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Monday, March 11, 2019

Through the Learner's Lens: A Student Learning Center Photo Contest

Miscellaneous | February 25 – March 22, 2019 every day |  César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

The UC Berkeley Student Learning Center is excited to invite submissions for our first ever photo contest! We’re calling on the creativity of our campus community to build a collection of images that showcase the diverse ways learning takes place in and through the Student Learning Center. We invite you to share moments in the learning process that excite you, challenge you, and encapsulate the...   More >

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Uncertainties, Risk, and Learning in Future Infrastructure Systems

Seminar | March 11 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Marco Broccardo

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Engineers increasingly rely on computational models to predict adverse events that influence engineering systems and to make critical decisions that impact the safety and well-being of our society. Examples include but are not limited to the safety of structure and infrastructure systems subjected to natural and man-made hazards and the performance and resilience of such systems. Given such high...   More >

IB Finishing Talk: Regulation of the female reproductive system in comparative mammalian models

Seminar | March 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Kate Wilsterman, UCB (Bentley Lab)

 Department of Integrative Biology

A bottleneck for visual word recognition in brain and behavior

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

 Dr. Alex White, PhD, University of Washington

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In most environments, the visual system is confronted with many relevant objects simultaneously. That is especially true during reading. How many words on this page can you recognize at once? I will present behavioral evidence that a fundamental processing bottleneck prevents recognition of more than one word at a time. I will then present a neuroimaging study designed to identify the source of...   More >

Kinematics of Non-Spherical Particles Suspended in Turbulence at Inertial and Dissipation Scales: Fluids Seminar

Seminar | March 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Evan Variano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Natural particles suspended in water are often non-spherical. We explore the ways in which particle size and shape affect particle motion in homogeneous isotropic turbulent flow. Laboratory measurements and numerical simulations are used to explore the kinematics of particles. Particle shapes are idealized and motivated by open questions in environmental engineering, notably regarding plankton,...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Mobius Inversion as Duality for Hopf Monoids

Seminar | March 11 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mario Sanchez, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce an interesting connection between the theory of Hopf monoids in combinatorics and Mobius inversion. Roughly, a Hopf monoid is an algebraic abstraction of families of combinatorial objects which have an operation which combines objects and an operation which breaks objects apart. Like many algebraic structures, Hopf monoids have a nice notion of duality. We will show...   More >

The Development of Non-Symbolic Probability Judgments

Colloquium | March 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Shaun O'Grady, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

What is the mental representation of probability and how does it develop? What role do education and experience play in understanding probability? In this talk I will present the results of several experiments investigating probability judgments in children and adults. In the first part of the discussion I will present data from 3 Experiments in which adult participants perform a ratio comparison...   More >

PERL Seminar: "Influence Activities and Bureaucratic Performance: "Experimental Evidence from China"

Seminar | March 11 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Shaoda Wang, UC Berkeley-ARE


Political Economy Research Lunch:PERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

Magnetic relaxation dynamics in dysprosium complexes

Seminar | March 11 | 1-2 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Dr. Nicholas Chilton, University of Manchester

 College of Chemistry

Following our discovery of the first dysprosium metallocenium cation, [Dy(Cpttt)2][B(C6F5)4], which is the vanguard of the new generation of high-temperature single-molecule magnets, we have been investigating the magnetic relaxation dynamics of various dysprosium-based single-molecule magnets (SMMs) by experimental and theoretical techniques. Here we present our recent results in unravelling the...   More >

Redemption Blues: Film Screening and Director Q&A

Film - Documentary | March 11 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. |  Fromm Institute Auditorium - University of San Francisco

 660 Parker Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

 Peter Stastny

 Institute of European Studies, Austrian Studies Program, Fromm Institute - University of San Francisco

"Redemption Blues" is a documentary about the legacy of the Holocaust and the insights of some of its last survivors. The film begins where conventional Shoah narratives leave off and traces a path forward, through personal and emotional engagement towards hope. The film will be introduced by filmmaker Peter Stastny, who will participate in a discussion and Q&A following the screening.

String-Math Seminar: HOMFLY-PT link homology from a stack of D2-branes.

Seminar | March 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Lev Rozansky, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

 Department of Mathematics

This is a joint work with A. Oblomkov exploring the relation between the HOMFLY-PT link homology and coherent sheaves over the Hilbert scheme of points on \(\mathbb C^2\).

We consider a special object in the 2-category related to the Hilbert scheme of n points on \(\mathbb C^2\). We define a homomorphism from the braid group on n strands to the monoidal category of endomorphisms of this object....   More >

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 11 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emily Remirez, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

If you missed the workshop given by the staff of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects, or even if you were there, you may want to attend one of these workshops given by me -- Emily Remirez, Social Sciences and Humanities SURF Advisor. Note that they are timed to be very shortly after SURF and Haas Scholars human subjects selection, respectively.

I will go through, step by step, the...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Instructor Gender Stereotypes and Student Major Selection

Seminar | March 11 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Zach Bleemer, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Information-theoretic Privacy: Leakage measures, robust privacy guarantees, and generative adversarial mechanism design: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | March 11 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Lalitha Sankar, Arizona State Univ.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Privacy is the problem of ensuring limited leakage of information about sensitive features while sharing information (utility) about non-private features to legitimate data users. Even as differential privacy has emerged as a strong desideratum for privacy, there is also an equally strong need for context-aware utility-guaranteeing approaches in most data sharing settings. This talk approaches...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Remarks on the cotangent complex and the Nygaard filtration

Seminar | March 11 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Luc Illusie, Université Paris-Sud

 Department of Mathematics

(1) De Rham-Witt: review and prospects. (2) Remarks on the cotangent complex and the Nygaard filtration. I'll discuss some well known relations between the cotangent complex, liftings mod $p^2$, and the de Rham-Witt complex.

Workspace for Working on Your Human Subjects Protocol

Workshop | March 11 | 3-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emily Remirez, UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Come work on your human subjects protocol in a space where others are doing the same, and one representative of the Haas Scholars or SURF program will be present to answer questions and guide you.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Kähler-Ricci solitons

Seminar | March 11 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ronan Conlon, Florida International University

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe some results concerning Kähler-Ricci solitons. This is joint work with Alix Deruelle and Song Sun.

Aging, Memory and Alzheimer’s disease

Colloquium | March 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 William Jagust, Psychology

 Department of Psychology

It has long been known that older individuals often experience decline in their episodic memory abilities. Within the past decade, new approaches have revealed the frequent presence of the aggregated proteins beta-amyloid and tau in the brains of cognitively normal older people. These proteins are also associated with Alzheimer’s disease. By imaging these proteins in normal older people, and...   More >

Alper Atamturk – Sparse Estimation: Closing the Gap Between L0 and L1 Models

Seminar | March 11 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Alper Atamturk, University of California, Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Sparse statistical estimators are increasingly prevalent due to their ease of interpretability and superior out-of-sample performance. However, sparse estimation problems with an L0 constraint, restricting the support of the estimators, are challenging (typically NP-hard, but not always) non-convex optimization problems. Consequently, academicians and practitioners commonly turn to convex L1...   More >

Navigated Learning: A "GPS for Learning"

Colloquium | March 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Dr. Prasad Ram, Gooru

 Graduate School of Education

Dr. Prasad "Pram" Ram, a former Google Maps engineer, will present how the navigation model—where we locate a user, generate a route to their destination, and reroute them until they arrive—is appropriate for learning; we call that model Navigated Learning. Gooru has developed a Learning Navigator that complements classroom instructions and personalizes learning pathway for every students. Pram...   More >

MBTG Seminar: "Mechanism of ER-associated protein degradation (ERAD)"

Seminar | March 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tom Rapoport, Harvard Medical School

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 271, Development: "Welfare effects of unconditional cash transfers: Experimental evidence from Kenya"

Seminar | March 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ted Miguel, University of California - Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Design Field Notes: Caricia Catalani

Lecture | March 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Dr. Caricia Catalani is a Director of Design for Health and Design Research at IDEO Palo Alto. Caricia’s passion for design and research science drives impactful ways to improve health and human rights around the world.

At IDEO, Caricia combines human-centered design and qualitative and quantitative research methods to build high-impact innovations in health. Caricia’s work at IDEO is focused...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: The Comparative Statics of Sorting

Seminar | March 11 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. |  Evans Hall

 Lones Smith, University of Wisconsin

 Department of Economics

Eric Karpeles in Conversation with Robert Hass: Józef Czapski: A Good Man in Bad Times

Special Event | March 11 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Eric Karpeles, author of Almost Nothing: The 20th-Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski, is a Fellow of the Czesław Miłosz Institute at Claremont-McKenna College. Karpeles has received wide acclaim for bringing public attention to Józef Czapski, a figure who was deeply engaged in the fight against totalitarianism while cultivating a nearly monastic practice as a painter. Karpeles is the...   More >

Leading with Creative Confidence: Tom Kelley in Conversation with Rich Lyons

Panel Discussion | March 11 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tom Kelley, partner at IDEO, one of the world’s foremost design and consulting firms, discusses applying creative skills to leading successful teams in business, the classroom, and academic projects. In conversation with Rich Lyons, former dean of the Haas School of Business, Kelley leads the audience through productive thinking about how to establish creative confidence—underscoring the extreme...   More >

Leading with Creative Confidence: Tom Kelley of IDEO in Conversation with Rich Lyons

Lecture | March 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Tom Kelley; Rich Lyons

 Arts + Design, Haas School of Business, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Tom Kelley is a Partner at IDEO, and Chairman of the Tokyo-based venture capital firm D4V (Design for Ventures). He is also the author of three successful books including The Art of Innovation and the New York Times bestseller Creative Confidence, which he wrote with his brother, IDEO founder David Kelley. As a leading speaker, Tom has addressed business audiences in more than thirty countries on...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’ cartoons, jokes, and satire from throughout the years, selected from their humor magazines and other publications.

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

Exhibit - Painting | December 12, 2018 – April 14, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA's Japanese art collection began in 1919 with a remarkable donation of more than a thousand woodblock prints from the estate of UC Berkeley Professor of English William Dallam Armes. This exhibition features a selection of these exceptional prints, as well as hanging scroll paintings, screens, lacquerware, and ceramics that have entered the collection over the century since this...   More >

Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272

Exhibit - Multimedia | December 12, 2018 – March 24, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Arthur Jafa is an artist, director, editor, and award-winning cinematographer whose poignant work expands the concept of black cinema while exploring African American experience and race relations in everyday life. He has stated, “I have a very simple mantra and it’s this: I want to make black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music.” In his renowned work Love Is The Message,...   More >

Well Played! The Math and Science of Improving Your Game

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 17, 2018 – May 18, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

You don't have to be a pro to know that math and science can help improve your game. In our exhibit, Well Played!, you can experiment with force, angles, and trajectory to get the highest scores you can with classic arcade games such as Skeeball, Pinball, and Basketball.

Want to improve your score? Try our interactive exhibits on the math and science behind force and trajectory, and then head...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 28 – May 17, 2019 every day | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall


This exhibition of artists' books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image,...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 15 – May 17, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition of artists books centers on ideas about the built environment, curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for CEDs Environmental Design Library.

Illustrating México one page at a time-Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada.

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 8 – June 30, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 2nd floor

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In the pantheon of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists who represent Mexico and Mexican art, the artwork of José Guadalupe Posada stands out as a bright constellation that continues to shine a light on important stories through woodcuts, imprints, and engravings. This exhibition was created using the books from the collections of the Doe Library. The exhibition is envisioned...   More >

Aaron Marcus: Early Works

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 6 – June 30, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Educated in physics, mathematics, and philosophy at Princeton University and trained in graphic design at Yale, Berkeley-based Aaron Marcus explores new possibilities for expression. He created his first “computer-assisted poem-drawings” in the spring of 1972, when he served as a research associate at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture. Using standard typographical symbols, Marcus...   More >

Facing West 1: Camera Portraits from the Bancroft Collection

Exhibit - Photography | November 9, 2018 – March 15, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

The first part of a double exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of the renewed Bancroft Library and its gallery, Facing West 1 presents a cavalcade of individuals who made, and continue to make, California and the American West. These camera portraits highlight the communities and peoples of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s original collecting region, which extended from the Rockies to the Pacific...   More >

Facing West: Camera Portraits from the Bancroft Collection

Exhibit - Photography | November 29, 2018 – March 15, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Human Resources

The first part of a double exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of the renewed Bancroft Library and its gallery, Facing West 1 presents a cavalcade of individuals who made, and continue to make, California and the American West. These camera portraits highlight the communities and peoples of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s original collecting region, which extended from the Rockies to the Pacific...   More >

Vision+Light: Processing Perception

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 20 – March 14, 2019 every day with exceptions | 12-5 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Worth Ryder Art Gallery


This acclaimed program returns for its sixth, and to date most varied and provocative exhibition of the convergence of science and art.

Presenting artwork and installations across a range of media and technologies, Vision + Light: Processing Perception offers stunning visual, mind-bending virtual, and intriguing tactile experiences to spark thought and inspiration.

Vision+Light: Processing Perception