<< October 2017 >>

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Gardening with Chinese Herbs in the Bay Area

Workshop | October 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden, join Peg Schafer for a lecture on growing Chinese botanicals for beauty and medicine as well as medicinal edibles that grow well and make efficacious medicine here in the bay area. This slideshow presentation is followed by a one hour walk in the Chinese Medicinal Herb garden. Peg's book The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A...   More >

$35, $30 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Volleyball vs. Arizona

Sport - Intercollegiate - Volleyball | October 1 | 11 a.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Volleyball hosts Arizona in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

Women's Soccer vs. Arizona

Sport - Intercollegiate - Soccer | October 1 | 1 p.m. |  Edwards Track Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Soccer hosts Arizona in conference action at Edwards Stadium.

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 >

The Life of Wuxun

Film - Feature | October 1 | 2:30-6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Notorious as the first film banned by Mao and the PRC, The Life of Wuxun tells the real-life story of a Qing dynasty–era peasant who devoted his life to free education for all.

No Home Movie

Film - Documentary | October 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Akerman’s ultra-personal final work reflects on history, distance, memory, and intimacy, and reaffirms her inextricable relationship with her mother, a Holocaust survivor.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Anil Chopra Symposium

Conference/Symposium | October 2 |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

We are pleased to announce a Retirement Symposium and Celebration honoring the Career of Professor Anil K. Chopra. In 2015, Professor Chopra retired after 46 years of service on the faculty of UC Berkeley. Professor Chopra has an impressive list of contributions in earthquake engineering including fundamental technical knowledge, teaching and instruction, and consulting.

  Buy tickets by emailing clairejohnson@berkeley.edu

  Register by emailing clairejohnson@berkeley.edu

Crypto Economics Security Conference (CESC): Day 1

Conference/Symposium | October 2 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Hosted by Blockchain@Berkeley.

Public, permissionless blockchains are dependent for their security and reliability on their economic incentives and mechanism design. Some private, permissioned ones may be as well.

This conference will explore the economic security aspects of blockchains protocols, including game theory, incentive design, mechanism design and market design along with other...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | October 2 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

New Research in Oral History: Jacqueline Adams: Using music to denounce disappearances under a military regime

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Jacqueline Adams, Institute for the Study of Society Issues, UC Berkeley

 Oral History Center

Under repressive military regimes, it is not unusual for political dissidents to become the victims of enforced disappearance, whereby they are tortured and killed by the secret police, and all the while, their whereabouts are unknown to family members. How do the family members respond to this situation? In this paper, this question is addressed by examining the case of relatives of the...   More >

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Cecile Fortune, Flannery Lab; Kelly Byrne, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Kelly Byrne (Michael Silver Lab)

Title: The relationship between cholinergic enhancement and visuospatial perception

Abstract: Acetylcholine (ACh) is synthesized in the basal forebrain and diffused widely throughout the brain, exerting diverse neuromodulatory effects. Animal physiology studies indicate that in visual cortex, ACh modulates spatial integration by changing neuronal receptive...   More >

New Research in Oral History: Jacqueline Adams: Using music to denounce disappearances under a military regime

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Jacqueline Adams, Institute for the Study of Society Issues, UC Berkeley

 Oral History Center

Under repressive military regimes, it is not unusual for political dissidents to become the victims of enforced disappearance, whereby they are tortured and killed by the secret police, and all the while, their whereabouts are unknown to family members. How do the family members respond to this situation? In this paper, this question is addressed by examining the case of relatives of the...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Refinement of partition identities

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jehanne Dousse, Universität Zürich

 Department of Mathematics

A partition of a positive integer n is a non-increasing sequence of positive integers whose sum is n. A Rogers-Ramanujan type partition identity is a theorem stating that for all n, the number of partitions of n satisfying some difference conditions equals the number of partitions of n satisfying some congruence conditions. In 1993 Alladi and Gordon introduced the method of weighted words to find...   More >

Executive Functioning in Children and Their Caregivers: Implications for Adaptation and Resilience

Colloquium | October 2 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Jelena Obradović, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Children who know how to control their impulses, ignore distracting stimuli, manipulate information in the mind, and shift between competing rules tend to thrive in life. Professor Obradović will discuss how good self-regulation skills help children succeed in the school context and review her new research linking executive functioning, stress physiology, and parenting practices. She will...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Uniqueness of mean curvature flow through (some) singularities

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

 Or Hershkovits, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Given a smooth compact hypersurface in Euclidean space, one can show that there exists a unique smooth evolution starting from it, existing for some maximal time. But what happens after the flow becomes singular? There are several notions through which one can describe weak evolutions past singularities, with various relationship between them. One such notion is that of the level set flow. While...   More >

White Supremacy and the Academy: an Ethnographic Retrospective

Colloquium | October 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anthropology Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Anthropology

In a timely presentation,

Professor Nancy Scheper-
Hughes discusses the "The

Professor Watch List" an alt-
right watch list of Professors -

4 of them at UC Berkeley -
and other forms of academic
censorship. She will include
the story of "Berkeley’s
Raging Bull."

Did the late Anthropology
Professor, Vincent Sarich have the
right to teach blatant racist, sexist,
and homophobic...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Quantum K-theory of hypertoric varieties

Seminar | October 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Zijun Zhou, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Okounkov's quantum K-theory is defined via virtual counting of parameterized quasimaps. In this talk I will consider explicit computations in the case of hypertoric varieties, where the quantum K-theory relation will arise from analysis of the bare vertex function.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Symplectic Cohomology and Lagrangian Enumerative Geometry

Seminar | October 2 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Dmitry Tonkonog, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain a connection between the symplectic topology of Liouville domains and the Lagrangian enumerative geometry inside their compactifications. The enumerative invariants in question are the Landau-Ginzburg potentials and their higher Maslov index versions which I will introduce. I will explain the mirror context of the story as well as some applications, including a relationship between...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free Fisher information and non-microstates free entropy

Seminar | October 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Brent Nelson, NSF postdoctoral fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the non-commutative analogue of Fisher information, how it motivates the definition of a "non-microstates" free entropy and the various properties and applications of these two quantities.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Tamagawa Numbers of Linear Algebraic Groups

Seminar | October 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Zev Rosengarten, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

In 1981, Sansuc obtained a formula for Tamagawa numbers of reductive groups over number fields, modulo some then unknown results on the arithmetic of simply-connected groups which have since been proven, particularly Weil's conjecture on Tamagawa numbers over number fields. One easily deduces that this same formula holds for all linear algebraic groups over number fields. Sansuc's method still...   More >

Nick Sahinidis — ALAMO: Machine learning from data and first principles

Seminar | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Nick Sahinidis, Carnegie Mellon University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

We have developed the ALAMO methodology with the aim of producing a tool capable of using data to learn algebraic models that are accurate and as simple as possible. ALAMO relies on (a) integer nonlinear optimization to build low-complexity models from input-output data, (b) derivative-free optimization to collect additional data points
that can be used to improve tentative models, and (c)...   More >

Science in politics; politics in science

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Daniel Kammen, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group; Michael Eisen, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology

 Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor, Integrative Biology

 Berkeley Faculty Association

Science is under threat: its credibility as a research endeavor is being challenged by politicians; its funding has been cut; its messages are being discredited. The defense of science calls for a new politics. What should that look like? Resign in protest, run for office, march on the streets?

Seminar 271, Development: "Community Development in the Long Run"

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kate Casey, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Design Field Notes: Liat Berdugo

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Artist, writer, and curator Liat Berdugo will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive

Lecture | October 2 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, The Program for the Study of Italy, IES

The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural...   More >

St. Nikolai textile

The World Turned Upside Down: American Theater After Hamilton

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 T. Carlis Roberts, Professor, Music, UCB; Scott Saul, Professor, English, UCB; Meiyin Wang, Director and Producer, Director of La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival, La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival

 Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Professor, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB

 College of Letters & Science

An On the Same Page event.
Hamilton is becoming a generation-defining musical, like Rent, Hair, and others before it. This panel brings together experts in cultural criticism, ethnomusicology, theater practice, and arts administration to discuss the current and likely future impact of Hamilton's success upon American theater.

 Free and open to all on a first-come, first seated basis

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Floer Memorial Lecture: Constructing Relative Fundamental Classes

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Eleny Ionel, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Families of moduli spaces in symplectic Gromov-Witten theory and gauge theory are often manifolds that have "thin" compactifications, in the sense that the boundary of the generic fiber has codimension at least two. In this talk I will discuss a notion of a relative fundamental class for such thinly compactified families. It associates to each fiber, regardless whether it is regular or not, an...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Convergence of phase-field models and thresholding schemes for multi-phase mean curvature flow

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The thresholding scheme is a time discretization for mean curvature flow. Recently, Esedoglu and Otto showed that thresholding can be interpreted as minimizing movements for an energy that Gamma-converges to the total interfacial area. In this talk I'll present new convergence results, in particular in the multi-phase case with arbitrary surface tensions. The main result establishes convergence...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Time Lotteries

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Pietro Ortoleva, Princeton University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory seminar

* Please note change in time and location due to a joint event

Research/Funding Opportunities Workshop (Open Hours)

Workshop | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Alexa Aburto (Humanities), Ilexis Chu-Jacoby (STEM), Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop will introduce and expose students to various research programs and funding opportunities on campus. It will cover various program applications (such as the McNair Scholars Application), reaching out to mentors, getting solid letters of recommendations, and writing strong research proposals and personal statements. Presenters will also discuss their experiences with their research...   More >

Salil Tripathi | The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy

Reading - Nonfiction | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Salil Tripathi, Writer and Journalist

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Author Salil Tripathi discusses his new book, a beautifully wrought tale of the difficult birth and conflict-ridden politics of Bangladesh.

Getting Off to a Good Start in Your UX Career

Special Event | October 2 | 5:10-6 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Billie Mandell

 Information, School of

Billie Mandell is a UX design leader with two decades of experience.

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

East African Beer and Soda

SLAM: Funding your research: From startup to independence

Seminar | October 2 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Aaron Fields, UCSF

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Ever wonder how to effectively raise money to pay for a new lab, especially without a track record of success? How much does one graduate student cost anyways? Join us for a discussion with Aaron Fields, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF, to learn about his journey to fund his lab.

Berkeley Water Group's Screening of Water and Power: A California Heist

Film - Documentary | October 2 | 6-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Berkeley Water Group

Hey everyone!
We’re approaching the heart of midterm season, but be sure to take a study break and join us on Monday 10/2 for a documentary and discussion!
We will be watching Water & Power: A California Heist. It's a documentary about how a handful of corporate landowners took advantage of a state-engineered system and gained control of the state's most precious public resource, while drought...   More >

Implementing Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera

Lecture | October 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Artist and activist Tania Bruguera discusses the concept of Arte Útil, or “useful art.”

On Implementing Arte Útil: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Tania Bruguera, Artist and Activist

 Arts + Design

Tania Bruguera’s socially engaged, political projects apply the aesthetics of art to everyday life. Focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness, they are intensive interventions into the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics. In this talk, Bruguera will discuss her summer 2017 YBCA project, Arte Útil, and will explore the concept of...   More >

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Garden Closed

Holiday | November 4, 2014 – December 5, 2017 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day 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 from somewhere...   More >

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

TE-06 California MUTCD Update Workshop

Course | October 3 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Sacramento Area

 Rock Miller, Senior Principal, Transportation Planning & Traffic Engineering,, Stantec Consulting

 Institute of Transportation Studies, Technology Transfer Program

Learn where your prior California Supplement/Traffic Manual applications still apply or have become outdated. Fully understand where and how California practice differs from Federal practice to be in compliance. Pick-up wide-ranging good practices in applying these standards to new and existing transportation facilities in California.


  Registration opens June 22. Register online or by calling Dana Oldknow at 510-643-4393, or by emailing Dana Oldknow at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu by October 3.

McNair Scholars Program Application Workshop (open hours)

Information Session | October 3 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program), Suite 13

 Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

Drop-in Pre-Health Advising

Miscellaneous | August 29 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Marie Dutton, Pre-Health Advisor

 Career Center

Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. For students exploring, preparing for, and/or applying to medical school and other health professional graduate programs.

 Open to currently enrolled students and Alumni Advantage members.

Crypto Economics Security Conference (CESC): Day 2

Conference/Symposium | October 3 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Hosted by Blockchain@Berkeley.

Public, permissionless blockchains are dependent for their security and reliability on their economic incentives and mechanism design. Some private, permissioned ones may be as well.

This conference will explore the economic security aspects of blockchains protocols, including game theory, incentive design, mechanism design and market design along with other...   More >

Recombinant Poliovirus Cancer Immunotherapy

Seminar | October 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Matthias Gromeier, Duke University Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Nonparametric Risk Attribution for Factor Models of Portfolios

Seminar | October 3 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Kellie Ottoboni, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

Factor models are used to predict the future returns of a portfolio with known positions in many assets. These simulations yield a distribution of future returns and various measures of the risk of the portfolio. Clients would often like to identify sources of risk in their portfolios, but this is difficult when factors influence the portfolio in nonlinear ways, such as when returns are measured...   More >

Novartis Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Learning and Applying Nature’s Biosynthetic Logic

Seminar | October 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Bradley Moore, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

 College of Chemistry

Nature as a chemist continues to teach and inform us about the wonders of complex organic synthesis in a cell. Recent advances in genomics and metabolomics have ushered in a new era in natural products research linking genes to molecules. Synthetic biology programs now offer streamlined approaches to the discovery, production, and design of gene-encoded small molecules. This presentation will...   More >

Finding Health Statistics and Data

Workshop | October 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 356: D-Lab Convening Room

 Michael Sholinbeck, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library


Learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, as well as some authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on U.S. statistics, but sources of non-U.S. statistics will be covered as...   More >


  Register online or by calling 510-664-7000, or by emailing dlab-frontdesk@berkeley.edu

Social Networking

Workshop | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. |  University Hall

 Robyn Pease, Talent Acquisition Manager, Fundraising & Development

 Human Resources

Building on the basics, learn how to use LinkedIn to highlight career accomplishments; put your best foot forward; and research companies, people and job opportunities.

REGISTRATION required at the UC Learning Center through the Blu portal. Course code - BECAR306

  Register online

Development Lunch: "Local Matters: The Chief Administrative Officer and Public Service Delivery in Uganda" and "Two alternative measures of material welfare using properties of a Frisch demand system"

Seminar | October 3 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Isabelle Cohen; Elliot Collins

 Department of Economics

Student seminar series for development economics student in Econ and ARE.

"Reportage of Africa" and "Technology and Youth": MCF Graduate Scholars Summer Projects

Colloquium | October 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Monicah Wambugu, MIMS Student 2018, School of Information; Grace Oyenubi, Journalism Student 2018, Graduate School of Journalism

 Center for African Studies

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale

Colloquium | October 3 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Lia Fernald, PhD, MBA, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Hundreds of millions of young children experience adversities that disrupt formative developmental processes and contribute to life-long disparities in health, cognition, educational attainment, socio-emotional functioning, and economic productivity. This talk will review a 3-paper series published in the Lancet (2017), in which we estimate the number of children at risk, examine global...   More >

Drop-in Pre-Health Advising

Miscellaneous | August 29 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 1-3 p.m. | 3060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Caitlin Green, Pre-Health Advisor

 Career Center

Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. For students exploring, preparing for, and/or applying to medical school and other health professional graduate programs.

 Open to currently enrolled students and Alumni Advantage members.

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: "Stagnation Traps"

Seminar | October 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Luca Fornaro, CREI

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Stagnation Traps"

Seminar | October 3 | 2:10-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Luca Fornaro, Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional

 Department of Economics

joint with International Trade & Finance

3-Manifold Seminar: Profinite rigidity for groups and 3-manifolds

Seminar | October 3 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Nic Brody, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The profinite completion of the fundamental group $G$ of a 3-manifold $M$ is an assemblage of the possible finite quotients of $G$. If a $G$ has profinite completion different from that of any distinct $\pi _1 N$, $N$ a 3-manifold, then we say that $G$ is profinitely rigid. We will see some positive and negative results in the study of profinite rigidity, and review some open questions in this...   More >

School of Public Health's State of the School

Information Session | October 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Stefano Bertozzi, MD, PhD, Dean School of Public Health, Dean, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Dean Bertozzi invites all SPH affiliates to join him for a presentation of topics relevant to the School.

Clinical Science Psychology Students 3rd Yr Talk

Colloquium | October 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

 Department of Psychology

Ben Swerdlow
Talk Title: Toxic Side Effects of Interpersonal Emotion Regulation?: Focus on Shame

Jennifer Pearlstein
Talk Title: Mechanisms of Impulsive Reactions to Emotion: How Stress Impacts the Ability to Override Emotional Impulses 

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Information Session | October 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Algebraic Aspects of Lattice Polytopes

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

 Benjamin Braun, University of Kentucky

 Department of Mathematics

To a lattice polytope P one can associate a graded semigroup algebra K[P]. A well-known theorem due to Hochster implies that K[P] is Cohen-Macaulay, and since the 1970's there has been a fruitful interaction between combinatorics and commutative algebra using this construction. In this talk I will discuss (1) several open problems regarding the Hilbert series of K[P] (often referred to as the...   More >

Google Search Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Workshop | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Jennifer Dorner, Librarian, Library; Jesse Silva, Librarian, Library


One of the largest hurdles of using Google is the amount you must weed through. Some searches result in thousands of pages; who has time to go through all that? Did you know you can manipulate a regular Google search with a few hacks (such as adding site:url to limit to a specific url)? In this workshop we will cover many tips, tricks and strategies to make searching Google, Google Scholar,...   More >

 A Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library.

  RSVP online

Center for Race and Gender Open House Reception

Reception | October 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Join us for the CRG Open House and help welcome new CRG faculty director, Prof. Leti Volpp!

George C. Pimentel Seminar in Physical Chemistry: The Dynamics of Protons in Liquid Water Viewed through Ultrafast IR Spectroscopy

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Andrei Tokmakoff, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

Studying the structure of the excess proton in liquid water and the manner in which the excess charge is transported through water’s dynamic hydrogen bond network remains a daunting experimental challenge. This process has long been attributed proton transfer involving a sequential displacement of protons along a chain of hydrogen bonds that displaces the excess charge over long distance but not...   More >

LYS228, a novel monobactam to treat infections caused by multi-drug resistant Enterobacteriaceae

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Library Seminar Room 100D

 Dr. Folkert Reck, Senior Investigator II, Global Discovery Chemistry, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

 College of Chemistry

Book Talk Series: The Alternative: Most of What You Believe About Poverty is Wrong

Reading - Nonfiction | October 3 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 227 Haviland Hall

 Mauricio L. Miller


The Alternative challenges the assumptions that low-income families are either lazy, or victims needing to be saved. Mauricio L. Miller lays out and details his simple, evidenced-based and effective alternative solution to poverty—to invest in people’s demonstrated strengths, rather than weaknesses. Mauricio L. Miller is the founder of Family Independence Initiative (FII) and a MacArthur Genius...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Liaison among curves in $P^3$

Seminar | October 3 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Two curves X and Y are linked if their union is a complete intersection in $P^3$. The equivalence relation generated by linkage is called liaison. We survey the results on free resolution of curves, classification of liaison classes and minimal curves, and mention the relevance to the study of the Hilbert scheme of curves in $P^3$.

Just Food Podcast Launch

Special Event | October 3 | 5-7 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Graduate School of Journalism Library

 Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the Graduate School of Journalism., Nutrition Policy Institute, Public Health, School of, College of Natural Resources

Join us to celebrate the launch of JustFood, a new 6-part podcast series about cultivating justice and health, produced by the Berkeley Food Institute in partnership with the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the Graduate School of Journalism.

The event will feature a preview of our...   More >

WILL Seminar Talk: Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu

Seminar | October 3 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Tsu-Jae King Liu, EECS / UC Berkeley

 College of Engineering

As part of our Women Invested in Lifelong Leadership (WILL) series, Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu will be speaking about emotional intelligence and imposter syndrome and its effect on leadership. Please join us for this interactive session!

Dr. King Liu currently serves as Vice Provost for Academic and Space Planning, and she has previously served as the chair of the Department of Electrical...   More >

Illumina Infosession: Bio-Tech Connect: Industry Infosession Series

Information Session | October 3 | 5-7 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Calling all engineers, biological, and chemical science majors
who desire to help develop life changing technologies -
we want to meet you! Our team of engineers and recruiters (alumni too!) are excited to share about who we are and how YOU fit within Illumina. We’ll also share about our internship process and full time opportunities. DINNER PROVIDED!
Hosted by the Department of...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

What's Up with That? - Navigating the US Education System

Workshop | October 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Robert Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

The workshop will discuss various issues that international students face when trying to navigate the US Education System. This includes collaborative learning methods, citation requirements, usage of office hours, etc. We hope that the peer-to-peer discussion will help students to find tips on how to be a successful student at Cal.

  RSVP online

Oktoberfest Celebration: Dinner in the Dining Commons

Special Event | October 3 | 6-8 p.m. | International House, Dining Commons

 International House

German cuisine will be served for an Oktoberfest celebration, I-House style!
Enjoy traditional German cuisine and entertainment by the Deutscher Musikverein Band of San Francisco.

Menu: Traditional Sausages, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Sauerbraten-style Tri Tip, Riesling Chicken, Potatoes
German Beer for $3 w/ID 21+
FREE for I-House Residents, $15...   More >

Oktoberfest at International House

Accenture Labs Info-Session and Tech Talk

Information Session | October 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come join us for an evening of networking with Accenture Labs. Learn about Accenture’s Technology R&D and Innovation ecosystem, and how Accenture Labs is putting innovation to work for our clients. Our R&D groups research and apply newest technologies in areas spanning Quantum Computing, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics to help our clients boost results today and...   More >

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

*Garden Closed*

Special Event | October 4 |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Due to construction, the Garden will be closed today for public safety.
We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience!

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

*CANCELLED* Wellness Wednesdays in the Garden: Flower Power Yoga| Grow and Go with Chai!

Workshop | October 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Due to unexpected construction to improve accessibility at the front entrance of the Garden, Wellness Wednesday - Yoga in the Garden is cancelled for Wednesday, October 4. Please join us next week!

Round Table: Frontiers of Intelligent Systems and Soft Computing: Open discussion on topic, all levels of expertise welcome to join in

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1:50 p.m. | 443 Soda Hall

 Professor Ashok Deshpande, College of Engineering, Pune

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The Discussion Leader will be Professor Ashok Deshpande

Keywords: Fuzzy logic & soft computing. Educational data mining (EDM), student’s academic performance, Zadeh-Deshpande formalism, degree of certainty.

Light refreshments served.

Towards a Sustainable Archaeology Praxis: Lesson from St. Croix, USVI

Lecture | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Justin Dunnavant, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Archaeological Research Facility

The relationship between archaeologists and stakeholder communities has become a topic of introspection for researchers within the field. Throughout the years, communities have become increasingly involved in the various phases of research design, interpretation, and knowledge dissemination. Building upon these discussions, archaeologists and heritage professionals in St. Croix, USVI are...   More >

Noon Concert: Cello + Piano

Performing Arts - Music | October 4 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Burke Schuchmann, cello
Martha Wasley, piano
Cello + Piano
MENDELSSOHN Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major
BEETHOVEN Variations for Cello and Piano


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...   More >

Curating the Moving Image: From Cinemas to Galleries with Kate MacKay

Lecture | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kate MacKay, associate film curator at BAMPFA, discusses her experience as a film curator—from festivals to museum theaters to galleries—using specific case studies from her curatorial work.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Barry Sinervo "Predation-Mediated Speciation in the Ring species Ensatina eschscholtzii: Aposematic, Batesian, and Cryptic Salamanders and their Predators"

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Barry Sinervo

 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 >

The Global Lives Project: Connecting communities through video with David Harris: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 David Harris, Global Lives Project

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Free and open to the public. Register online by Monday for a free lunch at UC Berkeley. The CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12:00 pm Pacific time and is hosted live at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.

  Register online

“Science at Play!”

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Michelle Khine, UC Irvine

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The challenge of micro- and nano-fabrication lies in the difficulties and costs associated with patterning at such high resolution. To make such promising technology – which could enable pervasive health monitoring and disease detection/surveillance - more accessible and pervasive, there is a critical need to develop a manufacturing approach such that prototypes as well as complete manufactured...   More >

On Curating Film: From theaters to galleries: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Kate MacKay, Associate Film Curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

 Arts + Design

Kate MacKay, Associate Film Curator at BAMPFA, will discuss her experience as a film curator - from festivals, to museum theatres to galleries - using specific case studies from her curatorial work

Kate MacKay is Associate Film Curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. She has served as the programmer and interim artistic director of The...   More >

Colloquium: Consul General Sarkar and Prof. Bloemraad

Colloquium | October 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Rana Sarkar, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco; Irene Bloemraad, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Consul General Rana Sarkar and Prof. Irene Bloemraad will discuss trade and immigration issues, including NAFTA and DACA.

Lunch provided by our friends at the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco.

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

Refworks: Citation Management with Google Docs

Workshop | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library / 2101

 Susan Koskinen, Librarian, UC Berkeley


This hands-on workshop will cover citation management, inserting references, footnotes and creating bibliographies in Word and Google docs. Bring your laptop or use our desktops.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Cheating, community context, and coevolution in the yucca-yucca moth mutualism"

Seminar | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Kari Segraves, Syracuse University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Understanding biodiversity requires more than identifying the number of species on earth. We must also elucidate how species interactions govern the dynamics of communities, ecosystems, and species diversity. My lab uses a broad combination of approaches including experimental ecology, field observations, molecular phylogenetics, and population genetics to understand the role that interspecific...   More >

Legal Toolbox for Navigating a Loved One’s Care (BEUHS156)

Workshop | October 4 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Kathleen Day, Southworth Chavez & Day-Seiter in Orinda; Kristen Southworth, Southworth Chavez & Day-Seiter in Orinda

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

Proper planning for a loved one’s or your future care takes careful thought which can reduce the stress and burden on the family during a crisis. The presenters will provide valuable legal information you may want in your toolbox when managing a loved one’s care.

• Helpful Legal Documents
• Arranging for Care
• Availability of Public Benefits, including VA and Medi-Cal

Kristen...   More >

Book Talk Series: La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post-Millennials

Reading - Nonfiction | October 4 | 12:10-2 p.m. | 227 Haviland Hall

 David Hayes-Bautista


David Hayes-Bautista discusses his seminal work, La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post-Millennials which paints a vivid portrait of Latino society in California by providing a wealth of details about work ethic, family strengths, business establishments, and the surprisingly robust health profile that yields an average life expectancy for Latinos five years longer than that of the...   More >

The Self in Social Inference: Antecedents and Consequences of Perspective Taking

Colloquium | October 4 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Andrew Todd, Assistant Professor, UC Davis

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The ability to intuit what other people are thinking and feeling with some degree of accuracy is essential for effective communication and social coordination, making it important to understand both the factors that give rise to and the consequences that follow from perspective taking. In this talk, I’ll provide an overview of a program of research that examines the role of the self as an...   More >

Disability Insurance Income Saves Lives: Alexander Gelber, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy

Colloquium | October 4 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Alexander Gelber, Professor, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy

 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.

Supreme Court 2017

Lecture | October 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Marshall Krause and Roy Ulrich will discuss the Supreme Court's 2017 term, including the ramifications of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the court.

3D Printing Basics

Workshop | October 4 | 1-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Makerspace - 1st floor


2D printing was starting to get boring... So now we have 3D printing! Crazy stuff!

If you want to learn how to 3D print, come join us for our first official training session for the Fall 2017 semester! No prior experience is needed!!
You also need to RSVP, which is totally FREE! AND after you receive training, you'll be able to 3D print anything you want for free as well! What a deal, right?...   More >

 Cal Id Required for access into Moffitt Library.

Study Abroad Office Hours at EOP

Information Session | October 4 | 1-3 p.m. | 119 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you an EOP student interested in studying abroad? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at EOP every Wednesdays 1-3pm this semester. Come learn about different programs offered, study abroad scholarships, how to apply and additional services available.

Atrocities in Burma (Myanmar)

Lecture | October 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 134 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch

 Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Human Rights Center

Nearly half a million Rohingya have fled from Burma to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, and other mass atrocities. The United Nations recently called the situation “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing.” Come learn about the mounting crisis in Burma’s Rakhine State from Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division and professor of international human rights...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Hyperbolic three-manifolds and surface subgroups

Seminar | October 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Kahn, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

We will briefly review the definition and basic properties of closed and finite-volume hyperbolic 3-manifolds, and take a few minutes to place them in context of 3-manifolds more generally. Then we will outline the speaker’s work with Vladimir Markovic, constructing nearly geodesic surfaces in every closed hyperbolic 3-manifold.

Coffee Break

Social Event | October 4 – December 6, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee break is a welcoming weekly hour-long event at the wonderful Julie's Cafe, inviting international students to meet old friends and make new ones. It's a big campus, but at coffee break, everyone knows your name.

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | October 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Chaining, interpolation, and convexity

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

 Ramon van Handel, Princeton University

 Department of Statistics

Classical estimates on the suprema of random processes in terms of metric
entropy have found widespread use in probability theory, statistics,
computer science, and other areas. Such estimates are powerful and easy to
use, but often fail to be sharp. To obtain sharp bounds, one must replace
these methods by a multiscale analogue known as the generic chaining that
was developed by Talagrand....   More >

Growing Old in a New City: Time, the Post-Colony and Making Nairobi Home

Colloquium | October 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Bettina Ng'weno, University of California, Davis

 Department of Geography

Once imagined as a colonial city with restricted access to Africans and now planned as a “world class African metropolis,” the rapidly changing city of Nairobi has rarely been thought of as home. Nevertheless, the dreams and practices in old neighborhoods produced urban imaginaries and transformed the city. As yet another new Nairobi is taking shape, this article tries to understand what...   More >

The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa

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

 Ann Swidler, Professor Emerita of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Based on more than ten years of research in Malawi and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, I analyze global and local responses to the AIDS epidemic in Africa, looking at how the massive international AIDS effort interacts with existing African cultural and institutional patterns. Global responses to the AIDS epidemic reveal patterns common to development efforts more generally: tensions between...   More >

Design Innovation from Nature Lecture: "Learning from plants for livable architecture and sustainable building construction of the 21st century"

Lecture | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Thomas Speck, University of Freiburg

 Design Innovation from Nature

During the last decades biomimetics has attracted increasing attention as well from basic and applied research as from various fields of industry, architecture and especially from building construction. Biomimetics has a high innovation potential and offers the possibility for the development of sustainable technical products and production chains. The huge number of organisms with the specific...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Nearly geodesic surfaces in cusped hyperbolic manifolds

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jeremy Kahn, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe the new work with Alexander Wright, building on the speaker’s work with Vladimir Markovic, on constructing nearly geodesic surfaces in cusped hyperbolic 3-manifolds.

Applied Math Seminar: Reduced Order Data Assimilation for Complex Systems

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yoonsang Lee, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Department of Mathematics

Data assimilation or filtering of nonlinear dynamical systems combines numerical models and observational data to provide the best statistical estimates of the systems. Ensemble-based methods have proved to be indispensable filtering tools in atmosphere and ocean systems that are typically high dimensional turbulent systems. In operational applications, due to the limited computing power in...   More >

Can we evolve beyond thermal separation processes?

Colloquium | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Ryan Lively, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The rapid increase in global industrialization necessitates technology shifts in energy production, manufacturing, and carbon management techniques. Large energy costs in refineries, power plants, and manufacturing facilities using traditional separation techniques are currently a major opportunity for innovation. Approximately 10% of global energy use can be attributed to separation processes,...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Mathematical Explorations and Visualizations with Code

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

 Roger Antonsen, University of Oslo / UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The world of digital/algorithmic/generative art is blooming, and creative coding is becoming more and more popular. This talk is a part of a family of talks I give, where I try to highlight the connections between computer science, mathematics, and art. For the EECS Colloquium I will go more in depth and focus on the interplay between mathematical structures and programming, with many of my own...   More >

Heterogeneity: opportunities for causal inference and prediction

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Peter Bühlmann, ETH Zürich

 Department of Statistics

Heterogeneity in potentially large-scale data can be beneficially exploited for causal inference and more robust prediction. The key idea relies on invariance and stability across different heterogeneous regimes or sub-populations. What we term as "anchor regression" opens some novel insights and connections between causality and protection (robustness) against worst case interventions in ...   More >

Violent Passions: Polygamy and Power in Early America

Lecture | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Sarah Pearsall, University Senior Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World, University of Cambridge

 Department of History

Sarah Pearsall is University Senior Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World at Cambridge University. Her scholarship probes the intersections of gender, households, and sexuality with the development, maintenance, and end of colonies in a North Atlantic world. Her articles have appeared in Gender & History, the William & Mary Quarterly, the American Historical Review, and...   More >

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Film - Documentary | October 4 | 4-5:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This playful portrait captures filmmaker, artist, and musician Tony Conrad’s radical and creative life. “Essential viewing for anyone involved in the history of music and visual art” (Artforum). With Beverly and Tony Conrad’s short flicker film Straight and Narrow.

Physiological functions of mitochondrial dynamics

Seminar | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 David Chan, Cal Tech

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966-1969

Colloquium | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andrew Walder, Sociology, Stanford University

 Heather Haveman, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Drawing on accounts in more than 2,200 published county and city annals, this presentation provides an overview of the successive waves of rebellion and repression that spread across China from mid-1966 to the end of 1969. Several new observations emerge from broad patterns in these accounts. First, the collapse of civilian state structures due to rebel power seizures spread with remarkable...   More >

Physiological functions of mitochondrial dynamics

Seminar | October 4 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 David Chan, California Institute of Technology

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Men's Water Polo vs. Santa Clara

Sport - Intercollegiate - Water Polo | October 4 | 4:30 p.m. |  Spieker Aquatics Complex

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Water Polo hosts Santa Clara at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review

Course | September 6 – October 11, 2017 every Wednesday | 5-7 p.m. |  Online

 Rafat Raie, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Walnut Creek; Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec; Crystal Killiam, PE, City of Los Angeles; Obaid Khan, PE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Dublin

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to...   More >

Sara Ogger: The Public Humanities and the Ph.D. in an Expanded Sphere

Lecture | October 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall

 Sara Ogger, German Department

 Department of German

Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | October 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), Alexa Aburto (Humanities)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) and the American Cultures (AC) Center are proud to present Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research, from our three-part workshop series, Demystifying the Research Process. Humanities research applies to anyone wishing to study human culture and creations – including the arts, literature, policy, and more. Some of the humanities research process...   More >

MENA Lit Chat: Laleh Khadivi on A Good Country

Reading - Literary | October 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Laleh Khadivi

 Michael David Lukas

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for its MENA Lit Chat with author Laleh Khadivi on her novel A Good Country. A timely novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California--about where identity truly lies, and how we find it.

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – December 26, 2018 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3119 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.

Advisory Committee on Student Neighbor Relations

Reception | October 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Associated Students of the University of California, Chancellor's Office of Government & Community Relations

 Office of the Associated Students of the University of California External Affairs Vice President

This event is a partnership with the Chancellor's Office of Government & Community Relations, and the lack of location will put any further partnership at risk. I am heeding to you for guidance and help.

I really, really need a space for next week. Here is some information:
- The event in on October 4 from 6-8:30.
- We are looking for a space that we can have circular tables that seat...   More >

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Professor Steven Fish: Are Muslims Distinctive?

Lecture | October 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Zaytuna College, Sanctuary

 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Professor Steven Fish, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Graduate Theological Union

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic Professor...   More >

Science Cafe - Beyond the wilting point: Californian oak woodland responses to drought

Presentation | October 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany,, CA 94706

 Robert Skelton, Environmental Science, Policy & Management


California is likely to experience increased frequency of drought events as a consequence of global climate change. A tremendous challenge for plant ecologists is to understand how plant communities, such as the ecologically and culturally important Californian oak woodlands, are likely to respond to drought. Part of the solution to this challenge lies with understanding the plumbing system – the...   More >

Californian oak woodland responses to drought

Major!: October's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | October 4 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Movies at Moffitt presents MAJOR!

Mario Savio Memorial Lecture: Resistance: What does effective resistance look like and include today?

Lecture | October 4 | 8 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA

 College of Letters & Science

Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, will be this year’s featured speaker at the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture: "Resistance: What does effective resistance look like and include today?"

This memorial lecture series honors the memory of the late Mario Savio, spokesperson for Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, and the spirit of moral courage which he and other activists of his...   More >

 Free admission. Open to the public.

  RSVP online or or by emailing LSevents@berkeley.edu by September 27.