<< March 2017 >>

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 4 – December 6, 2017 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.

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.


Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: An Overview of Occupational Epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect with Erika Garcia, PhD Candidate

Lecture | March 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series

 Erika Garcia, http://ehs.sph.berkeley.edu/garcia

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program

In this webinar, Erika Garcia, a PhD candidate in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley will provide an overview of occupational epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect.

On completion of this webinar participants will:
Gain an understanding of the purpose of occupational epidemiology
Become aware of exposure assessment methods in occupational...   More >

$0 Free Webinar, $30 CE Credit

  Enrollment opens January 30. Enroll online or by calling 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org by March 1.

Newt Discovery Station

Special Event | March 1 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Newts return! Each year, the winter rains prompt newts to migrate to the Garden’s Japanese Pool where their mating behaviors can be easily observed. Docents will be on hand to provide garden visitors with an up-close look at newts at all stages of their life cycle, and to answer questions about these amazing and adorable animals. Free with Garden admission.

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sparse Recovery via Differential Inclusions

Seminar | March 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Yuan Yao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Estimate or recovery of sparse parameters from their noisy measurements is a fundamental problem in compressed sensing and high dimensional statistics, etc. In the past two decades, convex regularization approach such as LASSO or BPDN has been made popular for its algorithmic tractability. However, a well-known shortcoming of LASSO and any convex regularizations lies in the bias of estimators,...   More >

Mobile Technologies for Health

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Ida Sim, Professor, UCSF

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Dr. Ida Sim is a primary care physician, informatics researcher, and entrepreneur. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs Biomedical Informatics at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her current research focuses on the use of mobile apps and sensors to improv


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "From the Evolution of an Organelle to Photosynthetic Function"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Arthur Grossman, Stanford University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our activities over the last five years have been extremely diverse, crossing over various disciplines. We have explored areas ranging from identifying new functions associated with photosynthetic processes, the mechanism(s) of coral bleaching and the impact of temperature and light on the bleaching process, metagenomic and genomic diversity among primary producers in hot spring mats, metabolic...   More >

Arthur Grossman

Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Strategies for Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

Colloquium | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 117 (Level D) - Academic Innovation Studio

 Beverly Crawford, Political Science / Economy; Leslea Hlusko, Integrative Biology; Jean Retzinger, Media Studies; Edward Wasserman, Journalism

 Cody Hennesy, Doe Library

 Michael Larkin, College Writing Program

 Academic Innovation Studio, Library, Center for Teaching and Learning

How do we help students understand, navigate, and engage with a rapidly changing and increasingly complex online information landscape--in an era of echo chambers, filter bubbles, and misinformation? Faculty from political science, journalism, media studies, biology and college writing will share teaching examples and lead a discussion about what we can and should do to help students.

 This event is intended for Berkeley faculty, graduate students, and academic support staff.

Models of Settlement Systems in Pre-Hispanic and Modern Mesoamerica

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mario Castillo, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk details collaborative work on settlement patterns in the Valle de Mezquital, Mexico, with scholars and descendant community members. The first an analysis of regional settlement ecology in the Tula region of Ancient Mesoamerica. The second is a survey of vernacular housing from Mexico's post-revolutionary period. In regards to Tula this presentation will discuss the development of a...   More >

BioE Seminar: “Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ashleigh Theberge, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 1
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Ashleigh Theberge
Assistant Professor of Chemistry - University of Washington
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urology - University of Washington School of Medicine

Small molecule and protein signals provide a rich...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Carlos Daniel Cadena "Tropical mountains: Biodiversity hotspots and hotbeds for studying evolutionary diversification"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Carlos Daniel Cadena

 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 >

The Director’s Cut: Challenges and Delights of Oral History Narratives with Syrian Refugee Women: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate workshop to follow.

PopUp Exhibition: Alan Elbaum | Between Magic and Medicine: Karaite Manuscripts at The Magnes

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Alan Elbaum is a second-year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. While at Berkeley, he is working toward a master's degree in the history of medicine, using manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah. More broadly, Elbaum is interested in the literature and culture of the Jews of Arab lands; historical perspectives on medicine and the social determinants of health; and how...   More >

California Countercultures: Pynchon’s Paranoid California with Michael Cohen

Lecture | March 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1964, Thomas Pynchon applied for graduate study in the math department at UC Berkeley. Fortunately for world literature, Berkeley rejected Pynchon, who went on to write several of the greatest works of postwar American literature, including The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), Vineland (1990), and Inherent Vice (2009). Though he was rejected by Cal, the Long Island–born...   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 | Event is included with admission

Real-Time and Adaptive Auditory Neural Processing

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Sahar Akram, Starkey Hearing Research Center

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Decoding the dynamics of brain activity underlying conscious behavior is one of the key questions in systems neuroscience. Sensory neurons, such as those in the auditory system, can undergo rapid and task-dependent changes in their response characteristics during attentive behavior, and thereby result in functional changes in the system over time. In order to quantify human’s conscious...   More >

Noon Concert: University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | March 1 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

University Wind Ensemble
Robert Calonico, director
MASLANKA Symphony No. 4
SPITTAL Scherzo: Cat and Mouse


Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on...   More >

A connectionist approach to value based decision making

Colloquium | March 1 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Gaurav Suri, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Connectionist approaches involving neural network modeling have been broadly and successfully applied in many areas of cognitive psychology including language, memory, learning and perception. However they have been infrequently applied in 'hot' psychological processes that feature affect and motivation. In this talk I will propose an Interactive Activation and Competition (IAC) neural network...   More >

Family Wealth as Intergenerational Insurance: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | March 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Demography Seminar Room

 Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion series, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to the population sciences broadly defined.

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield: a part of COMMONS CONVERSATIONS: TECHNOLOGY and PUBLIC LIFE IN CHANGING TIMES

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library | Note change in date

 Adam Greenfield, University College London

 Center for New Media

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Urban and Regional Development

Everywhere we turn, our everyday experience of the world is being transfigured by the advent of startling new technologies. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory...   More >

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Information Session | January 25 – May 3, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 1-3 p.m. | 100 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Oral History and Research Methods Workshop

Workshop | March 1 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join CMES Visiting Scholar Dr. Ozlem Ezer (Bogazici University) for a hands-on, interactive, interdisciplinary workshop that will benefit graduate students new to fieldwork or seasoned interviewers. In addition to some key works/readings of oral history, participants will tackle a variety of provocative scenarios inspired by real-life situations and questions.

Discussion will mainly focus on...   More >

 Open to current students and academic affiliates only. RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | February 1, 2017 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month 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 >

Gilman Scholarship Essay Review

Workshop | March 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 160 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you applying to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship?

Come to the Gilman Scholarship Essay Review and get feedback on your application essays from recent Gilman Scholars from UC Berkeley.

The Gilman Scholarship deadline for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Year 17-18 study abroad programs and internships is 9:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

For more information or to apply,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introdution to fully extended topological field theories and the Cobordism Hypothesis

Seminar | March 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

 Department of Mathematics

Atiyah and Segal's axiomatic approach to topological and conformal quantum field theories provided a beautiful link between the geometry of "spacetimes" (cobordisms) and algebraic structures. Combining this with the physical notion of "locality" led to the introduction of the language of higher categories into the topic. In this talk I will give an introduction to topological field theories and...   More >

Study Abroad in Japan

Presentation | March 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn about study abroad opportunities in Japan and a variety of financial resources, including scholarships from the Japanese government. During this event, students will have the opportunity to hear from past study abroad students and representatives from the Japanese Consulate, partner universities in Japan, and Berkeley Study Abroad. Students are invited to stay for refreshments after the...   More >

Softball vs. Pacific

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | March 1 | 3 p.m. |  Levine-Fricke Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Softball hosts Pacific at Levine-Fricke Field.

Coffee Break!

Social Event | August 31, 2016 – April 26, 2017 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way.

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join the Coffee Break every Wednesday afternoon! Boost your global network and meetup with friends.

Coffee break, hosted by Berkeley International Office, is an informal weekly event where Cal students can connect, share stories, or learn about different culture and language. Free coffee for UCB students! Both international students and domestic students are welcome.

Some Like It Hot | Billy Wilder | United States, 1959

Film - Feature | March 1 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 David Thomson

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture of the film from David Thomson

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft,

Billy Wilder thumbs his nose at all the rules, mixing slapstick and screwball, gangster film and musical into a racy, transvestite farce. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, Prohibition-era jazz musicians on the run from gangland Chicago, don drag and sign on with a touring all-woman...   More >

Special Admission Applies: General admission: $13.50 | BAMPFA members: $9.50 | UC Berkeley students: $7.50 | 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50

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Optimal Surviving Strategy for the “Up the River” Problem

Seminar | March 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Wenpin Tang, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The "Up the River" problem was formulated by Aldous (2002), where a unit drift is distributed among a finite collection of Brownian particles on R+, which are annihilated once they reach the origin. Starting K particles at x = 1, we prove Aldous’ conjecture that the push-the-laggard strategy of distributing the drift asymptotically (as K → ∞) maximizes the total number of surviving...   More >

The Remittance Forest and Other New Frontiers.

Colloquium | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Nancy Peluso, University of California Berkeley

 Department of Geography

Number Theory Seminar: The functor $L_\eta $

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Joe Stahl, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology Part 2. Systems Level Puzzles in Protocell Design

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Jack Szostak, Simches Research Center Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Molecular Biology, and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 7215

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

ERG Colloquium: Andrew McAllister: ZNet Energy Buildings and the Art of Energy Policy

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

 Energy and Resources Group

In the mid-2000's, California began to establish policy goals for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. Commissioner McAllister will discuss progress toward these goals in terms of energy-related building codes, trends in buildings-related technologies and markets, local government authority and overall energy systems planning. ZNE buildings serve as a jumping-off point for a broader...   More >

Queer Reparations of Russia’s Periphery: in non-Metropolitan Time and Space

Lecture | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Veronika Lapina, Wayne Vucinich Fellow, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University

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

Guided by the assumption that some spaces more than others produce and are shaped by homophobia, researchers seem to fall into a trap of paranoia, which Eve Sedgwick famously narrated as paying attention only to how systemic oppression functions, thus drifting away from illuminating the ways in which sexuality exhibits itself. Contagious paranoia rearticulates spaces and places - even territories...   More >

Novel Methods for Classical Polarizable Molecular Dynamics Simulations/Molecular Simulations of Amyloid-β Peptide

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Alex Albaugh, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group; Sukanya Sasmal, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Convex cost closure and Markov Random Fields problems: Applications and fastest-possible algorithms

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Dorit S. Hochbaum, IEOR dept UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Many problems in fitting observations while satisfying rank order constraints, occur in contexts of learning, Lipschitz regularization and Isotonic regression (with or without fused Lasso). All these problems can be abstracted as a convex cost closure problem which is to minimize the cost of deviating from the observations while satisfying rank order constraints. Any feasible solution that...   More >

Oh, God! The Religious Right to Sexual Pleasure on Christian Sexuality Websites

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Kelsy Burke, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This talk examines how some conservative evangelical Christians justify a wide range of sexual practices and pleasures within the confines of religious orthodoxy and heterosexuality.

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. |  International House

 Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Better understanding of non-convex methods in machine learning

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Tengyu Ma, Princeton University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We show that matrix completion — a famous problem in machine learning — can be solved by stochastic gradient descent on the straightforward non-convex objective function in polynomial time.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Fully extended twisted field theories

Seminar | March 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

 Department of Mathematics

After recalling functorial field theories I will explain a natural generalization thereof, called "twisted" field theories by Stolz-Teichner and closely related to Freed-Teleman's "relative" boundary field theories. A natural target for such a twisted field theory is the higher Morita category of algebras, bimodules, and intertwiners, and generalizations. Using the Cobordism Hypothesis, we will...   More >

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Nina Jablonski

Lecture | March 1 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

 Graduate Division

Dr. Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The second lecture is titled "The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment, and changes in the...   More >

Dr. Nina Jablonski

C3 IoT Info-Session

Information Session | March 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Career Connections Series: Writing and Media

Social Event | March 1 | 5:30-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Career Center

CAA has teamed up with the UC Berkeley Career Center to help students make connections and gain clarity in their career pursuits.

We are seeking a diverse group of approximately 15-20 Cal alumni who work in print and broadcast journalism, and/or digital media. The event will require minimal prep-work from attendees; simply arrive and share your insider knowledge through introductions & casual...   More >

  RSVP online by February 22.

MIT Broad Professor Feng Zhang at the Berkeley Forum: Harnessing Nature's Diversity for Biotechnology

Seminar | March 1 | 6-7:15 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 The Berkeley Forum

Recent advances in genome editing technology have made it possible to modify organisms, including humans, at the genetic level with relative ease. While such developments bode well for the treatment of many previously incurable conditions, they also open the door for the creation of arbitrary modifications to the genome for aesthetic and other non-medical purposes. Such possibilities are the...   More >

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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.

Rugby vs. Santa Rosa JC

Sport - Intercollegiate - Rugby | March 1 | 6:30 p.m. |  Witter Rugby Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Rugby hosts Santa Rosa JC at Witter Rugby Field.

Agents of Change: March Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | March 1 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester. M@M is free.

Agents of Change documents university student activism in the late 1960s that worked toward a variety of goals including the establishment of black and ethnic studies programs and building resistance to the war in Vietnam. The filmmakers envision their project as part of a social movement rather than...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Cameraperson | Kirsten Johnson | United States, 2016

Film - Documentary | March 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kirsten Johnson has been the principal cinematographer on more than forty documentaries. For her, “The joys of being a documentary cameraperson are endless . . . and yet, the dilemmas I face while holding my camera are formidable.” In Cameraperson, she assembles a selection of her footage—whose subjects include a Nigerian midwife, an Afghan boy, and Jacques Derrida, as well as her twin children...   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

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Science Cafe - Searching for dark matter: with Matt Pyle

Presentation | March 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Matt Pyle, Department of Physics


What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the objects that we can see. This is how the term “dark matter” was coined…But how do we search for something we can’t...   More >

Searching for dark matter

Berkeley Talks: Marlon James

Performing Arts - Other | March 1 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Jamaican author Marlon James, whose monumental latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, earned him the prestigious Man Booker Prize, visits for a discussion with Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks as part of the Berkeley Talks speaker series. Praised for his "vaulting ambition and prodigious talent" (The New York Times), James will discuss his writing process, as well as the themes that...   More >

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Migrant Labor and Global Health Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 3, 2017 every day |  Conference Center, UC Davis

 Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC)

The MLGH Conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and scientists for two exciting days of exploration and debate on the interrelated issues of labor migration, occupational health, and economics.

International migration is a phenomenon that involves 244 million people worldwide, most of whom move in search of work and wellbeing. Migration is projected to increase in the...   More >

Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club: To Gain Confidence and Find Your Voice

Meeting | December 1, 2016 – December 7, 2017 the first Thursday of the month every month | 7:30-8:30 a.m. | Au Coquelet Cafe, (backroom)

 2000 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

 Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club

Find out how to improve your public speaking skills and build confidence through the Toastmaster.

If you have wanted to improve your communication skills, practice public speaking and leadership, but find it difficult to do on your own, this is the place for you.

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursday 7:30am - 8:30am every month
Free street parking and close to Downtown Berkeley BART

RAPDP - Intermediate - PD2 Proposal Development

Course | March 2 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that explores the pre-award processes for analyzing requests for proposals, proposal preparation and assembly, submitting a proposal for institutional review via Phoebe, and submission to sponsor.

  Register online

Botanical Illustration: Seeds and Seed Vessels with Catherine Watters

Workshop | March 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come spend the day with renowned botanical artist Catherine Watters. In this workshop you will focus on drawing and painting seeds and seed vessels - remarkable structures worth documenting! Class is suitable for the beginner and advanced artist alike.

$90 Adult, $85 Garden Members

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

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.


Free First Thursday at BAMPFA

Special Event | February 2 – December 7, 2017 the first Thursday of the month every month | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

First Thursdays are a great time to visit BAMPFA. The galleries are free all day and we offer guided exhibition tours.

free admission to the galleries

Immigration Planning in an Era of Change -- President Trump’s Executive Orders and Post OPT Visa Options for Innovators, Investors and Entrepreneurs

Presentation | March 2 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Bernard Wolfsdorf, Attorney at Law, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Bernard Wolfsdorf, a California State Bar Specialist in Immigration Law will discuss immigration strategic planning for students, staff and faculty. Mr. Wolfsdorf is past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and will provide insight into the Trump Administration's restrictive thinking on immigration, including new Executive Orders and likely new legislation. This presentation...   More >

Learning-based and behavioural evidence for probabilistic perception in the cortex

Seminar | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Jozsef Fiser, Central European University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

560 Evans
The notion of interpreting cortical operations as probabilistic computation has been steadily gaining ground in neuroscience, and with the emergence of the PPC-based and sampling-based frameworks, now there exist clear theoretical alternatives of how such computation might happen in the brain. Nevertheless, a number of crucial issues necessary to make these frameworks biologically...   More >

Assessing Personality Type and Your Career with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator* (BECAR102)

Workshop | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help you understand your preferred work style and how it relates to specific careers and work roles.

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Scott Fendorf

Seminar | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Scott Fendorf, Huffington Professor of Earth Science, Stanford University

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"The Asian Water Crisis: Processes Responsible for the Largest Mass Poisoning in History"

How Will UC Merced Grow?—a 21 st Century Approach to Campus Expansion

Colloquium | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117

 Thomas W. Peterson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost,University of California, Merced; Daniel M. Feitelberg, Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget,University of California, Merced

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

As a means to accommodate the projected growth of eligible students, the University of California opened its tenth campus in 2005. The long-range goal for the University of California, Merced embraced a vision of a full-service research university that would serve 25,000 students at full capacity. Today’s challenge is how to meet those ambitious expectations in an era of diminished state support...   More >

Tech Talk 1: Tech and the ICC

Lecture | March 2 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 International Criminal Court Investigator

 Human Rights Center

Join the Human Rights Center for a discussion with an ICC investigator on the use of and potential for open source investigations—the combing of publicly accessible resources like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—to get legal accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and
genocide. This spring, HRC will host three tech events at UC
Berkeley with leading experts in the field speaking...   More >

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Shifted symplectic structures in derived algebraic geometry (part 2)

Seminar | March 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alex Takeda, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk. The derived perspective in algebraic geometry allows us to define the notion of shifted symplectic structures, a generalization of symplectic structures to derived stacks. In this talk I will review the definitions and some theorems by Pantev, Toën, Vaquié and Vezzosi, and then proceed to examples. Most of the talk will be devoted to classes of...   More >

Earth Week Planning Committee

Meeting | February 2 – April 27, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-2 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Interested in planning Earth Week 2017 at UC Berkeley? The Student Environmental Resource Center is (SERC) is recruiting individual students and student representatives from environmental and sustainability student organizations to join the Earth Week 2017 Planning Committee.

Meetings will be held weekly on Thursdays from 1pm-2pm in Sproul 102. Drop-ins are welcome.

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 >

Seminar 251, Labor: CANCELED

Seminar | March 2 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Johannes Schmieder, Boston University

 Department of Economics

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emily Harden, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects; Jason Silva, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Featured Speaker: Emily Harden, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects
Featured Speaker: Jason Silva, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects
Moderator: Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships
Sponsor: Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop is designed for undergraduates who are seeking to do independent research involving human participants....   More >

Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science: A Book Talk with Clair Brown

Presentation | March 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Clair Brown, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society

 Social Science Matrix, Department of Economics, Institute for Research in Labor and Employment, Library

Please join us as Clair Brown, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at UC Berkeley, will discuss her new book, Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science.

  RSVP online

Buddhist Economics

The History of Inequality

Colloquium | March 2 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Walter Scheidel, Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University

 Emmanuel Saenz, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Gabriel Zucman, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Gregory Clark, Professor of Economics, UC Davis

 Population Science

A colloquium with Walter Scheidel,
Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University.
The UC Berkeley community and the public are welcome.
Admission is free but registration is required

  RSVP online or by calling 510-280-1623, or by emailing evasile@berkeley.edu by February 28.

Space, time and beyond: important features of molecular signaling by neuromodulators

Seminar | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Yao Chen**, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Strong Electron-Phonon Coupling and Ab Initio Theory of Heat Transport

Seminar | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Matthias Scheffler, Theory Department of the Fritz Haber Institute

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Different industrial products require materials with very low thermal conductivity, e.g. thermal-barrier coatings in turbines or thermoelectric materials, or high thermal conductivity, e.g. semiconductor technology and heterogeneous catalysis. However, an ab initio theory that can describe materials belonging to the whole range of such thermal conductivities was lacking so far. Recently we...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group

Seminar | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Mikkel Sølvsten, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | March 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Prof. Leigh Raiford, African American Studies); Prof. Heiki Raphael-Hernandez, University of Maryland

 Center for Race and Gender

The Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series presents...

Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture
A roundtable with Prof. Leigh Raiford, African American Studies) and Prof. Heiki Raphael-Hernandez, University of Maryland

Migrating the Black Body explores how visual media-from painting to photography, from global independent cinema to Hollywood movies, from...   More >

Rediscovering Clarice Lispector

Lecture | March 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Katrina Dodson

 Center for Latin American Studies

Katrina Dodson, translator of The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector and awardee of Pen Translation Prize discusses “Lispectormania”

A statue of Clarice Lispector and her dog in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Fernando Frazao/Agencia Brasil

Five Tables of Literary Associations

Workshop | March 2 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday and get an up-close view of some of the treasures (and occasional oddities) of the BAMPFA collections, laid out on the five tables in the seminar area. On view in this session: Lewis Carroll’s tiny portrait of bored little girl Xie Kitchin; Julia Margaret Cameron’s romantic photograph Elaine, from Idylls of the King; a witty Buson fan painting...   More >

 Admission to this event is free

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Faltings heights and derivatives of L-functions

Colloquium | March 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Shouwu Zhang, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about my recent joint work with Xinyi Yuan on an averaged version of Colmez’ conjecture with applications to the Andre-Oort conjecture, and discuss some related work by Zhiwei Yun and Wei Zhang on high derivatives of L-functions over function fields.

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "1984 or the Brave New World? Evidence from a Field Experiment on Media Censorship in China"

Seminar | March 2 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 David Yang, Stanford, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Languages in the Medieval Mediterranean: 2017 Marie G. Ringrose Graduate Lecture

Lecture | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Karla Mallette, University of Michigan

 Department of Italian Studies, Department of English, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Geography, Department of Linguistics, Near Eastern Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Medieval Studies Program, The Program in Romance Languages and Literatures, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Ringrose Lecture, begun in 1998, features a distinguished scholar in some aspect of Italian Studies chosen by a committee of UCB graduate students, who also organize and run the event. The lecture is one of many department activities made possible by the generous contributions of Marie G. Ringrose, a UCB alumna.

HTNM Lecture with Kavita Philip, "The Pirate Function"

Lecture | March 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 340, BCNM Commons

 Kavita Philip, University of California Irvine

 Center for New Media

Pirates who threaten to invert power relations through appropriating things less tangible than ships and bodies have become a growing concern for the managers of twenty-first-century economic globalization. Appropriating, modifying and sharing a range of less concrete but equally crucial objects, intellectual property “robbers” today traffic in images, music, and software. Although business...   More >

Grappling with Cure

Lecture | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room

 Eli Clare, Author, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

 Public Health, School of

Join writer and activist Eli Clare as he grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds.

  Register online

Medieval Philosophy

Meeting | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 6220 Dwinelle Hall

 Medieval Philosophy Working Group

Queer Potentialities: on Space and Communities

Lecture | March 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 1000 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THU MAR 2, 5-6:30 pm. Queer Urbanisms, a student-led initiative at UC Berkeley’s Architecture department, invites you to a talk by Olivier Vallerand.

Donner ce que l'on n'a pas:: Les gestes paradoxaux du 'Testament'

Lecture | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4229 - French Department Library

 Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, Professor Emerita of the University of Paris-Sorbonne

 Department of French

Applied Algebra Seminar: Learning Regularizers from Data

Seminar | March 2 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yong Sheng Soh, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Regularization techniques are widely employed in the solution of inverse problems in data analysis and scientific computing due to their effectiveness in addressing difficulties due to ill-posedness. In their most common manifestation, these methods take the form of penalty functions added to the objective in optimization-based approaches for solving inverse problems. The purpose of the penalty...   More >

Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture: A Roundtable with Prof. Leigh Raiford and Prof. Heiki Raphael-Hernandez

Reading - Nonfiction | March 2 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library (30 Stephens Hall)

 Dr. Leigh Raiford, Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley; Dr. Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Professor of English, University of Maryland in Europe

 Center for Race and Gender, Ethnic Studies Library

Migrating the Black Body explores how visual media-from painting to photography, from global independent cinema to Hollywood movies, from posters and broadsides to digital media, from public art to graphic novels-has shaped diasporic imaginings of the individual and collective self. How is the travel of black bodies reflected in reciprocal black images? How is blackness forged and remade through...   More >

Flood in Ba'ath Country: Contemporary Syrian Documentaries

Film - Documentary | March 2 | 5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Flood in Ba'ath Country (2003, Omar Amiralay)

Contemporary Syrian Documentaries
curated by Nathalie Khankan (Near Eastern Studies)
in partnership with the Arab Film Festival

Part of "To Aleppo Gone:" Syrian Culture Today, series of programs exploring the arts in Syria.

Food Stamped: Real Food Real Stories

Film - Documentary | March 2 | 6-9 p.m. | 101 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Berkeley Food Institute, Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development (FEED)

Food Stamped highlights the lives of a couple living on a food stamp budget, the struggles they face, the adversities they overcome, and the bigger picture of what the US food stamp program entails.

Micron Technology Info-session

Information Session | March 2 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Micron at the forefront of technology's next evolution. Micron Technology is a world leader in memory and semiconductor technology offering the industry's broadest portfolio of silicon-to-semiconductor solutions.

We're hiring in the following majors: EE, CS, Chemical, Physics, IEOR, Materials Science, and Mechanical.

Refreshments will be provided as well as a raffle for a Crucial SSD.

Food Stamped Movie Screening

Film - Documentary | March 2 | 6-8:30 p.m. | 101 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Yoav Potash, Filmmaker

 Sophia Lorenzi, Program Manager, Real Food Real Stories

 Berkeley Food Institute

Join us for the screening of the film documentary "Food Stamped" with a presentation by Real Food Real Stories! This is the program of the event:
- 6:00-6:20 PM: Food prepared by FEED officers will be provided
- 6:20-6:30 PM: Presentation by Real Food Real Stories
- 6:30-7:40 PM: Viewing of "Food Stamped" Documentary film
- 7:40-8:30 PM: Q&A with the filmmaker Yoav Potash!

Presented by...   More >

Rereading Glaucon's challenge: Plato's distinctions in goodness: Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | March 2 | 6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

The fourth lecture in the 2017 Sather series "Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story

Lecture | March 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Dina Elenbogen

 Center for Jewish Studies, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Near Eastern Studies

What do we mean by home? In Drawn From Water, American Jewish writer Dina Elenbogen explores her thirty-year friendship with Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel as they struggle in a new country while dealing with her own desire to join them there.

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Chan Is Missing | Wayne Wang | United States, 1982

Film - Feature | March 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Wayne Wang

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi, Lauren Chew, Peter Wang,

Following its local premiere at BAMPFA and critical acclaim at New Directors/New Films, this groundbreaking independent hit inspired generations of filmmakers and was named to the National Film Registry. Today it still seems fresh, intelligent, inventive. Playing with the pleasures and conceits of film noir, Wang imbues his irreverent...   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