<< February 2019 >>

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

East Bay Electrification Expo: Fight Climate Change with a Clean Energy Home/Apt!

Special Event | February 7 |  Ed Roberts Campus

 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

 Student Environmental Resource Center

East Bay Electrification Expo: Fight Climate Change with a Clean Energy Home/Apt!

Hosted by the Ecology Center, StopWaste and City of Berkeley, with the generous support of BayREN.

Why? Our homes and buildings are the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. But thanks to local Community Choice Energy providers, electricity in the Bay Area is clean, and is getting cleaner and...   More >

February Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Tour/Open House | February 7 | 9:30-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While winter birds are still abundant in the garden, this month we will be looking for the earliest of our spring migrants: Rufous and Allen's Hummingbirds flying north from Mexico.

$20 / $18 UCBG Member / $10 UCB student Ticket price includes admission to the Garden, a $12 value

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Spring 2019 International Spouse and Partner Welcome Reception

Social Event | February 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  YWCA Auditorium

 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), University Section Club, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland

Join us at the International Spouse & Partner Reception to connect with fellow international spouses and families, campus and community resources, and learn more about J-2 work authorization! This event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley International Office, University Section Club, University Village, and YWCA. Light refreshments will be served and children are welcome!

Applied Math Seminar: Adjoint sensitivity analysis of chaotic dynamical systems via shadowing methods

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Angxiu Ni, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we discuss how to compute derivatives of long-time-averaged objectives with respect to multiple system parameters in chaotic systems, via the recently developed non-intrusive least-squares adjoint shadowing (NILSAS) algorithm.

First we review how to compute such derivatives via comparing the base trajectory and a shadowing trajectory, which is a new trajectory with perturbed...   More >

Special Seminar: Effective Arithmetic Geometry

Seminar | February 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Main Lecture Hall | Note change in location

 Yuri Tschinkel, Simons Foundation and NYU

 Department of Mathematics

Tschinkel will discuss effectivity issues in several problems in arithmetic geometry, the study of solutions of systems of polynomial equations with integral coefficients.

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: No Seminar

Seminar | February 7 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

The Peach Blossom Land

Film - Feature | February 7 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Written and directed by Arts + Design Thursdays series cocurator Stan Lai, The Peach Blossom Land is the award-winning film adaption of his groundbreaking 1986 play Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land. The film radically challenges the principles of filmed theater, featuring remarkable innovations in staging, in the use of song and dialogue, and in the convention of the “fourth wall.” Two theater...   More >

Peach Blossom Land: A Film by Stan Lai

Lecture | February 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Stan Lai

 Arts + Design

Written and directed by A+D Thursdays series co-curator Stan Lai, The Peach Blossom Land (1992) is the award winning film adaption of his groundbreaking 1986 play Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land. The film radically challenged the principles of filmed theater, featuring remarkable innovations in staging, the use of song and dialogue, and the convention of the "fourth wall." Two theater companies...   More >

The Berkeley Network's Webinar Series: Fundamentals for Successful Career Change: 3 Effective Strategies and How to Prepare

Workshop | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. |  Virtual

 Joy Lin, Quarter Life Joy

 Cal Alumni Association

This webinar is designed to give you the fundamentals of preparing for a career change and effective strategies you can explore. You will walk away with a more realistic idea of what to expect, how to prepare, and what strategies can help make your career change possible.

Certificate Program in Leadership and Management Online Information Session

Information Session | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how this certificate can help you build the essential skills for effective management and make a tangible difference in your career.

  Register online

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Common Values, Unobserved Heterogeneity, andEndogenous Entry in U.S. Offshore Oil Lease Auctions∗"

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Phil Haile, Yale

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Research Colloquium: Dr. Jerry Brandell "Psychoanalysis in the Halls of Social Work Academe: Can this patient be saved?"

Colloquium | February 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons/116

 Social Welfare, School of

Psychoanalytic theory is not a unified body of knowledge, but rather, composed of multiple theories, models, and schemata pertaining to development, psychopathology, and clinical method and technique. It is a literature of vast scope whose evolution now spans 125 years. This history is actually fraught with points of convergence and dissonance; important issues and controversies surrounding the...   More >

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | February 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Ergonomics@Work

Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

Lunch Poems: Ari Banias

Reading - Literary | February 7 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Lunch Poems

Lunch Poems presents Ari Banias.

The California Housing Crisis and Potential Solutions

Panel Discussion | February 7 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 250 Goldman School of Public Policy

 Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans; Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Join us for a new lunch series to discuss the housing crisis in California and potential solutions. Prominent leaders in state policy alongside real estate professionals will lead panel discussions followed by time for Q&A. Free lunch provided!

  RSVP online

Housing crisis in California and potential solutions

Sustainable Vikings - A Talk by Dr. Robert Strand

Lecture | February 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Robert Strand, Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley Haas

 Institute of European Studies, Center for Responsible Business, Nordic Studies Program

How have the Nordics come to dominate virtually all measurements of sustainability? From the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), Nordic countries and companies always command the top - or very near the top - of sustainability measurements. Join Robert Strand as he shares lessons he has drawn from over 15 years of inquiry in the Nordic region and...   More >

Dr. Robert Strand

Librarian Office Hours at the SPH DREAM Office

Miscellaneous | February 7 – May 2, 2019 every Thursday | 1-3 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2220 (DREAM Office)

 Michael Sholinbeck

 Library

Drop by during office hours if you need help with your literature reviews; setting up searches in PubMed, Embase, and other databases; using EndNote, RefWorks, or other citation management software; finding statistics or data; and answering any other questions you may have.
NOTE: On Feb. 14: 2:15-3pm only

Exhibition Highlights Tour

Tour/Open House | February 7 | 1:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Discover highlights from current exhibitions on a guided tour led by BAMPFA education staff.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Xiao Wu

Film - Feature | February 7 | 2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Fresh from the Beijing Film Academy in 1997, Jia turned to the dirt streets of his hometown Fenyang for his feature debut, a Bresson-in-the-boondocks portrait of China in economic transition and those who can only watch as they’re left behind. More inclined toward a slow stroll sideways than a great leap forward, the small-time, undermotivated pickpocket Xiao Wu (Wang Hongwei) isn’t keeping up as...   More >

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | February 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

Higher Education Careers for PhDs

Panel Discussion | February 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Sproul Hall, Room 309

 Dr. Lilia Chavez, Dean of Special Projects and Grants, Merritt College; Dr. Brooke Hessler, Director of Learning Resources, California College of the Arts; Mackenzie Smith MFA Communications Specialist, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources

Dr. Colette Plum, Deputy Director Study Abroad, UC Berkeley

 Career Center

This panel program will introduce career options in higher education. Learn about the paths of PhD professionals as they discuss their work in Learning Resources, Student Life, International Education and Science Communication.

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | February 7 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 David Ackerly

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

David Ackerly, Dean of the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, will present: "Topography, species distributions and impacts of climate change on California native plants." Hosted by George Roderick. Meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Inverse RNA folding and Computational Riboswitch Detection

Seminar | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Professor Danny Barash, Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University

 Department of Statistics

The inverse RNA folding problem for designing sequences that fold into a given RNA secondary structure was introduced in the early 1990's in Vienna. Using a coarse-grain tree graph representation of the RNA secondary structure, we extended the inverse RNA folding problem to include constraints such as thermodynamic stability and mutational robustness, developing a program called RNAexinv. In the...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad in Paris, France: French Language, Culture, and History

Information Session | February 7 | 4 p.m. | 4125 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn more about the Summer Abroad in Paris program at this info session. Program advisers and faculty will be on hand to answer your questions.

Dive headfirst into French culture in Paris, one of the most picturesque cities in the world! This program is designed to immerse students in the language and day-to-day rhythms of French culture. You will explore the past and present of France, from...   More >

New Life Quarterly Release Party

Special Event | February 7 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Celebrate the release of Issue 4 of New Life Quarterly magazine! Published by Oakland-based bookstore and downtown community arts hub Wolfman Books, New Life is focused on the intersections of art and community—especially the exuberant, overlooked, and experimental margins—in the Bay Area and beyond.

This issue is a special project dedicated to artist correspondence. Through emails, WhatsApp...   More >

Shoroon Bumbagar: Tombs with Mounds in Central Mongolia

Lecture | February 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nancy S. Steinhardt 
, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

 Patricia Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley, Emerita

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

The talk begins with a tomb often known as Shoroon Bumbagar that was excavated in Bayannuur, Bulgan province, Mongolia, in 2011. Covered with murals but without an inscription or other information about its date, the tomb is studied alongside the better known tombs such as Pugu Yitu’s (d. 678), only five kms away, and tombs of Tang China and Sogdiana. Before drawing conclusions, the talk turns...   More >

Haas Scholars Program Info Session: $13,800 to carry out a final project in *ANY* major

Information Session | February 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Fukaya categories with coefficients and spectral networks

Colloquium | February 7 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Carlos Simpson, Université de Nice

 Department of Mathematics

A conjecture of Kontsevich says that the Fukaya category of a symplectic manifold having an additional volume form, should have a stability condition where the stable objects are represented by possibly singular "special Lagrangians". This statement has a nice expression, in the case where we look at the Fukaya-Seidel category of a Riemann surface with coefficients in a fiber category. The...   More >

The Politics of Truth: A Way Forward: Arlie Hochschild and Thomas Laqueur in Conversation

Lecture | February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Department of History, Department of Sociology

Arlie Hochschild and Thomas Laqueur discuss the contributions that academic scholars can make to the public understanding of truth and its relation to politics.

The Crooked, Windy, Pothole-Filled Road To Success

Lecture | February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Geetha Murali, Room to Read

 Institute of International Studies

Scripted career paths are over-rated, according to Dr. Geetha Murali, CEO of global nonprofit Room to Read. Instead of following an overly scripted career path, Murali advises you to assess opportunities as you go and identify where you can add the most value based on your skill set or an acquirable skill set. Then contribute effectively towards organizational priorities and beyond to become a...   More >

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 4: Religion

Conference/Symposium | February 6 – 7, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Michael Warner, Yale University; Mayanthi Fernando, UC Santa Cruz; Michael Allan, University of Oregon; Courtney Handman, University of Texas at Austin; Charles Hirschkind, UC Berkeley; Webb Keane, University of Michigan

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the fourth of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Chinese Animal Gods

Lecture | February 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Meir Shahar, Tel Aviv University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Our ancestors depended upon beasts of burden for a living. In the Chinese case this dependence was reflected in the religious sphere. Chinese religion featured deities responsible for the wellbeing of draft animals. The two principal ones were the Horse King (divine protector of equines) and the Ox King (tutelary deity of bovines). This lecture will examine the ecological background and...   More >

2019 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | February 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a social engagement project after their graduation.

Up to $25,000.

Religion: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar

Seminar | February 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Michael Allan, University of Oregon; Courtney Handman, UT Austin; Webb Keane, University of Michigan

 Michael Lucey, UC Berkeley

 Sawyer Seminar on Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies

These public talks continue the series of events connected to the Sawyer Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology & Literary and Cultural Studies that began in Fall 2018. Many of the studies taken up so far in the seminar depend on religious objects, rituals, or encounters to help illuminate those pragmatic aspects of discourse that might be more easily concealed in our everyday routines. Perhaps the...   More >

Facebook Puzzle Hunt

Information Session | February 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Do you enjoy a challenge and like solving puzzles?! Come join Facebook and CSUA to team up with your fellow bears for an exciting 2 hours of logic game puzzles. You will split into teams of up to 4 and solve up to 8 puzzles together. Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 winning teams!

Please bring your laptops! After you choose your team of 4, sign your team up here:...   More >

Platform

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

China’s tumultuous 1980s are revisited in this hyperrealistic account of one provincial theater troupe’s struggles in a landscape dizzily moving from post–Cultural Revolution isolation to a consumer-age nightmare of bad perms and disco fever. The troupe begins in 1979 as the Fenyang Peasant Culture Group, desultorily performing propaganda songs about Chairman Mao, but ten years (and a century’s...   More >

Settlement, Culture, Identity in the Pale of Pylos: Sather Lecture Series: A Bronze Age Greek State in Formation

Lecture | February 7 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maud Fife Room (315 Wheeler Hall)

 Jack L. Davis, Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology, University of Cincinnati

 Department of Classics

Internationally recognized scholar of Bronze Age Greece offers a series of lectures showing how the archaeological record sheds light on culture and communal life of early Greece.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Berkeley Linguistics Society Workshop: Countability Distinctions

Conference/Symposium | February 8 | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David Barner, UC San Diego; Suzi Lima, University of Toronto

 Department of Linguistics

See the Workshop Program.

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Sarah Pinto | The Arts of Counter-Ethics

Workshop | February 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Barrows Hall, H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Seminar Room, Social Science Matrix, (8th Floor) | Note change in location

 Sarah Pinto, Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Townsend Center Working Group on Form and Formalism, Townsend Center for the Humanities Lecture Grant, The Berkeley South Asia Art Initiative

A workshop led by Professor Sarah Pinto, Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University.

The Ethnobotany of Eden: The Colonial Quest for Green Gold in the Humid Tropics with Robert A. Voeks

Lecture | February 8 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The colonial era witnessed a fevered quest for the healing flora of the equatorial latitudes. Subscribing to ancient Eden notions of plant-people relations, European physicians and scientists were motivated by the belief that God had planted botanical cures for diseases in their places of origin. While many colonial bioprospectors subscribed to the biblical Doctrine of Signatures, they discovered...   More >

$12, $10 members (Price includes Garden Admission)

  Register online

Vive Center Seminar - Computer Vision at Magic Leap

Seminar | February 8 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cory Hall, 337 Cory

 Jean-Yves Bouguet, Senior Director of Computer Vision at Magic Leap

 Vive Center

Jean-Yves will be presenting past, present and future research and development work in the computer vision group at Magic Leap leading to the Magic Leap One. He will provide some insights on the technical challenges that Magic Leap's team of researchers and engineers are tackling to make computer vision work for a see-through wearable Mixed Reality device.

Jean-Yves will start with an overview...   More >

Queer Expectations: a genealogy of jewish women's poetry

Lecture | February 8 | 12 p.m. |  Maude Fife Room Wheeler Hall

 Zohar Weiman-Kelman

 Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Zohar Weiman-Kelman will be discussing their recently published book, Queer Expectations: a Genealogy of Jewish Women’s Poetry (SUNY Press, 2018). Bringing together Jewish women’s poetry in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew from late nineteenth century through the 1970s, this talk will explore how Jewish women writers turned to poetry to write new histories.

Adapting to climate change: Generating new science-based design typologies

Lecture | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Kristina Hill, Associate professor, Department of landscape architecture & environmental planning and urban design, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Certificate Program in Clinical Research Conduct and Management Online Information Session

Information Session | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

  , Berkeley, CA

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn how this professional certificate can help you launch or advance your career in clinical research by enhancing your knowledge of clinical trials. For more information about the program, visit extension.berkeley.edu/cert/clinical.html.

  Register online

Minner Distinguished Lecture: Engineering Ethics in Action: Experiences from the Medical Device Industry

Lecture | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Tim Guertin, EECS ‘72, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Varian Medical Systems

 College of Engineering, Bioengineering Honor Society

Seminar 237/281: ARE/Macro/International Seminar - "Border Walls"

Seminar | February 8 | 12-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Melanie Morten, Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

ARE/237/281 Macro and International Trade Seminar

  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | February 8 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/7, Salsa will be 10/19, Hula / Polynesian will be11/2, and Zumba / Salsa will be 12/7. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Border Walls

Seminar | February 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Melanie Morten, Stanford

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

BIO Bears Meetup: Botanical Gardens Stroll

Social Event | February 8 | 1-3 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!

We will meet in the courtyard outside of the Campanile at 1 PM to take a bus up to the gardens. RSVP here to save your spot!

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Light based Sound Extraction:Remote Photonic Bio-Sensing and Disease Diagnosis

Seminar | February 8 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Zeev Zalevsky, Professor, Engineering and the Nanotechnology Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I will present a photonic technological sensing platform that can be used for remote and simultaneous sensing of many biomedical parameters as well as for serving as highly directional hearing aid device. The technology is based upon illuminating a light scattering surface (skin) with a laser and then using a camera with its special optics to perform temporal and spatial tracking of the back...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

GRASP seminar: Introduction to D-modules via Bernstein-Sato polynomials

Seminar | February 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Aaron Brookner, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

Given a real polynomial $p$ in $n$-variables, we define a family of distributions over $\{\lambda \in \mathbb C | \text {Re}\lambda >0\}$, generalizing the Γ-function. We claim that it is possible to analytically continue this family, exactly the same way as is traditionally done for the Γ-function, using the existence of the so-called Bernstein-Sato polynomial, $b_p$, of $p$.

We compute some...   More >

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science: A Planet-Scale Playground for Data Scientists – Google Maps: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | February 8 | 2-3 p.m. | Doe Library, 190 Doe Library

 Data Sciences

Are there good soba noodle places nearby? How do I get to JFK by train? In this talk, Google Vice President of Engineering Luiz André Barroso and Google Earth Engine Co-founder Matt Hancher will describe the technical complexity of creating models that reflect the real world for tools such as Google Maps, Search and Google Earth.

Sarah Pinto | The Doctor and Mrs. A.: Ethics and Counter-Ethics in an Indian Dream Analysis

Lecture | February 8 | 2-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Sarah Pinto, Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Townsend Center Working Group on Form and Formalism, Townsend Center for the Humanities Lecture Grant, The Berkeley South Asia Art Initiative

A talk by Professor Sarah Pinto, Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University.

Discrete Microfluidics for More Efficient Pharmaceutical Compound Testing: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Melinda Simon, San Jose State University, Biomedical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In 2012, the declining efficiency and increasing cost of pharmaceutical research was noted in a phenomenon termed “Eroom’s law”, to distinguish it from the efficiency of “Moore’s law” in transistor development.

Though the reasons for this phenomenon are myriad and varied, the efficiency of drug development and commercialization could be greatly improved by the development of better paradigms...   More >

A planet-scale playground for data scientists - Google Maps: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | February 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Luiz André Barroso, VP of Engineering, Google

 Matt Hancher, Co-founder, Google Earth Engine, Google

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Are there good soba noodle places nearby? How do I get to JFK by train? When does this park close? Show me Stonehenge! Helping people explore and get things done in the real world is the task our team has taken on, and it is a rather challenging one. In this talk I will describe the technical complexity of creating models that reflect the real world for tools such as Google Maps, Search and...   More >

Unknown Pleasures

Film - Feature | February 8 | 2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Named one of the top two films of 2003 by critic J. Hoberman, Unknown Pleasures places the rebel-youth genre in the milieu of China’s then unseen “birth control generation,” teens born in the early eighties and raised in an age when Tarantino has become the new Mao and China is looking for a way into the global economy. The television is showing China’s Olympic bid and participation in the WTO,...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Michael Pisaro

Colloquium | February 8 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

MICHAEL PISARO was born in Buffalo in 1961.

He is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble and founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop, Calarts.

His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues.

It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days...   More >

MENA Salon: Western Arms Sales and Human Rights in the Middle East

Workshop | February 8 | 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.

On January 27, French President Emmanuel Macron began his first official visit to Egypt. The meeting of Macron and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi solidified a strategic relationship between France, as one of Egypt's main arms suppliers, and Egypt, described by...   More >

Information Flows and Cultural Disruption

Seminar | February 8 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

A change to a societyâs pattern ofÂcommunication, coordination, trust, and coercion is culturally disruptive.

Sébastien Martin - From School Buses To Start Times: Driving Policy With Optimization

Seminar | February 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. |  Etcheverry Hall

 Sébastien Martin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Maintaining a fleet of buses to transport students to school is a major expense for U.S. school districts. In order to reduce costs by reusing buses between schools, many districts spread start times across the morning. However, assigning each school a time involves estimating the impact on transportation costs and reconciling additional competing objectives. Facing this intricate...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Some applications of model theory in computer science

Colloquium | February 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Szymon Toruńczyk, University of Warsaw

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a few basic applications of model theory in theoretical computer science, e.g. in verification, databases, and algorithms. I will also briefly discuss some links between notions from graph theory and stability theory.

Neil Bartlett Lectureship: The close and loose relationship between Carbon and Phosphorus

Seminar | February 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Manfred Scheer, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Universitat Regensburg

 College of Chemistry

Polyphosphorus units are an important class of compound and isolobal to carbon-based relatives. Because of the lone pairs at the phosphorus atoms, the five-fold symmetric cyclo-P5 ring of the pentaphosphaferrocenes [CpRFe(η5-P5)] enables the use of these complexes in unique supramolecular aggregations with Lewis acidic transition metal moieties to form unprecedented giant spherical molecules...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: The loop theorem and Dehn's lemma

Seminar | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Simplified, the loop theorem states that if the induced map $\pi _1(\partial M)\to \pi _1(M)$ for a $3$-manifold $M$ is not injective, then there is a nullhomotopy of an essential loop in $\partial M$ that can be represented by an embedded disk. We will go through the proof of Stalling's formulation of the loop theorem using Papakyriakopoulos's tower construction and discuss some applications.

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Etale Homotopy Obstructions for Rational Points Applied to Open Subvarieties

Seminar | February 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 David Corwin, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

Last week, I explained the (etale) Brauer-Manin obstruction and Poonen's counterexample. I also stated my result that the Brauer-Manin obstruction on Zariski open covers is enough to (theoretically) determine the existence of rational points. This week, I will say more about how to prove this result. I will also explain the idea behind the etale homotopy obstruction to the local-global principle...   More >

Hungry for Change: Emerging Food Systems Leaders

Panel Discussion | February 8 | 5-7:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute

Across California, an emerging generation of food system leaders is advancing food equity, justice, and health in new and transformative ways. The stories of these champions of change highlight our collective struggle and aspiration to reimagine how to feed communities fairly while healing the planet.
The evening will begin with a reception and tasty food before we sit down to listen to ten...   More >

  Register online

East Bay World History Reading Group: Empress of the East by Leslie Peirce

Meeting | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. |  ORIAS Office

 1995 University Ave Suite 520D, Berkeley, CA 94704

 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

Cal vs. Oregon Women's Basketball Hoops Party

Special Event | February 8 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

Join fellow Cal Women's Basketball fans at Alumni House before your Golden Bears go hunting for some Oregon Ducks in this exciting PAC-12 match-up. This Hoops Party includes delicious food and drink, a pre-game coach's chalk talk, and a performance by the Cal Band and the Cal Spirit Groups.

  Buy tickets online

Cantus: Alone Together

Performing Arts - Music | February 8 | 8-10 p.m. |  First Congregational Church

 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Cantus, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Program:
Jennifer Higdon/A Quiet Moment
Stephen Sametz/We Two
David Lang/Manifesto
William Grant/Still We Sang Our Songs
Libby Larsen/New Multi-Movement Commission TBA
Commissioned by Music Accord for Cantus
Halsey Stevens/Remember Me
Simon and Garfunkel/A Most Peculiar Man
Dave Matthews/Gravedigger
Ludwig van Beethoven/Gesang der Mönche
Lennon/McCartney/She’s Leaving...   More >

$42-64 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Cantus performs Alone Together Friday, February 8, 2019 in the First Congregational Church. (credit: Curtis Johnson)

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Film - Feature | February 8 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lang’s masterpiece is a terrifying excursion into an urban underworld where it is difficult to distinguish morally between the activities of organized crime and organized law enforcement. Peter Lorre gives his immortal performance as a pathetic child murderer pursued by both the law and the syndicate. In the rigor of its construction, where theme, style, and mood all express a kind of entrapment...   More >