<< Week of February 17 >>

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Simone White

Reading - Literary | February 15 | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Simone White

 Department of English

The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Simone White, with an introductory reading by Laura Ritland.

For more information, please visit: https://hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com/

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 >

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

RDM Tools and Tips: Box and Drive

Workshop | February 15 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (rm. 190)

 Anna Sackmann, Library; Rick Jaffe, Research IT

 Library

Learn the best practices for using Box and bDrive to manage documents, files and other digital assets. The presenters will address:

The personal use of both tools.
The collaborative use of both tools (including control permissions, special purpose accounts, pushing and retrieving files).
How to utilize the various desktop applications that accompany Box and Drive.
Refreshments provided by...   More >

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Acorn Magic: How linear algebra solves optimization problems nonlinearly and why do it?

Seminar | February 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Martin Lee, MediaX, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Recently, the speaker discovered a way to use matrix algebra to solve a set of nonlinear equations by first transforming them into an equivalent matrix equation and then finding the solutions analytically in terms of the elements of the inverse matrix of this equation. With the newly developed ACORN (an adaptive constrained optimal robust nonlinear) algorithm, it is possible to minimize an...   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 >

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 >

Taking A Pass: How Jobs Stay Gender-Segregated: IRLE Spring Seminar Series

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Ming Leung, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Jobs are notoriously gender-segregated. But examinations of companies’ hiring data often don’t show a female disadvantage, even for male-dominated jobs. Many audit studies, on the other hand, do. This discrepancy can be partially explained by accounting for “failed searches” – cases when employers decide not to hire anyone from the applicant pool they receive. Professor Leung presents research...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Charlotte Rutty at charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

Queer(ing) Frontier Identities: Tracing Cultural Brokering at 19th century Fort Davis, Texas

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Katrina Eichner, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation focuses on the cultural slippage that occurs in frontier zones where competing worldviews create conditions for alternative, innovative, and layered performances of intersecting identities.

PopUp Exhibition: Elizabeth Rynecki on Moshe Rynecki’s Lost Art Legacy

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the late Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943), who perished in the Holocaust. Her memoir, Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, was published in 2016 and immediately reviewed in the New York Times. For many years after his death, Moshe Rynecki’s family believed that most of his oeuvre—circa eight...   More >

Tearing Down the Deep Learning Performance Wall

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Greg Diamos, Senior Researcher, Baidu

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Greg Diamos is a senior researcher at Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL). Previously he was on the research team at NVIDIA. Greg holds a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he contributed to the development of the GPU-Ocelot dynamic compiler, which targeted CPUs and GPUs from the same program representation. His PhD thesis pioneered execution models for heterogeneous...   More >

Free

 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

Fighting Organized Online Crime

Special Event | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure

 Information, School of

The world of computer security keeps changing. Mikko Hypponen will look at the latest big hacking cases and reveal what really went on.

Quality Assurance Program for Higher Education Pedagogy

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117

 Michael O'Hare, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Join us for a presentation from Michael O'Hare, Professor of Public Policy, on a Quality Assurance Program for Higher Education Pedagogy. Modern quality assurance for manufacturing and service industries, for academic research, and for affectively-dense and craft-skill- dependent professions like the arts and medicine, share a few core principles:

-Measure everything, and learn from...   More >

 No RSVP required

Michael O'Hare

Syria: Spaces of War: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in date

 Sofia Shwayri, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The uprisings that swept North Africa from late 2010 thru early 2011 reached Syria, to the surprise of many including President Bashar Al-Assaad, in March 2011. Al-Assaad, was convinced that his country would never experience such a widespread public show of dissent. Differing from those other uprisings, Syrians could not claim their own Tahrir Square in Damascus, as the long standing state of...   More >

Noon Concert: Organ+Piano: Nicole Chernavsky, organ; Cole Stanford, piano

Performing Arts - Music | February 15 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Nicole Chernavsky, organ
STANLEY Voluntary in D minor
MESSIAEN Offrande au Saint-Sacrement
BUXTEHUDE Praeludium in F sharp minor
Cole Stanford, piano
BRAHMS Rhapsodies for piano, Op. 79

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall....   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Underground signaling networks"

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Philip Benfey, Duke University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Lidstrom is a Professor of Microbiology and holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering, in the Department of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Washington, Seattle. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University. After receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Lidstrom conducted work as a Leverhulme postdoctoral Fellow in...   More >

Philip Benfey

Cellular and circuit mechanisms of neuropeptide signaling

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Jennifer Garrison**, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Knowing Plants in Cuneiform Cultures: Revisiting R.C. Thompson's “Dictionary of Assyrian Botany”

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Eduardo Escobar, PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies

This talk will consider what R.C Thompson's 1949 "Dictionary of Assyrian Botany" might look like in the twenty-first century. Scribal investigations of plants covered a wide range of scholarly genres in cuneiform cultures, from lexical lists, to materia medica, and glassmaking recipes. I will address the perennial challenge of identifying modern plant species in ancient texts, and suggest new...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Walt Koenig "The California Acorn Report: The Behavioral Ecology of California Oaks"

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Walt Koenig

 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 >

BioE Seminar: “Endless forms most beautiful: How physics shapes life - starfish larvae, swimming parasites and other musings in science”

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Manu Prakash, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 15
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Manu Prakash
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Stanford University

The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater: Townsend Book Chat with Shannon Jackson

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Shannon Jackson discusses her recent co-authored book on the Builders Association, a New York-based multimedia theater company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life.

Civil Rights Movement Photography and Its Legacies, with Leigh Raiford

Lecture | February 15 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This talk explores what role photography—as document, as art, and as surveillance—played in the modern civil rights movement and how the medium continues to shape our memories of the "Second Reconstruction."

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

Local context and the effectiveness of health systems decentralization in rural Honduras: Evidence for improved child health?: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 15 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Elisabeth Root, Associate Professor, Geography, Ohio State University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Polluting Black Space

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

 Courtney Bonam, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Physical space has been and remains a tool for maintaining racial hierarchy, resulting in a range of different kinds of physical spaces being imbued with racial meaning (e.g., Black inner-cities, White suburbs). Accordingly, racial stereotype content extends beyond personal attributes to physical space characteristics (e.g., Black areas are impoverished, White areas are wealthy). The mere...   More >

States of Altered Consciousness

Lecture | February 15 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Non-ordinary or altered states of consciousness provide rich sources of information relevant to better understanding the connections between mind and reality.

David Presti has taught neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley for more than 25 years.

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Information Session | January 25 – May 3, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 1-3 p.m. | 100 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | February 15 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Peru

Information Session | February 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Discover the ancient Incan Civilization in its former capital Cusco, Peru through first hand anthropological research and visits to historical Andean sites. and visits to historical Andean sites.

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

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Expanding maps on manifolds

Seminar | February 15 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Wouter van Limbeek, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Suppose M is a manifold that covers itself nontrivially. What can we say about M? In general this is a difficult question. In this talk we will consider this problem with the further dynamical assumption that the map is expanding (with respect to some auxiliary metric). These maps have been completely classified (by combined work of Shub, Franks, and Gromov): Any closed manifold that admits an...   More >

Coffee Break!

Social Event | August 31, 2016 – April 26, 2017 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way.

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join the Coffee Break every Wednesday afternoon! Boost your global network and meetup with friends.

Coffee break, hosted by Berkeley International Office, is an informal weekly event where Cal students can connect, share stories, or learn about different culture and language. Free coffee for UCB students! Both international students and domestic students are welcome.

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Japan and Korea Info Session

Information Session | February 15 | 3-4 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Explore both Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea while learning about the histories of the Japan-Korea relations during and after the imperial occupation.

For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/tokyo-seoul.

Written on the Wind| Douglas Sirk | United States, 1956

Film - Feature | February 15 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture by David Thomson

FEATURING
Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall,

Sirk called this “my most gutsy picture”; the director’s preoccupations with failure and the horrors of family were rarely writ so large. The myriad dysfunctions of the Hadley oil dynasty are blazoned on the screen in screaming colors and skewed angles, nonstop visual hyperbole declaring the...   More >

Special Admission Applies: General admission: $13.50 | BAMPFA members: $9.50 | UC Berkeley students: $7.50 | 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50

  Buy tickets online

Thresholds for contagious sets in random graphs

Seminar | February 15 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Brett Kolesnik, Univ of British Columbia

 Department of Statistics

Bootstrap percolation with threshold r on a graph G evolves as follows: initially some of its vertices are infected, and then any vertex with at least r infected neighbors becomes infected. On the Erdos–Renyi graph G(n,p) we identify the sharp threshold for p above which there is with high probability a set of size r whose infection results in the entire infection of the graph. Joint work with...   More >

Virtual water 'flows' in space and time

Colloquium | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Dr. Paolo D'odorico, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

 Department of Geography

Number Theory Seminar: Rational comparisons between p-adic cohomology theories

Seminar | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alex Carney, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Presentation | February 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

The Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop will review scholarship and eligibility requirements,...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Paul Baer Retrospective: The Global Climate Equity Challenge, as Refracted Through the Work of Paul Baer

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Tom Athanasiou, Director, EcoEquity

 Energy and Resources Group

This special ERG colloquium will celebrate the work of ERG alumnus Paul Baer who passed away on September 6, 2016. Paul was a strong force as an activist scholar and interdisciplinary researcher. He was a leading thinker on how to determine the fair and equitable obligation of each country under UN climate agreements, and a compelling voice bringing this work into the UN climate negotiations....   More >

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: "High Frequency Identification of Monetary Non-Neutrality: The Information Effect"

Seminar | February 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Emi Nakamura, Columbia Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with Macro/International Seminar

Efficient subsampling for linear regression under label budget

Seminar | February 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Aarti Singh, Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Statistics

We investigate statistical aspects of subsampling for large-scale linear regression under label budget constraints. In many applications, we have access to large datasets (such as healthcare records, database of building profiles, and visual stimuli), but the corresponding labels (such as customer satisfaction, energy usage, and brain response, respectively) are hard to obtain. We derive...   More >

Resilience and Stress Management Workshop

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dr. Yu Bi

 Department of Chemical Engineering

EECS Colloquium: Adding “Human-Like” Sensing and Intelligence to Devices and Machines

Colloquium | February 15 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Achin Bhowmik, VP/General Manager, Perceptual Computing Group, Intel

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

With recent advances in natural sensing and perceptual computing technologies, devices and machines are increasingly being endowed with the abilities to “sense”, “understand”, and “interact” with us and the physical world. This seminar will present the Intel® RealSenseTM Technology, and demonstrate a new class of applications based on real-time 3D-sensing and visual intelligence, including...   More >

Post and Trauma: The Use of Social Media by Sexual Assault Victims

Lecture | February 15 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg and Anat Peleg

 Information, School of

How can online social media communities support and empower victims of sexual violence?

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Towers of regular self-covers and linear endomorphisms of tori

Seminar | February 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Wouter van Limbeek, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Let M be a closed manifold that admits a nontrivial cover diffeomorphic to itself. What can we then say about M? Examples are provided by tori, in which case the covering is a linear endomorphism. Under the assumption that all iterates of the covering of M are regular, we show that any self-cover is closely related to a linear endomorphism on a torus, namely the covering is induced by a such a...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad- European Innovation Academy Info Session

Information Session | February 15 | 5-6 p.m. |  Sutardja Center

 2227 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Join students from around the world at the European Innovation Academy in Northwestern Italy and create a startup in four weeks! For more information, please visit: http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/eia.

Cisco Info-Session

Information Session | February 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interested in a software engineering internship or full-time position at the largest networking company in the world?

Join us for the Cisco Infosession on Wednesday, Feb. 15th, at 5 PM in the Wozniak Lounge! Come meet software engineers from Cisco, including Cal alum, and see what Cisco's all about, from IoT to Cisco Cloud.

Free dinner and cool Cisco swag will be available!

- About Cisco...   More >

Career Connections Series: Sport Industry

Social Event | February 15 | 5:30-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Career Center

CAA has teamed up with the UC Berkeley Career Center to help students make connections and gain clarity in their career pursuits.

We are seeking a diverse group of approximately 15-20 Cal alumni who work in the sports industry. This could include people from athletic apparel, CPG, or lifestyle brands in addition to sports or sports-related entertainment organizations across a variety of roles...   More >

  RSVP online by March 8.

Food Industry Networking Event

Career Fair | February 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue & Gold Room

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center

Opportunities in the food industry are plentiful and diverse –from food justice to food business consulting to food engineering. Start by attending the Food Industry Networking Event on February 15th from 6-8 PM in the Career Center. This event is sponsored by the Career Center, the Student Environmental Resource Center, and food-related student organizations at UC Berkeley. Attendees will have a...   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.

History Homecoming

Panel Discussion | February 15 | 6:30 p.m. |  Alumni House | Note change in date and time

 Department of History

History Homecoming is a gathering of alumni and friends of the Department of History for fellowship, food, wine, and a special history panel.

Cine Latino: Aquarius

Film - Feature | February 15 | 7-9 p.m. | 105 North Gate Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

2-15 In Aquarius, a vibrant retired music critic (Sonia Braga) engages in a “cold war” with developers trying to evict her from her home.

 Note: This film is rated 16+ for references to drugs and some sexual content

Sônia Braga stars in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s new film “Aquarius.”

In the Year of the Pig | Emile De Antonio | United States, 1969

Film - Feature | February 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Restored 35mm Print

Emile de Antonio’s Academy Award–nominated In The Year of the Pig makes the case against US intervention in Vietnam using an incendiary montage style. The film “connects the bloody dots between politicians and business leaders, Western imperialists, and puppet governments, using a collage of rare archival footage from the French colonial period, film dispatches from the...   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

Thursday, February 16, 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 >

Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club: To Gain Confidence and Find Your Voice

Meeting | January 19 – November 16, 2017 the third Thursday of the month every month | 7:30-8:30 a.m. |  Au Coquelet Cafe (backroom)

 2000 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

 Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club

Find out how to improve your public speaking skills and build confidence through the Toastmaster.

If you have wanted to improve your communication skills, practice public speaking and leadership, but find it difficult to do it on your own, this is the place for you.

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursday 7:30am - 8:30am every month
Free street parking and close to Downtown Berkeley BART

Traffic Signal Diagnostics and Maintenance

Workshop | February 16 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Holiday Inn

 11269 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

 Rafat Raie, Technology Transfer Program; Leonard Gilliana, City of Walnut Creek

 Technology Transfer Program

This course covers the essential operational functions of traffic signals, starting with basic design principals and specifications writing techniques. Participants will see and touch each component inside a traffic signal cabinet, a thorough explanation of each component and how they work inside the cabinet. This critical knowledge of each component will provide the skillset necessary for proper...   More >

 The class is for traffic engineers, electrical contractors, and technicians who are new to traffic signal timing. Experienced practitioners who desire a "refresher" course also benefit.

RAPDP - Foundational - F4 Fund Accounting

Course | February 16 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory accounting workshop that covers general accounting concepts, the types of campus funds that RA's manage, the UC chartstring structure, and an introduction to expense transfers.

  Register online

Vernacular Theologies

Conference/Symposium | February 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The notion of “vernacular theology” has developed in reference to a body of Christian texts in vernacular languages that emerged during the late middle ages in lay or semi-lay circles. These texts and artifacts (music, images) address questions and practices of devotion, as well as theological issues and problems. They articulate positions outside of, and often in competition with, more official...   More >

Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 16 – 17, 2017 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.
A Supply List will be given to you once you register for the class or you can sign up in advance to use...   More >

$190/ $175 Garden Members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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.

Research Data Publishing and Licensing 101

Workshop | February 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (190)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library; Anna Sackmann, Science Data & Engineering Librarian, Library

 Library

Your article’s been accepted, but where does your research data end up? Where should it be published, and who can reuse it for their own studies? This workshop covers why and how to publish and license your research data.

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 >

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 >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Mexico Info Session

Information Session | February 16 | 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 >

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Views of the Women's Liberation and Feminist Movements of the 1970s and 1980s: Selections from the Cathy Cade Photograph Archive

Lecture | February 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Cathy Cade, documentary photographer

 Bancroft Library

Introduced to documentary photography's power as she participated in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s, Cathy Cade went on to document several activist movements through her photography. Cade will speak on her experiences with social justice causes, featuring highlights drawn from her extensive photograph archive now housed at The Bancroft Library.

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - John Harte

Seminar | February 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 John Harte, Professor, ESPM

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

"Pattern, Process, and Prediction in Ecology: Where Do We Stand?"

Development Perspectives: Fireside chat with the Director General of the World Agroforestry Center

Lecture | February 16 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 311 Wellman Hall

 Tony Simons, World Agroforestry Center

 International and Executive Programs at the College of Natural Resources, Master of Development Practice

Dr. Tony Simons, the Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), will be giving a talk about the future of international development and career opportunities for students. There will be pizza and salad, so students are encouraged to arrive on time at 12:00PM.

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | February 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Ergonomics@Work

Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

Ireland - The EU - Brexit

Lecture | February 16 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeleyh; Colum Hatchell, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco

 Institute of European Studies

This conversation hosted by the Irish Studies Program at U.C. Berkeley will focus on the possible effects of Brexit on the future of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

IB Postdocs on Parade

Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Alejandro Rico-Guevara (Dudley Lab): "Hummingbird drinking and prospects on its integration with respiration and hovering"; Robert Skelton (Ackerly Lab): "Diversity of drought responses within plant communities"

 Department of Integrative Biology

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Sascha Von Meier: Electric Grid 2.0: Getting Ready for the next Generation

Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory

 Sascha Von Meier, EECS Adjunct Professor

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

The electric grid has been called a system that works in practice, not in theory. While large, interconnected a.c. networks based on 19th century technology have served us remarkably well, new challenges await: a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources is now imperative. This introduces the problem of coordinating heterogeneous, temporally intermittent and spatially distributed resources at...   More >

Earth Week Planning Committee

Meeting | February 2 – April 27, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-2 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Interested in planning Earth Week 2017 at UC Berkeley? The Student Environmental Resource Center is (SERC) is recruiting individual students and student representatives from environmental and sustainability student organizations to join the Earth Week 2017 Planning Committee.

Meetings will be held weekly on Thursdays from 1pm-2pm in Sproul 102. Drop-ins are welcome.

CIEE Drop In Advising

Information Session | February 16 | 1-4 p.m. | 160 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Drop in to speak with representatives from CIEE (https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/) about study abroad options around the world. CIEE partners with UCEAP to offer programs in several countries and also offers a wide variety of independent study abroad options.

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Ind-coherent sheaves on (affine) dg schemes (part 2)

Seminar | February 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk. We will briefly review, and then talk about t-structures on categories of dg $A$-modules, the left completeness property for quasi-coherent complexes and convergence property for ind-coherent complexes.

Watching the World Go By

Lecture | February 16 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Robert Simmon, Planet

 Geospatial Innovation Facility

The GIF and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) host a weekly Geolunch seminar series offering interesting talks, group discussion, and show-and-tells all involving geospatial theory, research, and application. Geolunch is open to everyone.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

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

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

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

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Cuba

Information Session | February 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Explore the geographical and historical transformation of Cuba from colonial times to the present day.

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

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

ESPM Freshwater Ecology Seminar Series - Sara Jackrel

Seminar | February 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Sara Jackrel, Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow

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

"Drivers and Consequences of Intraspecific Trait Variation in River Ecosystems"

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Chile Info Session

Information Session | February 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 101 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about the Summer Abroad program in Santiago, Chile!

Explore Chilean politics from independence to the present, and witness firsthand the forces that have shaped Chilean politics and challenge its society today. For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/santiago.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Information Session

Information Session | February 16 | 4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program at UC Berkeley targets students with exceptional academic promise in the humanities or social sciences and potential for academic careers that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in the academy. The program supports Fellows by providing mentorship and the environment and resources to strive for the highest academic goals.

Theorizing Race, Gender and Citizenship in Black Europe: Issues, Debates and Frameworks, Inside and Outside the Academy: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | February 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Prof. Stephen Small, African American Studies

 Center for Race and Gender

The Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series presents...

Theorizing Race, Gender & Citizenship in Black Europe: Issues, Debates and Frameworks, Inside & Outside the Academy
Prof. Stephen Small, African American Studies

Scholarly research at universities across Europe on the sociology and political economy of gender and intersectionality focuses inordinately on white women. Most...   More >

A Conversation with Writer Kyung-uk Kim

Colloquium | February 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kyung-uk Kim, Writer

 Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia

 Laura Nelson, Chair, Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Kyung-uk Kim is a novelist and short story writer whose work follows what is called the 1990s generation of South Korea and the culture that dominated that time.

Dynamic regulation of movement drive by distinct neuromodulator systems in the striatum

Seminar | February 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Mark Howe**, Northwestern University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Up from Poverty? The 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery and the Long-Run Distribution of Wealth"

Seminar | February 16 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Joseph Ferrie - Northwestern, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Operator scaling - theory and applications

Colloquium | February 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, IAS

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will explain the “singularity problem” for symbolic matrices over non commuting variables, and describe its myriad origins and incarnations in commutative and non-commutative algebra, computational complexity, optimization, quantum information theory, Brascamp-Lieb inequalities and other areas. I will describe the “Operator scaling” algorithm, which efficiently solves all...   More >

DCRP/IURD Lecture: Diane Davis

Lecture | February 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THURS FEB 16, 5:30pm, 112 Wurster Hall. Join DCRP and IURD on 2/16 for &quot;Modernist Planning and the Foundations of Urban Violence &quot;, a lecture by Diane Davis

Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Sara Hossain delivers the Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2017

Lecture | February 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, D37 (Blanche du Bois Room)

 Sara Hossain, Lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and an honorary executive director of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

 Angana Chatterji, Co-chair, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights and Visiting Research Anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights at Center for Race and Gender, Department of English, Human Rights Center

A lecture by Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Sara Hossain.

Applied Algebra Seminar: Commutative and non-commutative rank of symbolic matrices

Seminar | February 16 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Our objects of study are matrices whose entries are linear forms in a given set of variables. We will be interested in their rank, both when variables commute and when they do not. I will discuss the importance of understanding these, and some structural and computational problems and results regarding them.

This talk will directly follow the departmental colloquium on a related topic. Attending...   More >

The wandering "we": Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | February 16 | 6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

The second lecture in the 2017 Sather series "Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

Lyft Info-Session

Information Session | February 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come hear about Lyft's internship and full time positions! We will be having some Berkeley Alums talk about their experiences with growth hacking, data science, and data analytics.

Free Sliver/Soda and swag will be provided.

Class Relations (Klassenverhältnisse) | Jean-Marie Straub West Germany, 1984 | Danièle Huillet West Germany, 1984

Film - Feature | February 16 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

FEATURING
Christian Heinisch, Reinald Schnell, Mario Adorf, Harun Farocki,

Straub-Huillet’s brilliant distillation of Franz Kafka’s incomplete first novel Amerika is perhaps the most authentically German treatment of Kafka ever made. An ecstatic and haunted fever dream of the United States—the place where Kafka longed to disappear, if only in his imagination—Amerika is told from the...   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

  Buy tickets online

Women's Basketball vs. Stanford

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 16 | 8 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Stanford at Haas Pavilion.

Smart Nation: A Blueprint for Modern Armenia

Lecture | February 16 | 8-10 p.m. |  Vasbouragan Hall

 51 Commmonwealth Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118

 Sassoon Grigorian, Head of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand, Salesforce

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

At a critical juncture in its history, this book explores the challenges and opportunities for Armenia, with clear public policy recommendations.

Armenia is a Smart Nation, it has one of the highest literacy rates globally, it is a recognised world leader in the strategy game of chess, Armenians have been credited with many innovations and inventions used today, and its future success will in...   More >