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Friday, December 6, 2019

Responding to Challenging Times: Immigrant Well-being and Access to Services

Conference/Symposium | December 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Irene Bloemraad, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Institute

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) is proud to announce a symposium on immigrant services policy and the service barriers immigrants face in the Bay Area on Friday morning, December 6. This event brings together service providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about immigrant integration resources in the Bay Area, followed by a discussion about strategies...   More >

  RSVP online

Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

FULL: Botanical Illustration: Winter and Holiday Subjects

Workshop | December 5 – 6, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

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. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Creating the protein version of DNA base pairing

Seminar | December 6 | 10-11 a.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Zibo Chen Ph.D.

 College of Chemistry

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | December 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | December 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/6, Samba will be 10/4, Hula / Polynesian will be 11/1, and Zumba / Samba will be 12/6. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Electronic, Thermal, and (Some) Unusual Applications of 2D Materials

Seminar | December 6 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Eric Pop, Professor, Stanford, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and SystemX Alliance

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will present recent highlights from our research on two-dimensional (2D) materials including
graphene, boron nitride (h-BN), and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs).

Travel and Visa Webinar

Workshop | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Learn about what to expect when traveling abroad and re-entering the U.S. Topics include: When a visa stamp is needed (and when it is not), documents you need to apply for a visa, the visa application process and timelines, security clearances, and travel to Canada and Mexico. A Question and Answer period will follow the presentation.

Please <a...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Towards More Scalable and Robust Machine Learning

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Dong Yin, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation talk - Dong Yin, PhD student, EECS Department

When Liquids are Liquids or Maybe Not: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Thomas P. Russell, Univ of Massachusetts / Polymer Science and Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We introduce systems of liquids trapped in non-equilibrium configurations by interfacial assemblies of nanoparticle surfactants (‘NPSs’). These constructs consist of aqueous threads, length ~10-100 cm and diameter ~100 m whose mechanical properties are determined by an interfacial NPS assembly 20 nm thick. The interfacial layer consists of nanoparticles and polymers with complementary...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Gaussian limits in two inference problems

Seminar | December 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 212 Cory Hall

 Jingbo Liu, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Distribution limits in large systems are often the key to understanding the fundamental limits or designing inference algorithms, though sometimes not immediately recognized. I would like to discuss two pieces of my recent work with this flavor.
One piece of work concerns inference on trees. Evans, Kenyon, Peres, and Schulman (2000) and Mossel (2004) conjectured that the Kesten-Stigum (KS)...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation VI

Seminar | December 6 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

David Simchi-Levi — Phase Transitions and Cyclic Phenomena in Online and Offline Learning

Seminar | December 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 David Simchi-Levi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract:  We consider the classical stochastic multi-armed bandit problem with constraints on the total switching cost and total inventory consumption. We prove matching upper and lower bounds on regret and provide near-optimal algorithms for this problem. Surprisingly, we discover phase transitions and cyclic phenomena of the optimal regret. That is, we show that associated with the inventory...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Radical 2

Colloquium | December 6 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

MENA Salon: Uprisings in Iraq

Workshop | December 6 | 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.

Since 1 October, protests have erupted across southern and central Iraq. Calling for an end of the political system that was established after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, demonstrators are fed up with political corruption, high...   More >

Developments in Networked Information: Review and Prospects

Seminar | December 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

This is the now-traditional extended preview of parts of the plenary talk that Iâll give at the CNI fall member meeting in the week of December 9. It will cover recent developments that Iâm tracking, and discuss near-term prospects and opportunities. Since we have more time than I will at the CNI plenary and the scope of this talk is more constrained, Iâll be able to go into more depth on some...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Questions about phase spaces of minimal Boolean flows

Colloquium | December 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Dana Bartošová, University of Florida

 Department of Mathematics

By a flow, we mean a continuous action of a topological groups $G$ on a compact Hausdorff space $X$. We refer to $X$ as the phase space of the flow. We are primarily interested in minimal flows, that is flows that have no non-trivial proper closed invariant subset. Among minimal flows, there exists a maximal one called the universal minimal flow, $M(G),$ which admits a continuous homomorphism...   More >

Thesis Seminar

Seminar | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Ignas Cerniauskas, Lammel Lab; Katarina Slama, Knight Lab; Daniel Toker, D’Esposito Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Ignas Cerniauskas (Lammel Lab): “Chronic stress induces activity, synaptic and transcriptional remodeling of the lateral habenula associated with deficits in motivated behaviors.”

Kata Slama (Knight Lab): "Electrophysiological mechanisms of visual search in humans"

Reception afterwards.

Worlding the narod: Recontextualizing the Chinese Reading of Russian Realism

Colloquium | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Roy Chan, Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature, University of Oregon

 Edward Tyerman, Assistant Professor, Russian and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talks aims to examine the various ways in which Russian ideas about realism circulated in China, with particular emphasis on the People's Republic of China's deep engagement with Russian and Soviet literature. As the "the people" (renmin) constituted a normative pillar that was central to the PRC's political legitimacy, aesthetic practices designed to provide representational articulation of...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Saturated De Rham-Witt complex, after Bhatt, Lurie, Mathew

Seminar | December 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Arthur Ogus, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Let $X/k$ be a smooth scheme over a perfect field of characteristic $p$. The de Rham-Witt complex, constructed by Illusie (with roots in work by Bloch, Lubkin, and Deligne) is a canonical sheaf of differential graded algebras on the Zariski site which computes the crystalline cohomology of $X/W$ and which reveals a great deal of information about the action of the Frobenius endomorphism of $X$....   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Melinda Latour (Tufts University)

Colloquium | December 6 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Stoic Remedies: Music as Psychotherapy in Early Modern France

Chancellor's Awards for Public Service Nominations - Last Day

Deadline | December 6 | 5 p.m. | 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 >

Grounds for Science - The Dark Matter of Physics Rap

Presentation | December 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Hip Hop Juice Box

 3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Thomas Mittiga, Department of Physics


Rap is the language of the youth. Science is a way to expand truth. As the Genius of the Wu Tang Clan, GZA’s plan is to band his two muses through his new music. Enter Dark Matter: mad-sure to shatter the chatter that science-songs couldn’t be sadder. In this talk you’ll find the science behind the brilliant mind that writes the rhymes.

Grounds for Science - at the Juice Box