<< September 2019 >>

Friday, September 6, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Wang Lu

Colloquium | September 6 | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Essig Brunch Seminar-Coffee Social

Seminar | September 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Entomology, Essig Museum of

A weekly seminar series run by the Entomology Students Organization featuring local and visiting researchers presenting a wide range of entomology-related topics. Open to the public.

BIDS Forum: Information and Uncertainty in Data Science

Meeting | September 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190B Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The 'Information and Uncertainty in Data Science' Discussion Forum is a forum for open inquiry and discussion about a wide range of recurring data science fundamentals, including information, uncertainty, entropy, bits, probability, machine learning, generalization, and others. All interested members of the UC Berkeley, UCSF, LBL and LLNL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Real Estate Seminar: Reference Points in the Housing Market: Tarun Ramadorai, Imperial College London

Seminar | September 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | N470 Haas School of Business

 Tarun Ramadorai, Imperial College London

 Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | September 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/6, Samba will be 10/4, Hula / Polynesian will be 11/1, and Zumba / Samba will be 12/6. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Thriving in Science: Six Strategies for Success

Workshop | September 6 | 1-2 p.m. | 113 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Are you interested in pursuing science at Cal? The SLC Science Program invites you to join us in this interactive workshop, where we will explore the realities of science at Cal and strategies for success. Come learn what it takes to thrive in a science major, strengthen your learning toolkit, and discover the scientist in you.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

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

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Observation of Room Temperature Polar Skyrmions: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. R. Ramesh, UC Berkeley, MSE and Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Complex topological configurations are a fertile playground to explore novel emergent phenomena and exotic phases in condensed-matter physics.

For example, the recent discovery of polarization vortices and the associated complex-phase coexistence and response under applied field in superlattices of (PbTiO3)n/(SrTiO3)n suggests the presence of a complex, multi-dimensional system capable of...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: KPZ Universality and Determinantal Processes II

Seminar | September 6 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality has been rigorously verified for a number of exactly solvable models such as Hammersley-Aldous-Diaconis and exclusion processes. A key ingredient for this verification is a determinantal type representation for the correlation function. In these lectures I give an overview of the existing results and present a direct and simple proof of the determinantal...   More >

PELS/IAS Seminar

Seminar | September 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 212 Cory Hall

 Jungwon Choi, University of Minnesota

 IEEE PELS/IAS

Demand for miniaturization in power electronics systems has increased substantially. This trend is driven by applications such as electronic devices from consumer devices to electric vehicles that require smaller and lighter systems to improve their performance. However, efficiently reducing the size of power electronics systems is very challenging because of the limitations of today’s...   More >

MENA Salon: Summer in Review

Workshop | September 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday at 3:00 pm, the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. For suggested readings, visit cmes.berkeley.edu/mena-salon

Join us for the first MENA Salon of the Fall 2019 semester, as we revisit the events and themes that shaped this summer. This semester's weekly salon will be led by Britt Dawson,...   More >

Machine Learning, Archives and Special Collections

Seminar | September 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

The most significant near-term applications for machine learning in archives and special collections.

War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

Film - Feature | September 6 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace “the definitive epic of all time,” and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras. He also drew on a full arsenal of...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Transfinite Ramsey Theorem

Colloquium | September 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Antonio Montalban, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We consider a version of the Ramsey Theorem for coloring of tuples within a finite set where the exponent is transfinite. That is, the tuples we color are gamma-large for some ordinal gamma. As in Ramsey theorem we ask: How large should a finite set of numbers be to ensure that, for all colorings of the gamma-large tuples with a certain finite number of colors, there exists a homogeneous set that...   More >

Pricing Data Science for Uber Eats

Seminar | September 6 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Feras El Zarwi, Uber

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Uber's Feras El Zarwi will present Pricing Data Science for Uber Eats on Sept. 6, 2019 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at the ITS Transportation Seminar.

Writing for Print: Publishing and the Making of Textual Authority in Late Imperial China

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

 Suyoung Son, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Cornell University

 Ling Hon Lam, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk examines the widespread practice of self-publishing by writers in late imperial China, focusing on two seventeenth-century literati-cum-publishers, Zhang Chao in Yangzhou and Wang Zhuo in Hangzhou. By giving due weight to the writers as active agents in increasing the influence of print, it explores the intricate relationships between manuscript tradition and print convention, peer...   More >

Taking Inspiration From Bulk: Molecular Electrocatalysis and Magnetization Dynamics of Heterometallic Lanthanide – Transition Metal Complexes

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

 Michael Nippe, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

 College of Chemistry

The first part of the presentation will introduce our methodology towards improving molecular catalysts for energy relevant conversions. We strategically introduce redox-active and slightly acidic imidazolium moieties into the secondary coordination sphere of molecular CO2 reduction electrocatalysts. Results from systematic comparative studies will be presented that strongly suggest that...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The fundamental theorem of projective geometry over finite fields

Seminar | September 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In earlier work Lieblich and I proved a rational version of the fundamental theorem of projective geometry for spaces over infinite fields. In this talk I will explain a probabilistic variant, due to Will Sawin, for projective spaces over finite fields.

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The fundamental theorem of projective geometry over finite fields

Seminar | September 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In earlier work Lieblich and I proved a rational version of the fundamental theorem of projective geometry for spaces over infinite fields. In this talk I will explain a probabilistic variant, due to Will Sawin, for projective spaces over finite fields.

BIO Bears Oakland First Friday Meetup

Social Event | September 6 | 5-9 p.m. |  Savio Steps

 Map

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Oakland First Fridays is an all-inclusive, safe, and community-driven celebration that includes artists, performers, food vendors, musicians, and more! Come meet other international students and see what the East Bay is all about!

We will meet at Savio Steps at 5 p.m., and then walk down Telegraph to take the #6 bus to Oakland.

RSVP here to...   More >

IXL Learning Info-Sessions

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn how IXL is advancing education through online technology! Join IXL’ers as they talk about their experiences post graduation, why they chose to work in Edtech, and how you can join our team.

About IXL Learning:

At IXL Learning, we’re passionate about creating the best educational technology possible. We look beyond the specific problems of today to see the bigger picture, with the...   More >

Tycho: with guest: Poolside

Performing Arts - Music | September 6 | 6:30 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Another Planet Entertainment

Tycho – the Grammy nominated electronic music project led by primary composer Scott Hansen – unveils a wholly new iteration of sound with the release of their fifth studio album, Weather, via Mom + Pop Music x Ninja Tune.

  Buy tickets online

War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova

Film - Feature | September 6 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second part of Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation opens in 1807 as Napoleon and Tsar Alexander negotiate in Tilsit. Meanwhile, far from the world of politics, young Natasha attends a grand ball, waltzes with Prince Andrei, and is soon engaged to him. However, his protracted absence leaves the emotionally volatile Natasha vulnerable. The film features a remarkable wolf-hunting sequence where...   More >

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Career Clinic: Finding a New Career Direction: Steps to Finding Work You Love

Lecture | September 7 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Room 204

 Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 UC Berkeley Extension

Do you feel like you are in a rut in your career and long to do something that feels more fulfilling, even if you have no idea what that might be? Do you know you're in the wrong job but feel stuck by fear or self-doubt when you think about trying to make a change?

This workshop is tailored to help you find direction and outline steps to find (and achieve!) work you love.

In advance of the...   More >

$50 $50 plus Strengthfinder Assessment

  Register online

Sick Plant Clinic

Special Event | February 4, 2017 – December 7, 2019 the first Saturday of the month every month with exceptions | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join the Garden for our monthly Sick Plant Clinic and find out which diseases ail your plants. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants too! Please cover plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the Garden.

BERKELEY CLINIC DIAGNOSES RESIDENTS' PLANTS
Lauren Reed-Guy, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle June...   More >

Family Workshop: Hemp Bracelets

Workshop | September 7 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join this month’s Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum! Make your own hemp bracelet and learn about hemp’s rich history. This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity included free with museum admission.

  RSVP online

War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

Film - Feature | September 7 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace “the definitive epic of all time,” and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras. He also drew on a full arsenal of...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

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

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova

Film - Feature | September 7 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second part of Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation opens in 1807 as Napoleon and Tsar Alexander negotiate in Tilsit. Meanwhile, far from the world of politics, young Natasha attends a grand ball, waltzes with Prince Andrei, and is soon engaged to him. However, his protracted absence leaves the emotionally volatile Natasha vulnerable. The film features a remarkable wolf-hunting sequence where...   More >

War and Peace, Part III: The Year 1812

Film - Feature | September 7 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Part III of War and Peace, the emphasis is on the war: it is 1812 and Napoleon’s armies are crossing into Russia. Nobles discuss politics at their opulent tables as violence rages elsewhere. Pierre visits the battlefield as a casual observer and finds himself in the midst of chaos, while Andrei rediscovers his love of life through yet another brush with death. Bondarchuk moves between the...   More >

War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov

Film - Feature | September 7 | 7:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As Part IV begins, the Russian army is in retreat, and Moscow soon goes up in flames. Pierre is drawn fully into the conflict at last; taken prisoner, he is witness to new cruelties. Andrei and Natasha reach a kind of peace, and as war recedes and Moscow rebuilds, life and love begin again. The series concludes where it started, with the words: “If evil men are linked with one another and are...   More >

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Garden Closed for Apples and Hops Event - Join us!

Miscellaneous | September 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Garden closed all day Sunday, September 8, for a benefit fundraiser. Buy a ticket and join us for Apples & Hops Garden Festival!

Cal at Oakland Pride

Social Event | September 8 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Oakland

 Cal Alumni Association

Join the Cal Alumni Association as we celebrate our LGBTQ+ community at both the parade and at our booth!

Improvisational Quilt-Print Making Workshop

Workshop | September 8 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join us in the Art Lab for an afternoon of improvisational quilt making through the lens of collage and risograph printing. In this workshop led by artist Matt Katsaros, explore pattern, repetition, and color as we make paper-based “quilts,” then manipulate and combine them through the risograph printing process.

Festival+Redwood Grove Concert with Dustbowl Revival

Special Event | September 8 | 2-7 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon and evening concert celebrating two favorite plants: apples and hops! After-festival Redwood Grove Concert by Dustbowl Revival!

$100 Adult - Festival + Concert, $50 Youth (5-17) - Festival + Concert, $0 Kids under 5 free

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Apples and Hops Festival

Special Event | September 8 | 2-5 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us a fun-filled afternoon in the Garden celebrating two favorite plants: apples and hops!

Festival

Beer and cider tasting with local breweries–TBA!
Limited edition glassware featuring the event logo
Apple-themed treats and drinks
Children’s craft activities
Live music
Food truck available onsite for purchase or BYO picnic
Explore our world-class collection of plants

Festival +...   More >

$65 Adult / $20 Youth (5-17) / Kids under 5 free FESTIVAL ONLY, $100 FESTIVAL PLUS DUSTBOWL REVIVAL CONCERT

  Buy tickets online

War and Peace, Part III: The Year 1812

Film - Feature | September 8 | 2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Part III of War and Peace, the emphasis is on the war: it is 1812 and Napoleon’s armies are crossing into Russia. Nobles discuss politics at their opulent tables as violence rages elsewhere. Pierre visits the battlefield as a casual observer and finds himself in the midst of chaos, while Andrei rediscovers his love of life through yet another brush with death. Bondarchuk moves between the...   More >

Meditation with Movement

Workshop | September 8 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Experience the exhibition Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection in a new way, entering into deep contemplation of an individual artwork through slow physical movement. Led by Stephen Holtzman, the workshop offers exercises that can enhance awareness of art and our capacity to bodily express that awareness.

A lifelong meditator, Holzman retired in 2013 from an...   More >

Reading: Trisha Low, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Elaine Kahn

Performing Arts - Other | September 8 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Poet and performer Trisha Low, based in the East Bay, is author of The Complete Purge and Socialist Realism. Though not identifying as a poet, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta has been researching democide and radical motherhood in Latin America, and ended up writing a book, The Easy Body, that grew out of their emotional relationship to this work. Los Angeles–based Elaine Kahn has an MFA from the Iowa...   More >

The Traveler

Film - Feature | September 8 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A preteen delinquent, charmingly unencumbered by either reality or morality, sets off on a miniature Odyssey to see a soccer match in Kiarostami’s first full-length feature, which recalls Truffaut’s The 400 Blows in youthful tenderness and toughness. Ten years old and dreaming, the soccer fanatic Qassem is determined to travel to Tehran to see his favorite team, and certainly won’t let a few tiny...   More >

War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov

Film - Feature | September 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As Part IV begins, the Russian army is in retreat, and Moscow soon goes up in flames. Pierre is drawn fully into the conflict at last; taken prisoner, he is witness to new cruelties. Andrei and Natasha reach a kind of peace, and as war recedes and Moscow rebuilds, life and love begin again. The series concludes where it started, with the words: “If evil men are linked with one another and are...   More >

Monday, September 9, 2019

The 50-Year Fight - Solutions For Closing The Achievement Gap: Part I - What Is The Achievement Gap?

Special Event | September 9 | 8 a.m. |  WBUR (90.9 FM, Boston's NPR station)

 Prudence L. Carter, Dean, Graduate School of Education; Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Professor, American University

 WBUR (90.9 FM, Boston's NPR station)

On Point, a weekly radio show hosted by WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik, will explore the achievement gap in a four-part series starting Sept. 9.

The series kicks off with an exploration of the question, what is the achievement gap?

Graduate Student Conference: Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World

Conference/Symposium | September 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

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

The Brexit referendum of June 2016, the United States presidential election of November of that same year and the recent gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) movement in France have brought unprecedented international attention to rural areas in the Western world. While some scholars have argued that the urban-rural dichotomy is a mistaken and misleading construct, others are questioning the reasons...   More >

Monitoring and Treatment of Trabecular Meshwork in Glaucoma: Novel Engineering Approaches

Seminar | September 9 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 C. Ross Ethier, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Trabecular meshwork dysfunction underlies most cases of ocular hypertension, the main risk factor for development of glaucomatous optic neuropathy. Here I describe two engineering approaches to treat and monitor trabecular meshwork function. In the first, we seek to improve the efficiency of stem cell delivery to the trabecular meshwork (TM), known to be deficient in cell numbers in primary...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Bing Concert Hall (at Stanford): SEMM Seminar

Lecture | September 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Raymond Pugliesi, S.E. P.E., Degenkolb Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation will outline the design and analysis of the new 844 seat Stanford Bing Concert Hall. The discussion will include the acoustic requirements, complex features of the structural skeleton and performance space, as well as seismic safety. The challenges faced during design and construction will also be discussed.

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | September 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Sol Hsiang, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
Mondays 12:10-1:30
Pizza Served

Combinatorics Seminar: Characterizing quotients of positroids

Seminar | September 9 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anastasia Chavez, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

We characterize quotients of specific families of positroids. Positroids are a special class of representable matroids introduced by Postnikov in the study of the nonnegative part of the Grassmannian. Postnikov defined several combinatorial objects that index positroids. In this talk, we make use of two of these objects to combinatorially characterize when certain positroids are quotients....   More >

PERL Seminar: “Judges, Lenders, and the Bottom Line: Court-ing Economic Growth in India”

Seminar | September 9 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Manaswini Rao

 Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

UCDC Info Session: Spring 2020 application deadline, September 19, 2019

Information Session | September 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about how to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, DC. UCDC sends students from all majors to intern and take classes in DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

String-Math Seminar: Integrable systems via shifted quantum groups

Seminar | September 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

In the recent papers by Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima a mathematical construction of the Coulomb branches of \(3d\) \(N=4\) quiver gauge theories was proposed, whose quantization is conjecturally described via the so-called shifted Yangians and shifted quantum affine algebras.

The goal of this talk is to explain how both of these shifted algebras provide a new insight towards integrable systems...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Pointwise lower scalar curvature bounds for $C^0$ metrics via regularizing Ricci flow

Seminar | September 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Paula Burkhardt-Guim, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose a class of local definitions of weak lower scalar curvature bounds that is well defined for $C^0$ metrics. We show the following: that our definitions are stable under greater-than-second-order perturbation of the metric, that there exists a reasonable notion of a Ricci flow starting from $C^0$ initial data which is smooth for positive times, and that the weak lower scalar curvature...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The Free Nonlinear Levy-Khintchine Formula

Seminar | September 9 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will speak on recent work of Philippe Biane related to Levy processes in free probability. After recalling the necessary background, I will discuss how free Levy processes with homogeneous transition probabilities are related to Nevanlinna functions which can be explicitly parametrised, and how this gives a nonlinear free Levy-Khintchine formula. Time permitting, I will also explain how these...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Solutions of Equations Involving the Modular $j$ Function

Seminar | September 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Inspired by work done for systems of polynomial exponential equations, I will talk about systems of equations involving the modular $j$-function, and in particular I will show general cases in which these systems have solutions. Then we will look at certain situations in which the modular Schanuel conjecture implies that these systems have generic solutions. This is joint work with Sebastián...   More >

Amit Garg — Matters of “Survival” and Clicks – Applications of AI in Sales Operations

Seminar | September 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Amit Garg, CRMantra

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: This talk will focus on two applications of BigData and AI techniques in Sales Operations.  Revenue projections drive capital and operational expense budgeting decisions for companies.  Impacts of this process include head counts allocated to each functional area, amount of capital for different corporate projects, etc.  Revenue projections are driven by different deals sales people are...   More >

CITRIS Tech for Social Good Info Session

Information Session | September 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Please join us for an info session on Sept. 9 to find out more about the application process and how you can apply for $5K to support your tech dev project!

Visualizing molecular structure and dynamics in the regulation of gene expression

Seminar | September 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Epigenetic silencing and transcription initiation are two major molecular processes contributing to the regulation of gene expression. We are using cryo-EM to visualize critical complexes in these two processes with the aim of defining their structure and dynamics and thus contribute to a mechanistic understanding of their regulatory functions. TFIID is a molecular hub that recognizes and binds...   More >

The Sincere Voice, or How Sincerity is Written and Read in Russian (and not only Russian) Poetry

Lecture | September 9 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Stuart Goldberg, Associate Professor of Russian, Georgia Tech

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

The first lecture in the Fall 2019 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Diabatic Surface Hopping, Marcus Rate and Ehrenfest dynamics

Seminar | September 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Di Fang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Surface hopping algorithms are popular tools to study dynamics of the quantum-classical mixed systems. In this talk, we will present a surface hopping algorithm in diabatic representations, in the view point of time dependent perturbation theory and semiclassical analysis. The algorithm is validated numerically in both weak coupling and avoided crossing regimes. We then discuss some recent...   More >

Exploiting the Malleability of Disorder to Design Biologically-Inspired Function

Colloquium | September 9 | 4:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 Andrea J. Liu, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Physics

The complexity of living systems poses a formidable challenge to physical scientists interested in biology. I will discuss one theoretical approach towards gaining possible insight into biological phenomena: to design systems to exhibit similar phenomena. To do so, we start with systems with complex energy/cost landscapes, which have far more variation in their properties than those with simple...   More >

Complicating the Countryside: Reflections on Land, Labor and the Law

Lecture | September 9 | 4:30-6 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Martha Lampland, University of California, San Diego

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

Keynote lecture of the Graduate Student Conference:
Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World

Martha Lampland is a Professor of Sociology and a core member of the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. Her work touches on political economy, social history, and feminist science studies, and her research focuses on Hungary, and Central...   More >

Martha Lampland

Radically Reimagining a Less Toxic World: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | September 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Joe Charbonnet, Green Science Policy Institute

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Graduate school is a great place to gain scientific and research expertise – but that’s hardly the only thing you’ll need in your future as a Ph.D. Are you ready to lead a group? Manage your coworkers? Mentor budding scientists?

To address the many interpersonal issues that arise in a scientific workplace, graduate students from Chemistry, Physics, and Molecular & Cell Biology founded SLAM:...   More >

Wish Info-Session

Information Session | September 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come us join for an info-session!

Wish is transforming the way the world shops by offering a convenient and personalized mobile shopping experience. We offer an almost unlimited selection of value-oriented goods and make them accessible to everyone on a global scale.

We bring together world-class technical talent with passion for connecting relevant products to the global population.

We...   More >

Robots Are Creatures, Not Things with Madeline Gannon

Lecture | September 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Madeline Gannon

 Arts + Design

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

Madeline Gannon, Designer

After fifty years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, multidisciplinary designer Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for...   More >

Madeline Gannon: Robots Are Creatures, Not Things

Presentation | September 9 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After fifty years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, multidisciplinary designer Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were...   More >

ATC Lecture — Madeline Gannon, "Robots Are Creatures, Not Things."

Colloquium | September 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Madeline Gannon, Artist / Roboticist, Pittsburgh, PA

 Center for New Media, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Arts + Design

After 50 years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, Dr. Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were never intended to do:...   More >

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Disability Management: Understanding the Process (BEUHS550)

Workshop | September 10 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Ed Center

 Mary Kelly, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Disability Specialist, Be Well at Work - Disability Management

 Be Well at Work - Disability Management

Come and join us for an Interactive and Informative look into the process of Disability Management.

This workshop uses Scenario-based instruction to teach and reinforce subjects such as the Interactive Process; Essential Job Functions; Reading and analyzing Work Status notes; the Transition back-to-work and Effectiveness of Accommodation(s) and its documentation; Applicable State and Federal...   More >

September Open Berkeley Site Builder Training

Workshop | September 10 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 104A Banway Building

 2111 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Information Services and Technology (IST)

Open Berkeley Site Builder Training sessions cover the fundamentals of the Open Berkeley turnkey website solution.

Nanomaterials Enable Delivery of Genetic Material Without Transgene Integration in Mature Plants

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Markita Landry, UC Berkeley Dept. of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Genetic engineering of plants is at the core of sustainability efforts, natural product synthesis, and agricultural crop engineering. The plant cell wall is a barrier that limits the ease and throughput with which exogenous biomolecules can be delivered to plants. Current delivery methods either suffer from host range limitations, low transformation efficiencies, tissue regenerability, tissue...   More >

Fossil Coffee Seminar

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Sterling Nesbitt, Virginia Tech

 UCMP

Sterling Nesbitt, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, will present "Becoming a dinosaur during the rise of reptiles".

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Towards theoretical understanding of large batch training in stochastic gradient descent

Seminar | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Xiaowu Dai, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) is almost ubiquitously used in training non-convex optimization tasks. Recently, a hypothesis by Keskar et al. (2017) that large batch SGD tends to converge to sharp minima has received increasing attention. We justify this hypothesis by providing new properties of SGD in both finite-time and asymptotic regimes, using tools from Partial Differential...   More >

Certificate Program in Financial Planning and Analysis Online Information Session

Information Session | September 10 | 11-11:30 a.m. |  Online

 Heather Liston, UC Berkeley Extension program director

 UC Berkeley Extension

Financial planners and analysts reside at the intersection of accounting, economics and finance. These professionals also touch every function of the business in that every action has an economic impact.

Discover how this certificate can benefit you, whether you are looking to advance in your current business career or switch to a career in financial planning and analysis.

  Register online

From Bonfire to Firewire: Innovative Online Modules on Philippine Folklore

Lecture | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Pia Arboleda, Associate Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literarure, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

This talk will review current research on Ifiallig orature in Barlig, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, including the significance of Ifiallig oral traditions, the methods used in collecting orature, and the process of reviving tales through different media.

SPH Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series: Human-Centered Design for Innovations in Domestic Violence Prevention

Seminar | September 10 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Jaspal Sandhu, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Jaspal S. Sandhu is an Assistant Adjunct Professor (Professor of Practice) in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health at the UCB SPH. He will discuss his recent work on human-centered design for innovations in domestic violence prevention.

Campus Memorial

Memorial | September 10 | 12-1 p.m. | California Hall, Flagpole West of California Hall

 Campus

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 the campus will hold its annual memorial event to recognize faculty, staff, students, emeriti faculty, and staff retirees who passed this year. The event will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. at the flagpole west of California Hall. The program will include brief remarks and a reading of the names of those we are remembering, followed by music and poetry. The ceremony...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Rational Inattention: A Disciplined Behavioral Model"

Presentation | September 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Filip Matejka, CERGE, Charles University

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.
** MUST RSVP**

  RSVP online by September 6.

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.

Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law

Colloquium | September 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Angela S. García, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

 Center for Research on Social Change, Latinx Research Center,, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

This book talk analyzes the ways federal, state, and local immigration laws shape the lives of undocumented Mexicans in the US. Comparing restrictive and accommodating immigration measures in various cities and states, it shows that place-based inclusion and exclusion unfold for immigrants in seemingly contradictory ways.

Social Media + Global Justice: could that tweet be evidence?

Panel Discussion | September 10 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Human Rights Center

Join us for lunch and a provocative conversation about using photos, videos, and social media posts to document and investigate war crimes, plus a discussion of Berkeley's international protocol on open source investigations. Featuring Sam Dubberly (Amnesty International Digital Verification Corps), Alexa Koenig and Lindsay Freeman (Berkeley Law Human Rights Center), and Raquel Vasquez-Llorente...   More >

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Microsoft Project Fundamentals

Course | September 10 | 1:30-4 p.m. | S300T Haas School of Business

 Human Resources

This foundation course combines industry-standard project management theory with practical application using Microsoft Project to plan, execute, and track progression throughout the project lifecycle. Learning Objectives * Define key project management concepts. * Identify the elements and views of the Microsoft Project interface. * Set the scheduling direction of new projects. * Create tasks and...   More >

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Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: How Are Preferences for Commitment Revealed?

Seminar | September 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Justin Sydnor, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 Department of Economics

Link to NBER Working Paper

A large literature treats take-up of commitment contracts, in the form of choice-set restrictions or penalties, as a smoking gun for (awareness of) self-control problems. This paper provides new techniques for examining the validity of this assumption, as well as a new approach for detecting (awareness of) self-control...   More >

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance: SEM 237/281: "Causal Effects of Capital Inflows (JMP)", Joint with Macroeconomics

Seminar | September 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Nick Sander, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

ABSTRACT: In this paper I estimate the average country's business cycle response to capital inflows from abroad -- in particular equity and debt (portfolio) inflows. Capital flows have been argued by Rey(2015) to be a key factor synchronizing international business cycles, and large outflows of capital -- sudden stops -- are often associated with considerable subsequent economic distress. To...   More >

H-1B Workshop

Workshop | September 10 | 2-4 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

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

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

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Random perturbations of nonselfadjoint operators, and the Gaussian Analytic Function

Seminar | September 10 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Stephane Nonnenmacher, Univ. Paris-Sud & MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

The spectrum of a nonselfadjoint linear operator can be very unstable, that is sensitive to perturbations, an phenomenon usually referred to as the "pseudospectral effect". In order to quantify this phenomenon, we investigate a simple class of nonselfadjoint 1-dimensional semiclassical (pseudo-)differential operators, submitted to small random perturbations. The spectrum of this randomly...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Syzygies of K3 carpets and Green's conjecture

Seminar | September 10 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Steven Sam, UC San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

K3 carpets are double structures on rational normal scrolls. We prove a vanishing statement for their graded Betti numbers which confirms a conjecture of Bayer and Eisenbud for the Betti numbers of ribbon curves. This gives a new proof that Green's conjecture on Betti numbers of canonical curves holds for a generic curve in each gonality stratum of the moduli of curves. This is joint work with...   More >

Find a path through trajectory space

Seminar | September 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 David Limmer, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Vector bundles on $P^1$ bundles

Seminar | September 10 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Hannah Larson, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Every vector bundle on $P^1$ splits as a direct sum of line bundles. Given a vector bundle $E$ on a $P^1$ bundle $PW \to B$, the base $B$ is stratified by subvarieties defined by the condition that the restriction of $E$ to the fibers has a certain splitting type. It is natural to ask how to find the classes of the closures of these strata in the Chow ring of $B$. I will answer this question with...   More >

Omar Khan | Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj

Lecture | September 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in date

 Omar Khan, Author, Distinguished scholar, & San Francisco based historian

 Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Art Practice

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative, Department of History of Art, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Art Practice

A presentation by distinguished scholar and San Francisco based historian, Omar Khan, on his new publication Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj, a visual tour of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka through 500 vintage postcards (1892 to 1947).

Reports from the Field - Summer 2019

Lecture | September 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Sara Eriksson, Anthropology; Erin Lawrence, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology; Abigail Hoskins, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology

 San Francisco Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

UC Berkeley graduate students report on their summer research and experiences at different ancient sites. Sara Eriksson is interested in household archaeology and gender in Hellenistic Greece. She will talk about her work with the Kalaureia Research Program at a Poseidon sanctuary on the Greek island of Poros. Erin Lawrence studies 5th and 4th century BCE Athenian sculpture and will discuss...   More >

Public Lecture by Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt: "Scaling up: is there a national vision for groundwater recharge?”

Lecture | September 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt will give a public lecture on water and environmental policy. The talk will discuss groundwater recharge as a way to help achieve sustainability for our water resources, and will link this emerging technique for water stewardship to its state and national implications, and to potential large scale policy actions.

$0

  Register online

Atlassian Tech Talk: A tech career journey with focus on tools for problem solving and productivity

Information Session | September 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Head of Confluence Engineering, Ali Dasdan will provide a peek into his tech career through the use of tools for problem solving and productivity. He will also provide a couple of lessons learned to help guide new careers in tech.

Food wil be provided!

Quantitative Street Smarts: Excelling in Your First Math or Stat Course at Cal

Workshop | September 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Atrium

 Student Learning Center

This workshop will make explicit the hidden expectations of the mathematics and statistics courses at UC Berkeley, and how the SLC can partner in student success.

John Deere Info-Session

Information Session | September 10 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, Cory-293

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join us to learn about tech opportunities at John Deere!

Employees will be on-site if you have any questions about what it's like to work at John Deere. As always, food and beverages are provided!