<< February 2020 >>

Saturday, February 1, 2020

interGeneration400: Breathe. Remember. Live.

Conference/Symposium | February 1 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. |  César E. Chávez Student Center

 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff & Students; Community Leaders

 Student Learning Center

interGeneration400 is the UC Berkeley Student Learning Center's commemorative celebration of Black history and recognition of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act. Through this endeavor, the SLC seeks to re-examine the global legacy of American slavery; honor Black ingenuity and...   More >

  RSVP online

Career Clinic: Finding a New Career Direction: Steps to Finding Work You Love

Lecture | February 1 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 609 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 UC Berkeley Extension

Do you feel like you are in a rut in your career and long to do something that feels more fulfilling, even if you have no idea what that might be? Do you know you're in the wrong job but feel stuck by fear or self-doubt when you think about trying to make a change?

This workshop is tailored to help you find direction and outline steps to find (and achieve!) work you love.

In advance of the...   More >

$50 $50 plus Strengthfinder Assessment

  Register online

Sick Plant Clinic

Special Event | January 4 – December 5, 2020 the first Saturday of the month every month with exceptions | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join the Garden for our monthly Sick Plant Clinic and find out which diseases ail your plants. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants too! Please cover plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the Garden.

BERKELEY CLINIC DIAGNOSES RESIDENTS' PLANTS
Lauren Reed-Guy, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle June 29,...   More >

Arguing for Social Justice: Saturday Seminar

Workshop | February 1 | 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. |  Longfellow Middle School

 1500 Derby St., Berkeley, CA 94703

 BASP and BAMP

The convergence among science, math, and language provides the foundation for making viable social justice arguments. This year we will focus on how environmental literacy can be developed by using this convergence.

The History of Botanical Art Lecture by Catherine Watters

Lecture | February 1 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The History of Botanical Art recounts the colorful history of this timeless art form dating back to 1500 BC up to the present. The lecture will focus on several noted artists and their work as well as several important florilegia - collections of botanical paintings depicting the plants growing in a particular garden or collected
during a voyage of exploration.

Catherine Watters is a...   More >

$15 Adult / $10 Adult Member

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

The History of Botanical Art

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

Deppea splendens 'Cristobal' Image by Jill Petersen

Video Preservation Petting Zoo

Presentation | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Your tapes are dying! Join the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Preservation Department for hands-on analog preservation demos and DIY tips. See good tapes go bad before your eyes, scope some far-out video art, and learn about BAVC’s program to subsidize tape digitization for artists and community groups.

Men's Basketball vs. Oregon State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 1 | 1 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Oregon State at Haas Pavilion.

Men's Tennis vs. USC

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | February 1 | 1 p.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Tennis hosts USC at Hellman Tennis Complex.

La Pointe Courte

Film - Feature | February 1 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Made outside the French film industry on a shoestring budget, Varda’s 1954 debut has been called by historian Georges Sadoul “truly the first film of the nouvelle vague”; its innovative editing, location shooting, and use of nonprofessional actors seem as radical now as they did then. A sun-scarred Mediterranean fishing port is both background and plot element for a fractured tale of reunited...   More >

La strada

Film - Feature | February 1 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It’s hard to think of La strada apart from its reputation as a Humanist Classic, what Vincent Canby called “a fable of spiritual redemption,” in which Giulietta Masina’s clownish soul Gelsomina is victimized by Anthony Quinn’s brutish Zampanò and they call it a traveling sideshow. But that’s a good reason to see it again. Behind Masina’s tragicomic masquerade are some of the most chillingly...   More >

Blue Velvet

Film - Feature | February 1 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lynch’s color-saturated noir posits a small-town America steeped in psychic dread, where evil lurks beneath the manicured lawns. The plot concerns amateur sleuth Kyle MacLachlan’s encounters with bruised chanteuse Isabella Rossellini, girl-next-door Laura Dern, and sociopath-next-door Dennis Hopper; after a series of sordid set pieces, the bluebird of happiness finally arrives, but it’s an...   More >

Jordi Savall with La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI: Splendor of the Iberian Baroque

Performing Arts - Music | February 1 | 8-10 p.m. |  First Congregational Church

 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Cal Performances

Gamba virtuoso and musical polymath Jordi Savall returns with a performance celebrating the rich cultural melting pot of the Iberian Peninsula of the 16th and 17th centuries. Savall is joined by the Grammy-winning choir La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and his septet of virtuoso instrumentalists Hespèrion XXI, for a tour through the ornamented melodies and modal harmonies of the Arab-Andalusian...   More >

$56-92 (prices subject to change)

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

Jordi Savall with La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI perform Saturday, February 1, 2020 in the First Congregational Church.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

New Members' Welcome Wagon

Reception | February 2 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a New Members' Welcome Wagon to celebrate your joining the UC Botanical Garden! The event will take place on Sunday, February 2nd from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm here at the Garden.

Enjoy coffee and pastries while hearing a presentation on the past, present and future of the Garden from Director Lew Feldman, followed by an optional docent-led tour.

Registration is required and...   More >

One Child Nation

Film - Feature | February 2 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

China ended its one-child policy in 2015, but the ramifications of the decades-long law are still reverberating throughout the country in traumatic and haunting ways. Inspired by the birth of her own son, codirector Nanfu Wang returns to her village, where questions posed to family members about the policy lead to grim revelations about forced sterilization, property destruction, child...   More >

Men's Gymnastics vs. Pac-12 Invite Open

Sport - Intercollegiate - Gymnastics | February 2 | 4 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Gymnastics hosts Pac-12 Invite Open at Haas Pavilion.

Daguerréotypes

Film - Feature | February 2 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shot along a few short blocks of the rue Daguerre, where Varda made her home for decades, Daguerréotypes is a playful and affectionate portrait of a thoroughly Parisian neighborhood, and an homage of sorts to the pioneering photographer who was the street’s namesake. In 1975, having recently given birth, Varda wanted to stay close to home, but not to stop filming. So she created what she called...   More >

Child’s Pose

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The grand prize winner at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, this social thriller follows an upper-class Bucharest architect who’ll stop at nothing to keep her grown son out of jail—even after he killed a child in a car accident. A withering takedown of the mores (or lack thereof) of the one percent in general and the corruption of nouveau riche, well-connected Romanians in particular, Child’s Pose...   More >

Monday, February 3, 2020

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

Dr. Michael Patnode, Washington University, St. Louis: Dietary Plant Polysaccharides Mediate Interactions between Human Gut Microbes in Vivo

Seminar | February 3 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Center for Computational Biology, Public Health, School of

Abstract:
Transcription, the fundamental cellular process by which DNA is copied to RNA, is tightly regulated in healthy human development but frequently dysregulated in disease. During or shortly after transcription, regions known as “introns” are spliced out of the RNA to produce mature “messenger” RNA. Massively parallel sequencing of RNA (RNA-seq) has become a ubiquitous technology in...   More >

Metabolic dysfunction in retinal degeneration

Seminar | February 3 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 John Ash

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Metabolic dysfunction in retinal degeneration

Abstract coming soon.

Intersections of Power: Sexual Assault, Public Health, and the Making of Sexual Citizens

Lecture | February 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Jennifer Hirsch, Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Jennifer Hirsch's research spans five intertwined domains: the anthropology of love; gender, sexuality and migration; sexual, reproductive and HIV risk practices; social scientific research on sexual assault and undergraduate well-being, and the intersections between anthropology and public health.She has published articles in journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Studies in Family...   More >

Trade Lunch: "Resource Misallocation in European Firms: The Role of Constraints, Firm Characteristics and Managerial Decisions"

Seminar | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yuriy Gorodnichenko, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Predictive CFD Modeling for Industrial Fire and Suppression: Progress and Challenges: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | February 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Yi Wang, FM Global, Research Division

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Accidental fire is the most costly peril for commercial and industrial facilities, with the total fire loss equal to the combined losses due to all natural hazards. The technical complexity related to the highly-coupled physical and chemical processes in fire and suppression has restricted the industrial fire protection solution to be mostly dependent on full-scale testing and empirical...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Macdonald polynomials and level two Demazure modules for affine $sl_{n+1}$.

Seminar | February 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Rekha Biswal, MPIM Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

An important result due to Sanderson and Ion says that characters of level one Demazure modules are specialized Macdonald polynomials. In this talk, I will introduce a new class of symmetric polynomials indexed by a pair of dominant weights of $sl_{n+1}$ which is expressed as linear combination of specialized symmetric Macdonald polynomials with coefficients defined recursively. These polynomials...   More >

Design Field Notes: Scott Snibbe: From Interactive Art to Social Products

Lecture | February 3 | 1-2 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Scott Snibbe, The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

This spring, join The Jacobs Institute for our continued Design Field Notes series, held on Mondays from 1-2pm at 220 Jacobs Hall. This event is free and welcome to all students and the public.

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | February 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Olle Hammar; Ludvig Wier

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Olle Hammar - "Culture, Individualism and Preferences for Redistribution"

Ludvig Wier - "Externalities in International Tax Enforcement: Theory and Evidence" w/ Thomas Tørsløv and Gabriel Zucman

Seminar 211, Economic History

Seminar | February 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Jan De Vries, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Variation of toric GIT quotient and Variation of Lagrangian skeleton

Seminar | February 3 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Peng Zhou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well-known that the GIT quotient depends on a choice of an equivariant ample line bundle. Various different quotients are related by birational transformations, and their B-models ($D^b Coh$) are related by semi-orthogonal decompositions, or derived equivalences. If we apply mirror symmetry, it is natural to ask how the A-models of the mirror of various quotients are related. We give a...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Pseudospectral Shattering, the Sign Function, and Diagonalization in Nearly Matrix Multiplication Time II

Seminar | February 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jorge Garza Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of the talk of the previous week. See the abstract posted with that talk.

Human Cognition Colloquium: Dynamic geometries of thoughts, memories, and conversations

Colloquium | February 3 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Jeremy R. Manning, Dartmouth College

 Department of Psychology

Our ongoing thoughts reflect how we perceive the world, remember our past, and communicate. I will describe approaches that my lab is using to model the dynamics of real-world thoughts and how our brains support those thoughts. Our central advance is to define mathematical spaces whose coordinates reflect different thoughts that people might have. We characterize experiences as they unfold in...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On the distribution of Hecke correspondences and CM points

Seminar | February 3 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sebastián Herrero, Pontificia U. Católica de Valparaíso

 Department of Mathematics

We will recall classical results on the distribution properties of Hecke correspondences and of CM points on the modular curve over the field of complex numbers, and preset new results on the analogue problems over the p-adics. This is joint work with Juan Rivera-Letelier (U. of Rochester) and Ricardo Menares (Pontificia U. Católica de Chile).

Differential Geometry Seminar: Geodesic planes in hyperbolic 3-manifolds

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

 Amir Mohammadi, UCSD

 Department of Mathematics

Let M be a hyperbolic 3-manifold. A geodesic plane in M is a totally geodesic immersion of the hyperbolic plane into M. In this talk we will give an overview of some results which highlight how geometric, topological, and arithmetic properties of M are related to the behavior of geodesic planes in M. This talk is based on joint projects with McMullen and Oh, and in another direction with Margulis.

Racialization, Colorism, and Stalled Upward Mobility Among Low-Income Rural Families

Colloquium | February 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Linda M. Burton, Dean, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

In this presentation I tell the story about how 30 years of conducting ethnographic studies of intimate unions and childbearing in low-income rural and small town communities led me to serendipitously explore the racialization, colorism, and upward mobility experiences of rural families.

I draw on longitudinal data from ethnographies of poor families residing in Pennsylvania to demonstrate how...   More >

Linda M. Burton, Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley

Towards Comparative Legal Institutionalism featuring Katharina Pistor: Inaugural Irving Tragen Lecture on Comparative Law

Lecture | February 3 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Law Building, Warren Room, 295 Simon Hall

 Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School

 Berkeley Law

Comparative law today leads only a shadow existence at law schools in the U.S. and elsewhere. This has been true especially for the last three decades when globalization and global law have gained prominence, diminishing the interest in (foreign) local law. In this talk, I will argue that comparative law is best thought of as a methodology that can and should be employed for analyzing the role of...   More >

The Art of War - A New Translation by Michael Nylan

Colloquium | February 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Nylan, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Michael Nylan intends to use this talk to consider the state of the China field as regards translations of the Classics and masterworks. She is presently editor of the University of Washington "Classics of Chinese Thought" translation series, which is currently publishing the third of the already finished nine scheduled books. She is also the recent translator of Yang Xiong's Exemplary Figures...   More >

A Story of Her Own?: Representation in Alexander Herzen’s ‘The Thieving Magpie’

Lecture | February 3 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ruth Wurl, PhD candidate, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University

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

The second lecture in the Spring 2020 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

Quantifying Uncertainty in Complex Systems with Applications to Brain Connectomics: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Claire Donnat, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

From social networks to neurosciences, graphs have rapidly become ubiquitous by offering a versatile modeling framework in which data points are represented as nodes, and various aspects of the underlying organization of the data are captured through edges. Brain Connectomics---a developing field in cognitive neuroscience---is a case in point, as it strives to understand cognitive processes and...   More >

Chernobyl

Colloquium | February 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 105 North Gate Hall

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

The Nuclear Engineering Department Presents "Chernobyl", a panel discussion on HBO's 2019 mini-series. The panel will be featuring Mark Sandberg Ph.D., Jason T. Harris Ph.D., Jean L. Nakamura M.D., Alexei Yurchak Ph.D., and Massimiliano Fratoni Ph.D.

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Dilogarithms and abelian Chern-Simons

Seminar | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Dan Freed, UT Austin

 Department of Mathematics

In joint work with Andy Neitzke we discovered a construction of the dilogarithm function from the Chern-Simons function for the group C*. This leads, for example, to a geometric derivation of dilogarithm identities. In the talk I will review the geometry of the Chern-Simons function, including the variation for spin manifolds needed in this application.

Mechanism and regulation of P transposable elements in Drosophila and vertebrates

Seminar | February 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Don Rio, UCB

 College of Chemistry

Job Market Seminar: "Scoring Strategic Agents"

Seminar | February 3 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ian Ball, Yale Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Information Economics, Mechanism Design, Game Theory

Scanning the Sky for Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter

Colloquium | February 3 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte Hall

 Kerstin Perez, Assistant Professor, MIT

 Department of Physics

The particle nature of dark matter is a driving question of contemporary physics, with astrophysical experiments leading the search for dark matter annihilation or decay signatures. Sterile neutrinos, which could provide an elegant solution to the puzzle of the observed active neutrino masses and mixing, are among the most well-motivated light dark matter candidates, with astrophysical X-ray...   More >

Apple Info-Session

Information Session | February 3 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Apple is coming to campus to host a Panel of engineers representing various AI and ML groups. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/appleucb2020!

Please submit any questions prior to the event at ucberkeley@apple.com with the subject line “AI/ML Panel Q&A Submission”

Visualizing the World 2020

Lecture | February 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Andrés Cediel; Cassandra Herrman; Richard Koci Hernandez; Ken Light

 Arts + Design, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Presented by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Andrés Cediel, Filmmaker, Professor of Visual Journalism at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Cassandra Herrman, Interim Head of Documentary, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Richard Koci Hernandez, Associate Professor and Bloomberg Chair, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Ken Light, Reva and David Logan...   More >

Faculty

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 7 – December 1, 2020 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed two days a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need two days per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day...   More >

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | February 4 | 9-10 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Apple Software Networking Event

Information Session | February 4 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

There's a place at Apple for every kind of brilliant.

Our differences are our greatest strengths, leading to the collaboration and innovation that allow you to do the best work of your life.

Please create a profile at jobs.apple.com before the event, and bring multiple copies of your resume. Questions? Email ucberkeley@apple.com

Please RSVP here:...   More >

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | February 4 | 10:10-11 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Rough volatility: Evidence from range-based and implied volatility

Seminar | February 4 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Saad Mouti, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT:

Clayton Heathcock Lectureship: Innovation in Pharmaceutical Process Development

Seminar | February 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Margaret Faul, VP Drug Product Technologies, Amgen

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Rough volatility: Evidence from range-based and implied volatility

Seminar | February 4 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Saad Mouti, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: In Gatheral et al. 2014, it has been shown that volatility exhibits a fractional behavior with a Hurst exponent $H < 0.5$, changing the typical perception of volatility. In their study, Gatheral and his co-authors used the realized volatility.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Rough volatility: Evidence from range-based and implied volatility

Seminar | February 4 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Saad Mouti, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: In Gatheral et al. 2014, it has been shown that volatility exhibits a fractional behavior with a Hurst exponent $H < 0.5$, changing the typical perception of volatility. In their study, Gatheral and his co-authors used the realized volatility.

3-Manifold Seminar: 3-manifold seminar

Seminar | February 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be an organizational meeting for the 3-manifold seminar this semester. I would like to try to set up a group research project on an accessible topic. I will discuss a potential topic, minimal lengths of knots in 3-manifolds.

Web design process and tools

Meeting | February 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Jesse Loesberg, Web Developer, Library Communications Office

 Webnet

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Special EECS Seminar: Surface Emitting Laser Turned on Light: Everybody Has VCSELs

Seminar | February 4 | 1:10-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Kenichi Iga, Professor Emeritus and Former President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) is a new type of semiconductor laser and now generating new applications such as high-speed local area networks, computer mice, parallel optical interconnects, laser printers, face recognition systems, and various optical sensors.

Surface Emitting Laser Turned on Light: Everybody Has VCSELs

Seminar | February 4 | 1:10-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 - Banatao Auditorium

 Kenichi Iga, Professor Emeritus and Former President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

 Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute

The VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) is a new type of
semiconductor laser and now generating new applications such as high-speed local area networks, computer mice, parallel optical interconnects, laser printers, face recognition systems, and various optical sensors.

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics (Joint with Psychology and Economics): Eliminating Equilibrium Pathologies in Models with Present-Biased Discounting: the β-δ-Δ Sweet Spot

Seminar | February 4 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 David Laibson, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

ABSTRACT: When agents have present-biased discount functions and are partially or fully sophisticated, intra-personal strategic motives induce equilibria with pathological properties, including non-uniqueness, policy function discontinuities and policy-function non-monotonicities. Harris and Laibson (2013) propose a continuous-time model with an instantaneously short 'present', which eliminates...   More >

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Macdonald polynomials and integrability

Seminar | February 4 | 2:10-3 p.m. | TBD Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be the first talk on a series on Macdonald polynomials, combinatorics and integrability. A mix of combinatorics, algebra and mathematical physics.

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Macdonald polynomials and integrability

Seminar | February 4 | 2:10-3 p.m. | TBD Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be the first talk on a series on Macdonald polynomials, combinatorics and integrability. A mix of combinatorics, algebra and mathematical physics.

Annals of Scientific Storytelling

Lecture | February 4 | 2:15-3:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium, RM. 140

 Siobhan Roberts, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Simons Institute Journalist in Residence and author Siobhan Roberts will discuss her work and deconstruct some of her features for publications such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Quanta, followed by a Q&A (and, if desired, an informal pitch session).

Siobhan Roberts is a Canadian author and science journalist who writes for the New York Times' “Science Times,” Quanta, and the New...   More >

Annals of Scientific Storytelling

Presentation | February 4 | 2:15-3:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium (Room 140)

 Siobhan Roberts, Simons Institute

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Simons Institute Journalist in Residence and author Siobhan Roberts will discuss her work and deconstruct some of her features for publications such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Quanta, followed by a Q&A (and, if desired, an informal pitch session).

Siobhan Roberts is a Canadian author and science journalist who writes for the New York Times' “Science Times,” Quanta, and the New...   More >

 Not recommended for children.

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD

Colloquium | February 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University

 Department of Psychology

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: The Travel Time Tomography Inverse Problem for Transversely Isotropic Elastic Media

Seminar | February 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Joey Zou, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss the travel time tomography problem for the elastic wave equation, where the aim is to recover elastic coefficients in the interior of an elastic medium given the travel times of the corresponding elastic waves. I will consider in particular the transversely isotropic case, which provides a reasonable seismological model for the interior of the Earth or other planets. By applying...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Primary Ideals and Differential Equations

Seminar | February 4 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bernd Sturmfels, UC Berkeley, MPI Leipzig

 Department of Mathematics

An ideal in a polynomial ring encodes a system of linear partial differential equations with constant coefficients. Primary decomposition organizes the solutions to the PDE. This paper develops a novel structure theory for primary ideals in this context. We characterize primary ideals in terms of PDE, punctual Hilbert schemes, and the join construction, and we present an explicit algorithm for...   More >

2020 William Main Seminar Series - Investing in Global Forest Restoration: Opportunities and Challenges: Mobilizing Institutional Capital for Forest Restoration Investments

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5:15 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Dr. Clark Binkley, Managing Director, International Forestry Investment Advisors LLC

 Berkeley Forests

Recent research has identified forest restoration as having great potential to mitigate global climate change, but realizing this potential requires vast areas of suitable land, large sums of capital, and incentives for landowners to invest in forests instead of other land uses. The 2020 William Main Seminar Series examines opportunities and challenges associated with global forest restoration....   More >

  RSVP by emailing Rachelle Hedges at rachelle.hedges@berkeley.edu by February 4.

RTMP Seminar: Calculating Duistermaat-Heckman measures of a perfect basis

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Anne Dranowski, University of Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

By work of Lusztig, generic modules for the preprojective algebra give bases for representations of ADE groups. By work of Mirkovic and Vilonen, MV cycles give bases for these representations as well. While both bases were known to be crystal bases practically since their inception, only recently did we see polytope descriptions of their crystal structures. The crystal structure on MV cycles was...   More >

Elastica Catastrophe Machine and Configurational Forces in Dynamics

Seminar | February 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Associate Professor Francesco Dal Corso, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering; University of Trento, Italy

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Nonlinear structural mechanics breaks the limits of traditional linear elastic design, to create elements working much beyond the realm of linearized kinematics, fully inside the nonlinear range, so matching the strong requirements imposed by soft robotics, flexible locomotion devices, metastructures, architected structures for vibration mitigation, and morphable structures. Within this...   More >

“The perverse absent-presence”: Disability and the perception of archival representation

Lecture | February 4 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Gracen Brilmyer

 Information, School of

Gracen Brilmyer, a 2016 CTSP fellow and MIMS 2016 alum, presents research for their doctoral dissertation.

Job Market Seminar: "Evidence Acquisition and Voluntary Disclosure"

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

 Denis Shishkin, Princeton Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Microeconomic Theory, Information Economics, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 4 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: K-theoretic Tutte polynomials of morphisms of matroids

Seminar | February 4 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Tutte polynomial is among the most important combinatorial invariants of a graph and more generally of a matroid. A geometric interpretation of the Tutte polynomial was given by Fink and Speyer via the K-theory of Grassmannians. In this talk, we define and study the Tutte polynomial of morphisms of graphs and matroids by considering the K-theory of flag varieties. We show that there are two...   More >

Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia

Lecture | February 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Joshua Yaffa, Author and Moscow Correspondent for The New Yorker

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

In this rich and novelistic tour of contemporary Russia, Joshua Yaffa introduces readers to some of the country’s most remarkable figures—from politicians and entrepreneurs to artists and historians—who have built their careers and constructed their identities in the shadow of the Putin system. Torn between their own ambitions and the omnipresent demands of the state, each walks an individual...   More >

Poetry and the Senses Program Launch | Readings and Conversation: with readings by Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian

Reading - Literary | February 4 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Indira Allegra; Chiyuma Elliott; Lyn Hejinian

 Arts Research Center, Engaging the Senses Foundation

Poetry and the Senses | Program Launch + Conversation
with readings by Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:30 – 7:00pm: Readings + Conversation
7:00 – 7:30pm: Reception + Celebration
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center and Engaging the Senses Foundation

 Event held in Morrison Library, inside Doe Library on the UC Berkeley campus. Seating first-come, first served until capacity is reached.

Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, & Lyn Hejinian

Berkeley Underground Scholars: From Incarceration to Education

Presentation | February 4 | 6-8 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

The Berkeley Undergrounds Scholars (BUS) is a grassroots program for UC Berkeley students who have been directly impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex, including formerly incarcerated people or those with incarcerated family members.

Please join us for a discussion of the program and its aim to shift the School-to-Prison pipeline to a Prison-to-School pipeline using higher education as an...   More >

Arista Info-Session

Information Session | February 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come join us! We're Cal alumni currently working as software engineers at Arista. We're hosting an info session where we'll talk about the kinds of engineering work we do at Arista, how Arista fits into the tech industry, and what it's like to work at Arista.

About Us:

Arista Networks delivers software-defined networking for large datacenter and high-performance computing environments....   More >

The Assistant

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Taking its inspiration from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, The Assistant resonates with the #MeToo movement in its psychological study of the film industry. The drama is presented from the point of view of Jane (wonderfully performed by Julia Garner), who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. The film unfolds as if in real time: we observe...   More >

The Assistant

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Free Sneak Preview!

FEATURING
Julia Garner, Matthew MacFadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Forseth

Taking its inspiration from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, The Assistant resonates with the #MeToo movement in its psychological study of the film industry. The drama is presented from the point of view of Jane (wonderfully performed by Julia Garner), who has recently landed her dream job as a...   More >

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Free Wednesday at the Garden

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

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Rivera and the Detroit Murals: A Personal Journey

Lecture | February 5 |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Center for Latin American Studies

March 1932 was not a good time to come to Detroit. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo arrived in the city in the midst of a plummeting economy and social upheaval. The artists painted during grim economic times, yet Rivera’s dream of a popular international art has found an enthusiastic new audience, and Kahlo has become iconic throughout the world. In this talk, Harley Shaiken will explore the ways in...   More >

Apple Hardware and Silicon Engineering Networking Event

Information Session | February 5 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

There's a place at Apple for every kind of brilliant.

Our differences are our greatest strengths, leading to the collaboration and innovation that allow you to do the best work of your life.

Please create a profile at jobs.apple.com before the event, and bring multiple copies of your resume. Questions? Email ucberkeley@apple.com

Please RSVP here:...   More >

Scholar Information Meeting

Information Session | February 5 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Newly arrived postdocs, professors, researchers, short-term scholars, and visiting student researchers are required to attend this meeting to validate their arrival in the U.S. Information on immigration regulations, travel, employment, resources for families, health insurance and other practical information will be discussed.

Your final immigration document review will be completed at the...   More >

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar

Lecture | January 22 – May 6, 2020 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UAM@Berkeley, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

Find out more on the BIDS website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Discovery Station: Chocolate and Vanilla

Special Event | February 5 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Does chocolate really grow on trees?! Did you know vanilla comes from an orchid?! Come discover more about two of our favorite foods.

NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar: Predicting Gate Conflicts Using NASA ATD2 Fused Data Sources

Lecture | February 5 | 11 a.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jeremy Coupe, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: The modern day National Airspace System (NAS) is powered by System Wide Information Management (SWIM) which is a real-time digital data sharing infrastructure that provides a high fidelity view of the lifecycle of a flight. The newly available data within the SWIM feeds can be leveraged to help drive efficiencies in the NAS. In this talk, we investigate the gate conflict prediction...   More >

Our Soil, Ourselves: How Your Health Connects to Soil

Presentation | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online-Zoom

 Daphne Miller, MD

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

What does soil health have to do with your health? This free webinar will explore the relationship between soil and health, and the specific steps you can take to become a Soil Ambassador.

CITRIS Research Exchange - Vincent Vanhoucke

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

"Closing the Perception-Actuation Loop using Machine Learning: New Perspectives and Strategies"

About the Talk:

Recent advances in perception technology, fueled by progress in deep learning, have materially changed the degree of situational awareness one can expect from robots engaged in the real world: in addition to perceiving the geometry of the world around them, robots can now also...   More >

  Register online

Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Affine Grassmannians and factorization

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Nadler, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This will be the first meeting of a semester-long seminar focused on factorization with an emphasis on examples coming from Lie theory.

Noon Concert Series: Jolie Huang, piano

Performing Arts - Music | February 5 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Works by Charles Ives

Since 1953 the Noon Concert Series has featured a variety of performance from Music students, faculty, and guest musicians.

11:55 - Doors Open
12:15 - Start

FREE admission

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: Kustu Lecture: Bacterial body building: mechanisms and consequences of Helicobacter pylori morphology

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Nina Salama, Director, Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Graduate Program, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Dr. Nina Salama studies Helicobacter pylori, a stomach bacterium that infects half the world’s population and is associated with ulcers and gastric cancer — the third leading cancer killer worldwide. Her team found that H. pylori’s unique corkscrew shape allows the bug to colonize the stomach by burrowing into the mucus lining where it is protected from the acidic environment. They found a set of...   More >

Nina Salama

Matrix On Point: The Fate of the Forests

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Nancy Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Christopher Lesser, Graduate Student, Institute of International Studies; Stephanie Postar, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley Department of Geography

 Social Science Matrix

The destruction of the world's forests has had massive environmental impacts, contributing to unprecedented losses in biodiversity around the world. The recent, catastrophic fires in the Amazon rainforest, the so-called lungs of our planet, were started by developers seeking to profit from the cultivation of crops, mining, logging, and grazing on the land and drive away the indigenous peoples who...   More >

  RSVP online

LinkedIn Basics

Workshop | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

LinkedIn is a great tool for establishing an online presence, conducting career research, and facilitating connection with other professionals. This workshop addresses the basics.

  Register online

Contemporary Landscape Archaeology in the Bahamas

Lecture | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Elena Sesma, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk addresses a community-based archaeology project focused on the history of a 19th century Bahamian cotton plantation and the present-day communities who live on and around the former plantation acreage.

Sparse Deep Predictive Coding: A Model of Visual Perception

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Victor Boutin, Institute of Neuroscience of la Timone (INT), Aix-Marseille University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Building models to efficiently represent images is a central problem in the machine learning community. The brain and especially the visual cortex, has long find economical and robust solutions to solve such a problem. At the local scale, Sparse Coding is one of the most successful framework to model neural computation in the visual cortex. It directly derives from the efficient coding...   More >

Townsend Center Book Chat with Abigail De Kosnik and Keith Feldman: #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation

Lecture | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

This collected volume offers a critical interdisciplinary view on how and why social media is at the heart of contemporary political discourse.

Capitalism and Freedom: Perspectives on Slavery and its Ties to Economic and Political Liberalism in Europe

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Caitlin Rosenthal, History Department, UC Berkeley; Tyler Stovall, Dean of the Humanities at UC Santa Cruz

 Institute of European Studies, Department of African American Studies, Department of History

In the spirit of Chancellor Christ's recent initiative to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved
Africans in the English colonies, IES is proud to sponsor an event on Capitalism and Freedom examining the
involvement of various European powers in the transatlantic slave trade and the implications of this involvement
for political liberalism and the economic system of...   More >

  RSVP online

Caitlin Rosenthal & Tyler Stovall

Sensing the Behavioral Manifestation of Personality in Daily Life

Colloquium | February 5 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Gabriella Harari, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

People around the world own digital media devices (e.g., smartphones, wearables, smart home appliances) that mediate and are in close proximity to their everyday behavior and contexts. These devices contain mobile sensors and metadata logs that can be collected to obtain fine-grained records of personality-relevant information. In this talk, I will present findings from our smartphone sensing...   More >

UC Berkeley Geosystems Group Wednesday Lecture Series: Investigation of the Feijao Tailings Dam Failure near Brumadinho, Brazil

Lecture | February 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 406 Davis Hall

 Peter K. Robertson, Consultant and Technical Advisor, Gregg Drilling LLC

 UC Berkeley Geoengineering Society

At approximately 12:28pm local time on January 25, 2019, tailings dam B-1 at Vale S.A.’s Corrego do Feijao Iron Ore Mine, located 9 kilometers north-east of Brumadinho, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, suffered a sudden failure resulting in a catastrophic mudflow that travelled rapidly downstream resulting in significant damage and the loss of over 250 lives. This failure was unique in that...   More >

BPM 104 Communicating Goals, Objectives and Key Results

Workshop | February 5 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content identifies how departmental goals and individual performance objectives and key results fit into the UC Berkeley performance management cycle and performance evaluation process.

The New Global Politics of Waste

Lecture | February 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight & Salvage

 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Kate O'Neill, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Professor Kate O'Neill discusses how wastes have become globalized, but also how a single move by one country — China's decision not to import paper and plastic scrap — can affect all of us right down to weekly chores such as taking out the trash.

 FREE to OLLI @Berkeley members, UC faculty, staff and students. $10/general admission. No RSVP required. All welcome!

Ikhlaq Sidhu — Can We Teach Students to Create, Innovate, and Lead?

Seminar | February 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Ihklaq Sidhu, UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Skype, Zoom, Webex, Facebook voice chat and Whatsapp are all businesses built on VoIP, a disruptive technology that was controversial when Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu developed and wrote its seminal patents while he was an engineer at 3com.

In this talk, Ikhlaq will discuss his journey from lab engineer to industry innovator — and the concepts, mindset, and behaviors he discovered that are...   More >

2020 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | February 5 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a social engagement project after their graduation.

Up to $25,000.

2020 Summer Opportunities Fair

Special Event | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Summer Sessions

Wondering what to do next summer? Visit the Summer Opportunities Fair to learn about exciting summer options for UC Berkeley students, including summer courses, study abroad, student jobs and internships, research, volunteer and service, and more!

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2020 application deadline, February 20, 2020

Information Session | February 5 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about how to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, DC. UCDC sends students from all majors to intern and take classes in DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

Human Cognition Colloquium: “Evaluating truth in a fake news era”

Colloquium | February 5 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Nadia Brashier, Harvard University

 Department of Psychology

Every day, we encounter false claims that range from silly (e.g., We use 10% of our brains) to dangerous (e.g., Vaccines cause autism). How do we know what to believe? In this talk, I will put forth a three-part model of how people judge truth. First, most content encountered in daily life is mundane and true. Reflecting this base rate, we develop a bias to accept claims. Second, our own feelings...   More >

Variety Lights

Film - Feature | February 5 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In his first film, Fellini shared directorial credit with Alberto Lattuada. Critics have traditionally attributed the film’s idiosyncratic tenor and imagery to Fellini, although, as film historian Mira Liehm wrote, “both [directors] were intrigued by the Pirandellian unknowable worlds and by the existential quest for identity . . . the multiple personalities of . . . protagonists caught in a...   More >

Wilson loop expectations for finite gauge groups

Seminar | February 5 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall

 Sky Cao, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Wilson loop variables are certain random variables which arise in physics. Understanding the expectations of these random variables is of particular interest. Recently, Chatterjee computed Wilson loop expectations to leading order for Ising lattice gauge theory at weak coupling. In this talk, I will describe how to do the same for lattice gauge theories with finite gauge groups. In...   More >

Probability Seminar: Wilson loop expectations for finite gauge groups

Seminar | February 5 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 330 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Sky Cao, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: Wilson loop variables are certain random variables which arise in physics. Understanding the expectations of these random variables is of particular interest. Recently, Chatterjee computed Wilson loop expectations to leading order for Ising lattice gauge theory at weak coupling. In this talk, I will describe how to do the same for lattice gauge theories with finite gauge groups. In...   More >

CCB Seminar: Dr. Trevor Bedford, University of Washington: Tracking and forecasting epidemic spread through viral genome sequencing

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

 Center for Computational Biology

Abstract:
Here, I present work on genomic epidemiology of Ebola virus and evolutionary dynamics of seasonal influenza virus. In both cases, we're using the Nextstrain platform to pull in sequence data in near real-time and generate inferences of epidemic patterns. For the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu in the DRC, inferences focus on individual-level transmission patterns to aid in...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Laura Schewel: Transportation Behavioral Data and Climate Change

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

 Laura Schewel, StreetLight Data

 Energy and Resources Group

Laura Schewel will explore how the seemingly
mundane topic of transportation data collection techniques has evolved over the years, along with the surprising new insights it yields.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Applied Math Seminar: A Graph-Based Kernel Method for Scientific Machine Learning

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yu-Hang Tang, LBNL

 Department of Mathematics

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are keys to transforming scientific research at the Department of Energy. However, success stories so far have concentrated on select forms of data. In this talk, I will present our recent work on revitalizing the marginalized graph kernel to enable direct machine learning on graph datasets while bypassing any explicit feature vector representation....   More >

Racism, Plutocracy, and the 2020 Election

Colloquium | February 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisions—and racism in particular—to win power, and then has ruled primarily on behalf of the ultra-wealthy. No one better symbolizes the conjoined dynamics of racism and plutocracy than Donald Trump. In this lecture, Prof. Haney López lays out the history of dog whistle politics and Trump’s place within it. Then he suggests a...   More >

Architecture at the nanoscale: Design principles for core-shell catalysts

Colloquium | February 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Yuriy Román-Leshkov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemistry

In this lecture, I will show how advanced synthesis techniques can be coupled with rigorous reactivity and characterization studies to unearth unique synergies in nanostructured catalysts.

Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Seminar: The “brownless” brown adipocytes in thermoregulation and metabolism

Seminar | February 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Darrell Neufer, Professor, East Carolina University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar: On loops intersecting at most once

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

 Joshua Greene, Boston College

 Department of Mathematics

How many simple closed curves can you draw on a closed surface of genus g in such a way that no two are isotopic and no two intersect in more than k points? It is known how to draw a collection in which the number of curves grows as a polynomial in g of degree k+1, and conjecturally, this is the best possible. I will describe a proof of an upper bound that matches this function up to a factor of...   More >

Career Connections: UI/UX and Graphic Design

Social Event | February 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue and Gold Room

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Seeking alumni and professionals working in the UI/UX and/or Graphic Design in roles such as UX Researcher, Content Strategist, Visual Designer, Interaction Designer, UX/UI Developer, UX Designer, Product Designer, etc.

Facing the Future: A Berkeley Faculty Association Forum on the challenges facing the next UC President

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 820, Social Science Matrix

 John A. Perez, Chair of the UC Board of Regents, Chair of the UC Board of Regents; Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley, Chancellor, UC Berkeley

 Wendy Brown, Professor Political Science, Professor Political Science; Professor James Vernon, Department of History, Department of History

 Berkeley Faculty Association

Professors Brown (political science) and Vernon (history) will engage Regent John Pérez and Chancellor Christ with pressing questions on the mission, the funding and the governance of the University of California, and of Berkeley in particular, setting the scene for questions from, and discussion with the audience.

A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy: Book Talk with Jane McAlevey

Seminar | February 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 150 Law Building

 Shaw San Liu

 Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow, UC Berkeley Labor Center

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL)

For decades, racism, corporate greed, and a skewed political system have been eating away at the social and political fabric of the United States. Yet as McAlevey reminds us, there is one weapon whose effectiveness has been proven repeatedly throughout U.S. history: unions.

Join longtime labor organizer and UC Berkeley Labor Center Senior Policy Fellow Jane McAlevey for a talk about her...   More >

Stacy Fahrentold: "Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925"

Lecture | February 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Stacy Fahrentold, University of California, Davis

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Since 2011 over 5.6 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and beyond, and another 6.6 million are internally displaced. The contemporary flight of Syrian refugees comes one century after the region's formative experience with massive upheaval, displacement, and geopolitical intervention: the First World War. In this book, Stacy Fahrenthold examines the politics of Syrian and...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Workshop | January 15 – December 16, 2020 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.

Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started.

Toastmasters on Campus has earned Toastmasters' highest honor, the...   More >

GM Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems: Speed Networking and Learning Event

Information Session | February 5 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come join us and talk with Engineers and Managers in domains including:

-Autonomous Sensing
-Electric Propulsion
-Vehicle Motion Embedded Controls
-Active Safety and Level 2 Autonomous Systems
-Level 4/5 Fully-Autonomous Systems
-Infotainment & Connectivity
-Cyber Security

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE: 2019-20 BRANNER, STUMP & BECKERMAN FELLOWS

Lecture | February 5 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, FEB 5, 6:30pm. Recent fellowship recipients will present their research from their international travels. Followed by a reception in 108 Wurster, alongside the Branner, Stump &amp; Beckerman Fellows Exhibition. Open to all!

History Homecoming: History Goes to the Movies

Lecture | February 5 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Great Hall

 Thomas Laqueur, Professor Emeritus, History Department; Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, History Department; David Henkin, Professor, History Department

 Peter Zinoman, Department Chair, Professor, History Department

 Department of History

What’s it like to go to the movies with a professional historian? Find out at History Homecoming 2020, which features a panel of distinguished Cal history professors discussing two recently released films (Little Women and Harriet) and one popular contemporary Netflix series (The Crown).

Beyond Ethnography: Three Short Films

Film - Short | February 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tonight’s program features three short works made over the last twenty years that expand the nonfiction form, drawing variously on activist video, experimental film, and performance. While grounded in ethnography, they move beyond recording another culture to involve their subjects in the shaping of the story and making of the work, while also bringing attention to the aesthetics and process of...   More >