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Monday, May 1, 2017

Deepak Rajan - Distributed-memory branch-and-bound tree search for stochastic Mixed-Integer Programs (MIPs)

Seminar | May 1 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

Deepak Rajan, University of California Berkeley

Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In this talk, I present and compare two frameworks for distributed-memory branch-and-bound (B&B) tree search.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Aesthetics After Austerity: Boubacar Boris Diop and the Work of Literature in Neoliberal Senegal: Workshop with Tobias Warner (UC Davis)

Workshop | May 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | TBD Dwinelle Hall

Tobias Warner, UC Davis

Townsend Center for the Humanities

Berkeley Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Tobias Warner (Assistant Professor of French, UC Davis) has agreed to share with us some of his latest work in a workshop. He will be joining us on Tuesday, May 2nd, 12:30-2:00 PM, to discuss a recent work titled "Aesthetics After Austerity: Boubacar Boris Diop and the Work of Literature in Neoliberal Senegal."

A copy of the work will be shared at a...   More >

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects Workshop

Workshop | May 2 | 5 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Rm. 340 - BCNM Commons

Stacy Reardon, Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

Berkeley Center for New Media

Developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Like WordPress, it is easy to create content, but it is distinguished by multiple ways of navigating through a project, annotation and metadata features, and image and video options. Choose it to develop born digital projects and...   More >

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series with Cristina Banks, PhD and Edward Yelin, PhD: Health and Employment: Macro Context and Micro Initiatives

Seminar | May 3 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  Webinar

Edward Yelin, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; Cristina Banks, Director, HealthyWorkplaces, UC Berkeley

Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program

What are employment and workforce trends regarding Americans with disabilities? What is the newest thinking about how to build worker sustainability in response to these trends?

This webinar presentation will provide you with the latest information. The presentation makes it clear that allowing workplace practices and disability policies to continue will prove to be deleterious to the American...   More >

All Audiences, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

All Audiences, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

$0 Free Webinar, $30 CE Credit

Registration opens March 28. Register by May 3 online, or by calling 510-642-8365, or by emailing

Capstone Showcase 2017: Berkeley Master of Engineering

Presentation | May 3 | 10:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m. |  Shires Hall

2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709

Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

The Berkeley Master of Engineering Showcase is a chance for the Berkeley community to engage with our Masters students in their research & industry projects. If you are curious about the latest innovations or where the future of engineering is heading–come see for yourself!

Come network with students, faculty, and alumni while trying out the latest innovations in tech.

Food and drinks will...   More >

The continuous-time lace expansion and it’s applications

Seminar | May 3 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Tyler Helmuth, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics

Department of Statistics

The lace expansion is one of the primary tools for proving that probability models in high dimensions have mean field behaviour. I will explain the previous sentence by describing joint work in progress with David Brydges and Mark Holmes in which we develop a continuous time lace expansion. Our method allows us to analyze n-component field theories when n is zero, one, or two. The case n=2 is new.

Subtle but not malicious? The (high) computational cost of non-smoothness in learning from big data

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

Mikhail Belkin, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Ohio State University

Department of Statistics

What can we learn from big data? First, more data allows us to more precisely estimate probabilities of uncertain outcomes. Second, data provides better coverage to approximate functions more precisely. I will argue that the second is key to understanding the recent success of large scale machine learning. A useful way of thinking about this issue is that it is necessary to use many more...   More >

Microbiomes in Health and Disease: A Science Cafe Event

Lecture | May 3 | 7 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

1403 Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94706

Dr. Michael Shapira, Assistant Professor in Residence, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley


What do we know about our internal microbial communities – their roles in healthy living and disease? Michael Shapira will explore some intriguing ideas about the contribution of our internal flora and fauna to evolution.

All Audiences

All Audiences

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Social Science Matrix Open House: A Gathering and Celebration

Reception | May 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 820 Barrows Hall

Social Science Matrix

Please join us on May 4th, 2017 between 4pm-6pm for a celebration of a successful year at Social Science Matrix, UC Berkeley's hub for cross-disciplinary social-science research.

Invite your friends colleagues to come to our Open House, where you can:

- Enjoy food and drink while learning about the programs and events offered by Social Science Matrix.

-...   More >

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Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

RSVP by May 3 online.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The 2006 Immigration Protests: A Decade Later

Conference/Symposium | May 5 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Sociology, Scholars Strategy Network

This mini-conference will evaluate the legacies of the 2006 marches and the current immigrant rights movement in the United States: its organization, its impact on public discourse, electoral politics and public opinion, and its ability to effectively frame the claims of non-citizens to further the goals of the immigrant rights movement. The participants will take stock of legacies and the...   More >

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Essig Brunch Seminar: Sexual Selection and Signal Evolution in Peacock Spiders (Genus: Maratus)

Colloquium | May 5 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

Maddie Girard, PhD candidate, Rosenblum Lab, UC Berkeley

Entomology, Essig Museum of

Weekly seminar series focused on arthropod science (insects, spiders, scorpions, etc.)

Increasing Freeway Capacity by Efficiently Timing its Nearby Arterial Traffic Signals

Lecture | May 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

David Kan, UC Berkeley

Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: The objective of freeway on-ramp metering is to regulate the entry of vehicles to prevent capacity drop on the freeway mainline. However, the nearby arterial traffic signals facilitating freeway access fail to recognize that the metered on-ramps can be oversaturated due to the flow restriction and limited storage. Instead, the arterial traffic signals provide long cycles in order to...   More >

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Beach Bucket Science: Family Learning Workshop

Workshop | May 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

In this Family Learning Workshop, parents will find out about the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and ways to support their children’s critical thinking skills. Kids will explore beach buckets and learn to make detailed observations about sands brought in from around the world.

Children, Friends of the University, General Public, Cal Parents

All Audiences

NGSS discussions geared towards grades 2–5.

This workshop is free with your Hall admission. Free for members. RSVP by May 6 online.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Between Worlds - A Conversation with Mira Nair: The 5th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture

Lecture | May 7 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, The Chevron Auditorium

Mira Nair, Film Director

Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies, International House, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Institute of International Studies, South/Southeast Asia Library | UC Berkeley Library, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Ethnic Studies Library, Center for African Studies

ISAS is proud to announce the 5th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture - a lecture series on the theme of Women and Leadership. This lecture series has been established in memory of Sarah Kailath (February 5 1941 - October 15, 2008), a long-time supporter of CSAS’s mission and activities and in whose name the center holds...   More >

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Computational Thinking: Building Bridges between Physical Models and Statistical Inference

Seminar | May 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Fernando Perez, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Statistics

The scientific traditions of physics and applied mathematics have focused mainly on defining simplified models of the world amenable to analytical and numerical approximation. Today, the flood of real-world data at unprecedented levels of resolution and diversity creates opportunity for building richer scientific descriptions that combine statistical inference with "classical" models. I will...   More >

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Inclusive Ai: Technology and Policy for a Diverse Urban Future

Conference/Symposium | May 10 | 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute; Scott Mauvais, Director, Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft; Professor Fei Fei Li, Associate Professor and Director, Stanford AI Lab; Prof. Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Washington

Mark Bergstrom, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing; Sharad Goel, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University; Jessica Saunders, Senior Criminologist, Rand Corporation; Chris White, Principal Researcher & Partner, Microsoft; Kiran Jain, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland; Roberto Manduchi, Professor, Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz; Claude Yusti, Partner, IBM Global Business Services; Costas Spanos, Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute; Laura Tyson, Faculty Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; John Zysman, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Ken Goldberg, Professor & Chair, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Dept., UC Berkeley

Megan Garcia, Senior Fellow & Director, New America

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Microsoft

Explore the effects of AI-enabled technologies on labor, law enforcement, and public services. The symposium will highlight AI research and its implementation in the urban environment and will raise questions regarding effects of AI on cultural, social, political and economic inclusion.

$25 Faculty, Staff, or Students, $50 Non-profit/Gov, $100 Corporate

Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community

Lecture | May 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

Max Bergholz, James M. Stanford Professorship in Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Associate Professor of History, Concordia University

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly two thousand men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today’s border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. This frenzy—in which victims were butchered with farm tools, drowned in rivers, and thrown into deep vertical caves—was the culmination...   More >

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Climate Change: Time Running Out

Lecture | May 18 | 7-9 p.m. | 608 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

Gary White, climate activist who was trained by former Vice President Al Gore, Climate Reality Project organization

UC Berkeley Extension

Climate change has been characterized by many as the ultimate challenge of humanity. First discovered over a century ago, global climate change was first popularized in 1989 by James Hansen, a climatologist formerly at NASA. In the over 25 years since, the physical consequences of climate change have gotten progressively worse. At the same time, a diminishing yet powerful number of Americans...   More >

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stirring Up Science: Family Learning Workshop

Workshop | May 20 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

Ellen Blinderman, Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

You and your child will experiment with mixing common ingredients to explore how substances change and transform. Children will experiment like scientists by observing, predicting, comparing, and using scientists’ tools (such as magnifying lenses, eyedroppers, and measuring spoons).

Children, Friends of the University, Cal Parents

All Audiences

Workshop discussion and activities are for 3–5-year-olds with a participating adult.

$12.00 Adults, $10.00 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+, Free Members, children age 2 and under, UC Berkeley students and staff.


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Science at Cal Lecture - Why we sleep

Lecture | May 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Matthew Walker, Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory


Allow me to ask you a question: Can you recall the last time you woke up without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults fail to obtain the recommended 8 hours of nightly sleep. I doubt you are surprised by the answer to this question, but you may be surprised by the consequences. Routinely sleeping less than 6 or 7...   More >

All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge

Special Event | May 20 | 4-9:30 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

Center for Global Public Health, HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health, Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health, Bay Area Global Health (UCSF, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Stanford)

Join Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCSF, and UC Davis on the UC Berkeley campus, May 20th, 2017 (4-8:30pm) as we host the final pitches of the 2017 Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge! Fifteen teams converge on UC Berkeley's campus to present their innovations to our panel of influential judges, and compete for the $10,000 HealthRoots grand prize.

All Audiences

All Audiences

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Grand Opening of the Going Places Exhibit

Special Event | May 21 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

The Lawrence Hall of Science's newest featured exhibit, Going Places, opens on Sunday, May 21st.

Join us at the Hall from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and be the first to explore the technology of transportation in Going Places.

Fly a plane, ride a hovercraft, race your friend on a recumbent bicycle, and even learn to fly an airship! Explore how various modes of transportation have shaped...   More >

All Audiences

All Audiences

$12.00 Adults, $10.00 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+, Free Members, children age 2 and under, UC Berkeley students and staff.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Balloon-Powered Cars

Special Event | May 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Using a balloon as your power source, design and build a working vehicle that can race down the speedway. Explore motion and energy in this program designed for families with children in grades K–8.

All Audiences, Children, General Public

All Audiences

Members only

Free. RSVP by May 27 online.