<< December 2019 >>

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service Nominations

Miscellaneous | November 26 – December 6, 2019 every day | Eshleman Hall, Online Nomination

 Public Service Center

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged...   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

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Radiation fields for wave equations on asymptotically Minkowski spacetimes

Seminar | December 5 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Dean Baskin, Texas A&M University and MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: Radiation fields are rescaled limits of solutions of wave equations near "null infinity" and capture the radiation pattern seen by a distant observer. They are intimately connected with the Fourier and Radon transforms and with scattering theory. In this talk, I will define and discuss radiation fields in a few contexts, with an emphasis on spacetimes that look flat near infinity. The...   More >

FULL: 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

Chemistry in the Ultracold: Controlling Reactions with Quantum Statistics and Other Tricks

Seminar | December 5 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Luigi De Marco Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

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

 JH

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Certificate Program in Leadership and Management Online Information Session

Information Session | December 5 | 11-11:30 a.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how this certificate can help you build the essential skills for effective management and make a tangible difference in your career.

  Register online

Dissertation Talk: Enhancing Performance of Analog Mixed Signal Circuits using Integrated Silicon-Photonics

Seminar | December 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Title: Enhancing Performance of Analog Mixed Signal Circuits using Integrated Silicon-Photonics
Speaker: Nandish Mehta, Dept of EECS, UC Berkeley
Advisors: Prof. Vladimir Stojanović

Date: 12/5/2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Location: Hughes Room, Cory 400

3-Manifold Seminar: Guts components of sutured decomposition and the Thurston Norm

Seminar | December 5 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yue Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will try to give an introduction of Thurston norm, sutured decomposition. Furthermore we define the guts components of a homology class as the nontrivial parts in a sutured decomposition of the 3-manifold. I will show a statement that the guts do not depend on the selection of the facet surfaces and some examples in 3-manifolds which should satisfy our results. This is based on...   More >

Professional Program in User Experience (UX) Design Online Information Session

Information Session | December 5 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension's Professional Program in User Experience Design gives you the training and knowledge you need to develop a portfolio to prepare to enter the field of UX design. Our instructors are experienced designers who bring real-world case studies and challenges to illuminate the theory behind UX. Find out how you can benefit from this curriculum and advance in the field.

 Free. Register online

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 >

Certificate Program in Marketing Online Information Session

Information Session | December 5 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how UC Berkeley Extension equips you with a solid understanding of marketing’s most up-to-date concepts and techniques. For more information, visit the Certificate Program in Marketing.

  Register online

Lunch Poems: Margaret Ross: Poet Margaret Ross reads for Lunch Poems

Reading - Literary | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Margaret Ross, Stanford

 Library

Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare. Her poems and translations appear in The New Republic, The Paris Review, and POETRY. Her honors include a Fulbright arts grant, a VSC/Luce Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowship, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. She currently teaches at Stanford University where she is a Jones Lecturer.

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 >

Can the French President Emmanuel Macron Reform the Country After the Yellow Vest Protest?

Lecture | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jean-Claude Beaujour

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of French, Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

One year after the yellow vest movement can the Macron administration resume its reforms: budget deficit, pension, social inequalities. Although this yellow vest movement has declined, the protesters has long said they are not satisfied by the administration answers. Will Emmanuel Macron be able rebuild the relationship with the vast majority of the population in order to implement his political...   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 14 – December 5, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Data Science Showcase

Presentation | December 5 | 12:30-3:30 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

 Data Sciences

Join us for the Data Science Fall Showcase! The showcase will feature work from our Human Contexts and Ethics, Modules, and Discovery research projects on topics ranging from charter schools to the US Census to gender diversity.

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

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | December 5 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

BIO Express Travel Signature Day

Workshop | December 5 | 1-4 p.m. | International House, Great Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office has set aside this special day for *express* travel signatures just for you! Stop by any time during the hours below to get your documents signed on the spot (please read below—"Do You Really Need a Travel Signature?").

Come to the I-House Great Hall during the following days and times for your Express Travel Signature:

Thursday, December 5th,...   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 in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

2020 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | December 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a social engagement project after their graduation.

Up to $25,000.

Sodium channel dysfunction in neurodevelopmental disorders

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.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Information Session

Information Session | December 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Alberto Ledesma, http://mellonmays.berkeley.edu/

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Want to become a college professor in the humanities or social sciences? Come find out how the MMUF program can help you transform the academy!

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided!

Multi-Scale Structure Control for Advanced Functional Materials

Seminar | December 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 6101 Etcheverry Hall

 Ozgur Keles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, San Jose State University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Economic growth demands better products; hence, better materials. Specifically, product space in energy, defense, aerospace, and automotive industries requires materials that are multi-functional, lightweight, reliable, and tough. In addition, environmental regulations require sustainability. Comprehensive optimization of these requirements is possible through multi-scale structure...   More >

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

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "A Unifying Design-based Theory of Regression Adjustment"

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

 Joel A. Middleton, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Borderland Dreams: Korean Chinese Migrants' Bodies, Money, and Time

Colloquium | December 5 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 June Hee Kwon, California State University, Sacramento

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This talk examines the remittance-driven everyday lives of Korean Chinese who move back and forth between Seoul, South Korea, and the Korean Chinese Autonomous Prefecture of Yanbian, China, an ethnic zone bordering North Korea.

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: Peeking into Lower and Higher Dimensions Using Designer Quantum Matter

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

 Hari Manoharan, Department of Physics, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

The laws of quantum mechanics allow for some strange and tantalizing behavior of electrons inside materials, but the most exotic of these phenomena have remained unobserved because they are out of reach in natural materials. I will explain experiments which target and reveal some of the most elusive behavior, by using special apparatus to assemble “designer” quantum materials one atom at a...   More >

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.

DCRP Lecture Series: Kafui Attoh

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

 College of Environmental Design

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 5:30 PM. Uber, Public Transit and the Idiocy of the Smart City

Health Care Policy in East Asia: A World Scientific Reference Book Launch

Panel Discussion | December 5 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquium 1104

 Public Health, School of

Join us for a dynamic discussion and launch of an important new publication, Health Care Policy in East Asia: A World Scientific Reference, released under the editorial leadership of our own Professor Emeritus Teh-wei Hu.
Health Care Policy in East Asia is a four-volume publication designed to help health care professionals, academics, policymakers and general readers understand the background...   More >

  Register online

The Edge of Democracy with Director Petra Costa

Film - Documentary | December 5 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Center for Latin American Studies

Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unraveling of two Brazilian presidencies. 113 minutes. English and Portuguese with English subtitles.

After the screening, director Petra Costa will speak in conversation with Academy Award-winner Charles Ferguson.

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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Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU

Film - Documentary | December 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration with the original cast of RAkU. Set in historic Japan, the ballet is a fictional tale filled with passion, lust, loss, pain, and compassion, based on a true event: the burning of the beautiful...   More >

Bear Music Fest Discover

Performing Arts - Music | December 5 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Barnaby Bright

 Cal Alumni Association

Join us the evening of December 5 at Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus for the launch of BMF Discover’s Musical Conversations — an intimate performance of amazing music, engaging conversation, and Q&A with Barnaby Bright! A post-show beer and wine reception is complimentary with your ticket.

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

Theater and Dance Fall Student Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | December 4 – 6, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions |  See Event Description for Locations

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

TDPS students will present performance techniques or pieces crafted and refined throughout the semester. All events are free and open to the public.

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service Nominations

Miscellaneous | November 26 – December 6, 2019 every day | Eshleman Hall, Online Nomination

 Public Service Center

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged...   More >

Responding to Challenging Times: Immigrant Well-being and Access to Services

Conference/Symposium | December 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Irene Bloemraad, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Institute

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) is proud to announce a symposium on immigrant services policy and the service barriers immigrants face in the Bay Area on Friday morning, December 6. This event brings together service providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about immigrant integration resources in the Bay Area, followed by a discussion about strategies...   More >

  RSVP online

FULL: 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

Creating the protein version of DNA base pairing

Seminar | December 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Zibo Chen Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

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.

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2020 application deadline, February 20, 2020

Information Session | December 6 | 11 a.m.-12 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.

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

Natural Language Processing Seminar: Yoav Artzi

Lecture | December 6 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Yoav Artzi

 Information, School of

Certificate Program in Clinical Research Conduct and Management Online Information Session

Information Session | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

  , Berkeley, CA

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn how this professional certificate can help you launch or advance your career in clinical research by enhancing your knowledge of clinical trials. For more information about the program, visit extension.berkeley.edu/cert/clinical.html.

  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

Brexit after the UK Election: what happens next

Lecture | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies

This lecture will cover the reasons for the UK joining and leaving the EU - as well as the current state of the Brexit negotiations and what is likely to happen on Brexit after the upcoming UK election.

Specifically, it will address five issues. First, the history of UK relations with Europe - and why the UK joined the EU in 1973. Second, the reasons for the development of eurosceptism in...   More >

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

Fall 2019 LEP Global Book Club: Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

Miscellaneous | October 25 – December 6, 2019 every Friday | 1-2 p.m. | 110 César E. Chávez Student Center

 SLC Language Exchange Program

Join us for the Fall 2019 LEP Global Book Club! This semester, as we join the campus in commemorating 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice, we will be reading Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo.”

Written in 1931 and published just last year, Barracoon chronicles Hurston’s conversations with Cudjo Kossula Lewis, one of the last survivors of the Atlantic Slave...   More >

  RSVP 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

Travel and Visa Webinar

Workshop | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Learn about what to expect when traveling abroad and re-entering the U.S. Topics include: When a visa stamp is needed (and when it is not), documents you need to apply for a visa, the visa application process and timelines, security clearances, and travel to Canada and Mexico. A Question and Answer period will follow the presentation.

Please <a...   More >

War in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Towards More Scalable and Robust Machine Learning

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Dong Yin, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation talk - Dong Yin, PhD student, EECS Department

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 >

BLISS Seminar: Gaussian limits in two inference problems

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 212 Cory Hall

 Jingbo Liu, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Distribution limits in large systems are often the key to understanding the fundamental limits or designing inference algorithms, though sometimes not immediately recognized. I would like to discuss two pieces of my recent work with this flavor.
One piece of work concerns inference on trees. Evans, Kenyon, Peres, and Schulman (2000) and Mossel (2004) conjectured that the Kesten-Stigum (KS)...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation VI

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

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

Composition Colloquium: Radical 2

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

 Department of Music

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

Teaching Karuk and Yurok Online: A Story of Pain and Healing
Dmetri Hayes, GSR, Linguistics
The Karuk and Yurok people have told stories orally for centuries. Some of their words have been recorded in dictionaries and written in notebooks by linguists. A great loss of life and language occurred leading to few people speaking Karuk or Yurok in their daily life today. I discuss my attempt to...   More >

MENA Salon: Uprisings in Iraq

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

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Since 1 October, protests have erupted across southern and central Iraq. Calling for an end of the political system that was established after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, demonstrators are fed up with political corruption, high...   More >

David Simchi-Levi — Phase Transitions and Cyclic Phenomena in Online and Offline Learning

Seminar | December 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract:  We consider the classical stochastic multi-armed bandit problem with constraints on the total switching cost and total inventory consumption. We prove matching upper and lower bounds on regret and provide near-optimal algorithms for this problem. Surprisingly, we discover phase transitions and cyclic phenomena of the optimal regret. That is, we show that associated with the inventory...   More >

Developments in Networked Information: Review and Prospects

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

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

This is the now-traditional extended preview of parts of the plenary talk that Iâll give at the CNI fall member meeting in the week of December 9. It will cover recent developments that Iâm tracking, and discuss near-term prospects and opportunities. Since we have more time than I will at the CNI plenary and the scope of this talk is more constrained, Iâll be able to go into more depth on some...   More >

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 >

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Film - Documentary | December 6 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Words have power,” says Toni Morrison, and she would know. With a warm gleam in her eye, Morrison recalls her life growing up and how she became an author, editor, and champion of new African American literary voices. Featuring archival footage and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Robert Gottlieb, Hilton Als, and many more, The Pieces I Am places the affable and insightful Pulitzer-...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Questions about phase spaces of minimal Boolean flows

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

 Dana Bartošová, University of Florida

 Department of Mathematics

By a flow, we mean a continuous action of a topological groups $G$ on a compact Hausdorff space $X$. We refer to $X$ as the phase space of the flow. We are primarily interested in minimal flows, that is flows that have no non-trivial proper closed invariant subset. Among minimal flows, there exists a maximal one called the universal minimal flow, $M(G),$ which admits a continuous homomorphism...   More >

Thesis Seminar

Seminar | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Ignas Cerniauskas, Lammel Lab; Katarina Slama, Knight Lab; Daniel Toker, D’Esposito Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Ignas Cerniauskas (Lammel Lab): “Chronic stress induces activity, synaptic and transcriptional remodeling of the lateral habenula associated with deficits in motivated behaviors.”

Kata Slama (Knight Lab): "Electrophysiological mechanisms of visual search in humans"

Reception afterwards.

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Saturated De Rham-Witt complex, after Bhatt, Lurie, Mathew

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

 Arthur Ogus, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Let $X/k$ be a smooth scheme over a perfect field of characteristic $p$. The de Rham-Witt complex, constructed by Illusie (with roots in work by Bloch, Lubkin, and Deligne) is a canonical sheaf of differential graded algebras on the Zariski site which computes the crystalline cohomology of $X/W$ and which reveals a great deal of information about the action of the Frobenius endomorphism of $X$....   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Melinda Latour (Tufts University)

Colloquium | December 6 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Stoic Remedies: Music as Psychotherapy in Early Modern France

East Bay World History Reading Group: A Social History of the Deccan, 1300 - 1761 by Richard M. Eaton

Meeting | December 6 | 5-7 p.m. |  ORIAS Office

 1995 University Ave Suite 520D, Berkeley, CA 94704

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service Nominations - Last Day

Deadline | December 6 | 5 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Online Nomination

 Public Service Center

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged...   More >

Grounds for Science - The Dark Matter of Physics Rap

Presentation | December 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Hip Hop Juice Box

 3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Thomas Mittiga, Department of Physics

 Science@Cal

Rap is the language of the youth. Science is a way to expand truth. As the Genius of the Wu Tang Clan, GZA’s plan is to band his two muses through his new music. Enter Dark Matter: mad-sure to shatter the chatter that science-songs couldn’t be sadder. In this talk you’ll find the science behind the brilliant mind that writes the rhymes.

Grounds for Science - at the Juice Box

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Immediately after winning the 2007 Palme d’Or at Cannes, writer-director Cristian Mungiu’s breakthrough film drew comparisons to the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. And for good reason: Mungiu has learned much from the Belgian auteurs. Mungiu’s deceptively simple story unfolds in long takes that leave cinematographer Oleg Mutu’s masterful handheld camera unfettered—one minute trailing a...   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