<< Week of January 23 >>

Monday, January 21, 2019

Davis Projects for Peace $10K campus-wide award application deadline: 10k Grant Award Opportunity for Undergrads

Deadline | January 21 |  International House

 International House

Projects for Peace is an initiative open to UC Berkeley undergrads to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2019 - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict...   More >

Davis Projects for Peace Campus-wide 10K Award Opportunity

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

LRLJ Editing Training

Workshop | January 22 |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 La Raza Law Journal

The Journal will be hosting this training for members to learn how to review "above-the-line" work in an article to be published in spring. They will also learn substantive skills in editing and writing styles.

Programming gene circuits with genome and transcriptome engineering to combat disease

Seminar | January 22 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Patrick Hsu, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Rapid advances in genome profiling and analysis have illuminated many genomic changes related to human disease. The ability to interrogate the functional roles of such variants in pathogenesis and their potential as therapeutic targets is critical for the development of new medicines. CRISPR tools that systematically reverse-engineer cellular processes through rapid and precise perturbations...   More >

William G. Dauben Lecture in Organic Chemistry: Skin-Inspired Polymer Electronic Materials and Devices

Seminar | January 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Zhenan Bao, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Skin is the body’s largest organ, and is responsible for the transduction of a vast amount of information. This conformable, stretchable, self-healable and biodegradable material simultaneously collects signals from external stimuli that translate into information such as pressure, pain, and temperature. The development of electronic materials, inspired by the complexity of this organ is a...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Instrumental variables as bias amplifiers with general outcome and confounding

Seminar | January 22 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speakers: Peng Ding, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

Drawing causal inference with observational studies is the central pillar of many disciplines. One sufficient condition for identifying the causal effect is that the treatment-outcome relationship is unconfounded conditional on the observed covariates. It is often believed that the more covariates we condition on, the more plausible this unconfoundedness assumption is. This belief has had a huge...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Organizational meeting

Seminar | January 22 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

This semester I plan to cover material about special groups and arithmetic manifolds of simplest type, among other things. We'll overview these topics and results that we plan to cover this semester in the seminar.

Microsoft Excel Formulas and Functions: Betec007

Workshop | January 22 | 1:30-4 p.m. | S300T Haas School of Business

 Keith Samsell

 Human Resources

This course details the process by which calculations are created in Microsoft Excel workbooks. Emphasis is placed on the underlying theory and syntax of formulas and functions, as well as their complimentary abilities and use cases.

Learning Objectives

* Understand the fundamental differences of values vs. formats.
* Use AutoCalculate to display summary information from multiple cells.
*...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: The topology of fixed point components of Tori’s actions in positively curved manifolds

Seminar | January 22 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Burkhard Wilking, Universität Münster

 Department of Mathematics

We show that each fixed point component of an isometric torus action of a 5 torus has the rational cohomology of a rank one symmetric space. We give various applications.

Peter Zhang - Dynamic optimization on networks: designing biodefense supply chain

Seminar | January 22 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Peter Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Bioattacks, i.e., the intentional release of pathogens or biotoxins against humans to cause serious illness and death, pose a significant threat to public health and safety due to the availability of pathogens worldwide, scale of impact, and short treatment time window. I model the defender’s static antibiotic inventory prepositioning decision and dispensing capacity installation...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Algebraic geometry and representation theory meets complexity theory (Part I)

Seminar | January 22 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Joseph M. Landsberg, Texas A & M

 Department of Mathematics

In the past decade, algebraic geometry and representation theory have been used to obtain lower complexity bounds for central problems such as Valiant's algebraic version of P v. NP (permanent v. determinant) and determining the complexity of matrix multiplication. At the same time, complexity theory has raised new, interesting questions in geometry. I will give an overview of these developments...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

What did the metal know, and when did she know it?: Ultrafast XUV spectroscopy reveals short-lived states in transition metal complexes and organohalide perovskites

Seminar | January 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Josh Vura-Weis, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois

 College of Chemistry

X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES or NEXAFS) is a powerful technique for electronic structure determination. However, widespread use of XANES is limited by the need for synchrotron light sources with tunable x-ray energy. Recent developments in extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light sources using the laser-based technique of high-harmonic generation have enabled core-level spectroscopy to...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Robust Semiparametric Estimation in Panel Multinomial Choice Models"

Seminar | January 22 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Wayne Gao, Yale Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Econometrics, Microeconomic Theory, Economics of Networks

Thematic Seminar: The stability of Kerr-de Sitter space and global analysis

Seminar | January 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Andras Vasy, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Vasy will discuss, based on joint work with Peter Hintz, the stability of the family of Kerr-de Sitter (KdS) black holes, which are rotating black holes in a spacetime with positive cosmological constant, as solutions of Einstein's vacuum equation: spacetimes evolving from initial data close to those of a KdS metric stay globally close to this KdS spacetime, and are indeed asymptotic to a nearby...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Algebraic geometry and representation theory meets complexity theory (Part II)

Seminar | January 22 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Joseph M. Landsberg, Texas A & M

 Department of Mathematics

In the past decade, algebraic geometry and representation theory have been used to obtain lower complexity bounds for central problems such as Valiant's algebraic version of P v. NP (permanent v. determinant) and determining the complexity of matrix multiplication. At the same time, complexity theory has raised new, interesting questions in geometry. I will give an overview of these developments...   More >

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Salary Negotiation Workshop

Workshop | January 23 |  McLaughlin Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Master of Engineering students are invited to a Salary Negotiation Workshop led by Holly Schroth. Catered lunch will be provided.

 Attendance restricted to current Master of Engineering students.

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | January 23 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Does a Eurocentric Theory of the Demographic Transition apply to Africa?: Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | January 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Malcolm Potts, Professor, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley; Alisha Graves, Co-Founder, The Oasis Initiative, UC Berkeley

 Population Science, Department of Demography

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

Does a Eurocentric Theory of the Demographic Transition apply to Africa?: A talk with Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves

Presentation | January 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Malcolm Potts, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Alisha Graves, The OASIS Initiative

 Department of Demography

lease join the Department of Demography for a brown bag talk with Prof. Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves of the OASIS Initiative. The Sahel region of Africa is home to the fastest growing population in all of human history. This talk will be addressing the question: Does a Eurocentric Theory of the Demographic Transition apply to Africa?

Refreshments provided.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Jenny Tung: The evolutionary and gene regulatory consequences of social relationships in mammals

Seminar | January 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Jenny Tung

 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 >

Principles and mechanisms of Mutual Understanding

Colloquium | January 23 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Arjen Stolk, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley Knight Lab and the Donders Institute

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Intuitively, humans understand one another because they share the same set of communicative signals such as words and gestures. However, that intuition neglects the extreme flexibility with which we employ our communicative signals in everyday social interaction. Neither can it account for our evolutionarily unique ability to instantly reach joint meaning of new signals in the first place. In...   More >

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: On maximizers of generalized Riesz-Sobolev functionals

Seminar | January 23 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Michael Christ, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

The elementary Riesz-Sobolev inequality, which dates to the 1930s, is concerned with the functional $\iint _{\mathbb R^d\times \mathbb R^d} f(x)g(y)h(x+y)\,dx\,dy$, and states that among indicator functions $f,g,h$ of subsets of $\mathbb R^d$ of specified Lebesgue measures, those sets for which the functional attains its maximum value are balls centered at the origin. Burchard's theorem states...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Dirichlet domain and its volume

Seminar | January 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Maria Trnkova, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

This will be an introductory talk to Dirichlet domain and volume computations in \(H^3\). We'll give a definition of a Dirichlet domain and discuss its tiling properties. Then we explore volume computation in a hyperbolic case. We review few special cases: orthoscheme, ideal tetrahedron and a tetrahedron with one ideal vertex. Then we generalize these computations for volume of any polyhedron in...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Introduction and Organization

Seminar | January 23 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This semester the seminar focuses on Hodge cycles on abelian varieties. I will give an introductory talk and then we discuss the organization of the seminar.

Write for Rights

Workshop | January 23 | 4-6:15 p.m. | 12 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Human Rights Law Student Association

Write for Rights is Amnesty International's largest annual human rights campaign. People around the world write letters on behalf of people who need urgent help. Through the power of collective action, these letters convince government officials to free people unjustly imprisoned and end other abuses. This year's 11 cases are women human rights defenders under threat. Because of us, prison doors...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Discrete groups, Lyapunov exponents, and Hodge theory

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

 Simion Filip, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Families of algebraic manifolds give interesting examples of discrete subgroups of Lie groups, via their monodromy. They also lead to differential equations, such as the hypergeometric ones, whose solutions have an arithmetic significance. After providing the necessary background I will explain a connection to dynamical invariants called Lyapunov exponents, which reveals special geometric...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Rigorous computations with an approximate Dirichlet domain

Seminar | January 23 | 5-6 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Maria Trnkova, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we address some problems concerning an approximate Dirichlet domain. We show that under some assumptions the approximate Dirichlet domain can work equally well as an exact Dirichlet domain. In particular, we consider a problem of tiling a hyperbolic ball with copies of the Dirichlet domain. This problem arises in the construction of the length spectrum algorithm which is for example...   More >

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Ergodicity for stochastic dispersive equations

Seminar | January 24 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Leonardo Tolomeo, University of Edinburgh

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we study the long time behaviour of some stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs). After introducing the notions of ergodicity, unique ergodicity and convergence to equilibrium, we will discuss how these have been proven for a very large class of parabolic SPDEs.

We will then shift our attention to dispersive SPDEs, where the general strategy for the parabolic case fails....   More >

Optics-free spatio-genetic imaging with DNA microscopy

Seminar | January 24 | 10-11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Joshua Weinstein, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Complex cell populations, from the brain to the
adaptive immune system, rely on diverse gene variants, somatic
mutations, and expression patterns for some of their most essential
functions. This genetic heterogeneity not only endows intrinsic
properties to individual cells, but it also often operates at the
level of inter-cellular interactions. Technologies that jointly
resolve both gene...   More >

SOLD OUT: Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters

Workshop | January 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

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

$190, $175 members

 SOLD OUT.

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: No Seminar

Seminar | January 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

CSHE Talks: Michael Feuer on Philanthropy, Science, and Education: The Gift that Keeps on Taking?

Seminar | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 768 Evans Hall

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Michael Feuer is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at The George Washington University, and immediate past President of the National Academy of Education. In the fall of 2014, President Obama appointed Dean Feuer as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences. Prior to his joining GWU, for the...   More >

IB Seminar: Evolution and coevolution in ecological networks

Seminar | January 24 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Paulo Guimarães, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil

 Department of Integrative Biology

Neuroscience Student Seminar: "Characterizing neural circuits during virtual navigation and decision-making"

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Note change in time

 David Tank, Princeton University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

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

Workshop | January 24 | 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 >

Thematic Seminar: The tautological ring of the moduli space of curves

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

 Aaron Pixton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Let $M_g$ be the moduli space of smooth curves of genus $g$. The tautological ring is a subring of the cohomology of $M_g$ that was introduced by Mumford in the 1980s in analogy with the cohomology of Grassmannians. Work of Faber and Faber-Zagier in the 1990s led to two competing conjectural descriptions of the structure of the tautological ring. After reviewing these conjectures, I will discuss...   More >

Book Talk | Crafting Stories for Virtual Reality

Panel Discussion | January 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Logan Multimedia Center (Room 142)

 Graduate School of Journalism

Melissa Bosworth and Lakshmi Sarah will be discussing their new book, “Crafting Stories for Virtual Reality.”

We are witnessing a revolution in storytelling. Publications all over the world are increasingly using immersive storytelling—virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality—to tell compelling stories.

The aim of this book is to distill the lessons learned thus far into a...   More >

  RSVP online

Impact Investing – Creating Strong Returns While Bettering the World

Panel Discussion | January 24 | 6-8 p.m. | First Republic Bank, Conference Room 3D

 111 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

 Haas School of Business, Center for Responsible Business

Haas alumni experts in the impact investing space will explore impact investing, corporate sustainability, and investment strategies that capture attractive returns while doing good.

Friday, January 25, 2019

COEH Lela Morris Symposium

Conference/Symposium | January 25 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

 Public Health, School of

COEH Builds Bridges: Impacts of New Policies on Occupational Health

SOLD OUT: Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters

Workshop | January 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

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

$190, $175 members

 SOLD OUT.

Vive Center Seminar 1/25 - Enhanced Reality in Design: From Representation to Collaborative Decision

Seminar | January 25 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cory Hall, 337 Cory

 Mohammad Keshavarzi

 FHL Vive Center for Enhanced Reality

In recent years, virtual and augmented reality has gained momentum in the design community by assimilating the sense of scale and depth of various stakeholders in the design process. In addition to its representation applications, which allows the evaluation and visualization of design projects in an immersive fashion, VR and AR workflows can play an important role in enhancing individual,...   More >

International Students: Get Ready for Spring Recruiting!

Workshop | January 25 | 1-3:30 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold & Blue Rooms

 Career Center

Whether you are still actively seeking or just starting your internship/job search at this point, come to this one stop shop event to learn essential job search skills and resources tailored to international students' needs. A LinkedIn professional trainer and Career Center professional will be present. Come learn how to leverage the Spring recruiting season to the utmost for your dream...   More >

Plate Mechanical Metamaterials and Their Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Igor Bargatin, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recently, we introduced the concept of plate mechanical metamaterials—cellular plates with carefully controlled periodic geometry and unique mechanical properties—as well as its initial realization in the form of freestanding corrugated plates made out of an ultrathin film.

We used atomic layer deposition (ALD) and microfabrication techniques to make robust plates out of a single continuous...   More >

MENA Salon: Trouble with the US Withdrawal from Syria

Workshop | January 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

President Trump’s maneuver to withdraw US forces from Syria sparked a new diplomatic brawl with Turkey. Inevitably, the plan raised questions about its effects on Syrian Kurds and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Triggering global confusion, Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation unless a 20 mile safe zone was created on the Northern Syria border. The withdrawal decision...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Ned McGowan

Colloquium | January 25 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Flutist & composer

Ned McGowan (1970) is a flutist and contemporary classical music composer, born in the United States, living in the Netherlands. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists. As a flutist he plays...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Ned McGowan (Leiden, HKU): Speed in Music, Brain and Body

Colloquium | January 25 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Speed, as a function of time, is full of enlightening musical character. Take some common terms to describe tempo in music: largo (broadly), adagio (slow and stately), allegro (fast, quickly and bright), vivacissimo (very fast and lively). Formulated by humans, speed is relational, and it reveals aspects about how we think and feel.



McGowan's aim in this artistic research is to dissect...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Evolution of Networks: Prediction and Estimation"

Seminar | January 25 | 3:10-4:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anna Bykhovskaya, Yale Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Time Series Econometrics, Matching and Market Design, Networks

Climate Change and Some Possible Surprises

Seminar | January 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Introduction to Seminar and plans for the Semester

Brief Discussion: Stewardship and Climate Change
Climate Change âÂand particularly more intense storms and rising sea levels âÂraises a number of challenges to the enterprise of cultural stewardship. I'll briefly enumerate some of these and solicit thoughts about priorities, strategies, and aspects...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: Prime decompositions

Seminar | January 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is an organizational meeting for this learning seminar. We will additionally discuss the existence and uniqueness of prime decompositions for connected, oriented, compact 3-manifolds, due to Kneser and Milnor.

Inorganic Catalysis for Renewable Fuels

Seminar | January 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jenny Yang, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

My research program is focused on developing molecular catalysts for energy conversion (redox) reactions. We focus on the thermochemistry of key bond-making and cleavage steps for H+ reduction to H2 and CO2 reduction to HCO2- in order to design more energy efficient catalysts. We also investigate the parameters that govern the reactivity of common catalytic intermediates in H+ and CO2 reduction...   More >

No Laughing Matter: Learning to Speak the "Common Language" in 1950s China

Colloquium | January 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Janet Chen, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In the winter and early spring of 1956, a series of articles appeared in nationally circulating publications, featuring an earnest entreaty: please do not laugh at those who are trying to learn putonghua, the “common language” of the socialist state. Beyond the headlines, permutations of the same refrain echoed in different forums. At the opening stages of a campaign to “popularize the common...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Combinatorics of multivariate orthogonal polynomials

Seminar | January 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, CNRS Universite Paris Diderot

 Department of Mathematics

The classical $q$-hypergeometric orthogonal polynomials are assembled into a hierarchy called the $q$-Askey scheme. It is now a classical subject to study the combinatorics of their coefficients and their moments. The polynomials admit a generalization leading to remarkable orthogonal polynomials in several variables. The most general family is the Macdonald-Koornwinder polynomials and Macdonald...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Olivia Bloechl (University of Pittsburgh: Opera’s Post-Human Voices of Trauma

Colloquium | January 25 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Bloechl is a music historian and cultural theorist with wide-ranging interests clustered in the early modern period (1500-1800) and the recent past. Her historical research and teaching emphasize European early music, French opera in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, early Atlantic colonialism, and racial representation in musical theater before 1800.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Saturday Seminar Series 2018-19: Emerging and Converging on Equity: Students Are Thinkers: Developing a Dynamic Approach to Teaching in our Schools

Seminar | January 26 | 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Longfellow Middle School, BUSD

 1500 Derby St., Berkeley, CA 94703

MISSION HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

 BAMP, BASP, BAWP

At the center of teaching is understanding the intellectual power of our students. What do we learn from our students? How do we distill what we’ve understood into anti-racist teaching strategies? Hear from a panel of experienced educators and journalists grappling with these questions.

  RSVP online or by calling Danelle Carr at 510-642-7154, or by emailing Danelle Carr at danellec@berkeley.edu by January 26.

Social Justice Symposium

Conference/Symposium | January 26 | 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

 1781 Rose St., Berkeley, CA 94703

 Social Welfare, School of

The Social Justice Symposium (SJS) is a student-organized event that serves as space for the community to meet and discuss social justice work in the Bay Area.

This year, our keynote speaker is George Galvis, the co-founder and executive director of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ, pronounced courage). Galvis advocates for at-risk youth, prisoners and formerly...   More >

Semiotic Circle of California: Thirty-Fourth Meeting

Conference/Symposium | January 26 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Faculty Club, Seaborg Room

 Department of German

9:30 Scott Shell (UC Berkeley): “Conventional Language, Poetry and Curse-Formulas in the Elder Futhark Period”



9:50 W.C.Watt (UC Irvine): “Sociosemiotics 101: Zombies”



10:10 Jing Ge (UC Berkeley) and Susan C. Herring (Indiana Univ., Bloomington): “Do emoji sequences have a basic word order?”



10:30 Thaddeus Martin (Modesto Junior College): “Translating Jaspers”



10:50...   More >

SOLD OUT - FAMILY PROGRAM: Kids and Spices

Workshop | January 26 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Awaken your senses in this wonderful exploration of spices! We will journey into the Tropical House to see some of the plants that give us our favorite spices-- such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, black pepper, nutmeg, turmeric, and more--plus create fragrant art to take home.

$15 Adult, $15 Child, $10 Member Adult, $10 Member Child

 SOLD OUT.