<< Tuesday, February 18, 2020 >>

Tuesday, February 18, 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.

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 21 – December 15, 2020 the third Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed two days a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need two days per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day...   More >

SAC staff Coffee Hour/ Welcome SPH new staff

Social Event | February 18 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | 5401 Berkeley Way West

 Public Health, School of

Join us in welcoming all new SPH staff. Coffee, bagels and juice will be served.
Bring your own mug for your beverage.

3-Manifold Seminar: Conformal volume

Seminar | February 18 | 9:40-11 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the conformal volume of manifolds, after Li-Yau.

H-1B Workshop

Workshop | February 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

The main focus of this workshop is general H-1B eligibility requirements, eligible professional occupations, application process, and timing concerns.

Topics covered:
H-1B eligibility criteria
Types of jobs appropriate for H-1B
Minimum salary requirements
Employer's role
Application timing challenges
Options for F/J students/scholars

If you are considering hiring a person as an H-1B...   More >

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Outside Options in the Labor Market"

Seminar | February 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Sydnee Caldwell, Microsoft Research / Berkeley

 Center for Labor Economics

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Nonparametric prediction of portfolio return volatility and its extension to the longer horizon

Seminar | February 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Dangxing Chen, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: Medium-horizon portfolio volatility predictions are of significant value to long-term investors, such as Defined Benefit pension plans, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, and individual owners of Defined Contribution pension plans. In this paper, we propose a simple, accurate, and efficient nonparametric method predict the conditional variance of log return (CVLR)...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Nonparametric prediction of portfolio return volatility and its extension to the longer horizon

Seminar | February 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Dangxing Chen, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: Medium-horizon portfolio volatility predictions are of significant value to long-term investors, such as Defined Benefit pension plans, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, and individual owners of Defined Contribution pension plans.

Chemical approaches to investigate eukaryotic gene transcription

Seminar | February 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Champak Chatterjee, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

The Chatterjee lab develops new chemical tools to investigate the mechanistic roles of protein post-translational modifications in human gene regulation. The chemical modifications we study vary in complexity from the methylation and acetylation of lysine side-chains to their conjugation with small proteins, such as ubiquitin and the small ubiquitin-like modifier protein (SUMO).1 By employing a...   More >

400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice: Black Public Art

Lecture | February 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Rodney Leon

 Arts + Design

*This event is on a Tuesday, and will be ticketed.*

Rodney Leon, Founder and Principal, Rodney Leon Architects PLLC

Join us for a talk by architect Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent and the founder of Rodney Leon Architects. Mr. Leon is the designer of "The Ark of Return", the permanent United Nations memorial dedicated to victims of slavery...   More >

Rodney Leon

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.

Be Your Best Self! Surviving and Thriving at UC Berkeley

Workshop | February 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Academic and social life at UC Berkeley can be daunting at times. However, as an international student, you have special skills and tools that can help you survive and thrive here. Come to a workshop co-sponsored by BIO and CAPS to learn about using your unique coping skills to your advantage. Whether you've experienced a recent setback, face imposer syndrome, or simply want to consider how to...   More >

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics

Seminar | February 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Scholar Information Meeting

Information Session | February 18 | 2-4 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

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 >

Seminars 218 and 271, Psychology and Economics and Development: Job Displacement Insurance and (the Lack of) Consumption-Smoothing

Seminar | February 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Francois Gerarad, Queen Mary

 Department of Economics

Joint seminar. Held on Tuesday Psych&Econ slot.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics (Joint with Development Seminar): Job Displacement Insurance and (the Lack of) Consumption-Smoothing

Seminar | February 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Francois Gerard, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Development Seminar

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Exclusion processes and Macdonald polynomials

Seminar | February 18 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Sylvie corteel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about the exclusion process on the ring, multiline queues and some permuted basements Macdonald polynomials.

Seminar 281, International Trade and Finance: Trucks

Seminar | February 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Treb Allen, Dartmouth

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Real Estate Seminar. Held at Evans on regular slot.

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Bases of non-negative functions in Hilbert spaces and free Banach lattices

Seminar | February 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mitchell Taylor, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A basis of a Banach space $X$ is a sequence $(x_k)$ in $X$ such that for every $x\in X$ there is a unique sequence of scalars $(a_k)$ such that $x=\sum _{k=1}^\infty a_kx_k$. Examples of bases in $L_2([0,1])$ include the Haar, Walsh, and trigonometric bases. A question arising independently in Engineering and Stochastic PDE is whether $L_p([0,1])$ admits a basis with each of the $x_k$ being a...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Derived invariants of varieties in positive characteristic

Seminar | February 18 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Daniel Bragg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A fundamental derived invariant associated to a smooth projective variety is its Hochschild homology. In positive characteristic, topological Hochschild homology gives another canonical derived invariant. We will explain how to compute with this object in practice, and as a consequence obtain some new restrictions on the Hodge numbers of derived equivalent varieties in positive characteristic. We...   More >

A Celebration of Doreen G. Fernandez’s "Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture”

Lecture | February 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Aileen Suzara, Chef/Educator, Sariwa Kitchen; Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

This book talk celebrates the reprinting of Doreen G. Fernandez’s Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture and will feature reflections on the book's impact by chef Aileen Suzara, who authored a new foreword for the reprinting, and by Prof. Catherine Ceniza Choy, who wrote the preface. First published in 1994, Tikim is a groundbreaking work that introduces readers to Filipino foodways.

Polariton chemistry: Molecules in optical cavities

Seminar | February 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Joel Yuen-Zhou, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

 College of Chemistry

Organic molecules interact strongly with confined electromagnetic fields in plasmonic arrays or optical microcavities owing to their bright transition dipole moments. This interaction gives rise to molecular polaritons, hybrid light-matter quasiparticles. Molecular polaritonics opens doors for new room-temperature opportunities for the nontrivial control of physico-chemical properties of...   More >

Notes of the Unsuccessful Writer in Progress: Dostoevsky and Shvarts Revise their City

Lecture | February 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Polina Barskova, Associate Professor of Russian Literature, Hampshire College

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

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

RTMP Seminar: Symmetric braiding on the derived category of character sheaves on $GL(n)$

Seminar | February 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kostya Tolmachov, Perimeter Institute and the University of Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

In view of recent developments in knot homologies, it is sometimes desirable to be able to compute Schur functors in certain triangulated categories of adjoint-equivariant sheaves on $GL(n)$. However, canonical braided structures in these categories are not symmetric, so aforementioned functors are not well-defined. I will report on a joint work with Roman Bezrukavnikov, where this deficiency is...   More >

Using Human-Centered AI to Combat Abusive Behavior on the Internet

Seminar | February 18 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306

 Eshwar Chandrasekharan, Ph.D Student, Georgia Tech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Abstract: Over 40% of Internet users report experiencing abuse online, with marginalized groups experiencing the most frequent and most severe forms of abuse. I aim to detect and discourage online abusive behavior using statistical machine learning and causal inference strategies. By examining how established platforms govern themselves, I create human-centered technology that better serves the...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Geometry of Ellipses

Seminar | February 18 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yuhan Jiang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A k-ellipse is a plane curve consisting of all points whose distances from k fixed foci sum to a constant. This talk concerns the singularities and genus of the Zariski closure of k-ellipses in the complex projective plane. At the end, we will discuss the canonical images of 3-ellipses in the moduli space of genus 3 curves.

Revisiting the Economics of German Overseas Imperialism, 1884-1918

Lecture | February 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Steven Press, Stanford University

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Center for German and European Studies

In the early 1900s, Germans discovered the richest diamond fields in history in the Protectorate of German Southwest Africa. Namibian diamonds quickly proved more than baubles. These tiny stones made an overlooked impact on the German colonial economy and even on German domestic politics. In addition, Namibian diamonds intersected with what has become a major topic of study: Germany’s genocidal...   More >

Steven Press

Designated Emphasis Open House and Information Session

Information Session | February 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 The Program in Critical Theory

Join the Program in Critical Theory’s faculty and students for a panel discussion and Q&A about the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Critical Theory. All UC Berkeley Ph.D. students interested in applying to the DE (due March 19) are invited to attend. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

The Program in Critical Theory’s DE enables graduate students already enrolled in UC Berkeley Ph.D....   More >

Supreet Kaur | The Malleability of Cognitive Capacity: A Novel Approach to Education in Schools

Lecture | February 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by Prof. Supreet Kaur, development economist at UC Berkeley.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Derived invariants of varieties in positive characteristic

Seminar | February 18 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Daniel Bragg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A fundamental derived invariant associated to a smooth projective variety is its Hochschild homology. In positive characteristic, topological Hochschild homology gives another canonical derived invariant. We will explain how to compute with this object in practice, and as a consequence obtain some new restrictions on the Hodge numbers of derived equivalent varieties in positive characteristic. We...   More >

An Evening with SambaNova

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join our engineers for a Q&A panel and fireside chat to hear their stories and their contributions to our effort to power the next generation of machine learning and AI.

We are hiring across all degree levels for full-time software and hardware engineers. Bring your resume to apply!

Dinner will be provided. First 10 attendees will receive wireless charges.

AIA Lecture - Spartan Taste: Through the Lens of Excavations at Geraki, Perioikic Geronthrai

Lecture | February 18 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in date

 Elizabeth Langridge-Noti, UC Davis

 AIA San Francisco Society

Lacedaimonian conservatism has been a recurring trope in scholarship, but current scholarship has begun to demonstrate how many of our assumptions about ancient Lacedaimon are later constructions. When examining material culture, this conservatism meant assumptions of local focus and production. The ancient acropolis at Geraki, as one of the few historical period settlements (as opposed to...   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

 Library

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 >

ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION: 2019-20 BRANNER, STUMP & BECKERMAN FELLOWS

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!