<< Week of November 12 >>

Sunday, November 12, 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.

Extended Probabilistic Operator Algebras Seminar

Workshop | November 10 – 12, 2017 every day | 740 Evans Hall

 Department of Mathematics

The lectures will start on Friday, November 10th and end on Sunday, November 12th. The extended seminar will be supported by funds from the University of California and the National Science Foundation.

Where Art Meets Science: Origami with Bernie Peyton

Workshop | November 12 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for this hands-on workshop with origami master and wildlife biologist Bernie Peyton, to fold and create origami inspired by the forms and shapes of plants. Bernie will close the workshop with a short presentation on his process and inspiration. All materials will be provided and this workshop is open to all ages and experience.

$20 - $16

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

Hayoun Kwon’s Virtual Reality Projects

Presentation | November 12 | 4:30-5:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hayooun Kwon presents her recent virtual reality projects (related to her acclaimed video pieces), including 489 Years, set in the DMZ between North and South Korea, and The Bird Lady, on a woman who transformed her apartment into an aviary

Monday, November 13, 2017

Implementing the CA History-Social Science Framework

Workshop | November 13 | 2407 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP) will introduce participants to the new History-Social Science framework, which was adopted in July 2016. A central aspect of both efforts is to support teaches in developing inquiry-driven courses that integrate the H-SS Standards (content and historical analysis) and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History while integrating ELD...   More >

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.

The 19th Party Congress and the Future of the Chinese Communist Party

Conference/Symposium | November 13 | 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room | Note change in time

 1995 University Avenue, room 510A, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), People's University (Beijing, China), Shandong University (Jinan, China), Institute of East Asian Studies

The Communist Party of China held its 19th Party Congress in October 2017. Aside from the sweeping personnel turnover, this Congress introduced ideological and organizational innovations that will guide the leadership and the nation for the next five years and beyond. China's direction is of global import, as China has in surprisingly short order become a global superpower, challenging the...   More >

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Workshop | November 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Library

 Library, D-Lab

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related...   More >

 Open to UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students.

  Register online

Dissertation talk: A Highly Productive Implementation of an Out-of-Order Processor Generator

Presentation | November 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Christopher Celio, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

General-purpose serial-thread performance gains have become more difficult for industry to realize due to the slowing down of process improvements. In this new regime of poor process scaling, continued performance improvement relies on a number of small-scale micro-architectural enhancements. However, software simulator-based models, which computer architecture research has largely relied upon,...   More >

Agroecological Approaches for Addressing Climate Challenges in Agriculture: Processes, Predictions, and Evidence

Seminar | November 13 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Timothy Bowles, UC Berkeley

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

As climate change progresses, extreme weather will further expose the vulnerabilities of highly-simplified, intensive agricultural systems. Agroecological approaches that diversify ag systems at multiple scales will be discussed in this seminar.

  Register online

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | November 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michael Walker; Avner Shlain

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Michael Walker - "Informal Taxation and Cash Transfers: Experimental Evidence from Kenya"

Avner Shlain - "High Demand for Redistribution but Low Voluntary Giving: Evidence from Small and Large Groups"

  RSVP online by November 8.

Design as a sequential decision process with applications in structural engineering: Semm Seminar

Seminar | November 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Gordon Warn, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The engineering design community is being tasked with generating designs that must satisfy ever more criteria. This seminar presents an emerging design concept that closely couples set-based design with model-based simulation treating the design process formally as a sequential decision process (SDP).

Combinatorics Seminar: Frieze patterns

Seminar | November 13 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Khrystyna Serhiyenko, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A frieze is a lattice of shifted rows of positive integers satisfying a diamond rule: the determinant of every 2 by 2 matrix formed by the neighboring entries is 1. Friezes were first studied by Conway and Coxeter in 1970's, but they gained fresh interest in the last decade in relation to cluster algebras. In particular, there exists a bijection between friezes and cluster algebras of type A. We...   More >

Preschoolers rationally use evidence to select causally relevant variables

Colloquium | November 13 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Mariel Goddu, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Young children are powerful causal learners: they readily track statistical contingencies between causes and effects, and they can use this evidence to infer general rules for a system (e.g., red blocks, but not blue blocks, will cause this machine to play music). However, little is known about the ways in which children 1.) transfer the causal rules they form in one context to produce new...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | November 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Saad Gulzar, Professor, Stanford

 Haas School of Business

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

Differential Geometry Seminar: High frequency limits in general relativity

Seminar | November 13 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Luk, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

It is known in the physics literature that "high-frequency weak limits" of solutions to the Einstein vacuum equations are not necessarily vacuum solutions, but may have a non-trivial stress-energy-momentum tensor, which can be viewed physically as “effective matter fields” arising from back-reaction of high frequency gravitational waves. A conjecture that can be found in the physics...   More >

String-Math Seminar: BPS Graphs of Class S Theories

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

 Pietro Longhi, UPPSALA U.

 Department of Mathematics

BPS quivers and Spectral Networks are two powerful tools for computing BPS spectra in 4d N=2 theories. On the Coulomb branches of these theories, the BPS spectrum is well-defined only away from walls of marginal stability, where wall-crossing phenomena take place. Surprisingly, while BPS spectra are ill-defined, there is a lot of information hidden in spectral networks at maximal intersections of...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Primal-dual first-order methods for convex optimization

Seminar | November 13 | 3-4 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 Cory

 Lieven Vandenberghe, UCLA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The talk will be on primal-dual first order methods derived from the Douglas-Rachford operator splitting algorithm. We will start with some applications to image deblurring problems
that illustrate the versatility of the Douglas-Rachford method for primal-dual decomposition in large scale optimization. The second part of the talk will be concerned with the important primal-dual hybrid gradient...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Towards a $p$-adic Deligne–Lusztig theory

Seminar | November 13 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Charlotte Chan, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

The cuspidal representations of $GL_2(\mathbf F_q)$ can be realized in the cohomology of the Drinfeld curve. This is an example of Deligne–Lusztig theory, which gives a geometric construction of the representations of finite reductive groups. In 1979, Lusztig proposed a conjectural analogue of this story for p-adic groups. We verify this conjecture in the setting of division algebras and show...   More >

Integrating genomic data into predictions of climate change adaptation

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

 Rachael Bay, University of California, Los Angeles

 Department of Integrative Biology

Beyond the First: Healing and Harmful Speech

Panel Discussion | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

 Robert Levenson, Professor, Psychology; Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Associate Professor, Psychology and Associate Dean for Diversity, Letters & Science; Geoffrey Nunberg, Adjunct Professor, School of Information; Victoria Plaut, Professor, Law and Social Science

 Eva Paterson, President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society and Berkeley Law Class of 1975

 Office of the Chancellor

The next faculty forum in the free speech series will explore the impacts of speech on the mind, body, and soul. Hosted by Chancellor Carol T. Christ.

 Please bring campus or other picture ID to verify your affiliation. Doors will open at 3:30. Seating is limited.

Design Field Notes: Andre Yousefi

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

PCH Lime Lab co-founder Andre Yousefi will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

Designing and piloting a scalable health program for schools in India

Colloquium | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 David I. Levine, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Handwashing with soap, treating drinking water, and safe sanitation could prevent over a million children from dying each year.  Standard health interventions provide supplies and information, but usually lead to only modest behavior change.

We have created and spent 3 years piloting a curriculum of vivid activities, engaging stories and simple routines to teach, change norms, and increase...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: "Global mortality consequences of climate change accounting for adaptation costs and benefits"

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

 Tamma Carleton, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Hamilton in the White House: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Donatella Galella, Professor, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production, UC Riverside; Philip Gentry, Professor, University of Delaware; Philip Kan Gotanda, Professor, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB

 Mary Ann Smart, Professor, Music Department, UCB

 College of Letters & Science

Alexander Hamilton himself never occupied the White House, but the premise of this panel is that Hamilton the musical has been symbolically in and of the White House since Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast members performed an early draft of the title song there in 2012. In its first flush of success the show sounded to some like a perfect musical accompaniment for a “post-racial” America, while others...   More >

 Free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Python FUN!damentals: Part 3

Workshop | November 13 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Rachel Jansen, D-Lab


This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

 Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library


  Register online

SLAM Seminar: Perspectives on Academia after Working in Industry

Seminar | November 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin- Madison

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Science, Leadership and Management (SLAM) seminar.

SLAM: Perspectives on Academia after Working in Industry

Seminar | November 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin- Madison

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Tuesday, November 14, 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.

Yoga Walk Through the Garden

Workshop | November 14 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

"If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand."

Come join fellow Nature Lovers in a mindful movement class at the UC Botanical Garden. During the 60-minute class, you will get to walk among the garden’s amazing collection, learn breathing techniques to promote health, practice gentle Qigong and yoga exercises at beautiful locations along...   More >

$20, $18 members (Price includes Garden Admission)

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

Genetic dissection of Chlamydia-mediated manipulation of host signaling pathways

Seminar | November 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Raphael H. Valdivia, Duke University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Merck Seminar in the Chemical Sciences: Development of Direct C-H Amination Reactions

Seminar | November 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Sukbok Chang, KAIST

 College of Chemistry

Aryl amines are a key synthetic unit widely utilized in organic synthesis, coordination chemistry, materials science and pharmaceutical industry. Current preparative routes to those compounds require either prefunctionalized starting materials or conditions needing external oxidants, thus inevitably generating stoichiometric amounts of side wastes. We have developed a series of direct C-H...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Investor Behavior and Market Dynamics

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

 Speaker: John Arabadjis, State Street

 Center for Risk Management Research

The Market is a consensual hallucination that commands attention by wielding its Invisible Hand. In this talk we will examine the ways that Adam Smith’s 250-year-old appendage makes itself felt – positioning, trading, and hurting herding – and their implications for the investment process.

Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia

Colloquium | November 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Willow Lung-Amam, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Maryland, College Park

 Center for Research on Social Change, Dept. of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning

Over the last few decades, California’s Silicon Valley has become not only the world’s technological epicenter, but also one of the fastest growing, and most racially and ethnically diverse regions in the U.S. Spurred by the rise of tech giants like Google and Facebook, the region has attracted diverse, highly-educated immigrants from across the globe, particularly Asia, who have built their new...   More >

Buying Your First Home (BEUHS341)

Workshop | November 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Patrick Ignacio, Banking Industry Expert

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

California housing markets are constantly changing, and there are overwhelming amounts of information available to the public, making it hard to know where to start. During the most recent housing crisis, financing options also changed (and in some cases disappeared altogether). As a result you may be asking yourself, what programs are available to me and how will they fit my personal situation?...   More >

  Enroll online

Development Lunch: "Demand-driven enforcement of labor law in Bangladesh"

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

 Laura Boudreau

 Department of Economics

Student seminar series for development economics student in Econ and ARE.

China’s Hong Kong SAR at 20: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Conference/Symposium | November 14 | 1-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies

Two decades after its transformation from a British colony to become China’s Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong is an arena of tensions punctuated by local-Mainland discord and mutual distrust. Anchored in multidisciplinary approaches with divergent ideo-political perspectives, this half-day seminar engages the Berkeley community with Hong Kong front-liners.

Mobility Innovators Forum 2017

Conference/Symposium | November 14 | 1-7 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Brogan BamBrogan, Arrivo Loop; Curtis Lee, Volvo; Forrest Iandola, DeepScale

 John Suh, Hyundai

 The House

Leaders in the mobility industry will convene to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Panels and talks will cover new forms of mobility, new mobility business models and the infrastructure supporting the mobility ecosystem.

Individuals with a UC Berkeley affiliation can RSVP for free using the promo code GoBears.

Mobility Innovators Forum 2017

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: “Unpacking Global Capital Flows”

Seminar | November 14 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Matteo Maggiori, Harvard University University

 Department of Economics

Discovery, SAR Evolution, and Clinical Evaluation of Adenosine A2A Antagonists for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Seminar | November 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Yeon-Hee Lim, Associate Principal Scientist, Merck Research Laboratories

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Unpacking Global Capital Flows"

Seminar | November 14 | 2:10-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Matteo Maggiori, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

joint with International Trade & Finance

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: The aggregate cost of predictable forecast mistakes

Seminar | November 14 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Sraer, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Mirror Symmetry and Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Homological mirror symmetry for the genus 2 curve and its SYZ mirror

Seminar | November 14 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Catherine Cannizzo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Homological mirror symmetry (HMS) for the genus 2 surface on the symplectic side is known by work of Seidel. Here we consider it on the complex side, and a mirror is constructed following Abouzaid-Auroux-Katzarkov's paper on SYZ for hypersurfaces of toric varieties. We describe the manifolds involved, and discuss progress made towards proving HMS.

Dissertation Talk: Personalized Modeling for Human-Robot Collaborative Manipulation

Seminar | November 14 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 337A Cory Hall

 Aaron Bestick, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

When two humans perform a collaborative manipulation task, they leverage an intuitive understanding of which motions are natural and safe for their interaction partner. Intuition lets human collaborators predict both the feasibility of an action, as well as their partner's ergonomic preference for one feasible action over another. This mutual understanding in human-human teams allows for...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Global quasilinear waves in 1+3 dimensions

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

 Casey Jao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a classical result, obtained independently by Christodoulou and Klainerman, on the global existence of solutions to certain second order quasilinear wave equations with small data.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: An introduction to a conjecture of Lech

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

 Craig Huneke, University of Virginia

 Department of Mathematics

Lech wrote a series of three papers in the early 1960s which studied the multiplicity of rings. He paid special attention to the behavior of multiplicity under flat extensions and formulated a simple conjecture which remains unsolved. In some sense, what his conjecture shows is that we do not understand flatness. I will talk about his conjecture and some recent work by Linquan Ma which resolves...   More >

From Fly Pushing to Immunotherapeutics: My Journey in Drug Development

Seminar | November 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

 Hong Wan, Alexo

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Hong Wan, an MCB PhD alum who has worked extensively in biotech and pharma research, will be returning to campus next week to give a career oriented seminar to current grad students and postdocs.

Mode- and state-selective nanoparticle dynamics from correlative light, ultrafast, and magneto-optical imaging

Seminar | November 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Kenneth Knappenberger, Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University

 College of Chemistry

Correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) is a powerful approach to developing structure-function relationships for nanoscale materials. Our group has developed nonlinear optical (NLO) imaging methods that can be used to pinpoint the location of an optical point source with one-nanometer transverse and ten-nanometer axial localization accuracies. Among the suite of NLO processes,...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Advice Is Cheap: Information Is Not!"

Seminar | November 14 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Curtis Taylor, Duke University

 Department of Economics

joint work with Samuel Häfner of the University of Basel

Share Your Scholarship: Humanities Commons

Workshop | November 14 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

 Stacy Reardon


Humanities Commons, a new platform developed by the MLA and other humanities organizations, offers a professional alternative to for-profit academic networking sites like Academia.edu. In this workshop, we'll learn how to make your research available online, develop an academic portfolio, and connect with colleagues at other universities using Humanities Commons.

Author Event with Jennifer Doudna: A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, Jennifer Doudna

Reading - Nonfiction | November 14 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library

 Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Library, Life & Health Sciences Division

Professor Doudna's new book chronicles the discovery of CRISPR and the ethical questions to come. Join us for a fascinating discussion with Professor Doudna on the timely and important issues explored in her book.

Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Stillman's Question, Solved! (Part 3)

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

 Justin Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We continue the proof of Stillman's question due to Ananyan-Hochster. Using the tools described in Part 2, we show how to obtain "small" bounds for invariants related to free resolutions in commutative algebra, including a strong form of Stillman's question. As time permits, we will also discuss recent work of Erman-Sam-Snowden which extends Ananyan-Hochster's result to obtain Stillman-type...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

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

 Engineering and Project Management Society

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

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

Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | November 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), Alexa Aburto (Humanities)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) and the American Cultures (AC) Center are proud to present Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research, from our three-part workshop series, Demystifying the Research Process. Humanities research applies to anyone wishing to study human culture and creations – including the arts, literature, policy, and more.

Wednesday, November 15, 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.

Introduction to Georeferencing

Workshop | November 15 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Susan Powell, Library


This workshop will cover the basic concepts involved in georeferencing/georectifiying a digital image and provide hands-on practice using a web-based interface. Georeferencing involves “spatializing” scanned maps or aerial imagery so they can be used in a geographic information system (GIS).

We will cover the basics of topics such as projections, coordinate systems, and the theory behind...   More >

Food Systems Policy and Communications Workshop Series 2017–18: Session 1: Policy Engagements: Do's, Dont's, and Dares

Workshop | November 15 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Gina Banks Daly, Director, UC Berkeley Federal Government Relations

 Berkeley Food Institute

Session 1: Policy Engagement: Dos, Don’ts and Dares

Overview of legal guidelines and description of best practices in policymaking and a “dare” to engage more fully in policy and government.

Featuring: Gina Banks Daly, UC Berkeley Government Relations

  RSVP online

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Cellular basis of immunity"

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

 Silke Robatzek, The Sainsbury National Lab

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

A paradigm for more than a decade, it has been known that host membranes respond to pathogen perception. It is now clear that the secretory and endocytic trafficking network are engaged by the plant’s immune system to actively defend against potential pathogens. Reciprocally, invasive pathogens have evolved means to utilize these trafficking pathways for the suppression of plant defences and to...   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 >

“Organ-Specific Microvascular Engineering towards Regeneration and Disease Modeling”

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

 Ying Zheng, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Engineered tissues have emerged as promising new approaches to repair damaged tissues as well as to provide useful platforms for drug testing and disease modeling. Outstanding challenges remain in 1) the lack of well-defined and mature cell sources to facilitate translational outcomes and 2) the lack of control over vascular structure and perfusion efficiency in engineered 3D tissue constructs,...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Ari Martinez "Eavesdropping influences the Realized Niche of Neotropical Mixed-Species Bird Flocks”

Seminar | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell Miller Library

 Ari Martinez

 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 >

From Egosystem to Ecosystem: Motivations of the Self in Social Relationships

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

 Jennifer Crocker, Professor, Ohio State University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

I propose that in their social interactions, people may be energized by egosystem motivation in which they are preoccupied with proving their own worth and value to themselves and others, or by ecosystem motivation in which they strive to be constructive and supportive of people and things they care about beyond themselves. These two motivational systems, I suggest, are scaffolded onto evolved...   More >

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | November 15 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Population at the End of the Age of Aid: Landis Mackellar, Population Council

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

 Landis Mackellar, Senior Associate/Co-Editor, Population and Development Review, Population Council

 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.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction to open book decompositions and Lefschetz fibrations

Seminar | November 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Bahar Acu, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

The global topology and geometry of symplectic and contact manifolds have undergone a vast expansion over the past two decades following the groundbreaking results of Giroux who outlined a program for characterizing high dimensional contact manifolds in terms of open book decompositions with certain symplectic pages, of Gromov who introduced pseudoholomorphic curve theory studying solutions to...   More >

gradSERU Workshop

Workshop | November 15 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room 370

 Student Experience in the Research University (SERU)

The Center for Studies in Higher Education and the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium will hold a SERU Graduate Student Experience Workshop on November 15th that will feature recent data and analysis from the new SERU Graduate Student Survey and will serve as an introduction to the survey and the Consortium for interested research-intensive campuses.

Mechanisms of DNA double-strand break repair

Seminar | November 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Tanya Paull, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Python FUN!damentals: Part 4

Workshop | November 15 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Rachel Jansen, D-Lab


This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

 Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library


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Topology Seminar (Main Talk): The Weinstein conjecture for iterated planar contact structures

Seminar | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Bahar Acu, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

The Weinstein conjecture asserts that the Reeb vector field of every contact form carries at least one closed orbit. The conjecture was proven for all closed 3-dimensional manifolds by Taubes. Despite considerable progress, it is still open in higher dimensions. In this talk, we will talk about its history and define notions of iterated planar contact manifolds and iterated planar Lefschetz...   More >

Brain Storming EECS Colloquium: Deep Learning; the Reincarnation of Analog Computing

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

 Eli Yablonovitch

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

About seventy years ago analog computing was regarded as having equal prospects as digital computing. Operational amplifiers could provide analog differentiation and integration functions. Nonetheless analog computing disappeared, being unable to provide the precision and dynamic range required for solving real problems.

The emergence of Deep Learning has been accompanied by the realization...   More >

Probing neural circuits with shaped light

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

 Na Ji, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

To understand computation in the brain, one needs to understand the input-output relationships for neural circuits and the anatomical and functional relationships between individual neurons therein. Optical microscopy has emerged as an ideal tool in this quest, as it is capable of recording the activity of neurons distributed over millimeter dimensions with sub-micron spatial resolution. I will...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Higher categories, generalized cohomology, and condensed matter.

Seminar | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Theo Johnson-Freyd, Perimeter Institute

 Department of Mathematics

I will report on joint work in progress with Davide Gaiotto on the classification of gapped phases of matter. I will explain what symmetry protected phases are and why they are classified by reduced generalized group cohomology. I will also introduce the notion of "condensable n-algebra," and the higher category thereof, as an axiomatization of the algebraic structure enjoyed by gapped phases...   More >

GSAC Seminar: Distributed Ammonia Synthesis

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

 Dr. Ed Cussler Jr, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

 Department of Chemical Engineering

We are developing a small-scale ammonia synthesis plant powered by wind energy. This is a major departure, because ammonia is currently made with energy from fossil fuels, especially natural gas. In contrast, the wind energy used here is sustainable but stranded,
far from urban population centers but near locations of ammonia fertilizer demand. The wind energy is converted to electricity used...   More >

Investigating Mechanisms and Treatment of Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

Seminar | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Christopher Adams, University of Iowa

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change

Panel Discussion | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Robin Marsh, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Anne Campbell, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Policy & Management, Middlebury Institute for International Studies

 Aryn Baxter, Assistant Research Professor and Director of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Institute of International Studies, Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, Arizona State University, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Center for Studies in Higher Education

This event will be the West Coast book launch for International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change (Palgrave MacMillan/Springer Nature, 2017), co-edited by Joan Dassin, Robin Marsh and Matt Mawer. The book explores the multiple pathways from international scholarships to positive social change presenting the latest research on scholarship policy and practice and outcome.

Humanizing Deportation

Conference/Symposium | November 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Robert Irwin, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis; Guillermo Alonso Meneses, Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Colegio de la Frontera Norte

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Digital Humanities at Berkeley

This digital storytelling project aims to make visible the range of humanitarian issues that proliferate in our current regime of mass human displacement. This UC-MEXUS funded collaboration between UC Davis and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (with additional participation of colleagues from other institutions, including UC Berkeley) has assisted community members in producing a bilingual open...   More >

Thursday, November 16, 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.

​New Nationalism and Universities: Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy and the Future of Higher Education: An International Conference to Celebrate the Center for Studies in Higher Education’s 60th Anniversary

Conference/Symposium | November 16 – 17, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Institute of Governmental Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), University World News, Carnegie Corporation of New York

To celebrate the Center for Studies in Higher Education's (CSHE) 60th Anniversary, the Center is hosting a two-day international conference on 16 and 17 November 2017 at the iconic UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California.

Interested in attending? Register here: www.cshe.berkeley.edu/events/new-nationalism-and-universities

Revisiting the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley

Workshop | November 16 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project invites you to explore the history of the Free Speech Movement that occurred at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 1964. Participants will be introduced to a unit on student activism that was created in concert with the 50th anniversary commemoration of the movement, examine how the FSM has been remembered through memorials on campus, and view artifacts in...   More >


  Register by calling 510-643-0897, or by emailing ucbhssp@berkeley.edu

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: On the stabilization of 1-D hyperbolic systems

Seminar | November 16 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jean-Michel Coron, Université Paris 6

 Department of Mathematics

This talk is on the stabilization of systems modeled by means hyperbolic systems in one space dimension. These systems appear in various real life applications (navigable rivers and irrigation channels, heat exchangers, plug flow chemical reactors, gas pipe lines, chromatography,...). On these systems we study the stabilization problem. We show how to construct explicit stabilizing feedback laws....   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | November 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Mike Callen, Professor, UCSD

 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 >

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 >

Camille Francois: Principal Researcher, Jigsaw

Seminar | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Camille Francois, Principal Researcher, Jigsaw

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

As the final event in our Fall 2017 Seminar Series, the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is honored to present Camille Francois, Principal Researcher at Jigsaw, a think tank and technology incubator within Google / Alphabet.

  RSVP online by November 13.

Camille Francois

A Theory of How Columns in the Neocortex Enable Learning the Structure of the World

Seminar | November 16 | 12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Jeff Hawkins, Numenta

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Neocortical regions are organized into columns and layers. Connections between layers run mostly perpendicular to the surface suggesting a columnar functional organization. Some layers have long-range excitatory lateral connections suggesting interactions between columns. Similar patterns of connectivity exist in all regions but their exact role remain a mystery. Here, we propose a network model...   More >

Research Colloquium with Genevieve Graaf: Medicaid-Expansion and Home and Community-Based Care for Youth with Complex Behavioral Healthcare Needs

Colloquium | November 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commoms

 Social Welfare, School of

Though one in ten of all children and adolescents have complex behavioral health care needs, many are prevented from accessing the level of mental health care they need due to financial or insurance-related barriers. In this study, mixed methods are used to examine relationships between public mental health funding and health coverage, and unmet mental health needs for these youths and their...   More >

Breema: Moving Meditation for Balance and Harmony (BEUHS039)

Workshop | November 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Education Center

 Angela Porter, MCT, RAS, MFTi, The Breema Center

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Breema is a body centered meditation/mindfulness practice that creates a profound experience of relaxation, balance, and harmony. In this workshop, participants will learn simple self-care exercises aimed at unifying the energies of body and mind in the direction of being present. Many and varied, the movements include gentle stretches, rhythmic movements, and unique postures. Each exercise...   More >

[Peterson Speaker Series] Divestment vs Engagement: Activism in Investing

Panel Discussion | November 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum (Chou Hall)

 Anne Simpson, Investment Director of Sustainability, CalPERS; Jagdeep Singh Bachher, Chief Investment Officer and Vice President of Investments, University of California, Office of the President; Adam Sterling, Founder, Sudan Divestment Task Force and Conflict Risk Network

 Wendy Walker, Managing Director and an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer, Cambridge Associates

 Center for Responsible Business, Berkeley-Haas Investment Club

Presenting vastly different theories of change for activism in investing, the three panelists will be presenting their points of view and debating the best ways to achieve social impact while still upholding their fiduciary duty. Wendy Walker, Managing Director and an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer at Cambridge Associates will moderate this debate.


  Register online

Origins of temperate adapted maize and implications for global germplasm

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

 Kelly Swarts, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

 Department of Integrative Biology

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Pfaffian Sign Theorem for the Dimer Model on a Triangular Lattice.

Seminar | November 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Drazen Petrovic, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

We prove the Pfaffian Sign Theorem for the dimer model on a triangular lattice embedded in the torus. More specifically, we prove that the Pfaffian of the Kasteleyn periodic-periodic matrix is negative, while the Pfaffians of the Kasteleyn periodic-antiperiodic, antiperiodic-periodic, and antiperiodic-antiperiodic matrices are all positive. The proof is based on the Kasteleyn identities and on...   More >

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

Workshop | November 16 | 2-3 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 >

Cell adhesion and signaling pathways governing CNS development and cancer

Seminar | November 16 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Joseph McCarty, MD Anderson Cancer Center

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Latinos and the Environment Seminar 2

Seminar | November 16 | 4 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Center for Latino Policy Research

We are proud to announce our second seminar brought by our new Latinos and the Environment Initiative. Latinos are impacted by environmental conditions in all aspects of their lives such as transportation, labor, and housing. We know our communities are concerned about the impacts of adverse environmental conditions on their lives and wellbeing.

Join us at The Center for Latino Policy...   More >

Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy across the Political Divide

Colloquium | November 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Ruth Braunstein, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Connecticut

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Center for Right-Wing Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, Braunstein followed participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable.

Mathematics Department Colloquium: What is quantum chaos?

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

 Semyon Dyatlov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Where do eigenfunctions of the Laplacian concentrate as eigenvalues go to infinity? Do they equidistribute or do they concentrate in an uneven way? It turns out that the answer depends on the nature of the geodesic flow. I will discuss various results in the case when the flow is chaotic: the Quantum Ergodicity theorem of Shnirelman, Colin de Verdière, and Zelditch, the Quantum Unique Ergodicity...   More >

The Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Is it a good idea to try to teach the history of everything?

Seminar | November 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 David Christian, Professor, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations — Macquarie University

 Department of History, Institute of International Studies

David Christian (D.Phil. Oxford, 1974) is by training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, but since the 1980s he has become interested in world history and in history at very large scales and across many disciplines.

NABJ Presents: “Objectivity through the Black Lens”

Panel Discussion | November 16 | 5:30-8 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library (Room 142)

 Graduate School of Journalism

Local black journalists will talk about their experiences covering racially polarizing topics including, officer-involved shootings, offensive marches, and violent rallies on our campus and throughout the Bay Area.

Panelists include:
Otis Taylor, SF Chronicle
Marcus Thompson, The Athletic
Dawn Porter, Trilogy Films
Millie Jefferson, Audible, NPR

This event will be open to students of...   More >

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Berkeley Water Group's World Toilet Day

Seminar | November 16 | 6-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Berkeley Water Group

Join Students, Practitioners, and Professors for a conversation on this year’s theme: sanitation storytelling, fecal sludge management.

Alumnae Career Advancement Series: Women in Government and Public Service

Panel Discussion | November 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

The Alumnae Career Advancement series continues with our third event focusing on women in government and public service. We're spotlighting Cal women who have made strides in these fields, and offering Cal alumnae with an opportunity to grow their networks and learn from their peers.

Our panelists include:

- Assemblywoman Catherine Baker J.D. '00 | 16th District, California State...   More >

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Careers in Transportation Alumni Panel

Panel Discussion | November 16 | 7-8 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

TRANSOC will host a transportation career panel featuring alum panelists working in various fields of transportation, including consulting, tech, transit, and planning on Nov 16 at 7 PM. This is a great chance to fully explore the career possibilities waiting for you after graduation. Mark your calendar now and invite your non-transportation friends, too!

~~Careers in Transportation Alumni...   More >