<< Monday, October 21, 2019 >>

Monday, October 21, 2019

SambaNova Systems Tabling Event

Information Session | October 21 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, In front of HP Auditorium (306 Soda Hall)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Stop by for some nosh courtesy of SambaNova. A few of our engineers and recruiters will be there to share their experiences with you and answer any questions you may have about the company. We look forward to meeting you!

Recruiting for:
- Full time software engineers (BS, MS, PhD)
- Full time hardware engineers (BS, MS, PhD)

Find our job postings on Handshake. We look forward to meeting...   More >

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Joel Bowen, O'Brein Lab; Justin Theiss, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Joel Bowen's Talk
Feature interference within dynamic receptive field pooling arrays: Implications for visual crowding

Abstract: Visual crowding imposes severe perceptual limitations on object recognition in peripheral vision: target objects that are easily identified in isolation are much more difficult to identify when flanked by similar nearby objects. Most models of crowding postulate...   More >

5th Annual UC Berkeley Disability Employment Fair and Open House: Sponsored by Staff Alliance for Disability Access

Career Fair | October 21 | 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24 (in basement)

 Staff Alliance for Disability Access

Are you or anyone you know interested in joining an inclusive workplace? Interested in professional level jobs? Interested in learning about what a career at UC Berkeley has to offer? Join us to learn about available UC Berkeley jobs and accomodations for the disabled community!

  RSVP online

The Sense of Fairness in Chimpanzees and Children

Colloquium | October 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jan Engelmann, UC Berkeley Psychology

 Department of Psychology

It is often argued that the sense of fairness consists in an aversion to unequal resource distributions. Standard accounts claim that chimpanzees react negatively to allocations in which they receive less than others, while children, from around 8 years onwards, also react negatively to allocations in which they receive more than others. I will review recent evidence suggesting two modifications...   More >

Semm Seminar: From Performance-Based Engineering to Urban Resilience

Seminar | October 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Gregory Deierlein, Stanford University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Performance-based earthquake engineering has matured over the past twenty years from a con-ceptual framework into a formal methodology that can enable quantitative assessment of the seismic risks to buildings and infrastructure. Enabled by advanced computational technologies, performance-based methods provide for more transparent design and decision making that takes advantage of the latest...   More >

Prof. Gregory Deierlein

Getting an Archaeology Article Published

Workshop | October 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mitch Allen, Scholarly Roadside Service, Founder of AltaMira Press and Left Coast Press

 Archaeological Research Facility

Getting an article published is about more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. There are strategies for presenting your work to the journal editor-- and ways to craft your message to them-- that greatly improve your chances of success, strategies that most academics don't know or don't follow.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff.

  Register online

Trade Lunch: "Beyond nightlights: The use of daytime high resolution satellite images in economics"

Seminar | October 21 | 12:05-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Luna Huang, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Seminar: Matroids arising from electrical networks

Seminar | October 21 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bob Lutz, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce Dirichlet matroids, a generalization of graphic matroids defined by electrical networks. First, I will describe an interaction between duals of Dirichlet matroids and duals of circular electrical networks. Second, I will characterize the Bergman fans of Dirichlet matroids as explicit subcomplexes of graphic Bergman fans. For "complete" networks, we obtain a...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | October 21 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Krista Ruffini, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
Mondays 12:10-1:30
Pizza Served

PERL Seminar: “Does Symbolic- Breed Substantive-Representation? Evidence from Women’s Police Stations in India”

Seminar | October 21 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Nirvikar Jassal

 Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

Industry 4.0 and the Extension of Malaysia's Economic Success Story: With Malaysia's Minister of Finance

Lecture | October 21 | 1-2 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia's Minister of Finance, Malaysian Government

 AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship & Development, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia's Minister of Finance and the Secretary General of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), will deliver a talk on the investment environment in Malaysia. His talk will include the causes behind Malaysia’s success in reducing its dependence on extractive resources and agriculture, diversifying its economy, and transitioning to a knowledge based, competitive, and innovative...   More >

  RSVP online or or by emailing Syreen Ponferrada at ponferrada.syreen@berkeley.edu by October 19.

Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia's Minister of Finance

On the Fringe of Minitel: Alternative Uses of a State-Sponsored Communications Network A Participatory Masterclass

Seminar | October 21 | 1-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340

 Julien Mailland, University of Indiana, Bloomington

 Center for New Media

1980s France was peculiar: most of the populace was online, checking the news, buying, chatting, and having virtual intercourse, via a plugged-in little computer box called "Minitel." Handed out for free by the PTT, the phone company, Minitel made France the most connected country in the world until the introduction of the commercial Internet in the mid-nineties, which dwarfed it. In Silicon...   More >

  RSVP online

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | October 21 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

String-Math Seminar: 3d Mirror Symmetry and HOMFLY-PT homology

Seminar | October 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Tudor Dimofte, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

3d N=4 gauge theories admit two distinct topological twists, ‘A’ and ‘B’, analogous to the well-studied A and B twists of 2d N=(2,2) theories, and exchanged by 3d mirror symmetry. Unlike their 2d analogues, much of the categorical structure of the 3d twists is still being worked out. I will discuss some aspects of the category of line operators in the A and B of gauge theories, and an...   More >

Probabilistic operator Algebra Seminar: Atoms of operator-valued free convolutions

Seminar | October 21 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Hari Bercovici, Indiana University

 Department of Mathematics

We describe a recent result about atoms of sums of freely independent operator-valued random variables. Possible consequences for the kernels of polynomials in freely independent variables (relative to a trace) are also discussed.

Two Paths to Habituality: Imperfective Mode vs. Habitual Mode in Tlingit (and Simple Present in English)

Colloquium | October 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Seth Cable, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Department of Linguistics

Despite its morpho-syntactic simplicity, the English sentence in (1) expresses an especially complex and still deeply puzzling meaning, one having to do with the subject’s habits, propensities, dispositions, duties, etc.

(1) My father eats salmon.

Interestingly, in the Tlingit language (Na-Dene; Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon), there seem to be two means for expressing the general meaning...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The K-theory of truncated polynomial algebras and coordinate axes.

Seminar | October 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Martin Speirs, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Algebraic K-theory is a fundamental invariant of rings and schemes and is connected with several areas of number theory such as p-adic cohomology theories and special values of zeta functions. Unfortunately, explicit computations of K-theory are rare and typically hard. However, certain trace maps from K-theory to more computable invariants have led to computations.

In this talk I will revisit...   More >

Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works

Colloquium | October 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102 Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Rucker C. Johnson, University of California, Berkeley (Goldman School of Public Policy) & National Bureau of Economic Research

 Graduate School of Education

Inequality in schools leads to many of our most intractable social ills: the mass incarceration of young men of color, disparities in income, life expectancy and related public health metrics.

Children of the Dream argues for public education as the primary engine of upward mobility. Specifically, I examine the success of our three most significant equal-opportunity initiatives: 1)...   More >

CEE Distinguished Lecture: The Pathway towards the Deployment of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

Lecture | October 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Juan Argote, Uber Advanced Technologies Group

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Juan Argote (CEE MS '10; PhD '14) will give the fall CEE Distinguished Lecture on Monday, Oct. 21. Argote is the Transportation Research Lead within the Uber Advanced Technologies Group.

He will speak on "The Pathway towards the Deployment of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology."

The lecture will take place at 4-5pm (NEW TIME) in Sutardja Dai's Banatao Auditorium with a reception following in...   More >

Allostery and genetic information integration

Seminar | October 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jeremy Gunawardena, Harvard Medical School

 College of Chemistry

I will describe recent results which show that allosteric conformational ensembles of sufficient
complexity can implement any form of information integration that is achievable without energy
expenditure. I will discuss to what extent this mechanism may account for the information processing which occurs during eukaryotic gene regulation, in which many small packets of information must be...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Pollicott-Ruelle resonances and Betti numbers

Seminar | October 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Benjamin Küster, Paris 11

 Department of Mathematics

In joint work with Tobias Weich, we study the multiplicity of the Pollicott-Ruelle resonance 0 of the Lie derivative along the geodesic vector field on the cosphere bundle of a closed negatively curved Riemannian manifold, acting on flow-transversal one-forms. We prove that if the manifold admits a metric of constant negative curvature and the Riemannian metric is close to such a constant...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Mislearning from Censored Data: The Gambler’s Fallacy in Optimal-Stopping Problems"

Seminar | October 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Kevin He, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Jagdish Patel | Workers’ health and safety in the state of Gujarat, India

Lecture | October 21 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 5400, 5th floor (2121 Berkeley Way / 1919 Shattuck Avenue), UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Jagdish Patel, Executive Director, People’s Training and Research Centre, Vadodara, India, http://www.peoplestraining.org/

 Garrett Brown, Lecturer at the School of Public Health, and Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network

 UC Berkeley School of Public Health, The Institute for South Asia Studies

Talk by Indian labor activist and director of Peoples Training and Research Centre, Mr. Jagdish Patel.

Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

Reading - Nonfiction | October 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | NYU Stern School of Business, Kaufman Management Center, Room 55, 3rd floor, MC building

  44 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

 Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Dina M. Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU; Chaumtoli Huq, Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and the founder/Editor of Law@theMargin; Shikha Silman Bhattacharjee, Ph.D. Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law and the 2019 Subir Chowdhury Fellow on Quality of Life in Bangladesh

 Paula Chakravarty, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication (MCC), and the Gallatin School, at New York University

 David Ludden, Director of the Center for Global Asia in New York and Professor and Chair of the Department of History at New York University

 New York Center for Global Asia, Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley, Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU, CUNY School of Law, NYU | South Asia

Book launch: Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

Election Results Watch Party: 43rd Canadian Federal Election

Special Event | October 21 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Institute of Governmental Studies

Join the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, the Institute of Governmental Studies, and fans of Canadian politics to watch election returns from the 43rd Canadian Federal Election.
RSVP Requested at: https://canadianelection.eventbrite.com

This event is free, and open to all. Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Call Elliott at 510-642-0531 or email elliott.smith@berkeley.edu.

  RSVP online by October 20.

The Derek Miller Band in Concert: with clips from the film "Rumble"

Performing Arts - Music | October 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Derek Miller

 College of Letters & Science

This special event starring The Derek Miller Band will also feature clips from the film Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, in which the band appears.

Two-time JUNO winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Derek Miller from Six Nations of the Grand River is a journeyman musician with eclectic taste and a knack for guitar oriented roots-inflected rock with a pop sensibility. With his unique...   More >

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

Derek Miller bw

"Maybe Esther": Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

Lecture | October 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Katja Petrowskaja

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

In this year’s Bucerius lecture, Kiev-born German writer Katja Petrowskaja deals with the conundrums of making history. In her acclaimed novel "Maybe Esther", a modern person undertakes a road trip through European landscapes of memory, languages, and family stories. The “maybe” introduces remembering as an act of defiance, as personal resistance against the firmly established, inevitable pace of...   More >

  RSVP online by October 20.

Katja Petrowskaja, photo: Sasha Andrusyk

An Evening with SambaNova

Information Session | October 21 | 6:15-7:45 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join our women engineers for a Q & A panel and
fireside chat to hear their stories and their
contributions to our effort to power the next generation of machine learning and AI.

Dinner will be provided. First 10 attendees will receive wireless chargers.

Non-Human Art

Lecture | October 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Leonel Moura

 Arts + Design

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

Leonel Moura, Artist, Lisbon

Can a machine create its own art? This question, raised around the year 2000 by Lisbon-born artist Leonel Moura, is at the core of his work with robotics and artificial intelligence. With the development of artificial intelligence in recent years, the possibility of machines being intelligent but also creative is at...   More >

ATC Lecture — Leonel Moura, "Non-Human Art"

Colloquium | October 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Leonel Moura

 Center for New Media, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Can a machine create its own art? This question, raised around the year 2000 by Leonel Moura, is at the core of his work with robotics and artificial intelligence. With the development of artificial intelligence of recent years, the possibility for machines to be intelligent but also creative is at the center of a debate on the future of humanity. Will machines take over? Or, is there an...   More >

Heart Chan Meditation

Course | September 23 – November 11, 2019 every Monday | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

Heart Chan, Heart Chan at Berkeley

 Heart Chan

Start the journey for Heart Chan Meditation
seeking harmony of mind, body, spirit
gain true wisdom and joy from your inner self
make meditation part of your modern daily life.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | August 28, 2019 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Journalism, Graduate School of

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are generally Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please contact the Townsend Center to confirm availability.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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