<< Week of November 26 >>

Friday, December 1, 2017

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 >

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!

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.

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

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.


  Register online

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.

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.

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

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 >

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

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.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

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

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

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

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 >

Western Language Resources for East Asian Studies

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

 Bruce Williams


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 >

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.

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).

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 >

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

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

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.


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).