<< Week of February 12 >>

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.

 http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/hours_cost_location.

Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Newt Discovery Station

Special Event | February 12 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Newts return! Each year, the winter rains prompt newts to migrate to the Garden’s Japanese Pool where their mating behaviors can be easily observed. Docents will be on hand to provide garden visitors with an up-close look at newts at all stages of their life cycle, and to answer questions about these amazing and adorable animals. Free with Garden admission.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Reading and Booksigning: Lawrence Weschler and Walter Murch

Special Event | February 12 | 2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Pulitzer Prize nominee Lawrence Weschler and Academy Award–winning sound and film editor Walter Murch read from and discuss Weschler’s new profile of Murch, Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Lucas Debargue

Performing Arts - Music | February 12 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Cal Performances

A runaway favorite at last summer's Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, Lucas Debargue has confounded and energized the classical music world with his unusual career trajectory, unconventional technique, and riveting intellect. Mostly self-taught until late in his career, Debargue won the Moscow Music Critics Prize for performances of "artistry, originality and technical brilliance" (The...   More >

starting at $42

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Women's Basketball vs. Colorado

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 12 | 3 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Colorado at Haas Pavilion.

Medium Cool | Haskell Wexler | United States, 1969

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

FEATURING
Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill,

Shot on location in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Medium Cool examines the use and abuse of journalism in an era when widespread popular protests were increasingly subject to police violence and, more disturbingly, government-sanctioned subversion. Wexler, an Academy Award–winning cinematographer,...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Black Arm Band: Dirtsong

Performing Arts - Music | February 12 | 7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Australia's foremost Aboriginal musicians, representing diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, gather together as Black Arm Band. Dirtsong, "a soulful, vivid telling of the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia" (Singapore Today), is performed in 13 different Aboriginal languages and combines traditional music with new songs inspired by famed indigenous author Alexis Wright.

starting at $26

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Monday, February 13, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

GWE General Meeting

Meeting | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 225 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Graduate Assembly

Come join us for the first general meeting of the semester. We will be discussing upcoming events including the Speaker Series. There will be snacks!

The Future of Collective Innovation

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Elizabeth Gerber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Design and Faculty Founder, Design for America; McCormick School of Engineering; Northwestern University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Socio-technical infrastructure offers remarkable opportunities for improving innovation and the global economy by engaging geographically distributed and diverse individuals to identify, ideate, and implement new ideas, expanding the sources of innovation beyond the formal organization. But it is also possible that collective innovation will fail to achieve its potential by becoming increasingly...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Building a Platform for Machine Intelligence

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Amir Khosrowshahi, Intel Corporation

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Deep learning is now state-of-the-art across a wide variety of machine learning domains including speech, video, and text. Nervana is a startup providing deep learning as a platform. Nervana’s core technology is a novel processor architecture for deep learning providing an enabling increase in speed, scale, and efficiency. I will talk about some of our engineering and early efforts in working on...   More >

Local Governments and the Challenge to Autocratic Nationalism in Poland

Lecture | February 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Anthony Levitas, Visiting Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

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

Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and while the whole world held its breath to see if “shock therapy” in Poland would collapse under its own weight, Polish state-builders embarked on an almost equally radical, but largely overlooked, program of local government reform. These reforms gave subnational governments, and particularly large cities, control over more than a third of all public...   More >

Dialogues

Colloquium | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Teaching and Learning

To enhance the value and visibility of teaching-focused discourse on the Berkeley campus, CTL presents Dialogues.
The 2016-17 Dialogues colloquium series is focusing on "Teaching Evaluations and Feedback Mechanisms". This year's faculty curators are: Claire Kremen, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; John Wallace, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Oliver O'Reilly, Mechanical...   More >

Fake News, or Real Science, a Perspective from NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Joe Palca, National Public Radio (NPR)

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

CLEAR, a grad student and postdoc group, intermittently sponsors roundtables on contemporary topics to raise awareness and encourage activism. This next one features National Public Radio’s science correspondent, Joe Palca, who will address, among other things, the current topic of fake news. CLEAR members feel this is a topic we all need to think about. Serious challenges to fact-based decision...   More >

Joe Palca

Combinatorics Seminar: Sequences: random, structured or something in between?

Seminar | February 13 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Fan Chung, UCSD

 Department of Mathematics

There are many fundamental problems concerning sequences that arise in many areas of mathematics and computation. Typical problems include finding or avoiding patterns; testing or validating various `random-like' behavior; analyzing or comparing different statistics, etc. In this talk, we will examine various notions of regularity or irregularity for sequences and mention numerous open problems.

Landscape Future: The Uncanny Effects of New Media

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Geoff Manaugh, University of Southern California Libraries; Nicholas de Monchaux, Berkeley Center for New Media

 Center for New Media

Geoff Manaugh is author of the New York Times-bestselling book A Burglar's Guide to the City (2016), currently under development for television by CBS Studios. He is currently co-authoring a book, with science writer Nicola Twilley, on the history and future of quarantine. Manaugh has curated exhibitions at the Nevada Museum of Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and USC Libraries,...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Limit shapes and fluctuations in dimer models

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Nikolai Reshetikhin, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

TBA

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Italy Info Session

Information Session | February 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 306 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our Italian language program in Trieste, Italy!

For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/trieste.

PF Student Seminar:

Seminar | February 13 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Evan Rose; Ludvig Wier

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Seminar 211, Economic History: No Meeting

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Conditional Bi-Free Independence

Seminar | February 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Paul Skoufranis, York University, Canada

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we discuss the recent extension of the notion of bi-free independence to two-state systems. This so called conditional bi-free independence enables one to keep track of more information pertaining to the actions of the left and right regular representations on reduced free product spaces thereby permitting a greater number of non-commutative probabilities to be modeled. The focus of...   More >

Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | February 13 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Judith Degen

 Department of Psychology

Berkeley Food Institute 2017 Open House

Social Event | February 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 23 Giannini Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute

We're having a party and hope you will join us! Come celebrate the new year and network with faculty and staff, students, community members, and other friends who are involved in food and agriculture issues at the Berkeley Food Institute's 2017 Open House. We will introduce BFI staff, fellows, and affiliates and events for the semester. The open house will also include a raffle and, of course,...   More >

ESPM Freshwater Ecology Seminar Series - Albert Ruhi

Seminar | February 13 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Albert Ruhi, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

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

"Dynamics and Conservation of Freshwater Communities in the Face of Novel Disturbance Regimes"

Ian Heywood (CSIRO): ASKAP Commissioning and Early Science

Seminar | February 13 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Ian Heywood, CSIRO

 Radio Astronomy Lab

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a 36-dish radio interferometer located in Western Australia. ASKAP is a fast survey telescope with novel phased array feed receivers that allow 36 simultaneous beams, resulting in an instantaneous field of view of 30 square degrees. An Early Science program using 12 dishes began in late 2016, in parallel to on-going commissioning and...   More >

Lee Fleming - Innovative search as exploration vs. exploitation

Seminar | February 13 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Lee Fleming, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Professor Lee Fleming's work investigates how mobility influences creative output, innovative search strategy drives firm performance, non-competes change labor mobility and entrepreneurship, and crowdfunding might reduce regional inequality.

The Peripheral Iconoclast: The Rise of Ibsen in the American Theatre

Lecture | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Svein Henrick Nyhus, University of Oslo

 Department of Scandinavian, Institute of European Studies

Henrik Ibsen’s breakthrough in the American theatre is characterized by controversy and contradiction. In 1902 the influential critic William Winter dismissively named him the “Bard of Bacteria”. In 1906, the year of his passing, William Dean Howells praised Ibsen as a classic. How did this Norwegian playwright, coming from the European periphery, manage to become a leading figure in the American...   More >

Towards New Systems for Mobile/Cloud Applications

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Irene Zhang, University of Washington

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present three systems designed to tackle the challenges of mobile/cloud applications: Sapphire, Diamond and TAPIR. These systems represent a first step towards better end-to-end support for mobile/cloud applications in runtime management, data management, and distributed transactional storage. Together, they significantly simplify the development of new mobile/cloud applications.

BLISS Seminar: Active Ranking from Pairwise Comparisons

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Reinhard Heckel, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider sequential or active ranking of a set of n items based on noisy pairwise comparisons. Items are ranked according to the probability that a given item beats a randomly chosen item, and ranking refers to partitioning the items into sets of pre-specified sizes according to their scores. This notion of ranking includes as special cases the identification of the top-k items and the total...   More >

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Points, lines, planes, etc

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present a recent proof by June Huh and Botong Wang of the Dowling-Wilson conjecture, a classical enumeration problem in projective space which originated from de Bruijn and Erdös. We define the Mobius ring and the Chow ring associated to a configuration of points in \(\mathbb P ^ n\) and discuss one can deduce the conjecture from the classical Hard Lefschetz theorem by walking along...   More >

IB SEMINAR: Neural circuitry for context-dependent behavior and learning

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kishore Kuchibhotla, NYU School of Medicine

 Department of Integrative Biology

Staging Internationalism: Documentary and Translation in Roar, China! and The Red Poppy

Colloquium | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Edward Tyerman, Term Assistant Professor, Slavic Department, Barnard College

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

The fourth lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Seminar 271, Development: Anonymity or Distance? Experimental Evidence on Obstacles to Youth Employment Opportunities

Seminar | February 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Marcel Fafchamps, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: On the small eigenvalues of the Witten Laplacian.

Seminar | February 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Laurent Michel, Stanford and Université Nice

 Department of Mathematics

The Witten Laplacian, introduced (by E. Witten) in the early 80’s to give an analytic proof of the Morse inequalities, also models the dynamics of the over-damped Langevin equation. The understanding of the so-called metastable states goes through the description of its small eigenvalues. The first result in this direction was obtained in 2004 (Bovier-Gayrard-Klein, Helffer-Klein-Nier) under...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] Particle Physics Beyond Colliders

Seminar | February 13 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Asimina Arvanitaki, Professor, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

 Department of Physics

When we think about Particle physics the first thing that comes to mind is colliders and high energies. Recently there have been several proposals of low-energy precision experiments that can also look for new particles, new forces, and the Dark Matter of the Universe in a way that is complementary to collider searches. In this talk, I propose two different experiments that search for a type of...   More >

Global Production Networks and Global Labour: Perspective from the South

Lecture | February 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Institute for South Asia Studies

Join us for a talk with Ashim Roy, the founding general secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative in India and currently serves as the vice president. Roy is a national labour leader and has been in the labour movement for over 30 years. Roy is on the International Steering Committee of Asia Floor Wage Alliance.

A talk with Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative, India

Lecture | February 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative; Anannya Bhattacharjee, Coordinator of the Asia Floor Wage Campaign

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Institute for South Asia Studies

Join us for a talk with Ashim Roy, the general secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative in India. He will be accompanied by Anannya Bhattacharjee, coordinator of the Asia Floor Wage Campaign.

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Reflection groups, wallpaper groups, and orbifolds

Lecture | February 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Richard E. Borcherds, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will describe how to classify things like the 18 archimedean solids and the 17 wallpaper groups using orbifolds.

Luminate Wireless Tech Talk

Information Session | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interested in mobile networking and enterprise LTE services?

Come meet Luminate Wireless, learn about what they do, and pick up some cool Luminate swag. The Luminate Wireless Tech Talk & Recruiting Event will be on Monday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 PM in the Wozniak Lounge!

Nude sushi will be provided! :)

- Topic: Enterprise LTE -
Brett will provide insight into challenges facing enterprises...   More >

Spring Art and Film Series: "On the Banks of the Tigris"

Film - Documentary | February 13 | 6-9:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Yair Dalal

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Department of Music

The film follows Majid Shokor, an Iraqi-Australian, as he discovers many of the classic Iraqi songs from his youth were composed by Iraqi Jews. Shokor then travels around the world, meeting, collaborating, and unifying Iraqi musicians of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith.

Followed by a conversation/ performance with Yair Dalal.

  RSVP online by February 10.

Standing Rock Teach-In and Public Comment Workshop

Workshop | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Berkeley Water Group

In this meeting, we will be discussing Trump’s executive order on the Dakota Access XL pipeline followed by a public comment workshop. Come check it out if you want updates on the ramifications of the executive order followed by a workshop on how to write an effective public comment. While the Army Corps of Engineers has closed the public comment period early, we will still write our...   More >

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

Arts + Design Mondays: Body, Intellect, Resistance: Mark Greif and Linda Williams in Conversation

Special Event | February 13 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Mark Greif covers popular culture and political thought for the journal n+1, which he cofounded. His books include the essay collection Against Everything and a study of mid-twentieth-century American literature and thought, The Age of the Crisis of Man. He is associate professor of literary studies at the New School for Social Research.

Linda Williams is professor emerita of rhetoric and...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Body, Intellect, Resistance: Mark Greif and Linda Williams in Conversation

Lecture | February 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Mark Greif is author of Against Everything and associate professor of literary studies at the New School for Social Research. Linda Williams is author of Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible and professor emeritus of Rhetoric and Film & Media at UC Berkeley

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

The Evolution of New Species: Interview with Katya Mack, Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar | February 14 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Katya Mack, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

The Graduates is back with new episodes for the spring semester! Join us as we speak with Katya Mack about her research on the molecular processes that lead to the evolution of new mammal species. The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web.

Katya Mack at Cal Day (photo by C. Conroy)

NoDAPL VEGANtines Bake Sale

Sale | February 14 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Sproul Plaza

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Students of Color Environmental Collective are organizing a vegan bakesale, where all proceeds will be donated to NoDAPL!

Artificial photosynthesis: from nano to microbes

Seminar | February 14 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Chong Liu, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Novartis Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Design and Evolution of New Biocatalysts for Enantioselective Synthesis

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Nick Turner, Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester

 College of Chemistry

This lecture will describe recent work from our laboratory aimed at developing new biocatalysts for enantioselective organic synthesis, with a particular emphasis on the design of in vitro and in vivo cascade processes for generating chiral pharmaceutical building blocks. By applying the principles of ‘biocatalytic retrosynthesis’ we have shown that is now increasingly possible to design new...   More >

UCMP Fossil Coffee

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Daniel Stolper, EPS, Berkeley

 Museum of Paleontology

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Impact Investing

Seminar | February 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Adair Morse, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract:
We study investments in impact funds, defined as venture capital or growth equity funds with dual objectives of generating financial returns and positive externalities. Being an impact fund elevates a fund’s marginal investment rate by 14.1% relative to a traditional VC fund, even more for funds focused on environmental, poverty, and minority/women issues.

Securing Research Data

Workshop | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (rm. 190)

 Chris Hoffman, Research Data Management

 Research Data Management

Across campus, researchers face an increasingly complex set of requirements to protect their research data. While many researchers have developed innovative approaches to accomplish their research, others encounter significant obstacles. Campus support and guidance for research on these kinds of data sets is uneven at best.

Join us in this Love Your Data week discussion, in which researchers...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Mexico Info Session

Information Session | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR)

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our new program in Yucatan, Mexico!

Unearth the diverse cultural roots of Mexico and discover the role of race, class, and language in the formation of the educational experiences of indigenous students of Mexico and their counterpart's indigenous immigrant students in the United States.

For more information, please visit...   More >

Mukulika Banerjee | The Social Imaginaries of Democracy: Scandal, Competition and Cooperation

Lecture | February 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Mukulika Banerjee, Associate Professor in Social Anthropology and Director, South Asia Centre, LSE

 Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

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

A talk by Anthropologist, Dr. Mukulika Banerjee

Development Lunch:"Topic Forthcoming"

Seminar | February 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Adina Rom

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Institutional trust, identity, and compliance in post-Ebola Guinea

Colloquium | February 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Allison Grossman, PhD Student, Political Science

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Allison Grossman

Early detection and prevention in children at risk of future criminal behaviour

Lecture | February 14 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 240 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Stephanie van Goozen, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK and Department of Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies, Leiden University, NL

 Institute of Human Development

Abstract
Antisocial behavior committed by youngsters is an issue of concern. Although most research focuses on identifying specific contextual or social factors that impinge on the developing child, there is a growing consensus that child-specific (i.e., genetic, temperamental) factors contribute importantly to the development and persistence of serious antisocial behavior. We have shown (a)...   More >

From Resource to Price: The Case of the Italian Electricity Network and Market

Seminar | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 (Banatao Auditorium)

 Anna Creti, Université Paris Dauphine

 Siebel Energy Institute

This talk investigates the impact of renewable production on congestion using a unique database on the Italian Power Market, where zonal pricing is in place. As part of her involvement with the Siebel Energy Institute, Professor Anna Creti will present research that estimates two econometric models.

Anna Creti

Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle 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 >

Summer Abroad - Netherlands and Belgium Info Session

Information Session | February 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our multi-site program in the Netherlands and Belgium. For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/netherlands.

Darwinian Sensualities: Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evolutionary Theory

Lecture | February 14 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Rodolfo John Alaniz, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Sexual inversion, as a nineteenth-century biological concept, signified a completely new understanding of sexual attraction, beauty, and gender. While many historians have assumed that “sexual inversion” was another word for “homosexuality,” these terms represent two distinct ways of viewing human behavior.

Ambivalent Kinship and the Production of Wellbeing: the Social Dynamics of Health Among Women in Indian Slums

Colloquium | February 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Claire Snell-Rood, Assistant Professor, Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

This ethnographic approach re-appraises the social scientific and health literature on patron-client relationships, social support, and family exchange, while introducing a new social lens to approach wellness.

http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520284821

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Entangled multilinear forms and applications

Seminar | February 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Polona Durcik, University of Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss $L^p$ estimates for some multilinear singular integral forms and their applications to sharp quantitative norm convergence of ergodic averages with respect to two commuting transformations, quantitative cancellation estimates for the simplex Hilbert transform, and a question on side lengths of corners in dense subsets of the Euclidean space.

3-Manifold Seminar: Chromatic and Temperley-Lieb algebras

Seminar | February 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the chromatic algebra introduced by Fendley-Krushkal and its relation with the Temperley-Lieb algebra. We'll use this relation to understand the behavior of the chromatic algebra at special values, the Beraha numbers, leading to Tutte's golden identity.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Isotonian Algebras

Seminar | February 14 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mina Bigdeli, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

To a pair P and Q of finite posets we attach the toric ring K[P, Q] whose generators are in bijection to the isotone maps from P to Q. This class of algebras, called isotonian, are natural generalizations of the so-called Hibi rings.

In this talk we introduce isotonian algebras and then state their Krull dimension. We discuss particular classes of posets P and Q for which the toric ring K[P,...   More >

Hagan un Trencito: Siguiendo los Pasos de la Memoria Cumbianchera en Chile: With author Antonia Mardones-Marshall

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Antonia Mardones-Marshall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Antonia Mardones-Marshall will highlight how Cumbia challenges the idea of what is "Chilean" by presenting some of the ethnic and national tensions that have arisen from its popularization.

Cover image from Hagan un Trencito. (Image courtesy of Ceibo Producciones.)

Design Field Notes: Aaron Marcus

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Aaron Marcus

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Aaron Marcus, a pioneer in computer-based graphic design, will share insights at the Jacobs Institute.

Introduction to LaTeX using Collaboration Tools

Workshop | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library 110 MD

 Anna Sackmann, Kresge Engineering Library

 Library

This workshop is an introduction to the LaTeX typesetting language. Document structure, templates, and commonly used syntax will be introduced and practiced during this hands-on workshop. Additionally, attendees will learn about the benefits of Overleaf and ShareLaTeX, two online LaTeX collaboration tools that the Library is piloting. This is a hands-on workshop - please bring a laptop (the...   More >

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Light, Electrons, Protons: Lessons from Model Systems and Potentials for Photocatalysis

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jahan Dawlaty, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

 College of Chemistry

The inspiration for this talk comes from the photoelectrochemical
interface, which is a place rich with unknowns and unrealized
potentials. Electrons are excited by light either in the electrode or in the adsorbed molecules, charges traverse the electrode-electrolyte interface, protons flow from the bulk to complete redox reactions, and interfacial electric fields develop to balance chemical...   More >

Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io: The Hacker Within

Workshop | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Machine Learning with Neural Networks Using Keras.io

http://thehackerwithin.github.io/berkeley/

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

The Art of Indonesian Batik

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dalmini, Kebon Indah batik cooperative

 Daniel Gundlach, The Language of Cloth

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia San Francisco

Batik, meaning the technique of applying wax to cloth and dyeing it, is practiced in many parts of the world but is particularly associated with Java, Indonesia where the craft has been practiced for centuries and where it has reached levels of great artistry. This event will review how batik is made, stressing the traditional methods.

Tech Policy Forecast: Digital Privacy & Net Neutrality under the Trump Administration

Special Event | February 14 | 5-6 p.m. |  Goldman School of Public Policy, Rm. 250

 Heather West, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla

 Information, School of

Heather West works on security, cybersecurity, data governance, and privacy in the digital age as a senior policy manager at Mozilla.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Real Rank Two Geometry

Seminar | February 14 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anna Seigal, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A tensor is real rank two if it can be written as a sum of two real outer products of vectors. Similarly, the real rank two locus of an algebraic variety is the union of all secant lines spanned by real points. We seek a semi-algebraic description of this set and its boundary. Our study of Segre and Veronese varieties yields a characterization of tensors of real rank two. We also examine the real...   More >

Tech Policy Forecast: Digital Privacy and Net Neutrality under the Trump Administration: A talk by Heather West, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla

Lecture | February 14 | 5-6:15 p.m. | 250 Goldman School of Public Policy

 Heather West, Mozilla

 Center for Technology, Policy & Society

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Technology, Policy & Society and Technology Applications in Public Policy at the Goldman School for Public Policy.

Heather is Senior Policy Manager at Mozilla, prior to which she has worked at the intersection of policy and cyber-security at Google and CloudFare, Inc. In 2014, she became Forbes 30 under 30 for her influential role as policy-to-tech translator and...   More >

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EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 31 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Pierluigi Serraino - The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study

Lecture | February 14 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

TUE FEB 14 7-8:30pm. Pierluigi Serraino discusses an unknown episode in the annals of modern architecture and psychology.