<< Wednesday, January 29, 2020 >>

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

MEng Employer Breakfast

Special Event | January 29 | 8:30-10:30 a.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

The Berkeley Master of Engineering program and School of Information invite you to attend a special networking breakfast before the STEM Career Fair. We will host the networking breakfast from 8:30-10:30am in the Pauley Ballroom at the MLK Student Union, just a short walk to the career fair site.

 Exclusive to Berkeley Master of Engineering and School of Information students only.

RAPDP - Specialty - Developing Large and Complex Proposals

Workshop | January 29 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A specialty workshop that integrates topics from other workshops to explore developing larger, more complex proposals, including working with the Berkeley Research Development Office. Learning Objectives: • Identify different types of complex projects and their characteristics • Locate the applicable funding announcement and sponsor guidelines for proposal submission • Identify common...   More >

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Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

Deppea splendens 'Cristobal' Image by Jill Petersen

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | January 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar

Lecture | January 22 – May 6, 2020 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UAM@Berkeley, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

Find out more on the BIDS website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Certificate Program in Data Science and Professional Program in Data Analysis Online Information Session

Information Session | January 29 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 Sean Butcher, LL.B., M.B.A.

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain the skills to collect, process, analyze and interpret data to create actionable insights. Learn how to leverage machine learning, statistics, data mining and big data to develop new strategies that support decision making in a variety of fields.

  Register online

Visual Cortical Processing: Image to Object Representation

Seminar | January 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Rudiger von der Heydt, Johns Hopkins University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Image understanding is often conceived as a hierarchical process with many levels where complexity and invariance of object selectivity gradually increase with level in the hierarchy. In contrast, neurophysiological studies have shown that figure-ground organization and border ownership coding, which imply understanding of the object structure of an image, occur at levels as low as V1 and V2 of...   More >

The Anatomy of a Standoff: Searching for Pearl Royal Hendrickson

Lecture | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 William A. White, III, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

On July 31, 1940, African American World War I veteran Pearl Royal Hendrickson shot and killed a Federal Marshall sent to evict him from his home in the foothills overlooking Boise, Idaho. This action precipitated a standoff between Hendrickson and dozens of law enforcement officers from across Idaho.

Noon Concert Series: Piano and Organ

Performing Arts - Music | January 29 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Billy Fang (piano), Domenic Pang (organ)
Works by L. van Beethoven, V. Lübeck, J.S. Bach, F. Mendelssohn

Since 1953 the Noon Concert Series has featured a variety of performance from Music students, faculty, and guest musicians.

11:55 - Doors Open
12:15 - Start

FREE admission

Tod Hamilton--Immigration and the Remaking of Black America: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Tod Hamilton, Professor, Sociology, Princeton University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

They Were Her Property: An "Authors Meet Critics" Book Talk

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of History; Bryan Wagner, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on January 29, 2020 from 12-1:30 pm for an engaging discussion about They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History at UC Berkeley.

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Townsend Book Chat with Anne Walsh: Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh

Lecture | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In her response to surrealist painter Leonora Carrington’s feminist novella, The Hearing Trumpet, Anne Walsh uses a variety of media to cast herself as an “apprentice crone” who studies and rehearses the trauma of old age.

UC Berkeley Geosystems Group Wednesday Lecture Series: Design of a Near Surface Disposal Facility

Lecture | January 29 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 406 Davis Hall

 Rajendram (Arul) Arulnathan, Associate Vice President, AECOM

 UC Berkeley Geoengineering Society

A confidential client proposes to develop the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) to establish a safe, local, and permanent means for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste and mixed waste at one of its sites. The NSDF is being designed, licensed, and built as an engineered containment mound (ECM). The ECM will have an operational life of 50 years and a total waste capacity of 1,000,000...   More >

Student Debt and the Financing of Higher Education

Lecture | January 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight & Salvage

 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Jane Wellman, Senior Advisor, College Futures Foundation; Brian Murphy, Associate (President Emeritas), UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Hear from experts in the field — Jane Wellman and Brian Murphy — as they discuss the many contributing factors behind the past thirty years’ trends in higher education finance and the rise of student debt. They'll highlight some of the institutional and political interests behind the rise in indebtedness, the (so far) inadequate responses to the crisis, and whether real solutions are possible.
...   More >

 FREE to OLLI @Berkeley members, UC faculty, staff and students. $10/general admission. No RSVP required. All welcome!

New Volunteer Information Session

Information Session | January 29 | 3-4:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Conference Center

 Perry Hall

 Botanical Garden

Join us for an information session about the volunteer programs at UCBG. Find out what opportunities are currently available, what the requirements are, and learn how to get started.

In addition to registering, please email the Volunteer & Tour Coordinator at perry[at]berkeley.edu.

  Register online or by calling 510-643-7265

Probability Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Statistics

Title: Improving constant in L1 Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube and related subjects

Abstract: We improve the constant &pi; in L1-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in L1 inequality is known, and it is the square root of &pi;/2 (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and...   More >

Human Cognition Colloquium: Human communication as a functional window into human cognition

Colloquium | January 29 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Kyle Mahowald, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Language is an ideal test bed for exploring many core questions about the origins and structure of human cognition, learning, and culture. Whereas many cognitive tools are similar across cultures, there is wide diversity among human languages. To state that observation statistically: humans languages have some fixed parameters (universals) but also a large number of degrees of freedom. Thus, the...   More >

Open City

Film - Feature | January 29 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A wartime bread-riot at a Roman bakery: Pina (Anna Magnani) stoops to pick up a loaf. “You?” a man asks. “Should I starve?” she asks. Then she gives him the bread; he shouldn’t starve either. The raw courage, and raw terror, of individuals caught up in the implicit violence of everyday life under fascism is made explicit in Open City, one of several films Fellini cowrote with director Roberto...   More >

Improving the constant in the $L^1$ Poincar\'e inequality on the Hamming cube, and related subjects

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Statistics

We improve the constant $\frac{\pi}{2}$ in $L^1$-Poincar\'e inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in $L^1$ inequality is known, and it is the square root of
$\frac{\pi}{2}$ (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and the square root of $\frac{\pi}{2}$ gives an estimate from below for this sharp constant. On the other hand, Ben Efraim and...   More >

Probability Seminar: Improving constant in $L^1$-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube and related subjects

Seminar | January 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Alexander Volberg, Michigan State University

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: We improve the constant $\frac{\pi}2$ in $L^1$-Poincaré inequality on Hamming cube. For Gaussian space the sharp constant in $L^1$ inequality is known, and it is the square root of $\frac{\pi}2$ (Maurey—Pisier). For Hamming cube the sharp constant is not known, and the square root of $\frac{\pi}2$ gives an estimate from below for this sharp constant. On the other hand, Ben Efraim...   More >

Electrons Dynamics Control in Femtosecond Laser Micro/Nanofabrication: Russell Severance Springer Colloquium

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Lan Jiang, Changjiang Distinguished Professor; Beijing Institute of Technology

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: During femtosecond laser fabrication, photons are mainly absorbed by electrons, and the subsequent energy transfer from electrons to ions is of picosecond order. Hence, lattice motion is negligible within the femtosecond pulse duration, whereas femtosecond photon-electron interactions dominate the entire fabrication process. Therefore, femtosecond laser fabrication must be improved by...   More >

Tell Her Story Awards Ceremony 2020: A celebration of Memorable Stories about Remarkable Women in South Asia

Special Event | January 29 | 4-6 p.m. |  Facebook, Building 11

 Ayesha Chundrigar, Founder, ACF Animal Rescue

 Karishma Ali, Founder, Chitral Women's Sports Club

 Bharti Singh Chauhan, Founder, PraveenLata Sansthan

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Facebook, Zareen's, Folio3

Please join us for the second Tell Her story Gala 2020 where you will have the opportunity to hear stories from the top three Tell Her Story finalists who continue to fight against the injustice they and their loved ones face.

Accelerating the computational discovery of catalyst design rules and exceptions with machine learning

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Heather Kulik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Over the past decade, first-principles computation has emerged as a powerful complement to experiment in the discovery of new catalysts and materials. In many cases, computation has excelled most in distilling rules for catalyst structure-property relationships in well defined spaces such as bulk metals into descriptors or linear free energy relationships. More development is needed of...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Susan Shaheen: Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Early Understanding

Colloquium | January 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Susan Shaheen, Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

This presentation focuses on Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). This includes key definitions, concepts of operation, a census of MOD public-private partnerships in the U.S., analysis of business models and use cases, and key takeaways from this analysis. The presentation also focuses on the critical role of the built environment and its effects on shared mobility...   More >

Bayesian Probabilistic Numerical Methods: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | January 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tim Sullivan, Freie Universität Berlin and Zuse Institute Berlin

 Department of Statistics

Numerical computation --- such as numerical solution of a PDE, or quadrature --- can modelled as a statistical inverse problem in its own right. In particular, we can apply the Bayesian approach to inversion, so that a posterior distribution is induced over the object of interest (e.g. the PDE's solution) by conditioning a prior distribution on the same finite information that would be used in a...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Deep neural networks: structure and function

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 David Rolnick, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Mathematics

Deep neural networks have revolutionized artificial intelligence in recent years but remain poorly understood. Even as algorithms based on neural networks are used to drive cars and diagnose diseases, their design continues to rely more on trial and error than mathematics. In this talk, we provide rigorous grounding for the relationship between structure and function in neural networks. A neural...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Robot Adoption and Labor Market Dynamics"

Seminar | January 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anders Humlum, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, International Trade

Special SEMM Seminar: Rocking, Chaos and Seismic Testing of 3D Printed Small Scale Models

Seminar | January 29 | 5-6 p.m. | Davis Hall, 502 Davis Hall

 Michalis Vassiliou, PhD, ETH Zurich

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Shake table blind prediction contests of Masonry and RC structures show that even the most sophisticated models using the “as built” material properties fail to predict the test results with a reasonable accuracy. This fact directly questions the scientific value of our analysis and design methods. Unexpectedly, the above weakness is used against rocking structures (i.e. structures designed to...   More >

Table Talks: Your Plate and the Planet

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Senate Chambers

 Timothy Bowles, Professor, UC Berkeley; minkah taharkah, Local Farmer; Fahim Shafi, Neighborhood Harvest Leaver, The Urban Farmers

 Student Environmental Resource Center

"Table Talks: Your Plate and the Planet” will be a trans-disciplinary look at how food is produced and what that means for our world. Featuring three experts from the world of food justice, this panel will address climate change through the lenses of sustainable agriculture, local food production, and social justice. Come by and learn how we can support alternative practices that more equitably...   More >

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Ussama Makdisi “Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World” Book Launch and Reception

Reception | January 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for the launch and reception of Professor Ussama Makdisi’s new book, ““Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World” (University of California Press, 2019). Professor Makdisi will discuss his research and will be joined in discussion by Professor Samera Esmeir of the Rhetoric Department, followed by a reception.

Dr. Ussama Makdisi is Professor...   More >

Texas Instruments Tech Talk

Information Session | January 29 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come out and hear from Texas Instrument engineers to hear about their experience!

We will cover interview tips guided and will conclude with a networking session and resume drop!

Food will be provided.

Journalism and Politics in the Corn Belt: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen in conversation with Michael Pollan

Panel Discussion | January 29 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Graduate School of Journalism

Art Cullen is editor of The Storm Lake Times, a family-run newspaper published in Storm Lake, Iowa (population 10, 076). In 2017, Cullen won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting on polluted water, fertilizer runoff, and powerful corporate agricultural interests. Just a few days before the Iowa Caucuses, Cullen and Pollan will sit down together to discuss Trump and the farm vote; trade wars;...   More >

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Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >

Architecture Lecture: Michael Arad

Lecture | January 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, JAN 29, 6:30pm. Join us for a talk with the designer of the National September 11 Memorial in New York and the Emanuel Nine Memorial in Charleston. Open to all!

Wild at Heart

Film - Feature | January 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Just out of prison for manslaughter, Sailor (Nicolas Cage) breaks parole to take Lula (Laura Dern), his inseparable lover, to California. Lula’s mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), accompanied by a private eye (Harry Dean Stanton), pursues the de facto fugitives to rescue her daring daughter from herself. In Big Tuna, Texas, a scruffy town inhabited by lowlifes, they encounter the thoroughly demented...   More >

David Ohannessian and the Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem

Lecture | January 29 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Sato Moughalian, Author

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

The brilliant blue-green glazes of Jerusalem’s Armenian pottery have become a distinctive feature of the Holy City, but the origins of this iconic art spring from the historic ceramics center of Kütahya, in today’s northwest Turkey, and are entwined with the genocide and deportation of Ottoman Armenians during the First World War. Ms. Moughalian’s illustrated talk will trace the historic...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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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Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

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 Monday-Friday during the academic year. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please call (510) 643-9670 or email townsendcenter@berkeley.edu for viewing times.

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 >