<< March 2018 >>

Monday, March 5, 2018

WiDS Berkeley: The Global Women in Data Science Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 5 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  South Hall

 Information, School of

The UC Berkeley School of Information is excited to partner with Stanford University to bring the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference to Berkeley, California.

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is an annual one-day technical conference based at Stanford, which brings together data scientists and professionals in adjacent fields from around the globe to discuss the latest...   More >

  Register online

Combinatorics Seminar: Unified theory for finite Markov chains

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anne Schilling, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We provide a unified framework to compute the stationary distribution of any finite irreducible Markov chain or equivalently of any irreducible random walk on a finite semigroup S. Our methods use geometric finite semigroup theory via the Karnofsky-Rhodes and the McCammond expansions of finite semigroups with specified generators; this does not involve any linear algebra. The original Tsetlin...   More >

CEQA Transportation Impact Analysis under SB-743: Resources, Methods, and Tools

Special Event | March 5 – 7, 2018 every day with exceptions | 12-4 p.m. |  Online

 Chris Ganson, Senior Planner, California Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR); Jeannie Lee, Senior Counsel, California Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR)

 Technology Transfer Program

Senate Bill (SB) 743 represents a fundamental shift in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) transportation impact analysis that has implications for local and regional transportation planning. As required by SB 743, the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has recommended the replacement of vehicle LOS with vehicle miles of travel (VMT) as the new metric for...   More >

$145.00 CA Public Agency, $290.00 Standard Fee

  Register online or by calling 510-643-4393, or by emailing registrar-techtransfer@berkeley.edu

Knowledge from Language via Deep Understanding

Seminar | March 5 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Danqi Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I explore novel neural network approaches that open up opportunities for getting a deep understanding of natural language text.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Non-amenable, hyperfinite subfactors

Seminar | March 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Mathematics

I will present constructions of hyperfinite subfactors with infinite representation theory that cannot be recovered from their standard invariant. While it is open how to distinguish such non-amenable subfactors in general, some invariants are known and will be discussed. I hope to convince you that the world of non-amenable, hyperfinite subfactors is extremely interesting.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Gluing constructions for constant mean curvature hypersurfaces

Seminar | March 5 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christine Breiner, Fordham University

 Department of Mathematics

Constant mean curvature (CMC) surfaces are critical points for the area functional, subject to an enclosed volume constraint. Classical examples include spheres and cylinders. Until the late 1980's the only other known examples were the Wente torus and the rotationally symmetric surfaces of Delaunay. In 1990, Kapouleas developed a gluing construction that produced infinitely many new examples of...   More >

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

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

 David Atkin, MIT

 Department of Economics

On the benefits of being lost: When supporting exploration leads to better learning

Colloquium | March 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Ido Roll, Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of British Columbia

 Graduate School of Education

Most scaffolding literature advocates for providing novice learners with detailed explicit support. In this talk I will share examples that suggest otherwise, namely, that novice learners benefit more from implicit support for exploration. These examples span diverse STEM topics and student populations. Identifying commonalities across these, I will suggest forms of task and feedback that...   More >

Nuclear quality control and the RNA exosome

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Christopher Lima, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 College of Chemistry

Statistics and Data Science: the Prediction and Modeling Cultures

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Roderick Little, University of Michigan

 Department of Statistics

I recently taught a course entitled "Seminal Papers and Controversies in Statistics", and Leo Breiman's (2001) article "Statistical Modeling: The Two Cultures" was a very popular paper with students. The paper contrasts the machine learning culture, with it's focus on prediction, with more classical parametric modeling approach to statistics. I am more in the parametric modeling camp, but...   More >

Unhappy in its Own Way: Revising the English Family Novel on Russian Soil

Colloquium | March 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Anna Berman, Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University

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

This is the second lecture of the Spring 2018 Slavic Graduate Colloquium lecture series.

IB Seminar: Title to be announced

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rebecca Tarvin, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Integrative Biology

Cultivating the Paddy to Cultivate the Future: Joy and Challenges of a Small Scale Farmer in Rural Japan

Seminar | March 5 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Nami Yamamoto, Kyoto University

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Nami Yamamoto is an urban migrant from Osaka, Japan, who decided to go into the rural area and live there as new dweller with her partner and two young children. She will share the living experiences full of joy and difficulties in search of an alternative lifestyle in a rural village in Japan.

  RSVP online

Lacrosse vs. Robert Morris

Sport - Intercollegiate - Lacrosse | March 5 | 5 p.m. |  Memorial Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Lacrosse hosts Robert Morris at Memorial Stadium.

LAEP LECTURE: Joan Iverson Nassauer

Lecture | March 5 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MARCH 5, 6:00PM - Wurster Auditorium

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 22 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter (check for location updates). This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases (water, soda, coffee, tea, beer, etc.), but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and...   More >

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

The Perennial Mindset in the Era of Ageless

Lecture | March 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Gina Pell, Content Chief, The What; Susan Hoffman, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

While the world argues about who, or which generation, is relevant ... Gina Pell, tech entrepreneur and Berkeley alum, offers has coined the term Perennials to describe an ever-blooming group of people of ALL ages, stripes, and types who transcend stereotypes and make connections with each other and the world around them. Perennials don't let age define their interests, tastes, social behavior,...   More >

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2018 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...   More >

Science and Literacy Playgroup

Meeting | October 31, 2017 – May 15, 2018 every Tuesday with exceptions | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)

 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

 Chancellor's Community Grant, Trybe Inc.

Have fun and meet other families in West and South Berkeley.
For Children ages 05 and their caregivers.
Free, drop-in, snacks, circle time, arts and crafts and science activities.

Genentech Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Fluorescent Sensing and Logic Systems

Seminar | March 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Amilra De Silva, School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Queen's University Belfast

 College of Chemistry

One of the main principles underlying fluorescent sensors is based on PET (photoinduced electron transfer), according to which a switching ‘on’ of fluorescence in response to chemical1 and biochemical2 analytes can be designed. Since its generalization in Colombo, Sri Lanka, it has now grown to involve 350 laboratories around the world. Some of these sensor systems are serving in critical care...   More >

Necroptosis beyond death: new roles for a cell death pathway in infection and immunity

Seminar | March 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Andrew Oberst, University of Washington, Department of Immunology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Art + Feminism

Special Event | March 6 | 12-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Drop in 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library on Tuesday, March 6 from 12noon-5:00pm for an...   More >

2018-19 Graduate Fellows Program Application Workshop

Workshop | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

In its forty years of existence, the Graduate Fellows Program (GFP) has provided an interdisciplinary research and training environment as a complement to, and resource for, UC Berkeley graduate programs in the social sciences and professional schools. Over 150 UC Berkeley graduate students have completed their doctoral studies and gone on to distinguished academic careers that have significantly...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Rebecca Tarvin: (seminar title TBA)

Seminar | March 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Rebecca Tarvin (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ/IB Faculty Search. 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist know you are there for the seminar. The library is located in the rear of the Museum on the north side - follow the orange directional signs.

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Moral Values and Voting"

Seminar | March 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ben Enke, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: 3rd year talks

Colloquium | March 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Joe Winer, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley; Christina Merrick, Graduate Student, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Learning vs? Education

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Leah Buechley, Rural/Digital

 Graduate School of Education

In my career as a researcher and designer I’ve worked to nurture young people’s interests by engaging them in creative activities that blend technology and art. I’ve focused primarily on what young people do outside of school, guided by the belief that the things kids are most interested in and excited about shape their lives as much as the classes that they take. I’ve mostly evaded the political...   More >

Arts in the Afternoon: Kaleidoscope of Song: Classical, Jazz and Musical Theater

Performing Arts - Music | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Candace Johnson, Music Department

 The Women's Faculty Club

Candace Johnson with pianist Ben Flint performs a variety of songs from a wide range of traditions - classical, jazz and musical theater.

  Make reservations by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by March 5.

Storm Clouds Over The Western Pacific: Challenges To American Strategy In East Asia

Lecture | March 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Canceled

 Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Former Director of National Intelligence

 Institute of International Studies

Admiral Dennis Blair currently serves as a director and advisor to National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America’s Future Energy, and Freedom House. Admiral Blair has also served on the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research and...   More >

Harold S. Johnston Seminar in Physical Chemistry: Exploring uncharted regions of atmospheric reaction pathways

Seminar | March 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Marsha Lester, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

 College of Chemistry

Alkene ozonolysis is a primary oxidation pathway for alkenes emitted into the troposphere and also an important source of atmospheric hydroxyl radicals. Alkene ozonolysis takes place on a reaction path with multiple minima and barriers along the way to OH products. In particular, a key reaction intermediate, known as the Criegee intermediate, R1R2COO, had eluded detection until very recently. In...   More >

Air Around Us: Science, Technology, and Health: CEE Spring Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | March 6 | 5-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 William Nazaroff, Daniel Tellep Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept., UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This lecture features three vignettes that illustrate recent advances in knowledge about the air we breathe. The advanced analytical capability combined with deep domain knowledge is yielding surprising new insights about the composition of the air around us.

What's Up With That - Changing Self

Workshop | March 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Robert Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

As you spend more time in the US and UC Berkeley as an international student, you will start to see a shift in the way you speak, think, and present yourself. Welcome to your version 2.0!

In this session of What's Up with That?, we will discuss how to manage and deal with these changes.

Library Lecture: Joseph Slusky

Lecture | March 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Joseph Slusky, an artist, sculptor and faculty member in the College of Environmental Design for more than thirty years will discuss his sculpture and two-dimensional work spanning a period of over fifty years.

Joseph Slusky - Steel Dreams: Dialogs in Two and Three Dimensions

Lecture | March 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium

 Joseph Slusky


Joseph Slusky, an artist, sculptor and faculty member in the College of Environmental Design for over thirty years will discuss his sculpture and two-dimensional work spanning a period of over fifty years. Five of his sculptures are on permanent display in the Environmental Design Library. Professor Slusky will trace the historic roots of his work and the journey of subconscious exploration.

Joseph Slusky

Baseball vs. Xavier

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | March 6 | 7:05 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts Xavier at Evans Diamond.

Cal at Golden State Warriors: vs. Brooklyn Nets

Special Event | March 6 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. |  Oracle Arena

  , Oakland, CA

 Cal Alumni Association

Cal Night at the Golden State Warriors.

$80, $90

 promo code: CAL. Tickets go on sale February 1.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 3 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

SERC Alumni Mixer

Social Event | March 7 |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

more details to come!

Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee

Meeting | January 31 – April 18, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Are you interested in planning UC Berkeley's 2018 Earth Week? SERC is recruiting individual student leaders and/or student representatives from environmental student organizations to join the Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee. Sign up at tinyurl.com/EarthWeekCommittee

Online MEng Info Session

Information Session | March 7 | 9-10 a.m. |  Online

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Learn more about our inter-disciplinary Master of Engineering professional program at University of California, Berkeley’s College of Engineering. Staff and students will answer your questions and discuss our innovative leadership curriculum, capstone projects, technical concentrations, dedicated career services, and admissions criteria.

  Register online

Collaborating Effectively in the Workplace

Workshop | March 7 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Sara Thacker, Staff Ombuds Office

 Staff Ombuds Office

To be successful in the rapidly changing workplace, where jobs and people change fast – staff must be able to collaborate with a variety of people within and outside the organization who have the skills, resources, and influence to tackle increasing complex challenges. Collaboration is a skill and a set of practices that are rarely taught in the workplace. In this course staff will learn about...   More >

The Afterlife of Gender: Transgender Deaths and Familial, Religious and Political Belonging in Contemporary Turkey

Lecture | March 7 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Asli Zengin, Research Associate and Visiting Professor in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender

Associations between death, sovereignty, and gendered belonging have received little scholarly attention in social sciences and humanities. Professor Zengin's talk explores this intricate and intimate relationship by focusing on Sunni Muslim transgender people’s deaths, their funeral ceremonies and burial and mourning practices in Turkey.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Ferredoxin - protein interactions and energy transduction in Photosynthesis"

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Toshiharu Hase, Osaka University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Hase is Professor Emeritus of Osaka University and formerly affiliated to the Institute of Protein Research at Osaka University. His research interests include photosynthetic electron transfer, ferredoxin-dependent redox metabolisms and the structure/function of redox enzymes.

Noon Concert: Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | March 7 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

Robert Calonico, director
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
HOLST First Suite in Eb Major
LAURIDSEN arr. Reynolds O Magnum Mysterium
IVES Variations on “America”


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...   More >

CEQA Transportation Impact Analysis under SB-743: Resources, Methods, and Tools

Special Event | March 5 – 7, 2018 every day with exceptions | 12-4 p.m. |  Online

 Chris Ganson, Senior Planner, California Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR); Jeannie Lee, Senior Counsel, California Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR)

 Technology Transfer Program

Senate Bill (SB) 743 represents a fundamental shift in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) transportation impact analysis that has implications for local and regional transportation planning. As required by SB 743, the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has recommended the replacement of vehicle LOS with vehicle miles of travel (VMT) as the new metric for...   More >

$145.00 CA Public Agency, $290.00 Standard Fee

  Register online or by calling 510-643-4393, or by emailing registrar-techtransfer@berkeley.edu

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Robert Hass: A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry

Lecture | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Professor of English and former US poet laureate Robert Hass reveals the role of instinct and imagination within poetic form, demonstrating his formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Bret Payseur: Genetics of rapid and extreme size evolution in island mice

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Bret Payseur

 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 >

Pre-Industrial Iron-Working in Central India: a New Perspective

Lecture | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Tathagata Neogi, Ph.D., Founder, Heritage Walk Calcutta

 Archaeological Research Facility, Institute for South Asia Studies

The research revealed a complex set of decisions involved in the organization and spread of metal production in the landscape that provided an explanation for the location of archaeological sites.

How the power of diversity creates better groups, firms, schools, and societies: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Excess Baggage: How Physicians' and Patients’ Race-Related Beliefs and Attitudes Affect Racially Discordant Clinical Interactions

Colloquium | March 7 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Louis A. Penner, Professor, Wayne State University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

There are pervasive and persistent disparities in the health of Nonhispanic White Americans and most racial ethnic/minorities; the greatest of these are between Black and White Americans. There are multiple, complex reasons for this but disparities in the quality of healthcare received by Black and by White patients is one well-documented cause. One important aspect of healthcare disparities...   More >

Reducing Caregiver Stress with Breema (BEUHS177)

Workshop | March 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Arlie Mischeaux, The Breema Center

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

This interactive workshop for caregivers will introduce you to Breema, a body centered meditation/mindfulness practice that creates an experience of relaxation, balance, and harmony. Breema practice supports physical and mental flexibility, as well as mental clarity, vitality, and emotional balance. Participants will engage in various movements, including gentle stretches, rhythmic movements, and...   More >

  Enroll online

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 >

An almost-linear time algorithm for uniform random spanning tree generation

Seminar | March 7 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Aaron Schild, U C Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We give an m^{1+o(1)} beta^{o(1)}-time algorithm for generating uniformly random spanning trees in weighted graphs with max-to-min weight ratio beta. In the process, we illustrate how fundamental tradeoffs in graph partitioning can be overcome by eliminating vertices from a graph using Schur complements of the associated Laplacian matrix.

Our starting point is the Aldous-Broder algorithm,...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Computation of paramodular forms via lattice methods

Seminar | March 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Watson Ladd, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We know how to calculate spaces of classical modular forms and make large tables, but Siegel modular forms have been much harder to compute. Conditional on Ibukiyama's conjecture, we compute efficiently Euler factors of some (many) paramodular forms via computations with the genus of particular quadratic forms. This is joint work with Gonzalo Tornaria and Jeffrey Hein.

Expanding the Chemical Palette for Reliable Adsorption-Based Separations

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 David Sholl, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The majority of research literature on chemical separations focuses on a relatively small collection of chemicals. In many ways this is appropriate because of the dramatic economic and environmental impacts of these species. The space of possible chemicals, however is vast; Carl Sagan's famous "billions and billions" is many orders of magnitude too small for chemical space. I will discuss early...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Modeling electronic transport properties in incommensurate 2D multilayer materials

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Paul Cazeaux, University of Kansas

 Department of Mathematics

The recent discovery of a whole family of two-dimensional crystalline materials such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and many others leads to study the properties of their combinations, particularly by stacking a number of layers vertically. Such structures are generally non-periodic, with interesting geometric properties such as moiré effects. We first recall the usual description...   More >

What explains the dramatic rise in autism prevalence (from one in 10,000 to 1 in 68)?: The hunt for environmental factors

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Troy Duster

 Emily Diamond, Professor, The Wright Institute

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Autism prevalence and other neurodevelopmental disabilities have markedly risen in the last 2 decades. Researchers around the world are looking for environmental factors. My project - the International Autism Mapping Project - tries to answer this question through geospatial mapping. Specifically, we examine the place of conception, and its nearness to various kinds of toxins. Since autism...   More >

Self-Disclosure and Response Behaviors in Socially Stigmatized Contexts on Social Media

Lecture | March 7 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Nazanin Andalibi

 Information, School of

How can social media platforms better foster well-being when people experience distress and stigma?

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Christina Curtis, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Stanford University

Seminar | March 7 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Quantifying the evolutionary dynamics of tumor progression and metastasis

Abstract: Cancer results from the acquisition of somatic alterations in an evolutionary process that typically occurs over many years, much of which is occult. Understanding the evolutionary dynamics that are operative at different stages of progression in individual tumors might inform the earlier detection,...   More >

Opening Reception - Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You

Reception | March 7 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Please join us for a reception on Wednesday, March 7 to celebrate the Phoebe Hearst Museum's new Spring exhibit entitled, "Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You." Opening to the public on Saturday, March 10, this timely exhibit-co-curated by Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley undergraduate students-invites visitors to examine how and why faces are depicted in global crafting...   More >

Catharsis as Free Rein

Lecture | March 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Pierre Destrée, University of Louvain, Institute of Philosophy

 Department of Classics, Department of Philosophy

GE Digital Info-Session

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


Career Connections: Business Roles in Health

Miscellaneous | March 7 | 6-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center, The Berkeley Network

CAA has teamed up with the UC Berkeley Career Center to help students make connections and gain clarity in their career pursuits.

For each of these casual networking events, we are seeking a diverse group of alumni to showcase a variety of careers. The events require no prep—simply chat with interested students, share your path from Cal to career, and offer advice to those who hope to follow...   More >

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Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – June 27, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman 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.

Cine Latino: I Dream in Another Language

Film - Feature | March 7 | 7-9 p.m. | 105 North Gate Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

A young linguist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research and save a mysterious indigenous language. A language, as he discovers, at the point of disappearing since the last two speakers had a fight fifty years ago and refuse to speak a word with each other.

Image from "I Dream in Another Language." (Photo courtesy of Filmrise.)

Science Cafe - Science and Art of Active Transportation Planning

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

 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94706

 Eric Anderson, College of Environmental Design


This science cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. We encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation.

Berkeley is a leading city in promoting walking and biking for transportation. The City recently adopted a new Berkeley Bicycle Plan (2017), laying...   More >

The Art & science of designing safe bike and walkways in Berkeley

Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lecture: Storm Clouds Over the Western Pacific: Challenges to American Strategy in East Asia

Lecture | March 7 | 7-9 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence

 Military Sciences Program (ROTC)

This year, NROTC UC Berkeley is proud to present Admiral Dennis C. Blair at the annual Nimitz Lecture Series. Admiral Blair currently serves as a director and advisors to National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America’s Future Energy, and Freedom House....   More >

Anthropocene: March's Movie at Moffitt

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


A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch -- the Anthropocene -- with the Earth shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it's a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archival footage, award-winning stills and interviews, [the film] proposes a common secular narrative...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

March's Movie at Moffitt

ARCH Lecture: Johnston Marklee

Lecture | March 7 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, MAR 7, 7:30pm. Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founding partners of an award-winning architecture firm and Artistic Directors for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, will talk about their work. Co-sponsored by AIA East Bay. Open to the public!