<< Week of January 19 >>

Sunday, January 19, 2020

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

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Film - Documentary | January 19 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Words have power,” says Toni Morrison, and she would know. With a warm gleam in her eye, Morrison recalls her life growing up and how she became an author, editor, and champion of new African American literary voices. Featuring archival footage and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Robert Gottlieb, Hilton Als, and many more, The Pieces I Am places the affable and insightful Pulitzer-...   More >

Workshop: Returning to Proximity

Workshop | January 19 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this performance and workshop inspired by their book Approximations - +, artists Carolina Magis Weinberg and Raphael Villet bring their reflections about distance and approximation into space, exploring what proximity to the “center”—both collectively and individually defined—can look and feel like.

Oakland-based artist and publisher Raphael Villet is an interdisciplinary artist exploring...   More >

Variety Lights

Film - Feature | January 19 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In his first film, Fellini shared directorial credit with Alberto Lattuada. Critics have traditionally attributed the film’s idiosyncratic tenor and imagery to Fellini, although, as film historian Mira Liehm wrote, “both [directors] were intrigued by the Pirandellian unknowable worlds and by the existential quest for identity . . . the multiple personalities of . . . protagonists caught in a...   More >

The State of Things

Film - Feature | January 19 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“If the viewer does not feel hit in his stomach after seeing this film, my work has been useless,” declared director Stere Gulea of his wrenching drama involving a medical worker swept up in state corruption and violence, “one of the most powerful accounts of the Romanian Revolution” (Film Society of Lincoln Center). As Ceauşescu’s regime begins to crumble, an idealistic hospital employee...   More >

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Garden Closed

Holiday | January 20 |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The Garden is closed today in observation of Martin Luther King,Jr. Day.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 21 – December 15, 2020 the third Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed two days a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need two days per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day...   More >

Spring 2020 Special Seminar: Engineering Genetic Circuits and Cell Fates: from Totipotency to Pluripotency to the Placenta

Seminar | January 21 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Jian Shu, Eric Lander Laboratory/Rudolf Jaenisch Laboratory Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Reconstructing the circuits that control how cells detect environmental triggers and adopt specific fates and engineering these circuits to reprogram cellular functions are major challenges in biology. I will focus on two interconnected fundamental questions: 1) how to engineer cell fates and 2) how to measure the dynamic and complex biological ecosystems and understand the principles of...   More >

Expanding the Chemical Toolbox for Acoustic-based Imaging

Seminar | January 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jefferson Chan, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Many disease states are characterized by molecular level changes that occur before detectable symptoms have begun to manifest. In order to maximize treatment outcomes it is essential to accurately detect such alterations at an early stage. Chemical probes designed to selectively image such molecular processes have the potential to not only aid in disease diagnosis but can also provide unique...   More >

Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Online Information Session

Information Session | January 21 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn how UC Berkeley Extension’s professional certificate can prepare you for diverse job opportunities—in teaching, business, publishing, travel and more—both in the United States and around the world.

  Register online

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Impeachment:: From the Founders to the Present

Panel Discussion | January 21 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 105 The Law Building

 Public Law & Policy Program at Berkeley Law

Panel on the impeachment process, at Berkeley Law.

2020 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | January 21 | 1-2 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.

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: No Meeting Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Info Session

Information Session | January 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Stefanie Ebeling, Program Manager/Student Advisor, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, Office of Undergraduate Research

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with UC Berkeley professors on faculty research projects.

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: On the Cauchy problem for degenerate dispersive equations

Seminar | January 21 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sung-Jin Oh, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In plasma physics or fluid dynamics, one sometimes encounters a degenerate dispersive equation, i.e., a nonlinear dispersive equation whose dispersion relation is degenerate (i.e., vanishes at some points). A satisfactory understanding of the Cauchy problem for such equations is still missing, largely due to the appearance of challenging (and interesting!) phenomena from degenerate dispersion,...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Enumerating pencils with moving ramification on curves

Seminar | January 21 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Carl Lian, Columbia university

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the general problem of enumerating branched covers of the projective line from a fixed general curve subject to ramification conditions at possibly moving points. Our main computations are in genus 1; the theory of limit linear series allows one to reduce to this case. We first obtain a simple formula for a weighted count of pencils on a fixed elliptic curve E, where base-points are...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Thematic Seminar: Diffeomorphisms of disks

Seminar | January 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexander Kupers, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

Disks are among the simplest manifolds but their groups of diffeomorphisms can be very complicated. I will describe the geometric techniques that were used to understand these groups in low dimensions, their relationship to stable homotopy theory and number theory in high dimensions, and recent breakthroughs in understanding their rational homotopy type. This talk will be aimed at a broad...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Singularities of generic projection hypersurfaces

Seminar | January 21 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Takumi Murayama, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Classically, it is known that every algebraic variety over an algebraically closed field is birational to a hypersurface in some projective space. Using generic linear projections, one can show that this hypersurface can be taken to have at worst nodal singularities in dimension one, or at worst ordinary singularities in dimension two. We present generalizations of these results to arbitrary...   More >

Visa Info-Session

Information Session | January 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come and meet Visa representatives! Food will be provided.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

RAPDP - Specialty - Cost Share

Workshop | January 22 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: A specialty workshop that details the processes for proposing, setting up, tracking, and reporting on cost share commitments to a sponsored project. Learning Objectives: • Define what cost sharing is and identify applicable policies • Describe the PI and RA roles in securing, monitoring and reporting on cost share commitments • Identify the risks of non-compliance to the campus,...   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.

NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar

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

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

Find more information on the BIDS Events list: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

The Pompeii Artifact Life History Project - Characterizing and Comparing Three Residential Artifact Assemblages

Lecture | January 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 J. Theodore Peña, Department of Classics, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

The Pompeii Artifact Life History Project (PALHIP) is a long-term UC Berkeley Classics research project designed to shed light on various aspects of the life history of portable artifacts in the Roman town of Pompeii and selected sites in its environs.

Certificate Program in Software Development and Programming Online Information Session

Information Session | January 22 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 Sean Butcher, LL.B., M.B.A.

 UC Berkeley Extension

Advance your technology career with our new software development and programming certificate. It combines theory and practice to give you a balanced mix of knowledge and skills in software development, databases, computer programming and Web development.

  Register online

Early vision in artificial neural networks

Seminar | January 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Chris Olah, Open AI

 Berkeley Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

Artificial neural networks are capable of sophisticated vision tasks, including recognizing complex object families and captioning images. But very little is known about how they accomplish this. What happens if we take such a neural network seriously as a kind of "model organism?" In this talk, we give a neuron by neuron account of low-level visual features in InceptionV1, and demonstrate that...   More >

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2020 application deadline, February 20, 2020

Information Session | January 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about how to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, DC. UCDC sends students from all majors to intern and take classes in DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

UC Berkeley Geosystems Group Wednesday Lecture Series: Port of San Francisco - Geotechnical Challenges and Approach for Risk-Based Seismic Assessment

Lecture | January 22 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 406 Davis Hall

 Thaleia Travasarou, Geoconsulting Service Line Manager, Fugro

 UC Berkeley Geoengineering Society

The three-mile long Port of San Francisco northern Seawall was built more than a century ago to reclaim hundreds of acres of tidal mudflat and transform them into a major deep water port. The Seawall was constructed by dredging a trench through soft Young Bay Mud, hundreds of feet bayward of the original shoreline, filling the trench with rock, and building a bulkhead wall. The Seawall retains up...   More >

Science by analogy: PWAS or Persome Wide Association Studies of behavior

Colloquium | January 22 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 William Revelle, Professor, Northwestern University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

I will discuss three interrelated threads: 1) the power of open science and public domain data and software; 2) Synthetic Aperture Personality Assessment (or SAPA) which is an analogy to data collection methods used in radio astronomy applied to collecting personality data in psychology; and 3) Persome Wide Association Studies in personality (PWAS) which is an analogy of procedures developed for...   More >

Digital Hijras: Intersex/ tions of Postcolonial and Queer Digital Humanities

Lecture | January 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Rahul Gairola

 Center for New Media

The goal of this talk is to historically and critically read hijras’ (M2F transgender women’s) identities on social media platforms of Bombay Dost (BD) – namely the organization’s Facebook group page. I engage in this research as a means for complicating and extending the ways in which digital identities come together in the purview of publications in Digital India. I turn my critical acumen to...   More >

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At the Movies: Streaming, #MeToo, Oscars and More

Lecture | January 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight & Salvage

 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94611

 Harry Chotiner, NYU School for Professional Studies

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Join us for a lively lecture from film historian Harry Chotiner about the state of American cinema. He’ll talk (and answer questions about) Hollywood blockbusters, indie favorites, the impact of the #MeToo movement, streaming, changes (and non-changes) in the film academy and Oscars. Plus, chat about the best, worst, and most interesting films of 2019.

 Free for OLLI @Berkeley members, and UC faculty, staff and students with ID. $10/general admission

BPM 201 Employee Engagement

Workshop | January 22 | 1-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers an overview of employee engagement, new employee onboarding, the use of ongoing assessments of engagement, creation of an engagement action plan, and communicating the engagement strategy.

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Info Session

Information Session | January 22 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Stefanie Ebeling, Program Manager/Student Advisor, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, Office of Undergraduate Research

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with UC Berkeley professors on faculty research projects.

Cell types, and the specificity of synaptic connectivity and signaling between them, in primary visual cortex

Seminar | January 22 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

 Dr. Gabe Murphy, Allen Institute

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Neurons are frequently classified into distinct groups, or ‘cell types’, on the basis of structural, physiological, or genetic attributes. Constraining the definition and diversity of neuronal cell types likely requires a different, more integrated approach - e..g, assaying the cellular and network attributes of individual neurons and determining the degree to which those attributes co-vary...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | January 22 – May 6, 2020 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Windmill Coffee House

 2131 Durant, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisers. All UC Berkeley students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also...   More >

In Focus: Shorts by Agnès Varda, Program 1: Play and Politics

Film - Documentary | January 22 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

These short films made in the sixties are both political and playful, in keeping with the times. A collection of photographs Varda took on her visit to Cuba in the winter of 1962–63 forms the basis of the innovative Salut les cubains, narrated by Varda and actor Michel Piccoli, which captures the revolutionary spirit and reveals individuals alive with hope for the future. A snapshot of Bay Area...   More >

Uncovering the molecular and cellular basis of neurodevelopmental disorders

Seminar | January 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Helen Bateup, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

ERG Colloquium: Fan Dai: California-China Climate Partnership: the past, present and future

Colloquium | January 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Fan Dai, California-China Climate Institute

 Energy and Resources Group

California and China have a long-standing history of climate and environment partnership through the dozen MOUs between the governments, as well as policy exchange and joint research initiatives, ranging from air-quality, carbon market, energy efficiency, renewable energy innovation to long-term climate goal setting. What motivates and what has worked in such bilateral collaboration? What can the...   More >

Plant's Illustrated Members' Reception

Reception | January 22 | 4-6 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.

You are invited to our exclusive Members' Reception that will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd from
4-6pm. Light refreshments...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Fan Dai: California-China Climate Partnership: the past, present and future

Colloquium | January 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Fan Dai, California-China Climate Institute

 Energy and Resources Group

California and China have a long-standing history of climate and environment partnership through the dozen MOUs between the governments, as well as policy exchange and joint research initiatives, ranging from air-quality, carbon market, energy efficiency, renewable energy innovation to long-term climate goal setting. What motivates and what has worked in such bilateral collaboration? What can the...   More >

A Chemical Engineering's Approach to Systems Biology-Microfluidics, Automation and Big Data

Colloquium | January 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Hang Lu, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

My lab is interested in engineering micro systems and automation tools. Our recent effort also includes image informatics and statistical machine learning techniques; this greatly enhances our ability to address questions in developmental and behavioral neurogenetics, and aging in C. elegans, which have implications in human developmental, psychiatric, and age-related neural disorders.

Optimal adaptive design of experiments for stochastic dynamic systems: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | January 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Giles Hooker, Cornell University

 Department of Statistics

This talk examines the design of stochastic experimental systems so as to best able to estimate parameters of the underlying dynamics. In systems ranging from ecology, neurobiology and economics, models of system dynamics can be paired with laboratory experiments to estimate parameters and gain insight into their underlying dynamics. When this is done, several experimental parameters can be...   More >

Thematic Seminar: Coordinate Descent Methods for Full Configuration Interactions

Seminar | January 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yingzhou Li, Duke

 Department of Mathematics

The edge eigenvalue problems arise in many applications. When the dimension of the matrix is extremely large, such as in quantum many-body problems, conventional algorithms become impractical. We reformulate the problem as a non-convex optimization problem and propose a family of coordinate descent methods to address it. Based on our convergence analysis of these proposed methods, we tailored one...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Mergers and Acquisitions, Local Labor Market Concentration, and Worker Outcomes"

Seminar | January 22 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 155 Donner Lab | Note change in location

 David Arnold, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s):Labor Economics, Industrial Organization and Applied Econometrics

Undergraduate Data Science Education at Scale

Presentation | January 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor, Barrows Hall

 D-Lab

Join this kick-off event for a NSF-funded project to evaluate and expand Berkeley's data science curriculum. Faculty, students, and staff are invited to share their experiences with data science education and give suggestions on the components of a successful and inclusive education program.

Wish Info-Session

Information Session | January 22 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/wishinfosession

Wish is transforming the e-commerce space by connecting consumers directly to thousands of merchants, facilitating the purchase of products at incredible discounts.

Come meet our innovative team of engineers and learn about the problems we solve everyday at Wish, a tech start-up company that is revolutionizing mobile e-commerce. Afterwards, you'll be...   More >

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 >

Notorious

Film - Feature | January 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As Hitchcock told François Truffaut, Notorious involves “the old conflict between love and duty.” Cary Grant is in love with Ingrid Bergman, but his job as an intelligence agent demands that he let her marry another man. Bergman, who undertakes the expiation of her guilt for her Nazi father’s treason, suffers a similar conflict. In this film Hitchcock hit his stride, using camera movements and...   More >

Thursday, January 23, 2020

BPM 202 Communicating with Impact

Workshop | January 23 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers fundamental tools and techniques to communicate effectively with your team, colleagues, manager, and others across the organization.

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Modes, quasi-modes and the perturbed harmonic oscillator

Seminar | January 23 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fabricio Macià, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

 Department of Mathematics

I will present some recent result on concentration properties on phase-space for eigenstates of small perturbations of Quantum Completely Integrable Schrödinger equations, with particular emphasis on the semiclassical Quantum Harmonic Oscillator. The effect of the perturbation turns out to depend on the arithmetic properties of the frequencies of the oscillator. We will illustrate this type of...   More >

FULL: Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters

Workshop | January 23 – 24, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy.
More details and registration link coming soon!

Member Adult $175, Adult $190

Anemone coronaria watercolor on vellum by Catherine Watters

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.

Spring 2020 Special Seminar: Engineering precision biomaterials for personalized medicine

Seminar | January 23 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Brian Aguado, NIH & BWF Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Colorado - Boulder

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The future Aguado Research Group will develop “precision biomaterials” that enable the evaluation of a patient’s unique biology to diagnose and treat a variety of health disorders as a function of sex, age, and/or ancestry. Precision medicine is a movement in clinical practice that seeks to develop therapies tailored for specific patients or subsets of patients. As mounting evidence suggests that...   More >

Syntactic generalization in natural language inference

Seminar | January 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Tal Linzen, Johns Hopkins University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Neural network models for natural language processing often perform very well on examples that are drawn from the same distribution as the training set. Do they accomplish such success by learning to solve the task as a human might solve it, or do they adopt heuristics that happen to work well on the data set in question, but do not reflect the normative definition of the task (how one "should"...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Competition Under Social Interactions and the Design of Education Policies"

Seminar | January 23 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Claudia Allende Santa Cruz, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Industrial Organization, Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Development Economics

Planning for Your Next Career Move

Workshop | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

You have goals for your job, but how about your career? Being ready for your next career move means preparing early. In this workshop, you’ll begin to frame a goal and a plan to build and sustain momentum. You will also learn about many campus resources to support your career success.

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Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 325 Cheit Hall

 Na'ama Shenhav, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth

 Haas School of Business

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 >

UC Berkeley Staff Career Development Workshop: Planning for Your Next Career Move (BECAR250)

Workshop | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | University Hall, Room 198

 Human Resources

Being ready for your next career move means preparing early. In this workshop, you’ll begin to frame a goal and a plan to build and sustain momentum. You will also learn about many campus resources to support your career success. Note: This workshop is open to all UC Berkeley staff. Use the link below to register through the Learning Management System (LMS).

  Register online by January 22.

Monument Lab: Process and Power in Public Art

Lecture | January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Paul Farber

 Arts + Design

Paul Farber, Artistic Director and Co-founder, Monument Lab

Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. They cultivate and facilitate critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments through citywide art exhibitions, site-specific commissions,...   More >

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IB Seminar: The Social Brain: Physiological mechanisms underlying peer relationships

Seminar | January 23 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Annaliese Beery, Smith College/UMass Amherst

 Department of Integrative Biology

The USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Litigation

Panel Discussion | January 23 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 110 The Law Building

 Civil Justice Research Initiative

Annika K. Martin of Lieff Cabraser will discuss the class action lawsuit brought on behalf of women who were sexually abused, harassed, and molested while they were students at University of Southern California.

SLC Language Exchange Program: Become a Polyglot

Workshop | January 23 | 2-3 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Are you looking to enhance your language skills? Do you want to expand your community at Cal and around the world? The SLC Language Exchange Program introduces you to the linguistic and cultural diversity at Cal. Come learn how you can become a polyglot and discover how we connect hundreds of language enthusiasts all over the world. RSVP at bit.ly/lepinfo-sp20.

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | January 23 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Canceled

 Ona Bloom, Feinstein Institute

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2020: Dr. Iryna Dronova (of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning): More than just a tool: exploring biodiversity and ecosystem function through remotely sensed phenology

Seminar | January 23 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Iryna Dronova

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

Dr. Iryna Dronova, Asst. Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley will present: "More than just a tool: exploring biodiversity & ecosystem function through remotely sensed phenology".

2nd Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture: The Myth of the Laboratories of Democracy: Rethinking Federalism Doctrine Featuring Heather Gerken

Lecture | January 23 | 4-6:30 p.m. | The Law Building, Warren Room, 295 Simon Hall

 Heather Gerken, Dean, Yale Law School

 Berkeley Law

The Myth of the Laboratories of Democracy: Rethinking Federalism Doctrine featuring Heather Gerken

The Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture

Lecture from 4-5:30 p.m. in Warren Room, 295 Simon Hall.
Reception to follow in Donor Lobby from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Heather Gerken is the Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Dean Gerken is one of the country’s leading experts...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium, co-sponosred by MSRI: How CRISPR genome editing technology is changing the future of humanity

Seminar | January 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Jennifer A. Doudna, Innovative Genomics Institute @ University of California, Berkeley & UCSF; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 Department of Mathematics

Fundamental research to understand how bacteria fight viral infections uncovered the function of CRISPR-Cas programmable proteins that detect and cut specific DNA sequences. I will discuss how CRISPR-Cas proteins have been harnessed as a powerful technology for precision editing of genes in cells and organisms. The ability to alter the genetic information in any cell has opened up profound...   More >

Auditions: Snowflakes, or Rare White People

Performing Arts - Theater | January 23 | 5:30-10 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft) | Note change in location

 Mina Morita

 Dustin Chinn

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Current UC Berkeley students of any major are invited to open auditions for the TDPS production of Snowflakes, or Rare White People, a new play written by Dustin Chinn and directed by Mina Morita. The play will run April 24–May 3 in The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall.

Playwright Dustin Chinn (Courtesy Photo)

Nvidia Info-Session

Information Session | January 23 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

RSVP here: https://nvcaltalk20.eventbrite.com/

Come join us! Explore the future of AI computing in engaging, informative tech talks with experts who are creating new realities with AI. One lucky winner will even walk away with an NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER™! Food and drinks will be provided.

Dr. Ryan Prenger will be talking about the work going at NVIDIA in the Applied Deep Learning...   More >

International Grad Happy Hour

Social Event | January 23 – May 14, 2020 every Thursday | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Raleigh's

 2438 Telegraph Ave, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Come take a break from your studies and connect with the international graduate community on campus! These weekly happy hour meetups are a great chance to relax and socialize with other international grads.

Join the

Amarcord

Film - Feature | January 23 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Amarcord Fellini calls on the free-spirited fantasies of his later films, as well as the bittersweet comedy and intimate sense of detail of the early ones, to evoke a year in the life of this the small Italian coastal town of Rimini in the mid-1930s. Amarcord is filled with phantasmagorical gems from the director’s imagination. But the film is also rooted in history, filtered through memory:...   More >

Jemele Hill

Special Event | January 23 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

The Emmy-winning sports journalist, former ESPN SportsCenter co-anchor, and current Atlantic staff writer opens up about her career at the controversial intersection of sports and race in the United States.

$28–$58 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Jemele Hill appears in Cal Performances' Speaker Series on January 23, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Men's Swimming & Diving vs. Arizona

Sport - Intercollegiate - Swimming & Diving | January 24 |  Spieker Aquatics Complex

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Swimming & Diving hosts Arizona at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

COEH Builds Bridges: Warehouses, Wildfires, and Workplace Injuries

Conference/Symposium | January 24 – 25, 2020 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Betty Irene Moore Hall, Room 1800

 2570 48th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Please join COEH UC Berkeley and UC Davis for the 2020 COEH Builds Bridges Symposium: Warehouses, Wildfires, and Workplace Injuries.

COEH Builds Bridges was launched in 2017, and rotating biannually between Berkeley and Sacramento. This event is a merger of the 42nd Annual UC Berkeley Lela Morris Symposium, and 38th Annual UC Davis Occupational & Environmental Medicine Symposium.

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.

FULL: Introduction to Botanical Art Class with Catherine Watters

Workshop | January 23 – 24, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy.
More details and registration link coming soon!

Member Adult $175, Adult $190

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Info Session

Information Session | January 24 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Stefanie Ebeling, Program Manager/Student Advisor, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, Office of Undergraduate Research

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with UC Berkeley professors on faculty research projects.

'Information and Uncertainty in Data Science' Discussion Forum

Meeting | January 24 – May 1, 2020 every other Friday | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190B Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Find more information on the BIDS Events list: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | January 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Women's Basketball vs. Utah

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | January 24 | 12 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Utah in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

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

Information Session | January 24 | 12-1 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 >

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Lecture | January 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

 Social Science Matrix, Department of African American Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Please join us on January 24, 2020 from 12pm-1:30pm for a Matrix Lecture by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She will discuss her book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership.

  RSVP online

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Special probability seminar

Seminar | January 24 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Allan Sly, Princeton University

 Department of Statistics

Replica Symmetry Breaking for Random Regular NAESAT

Ideas from physics have predicted a number of important properties of random constraint satisfaction problems such as the satisfiability threshold and the free energy (the exponential growth rate of the number of solutions). Another prediction is the condensation regime where most of the solutions are contained in a small number of clusters...   More >

SLC Language Exchange Program: Become a Polyglot

Workshop | January 24 | 1-2 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Are you looking to enhance your language skills? Do you want to expand your community at Cal and around the world? The SLC Language Exchange Program introduces you to the linguistic and cultural diversity at Cal. Come learn how you can become a polyglot and discover how we connect hundreds of language enthusiasts all over the world. RSVP at bit.ly/lepinfo-sp20.

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | January 24 | 1-2 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

Atomic Engineering of Two-Dimensional Materials Using Electron Irradiation: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall | Note change in date and location

 Dr. Cong Su, KavliENSI Heising-Simons Fellow

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Controlling the exact atomic structure is an ultimate form of materials engineering. Atomic manipulation and atom-by-atom assembly can create functional structures that are hard to synthesize chemically. Defects at the one- or few-atom-scale have intriguing properties that can be applied to fields like quantum engineering (e.g. nitrogen vacancy center, single photon emitter, etc. ), and...   More >

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2020 application deadline, February 20, 2020

Information Session | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about how to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, DC. UCDC sends students from all majors to intern and take classes in DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

BIO Bears Meetup: Big C Hike

Social Event | January 24 | 2-3 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Kick off the semester by joining Berkeley International Office in hiking up to the Big C! At the top of this easy hike, you're treated to a breathtaking view of the bay.

We will meet in front of the International House at 2 PM. Bring comfy hiking shoes, water, and a flashlight. This event may be canceled due to weather, so please keep an eye on the Facebook event page for updates.

Women's Swimming & Diving vs. University of Arizona

Sport - Intercollegiate - Swimming & Diving | January 24 | 2 p.m. |  Spieker Aquatics Complex

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Swimming & Diving hosts University of Arizona at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Multiclass and Multiline Processes

Seminar | January 24 | 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.

Write like a Golden Bear: Strategies for Academic Writing Success

Workshop | January 24 | 3-4 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

In this 1-hour workshop, you will learn about the expectations for writing at a top-tier research university and acquire the seven golden strategies to thriving as an academic writer at Cal. Whether you are a first semester student or graduating senior, you will gain the insight and know-how to take your writing to the next level.

MENA Salon: The Assassination of Qassem Suleimani

Workshop | January 24 | 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 3 January, Major General Qassem Suleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps Guard was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike upon his arrival at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. The next day, President Trump ordered the deployment of 3,500 U.S. troops to the...   More >

Lunar New Year

Social Event | January 24 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  César E. Chávez Student Center

 SLC Language Exchange Program

Kick-off the semester with our first LEP social of the year: our Lunar New Year Celebration this Friday, 1/24, from 3-4:30PM! Observed throughout East and Southeast Asia, Lunar New Year marks the start of the lunisolar calendar and is a time for gathering with friends and family and welcoming good luck for the next year.

Join us to celebrate with traditional games and crafts, sample some yummy...   More >

  RSVP online

Perhaps We Have Framed the Research Data Management Challenge Incorrectly?

Seminar | January 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Over the past year Iâve been doing a good deal of thinking about the broad way weâve framed the work of research data management and preservation, and the roles of various parties (researchers, data curators, repositories, etc.) in this effort. The dominant model to date has been one of describing datasets, archiving them into repositories, and assuming that they will be discovered and reused...   More >

Job Market Seminar: "Consumption with Imperfect Perception of Wealth"

Seminar | January 24 | 3:10-4:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Chen Lian, MIT Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Macroeconomics, Behavioral Economics, Finance

Varda by Agnès

Film - Documentary | January 24 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A cinema institution unto herself, the delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can: with accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder. The many outlets of her boundless creativity (photography, art, filmmaking, and architecture) coalesce as Varda shares insight into her artistic fancies and flights in the many projects of...   More >

Poor Man’s High Performance Semiconductors: The Incredible Perovskites

Seminar | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Departments of Chemistry & Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

How did the recent revolution in the science of halide perovskites begin? The chemical versatility and structure diversity in the class of hybrid organic inorganic main metal halides is astounding. The interplay of weak covalent and ionic bonding in the inorganic framework allows the formation of an amazingly broad variety of structures most of which can be divided into two larger classes:...   More >

Lyft’s Approach to Developing Self-Driving Technology

Lecture | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Kumar Chellapilla, Lyft

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Lyft's Kumar Chellapilla will present Lyft’s Approach to Developing Self-Driving Technology at the ITS Transportation Seminar Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m

Thematic Seminar: Applications and limitations of the slice rank polynomial method

Seminar | January 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Lisa Sauermann, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

In 2016, Tao introduced the slice rank polynomial method as a reformulation of a technique that first appeared in work of Croot, Lev and Pach, and was the basis of a breakthrough of Ellenberg and Gijswijt on the upper bound for the famous cap-set problem. The cap-set problem asks about the maximum size of a subset of F_p^n not containing a three-term arithmetic progression. The slice rank...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Samantha Bennett (Australian National University)

Colloquium | January 24 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

“Backwards and Forwards: Conflations of Disorient Historical, Filmic and Musical Temporalities in Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Peek-A-Boo’”

Samantha Bennett is a sound recordist, guitarist and academic from London, UK, and Associate Professor in music at the Australian National University. Her research is focused on sound recording, music technology, the recording workplace, recordist agency...   More >

East Bay World History Reading Group: Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Meeting | January 24 | 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

Dune

Film - Feature | January 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lynch turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi to adapt Frank Herbert’s legendary science fiction novel about interplanetary palace intrigues and warring clans. Flamboyant producer Dino De Laurentiis hoped for an audience-friendly franchise like Star Wars, but wound up with a baffling, dreamlike missive from the Lynchian subconscious, where language is merely a sound effect, doublings...   More >

Helēna Sorokina

Performing Arts - Music | January 24 | 8-10 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music & Audio Technologies

Latvian mezzo-soprano Helēna Sorokina begun her musical education with the violin and piano already at the age of 5. She later went on to study choral conducting in her hometown Riga. Helena was studying classical vocal performance and vocal pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors