<< Week of November 26 >>

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Suitcase Clinic Donations: Supply Drive for their 3 Clinics

Miscellaneous | November 20 – December 4, 2017 every day | University Hall, 207 Suite, Cubicle 4

 Division of Community Health Sciences

Items needed include basic toiletries, warm clothing, blankets, socks, infant/child supplies, packaged foods, gummy vitamins, etc.

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 Evolution of Evaluation to Fit an Imperfect World

Seminar | November 30 | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Avigdor Gal

 RISE Lab

The evolution of data accumulation, management, analytics, and visualization has led to the coining of the term big data, which challenges the task of data integration. This task, common to any matching problem in computer science involves generating alignments between structured data in an automated fashion. Historically, set-based measures, based upon binary similarity matrices...   More >

Identifying and Addressing Workplace Bullying

Workshop | November 30 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Sara Thacker, Staff Ombuds Office

 Staff Ombuds Office

Bullying can take many forms, some of which are obvious and others of which, though more indirect, can be equally destructive to working relationships. Participants will learn about how to recognize bullying behavior; how to distinguish bullying from incivility; what climates encourage bullying; the impact of workplace bullying; options for how bystanders can effectively respond; and constructive...   More >

TS-04 Improving Safety at Intersections

Course | November 29 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Nazir Lalani, PE, President, Traffex Engineers, Inc

 Institute of Transportation Studies

About 65 percent of all crashes in urban areas and 40 percent of those in rural areas occur at or near intersections or driveways. Safety improvements at these locations have always been a priority and pose a challenge for most transportation agencies in California.

$290.00

  Register online

Botanical Illustration: Winter / Holiday

Workshop | November 30 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

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

Women in Tech: A Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Conference/Symposium | November 30 | 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. |  UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus

 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Women in Technology Initiative at University of California, College of Engineering, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Demonstrated benefits of a diverse leadership team and workforce include more robust market insights, improved strategic decisions and increased financial success. Yet from tech accelerators and startup companies to venture capital firms and established industries, female technologists, founders and investors often struggle to marshal support for their ideas. In 2016, companies led by men...   More >

$25 University Student/Faculty/Staff, $50 Non-profit/Government/Small Business, $100 Corporate

Women's Basketball vs. Seattle

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | November 30 | 11:30 a.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Seattle at Haas Pavilion.

JPMorgan Tech Talk: Deep Basket - An Application of Deep Learning in Portfolio Construction

Seminar | November 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 College of Engineering

Come learn more about how JPMorgan's Quantitative Research team is using Machine Learning! They will also be holding a recruiting event later in the day.

  RSVP online

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

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

 Nicholas Ryan, Professor, Yale University

 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 >

Post-transcriptional gene regulation in the aging brain: stress, cellular identity, diversity and disruption

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

 Peter Sudmant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Integrative Biology

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

Workshop | November 30 | 1-2 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 >

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.

Reconstructing Historical Locations in the 1795 Louisiana Slave Conspiracy

Seminar | November 30 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Patty Frontiera

 Geospatial Innovation Facility

This week’s speaker is Patty Frontiera, who will be discussing her work on the “Louisiana Slave Conspiracies” digital humanities project. This is a multidisciplinary research project dedicated to preserving, digitizing, transcribing, translating, and analyzing manuscripts from three Louisiana slave conspiracies. The LSC team is building a digital archive that will present these French and Spanish...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 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 >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Changes in Nutrient Intake at Retirement

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

 Mel Stephens, University of Michigan

 Department of Economics

Joint with Labor seminar

* Please note change in time due to joint event

Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | November 30 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

Cognitive Neuroscience/Neurobiology Colloquium: Information Seeking and Randomization in Human Exploration and Exploitation

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

 Bob Wilson, University of Arizona

 Department of Psychology

Information seeking and randomization in human exploration and exploitation

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

 Robert Wilson, University of Arizona, Department of Psychology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

UCEAP Summer Study Abroad Info Session with Alumni

Information Session | November 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are your upcoming finals making you long for summer? Come learn more about UCEAP Summer Programs being offered for Summer 2018 while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate!

Alumni from the University of Glasgow, the University of Sussex and the University of Yonsei programs will share information about their experiences abroad. BSA Advisor Katie Weibel will also be at the event to answer questions...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Algebraic Structures on Polytopes

Colloquium | November 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Federico Ardila, San Francisco State University

 Department of Mathematics

Generalized permutahedra are a beautiful family of polytopes with a rich combinatorial structure and strong connections to optimization. We study their algebraic structure: we prove they are the universal family of polyhedra with a certain “Hopf monoid" structure. This construction provides a unifying framework to organize and study many combinatorial families:

1. It uniformly answers open...   More >

Book Talk Series: Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

Reading - Nonfiction | November 30 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 227 Haviland Hall

 Stephen Hinshaw

 Library

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of Psychology (UC Berkeley) and Psychiatry (UC San Francisco) will discuss his newest book, "Another Kind of Madness", chronicling his father’s recurring mental illness and the doctor-enforced silence surrounding it, plus the crucial need to combat stigma. Books will be for sale, courtesy of Mrs. Dalloway's.

*The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible,...   More >

States of Exception and Sudden Democracies in 20th Century Germany

Lecture | November 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West

This talk is an extended think piece on the forging of democratic sensibilities as states of exception collapsed and democratic political forms were improvised and invented in 20th century Germany. The focus will be on 1918-19 with comparative reflections on 1945-48. In approaching democracy as a political form defined by recurrent crises of representation, I am interested in how democratic...   More >

JPMorgan Recruiting Event: Quantitative Research - Machine Learning Program

Career Fair | November 30 | 5-6 p.m. | 330 Blum Hall

 College of Engineering

Come meet JPMorgan employees, learn about the firm and their opportunities with the Quantitative Research - Machine Learning Program!

  RSVP online

CANCELED - Maya Tudor | Nationalism as a Democratic Resource: Comparing India and Pakistan at 70

Lecture | November 30 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room) | Canceled

 Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Department of Political Science

Dr. Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

State-Building And Political Development In US Foreign Policy

Lecture | November 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Freeman Spogli Institute

 Institute of International Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is professor (by courtesy) of political science.

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His book, The End of History...   More >

GraphXD Seminar: Data-Driven Methods for Learning Sparse Graphical Models

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

 Somayeh Sojoudi, EECS, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Learning models from data has a significant impact on many disciplines, including computer vision, medical imaging, social networks, neuroscience and signal processing. In the network inference problem, one may model the relationships between the network components through an underlying inverse covariance matrix. Learning this graphical model is often challenged by the fact that only a small...   More >

NaNoWriMo 2017 at UC Berkeley: Come Write In Sessions

Meeting | November 30 | 6-9 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180 Doe Library

 Shannon Monroe, Head of Interlibrary Lending & Photoduplication, Interlibrary Services

 Library

Have you ever thought about writing a novel, but just didn’t think you had the time? You’re not alone. Working on an academic writing project and need help with productivity? Join us for NaNoWriMo 2017 at UC Berkeley, and write with fellow participants, students and colleagues in a supportive setting at Doe Library during National Novel Writing Month!

Rise of the Female Imam: Gender Reform in Islam

Panel Discussion | November 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Rabi'a Keeble, Founder, Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque, Berkeley; Sherin Khankan, Imam, Mariam Mosque, Copenhagen; Amina Wadud, Research Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley

 Mairaj Syed, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UC Davis

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for a thought-provoking conversation on local and global gender reform in Islam, featuring founders of women mosques in California and Denmark and prominent scholars of Islamic studies.

Center Stage

Film - Feature | November 30 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Maggie Cheung stars in Stanley Kwan’s modernist biopic on the life and tragic early death of Chinese film star Ruan Lingyu. “A masterpiece . . . the greatest Hong Kong film I've seen” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

VenezuelACT

Miscellaneous | November 30 | 7 p.m. | A1 Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Office of the External Affairs Vice President

VenezuelACT is a two part event that will take place on November 30th from 7-9pm in Anna Head A1!

The first part of the event (7-8pm) will consist of a panel made up of a variety of academics from different backgrounds discussing the current crisis in Venezuela.

The second part of the event will be focused on the stories of Venezuelans born in Venezuela in the United States. It will...   More >

Friday, December 1, 2017

Chemistry Graduate Life Committee December Meeting

Meeting | December 1 | Latimer Hall, Bixby North

 Members, Chemistry Graduate Life Committee

 College of Chemistry

The Chemistry Graduate Life Committee exists to support graduate students in the Chemistry Department at UC Berkeley. We provide peer mentoring, advocate for graduate student wellness, coordinate social events, distribute news of campus events and resources, and coordinate recruiting weekends. We meet monthly. Joining the CGLC is easy: just show up and introduce yourself!

canceled - Colloquium: Claire Chase

Colloquium | December 1 | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

Presented by Cal Performances in association with the Department of Music at UC Berkeley.

Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the...   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.

Suitcase Clinic Donations: Supply Drive for their 3 Clinics

Miscellaneous | November 20 – December 4, 2017 every day | University Hall, 207 Suite, Cubicle 4

 Division of Community Health Sciences

Items needed include basic toiletries, warm clothing, blankets, socks, infant/child supplies, packaged foods, gummy vitamins, etc.

Botanical Illustration: Winter / Holiday

Workshop | November 30 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

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

TS-04 Improving Safety at Intersections

Course | November 29 – December 1, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Nazir Lalani, PE, President, Traffex Engineers, Inc

 Institute of Transportation Studies

About 65 percent of all crashes in urban areas and 40 percent of those in rural areas occur at or near intersections or driveways. Safety improvements at these locations have always been a priority and pose a challenge for most transportation agencies in California.

$290.00

  Register online

Clark Kerr Garden Open Work Hours

Tour/Open House | October 27 – December 8, 2017 every Friday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Clark Kerr Campus

 Campus Gardens

Located on the CKC campus, sponsored by UC Grounds Dept. and Cal Dining

Blood Drive

Special Event | December 1 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, East Pauley Ballroom

 Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

Blood Drives at UC Berkeley are sponsored by the American Red Cross (ARC) to provide much needed blood to hospitals throughout the Bay Area.
Blood Drives at UC Berkeley are held once a month. Appointments to donate are encouraged and walk-ins are always welcome. Drives are held at two locations on all dates from 11am-6pm: MLK- Student Union – East Pauley Ballroom and Red Cross Bloodmobile (at...   More >

Europe and the Euro: The way ahead

Panel Discussion | December 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | N270 Haas School of Business

 Barry Eichengreen, UC Berkeley; Gabriele Giudice, European Commission; Gérard Roland, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Haas School of Business

Ten years after the crisis struck the European economy, wind seems to be back in Europe’s sails. How can the European Union exploit this window of opportunity to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union, increase the resilience of individual economies and relaunch economic and social convergence between its Member States?

  RSVP by emailing Viviana Padelli at vpadelli@berkeley.edu by December 1.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Online Information Session

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

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain academic preparation in the sciences along with one-on-one advising to enhance your application to medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as to advanced degree programs in medical- and health-related fields.

  Register online

Labor Lunch Seminar: "$15 Minimum Wage Policies: Early Evidence."

Seminar | December 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Carl Nadler, IRLE

 Center for Labor Economics

Jacobs Design Conversations: Steve Vassallo, "How to Design a Company that Matters"

Lecture | December 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Foundation Capital general partner Steve Vassallo will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | December 1 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be on 9/8 and 12/1, Samba will be on 10/6 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 11/3. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Antenna-LED for on-chip optical communication

Seminar | December 1 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Cory (Hogan Room)

 Seth A. Fortuna, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Using an optical antenna, it is now possible to make spontaneous emission faster than stimulated emission. This alludes to the exciting possibility of an LED faster than the LASER. Such an antenna-coupled LED (or simply antenna-LED) is well-suited as a light source for on-chip optical communication where small size, fast speed, and high efficiency are needed to achieve the promised benefit of...   More >

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Grassmannians, Matroids, and Flags

Seminar | December 1 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Charles Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will study the relationship between matroids and the geometric structure of the Grassmannian in terms of Schubert cells and other related objects. We will briefly extend these geometric ideas to the more general setting of flag varieties and flag matroids. Time permitting, we will discuss various ways to realize matroid polytopes for matroids associated to the Grassmannian.

Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology

Workshop | December 1 | 1-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Byram, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

At 1pm the workshop will begin at the UC Faculty Club lawn where subsurface features are being mapped.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Make reservations online

GSSI 350 Mhz Hyperstacking Antenna

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 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 >

Translating Nanotechnologies into Clinical Settings to Measure Response to Novel Cancer Agents: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | December 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Prof. Alice C. Fan, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Oncology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

My laboratory studies how kinase inhibitors modulate protein signaling in patients with cancer. A barrier to this work has been the requirement for serial tumor samples from patients in order to measure changes in protein activation. To overcome this barrier, I use nanotechnologies to profile proteins in small numbers of patient tumor cells.

Our work addresses a series of questions at...   More >

Big C Hike

Social Event | December 1 | 2-3:30 p.m. | International House, Front Steps

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office (BIO) advisers on this easy hike to enjoy the breathtaking view of the bay! Bring a camera to capture the moment and don't forget to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. The hike takes 1-1.5 hours. Meet at I-House front entrance on the steps. Bring water.

Western Language Resources for East Asian Studies

Information Session | December 1 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 341 East Asian Library

 Bruce Williams

 Library

Introduction to locating materials and information in Western languages in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for random graphs II

Seminar | December 1 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Functional Analysis Seminar: The Paulsen problem, continuous operator scaling, and smoothed analysis

Seminar | December 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Tsz Chiu Kwok, University of Waterloo

 Department of Mathematics

The Paulsen problem is a basic open problem in operator theory: Given vectors $u_1, ..., u_n$ in $\mathbb R^d$ that are $\varepsilon $-nearly satisfying the Parseval's condition and the equal norm condition, is it close to a set of vectors $v_1, ..., v_n$ in $\mathbb R^d$ that exactly satisfy the Parseval's condition and the equal norm condition? Given $u_1,..., u_n$, we consider the squared...   More >

MENA Salon

Workshop | December 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

BLC Fellows Forum

Presentation | December 1 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 FAll 2017 BLC Fellows, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Language Center

Teaching French Listening Comprehension and Cultural Awareness through Regional Variation
Elyse Ritchey, GSR, French
At the university level, French language instruction in the US traditionally includes a course on phonetics and pronunciation. While the major aim of such courses is to improve students’ speaking and listening competence, they also emphasize speaking ‘correctly’ using...   More >

Solomon Northup’s Odyssey

Film - Feature | December 1 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on the 1853 memoir of a Northern black man kidnapped into slavery, Gordon Parks’s made-for-TV drama predates 12 Years a Slave by almost three decades. It has “a somber lyricism that’s hard to shake” (Bilge Ebiri).

Hydrogenase- and ACS-Inspired Bioorganometallic Chemistry

Seminar | December 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Marcetta Darensbourg, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

 College of Chemistry

Enzyme active sites such as the [FeFe]- and [NiFe]-H2ases, as well as Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase and Acetyl coA Synthase, ACS, have inspired chemists to use well-established principles and synthetic tools of organometallic chemistry in the development of biomimetics. The usual purpose of such studies is to understand how first-row transition metals are rendered by nature into molecular...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Meta Learning for Control

Presentation | December 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 730 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Yan Duan, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation talk on meta learning for control: policy learning algorithms that can themselves generate algorithms that are highly customized towards a certain domain of tasks.

Logic Colloquium: What is ordinary mathematics?

Colloquium | December 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Marianna Antonutti, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

 Department of Mathematics

The term “ordinary mathematics” is used to denote a collection of areas that are, in some sense, central to the practice of most working mathematicians, typically taken to contain such fields as number theory, real and complex analysis, geometry, and algebra. This notion has been taken for granted by both philosophers and logicians; for example, reverse mathematics is often described as the...   More >

QB3 Postdoc Seminar: Examining Eph/ephrin signaling pathways that regulate adult neurogenesis and migration of hippocampal stem cells

Seminar | December 1 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Kira Mosher (David Schaffer lab)

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Approximately two decades ago, the longstanding dogma that the adult CNS is incapable of generating new neurons was overturned with the acceptance that adult neurogenesis truly occurs in mammals. With this understanding also came excitement that in maintaining some level of plasticity in adulthood, diseased brains may be capable of regeneration. While adult neurogenesis has become an important...   More >

East Bay World History Reading Group: Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott

Meeting | December 1 | 5-7 p.m. | ORIAS Office, Room 520 C

 1995 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

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

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

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

Mashrou' Leila's Hamed Sinno: In Conversation at UC Berkeley

Special Event | December 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Hamed Sinno, Mashrou' Leila

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) for a conversation with Hamed Sinno, lead singer of the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila, on art, aesthetics, performance, and what it means to be an artist today. How is artistic production and consumption changing in the Middle East and beyond? How are new aesthetic territories and experiments being defined? What is the political, cultural, and...   More >

  Register online

TRANSOC Annual Holiday Party

Holiday | December 1 | 5:15-11:15 p.m. | 412 McLaughlin Hall

 Aqshems Meten Egun Tola Ade Le Kon Nichols

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Raina J. Léon, James Cagney, and Josiah Luis Alderete

Reading - Literary | December 1 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Raina J. Léon, James Cagney, and Josiah Luis Alderete perform their poetry.

Blow-Up

Film - Feature | December 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Set in a vividly mod Swinging London, Antonioni’s first English-language film [is] a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).