<< January 2017 >>

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Photography Intensive with Anna Laurent

Special Event | January 29 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Explore winter fruits and seeds with photographer Anna Laurent, who will guide a group through the UC Botanical Garden to collect seed pods and photograph them in a studio environment.

$125, $115 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off Weekend: Xavier

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | January 29 | 10 a.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Tennis hosts the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.

 http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/hours_cost_location.

Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off Weekend: Missouri vs Old Dominion

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | January 29 | 1 p.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Tennis hosts the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Not Reconciled, Or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules

Film - Feature | January 29 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With an introduction by composer and lecturer Erik Ulman.

Straub-Huillet take dynamite to both their Heinrich Böll source novel and the fabric of postwar Germany in their powerful adaptation, “built on the equation M [military] = M3 [murder].” While the novel presented several generations of the German bourgeoisie as they skated from the 1910s through the Nazi era and the postwar economic...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

2017 CAA/Cal GOLD Young Alumni Hoops Party

Social Event | January 29 | 3-5:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

Celebrate with CAA and Cal GOLD and fellow Cal Young Alumni (Classes of 2006-2016) before your Golden Bears take on the mighty Stanford Cardinal. Challenge friends old and new to beer pong and cornhole and enjoy delicious food, drink, and Cal spirit!
21+ only, please! ID's will be checked at the door. We have a select number of game ticket packages available, courtesy of your co-host, Cal GOLD!...   More >

$20 Young Alumni (Classes of 2006-2016), $45 Young Alumni (Classes of 2006-2016) With Game Ticket

  Buy tickets online or by calling David Smith at 510-900-8256, or by emailing David Smith at events@alumni.berkeley.edu

Kodo: Dadan

Performing Arts - Music | January 29 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

The thunderous, joyful performances of Kodo, Japan's foremost taiko drumming ensemble, combine extreme athleticism with unfettered emotional power. Dadan, which means "drumming men," features the company's male drummers in a bold exploration of percussion and movement. "The speed and dexterity are as impressive as the physical tenacity is breathtaking" (Chicago Tribune).

starting at $30

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) | Tamer El Said | Egypt/Germany, 2016

Film - Feature | January 29 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

East Bay Premiere

FEATURING
Khalid Abdalla, Maryam Saleh, Hanan Yousef, Laila Samy,

Shot in 2009 and released in 2016, In the Last Days of the City is a personal portrait of Cairo during the fall of the Mubarak regime. Structured as a film within a film, the protagonist is filmmaker Khalid (Khalid Abdalla), who experiences the profound sadness of changes on the city and in his personal...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons $12 General admission

  Buy tickets online

Men's Basketball vs. Stanford

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | January 29 | 5:30 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Stanford at Haas Pavilion.

Ensemble Signal

Performing Arts - Music | January 29 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Cal Performances

What better way to celebrate Steve Reich's 80th birthday than with a Cal Performances co-commission and US premiere? Reich, "the most original music thinker of our time" (The New Yorker), premieres his new Runner, performed by Ensemble Signal, which won rave reviews and a Diapason d'Or for its recording of the composer's Music for 18 Musicians. The program also includes Reich's Pulitzer...   More >

starting at $56

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Rebel Without a Cause | Nicholas Ray | United States, 1955

Film - Feature | January 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Realizing CinemaScope's narrative potential, Ray effectively tore open the walls of the American home to reveal teenagers wracked by alienation and parents trapped in the cycle of their own ineffectuality.

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons $12 General admission

  Buy tickets online

FEED Info Session

Information Session | January 29 – 31, 2017 every other day | 7-8 p.m. | 2070 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Charlie James, President, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Silvia Ricchiardi, VP Publicity, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Diana Lee, VP Consulting, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Suzanne Donahue, VP External Affairs, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Sara Tsai, VP Internal Affairs, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development

 Berkeley Food Institute

FEED is recruiting for Spring 2017 consultants! FEED is a student organization that does food justice consulting. Recruits are gathered into cohorts that take on a consulting project with a local business, startup, or non-profit that provides equitable access to healthy food, fair working conditions, food grown with regenerative practices, or organizations working to adopt these practices. In...   More >

Monday, January 30, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

Simons Institute Workshop: Expanders and Extractors

Seminar | January 30 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium

 Various, Various

 Department of Mathematics

Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2017

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit...   More >

Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off Weekend: Consolation Match

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | January 30 | 10 a.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Tennis hosts the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorial Physics: you only live twice

Seminar | January 30 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Emmanuel Tsukerman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

(Please note the unusual time of this talk.)

A sneak preview into the beauty and wonder of Combinatorial Physics. I will talk about Random Matrix Theory, heavy nuclei, Dyson's Threefold way, Macdonald polynomials, Heisenberg XX spin chain, localization and dualities.

Graduate Student Seminar

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

 Brian Cheung, Olshausen Lab; Dylan Paiton, Olshausen Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Graduate student Brian Cheung will be speaking on:
Emergence of foveal image sampling from learning to attend in visual scenes

&

Graduate student Dylan Paiton will be speaking on:
Towards understanding how extrastriate feedback shapes a V1 neuron's visual response characteristics

The Effect of Cumulative Advantages on the Stability and Dynamics of Collaborations in US Physics, Chemistry and Sociology from 1980 to 2015

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, 355 GSPP, 3rd floor,1893 LeRoy Ave

 Oliver Wieczorek, Visiting Scholar, Sociology, Bamberg, Germany; Heiko Heiberger, Postdoctoral Researcher,Department for Micro-Sociology at University of Bremen, Germany

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

In academia, effects of “cumulative advantage” are well studied in regards to different types of resources. Those resources are money, influence, number of collaborations, number of publications and the impact of the findings. In other words: the rich and famous departments and researchers get richer and more famous over time while the poor get (relatively) poorer. This effect is visible on both...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Dyck paths and positroids from unit interval orders

Seminar | January 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Anastasia Chavez and Felix Gotti, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well known that the number of non-isomorphic unit interval orders on $[n]$ equals the $n$-th Catalan number. Using work of Skandera and Reed and work of Postnikov, we show that each unit interval order on $[n]$ naturally induces a rank $n$ positroid on $[2n]$. We call the positroids produced in this fashion unit interval positroids. We characterize the unit interval positroids by describing...   More >

Women's Tennis ITA Kick-Off Weekend: Championship Match

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | January 30 | 1 p.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Tennis hosts the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Hellman Tennis Complex.

String-Math Seminar: Cluster Theory of the Coherent Satake Category

Seminar | January 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Harold Williams, University of Texas

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss recent work showing that in type A_n the category of equivariant perverse coherent sheaves on the affine Grassmannian categorifies the cluster algebra associated to the BPS quiver of pure N=2 gauge theory. Physically, this can be understood as a statement about line operators in this theory, following ideas of Gaiotto-Moore-Neitzke, Costello, and Kapustin-Saulina – in short, coherent...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Network Analysis Problems Motivated by the Smart Grid

Seminar | January 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Vincent Poor, Princeton University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Smart grid involves the imposition of an advanced cyber layer atop the physical layer of the electricity grid, in order to improve the efficiency, security and cost of electricity use and distribution, and to allow for greater decentralization of power generation and management. This cyber-physical setting motivates a number of problems in network analysis, and this talk will briefly describe...   More >

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI: The life of a memory: post-encoding reactivation and reorganization of episodic memory

Colloquium | January 30 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall | Canceled

 Lila Davachi, PhD, New York University

 Department of Psychology

CryoEM structure of Tetrahymena telomerase: insights into functions and interactions of the subunits

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 **Jiansen Jiang**, University of California, Los Angeles

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Delineating Protein Transportation Processes: Hierarchical Models for Single-Molecule Data

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yang Chen, Department of Statistics, Harvard University

 Department of Statistics

Single-molecule experiments investigate the kinetics of individual molecules and thus can substantially enhance our understandings of various organisms. Analyzing data from single-molecule experiments poses a number of challenges: (a) the inherent stochasticity of molecules is usually buried in random experimental noise; (b) single-molecule behavior can be highly volatile. For both of these...   More >

Leningrad Underground Poets and the Russian Poetic Tradition: How to Write Yourself Into the Canon

Colloquium | January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Josephine von Zitzewitz, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge

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

The second lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Job Market Seminar: "Estimating Hospital Quality with Quasi-experimental Data"

Seminar | January 30 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Peter Hull, MIT - Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Labor (education, health), Applied econometrics

Algebra Seminar: The Eisenbud-Goto Regularity Conjecture

Seminar | January 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irena Peeva, Cornell

 Department of Mathematics

Regularity is a numerical invariant that measures the complexity of the structure of homogeneous ideals in a polynomial ring. Papers of Bayer-Mumford and others give examples of families of ideals attaining doubly exponential regularity. In contrast, Bertram-Ein-Lazarsfeld, Chardin-Ulrich, and Mumford have proven that there are nice bounds on the regularity of the ideals of smooth (or nearly...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Eisenbud-Goto Regularity Conjecture

Seminar | January 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irena Peeva, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

Regularity is a numerical invariant that measures the complexity of the structure of homogeneous ideals in a polynomial ring. Papers of Bayer-Mumford and others give examples of families of ideals attaining doubly exponential regularity. In contrast, Bertram-Ein-Lazarsfeld, Chardin-Ulrich, and Mumford have proven that there are nice bounds on the regularity of the ideals of smooth (or nearly...   More >

[Physics Colloquium] Solving Big Problems with Small Accelerators: From Colliders to Medical Devices Based on Laser Plasma Accelerators

Seminar | January 30 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Wim Leemans, Director, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, LBNL

 Department of Physics

We will discuss the progress on building laser powered, plasma based particle accelerators where electrons surf on waves and can reach energy levels in a few inches that, if one relies on conventional methods, would require machines multiple football fields long. Although many challenges remain, this new technology is at the brink of offering a profoundly different way in which we may build...   More >

What is history? or, the life and times of water hyacinth: 2017 Anthropology Distinguished Lecture

Special Event | January 30 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room

 Anna L. Tsing, UCSC

 Department of Anthropology

Debates about the meaning and role of “history” in anthropology have characterized the discipline since its inception. This lecture revisits some of these debates to consider how anthropologists might better incorporate the contingent and transformative abilities of other species into our stories of what happened. Can “history” make room for multiple ontologies? To show how articulations across...   More >

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): An Introduction to Analytic Number Theory

Lecture | January 30 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Cailan Li, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will first give a crash course in complex analysis and then talk about the beautiful Riemann zeta function and its generalization, obtaining $1+2+3+...= -\frac 1{12}$ as a corollary. We will then talk about the shiny objects known as modular forms, and some of their applications. In particular, we will discuss the role modular forms played in Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last...   More >

Texas Instruments Info-Session

Information Session | January 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come join Texas Instruments for a tech talk and Q&A with Sr. Manager Philippe Jansen! Jansen will give an overview of TI and career opportunities and then jump into his talk.

Resumes are accepted, and Berkeley Thai House will be served!

Tech Talk: Towards a better experience interacting with your world!
Learn how an 85 year old semiconductor company keeps earning a top innovator award year...   More >

Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery - Book Release, Signing, and Talk with Anna Laurent

Special Event | January 30 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

"Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery" has been published by University of Chicago Press (US) & Hachette Press (UK). The large-format book features educational botanic wall charts, mostly authored in Europe in the mid 19th & early 20th centuries and implemented in classrooms & lectures. The book is organized by plant family and include comparative analysis of...   More >

$20, $15 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

A+D Mondays: Gender, Identity, Memoir: Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson in Conversation

Panel Discussion | January 30 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her work has been influential in a variety of disciplines including critical theory and gender studies. She has received many of the highest honors in the humanities, including the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award.

Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission Admission for this lecture is free

Gender, Identity, Memoir: Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson in Conversation

Lecture | January 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Maggie Nelson is author of The Argonauts and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her work has been influential in a variety of disciplines including critical...   More >

MATTERS: Topics in Contemporary Architecture

Panel Discussion | January 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 7PM -- A quarterly panel discussion featuring a rotating board of faculty members that focuses on contemporary issues in the field. Dana Buntrock, Neyran Turan, Andrew Atwood and Mark Anderson will discuss The Next Four Years.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

Manipulating charge and ion movement in energy storage systems

Seminar | January 31 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Kwabena Bediako, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Leveraging Herd Behavior in Foreign Exchange Markets

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Arnav Sheth, Saint Mary's College of California

 Center for Risk Management Research

Abstract: We examine the relationship between equity and foreign exchange markets at, and around, the WM/Reuters benchmark exchange rate known as the the `Fix'. Execution at the Fix is a service offered by brokers (normally banks) provided they obtain the trade order until a certain time prior to 4pm GMT (11 am Eastern Time).

Diazo Compounds: Versatile Tools for Chemical Biology

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Ronald Raines, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 College of Chemistry

The Huisgen azide−alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azides and alkynes has had a profound impact on chemical biology. The diazo group shares this reactivity with the azido group while conferring additional versatility. A diazo compound can be accessed readily from its parent azide by simple deimidogenation, that is, loss of “NH”, using a phosphine reagent. Cycloaddition with a diazo...   More >

PMB Seminar : "What flat leaves can teach us about developmental reproducibility"

Seminar | January 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Energy Biosciences Building, EBB First Floor Conference Room

 Aman Husbands, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Global Internships Information Session

Information Session | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Earn academic credit while gaining practical internship experience domestically or abroad. Learn more about UC Berkeley Global Internships at this event and see how your summer can transform you!

Caring for Dying: The Art of Being Present (BEUHS167)

Workshop | January 31 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Michelle Peticolas, PhD

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

In the face of impending death, the caregiver’s needs are often overlooked. Participants will view Dr. Peticolas’ film, Caring for Dying: the art of being present, about the experiences of three individuals who accompanied their dying loved ones. Workshop participants will be invited to share their own stories if they wish. Goals of the workshop include:

• Learning strategies for staying...   More >

  Enroll online

Brown Bag Lunch: Kimberly Seals Allers: Author of The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 256 University Hall

 Kimberly Seals Allers

 Public Health, School of

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized media commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is widely considered a leading voice in the counterculture movement in infant feeding. Last year, her online commentaries on the social, structural and...   More >

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Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions Online Information Session

Information Session | January 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Whether you are a career changer or already working in the field, understand how this program can help you plan an academic program of study and initiate the graduate- school application process.

  Make reservations online

Matt Eisenbrandt: Assassination of a Saint: Book talk on assassination of Archbishop Romero of El Salvador

Lecture | January 31 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Matt Eisenbrandt, Canadian Centre for International Justice

 Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, International Human Rights Law Clinic

Assassination of a Saint is the thrilling story of an international team of lawyers, investigators, and human-rights experts who fought to bring justice for the 1980 murder of El Salvador’s Archbishop Óscar Romero. Matt Eisenbrandt recounts how he and his colleagues searched for evidence against the killers as the team worked towards the only verdict ever reached for the murder – two decades...   More >

  RSVP online

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Ring spectra for commutative algebraists

Seminar | January 31 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a new category to do commutative algebra in - the stable homotopy category. The talk starts by its construction and properties, with highlights on the comparison with the derived category of abelian groups. We then proceed to examine ring spectra, and generalize (derived) commutative algebra in this new context. Key examples of the talk will be regular ring spectra, gorenstein ring...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: Families of ideals of the same size

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Irena Peeva, Cornell University

 Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert function is an invariant that measures the size of a homogeneous ideal. It encodes important information (for example, dimension and degree). Grothendieck introduced the Hilbert scheme that parametrizes subschemes of $P^r$ with a fixed Hilbert polynomial. The main general result about the structure of Hilbert schemes is Hartshorne’s Theorem that the Hilbert scheme is connected. The...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Colorings of graphs

Seminar | January 31 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Ian Agol, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

I'll discuss the question of whether a map on a compact surface has a finite-sheeted covering which is 4 colorable? We can deduce this from a question about automorphism group-invariant probability measures on the space of c-colorings of a graph of chromatic number c. Some related results will be discussed.

Polarons, Polaritons, and the Lead Halide Perovskite Puzzle

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Xiaoyang Zhu, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

 College of Chemistry

The feverish research activity on lead halide perovskites has been fueled by their exceptional optoelectronic properties, e.g., in solar cells and light-emitting devices. Hybrid lead halide perovskites exhibit carrier properties that resemble those of pristine nonpolar semiconductors despite static and dynamic disorder, but how carriers are protected from efficient scattering with charged defects...   More >

Navigating Bash and Unix Envrionments

Meeting | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation. Based on The Hacker Within Scientific Computing Group from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the UC Berkeley chapter uses this as a structured set of skill-sharing sessions for scientific software development (e.g., testing, data management, version control, literate programming, etc. ) The goal is to...   More >

Stabilizing Quality in Inner Mongolian Milk

Lecture | January 31 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Franck Bille, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

 Megan Tracy, Sociology and Anthropology James Madison University 

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

In this paper, I examine how actors attempt to transfer material and symbolic value and transfer notions of “human quality” across other notions of quality, such as product quality and the presumed caliber of particular places where production occurs. This transference of quality is embedded, for example, in notions that ethnic Mongolians are pre-disposed to produce a quality dairy product. I...   More >

Design Field Notes: Danielle Applestone

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Danielle Applestone, Other Machine Company

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Company, will speak at Jacobs Hall. Other Machine Company strives to empower nontraditional makers.

Chern Lectures: On the reality of black holes

Lecture | January 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

The gravitational waves detected recently by LIGO were produced in the final phase of the inward spiraling of two black holes before they collided to produce a more massive black hole. The experiment is entirely consistent with the so-called Final State Conjecture of general relativity, according to which general solutions of the initial value problem approach asymptotically, in any compact...   More >

A Conversation with Larry Brilliant

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Dr. Larry Brilliant, Chairman of the Board, Skoll Global Threats Fund

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Larry Brilliant has spent his career working to improve lives—locally and globally—through his work helping eradicate smallpox with the UN, curing millions of people of blindness with Seva Foundation, and building technologies of the future with Google.org and public tech companies. Now he has written a memoir, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventures of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary...   More >

  Register online

Australian Wine and Snack Reception

Reception | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren room 295, Boalt Hall

 University of New South Wales, UC Berkeley School of Law

Berkeley Law and University of New South Wales

All Berkeley Law Students Invited

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Warren Room 295, Boalt Hall
Co-hosts: Berkeley Law & UNSW Law School
RSVP: https://berkeleylaw.wufoo.com/forms/unsw-reception/

Come meet law students from The University of New
South Wales who are studying U.S. law for two weeks
in Berkeley.

Expand your...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Meraki Info-Session

Information Session | January 31 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Meraki, Inc. will be on-campus this Spring hiring summer interns, co-ops, and full-timers to join our Engineering team.

Come listen to a Tech Talk by Nat Storer (Software Engineer) and Dan Aguayo (Director of Engineering, Firmware) and to learn more about life at Meraki!

We'll be collecting resumes and raffling off Bose Speakers at the end of the talk to one lucky winner!

Come hungry as...   More >

Chinese New Year Theme Dinner: Chef Jordan Lichman Presents

Special Event | January 31 | 6-8 p.m. | International House, Dining Commons

 International House

International House is proud to serve a variety of cuisines from around the world, prepared by our executive chef Jordan Lichman and Dining Services team. $15 per person.
Chinese New Year Menu:
Tofu seafood soup
Entrees:
Whole roasted pig
Five Spice duck legs
Steamed Fish with ginger chili oil
Nien Gao, Sauteed rice cake (vegan)
Chinese greens
spring rolls
pot stickers
fried rice...   More >

Chinese New Year Dinner

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 31 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. 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!

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Civic Dialogue Series: Old Plays, New Faces: Representation in Classic Theater

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Rm. 370

 Melissa Hillman; Desdemona Chiang

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Cal Shakes

This dialogue will explore representation on stage and ways in which traditional casting practices can act as a barrier to specific communities. We'll discuss how performing arts organizations are creating more inclusive practices to engage a more diverse range of performing artists, and we’ll consider questions of authentic experience and the actor’s craft.

Why is a more inclusive theater a...   More >

FEED Info Session

Information Session | January 29 – 31, 2017 every other day | 7-8 p.m. | 2070 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Charlie James, President, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Silvia Ricchiardi, VP Publicity, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Diana Lee, VP Consulting, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Suzanne Donahue, VP External Affairs, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development; Sara Tsai, VP Internal Affairs, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development

 Berkeley Food Institute

FEED is recruiting for Spring 2017 consultants! FEED is a student organization that does food justice consulting. Recruits are gathered into cohorts that take on a consulting project with a local business, startup, or non-profit that provides equitable access to healthy food, fair working conditions, food grown with regenerative practices, or organizations working to adopt these practices. In...   More >

Katherine Rinne + Rabun Taylor - Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present

Lecture | January 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED JAN 31, 7:00pm. Rinne + Taylor discuss a study of the urban processes by which Romes people and leaders, both as custodians of its illustrious past and as agents of its expansive power, have shaped and conditioned its urban fabric.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery

 Library

You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons $12 General admission

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >

Exhibit: FIFTY LANDSCAPE INTERPRETATION SKETCHES

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 19 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

EXHIBIT OPEN THROUGH FEB 3. Tito Patri (FASLA Emeritus, A.S. 55) exhibit of charming sketches rendered while traveling in Europe and the US.

The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. The Litwack collection is particularly noteworthy for its Harlem Renaissance first editions in...   More >

DISPERSAL: Seed Pod Photography by Anna Laurent

Exhibit - Photography | January 17 – 30, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific inquiry into the diversity of botanic design. Each includes companion text about the specimen's form & function.

 Free with Garden Admission

  Buy tickets by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.

Banksia integrifolia

I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 30, 2016 – June 30, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Warren Hellman & Charles Michael Galleries

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”. The exhibition highlights Italian Jewish art and artifacts from The Magnes Collection.

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 24 – June 23, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

Exhibit - Photography | January 24 – June 20, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer, most notable for his documentary photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding its destruction, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the...   More >

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Exhibit - Painting | January 31 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room

 Library

In the mood for some spring spruce up?

Come see and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year. Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists - from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.

This special event takes place in the historic Morrison Room (housed within the Doe Library). A...   More >

 Note: borrowing from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection is limited to UCB students, faculty and staff and is free