<< Monday, October 23, 2017 >>

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

2017 Eastman Lecture: Unique Properties of Carbide and Bimetallic Catalysts

Lecture | October 23 | 775 Tan Hall

 Jingguang Chen, Columbia University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

2017 Eastman Lecturer, Professor Jingguang Chen, will present "Unique Properties of Carbide and Bimetallic Catalysts."

Data Dialogs 2017

Conference/Symposium | October 23 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Fernando Pérez, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics UC Berkeley

 Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami; Hoda Eydgahi, Manager of Data Science, Stitch Fix; Chetan Gupta, Chief Data Scientist & Architect, Hitachi America Big Data Lab; Sharon Lin, Data Scientist, Okta; T. Christian Miller, Investigative Reporter, Author, and War Correspondant, ProPublica; Taral Shah, Assistant Director of Prospect Analysis, UC Berkeley

 Menglin Cao, Senior Vice President, Data Management & Insight, Wells Fargo; Mauro Cardenas, Senior Vice President of Analytics, Wells Fargo

 Information, School of

Data Dialogs brings together data experts from industry, research, and academia in an intimate and informal setting, allowing participants to make connections and generate new ideas.

Over the course of the day we will hear how organizations are learning to fit data science and data science teams into their business practice, discuss the best way to pursue data-driven projects, explore the...   More >


  Registration opens October 1. Register online or by calling Tia Foss at 510-642-9257, or by emailing Tia Foss at datadialogs@ischool.berkeley.edu by October 23.

​Imaging Retinal Ganglion Cells

Seminar | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Don Miller, PhD, Indiana University School of Optometry

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: The retinal ganglion cell is the primary cell damaged by glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible visual loss worldwide. While we have a detailed understanding of the atrophy this disease inflicts on retinal ganglion cells, our ability to assess this damage in the living human eye is limited. A major obstacle is the difficulty to image—and thus count—these cells owing to their high...   More >

Inflammation is a hot mess: Linking early environments with physical and mental health

Colloquium | October 23 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Michelle Byrne, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

 Department of Psychology

Global disease burden in recent years has shifted from premature death to years lived with disability. Non-communicable, chronic diseases are more responsible for these years lost and cost of health care treatment than any other type of illness or disease. Many of these chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, and depression, have links with chronic inflammation. However, the...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Cyclic descents

Seminar | October 23 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Vic Reiner, University of Minnesota

 Department of Mathematics

Descents in permutations and tableaux arise frequently in combinatorics. More recently, cyclic notions of descents have come up for permutations, and for standard tableaux of certain shapes. I'll talk about recent work resolving the question of exactly which shapes have such a notion of cyclic descents for their tableaux. This leads to a connection with Postnikov's work on toric shapes, and to...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Post Doc Seminar

Seminar | October 23 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Jessie Uehling, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | October 23 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Ferenc Szucs, PhD Student, Berkeley

 Haas School of Business

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

Differential Geometry Seminar: Implicit time discretization for the mean curvature flow of mean convex sets

Seminar | October 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In 1993, Almgren, Taylor and Wang introduced an implicit time discretization for mean curvature flow which comes as a family of variational problems. The a priori estimate yields weak convergence of the approximations. In the talk I will show that this convergence is in fact strong if the initial conditions are mean convex. In particular, following the work of Luckhaus and Sturzenhecker, the...   More >

Copyright and Your Dissertation: Discover a workflow for answering copyright and policy questions as you prepare to publish

Workshop | October 23 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

 Library, Graduate Division

From the beginning of the writing process all the way to submitting and publishing your dissertation or thesis, this workshop will teach you a workflow for addressing copyright and other legal considerations based on the content you're using. It will also help you address related publishing questions once you're finished writing, including considerations about sharing your dissertation online,...   More >

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String-Math Seminar: A new look at the quantum knot invariants

Seminar | October 23 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Aaron Lauda, University of Southern California

 Department of Mathematics

The Reshetikhin-Turaev construction associated knot invariants to the data of a simple Lie algebra and a choice of irreducible representation. The Jones polynomial is the most famous example coming from the Lie algebra sl(2) and its two-dimensional representation. In this talk we will explain Cautis-Kamnitzer-Morrison’s novel new approach to studying RT invariants associated to the Lie algebra...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Sparsity, variance, and curvature in multi-armed bandits

Seminar | October 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Sebastien Bubeck, Microsoft Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In (online) learning theory the concepts of sparsity, variance and curvature are well-understood and are routinely used to obtain refined regret and generalization bounds. In this work we further our understanding of these concepts in the more challenging limited feedback scenario. We consider the adversarial multi-armed bandit and linear bandit problems and solve several open problems pertaining...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free entropy packing dimension

Seminar | October 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We recall the notion of free entropy dimension of a finite set of selfadjoint operators in a noncommutative probability space introduced by Voiculescu. We then provide a new definition of the above notion due to Kenley Jung and discuss its ramifications and survey some of its applications.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Dominating varieties by liftable ones

Seminar | October 23 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Remy van Dobben de Bruyn, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Given a smooth projective variety over an algebraically closed field of positive characteristic, can we always dominate it by another smooth projective variety that lifts to characteristic 0? We give a negative answer to this question.

Seminar Format: The seminar consists of two 50-minute talks, a pre-talk (3:10-4:00) and an advanced talk (4:10-5:00), with a 10-minute break (4:00-4:10) between...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Information Session | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Design Field Notes: Andreas Bastian

Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Andreas Bastian, an engineer and designer who explores the blurring line between materiality and design, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Students figuring it out themselves: Shifting learning frames in science classrooms

Colloquium | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Dr. Larry Horvath, Department of Secondary Education, Center for Science and Math Education, San Francisco State University

 Graduate School of Education

To support learning aligned with the recently adopted Next Generation Science Standards for California, science classrooms need to be spaces where students are actively engaged in figuring out and explaining scientific phenomena. This talk will be interactive and focus on what an NGSS aligned lesson could look like, along with ways preservice science teachers are being supported in implementing...   More >

Unique Properties of Carbide and Bimetallic Catalysts

Lecture | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Jingguang Chen, Columbia University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Tricks for Drugging the Undruggable

Seminar | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Kevan Shokat, University of California, San Francisco

 College of Chemistry

And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at Berkeley: PEN America on Campus

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Chancellor Carol T. Christ

 Suzanne Nossel; Erwin Chemerinsky; DeRay Mckesson; Rigel Robinson

 Abdi Soltani

 Chancellor's Office, PEN America

A panel of thought leaders discussing what is Free Speech on the Berkeley campus. A complete list of panelists will be announced by October 10. PEN America, our partner for this event, is a free expression organization with a more than 90-year track record of fostering dialogue and understanding that transcends social, political and geographic boundaries. In November 2016 PEN published And Campus...   More >

 Open to Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni on a reservation basis. More details to come. Make reservations online or or by emailing Maya Goehring-Harris at mgoehring@berkeley.edu by October 20.

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

East African Beer and Soda

McNair Application Open Hours and Research/Funding Opportunities Workshop (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | October 23 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop will introduce and expose students to various research programs and funding opportunities on campus. It will cover various program applications (such as the Mcnair Scholars Application), reaching out to mentors, getting solid letters of recommendations, and writing strong research proposals and personal statements. Presenters will also discuss their experiences with their research...   More >

American Artist and Muralist Zio Ziegler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | October 23 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 223 Dwinelle Hall

 Zio Ziegler

 The Berkeley Forum

From the Gallery to the Streets: The Evolution of Visual Art
Before the inception of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America, visual art was a term restricted to the fine arts and was closely associated with upper class society. However, as society has evolved, so too has the medium of visual art. What was once limited to private displays and galleries has now found a home in the...   More >


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BPG Psych Professor Panel: Decision-making of young adults

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 6 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Serena Chen; Aaron Fisher; Stephen Hinshaw; Ozlem Ayduk

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Free food will be provided as well.

TRANSOC TRB Info Session

Information Session | October 23 | 6-7 p.m. | 412 McLaughlin Hall

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Socially-engaged Internet-art. Aesthetics of Information Ethics: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Paolo Cirio, Artist, Activist, and Cultural Critic

 Arts + Design

Society has become deeply affected by advanced distribution systems of information. The social fields of law, economics, and politics are increasingly interconnected, while social norms, relationships, and identities shift at fast pace. In this context, examining art from a broader social context means working with a multiplicity of social systems and processes that the Internet activates....   More >

Garrison Keillor: Just Passing through

Lecture | October 23 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Garrison Keillor, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

"You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories"—a single line from one of Garrison Keillor's novels is a fitting introduction to the dry wit and folksy charisma of its author. The beloved radio personality and former host of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion (for more than 40 years!), Keillor holds court with his signature blend of self-deprecating humor and homespun wisdom, sharing...   More >

$30 - 78

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Cal Performances presents Garrison Keillor at Berkeley Talks, with Just Passing Through, on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’ cartoons, jokes, and satire from throughout the years, selected from their humor magazines and other publications.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >