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Friday, January 31, 2020

Roundtable on Legal Remedies for Racial Trauma

Conference/Symposium | January 31 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Law Building, 295 Simon Hall, Warren Room

 Various panelists

 Civil Justice Research Institute

This all day roundtable will feature discussions with leading legal and
public health scholars and practitioners on how to devise legal remedies to address injuries from racial trauma.

Social Controls and Social Trust in Chinese History, Past and Present

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Michael Nylan, Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Trenton Wilson, EALC, UC Berkeley; Thomas Hahn, Heidelberg Ph.D; Joe Esherick, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, San Diego

 Department of History

Michael Nylan and Trenton Wilson will be speaking to early empires in China, Joseph Esherick on late imperial China, and Thomas H. Hahn will highlight topics such as artificial intelligence in modern China.

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

Thriving in Science: Six Strategies for Success

Workshop | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Are you interested in pursuing science at Cal? The SLC Science Program invites you to join us in this interactive workshop, where we will explore the realities of science at Cal and strategies for success. Come learn what it takes to thrive in a science major, strengthen your learning toolkit, and discover the scientist in you.

Pitch Global Event

Special Event | January 31 | 1-5 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), 608-609

 Sudhir Kadam, FYDA Growth Partner

 UC Berkeley Extension, Pitch Global, Certent

UC Berkeley Extension is thrilled to have Pitch Global with another great pitching and networking event! If you are looking to pitch your startup in front of experts VCs or if you want to meet with investors and network with founders, join us on Friday, January 31 from 1 to 5 pm at UC Berkeley Extension's San Francisco Center! We will welcome Sudhir ...   More >

  Register online

German 204-Compact Seminar taught by Prof. Hinrich Seeba(only for 5 weeks): Aesthetics of History: Lessing, Schiller, Novalis, Kleist

Seminar | January 31 – February 28, 2020 every Friday | 1-4 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

 Department of German

In the age of fake news, the disparity of historical and poetic truth, as it emerged in the 18th century, gains new significance. When the study of history became an academic discipline, the role of historical writing between factual report and literary representation was intensely discussed – by historians, philosophers of history and writers, from Chladenius, Wegelin and Gatterer in history, by...   More >

BIO Bears Meetup: Botanical Gardens

Social Event | January 31 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Berkeley Botanical Garden. Whether you're a plant enthusiast or just want to get a little exercise on a Friday afternoon, we'd love to have you come along! Admission is free for Cal students!

We will meet in the courtyard outside of the Campanile at 1 p.m. to take a bus up to the gardens.

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Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Hacking CMOS: Electronics, Photonics, Ionics, Fluidics

Seminar | January 31 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Rajeev Ram, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Here, we show that CMOS manufacturing infrastructure and design rules support a host of functions and applications beyond electronics - to include nanoscale photonics, ionics, and fluidics.

Men's Tennis vs. UCLA

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | January 31 | 1:30 p.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Tennis hosts UCLA at Hellman Tennis Complex.

UC Berkeley Staff Career Development Workshop: The Skills You Bring (BECAR153)

Workshop | January 31 | 2-4:30 p.m. | University Hall, Room 198

 Human Resources

The skills you enjoy and feel confident about contribute to strong performance and high satisfaction. Explore your transferable skills – the ones that support your career mobility and adaptability.

This workshop is open to all UC Berkeley staff. Use the link below to register through the Learning Management System (LMS).

  Register online

The Skills You Bring

Workshop | January 31 | 2-4 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

The skills you enjoy and feel confident about contribute to strong performance and high satisfaction. Explore your transferable skills – the ones that support your career mobility and adaptability.

  Register online

Exciting X-rays: Carrier and Spin Dynamics Monitored and Controlled by Attosecond X-ray Pulses: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Michael W. Zuerch, UC Berkeley / Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Novel materials with by-design properties that can be grown down to the two-dimensional limit are considered important candidates for addressing computation and energy challenges of the twenty-first century. For instance, band gaps by design and enhanced transport properties give prospects for highly efficient solar energy conversion and low-loss optoelectronics and memories. The complexity of...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Multiclass and Multiline Processes

Seminar | January 31 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

For some planar stochastic growth models such as Hammersely-Aldous-Diaconis and Exclusion Processes, multiline and multiclass processes are studied to explore the monotonicity of the underlying growth mechanism. In this talk I compare these two processes, and give an overview of some recent results about them.

Job Market Seminar: "Location Sorting and Endogenous Amenities: Evidence from Amsterdam"

Seminar | January 31 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Milena Almagro, New York University Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Industrial Organization, Urban Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Applied Theory

MENA Salon: What is happening in Libya?

Workshop | January 31 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Since roughly 2014, Libya has been locked in a civil war between two governments: The Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, is based in Tripoli, while the eastern part of the country is controlled by General Khalifa Haftar, who...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Derived categories and birationality

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss some aspects of a recent preprint, joint with Lieblich, with the same title as the talk. The subject is various questions, results, and conjectures concerning the question of when two derived equivalent varieties are birational.

Note the non-standard time and room; we will return to the regular time and place next week.

Genres of Library Service: Economics, Ideology, Technology, etc.

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Each library is unique, of course, but there are different types and, historically, there have been large differences between countries, as well as major changes over time. Historical studies have suggested some causal influences but not their relative importance. International comparative studies, popular in the 1970s and 1980s were heavily descriptive with little explanatory analysis. I will...   More >

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome for Students of Color: UROC event (Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | January 31 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emma Yataco, UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Impostor syndrome is commonly understood as a false and sometimes crippling belief that one's successes are the produce of luck or fraud rather than skill. Impostor syndrome affects everyone, but it is especially difficult for students of color who are underrepresented in the university and in their fields. Join us for a discussion about the steps we can take to support and empower one another...   More >

Building Principled Decision Procedures for Urban Transit and Emergency Response Services

Lecture | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Abhishek Dubey, Vanderbilt University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Vanderbilt University's Abhishek Dubey will present Building Principled Decision Procedures for Urban Transit and Emergency Response Services at the ITS Transportation Seminar Jan. 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

“Assets of a Bankrupt Country”: Fiscal Effects of the Boxer Indemnity, 1901-1911

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dong Yan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Boxer Indemnity has long marked the nadir in the history of nineteenth century Chinese relations with Western powers, but buried beneath nationalist narratives of humiliation was the indemnity’s origin as public debt, one that the Chinese repaid over three decades. Assessing the fiscal and financial impact of the indemnity in the first ten years of debt service (1901-1911), the talk looks at...   More >

Dalton Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: Conversion of Oxygenated C1 Feedstocks to C2 Products: Mechanism and Electrochemistry with Molecular and Heterogeneous Systems

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Theodor Agapie, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech

 College of Chemistry

Toward utilizing CO2 as a carbon source for the generation of liquid fuels and other value-added chemicals using renewable energy, the development of chemical transformations for the preparation of multicarbon products is desirable. From the perspective of organometallic complexes, CO reductive coupling chemistry has been demonstrated with Mo supported by multidentate terphenyl diphosphine...   More >

Publish or Perish Reframed: Navigating the New Landscape of Scholarly Publishing

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Morrison Library

 Benjamin Hermalin, Vice Provost for the Faculty; Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics UC Berkeley; Philip B. Stark, Professor of Statistics, Associate Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Regional Associate Dean (Interim), College of Chemistry and Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley; Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, UC Berkeley Library; Timothy Vollmer, Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian, UC Berkeley Library


University of California authors published about 50,000 scholarly articles last year alone—comprising nearly 10% of all research in the United States. Despite this tremendous productivity, UC scholars continue to experience a tension between publishing their research in ways that ensure readership or access, and perceptions about the effect of certain outlets and publishing choices on research...   More >

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Multiscale Measurement of Electron Dynamics in High-Speed, High-Quality, High-Aspect Ratio Femtosecond Laser Drilling: Russell Severance Springer Colloquium

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: By spatially/temporally shaping femtosecond laser pulses, localized transient electron dynamics can be actively controlled during ultrafast laser-material interactions. Based on this mechanism, high-quality microholes with a diameter of 1.6 μm and an aspect ratio of 1000:1 are fabricated by a shaped single femtosecond laser pulse. It takes 42 min to fabricate 251,000 holes in a 1...   More >

Working Group in Ancient Philosophy: On First Principles in the Timaeus and Metaphysics, Lambda

Lecture | January 31 | 4:10-6 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Wolfgang Mann, Columbia University

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Thematic Seminar: Flag varieties and representations of p-adic groups

Seminar | January 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Charlotte Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Geometry has had a remarkable influence on representation theory over the last century. In the 1950s, Borel, Weil, and Bott constructed the irreducible representations of complex semisimple Lie groups in the cohomology of line bundles on flag varieties. In the 1970s, Deligne and Lusztig defined a family of subvarieties of flag varieties whose cohomology realizes the irreducible representations of...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Emily Richmond Pollock (MIT)

Colloquium | January 31 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall | Note change in date

 Department of Music

“Bayside, Turkey Farm, Mountain Peaks: The Space of American Opera Festivals”

Emily Richmond Pollock is an Associate Professor of Music. A native Oregonian, Pollock was first trained as an oboist and composer and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Harvard College in 2006. She subsequently earned her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in music history and literature from the University of...   More >

Faces Places

Film - Feature | January 31 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this remarkable documentary about art, society, life, and death, Varda teams up with hipster artist JR on a road trip to rural France and its working-class communities, where they meet with the locals and create installations of large-scale photographic portraits. The tender friendship that is formed between Varda and JR is just one element of this enchanting work that binds two kindred...   More >

Blue Velvet

Film - Feature | January 31 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lynch’s color-saturated noir posits a small-town America steeped in psychic dread, where evil lurks beneath the manicured lawns. The plot concerns amateur sleuth Kyle MacLachlan’s encounters with bruised chanteuse Isabella Rossellini, girl-next-door Laura Dern, and sociopath-next-door Dennis Hopper; after a series of sordid set pieces, the bluebird of happiness finally arrives, but it’s an...   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 >

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

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 >