lecture | February 10 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander Spektor, Assistant Professor of Russian, University of Georgia

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

The first lecture in the Spring 2020 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

A novel blood volume and perfusion contrast for laminar fMRI in humans at 7T

Seminar | February 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Yuhui Chai, NIMH

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

With increased availability of ultra-high field (7T) human MRI scanners, fMRI spatial resolution has been pushed to the sub-millimeter domain, making it possible to resolve functional activity and connectivity across cortical depths/layers. Despite the great potential of laminar fMRI research in humans, its widespread application is tempered by technical constraints: (1) The gradient-echo...   More >

Applied nuclear science and engineering at Los Alamos

Colloquium | February 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 3105 Etcheverry Hall

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Abstract: I will describe research at Los Alamos National Laboratory that is advancing our US nuclear technology capabilities. Some of the applied areas we are working on are described: stockpile stewardship, and nuclear threat reduction. Experimental and simulation work related to our Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) facility and our work at the Nevada Test Site are discussed.

Bio:...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics (Joint with Theory Seminar): What is complex?

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

 Ryan Oprea, UC Santa Barbara

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory seminar

* Please note change in time/location due to joint event.

Families and child welfare in Latin America: Partners, grandparents, and intergenerational households

Lecture | February 10 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall | Note change in date

 Social Welfare, School of

Berkeley social Welfare's Spring Colloquium Series presents:
"Families and child welfare in Latin America: Partners, grandparents, and intergenerational households"
Sarah Anne Reynolds, Research Associate, School of Public Health

Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

Film - Documentary | February 10 | 5-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium (#310)

 Miki Dezaki, Director

 Hannah Airriess, Film & Media, UCB

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The “comfort women” issue is perhaps Japan’s most contentious present-day diplomatic quandary. Inside Japan, the issue is dividing the country across clear ideological lines. Supporters and detractors of “comfort women” are caught in a relentless battle over empirical evidence, the validity of oral testimony, the number of victims, the meaning of sexual slavery, and the definition of coercive...   More >

Free General Admission

  Buy tickets online

Walter Benjamin on William Shakespeare: Hamlet as Trauerspiel?

Lecture | February 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Howard Eiland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 The Program in Critical Theory

The Program in Critical Theory & City Lights Books, San Francisco, present a talk by Howard Eiland, “Hamlet as Trauerspiel?”

Origin of the German Trauerspiel was Walter Benjamin’s first full, historically-oriented analysis of modernity. Readers of English knew it until last year under the title The Origin of German Tragic Drama, but in fact the subject is something else:...   More >

Working as a "Creative" in the Bay Area

Lecture | February 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Drew Bennett

 Arts + Design, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Presented by the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and BAMPFA.

Drew Bennett, Artist, Designer/Builder, Curator, Creative Director, Founder of FB AIR

Purin Phanichphant, Artist, Designer, Lecturer, Master of Design, UC Berkeley

Join Oakland-based artist, designer/builder, curator, and creative director Drew Bennett, the founder of Facebook’s artist residency program...   More >

Drew Bennett

Amazon Workshop: Ace Your Interview

Information Session | February 10 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Amazon Student Programs in a workshop designed to help you ace your interview! We’ll cover our recruitment process, provide resume tips and tricks and have a Cloud Support Engineer and Software Development Engineer on-hand answer your technical questions as well.

Scheduled to Attend:
Kevin Tseng, UC Berkeley Alum, Senior Software Development Engineer
Manju Gautam, Cloud Support...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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

Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi

Exhibit - Painting | February 5 – May 31, 2020 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

January 15–May 31, 2020
Among the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan, Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) 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 >

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

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 townsendcenter@berkeley.edu for viewing times.

Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >

The Book of Life: A Photographic Bibliography

Exhibit - Photography | February 8 – 22, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for an exhibit of photographs by 2019 Artist-in-Resident and UCBG Docent Becky Jaffe.

A photographer, naturalist, and educator living in Oakland, California, Becky Jaffe is active in the Bay Area photography community, teaching Art of Seeing courses for advanced fine art photographers, curating group exhibits in galleries and greenhouses, and judging competitions at the Berkeley Camera...   More >

 Free with Garden Admission


Exhibit - Multimedia | February 3 – 21, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

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!