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Tuesday, February 11, 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.

Respect in Action: Listening, Expression and Dialogue

Course | February 11 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Staff Ombuds Office

Learn practical steps for promoting respectful conduct at work, including current research on workplace incivility and guidelines for considerate conduct. Participants will also learn how to increase understanding of preferences around respectful communication, and effective ways to respond to rudeness.

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3-Manifold Seminar: Conformal length of knots

Seminar | February 11 | 9:40-11 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will continue to discuss the conformal length of knots, and the related notion of minimal length of knots in 3-manifolds and minimal length of graphs on surfaces.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Hot or Not? A Nonparametric Formulation of the Hot Hand in Baseball

Seminar | February 11 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Amanda Glazer, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: "I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?" - Yogi Berra

We have all perceived streaks of hits and misses when watching sports. Often people will blame a magical streakiness that leads players to be "hot" or "cold." Are we to believe in...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Hot or Not? A Nonparametric Formulation of the Hot Hand in Baseball

Seminar | February 11 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Amanda Glazer, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: "I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?" - Yogi Berra

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Hot or Not? A Nonparametric Formulation of the Hot Hand in Baseball

Seminar | February 11 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Amanda Glazer, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: "I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?" - Yogi Berra

We have all perceived streaks of hits and misses when watching sports. Often people will blame a magical streakiness that leads players to be "hot" or "cold." Are we to believe in...   More >

Labor Lunch Seminar: "The central role of the ask gap in gender pay inequality"

Seminar | February 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Nina Roussille, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Andrew Streitwieser Lectureship: Crystalline Molecular Machines: Gearing Interactions by Mechanic and Dipolar Forces

Seminar | February 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Miguel Garcia-Garibay, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

 College of Chemistry

During the last few years we established the synthetic and analytic infrastructure required to develop a promising new class of materials that operate on the basis of their structurally programmed molecular motion. Having a combination of static and rapidly moving components, we refer to them as being amphidynamic. They can be crystalline or amorphous, and built with discrete molecular units,...   More >

Violence Against Healthcare in Conflict: From Protecting Human Rights Law to Understanding Public Health Consequences

Lecture | February 11 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Rohini Haar, MD MPH

 Public Health, School of

Attacks on hospitals, health workers and patients in conflict and war are rising despite decades of formal legal protections. These attacks disrupt fragile health systems by impacting health services, utilization and outcomes. Traditional documentation and advocacy has focused on the most egregious cases, utilizing legal and journalistic approaches. More insidious attacks and chronic threats to...   More >

Exposures to Viruses Among Healthcare Workers

Presentation | February 11 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online-Zoom

 Rachael Jones, PhD, CIH

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

This free webinar will discuss current research findings about the exposures of healthcare workers to viruses during patient care, with a focus on viruses causing respiratory disease. Learners will also identify implications for infection risk and appropriate personal protective equipment for healthcare settings.

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.

From Vengeance to Virtue: The Problem of Postwar Germany

Lecture | February 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Zachary Shore, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Department of History

While Americans have been deeply divided over many issues since the country’s creation, no issue has proved more divisive or revealed more about the nation’s character than the way it treats its enemies. One impulse has been to punish perceived enemies as harshly as possible. The other impulse has been to exhibit benevolence through mercy. The conflicts over which path to pursue have caused...   More >

Zachary Shore

Financial Planning Options for Long Term Care (BEUHS187)

Workshop | February 11 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Tang Ed. Center

 Kenneth Leung, CFP, Millar Financial Group

 Elder Care Program

With rising costs of medical expenses, planning for Long Term Care for yourself or a loved one can be complex and challenging. Solutions require all or a combination of: the coordination of the family’s personal and financial resources, insurance benefits, and public benefits planning. Come learn more about the various Financial Planning options for Long Term Care.

Kenneth Leung is a...   More >

Designated Subjects Adult Education and Career Technical Education Teaching Credentials Online Information Session

Information Session | February 11 | 12:15-12:45 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how to succeed in a career teaching adults with diverse needs. Our classroom-based professional programs enable you to teach in adult education or career technical education, with or without a California Designated Subjects teaching credential.

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Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

How to propose an MEng Capstone Project

Information Session | February 11 | 12:20-1:05 p.m. |  2451 Ridge Road, Shire Hall (Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership)

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Every year MEng teams partner with industry leaders to pilot new initiatives, improve existing products, and develop data-driven business strategy.

Learn more about the MEng Capstone Program & how to craft a successful project proposal.

To learn more about capstone projects: https://funginstitute.berkeley.edu/partners/propose-a-project/

Maps, Indigenous Territory, and the Problem of Anachronism: 2020 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture

Colloquium | February 11 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Richard A. Rhodes, Professor of Linguistics and Co-Director, Canadian Studies Program

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Join Canadian Studies for the 2020 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture. Professor Richard A. Rhodes will speak on "Maps, Indigenous Territory, and the Problem of Anachronism", highlighting difficulties of mapping the geography of indigenous languages and its broader implications.

Recording North Africa: Jews, Muslims, and Music in the Twentieth Century Maghrib

Lecture | February 11 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

For much of the twentieth century, North African Jews played an outsized role as both music-makers and purveyors of music across the Maghrib. In Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, all under French rule until the middle of the last century, indigenous Jewish vocalists, instrumentalists, and sonic impresarios utilized the phonograph to record and rescue the classical Andalusian tradition while...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Finite Sample Convergence Bounds of Off-Policy Reinforcement Learning Algorithms

Seminar | February 11 | 1-2 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Siva Theja Maguluri, Georgia Tech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The focus of our work is to obtain finite-sample andor finite-time convergence bounds of various model-free Reinforcement Learning (RL) algorithms. Many RL algorithms are special cases of Stochastic Approximation (SA), which is a popular approach for solving fixed point equations when the information is corrupted by noise. We first obtain finite-sample bounds for general SA using a generalized...   More >

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: "The Reversal Interest Rate" (with Yann Koby)

Seminar | February 11 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Markus Brunnermeier, Edwards S. Sanford Professor at Princeton University

 Department of Economics

Transparent Electronics with Stretchability/Flexibility

Seminar | February 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Seung Hwan Ko, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Seoul National University, Korea

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Wearable electronic devices are getting attention as future electronics which must function under various dynamic and large deformation. However, conventional electrical and material engineering approaches have limitations in terms of highly deformable electronics fabrication. Thus, a new approach by converging mechanical engineering viewpoint along with conventional electrical and...   More >

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Macdonald polynomials: combinatorics and integrability

Seminar | February 11 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk on a combinatorial model on non symmetric Macdonald polynomials due to Haglund, Haiman and Loehr and a generalization to permute basement Macdonald polynomials due to Alexandersson.

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2020 application deadline, February 20, 2020

Information Session | February 11 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

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.

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Gaussian Regularization of the Pseudospectrum and Davies' Conjecture

Seminar | February 11 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Srivastava, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A diagonalizable matrix has linearly independent eigenvectors. Since the set of nondiagonalizable matrices has measure zero, every matrix is a limit of diagonalizable matrices. We prove a quantitative version of this fact: every n x n complex matrix is within distance delta in the operator norm of a matrix whose eigenvectors have condition number poly(n)/delta, confirming a conjecture of E. B....   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Hilbert schemes and link homology

Seminar | February 11 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Khovanov and Rozansky defined a link homology theory using Soergel bimodules. This invariant has a lot of interesting properties, but it is notoriously hard to compute. I will define it in terms of discuss recent progress in understanding Khovanov-Rozansky homology and its surprising relation to algebraic geometry of the Hilbert scheme of points on the plane. In particular, I will compute this...   More >

Overregulating Community College Students through Racist Financial Aid Policies and Practices

Lecture | February 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room

 Devon Graves, University of California Board of Regents

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

To understand the barriers that exist in the financial aid process, Dr. Devon Graves conducted his dissertation research on financial aid verification and disbursement at a California community college. He contends that aid policies and practices carried out on community college campuses are founded in racist ideologies, which overregulate students and delay their receipt of financial aid....   More >

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Multidimensional spectroscopy and ultra-fast dynamics in nanoclusters

Seminar | February 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Dr. Frank Stienkemeier, Department of Physics, University of Freiburg

 College of Chemistry

Multidimensional coherent spectroscopy, well known from liquid or solid
samples, is a powerful tool and has gained much interest unravelling
mechanisms for light harvesting and opto-electronics, because charge/energy transfer, structural changes and coherent/incoherent dynamics of system-bath interactions can be readily disentangled. In order to extend
multidimensional spectroscopy to...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: An overview of Bertini-type theorems

Seminar | February 11 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Lauren Heller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A classical theorem of Bertini gives conditions under which a general member of a linear system of divisors is smooth. I will discuss this theorem and several variations of it, including generalizations by Zariski and Flenner and a recent paper of Ghosh and Krishna.

On Walter Benjamin's Origin of the German Trauerspiel

Panel Discussion | February 11 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Howard Eiland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 The Program in Critical Theory

The Program in Critical Theory & City Lights Books, San Francisco, present a panel-and-audience discussion with Howard Eiland: “On Walter Benjamin’s Origin of the German Trauerspiel

A panel of UC Berkeley faculty from the Humanities and Social sciences will speak with Eiland about Benjamin’s book, including issues involving Eiland’s new translation of and introduction to the text, as...   More >

Career Connections: Marketing and Media

Social Event | February 11 | 6-8 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Seeking alumni and professionals working in fields such as public relations, advertising, market research, sales strategy, community relations, advertising, media planning, search engine optimization, social media, broadcasting, film, TV, radio, journalism, and publishing.

Modern Diamond Heights

Lecture | February 11 | 7-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Room 112

 Hannah Simonson

 Environmental Design Archives

Hannah Simonson is an Architectural Historian/Cultural Resources Planner at the firm Page & Turnbull. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she wrote her thesis on Diamond Heights. She currently serves as the President of the Northern California Chapter of Docomomo US, and gives walking tours of Diamond Heights...   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!