<< December 2019 >>

Sunday, December 1, 2019

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

Peking Acrobats

Performing Arts - Other | December 1 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

The perennially popular troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts returns to Cal Performances on Thanksgiving weekend with a performance steeped in 2,000 years of folk tradition. In vibrant costumes and accompanied by live musicians on an array of Chinese folk instruments, the Peking Acrobats perform signature routines including trick cycling, precision...   More >

$30–$72 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Peking Acrobats perform Friday–Sunday, November 29–December 1, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Certificate Program in Accounting Online Information Session

Information Session | December 2 | 9:30-10 a.m. |  Online

 Heather Liston, Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Discover how this certificate can help you change careers into the accounting field, understand accounting concepts and techniques to better perform your current non-accounting work or prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam.

  Register online

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | December 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Bryony Reich, Professor, Northwestern

 Department of Economics

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

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | December 2 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Special Research Seminar: A chemical biology toolbox for RNA post-transcriptional modification and capture

Seminar | December 2 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Prof. Jen Heemstra, Department of Chemistry, Emory University

 College of Chemistry

Biomolecules are exquisitely adept at molecular recognition and self-assembly, enabling them to direct all of the processes that make life possible. These capabilities have been fine-tuned by billions of years of evolution, and more recently, have been harnessed in the laboratory to
enable the use of biomolecules for applications beyond their canonical biological roles. The
common thread that...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Topic Forthcoming

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

 Caitlin Rosenthal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Global Internships Info Session

Information Session | December 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

If you've ever wanted to intern abroad, now is your chance! Come to a Global Internships info session to learn more about the professional opportunities available in 13 global cities.

At the info sessions, we'll be answering your questions about where you can go, how the internship placements works, and the application deadline.

Hope to see you there!

Molecular mechanism of DNA replication - from origins to forks and factories

Seminar | December 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Huilin Li, Van Andel Research Institute

 College of Chemistry

In eukaryotes, DNA replication origins are activated in the late G1 phase of cell cycle, in which Origin Recognition Complex recruits the helicase core Mcm2-7 onto DNA and assemble an inactive double-hexamer. The Mcm2-7 double-hexamer is converted to two active CMG (Cdc45-Mcm2-7-GINS) helicases at the G1-to-S transition. And in the S phase, the CMG helicases works with DNA polymerases, primases...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Topic Forthcoming

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

 Reshma Hussam, Harvard Business School

 Department of Economics

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Topic Forthcoming"

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

 TBD, TBD

 Department of Economics

Art, Health, and Equity in the City of Richmond

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

 Betty Reid Soskin; Donté Clark; Ptah Tracey Mitchell

 Arts + Design

Presented by the City of Richmond and UC Berkeley Arts + Design

Betty Reid Soskin, National Park Service, Ranger at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA
Donte Clark, Playwright, Storyteller, Former Poet Laureate of Richmond, CA
Ptah Tracey Mitchell, West Contra Costa Unified School District

Author, activist, and park ranger Betty Reid Soskin; writer...   More >

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Garden Closed

Miscellaneous | January 1, 2019 – January 7, 2020 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed on 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 >

TextXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | December 3 – 6, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum (6th floor), Chou Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

TextXD brings together researchers from across a wide range of disciplines, who work with text as a primary source of data. ...   More >

Certificate Program in Finance Online Information Session

Information Session | December 3 | 9:30-10 a.m. |  Online

 Heather Liston, Program Director

 UC Berkeley Extension

Interested in changing careers to finance? Want to understand financial concepts and techniques to better perform your current work? Or you want to broaden your knowledge of investment management or capital gains? Then this certificate is for you.

  Register online

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | December 3 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Amgen Seminar in Organic Chemistry

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

 Hosea Nelson, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 217, Risk Management: TBD

Seminar | December 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Laurent El Ghaoui, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Web Accessibility: DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Checklist for Developers

Meeting | December 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Lucy Greco, Accessibility Evangelist, Web Access; Caroline Boyden, Web Developer, Architecture Platform Integration; Anna Gazdowicz, Web and Accessibility Specialist, Architecture Platform Integration

 Webnet

Student Faculty Macro Lunch -

Presentation | December 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Pascal Paul, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

 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  by November 29.

Strategies to Sharpen Your Focus (BEUHS065)

Workshop | December 3 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Elliott DiTusa, LPCC, Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Being fully present and engaged can be a daily challenge for most people. In this interactive workshop we will learn sport psychology techniques and how to apply them to our daily lives. Specifically, this workshop will teach us focused goal-setting, as well as mindful, cognitive, and somatic strategies used by athletes to increase focus and performance.

  Enroll online

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.

Space Physics Seminar

Seminar | September 17 – December 3, 2019 every Tuesday | 1-2 p.m. | 325 LeConte Hall

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Title TBA (Joint with Public Seminar)

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

 Benjamin Lockwood, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Economics

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Preparatory Program

Information Session | December 3 | 4-5 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how this program can enhance your background in the biological or chemical sciences and prepare you for application to certified clinical laboratory scientist training programs.

 UNEX 1053. Make reservations online or by calling 510-642-4111

Branches of the Same Tree: The National Academies on the Role of the Humanities and the Arts in “STEM/M”

Panel Discussion | December 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Human Resources

Hosted by A+D’s ongoing public lecture series Arts + Design Mondays, this bold and imaginative conversation will contemplate the future of creativity in higher education and the future of Discovery at UC Berkeley. For this conversation, I will be joined by Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost; Randy Katz, Vice Chancellor for Research; together with Tom Rudin and Irene Ngun from...   More >

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2019 the first Wednesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

TextXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | December 3 – 6, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum (6th floor), Chou Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

TextXD brings together researchers from across a wide range of disciplines, who work with text as a primary source of data. ...   More >

Certificate Program in Financial Planning and Analysis Online Information Session

Information Session | December 4 | 9:30-10 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

BPM 110 Foundational Finance

Workshop | December 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers budgeting and using your unit’s resources.

  Register online

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | December 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Tomasz Piskorski, Columbia Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Study Abroad Office Hours at EOP

Miscellaneous | October 2 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, EOP at MLK BNorth

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will hold office hours at EOP every Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm during the fall semester to answer questions about program options, scholarships, how to apply and additional services offered!

Sign-up for a spot on http://tinyurl.com/eopstudyabroad.

BioE Seminar: Vibrational spectroscopy and plasmonics: a new toolbox for fingerprinting tumor-associated exosomes: Randy Carney, UC Davis

Seminar | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Randy Carney, UC Davis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

"Vibrational spectroscopy and plasmonics: a new toolbox for fingerprinting tumor-associated exosomes"
Randy Carney, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis

Holiday Sing Along with the University Chorus: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | December 4 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall | Note change in date

 Department of Music

A Holiday Sing along with University Chorus directed be Wei Cheng

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Speaker TBA: Title TBA

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

 TBA

 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 >

Susan Parker: A Demography Brown Bag Talk: Title TBA

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

 Susan Parker, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

 Population Science, Department of Demography

Susan W. Parker is a professor in the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland. Her research focuses on education and health in developing countries and on the evaluation of programs and public policies. Her current projects include studying the causes and consequences of the rise in obesity in Mexico, the health impacts of public health insurance, and mobile banking in poor populations.

Townsend Book Chat with Grace Lavery: Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan

Lecture | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Lavery examines the contradictory role — as both rival empire and cradle of exquisite beauty — played by Japan in the Victorian imagination.

Caring for the Caregiver (BEUHS124)

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

 Maureen Kelly, ED.D., LCSW, Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

As the population ages and our health systems provide less and less care, more caregiving responsibilities are being borne by family members. Caregiver stress, a result of the emotional and physical strain of caregiving, is reported at much higher levels by family caregivers than by non-caregivers. Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient among us and impacts health. Caregivers,...   More >

The Psychology of Ritual

Colloquium | December 4 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael I. Norton, Professor, Harvard Business School

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Rituals are ubiquitous in our personal lives – enacted before performances or during family holidays – and in our interactions with firms – from sports fans doing the “wave” to customers being served wine after an elaborate uncorking. Our research has documented the benefits of rituals in domains ranging from grief recovery to chocolate consumption to team performance to singing Journey’s “Don’t...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 2 – December 4, 2019 the first Wednesday of the month every month | 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

Microsoft Access Query Design

Course | December 4 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This course details the process of designing Select Queries in a Microsoft Access database. Emphasis is placed on sorting, ranking, filtering, interactive criteria, and modular design techniques. Learning Objectives * Understand the purpose and interdependencies of the six major database object types. * Contrast flat file data storage against relational database management systems. * Design new...   More >

  Register online

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | August 28 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Windmill Coffee House | Canceled

 2131 Durant, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisers. All UC Berkeley students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Homological Stability III

Seminar | December 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 DongGyu Lim, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Archipelagic Vietnam: Rethinking Nationalism and Trans-Pacific Regionalism at the Shoreline

Lecture | December 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Biggs, Professor of History, UC Riverside

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Until recent conflicts over the South China Sea, Vietnam’s history has been almost wholly described in terrestrial terms. Seaborne connections across the East Sea and the Pacific have however played key roles in defining modern Vietnam. This talk reimagines Vietnam as an archipelago, a more permeable nation-system of nodes linked by flows of energy, food, people and technology.

David Biggs

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

EECS Colloquium: The Internet of Materials: The next logical step or a paradigm shift?

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

 Gregory Abowd, Georgia Tech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Revisiting Weiser’s 30-year old inspirational vision on ubiquitous computing, we see that there are three factors that today limit the kind of ubiquity that Weiser described: power, cost, and form factor. Using these factors to drive our efforts, we have created examples of computational materials at Georgia Tech that demonstrate self-sustaining computational devices that are manufactured with...   More >

First Step(pe)s: The Silk Road from a Steppe Perspective

Lecture | December 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ursula B. Brosseder, Bonn University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Numerous, far-reaching migrations and contacts have taken place during prehistory across the vast Eurasian steppes, reaching from Eastern Europe or the Near East to Inner Asia and present-day China. However, the intensity and speed of connectivity between East and West changed profoundly in the late first millennium BC. Traditional narrative holds that this change was initiated by the travels of...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello; Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Performing Arts - Music | December 4 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Program:
Beethoven/12 Variations on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” (from Die Zauberflöte), Op. 66
Lutosławski/Grave
Barber/Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6
Rachmaninoff/Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

$42-68 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason perform Sunday, December 4, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

TextXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | December 3 – 6, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum (6th floor), Chou Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

TextXD brings together researchers from across a wide range of disciplines, who work with text as a primary source of data. ...   More >

Collaborating Effectively in the Workplace

Course | December 5 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Staff Ombuds Office

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

  Register online

Botanical Illustration: Winter and Holiday Subjects

Workshop | December 5 – 6, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | December 5 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 JH

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | December 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Federico Huneeus, Professor, Yale University

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Haas Scholars Program Info Session: $13,800 to carry out a final project in *ANY* major

Information Session | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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

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

Healthier Holiday Treats (BEUHS641)

Workshop | December 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Cookies, cakes, and candies, oh my! Stand out from the crowd with unique holiday treats this year. Colleagues, family and friends will appreciate your support while you can save money by making homemade gifts and desserts! Presentation, demonstration, recipes, and sample provided.

Aging Services Faculty Search Candidate Talk

Lecture | November 7 – December 5, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

English Language Teaching Through Symbolic Competence Development: A Possible Response to Brazil’s Law of Quotas

Lecture | December 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Sabrina Hax Duro Rosa, Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Language Center

 Berkeley Language Center

The Law of Quotas was instituted in Brazil in 2012 as an Affirmative Action policy, divided into Social and Racial Quotas. As an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher, I ask: How could EFL classes raise Brazilian students' awareness of racial issues and about racial quotas in particular?

IB Seminar: Heating up Ocean Outbreaks from Seagrasses to Seastars

Seminar | December 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Drew Harvell, Cornell University

 Department of Integrative Biology

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

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | December 5 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Kevin Bender, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Tom Buckley

Seminar | December 5 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Tom Buckley

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Tom Buckley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, will present: "Scaling gas exchange from leaves to canopies." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West

Panel Discussion | December 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Chair, UC Berkeley Department of Political Science; Gillian Hart, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley Department of Geography; Tianna Paschel, Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

 Social Science Matrix

Presented as part of Social Science Matrix "Authors Meet Critics" series, this panel discussion will feature Professor Wendy Brown's book "In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Politics in the West." Professor Brown will be joined by Gillian Hart, Professor Emerita of Geography, and and Tianna Paschel, Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies.

  RSVP online by December 2.

Professor Wendy Brown

CRG Thursday Forum Series: How I Write

Panel Discussion | December 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Christian Paiz; Carolyn Smith

 Rachel Lim

 Center for Race and Gender

Get inspired for end-of-the-term writing with reflections and advice from Christian Paiz, assistant professor of Ethnic Studies; Carolyn Smith, UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow; and Rachel Lim, graduate student in Ethnic Studies.

  RSVP online

Mathematics Department Colloquium: TBD

Colloquium | December 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, University of California-Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Applying to Study Abroad

Information Session | December 5 | 5-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, MLK BNorth, Room 82D

 Berkeley Study Abroad

What's next? Now that you know where you want to study abroad, it's time to craft a strong application. This workshop will cover all the basic information on how to apply to Berkeley Study Abroad programs.

The Age of Intoxication: Psychoactive Drugs in World History

Lecture | December 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Benjamin Breen, UC Santa Cruz

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

How have perceptions of drugs changed over time? This lecture will explore the history of drugs in the colonial era and beyond.

Eating the flesh of an Egyptian mummy prevents the plague. Distilled poppies reduce melancholy. A Turkish drink called coffee increases alertness. Tobacco cures cancer. Such beliefs circulated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, an era when the term “drug”...   More >

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Dan Pfeiffer

Special Event | December 5 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

The former White House communications director, noted political strategist and commentator, and Pod Save America co-host combines wry wit, spot-on political instincts, and formidable storytelling chops in an optimistic exploration of how politics and digital media interact in modern-day America.

$28–$58 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Dan Pfeiffer appears in Cal Performances' Speaker Series on December 5, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Music Studies Colloquium: Melinda Latour (Tufts University)

Colloquium | December 6 | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Stoic Remedies: Music as Psychotherapy in Early Modern France

TextXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | December 3 – 6, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum (6th floor), Chou Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

TextXD brings together researchers from across a wide range of disciplines, who work with text as a primary source of data. ...   More >

Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Botanical Illustration: Winter and Holiday Subjects

Workshop | December 5 – 6, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | December 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

Higher Education Researchers Workgroup

Meeting | December 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Evans Hall, CSHE Conference Room, 768

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The goal of this new group is to bring together qualitative and quantitative higher education researchers working on issues at Berkeley, the...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Anne Maclachlan at maclach@berkeley.edu

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | December 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

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Electronic, Thermal, and (Some) Unusual Applications of 2D Materials

Seminar | December 6 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Eric Pop, Professor, Stanford, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and SystemX Alliance

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will present recent highlights from our research on two-dimensional (2D) materials including
graphene, boron nitride (h-BN), and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs).

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

When Liquids are Liquids or Maybe Not: Nano Seminar Series

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

 Prof. Thomas P. Russell, Univ of Massachusetts / Polymer Science and Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We introduce systems of liquids trapped in non-equilibrium configurations by interfacial assemblies of nanoparticle surfactants (‘NPSs’). These constructs consist of aqueous threads, length ~10-100 cm and diameter ~100 m whose mechanical properties are determined by an interfacial NPS assembly 20 nm thick. The interfacial layer consists of nanoparticles and polymers with complementary...   More >

2019 Toshihide Numata Book Award Presentation and Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 6 | 3-7 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Center for Buddhist Studies

A symposium to celebrate the winner of the 2019 Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism Professor Paul Swanson (Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture) for his book: Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight: T’ien-t’ai Chih-i’s Mo-ho chih-kuan (3 vols., Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture, Hawai’i University Press).

The award presentation, which will begin at 3 PM, will be followed by a...   More >

Fall 2019 BLC Fellows Insructional Development Research Projects

Lecture | December 6 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 BLC Fellows, UCB

 Berkeley Language Center

"An Advanced Chinese Course Design under the Multimedia Language Learning Model"
Weisi, Cai, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

"Computer Assisted Vocabulary Learning of Karuk and Yurok"
Dmetri Hayes, GSR, Linguistics

"Communication Through Verse: Teaching Russian Phraseology by Learning Poetry"
Dominick Lawton, GSR, Slavic

"“Zhili-Byli…”: Russian Folklore in the Intermediate...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Radical 2

Colloquium | December 6 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

Information Access Seminar: Clifford Lynch

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

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Worlding the narod: Recontextualizing the Chinese Reading of Russian Realism

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

 Roy Chan, Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature, University of Oregon

 Edward Tyerman, Assistant Professor, Russian and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talks aims to examine the various ways in which Russian ideas about realism circulated in China, with particular emphasis on the People's Republic of China's deep engagement with Russian and Soviet literature. As the "the people" (renmin) constituted a normative pillar that was central to the PRC's political legitimacy, aesthetic practices designed to provide representational articulation of...   More >

University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | December 6 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Matthew Sadowski, Director

$16 General Admission, $12 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org