<< Week of October 15 >>

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Laptop and Mobile Ergonomics (BEUHS409)

Workshop | October 18 | 10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


Learn how to use your laptop safely in an office and mobile setting. Recommended mobile products and best practices for using smart phones and tablets will also be provided. Enroll online

  Register online

Berkeley MEng Recruiting at UCSD

Miscellaneous | October 18 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  University of California, San Diego

  Library Walk

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

The one-year Master of Engineering (MEng) program at UC Berkeley strives to develop leaders who are able to draw equally on their managerial and technical strengths, as they tackle major technological challenges and create innovative solutions in real-world settings. Megan Braverman, Student Services and Admissions Advisor at the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, will be present at...   More >

Maps and More: Meet the Cartographer! w/ Stace Wright of Eureka Cartography

Tour/Open House | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 55A McCone Hall

 Stace Wright, Eureka Cartography


How do you tell a story with a map? That’s the question that motivates map maker Stace Wright of Berkeley-based Eureka Cartography. Stace (a Cal alum!) will join us at this special “Meet the Cartographer” edition of Maps and More to talk about the map-making process and business. Eureka Cartography has been creating maps in Berkeley for over 30 years. They specialize in custom mapping, with...   More >

Wellness Wednesdays in the Garden: Flower Power Yoga| Grow and Go with Chai!

Workshop | September 6 – October 25, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Grow - stretch to feel longer, stronger & more balanced.
Go - get back to your day w/renewed vitality

Yoga is an effective strategy to release tension, relax the nervous system, improve focus, & increase balance.Each class offers a healthy dosage of crisp fresh air, all natural organic floral aromas, vitamin D sunlight, blooming visions, stable grounding platform, direct &loving...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

The Harm in Harmony: Covert Competition and Ingroup Suspicion in East Asian Cultures

Colloquium | October 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Michael Morris, Professor, Columbia University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

A prominent theme in East-West cultural comparisons is that East Asian social interactions are characterized by harmony. But is this merely the surface? We propose that Easterners compete with ingroup members but tend to do so covertly to avoid risking relationships. Further we propose that, under many conditions, they suspect their peers are up to the same. We investigated this underside of...   More >

Noon Concert: University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | October 18 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Robert Calonico, director
Jeff DAVIS Io Saturnalia
Donald GRANTHAM Southern Harmony
Cindy MCTEE Circuits
Jay BOCOOK Head Rush

The University Wind Ensemble is offered for the study and practice of traditional and contemporary wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble’s long history at Cal dates back to before the 1930s, when the group was directed by Charles Cushing. In 1950, James Berdahl...   More >

Building a 21st Century Democracy with Marci Harris: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Marci Harris, CEO, POPVOX

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Marci Harris is cofounder and CEO of POPVOX, a civic startup dedicated to effective civic participation and good governing.
Prior to founding POPVOX, Harris worked in the U.S. House of Representatives covering tax, trade, and health for a senior Ways and Means member. She got her start in public service as Tornado Recovery Coordinator for Jackson, Tennessee.

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“Dynamics, Feedback, and Transient Antibiotic Resistance in Single Cells”

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Mary Dunlop, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Cells live in uncertain, dynamic environments and have many mechanisms for sensing and responding to changes in their surroundings. However, sudden fluctuations in the environment can be catastrophic if a population relies solely on sensory responses, which have a delay associated with them. Cells can reconcile this by using a stochastic approach, creating phenotypic diversity within an isogenic...   More >

Spectacular Disappearances: Celebrity and Privacy, 1696-1801: Townsend Book Chat with Julia Fawcett

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Julia Fawcett examines the stages, pages, and streets of eighteenth-century London as England's first modern celebrities performed their own strange and spectacular self-representations.

Dramaturgy as Curation: Bringing Literature to the Stage: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Christopher Herold, Continuing Lecturer, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Director of Program, Summer Training Intensive, American Conservatory Theater, UC Berkeley; Nina Ball, Award-winning Set Designer, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, Marin Theater Company, Shotgun Players

 Arts + Design

Christopher Herold and Nina Ball, director and designer for the fall 2017 TDPS production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, will explore upon their process and decisions in bringing this work of literature to the stage-- how they visualized Zimmerman’s fantastic world where the human and the divine collide and where actors perform in a large pool of water.


Transfer Student Success Workshop: The Power of Research - Learn how research can enrich your undergraduate experience

Workshop | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Transfer Student Center, Room 105

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Power of Research - Learn how research can enrich your undergraduate experience

Biological Kinship Variation at Campovalano and Alfedena, Iron Age, Central Italy

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Evan Muzzall, University of California, Berkeley D-Lab

 Archaeological Research Facility

Biological distance analysis (“biodistance”) is a powerful tool in the bioarchaeologist’s toolkit. Although burial organization does not mirror social organization, it can help us better understand how past humans structured death and in part society via systematic patterns in burial location. This presentation discusses biodistance analyses of cranial and dental metric and dental morphological...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Alex Krohn "Lava Flow Lizards and Endangered Voles: Using RADseq to Study Convergent Evolution and Conversation Biology"

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell Miller Library

 Alex Krohn

 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 >

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

Honoring Goddesses in a Family of Ancient Egyptian Tomb Workers: the case for Anuket and Hathor

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Deanna Kiser-Go, Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies

The Foreman Neferhotep and his immediate descendants held positions of influence in the Deir el-Medina workman’s community during the 19th Dynasty (c. 1307-1196 BCE). During their careers they oversaw the process of cutting and decorating the nearby royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but when it came time to design their own tombs their personal choices are apparent. This paper addresses how...   More >

Self-Interest versus Other-Focus: Navigating the Self-Other Tradeoff in Interpersonal Relationships

Colloquium | October 18 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Amie Gordon Mullins, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Relationships underscore every aspect of our lives, influencing the health and well-being of individuals, groups and organizations. One of the fundamental challenges in interpersonal relationships is balancing self-interest with the needs of another person. In this talk, I draw upon social, personality, and health psychology to investigate the factors that shape this self-other tradeoff with the...   More >

Impact of the Zika Virus outbreak on Brazilian fertility: Marcia Castro, Harvard University

Colloquium | October 18 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Marcia Castro, Associate Professor of Demography, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard 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.

President Putin and President Trump

Lecture | October 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

How did the US-Russian relationship come to such a low point? What can we expect from the relationship between presidents Putin and Trump?

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Meeting | October 18 – December 13, 2017 every Wednesday | 1-3 p.m. |  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 semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Trisections and four-dimensional topology

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeffrey Meier, UGA

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of a trisection of a four-manifold was introduced by Gay and Kirby in 2012 and can be described as a decomposition of the four-manifold into three simple pieces. Trisections are the natural analogue in dimension four of Heegaard splittings of three-manifolds; in both cases, all of the topological complexity of the manifold is described by suitable collections of curves on surfaces....   More >

Coffee Break

Social Event | October 4 – December 6, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee break is a welcoming weekly hour-long event at the wonderful Julie's Cafe, inviting international students to meet old friends and make new ones. It's a big campus, but at coffee break, everyone knows your name.

Composition Colloquium: Pascale Criton

Colloquium | October 18 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

3-4:30, Morrison 125 (unless otherwise noted)

Free and open to the public

Anthony Cheung (b. 1982, San Francisco) is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works, occasionally with electronics. His music has been commissioned by leading groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio...   More >

Large deviation and entropic optimality in sparse settings

Seminar | October 18 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Shirshendu Ganguly, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The so called upper tail problem in the Erdos-Renyi random graph comes up naturally in the study of exponential random graph models and related graph ensembles with prescribed subgraph densities. The problem is broadly twofold:

(1) To estimate the probability that the number of copies of a graph H in a random graph is atypically large.

(2) To describe the structure of the random graph, in...   More >

DNA polymerases, breaks, and cancer

Seminar | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 CANCELED-Richard Wood, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan

Colloquium | October 18 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sabine Frühstück, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

In Playing War, Sabine Frühstück makes a bold proposition: that for over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts of childhood have been appropriated as tools for decidedly unchildlike purposes: to validate, moralize, humanize, and naturalize war, and to sentimentalize peace. She argues that modern conceptions of war insist on and exploit a specific and static...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Landing SpaceX's Reusable Rockets

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Lars Blackmore, SpaceX

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

SpaceX's reusable rocket program aims to reduce the cost of space travel by making rockets that can land, refuel and refly, instead of being thrown away after every flight. Autonomous precision landing of a rocket is a unique problem, which has been likened to balancing a rubber broomstick on your hand in a windstorm. Rockets do not have wings (unlike airplanes) and they cannot rely on a high...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Computational Structures and Materials Characterization with Branch-Following and Bifurcation Techniques

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ryan Elliott, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

Historically, engineers have tried to avoid working with materials and structures under conditions where instabilities are likely to occur. Classical stability analyses have focused on predicting the onset of instability for use as an upper bound on allowable loads or as a design constraint. More recently it is becoming common to take advantage of these instabilities in order to design materials...   More >

Humans Enter the Robot Equation

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Anca Dragan, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Robots are becoming increasingly more capable of optimizing objective functions for physical tasks, from navigation, to dexterous manipulation, to flight. The ultimate goal is to perform these tasks for us, in our environments. We want cars driving on our roads, or personal robots assisting us with activities of daily living as we age in our own homes. Right now, we tend to be merely obstacles to...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Bridge trisections, complex curves, and exotic four-manifolds

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Jeffrey Meier, UGA

 Department of Mathematics

The theory of knotted surfaces in four-manifolds (the natural analogue of knot theory to dimension four) is one of the richest and least-explored domains of low-dimensional topology. In this talk, I'll outline some of the most intriguing open problems in this area, and I'll discuss a new approach to four-dimensional knot theory that is inspired by the theory of trisections, which was introduced...   More >

Suspended Particles in Complex Fluids: From Fracking Fluids to Swimming Worms

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Eric Shaqfeh, Professor, Stanford University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Rigid or flexible particles suspended in viscoelastic fluids are ubiquitous in the food industry (e.g. pastes), industrial molding applications (all composites and 3-D printed parts), the energy industry (e.g. fracking fluids), and biological fluids (i.e. swimming of bacteria in mucous). The mathematics of the description of these suspensions is in its infancy. For example, the foundational work...   More >

Defining Immune Niches in Adipose Tissue

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Ari Molofsky, UCSF

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

New Play Reading Series: TOURIST TRAP by Marie Yuen

Performing Arts - Theater | October 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, ROOM B4

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

It’s Cantonese meets culture shock the day Laura arrives in Hong Kong. But that’s okay for this ABC (American-Born-Chinese) because when dinner with a local friend turns into a mad dash about town, Laura’s game on for anything: from black pepper steak set meals to dancing with drunken bankers and a Canadian who may (or may not) be a Gurkha. Tourist Trap: A play for the hopeless adventurer in all...   More >

Robert Thurman | Why does the Dalai Lama say he is "Son of Nālandā"?: The inaugural ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Lecture | October 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion, Columbia University; President, Tibet House U.S., President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies

 Jake Dalton, Khyentse Professor and Chair, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Vedanta Society Berkeley, Center for Buddhist Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities, The Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies-Graduate Theological Union, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

A lecture by Prof. Robert A. F. Thurman, professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.

Movement as Research | Cursors: Undoing Bodies Moved by Language

Lecture | October 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Will Rawls

 Arts Research Center

What moves us, writes us, and undoes us? Rawls reflects on his research-based practice of interrogating the matter of marked bodies and the tools of language. Reflecting on his current collaboration with poet Claudia Rankine, and his practices in multiple media, Rawls speculates on the social and aesthetic dimensions of how a racial imaginary operates in his choreographic work.

Critical Theory Working Group | Collaborations, Co-Operatives, Coalition-Building | Questions Of State

Panel Discussion | October 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Jasper Bernes, Independent Scholar and Author

 Keith Feldman, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Program in Critical Theory

This working group meeting seeks to explore the different challenges and failures in performances of state formation, as well as in alternative models of social formation. How can we hold open space to imagine and engage different possible strategies for a future, while also always imagining new and ever more resilient ways of protecting each other in a dangerous present?

Thriving in Science October Seminar: The Big Unknown by Jacquelyn Nicholson

Seminar | October 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Jacquelyn Nicholson, Leadership X University

 Thriving in Science

We like to think we can control a lot, but the truth is we can’t. However, that doesn’t mean everything has to be left entirely to chance. We are 100% responsible for the quality of life we live. In fact, we all play a big role in the way our lives evolve. Join us as Jacquelyn Nicholson shares her journey with The Big Unknown and what she’s learned along the way. You will find this talk both...   More >

Crime Does Not Pay—Enough!: Mystery Writers of America in Northern California, Yesterday and Today

Reading - Literary | October 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library, Rm 101 Doe Library

 Laurie R. King; Sheldon Siegel; Kelli Stanley; Randal Brandt, Curator of California Detective Fiction, Bancroft Library

 Library, Bancroft Library

Best-selling authors Laurie R. King, Sheldon Siegel, and Kelli Stanley (all current or past Presidents of MWA NorCal) will be joined by Randal Brandt, the Bancroft Library’s Curator of California Detective Fiction, in celebrating the lives and works of several of the founding members, including Anthony Boucher, Lenore Glen Offord, Virginia Rath, Mary Collins, Robert Finnegan, Dana Lyon, Darwin...   More >

Überbrettl 2.0: A Philosophical Haunting

Performing Arts - Other | October 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Moses Hall, Gather on front steps

 Julia Rose, Cal Phil Forum

 Cal Phil Forum

An immersive art exhibit based on Nietzsche's will to power. Set in haunted house format. Free and open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

EA Info-Session

Information Session | October 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Were you ever interested in working for the game industry? Come out to the Wozniak Lounge to join Moshen Sardari from EA Digital Platform, for a talk about Data Science and the type of projects his team works on! Free food will be provided!

Theoretically Speaking Series — Black Holes, Firewalls, and the Limits of Quantum Computers

Lecture | October 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Scott Aaronson, University of Texas at Austin

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Quantum computers are proposed devices that would exploit quantum mechanics to solve certain specific problems dramatically faster than we know how to solve them with today's computers. In the popular press, quantum computers are often presented not just as an exciting frontier of science and technology (which they are), but as magic devices that would work by simply trying every possible...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3119 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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

ARCH Lecture: Martyn Dade-Robertson

Lecture | October 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, OCT 18, 6:30pm. Martyn Dade-Robertson

Hamilton Karaoke Night: An On the Same Page event

Social Event | October 18 | 7-9 p.m. |  Pappy's Grill and Sports Bar

 2367 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Sureni Dharshi Weerasekera

 College of Letters & Science, Department of Music, Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Come out and sing your favorite songs from Hamilton with us!

The event is free. We will provide food and music and lyrics--you provide the entertainment!

Our MC will be Sureni Dharshi Weerasekera. Special singing guests will include Dean Bob Jacobsen!

 Anyone with a Cal id is welcome to attend, until we reach capacity.

Karaoke Bear

The Films of Claudio Caldini

Film - Feature | October 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A rare visit by the Argentine filmmaker Claudio Caldini, whose Super 8 and regular 8mm films are “eternal, dematerialized, and transcendent” (Pablo Marin).

Fall Choral Collage

Performing Arts - Music | October 18 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Come enjoy selections from a variety of Choral masterpieces and styles spanning the past 400 years. Directors Nackley and Salomen lead the University and Chamber choruses in addition to performances from P5 and the University Gospel Chorus.

$16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

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

5th Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems and Steep Transistors Workshop

Conference/Symposium | October 19 | 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Amir Khosrowshani, Vice President and CTO of Al Products Group, Intel Corporation, USA

 Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Sciences

The Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems was established in 2009 with the goal of bringing together researchers from around the world working on breakthroughs in next generation low-energy information processing systems. This year, the Berkeley Symposium will join forces with the Steep Transistors Workshop with the goal of further expanding its reach and impact. The joint...   More >

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Inelasticity of soliton collisions for the 5D energy critical wave equation

Seminar | October 19 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall | Note change in location

 Yvan Martel, Ecole polytechnique

 Department of Mathematics

For the focusing energy critical wave equation in 5D, we construct a solution showing the inelastic nature of the collision of any two solitons, except the special case of two solitons of same scaling and opposite signs. Beyond its own interest as one of the first rigorous studies of the collision of solitons for a non-integrable model, the case of the quartic gKdV equation being partially...   More >

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Monetary Policy through Production Networks: Evidence from the Stock Market"

Seminar | October 19 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 210 Cheit Hall

 Michael Weber, The University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

joint with Finance

Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

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

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >

Bancroft Library Roundtable: City of White Gold, San Francisco in the Gilded Age: Bringing Archival Images to Life through Film

Lecture | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, O'Neill Room

 Geordie Lynch, filmmaker

 Bancroft Library

Filmmaker Geordie Lynch will discuss his film-in-progress, City of White Gold, and how the discovery of silver in 1859 transformed San Francisco from a backwater boomtown into a world-class metropolis. The director will also detail the fine points of enriching a historical documentary with stunning and exciting visual imagery.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | October 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Till Von Vachter, Professor, UCLA

 Haas School of Business

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 >

Seeing Necropolitics: The Work of Death in Philippine Photographs

Lecture | October 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nerissa Balce, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Stony Brook University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

Necropolitics is a theory about violence and the nation-state. It refers to the absolute power of the state to kill, to allow to live, or to dehumanize people. This talk will look at Filipino bodies as seen from the period of the Philippine-American War and also today, as the victims of President Duterte's drug war.

Nerissa Balce

ESPM Fall Seminar - Dr. Sacha Vignieri, Editor, Science Magazine

Seminar | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 130 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Sacha Vignieri, Science Magazine

 Justin Brashares

Dr. Sacha Vignieri, Editor of Science Magazine, will share her talk titled "Opening the black box: an editor's perspective on scientific publishing"

From the outside, publication in high-impact general-science journals can seem like a mysterious process. A general understanding of the procedures and practices at Science can help unravel the mystery a bit, and contribute to an understanding of...   More >

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | October 19 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, 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

Managing Your Student Loan Debt (BEUHS364)

Workshop | October 19 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Spencer L. Prince, Northern California Operations Foundation for Financial Education (F3E)

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Speaker: Spencer L. Prince, Northern California Operations Foundation for Financial Education (F3E)
Americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever before. The average Class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up 6% from last year. This class will give you tips on how to pay back your loans faster, and help you to create a budget. We will also discuss programs available...   More >

IB Seminar: Genome Duplication and the Evolution of Plant Diversity

Seminar | October 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Michael Barker, The University of Arizona

 Department of Integrative Biology

Hammad Mazhar, NVIDIA

Seminar | October 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge


There are many ways to leverage simulation for machine learning problems. From articulated mechanisms, to cloth, fluids and soft bodies; through simulation we can experiment with problems otherwise intractable. Additionally, techniques like synthetic data generation and virtual sensors allow us to use domain randomization for improved transfer of learning. This talk will cover some of the recent...   More >

Drop-in Pre-Health Advising

Miscellaneous | September 7 – December 7, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-4 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall

 Caitlin Green or Marie Dutton, Pre-Health Advisor

 Career Center

Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. For students exploring, preparing for, and/or applying to medical school and other health professional graduate programs.

 Open to currently enrolled students and Alumni Advantage members.

SOLD OUT - Members' Walk: Crops of the World

Lecture | October 19 | 1-2:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Front Gate Entrance

 Jason Bonham, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Botanical Garden

Join Horticulturalist Jason Bonham on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Crops of the World garden. Come and see fruits and vegetables that originated from all over the world. Everything from bizarre solanaceous berries from South America to giant tree kale from Europe.

Members' Walk: Crops of the World is exclusively available to current members. Admission is free and registration is strongly...   More >

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 >

Preparing for the EECS Internship Fair

Workshop | October 19 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge, #430

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn how to present your best self to employers during and after the fair. The focus will be on the fair itself, but also cover some resume basics and networking tips and etiquette to following up after the fair. Katie Crawford, an Engineering focused Career Counselor will be presenting.

The EECS Internship Fair will be on November 1st, 11am-3pm in Memorial Stadium

Women's Soccer vs. Oregon State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Soccer | October 19 | 3 p.m. |  Edwards Track Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Soccer hosts Oregon State in conference action at Edwards Stadium.

Women's Soccer vs. Oregon State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Soccer | October 19 | 3 p.m. |  Edwards Track Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Soccer hosts Oregon State in conference action at Edwards Stadium.

Cognitive Neuroscience/Neurobiology Colloquium: Genetic Approaches to Brain Circuit Mapping and Cell Type Characterization

Colloquium | October 19 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute

 Department of Psychology

Genetic Approaches to Brain Circuit Mapping and Cell Type Characterization

Seminar | October 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute for Brain Science

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Respectable Radicals and The Euro-Nationalist International: Explaining Right-Wing Populist Alliances in the European Parliament

Colloquium | October 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of International Studies

Lecture by Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Beyond "Resistence": A Bold Plan for Work With Dignity via a Federal Job Guarantee

Lecture | October 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Darrick Hamilton, Professor of Economics, The New School

 Ken Jacobs, Chair, The Labor Center at IRLE; Steven Pitts, Associate Chair, The Labor Center at IRLE; Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Geography

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Economics

In 2017, Liberals in the United States are calling for “resistance” to regressive policies. Grassroots movements like the Fight for $15 show a desire for an offensive strategy on the left, but Professor Hamilton suggests that they do not go far enough. Raising the minimum wage still leaves many workers unemployed or out of the workforce altogether, especially those stigmatized by race,...   More >

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Deconstructing the "Refugee Crisis": Race, Representation, and Recognition

Colloquium | October 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Denaturalizing the Mediterranean border
Ilaria Giglioli, Geography

Re-forming Refugee Protection: A U.S. Perspective
Kate Jastram, Human Rights Attorney

Representing the “European refugee crisis” in Germany and beyond
Seth Holmes, School of Public Health and Heide Castañeda, Anthropology (University of South Florida)

Designing in Drupal

Workshop | October 19 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab (Barrows 350)

 Linda Louie


In this workshop, you will learn how Drupal works, see examples of Drupal projects, and be guided through the steps to create your own customizable Drupal sandbox site. No coding knowledge is required for this workshop.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: The Positive Geometry of Fundamental Physics, From Scattering Amplitudes to the Wavefunction of the Universe

Colloquium | October 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Spacetime and Quantum Mechanics form the pillars of our understanding of modern physics, but there are several indications that these concepts are approximate and must emerge from deeper principles, undoubtedly involving new mathematics. In this talk I will describe some emerging ideas along these lines, and present a new formulation of some very basic physics– fundamental to particle...   More >

David Gilmartin | Pakistan's Creation and the Contested Grand Narratives of 20th Century History: The 5th Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 David Gilmartin, Distinguished Professor of History at the Department of History, North Carolina State University

 Munis Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

South Asian Historian, David Gilmartin delivers our fifth Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.

Foucault's Enlightenment: Islamic Revolution and the Perils of Universal History

Lecture | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Anthropology

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi examines Foucault’s writings on the Iranian Revolution as an attempt to write the history of the present without binding commitments to a teleological historiography.

Alvaro Huerta: In Defense of People on the Move (Latina/o Immigrants) in the Racist Era of Trump

Lecture | October 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 112 Auditorium

 Dr. Alvaro Huerta, Assistant Professor at Cal State Pomona, Departments of Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women's Studies, Department of City & Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design

 Department of City and Regional Planning

Dr. Alvaro Huerta is an Assistant Professor at Cal State Pomona, Departments of Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women's Studies

Dr. Huerta is an author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm and the lead editor of People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration. As an...   More >

Deej: Inclusion shouldn't be a lottery.

Film - Documentary | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Disability Studies Research Cluster, HIFIS

A nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. The documentary film Deej, with its insider view of autism, challenges us all to live inclusion. Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese ("Deej") found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a tect-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of...   More >

Book Talk: The Impossible Imperative: & Title IV-E Alumni Gathering

Presentation | October 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library (227 Haviland)

 Social Welfare, School of

Berkeley Social Welfare Professor Jill Duerr Berrick’s new book The Impossible Imperative: Navigating the Competing Principles of Child Protection features the firsthand accounts of child welfare professionals, the work they do to protect vulnerable children and the competing principles that shape their everyday decisions.

Study Abroad in Engineering

Information Session | October 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Panel of students who studied abroad on UC's & Berkeley's Summer programs.

GraphXD Seminar: Spectral Sparsification of Graphs

Seminar | October 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Srivastava, Dept. of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Many important properties of an undirected graph manifest themselves spectrally in the eigenvalues or quadratic forms of matrices related to the graph. For instance, the connectivity structure, electrical properties, and random walk behavior of a graph are determined by its Laplacian matrix. A spectral sparsifier of a graph G is a sparse graph H on the same set of vertices such that the...   More >

Investigating Paradise: 2017 Arab Film Festival Premiere

Film - Documentary | October 19 | 6-8:15 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in location

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival

From French-Algerian visionary Merzak Allouache, Berlinale 2017 pick INVESTIGATING PARADISE is a manifold treatise in what it means to be "radicalized."

Nvidia Tech Talk

Information Session | October 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come join NVIDIA to hear their tech talk on October 19th, starting at 6PM in the Woz! This talk describes roles and challenges in the Hardware Infrastructure group at NVIDIA. Learn how NVIDIA's software development enables them to build great products and design the next impossible chip.

Speaker bio: Eric Chi joined NVIDIA 8 years ago as a senior architect. He has worked in GPU development...   More >

Close Up: Exploring Workshop Practices in Roman-Egyptian Portraits

Lecture | October 19 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Jane Williams, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Roman period mummy portraits are considered to be ancient antecedents of modern portraiture. However, the techniques and materials used in their manufacture are not thoroughly understood. The Phoebe Hearst Museum's collections from the site of Tebtunis, Egypt include one of the largest assemblages of mummy portraits to remain intact since their excavation, and form a remarkable resource for...   More >

News from Home

Film - Feature | October 19 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

New York City, imposing and anonymous, serves as the visual counterpoint to Akerman’s reading of her own mother’s letters in this personal, gorgeously photographed film. With short La chambre.

Alison Krauss: with David Gray

Performing Arts - Music | October 19 | 7 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Another Planet Entertainment

Alison Krauss effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and genres such as pop, rock, country and classical.

David Gray has established himself as one of the UK’s leading artists both at home and overseas with a 25-year career marked by critical praise, numerous accolades and multi-platinum sales over the course of 10 album releases.

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