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Monday, October 28, 2019

Climate Justice Week: Learn what climate justice means and how you can take part!

Special Event | October 28 – November 1, 2019 every day | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, bNorth SERC Space

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Climate Justice Week aims to create an intentional space to engage the wider UC Berkeley community on the intersections of climate change and social justice. Find more information at serc.berkeley.edu/cjw

Dissertation Talk: Design and Applications of Portable Field Emission Devices

Seminar | October 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Nishita Deka

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Vacuum tubes were integral to the rise of electronics in the 20th century, enabling the development of many core technologies. Although vacuum tubes have since been superseded by solid-state technology, devices based on electron transport in vacuum offer some unique technical advantages over their solid-state counterparts. An interest in leveraging these performance advantages has led to the...   More >

Beyond photons: mechanosensing in the healthy and diseased eye

Seminar | October 28 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 David Krizaj, School of Medicine, University of Utah

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The vertebrate eye is a biomechanically privileged environment in which intrinsically generated pressure modulates the development, organization and function of ocular tissues. Historically, molecular mechanisms that sense and transduce pressure in the eye tended to be overlooked despite the critical roles their dysregulation might play in visual dysfunctions such as myopia, papilledema and...   More >

High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Fluid and Solid Mechanics: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | October 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Per-Olof Persson, Department of Mathematics; University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: It is widely believed that high-order accurate numerical methods, for example discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods, will eventually replace the traditional low-order methods in the solution of many problems, including fluid flow, solid dynamics, and wave propagation. The talk will give an overview of this field, including the theoretical background of the numerical schemes, the efficient...   More >

Meeting Conservation: Public Engagement at the California Academy of Sciences

Seminar | October 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Elizabeth Babcock, California Academy of Sciences

 Society for Conservation Biology- Berkeley Chapter

Learn about the powerful impact of museums, planetariums, and aquaria on science and conservation engagement. Network with a leader in the field and White House "Champion of Change" to see if a museum career might be the path for you.

Costume Building Open House

Workshop | October 28 – 31, 2019 every day | 12-4 p.m. | 141 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The CITRIS Invention Lab is hosting a week of costume building to get you ready for Halloween. The event is open to all; waivers just need to be signed by non-Maker Pass holders.

We’ll be kicking the open house off with a noontime “Cosplay Strategies” session (informal, no lunch provided) on Monday, October 28th, hosted by last year’s contest winner (Dan Chapman) and focusing on cheap and fast...   More >

GSPP Research Seminar

Seminar | October 28 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 105 (in 2607 Hearst St)

 Amy Lerman, UC Berkeley

 Alyssa Mooney, UC Berkeley

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy Research Seminar
Mondays 12:10-1:30
Pizza Served

Combinatorics Seminar: Kazhdan-Lusztig immanants and k-positive matrices

Seminar | October 28 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Melissa Sherman-Bennett, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

Immanants are functions on square matrices which generalize the determinant and permanent. This talk will focus on positivity properties of Kazhdan-Lusztig (K-L) immanants, which are immanants defined using q=1 specializations of Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials. Rhoades and Skandera (2006) showed, using work of Haiman (1993) and Stembridge (1991), that K-L immanants are nonnegative on matrices whose...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: “Populism, Stigma, and Political Correctness”

Seminar | October 28 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Mattias Polborn, Professor, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Self-Assembly of Nanoscale Architectures with DNA

Seminar | October 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Grigory Tikhomirov, California Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Nature has evolved to self-assemble complex functional architectures in a sustainable bottom-up way. Is it possible to develop a new approach to building complex devices that combines the strengths of biomolecular self-assembly and systematic engineering?

War in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

Spontaneous Brain Oscillations and Perceptual Decision Making

Colloquium | October 28 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

 Jason Samaha, Department of Psychology, UC Santa Cruz

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Manager Mastermind Group

Workshop | October 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Shirley Giraldo

 Human Resources

This is a solution-oriented social learning development opportunity where we share strategies on pressing topics of the day, and build community. Please RSVP and submit questions you'd like to ask other managers about in the link provided.

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Asymptotic $\varepsilon $-independence

Seminar | October 28 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will speak about $\varepsilon $-independence, which an interpolation of classical and free independence originally studied by M$ł{}$otkowski and later by Speicher and Wysoczanski. To be $\varepsilon $-independent, a family of algebras in particular must satisfy pairwise classical or free independence relations prescribed by a {0,1}-matrix $\varepsilon $, as well as more complicated higher...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Diophantine analysis on moduli of local systems

Seminar | October 28 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Peter Whang, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

Moduli spaces for special linear rank two local systems (with prescribed boundary traces) on topological surfaces are basic objects in geometry. After motivating their Diophantine study, we use mapping class group dynamics and differential geometric tools to establish a structure theorem for the integral points of these varieties, showing that they are finitely generated in a suitable sense and...   More >

New models of language dynamics: The role of cross-linguistic data

Colloquium | October 28 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Damian Blasi, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (US) Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Germany)

 Department of Linguistics

The status of cross-linguistic data in theories of language change and evolution has varied substantially over the course of the history of the discipline. The comparative study of languages and language histories has been a classic testing ground for hypotheses on the subject, but in an influential recent line of work it has been systematically sidelined in favor of highly controllable...   More >

Special Analysis Seminar: Local bound on the number of nodal domains

Seminar | October 28 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 959 Evans Hall

 Aleksandr Logunov, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Courant's theorem states that the $k$-th eigenfunction of the Laplace operator on a closed Riemannian manifold has at most $k$ nodal domains. Given a ball of radius $r$, we will discuss how many nodal domains can intersect this ball (depending on $r$ and $k$). Based on a joint work (in progress) with S. Chanillo and E. Malinnikova.

Mitotic checkpoint regulators in genome stability and insulin signaling

Seminar | October 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Hongtao Yu, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

 College of Chemistry

The spindle checkpoint ensures the fidelity of chromosome segregation during mitosis and guards against aneuploidy. Several checkpoint proteins have a moonlighting function to control insulin signaling in interphase. Recent studies on the crosstalk between the cell division module and insulin signaling will be discussed.

The Language of Incorporation: The Chinese Migrants in Central-Eastern Europe

Lecture | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Amy H. Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Government, UT Austin

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

The Chinese are one of the largest migrant groups in Central-Eastern Europe. Yet, we know very little about their behavior as a group or the region as a migration destination. In this talk, I draw on original survey data, interview observations, and newspaper text analysis in five countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, and Serbia). I demonstrate how the Chinese – specifically those in...   More >

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Panel Discussion | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall | Canceled

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

 Social Science Matrix


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A People's Weapon: Law and Propaganda in the Early People's Republic of China

Colloquium | October 28 | 4-6 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room 510

 Jennifer Altehenger, Associate Professor in Chinese History, University of Oxford

 Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

 Li Ka Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History, Center for the Study of Law & Society

Throughout the history of modern China, people have been taught about their country's laws. Even as polities and regimes changed, they shared in common the conviction that to learn, know, and abide by laws should be an elementary civic duty. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, the new government invested even more energy than its predecessors into devising methods to...   More >

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Panel Discussion | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

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

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on October 28, 2019 from 4-5:30 pm for an engaging discussion about They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History at UC Berkeley.

  RSVP online by October 26.

POSTPONED - Measuring the Impact of Dual Enrollment on Postsecondary Outcomes in NYC Public Schools 

Colloquium | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Tolani Britton, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Tolani Britton uses quasi-experimental methods to explore the impact of policies on students’ transition from secondary school to higher education, as well as access and retention in higher education. Recent work explores whether the disproportionate increase in incarceration of Black males for drug possessions and manufacture increased gaps in college enrollment rates by race and gender over two...   More >

Tolani Britton

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "The Use and Misuse of Coordinated Punishments"

Seminar | October 28 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Daniel Barron, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Communication facilitates cooperation by ensuring that deviators are collectively punished. We explore how players might misuse messages to threaten one another, and we identify ways in which organizations can deter these threats and restore cooperation. In our model, a principal plays trust games with a sequence of short-run agents who communicate with each other. A shirking agent can extort pay...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Adapting analysis/synthesis pairs to pseudodifferential operators

Seminar | October 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Melissa Tacy, University of Otago

 Department of Mathematics

Many problems in harmonic analysis are resolved by producing an analysis/synthesis of function spaces. For example the Fourier or wavelet decompositions. In this talk I will discuss how to use Fourier integral operators to adapt analysis/synthesis pairs (developed for the constant coefficient PDE case) to the pseudodifferential setting. I will demonstrate how adapting a wavelet decomposition can...   More >

CANCELED: TDPS Meet and Greet with Spring Directors

Information Session | October 28 | 4:30-6 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall) | Canceled

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Due to the anticipated campus power outage, this event has been canceled. For information regarding spring productions and directors, please check tdps.berkeley.edu over the next few weeks.

Directors Mina Morita and Patrick Russell

Cal STAPH Horror D'oeuvres Part Deux

Social Event | October 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Public Health, School of

Cal STAPH is hosting a Halloween potluck for students in the School of Public Health.

Relationship Among People - CANCELED

Colloquium | October 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall | Canceled

 Daisuke Sakai, Co-Founder, teamLab

 Dana Buntrock, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Dept. of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning

Daisuke Sakai, a co-founder of teamLab, speaks about the theme of 'Relationships Among People', one of teamLab’s concepts which aims to explore a new relationship among people, and to make the presence of others a positive experience through digital art. Sakai will introduce such concept along with teamLab’s works.
teamLab was founded in 2001 as an...   More >


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The San Quentin Project

Lecture | October 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Nigel Poor; Michael Nelson

 Arts + Design

Presented by BAMPFA

Nigel Poor, Artist
Michael Nelson, Writer and Activist

Artist Nigel Poor presents various collaborative projects she has worked on inside San Quentin Prison, including the San Quentin archive project currently on view at BAMPFA, and talks about the award winning podcast Ear Hustle, which she co-created and co-hosts with residents of San Quentin.

The exhibition The...   More >

Holloway Poetry Series: Don Bogen / with Dana Swensen

Reading - Literary | October 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

Heart Chan Meditation

Course | September 23 – November 11, 2019 every Monday | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

Heart Chan, Heart Chan at Berkeley

 Heart Chan

Start the journey for Heart Chan Meditation
seeking harmony of mind, body, spirit
gain true wisdom and joy from your inner self
make meditation part of your modern daily life.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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