<< February 2017 >>

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Summer 2017 Registration Begins

Miscellaneous | February 1 |  CalCentral

 Department of Political Science

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

SP2017 Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition

Presentation | February 1 | 7 Evans Hall

 Chrystal Chang, Professor of International & Area Studies Academic Program, Political Science Department and Sociology Department; Daniel Baker, PhD student of Goldman School of Public Policy; Philip Rogers, Political Science PhD

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

The Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition, open to all undergraduate and graduate students across UC Berkeley, is a biannual event held by Project Pengyou, Berkeley Chapter. It is intended to foster discussion and collaborative research and to encourage creative and feasible policy-making, in a non-partisan environment, on key topics in the U.S.-China space.The winning team will receive a $20...   More >

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 4 – December 6, 2017 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.

 http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/hours_cost_location.

Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: The Latest Research on Sit-Stand Workstations with Dr. Carisa Harris-Adamson

Seminar | February 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series

 Carisa Harris-Adamson, Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education Program

In this ergonomics webinar Carisa Harris-Adamson PhD, CPE, PT provides a review of the latest research on outcomes for sit-stand workstations.

Objectives
On completion of this webinar participants will be able to:
∙∙ Describe the research evidence from both short- and long-term studies for common health risks that result from prolonged static sitting and standing work...   More >

$0 Free to view the webinar, $30 For CE credit

  Registration opens January 13. Register online or by calling info@coehce.org at 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org at info@coehce.org by February 1.

SURF Summer Research Scholarships (4k-6k) Info Session: Benefits, eligibility, application tips for these summer undergraduate research programs (surf.berkeley.edu)

Information Session | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Sean Burns, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, will discuss eligibility criteria for these two programs, benefits of the programs and tips for a successful application.

Chocolate Discovery Station

Special Event | February 1 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Does chocolate really grow on trees?! Come discovery where one of our favorite foods comes from, see the Theobroma cacao tree, learn about the process of making chocolate, and find out how monkeys help this plant in its native tropical forest. Docents will have an interactive display, including tastings - of course!

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Finite precision stability analysis of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting

Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Jianwei Xiao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is follow-up work of "On reliability of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting" from last semester's seminar talk. We investigate different updating formulas used in randomized QR factorization with column pivoting (RQRCP) and discuss the efficiency differences. We also analyze numerical stability of different RQRCP algorithms.

BioE Seminar: “Engineering of MRI to address evolving needs in cardiovascular research and clinical practice”

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Moriel Vandsburger, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 1
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Moriel Vandsburger
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
UC Berkeley

IARU Global Summer Program Information Session

Information Session | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn about study abroad opportunities through the 2017 Global Summer Program! Sponsored by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), the Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience for undergraduate students at eleven of the world’s leading research universities.

GSP provides research-intensive, residential summer courses to students from IARU member...   More >

Big Ideas: On the Left Edge: California's Renegade Tradition with Iain Boal

Lecture | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Iain Boal is a social historian of science and technics, affiliated with the University of California and Birkbeck College, London. He is one of the founders of the Retort Collective, an association of radical writers, teachers, artists, and activists, which has existed in the Bay Area for the past two decades. Boal coauthored Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War along with...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Noon Concert: James Lim, piano

Performing Arts - Music | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

James Lim, piano
HAYDN Sonata in C Major, Hob XVI: 50
CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
GINASTERA Sonata No. 1, Op. 22

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well...   More >

noon

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Miriam Zelditch and Don Swiderski "Adaptive and nonadaptive radiations of squirrels"

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Miriam Zelditch & Don Swiderski, Museum of Paleontology and Museum of Zoology, Univ. of Michigan

 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 >

Exploring Career Interests with the Strong Interest Inventory (BECAR101)

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

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Strong Interest Inventory is used to clarify prominent career and work interests.

 Search for BECAR101 in the Blu Portal under UCB Learning Center (left column). Enroll online

Persistent Places or Occupying Wild Open Spaces?: Alternative Pathways to 'Neolithization' in the Prehistory of the Near East

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

 Dr. Lisa Maher, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

With a specific focus on eastern Jordan, the Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq Project explores changing hunter-gatherer strategies, behaviors and adaptations to this vast area throughout the Late Pleistocene. In particular, we examine how lifeways here compare to surrounding areas and what circumstances drew human and animal populations to the region. Integrating multiple material cultural and...   More >

Deepnets and Tools to Boost Human Creativity

Lecture | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Gary Bradski, CTO, Arraiy.com

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Gary Bradski is CTO at Arraiy.com, which is building a computer vision and deep learning platform to provide customers new abilities to capture and understand the visual world. Bradski co-founded Industrial Perception, a company that developed perception applications for industrial robotic application (since acquired by Google in 2012) and has worked on the OpenCV Computer Vision library, as well...   More >

Free

 Free lunch at UC Berkeley if you register by the Monday before the talk (lunches limited). Register online

From body to brain: control of autonomic physiology by the sensory vagus nerve

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Rui Chang**, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Introducing UCNets, Wave 1: Drawing on Family and Being Drawn on by Family: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Claude Fischer, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

The US, China, and Cross-Strait Relations

Lecture | February 1 | 12:15 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Lounge

 Hung-Mao Tien, President, Institute for National Policy Research, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Hung-mao Tien, President, Institute for National Policy Research, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan, will speak about cross-Strait relations under the new U.S. administration.

Hung-Mao Tien is President and board chairman, Institute for National Policy Research, and former R.O.C. Minister of Foreign Affairs; Representative (Ambassador) to the United Kingdom, and Presidential Advisor.

Creating a Meaningful Life for Yourself and the World

Lecture | February 1 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Prof. Clair Brown's talk draws from her book Buddhist Economics to discuss how we can create a sustainable, equitable economy for all people.

Global warming and global inequality are interrelated problems that we must solve if we want future generations to enjoy life. Buddhist Economics addresses how to move from an economy driven by consumption and "more is better" to an economy that...   More >

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Information Session | January 25 – May 3, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 1-3 p.m. | 100 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | February 1, 2017 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

The Future of the Public University: Christopher Newfield, in Conversation with Carol Christ

Panel Discussion | February 1 | 2-4 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Christopher Newfield, Professor, UC Santa Barbara

 Carol Christ, Interim EVCP, Interim Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

 Wendy Brown, Professor

 Berkeley Faculty Association

The public university is facing unprecedented challenges: mounting budgetary pressures and a more hostile political climate. Two distinguished commentators will discuss the path the public university has taken so far, and possible roads ahead.

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 1 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Baldassano, PhD, Princeton University

 Department of Psychology

Segmenting, Connecting, and Recalling Events

Seminar | February 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Baldassano, Princeton University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Coffee Break!

Social Event | August 31, 2016 – April 26, 2017 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way.

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join the Coffee Break every Wednesday afternoon! Boost your global network and meetup with friends.

Coffee break, hosted by Berkeley International Office, is an informal weekly event where Cal students can connect, share stories, or learn about different culture and language. Free coffee for UCB students! Both international students and domestic students are welcome.

The Big Heat | Fritz Lang | United States, 1953

Film - Feature | February 1 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture from David Thomson

The Big Heat, Glenn Ford gives a fine performance of inward obsession as a police detective who crusades against organized crime and police corruption after his wife is killed by a car bomb.

General admission: $13.50. BAMPFA members: $9.50. UC Berkeley students: $7.50 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50 Special admission applies

  Tickets go on sale December 15. Buy tickets online

Up-down Markov chains on partitions and their diffusion analogs

Seminar | February 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Soumik Pal, Univ. of Washington

 Department of Statistics

A popular family of models of random partitions is called the Chinese Restaurant Process. We imagine n customers being seated randomly and sequentially at tables of a restaurant according to a fixed stochastic rule. Counting customers by the tables gives us a composition of n. Consider a Markov chain on such compositions where we remove a randomly chosen customer and reseat her. How can one...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Coarse grained density functional theory for the study of defects in crystalline materials

Seminar | February 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kaushik Bhattacharya, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

Defects determine critical properties of crystalline materials even though they occur at relatively low concentrations. They can interact over long distances through slowly decaying fields whose strength depends on the electronic structure of the core. Thus the study of defects requires electronic resolutions with continuum range. This talk will describe some of the mathematical and computational...   More >

Large, Sparse Optimal Matching in an Observational Study of Surgical Outcomes

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sam Pimentel, Department of Statistics, Wharton School, UPenn

 Department of Statistics

Every newly trained surgeon performs a first unsupervised operation. How do her patients' health outcomes compare with the patients of experienced surgeons? A credible comparison must (1) occur within hospitals, since health outcomes vary widely by hospital; (2) compare outcomes of patients undergoing the same operative procedures, since the risks differ in a knee replacement and an appendectomy;...   More >

EECS Colloquium: The Mechanical Side of AI

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Rob Wood, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Artificial Intelligence typically focuses on perception, learning, and control methods to enable autonomous robots to make and act on decisions in real environments. On the contrary, our research is focused on the design, mechanics, materials, and manufacturing of novel robot platforms that make the perception, control, or action easier or more robust for natural, unstructured, and often...   More >

Developing new microfluidic technologies to probe how proteins find their biophysical soul mates

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Polly Fordcy, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Michaelangelo Tabone

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Michaelangelo Tabone, Alumnus, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

Theorizing Black Europe; Strident Imperialists, Peripheral Colonial Beneficiaries and the contemporary politics of immigration and citizenship

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Stephen A. Small, Associate Professor, African American Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Professor Small frames today’s presentation from the perspective of the second group of analysts. Small defines Black Europe as being constituted by four overlapping, non-linear components, that have unfolded historically and are manifest today, each of which is irrepressibly gendered.

UCDC Info Session

Information Session | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 236 Evans Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

UCDC is a program which sends UC juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. to intern, do research, and take classes for a semester. UCDC students come from all majors, intern three to four days a week, and take two classes which each meet once a week. Students from UC campuses live and take classes at the UC Washington Center, an eleven-story building about six blocks from the White House....   More >

GSAC Seminar: "A Few Things Cognitive Science Tells Us About Effective Teaching”

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Professor Richard Felder, North Carolina State University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Overview

Information Session | February 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Spring deadlines for research programs are just around the corner!

Join the Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) program and other student researchers in an overview of well established research programs at UC Berkeley!

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. David Baker, Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Post-Evolutionary Biology: Design of novel protein structures, functions and assemblies

Abstract: Proteins mediate the critical processes of life and beautifully solve the challenges faced during the evolution of modern organisms. Our goal is to design a new generation of proteins that address current day problems not faced during evolution. In contrast to traditional protein engineering...   More >

Chern Lectures: Lecture 2 : Rigidity of black holes

Lecture | February 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

The gravitational waves detected recently by LIGO were produced in the final phase of the inward spiraling of two black holes before they collided to produce a more massive black hole. The experiment is entirely consistent with the so-called Final State Conjecture of general relativity, according to which general solutions of the initial value problem approach asymptotically, in any compact...   More >

A9 Info-Session

Information Session | February 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – December 26, 2018 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3106 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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

East Bay Science Cafe: Mass Extinctions: Learning from the fossil record

Presentation | February 1 | 7 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

 Seth Finnegan, UC Museum of Paleontology

 Science@Cal

Paleontologist Seth Finnegan takes us on a journey through the fossil record for a deeper understanding of mass extinctions and shares some of the current debates surrounding them.

Ordovician sea life courtesy of William B.S. Berry

Sonita: February's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | February 1 | 7-9 p.m. | 150 D Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Library

Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester. M@M is free.

Film synopsis...Sonita relates the story of an 18-year old Afghan refugee in Iran who considers Michael Jackson and Rihanna her "spiritual parents" and aspires to big-time rap fame. Unwavering commitment to creative self-actualization CAN BE a form of resilience in the face of arranged marriage,...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance

February Movie @ Moffitt

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club: To Gain Confidence and Find Your Voice

Meeting | December 1, 2016 – December 7, 2017 the first Thursday of the month every month | 7:30-8:30 a.m. | Au Coquelet Cafe, (backroom)

 2000 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

 Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club

Find out how to improve your public speaking skills and build confidence through the Toastmaster.

If you have wanted to improve your communication skills, practice public speaking and leadership, but find it difficult to do on your own, this is the place for you.

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursday 7:30am - 8:30am every month
Free street parking and close to Downtown Berkeley BART

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) School District Leadership Seminar

Workshop | February 2 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS), BaySci: A Partnership for Bay Area Science Education

This event is for school district science leadership teams (comprised of district administrators, principals, and teacher leaders). This event will be held October 13, 2016; February 2, 2017; and April 24, 2017.

Contact our BaySci Program Director, Vanessa Lujan, at vlujan@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-0311 if you have any questions or are interested in joining our district network.

  RSVP by calling Vanessa Lujan at 510-643-0311, or by emailing Vanessa Lujan at vlujan@berkeley.edu

RADPD - Foundational - F3 Customer Service for the RA

Course | February 2 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A soft skills workshop that covers essential customer service and workplace communication techniques, with a special emphasis on setting up, preparing for, facilitating, and debriefing an RA’s initial meeting with their PI's.

  Register online

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.

 http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/hours_cost_location.

(Canceled) Apple Networking Day

Information Session | February 2 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge | Canceled

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Apple is a place where people from all backgrounds get together to do their life’s best work. Come join us.

Please bring multiple copies of your resume. Questions? Email ucberkeley@apple.com.

Please RSVP if you can: https://surveys.apple.com/f/209308/4d42/

Free First Thursday at BAMPFA

Special Event | February 2 – December 7, 2017 the first Thursday of the month every month | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

First Thursdays are a great time to visit BAMPFA. The galleries are free all day and we offer guided exhibition tours.

free admission to the galleries

PMB Seminar : "Dare to be different- regulators and mechanisms for asymmetric cell division in plants"

Seminar | February 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Juan Dong, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Nvidia Info-Session

Information Session | February 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Information Session

Information Session | February 2 | 12 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program at UC Berkeley targets students with exceptional academic promise in the humanities or social sciences and potential for academic careers that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in the academy. The program supports Fellows by providing mentorship and the environment and resources to strive for the highest academic goals.

Respect: A Developmental Science Approach to ‘Wise' Behavior Change in Adolescence

Lecture | February 2 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 David Yeager, Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin

 Center on the Developing Adolescent

In this presentation he will discuss a conceptual framework for more effective behavior change interventions in adolescence through the use of developmental-science informed approaches. This builds on a series of studies he and his colleagues have conducted focusing on the challenges and limitations in many traditional approaches to behavior change in adolescences—particularly school-based...   More >

Fireside Chat with Vincent Stanley, Patagonia Chief Storyteller: Peterson/Dean's Speaker Series

Panel Discussion | February 2 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room (C420)

 Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy, Patagonia

 Sara Beckman, Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business

 Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business

Vincent Stanley will be joined by Dr Sara Beck (Haas School of Business) to discuss the responsible company, what Patagonia is doing to be that company and how you can make a difference.

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Rick McGeer: The Matrix: A Field Guide to the Next Internet

Seminar | February 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory

 Rick McGeer, US Ignite

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

The past 15 years has seen the emergence of a large number of distributed infrastructures: PlanetLab and GENI in the United States, GLab, NorNet and FED4FIRE in the EU, SAVI in Canada, VNode in Japan, and many others. These infrastructures can be viewed as a new kind of network or a new kind of cloud. As a network, one that is defined by computational services rather than protocols or hardware;...   More >

IB SEMINAR: Animal speciation from the microbe’s vantage point

Seminar | February 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Seth Bordenstein, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Integrative Biology

Earth Week Planning Committee

Meeting | February 2 – April 27, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-2 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Interested in planning Earth Week 2017 at UC Berkeley? The Student Environmental Resource Center is (SERC) is recruiting individual students and student representatives from environmental and sustainability student organizations to join the Earth Week 2017 Planning Committee.

Meetings will be held weekly on Thursdays from 1pm-2pm in Sproul 102. Drop-ins are welcome.

DAG seminar: DG categories

Seminar | February 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Gammage, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Following works of Drinfeld, Keller, Toën, Lurie, and others, we will tour the homotopical context in which dg categories reside.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor:

Seminar | February 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jen Kwok, UCB; Raffaele Saggio, UCB

 Department of Economics

Jen Kwok - "Influence of Provider Continuity on Healthcare Utilization"

Raffaele Saggio - "The Effects of Temporary Contracts on the Wage and Productive Structure: Evidence from Italy"

Gots’udi ní̜dé Dene xedə́ t’áodéʔa: Indigenous Language Resilience in Canada: Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture in Canadian Studies

Lecture | February 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Keren Rice, University of Toronto

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

The 2017 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture in honor of the founder of the Canadian Studies Program will be delivered by internationally renowned linguist and Order of Canada Recipient Dr. Keren Rice of the University of Toronto. 3 PM, Thursday February 2, 2017. 223 Moses Hall, University of California, Berkeley.

Gots’udi ní̜dé Dene xedə́ t’áodéʔa:...   More >

Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | February 2 | 3-4 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

Film Screening: People are the Sky: A Journey to North Korea

Film - Documentary | February 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Filmmaker

 John Lie, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is the first Korean American filmmaker to be given official permission by the North Korean government to film inside its borders. Kim-Gibson seamlessly weaves her own personal story as a native born North Korean, with the fractious history of the North/South division.

Functional Nanomaterials from Self-Assembly

Seminar | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Uli Wiesner, Cornell University

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Global problems including energy conversion and storage, clean water and human health require increasingly complex, multi-component and functional materials with unprecedented control over composition, structure, and order down to the nanoscale. This talk will give examples for the rational design of novel functional hybrid nanomaterials inspired by biological examples. Discussion will include...   More >

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory

Colloquium | February 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, International Studies Program at New America

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies

Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, al-Adl’s plan has...   More >

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory by Brian Fishman

Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | February 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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 engaged students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a socially engaged project after their graduation.

Several prizes may be awarded, each...   More >

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "TBA"

Seminar | February 2 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Jim Robinson - University of Chicago, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Chern Lectures: Lecture 3 : The problem of stability

Lecture | February 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

The gravitational waves detected recently by LIGO were produced in the final phase of the inward spiraling of two black holes before they collided to produce a more massive black hole. The experiment is entirely consistent with the so-called Final State Conjecture of general relativity, according to which general solutions of the initial value problem approach asymptotically, in any compact...   More >

QB3 Postdoc Seminar: Role of phosphoinositides and individual subunits in the assembly state, and localization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae TORC2 complex

Seminar | February 2 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 621 Stanley Hall

 Nieves Martinez Marshall (Thorner lab)

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

The ability to maintain homeostasis of the cell surface area in response to environmental insults and intracellular changes in lipid metabolism is essential for eukaryotic cell survival. A key regulator of membrane homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is TORC2, a multiprotein complex that contains the evolutionarily conserved protein kinase Target of Rapamycin (TOR). The localization of TORC2...   More >

NOT a Theology of the New Testament

Lecture | February 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Dale B. Martin, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University, and Danforth Visiting Professor of Theology, St. Louis University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

For the past two centuries, scholars have attempted to derive orthodox Christian theology by reading the New Testament. They have, however, insisted that any contemporary theology be based on historical-critical exegesis of the ancient text, taking the meaning relevant for today from what scholars decide was the meaning intended by the original author or understood by the original audience....   More >

Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance: The Graduate Speaker Series

Panel Discussion | February 2 | 5-7 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Sharon Hayes; Mimi Thi Nguyen

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Arts + Design, College of Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment Environmental Design, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Our current political moment demands that we think carefully and closely about the legacies of protest in the United States. Such reflection is crucial for the cultivation of future activist imaginaries. To this end, Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance, brings together feminist artist Sharon Hayes with feminist theorist and punk lifer Mimi Thi Nguyen...   More >

Applied Algebra Seminar: Bivariate Real Stability Testing

Seminar | February 2 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Ryder, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a strongly polynomial time algorithm which determines whether or not a bivariate polynomial is real stable. As a corollary, this implies an algorithm for testing whether a given linear transformation on univariate polynomials preserves real-rootedness. The proof exploits properties of hyperbolic polynomials to reduce real stability testing to testing nonnegativity of a finite number of...   More >

Professor Philipp Bleek at the Berkeley Forum: Disarming Syria’s Chemical Weapons and Lessons for Reducing Threats Elsewhere

Lecture | February 2 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 The Berkeley Forum

After Syria’s government breached the international norm against using chemical weapons in 2013, a U.S.-led international coalition pressured the Assad regime to disarm one of the world’s last remaining chemical weapons arsenals. How Washington laid the diplomatic, technical, and procedural groundwork that enabled this modest but important accomplishment, in the context of a broader conflict that...   More >

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Men's Basketball vs. Utah

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 2 | 6 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Utah at Haas Pavilion.

Wish Info-Session

Information Session | February 2 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Wish is one of the world's largest mobile commerce platforms with only 40 engineers.

Looking for full-time?
From building world-class machine learning technology, to a great user experience, to the platform that moves millions of packages around the globe every day, to scaling the infrastructure that keeps it all running, there are no shortage of hard problems. Come help us tackle problems;...   More >

Student Union Open House: Free food, lots of prizes, fun games.

Special Event | February 2 | 7-10 p.m. |  ASUC Stores (King Student Union)

 Bank of the West, Amazon@ASUC Student Union, Cal Student Store

Win socks, a bike, a textbook scholarship, eat free food, play in the Game Zone, learn about your Student Union!

Sorrows of the Struggle | (Tristezas de la lucha) | Paz Encina Paraguay, 2014-16

Film - Feature | February 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A trilogy of short films that explores life in Paraguay during and after the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner. Familiar and Arrival were both made using audio recordings and documents found by Encina in the Archives of Terror—the archive amassed by the dictatorship’s police, documenting their own human rights violations from 1954 to 1989. Sorrows of the Struggle, the only fictional...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Music and Song from Mongolia

Performing Arts - Music | February 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Cal State University, East Bay, Recital Hall (MB1055), Music Building

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Music Department, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

An exploration of the diversity of Mongolian music, from traditional folk to folk-inspired hip-hop, mixing ethnographic video and audio recordings, narration, and live musical performance.

Performers and speakers include:
Charlotte D’Evelyn, Loyola Marymount University
Urtaa Gantulga, Musician
Tamir Hargana, Northern Illinois University
Peter Marsh, California State University, East...   More >