<< April 2018 >>

Sunday, April 1, 2018

SOGA Open Hours

Tour/Open House | January 28 – May 13, 2018 every Sunday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Garden Location: on the corner of Walnut St. and Virginia St. in north Berkeley, CA

 Campus Gardens

SOGA is an educational space designed for the community to share knowledge about organic urban agriculture and self-sufficiency in the food system. This type of experiential learning takes place during open volunteer hours, workshops, and DeCals (student-led courses at UCB). The garden, located on UC Berkeley property, is managed by undergraduate students and funded primarily through grants from...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 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 >

Que Viva Mexico!

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

See Mexico through Eisenstein’s eyes in this compilation of footage shot in 1931, intended for an epic hybrid of documentary and fiction that the director never finished. With short Bezhin Meadow.

The Magician

Film - Feature | April 1 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With Max von Sydow as a nineteenth-century mesmerist, “Bergman's chilling exploration of charlatanism is in fact one of his most genuinely enjoyable films . . . much of [it] devoted to wittily ironic sideswipes at bourgeois hypocrisy” (Time Out).

A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood

Film - Short | April 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Experimental filmmaker Zoe Beloff revisits the Hollywood exile of two revolutionaries—Sergei Eisenstein and Bertolt Brecht—in an illustrated presentation and a trilogy of short films.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Adolescent Health and Emerging Adulthood Research Symposium

Conference/Symposium | April 2 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Public Health, School of

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center of Excellence in Maternal Child Health and the UCSF Leadership Education Adolescent Health Training Project, the 2018 Adolescent Health and Emerging Adulthood Research Symposium will present the latest research from an interdisciplinary group of Bay Area Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health researchers and practitioners.

  Registration opens February 28. Register online by April 1.

​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Angie Godinez, Levi Lab; Ally Boehm, Roorda Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Direct observation (and prediction) of cell line instability driven by heterogeneities that arise within clonal populations

Seminar | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 321 Stanley Hall

 Troy Lionberger, Senior Manager of Technology Development, Berkeley Lights

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Stable cell lines are critical to the production of all antibody therapies used to treat human disease. Instability in cell lines (e.g., the gradually reduced secretion of a genetically-encoded antibody) has been attributed to genomic instability (i.e., the heavy and light chain of the antibody is gradually lost through genetic recombination, silencing, etc.). Currently, cell line instability can...   More >

Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi | Are Lingayats Hindus?

Lecture | April 2 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, Professor of History at the Karnataka State Open University, Mysore

 Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

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

A talk by Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, a social historian, who taught humanities and South Asian cultures at San Francisco State University.

Combinatorics Seminar: Probabilyzing parking functions

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

 Persi Diaconis, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Parking functions are basic objects of combinatorics. In joint work with Angela Hicks, we ask 'What does a typical parking function look like? What's the chance that $\pi (i)=j$? How about the number of ones or the area $\pi (1)+ ...+\pi (n)$?' These questions lead to new probability (Airey processes) and new results about parking functions. I will try to explain both the combinatorics and the...   More >

Rhythms for Cognition: Communication through Coherence

Seminar | April 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Free viewing of natural images induces gamma-band oscillations in early visual cortex. If the gamma rhythm in a lower visual area entrains a gamma rhythm in a higher visual area, this might establish an effective communication protocol: The lower area sends a representation of the visual stimulus rhythmically, and the higher area is most excitable precisely when this representation arrives. At...   More >

Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms linking Early Adversity with Adolescent Psychopathology

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

 Kate McLaughlin, Department of Psychology, University of Washington

 Institute of Human Development

Children who have experienced environmental adversity—such as abuse, neglect, or poverty—are at markedly elevated risk for developing psychopathology. What is less clear is how and why adverse early experiences exert such a profound influence on mental health. Identifying developmental processes that are disrupted by adverse early environments is the key to developing better intervention...   More >

PMB Student and Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | April 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Rocio Sanchez, PMB; Melis Akman, Postdoc, PMB; Bailey Bonet, Grad student, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

Also this week, please come celebrate our PMB Outstanding GSIs, Johan Jaenisch and Sophia Ewens, at 12:30 sharp!

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA...   More >

Microprocessors for the Mega-Core Data Center and Giga-Scale Biodegradable Future

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

 David Wentzlaff, Assistant Professor, Princeton University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this work, we rethink processor design and demonstrate that general purpose microprocessors must be architected differently in order to exploit the novel economic models of IaaS clouds and the scale of the modern data center.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | April 2 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Probabilistic operator Algebra Seminar: Boolean extremes and Dagum distributions

Seminar | April 2 | 2-3:50 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Ben Arous and Voiculescu started the study of non-commutative extreme values in 2006, proving that in the free setting the limiting distributions (max-stable laws) are generalized Pareto distributions. In this talk I will present my joint work with Voiculescu on the study of Boolean extreme values. I will show that the Boolean max-convolution is in a sense isomorphic to the classical...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Compactness for Kahler-Einstein manifolds of negative constant scalar curvature

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

 Jian Song, Rutgers University

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss general compactness results for Kahler-Einstein manifolds with negative first Chern class and geometric Kahler-Einstein metrics on smoothable log canonical models.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: On symplectic stabilisations and mapping classes

Seminar | April 2 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ailsa Keating, Cambridge

 Department of Mathematics

In real dimension two, the symplectic mapping class group of a surface agrees with its ``classical'’ mapping class group, whose properties are well-understood. To what extent do these generalise to higher-dimensions? We consider specific pairs of symplectic manifolds $(S, M)$, where $S$ is a surface, together with collections of Lagrangian spheres in $S$ and in $M$, say $v_1, ...,v_k$ and...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Extending the Langlands program to covering groups.

Seminar | April 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Martin Weissman, UCSC

 Department of Mathematics

Title (re-talk): An introduction to metaplectic groups

Abstract (re-talk): In his 1964 Acta paper, André Weil introduced metaplectic groups. For Weil, these were groups generated by certain unitary operators on a space of $L^2$ functions. His paper brought together harmonic analysis and number theory, yielding new results on quadratic forms and a proof of quadratic reciprocity. Within...   More >

Agostino Capponi - Columbia University

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

 Agostino Capponi, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Agostino Capponi joined Columbia University's IEOR Department in August 2014, where he is also a member of the Institute for Data Science and Engineering.

His main research interests are in the area of networks, with a special focus on systemic risk, contagion, and control. In the context of financial networks, the outcome of his research contributes to a better understanding of risk...   More >

Hacker Calculus: Teaching Math with 3D Prints

Colloquium | April 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Joan Horvath, Nonscriptum LLC; Rich Cameron, Nonscriptum LLC

 Graduate School of Education

We are developing 3D printed models to teach key calculus concepts hands-on, with minimal algebra. Our first inspiration was Isaac Newton’s illustrations in his (geometry-only) Principia Mathematica. What if Newton had been able to access a 3D printer? Over time math and physics teaching became heavily weighted toward algebra, and less toward geometrical problem-solving. Many practicing...   More >

Droplet Microfluidics: Biology One Picoliter at a Time

Colloquium | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 1 LeConte Hall

 David Weitz, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Department of Physics

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Algebraic structures in Floer theory, reconsidered

Seminar | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Janko Latschev, Hamburg

 Department of Mathematics

I will try to argue that cooperads provide a useful way to organize the construction of various algebraic structures in Floer theories.

The Pasts and Futures of Queer Marxism

Lecture | April 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Petrus Liu, Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Boston University

 Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

As the neoliberal crisis has brought about new conditions of vulnerability, precarity, and disposability, there is a resurgence of critical interest in the meeting points between queer theory and Marxism, two intellectual traditions that have previously been characterized as analytically distinct, historically successive, and even politically incompatible. While intellectual projects aimed at...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

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

 Francesco Trebbi, UBC

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Imagining the City: Magnesia and Brasilia

Lecture | April 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Gábor Betegh, University of Cambridge

 Department of Classics

STROBE Seminar Series: Solving protein structure with laser-controlled electron beams

Seminar | April 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 Osip Schwartz

 College of Chemistry

Transmission electron microscopy of frozen-hydrated specimens (cryo-EM) enabled atomic-resolution reconstruction of biological macromolecules. However, thin soft matter specimens are almost transparent to the electron beam and are extremely sensitive to radiation damage. This hinders the reconstruction of protein complexes that are either too small or too structurally heterogeneous to be readily...   More >

A talk by Timothy Harrison

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Timothy Harrison, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Department of English Language and Literature

 Department of English, Medieval and Early Modern Coloquium

DH Faire Reception and Poster Session

Special Event | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Help us kick off the 2018 DH Faire by enjoying refreshments with colleagues and browsing posters on recent DH work in Berkeley's Morrison Library. http://dh.berkeley.edu/dh-faire-2018

Vinyl Soul: Music, Noise, and Silence in a Time of Mass Murder

Colloquium | April 2 | 5:10 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

In the early morning hours of October 1, 1965, a group of low-ranking military officers kidnapped and killed six generals who were allegedly plotting a coup against then-president Sukarno. The army, under major general Suharto, responded by blaming the murder of the generals on the PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia), which was at the time the third largest Communist party in the world. In the ensuing...   More >

Toward Real Sanctuary Cities: A Conversation With: Corrina Gould, Gerald Lenoir, Bilal Mafundi Ali and Maria Zamudio, facilitated by Leslie Dreyer

Workshop | April 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

 518 Valencia, San Francisco, CA

 American Cultures

The same colonizing ideologies used to force indigenous folks from their land, institutionalize slavery and impede many POCs from accessing economic stability are still in effect today as speculators capitalize on racialized displacement and commodification of our homes in these so-called ‘sanctuary cities’. Bay Area politicians are catering to tech wealth and luxury development, while...   More >

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 >

Public Radio in the Digital Age

Lecture | April 2 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 John Boland, KQED

 The Berkeley Forum

As journalism becomes increasingly digital, KQED has engaged in a reinvention of public media to serve the rapidly changing needs of the American public. At KQED, John Boland has led a strategic transformation from a traditional public broadcasting service to a twenty-first century public media organization that combines mobile, social and online media with robust digital radio and television...   More >


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Critical Discussions in Food Systems Presents: Dolores

Film - Documentary | April 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute

Join Critical Discussions in Food Systems in a screening of "Dolores", a documentary uncovering the journey of the lesser known but just as important labor and and racial justice activist Dolores Huerta.

*DINNER PROVIDED* ~ More details TBA!!

ARCH Lecture: Carme Pinós

Lecture | April 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2155 Center St)

 College of Environmental Design

MON, APR 2, 6:30pm. Please join us for a Berkeley Architecture / Arts + Design joint lecture with the 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Professor about her award-winning work. Located at the BAMPFA Osher Theater. Doors open at 6pm. Free and open to the public!

Carme Pinós, recent works

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

 Carme Pinos, Principal of Estudio Carme Pinos

 Arts + Design

For over 20 years, the studio founded and led by Carme Pinós has undertaken outstanding national and international projects, working on creations within very diverse contexts, frameworks, programs and scales in countries such as Mexico, Austria and France. Currently, it is one of Spain’s most prolific award-winning architecture firms.

Estudio Carme Pinós works on a wide range of typologies -...   More >

Tuesday, April 3, 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.

Olfactory receptor-based chemical sensors to accelerate the engineering of chemical-producing microbes

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

 Pamela Peralta-Yahya, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech

 College of Chemistry

Designer microbes that convert sugars into bioproducts provide a sustainable alternative to the synthesis of chemicals from petroleum. One of the major challenges in the engineering of microbes for the production of chemicals is the rapid identification of the highest chemical-producing microbe from a pool, akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Chromatography-based methods for the...   More >

Informed Approaches to Deep Learning via Neural Networks with Random Parameters

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Yasaman Bahri, Google Brain

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Obtaining a better understanding of neural networks with random parameters is relevant for deep learning practice — for instance, by informing good initializations — and is a natural first step in building a more complete base of knowledge within deep learning. I will survey some of our recent work at Google Brain which originated from the study of random neural networks. [1]. I’ll begin by...   More >

A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum

Colloquium | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Bay View Room (5th Floor)

 Tae Sup Geum

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), ASUC

Join us in a Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum to talk about the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and the implications it has for South Korea, its relations with the United States and the state of democracy as a whole. How was a peaceful transition of power possible in South Korea, and how could it be possible elsewhere? This event is open to...   More >

Pushing the envelope to study dengue virus infections and vaccines

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

 Aravinda Desilva, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Immigrant Agency and Social Movements in the Age of Devolution

Colloquium | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (MCC), Room 220

 Greg Prieto, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego

 Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Latino Policy Research, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Under what conditions are Mexican immigrants who are most affected by the deportation regime moved to participate in collective mobilization? Drawing on three years of participant observation and over 60 interviews with un/documented Mexican immigrants, in this talk I show that the immigrant activism that emerges seeks to inhabit, rather than transform, normative institutions of work and family.


 Free and open to the public. Register online by April 1.

For more information regarding this book, please visit: https://nyupress.org/books/9781479821464/

"How the University of California Got Its Autonomy”

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  University of California Office of The President

 1111 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94607

 John Aubrey Douglass, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , University of California Office of the President

This presentation will provide a brief historical analysis of how the University of California became a “public trust” in 1879 as part of a larger revision of California’s Constitution approved by California voters. The University henceforth gained the exclusive power to operate, control, and administer the University of California, becoming virtually a fourth branch of state government, a...   More >

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What’s the problem with populism? Defining Contemporary Populism’s Challenge to Liberal Democracy

Lecture | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Ludvig Norman, Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm

 Institute of European Studies

It is commonly argued, in academic and popular debate alike, that contemporary populism presents liberal democracy with a set of challenges. However, the definitional confusion over populism has made the study of this phenomenon difficult and has prevented a clear discussion on what, if anything, is the problem with populism. This talk offers a way to rethink contemporary populism with a view to...   More >

Ernest S. Kuh Distinguished Lecture: Creating Materials that do not Exist in Nature

Lecture | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Xiang Zhang, Ph.D. 96' ME, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

 College of Engineering

Mindfulness Meditation Group

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

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

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

CANCELLED - Spring 2018 African Studies Colloquium

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

 Colin Walch, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, UC Berkeley Department of Political Science

 Center for African Studies

To be rescheduled, possibly Fall 2018.

Jacqueline Isaac at Berkeley Law: Making the Case of Genocide

Presentation | April 3 | 12:45-1:45 p.m. | 244 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Jacqueline Isaac, Vice President, Roads of Success

 Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Berkeley Journal of International Law, The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Human rights attorney Jacqueline Isaac traveled to war-stricken parts of Syria to collect testimonies from Yazidi girls that have escaped ISIS captivity. She will discuss how this testimony helped create the Investigative Mechanism for the Yazidi Genocide.

  RSVP online

Adaptive Traffic Control Systems

Special Event | April 3 – 12, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 1-4 p.m. |  Online

 Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec

 Aleksandar Stevanovic, PhD, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University

 Technology Transfer Program

This new online course offers summary of fundamental principles, operational requirements and expected benefits of some of the frequently deployed Adaptive Traffic Control Systems. The first session presents differences between adaptive and responsive traffic controls and introduces briefly three ATCS deployed in California (ACS Lite, QuicTrac, and SCOOT). The second session addresses InSync, a...   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

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

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

 To Be Determined

 Department of Economics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "On the Limits of Incentive Design: Examining Medical Students' Misunderstanding of 'the Match'"

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

 Alex Rees-Jones, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Economics

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.

BSAC Technology Seminar - Non-Filter Applications for FBAR Resonators and Devices

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Dr. Richard Ruby (EECS PhD 1984), Director of Technology, Broadcom

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

FBAR has large success in filters, leading aggressive mobile phone applications. Two areas where it may be useful are low power radios and broad area sensors. FBAR-enabled radios can reduce power use by eliminating PLL and using direct modulation at high frequencies. As a mass sensor, temperature sensor, pressure sensor, particle detector, etc., the FBAR is quite attractive.

  RSVP online by April 2.


Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Curves on a smooth cubic surface in P3

Seminar | April 3 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We examine effective divisors on a smooth cubic surface in $\mathbf {P^3}$. By means of Zariski decomposition, we reveal the interplay between the geometry of secant lines and cohomologies of line bundles. We also describe the degrees of the generators of the Hartshorne-Rao modules. Finally we determine the free resolutions of the curves. The work is a simplification, correction and...   More >

Christina Marsden Gillis Academic Lives Program: Robots, Humans and Artificial Intelligence

Special Event | April 3 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Francesco Borelli, Professor Mechanical Engineering U.C. B.; Ruzena Bajcsy, Professor EECS - U.C. B., Former Director (CITRIS); Koushil Sreenath, Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering U.C.B.; Mark Mueller, Mechanical Engineering U.C.B.

 Women's Faculty Club

In the near future robots will be in home and offices, will drive us around, will help humans with daily tasks and assist elderly, children and workers in factories. Scientists at Berkeley are in the forefront of robotics research trying to address issues as safety, scalability, intelligence, human interaction and societal impact. This symposium will give an overview of current technologies and...   More >

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by April 3.

Youth Civic Culture, Inequality, and Education in the ex-Communist Countries

Lecture | April 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Gabriel Badescu, Professor of Political Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

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

The health of a democracy depends on the support for key political values such as civil rights, as well as the active participation of an informed citizenry. Less than two decades ago, young people in the ex-communist countries were more enthusiastic than the older generations about protecting norms and institutions that have traditionally been regarded as necessary ingredients for democratic...   More >

Design Field Notes: Tiffany Tseng

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Tiffany Tseng, an interaction designer who creates tools for people who make things, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Realizing additional benefits of federal air quality rules: particle water chemistry and biogenic secondary organic aerosol controllable fractions

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

 Ann Marie Carlton, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Accurate description of the factors that control pollution fate and transport by atmospheric models aids effective air quality management. For example, models can safeguard human health from the deleterious effects of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) though analysis of optimal control strategies for precursor gases. Anthropogenic emissions facilitate formation of biogenic secondary organic aerosol...   More >

Battery Fast Charging: A Multi-Physics Model-Based Optimal Control Approach

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall

 Hector Perez, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Battery systems are an enabling technology towards an electrified and sustainable future. A thriving area of interest aimed at increasing the practicality of battery systems is fast charging. In this talk, we focus on model-based optimal charging of batteries via coupled multi-physics electrical-thermal-aging and electrochemical-thermal models.

Solving composite minimization problems arising in statistics and engineering, with applications to phase retrieval

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 John C. Duchi, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

We consider minimization of stochastic functionals that are compositions of a (potentially) non-smooth convex function h and smooth function c. We develop two stochastic methods--a stochastic prox-linear algorithm and a stochastic (generalized) sub- gradient procedure--and prove that, under mild technical conditions, each converges to stationary points of the stochastic objective. Additionally,...   More >

Jonathan Haidt Presents: 'The three worst ideas in the world, and how they shape American education'

Lecture | April 3 | 4:15 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jonathan Haidt, New York University Stern School of Business

 Department of Political Science & The Baxter Liberty Initiative

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University Stern School of Business and the director of Heterodox Academy. He is the coauthor of the forthcoming book, 'The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure'.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: An introduction to Liaison

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

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a gentle introduction to liaison of algebraic varieties following Peskine-Szpiro. We will carefully go through the basic definitions and properties, along with various examples, in preparation for subsequent talks on the linkage of space curves.

MENA Lit Chat: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

Reading - Literary | April 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Michael David Lukas, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join bestselling author and CMES Program Coordinator Michael David Lukas for a conversation about his new novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, "a beautiful, richly textured novel" centered around a thousand-year old synagogue in Cairo.

What's Up With That - Adjustment Back Home

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

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Most of us know about adjustment and culture shock upon arrival into the U.S. But do you know that reverse culture shock is a very real thing too? If you’re graduating and are going home, or are just visiting home for the summer vacation, there is bound to be a little bit of adjustment for you and your family. Have you thought about how to manage this?

In this session, you will be discussing...   More >

A Papyrological Pioneer: Investigations into the Life and Career of Josiah Gilbart Smyly: CTP Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | April 3 | 5:30 p.m. | 101 Doe Library

 Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

J. Gilbart Smyly (1867-1948), friend and collaborator of Tebtunis excavators Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt, was one of the pioneers of papyrology and responsible for deciphering and interpreting numerous papyri from the Berkeley collection and elsewhere. But he was a reclusive figure, little appreciated at his own institution, Trinity College Dublin, where he worked in the shadow of the...   More >

International Alumni Career Chats (Public Sector, Non for Profit)

Career Fair | April 3 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

International students with majors in humanity and social science areas may face more challenging job market and hurdles with work authorization and visa requirements. Come and talk to the international alumni who graduated with the same majors as you and are working in the Bay Area.

Involvement in International Organizations: The Merits and Drawbacks

Panel Discussion | April 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Gerald Steinberg; John Mathiason; Herb Behrstock

 The Berkeley Forum

As more isolationist rhetoric continues to spread throughout America, many wonder whether or not our prolonged involvement in the United Nations should be curtailed. On one hand, the United Nations allows the US to take a more proactive role in engaging with other countries diplomatically while simultaneously acting as a global policing force. However, the UN has come under fire for wasteful...   More >


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UC Jazz 50th Anniversary Concert

Performing Arts - Music | April 3 | 8-10 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage

 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

 UC Jazz, UC Jazz

 Student Musical Activities

On Tuesday, April 3 at 8:00PM at the Freight and Salvage, UC Jazz will present its 50th Anniversary concert featuring its three advanced ensembles. The event will celebrate 50 years of jazz education at Cal.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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

Digital Humanity: Archiving the Sounds of Tolman Hall West

Miscellaneous | April 4 |  Tolman Hall

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

We invite you to give a musical performance (vocal, instrumental, chanting, beatbox, etc.) in Tolman Hall West to be recorded and shared with the community at large. No amplification required. Please email ipsr@berkeley.edu, and we will arrange a time during April to record.

Loss of Functional Motivation in Language Change

Workshop | April 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

Our goal is to address cases of language change where formerly transparent functional motivations for a structural pattern become obsolete, while the pattern itself survives. We identify this class of phenomena as loss of functional motivation. LoFuM seems to be prevalent in all subsystems of the linguistic system: phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

 Attendees must RSVP to hyman@berkeley.edu

Free Wednesday at the Garden

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

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Berkeley Grad Slam

Presentation | April 4 | 309 Sproul Hall

 Graduate Division

Ten graduate student semi-finalists will present their research in 3 minutes! The winner will represent Berkeley and compete in the UC-wide Grad Slam. The UC-wide event will be hosted by President Janet Napolitano at LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco on May 3, 2018.

Digital Scholarship in the Library and Archives

Special Event | April 4 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Doe Library, 180 Doe Library


The Library collaborates with digital humanities research and initiatives through digital publishing, digitization, preservation strategies, metadata creation, subject expertise, instruction, and much more. Come hear from librarians and archivists Mary Elings, Cody Hennesy, and Josh Quan on the ways they have engaged with digital scholarship both within the Library and on...   More >

Wellness Wednesdays: First Wednesday Yoga Walk

Sport - Recreational | April 4 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Experience the Garden in a whole new way as you reconnect with your body and with nature in this 60-minute yoga walk. Through gentle movements, standing poses, and breathing exercises, we will walk through the Garden paths, pause at vistas and groves, and awaken your senses. This class is open to all bodies and led by Eugenia Park, a yoga instructor-Ayurveda wellness counselor, mediator, and dancer.

$20 / $15 UCBG Member

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Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | April 4 | 10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to use your laptop safely in an office and mobile setting. Recommended mobile products and best practices for using smart phones and tablets will also be provided. Enroll online

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Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: “What makes heterochromatin epigenetic? Lessons from a single cell spreading sensor”

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

 Bassem Al-Sady, University of California San Francisco

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Al-Sady lab interests reside in uncovering the mechanisms that underlie the assembly and fidelity of inheritance of heterochromatin, a specialized protein-nucleic acid composite. Unraveling these mechanisms is key to understanding the manner in which large stretches of the genome can be precisely and heritably partitioned into active and inactive regions. The heterochromatin system presents...   More >

Flintknapping: Merging Mind and Body

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

 Felicia De Pena, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

My work is focused on situating the transmission of flintknapping knowledge between mobile Epipaleolithic hunter-gatherer peoples of the Levant through chaîne opératoire. By refitting bladelet cores at Kharaneh IV, I strive to identify how individuals learned to flintknap, from raw material acquisition through the production of the final tool. I view the knowledge transmission process as a proxy...   More >

Noon Concert: University Baroque Ensemble

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

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

Christine Brandes, director


Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays, each concert...   More >

Building Robotics: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

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

 Andrew Krioukov, CEO and Co-Founder, Comfy

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Andrew is our CEO and Co-Founder, affectionately nicknamed our "chief building hacker." As a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, he worked on software infrastructure for implementing building applications at scale. He has previously worked at Intel, Google, and IBM on energy efficiency and large-scale distributed systems. Little-known talent: he makes a mean Moscow Mule.

A Talk with Gregory Sholette

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

 Gregory Sholette, Associate Professor, Queens College CUNY

 Arts + Design

Gregory Sholette is an artist, activist and author. He is the author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (Pluto, 2010) and Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism (Pluto 2017) He writes on the histories of Political Art, Artists collectives and social practice. He co-founded two artists' collectives: Political Art Documentation and...   More >

Eastern Prussia 2.0: Persistent Regions, Rising Nations

Lecture | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Maria Polugodina, Freie Universitaet Berlin

 Institute of European Studies

There is much literature stressing border persistence. Especially research focusing on economic, political and social legacies of the pre-WWI empires in their successor states has gained momentum in the past decade, and there is numerous evidence for persistence of differences once a border is removed. What influence, however, will imposition of a border and, respectively, different cultural and...   More >

Atiqul Islam | Higher Education in the Private Sector in South Asia: Trends and Challenges

Lecture | April 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor, North South University, Bangladesh.

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

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

Talk by Prof. Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor, North South University, Bangladesh.

Immigrant Women Labor Market Incorporation: A Double-Cohort Approach: Sandra Florian, University of Pennsylvania Department of Sociology

Colloquium | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Sandra Florian, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

 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.

“Institutional Nightmare”: The Visual Culture of Mass Incarceration

Lecture | April 4 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Nicole R. Fleetwood, Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies, Rutgers University

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

In her lecture, Professor Fleetwood explores various aesthetic practices of incarcerated artists and activists to produce art about the U.S. prison regime and how prison shapes life-world possibilities of people impacted. The talk examines how furtive planning and artistic tactics of appropriating items owned by the state and claiming state resources and spaces are maneuvered.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Matthew Holding: Drivers of Diversity in Pitviper Venom from Populations to Species

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

 Matthew Holding

 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 >

Gospel Choir and Carillon mark 50 years since MLK's death

Performing Arts - Music | April 4 | 12 p.m. |  Campanile (Sather Tower)

 Department of Music

The UC Berkeley Department of Music will honor the 50-year mark of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 2018 with performances by student carillonist Leslie Chan and the University Gospel Chorus directed by D. Mark Wilson.

Just after 12PM Pacific time the event will start with the tolling of 5.25-ton Great Bear Bell 39 times, once for each year off Martin Luther King Jr.’s life....   More >

“It’s the skin you’re in”: What is this thing called ‘race’ and how does it get into the body?

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

 Amani Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

This talk will explore the concept of race and discuss how ontological conceptions of race impact the questions we ask, the nature of our scientific investigations, and the conclusions we draw from scientific evidence. I will discuss racism as a determinant of health and the need for conceptual rigor for advancing the study of race, racism and embodiment in social epidemiology. Drawing on recent...   More >

Berkeley Haas Dean's Speaker Series: Jonathan Haidt

Conference/Symposium | April 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Jonathan Haidt, Prof. of Ethical Leadership, NYU Stern School of Business; Laura Tyson, Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact

 Institute for Business and Social Impact

Jonathan Haidt
Professor of Ethical Leadership, NYU Stern School of Business

In conversation with Prof. Laura Tyson

Co-sponsored with Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact

Islamic Texts Circle: Muhammad in the Qur'an

Workshop | April 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

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Capturing the World Through Hidden Signals in Video

Seminar | April 4 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-438 Wozniak Lounge

 Abe Davis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The first part of my talk will focus on visual vibration analysis, where I will show how perceptually invisible motion can be used to recover sound from silent video, monitor the health of aging infrastructure, and build interactive physical simulations of visible objects.

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 >

Bartington Magnetometry Training

Workshop | April 4 | 2-4 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Meet in Atrium and move outside building | Canceled

 Archaeological Research Facility

We’ll meet in the ARF room 110 and bring the instrument over to the nearby grassy quad at Wurster hall where we'll practice data gathering.

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Bartington Gradiometer

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Background for research talk

Seminar | April 4 | 2:45-3:45 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Søren Galatius, Stanford/Copenhagen

 Department of Mathematics

We will go over some background material for the research talk.

**This talk starts at 2:45 PM, not 10 minutes after that.**

Coffee Break

Social Event | March 14 – April 25, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. |  International House Cafe

 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment.

Come enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisors. All UCB students are invited. We'll also have weekly discussion topics to stimulate conversation.
Stop by and take a break with...   More >

GLACIER Tax Prep Demo and Tips

Workshop | April 4 | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Get a first-hand look at the GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) tax preparation software that will help you find the answers to your nonresident tax questions and complete the appropriate federal tax forms. Collect your passport, I-20/DS-2019, paper I-94 or passport admission stamp, W-2 and/or 1042-S and/or 1099 forms and join BIO for a demonstration on how to maximize your use of GTP.
Register here:...   More >

Glacier Tax Prep Demo and Tips

Workshop | April 4 | 3-4 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Get a first-hand look at the GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) tax preparation software that will help you find the answers to your nonresident tax questions and complete the appropriate federal tax forms. Collect your passport, I-20/DS-2019, paper I-94 or passport admission stamp, W-2 and/or 1042-S and/or 1099 forms and join BIO for a demonstration on how to maximize your use of GTP.

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Poisson-Dirichlet interval partition evolutions related to the Aldous diffusion

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

 Matthias Winkel, University of Oxford

 Department of Statistics

We construct diffusions on a space of interval partitions of [0,1] that
are stationary with Poisson-Dirichlet laws. The processes of ranked
interval lengths of our partitions are diffusions introduced by Ethier and
Kurtz (1981) and Petrov (2009). Specifically, we decorate the jumps of a spectrally positive stable process with independent squared Bessel
excursions. In the spirit of Ray-Knight...   More >

The gut microbiome: a master regulator of metabolism

Seminar | April 4 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Lora Hooper, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Biometric Capitalism: Africa in the 21st Century

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

 Keith Breckenridge, University of Witwatersrand

 Department of Geography

A new and distinctive type of capitalism is currently taking form on the African continent. States are being remade under the pressures of rapid demographic growth, persistent conflicts over boundaries, domestic and global national security demands, the gifts of multi-lateral donors and international data-processing corporations, and a pervasive effort to create new forms of electronic...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Lattice Green function calculations in the presence of a dislocation

Seminar | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Dallas Trinkle, University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Mathematics

Mechanical behavior, specifically plastic deformation at low and high temperatures in metal alloys is governed by the motion of dislocations: topological line defects in a crystal. Dislocations in crystalline materials were hypothesized nearly eighty years ago, and their experimental and theoretical study has provided powerful tools for modern materials engineering. While the long-range elastic...   More >

Art against Housework: The Gruppo Immagine and the Wages against Housework Campaign

Lecture | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Arts Research Center

Jacopo Galimberti on Art against Housework | The Gruppo Immagine and the Wages against Housework Campaign

2018 Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures

Lecture | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Victoria Kahn, Professor of Comparative Literature and Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Professor of English

 Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature

Victoria Kahn is Professor of Comparative Literature and Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Professor of English at Berkeley. Her areas of specialization are Renaissance literature and early modern political theory. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale University. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught at Bennington College, Johns Hopkins University, UC Irvine, and Princeton University.

DH Faire Keynote: David Bamman: The Long Rise of Word Vectors in the Digital Humanities

Lecture | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle

 David Bamman

 Digital Humanities at Berkeley

In the keynote address to the 2018 DH Faire, Professor David Bamman will outline the history of distributed representations of words and unpack what's new about contemporary (neural) methods of learning such representations compared to previous approaches. http://dh.berkeley.edu/dh-faire-2018

Softball vs. St. Mary's

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | April 4 | 4 p.m. |  Levine-Fricke Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Softball hosts St. Mary's at Levine-Fricke Field.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Cohomology of mapping class groups near their virtual cohomological dimension

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

 Søren Galatius, Stanford/Copenhagen

 Department of Mathematics

The mapping class group $\rm {Mod}_g$ of a genus $g$ closed oriented $2$-manifold has virtual cohomological dimension $4g-5$, by a theorem of John Harer, and therefore its cohomology groups $H^i(\rm {Mod}_g;\mathbb Q)$ vanish for $i > 4g-5$. For $i=4g-5$ it also vanishes, by work of Morita-Sakasai-Suzuki, Church-Farb-Putman, and unpublished results of Harer. The highest remaining interesting...   More >

Faculty Research Lecture: The Trouble with Literature

Lecture | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. |  Chevron Auditorium, International House

 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Victoria Kahn, Professor of Comparative Literature and Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Academic Senate

Victoria Kahn is Professor of Comparative Literature and Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Professor of English at Berkeley. Her areas of specialization are Renaissance literature and early modern political theory. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale University. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught at Bennington College, Johns Hopkins University, UC Irvine, and Princeton University.

Seminar 211, Economic History: A Nation of Immigrants: Lessons from the Age of Mass Migration

Seminar | April 4 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Leah Boustan, Princeton University

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Departmental Seminar

Regulation of Chromatin Methylation by Histone Demethylases

Seminar | April 4 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Danica Fujimori, University of California, San Francisco

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Alexis Battle, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Modeling the complex impact of genetic variation on gene expression

Non-coding and regulatory genetic variation plays a significant role in human health, but the impact of regulatory variants has proven difficult to predict from sequence alone. Further, genetic effects can be modulated by context, such as cell type and environmental factors. We have developed machine learning...   More >

Taming the Sun: A Conversation with Clean Energy Expert Varun Sivaram

Lecture | April 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 159 Mulford Hall

 Varun Sivaram, Council on Foreign Relations

 The Berkeley Forum

Solar energy, the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth, has nearly unlimited potential. However, energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. Yet, Sivaram believes innovation can brighten these prospects. Financial innovation is already enticing deep-pocketed investors to fund solar projects around...   More >


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Career Connections: Sports Industry

Miscellaneous | April 4 | 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 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3106 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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

Voice of Change II : We Must Have a Dream

Performing Arts - Music | April 4 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 UC Alumni Chorus

Voices Of Change II: We Must Have A Dream. On the evening of the 50 year anniversary of his death, the UC Alumni Chorus dedicates its spring concert to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We begin the evening with an observance, sharing reflections on his life. Following this we will offer choral tributes, including one honoring Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, and featuring the oratorio Scenes from the...   More >

$20 General, $15 Senior (62+), $10 Student

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In the Intense Now

Film - Feature | April 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Salles portrays the pivotal, tumultuous 1960s through archival footage and home movies from May ’68 Paris, Soviet-invaded Czechoslovakia, China during the Cultural Revolution, and Brazil under military rule. “It’s a documentary that’s really a meditation—history made poetic” (Variety).

In Defense of troublemakers: A conversation with Charlan Nemeth"

Special Event | April 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  California Institute of Integral Studies

 1453 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

 Charlan Nemeth interviewed, California Institute of Integral Studies

 California Institute of Integral Studies

An interview of Charlan Nemeth on her new book "In defense of troublemakers: the power of dissent in life and business" on the "perils of consensus" and the "power of dissent"

Ovarian Psycos: April's Movie at Moffitt

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


Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives... The film Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ovas, exploring the impact of the group's activism, born of feminist ideals, indigenous understanding and an urban/-hood mentality, on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice,...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

April's Movie