<< Week of January 21 >>

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | January 23 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Science and Literacy Playgroup

Meeting | October 31, 2017 – May 15, 2018 every Tuesday with exceptions | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)

 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

 Chancellor's Community Grant, Trybe Inc.

Have fun and meet other families in West and South Berkeley.
For Children ages 05 and their caregivers.
Free, drop-in, snacks, circle time, arts and crafts and science activities.

Calapalooza: Find the Student group that's right for you!

Special Event | January 23 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom (3rd floor)

 Leadership, Engagement, Advising, and Development (LEAD) Center

Over 500 student organizations are here to recruit you! Get involved! Find your community!

Iron(III)-Catalyzed Carbonyl-Olefin Metathesis and Oxygen Atom Transfer

Seminar | January 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Corinna Schindler, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan

 College of Chemistry

The metathesis reaction between two unsaturated organic substrates is one of organic chemistry’s most powerful carbon-carbon bond forming reactions. The catalytic olefin-olefin metathesis reaction has led to profound developments in the synthesis of molecules relevant to the petroleum, materials and pharmaceutical industries. These reactions are characterized by their use of discrete
metal...   More >

Student Union Open House

Special Event | January 23 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 ASUC Student Union

The ASUC Student Union is going to knock your socks off with an afternoon of entertainment, snacks, games, and prizes! Play building bingo and win a socktastic prize, or be entered to win a grand prize, like a bike or Nintendo Switch! Visit Calapalooza while you're here and find a student org that's right for you. Find out about everything the Student Union has to offer.

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | January 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

BSAC Technology Seminar - Single Crystal Diamond as a Material for Micro- and Nanosystems

Seminar | January 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Prof. Niels Quack, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

The extraordinary properties of single crystal diamond provide great promise for nanosystems. Our group has developed methods to sculpture nanostructures into high purity monocrystalline diamond substrates grown by CVD. We combine reactive ion etching and multi-directional focused ion beam milling for the fabrication of freestanding optical disc resonators at the microscale.

  RSVP online by January 22.

Women on Africa's constitutional and supreme courts: When, where, and why?

Colloquium | January 23 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Alice Kang, Associate Professor, Political Science and Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 Center for African Studies

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

Alice Kang

3-Manifold Seminar: Knottedness and Thurston norm in NP

Seminar | January 23 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss a proof that knot recognition is in NP, using a certificate that encodes a sutured manifold hierarchy.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "The Biases of Others: Projection Equilibrium in an Agency Setting"

Seminar | January 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Stephanie Wang, University of Pittsburgh

 Department of Economics

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 23 | 2-3:30 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 >

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

RNA/Protein Liquids: Lighting up intracellular phase space

Seminar | January 23 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Clifford Brangwynne, Princeton University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovation: Info Session

Information Session | January 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 214 Shires Hall

 2451 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, CA 94709

 College of Engineering

Come learn more about the Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations at our Info Session -- talk directly to current Fellows and Staff to get your questions answered and gain new insights into this exciting opportunity!

Design Field Notes: Sara Cinnamon

Seminar | January 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

LUNAR technical lead Sara Cinnamon will speak at Jacobs Hall, sharing perspectives from her time in grad school at MIT to running her own startup in consumer healthcare to joining a world-class design firm.

Organization, Hydration, Ion Speciation, and Inherent Electric Fields at Water Surfaces

Seminar | January 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Heather Allen, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio State University

 College of Chemistry

We investigate ions and lipids at aqueous surfaces to better understand their complexation and speciation to then inform on atmospheric aerosol, cloud, and marine surface processes. The underlying driving forces for surface activity of bare aqueous surfaces with salts such as iron, magnesium, calcium and sodium chlorides are one class that is explored with aqueous surface selective experimental...   More >

Metropolitan Migrations and Interwar Vietnamese Culture

Lecture | January 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Charles Keith, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk will explore the close ties between Vietnamese migration to France and interwar Vietnamese culture and, as such, the importance of these migrations for postcolonial Vietnam.

Charles Keith

Thematic Seminar: Applied Mathematics: Nonlinear Fluid-Structure Interaction with Fiber-Reinforced Soft Composites: A Unified Mathematical Framework for Mathematical Analysis and Computation

Seminar | January 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Suncica Canic, University of Houston

 Department of Mathematics

Fiber-reinforced structures arise in many engineering and biological applications. Examples include space inflatable habitats, vascular stents supporting compliant vascular walls, and aortic valve leaflets. In all these examples a metallic mesh, or a collection of fibers, is used to support an elastic structure, and the resulting composite structure has novel mechanical characteristics preferred...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Organizational Meeting

Seminar | January 23 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The two topics for the student portion this semester are Intersection Theory and Linkage. A detailed outline of the topics for the first half of the seminar can be found at "math.berkeley.edu/~ritvik/Eisenbud-Seminar-Outline.pdf". In the meeting we will describe the main goals of this seminar and sign-up speakers for respective topics.

Jewish Songlines: Charting and Chanting the Moroccan Diaspora

Performing Arts - Music | January 23 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

In this multimedia, multidisciplinary presentation, Samuel R. Torjman Thomas explores the place of musical expression in the definition of Moroccan Jewish culture. Through discussion and live musical performance, Dr. Torjman Thomas analyzes the place of liturgical, para-liturgical, and folk repertoires in Moroccan musical life, highlighting the juxtaposition of several fundamental diasporic...   More >

GM Tech Talk and Info-Session: Vehicle Cybersecurity

Information Session | January 23 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Kevin Tierney, Director, Vehicle Architecture Cybersecurity, GM

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A look into how General Motors addresses the
vehicle cybersecurity threat.

Co-presented by GM and IEEE Berkeley.

Stop by for an interesting talk, and of course some food.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Understanding Secondary Organic Aerosol Thermodynamics, Mixing State and Phase with Models, Mimics, and Microfluidics

Seminar | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Cari Dutcher, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

 College of Chemistry

Atmospheric aerosols are one of the major contributing factors to our climate, yet are a leading source of uncertainty in climate modeling. This uncertainty arises from the intricate nature of aerosol particles: these particles are complex microenvironments, which can contain multiple interfaces due to internal liquid – liquid phase partitioning and the external vapor – liquid surface. Aerosol...   More >

Blood Drive

Special Event | January 24 | 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 >

“Revealing the Dynamic Roles of Splicing and Translation in Gene Regulation”

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Liana Lareau, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

A single genome produces the huge diversity of cells and tissues needed to make a human by regulating gene expression to turn on and off the right genes at the right times. The final, post-transcriptional steps of gene expression — RNA processing and translation — are essential to the proper outcome. My goal is to understand what the cell achieves by adding extra layers of regulation at these...   More >

Nutanix Info-Session

Information Session | January 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please join us for an networking luncheon!

Nutanix will be hosting a happy hour event on January 24th at 12:00 pm. Swathi Koudinya, Sr. Manager of Engineering will be leading an engaging technical discussion on the Nutanix journey and the future of our technologies.

Additionally, we will have engineering leaders and other Nutanix employees present to connect 1:1 with students.

All of...   More >

Drivers of infectious disease dynamics: Quantifying the impact of demography and climate: Ayesha Mahmud PhD

Colloquium | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ayesha Mahmud PhD, Rockefeller Foundation Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Yueran Ma, Harvard

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Regulation of vitamin 6 homeostasis "

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Zack Zheng-Hui He

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

My lab is interested in utilizing a combination of cell, molecular, biochemical and genetic approaches to understand how cells communicate during plant growth and development.

A Talk with Craig Baldwin

Lecture | January 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Craig Baldwin, Other Cinema/ATA Gallery

 Arts + Design

Craig Baldwin is a San Francisco filmmaker and curator of the Other Cinema at the ATA media gallery in San Francisco. One of the last underground art spaces in the SF mission.

Craig Baldwin is a filmmaker and curator whose interests lie in archival retrieval and recombinatory forms of cinema and performance. He is the recipient of several grants, including those from the Rockefeller...   More >

Reawakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry

Lecture | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Ed Carriere, Master Basketmaker, Suquamish Elder

 Dale Croes, Washington State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

Ed Carriere and Dale Croes have been working with the U of Washington Burke Museum to replicate 2,000 year old waterlogged archaeological basketry found in the early 1960s from along the Snoqualmie River near Seattle.

Croes and Carriere

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Mohamed Noor "Recombination rate influences adaptation and speciation: Studies in the Drosophila pseudoobscura species group"

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Mohamed Noor

 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 >

Towards artificial general intelligence: Brain-inspired CAPTCHA breaking and Atari playing

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Miguel Lázaro-Gredilla, Vicarious, Inc.

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Compositionality, generalization, and learning from a few examples are among the hallmarks of human intelligence. In this talk I will describe how Vicarious combines these ideas to create approaches to CAPTCHA breaking and Atari game playing that improve on the state of the art. Both of these tasks have indeed been tackled before, using respectively Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs)...   More >

Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (BEUHS052)

Workshop | January 24 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Beth Greivel, LMFT, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want.

In this workshop we will explore how habits...   More >

  Register online

Gender and Race Gatekeeping

Colloquium | January 24 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Michelle "Mikki" Hebl, Professor, Rice University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

In this talk, Mikki will discuss the role of gatekeepers in preventing indviduals, often women and members of underrepresented groups, from attaining their potential. Mikki will review some of her programmatic research on subtle discrimination and will then provide some of her most recent studies and data on gender and race gatekeeping.

Pronunciation Tips Workshop

Workshop | January 24 | 1-2 p.m. | International House, Auditorium

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn practical tools for improving your American-English pronunciation. This workshop will be taught by a professional ESL instructor from the English Studies Institute. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/yakfjz8d

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): An introduction to fibered 3-manifolds and the Thurston norm

Seminar | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Michael Landry, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

We will introduce Thurston's norm on the second homology of a 3-manifold, and some associated constructions including branched surfaces and Agol’s veering triangulation.

Coffee Break

Social Event | January 24 | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Take a break from the cold weather and warm up with some free coffee during BIO's weekly Coffee Break! This week we are back at our usual location at the wonderful Julie's Cafe. Coffee break is a great chance to meet new people from all over the world, have interesting conversations, and grab your favorite warm beverage. It's a big campus, but at Coffee Break everyone knows your name!

The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks

Film - Feature | January 24 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This satiric comedy, which ridicules the absurd conceptions of Soviet Russia held by Americans, involves a visit to the USSR by a fearful American and his cowboy bodyguard, who are promptly abducted by hooligans. Directed by Lev Kuleshov, a film theorist and organizer of the pioneering Cine-Lab collective where Sergei Eisenstein (among others) studied filmmaking, the frenetic Mr. West stands in...   More >

Optically probing the neural basis of perception

Seminar | January 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Hillel Adesnik, University of California, Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

EECS Colloquium: Meta Learning and Self Play

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the first part, I will talk about meta learning, which is the problem of training a system that quickly learns to solve a wide variety of tasks. I will present several meta learning algorithms that can quickly solve simulated robotics tasks, and show how a simple meta learning approach can address the sim2real problem in robotics.

The second part will be on self play. Self play systems come...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Taut branched surfaces which span fibered faces

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Michael Landry, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

Let \(M\) be a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold with a fibered face \(\sigma\) of the unit ball of the Thurston norm on \(H_2(M)\). If \(M\) satisfies a certain condition related to Agol’s veering triangulation, we can construct a taut branched surface in \(M\) spanning \(\sigma\). This partially answers a 1986 question of Oertel, and extends an earlier partial answer due to Mosher.

Applied Math Seminar: Using spacetime tents to solve hyperbolic systems

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Jay Gopalakrishnan, Portland State University

 Department of Mathematics

(Note the special location) A spacetime simulation region can be subdivided into tent-shaped subregions. Tents appear to be natural for solving hyperbolic equations. Indeed, one can ensure causality by constraining the height of the tent pole. More precisely, the domain of dependence of all points within the tent can be guaranteed to be contained within the tent, by constraining the tent pole...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Diego Ponce De Leon Barido: Demand-side, User-centered, Sustainable Decarbonization in Resource Constrained Environments

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Diego Ponce De Leon Barido, Recent ERG PhD Graduate, Energy and Resources Group

 Energy and Resources Group

Future growth in urbanization will mainly occur in cities of the rising south. UN Habitat reports that in the past decade, the urban population in emerging economies grew on average 1.2 million people per week. By 2050, it is expected that seven out of ten people will be living in cities. Accompanying urbanization, information and communication technologies have also seen...   More >

Ice-nine and the Origins of Frank-Kasper and Quasicrystal Phases in Diblock Copolymer Melts

Colloquium | January 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Frank Bates, University of Minnesota

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Block polymers have captured the interest of scientists and engineers for more than half a century. In general, the phase behavior of diblock copolymers, the simplest category of such self-assembling macromolecules, has been accepted as thoroughly understood. Recent experiments with low molecular weight diblock copolymers have revealed remarkable phase complexity in the limit of asymmetric...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Partial Differential Equations: On the Strong Cosmic Censorship Conjecture in General Relativity

Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sung-Jin Oh, Korea Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

An intriguing feature of the explicit charged (Reissner-Nordstrom) or spinning (Kerr) black hole spacetimes is the existence of a regular Cauchy horizon, beyond which the Einstein equation loses its predictive power. The strong cosmic censorship conjecture of Penrose is a bold claim that, nevertheless, such a pathological behavior is nongeneric.

In this lecture, I will give a short introduction...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – December 26, 2018 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3119 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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

The Business of Disaster: Colonial and Neoliberal Governance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico

Panel Discussion | January 24 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Vincanne Adams, Professor, Joint UCSF/UC Berkeley Program in Medical Anthropology; Cathy Kennedy, Registered Nurse and Vice President, National Nurses United; Javier Arbona, Professor, American Studies and Design, UC Davis

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

The ongoing catastrophe following Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Puerto Rico in September reminds us that disasters are never merely natural. The enduring colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico and the market-driven nature of governmental relief efforts are both critical to understanding the current crisis.

ARCH Lecture: Mabel O. Wilson

Lecture | January 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, JAN 24, 6:30pm. The Spring 2018 Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor will talk about an advocacy project that asks architects and allied fields to better understand how their practices connect to migrant construction workers who build their designs.

Angry Inuk

Film - Documentary | January 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Animal rights activists’ campaign to present seal hunting as barbaric is highly successful. Less visible, until recently, is the Inuit response. Throughout Canada, Inuit people depend on seal meat for food and on the sale of pelts to participate in the global economy. Bans against hunting have devastated their economy and way of life. In her passionate, mind-shifting film, Alethea Aranquq-Baril...   More >

Workshop: Introduction to Deep Learning

Workshop | January 24 | 8-10 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Machine Learning at Berkeley

Are you interested in learning what's the machinery behind the Deep Learning hype? Come to the ML@B Deep Learning Workshop! We will teach you how neural networks work and how to use them through hands on demos. The workshop is structured so that you have enough knowledge to get the most out of our future workshops. You can find the full list at ml.berkeley.edu/workshops. Although not strict...   More >

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Coffee with the Dean: 150 UHall

Information Session | January 25 | 9-10 a.m. | 150 University Hall

 Dean Bertozzi

 Public Health, School of


Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Lower bounds on eigenfunctions on hyperbolic surfaces

Seminar | January 25 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Semyon Dyatlov, UC Berkeley and MIT

 Department of Mathematics

I show that on a compact hyperbolic surface, the mass of an $L^2$-normalized eigenfunction of the Laplacian on any nonempty open set is bounded below by a positive constant depending on the set, but not on the eigenvalue. This statement, more precisely its stronger semiclassical version, has many applications including control for the Schrödinger equation and the full support property for...   More >

Fundamentals of Pruning

Workshop | January 25 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join our Landscape Horticulturist, Mathew McMillan for a workshop on the basics of pruning. Bring all of your pruning questions and learn from Mathew’s expertise.

$25 / $20 Members


Trees of the Garden: Docent-led Tour

Tour/Open House | January 25 | 10-11:15 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Discover the signature trees from around the world at the UC Botanical Garden. End your tour with a visit to the final day of the Celebrating Trees exhibition of botanical art.

Free for Members or with Garden Admission

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

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2018 application deadline, Feb 22, 2018

Information Session | January 25 | 10-11 a.m. | 262 Evans Hall

 Marcia Condon, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about Berkeley's program in DC, where students from any major intern and research in Washington DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

Tiny functions for codecs, compilation, and (maybe) soon everything

Colloquium | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 430 Soda Hall

 Keith Winstein, Stanford


Networks, applications, and media codecs frequently treat one another as strangers. By expressing large systems as compositions of small, pure functions, we've found it's possible to achieve tighter couplings between these components, improving performance without giving up modularity or the ability to debug. I'll discuss our experience with systems that demonstrate this basic idea: ExCamera...   More >

Immigration of European Highly Skilled Workers to Germany: Intra-EU Brain Circulation or Brain Drain/Gain?

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Céline Teney, University of Bremen, Germany

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

Based on a unique representative survey and semi-structured interviews of non-German EU physicians working in Germany, Céline Teney will investigate whether intra-EU highly skilled immigrants who exert a profession suffering from an acute EU labour shortage constitute the manifestation of an integrated European labour market – conceptualized as brain circulation – or whether they contribute to...   More >

Curators’ Talk: Lawrence Rinder and Julia White on To the Letter

Panel Discussion | January 25 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder and Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia White for an in-depth look at their exhibition about art that incorporates writing and letterforms as motif or key theme.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: PageRank on directed complex networks

Seminar | January 25 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Mariana Olvera-Cravioto, UC Berkeley

 Center for Risk Management Research

The talk will center around a set of recent results on the analysis of Google’s PageRank algorithm on directed complex networks. In particular, it  will focus on the so-called power-law hypothesis, which states that the distribution of the ranks produced by PageRank on a scale-free graph (whose in-degree distribution follows a power-law) also follows a power-law with the same tail-index as the...   More >

Keys Track 1a- Principles of Supervision: Setting the Context

Course | January 25 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Paul Carroll

 Human Resources

This course will help participants understand the role of the supervisor, and its relationship to the organization. We will focus on what a supervisor needs to know and do, how to use influence when you don’t have control, and the resources available to help you be more effective. We will also look at how to motivate and retain engaged employees. This workshop addresses the following...   More >

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 >

Linda Gregerson Poetry Reading

Reading - Literary | January 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Linda Gregerson, Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan; Chancellor, Academy of American Poets

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Chair in English, James D. Hart Chair in English

Linda Gregerson will read a selection of her poems in 300 Wheeler Hall at 2pm.

Note: Gregerson will also offer a lecture on Milton at 5pm in 220 Stephens Hall.

Linda Gregerson is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently of...   More >

Linda Gregerson

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Biology Students: Meet Your Library!

Workshop | January 25 | 3-4 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101 Bioscience & Natural Resources Library

 Susan Koskinen, Biosciences & Natural Resources Library; Elliott Smith, Biosciences & Natural Resources Library; Becky Miller, Biosciences & Natural Resources Library


Drop-in for an orientation to web resources and a tour of the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library.

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Seminar

Seminar | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Note change in date

 Polina Lishko, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Photobears: Nanoscribe Seminar: 3D printing by two-photon polymerization sets new standards in micro- and nanofabrication

Lecture | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room

 Dr. Benjamin Richter, Nanoscribe GmbH


The world’s fastest commercially available 3D printer with sub-micrometer resolution andare used to fabricate microstructures for numerous application areas such as photonics, cell biology, micromechanics, microoptics and microfluidics. With casting and molding techniques, the structures made of photo resist can be transferred into other materials like metals, silicon, ceramics or...   More >

DiPerna Lecture: On the long-term dynamics of nonlinear dispersive evolution equations

Lecture | January 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Wilhelm Schlag, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

We will give an overview of some of the developments in recent years dealing with the description of asymptotic states of solutions to semilinear evolution equations ("soliton resolution conjecture"). New results will be presented on damped subcritical Klein-Gordon equations, joint with Nicolas Burq and Genevieve Raugel.

Milton and the Syntax of Faith

Lecture | January 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Geballe Room

 Linda Gregerson, Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Chair in English, James D. Hart Chair in English

In Book 11 of the Confessions, Augustine attempts to contemplate the mystery of time and, in particular, the temporal embeddedness that makes human beings particularly unqualified to comprehend eternity...

Note: Gregerson will also be offering a poetry reading at 2pm in 300 Wheeler Hall on the 25th.   More >

Linda Gregerson

Artist Talk with Anicka Yi: Sensing as Research

Lecture | January 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor

 Anicka Yi

 Arts Research Center

Artist Anicka Yi will talk about her work and artistic practice as it relates to synthetic biology, bio engineering, extinction, and bio fiction.

Force Majeure, 2017, Plexiglas, aluminum, agar, bacteria, refrigeration system, LED lights, glass, epoxy resin, powder coated stainless steel, light bulbs, digital clocks, silicone, and silk flowers, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

Yelp Info-Session

Information Session | January 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come start your semester off right at this Yelp infosession! Learn about the tech behind Yelp (with 168 million monthly unique visitors and 142 million reviews, we're sure it's impressive) and the job positions open. Dinner will be provided.
At Yelp, we’re passionate about connecting people with great local businesses. We’re bringing together world-class talent from different...   More >

Stitching Palestine: 70th Anniversary of Al-Nakba Film Series

Film - Documentary | January 25 | 6-8 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival

Second of a three-part film series presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in partnership with The Arab Film Festival on the 70th anniversary of Al-Nakba of 1948, one of the Middle East's most defining episodes.

Free Speech and Its Limits: An Unfinished Conversation

Film - Documentary | January 25 | 7:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The First Amendment’s protection of freedom of expression has allowed progressive voices to argue powerfully for tolerance, equality, and social change. But what happens when that freedom is used to express intolerance and hate? Charlene Stern’s documentary Near Normal Man, about her father, Holocaust survivor Ben Stern, illustrates the challenges of maintaining First Amendment rights while...   More >