<< Monday, October 02, 2017 >>

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Anil Chopra Symposium

Conference/Symposium | October 2 |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

We are pleased to announce a Retirement Symposium and Celebration honoring the Career of Professor Anil K. Chopra. In 2015, Professor Chopra retired after 46 years of service on the faculty of UC Berkeley. Professor Chopra has an impressive list of contributions in earthquake engineering including fundamental technical knowledge, teaching and instruction, and consulting.

  Buy tickets by emailing clairejohnson@berkeley.edu

  Register by emailing clairejohnson@berkeley.edu

Crypto Economics Security Conference (CESC): Day 1

Conference/Symposium | October 2 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Hosted by Blockchain@Berkeley.

Public, permissionless blockchains are dependent for their security and reliability on their economic incentives and mechanism design. Some private, permissioned ones may be as well.

This conference will explore the economic security aspects of blockchains protocols, including game theory, incentive design, mechanism design and market design along with other...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | October 2 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

New Research in Oral History: Jacqueline Adams: Using music to denounce disappearances under a military regime

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Jacqueline Adams, Institute for the Study of Society Issues, UC Berkeley

 Oral History Center

Under repressive military regimes, it is not unusual for political dissidents to become the victims of enforced disappearance, whereby they are tortured and killed by the secret police, and all the while, their whereabouts are unknown to family members. How do the family members respond to this situation? In this paper, this question is addressed by examining the case of relatives of the...   More >

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Cecile Fortune, Flannery Lab; Kelly Byrne, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Kelly Byrne (Michael Silver Lab)

Title: The relationship between cholinergic enhancement and visuospatial perception

Abstract: Acetylcholine (ACh) is synthesized in the basal forebrain and diffused widely throughout the brain, exerting diverse neuromodulatory effects. Animal physiology studies indicate that in visual cortex, ACh modulates spatial integration by changing neuronal receptive...   More >

New Research in Oral History: Jacqueline Adams: Using music to denounce disappearances under a military regime

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Jacqueline Adams, Institute for the Study of Society Issues, UC Berkeley

 Oral History Center

Under repressive military regimes, it is not unusual for political dissidents to become the victims of enforced disappearance, whereby they are tortured and killed by the secret police, and all the while, their whereabouts are unknown to family members. How do the family members respond to this situation? In this paper, this question is addressed by examining the case of relatives of the...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Refinement of partition identities

Seminar | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jehanne Dousse, Universität Zürich

 Department of Mathematics

A partition of a positive integer n is a non-increasing sequence of positive integers whose sum is n. A Rogers-Ramanujan type partition identity is a theorem stating that for all n, the number of partitions of n satisfying some difference conditions equals the number of partitions of n satisfying some congruence conditions. In 1993 Alladi and Gordon introduced the method of weighted words to find...   More >

Executive Functioning in Children and Their Caregivers: Implications for Adaptation and Resilience

Colloquium | October 2 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Jelena Obradović, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Children who know how to control their impulses, ignore distracting stimuli, manipulate information in the mind, and shift between competing rules tend to thrive in life. Professor Obradović will discuss how good self-regulation skills help children succeed in the school context and review her new research linking executive functioning, stress physiology, and parenting practices. She will...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Uniqueness of mean curvature flow through (some) singularities

Seminar | October 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Or Hershkovits, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Given a smooth compact hypersurface in Euclidean space, one can show that there exists a unique smooth evolution starting from it, existing for some maximal time. But what happens after the flow becomes singular? There are several notions through which one can describe weak evolutions past singularities, with various relationship between them. One such notion is that of the level set flow. While...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Quantum K-theory of hypertoric varieties

Seminar | October 2 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Zijun Zhou, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Okounkov's quantum K-theory is defined via virtual counting of parameterized quasimaps. In this talk I will consider explicit computations in the case of hypertoric varieties, where the quantum K-theory relation will arise from analysis of the bare vertex function.

White Supremacy and the Academy: an Ethnographic Retrospective

Colloquium | October 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anthropology Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Anthropology

In a timely presentation,

Professor Nancy Scheper-
Hughes discusses the "The

Professor Watch List" an alt-
right watch list of Professors -

4 of them at UC Berkeley -
and other forms of academic
censorship. She will include
the story of "Berkeley’s
Raging Bull."

Did the late Anthropology
Professor, Vincent Sarich have the
right to teach blatant racist, sexist,
and homophobic...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Symplectic Cohomology and Lagrangian Enumerative Geometry

Seminar | October 2 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Dmitry Tonkonog, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain a connection between the symplectic topology of Liouville domains and the Lagrangian enumerative geometry inside their compactifications. The enumerative invariants in question are the Landau-Ginzburg potentials and their higher Maslov index versions which I will introduce. I will explain the mirror context of the story as well as some applications, including a relationship between...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free Fisher information and non-microstates free entropy

Seminar | October 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Brent Nelson, NSF postdoctoral fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the non-commutative analogue of Fisher information, how it motivates the definition of a "non-microstates" free entropy and the various properties and applications of these two quantities.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Tamagawa Numbers of Linear Algebraic Groups

Seminar | October 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Zev Rosengarten, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

In 1981, Sansuc obtained a formula for Tamagawa numbers of reductive groups over number fields, modulo some then unknown results on the arithmetic of simply-connected groups which have since been proven, particularly Weil's conjecture on Tamagawa numbers over number fields. One easily deduces that this same formula holds for all linear algebraic groups over number fields. Sansuc's method still...   More >

Nick Sahinidis — ALAMO: Machine learning from data and first principles

Seminar | October 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Nick Sahinidis, Carnegie Mellon University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

We have developed the ALAMO methodology with the aim of producing a tool capable of using data to learn algebraic models that are accurate and as simple as possible. ALAMO relies on (a) integer nonlinear optimization to build low-complexity models from input-output data, (b) derivative-free optimization to collect additional data points
that can be used to improve tentative models, and (c)...   More >

The World Turned Upside Down: American Theater After Hamilton

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 T. Carlis Roberts, Professor, Music, UCB; Scott Saul, Professor, English, UCB; Meiyin Wang, Director and Producer, Director of La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival, La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival

 Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Professor, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB

 College of Letters & Science

An On the Same Page event.
Hamilton is becoming a generation-defining musical, like Rent, Hair, and others before it. This panel brings together experts in cultural criticism, ethnomusicology, theater practice, and arts administration to discuss the current and likely future impact of Hamilton's success upon American theater.

 Free and open to all on a first-come, first seated basis

The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive

Lecture | October 2 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, The Program for the Study of Italy, IES

The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural...   More >

St. Nikolai textile

Seminar 271, Development: "Community Development in the Long Run"

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

 Kate Casey, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Floer Memorial Lecture: Constructing Relative Fundamental Classes

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Eleny Ionel, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Families of moduli spaces in symplectic Gromov-Witten theory and gauge theory are often manifolds that have "thin" compactifications, in the sense that the boundary of the generic fiber has codimension at least two. In this talk I will discuss a notion of a relative fundamental class for such thinly compactified families. It associates to each fiber, regardless whether it is regular or not, an...   More >

Science in politics; politics in science

Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Daniel Kammen, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group; Michael Eisen, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology

 Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor, Integrative Biology

 Berkeley Faculty Association

Science is under threat: its credibility as a research endeavor is being challenged by politicians; its funding has been cut; its messages are being discredited. The defense of science calls for a new politics. What should that look like? Resign in protest, run for office, march on the streets?

Design Field Notes: Liat Berdugo

Seminar | October 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Artist, writer, and curator Liat Berdugo will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Time Lotteries

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

 Pietro Ortoleva, Princeton University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory seminar

* Please note change in time and location due to a joint event

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Convergence of phase-field models and thresholding schemes for multi-phase mean curvature flow

Seminar | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The thresholding scheme is a time discretization for mean curvature flow. Recently, Esedoglu and Otto showed that thresholding can be interpreted as minimizing movements for an energy that Gamma-converges to the total interfacial area. In this talk I'll present new convergence results, in particular in the multi-phase case with arbitrary surface tensions. The main result establishes convergence...   More >

Salil Tripathi | The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy

Reading - Nonfiction | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Salil Tripathi, Writer and Journalist

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Author Salil Tripathi discusses his new book, a beautifully wrought tale of the difficult birth and conflict-ridden politics of Bangladesh.

Research/Funding Opportunities Workshop (Open Hours)

Workshop | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Alexa Aburto (Humanities), Ilexis Chu-Jacoby (STEM), Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science)

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop will introduce and expose students to various research programs and funding opportunities on campus. It will cover various program applications (such as the McNair Scholars Application), reaching out to mentors, getting solid letters of recommendations, and writing strong research proposals and personal statements. Presenters will also discuss their experiences with their research...   More >

Getting Off to a Good Start in Your UX Career

Special Event | October 2 | 5:10-6 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Billie Mandell

 Information, School of

Billie Mandell is a UX design leader with two decades of experience.

SLAM: Funding your research: From startup to independence

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

 Professor Aaron Fields, UCSF

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Ever wonder how to effectively raise money to pay for a new lab, especially without a track record of success? How much does one graduate student cost anyways? Join us for a discussion with Aaron Fields, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF, to learn about his journey to fund his lab.

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

East African Beer and Soda

Berkeley Water Group's Screening of Water and Power: A California Heist

Film - Documentary | October 2 | 6-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Berkeley Water Group

Hey everyone!
We’re approaching the heart of midterm season, but be sure to take a study break and join us on Monday 10/2 for a documentary and discussion!
We will be watching Water & Power: A California Heist. It's a documentary about how a handful of corporate landowners took advantage of a state-engineered system and gained control of the state's most precious public resource, while drought...   More >

On Implementing Arte Útil: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

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

 Tania Bruguera, Artist and Activist

 Arts + Design

Tania Bruguera’s socially engaged, political projects apply the aesthetics of art to everyday life. Focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness, they are intensive interventions into the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics. In this talk, Bruguera will discuss her summer 2017 YBCA project, Arte Útil, and will explore the concept of...   More >

Implementing Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Artist and activist Tania Bruguera discusses the concept of Arte Útil, or “useful art.”

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >

Let the Tool Do the Work: The 2017 UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Faculty Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 28 – October 12, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday | 12-5 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Worth Ryder Art Gallery / K116

 Art Practice, Department of

The Annual UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Exhibition is a recent works show featuring our faculty and staff.

This year the exhibition explores how artwork functions as a tool. In addition to their work, the artists will present the tools they use in their creative process in a “workshop” for our visitors.

Think outside the toolbox!

Greg Niemeyer, “Supraliminal Web Instrument” (demo version, still), 2017.