<< Week of February 23 >>

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Free Books! African American Studies Reading Room

Special Event | February 6 – 29, 2020 every day | 675 Barrows Hall

 Department of African American Studies

In honor of Black History Month the African American Studies Department invites you to drop by and adopt free books from our Reading Room.

Exploration of Forms: Square Dance with Evie Ladin and Bearcat Stringband

Performing Arts - Dance | February 23 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Evie Ladin

 Bearcat Stringband

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This Square Dance workshop features live, old-time string band music and easy instruction before and throughout each dance. A new generation continues to enjoy how this very American social dance brings people together. Far from the trauma imposed in elementary school, or the structure of square dance clubs, this dance form in its organic state—a mix of white, black, and brown influences from the...   More >

Evie Ladin

How to Start a College Admissions Advising Business

Lecture | February 23 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), 2nd Floor

 Margaret Rothe

 UC Berkeley Extension

Participants in our College Admissions Counseling program often find themselves wondering how they will turn what they've learned into a thriving independent consulting business. If you find yourself intimidated by the start-up process and which aspects to take into consideration, join us for a workshop dedicated to this important topic. Learn with humor and plenty of practical applications from...   More >


  Register online

Baseball vs. St. John's

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | February 23 | 1 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts St. John's at Evans Diamond.


Film - Feature | February 23 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cowritten by Fellini, Paisan is a six-episode chronicle of wartime Italy recreating incidents in different locales, from Sicily at the time of the Allied invasion to the marshes of the Po Delta in the last months of the war. A triumph of neorealist method, the film incorporates fictional anecdotes into semi-documentary scenes of astonishing verisimilitude. The episodic structure leaves no time...   More >

Women's Basketball vs. Oregon State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 23 | 2 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

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

Cirque Éloize: Hotel

Performing Arts - Theater | February 23 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

A pioneer of contemporary circus arts, Cirque Éloize delivers uproarious comedy through a mix of acrobatics, aerial routines, and live music. In their newest show, Hotel, set in an elegant Art Deco lobby, a cast of captivating characters—from a juggling janitor to a hapless tightrope-walking bellhop to a starlet flying through the air on a trapeze swing—takes viewers through the unexpected...   More >

$30-76 (prices subject to change)

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

Cirque Éloize performs Hotel Saturday–Sunday, February 22–23, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall. (credit: Pierre Manning)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin: Secrets of the Baroque

Performing Arts - Music | February 23 | 3-5 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Cal Performances

Veracini/Overture No. 6 in G minor
Van Wassenaer/Concerto Armonico No. 5 in F minor
C.P.E. Bach/Oboe Concerto in B-flat major
Telemann/Sinfonia Melodica
A. Scarlatti/Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D minor
Vivaldi/Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 4, No. 8, RV 249
Handel/Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 5

$68 (prices subject to change)

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

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin performs Secret of the Baroque Sunday, February 23, 2020 in Hertz Hall

Gallery Talks: Lands of Promise and Peril

Lecture | February 23 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The student curators of Lands of Promise and Peril present gallery talks mapping the exhibition’s themes and revealing their curatorial process and perspectives.

The curators are Noor Ali, Lillias Arvanites, Aidan Barry-Owen, Joseph Chang, Kate Gabon, Jocelyn Gama, Joss Harrison, Shuge Luo, Luz Mendez, Paul O’Neill, Mohini Rye, and Aylin Figueroa Uribe, students in the UC Berkeley course...   More >

Barrel-Aged Whiskey Tasting with Wright and Brown

Special Event | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Learn how various woods can affect the aging and taste of locally crafted whiskeys with Wright & Brown Distilling Co, based in Oakland. Taste a variety of whiskeys discover the importance of oak barrels and nibble on snacks while looking out onto the California oaks.

$60, $55 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

Film - Feature | February 23 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One Sings, The Other Doesn’t “remains almost unique as a commercial French film concerned with the militant aspects of the women’s movement” (Alison Smith). The film follows the friendship of two very different women, Pauline (Valérie Mairesse) and Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard), over the course of a decade as each searches for her place in the world. Varda presents a utopian vision, a choice for...   More >

Soldiers: A Story from Ferentari

Film - Documentary | February 23 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Two men form an unlikely couple in one of Bucharest’s toughest Romany neighborhoods in actress/filmmaker Ivana Mladenović’s naturalist drama, which represents a turning point in Romanian cinema’s depictions of gay romance and Roma society. Recently dumped, the bespectacled Adi moves into the rough Ferentari district intending to document its burgeoning manele pop/folk music scene; there he...   More >

Monday, February 24, 2020

Free Books! African American Studies Reading Room

Special Event | February 6 – 29, 2020 every day | 675 Barrows Hall

 Department of African American Studies

In honor of Black History Month the African American Studies Department invites you to drop by and adopt free books from our Reading Room.

Achieve Together Practice Lab for Managers/ Supervisors

Workshop | February 24 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Rm#24 (basement)

 Human Resources

These 2.5hr experiential learning sessions make space for managers/supervisors to practice creating and communicating goals, check-in conversations, and calibrating performance using the Achievement Criteria.

  Register online

OPT Doc Check Workshop

Workshop | February 24 | 10-11 a.m. | 60 Barrows Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Attend an interactive one hour workshop to review your OPT application with an international student adviser! This is a group workshop that allows you to follow along as a BIO adviser leads you through the application step by step.

During this workshop, you will go over the required documents, how to fill out forms, and most common mistakes in the application. Please bring ALL required...   More >

Quantifying the environmental influences on human health through the lens of human-microbial interactions: Dr. Wenyu Zhou, Stanford University

Seminar | February 24 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Center for Computational Biology, Public Health, School of

Abstract: Our public health is threatened by widespread complex diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, the etiology of which cannot be fully dissected from a single perspective. The commensal microbiome, recently emerged as a "hidden organ", should not be left behind owing to its pivotal role in modulating human health...   More >

A Computer Vision-Based Wayfinding Aid for Visually Impaired Travelers

Seminar | February 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 James Coughlan, Senior Scientist, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Wayfinding is a major challenge for visually impaired travelers, who often lack access to visual cues such as landmarks and informational signs that many travelers rely on for navigation. Indoor wayfinding is particularly challenging since the most commonly used source of location information for wayfinding, GPS, is inaccurate indoors. We describe a computer vision approach to indoor localization...   More >

Continuum-Inspired Methods for Modeling Flowing Grains: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Ken Kamrin, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Granular materials are common in everyday life but are historically difficult to model. This has direct real-world ramifications owing to the prominent role granular media play in multiple industries and in terrain dynamics. One can attempt to track every grain with discrete element methods (DEM), but realistic systems are often too large for this approach and a continuum model is...   More >

Trade Lunch: "Product-Level Trade Elasticities"

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Lionel Fontagne, Paris School of Economics, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne

 Department of Economics

SEMM Seminar: Seismic Assessment and Strengthening of Historic Buildings - Exemplary Case Studies

Seminar | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Terrence Paret, Wiss, Janney Elstner Associates, Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Seismic assessment and strengthening of historic buildings present
challenges that are not present on more routine design projects. Historic projects require a re-prioritization of engineering
considerations to be successful. Sherith Israel and Hibernia Bank, two pre-1906 buildings in San Francisco epitomize that reprioritization; both projects left the historic interiors and exteriors...   More >

In Plenty and in Time of Need: Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity

Presentation | February 24 | 12 p.m. | 650 Barrows Hall

 Lia T. Bascomb, Assistant Professor of African American Studies Georgia State University

 Department of African American Studies

A demonstration of how the unique history of Barbados
has contributed to complex relations of national,
gendered, and sexual identities, and how these identities
are represented and interpreted on a global stage

Colloquium with Kuochic Huang: Do Incentivized Managers Pay Their Workers Less?

Colloquium | February 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Building, Director's Room

 Kuochih Huang, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

 Center for Labor Research and Education

Paper Abstract
Since the 1980s, Chief Executive Officers’ (CEO) pay has exploded, largely in the form of equity-based incentive compensation such as stock awards and options. Using a two-tiered principal-agent model, we show that aligning managers’ incentives with shareholder interests through equity-based pay can lower workers’ wages. Analyzing a sample that matches firm, manager, and worker...   More >


Combinatorics Seminar: Crystals for nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials.

Seminar | February 24 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Nicolle Gonzalez, MSRI and UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

Nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials were introduced independently by Opdam and Macdonald and then generalized by Cherednik. These polynomials not only generalize the two-parameter symmetric Macdonald polynomials, when specialized to $t=0$ they were shown by Sanderson and Ion to arise as characters of affine Demazure modules. In this talk, I will present a new crystal-theoretic proof of this fact...   More >

Political Economy Seminar: "A Behavioral Theory of Discrimination in Policing"

Seminar | February 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Andrew Little, UC Berkeley

 Department of Political Science

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Khiara Bridges - Imagining an Ethnography of Pregnant Class-Privileged Women of Color

Lecture | February 24 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Philip Selznick Seminar Room, Philip Selznick Seminar Room

 2240 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Khiara Bridges, UC Berkeley School of Law

 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice, Center for the Study of Law & Society Speaker Series

In this talk, Bridges will draw from her previous work with poor, pregnant women of color to discuss how class and race interact with -- and alter -- one another in the lives of wealthier, pregnant women of color in the United States.

Design Field Notes: Toshi Anders Hoo

Lecture | February 24 | 1-2 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Toshi Anders Hoo, 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.

Achieve Together Practice Lab for Individual Contributors

Workshop | February 24 | 1:30-4 p.m. | University Hall, Rm#24 (basement)

 Human Resources

These 2.5hr experiential learning sessions make space for individual contributors to practice creating and communicating goals, check-in conversations, and calibrating performance using the Achievement Criteria.

  Register online

Machine Learning and Science Forum

Meeting | January 27 – May 4, 2020 every other Monday | 1:30-2:30 p.m. |  Virtual Participation via Zoom


 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

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

String-Math Seminar: Coulomb branches for quaternionic representations

Seminar | February 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the definition of Coulomb branches in N=4 SUSY field theories in 3 dimensions, adapting the Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima construction to the case of non-polarized representation. Their computation can be done by an Abelianization theorem. Time permitting, I will discuss the associated TQFT.

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | February 24 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kristoffer Berg, University of Oslo; Santiago Garriga, Paris School of Economics

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Kristoffer Berg - "Revealing Equity Principles from the Tax System"
Santiago Garriga - "Incidence and wage effects of means-tested transfers" with Dario Tortarolo

Communicating Your Research to a Broad Audience

Workshop | February 24 | 2:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Julie Rorrer, ColorMePhD

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Turn an abstract or a research statement of your choice into a description for a wide audience using techniques in science communication.

Space is LIMITED, PLEASE REGISTER for the workshop through Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/slam-colormephd!

ERG Colloquium: Robert Connell: Maroon Ecology: Survival, Sovereignty, and Solar Power in the Afterlife of Slavery

Colloquium | February 24 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Robert Connell, University of California, Davis

 Energy and Resources Group

This talk presents a socio-historical anthropology of power in the high-stakes environmental justice struggle of a Black Caribbean autonomous society. Jamaican Maroon contemporary political transformations and sovereignty aspirations stand in opposition to bauxite mining that threatens their highland forest traditional territory. Although Maroon political systems were founded in the context of...   More >

Probabilitic Operator Algebra Seminar: Asymptotic $\varepsilon $-independence II

Seminar | February 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Continuation of the February 10 seminar talk.

Gašper Beguš, (Deep) Learning in Phonology

Colloquium | February 24 | 3-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Differential Geometry Seminar: A curious 4-dimensional appearance of hyperbolic knots in $S^3$

Seminar | February 24 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Clifford Taubes, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

A 4-manifold is constructed with some curious metric properties; or maybe it is many 4-manifolds masquerading as one, which would explain why it looks curious. Anyway, knots in the 3-sphere with complete finite volume hyperbolic metrics on their complements play a role in this story.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Torsion points on the Catalan curve $y^n = x^d + 1$

Seminar | February 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Vishal Arul, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

The goal of this talk is to classify torsion points on the curve $y^n = x^d + 1$ over the complex numbers, where $n$, $d$ are at least 2 and are coprime. This generalizes a result of Grant and Shaulis, who provide this classification for $n = 2$ and $d \ge 7$ prime. We will motivate the method by studying a theorem of Poonen and Stoll that the only torsion points on a generic hyperelliptic curve...   More >

Dynamic Disruption Management in Airline Networks under Airport Operating Uncertainty

Seminar | February 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Lavanya Marla, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Operating disruptions result in enormous costs across spatial-temporal networks. For instance, air traffic disruptions result in flight delays, cancellations, passenger misconnections, creating high costs to aviation stakeholders. Businesses often design recovery plans in response to past disruptions while preparing for future disruptions. However, future disruptions often can only be...   More >

Digging Deeper: the long term impacts of agriculture on soil carbon and overall soil health

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Jessica Chiartas, University of California, Davis

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In an effort to improve both environmental and agronomic outcomes, while building resilience in the face of climate change, there is growing interest in soil carbon sequestration and, overall, soil health. While there is a general consensus as to the overarching principles that promote soil carbon storage and soil health, the impact of any given practice across the range of climates, soil types,...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Behavioral Influence"

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Yusufcan Masatlioglu, University of Maryland

 Department of Economics

Lust of the Eyes: Dostoevsky and the Feuilleton

Lecture | February 24 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Denis Zhernokleyev, Senior Lecturer of Russian, Vanderbilt University

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

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

Trend Filtering, From Univariate to Graphs, and Old and to New: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Ryan Tibshirani, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Statistics

This talk is centered around trend filtering, a relatively recent method for nonparametric regresson based on penalizing the L1 norm of discrete derivatives. We will discuss some of the unique features of this method that "make it work", and briefly cover extensions to additive models and graphs. We will finish by discussing connections to what are an old topic in numerical analysis---discrete...   More >

Interactive proofs and quantum entanglement

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 Anand Natarajan, IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interactive proof systems are a classic idea in theoretical computer science, and have led to fundamental advances in complexity theory (hardness of approximation and the PCP theorem) and cryptography. Remarkably, in quantum information, interactive proof systems with multiple provers have become an important tool for studying quantum entanglement, extending the pioneering work of Bell...   More >

Seminars 271 and 281, Development and International Trade and Finance: The Returns to Face-to-Face Interactions: Knowledge Spillovers in Silicon Valley

Seminar | February 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Atkin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Economics

Repairing Innovation: The Labor of Integrating New Technologies

Lecture | February 24 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 Madeleine Clare Elish

 Information, School of

Madeleine Clare Elish uncovers the hidden labor behind automated aviation, driverless cars, small scale agriculture, grocery retail, and emergency healthcare.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Almost global well-posedness for quasilinear strongly coupled wave-Klein-Gordon systems in two space dimensions

Seminar | February 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mihaela Ifrim, UW Madison

 Department of Mathematics

We prove almost global well-posedness for quasilinear strongly coupled wave-Klein-Gordon systems with small and localized data in two space dimensions. We assume only mild decay on the data at infinity as well as minimal regularity. We systematically investigate all the possible quadratic null form type quasilinear strong coupling nonlinearities, and provide a new, robust approach for the proof.

MUSA Math Monday with Professor Sug Woo Shin: An Introduction to the Langlands Program

Lecture | February 24 | 5-6 p.m. | 1015 Evans Hall

 Mathematics Undergraduate Student Association

Abstract: This is a gentle introduction to the Langlands program based on the developments of reciprocity law. Some attention will be drawn to the birth of the Langlands program in a letter of Langlands to Weil in 1967. Time permitting a snapshot of some current developments may be given.

CalSTAPH and SCIL Summer MPH Internship Mixer

Information Session | February 24 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Graduate Assembly

Join the Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH) & the Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership (SCIL) for the 2020 MPH Summer Internship Mixer! Come mingle with second year MPH students, ask about their summer internship experiences, and enjoy delicious tacos!

Oracle Tech Talk: Database In-Memory: At the Heart of Multi-Model Convergence

Information Session | February 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Aurosish, Senior Development Manager from the Data Engine group.

In Search of My Robot: Emergent Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity

Lecture | February 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Margaret Rhee

 Arts + Design, Center for New Media, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media; cosponsored by the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Comparative Literature.

Margaret Rhee, Poet, Scholar, New Media Artist

Robots, like any technology, are not “objective” or “universal”; instead, machines reveal the process of social formation. This talk by poet, scholar, and new media artist Margaret Rhee demonstrates how forms of...   More >


ATC Lecture — Margaret Rhee, "In Search for My Robot": Emergent Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity

Colloquium | February 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Margaret Rhee, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo; Visiting Scholar, NYU

 Center for New Media, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Arts + Design

Robots, like any technology, are not "objective" or "universal"; Instead, machines reveal the process of social formation. This talk demonstrates how difference--such as race, gender, and sexuality--are shaped by and co-constitutive with technological developments. Specifically, this talk illustrates how the robot is a primary locus of racialization for Asian Americans within modernity’s...   More >

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Free Books! African American Studies Reading Room

Special Event | February 6 – 29, 2020 every day | 675 Barrows Hall

 Department of African American Studies

In honor of Black History Month the African American Studies Department invites you to drop by and adopt free books from our Reading Room.

BPM 105 Achieve Together Performance Program

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers the principles and guidelines for performance management at UC Berkeley, the importance of having ongoing performance conversations, a common rating scale, and shared language.

BPM 105 Achieve Together Performance Program

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers the principles and guidelines for performance management at UC Berkeley, the importance of having ongoing performance conversations, a common rating scale, and shared language.

3-Manifold Seminar: Conformal length and volume

Seminar | February 25 | 9:40-11 a.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We will continue discussing conformal length of knots and conformal area of surfaces.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Decomposing Factor Momentum

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Hanlin Yang, University of Zurich

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: The factor momentum portfolio is decomposed into a factor timing portfolio and a buy-and-hold portfolio, where the former collects the return from time-series predictability and the latter collects the return due to the cross-sectional dispersion of factor returns.

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Decomposing Factor Momentum

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Hanlin Yang, University of Zurich

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk


Bristol-Myers Squibb Seminar: Discovery, biosynthesis and bioengineering of antibiotics from Gram-negative bacteria

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Greg Challis, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick

 College of Chemistry

The overwhelming majority of antibiotics in clinical use are natural products isolated from Actinobacteria or semi-synthetic derivatives. Pathogenic microorganisms are becoming increasingly resistant to these compounds, and there is thus an urgent need to discover novel antibiotics to address the emerging health threat this poses. In contrast to Gram-positive Actinobacteria, the potential of...   More >

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: The Energy-Transportation Nexus: Modeling, Optimization and Commercialization

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Davis Hall, 542 Davis Hall

 Junjie Qin

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Climate change concerns are driving rapid transformations in the energy and transportation sectors. These sectors are intimately connected – transportation is becoming electrified, and electricity services can be delivered over the transportation network. There is an explosion of investment that serves this intimate connection: renewables, electric vehicles (EVs), storage, and communication and...   More >

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Heterogeneity and Choice in the Provision of Indigent Defense”

Seminar | February 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ben Scuderi, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Suicide Awareness Training

Workshop | February 25 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Anna Head Satellite Office, Building E

 2536 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

This training, an introductory overview, will use a scenario, lecture and discussion to help you understand the warning signs and risk factors associated with thoughts of suicide. You will learn ways to approach and talk to a student about your concerns, including how to ask a question about suicide. Lastly you will learn the resources and how to make appropriate referrals.

Affordable but Forgotten Foods (BEUHS641): Nutrition Workshops

Workshop | February 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Wellness Program Dietitian, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

With so much attention on “superfoods,” perfectly nutritious yet simpler foods are forgotten. Save money by preparing under-appreciated foods that are easy to find in any grocery store. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

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.

Iván Velásquez Gómez: Challenging Corruption and Impunity in Guatemala

Lecture | February 25 | 12:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Center for Latin American Studies

Iván Velásquez Gómez is a Colombian jurist and diplomat currently heading – at the rank of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations – the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) in Guatemala. Having been hugely successful in the fight against corruption, CICIG was threatened with termination by Guatemala’s then-President Morales – but defended by Guatemala’s Constitutional...   More >

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: "Mortgage Prepayment and Path-Dependent Effects of Monetary Policy"

Seminar | February 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Joseph Vavra, Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and a faculty research fellow of the NBER.

 Department of Economics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Scapegoating: Experimental Evidence

Seminar | February 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michal Bauer, CERGE-EI

 Department of Economics

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Product formulas for Macdonald polynomials

Seminar | February 25 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Freddie Huang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Freddie will present a paper by Cantini, de Gier and Wheeler https://arxiv.org/abs/1505.00287

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: Neural Networks for Mathematicians

Seminar | February 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Boris Hanin, TAMU

 Department of Mathematics

Neural networks are families of functions used in state-of-the-art approaches to practical problems coming from computer vision (self-driving cars), natural language processing (Google Translate), and reinforcement learning (AlphaGo). After defining what neural networks are and sketching how they are used, I will describe a number of practically important and mathematically interesting questions...   More >

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Theta Surfaces

Seminar | February 25 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bernd Sturmfels, UC Berkeley and MPI Leipzig

 Department of Mathematics

A theta surface in affine 3-space is the zero set of a Riemann theta function in genus 3. This includes surfaces arising from special plane quartics that are singular or reducible. Lie and Poincaré showed that theta surfaces are precisely the surfaces of double translation, i.e. obtained as the Minkowski sum of two space curves in two different ways. These curves are parametrized by abelian...   More >

Solar Spring Break: Chipotle Fundraiser

Sale | February 25 | 4-8 p.m. |  Sproul Plaza

 Student Environmental Resource Center

The SSB Team is back with another fundraiser! Don't forget to mention us when you buy your Chipotle between 4PM-8PM. 33% of your proceeds will be used to fundraise for our service learning trip to install solar panels in Oakland and Sacramento.

Creative Jam!

Special Event | February 25 | 4-10:15 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Michelle Rial, Author of "Am I Overthinking This"; Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Greater Good Science Center

 Creative Lab, Academic Innovation Studio, Student Technology Fund, Adobe

Get your Jam on! The biggest Cal design event of the year. Compete in an app building contest with a group of other students. Grab some
dinner and hear from superstar guest speakers. Present your work to students, faculty, and industry pros to win incredible prizes like Post Malone concert tickets and $200 gift cards.

Don’t want to compete? No problem—hang out, make new friends, get seriously...   More >

 Anyone can come, but only UC Berkeley Students can compete!

New Frontiers in Digital Humanities for Japanese Culture and Arts: Activities of Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University as International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC)

Seminar | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heynes Room

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

In fall 2019 the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University was selected by MEXT (Japanese Ministry of Education) as the International Joint Usage/ Research Center, and has been actively promoting International Joint Research between the humanities and cutting-edge information technology with a strong focus on digital archiving of Japanese Art and Cultural properties.

It is water what matters

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Martina Havenith-Newen, Department of Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

 College of Chemistry

Molecular understanding of biological recognition processes is surely a major prerequisite for future drug design. Protein-ligand binding is favorable when the change in free energy G=H-TS is negative. Therefore, calorimetry is a very powerful biochemical tool. Up to now, calorimetric measurements are all based on heat transfer and are thus inherently slow (with relaxation...   More >

RTMP Seminar: The finiteness conjecture for Skein modules

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Sam Gunningham, King's College London

 Department of Mathematics

The Kauffman bracket skein module of an oriented 3-manifold $M$ is a vector space (depending on a parameter $q$) which is generated by framed links in $M$ modulo certain skein relations. The goal for the talk is the explain our recent proof (joint with David Jordan and Pavel Safronov) that the skein module of a closed 3 manifold is finite dimensional for generic $q$, confirming a conjecture of...   More >

Bristol-Myers Squibb Special Seminar: Employing an Interest in Chemistry to Positively Impact Patient Lives

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Bruce Ellsworth, Director, Head of Fibrotic Diseases Discovery Chemistry, Bristol-Myers Squibb

 College of Chemistry

Adobe Creative Jam

Workshop | February 25 | 4-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Academic Innovation Studio, the Creative Lab, and the Student Technology Fund

Adobe’s coming to UC Berkeley to put on a Creative Jam on Tuesday, February 25. It’s a giant-sized event that’s equal parts inspiration, collaboration, and competition—a truly unique experience just for UC Berkeley students, brought to you in partnership with the Academic Innovation Studio, the Creative Lab, and the Student Technology Fund! All experience levels are welcome, from experts to...   More >

Integrated Optical Phased Arrays: LiDAR, Augmented Reality, and Beyond

Seminar | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Jelena Notaros, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

By enabling optical microsystems with new functionalities, improved system performance, and reduced size, weight, and power, integrated photonics is positioned to enable next-generation optical technologies that facilitate revolutionary advances for numerous fields spanning science and engineering, including computing, sensing, communications, displays, quantum, and biology.

UC Berkeley Cloud Computing Meetup

Meeting | August 27, 2019 – August 25, 2020 the last Tuesday of the month every month | 4:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley SkyDeck Penthouse

 Data Sciences

This meetup is aimed at bringing together students, researchers, faculty, IT staff and the wider local community to learn, share and discuss our work in designing and operating services built on cloud computing architectures.

We will feature speakers and engaging discussions around current issues in cloud computing often with an enterprise focus.

Cloud Computing Meetup

Social Event | January 28 – December 29, 2020 the last Tuesday of the month every month | 4:30-7 p.m. | Berkeley Skydeck, Penthouse (PH) floor

 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Division of Data Science, IST/OCIO, Research IT,

The UC Berkeley Cloud Community of Practice will be holding our monthly meetup in the Berkeley SkyDeck Penthouse. We have some excellent guests and topics and hope to see you there.

Everyone is welcome - this is a really inclusive group! You don't have to be an expert, or already know about cloud technologies; we get together so people can learn from each other. The Berkeley SkyDeck is at...   More >

James Crabtree | The Billionaire Raj: Corruption, Division and Inequality in Narendra Modi's India

Lecture | February 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 James Crabtree, Singapore-based author and journalist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Graduate School of Journalism

A talk by author James Crabtree on his book, The Billionaire Raj: The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age, a colorful and revealing portrait of the rise of India’s new billionaire class in a radically unequal society.

The Anti-Catholic Origins of Anti-Communism

Lecture | February 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Udi Greenberg, Associate Professor of European History, Dartmouth College, and Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The Christian campaign against secular Communism was a defining phenomenon in Europe’s modern history. Over the last few years, scholars have begun to uncover its many roots—especially in anti-Semitism—and to chart the vast intellectual production and political mobilization it inspired. This talk will add to this burgeoning work by exploring the role of Protestant anti-Catholic polemics in...   More >

Nonlinear Algebra Seminar: Tropical Support Vector Machines

Seminar | February 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ruriko Yoshida, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: Most data in genome-wide phylogenetic analysis is essentially multidimensional, posing a major challenge to human comprehension and computational analysis. Also, we cannot directly apply statistical learning models in data science to a set of phylogenetic trees since tree space is not Euclidean. In fact, the space of phylogenetic trees is a tropical Grassmanian in the max-plus algebra....   More >

Isabel Allende: A Long Petal of the Sea: In conversation with Adam Hochschild

Lecture | February 25 | 5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Center for Latin American Studies

In the late 1930s, Spain’s civil war impelled thousands of refugees to flee their homes seeking a safer life. Isabel Allende’s latest book, A Long Petal of the Sea, follows a pregnant young widow who finds her life intertwined with an army doctor who is the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Isabel Allende will speak in...   More >

Baseball vs. Stanford

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | February 25 | 6 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts Stanford at Evans Diamond.

Salesforce Info-session and Panel: APM at Salesforce

Information Session | February 25 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn about the Associate Product Manager Program at Salesforce from
current Salesforce APMs. Come hungry - dinner will be provided.

Our Futureforce University Recruiting Program is dedicated to attracting, retaining, and
cultivating next-generation talent. Our interns and new graduates work in offices across the
globe on real projects that affect how our business runs, and they have the...   More >

CPT/OPT Workshop

Workshop | February 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, 5th floor (Senate Chamber)

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

February — it’s time to apply for CPT/OPT!

CPT and OPT are temporary work authorizations that international students need to obtain in order to be legally employed in the U.S. OPT for graduating students is open for application 90 days before graduation, and now is the time! Come to this workshop hosted by the office of ASUC Senator Evina Wang and Berkeley International Office to hear an...   More >

Ottoman Armenian Feminist Writers on Antimilitarism and People's Right to Self-Defense

Lecture | February 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Melissa Bilal, Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA

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

Armenian feminist thought at the turn of the twentieth century developed in dialogue with many contemporary social movements including socialism, abolutionism, and antimilitarism. Accordingly, it made essential contributions to the global beginnings of gender justice activism. One of the most important and definitive components of Ottoman Armenian women's liberation struggle was its engagement...   More >