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Monday, November 18, 2019

Data analysis for R-chaeologists!

Workshop | November 18 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility) | Note change in date

 Evan Muzzall, Instructional Services Lead, D-Lab, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Intro to RStudio, basic data subsetting, summarization/visualization, unsupervised methods for sorting data, responsible application of parametric and nonparametric statistics.

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

  Register online

Understanding Visual Field Loss

Seminar | November 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Eli Peli, Harvard Medical School

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Could we develop more effective field expansion devices if we better understood the nature and impact of field loss? No proof of that, but I’d like to think so. Simulations have been a major tool in trying to understand the nature and impact of the loss. Most simulations of field loss found in textbooks, websites, and scientific papers are wrong; they do not represent what patients perceive. I’ll...   More >

Fishnet Statistics for Quasbrittle Materials with Nacre-Like Alternating Parallel and Series Links: Design for Failure Probability: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | November 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Zdenek P. Bazant, PhD, W.P. Murphy Professor and McCormick Institute Professor, Northwestern University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Interviewing for the Job

Workshop | November 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Job interview skills are important whether you are switching fields, seeking an advanced position along your current path, or just keeping your skills sharp. This workshop provides an effective framework for expressing your qualifications.

Public Finance Lunch:

Seminar | November 18 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Arlen Guarin Galeano; Enrico Rubolino

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Arlen Guarin Galeano - "Reparations as Development: Evidence from the Victims of the Colombian Armed Conflict"

Rocco Rubolino - "Can local governments implement a progressive income tax?"

  RSVP online by November 14.

Towards Physics-Informed Deep Learning to Emulate Complex Turbulent and Chaotic Systems: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | November 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Karthik Kashinath, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Simulating complex multi-scale physical systems often involves solving partial differential equations (PDEs) with closures for the unresolved scales. Although the advancement of high-performance computing has made resolving small-scale physics possible, such simulations are still very expensive. Therefore, reliable and accurate closure models for the unresolved physics remains an...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Some instances of equivariant gamma-positivity in geometric combinatorics

Seminar | November 18 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christos Athansiadis, University of Athens (Greece)

 Department of Mathematics

Gamma-positivity provides a powerful method to prove unimodality for polynomials with real symmetric coefficients. It appeared in the seventies, in work of Foata and Sch"utzenberger on the Eulerian polynomials, and attracted considerable attention after work of Br"ande'n on poset Eulerian polynomials and Gal on triangulations of spheres. Gamma-positivity admits a natural equivariant...   More >

Voice recital

Performing Arts - Music | November 18 | 12:15 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Students of the Vocal Studies Program present
Songs of passion, unfulfilled desire, dreams, and wanderlust - a survey of art song history in performance.

Nikolas Nackley, director.

Jeffrey Sykes, piano.


Matrix On Point: IPCC Report

Panel Discussion | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Daniel Kammen, ERG Chair, Professor, Energy and Resources Group; James Bishop, Professor, Earth and Planetary Science; Kathryn De Master, Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Society, and Environment, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Alexander Arroyo, PhD Student, Department of Geography

 Social Science Matrix

The oceans are warming and acidifying at alarming rates, threatening the collapse of marine ecosystems. Extreme sea-level events put coastal communities at risk. Melting permafrost will lead to landslides, avalanches, rockfalls, and floods.

A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body responsible for assessing the science related to climate...   More >

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Political Economy Seminar: “Tough Cases: Does Time Pressure Affect How Judges Make Decisions in Chinese Courts?”

Seminar | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Molly Roberts, Professor, UCSD

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Insurgent Aesthetics: Flight, Freedom, and Fantasy on the Frontiers of US Empire

Lecture | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons - 340

 Ronak K. Kapadia, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Center for New Media, Asian American Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

In Insurgent Aesthetics, Ronak K. Kapadia theorizes the world-making power of contemporary art responses to US militarism in the Greater Middle East. He traces how new forms of remote killing, torture, confinement, and surveillance have created a distinctive post-9/11 infrastructure of racialized state violence. Linking these new forms of violence to the history of American imperialism and...   More >

Expanded Internet Art

Lecture | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, Room 340

 Ceci Moss, writer, curator, educator, LA

 Center for New Media

In this talk, author Dr. Ceci Moss discusses her new book “Expanded Internet Art: Twenty-First-Century Artistic Practice and the Informational Milieu” (New York: Bloomsbury, 2019). The publication is the first comprehensive art historical study of “expanded” internet art practices. Charting the rise of a multidisciplinary approach to online artistic practice in the past decade, the text discusses...   More >

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‘She had…a Womb Subjected to Bondage’: The Afro-Atlantic Origins of British Colonial Descent Law

Lecture | November 18 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

 Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, History Department, University of California, Berkeley

 Law, Boalt School of

In December of 1662, Virginia’s legislators decided to pass an act which made the free or enslaved status of a child born to an “Englishman” and a “negro” woman in the colony contingent upon the free or enslaved status of their mother. Such a choice was and remains remarkable to scholars because it stood in direct contrast with the paternal descent laws that prevailed in England (except in cases...   More >

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | November 18 | 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: Slices of the Affine Grassmannian and Quantum Cohomology

Seminar | November 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Ivan Danilenko, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

The Affine Grassmannian is an ind-scheme associated to a reductive group \(G\). It has a cell structure similar to the one in the usual Grassmannian. Transversal slices to these cells give an interesting family of Poisson varieties. Some of them admit a smooth symplectic resolution and have an interesting geometry related to the representation theory of the Langlands dual group. We will focus on...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Contagion of Fear

Seminar | November 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Kris Mitchener, Santa Clara University

 Department of Economics

War in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 18 | 2:30-3:30 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 strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Non amenable von Neumann algebras embed wildly into ultraproducts

Seminar | November 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kunnawalkam Elayavalli Srivatsav, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Mathematics

K. Jung showed in 2005 that non-amenable tracial von Neumann algebras have at least 2 non unitarily-conjugate embeddings into $R^w$ (the ultraproduct of the hyperfinite $II_1$ factor). N. Brown later studied this space of embeddings (of a non-amenable domain) up to unitary conjugation in $R^w$, with a natural metric topology, and showed that it is uncountable (Ozawa improved this in an appendix...   More >

Manager Mastermind Group

Workshop | November 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Shirley Giraldo

 Human Resources

This is a solution-oriented social learning development opportunity where we share strategies on pressing topics of the day, and build community. Please RSVP and submit questions you'd like to ask other managers about in the link provided.

Study Abroad in Japan

Information Session | November 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 140 Barrows Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn about study abroad opportunities in Japan at this info session and panel. We will also talk about available scholarships.

Cognitive/Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Linking scalp ERPs to computational models of language and vision with multivariate pattern analysis

Colloquium | November 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Steven J Luck, University of California, Davis

 Department of Psychology

Linking scalp ERPs to computational models of language and vision with multivariate pattern analysis

Multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) methods have become widespread in fMRI research, because they allow researchers to use the pattern of activation within a brain region to draw conclusions about the information being represented in that region. This approach is limited by the poor temporal...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: A Crystalline Torelli Theorem for Supersingular Varieties of $K3^{[n]}$ type

Seminar | November 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ziquan Yang, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

The classical global Torelli theorem for complex $K3$ surfaces states that complex $K3$ surfaces are determined up to isomorphism by their integral Hodge structures. Since its discovery, the theorem has been generalized in various directions. For example, in 1983 Ogus proved a crystalline Torelli theorem for supersingular $K3$ surfaces in positive characteristics. In 2010 Verbitsky found a...   More >

Nouns, Noun Phrases, and other Referential Resources in Kʷak̓ʷala

Colloquium | November 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Daisy Rosenblum, University of British Columbia

 Department of Linguistics

This paper explores the status, constituency and distributive patterning of Kʷak̓ʷala Noun Phrases in a corpus of recently recorded spontaneous interaction, and examines them alongside other referential resources available to speakers. Kʷak̓ʷala – along with other Wakashan languages, and neighboring Salishan languages – has challenged some of our ideas about how...   More >

Arya Mazumdar — Learning mixtures of simple machine learning models

Seminar | November 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Arya Mazumdar, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Mixture of simple machine learning models can represent complicated relations between features and labels with reasonable number of parameters in situations where single models with very large number of parameters (e.g. deep neural networks) are inadequate. The smaller number of parameters directly translate into computational efficiency: and also the simplicity of the models render...   More >

Single-molecule FRET studies of binding and folding conformational dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins

Seminar | November 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hoi Sung Chung, NIDDK/NIH

 College of Chemistry

Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) play important roles in various dynamic cellular processes such as gene transcription and signal transduction. IDPs are unstructured but usually fold during binding to target proteins. In contrast to interactions between folded proteins, this additional folding step makes the binding process more complex. Understanding the mechanism of coupled binding and...   More >

Korean Conglomerates (Chaebol) in Times of Crisis

Lecture | November 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rebecca Chunghee Kim, Professor, College of International Management, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This research investigates responses of the international and domestic (South Korean) publics to one of the most hotly debated corporate scandals in recent years: Korean Air’s so-called nut rage incident. By analyzing both international and domestic media coverage of the occurrence, we reveal contrasting interpretations between the two. Whereas the South Korean public tends to generate intense...   More >

Can Education Change Society?

Colloquium | November 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Michael Apple, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 Graduate School of Education

Education has been a key arena in the struggles for democracy in many nations, yet a key question continues to be raised about whether education can actually change society.  I argue that this is a very limited question and can lead to cynicism and quiescence. I provide examples of the ways in which some policies and practices in education help demonstrate what we miss when we ask this question.

Michael Apple

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics (Joint with Development and Planning Seminar): How Research Affects Policy: Experimental Evidence from 2,150 Brazilian Municipalities

Seminar | November 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Gautam Rao, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Link to Working Paper

ABSTRACT: This paper investigates if research findings change political leaders' beliefs and cause policy change. Collaborating with the National Confederation of Municipalities in Brazil, we work with 2,150 municipalities and the mayors who control their policies. We use experiments to measure mayors' demand for...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Rationalizing Committee Votes"

Seminar | November 18 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Rahul Deb, University of Toronto

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Asymptotics of the radiation field on cones

Seminar | November 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dean Baskin, Texas A&M University

 Department of Mathematics

Radiation fields are rescaled limits of solutions of wave equations near "null infinity" and capture the radiation pattern seen by a distant observer. They are intimately connected with the Fourier and Radon transforms and with scattering theory. We consider the wave equation on a product cone and show that the associated radiation field has an asymptotic expansion; the exponents seen in this...   More >

Two Talks: “Generalization through Memorization: Nearest Neighbor Language Models” and “Probing Neural NLP: Ideas and Problems”

Lecture | November 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Urvashi Khandelwal & John Hewitt

 Information, School of

Berkeley Natural Language Processing Seminar

San Francisco World History Reading Group: India Connected by Ravi Agrawal

Meeting | November 18 | 5-7 p.m. |  Civic Center Secondary School

 1995 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

Building a biotech startup- challenges and lessons from my journey with Juvena Therapeutics: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | November 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hanadie Yousef, Co-Founder, Juvena Therapeutics, Inc.

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Hanadie will discuss the stages of creating and building a biotechnology startup, from generating an idea and business model, networking, laying the foundations, fundraising and recruiting a team. She will share tips and lessons learned from the last 3 years on this journey.

Hanadie Yousef is a stem cell biologist, neurobiologist and entrepreneur leading Juvena Therapeutics in its mission to...   More >

My Place Is the Placeless: Sherin Guirguis

Lecture | November 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Sherin Guirguis

 Arts + Design

Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice

Sherin Guirguis, Visual Artist

Egypt-born, Los Angeles–based artist Sherin Guirguis discusses her work, which investigates narratives and histories that have often been forgotten, marginalized, or erased. Using a specific site, related text (poems, biographies, songs), and historical research as the core of each series, Guirguis...   More >

Adapt to Mobility

Panel Discussion | November 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 609 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Brent Shedd, SF Region Leader, Self Driving Cars 101; Gary Thompson, COO, GUSS Automation; Tim Wong, Technical Marketing for AVs, NVIDIA; Helena Merk, Software Engineer, Smartcar; Dinesh C, Founder and CEO, ADAPT

 UC Berkeley Extension, Self Driving Cars 101, ADAPT

UC Berkeley Extension is thrilled and honored to host the new edition of Adapt to Mobility, co-organized by Adapt and Self Driving Cars 101! Adapt to Mobility brings together experts and industry players who are developing new technology and ideas for future mobility and people that are excited about future mobility.

Join us on November 18 at 6:30pm at UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco...   More >

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.

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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Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >