<< Week of September 16 >>

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Family Workshop: Alaskan Snow Goggles

Workshop | September 16 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join in on this month's Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum! Get inspired by the Yupik technology of slatted snow goggles/sunglasses (iyegaatek) and make a pair of your own sunglasses to take home. This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity which blends science, culture, technology, art, and fashion.

Find out more about events at the Hearst Museum by...   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 >

Tell Her Story Awards Ceremony 2018: A celebration of Memorable Stories about Remarkable Women in South Asia

Special Event | September 16 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in time

 Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology; of South and Southeast Asian Studies; and of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Aarti Naik, Founder, Sakhis for Girls Education

 Deepa Pawar, Founder, Anubhuti Trust

 Naween A. Mangi, Founder, Ali Hasan Mangi Memorial Trust

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Facebook, Zareen's, Folio3, Maitri, Gender Equity Resource Center, The Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Project at the Center for Race and Gender

Please join us for the first Tell Her story Gala 2018 where you will have the opportunity to hear stories from the top three Tell Her Story finalists who continue to fight against the injustice they and their loved ones face.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Oracle Tabling in 3rd Floor, Soda Hall!

Miscellaneous | September 17 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, In front of HP Auditorium (306 Soda Hall)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Meet with Oracle recruiters and university relations representatives and get yourself a complementary cupcake while they last!

​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | September 17 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Vivek Labhishetty, PhD; Baladitya Yellapragada, PhD

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Vivek Labhishetty's Abstract
Retinal-Conjugate Surfaces: The Blur Horopter
When we fixate at an object, the image of that object is brought to sharp focus on the fovea due to the eye’s accommodation. Other objects in the periphery may be farther or nearer than best focus on those parts of the retina. We measured the shape of surface of best focus in the world as the eye accommodates to...   More >

HSRIF Information Session

Information Session | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C125 - (TBC)

 Center for Responsible Business


Praised as ambitious and groundbreaking, the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund is the first and largest student-led SRI fund within a leading business school. It offers our MBA students real-world experience in delivering both strong financial returns and positive social impact. Since 2008, the student principals have...   More >

BCLT Info Session

Information Session | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Soda Hall, 405 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Your science background can lead to a highly fulfilling career at the intersection of law and technology. Intellectual property (who owns innovation), privacy, the accountability of algorithms, the control of online speech, the financing of clean tech. These are among the many issues that lawyers will be deciding in coming years.

UC Berkeley Law School offers the best law and technology...   More >

Information decomposition

Seminar | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Juergen Jost, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In many situations, two or more sources have some information about a target. For instance, sensory input and context information can jointly determine the firing pattern of a neuron. Since the information from the two sources is typically not identical, one wishes to decompose it in those parts that are unique to each source, what is shared between them and what is complementary, that is,...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Divisors on matroids and their volumes

Seminar | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical volume polynomial in algebraic geometry measures the degrees of ample (and nef) divisors on a smooth projective variety. We introduce an analogous volume polynomial for matroids, give a complete combinatorial formula, and show that it is a valuation under matroid polytope subdivisions. For a realizable matroid, we thus obtain an explicit formula for the classical volume polynomial...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | September 17 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Antoine Ferey; Malka Guillot

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Antoine Ferey - "Optimal taxation and tax complexity with misperceptions"

Malka Guillot - "Who Paid the 75% Tax onMillionaires?
Optimisation of Salary Incomes and Incidence in France

  RSVP online by September 13.

Contemplating Loss: Photography Workshop

Workshop | September 17 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Where better to bring our grief than the garden? In this contemplative photography workshop, we will observe Nature’s teachings on letting go, and we will use the camera as a trusted guide who can navigate us safely through the rugged terrain of grief.

$80 / $75 UCBG members. Full series $300 / $290 UCBG members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

CANCELLED -- Exposure to Opposing Views Can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall | Canceled

 Chris Bail, Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Duke University

 Social Science Matrix, Department of Sociology, D-Lab


Chris Bail

String-Math Seminar: GPV invariants and Dehn surgery

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Ciprian Manolescu, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

Gukov, Putrov and Vafa postulated the existence of some 3-manifold invariants, obtained by counting BPS states in the \(3d\), \(N=2\) theory \(T[M_3]\). The GPV invariants take the form of power series converging in the unit disk, and whose radial limits at the roots of unity give the Witten-Reshetikhin-Turaev invariants. Furthermore, these power series have integer coefficients, and should admit...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Supersingular twistor space

Seminar | September 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Daniel Bragg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe how the crystalline cohomology of a supersingular K3 surface gives rise to certain one-parameter families of K3 surfaces, which we call supersingular twistor spaces. Our construction relies on the special behavior of $p$-torsion classes in the Brauer group of a supersingular K3 surface, as well as techniques coming from the study of derived categories and Fourier–Mukai...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Quantization in geometric pluripotential theory

Seminar | September 17 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Tamás Darvas, University of Maryland

 Department of Mathematics

Suppose $(X, \omega )$ is a Kähler manifold induced by an ample line bundle $(L, X)$. We introduce $L^p$-type Finsler structures on the space of holomorphic sections of $L^k$, and show that the resulting metric spaces quantize the $L^p$-Mabuchi metric structures on the space of Kähler metrics, up to their completion. This is joint work with C.H. Lu and Y.A. Rubinstein.

Jesse Zymet, "Lexical propensities in phonology: Corpus and experimental evidence, grammar, and learning"

Colloquium | September 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jesse Zymet, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

Traditional theories of phonological variation propose that morphemes be encoded with descriptors such as [+/- Rule X], to capture which of them participate in a variable process. More recent theories predict that individual morphemes can have lexical propensities: idiosyncratic, gradient rates at which they participate in a process—e.g., [0.7 Rule X]. In this talk, I argue that such propensities...   More >

Modern Surveillance: Living "Under His Eye": An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | September 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 Catherine Crump, Professor, Berkeley Law; Kelli Moore, Professor, NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture and Communication; Jason Wittenberg, Professor, UCB Department of Political Science

 Cecilia Mo, Professor, UCB Political Science Department

 College of Letters & Science

What are the various social, legal and ethical implications of technological advances that make it easier to be watched, and how are different groups pushing for and against policies that would govern the limits of state surveillance?

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

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

Information Session | September 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 11 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program)

 Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

Molecular Chaperone Functions in Protein Folding and Quality Control

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 F. Ulrich Hartl, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

 College of Chemistry

2018 Eastman Lectures in Catalysis: Interfacial Perimeter Sites – an Essential Component in Supported Au Catalysis

Lecture | September 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Harold H. Kung, Professor, Northwestern University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Interfacial perimeter sites, where the metal atom and its nearest atomic neighbor of support oxide are both accessible to reacting molecules simultaneously, have been found to be essential in supported Au catalysts. They have been reported for CO oxidation, water-gas shift, and selective oxidation reactions. By creating these sites using inverse catalysts, we have demonstrated that these sites...   More >

Design Field Notes: Kitty Yeung

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

This week, creative technologist Kitty Yeung will be speaking about Tech-Fashion Designs and the Wearables Industry

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Single-Crossing Differences on Distributions"

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 SangMok Lee, Washington University in St. Louis

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Navin Kartik and Daniel Rappoport

Analysis and PDE Seminar: A proof of the instability of AdS spacetime for the Einstein–massless Vlasov system.

Seminar | September 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Georgios Moschidis, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The AdS instability conjecture is a conjecture about the initial value problem for the Einstein vacuum equations with a negative cosmological constant. It states that there exist arbitrarily small perturbations to the initial data of the AdS spacetime which, under evolution by the vacuum Einstein equations with reflecting boundary conditions on conformal infinity, lead to the formation of black...   More >

Oracle Tech Talk

Information Session | September 17 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Frankie Liu, Consulting Hardware Engineer, from Oracle Labs.

The Rollercoaster

This talk will introduce the lifecycle of a project in the corporate world, viewed through the small lens of our speaker. We will raffle off a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera and a Hydro Flask (you must be present to win).

Dinner will be served.

To explore Product Development roles,
visit...   More >

Creative Aging: Celebration as Strategy with Dominic Campbell

Lecture | September 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Dominic Campbell

 Arts + Design

Working as a cultural producer in a department of nuero-science focused on reducing the impact of Alzheimers and dementias leads to sleepless nights and interesting observations. An instinctive collaborator and passionate believer in co-creation, Dominic Campbell invites your engagement with his idea - that celebration might be one of the finest routes to a better experience for populations aging...   More >

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yali's Cafe Grand Opening

Special Event | September 18 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Yali's Cafe

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Please join us Tuesday, September 18th for the Grand Opening of Yali’s Cafe at Qualcomm at CITRIS and the Banatao Institute headquarters!

Cafe location: Sutardja Dai Hall, Floor 2 at UC Berkeley
From 9am-12pm, enjoy the festivities including:

- Complimentary menu tastings
- Complimentary coffee beverages (Equator coffee)
- Booths from the CITRIS Invention Lab, CITRIS Tech for Social Good...   More >

Yali's Cafe Grand Opening

Social Event | September 18 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Please join us Tuesday, September 18th for the Grand Opening of Yali’s Cafe at Qualcomm at CITRIS and the Banatao Institute headquarters!

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Nonstandard Analysis and its Application to Markov Processes

Seminar | September 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Haosui Duanmu, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Nonstandard analysis, a powerful machinery derived from mathematical logic, has had many applications in probability theory as well as stochastic processes. Nonstandard analysis allows construction of a single object - a hyperfinite probability space - which satisfies all the first order logical properties of a finite probability space, but which can be simultaneously viewed as a...   More >

Brown Bag Lunch on Parks, Conservation, and Your Career

Special Event | September 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 139 Mulford Hall

 Jon Jarvis, Executive Director, Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity; Patrick Gonzalez, Principal Climate Change Specialist, National Park Service; Sarah Allen, Science Program Leader, National Park Service

 California Outdoor Engagement Coalition

The Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity is excited to announce an opportunity for students to join Jon Jarvis, Sarah Allen, and Patrick Gonzalez for a monthly one hour event where they can ask questions and seek advice about the National Park Service, climate change, careers, conservation, and much more. Students can learn more and RSVP here. Space is limited, you must RSVP to attend the...   More >

  RSVP online or or by emailing Rhonie Roggers at rhoniedee1993@berkeley.edu by September 17.

Learning Representations for Planning

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Aviv Tamar, Postdoc, UC Berkeley's Artificial Intelligence Research Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How can we build autonomous robots that operate in unstructured and dynamic environments such as homes or hospitals?
This problem has been investigated under several disciplines, including planning (motion planning, task planning, etc.), and reinforcement learning. While both of these fields have witnessed tremendous progress, each have fundamental drawbacks when it comes to...   More >

Phonography in Transit: Naples and New York: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Phonography in Transit: Naples and New York"
Delia Casadei, Assistant Professor of Music
Gavin Williams, Music Research Fellow, Kings College
Tuesday, September 18, 12-1:30pm
Wurster 170

Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2

Sound reproduction technology—the phonograph, the gramophone—was...   More >

Home Ownership (BEUHS341)

Workshop | September 18 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Richard Ruiz, Bank of the West

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Thinking about purchasing your first or second home? Considering refinancing your current home loan?
This workshop covers many important topics related to homeownership, including
• Is now the right time to buy a home?
• How much can I afford?
• Are any low cash down payment options available?
• What are first-time homebuyer programs available?
• How do I get pre-approved for a loan?
•...   More >

  Register online

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Incentivized Resume Rating: Eliciting the Distribution of Employer Preferences without Deception

Seminar | September 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Corinne Low, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, The Macroeconomic Implications of Corporate Debt Policies and Pricing Strategies

Seminar | September 18 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Christian Jauregui, UC - Berkeley

 Department of Economics

This paper studies the effect of bank lending frictions on firms' corporate debt choices and behaviors in product markets, whereby debt composition consists of bank loans and (market-based) bond issuances. I document a hump-shaped relationship between a firm's reliance on market financing and its product (price-marginal) cost markup: on average, markups rise with their share of market debt in...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Symplectic structures on representation varieties of surfaces

Seminar | September 18 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss the symplectic structure on representation varieties of surfaces. Then we'll discuss certain Hamiltonian actions on subsets determined by twists along simple curves.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Curves of genus 11 with several maps of degree 6 to $\mathbb P^1$

Seminar | September 18 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Frank-Olaf Schreyer, MSRI, Universität des Saarlandes

 Department of Mathematics

Green's conjecture says that vanishing syzgies of a canonical curve is equivalent to the non-existence of certain linear series on the curve. Turning things around, we might hope that many syzygies imply the existence of many linear systems. In this talk I will survey our knowledge on syzygies of canonical curves and then report on work of Hanieh Keneshlou, who used this approach to study the...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Tensor decompositions of II$_1$ factors arising from extensions of amalgamated free product groups

Seminar | September 18 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Rolando de Santiago, UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

We describe a family of groups whose von Neumann algebras satisfy the following rigidity phenomenon: all tensor decompositions of $L(\Gamma )$ into II$_1$ factors necessarily arise from direct product decompositions of the group Γ. This class includes many iterated amalgamated free product groups such as right-angled Artin groups, Burger-Mozes groups, Higman group, integral two-dimensional...   More >

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance, "Title: "Credit Allocation under Banking Globalization: Theory and Empirics"

Seminar | September 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Leslie Shen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

This paper studies how the globalization of banking affects credit allocation across firms. I develop a model of global and local banking where each type of bank faces a problem of asymmetric information: global banks have the technology to extract global but not local information; local banks have the technology to extract local but not global information. The model shows that this...   More >

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

Workshop | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 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 >

Sandia National Laboratories career fair

Career Fair | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. | Etcheverry Hall, Room 3110

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Sandia National Laboratories will be on campus! BRING RESUMES! For all interested B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. engineering and science students.
Many positions open for internships, co-ops, and full-time employment.

Most positions require U.S. Citizenship

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Attention Oligopoly"

Seminar | September 18 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Andrea Prat, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

Data and sustainability science and practice: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | September 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Dan Kammen, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The energy-information nexus has become a key tool and research area in efforts aimed at decarbonizing energy systems, enabling and operating the 'smart grid', which I will argue encompasses the utility-scale system, mini-grids, and off-grid energy systems. In this talk we will review a range of theoretical models and practical tools where data science, machine learning, and human-machine...   More >

Together But Apart: Care Work in Filipino Transnational Families in the Digital Age

Lecture | September 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in time

 Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) will discuss her new book, which explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S.

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Methodological Individualism and the Age of Microeconomics

Lecture | September 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Annie McClanahan, English, University of California, Irvine

 The Program in Critical Theory

Annie McClanahan is an assistant professor of English at UC Irvine. Her first book, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture (Stanford, 2016) explores the ways that U.S. culture—from novels and poems to photojournalism and horror movies—has responded to the collapse of the financialized consumer credit economy in 2008. She is also working on two new projects. The first...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Curves on surfaces with ordinary singularities in $\mathbb P^3$

Seminar | September 18 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We study curves in $\mathbb P^3$ lying on hypersurfaces that arise as images of “general” maps from smooth surfaces. We describe the numerical invariants of a large class of curves on these surfaces, and study the families of such curves in the Hilbert scheme.

Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley Welcome Back Happy Hour

Information Session | September 18 | 5-7 p.m. |  Jupiter

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB) will be holding our first meeting over drinks at Jupiter, located at 2181 Shattuck Ave., on Tuesday, September 18th from 5-7pm. We'd like to extend this invite to any graduate students interested in medieval or premodern topics.

On September 18th we'll be discussing our schedule for this semester, including floating happy hours, coffee breaks, and lunch...   More >

Solving the Patient Access Paradox: Julie Yoo at the Forum

Lecture | September 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Koret Classroom (F320)

 Julie Yoo, Kyruus

 The Berkeley Forum

One of the generation-defining problems in healthcare is what we've coined as "The Patient Access Paradox" - the fact that patients are told to wait weeks for a doctor appointment, despite the fact that 20-40% of the health system's appointment capacity is underutilized. Kyruus provides a first-in-class solution to provider organizations to solve this problem by taking a "Moneyball" approach to...   More >


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Uber Info-Sesseion

Information Session | September 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Presentation by Xinxi Chen, Senior Software Engineer. Come say hello, be ready to ask questions, fill up on food, and get to know Uber!

We believe that by solving some of the biggest problems of our time, we can create a future where there is limitless freedom of movement for people and things all across the world. It's a bright future that we can create together. Uber the perfect place to...   More >

International Student Career Success Series: Identifying international student friendly hiring employers

Workshop | September 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Career Center

Employers' recruiting needs are complicated and always changing, so there is not a clear list of which employers in the US are currently considering international students for their positions. However, there are resources to research and identify employers who sponsored international students with job visas or hired int'l students on CPT or OPT in the past. It will be helpful for you to focus on...   More >

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Graduate Student Lounge

Miscellaneous | April 25 – December 12, 2018 every Wednesday |  Anthony Hall

 ASUC Student Union

Graduate Students! Take advantage of the Graduate Student Lounge at Anthony Hall. Study, grade papers, meet with other grad students.

 Graduate Students only! However, Anthony Hall can be made available to the entire campus and community for reservations at other times.

Seasonal Tea Blending Workshop for Fall

Workshop | September 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

No matter what phase of life we are in, the varying weather temperatures of the Bay Area and typical patterns of the season can challenge our immune systems. Learn how to connect with the plants around you in order to support the seasonal transition.

In this class you will learn -
Great herbs for Fall in the UCB garden
10 herbs that are great for Fall + the Lungs
How to pick the herbs best...   More >

$40 / $35 UCBG Members

  Register online

EECS Internship Fair

Career Fair | September 19 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Field Club

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please bring your student ID and plenty of paper copies of your resume.

MCB Departmental Highlight Feature Seminar: Itchy and Scratchy: Molecular mechanisms of itch and pain

Seminar | September 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Diana Bautista, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

MCB Departmental Highlight Feature Seminar

Protecting the Dead: the LBA site of Aidonia, Greece, and the TAPHOS project

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Kim Shelton, Associate Professor of Classics, Director of Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, Department of Classics, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

I present the preliminary results of the Nemea Center's collaborative project with the Greek Archaeological Service (TAPHOS) at the LBA site of Aidonia in the Korinthia region of Greece.

Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security: A Panel of Contributors to the First Textbook on AI Safety

Panel Discussion | September 19 | 12-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 405 (Fujitsu Seminar Room)

 Catherine Olsson (moderator), Google Brain

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A panel discussion focused on the new textbook, Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security.

Panelists include:

- Catherine Olsson (Google Brain): Panel Moderator
- Roman Yampolskiy (The Editor of Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security): Author of Preface: “Introduction to AI Safety and Security”
- Alexey Kurakin (Google AI): First Author of Chapter 8: “Adversarial Examples in the...   More >

Mindfulness workshop: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Amy Honigman, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Tang Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Sarah Benson-Amram: Individual, social, and ecological influences on problem-solving abilities

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Sarah Benson-Amram

 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 >

Noon Concert: Chamber Music

Performing Arts - Music | September 19 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

MOZART Piano Sonata K.570 in B flat Major
Cindy COX Selections from Hierosgamos
Jean AHN Selections from Folksong Revisited
DEBUSSY L'isle Joyeuse

Continuing it's 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider...   More >

Superhydrophobic Surfaces in the Environment and in Biotechnology

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Michael Grunze, Professor (emeritus) - Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry University of Heidelberg, Germany; Max Planck School of MATTER to Life, Department of Cellular Biophysics

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Super-hydrophobic surfaces have a hierarchical surface topography in the nanometer and µ-meter range and exhibit incomplete wetting when exposed to an aqueous solution, forming a fluctuating thin air layer (plastron) between the solid surface and the aqueous phase. This protects the surface for a limited time from the attachments of cells and bacteria, but with time contaminants adsorb from the...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Good and evil of genome instability”

Seminar | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Luca Comai, UC Davis

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Comai lab studies genetics and function of plant chromosomes, and are interested in mechanisms through which plants attain genome stability and in their manipulation for efficient genome engineering.

Producing Lombe Junction: Oil Revenues, Roads and Patterns of Reconstruction in Post-War Rural Angola

Colloquium | September 19 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Aharon de Grassi, Research Associate, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Center for African Studies

400 kilometers inland from Angola's capital Luanda, Lombe junction re-emerged as part of a reported $26 billion in road reconstruction involving oil-for-infrastructure loans and contracts with Brazilian, Chinese, Portuguese and Angolan firms. The junction is formed through a secondary administrative rural road of the sort that, in contrast, have been relatively neglected despite their importance...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): The curve complex: basic geometric & combinatorial properties

Seminar | September 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Tarik Aougab, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

We'll introduce the curve complex of a surface & motivate it via its connections to hyperbolic 3-manifolds and to Teichmuller theory. The goal of this intro talk will be to discuss some of its geometric properties, on both large and small scales.

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Dyck path algebra and Hilbert schemes

Seminar | September 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Eugene Gorsky, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Carlsson and Mellit introduced the Dyck path algebra and its polynomial representation, which was used to prove some important conjectures in algebraic combinatorics. I will define this algebra and construct its action on the equivariant K-theory of certain smooth strata in the flag Hilbert schemes of points on the plane. In this presentation, the fixed points of torus action correspond to...   More >

TAP free energy, spin glasses, and variational inference.

Seminar | September 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Song Mei, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

We consider the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model of spin glasses with ferromagnetically biased couplings. For a specific choice of the couplings mean, the resulting Gibbs measure is equivalent to the Bayesian posterior for a high-dimensional estimation problem known as ‘Z2 synchronization’. Statistical physics suggests to compute the expectation with respect to this Gibbs measure (the posterior mean...   More >

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | September 12 – November 21, 2018 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. | Cafe International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisors. All UCB students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also have weekly discussion topics to...   More >

The Seventh Seal

Film - Feature | September 19 | 3:10-4:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It may be folly to think that life and thus death could hold any secrets. With The Seventh Seal Bergman spoke to this modern query in a medieval setting rendered at once awesome and intimate in chiaroscuro. A knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), and his squire Jöns return disillusioned from the Crusades to the hysteria of plague-infested fourteenth-century Sweden. On the shore Block encounters...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Completions, De Rham complex, and Cartier isomorphism

Seminar | September 19 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ravi Fernando, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss strict Dieudonné complexes, completions of Dieudonné complexes, Dieudonné algebras, and the De Rham complex.

ERG Colloquium: Joshua Apte: Particulate Matters: Addressing Global Urban Air Pollution

Colloquium | September 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Joshua Apte, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

 Energy and Resources Group

Fine particle (PM2.5) air pollution is a leading risk for mortality, resulting in more than 7% of all human deaths worldwide. Here, we present two analyses that help frame the global air pollution problem.

EECS Colloquium: BioDesign: Using Diversity to Understand Nature, Transform Education, and Invent the Future

Colloquium | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Robert Full, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

BioDesign is an exemplar of convergence integrating knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking and interacting from biology, engineering, physics, and applied mathematics to form a comprehensive synthetic framework for addressing scientific and societal challenges that exist at the interfaces of many traditional disciplines. Now more than ever before, biodiversity can instruct us on how to best use...   More >

2018 Eastman Lectures in Catalysis: Extending the reach of catalytic influence on chemical reactions

Lecture | September 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Harold H. Kung, Professor, Northwestern University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Since the formulation of the concept of catalysis, extensive research has been conducted to understand the nature of reaction intermediates and their interactions with catalytic active sites - the atom(s) that form bonds with the reaction intermediates. In heterogeneous catalysis, manipulating an active site to change catalytic properties would involve changing the nature, location, and density...   More >

Correcting Bias in Eigenvectors of Financial Covariance Matrices

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alex Papanicolaou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

There is a source of bias in the sample eigenvectors of financial covariance matrices, when unchecked, distorts weights of minimum variance portfolios and leads to risk forecasts that are severely biased downward. Recent work with Lisa Goldberg and Alex Shkolnik develops an eigenvector bias correction. Our approach is distinct from the regularization and eigenvalue shrinkage methods found in the...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Automorphisms of the k-curve graph

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Tarik Aougab, Brown University

 Department of Mathematics

The k-curve graph of an orientable surface S with negative Euler characteristic is a graph whose vertices correspond to (homotopy classes of) essential simple closed curves on S, and whose edges correspond to pairs of curves that geometrically intersect at most k times. For any surface with genus at least 3, we prove that the automorphism group of the 1-curve graph is isomorphic to the extended...   More >

BAT Altruism: The Hidden Life of Brown Adipose Tissue

Seminar | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Biao Wang, UCSF

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Zhijin (Jean) Wu, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Brown University

Seminar | September 19 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Center for Computational Biology

Title: Two-phase differential expression analysis for single cell RNA-seq

Abstract: Single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) has brought the study of the transcriptome to higher resolution and makes it possible for scientists to provide answers with more clarity to the question of ‘differential expression’. Specifically, it allows us to observe binary (On/Off) as well as continuous (the amount...   More >

The Role of Teachers in Advancing Equitable Education Policy

Colloquium | September 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way, 1102 & 1104

 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670

 Roberto Rodriguez, President and CEO of Teach Plus, Teach Plus; Layla Avila, CEO & Executive Director of Education Leaders of Colors, Education Leaders of Colors; John B. King Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust, The Education Trust; Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, Learning Policy Institute; Thomas Philip, Director of the Educators for Equity & Excellence, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education

 The Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence (BE3)

Education forum focused on the role of teachers in shaping equitable education policies.

Cal Night at the A's

Social Event | September 19 | 5:30-10:30 p.m. |  Oakland Coliseum

 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

 Cal Alumni Association, Cal Veterans and Military Affiliated Alumni

Hertha Sweet Wong's Picturing Identity Book Launch: Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text

Reading - Nonfiction | September 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, 2430 Bancroft Way, UC Press Books

 Hertha Sweet Wong, Professor and Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, Berkeley English

 Department of English

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American writers and artists who employ a mix of written and visual forms of self-narration. Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, Wong argues that, in grappling with the breakdown of stable definitions of identity...   More >

Meraki Info-Session

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


 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Meraki Engineering on for a Q+A session co-hosted by SWE and WICSE! Our panel includes Christine Garibian (Software Engineering, Class of 2014), Ian Fox (Software Engineering, Class of 2017), and Rahul Ramakrishnan (Product Management, Class of 2017).

Feel free to submit any questions you may have ahead of time by filling out this form:...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – December 26, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3106 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.