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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 2, 2019 – December 2, 2020 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Theater and Dance Fall Student Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | December 4 – 6, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions |  See Event Description for Locations

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

TDPS students will present performance techniques or pieces crafted and refined throughout the semester. All events are free and open to the public.

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service Nominations

Miscellaneous | November 26 – December 6, 2019 every day | Eshleman Hall, Online Nomination

 Public Service Center

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged...   More >

Certificate Program in Financial Planning and Analysis Online Information Session

Information Session | December 4 | 9:30-10 a.m. |  Online

 Heather Liston, UC Berkeley Extension program director

 UC Berkeley Extension

Financial planners and analysts reside at the intersection of accounting, economics and finance. These professionals also touch every function of the business in that every action has an economic impact.

Discover how this certificate can benefit you, whether you are looking to advance in your current business career or switch to a career in financial planning and analysis.

  Register online

BPM 110 Foundational Finance

Workshop | December 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers budgeting and using your unit’s resources.

  Register online

Certificate Program in Human Resource Management Online Information Session

Information Session | December 4 | 11-11:30 a.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Discover how this certificate, approved by the Human Resource Certification Institute, can help you make the most of growing opportunities in human resource management.

  Register online

FLAS Information Workshop

Information Session | December 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 International and Area Studies (IAS)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis for the academic year and for summer. These fellowships encourage the study of less commonly taught foreign languages. This info session, presented by the Title VI-funded National Resource Centers at UC Berkeley that manage the FLAS fellowship program, will review the application and program requirements.

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | December 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Tomasz Piskorski, Columbia Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Study Abroad Office Hours at EOP

Miscellaneous | October 2 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, EOP at MLK BNorth

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will hold office hours at EOP every Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm during the fall semester to answer questions about program options, scholarships, how to apply and additional services offered!

Sign-up for a spot on http://tinyurl.com/eopstudyabroad.

BioE Seminar: Vibrational spectroscopy and plasmonics: a new toolbox for fingerprinting tumor-associated exosomes: Randy Carney, UC Davis

Seminar | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Randy Carney, UC Davis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

"Vibrational spectroscopy and plasmonics: a new toolbox for fingerprinting tumor-associated exosomes"
Randy Carney, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis

Townsend Book Chat with Grace Lavery: Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan

Lecture | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Lavery examines the contradictory role — as both rival empire and cradle of exquisite beauty — played by Japan in the Victorian imagination.

Do Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Economic Outcomes in the Next Generation? Evidence from Mexico: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Susan Parker, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

 Population Science, Department of Demography

Susan W. Parker is a professor in the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland. Her research focuses on education and health in developing countries and on the evaluation of programs and public policies. Her current projects include studying the causes and consequences of the rise in obesity in Mexico, the health impacts of public health insurance, and mobile banking in poor populations.

Professional Program in Graphic Design Online Information Session

Information Session | December 4 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension's Professional Program in Graphic Design offers a study of design principles and an appreciation of historical and current trends. Find out how you can learn from industry professionals to build a portfolio and advance in the field.

  Register online

Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies Online Information Session

Information Session | December 4 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension’s Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies</a> is a comprehensive, accelerated course of study that is designed by paralegals for paralegals and taught by practicing attorneys.

  Register online

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Speaker TBA: Title TBA

Seminar | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 TBA

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning Online Information Session

Information Session | December 4 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 Sigrid Mueller, M.A., UC Berkeley Extension, program director

 UC Berkeley Extension

Instructors and staff present information about directing others in their quest for higher education and career fulfillment. Learn about career opportunities, curriculum requirements and specific course content for both programs.

  Register online

Holiday Sing Along with the University Chorus: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | December 4 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall | Note change in date

 Department of Music

A Holiday Sing along with University Chorus directed be Wei Cheng

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

The Psychology of Ritual

Colloquium | December 4 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Michael I. Norton, Professor, Harvard Business School

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Rituals are ubiquitous in our personal lives – enacted before performances or during family holidays – and in our interactions with firms – from sports fans doing the “wave” to customers being served wine after an elaborate uncorking. Our research has documented the benefits of rituals in domains ranging from grief recovery to chocolate consumption to team performance to singing Journey’s “Don’t...   More >

Caring for the Caregiver (BEUHS124)

Workshop | December 4 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Maureen Kelly, ED.D., LCSW, Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

As the population ages and our health systems provide less and less care, more caregiving responsibilities are being borne by family members. Caregiver stress, a result of the emotional and physical strain of caregiving, is reported at much higher levels by family caregivers than by non-caregivers. Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient among us and impacts health. Caregivers,...   More >

Insistent Things: What Artifacts have to Say about Buffalo Soldiers’ Campaign for Citizenship Rights

Lecture | December 4 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Laurie A. Wilkie, Professor, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This paper will examine the ways that Black regulars serving in the frontier military used personal and company-owned artifacts to participate in national discourses on masculinity, citizenship and being human.

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | December 4 | 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

Microsoft Access Query Design

Course | December 4 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This course details the process of designing Select Queries in a Microsoft Access database. Emphasis is placed on sorting, ranking, filtering, interactive criteria, and modular design techniques. Learning Objectives * Understand the purpose and interdependencies of the six major database object types. * Contrast flat file data storage against relational database management systems. * Design new...   More >

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Paradigm shift in conservation of public lands

Seminar | December 4 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 251 Hilgard Hall

 Sarah Allen, National Park Service

 Society of Conservation Biology

Sarah Allen is a retired marine ecologist in National Park Service. She has been working as National Park Service Pacific West Region’s Ocean and Coastal Resources Program Lead and coordinating scientific research in the parks. In this talk, she will focus on the current and future challenges for national park management, and how to bring together scientists, practitioners, and the general public...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 2 – December 4, 2019 the first Wednesday of the month every month | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

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

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

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 >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Median spaces versus property (T)

Seminar | December 4 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Indira Chatterji, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis

 Department of Mathematics

Median spaces are a natural generalization of CAT(0) cube complexes. I will give the definition and examples, and discuss their relationship with Property (T).

BLISS Seminar: On sampling and inference of spatial fields from samples taken by a location-unaware mobile sensor

Seminar | December 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Animesh Kumar, IIT Bombay

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider the problem of spatial field inference using a location-unaware mobile sensor moving along a known path. The location-unaware sensing/sampling locations are modeled as a renewal process along the path, where the renewal distribution is not known. In this setup, where sampling locations as well as sample-location’s distribution is unknown, equispaced approximation of sampling locations...   More >

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

Workshop | December 4 | 3-4 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 >

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | August 28 – December 11, 2019 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 >

Stochastic persistence and extinction

Seminar | December 4 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Alex Hening, Tufts University

 Department of Statistics

A key question in population biology is understanding the conditions under which the species of an ecosystem persist or go extinct. Theoretical and empirical studies have shown that persistence can be facilitated or negated by both biotic interactions and environmental fluctuations. We study the dynamics of n interacting species that live in a stochastic environment. Our models are described by n...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Homological Stability III

Seminar | December 4 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 DongGyu Lim, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Archipelagic Vietnam: Rethinking Nationalism and Trans-Pacific Regionalism at the Shoreline

Lecture | December 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Biggs, Professor of History, UC Riverside

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Until recent conflicts over the South China Sea, Vietnam’s history has been almost wholly described in terrestrial terms. Seaborne connections across the East Sea and the Pacific have however played key roles in defining modern Vietnam. This talk reimagines Vietnam as an archipelago, a more permeable nation-system of nodes linked by flows of energy, food, people and technology.

David Biggs

Statistical Treatment of inverse problems constrained by differential equations-based models with stochastic terms: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | December 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Noemi Petra, UC Merced

 Department of Statistics

In this talk, we introduce a statistical treatment of
inverse problems constrained by models with stochastic terms. The
solution of the forward problem is given by a distribution represented
numerically by an ensemble of simulations. The goal is to formulate
the inverse problem, in particular the objective function, to find the
closest forward distribution (i.e., the output of the...   More >

EECS Colloquium: The Internet of Materials: The next logical step or a paradigm shift?

Colloquium | December 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Gregory Abowd, Georgia Tech

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Revisiting Weiser’s 30-year old inspirational vision on ubiquitous computing, we see that there are three factors that today limit the kind of ubiquity that Weiser described: power, cost, and form factor. Using these factors to drive our efforts, we have created examples of computational materials at Georgia Tech that demonstrate self-sustaining computational devices that are manufactured with...   More >

Directing molecular behavior in solution and at solid-liquid interfaces: Eastman Lecturer

Lecture | December 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Susannah Scott, University of California Santa Barbara

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Heterogeneous catalyst design is often hampered by a lack of precise information about the molecular identity of the active sites. Synthesizing model catalysts with control of the local structure allows us to interrogate the active sites about their interactions with reactants and products.

ERG Colloquium: Alumni Panel: Achieving liveable, equitable, sustainable communities

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

 Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director, Strategic Growth Council; Zack Subin, Senior Consultant, Energy + Environmental Economics; Jeff Hobson, Independent Consultant; Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council

 University of California, Berkeley

This colloquium features a panel of four accomplished Energy and Resources Group alumni who are leading advocates for liveable, equitable communities that address large-scale challenges like gridlock and climate change. ERG student Emma Tome will facilitate discussion of the panelists' academic and career paths, as well as current challenges these ERGies are tackling in their work within...   More >

Topology Seminar: Geodesic flow and tangent spaces on some non-positively curved groups.

Seminar | December 4 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Indira Chatterji, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss actions on Lp-spaces, and describe some geometric features of a discrete group that can give such an action.

First Step(pe)s: The Silk Road from a Steppe Perspective

Lecture | December 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ursula B. Brosseder, Bonn University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Numerous, far-reaching migrations and contacts have taken place during prehistory across the vast Eurasian steppes, reaching from Eastern Europe or the Near East to Inner Asia and present-day China. However, the intensity and speed of connectivity between East and West changed profoundly in the late first millennium BC. Traditional narrative holds that this change was initiated by the travels of...   More >

Teaching, Learning and Creating Change with Data: The Census and American Cultures

Panel Discussion | December 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room

 Library

Professors Victoria Robinson, Irene Bloemraad and Joanna Reed will discuss how their American Cultures/Sociology courses use census data, combined with original data, to better understand the needs of Bay Area communities. Students will be sharing their findings, and curator-led tours of the Power and the People exhibit will be offered.

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

Cryptography in the Wild

Special Event | December 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  South Hall

 Nick Sullivan

 Information, School of

The evolution of cryptography on the Internet, with Nick Sullivan of Cloudflare.

Techfair at Berkeley: UC Berkeley's all-new showcase for student makers

Conference/Symposium | December 4 | 6-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Techfair is a showcase focused on bringing together Berkeley's brightest student makers – students who're creating innovative, disruptive solutions to real-world problems. It's an event that identifies and highlights the side projects created by the maker community driving the Berkeley startup ecosystem.

MENA Lit Chat with Massoud Hayoun, Author of "When We Were Arabs"

Reading - Literary | December 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Massoud Hayoun

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join us at the CMES for a conversation with acclaimed novelist Massoud Hayoun about his new novel, When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History.

There was a time when being an “Arab” didn’t mean you were necessarily Muslim. It was a time when Oscar Hayoun, a Jewish Arab, strode along the Nile in a fashionable suit after Shabbat services on his way to bring tobacco to his dying...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 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.

Mr. Klein

Film - Feature | December 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

You know something’s happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Klein? Played with manicured indifference by Alain Delon, Klein is a dispassionate art dealer profiting from the desperation of Jews fleeing occupied France in the early forties. When he learns that the Nazi authorities suspect him of being a Jew, he seeks out the identity of a shadowy double, another Mr. Klein, living...   More >

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello; Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Performing Arts - Music | December 4 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Program:
Beethoven/12 Variations on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” (from Die Zauberflöte), Op. 66
Lutosławski/Grave
Barber/Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6
Rachmaninoff/Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

$42-68 (prices subject to change)

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

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason perform Sunday, December 4, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

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

 Library

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

 Library

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

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

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >

Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?


Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >