<< Week of September 30 >>

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall Plant Sale

Sale | September 30 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us this year for our annual Fall Plant Sale! Members Sale, 9 - 10:30 am; Open to the Public, 10:30 am - 3 pm.

Room of Rares
Current Garden members can shop the popular Room of Rares, a boutique sale of plants carefully selected by Garden Horticulturists. The Room of Rares will offer enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to acquire rare and unusual plants. Remember, they are only...   More >

Sinningia tubiflora

Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland

Performing Arts - Dance | September 30 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album. The production features a score by longtime Morris collaborator Ethan Iverson, who leads a chamber ensemble through arrangements of iconic songs from the record mixed with imaginative original...   More >

$36-135 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Mark Morris Dance Group performs Pepperland Friday–Sunday, September 28–30, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

Yo-Yo Ma, cello: The Complete Bach Suites

Performing Arts - Music | September 30 | 7-9 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Yo-Yo Ma, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Greek Theatre for a special chamber music concert. Ma has been performing Bach’s complete cello suites for decades and lends a wisdom, playfulness, and depth of expression to these seminal works.

$58-258 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs The Complete Bach Suites Sunday, September 30, 2018 in the Greek Theater.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Systems and the Politics of Representation

Lecture | October 1 | 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Charles Gaines

 Arts + Design

In this talk, Charles Gaines will discuss his early work in systems and numerals to his most recent work with language and representation. This will include a discussion of ways the work rethinks notions of subjectivity and how they are manifested in works of art. Additionally, there will be a discussion about the fine difference between chance and arbitrary judgments on the one hand and...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "TBA"

Seminar | October 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Dhammika Dharmapala, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

(Computer) Vision without Sight: Finding, Reading, and Magnifying Text

Seminar | October 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Roberto Manduchi, Professor of Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Reading is a pervasive activity in our daily life. We read text printed on books and documents, shown on directional signs and advertisement, and displayed on computer and smartphone screens. People who are blind can read text using OCR on their smartphone; those with low vision may magnify onscreen content. But these tasks are not always easy. Reading a document with OCR requires taking a...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Coherence of cellular strings of zonotopes

Seminar | October 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Thomas McConville, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

A cellular string of a polytope is a sequence of faces of the polytope that are stacked on top of each other in a particular direction. The collection of cellular strings, ordered by refinement, forms a poset that is homotopy equivalent to a sphere. Among the set of strings, the subposet of coherent ones is homeomorphic to a sphere. In this talk, I will give an oriented matroid characterization...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | October 1 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Nicholas Li, UCB; Yotam Shem-Tov, UCB

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Nicholas Li - "Housing Market Channels of Segregation"
Yotam Shem-Tov - "New Estimates of the Incapacitation and Criminogenic Effects of Prison" (joint work with Evan Rose)

 by noon. RSVP online by September 26.

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)


Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Office Hours with Oracle

Meeting | October 1 | 1-4:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, Room 504

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Wondering about the application process or what job opportunities are currently available? Have a question about your resume or what it's like to work at Oracle? Oracle recruiters and engineers are here to answer all your questions.

Snacks and giveaways will be provided.

Seminar 211, Economic History: Do Black Politicians Matter?

Seminar | October 1 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Trevon Logan, Ohio State University

 Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: Motives and conformal rigidity

Seminar | October 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Dmitry Vaintrob, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Several deep mathematical and physical results such as Kontsevich's deformation-quantization, Drinfeld's associators, and the Deligne hypothesis are controlled by the vanishing of certain obstruction classes in the theory of differential graded operads. I will talk about a way to obtain such vanishing results, as well as higher-genus analogues, using a weight theory implied by a new motivic point...   More >

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

Workshop | October 1 | 2-3 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 >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Lefschetz pencils and their noncommutative counterparts/Dynamics of Hamiltonian pseudo-rotations

Seminar | October 1 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Stanford University Mathematics Department, 384H/383N

 Paul Seidel/Basak Gurel, MIT/UCF

 Department of Mathematics

See bulletin board for abstracts.

Please contact alanw@math.berkeley.edu to request or offer a ride for carpools leaving Evans Hall at 1:15 PM.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Finiteness of Frobenius traces of a de Rham local system

Seminar | October 1 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Pre-talk: For a Galois representation of a number field arising from a smooth projective variety, the Weil conjecture tells that its Frobenius traces are rational numbers. Fontaine and Mazur conjectured that Galois representations satisfying a local condition (de Rham) arise from geometry and hence have a similar finiteness property of Frobenius traces. In the pretalk, I will explain these...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Existence of infinitely many minimal hypersurfaces in closed manifolds

Seminar | October 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Antoine Song, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

In the early 80's, Yau conjectured that in any closed $3$-manifold there should be infinitely many minimal surfaces. I will review previous contributions to the question and present a proof of the conjecture, which builds on min-max methods developed by F. C. Marques and A. Neves. A key step is the construction by min-max theory of a sequence of closed minimal surfaces in a manifold N with...   More >

The AI Trinity: Data + Algorithms + Infrastructure

Lecture | October 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Anima Anandkumar, California Institute of Technology

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

AI at scale requires a perfect storm of data, algorithms and cloud infrastructure. Modern deep learning has relied on large labeled datasets for training. However, such datasets are not easily available in all domains, and are expensive/difficult to collect. By building intelligence into data collection and aggregation, we can drastically reduce data requirements. Additionally, algorithmic and...   More >

Design Field Notes: Mike Marzalek

Seminar | October 1 | 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.

About this talk:
Mike Marzalek (BSEE 1969) gradually lost his hearing over time and twelve years ago got a cochlear implant (CI) .... a bionic ear. At that time Mike was a telecommunications research and development...   More >

The "self-stirred" genome: Bulk and surface dynamics of the chromatin globule

Seminar | October 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Alexandra Zidovska, New York University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 271, Development: "Supply Chain Enforcement of Labor Law: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh's Apparel Sector"

Seminar | October 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Laura Boudreau, UC Berkeley, Haas

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Construction of unstable quasi-periodic solutions for a system of coupled NLS equations

Seminar | October 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Victor Vilaça Da Rocha, (BCAM, MSRI)

 Department of Mathematics

The systems of coupled NLS equations occur in some physical problems, in particular in nonlinear optics (coupling between two optical waveguides, pulses or polarized components…). From the mathematical point of view, the coupling effects can lead to truly nonlinear behaviors, such as the beating effect (solutions with Fourier modes exchanging energy) of Grébert, Paturel and Thomann (2013). In...   More >

Why Free Speech Matters Now: Lauren Cooley at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | October 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Lauren Cooley, Red Alert Politics Editor at the Washington Examiner

 The Berkeley Forum

While freedom of speech is upheld legally by the Constitution and the Supreme Court, the First Amendment is on trial in American culture - especially on campus. Join Lauren Cooley, editor at the Washington Examiner, at the Berkeley Forum as she speaks about the need for civil discourse and deep conversations, especially in higher education. In this talk, Lauren Cooley will separate emotion from...   More >


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Let's Talk About Sex!: A Graduate Student Sexual Education Series

Workshop | October 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 183 Dwinelle Hall

 Graduate Student Wellness Project, Sexual Health Education Program

The Graduate Student Wellness Group and the Sexual Health Education Program are partnering up for three sextastic events this October! Topics include (but are not limited to) consent, healthy relationships, safer sex, STIs/HIV, and accessing birth control! Specifically, we will be addressing what healthy relationships look/don't look like, why STIs are on the rise, how to practice safer sex, and...   More >

Gaming, Edtech, and Cybersecurity UI/UX Design Lead Panel

Lecture | October 1 | 6:30-9 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), 608/609

 UC Berkeley Extension

This event is sponsored by Epic. Epic is a mobile wallet and self-checkout app incorporating Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, and Blockchain related technologies.

The UI/UX Design Lead Fireside Chat and Panel includes comments from Minakshi Mukherjee - UX Design Manager, McAfee; former UX Architect at Walmart and Paypal; Carina Ngai - Product Design Lead, Growth & Discovery, Coursera;...   More >

  Register online

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2018 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from...   More >

Abiotic synthetic polymers: functional alternatives to antibodies? Applications for protein stabilization, inhibition of signal transduction and as broad-spectrum antivenom.

Seminar | October 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ken Shea, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Nanoparticles (NPs), when introduced into biological fluids, acquire a ‘corona’ consisting of physically adsorbed proteins. The composition of the corona is a function of many variables including the chemical composition of the NP, its size, shape and duration of the exposure. We posed the question; can the chemical composition of a synthetic polymer nanoparticle be engineered to control the...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Predicting Portfolio Return Volatility at Median Horizons

Seminar | October 2 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Dangxing Chen, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Commercially available factor models provide good predictions of short-horizon (e.g. one day or one week) portfolio volatility, based on estimated portfolio factor loadings and responsive estimates of factor volatility. These predictions are of significant value to certain short-term investors, such as hedge funds. However, they provide limited guidance to long-term investors, such as Defined...   More >

In their own words: First generation students talk about navigating Berkeley

Presentation | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Coaltion for Education and Outreach

A panel of undergraduate students who are the first in their families to attend college discuss their experiences and challenges navigating the UC Berkeley College of Engineering. The panel will be moderated by Marvin Lopez, Director, Engineering Student Services.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Inflation Expectations And Firm Decisions: New Causal Evidence"

Presentation | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by September 27.

Lineages of the Global City: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Lineages of the Global City"
Shiben Banerji
Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tuesday, October 2, 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

Designers, policymakers, and social scientists ubiquitously define the...   More >

Samia Huq | Thinking about the Secular: Practices, Dispensations, and Possibilities in Bangladesh

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Samia Huq, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Social Science at BRAC University, Dhaka

 Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

A talk by anthropologist Samia Huq.

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.

Undergraduate Research and Scholarships Fair

Special Event | October 2 | 1-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Office of Undergraduate Research

All Cal students, faculty, and staff are invited to the annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarships Fair where one can learn everything there is to know about research opportunities and prestigious scholarship opportunities at UC Berkeley. The event is free & accessible. Dozens of research and scholarship programs will have tables at the fair where you can meet representatives and get information.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Beliefs about Gender

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

 Katie Coffman, Harvard Business School

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, The Inattentive Consumer: Sentiment and Expectations

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

 Rupal Kamdar

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: A perfect Morse function on the SU(2) representation variety of a surface

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


 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue to discuss Thaddeus' proof that the trace of a simple closed curve is a perfect Morse function on the projective SU(2) representation variety of a surface.

LSE Summer School Information Session

Information Session | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Study Abroad at the LSE Summer School in Summer 2019! Come to this session to learn more about this UCEAP program and how to apply. Co-hosted by the LSE Summer School and Berkeley Study Abroad.

EECS Undergraduate Research Panel

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 430 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

McNair Scholars Program Deadline

Information Session | October 2 | 3:30-4 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 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.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: An introduction to monotonic independence

Seminar | October 2 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

One may think of an "independence relation" as a prescription for building joint distributions of (non-commutative) random variables, satisfying some nice universality properties. Work of Muraki and of Ben Ghorbal and Schurmann has shown that there are very few such universal independences; even with the fewest required "nice properties", there are no more than five. In this talk I will give an...   More >

Interfacial Energy and Charge Transfer for Photon Up- and Down-conversion

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Sean Roberts, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Texas, Austin

 College of Chemistry

The negligible spin-orbit coupling in many organic molecules creates opportunities to alter the energy of excited electrons by manipulating their spin. In particular, molecules with a large exchange splitting have garnered interest due to their potential to undergo singlet fission (SF), a process where a molecule in a high-energy spin-singlet state shares its energy with a neighbor, placing both...   More >

Vanamala Viswanatha | Translating Kannada Literary Texts into English: Poetics and Politics

Lecture | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Vanamala Viswanatha, Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

 Bharathy Sankara Rajulu, Lecturer, Tamil and Telugu, Department of South and Southast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Telugu Studies at UC Berkeley, Tamil Studies at UC Berkeley

A talk by Vanamala Viswanatha, an award-winning translator, working with Kannada and English and currently a Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Intermediation and Vertical Integration in the Market for Surgeons"

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Zarek Brot-Goldberg, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The challenge of big data and data science for the social sciences: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy; Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The 2005 National Science Foundation workshop report on "Cyberinfrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences" (Fran Berman and Henry Brady) argued that the methods of doing research in the social sciences would be transformed by big data and data science and that the social sciences should be centrally involved in studying the impacts of big data and data science on society. In "The...   More >

Holloway Poetry Series: Mixed Blood Talk with Evie Shockley

Reading - Literary | October 2 | 4:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Evie Shockley, Professor of English, Rutgers University

 Jared Robinson, UC Berkeley

 Department of English, Holloway Reading Series

Please join us this coming Tuesday, October 2nd, for two events with Evie Shockley: at 4:30, a talk, “Seeing the Writing," for the Mixed Blood Project; and at 6:30, a reading, with our very own Jared Robinson. Both events will be held in the Maude Fife Room.

Evie Shockley was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of...   More >

Colombia: Lessons from a Presidential Campaign

Lecture | October 2 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Sergio Fajardo

 Center for Latin American Studies

Something extraordinary is happening in Colombia, and Sergio Fajardo has a unique perspective. Sergio has followed a nontraditional path in public life: from mathematician to presidential candidate. He will share his experiences as a public servant, his perspectives on the recent election, and an analysis of Colombia today.

Sergio Fajardo on the campaign trail. (Photo courtesy of SergioFajardo.co)

Applying to Graduate Programs in English: Information Session

Information Session | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 330, English Department Lounge

 Londiwe Gamedze; John James; Jess Laser, Berkeley English; Jesse Cordes Selbin, Berkeley English; Andrew Leong, Assistant Professor, Berkeley English; Eric Falci, Professor, Berkeley English; Dorothy Hale, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, English Undergraduate Association

Thinking about applying to graduate school in English? Wondering if this is the right step for you and how to begin? This information session can help. Faculty members and graduate students from the English department offer their advice and answer your questions. All welcome.

Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective

Lecture | October 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Uwe Lübken, LMU Munich

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Gerda Henkel Foundation, Center for German and European Studies

Current debates about "climate refugees" have triggered interest in the larger connections between environmental change and migration. But what can history contribute to this new field of research? Focusing on historical case studies of environmental migration in general and displacement after natural disasters in particular, Uwe Lübken’s talk will highlight the potential of historical research...   More >

  RSVP online or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at heike@berkeley.edu by October 1.

Latinxs and the Environment: A Conversation on Health and the Environment

Seminar | October 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 30 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Marc Schenker, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis School of Medicine; Xavier Morales, Phd, Executive Director, The Praxis Project; Yolanda Park, Program Manager, Environmental Justice Project

 Latinxs and the Environment

Join us for an in depth discussion focused on the intersections between Policy work, Community Organizing, and Research, and their impact on Health and the Latinx community .

Presented by the Latinx and the Environment. Open to all community members!! Food will be provided.

Julian and His Supporters

Seminar | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Arnaldo Marcone, Professor of Roman History, Universitá Roma Tre

 Department of History, The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

Different types of paganism were professed in the 4th century, and equally diverse were the forms taken by the support given to Julian. There were devoted pagans who fasted, practiced sacrifice and divination with great zeal, who took ritual baths and made pilgrimages to the best-known sanctuaries; who were attentive to all divine warnings, dreams, mystical signs, miraculous cures, and to all the...   More >

Illustration by Riccardo Menicanti

Texas Instruments Info-Session and Hands-On Workshop

Workshop | October 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn to rapidly prototype using TI’s MSP432 Launchpad and the Grove Sensor Kit BoosterPack!

Get started with Energia (TI’s Arduino-like software), out of the box code libraries, and the TI MSP432 LaunchPad & BoosterPack plug-in modules

-Please bring your laptop with the Pre-work Software downloaded from the registration page:

Register: https://goo.gl/forms/eTP1NKL1ARgjvgDf1

International Student Career Success Series: Learn the art of “networking” step by step [Part 1]

Workshop | October 2 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Career Center

This session will talk about 1) why networking is important/how it works, 2) who our "people resources" are, 3) common concerns int'l students have about networking, and 4) how to conduct "outreach."

RSVP here: https://berkeley.joinhandshake.com/events/180005

SOLD OUT - Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants: Microbiome Magic

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join UC Berkeley Soil Scientists and Pivot Bio’s microbial scientists at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley and expand your knowledge of the soil microbiome.

Free; registration recommended

 SOLD OUT - register at the link to be added to the waitlist. Register online

Wednesday, October 3, 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.

Food In The 15th: A Candidates’ Forum

Panel Discussion | October 3 |  Richmond Memorial Auditorium, Bermuda Room

 2540 Nevin Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

 Berkeley Food Institute

Food is a basic human right and a major driver of California’s economy. And yet, the current food system produces low wages and hunger, and is a major contributor to climate change and other major environmental issues. Hear your future State Assembly member, Jovanka Beckles or Buffy Wicks, address these important topics at a candidate forum on food in California’s 15th Assembly District. Learn...   More >

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 3 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Wellness Wednesdays: First Wednesday Yoga Walk

Sport - Recreational | October 3 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Experience the Garden in a whole new way as you reconnect with your body and with nature in this 60-minute yoga walk. Through gentle movements, standing poses, and breathing exercises, we will walk through the Garden paths, pause at vistas and groves, and awaken your senses. This class is open to all bodies and led by Eugenia Park, a yoga instructor-Ayurveda wellness counselor, mediator, and dancer.

$20 / $15 UCBG Member / Free for UCB Students, Staff, and Faculty

  Register online

How Realistic is Photorealistic?: ICBS / Vision talks

Presentation | October 3 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Professor Hany Farid, School of Information & Depts. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science UC Berkeley.

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Professor Farid will describe a series of experiments that measure observers’ ability to distinguish the photographic from the computer-generated, simple steps that can be taken to improve observer accuracy, and preliminary studies that attempt to determine how observers are performing this task.

 Please ask questions in a respectful manner

Discovery Station: Seeds

Special Event | October 3 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

 Botanical Garden

Most plants are rooted in place, which makes dispersing their fruits and seeds particularly important. Discover how plants have adapted to distribute their seeds using wind, water and animals to help the next generation flourish and spread. Meet the hitchhikers, helicopters, parachutes, and boats of the plant world!

a16z Demo Day

Career Fair | October 3 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, Freezeway

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join a16z for a Demo Day with Barefoot Networks, Branch, Ciitizen, DeepMap, Descript, Doxel, RapidAPI, Shield.Al, SmartCar, and UnifylD.

This open format gathering will let you connect with portfolio representatives, experience product demos, and have deeper conversations about the companies and their technologies.

Don't forget to bring a copy of your resume!

Lunch will be provided....   More >

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Catherine Gallagher: Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Lecture | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Inventing counterfactual histories—such as a Europe that never threw off Hitler, or a second term for JFK—is a common pastime of modern day historians. Gallagher probes how counterfactual history works and to what ends.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "(Re)programming of cell identity and function in the context of chromatin"

Seminar | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Wagner, who earned her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, is involved in research regarding the transcriptional regulation of developmental transitions and role of chromatin remodeling in development. The Wagner Lab is interested in understanding, at the molecular level, the complex changes that occur when an organism switches developmental programs. Specifically, they investigate the transition from...   More >

Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Panel Discussion | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Catherine Gallagher, Emerita, Berkeley English; Thomas Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History Emeritus, Berkeley History

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Inventing counterfactual histories is a common pastime of modern day historians, both amateur and professional. They speculate about an America ruled by Jefferson Davis, a Europe that never threw off Hitler, or a second term for JFK. In Telling It Like It Wasn't (Chicago, 2018), Catherine Gallagher (English) examines how counterfactual history works and to what ends. Beginning in...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Scott Edwards: Evolutionary genomics of flightlessness in birds

Seminar | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Scott Edwards

 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 >

Shellfish for the Celestial Empire: A Deep History of the Birth, Collapse, and Future of Abalone Fishing in California

Lecture | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Todd J. Braje, Irvine Chair of Anthropology and Associate Curator, California Academy of Sciences

 Archaeological Research Facility

In the midst of the California Gold Rush, a small group of enterprising Chinese immigrants recognized untapped resources along our state’s coast. Freed from both human and sea otter predation for decades, coastal California was teeming with abalone stocks and commercial fishing of several species rose to become a multimillion dollar industry. By the late twentieth century, however, overfishing,...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 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 >

Control of mammalian cell differentiation by feedback and noise

Seminar | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Mary N. Teruel, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mammalian tissue size is maintained by slow replacement of damaged, de-differentiating, and dying cells. For adipocytes, key regulators of glucose and lipid metabolism, the renewal rate is only 10% per year1. Using computational modeling, quantitative mass spectrometry, and single-cell microscopy, we showed that cell-to-cell variability, or noise, in protein abundance acts within a network of...   More >

Noon Concert: Tan Jing, soprano

Performing Arts - Music | October 3 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Soprano Tan Jing (Jacqueline) performs romantic repertoire. Tan is a well-known Chinese pop singer who is trained in the classical Chinese tradition. She is a visiting scholar at the East Asian Studies.

Continuing its 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...   More >

Systems and the Politics of Representation with Charles Gaines

Lecture | October 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Charles Gaines

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join scholar and collector Alan Templeton and Columbia University Mellon Fellow Grace Harpster for an informative perspective on selected works in Old Masters in a New Light, including Juan de Borgoña’s Ecce Homo and BAMPFA’s magnificent late fifteenth-century tapestry of the same subject.

Harpster specializes in early modern Italian art as well as the Spanish empire and missionary networks....   More >

Being Real

Colloquium | October 3 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Chris Hopwood, Associate Professor, UC Davis

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Although the concept of authenticity has been an enduring interest among philosophers, theorists, and psychological scientists, no consensual definition has been achieved. Points of contrast across theories include whether authenticity is a trait or a state, whether it is general or role-specific, the degree to which it encompasses internal experiences and external behaviors, and the extent to...   More >

Supreme Court: Year in Review

Lecture | October 3 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Marshall Krause and Roy Ulrich will discuss the Supreme Court's 2018 term.

Reformist Revolutions in Malawi: The Role of Reformed Islamic and Christian Congregations in Rural Malawi

Colloquium | October 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Laura Goy, Rosberg Geist Scholarship Recipient, Center for African Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

This is one session in the Fall 2018 African Studies Colloquium series.

2018 Fall Colloquium

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | February 1, 2017 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month 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 >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Periodic dynamics on tori and elliptic curves

Seminar | October 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Yusuf Baris Kartal, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

In this introductory talk, we will discuss periodic dynamics on (punctured ) 2-torus, its algebraic incarnations, and its relations to dynamics on elliptic curves. In particular, we will give a geometric picture of how this could be used to distinguish total spaces of fibrations over tori/of analytic fibrations over elliptic curves. We will also try to demonstrate the periodic behavior of "flow...   More >

Concentration from Geometry in High Dimension

Seminar | October 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Santosh Vempala, Georgia Tech

 Department of Statistics

The concentration of Lipschitz functions around their expectation is a classical topic that continues to be very active. We will discuss some recent progress, including:
1- A tight log-Sobolev inequality for isotropic logconcave densities
2- A unified and improved large deviation inequality for convex bodies
3- An extension of the above to Lipschitz functions (generalizing the Euclidean...   More >

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | September 12 – December 5, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 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 Virgin Spring

Film - Feature | October 3 | 3:10-4:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bergman went to a medieval wellspring, a folk song whose simplicity and stark violence he recreated in purely visual terms, for his first collaboration with cinematographer Sven Nykvist. A girl in the bloom of innocent sensuality is raped and murdered. A young boy who has watched his brothers perform the act suffers along with them the terrible revenge of her father (Max von Sydow). Bergman’s...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Construction of $W\Omega _R^\ast $ and comparison with de Rham complex

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

 Joe Stahl, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the construction of $W\Omega _R^\ast $ and the comparison with the de Rham complex.

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance - “The Origins of Firm Heterogeneity: A Production Network Approach”: Joint with Stanford

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stanford University - Landau Economics Building, Room # 351 | Note change in time and location

 579 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

 Andrew Bernard, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth

 Department of Economics

Bioactive Metabolite Discovery in Mammalian Physiology

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Jonathan Long, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: Proofs, Knowledge, and Computation with Silivio Micalo

Colloquium | October 3 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Silvio Micali, Ford Professor of Engineering, M.I.T

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We show how Theory of Computation has revolutionized our millenary notion of a proof, revealing its unexpected applications to our new digital world. In particular, we shall demonstrate how interaction can make proofs much easier to verify, dramatically limit the amount of knowledge released, and yield the most secure identification schemes to date.


ERG Colloquium: Patrick Gonzalez: Anthropogenic Climate Change Severely Exposes United States National Parks

Colloquium | October 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Anthropogenic Climate Change Severely Exposes United States National Parks, Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

Anthropogenic climate change is altering ecological and human systems globally, including in United States national parks, which conserve unique biodiversity. Yet, the magnitude and spatial patterns of climate change across all 417 parks have been unknown.

Design Rules of Efficient Ion Conducting Polymers: From Block Copolymers to Single-Ion Polymers

Colloquium | October 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Moon Jeong Park, Pohang University of Science and Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Over the past decades, polymers with tethered ionic groups have been widely investigated as components of electrochemical devices to address the growing demand for clean energy. Despite steadfast efforts to these materials, quantitative understanding of the factors governing the transport properties of these materials is in its infancy. In this talk, I will present the controlled synthesis,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Distinguishing fillings using dynamics of Fukaya categories

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Yusuf Baris Kartal, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

One can construct the open symplectic mapping torus \(T_\phi \) for a given a Weinstein manifold \(M\) and a compactly supported symplectomorphism \(\phi \). Its contact boundary is independent of \(\phi \) and is equal to contact boundary of \(T_0\times M\) where \(T_0\) is the torus with a small ball removed. In this talk, we will outline a method to distinguish the fillings \(T_\phi \) and...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Knot invariants from A-branes

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Dima Galakhov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We propose a categorification of link invariants in Euclidean 3d space associated to a semi-simple Lie algebra, based on category of A-branes in finite dimensional Landau-Ginzburg (LG) models. The category of A-branes in such abstract LG model was constructed recently by Gaiotto, Moore and Witten; its mathematical counterpart is a version of Fukaya-Seidel category. The specific Landau-Ginzburg...   More >

MSW Info Session

Information Session | October 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 5 Haviland Hall

 Sara McCarthy, Graduate Admissions Advisor, School of Social Welfare; Cassandra Castillo, Student Services Advisor, School of Social Welfare

 Social Welfare, School of

These group admissions advising sessions are designed to provide an overview of the admissions process and degree requirements of the MSW program. All MSW Admissions Information Sessions are held in the School of Social Welfare, located in Haviland Hall (Room 5).

Statistical challenges in casualty estimation

Seminar | October 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Kristian Lum, Human Rights Data Analysis Group

 Department of Statistics

An accurate understanding of the magnitude and dynamics of casualties during a conflict is important for a variety of reasons, including historical memory, retrospective policy analysis, and assigning culpability for human rights violations. However, during times of conflict and their aftermath, collecting a complete or representative sample of casualties can be difficult if not impossible. One...   More >

Why Do People Reject Good Science?: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Eugenie Scott

Lecture | October 3 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, Inc.

 Graduate Division

Eugenie Scott will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 3 and 4, 2018. The second lecture is titled "Evolution and Creationism as Science and Myth" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Henry Mahncke: From PhD to Industry

Colloquium | October 3 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Department of Psychology

Vasari's Words: Douglas Biow and Henrike Lange in conversation

Presentation | October 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Douglas Biow, Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UT Austin; Henrike Christiane Lange, Assistant Professor, Italian Studies and History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, Department of History, Department of History of Art, D.E. in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

In conversation with Professor Henrike Lange (UC Berkeley, Italian Studies / History of Art), Professor Douglas Biow (UT Austin) will present his new book Vasari's Words: The 'Lives of the Artists' as a History of Ideas in the Italian Renaissance (forthcoming September 2018 from Cambridge University Press). In this new study of Giorgio Vasari's seminal text, Biow connects five key words to the...   More >

Spero’s Journey: Building a Biotech and Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Lecture | October 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  TBA

 Ankit Mahadevia, Spero Therapeutics

 The Berkeley Forum

Ankit Mahadevia, MD is CEO of Spero Therapeutics, a company that is dedicated to bring novel, life improving therapies to patients suffering from multidrug-resistant infections. He will discuss topics that are unique to the antibiotic field and the importance of bringing new therapies to patients while also speaking to the lessons learned from taking companies from development stage to the public...   More >


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Roblox Info-Session

Information Session | October 3 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Roblox is coming to UC Berkeley! Join us to learn more about Roblox, summer internship opportunities, and meet members of the Roblox team! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

We're also raffling away great prizes:
- Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
- Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speakers
- $100 Visa Gift Cards

For questions, email internships@roblox.com....   More >

Career Connections: Marketing and Media

Social Event | October 3 | 6-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Alumni and student networking event.

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 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.


Lecture | October 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, OCT 3, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk about the queer and trans* legacy of the work of Gordon Matta-Clark and the concept of anarchitecture to contemporary queer and trans* projects, aesthetic and activist. Open to all!

Cine Latino: Zama

Film - Feature | October 3 | 7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 160 (Location to be confirmed. Please check clas.berkeley.edu for details)

 Center for Latin American Studies

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in colonial South America, hopes for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town where he is stagnating to a better place. As he waits, he is forced to submissively accept every task entrusted to him by a succession of Governors. When Zama realizes everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers to pursue a dangerous bandit.

Image from "Zama." (Image courtesy of Strand Releasing.)

El Mar La Mar: October's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | October 3 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Movies @ Moffitt is the student-to-student monthly documentary spotlight and viewing. M@M is free.

What's it about?...

“An immersive and enthralling journey through the Sonoran Desert on the U.S.-Mexico border, EL MAR LA MAR weaves together harrowing oral histories from the area with hand-processed 16mm images of flora, fauna and items left behind by travelers. Subjects speak of intense,...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Movie at Moffitt

Out of the Vault: Luminous Procuress

Film - Feature | October 3 | 7-8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A gender-obliterating funfest unleashed by the cantankerous cross-dressing Cockettes, the legendary Luminous Procuress brazenly recounts the mystical passage of two lissome hippie lads who enter a strange mansion where a magic potion promises glimpses of a transformational realm. Led by the mystical “Procuress” (the ever-sculptural Pandora), the two naïfs are privy to a delirious vision of...   More >