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Monday, December 2, 2019

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service Nominations

Miscellaneous | November 26 – December 6, 2019 every day | Eshleman Hall, Online Nomination

 Public Service Center

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged...   More >

Certificate Program in Accounting Online Information Session

Information Session | December 2 | 9:30-10 a.m. |  Online

 Heather Liston, Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Discover how this certificate can help you change careers into the accounting field, understand accounting concepts and techniques to better perform your current non-accounting work or prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam.

  Register online

Towards atom-by-atom catalyst design: Fundamental insights from real-time microscopy and ambient spectroscopy

Seminar | December 2 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Barbara Lechner, Ph.D., Technical University of Munich

 College of Chemistry

Dynamic perceptual feature selectivity in primary somatosensory cortex upon reversal learning

Lecture | December 2 | 10-11 a.m. | 3101 Berkeley Way West

 Anthony Holtmaat, University of Geneva

 Department of Psychology

Lynne Kiorpes

Seminar | December 2 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Lynne Kiorpes, NYU

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Combinatorics Seminar: Partition bijections: beyong Gollnitz theorem

Seminar | December 2 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Isaac Konan, Universite de Paris

 Department of Mathematics

In 2003, Alladi, Andrews, and Berkovich proved an identity for partitions where parts occur in eleven colors: four primary colors, six secondary colors, and one quaternary color. Their work answered a longstanding question of how to go beyond a classical theorem of Göllnitz, which uses three primary and three secondary colors. Their main tool was a deep and difficult four-parameter q-series...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

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

 Bryony Reich, Professor, Northwestern

 Department of Economics

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

Dissertation Talk: "After Revolution: Municipal Encounters and Local Politics in Tunisia" | Lana Salman

Lecture | December 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Lana Salman, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

What do ‘municipal encounters’, everyday encounters between the ‘street’ and the ‘state’, make visible about the democratizing city? The 2011 revolutions which spread across the globe renewed the interest of urban studies scholars in the city as a site of political encounter, insurgency and the formation of urban social movements. An unsettled debate animates this literature: whether contestation...   More >

Special Research Seminar: A chemical biology toolbox for RNA post-transcriptional modification and capture

Seminar | December 2 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Prof. Jen Heemstra, Department of Chemistry, Emory University

 College of Chemistry

Biomolecules are exquisitely adept at molecular recognition and self-assembly, enabling them to direct all of the processes that make life possible. These capabilities have been fine-tuned by billions of years of evolution, and more recently, have been harnessed in the laboratory to
enable the use of biomolecules for applications beyond their canonical biological roles. The
common thread that...   More >

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | December 2 | 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.

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 >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Burgess methods in new settings

Seminar | December 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Lilliance Pierce, Duke

 Department of Mathematics

About 60 years ago, the Burgess method set a record for bounding short multiplicative character sums in one dimension. This talk will present a “Burgess method” for character sums in arbitrary dimensions, involving both additive and multiplicative characters, evaluated at appropriate polynomials. This includes an unexpected connection to the Vinogradov Mean Value Theorem.

In the pre-talk I...   More >

Juan Pablo Vielma — Mixed Integer Programming Methods for Machine Learning and Statistics

Seminar | December 2 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Juan Pablo Vielma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: More than 50 years of development have made mixed integer programming (MIP) an extremely successful tool. MIP’s modeling flexibility allows it describe a wide range of business, engineering and scientific problems, and, while MIP is NP-hard, many of these problems are routinely solved in practice thanks to state-of-the-art solvers that nearly double their machine-independent speeds...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: The Market for Healthcare at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Seminar | December 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Reshma Hussam, Harvard Business School

 Department of Economics

Molecular mechanism of DNA replication - from origins to forks and factories

Seminar | December 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Huilin Li, Van Andel Research Institute

 College of Chemistry

In eukaryotes, DNA replication origins are activated in the late G1 phase of cell cycle, in which Origin Recognition Complex recruits the helicase core Mcm2-7 onto DNA and assemble an inactive double-hexamer. The Mcm2-7 double-hexamer is converted to two active CMG (Cdc45-Mcm2-7-GINS) helicases at the G1-to-S transition. And in the S phase, the CMG helicases works with DNA polymerases, primases...   More >

Richard M. Karp Distinguished Lecture — Average-case Complexity through the Lens of Interactive Arguments

Lecture | December 2 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Rafael Pass, Cornell University

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Consider the following two fundamental open problems in complexity theory:

Does a hard-on-average language in NP imply the existence of one-way functions?

Does a hard-on-average language in NP imply a hard problem in TFNP (i.e., the class of total NP search problems)?

We show that the answer to (at least) one of these questions is yes. In other words, in Impagliazzo's Pessiland (where NP...   More >

Unifying deep learning with item response theory: interval measurement, annotator debiasing, efficiency, and explainability

Colloquium | December 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Claudia von Vacano, Executive Director, D-Lab

 Graduate School of Education

Outcome phenomena are typically measured at the binary level: a comment is toxic or not, an image has sexual content or it doesn’t, a patient is healthy or deceased. But the real world is more complex. How can we achieve the same kind of meaningful, continuous scales for arbitrary outcomes?

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Forecast-Hedging and Calibration"

Seminar | December 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Sergiu Hart, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Department of Economics

Why success becomes more likely when you are willing to fail: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | December 2 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jen Heemstra, Emory University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

This seminar will be a lively discussion about work approaches in graduate school, benefits of proper communication with your peers, and how to navigate the long academic journey. You can follow Jen on Twitter @jenheemstra for her experiences and leadership advice!

Jen Heemstra received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, in 2000. At Irvine, she performed...   More >


Art, Health, and Equity in the City of Richmond

Lecture | December 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Betty Reid Soskin; Donté Clark; Ptah Tracey Mitchell

 Arts + Design

Presented by the City of Richmond and UC Berkeley Arts + Design

Betty Reid Soskin, National Park Service, Ranger at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA
Donte Clark, Playwright, Storyteller, Former Poet Laureate of Richmond, CA
Ptah Tracey Mitchell, West Contra Costa Unified School District

Author, activist, and park ranger Betty Reid Soskin; writer...   More >

CNMAT Users Group (CUG) presents percussionist Oded Geizhals

Performing Arts - Music | December 2 | 8-10:30 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music & Audio Technologies

Oded Geizhals is a multi-disciplinary musician who specializes in contemporary classical music and improvisation. He has played concerts in Israel, Europe, North and South America and the Far East. He is active in the new music scene and has played in many premieres, including works written especially for him. He is a member of the Israel contemporary players.

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

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 >