Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Special Event | February 6 – 29, 2020 every day | 675 Barrows Hall
In honor of Black History Month the African American Studies Department invites you to drop by and adopt free books from our Reading Room.
Lecture | February 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
Banavar Sridhar, University Space Research Association (USRA) at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Abstract: There is an increasing interest in applying methods based on Machine Learning Techniques (MLT) to problems in aviation operations. The current interest is based on developments in Cloud Computing, the availability of open software and the success of MLT in automation, consumer behavior and finance involving large database. Historically aviation operations have been analyzed using... More >
Find out more on the BIDS website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.
Adam Anderson--Three Centuries of Comparative Demographic Analysis of Ancient Social Networks: A Demography Brown Bag Talk
Colloquium | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room
Adam Anderson, Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer, Digital Humanities, UC Berkeley
A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.
Lecture | February 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Jennifer Doyle, Professor, Department of English, UC Riverside
In this talk, centered on truth-telling between women in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, I take up alethurgy's shadows those zones marked by the systems which reproduce power and authority as hidden, inexpressible and forgotten.
Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "The function and evolution of phased, secondary siRNAs in plant reproduction"
Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall
Blake Meyers, Principle Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and University of Missouri
Blake's work focuses on genome-scale studies of RNA and components of RNA silencing pathways, emphasizing plant reproductive biology and the evolution of plant small RNAs. Blake has been involved with next-generation DNA sequencing since its earliest days, and he has developed a number of applications of this technology, including computational methods, that have had a deep impact on plant genomics.
Lecture | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
Beth Piatotes debut short story collection is a reflection on modern Native American life.
Ancient Hunter-Gatherer Sea-Faring Explorers of Cyprus: Traversing Land and Sea during the Epipalaeolithic
Lecture | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Lisa Maher, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus was once thought to be peripheral to regional cultural developments during prehistory. It is now at the forefront of research on Late Epipalaeolithic hunter-gatherer and Early Neolithic movements and colonization, as well as their associated technological innovations and impacts on shaping newly settled landscapes.
Performing Arts - Music | February 26 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
New and Old Works
Since 1953 the Noon Concert Series has featured a variety of performance from Music students, faculty, and guest musicians.
11:55 - Doors Open
12:15 - Start
Seminar | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
The Revolution That Wasnt: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives
About the Talk:
The internet has been hailed as a leveling force that is reshaping activism. From the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, digital activism seemed cheap, fast, and open to all. Now this celebratory narrative finds itself competing with an increasingly sinister story as... More >
Information Session | February 26 | 12-12:30 p.m. | Online
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.
Lecture | February 26 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 406 Davis Hall
Wayne Magnusen, A3GEO
UC Berkeley Geoengineering Society
Centennial Drive passes over Lawrence Road at a skew angle on a bridge flanked by two massive approach fills. Centennial Bridge began to exhibit signs of significant distress shortly after it was built (c. 1963) prompting a series of remedial measures intended to save the bridge and prevent collapse. During the winter of 1982-1983, one of the heaviest rainfall seasons on record, the eastern... More >
Workshop | February 26 | 1-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
Leah Carroll, Program Manager, Haas Scholars Program
Staff from the Office of the Protection of Human Subjects and the Office of Undergraduate Research will present on how undergraduates should prepare a proposal (protocol) to receive approval for human subjects related research projects.
Seminar | February 26 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Matthew Hedden, Michigan State University
I'll discuss classical results and topological constructions motivating and underlying the main talk. This talk will be aimed at graduate students who have fairly little background in low-dimensional topology.
Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N
Eugenia Malinnikova, Stanford University
Abstract: In 1960’s Landis conjectured that a nontrivial solution to a time-independent Schr ̈odinger equation with bounded potential cannot decay faster than exponentially. In 1992 the conjecture was disproved by Meshkov, who constructed a counter example and found the optimal rate of decay for complex valued solutions. The conjecture is still open for the case of real valued potentials. We... More >
Workshop | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 255 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in location
Attend an interactive one hour workshop to review your OPT application with an international student adviser! This is a group workshop that allows you to follow along as a BIO adviser leads you through the application step by step.
During this workshop, you will go over the required documents, how to fill out forms, and most common mistakes in the application. Please bring ALL required... More >
Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Fredholm theory for the Laplacian near zero energy on asymptotically conic spaces
Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 380C
András Vasy, Stanford University
Abstract: In this talk I will discuss and compare two approaches via Fredholm theory to resolvent estimates for the Laplacian of asymptotically conic spaces (such as appropriate metric perturbations of Euclidean space), including in the zero spectral parameter limit.
Seminar | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall
David Tse, Stanford
Blockchains are probabilistic consensus protocols. A key performance measure of a blockchain is its security threshold: this is the maximum tolerable fraction of the total network resources an adversary can have such that the protocol is guaranteed to reach consensus with high probability regardless of the adversary's attack strategy. Many blockchains exhibit critical behavior around... More >
Film - Feature | February 26 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Its hard to think of La strada apart from its reputation as a Humanist Classic, what Vincent Canby called a fable of spiritual redemption, in which Giulietta Masinas clownish soul Gelsomina is victimized by Anthony Quinns brutish Zampanò and they call it a traveling sideshow. But thats a good reason to see it again. Behind Masinas tragicomic masquerade are some of the most chillingly... More >
Seminar | February 26 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall
Mehdi Ouaki, U.C. Berkeley
Abstract :The $\alpha$-Lipschitz minorant of a function is the greatest $\alpha$-Lipschitz function dominated pointwise by the function, should such a function exist. We will discuss this construction when the function is a sample path of a (2-sided) Lévy process. The contact set is the random set of times when the sample path touches the minorant. This is a stationary, regenerative set. We will... More >
Seminar | February 26 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall
Mehdi Ouaki, U.C. Berkeley
The \alpha-Lipschitz minorant of a function is the greatest \alpha-Lipschitz function dominated pointwise by the function, should such a function exist. We will discuss this construction when the function is a sample path of a (2-sided) Lévy process. The contact set is the random set of times when the sample path touches the minorant. This is a stationary, regenerative set. We will provide a... More >
Understanding High Voltage Reactivity in Transition Metal Oxide Li-ion Battery Cathode Materials/Evaluating the interactions between carbon nanotube neurosensors and their biological environments
Colloquium | February 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall
Joe Papp, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group; Darwin Yang, Ph. D. student in the Landry Group
Li-ion batteries are the dominant technology for rechargeable energy storage given their optimal combination of energy density, lifetime, safety, and cost compared to other battery chemistries /Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) non-covalently modified with DNA have been widely implemented as probes for near-infrared molecular sensing and imaging in biological systems
Contextualizing Coronavirus: Scientific, Political, Societal and Economic Impacts of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Panel Discussion | February 26 | 4-6 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Fenyong Liu, Professor of Infectious Diseases, UC Berkeley Public Health; Yan Long, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Gerard Roland, E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; John K. Yasuda, Assistant Professor of Chinese Politics, Indiana University, Bloomington; Vinod (Vinnie) Aggarwal, Travers Family Senior Faculty Fellow and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Kevin O'Brien, Walter and Elise Haas Professor of Asian Studies; Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science; & Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) appeared in Wuhan, China in early December 2019 and has quickly spread across the globe, leading to the closure of borders, the lockdown of Chinese cities, fears... More >
Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)
Yasaman Ghasempour, Ph.D. Candidate, Rice University
Millimeter-wave and terahertz bands are emerging as the most promising spectrum to meet the data-rate and latency demands of future wireless applications, including virtual reality and autonomous cars. My research builds a foundation for joint communication and sensing in such high-frequency regimes.
ERG Colloquium: Sameer Shah: A drought-free Maharashtra? Politicizing the inequitable and unsustainable outcomes of state-sponsored livelihood adaptation for rain-dependent agriculture
Colloquium | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall
Sameer Shah, University of British Columbia
Following the worst drought in 40-years (2012), the western Indian state of Maharashtra launched a flagship drought-relief program intended to make 20,000 villages drought-free by 2019. The program promoting the capture and conservation of green (soil
moisture) and blue water (runoff) to reduce the risks of crop failure in drought-prone villages mirrored an integrative land and... More >
Lecture | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
Jim Malley, Degenkolb Engineers
Where can your CEE take you? Hear from alumnus Jim Malley as he reflects on pivotal moments in his career and best practices for new graduates!
Careers in Civil/Structural Engineering offer many opportunities for leadership roles. They can range from very individual/personal leadership in the form of mentoring of younger engineers, to company-wide roles such as Project Manager, Principal,... More >
Priority will be given to CEE MS students, but all are welcome based on space availability.
Applied Math Seminar: Probing strongly correlated systems: Towards a quantum computational advantage
Seminar | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Guang-Hao Low, Microsoft Research
The properties of strongly correlated systems are of great interest but have often been challenging to elucidate. Some of these difficulties may be overcome by programmable digital quantum computers, which harness the quantum-mechanical nature of reality to simulate quantum systems and promise an advantage over computers rooted in classical physics. In this talk, I review developments in quantum... More >
Lecture | February 26 | 4 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)
The brutal guerrilla war initiated by the Shining Path and the Peruvian government's fierce response led to illegal mass detentions, disappearances, and massacres. Human rights groups emerged quickly to investigate, publicize, and adjudicate. This presentation examines the challenges they faced, both in the difficulty of tracking events in rural areas of the Andean highlands and the necessity of... More >
Seminar | February 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Matthew Hedden, Michigan State University
I'll discuss recent work with Irving Dai and Abhishek Mallick in which we study involutions on homology spheres, up to a natural notion of cobordism. Using this notion, we define a 3-dimensional homology bordism group of diffeomorphisms which refines both the homology cobordism group and the bordism group of diffeomorphisms. The subgroup generated by involutions provides a new algebraic framework... More >
Lecture | February 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library
Hazel Carby, Professor, African American Studies, Yale University
The Media Studies Program presents:
The lecture is drawn from a section of Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands, a history of the British Empire told through one womans search through her familys story. The book is an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands charting the imperial interweaving of capital and bodies, public language... More >
Lecture | February 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Paul Welfens, University of Wuppertal
Trumps victory in the 2016 presidential election was largely based on the rise of economic inequality in the United States and his populist message: This populism is likely to become a structural long run problem for the US. In 2018, Trumps Council of Economic Advisors published a study in which the US was shown to have an economic lead vis-à-vis European countries of about 20%, but the... More >
Social Event | February 26 | 5-7 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms
Who's got game? Find out at BIOs upcoming Game Night iMix! We'll have a wide variety of challenging, hilarious, and fun games to choose from, including board games, word games, and trivia and prizes for the winners, of course! Come for the games, stay for the snacks, laughs, and new friends. Its going to be all fun and games!
The Ancient Middle East in Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture: The Creation of Moral Geographies through Worlds Fairs, Operas, Design, and Mummy Stories
Lecture | February 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Kevin McGeough, University of Lethbridge
The emergence of European and North American archaeological explorations of the Middle East was coincident with an explosion of new Victorian media forms. The ancient Middle East was represented in many of these media forms - in periodicals, novels, panoramas, theatres, expositions, and even the rituals of secret societies. Thinking about the Middle East inspired authors like H. Rider Haggard and... More >
Presentation | February 26 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | César E. Chávez Branch, Oakland Public Library, Suite 271
3301 East 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94601
Ignacio Chapela, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Esta presentación será en español
La Biología no es sólo una exploración de curiosidades naturales, ni tampoco sólo una herramienta para la manipulación de los seres vivos. No: en su más potente forma, la Biología es el portal por el cual podemos reflexionar sobre nuestra relación con el universo viviente, nada menos que la manera en que entendemos nuestro lugar como parte de ese universo.... More >
Information Session | February 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 714 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)
Heather Liston, Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension
Discover how this certificate can help you change careers into the accounting field, understand accounting concepts and techniques to better perform your current non-accounting work or prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam.
Information Session | February 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)
Jane Street will be hosting a CStimathon at UC Berkeley!
Register as an individual or team here by February 24th (https://tinyurl.com/cstimathonucb). Food will be provided. All majors welcome.
In teams, you'll attempt 13 problems in 30 minutes, challenging your trivial knowledge of computers, Cal, or anything at all. Be prepared to come up with the best set of confidence intervals! They... More >
Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall
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 >
Lecture | February 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
Wed, Feb 26, 6:30pm - Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Washington, D.C. Thomas is a leading voice in ecological landscape design and has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Mem
Psychoanalysis and the Invention of Racism - A talk with Christopher Chamberlin and Fernando Cadtrillon
Lecture | February 26 | 7-9 p.m. | California Institute of Integral Studies (Lobby)
Community Mental Health, Foundation of California Psychoanalysis
This talk explores how denunciations of the madness of racism shaped an understanding of white supremacy and the afterlife of slavery, and critiques how Freudian social theorists in the interwar United States later attempted to consolidate racism into a scientific object of investigation.
Christopher Chamberlin is the Presidents Postdoctoral Fellow
in English at UC Berkeley. He received... More >
Film - Feature | February 26 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Describing the inspiration for News from Home, Chantal Akerman explained how, flying into New York City, she was struck by the contrast between the immensity of the city and the detailed intimacy of her mothers letters sent from Belgium. Beautifully filmed by Babette Mangolte, New York, imposing and anonymous, serves as the visual counterpoint to Akermans reading of her mothers words.... More >
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day | Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)
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 >
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 >
Exhibit - Painting | February 5 – May 31, 2020 every day | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
January 15May 31, 2020
Among the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan, Taiso Yoshitoshi (18391892) reigned supreme for his daring prints based on various tales and legends of ancient Japan and China. He made use of Western colors and inks for dramatic effect, yet stayed loyal to the woodblock print techniques that had guided past masters. In his short life, he created numerous series... More >
Exhibit - Artifacts | February 19 – July 19, 2020 every day | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
February 19July 19, 2020
Rosie Lee Tompkins (19362006) is widely considered one of the most brilliant and inventive quiltmakers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Her reputation has grown to the point where her work is no longer considered solely within the context of quilting, but celebrated among the great American artistic achievements of our time. Rosie Lee Tompkins: A... More >
Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26 – July 12, 2020 every day | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In the spring of 1970, President Richard Nixon announced an expansion of the Vietnam War into eastern Cambodia. After fifteen years in Vietnam, the maneuver prompted outrage across an already divided United States. Nixon and other conservative politicians, tired of near-constant dissent, focused their energies on vocal university students who protested the war. Nixon called them bums, while... More >
Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens
In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.
Viewing hours are Monday-Friday during the academic year. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please call (510) 643-9670 or email email@example.com for viewing times.
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 >
Exhibit - Artifacts | February 13 – June 21, 2020 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
TEMPORARILY CLOSED - Textile makers around the world do more than create vibrant fabrics for innumerable uses. Their creations stretch in countless ways. They reach back in timereviving old traditionsand forward in time, bringing countless innovations, and fusing cultural traditions. Cloth objects may reflect painful histories and the oppression of colonialism... More >